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.
7 May 2007
Volume: 90 Issue: 19 Pages: 191112
Applied physics letters