Abstract

A guided Bloch surface wave resonance (GBR) configuration is introduced for label-free biosensing. The GBR is realized by coupling the first-order diffraction of a subwavelength grating with the Bloch surface wave at the interface between a 1D photonic crystal slab and bio-solution. In addition to sustaining the Bloch surface mode, the photonic crystal provides the design freedom of simultaneously increasing the quality and decreasing the sideband transmissions of the resonance spectrum. The low sideband and high-quality features along with the large sensitivity rising from the strong overlap between the Bloch surface mode and the bio-solution make the GBR suitable for the design of biosensors. Biosensors with a high figure of merit are realized by the compact configurations.

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