Analysis of AC electrical conductivity of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) thin films, irradiated with ultraviolet (UV) light, revealed that electrical conduction arises from DNA chain electron hopping between base-pairs and phosphate groups. The hopping distance calculated from correlated barrier hopping model equals the distance between DNA base-pairs, which is consistent with the loss of conductivity with irradiation time arising from a decrease in phosphates groups. In the high frequency regime, at a given frequency, real part of conductivity strongly depends on irradiation time particularly for low dose levels suggesting the use of DNA based films for UV radiation sensors.
Andrade, M. M. A. C. D. S. D., Ribeiro, P. A. M. F., Gomes, P., & Raposo, M. D. F. G. D. S. C. (2012). Probing radiation damage by alternated current conductivity as a method to characterize electron hopping conduction in DNA molecules. Applied Physics Letters, 101(1), 123702-06. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4754287