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Polarizing Natural Nanostructures

  • Kenneth Järrendahl
  • Hans Arwin
Part of the Springer Series in Surface Sciences book series (SSSUR, volume 52)

Abstract

A brief description of the polarizing environment we are living in and the possibilities for some animals to detect this polarization is made. This is followed by a presentation of how animals and plants generate polarized light, usually through reflection from micro- and nanostructures. Special attention is made to scarab beetles reflecting light with a high degree of circular polarization. Finally some comments on the biological aspects of polarization are made.

Keywords

Polarization Effect Circular Polarization Polarize Environment Polarization Ellipse Polarization Phenomenon 
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Notes

Acknowledgements

Our own results presented in this chapter were obtained with the help of Jens Birch, Lia Fernández del Río, Johan L.I. Gustafson, Jan Landin and Roger Magnusson from our department. The Swedish Research Council is acknowledged for financial support and Knut and Alice Wallenberg foundation for support to instrumentation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Laboratory of Applied Optics, Department of Physics, Chemistry and BiologyLinköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

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