26 March 2015 Light emission from compound eye with conformal fluorescent coating
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Compound eyes of insects are attractive biological systems for engineered biomimicry as artificial sources of light, given their characteristic wide angular field of view. A blowfly eye was coated with a thin conformal fluorescent film, with the aim of achieving wide field-of-view emission. Experimental results showed that the coated eye emitted visible light and that the intensity showed a weaker angular dependence than a fluorescent thin film deposited on a flat surface.
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Raúl J. Martín-Palma, Raúl J. Martín-Palma, Amy E. Miller, Amy E. Miller, Drew P. Pulsifer, Drew P. Pulsifer, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, Akhlesh Lakhtakia, "Light emission from compound eye with conformal fluorescent coating", Proc. SPIE 9429, Bioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2015, 94290C (26 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2083826; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2083826
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