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Optical Materials Express

  • Editor: David Hagan
  • Vol. 4, Iss. 9 — Sep. 1, 2014
  • pp: 1813–1823

Red fluorescence lamellae in calcitic prismatic layer of Pinctada vulgaris shell (Mollusc, bivalvia)

Lukmanul Hakim Arma, Akira Saitoh, Yukihide Ishibashi, Tsuyoshi Asahi, Yuri Sueoka, Masayuki Sakakibara, and Hiromichi Takebe  »View Author Affiliations

Optical Materials Express, Vol. 4, Issue 9, pp. 1813-1823 (2014)

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Red fluorescence lamellae in prismatic layers of Pinctada vulgaris shell were investigated. SEM-EDS, XRD, and TG-DTA were utilized to characterize prismatic layers. We found that prismatic layers are calcitic prismatic (CP) layers with rich organic substances. Excitation spectrum for red fluorescence determined by a spectrophotometer indicates that the fluorescent matter in the organic substances is porphyrin compound derivatives. By using a fluorescence microspectroscope, the cross section of CP layers shows red fluorescence forming lamellar pattern. The lamellar pattern consists of red and black parallel zones with a modulation of emission intensity. Elemental mapping show a correlation of the fluorescence intensity decay with sulphur-rich zones occupying the CP layers in the black zones.

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OCIS Codes
(160.2540) Materials : Fluorescent and luminescent materials
(180.2520) Microscopy : Fluorescence microscopy

ToC Category:
Fluorescent and Luminescent Materials

Original Manuscript: June 6, 2014
Revised Manuscript: July 19, 2014
Manuscript Accepted: August 5, 2014
Published: August 11, 2014

Lukmanul Hakim Arma, Akira Saitoh, Yukihide Ishibashi, Tsuyoshi Asahi, Yuri Sueoka, Masayuki Sakakibara, and Hiromichi Takebe, "Red fluorescence lamellae in calcitic prismatic layer of Pinctada vulgaris shell (Mollusc, bivalvia)," Opt. Mater. Express 4, 1813-1823 (2014)

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