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Magneto-Optical Kerr Effect Enhanced by Surface Plasmon Resonance and Its Application on Biological Detection

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Hao-Ting Huang ; Dept. of Power Mech. Eng., Nat. Tsing Hua Univ., Hsinchu, Taiwan ; Pao-Jen Chen ; Tzong-Rong Ger ; Yung-Jen Chi
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We investigated the magneto-optical Kerr signals enhanced by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and its application of the biomolecular detection. We measure the SPR curve obtained in multilayered metallic structures (t nm Co/45 nm Au) with varying cobalt thickness t. The thicker cobalt layer causes the weaker SPR. The magneto-optical signals also receive different magnitude of amplification due to measuring the hysteresis loop on different segments of the SPR curve via magneto-optical Kerr effect (MOKE). It also worth noticing that the magneto-optical signals from the reflectance maximum or reflectance minimum of SPR would be enhanced significantly, if the thickness of Co is within the range of 3 to 28 nm. By measuring and analyzing the magneto-optical signals from samples with different thicknesses of Co, we determined an optimal thickness of 8 nm where the signal amplification is the largest. In biomedical applications, this combined system is able to lead as a sensitive biomolecule sensing. We have verified the feasibility via fetal bovine serum (FBS) attached.

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IEEE Transactions on Magnetics  (Volume:50 ,  Issue: 1 )