Flexible metamaterials (FMMs) at optical frequencies can conform to a wide range of target geometries whilst allowing their optical properties to be tuned post-fabrication. Here we discuss this potential by presenting our recent and preliminary results, obtained for FMMs at visible frequencies for sensing, filtering and imaging applications.
We developed a SERS biosensor based on gold fishnets fabricated by using e-beam lithography. This device is used for glycerophosphoinositol (GroPIns) molecule sensing. GroPIns is an abundant component of cell cytosol and high GroPIns levels have been reported in several tumour cells. We demonstrate that our SERS sensor is able to accurately and quantitatively determine the concentration of GroPIns. These results indicate that SERS may provide a novel platform technology to identify GroPIns profiles in disease pathogenesis.
In this paper we present the design and applications of flexible photonic membranes. We discuss their use as versatile photonic layers in the framework of lab-on-fibre applications, specifically focusing on the design of angular robust spectral filters. We also show alternative routes to their fabrication, highlighting the opportunities and limitations associated to each approach. Finally we present our preliminary results on the all-optical control over flexible membranes, as a potential method to fine-tune their opto-mechanical properties to the required application.