Quasiordered photonic band gap materials of biologic origin: Butterfly scales

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Abstract

Individual, unsupported scales of two male butterflies with dorsal blue and ventral green color were compared by microscpectrometric measurements, optical and electronic microscopy. All the scales are colored by photonic band gap type materials built of chitin (n = 1.58) and air. The different scales are characterized by different degrees of order from fully ordered single crystalline blue scales of the Cyanophrys remus butterfly through polycrystalline green scales on the ventral side of the same butterfly, to the most disordered dorsal blue scales of the Albulina metallica, where only the distance of the first neighbors is constant. The different scale nanoarchitectures and their properties are compared.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPhotonic Materials, Devices, and Applications II
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 23 2007
EventPhotonic Materials, Devices, and Applications II - Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain
Duration: May 2 2007May 4 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume6593
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherPhotonic Materials, Devices, and Applications II
CountrySpain
CityMaspalomas, Gran Canaria
Period5/2/075/4/07

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Keywords

  • Butterfly scale
  • Disorder
  • Optical microscopy
  • Order
  • Photonic band gap material
  • Photonic crystals
  • Reflectance
  • Scanning electron microscopy
  • Transmission electron microscopy
  • Transmittance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Biró, L. P., Bálint, Z., Kertész, K., Vértesy, Z., Márk, G. I., Tapasztó, L., Lousse, V., & Vigneron, J. P. (2007). Quasiordered photonic band gap materials of biologic origin: Butterfly scales. In Photonic Materials, Devices, and Applications II [659318] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 6593). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.723535