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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 13 — Jun. 20, 2011
  • pp: 12799–12808

Imitation of variable structural color in paracheirodon innesi using colloidal crystal films

Hailin Cong, Bing Yu, and Xiu Song Zhao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 13, pp. 12799-12808 (2011)

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Spacing variation of adjoining reflecting thin films in iridophore is responsible for the variable interference color in the paracheirodon innesi. On the basis of this phenomenon, colloidal crystal thin films with different structures are fabricated from monodisperse poly(styrene-methyl methacrylate-acrylic acid) (PSMA) colloids. The relationship between the colors and structures of the films is investigated and discussed according to the principle of light interference. A two-layer colloidal film having uniform color is researched and it displays diverse colors before and after swelling by styrene (St), which can be used to mimic the variable structural color of the paracheirodon innesi.

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OCIS Codes
(310.6860) Thin films : Thin films, optical properties
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color

ToC Category:
Thin Films

Original Manuscript: April 21, 2011
Revised Manuscript: June 8, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: June 8, 2011
Published: June 17, 2011

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Hailin Cong, Bing Yu, and Xiu Song Zhao, "Imitation of variable structural color in paracheirodon innesi using colloidal crystal films," Opt. Express 19, 12799-12808 (2011)

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