Natural photonic crystals

J.P. Vigneron, P. Simonis

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    Photonic structures appeared in nature several hundred millions years ago. In the living world, color is used for communication and this important function strongly impacts the individual chances of survival as well as the chances to reproduce. This has a statistical influence on species populations. Therefore, because they are involved in evolution, natural color-generating structures are from some point of view highly optimized. In this short review, a survey is presented of the development of natural photonic crystal-type structures occurring in insects, spiders, birds, fishes and other marine animals, in plants and more, from the standpoint of light-waves propagation. One-, two-, and three-dimensional structures will be reviewed with selected examples.
    langue originaleAnglais
    Pages (de - à)4032-4036
    Nombre de pages5
    journalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
    Numéro de publication20
    Les DOIs
    Etat de la publicationPublié - 15 oct. 2012

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