Phase Differential Surface Plasmon Imaging

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Phase Differential Surface Plasmon Imaging

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dc.contributor.author Stewart, Ciaran en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-26T10:48:14Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-21T10:34:21Z
dc.date.issued 2010-08-23 en_US
dc.description.abstract Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) has been utilised in various forms in sensors for many years. It is usually based on angular or wavelength interrogation of the reflectivity minimum found with Transverse Magnetic (TM) light. However, as the SPR is traversed there is also a very rapid change in the phase of the reflected TM light there being no such change in the Transverse Electric (TE) light. Presented in the thesis a new SPR sensor has been developed that exploits this rapid change in optical phase. Linearly polarised light of mixed TM/TE polarisation is passed through a polarization modulator, which adds a small amplitude modulation to the polarisation. This modulated light is incident on a gold film 40 nm thick evaporated onto the base of a SF2 prism in the Kretschmann-Raether, configuration. The coupling of the TM polarised light to the SPR is dependant on the properties of the dielectric medium adjacent to the gold film. The SPR shifts when this sensed medium undergoes a change in refractive index (or index or thickness if it is a bound analyte layer). This in turn causes a change in the reflected elliptically polarised light. The change of the resultant modulated polarisation dither is interrogated through the use of a phase sensitive detectors. Initially a simple photo diode coupled with a lock-in amplifier was used to monitor the modulated signal. This was expanded into an imaging technique by using two cameras (64 by 64 pixels) fabricated with the equivalent of a lock-in amplifier on each of the 4096 pixels. The spatial map of the modulation amplitude gives an optical phase differential image. By imaging in this way it is possible to produce a multi channel differential sensor en_GB
dc.description.sponsorship RCUK en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/3102 en_US
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher University of Exeter en_GB
dc.title Phase Differential Surface Plasmon Imaging en_GB
dc.type Thesis or dissertation en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-05-26T10:48:14Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-21T10:34:21Z
dc.contributor.advisor Sambles, J. Roy en_US
dc.publisher.department Physics en_GB
dc.type.degreetitle PhD in Physics en_GB
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral en_GB
dc.type.qualificationname PhD en_GB


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