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8 October 2007 Bio-sensing based on plasmon-coupling caused by rotated sub-micrometer gratings in metal-dielectric interfacial layers
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Novel plasmonic sensor chips are prepared by generating sub-micrometer periodic patterns in the interfacial layers of bimetal-polymer films via master-grating based interference method. Poly-carbonate films spin-coated onto vacuum evaporated silver-gold bimetallic layers are irradiated by the two interfering UV beams of a Nd:YAG laser. It is proven by pulsed force mode AFM that periodic adhesion pattern corresponds to the surface relief gratings, consisting of sub-micrometer droplet arrays and continuous polymer stripes, induced by p- and s-polarized beams, respectively. The characteristic periods are the same, but more complex and larger amplitude adhesion modulation is detectable on the droplet arrays. The polar and azimuthal angle dependence of the resonance characteristic of plasmons is studied by combining the prism- and grating-coupling methods in a modified Kretschmann arrangement, illuminating the structured metal-polymer interface by a frequency doubled Nd:YAG laser through a semi-cylinder. It is proven that the grating-coupling results in double-peaked plasmon resonance curves on both of the droplet arrays and line gratings, when the grooves are rotated to an appropriate azimuthal angle, and the modulation amplitude of the structure is sufficiently large. Streptavidin seeding is performed to demonstrate that small amount of protein can be detected monitoring the shift of the secondary resonance minima. The available high concentration sensitivity is explained by the promotion of protein adherence in the structure's valleys due to the enhanced adhesion. The line-shaped polymer gratings resulting in narrow resonance peaks are utilized to demonstrate the effect of therapeutic molecules on Amyloid-&Bgr; peptide, a pathogenic factor in Alzheimer disease.
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M. Csete, Á. Sipos, A. Szalay, A. Mathesz, M. A. Deli, Sz. Veszelka, A. Schmatulla, A. Kohazi-Kis, K. Osvay, O. Marti, and Zs. Bor "Bio-sensing based on plasmon-coupling caused by rotated sub-micrometer gratings in metal-dielectric interfacial layers", Proc. SPIE 6755, Advanced Environmental, Chemical, and Biological Sensing Technologies V, 67550X (8 October 2007);

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