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CMP researchers mimic butterfly wing

Wednesday June 1 2016

By mimicking the structure of the Callophrys Rubi wing, Swinburne researchers created a material with remarkable optical properties.

Using a special lithography technique, the team was able to make photonic 'gyroid' nanostructures similar to those found in the butterfly's wings

Lead author Dr Zongsong Gan from Swinburne's Centre for Micro-Photonics says that materials made from these artificial gyroids should respond to light at ultrafast speeds making them ideal for high-speed switches.

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