Bioinspired artificial photonic nanoarchitecture using the elytron of the beetle Trigonophorus rothschildi varians as a 'blueprint'

L. Bíró, K. Kertész, E. Horváth, G. Márk, G. Molnár, Z. Vértesy, J. F. Tsai, A. Kun, Z. Bálint, J. P. Vigneron

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Abstract

An unusual, intercalated photonic nanoarchitecture was discovered in the elytra of Taiwanese Trigonophorus rothschildi varians beetles. It consists of a multilayer structure intercalated with a random distribution of cylindrical holes normal to the plane of the multilayer. The nanoarchitectures were characterized structurally by scanning electron microscopy and optically by normal incidence, integrated and goniometric reflectance measurements. They exhibit an unsaturated specular and saturated non-specular component of the reflected light. Bioinspired, artificial nanoarchitectures of similar structure and with similar properties were realized by drilling holes of submicron size in a multilayer structure, showing that such photonic nanoarchitectures of biological origin may constitute valuable blueprints for artificial photonic materials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)887-894
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Royal Society Interface
Volume7
Issue number47
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 6 2010

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Optics and Photonics
Blueprints
Beetles
Photonics
Multilayers
Reflectometers
Electron Scanning Microscopy
Drilling
Light
Scanning electron microscopy
Incidence

Keywords

  • Artificial photonic nanoarchitectures
  • Bioinspired
  • Intercalated photonic nanoarchitecture
  • Photonic nanoarchitectures of biological origin
  • Structural and optical characterization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Biomaterials
  • Biochemistry

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