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Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) photonics for space environments
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When one thinks of suitability in space environments, irradiation tolerance typically is the first property that comes to mind. In addition to irradiation tolerance, however, suitable photonic materials must also possess the desired optical and electromagnetic properties for optimal device performance. Extracted and purified deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), derived from salmon, has been investigated for use in photonic applications and has shown promise as an excellent optical waveguide material. In this paper we present the properties of DNA that are applicable for both ground and space based photonic applications. Such properties include optical loss, temperature stability, refractive index, resistivity, dielectric constant, microwave insertion loss and gamma ray irradiation tolerance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 October 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5554, Photonics for Space Environments IX, (18 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.562138
Show Author Affiliations
Joshua A. Hagen, Univ. of Cincinnati (United States)
James G. Grote, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Naoya Ogata, Chitose Institute of Science and Technology (Japan)
Emily M. Heckman, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Perry P. Yaney, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Darnell E. Diggs, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Gurunathan Subramanyam, Univ. of Dayton (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)
Edward W. Taylor, International Photonics Consultants, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5554:
Photonics for Space Environments IX
Edward W. Taylor, Editor(s)

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