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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David J. Hagan
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 5 — Sep. 1, 2011
  • pp: 936–942

Linear birefringence magnitude of artificial self-assembled DNA crystals

Anni Lehmuskero, Nina Hakulinen, Hanna Lajunen, Jianping Zheng, Ruojie Sha, Benfeng Bai, Lingling Huang, Jari Turunen, Pasi Vahimaa, and Nadrian C. Seeman  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 1, Issue 5, pp. 936-942 (2011)

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We determine the linear birefringence magnitude, i.e. the difference between refractive indexes along the extraordinary and ordinary axes, of artificial uniaxial DNA crystals assembled with the so-called DNA tile approach. Based on the ellipsometric measurements, the birefringence magnitude is between 0.001 and 0.0018 in the visible and near infrared range. Besides being of fundamental interest, the optical properties of DNA crystals are crucial in the design of novel photonic nanostuctures.

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OCIS Codes
(160.4760) Materials : Optical properties
(260.1440) Physical optics : Birefringence
(160.1435) Materials : Biomaterials
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials

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Original Manuscript: June 28, 2011
Revised Manuscript: August 4, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: August 5, 2011
Published: August 12, 2011

Anni Lehmuskero, Nina Hakulinen, Hanna Lajunen, Jianping Zheng, Ruojie Sha, Benfeng Bai, Lingling Huang, Jari Turunen, Pasi Vahimaa, and Nadrian C. Seeman, "Linear birefringence magnitude of artificial self-assembled DNA crystals," Opt. Mater. Express 1, 936-942 (2011)

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