Metallic films, in conjunction with biochemical-targeted probes, are expected to provide early diagnosis, targeted therapy and non-invasive monitoring for epidemiology applications [1-4]. The resonance wavelength peaks, both plasmonic and Wood-Rayleigh Anomalies (WRAs), in the scattering spectra are affected by the metallic architecture. As of today, much research has been devoted to extinction efficiency in the plasmonic region. However, Wood Rayleigh Anomalies (WRAs) typically occur at wavelengths associated with the periodic distance of the structures. A significant number of papers have already focused on the plasmonic region of the visible spectrum, but a less explored area of research was presented here; the desired resonance wavelength region was 400-500nm, corresponding to the WRA for the silver film with perforated hole with a periodic distance of 400nm. Simulations obtained from the discrete dipole approximation (DDA) method, show sharp spectral bands (either high or low scattering efficiencies) in both wavelength regions of the visible spectrum simulated from Ag film with cylindrical hole arrays. In addition, surprising results were obtained in the parallel scattering spectra, where the electric field is contained in the XY plane, when the angle between the metallic surface and the incident light was adjusted to 14 degrees; a bathochromic shift was observed for the WRA peak suggesting a hybrid resonance mode. Metallic films have the potential to be used in instrumental techniques for use as sensors, i.e. surface plasmon resonance affinity biosensors, but are not limited to such instrumental techniques. Although the research here was aimed towards affinity biosensors, other sensory designs can benefit from the optimized Ag film motifs. The intent of the study was to elucidate metal film motifs, when incorporated into instrumental analysis, allowing the quantification of genetic material in the visible region. Any research group that routinely benefits from quantification of various analytes in solution matrices will also benefit from this study, as there are a bewildering number of instrumental sensory methods and setups available.
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Gongora, Renan, "Theoretical Tailoring of Perforated Thin Silver Films for Surface Plasmon Resonance Affinity" (2013). HIM 1990-2015. 1529.