The Red Admiral butterfly’s living light sensors and signals
Conical epidermal cells cause velvety colouration and enhanced patterning in Mandevilla flowers
Biosilica slab photonic crystals as an alternative to cleanroom fabrication
Characterization and Possible Function of an Enigmatic Reflector in the Eye of the Shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei
Biophotonics of diversely coloured peacock tail feathers
Bio-inspired gas sensing: boosting performance with sensor optimization guided by “machine learning”
Scattering of ultraviolet light by avian eggshells
Designing Refractive Index Fluids using the Kramers-Kronig Relations
Disordered wax platelets on Tradescantia pallida leaves create golden shine
The Lesser Purple Emperor, Apatura ilia: from mimesis to biomimetics
Playing the Blues, the Greens and the Reds with Cellulose-based Structural Colours
INTEGRATION OF BIO-RESPONSIVE SILVER IN 1D PHOTONIC CRYSTALS: TOWARDS THE COLORIMETRIC DETECTION OF BACTERIA
About this collection
We are delighted to share with you a selection of the papers which will be presented at our Faraday Discussion on Biological and bio-inspired optics taking place in Cambridge, UK in July 2020. More information about the event may be found here: http://rsc.li/optics-fd2020. Additional articles will be added to the collection as they are published. The final versions of all the articles presented and a record of the live discussions will be published after the event.
Over the last decade, an increasingly advanced understanding of nature’s light manipulation strategies has allowed scientists and engineers to design novel biologically inspired photonic materials for a wide range of applications. Recent research efforts have uncovered a truly astounding diversity of biological light management mechanisms that rely on various photonic structures, and there is much to be learnt from biological photonic structures for the design of advanced optical materials. Biological optical materials often create desirable synergies between quantum-optical, wave-optical, and ray-optical phenomena through a fine control of material structure and composition across all relevant length scales. Deciphering the origin of such synergies will allow scientists to emulate and improve upon them to solve challenges in optical technology development.
This Faraday Discussion will focus on the most recent developments in this exciting and rapidly evolving field. We will assess what we currently know about nature’s most intriguing light management techniques and review strategies for deriving advantages from this knowledge in bio-inspired materials. More importantly, we will also aim to identify current challenges and opportunities and derive a recommendation of how our field could be moving forward in the years to come. As this topic is very interdisciplinary, with connections spanning from biology and materials science to chemistry and physics, the unique format of the Faraday Discussion will provide a great platform for exchange between the different disciplines and facilitate novel collaborations.