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Degree

Master of Engineering Science

Program

Mechanical and Materials Engineering

Supervisor

Jun Yang

Abstract

Wavelength to refractive index sensitivity and resonance wavelength position are two very important performance characteristics for nanohole array based surface plasmon resonance sensors while these characteristics are mostly researched on periodic nanohole arrays, instead of quasiperiodic nanohole arrays. This thesis deduces theoretical equations about the wavelength to refractive index sensitivity and resonance wavelength position of quasiperiodic nanohole arrays. Theoretical analysis shows that wavelength to refractive index sensitivity is not associated with geometry pattern, hole size or pitch but with the wavelength. A novel surface plasmon resonance platform is built by transferring gold films patterned with quasiperiodic nanohole arrays to the tip of optical fibers and experimental data are acquired to validate the theoretical analysis. Compared with experimental data, the errors of theoretically predicted resonance wavelengths are within 2.3%. In the last part of this thesis, nanohole arrays are demonstrated to enhance Raman Scattering.


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