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Ultrasensitive and label-free molecular-level detection enabled by light phase control in magnetoplasmonic nanoantennas

N. Maccaferri ; K. E. Gregorczyk ; Tvag de Oliveira ; M. Kataja ; S. van Dijken ; Zhaleh Pirzadeh (Institutionen för teknisk fysik, Bionanofotonik) ; Alexandre Dmitriev (Institutionen för teknisk fysik, Bionanofotonik) ; Johan Åkerman ; M. Knez ; P. Vavassori
Nature Communications (2041-1723). Vol. 6 (2015), p. artikel nr 6150.
[Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig]

Systems allowing label-free molecular detection are expected to have enormous impact on biochemical sciences. Research focuses on materials and technologies based on exploiting localized surface plasmon resonances in metallic nanostructures. The reason for this focused attention is their suitability for single-molecule sensing, arising from intrinsically nanoscopic sensing volume and the high sensitivity to the local environment. Here we propose an alternative route, which enables radically improved sensitivity compared with recently reported plasmon-based sensors. Such high sensitivity is achieved by exploiting the control of the phase of light in magnetoplasmonic nanoantennas. We demonstrate a manifold improvement of refractometric sensing figure-of-merit. Most remarkably, we show a raw surface sensitivity (that is, without applying fitting procedures) of two orders of magnitude higher than the current values reported for nanoplasmonic sensors. Such sensitivity corresponds to a mass of similar to 0.8 ag per nanoantenna of polyamide-6.6 (n = 1.51), which is representative for a large variety of polymers, peptides and proteins.



Denna post skapades 2015-03-25. Senast ändrad 2015-04-23.
CPL Pubid: 214292

 

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Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för teknisk fysik, Bionanofotonik (2007-2015)
Institutionen för fysik (GU) (GU)

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Chalmers infrastruktur