3 November 2003 Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)-based nonlinear optics
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Highly purified deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) was isolated from salmon and scallop sperm by an enzymatic isolation process. Characterization of the optical and electromagnetic properties of DNA suggested suitability for optical waveguide applications. One of the characteristic features of DNA we discovered was an intercalation of aromatic compounds into stacked layers within the double helix of DNA molecules. We found that various optical dyes inserted into the double helix of DNA molecules render optical waveguide films of dye-intercalated DNA suitable for active photonic devices. Our investigation includes intercalation of fluorescent dyes, photochromic dyes, nonlinear optic chromophores, two photon dyes and rare earth compounds into DNA comparing results with poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) based materials.
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James G. Grote, James G. Grote, Naoya Ogata, Naoya Ogata, Joshua A. Hagen, Joshua A. Hagen, Emily Heckman, Emily Heckman, Michael J. Curley, Michael J. Curley, Perry P. Yaney, Perry P. Yaney, Morley O. Stone, Morley O. Stone, Darnell E. Diggs, Darnell E. Diggs, Robert L. Nelson, Robert L. Nelson, John S. Zetts, John S. Zetts, Frank Kenneth Hopkins, Frank Kenneth Hopkins, Larry Raymond Dalton, Larry Raymond Dalton, "Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)-based nonlinear optics", Proc. SPIE 5211, Nonlinear Optical Transmission and Multiphoton Processes in Organics, (3 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.510909; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.510909

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