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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 3 — Feb. 11, 2013
  • pp: 3603–3616

Measurement system for marine animal reflectance functions

Justin M. Haag, Jules S. Jaffe, and Alison M. Sweeney  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 3, pp. 3603-3616 (2013)

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Photonic structures in the skin of pelagic fishes and squids evolved specifically for hiding in the complex light field of the open ocean. To understand the principles under which these structures operate, a detailed characterization of their optical properties is required. An optical scatterometer has been developed to measure one important property, the bidirectional reflectance distribution function (BRDF). The instrument was used to collect reflectance functions from the squid Pterygioteuthis microlampas and fish Sternoptyx sp. Although the animals appear very different to a casual observer, the results reveal interesting similarities in their scattering patterns, suggesting a similar optical strategy for hiding in open water.

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OCIS Codes
(010.4450) Atmospheric and oceanic optics : Oceanic optics
(120.1840) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Densitometers, reflectometers
(290.5820) Scattering : Scattering measurements
(160.1435) Materials : Biomaterials
(290.1483) Scattering : BSDF, BRDF, and BTDF

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Atmospheric and Oceanic Optics

Original Manuscript: January 17, 2013
Revised Manuscript: January 24, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: January 26, 2013
Published: February 5, 2013

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Justin M. Haag, Jules S. Jaffe, and Alison M. Sweeney, "Measurement system for marine animal reflectance functions," Opt. Express 21, 3603-3616 (2013)

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