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An Introductory Textbook

by Shuichi Kinoshita

The author has produced an excellent and accessible reference on bionanophotonics, which covers the generation of structural-based colors in the context of biological microstructures in the natural world. It is intended for students, scientist and optics professionals interested in and working in the developing field of nanotechnology with applications in biology. Particular attention is given to the underlying optics phenomena in thin-layer interference, diffractive optics and light scattering of Rayleigh and Mie type. Readers will appreciate the integrated approach with respect to biology, like antireflective modes in moth-eye structures and cholerestic liquid crystal microstructures in scarab beetles. Furthermore, natural diffraction grating in butterfly nanostructures and photonic crystals in peacock feathers are investigated in detail. There is also a chapter on numerical simulations via the time domain finite difference method covering aspects of second order scattering in k-space and applications to the Morpho butterfly microscale.

Dr. Axel Mainzer Koenig, Optics & Photonics News
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 9789814364713
  • Subject: Optics and Laser Physics
  • Published: July 2013
  • Pages: 512

Structural colors in living beings are one of the most marvelous arts that nature has ever created during the long history of the evolution. Humanity has been mesmerized by their beauty and has become enslaved by their wonderfulness. Recent scientific research has clarified that they are originated from surprisingly sophisticated microstructures and a new research field, which should be called bionanophotonics, has opened.

This book aims to offer a basis and advancement of this newly growing field of bionanophotonices. It occupies a special position among similar books in the field of photonics, because it places a special emphasis on the detailed physical basis for the optical processes that are deeply connected with the structural colors, and also on the biological and physiological bases concerning what a variety of animals are living and how they are seen by human vision. In addition, it contains ample examples for the recent technological advances in photonics that are rooted in the nature.

About the Author:
Prof. Shuichi Kinoshita graduated from Department of Chemistry, University of Tokyo, and completed the doctorates on X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. He then took up the post in Department of Physics, Osaka University in 1977, and studied the excited-state dynamics of organic dyes in solutions and living materials using laser spectroscopy. Then, he moved to Research Institute for Electronic Science, Hokkaido University in 1989, and performed the study on phase transition phenomena. In 1993, he returned to Osaka University and studied ultrafast fluctuation/relaxation phenomena in liquid. He further moved to newly-built Graduate School of Frontier Biosciences and began to study order formation processes in nonequilibrium system and structural colors in the natural world. Since retiring in 2011, he continued writing books and papers. He has authored 3 books and 20 book chapters, and 197 papers and conference papers, and has edited 3 books. In 2004, he received a gold prize of the 7th L’Oreal Art & Science Prize with his colleagues, Dr. A. Saito and Dr. S. Yoshioka.