Amorphous Nanophotonics in Nature

  • Stephen Luke
  • Peter Vukusic
Part of the Nano-Optics and Nanophotonics book series (NON)


Visual appearance generates stimuli associated with many biological functions, including interspecies and intra species communication. A range of biological structural colour mechanisms has been identified. These mechanisms include highly periodic microstructures associated with bright and saturated colours, and amorphous structures which produce broadband colours and generally diffuse reflectances. In this chapter several highly functional amorphous structures found in biological systems are detailed, and their optical characteristics are described.


Filling Fraction Colour Appearance Optical Scatter White Scale Wing Scale 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PhysicsUniversity of ExeterExeterUK

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