Monday, February 10, 2014

Dressing plasmon resonance with particle-microcavity architecture for efficient nano-optical trapping and sensing

Haixi Zhang, Yanyan Zhou, Xia Yu, Feng Luan, Jianbin Xu, Hock-Chun Ong, and Ho-Pui Ho

We propose a particle-microcavity scheme for efficient optical trapping and sensing. When a resonant plasmonic nanoparticle (NP) is placed inside a microcavity with high Q-factor, sensitivity is enhanced in the far-field extinction while near-field around the NP is barely affected. Stable near-field and high sensitivity for optical trapping and ultrasensitive detection of nanosized targets are therefore realized simultaneously. Such a particle-microcavity system opens up a new hybrid nanophotonic device platform that combines the unique merits of conventional and plasmonic integrated photonics.

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