Anisotropically nanostructured silicon layers exhibit a strong in-plane birefringence. Their optical anisotropy parameters are found to be extremely sensitive to the presence of dielectric substances inside of the pores. Polarization-resolved transmittance measurements provide an extremely sensitive tool to analyze the adsorption of various atoms and molecules in negligible quantities. A variation of the transmitted linearly polarized light intensity up to two orders of magnitude combined with a fast optical response in the range of seconds make these layers a good candidate for sensor applications. (C) 2001 American Institute of Physics.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Applied Physics|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
Gross, E., Kovalev, D., Kunzner, N., Timoshenko, V. Y., Diener, J., & Koch, F. (2001). Highly sensitive recognition element based on birefringent porous silicon layers. Journal of Applied Physics, 90(7), 3529-3532.