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DNA Bases as Molecular Electronic Devices

International Journal of Computer Applications
© 2011 by IJCA Journal
Number 2 - Article 7
Year of Publication: 2011
Deep Kamal Kaur Randhawa
Lalit M. Bharadwaj
Inderpreet Kaur

Deep Kamal Kaur Randhawa, Lalit M Bharadwaj, Inderpreet Kaur and M.L.Singh. Article: DNA Bases as Molecular Electronic Devices. International Journal of Computer Applications 19(2):39-43, April 2011. Full text available. BibTeX

	author = {Deep Kamal Kaur Randhawa and Lalit M. Bharadwaj and Inderpreet Kaur and M.L.Singh},
	title = {Article: DNA Bases as Molecular Electronic Devices},
	journal = {International Journal of Computer Applications},
	year = {2011},
	volume = {19},
	number = {2},
	pages = {39-43},
	month = {April},
	note = {Full text available}


The current voltage characteristics have been obtained for the four DNA bases Adenine, Thymine, Guanine and Cytosine by non-equilibrium Green’s function combined with density functional theory. The pattern of current flow for an applied voltage sweep of 0-5 V is plotted. The phenomenon of tunneling is exhibited in the characteristics of molecules. The DNA base cytosine displays a typical surge of current in the voltage sweep section of 0.4V-0.6V, indicating single electron effects. The effect of gate voltage on the current-voltage characteristics of cytosine was studied in the gated two-probe setup. The typical section of characteristics of cytosine was re-drawn by varying the gate potential. The application of gate bias exhibits excellent ON/OFF switching for combinations of the two applied voltages- source voltage and gate voltage. Repetitive peaks are also observed in current when gate voltage is varied, fixing source potential. In this paper the cytosine molecule is proposed as a switch, AND gate and OR gate in this paper that can be used in DNA based molecular electronic devices.


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