Facile optical sensors capable of measuring a small change in an analyte's refractive index have been highlighted as the demand for environmental and Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications increases. In this work, we demonstrate a large-area refractive index sensor capable of refractometric and colorimetric sensing with a plasmon-coupled hybrid nanotemplate of anodic aluminum oxide (AAO). The nanotemplate enhances the figure-of-merit and sensitivity due to the coupled mode of the Fabry-Perot microcavity and metallic nanosurfaces. The increased mode confinement and interaction between AAO pores and analytes show highly modulated reflection spectra, which enable a refractive index sensitivity up to 348 nm per RIU and a figure-of-merit value up to 27.7. Also, the vivid color change induced from infiltrated analytes allows a colorimetric sensing performance up to RIU/ΔE ∼ 0.006 according to CIELab 1931 analysis. The key features of our device are simultaneous applications to superb dual (refractometric and colorimetric) sensing schemes by the plasmon-coupled hybrid AAO nanotemplate.
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