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Natural photonic crystals: formation, structure, function
Author(s): Michael H. Bartl; Michael R. Dahlby; Frank P. Barrows; Zachary J. Richens; Tommy Terooatea; Matthew R. Jorgensen
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Paper Abstract

The structure and properties of natural photonic crystals are discussed using the colored scales of the beetle Lamprocyphus augustus as an example. While the exact mechanism behind the formation of these biopolymeric photonic structures has yet to be fully explored, similarities of these structures to intracellular cubic membrane architectures are introduced. Some crucial parameters behind the formation of cubic membranes are discussed. Using these insights, intracellular cubic membrane structures are transformed into an extracellular environment.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 February 2012
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8279, Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies VII, 827907 (10 February 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.910972
Show Author Affiliations
Michael H. Bartl, The Univ. of Utah (United States)
Michael R. Dahlby, The Univ. of Utah (United States)
Frank P. Barrows, The Univ. of Utah (United States)
Univ. of Virginia (United States)
Zachary J. Richens, The Univ. of Utah (United States)
Tommy Terooatea, The Univ. of Utah (United States)
Matthew R. Jorgensen, The Univ. of Utah (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8279:
Emerging Liquid Crystal Technologies VII
Liang-Chy Chien, Editor(s)

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