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Coherent optical spectroscopy in a biological semiconductor quantum dot-DNA hybrid system

Jin-Jin Li and Ka-Di Zhu*

Author Affiliations

Key Laboratory of Artificial Structures and Quantum Control (Ministry of Education), Department of Physics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 800 Dong Chuan Road, Shanghai 200240, China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:133  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-133

Published: 16 February 2012

Abstract

We theoretically investigate coherent optical spectroscopy of a biological semiconductor quantum dot (QD) coupled to DNA molecules. Coupling with DNAs, the linear optical responses of the peptide QDs will be enhanced significantly in the simultaneous presence of two optical fields. Based on this technique, we propose a scheme to measure the vibrational frequency of DNA and the coupling strength between peptide QD and DNA in all-optical domain. Distinct with metallic quantum dot, biological QD is non-toxic and pollution-free to environment, which will contribute to clinical medicine experiments. This article leads people to know more about the optical behaviors of DNAs-quantum dot system, with the currently popular pump-probe technique.