Supercontinuum Generation in Naturally Occurring Glass Sponges Spicules
Hermann Ehrlich, Manuel Maldonado, Andrew R. Parker, Yuri N. Kulchin, Jörg Schilling, Benjamin Köhler, Ulrich Skrzypczak, Paul Simon, Henry M. Reiswig, Mikhail V. Tsurkan, Eike Brunner, Sergey S. Voznesenskiy, Alexander V. Bezverbny, Sergey S. Golik, Ivan G. Nagorny, Denis V. Vyalikh, Anna A. Makarova, Serguei L. Molodtsov, Kurt Kummer, Michael Mertig, Christiane Erler, Denis V. Kurek, Vasilii V. Bazhenov, Filipe Natalio, Alexander E. Kovalev, Stanislav N. Gorb, Allison L. Stelling, Johannes Heitmann, René Born, Dirk C. Meyer and Konstantin R. Tabachnick
Version of Record online: 8 JUL 2016 | DOI: 10.1002/adom.201600454
The anchoring spicules of Sericolophus hawaiicus represent a unique biocomposite containing biosilica within specifically structured nanolamellar chitin. The generation of supercontinuum in these naturally occurring fibers is demonstrated for the first time. In contrast to in range between 1000 and 2000 °C artificially synthetized fibers with supercontinuum properties, glass sponges produce siliceous spicules with similar features at temperatures around 4 °C.