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Tunable optical Kerr effects of DNAs coupled to quantum dots

Yang Li and Ka-Di Zhu*

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

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2012, 7:660  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-7-660

Published: 29 November 2012


The coupling between DNA molecules and quantum dots can result in impressive nonlinear optical properties. In this paper, we theoretically demonstrate the significant enhancement of Kerr coefficient of signal light using optical pump-probe technique when the pump-exciton detuning is zero, and the probe-exciton detuning is adjusted properly to the frequency of DNA vibration mode. The magnitude of optical Kerr coefficient can be tuned by modifying the intensity of the pump beam. It is shown clearly that this phenomenon cannot occur without the DNA-quantum dot coupling. The present research will lead us to know more about the anomalous nonlinear optical behaviors in the hybrid DNA-quantum dot systems, which may have potential applications in the fields such as DNA detection.

Kerr effects; DNA-quantum dot system; Optoelectronic material