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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 18, Iss. 11 — May. 24, 2010
  • pp: 11942–11948

Double scattering of light from Biophotonic Nanostructures with short-range order

Heeso Noh, Seng Fatt Liew, Vinodkumar Saranathan, Richard O. Prum, Simon G. J. Mochrie, Eric R. Dufresne, and Hui Cao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 18, Issue 11, pp. 11942-11948 (2010)

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We investigate the physical mechanism for color production by isotropic nanostructures with short-range order in bird feather barbs. While the primary peak in optical scattering spectra results from constructive interference of singly-scattered light, many species exhibit secondary peaks with distinct characteristic. Our experimental and numerical studies show that these secondary peaks result from double scattering of light by the correlated structures. Without an analog in periodic or random structures, such a phenomenon is unique for short-range ordered structures, and has been widely used by nature for non-iridescent structural coloration.

© 2010 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(290.4210) Scattering : Multiple scattering
(160.1435) Materials : Biomaterials
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: February 11, 2010
Revised Manuscript: March 22, 2010
Manuscript Accepted: March 26, 2010
Published: May 21, 2010

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Heeso Noh, Seng Fatt Liew, Vinodkumar Saranathan, Richard O. Prum, Simon G. J. Mochrie, Eric R. Dufresne, and Hui Cao, "Double scattering of light from Biophotonic Nanostructures with short-range order," Opt. Express 18, 11942-11948 (2010)

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