Photonic Biosensor Arrays
This invention relates to photonic biosensor arrays in particular employing plasmon resonance based sensing, and to methods and apparatus for reading such arrays. A biosensor array for plasmon resonance-based sensing of a plurality of different biological targets simultaneously, the array comprising a transparent substrate having a surface bearing a plurality of assay spots for plasmon resonance sensing, each of said assay spots comprising a discrete metallic island, a said metallic island comprising a plurality of metallic nanoparticles to which are attached functionalising molecules for binding to a said biological target, different said islands bearing different said functionalising molecules for binding to different ones of said biological targets,; and wherein total internal reflection of light at said surface at a wavelength at or near a said plasmon resonance results in scattering of said light away from said surface, said scattering being modulated by said binding of said biological targets.
SHAW ANDREW MARK [GB]; OLKHOV ROUSLAN VLADIMIR [GB]; BARNES WILLIAM LESLIE [GB]
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