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Shedding light on butterfly wings
Author(s): Peter Vukusic; J. Roy Sambles
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Paper Abstract

Surveys of the natural world reveal an extensive array of optical effects in a broad range of animal and insect species. While the aesthete may simply take delight in such phenomena, students of photonics have increasingly been prepared to look more closely; deriving understanding and inspiration from nature's optical ingenuity. By describing specific structural color examples in detail, within a general context of Lepidopteran microstructure classification, this review paper seeks to present an introduction to current work on butterfly photonics. Additionally, new but preliminary results and analysis are presented, that describe the structural color of a butterfly that exhibits a distinct 3D photonic crystal structure.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 December 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4438, Physics, Theory, and Applications of Periodic Structures in Optics, (26 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.451481
Show Author Affiliations
Peter Vukusic, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)
J. Roy Sambles, Univ. of Exeter (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4438:
Physics, Theory, and Applications of Periodic Structures in Optics
Philippe Lalanne, Editor(s)

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