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  • Editor: J. H. Eberly
  • Vol. 9, Iss. 11 — Nov. 19, 2001
  • pp: 567–578

Morpho butterflies wings color modeled with lamellar grating theory

Boris Gralak, Gérard Tayeb, and Stefan Enoch  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 9, Issue 11, pp. 567-578 (2001)

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We describe an approach for converting reflection coefficients of any structure into colors, taking into account human color perception. This procedure is applied to the study of the colors reflected by Morpho rhetenor butterflies wings. The scales of these wings have a tree-like periodic structure which is modeled with the help of a rigorous lamellar grating electromagnetic theory. In this way, we are able to determine the colors reflected by the wing under various illumination conditions.

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OCIS Codes
(050.1950) Diffraction and gratings : Diffraction gratings
(260.2110) Physical optics : Electromagnetic optics
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color

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Original Manuscript: October 12, 2001
Published: November 19, 2001

Boris Gralak, Gerard Tayeb, and Stefan Enoch, "Morpho butterflies wings color modeled with lamellar grating theory," Opt. Express 9, 567-578 (2001)

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