Noise analysis and sensitivity enhancement in immunomagnetic nanomechanical biosensors
Date of this Version9-11-2008
Icoz, K., Iverson, B. D., and Savran, C., “Noise analysis and sensitivity enhancement in immunomagnetic nanomechanical biosensors,” Applied Physics Letters, Vol. 93, No. 10, pp. 103902.
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We report noise and detection limitations in cantilever-based immunomagnetic biosensors. A differential cantilever system with sensing and control arms was used whereby the control arm was passivated with bovine serum albumin BSA and the sensing arm was functionalized with biotin-BSA. Streptavidin-coated magnetic beads were exposed to cantilever arms. An oscillatory magnetic field induced a magnetic force on the beads which caused a relative deflection of the sensing arm. Increasing the excitation frequency suppressed the 1/ f noise by 100-fold, resulting in a deflection resolution of 0.065 Å in air.