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Lasing from Escherichia coli bacteria genetically programmed to express green fluorescent protein

Malte C. Gather and Seok Hyun Yun  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 36, Issue 16, pp. 3299-3301 (2011)

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We report on lasing action from colonies of Escherichia coli bacteria that are genetically programmed to synthesize the green fluorescent protein (GFP). When embedded in a Fabry–Perot type cavity and excited by ns-pulses of blue light ( 465 nm ), the bacteria generate green laser emission ( 520 nm ). Broad illumination of pump light yields simultaneous lasing over a large area in bacterial colonies.

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OCIS Codes
(140.0140) Lasers and laser optics : Lasers and laser optics
(170.0170) Medical optics and biotechnology : Medical optics and biotechnology

ToC Category:
Lasers and Laser Optics

Original Manuscript: July 1, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: July 19, 2011
Published: August 15, 2011

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Vol. 6, Iss. 9 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics
October 14, 2011 Spotlight on Optics

Malte C. Gather and Seok Hyun Yun, "Lasing from Escherichia coli bacteria genetically programmed to express green fluorescent protein," Opt. Lett. 36, 3299-3301 (2011)

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