Structural Color: How Noniridescent Colors Are Generated by Quasi-ordered Structures of Bird Feathers (Adv. Mater. 26–27/2010)

Authors

  • Heeso Noh,

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    1. Department of Applied Physics, Center for Research on Interface Structure and Phenomena, Yale University, CT 06511 (USA)
    • Department of Applied Physics, Center for Research on Interface Structure and Phenomena, Yale University, CT 06511 (USA).
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  • Seng Fatt Liew,

    1. Department of Applied Physics, Center for Research on Interface Structure and Phenomena, Yale University, CT 06511 (USA)
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  • Vinodkumar Saranathan,

    1. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Peabody National History Museum, Center for Research on Interface Structure and Phenomena, Yale University, CT 06511 (USA)
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  • Simon G. J. Mochrie,

    1. Departments of Applied Physics and Physics, Center for Research on Interface Structure and Phenomena, Yale University, CT 06511 (USA)
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  • Richard O. Prum,

    1. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Peabody National History Museum, Center for Research on Interface Structure and Phenomena, Yale University, CT 06511 (USA)
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  • Eric R. Dufresne,

    1. Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Cell Biology and Applied Physics, Center for Research on Interface Structure and Phenomena, Yale University, CT 06511 (USA)
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  • Hui Cao

    1. Departments of Applied Physics and Physics, Center for Research on Interface Structure and Phenomena, Yale University, CT 06511 (USA)
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Abstract

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Many species of birds produce brilliant non-iridescent colors by light scattering from nanostructures with only short-range order, as explored by Noh and co-workers on page 2871. Forster and co-workers have designed materials composed of polymer nanoparticles to produce color via the same mechanism. TEM and SEM images help visualize the character of these materials.

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