The author has produced an excellent and accessible reference on bionanophotonics, which covers the generation of structural-based colors in the context of biological microstructures in the natural world. It is intended for students, scientist and optics professionals interested in and working in the developing field of nanotechnology with applications in biology.
Particular attention is given to the underlying optics phenomena in thin-layer interference, diffractive optics and light scattering of Rayleigh and Mie type. Readers will appreciate the integrated approach with respect to biology, like antireflective modes in moth-eye structures and cholerestic liquid crystal microstructures in scarab beetles. Furthermore, natural diffraction grating in butterfly nanostructures and photonic crystals in peacock feathers are investigated in detail. There is also a chapter on numerical simulations via the time domain finite difference method covering aspects of second order scattering in k-space and applications to the Morpho butterfly microscale.

Review by Axel Mainzer Koenig, CEO, 21st Century Data Analysis, a division of Koenig & Associates, Inc. Portland, Ore., U.S.A.

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