Timothy J Davis

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There is an ongoing need for field-deployable biosensor devices. We have constructed a fully self-contained, hand-held biosensor, based on the surface plasmon resonance technique. The dimensions of the sensor unit are 15 x 8 cm, the weight is 600 g and it is powered by a 9 V battery. We have characterised the responsiveness of the sensor using calibrated(More)
In-line phase contrast enables weakly absorbing specimens to be imaged successfully with x-rays, and greatly enhances the visibility of fine scale structure in more strongly absorbing specimens. This type of phase contrast requires a spatially coherent beam, a condition that can be met by a microfocus x-ray source. We have developed an x-ray microscope,(More)
We outline a new approach to X-ray projection microscopy in a scanning electron microscope (SEM), which exploits phase contrast to boost the quality and information content of images. These developments have been made possible by the combination of a high-brightness field-emission gun (FEG)-based SEM, direct detection CCD technology and new phase retrieval(More)
We present an experimental demonstration of strong coupling between a surface plasmon propagating on a planar silver thin film and the lowest excited state of CdSe nanocrystals. Attenuated total reflection measurements demonstrate the formation of plasmon-exciton mixed states, characterized by a Rabi splitting of approximately 112 meV at room temperature.(More)
An "electrostatic" eigenmode method based on the coupling of evanescent electric fields is presented for modeling the hybridization of localized surface plasmon resonances in metallic nanoparticles of arbitrary shape. The method yields simple analytical expressions for the hybridized energies and excitation amplitudes of nanoparticle ensembles. Because of(More)
We present a theory for determining the localized surface plasmon resonance shifts of arbitrarily shaped metal nanoparticles on a substrate. Using a pseudoparticle concept, an expression for the particle-substrate interaction is derived, providing both physical insight and formulas to estimate the shifted plasmon resonance. The theory is verified against(More)
This review focuses on the use of Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) to monitor intra- and intermolecular reactions occurring in microfluidic reactors. Microfluidic devices have recently been used for performing highly efficient and miniaturised biological assays for the analysis of biological entities such as cells, proteins and nucleic acids.(More)
Plasmonic dark modes are pure near-field modes that can arise from the plasmon hybridization in a set of interacting nanoparticles. When compared to bright modes, dark modes have longer lifetimes due to their lack of a net dipole moment, making them attractive for a number of applications. We demonstrate the excitation and optical detection of a collective(More)
The asymmetric addition of alkyl groups to aldehydes catalyzed by BINOLate-titanium complexes has become the testing grounds to evaluate the potential of new BINOL-based ligands. We have investigated the mechanism of this reaction and report our findings here. Model systems for the open form of the catalyst, (BINOLate)[Ti(O-i-Pr)(3)](2), based on(More)
An electrostatic eigenmode method that describes the coupling between plasmonic nanoparticles is used to model the optical resonances of the 3D plasmonic ruler. The model provides a mathematical description of the ruler that enables us to identify the key resonance in the scattering spectrum that encodes the location of the central nanorod. The model(More)