Full-Wave Simulation of an Optofluidic Transmission-Mode Biosensor

E. P. Furlani[1], N. M. Litchinitse[2], and R. Biswas[2]

[1]The Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA
[2]Department of Electrical Engineering, The State University of New York at Buffalo,Buffalo, New York, USA

We present a study of an optofluidic biosensor. The sensor operates in a transmission mode wherein detection is based on a shift in the transmission spectrum caused by the contrast in refractive index between the carrier fluid and the target biomaterial. We study the behavior of the sensor using 2D full-wave electromagnetic analysis, and perform parametric studies of sensitivity as a function of key device parameters. Device optimization can be accomplished using the COMSOL RF Module, and parametric designs can be completed within a few minutes on a modern workstation.