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Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources


Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Committee Chair

Jeremy Dawson

Committee Member

David Graham

Committee Member

Dimitris Korakakis


The exploitation of spectro-plasmonics will allow for innovations in optical instrumentation development and the realization of more efficient optical biodetection components. Biosensors have been shown to improve the overall quality of life through real-time detection of various antibody-antigen reactions, biomarkers, infectious diseases, pathogens, toxins, viruses, etc. has led to increased interest in the research and development of these devices. Further advancements in modern biosensor development will be realized through novel electrochemical, electromechanical, bioelectrical, and/or optical transduction methods aimed at reducing the size, cost, and limit of detection (LOD) of these sensor systems. One such method of optical transduction involves the exploitation of the plasmonic resonance of noble metal nanostructures. This thesis presents the optimization of the electric (E) field enhancement granted from localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) via parametric variation of periodic gold lattice geometries using finite difference time domain (FDTD) software. Comprehensive analyses of cylindrical, square, star, and triangular lattice feature geometries were performed to determine the largest surface E-field enhancement resulting from LSPR for reducing the LOD of plasmon-enhanced fluorescence (PEF). The design of an optical transducer engineered to yield peak E-field enhancement and, therefore, peak excitation enhancement of fluorescent labels would enable for improved emission enhancement of these labels. The methodology presented in this thesis details the optimization of plasmonic lattice geometries for improving current visible wavelength fluorescence spectroscopy.