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Type: Journal article
Title: Chemical deposition of silver for the fabrication of surface plasmon microstructured optical fibre sensors
Author: Boehm, J.
François, A.
Ebendorff-Heidepriem, H.
Monro, T.
Citation: Plasmonics, 2011; 6(1):133-136
Publisher: Springer
Issue Date: 2011
ISSN: 1557-1955
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Jonathan Boehm, Alexandre François, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Tanya M. Monro
Abstract: We compare the Tollens reaction, a simple chemical coating method, with the more commonly used RF sputtering technique for use in creating surfaces suitable for sensing applications based on surface plasmon resonance. Experiments show that by optimising the chemical process, these two approaches can produce surfaces that exhibit similar surface plasmon resonance (SPR) performance. Thus, the Tollens method is a viable one for coating the interior surfaces of a microstructured optical fibre. As a demonstration, this technique was applied to a microstructured optical fibre, and a 60-nm silver layer is produced along the entire length of a 1-m-long fibre. This is the first step towards the realisation of a SPR sensing device based on microstructured optical fibres.
Keywords: Surface plasmon resonance; Microstructure optical fibre
Rights: Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010
RMID: 0030001041
DOI: 10.1007/s11468-010-9178-z
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