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Nanotech 2011 Vol. 1
Nanotech 2011 Vol. 1
Nanotechnology 2011: Advanced Materials, CNTs, Particles, Films and Composites
Chapter 4: Nanostructured Coatings, Surfaces & Films

Broadband infrared reflecting thin films inspired by quasi-ordered photonic structures in squid tissue

Authors:R. Rotstein, A.M. Sweeney, A. Holt, G.D. Stucky, D.E. Morse
Affilation:UCSB, US
Pages:449 - 451
Keywords:self-assembly, bio-inspired, photonic crystals, thin films
Abstract:We present a novel synthetic approach to replicating the optical properties of quasi-ordered photonic structures in the silver-colored tissue in Loliginid squid. The squid system exhibits broadband reflectance in the visible spectrum. Rod-like polystyrene particles, inspired by the squid structures, are self-assembled into thin films. These films, and their silica inverse structures, exhibit broadband reflectance in the IR.
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