Journal of the European Optical Society - Rapid publications, Vol 9 (2014)

Investigation of a novel silicon-on-insulator Rib-Slot photonic sensor based on the vernier effect and operating at 3.8 µm

B. Troia, V. M. N. Passaro


In this paper, we present the theoretical investigation of photonic sensors based on Vernier effect with two cascade-coupled ring resonators in silicon on insulator technology. The photonic chip utilizes rib and slot waveguides designed to operate at 3.8 µm mid infrared wavelength, where a number of harmful gases, chemical and biochemical analytes are spectroscopically accessible. A rigorous algorithmic procedure has been implemented for the design of such devices and novel technological solutions have been proposed according to very recent experimental results. The rib-slot sensor architecture can exhibit wavelength sensitivities as high as 20.6 µm/RIU and limits of detection for homogeneous sensing as low as 3.675 x 10^-4 RIU.

© The Authors. All rights reserved. [DOI: 10.2971/jeos.2014.14005]

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