6F40.40 - Wavelength Selective Scattering

Code Number:
Demo Title:
Wavelength Selective Scattering
Structural Scattering
Area of Study:
Optics, Astronomy
Morpho Butterfly Wings and Peacock Feathers.

The difference between structural color and color due to pigmentation can be discussed using the Morpho butterfly wings and peacock feathers as examples of the structural color.

  • Glenn S. Smith, "Structural Color of Morpho Butterflies", AJP, Vol. 77, #11, Nov. 2009, p. 1010.
  • Vinothan N. Manoharan, Anna B. Stephenson, "A Field Guide to Angle-Independent Structural Color, Physics Today, Vol. 74, #1, Jan. 2021, p. 62.
  • Ross C. McPhedran and Andrew R. Parker, "Biometrics: Lessons on Optics from Nature's School", Physics Today, Vol. 68, #6, June 2015, p. 32.
  • Richard J. Fitzgerald, "Reversed Diffraction in Bio-Inspired Photonic Materials", Physics Today, Vol. 67, #12, Dec. 2014, p. 23.
  • Steven K. Blau, "Filtering Light By Angle", Physics Today, Vol. 67, #5, May 2014, p. 16.
  • Steven K. Blau, "Light as a Feather: Structural Elements Give Peacock Plumes Their Color", Physics Today, Vol. 57, #1, Jan. 2004, p. 18.
  • Levi Sharpe, "Parrots Teach Scientists To Make Fade-Proof Colors", Popular Science, Vol. 287, #3, Sept. 2015, p. 29.
  • Bill Franklin, "Understanding Interference Colors", Teaching about Color & Color Vision, 1996, p. 2C-12.
  • "Energy Savers", Reader's Digest, June/July. 2011.

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