Detailed optical study of the transparent wing membranes of the dragonfly Aeshna cyanea

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Detailed optical study of the transparent wing membranes of the dragonfly Aeshna cyanea

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dc.contributor.author Hooper, Ian R. en_GB
dc.contributor.author Vukusic, Peter en_GB
dc.contributor.author Wootton, R. J. en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2009-01-09T15:18:20Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T11:54:35Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T13:18:10Z
dc.date.issued 2006 en_GB
dc.description.abstract The optical properties of transparent single membranes on the wings of the dragonfly Aeshna cyanea have been investigated. These membranes comprise one central thick cuticular layer covered dorsally and ventrally with typical odonatan wax pruinosity. Optical characterisation of individual membranes reveals they can support optical guided modes comprising differential polarisation reflection. We suggest this may offer an intraspecific signalling channel. The guided modes’ characteristics depend on membrane thickness and the nature of the wax pruinosity. We accurately modelled multiple optical data sets simultaneously, thereby inaugurally quantifying the roughness of the pruinosity and the complex refractive indices of the wax and the odonatan cuticle. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 14 (11), pp. 4891-4897 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1364/OE.14.004891 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/47263 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Optical Society of America en_GB
dc.relation.url http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.004891 en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-11-4891 en_GB
dc.title Detailed optical study of the transparent wing membranes of the dragonfly Aeshna cyanea en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2009-01-09T15:18:20Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T11:54:35Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T13:18:10Z
dc.identifier.issn 1094-4087 en_GB
dc.description Copyright © 2006 Optical Society of America. This paper was published in Optics Express and is made available as an electronic reprint with the permission of OSA. The paper can be found at the following URL on the OSA website: http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-11-4891 . Systematic or multiple reproduction or distribution to multiple locations via electronic or other means is prohibited and is subject to penalties under law. en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Optics Express en_GB


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