Butterfly wings inspire new solar technologies

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Butterfly wings inspire new solar technologies


  Last updated September 11, 2017 at 10:02 am


Engineers at the Australian National University (ANU) have invented tiny structures inspired by butterfly wings that open the door to new solar cell technologies and other applications requiring precise manipulation of light.

The inspiration comes from the blue Morpho Didius butterfly, which has wings with tiny cone-shaped nanostructures that scatter light to create a striking blue iridescence, and could lead to other innovations such as stealth and architectural applications.

Find out more about this new invention on the Science at ANU website.


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