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UV-biosensor for visual indication of vitamin D synthesis
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Paper Abstract

Excessive UV doses have adverse effects on human health, but proper amount of UV is beneficial for people and is essential in the natural production of vitamin D# in skin. Most of broadband UV-radiometers that have an output in sunburn units are incapable to record correctly the vitamin D synthetic capacity of sunlight because of the difference between the CIE erythema and 'Vitamin D synthesis' action spectra. The liquid-crystalline UV sensor based on provitamin D photoconversions has been developed for direct observation of vitamin D synthesis under UV irradiation. UV-induced transformation of provitamin D in cholesteric liquid-crystalline matrix is accompanied by the change of cholesteric pitch value in the LC cell. The developed UV biosensor makes possible both instrumental and visual monitoring of the vitamin D synthetic capacity of sunlight and/or artificial UV source.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 April 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7003, Optical Sensors 2008, 70031O (28 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.780196
Show Author Affiliations
T. N. Orlova, Institute of Physics (Ukraine)
I. P. Terenetskaya, Institute of Physics (Ukraine)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7003:
Optical Sensors 2008
Francis Berghmans; Anna Grazia Mignani; Antonello Cutolo; Patrick P. Meyrueis; Thomas P. Pearsall, Editor(s)

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