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.
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