Structural colors from multi-layered films containing black thin layers

Hiroshi Yabu, Takayuki Nakanishi, Yuji Hirai, Masatsugu Shimomura

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We have demonstrated the simple preparation of structurally colored composite films by stacking alternating Os and PB layers. Os has a much higher refractive index than PB, which causes the strong reflection at the interface between these two materials. Strong reflection colors were observed because of th e interference between the multi-layers. Active control of the reflection peaks was achieved by swelling the PB layers. From these results, we conclude that black thin layers enhance the reflection of structural colors.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012 May 14
EventBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2012 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2012 Mar 122012 Mar 15

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherBioinspiration, Biomimetics, and Bioreplication 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Biomimetic
  • Jewel beetles
  • Multi-layered films
  • Structural colors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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