Chip-Based Resonance Raman Spectroscopy Using Tantalum Pentoxide Waveguides
Author(s)Coucheron, David A.; Wadduwage, Dushan Nawoda; Murugan, G. Senthil; So, Peter T. C.; Ahluwalia, Balpreet S.
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Blood analysis is an important diagnostic tool, as it provides a wealth of information about the patient's health. Raman spectroscopy is a promising tool for blood analysis, but widespread clinical application is limited by its low signal strength, as well as complex and costly instrumentation. The growing field of waveguide-based Raman spectroscopy tries to solve these challenges by working toward fully integrated Raman sensors with increased interaction areas. In this letter, we demonstrate resonance Raman measurements of hemoglobin, a crucial component of blood, at 532-nm excitation using a tantalum pentoxide (Ta₂O₅) waveguide platform. We have also characterized the background signal from Ta₂O5 waveguide material when excited at 532 nm. In addition, we demonstrate spontaneous Raman measurements of isopropanol and methanol using the same platform. Our results suggest that Ta₂O₅ is a promising waveguide platform for resonance Raman spectroscopy at 532 nm and, in particular, for blood analysis.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Laser Biomedical Research Center; Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Biological Engineering
IEEE Photonics Technology Letters
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Coucheron, David A. et al. "Chip-Based Resonance Raman Spectroscopy Using Tantalum Pentoxide Waveguides." IEEE Photonics Technology Letters 31, 14 (July 2019): 1127 - 1130
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