Photonic crystals for biosensing

Brian T. Cunningham, Ian D. Block, Leo Chan, Nikhil Ganesh, Meng Lu, Patrick C. Mathias

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Photonic crystal surfaces provide a wide range of functions that are useful for the detection of biological analytes. Label-free detection, label-free imaging, and enhancement of fluorescence assays take advantage of the ability of periodic surface structures with high refractive index contrast to strongly confine light to a surface, where it can interact with biomaterials in a variety of ways. Applications in pharmaceutical research, disease diagnostics, cell biology, and genomics are all actively being pursued.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSelected Topics in Photonic Crystals and Metamaterials
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages30
ISBN (Electronic)9789814355193
ISBN (Print)9814355186, 9789814355186
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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    Cunningham, B. T., Block, I. D., Chan, L., Ganesh, N., Lu, M., & Mathias, P. C. (2011). Photonic crystals for biosensing. In Selected Topics in Photonic Crystals and Metamaterials (pp. 329-358). World Scientific Publishing Co..