Abstract

We propose and numerically investigate a refractive index sensor based on a one-dimensional slotted photonic crystal nanobeam cavity with sidewall gratings for refractive index sensing in a gaseous environment. By using the three-dimensional finite-difference time-domain method, we demonstrate that our proposed sensor simultaneously possesses a high quality factor of $ 3.71 \times {10^6} $ and a high sensitivity of 508 nm/RIU (refractive index unit) at the resonant wavelength near 1583 nm, yielding a detection limit as low as $ 1.97 \times {10^{ - 6}} $ RIU. Moreover, the mode volume of the cavity’s fundamental resonant mode is found to be as small as $ 0.022(\lambda /n)^3 $, resulting in a very compact effective sensing area. We finally study and assess the effect of fabrication disorder on the performances of our proposed sensor. We believe our proposed sensor will be a promising candidate for applications not only in multiplexed biochemical sensing and multielement mixture detection, but also in optical trapping of single biomolecules or nanoparticles.

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