18 October 2004 Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) photonics for space environments
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When one thinks of suitability in space environments, irradiation tolerance typically is the first property that comes to mind. In addition to irradiation tolerance, however, suitable photonic materials must also possess the desired optical and electromagnetic properties for optimal device performance. Extracted and purified deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), derived from salmon, has been investigated for use in photonic applications and has shown promise as an excellent optical waveguide material. In this paper we present the properties of DNA that are applicable for both ground and space based photonic applications. Such properties include optical loss, temperature stability, refractive index, resistivity, dielectric constant, microwave insertion loss and gamma ray irradiation tolerance.
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Joshua A. Hagen, James G. Grote, Naoya Ogata, Emily M. Heckman, Perry P. Yaney, Darnell E. Diggs, Gurunathan Subramanyam, Robert L. Nelson, John S. Zetts, Frank Kenneth Hopkins, Edward W. Taylor, "Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) photonics for space environments", Proc. SPIE 5554, Photonics for Space Environments IX, (18 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.562138; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.562138
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