Light manipulation principles in biological photonic systems
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© 2013 Science Wise Publishing and DE GRUYTER.The science of light and colour manipulation continues to generate interest across a range of disciplines, from mainstream biology, across multiple physicsbased fields, to optical engineering. Furthermore, the study of light production and manipulation is of significant value to a variety of industrial processes and commercial products. Among the several key methods by which colour is produced in the biological world, this review sets out to describe, in some detail, the specifics of the method involving photonics in animal and plant systems; namely, the mechanism commonly referred to as structural colour generation. Not only has this theme been a very rapidly growing area of physics-based interest, but also it is increasingly clear that the biological world is filled with highly evolved structural designs by which light and colour strongly influence behaviours and ecological functions.
We acknowledge the financial support of DARPA contract W911NF-10-C-0069 and of AFOSR grant FA9550-10-1-0020. We also wish to thank Caroline Pouya, Helen Ghiradella, Radislav Potyrailo, Roy Sambles, Shuichi Kinoshita and Doekele Stavenga for helpful discussions.
Nanophotonics, 2013, Vol. 2, Issue 4, pp. 289 - 307