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THz Biosensor Based on Plasmonic Nanoarchitectures

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Department of Defense
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2011 / STTR
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104 Chaucer Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22901 Charlottesville, VA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2011
Title: THz Biosensor Based on Plasmonic Nanoarchitectures
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W911NF-11-C-0271
Award Amount: $99,983.00


In this collaborative STTR project between Vibratess LLC and UVA, we intent to conduct a combined theoretical and experimental study of plasmonic architectures for utilization with biological and chemical sensing in the THz spectral range. Plasmon Polariton (SSPP) devices that utilize metamaterials constructed of a conductor with sub-wavelength periodic structural features on it surface can tailor THz frequencies via the surface geometry. The objectives of this Phase I project are: 1) to define a new class of THz plasmonic nanostructures applicable for biosensing including focusing devices for enhancing interaction between the THz field and material under test, devices for coupling quazi-optical THz input/output radiation to waveguides, devices to transmit surface plasmon polariton propagation with minimal losses, and switches or modulators to allow for propagation control; 2) to demonstrate that these highly effective components for spectroscopy-based sensing can be implemented using relatively simple nano-manufacturing techniques; 3) to develop a conceptual design of an integrated chemical/biological spectroscopic sensor based on the THZ plasmonic nanostructures.

Principal Investigator:

Tatyana Khromova
Principle investigator
(434) 296-2400

Business Contact:

Tatiana Globus
(434) 296-2400
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104 Chaucer Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22901 Charlottesville, VA -

EIN/Tax ID: 208791145
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Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of Virginia
Office of Sponsored Programs
P.O. Box 400195
Charlottesville, VA 22904-
Contact: Robert R. Merhige
Contact Phone: (434) 924-4270