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Optics Express

  • Editor: Andrew M. Weiner
  • Vol. 21, Iss. 6 — Mar. 25, 2013
  • pp: 6979–6996

Cylindrical Bragg mirrors on leg segments of the male Bolivian blueleg tarantula Pamphobeteus antinous (Theraphosidae)

Priscilla Simonis, Annick Bay, Victoria L. Welch, Jean-François Colomer, and Jean Pol Vigneron  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 21, Issue 6, pp. 6979-6996 (2013)

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The large male tarantula Pamphobeteus antinous is easily recognized at the presence of blue-violet iridescent bristles on some of the segments of its legs and pedipalps. The optical properties of these colored appendages have been measured and the internal geometrical structure of the bristles have been investigated. The coloration is shown to be caused by a curved coaxial multilayer which acts as a “cylindrical Bragg mirror”.

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OCIS Codes
(170.1420) Medical optics and biotechnology : Biology
(230.4170) Optical devices : Multilayers
(330.0330) Vision, color, and visual optics : Vision, color, and visual optics
(060.4005) Fiber optics and optical communications : Microstructured fibers
(050.5298) Diffraction and gratings : Photonic crystals

ToC Category:
Photonic Crystals

Original Manuscript: January 22, 2013
Revised Manuscript: February 23, 2013
Manuscript Accepted: February 23, 2013
Published: March 13, 2013

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Priscilla Simonis, Annick Bay, Victoria L. Welch, Jean-François Colomer, and Jean Pol Vigneron, "Cylindrical Bragg mirrors on leg segments of the male Bolivian blueleg tarantula Pamphobeteus antinous (Theraphosidae)," Opt. Express 21, 6979-6996 (2013)

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