Scientists shed light on glowing materials

LDOS measurements of a photonic crystal cavity

It seems that the public opinion wants us to work on butterfly, shall we take it as a good inspiration?

Researchers at King’s College London, in collaboration with European research institutes ICFO (Barcelona) and AMOLF (Amsterdam), have succeeded in mapping how light behaves in complex photonic materials inspired by nature, like iridescent butterfly wings. Scientists have broken the limit of light resolution at the nanoscale and delivered a fundamental insight into how light and matter interact, which could lead to the development of enhanced bio-sensors for healthcare and more efficient solar cells and displays.

The collaborative research is published today in the journal Nature Materials and can be accessed here.