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  • Vol. 25, Iss. 18 — Sep. 15, 2000
  • pp: 1391–1393

Bacteriorhodopsin: a natural (nonlinear) photonic bandgap material

Koen Clays, Sven Van Elshocht, and André Persoons  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 25, Issue 18, pp. 1391-1393 (2000)

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The angular dependence of the hyper-Rayleigh scattered light intensity from a suspension of bacteriorhodopsin has been analyzed. The observation calls for combination of the second-order nonlinear hyperpolarizability of the retinal chromophore with the linear refractive index of the apo-protein matrix. The structuring of the small nonlinear chromophore in the large linear matrix imparts properties of a photonic bandgap to bacteriorhodopsin.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4330) Materials : Nonlinear optical materials
(160.4890) Materials : Organic materials
(190.4180) Nonlinear optics : Multiphoton processes
(190.4710) Nonlinear optics : Optical nonlinearities in organic materials

Koen Clays, Sven Van Elshocht, and André Persoons, "Bacteriorhodopsin: a natural (nonlinear) photonic bandgap material," Opt. Lett. 25, 1391-1393 (2000)

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