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DNA – a new material for photonics?


Scientists have recently discovered that DNA — 'the molecule of life' — is an exciting new material for fabricating photonic devices with enhanced properties.

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Figure 1: BioLEDs, which use DNA to help boost light emission15.


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The author gratefully acknowledges the many contributions of his students at the University of Cincinnati (J. Hagen, W. Li, Z. Yu, R. Jones, D. Han, H. Spaeth), and his collaborators at the US Air Force Research Laboratory (J. Grote, R. Naik). Special thanks go to N. Ogata and his colleagues at Chitose Institute of Science and Technology, Japan for kindly providing the purified salmon DNA.

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Steckl, A. DNA – a new material for photonics?. Nature Photon 1, 3–5 (2007).

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