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Philos Trans A Math Phys Eng Sci. 2009 May 13;367(1894):1759-82. doi: 10.1098/rsta.2009.0016.

Natural photonics for industrial inspiration.

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Department of Zoology, Natural History MuseumLondon SW7 5BD, UK. a.parker@nhm.ac.uk

Abstract

There are two considerations for optical biomimetics: the diversity of submicrometre architectures found in the natural world, and the industrial manufacture of these. A review exists on the latter subject, where current engineering methods are considered along with those of the natural cells. Here, on the other hand, I will provide a modern review of the different categories of reflectors and antireflectors found in animals, including their optical characterization. The purpose of this is to inspire designers within the $2 billion annual optics industry.

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19376770
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10.1098/rsta.2009.0016
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