26 December 2001 Shedding light on butterfly wings
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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.
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Peter Vukusic, Peter Vukusic, J. Roy Sambles, J. Roy Sambles, } "Shedding light on butterfly wings", Proc. SPIE 4438, Physics, Theory, and Applications of Periodic Structures in Optics, (26 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.451481; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.451481

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