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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 11 — Jun. 3, 2013
  • pp: 13228–13240

Method for modeling additive color effect in photonic polycrystals with form anisotropic elements: the case of Entimus imperialis weevil

Sébastien Mouchet, Jean-François Colomer, Cédric Vandenbem, Olivier Deparis, and Jean-Pol Vigneron  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 11, pp. 13228-13240 (2013)

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The calculation of the reflectance of photonic crystals having form-birefringent anisotropic elements in the crystal unit cell, such as cylinders, often turns out to be problematic, especially when the reflectance spectrum has to be computed according to different crystal orientations as in polycrystals for instance. The method we propose here solves this problem in the specific case of photonic crystals whose periodicities are such that there are no diffraction orders except Bragg reflection in the visible range. For a given crystal orientation, the crystal is sliced into layers and the periodic spatial variations of the dielectric function ε are homogenized. Thanks to that homogenization, the calculation can be performed using standard thin film computation codes. In order to demonstrate the usefulness of our method, we applied it to the case of a natural photonic polycrystal found on the cuticle of Entimus imperialis weevil which is a remarkable example of additive color effect. Although each photonic crystal grain of the polycrystal produces a single bright iridescent color, a non-iridescent green matt coloration is perceived by the human eye due to multiscale averaging effects.

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OCIS Codes
(200.0200) Optics in computing : Optics in computing
(300.6170) Spectroscopy : Spectra
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color
(160.1435) Materials : Biomaterials
(050.1755) Diffraction and gratings : Computational electromagnetic methods
(160.5293) Materials : Photonic bandgap materials
(160.5298) Materials : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: March 27, 2013
Revised Manuscript: April 27, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: May 15, 2013
Published: May 23, 2013

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Sébastien Mouchet, Jean-François Colomer, Cédric Vandenbem, Olivier Deparis, and Jean-Pol Vigneron, "Method for modeling additive color effect in photonic polycrystals with form anisotropic elements: the case of Entimus imperialis weevil," Opt. Express 21, 13228-13240 (2013)

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