Self-Assembled Resonance Energy Transfer Devices
This dissertation hypothesizes,
<italic>"It is possible to design a self-assembled, nanoscale, high-speed, resonance energy transfer device exhibiting non-linear gain with a few molecules."</italic>
The report recognizes DNA self-assembly, a relatively inexpensive and a massively parallel fabrication process, as a strong candidate for self-assembled RET systems. It successfully investigates into the design and simulations of a novel sequential self-assembly process employed to realize the goal of creating large, scalable, fully-addressable DNA nanostructure-substrate for future molecular circuitry.
As a pre-cursor to the final device modeling various RET wire designs for interconnecting nanocircuits are presented and their modeling and simulation results are discussed. A chromophore RET system using a biomolecular sensor as a proof-of-concept argument that shows it is possible to model and characterize chromophore systems as a first step towards device modeling is also discussed.
Finally, the thesis report describes in detail the design, modeling, characterization, and fabrication of the Closed-Diffusive Exciton Valve: a self-assembled, nanoscale (area of 17.34 nm<super>2</super>), high-speed (3.5 ps to 6 ps) resonance energy transfer device exhibiting non-linear gain using only 10 molecules, thus confirming the hypothesis. It also recognized improvements that can be made in the future to facilitate better device operation and suggested various applications.
Resonance Energy Transfer
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