Optical properties of the scales of Morpho rhetenor butterflies: theoretical and experimental investigation of the back-scattering of light in the visible spectrum.

@article{Plattner2004OpticalPO,
  title={Optical properties of the scales of Morpho rhetenor butterflies: theoretical and experimental investigation of the back-scattering of light in the visible spectrum.},
  author={Luca Plattner},
  journal={Journal of the Royal Society, Interface},
  year={2004},
  volume={1 1},
  pages={49-59}
}
  • Luca Plattner
  • Published 2004 in Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
A study of the optical properties of the largely periodic microstructure occurring on the wings of the iridescent tropical butterfly Morpho rhetenor and responsible for its structural colouration is reported. An extensive measurement of the back-scattering of visible light from butterfly scales was performed for various angles of incidence. Efficient low-pass filter behaviour was observed for all angles of incidence and polarizations, with near-complete transmission at wavelengths above the… CONTINUE READING
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