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Detailed electromagnetic simulation for the structural color of butterfly wings

Published in Applied Optics, Vol. 48 Issue 21, pp.4177-4190 (2009)
by R. Todd Lee and Glenn S. Smith

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Spotlight summary: Many species of butterflies exhibit interesting optical phenomena due to the presence of subwavelength quasi-periodic ridge structures in their wings. In this elegant work, the fully three-dimensional, periodic finite-difference time-domain method is used to create a detailed electromagnetic model for this structural color, and a novel method for presenting the three-dimensional observed color pattern is developed.

Technical Division: Vision and Color
ToC Category: Vision, Color, and Visual Optics
OCIS Codes: (170.1420) Medical optics and biotechnology : Biology
(330.1690) Vision, color, and visual optics : Color


Posted on July 17, 2009

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