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    Experimental characterization of biosensor based on surface plasmon nano interferometer

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    Surface plasmon interferometer in silicon-on-insulator: novel concept for an integrated biosensor

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    We propose a novel configuration for a highly integrated and highly sensitive optical biosensor. The basic element of our sensor is a surface plasmon interferometer consisting of a thin layer of gold embedded in a silicon membrane. We investigate the performance of our sensor by simulation using eigenmode expansion. We calculate that refractive index changes in the order of 10(-6) RIU (refractive index unit) are detectable for a component of length 10 put. Moreover, we illustrate that the operation wavelength of our sensor can be tuned to a desired wavelength for a wide range of environmental refractive indices, making our device suitable for chemo- and biosensing