22 May 2014 Optical characterization of nanoporous AAO sensor substrate
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Nanoporous anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) has been investigated as an ideal and cost-effective chemical and biosensing platform. In this paper, we report the optical properties of periodic 100 micron thick nanoporous anodic alumina membranes with uniform and high density cylindrical pores penetrating the entire thickness of the substrate, ranging in size from 18 nm to 150 nm in diameter and pore periods from 44 nm to 243 nm. The surface geometry of the top and bottom surface of each membrane is studied using atomic force microscopy. The optical properties including transmittance, reflectance, and absorbance spectra on both sides of each substrate are studied and found to be symmetrical. It is observed that, as the pore size increases, the peak resonance intensity in transmittance decreases and in absorbance increases. The effects of the pore sizes on the optical properties of the bare nanoporous membranes and the benefit of using arrays of nanohole arrays with varying hole size and periodicity as a chemical sensing platform is also discussed. To characterize the optical sensing technique, transmittance and reflectance measurements of various concentrations of a standard chemical adsorbed on the bare nanoporous substrates are investigated. The preliminary results presented here show variation in transmittance and reflectance spectra with the concentration of the chemical used or the amount of the material adsorbed on the surface of the substrate.
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Aschalew Kassu, Aschalew Kassu, Carlton W. Farley, Carlton W. Farley, Anup Sharma, Anup Sharma, } "Optical characterization of nanoporous AAO sensor substrate", Proc. SPIE 9106, Advanced Environmental, Chemical, and Biological Sensing Technologies XI, 91060M (22 May 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2053440; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2053440

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