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  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 19, Iss. 9 — Apr. 25, 2011
  • pp: 8208–8217

Short-range order and near-field effects on optical scattering and structural coloration

S. F. Liew, J. Forster, H. Noh, C. F. Schreck, V. Saranathan, X. Lu, L. Yang, Richard O. Prum, C. S. O’Hern, E. R. Dufresne, and H. Cao  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 19, Issue 9, pp. 8208-8217 (2011)

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We have investigated wavelength-dependent light scattering in biomimetic structures with short-range order. Coherent backscattering experiments are performed to measure the transport mean free path over a wide wavelength range. Overall scattering strength is reduced significantly due to short-range order and near-field effects. Our analysis explains why single scattering of light is dominant over multiple scattering in similar biological structures and is responsible for color generation.

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OCIS Codes
(290.1350) Scattering : Backscattering
(160.4236) Materials : Nanomaterials
(350.4238) Other areas of optics : Nanophotonics and photonic crystals

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Original Manuscript: February 7, 2011
Manuscript Accepted: March 28, 2011
Published: April 14, 2011

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S. F. Liew, J. Forster, H. Noh, C. F. Schreck, V. Saranathan, X. Lu, L. Yang, Richard O. Prum, C. S. O’Hern, E. R. Dufresne, and H. Cao, "Short-range order and near-field effects on optical scattering and structural coloration," Opt. Express 19, 8208-8217 (2011)

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