Applied Physics A

, Volume 106, Issue 4, pp 1005–1011

Multiple scaled disorder in the photonic structure of Morpho rhetenor butterfly


DOI: 10.1007/s00339-011-6728-y

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Boulenguez, J., Berthier, S. & Leroy, F. Appl. Phys. A (2012) 106: 1005. doi:10.1007/s00339-011-6728-y


The iridescence of Morpho rhetenor butterfly is known to result from a photonic structure on wing scales, where multilayer interference and grating diffraction occur simultaneously. We characterize the disorder at the photonic structure length scale and at the butterfly scale. We measure the scattering pattern of the wing. Through RCWA and 1st Born approximation models, we link the different disorders to different features in the scattering patterns.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.École des Hautes Etudes d’IngénieurLille CedexFrance
  2. 2.Institut des NanoSciences de Paris, (CNRS – Université Paris 6, UMR 7588)Université Paris DiderotParisFrance
  3. 3.Centre Interdisciplinaire de Nanoscience de MarseilleMarseille Cedex 09France