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20 April 2006 Microspherical resonators for biophotonic sensors
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Proceedings Volume 6158, Lightmetry and Light and Optics in Biomedicine 2004; 61580S (2006)
Event: Lightmetry and Light and Optics in Biomedicine 2004, 2004, Warsaw, Poland
Nowadays biological sensing is representing a very active area of research due to the many possible applications in environmental control, food testing, pharmaceutical screening, and genetic analysis. A particular need exists for miniature biosensors for the detection of proteins, DNA, toxins and, more generally, infectious agents. Several optical techniques have proven to be quite effective, and biophotonics is a continuously growing discipline. Here we provide a quick overview of the recent progresses in the development of optical biosensors based on resonant cavities constituted by dielectric microspheres, where light propagation occurs through whispering-gallery modes (WGMs). The effect of any perturbation to the optical resonance structure of a microsphere is such that a very high sensitivity can be achieved.
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M. Brenci, R. Calzolai, F. Cosi, G. Nunzi Conti, S. Pelli, and G. C. Righini "Microspherical resonators for biophotonic sensors", Proc. SPIE 6158, Lightmetry and Light and Optics in Biomedicine 2004, 61580S (20 April 2006);

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