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Poling and optical studies of DNA NLO waveguides
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Paper Abstract

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), extracted from salmon sperm through an enzyme isolation process, is precipitated with a surfactant complex, cetyltrimethl-ammonium chloride (CTMA), for application as a nonlinear optical (NLO) material. Preliminary characterization studies suggest DNA-CTMA may be suitable for use as the host material in the poled core layer of electro-optically-active waveguide devices. Further studies have also indicated that it may be possible to create an all-DNA-CTMA NLO waveguide device using DNA-CTMA as both the core and cladding materials. Challenges and accomplishments in creating an all-DNA-CTMA waveguide device are discussed as well as poling results and techniques for poled-chromophore-DNA-CTMA films. Optical characterization studies, including optical propagation losses, of the DNA-CTMA films are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 August 2005
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 5934, Nonlinear Optical Transmission and Multiphoton Processes in Organics III, 593408 (18 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.614455
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Emily M. Heckman, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Anteon Corp. (United States)
Perry P. Yaney, Anteon Corp. (United States)
Univ. of Dayton (United States)
James G. Grote, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
F. Kenneth Hopkins, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5934:
Nonlinear Optical Transmission and Multiphoton Processes in Organics III
A. Todd Yeates, Editor(s)

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