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Structural colors, cosmetics, and fabrics
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Paper Abstract

Structural colors are non-pigment colors that originate from the scattering of light from ordered microstructures, thin films, and even irregular arrays of scatterers. Examples include the flashing sparks of colors in opals and the brilliant hues of some butterflies such as Morpho rhetenor. Structural colors arise in nature from one or more of a palette of physical mechanisms that are now understood quite well and can be implemented industrially to produce structurally colored paints, fabrics, and cosmetics.

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Date Published: 21 August 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7401, Biomimetics and Bioinspiration, 740106 (21 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.824095
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Natalia Dushkina, Millersville Univ. (United States)
Akhlesh Lakhtakia, The Pennsylvania State Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7401:
Biomimetics and Bioinspiration
Raul J. Martin-Palma; Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Editor(s)

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