Insulating behavior of λ-DNA on the micron scale

Y. Zhang, R. H. Austin, J. Kraeft, E. C. Cox, N. P. Ong

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Recently, two groups used electrostatic force microscopy to probe the electrostatic polarization of DNA. As such, the results were consistent with the findings that DNA is insulating. However, the electrostatic force-microscopy technique probes conductivity in the limit of weak bias potentials, so it does not rule out a transition to moderately large conductivity above a bias threshold of several volts. The presented experiments showed that insulating behavior extends to bias potentials as high as 20 V.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number198102
Pages (from-to)198102/1-198102/4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number19
StatePublished - Nov 4 2002

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  • General Physics and Astronomy

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