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26 August 2015 PicoGreen dye as an active medium for plastic lasers
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Deoxyribonucleic acid lipid complex thin films are used as a host material for laser dyes. We tested PicoGreen dye, which is commonly used for the quantification of single and double stranded DNA, for its applicability as lasing medium. PicoGreen dye exhibits enhanced fluorescence on intercalation with DNA. This enormous fluorescence emission is amplified in a planar microcavity to achieve yellow lasing. Here the role of DNA is not only a host medium, but also as a fluorescence dequencher. With the obtained results we have ample reasons to propose PicoGreen dye as a lasing medium, which can lead to the development of DNA based bio-lasers.
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C. Pradeep, C. P. G. Vallabhan, P. Radhakrishnan, and V. P. N. Nampoori "PicoGreen dye as an active medium for plastic lasers", Proc. SPIE 9557, Nanobiosystems: Processing, Characterization, and Applications VIII, 95570N (26 August 2015);

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