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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Comparison on different insects' wing displacements using high speed digital holographic interferometry
Author(s): Daniel D. Aguayo; Fernando Mendoza Santoyo; Manuel de la Torre Ibarra; Cristian Caloca Mendez; Manuel D. Salas-Araiza

Paper Abstract

In-flight insect wing motion behavior depends on a wide variety of conditions. They have a complex structural system and what seems to be a rather complicated motion. Researchers in many fields have endeavoured to study and reproduce these wing movements with the aim to apply the gained knowledge in their fields and for the benefit of avionic technological improvements and insect migration studies, among many other themes. The study of in-flight insect wing motion and its measurement is a relevant issue to understand and reproduce its functionality. Being capable of measuring the wing flapping using optical noninvasive methods adds scientific and technological value to the fundamental research in the area. Four different types of butterflies found widely in Mexico's forests are used to compare their wing flapping mechanisms. An out-of-plane digital holographic interferometry system is used to detect and measure its wingmicro deformations. Displacement changes from in vivo flapping wings are registered with a CMOS high speed camera yielding full field of view images depicting these insects' wing motion. The results have a resolution in the scale of hundreds of nanometers over the entire wing surface.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 June 2011
PDF: 9 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 16(6) 066005 doi: 10.1117/1.3586778
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 16, Issue 6
Show Author Affiliations
Daniel D. Aguayo, Ctr. de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C. (Mexico)
Fernando Mendoza Santoyo, Ctr. de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C. (Mexico)
Manuel de la Torre Ibarra, Ctr. de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C. (Mexico)
Cristian Caloca Mendez, Ctr. de Investigaciones en Óptica, A.C. (Mexico)
Manuel D. Salas-Araiza, Univ. de Guanajuato (Mexico)

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