Novel optical-waveguide sensing platform based on input grating coupler
Sidorin, Y., & Waechter, C. A. (Eds.). (2006). Novel optical-waveguide sensing platform based on input grating coupler. In Integrated Optics: Devices, Materials, and Technologies X, ,.
Silicon oxynitride optical waveguides with a grating coupler were used for a label-free detection approach that measures the change of refractive index at the grating surface. Two approaches were used for the grating fabrication: (i) commercially available linear gratings were used as stamps for imprint lithography and the pattern was transferred by dry-etching; (ii) polystyrene microspheres self-assembly in an ordered close-packed array was exploited to obtain a two-dimensional grating with hexagonal symmetry. Optical coupling into slab waveguides of both visible (633nm) and tunable infrared (1550 nm) lasers was characterized as a function of incident angle in a custom-made automated apparatus. Sensitivity to different aqueous solutions was demonstrated with low loss waveguides fabricated using low-frequency plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The exploitation of the tunability of telecom infrared lasers and of the two-dimensional hexagonal grating coupler has the ultimate goal of providing a high performance, compact sensor that does not require mechanical moving parts.