Applications Research Studies of Microtubules.
Monthly letter progress rept. no. 3, 12 Oct-13 Nov 87,
HUGHES RESEARCH LABS MALIBU CA EXPLORATORIES STUDIES DEPT
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This contract provides the Hughes Research Laboratories HRL funding for the first year of a three year research program to investigate techniques basic to novel applications of lipid microtubules for electro-optical, optical, and sensor devices, and to study the feasibility of such device applications. The overall program has two main area 1 The study of ordered microtubules in fluids and films, for applications such as variable transmission windows, IR polarizers, and dichroic filters 2 The study of ordered attachment of microtubules to surfaces, for applications such as nonlinear optical devices and acoustic detectors. The emphasis in this first year is on the suspension, orientation and electro-optical properties of microtubules in fluids, liquid crystals, and polymers, and on techniques for controlling the orientation and attachment of microtubules to surfaces.