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Bio-inspired Photonics

Photonic Structures in Nature and Bio-mimetic Materials

Nature’s most vivid colours rely on ordered, quasi-ordered or disordered structures with lattice constants or on scattering element sizes on the order of the wavelength of visible radiation. Knowledge of the interplay between the morphology, composition and optical appearance of biological photonic systems can provide inspiration for novel artificial photonic materials. 

Petals produce a ‘blue halo’ that helps bees to find flowers

19 October 2017

'Messy' microscopic structures on the petals of some flowers manipulate light to produce a blue colour effect that is easily seen by bees.

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