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Anapole Modes in Hollow Nanocuboid Dielectric Metasurfaces for Refractometric Sensing

GDAF-UC3M, Displays and Photonics Applications Group, Department of Electronic Technology, Carlos III University of Madrid, Leganés, 28911 Madrid, Spain
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto per la Microelettronica e Microsistemi, 00133 Rome, Italy
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Nanomaterials 2019, 9(1), 30;
Received: 4 December 2018 / Revised: 21 December 2018 / Accepted: 23 December 2018 / Published: 27 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Dielectric Nanophotonics and Their Applications)
This work proposes the use of the refractive index sensitivity of non-radiating anapole modes of high-refractive-index nanoparticles arranged in planar metasurfaces as a novel sensing principle. The spectral position of anapole modes excited in hollow silicon nanocuboids is first investigated as a function of the nanocuboid geometry. Then, nanostructured metasurfaces of periodic arrays of nanocuboids on a glass substrate are designed. The metasurface parameters are properly selected such that a resonance with ultrahigh Q-factor, above one million, is excited at the target infrared wavelength of 1.55 µm. The anapole-induced resonant wavelength depends on the refractive index of the analyte superstratum, exhibiting a sensitivity of up to 180 nm/RIU. Such values, combined with the ultrahigh Q-factor, allow for refractometric sensing with very low detection limits in a broad range of refractive indices. Besides the sensing applications, the proposed device can also open new venues in other research fields, such as non-linear optics, optical switches, and optical communications. View Full-Text
Keywords: dielectric nanoparticles; anapole mode; metasurfaces; sensing devices dielectric nanoparticles; anapole mode; metasurfaces; sensing devices
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Algorri, J.F.; Zografopoulos, D.C.; Ferraro, A.; García-Cámara, B.; Vergaz, R.; Beccherelli, R.; Sánchez-Pena, J.M. Anapole Modes in Hollow Nanocuboid Dielectric Metasurfaces for Refractometric Sensing. Nanomaterials 2019, 9, 30.

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