- Language: English
- 488 Pages
- Published: July 2012
- Region: Global
Optical biomimetics: Materials and applications
- Published: September 2012
- Region: Global
- 280 Pages
- Woodhead Publishing Ltd
Optical biomimetics, the study of natural systems to inspire novel solutions to problems in optical technologies, has attracted growing interest. Optical biomimetics provides a review of key research in this area, focusing on the techniques and approaches used to characterise and mimic naturally occurring optical effects. The book discusses optical applications of biomolecules, such as retinylidene and bacteriorhodopsin, polarisation effects in natural photonic structures and their applications, and biomimetic nanostructures for anti-reflection (AR) devices. Control of iridescence in natural photonic structures is explored through the case of butterfly scales, alongside a consideration of nanostructure fabrication using natural synthesis. The investigation into silk optical materials is followed by a final discussion of the control of florescence in natural photonic structures.
Natural photonic structures: An overview
- Optical applications of biomolecules
- Polarisation effects in natural photonic structures and their applications
- Biomimetic nanostructures for anti-reflection (AR) devices
- Control of iridescence in natural photonic structures: The case of butterfly scales
- Fabrication of nanostructures using natural synthesis: Optical materials using silk
- Fluorescence control in natural green fluorescent protein (GFP)-based photonic structures of reef corals.
Dr Maryanne Large is a physicist with extensive experience in optics and optical materials. She has a particular interest in optical microstructures, and has studied them in butterflies, and used them in microstructured optical fibres. She is currently a research Manager at CiSRA (Canon Information Systems Research Australia) and a member of staff at the University of Sydney’s Institute of Photonics and Optical Sciences (IPOS).