Imaging scatterometry and microspectrophotometry of lycaenid butterfly wing scales with perforated multilayers

Bodo D. Wilts, Hein L. Leertouwer, Doekele G. Stavenga*

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Abstract

We studied the structural as well as spatial and spectral reflectance characteristics of the wing scales of lycaenid butterfly species, where the scale bodies consist of perforated multilayers. The extent of the spatial scattering profiles was measured with a newly built scatterometer. The width of the reflectance spectra, measured with a microspectrophotometer, decreased with the degree of perforation, in agreement with the calculations based on multilayer theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S185-S192
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Royal Society Interface
Volume6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6-Apr-2009
EventConference on Iridescence - More than Meets the Eye - , Azerbaijan
Duration: 6-Feb-20089-Feb-2008

Keywords

  • structural colour
  • spatial scattering profile
  • reflectance spectra
  • perforation factor
  • PHOTONIC STRUCTURES
  • STRUCTURAL COLORS
  • REFLECTANCE
  • DIFFRACTION
  • CRYSTALS
  • INSECTS

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