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Photonic Structures Inspired by Nature

Authors: Kolle, Mathias

  • A thorough study of nature-inspired optics, offering detailed understanding of a new optical structure
  • Includes beautiful colour images
  • Nominated as an outstanding contribution by Cambridge University
  • Recipient of the German Physical Society's 2011 Dissertation Prize
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Unlike most natural colours that are based on pigment absorption, the striking iridescent and intense colouration of many butterflies, birds or beetles stems from the interaction of light with periodic sub-micrometer surface or volume patterns, so called “photonic structures”. These “structural colours” are increasingly well understood, but they are difficult to create artificially and exploit technologically. In this thesis the field of natural structural colours and biomimetic photonic structures is covered in a wide scope, ranging from plant photonics to theoretical optics. It demonstrates diffractive elements on the petal surfaces of many flowering plant species; these form the basis for the study of the role of structural colours in pollinator attraction. Self-assembly techniques, combined with scaleable nanofabrication methods, were used to create complex artificial photonic structures inspired by those found in nature. In particular, the colour effect of a Papilio butterfly was mimicked and, by variation of its design motive, enhanced. All photonic effects described here are underpinned by state-of-the-art model calculations.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Photonic Structures Inspired by Nature
Authors
Series Title
Springer Theses
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-15169-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-15169-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-15168-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-26661-4
Series ISSN
2190-5053
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 144
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