Coherent backscattering of light by an anisotropic biological network.
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Jacucci, G., Onelli, O. D., De Luca, A., Bertolotti, J., Sapienza, R., & Vignolini, S. (2019). Coherent backscattering of light by an anisotropic biological network.. Interface Focus, 9 (1), 20180050. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2018.0050
The scattering strength of a random medium relies on the geometry and spatial distribution of its components as well as on their refractive index. Anisotropy can, therefore, play a major role in the optimization of the scattering efficiency in both biological and synthetic materials. In this study, we show that, by exploiting the coherent backscattering phenomenon, it is possible to characterize the optical anisotropy in Cyphochilus beetle scales without the need to change their orientation or their thickness. For this reason, such a static and easily accessible experimental approach is particularly suitable for the study of biological specimens. Moreover, estimation of the anisotropy in Cyphochilus beetle scales might provide inspiration for improving the scattering strength of artificial white materials.
Is supplemented by: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.32464
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BB/K014617/1)
European Research Council (639088)
European Commission Horizon 2020 (H2020) Marie Sk?odowska-Curie actions (702911)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/N016920/1)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/L016087/1)
Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EP/L015978/1)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1098/rsfs.2018.0050
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/287602