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Effect of Macroscopic Structure in Iridescent Color of the Peacock Feathers

  title={Effect of Macroscopic Structure in Iridescent Color of the Peacock Feathers},
  author={S Yoshioka and Shuichi Kinoshita},
We have performed the structural and optical studies on the iridescent peacock feathers. The periodic structure of the submicron melanin granules has been observed beneath the feather surface and is considered responsible for the optical interference. In addition, the macroscopic structures such as the surface curvature and the configuration of barbules considerably affect the reflection properties. A simple model which takes both the submicron and macroscopic structures into account is… Expand

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