AltaSim Takes on Surface Plasmon Resonance Modeling

April 26, 2012

We’ve just got another finished article and layout back for COMSOL News and it looks as great as the others, but for different reasons. We usually ask a couple of our partners to write an article for COMSOL News to provide users with some more technical background to modeling. AltaSim Technologies, who are certified consultants and even run courses in COMSOL, have written an article about surface plasmon resonance.


Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR) is used to detect molecular adsorption on surfaces. It is for technologies ranging from gene assays and DNA sensing, molecular adsorption and desorption on surfaces, surface controlled electrochemical reactions, to nano-scale optical and photonic devices.

The authors compare two different configurations (Kretschmann-Raether and Otto) and show how modeling should be performed in order to guarantee accurate measurements will be obtained if either one is used. It’s an interesting read and shows the importance of testing and verifying designs prior to deployment.

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Xiaodong Wang
Xiaodong Wang
June 8, 2012

nice and interesting

Asif Rahman
Asif Rahman
April 26, 2016

can anyone provide me the software modelling of Surface plasmon resonance in COMSOL . i have trouble modelling it . it specified parameters & build geometry ; but cant progress .

Phil Kinnane
Phil Kinnane
April 26, 2016

Hi Asif,

The following example may help you:

Otherwise, alternate resources and help can be found by contacting our Support Team:

Best regards,