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Advances in DNA photonics
Author(s): Emily M. Heckman; Roberto S. Aga; Emily M. Fehrman Cory; Fahima Ouchen; Alyssa Lesko; Brian Telek; Jack Lombardi; Carrie M. Bartsch; James G. Grote

Paper Abstract

In this paper we present our current research in exploring a DNA biopolymer for photonics applications. A new processing technique has been adopted that employs a modified soxhlet-dialysis (SD) rinsing technique to completely remove excess ionic contaminants from the DNA biopolymer, resulting in a material with greater mechanical stability and enhanced performance reproducibility. This newly processed material has been shown to be an excellent material for cladding layers in poled polymer electro-optic (EO) waveguide modulator applications. Thin film poling results are reported for materials using the DNA biopolymer as a cladding layer, as are results for beam steering devices also using the DNA biopolymer. Finally, progress on fabrication of a Mach Zehnder EO modulator with DNA biopolymer claddings using nanoimprint lithography techniques is reported.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 October 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8464, Nanobiosystems: Processing, Characterization, and Applications V, 84640P (10 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.930873
Show Author Affiliations
Emily M. Heckman, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Roberto S. Aga, General Dynamics Information Technology (United States)
Emily M. Fehrman Cory, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Fahima Ouchen, Univ. of Dayton Research Institute (United States)
Alyssa Lesko, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Brian Telek, Univ. of Dayton (United States)
Jack Lombardi, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
Carrie M. Bartsch, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
James G. Grote, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8464:
Nanobiosystems: Processing, Characterization, and Applications V
Norihisa Kobayashi; Fahima Ouchen; Ileana Rau, Editor(s)

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