Book Reviews

Biomimetics in Photonics

Olaf Karthaus, Ed.

CRC Press, 2012; $119.95 (hardcover).

This book provides new insights into biomimetic photonics. The core material concerns the physical principles underlying nano- and microstructures found in fauna and flora. This application-driven account focuses on concrete phenomena. It explains how these physical principles can be used to produce structural colors and even metallic reflections from non-metallic multilayers. The reader will find a careful discussion of a night-vision algorithm inspired by the visual system of a nocturnal bee, and a presentation of bio-inspired antireflection coatings.


Christian Brosseau is a professor of physics in the physics department at the Université de Bretagne Occidentale in Brest, France, and a Fellow of OSA.

The opinions expressed in the book review section are those of the reviewer and do not necessarily reflect those of OPN or OSA.

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