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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 15, Iss. 23 — Nov. 12, 2007
  • pp: 15268–15273

Grating inscription in picosecond regime in thin films of functionalized DNA

R. Czaplicki, O. Krupka, Z. Essaïdi, A. El-Ghayoury, F. Kajzar, J.G. Grote, and B. Sahraoui  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 15, Issue 23, pp. 15268-15273 (2007)

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Polymers containing azo-benzene groups are useful holographic recording materials. In these materials the efficient mixed amplitude and phase gratings, frequently accompanied with photoinduced - surface relief gratings, can be inscribed with polarized laser light. The light-induced transcis-trans photoisomerization of azo-benzene groups is responsible for optical anisotropy in such systems. The aim of the present work is to study the dynamics of grating inscription in Disperse Red 1 doped deoxyrbonucleic acid- hexadecyltrimethylammonium material (DR1-DNA-CTMA) using 16 ps laser pulses (532 nm, 1.3 mJ). Results are compared with that obtained for other polymeric matrices loaded with DR1. The dynamics of the grating growth, due to repeated pulses from picosecond laser with 10 Hz repetition rate, was probed by measuring the intensity of the first order of diffraction of a cw He-Ne. We report results in function of the light polarization of writing beams. In this paper we present the first results of the grating inscription in functionalized DNA (in the picosecond pulse regime).

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(090.1970) Holography : Diffractive optics
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(240.4350) Optics at surfaces : Nonlinear optics at surfaces

ToC Category:
Diffraction and Gratings

Original Manuscript: July 3, 2007
Revised Manuscript: August 8, 2007
Manuscript Accepted: August 8, 2007
Published: November 2, 2007

R. Czaplicki, O. Krupka, Z. Essaidi, A. El-Ghayoury, F. Kajzar, J. G. Grote, and B. Sahraoui, "Grating inscription in picosecond regime in thin films of functionalized DNA," Opt. Express 15, 15268-15273 (2007)

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