Color-selecting reflectors inspired from biological periodic multilayer structures

Olivier Deparis, Cedric Vandenbem, Marie Rassart, Victoria Welch, Jean-Pol Vigneron

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We propose a semi-infinite 1-D photonic crystal approach for designing artificial reflectors which aim to reproduce color changes with the angle of incidence found in biological periodic multilayer templates. We show that both the dominant reflected wavelength and the photonic bandgap can be predicted and that these predictions agree with exact calculations of reflectance spectra for a finite multilayer structure. In order to help the designer, the concept of spectral richness of angle-tuned color-selecting reflectors is introduced and color changes with angle are displayed in a chromaticity diagram. The usefulness of the photonic crystal approach is demonstrated by modelling a biological template (found in the cuticle of Chrysochora vittata beetle) and by designing a bio-inspired artificial reflector which reproduces the visual aspect of the template. The bioinspired novel aspect of the design relies on the strong unbalance between the thicknesses of the two layers forming the unit cell.
langue originaleAnglais
Pages (de - à)3547-3555
Nombre de pages9
journalOptics Express
Numéro de publication8
Etat de la publicationPublié - 2006

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