Some animal colors are produced by quasi-periodic structures with submicron features. We discuss the application of FDTD method to study the reflection characteristics of a tree like microstructure from butterfly wing-scales, a photonic crystal structure from peacock feathers and a three-dimensional bumpy structure from the skin of transparent animals.
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S. Banerjee, J. B. Cole, and T. Yatagai, "FDTD simulations of biologically inspired submicron photonic structures," in Frontiers in Optics 2004/Laser Science XXII/Diffractive Optics and Micro-Optics/Optical Fabrication and Testing, OSA Technical Digest Series (Optical Society of America, 2004), paper FWH19.
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