A waveguide-mode sensor with a planar sensing chip, consisting of two waveguiding layers and a glass substrate, is a promising candidate for a near-field illumination biosensor. Aiming at using fluorescent labeling induced by ultraviolet light, we optimize the structure of a waveguide-mode sensing chip, based on the mechanism for enhancing ultraviolet near-field light revealed by numerical calculations. Candidates of optimal materials are also presented. The chip optimized as above should be able to enhance the intensity of ultraviolet near-field light 25 times as high as an Al surface plasmon resonance sensing chip.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics