Effect Of Gold Coating On Sensitivity Of Rhombic Silver Nanostructure Array

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Plasmonics, 2009, 4 (4), pp. 303 - 306
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The sensitivity is the most important parameter in the sensing field. Effort was made to study the effect of gold coating on the sensitivity of rhombic silver nanostructure array through numerical simulation using the discrete dipole approximation method. This study shows that thickness of the gold coating can be varied to tune the sensitivity of the rhombic silver nanostructure array. The Au-Ag nanostructure array is found to possess the maximum refractive index sensitivity of 714 nm/RIU when thickness of gold is 20 nm, thickness of silver is 25 nm, and refractive index of the medium is around 1.35. The condition for achieving the maximum refractive index sensitivity can be used for detecting many species of biomolecules and drugs in the future.
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