Developing optical efficiency through optimized coating structure: biomimetic inspiration from white beetles

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Developing optical efficiency through optimized coating structure: biomimetic inspiration from white beetles

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dc.contributor.author Hallam, B. T. en_GB
dc.contributor.author Hiorns, Anthony G. en_GB
dc.contributor.author Vukusic, Peter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2010-02-04T16:09:12Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T11:54:33Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T13:07:44Z
dc.date.issued 2009 en_GB
dc.description.abstract The recent discovery of brilliant whiteness in ultrathin beetle scales indicated the availability of significant whiteness, brightness, and opacity from limited sample thickness. This is achieved in the beetle through optimization of the packing density of scattering centers in its elytral scales. Here, we directly test and apply this idea to whiteness and brightness in the production and appearance of mineral coatings on paper by varying the scattering center parameters that underpin its optical properties. Through biomimetic design principles, we find that desirably high optical scattering from mineral coatings can be achieved. Commercially, by using appropriately designed coating formulations, this leads to the prospect of equal optical performance using less scattering material. en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 48 (17), pp. 3243–3249 en_GB
dc.identifier.doi 10.1364/AO.48.003243 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/91173 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher Optical Society of America en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.opticsinfobase.org/ao/abstract.cfm?URI=ao-48-17-3243 en_GB
dc.title Developing optical efficiency through optimized coating structure: biomimetic inspiration from white beetles en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2010-02-04T16:09:12Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T11:54:33Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T13:07:44Z
dc.identifier.issn 0003-6935 en_GB
dc.identifier.issn 1539-4522 en_GB
dc.description Copyright © 2009 Optical Society of America. This paper was published in Applied Optics 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/ao/abstract.cfm?uri=ao-48-17-3243 . 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 Applied Optics en_GB


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