Photonic Bandgap Structures Novel Technological Platforms for Physical, Chemical and Biological Sensing

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This E-Book covers the research and the development of a novel generation of photonic devices for sensing applications. The E-Book starts with a brief review of basic photonic crystal (PhC) structure ...
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Slow Light for Sensing

Pp. 118-134 (17)

Michael A. Fiddy


Both patterned periodic or random structures can exhibit large slow down factors associated with large field enhancements. These properties can be exploited to good effect for a variety of sensing functions. We describe here some basic mechanisms responsible for these effects and discuss their use. Some experimental results are reported using porous form-birefringent super-lattice structures which can be scaled in size for use from microwave to optical frequencies.


Periodic structures, field enhancement, slow light.


Center for Optoelectronics and Optical Communications, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC 28223, USA