, Volume 68, Issue 3, pp 589-593

Nonlinear optics of chiral surface systems

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Differential SHG signals from chiral surfaces are recorded using right and left circularly polarized incident light. We show that chiral information from the surface is conveyed through this SHG process. This study focuses on the model protein system, cytochrome c, adsorbed on various self-assembled mono- and bi-layers at the solid/liquid interface. SHG-CD signals are shown to be related to the oxidation state of the protein and are utilized to observe changes in this feature of the protein in situ at surfaces of varying chemical properties.