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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 7 — Mar. 1, 2001
  • pp: 1116–1125

Sculpted-multilayer optical effects in two species of Papilio butterfly

Peter Vukusic, Roy Sambles, Christopher Lawrence, and Gavin Wakely  »View Author Affiliations


Applied Optics, Vol. 40, Issue 7, pp. 1116-1125 (2001)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/AO.40.001116


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Abstract

The wing-scale microstructures associated with two species of <i>Papilio</i> butterfly are described and characterized. Despite close similarities in their structures, they do not exhibit analogous optical effects. With <i>Papilio palinurus</i>, deep modulations in its multilayering create bicolor reflectivity with strong polarization effects, and this leads to additive color mixing in certain visual systems. In contrast to this, <i>Papilio ulysses</i> features shallow multilayer modulation that produces monocolor reflectivity without significant polarization effects.

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OCIS Codes
(000.1430) General : Biology and medicine
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers
(260.5430) Physical optics : Polarization
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color

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Peter Vukusic, Roy Sambles, Christopher Lawrence, and Gavin Wakely, "Sculpted-multilayer optical effects in two species of Papilio butterfly," Appl. Opt. 40, 1116-1125 (2001)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-40-7-1116


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