The potentialities in using hollow core tube lattice fibers based on inhibited coupling wave-guiding for label-free DNA detection are numerically investigated and discussed here. The proposed sensing approach does not require any additional transducer component such as Bragg gratings, amplifying techniques such as nanoparticles nor coherent sources. It simply consists of the measurement of the transmittance of a piece of fiber some ten centimeters long. In case of matching DNA sequence, an additional bio-layer is laid down the dielectric-air interface causing a red shift of the transmission spectrum of the fiber. Results show a spectral sensitivity on the bio-layer with shift as high as 42 nm for every 10 nm of bio-layer and robustness against imperfect fiber coupling. The proposed approach can be easily applied to sensing of other complex molecular structures where the presence/absence of analyte can generate or not an additional layer.
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