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Periodic versus aperiodic: Enhancing the sensitivity of porous silicon based optical sensors

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4 Author(s)
Moretti, L. ; DIMET, University “Mediterranea” of Reggio Calabria, Località Feo di Vito, 89060 Reggio Calabria, Italy ; Rea, Ilaria ; De Stefano, L. ; Rendina, Ivo

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The authors have compared the sensitivities of resonant optical biochemical sensors, based on both periodic and aperiodic porous silicon structures, such as the Bragg and the Thue-Morse multilayer. The shifts of the reflectivity spectra of these devices on exposure to several chemical compounds have been measured: the aperiodic multilayer is more sensitive than the periodic one. Adopting a simple theoretical model of the optical response of devices, they inferred that the aperiodic structure provide a higher filling capability with respect to the periodic one, due to the lower number of interfaces.

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Applied Physics Letters  (Volume:90 ,  Issue: 19 )