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Digital resolution biosensing, disease diagnostics, and DNA sequencing using dielectric nanoantenna-microcavity hybrids
Brian Cunningham
Associate 2018-19

The goal of Professor Cunningham’s project is to explore new nanostructures that can enhance the interaction between light and biological materials with the goal of achieving ultrasensitive biosensors with single-molecule detection resolution, and even the ability to sense specific regions within a single biomolecule. The approach will utilize novel configurations for “nano-antennas” comprised of nonconducting dielectric materials that can focus electromagnetic energy into nanometer-scale volumes without heating the molecules being observed.  Applications for this work include high sensitivity cancer diagnostics and rapid all-optical genome sequencing.