Optical properties of bioinspired disordered photonic nanoarchitectures

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Abstract

Bioinspired 1+2D nanoarchitectures inspired by the quasi-ordered structures occurring in photonic nano-architectures of biological origin, like for example butterfly scales, were produced by depositing a layer of SiO2 nanospheres (156 nm and 292 nm in diameter) on Si wafers, over which a regular multilayer composed from three alternating layers of SiO2 and TiO2 was deposited by physical vapor deposition. Flat multilayers were deposited in the same run on oxidized Si (324 nm SiO2 thickness) for comparison. Different types of disorder (in plane and out of plane) were purposefully allowed in the 1+2D nanoarchitectures. The positions of the specular reflection maxima for the flat multilayer and for the two different bioinspired nanoarchitectures were found to be similar. Additionally to this, the bioinspired nanoarchitectures exhibited angle independent diffuse reflection too, which was absent in the flat multilayer. Different model calculations were made to explain the specular and diffuse optical properties of the samples. Satisfactory agreement was obtained between experimental data and model calculations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-30
Number of pages14
JournalNanopages
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 1 2013

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Keywords

  • bioinspired
  • diffuse reflection
  • disordered
  • light coupling
  • nanospheres
  • structural color

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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