11 March 2015 Natural production of biological optical systems
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Synthesis and production in nature often provide ideas to design and fabricate advanced biomimetic photonic materials and structures, leading to excellent physical properties and enhanced performance. In addition, the recognition and utilization of natural or biological substances have been typical routes to develop biocompatible and biodegradable materials for medical applications. In this respect, biological lasers utilizing such biomaterials and biostructures have been received considerable attention, given a variety of implications and potentials for bioimaging, biosensing, implantation, and therapy. However, without relying on industrial facilities, eco-friendly massive production of such optical components or systems has not yet been investigated. We show examples of bioproduction of biological lasers using agriculture and fisheries. We anticipate that such approaches will open new possibilities for scalable eco-friendly ‘green’ production of biological photonics components and systems.
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Seung Ho Choi, Young L. Kim, "Natural production of biological optical systems", Proc. SPIE 9341, Bioinspired, Biointegrated, Bioengineered Photonic Devices III, 93410J (11 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2082642; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2082642
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