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Paper Abstract

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.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 November 2003
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 5211, Nonlinear Optical Transmission and Multiphoton Processes in Organics, (3 November 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.510909
Show Author Affiliations
James G. Grote, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Naoya Ogata, Chitose Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)
Joshua A. Hagen, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
Emily Heckman, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Michael J. Curley, Alabama A&M Univ. (United States)
Perry P. Yaney, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Morley O. Stone, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Darnell E. Diggs, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Robert L. Nelson, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
John S. Zetts, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Frank Kenneth Hopkins, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Larry Raymond Dalton, Univ. of Washington (United States)
Univ. of Southern California (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5211:
Nonlinear Optical Transmission and Multiphoton Processes in Organics
A. Todd Yeates; Kevin D. Belfield; Francois Kajzar; Christopher M. Lawson, Editor(s)

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