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APPLICATIONS-CENTERED RESEARCH IN OPTICS

  • Vol. 33, Iss. 28 — Oct. 1, 1994
  • pp: 6642–6647

Insect thin films as solar collectors

Bradley D. Heilman and loannis N. Miaoulis  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 33, Issue 28, pp. 6642-6647 (1994)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.33.006642


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Abstract

A numerical method for simulation of microscale radiation effects in insect thin-film structures is described. Accounting for solar beam and diffuse radiation, the model calculates the reflectivity and emissivity of such structures. A case study examines microscale radiation effects in butterfuly wings, and results reveal a new function of these multilayer thin films: thermal regulation. For film thicknesses of the order of 0.10 μm, solar absorption levels vary by as much as 25% with small changes in film thickness; for certain existing structures, absorption levels reach 96%., This is attributed to the spectral distribution of the reflected radiation, which consists of a singular reflectance peak within the solar spectrum.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

History
Original Manuscript: November 19, 1993
Revised Manuscript: March 3, 1994
Published: October 1, 1994

Citation
Bradley D. Heilman and loannis N. Miaoulis, "Insect thin films as solar collectors," Appl. Opt. 33, 6642-6647 (1994)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-33-28-6642


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