Performance analysis of a liquid-filled glass prism-coupled metal-clad planar waveguide sensor
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The performance of a metal-clad planar waveguide-based sensor coupled with a liquid-filled prism is studied and is compared with a similar waveguide sensor coupled with a solid prism. The characteristic equations of these waveguides are obtained by matching field components at various boundaries, and the reflectivity of these waveguides is obtained using transfer matrix method. The obtained dispersion characteristic shows that the transverse electric field components are loosely bound in liquid-filled prism-coupled waveguide-based sensor. Unlike to solid prism-coupled waveguide sensor, the performance of liquid-filled prism-coupled waveguide sensor increases with increase of effective refractive index. Hence, the proposed liquid-filled prism-coupled waveguide-based sensor shows better performance at high effective refractive index.
The work is supported by the project No. MRP-MAJOR-ELEC-2013-12554, University Grant Commission, New Delhi.
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