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Optical characterization of iridescent wings of butterflies using multilayer rigorous coupled wave analysis
Author(s): Guanglan Liao; Yanbo Cao; Tielin Shi; Haibo Zuo; Ping Peng; Zirong Tang
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Paper Abstract

In certain species of moths and butterflies iridescent colors arise from sub-wavelength diffractive surface corrugation of the wing-scales. The optical properties of such structures depend strongly on the wavelength, the incidence angle, the polarization of illuminating radiation, and the index of ambient medium. In this paper, after getting the SEM picture of the dorsal scales of the Morpho didius butterfly, we construct a bionic two dimension model, whose ridge contains a certain quasi-periodic arrangement of tree-like sub-wavelength microstructures. Then using a multilayer rigorous coupled wave analysis method in two dimensions, we study the reflection spectra of the wings of Morpho didius butterfly by simulating the multilayer model of a transverse cross-section comprised of the ground scale. Here we assume that the structure is made of a slightly lossy dielectric material and analyzed the polarization, the incidence angle and the index of ambient medium which affect the reflection spectra strongly. The results got, have revealed the natural phenomenon of iridescent colors and color-changed in essence, and the simulation results enable an artificial microsensor which discriminate vapor or component by reflective efficiency spectra.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 February 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7279, Photonics and Optoelectronics Meetings (POEM) 2008: Optoelectronic Devices and Integration, 72791P (19 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.823328
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Guanglan Liao, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Yanbo Cao, Wuhan National Lab. for Optoelectronics (China)
Tielin Shi, Wuhan National Lab. for Optoelectronics (China)
Haibo Zuo, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Ping Peng, Huazhong Univ. of Science and Technology (China)
Zirong Tang, Wuhan National Lab. for Optoelectronics (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7279:
Photonics and Optoelectronics Meetings (POEM) 2008: Optoelectronic Devices and Integration
Liming Zhang; Michael J. O'Mahony, Editor(s)

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