Abstract

Natural photonic structures exhibit remarkable color effects such as metallic appearance and iridescence. A rigorous study of the electromagnetic response of such complex structures requires to accurately determine some of their relevant optical parameters, such as the refractive indices of the materials involved. In this paper, we apply different heuristic optimization strategies to retrieve the real and imaginary parts of the refractive index of the materials comprising natural multilayer systems. Through some examples, we compare the performances of the inversion methods proposed and show that these kinds of algorithms have a great potential as a tool to investigate natural photonic structures.

© 2013 Optical Society of America

Full Article  |  PDF Article
OSA Recommended Articles
Characterization of the iridescence-causing multilayer structure of the Ceroglossus suturalis beetle using bio-inspired optimization strategies

Ana Luna, Demetrio Macías, Diana Skigin, Marina Inchaussandague, Daniel Schinca, Miriam Gigli, and Alexandre Vial
Opt. Express 21(16) 19189-19201 (2013)

Photonic crystal notch-filter design using particle swarm optimization theory and finite-difference time-domain analysis

M. Djavid, S. A. Mirtaheri, and M. S. Abrishamian
J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 26(4) 849-853 (2009)

Cuticle structure of the scarab beetle Cetonia aurata analyzed by regression analysis of Mueller-matrix ellipsometric data

Hans Arwin, Torun Berlind, Blaine Johs, and Kenneth Järrendahl
Opt. Express 21(19) 22645-22656 (2013)

References

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Cited By

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Figures (7)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Figure files are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Tables (3)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article tables are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Equations (3)

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Equations are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription

Metrics

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Article level metrics are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Login to access OSA Member Subscription