Reproducing the hierarchy of disorder for Morpho-inspired, broad-angle color reflection

Bokwang Song*, Villads Egede Johansen, Ole Sigmund, Jung H Shin

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    The scales of Morpho butterflies are covered with intricate, hierarchical ridge structures that produce a bright, blue reflection that remains stable across wide viewing angles. This effect has been researched extensively, and much understanding has been achieved using modeling that has focused on the positional disorder among the identical, multilayered ridges as the critical factor for producing angular independent color. Realizing such positional disorder of identical nanostructures is difficult, which in turn has limited experimental verification of different physical mechanisms that have been proposed. In this paper, we suggest an alternative model of inter-structural disorder that can achieve the same broad-angle color reflection, and is applicable to wafer-scale fabrication using conventional thin film technologies. Fabrication of a thin film that produces pure, stable blue across a viewing angle of more than 120 ° is demonstrated, together with a robust, conformal color coating.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number46023
    JournalScientific Reports
    Number of pages8
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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