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Observation of spider silk by femtosecond pulse laser second harmonic generation microscopy

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  • First Author :
    Yue Zhao
  • Co-authors :
    Yanrong Li, Khuat Thi, Thu Hien, Goro Mizutani, Harvey N. Rutt
  • Journal Name :
    Surface and Interface analysis
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  • DOI :
    10.1002/sia.6545

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Abstract

An asymmetric β‐sheet structure of spider silk is said to induce optical second harmonic generation. In this paper, using an in‐house nonscanning type femtosecond pulse laser second harmonic generation microscope, we characterized the behavior of the β‐sheet of spider silk under an applied external force. The orientation of the β‐sheets was more unidirectional when the silk was extended. One of the origins of the high mechanical strength of the dragline is suggested to be the physical arrangement of its β‐sheets.

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