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Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) cladding layers for nonlinear-optic-polymer-based electro-optic devices
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Paper Abstract

Nonlinear optic (NLO) polymer based electro-optic devices have been achieving world record low half wave voltages and high frequencies over the last 2-3 years. Part of the advancement is through the use of relatively more conductive polymers for the cladding layers. Based on the current materials available for these cladding materials, however, the desired optical and electromagnetic properites are being balanced for materials processability. One does not want the solvent present in one layer to dissovle the one deposited underneath, or be dissolved by the one being deposited on top. Optimized polymer cladding materials, to further enhance device performance, are continuing to be investigated. Thin films of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), derived from salmon sperm, show promise in providing both the desired optical and magnetic properties, as well as the desired resistance to various solvents used for NLO polymer device fabrication. Thin films of DNA were deposited on glass and silicon substrates and the film quality, optical and electromagnetic properties and resistance to various solvents were characterized.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 2003
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 4991, Organic Photonic Materials and Devices V, (14 July 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.485827
Show Author Affiliations
James G. Grote, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Naoya Ogata, Chitose Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)
Darnell E. Diggs, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Frank Kenneth Hopkins, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4991:
Organic Photonic Materials and Devices V
James G. Grote; Toshikuni Kaino, Editor(s)

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