7B13.54 - Quantum Dots

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Demo Title:
Quantum Dots
Area of Study:
Modern Physics
Quantum Dots, UV lights, Ocean Optics spectrometer.

Quantum Dots are structures with the same composition but different sizes.  The size determines the color with which it fluoresces.   These are generally used as markers to monitor  chemical, genetic, and protein reactions.

Illuminate the dots with a UV light.  Place the Ocean Optics fiber optics cable at 90 degrees to the UV light and observe the fluorescent spectra of each dot sample.  

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