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Elucidation and reproduction of the iridescence of a jewel beetle
Author(s): Shinya Yoshioka; Shuichi Kinoshita; Haruhisa Iida; Takahiko Hariyama
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Paper Abstract

It is known that the structural colors of some beetles originate from multilayer thin-film interference. We investigated such an example, a jewel beetle Chrysochroa fulgidissima, to quantitatively characterize the coloration mechanisms. The essential physical factors of the iridescence were elucidated by careful determinations of the structural parameters, measurements of angle and polarization-dependent reflection spectra, and theoretical modeling of the multilayer system. On the basis of the elucidated coloration mechanisms, we successfully prepared a dielectric thin film structure that reproduces the iridescence of the jewel beetle.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 October 2012
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 8480, The Nature of Light: Light in Nature IV, 848005 (11 October 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.930844
Show Author Affiliations
Shinya Yoshioka, Osaka Univ. (Japan)
Shuichi Kinoshita, Osaka Univ. (Japan)
Haruhisa Iida, Nikon (Japan)
Takahiko Hariyama, Hamamatsu Univ. School of Medicine (Japan)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8480:
The Nature of Light: Light in Nature IV
Rongguang Liang, Editor(s)

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