A novel voltage interrogation method using electro-optically tunable waveguide-coupled surface plasmon resonance sensors is demonstrated. Before measurements, we use a bicell photodetector to detect the reflectance from the sensor and take the differential signal from the photodetector as the resonance condition. For different analytes, by scanning the DC voltage on the waveguide layer of the sensor chip, the resonance condition can be maintained the same. Under this condition, we record the values of this voltage, namely the resonant voltage. Theoretical calculations and experimental results show the resonant voltage has a highly linear and sensitive response to analyte's refractive index. This method is simple in configuration, and complicated signal processing algorithms can be avoided.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics