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27 August 2014 Diatom frustule photonic crystal geometric and optical characterization
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Diatom algae are single-celled, photosynthetic organisms with a cell wall called a frustule—a periodically patterned nano-structure made of silica. Throughout the last decade, diatom frustules have been studied for their potential uses as photonic crystals and biomimetic templates for artificially developed metamaterials. A MATLAB program characterizing their pore structure as a function of angle was developed, potentially giving insight into how their geometric characteristics determine their optical properties.
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Jonathan Mishler, Phillip Blake, Andrew J. Alverson, D. Keith Roper, and Joseph B. Herzog "Diatom frustule photonic crystal geometric and optical characterization", Proc. SPIE 9171, Nanobiosystems: Processing, Characterization, and Applications VII, 91710P (27 August 2014);

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