Biological thermal detection: micromechanical and microthermal properties of biological infrared receptors.

  title={Biological thermal detection: micromechanical and microthermal properties of biological infrared receptors.},
  author={V. V. Gorbunov and N. Fuchigami and M O Stone and M. Antony Lilly Grace and Vladimir V. Tsukruk},
  volume={3 1},
Bioinspired design of biomimetic sensors relies upon the complete understanding of properties and functioning of biological analogues in conjunction with an understanding of their microstructural organization at various length scales. In the spirit of this approach, the microscopic properties of infrared (IR) receptors of snakes with "infrared vision" were studied with scanning thermal microscopy and micromechanical analysis. Low surface thermal conductivity of 0.11 W/(m K) was measured for the… 

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