Skin absorption properties, under diseases conditions, are modified due to the structural variations of chromophores and pigments. The measurement of such different absorptions can be a useful tool for the recognition of different skin diseases. In this study the design of a multi-resonant metamaterial-based sensor operating in the optical frequency range is presented. The sensor has been designed, in order to have multiple specific resonant frequencies, tuned to the skin components spectral characteristics. A change in the frequency amplitude of the sensor response is related to the different absorption rate of skin chromophores and pigments. A new analytical model, describing the multi-resonant sensor behaviour, is developed. Good agreement among analytical and numerical results was achieved. Full-wave simulations have validated the capability of the proposed sensor to identify different skin diseases.
In this contribution optical properties of new metallic nanoparticles for biomedical applications are investigated. These
particles consist of a pair of opposing gold prisms with asymmetric dielectric holes. In this configuration the structure
exhibits multi-resonant behavior in the Visible and Near Infrared Region, useful tool for multi-sensing platform based on
local refractive index measurements. The electromagnetic properties of the structure are evaluated in terms of extinction
cross-section through proper full-wave simulations. The sensitivity performances for the local refractive index variation
are discussed. The obtained results show that the proposed particles could be efficiently applied for sensing applications.