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DNA-based nonlinear photonic materials
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Paper Abstract

Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), extracted from salmon sperm through an enzyme isolation process, is a by-product of Japan’s fishing industry. To make DNA a suitable material for nonlinear optic (NLO) applications, it is precipitated with a surfactant complex, hexadecyltrimethlammonium chloride (CTMA). Preliminary characterization studies suggest DNA-CTMA may be a suitable host material for guest-host NLO polymer based electro-optic (EO) waveguide devices. The optical and electromagnetic properties of DNA-CTMA, as well as the development and EO measurement of a disperse red 1 (DR1) guest / DNA/CTMA host NLO material, are reported. Comparisons to a DR1 guest / poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) host NLO material are made.

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Date Published: 15 October 2004
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5516, Nonlinear Optical Transmission and Multiphoton Processes in Organics II, (15 October 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.563071
Show Author Affiliations
Emily M. Heckman, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
James G. Grote, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Perry P. Yaney, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
F. Kenneth Hopkins, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5516:
Nonlinear Optical Transmission and Multiphoton Processes in Organics II
A. Todd Yeates, Editor(s)

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