Towards addressability of light-addressable potentiometric sensors: Shunting effect of non-illuminated region and cross-talk

A. Poghossian, Carl Frederik Benedikt Werner, V. V. Buniatyan, Torsten Wagner, K. Miamoto, T. Yoshinobu, M. J. Schöning

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The LAPS (light-addressable potentiometric sensor) platform is one of the most attractive approaches for chemical and biological sensing with many applications ranging from pH and ion/analyte concentration measurements up to cell metabolism detection and chemical imaging. However, although it is generally accepted that LAPS measurements are spatially resolved, the light-addressability feature of LAPS devices has not been discussed in detail so far. In this work, an extended electrical equivalent-circuit model of the LAPS has been presented, which takes into account possible cross-talk effects due to the capacitive coupling of the non-illuminated region. A shunting effect of the non-illuminated area on the measured photocurrent and addressability of LAPS devices has been studied. It has been shown, that the measured photocurrent will be determined not only by the local interfacial potential in the illuminated region but also by possible interfacial potential changes in the non-illuminated region, yielding cross-talk effects. These findings were supported by the experimental investigations of a penicillin-sensitive multi-spot LAPS and a metal-insulator-semiconductor LAPS as model systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1071-1079
Number of pages9
JournalSensors and Actuators, B: Chemical
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1


  • Bypass current
  • Cross-talk
  • Equivalent circuit
  • Light-addressable potentiometric sensor (LAPS)
  • Non-illuminated region
  • Photocurrent

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Instrumentation
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Materials Chemistry


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