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Diffractive Optics From Self-Assembled DNA



Zachary H. Levine


An algorithm is presented for assembling tiles into a variable spaced grating, the one-dimensional analogue of Fresnel zone plate. The algorithm supports blazing. The x-ray properties of such a grating, assumed to be constructed form DNA are estimated, leading to the conclusion that thick structures may be useful for intermediate energy x-rays, but that thin structures for soft x-rays are best used as disposible masks. The diffraction of cold, coherent atoms is a plausible application for thin lenses.
Journal of Research (NIST JRES) -
107 No. 4


atom optics, diffractive optics, DNA, tiling, x-ray optics


Levine, Z. (2002), Diffractive Optics From Self-Assembled DNA, Journal of Research (NIST JRES), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 12, 2024)
Created August 1, 2002, Updated February 17, 2017