The electron microscope view of the tiny Olympic rings (Photo: Jay Guo, College of Engineering)
The color reproduction of the tested Olympic rings (Photo: Jay Guo, College of engineering)
Imitating the color mechanism of the peacock's feathers could enable next-gen, high resolution reflective color displays (Photo: Shutterstock)
Structural color, which is the foundation that makes things like a peacock's tail feathers appear iridescent, has been an area of study for scientists as they try to adapt it for use in everyday technologies – only without the “rainbow effect” that makes the colors unstable depending on the angle of view. Now, Researchers at the University of Michigan have mimicked the peacock's color mechanism in an approach that could lead to high resolution reflective color displays and have implications for data storage, cryptography and counterfeiting.
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