Patent Number: 7,820,106

Title: Sensor platform, apparatus incorporating the platform and process using the platform

Abstract: A sensor platform for use in sample analysis comprises a substrate (30) of refractive index (n.sub.1) and a thin, optically transparent layer (32) of refractive index (n.sub.2) on the substrate, (n.sub.2) is greater than (n.sub.1). The platform incorporates one or multiple corrugated structures in the form of periodic grooves (31), (33), which defines one or more sensing areas each for one or more capture elements. The grooves are so profiled, dimensioned and oriented that when coherent light is incident on the platform it is diffracted into individual beams or diffraction order resulting in reduction of the transmitted beam and an abnormal high reflection of the incident light thereby creates an enhanced evanescent field at the surface of the or each sensing area. The amplitude of this field at the resonant condition is greater by an order of approximately 100 than the field of prior art platforms so that the luminescence intensity created from samples on the platform is also increased by a factor of 100. Also disclosed are an apparatus incorporating the platform and a method of using the platform. Further increases of amplitude have been detected by using light having a linear component which gives rise to TM excitation and/or irradiating the platform from the substrate side.

Inventors: Budach; Wolfgang Ernst Gustav (Schliengen-Mauchen, DE), Neuschaefer; Dieter (Muttenz, CH)

Assignee: Novartis AG

International Classification: G01N 21/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00