Diatom algae are single-celled, photosynthetic organisms with a cell wall called a frustule—a periodically patterned
nano-structure made of silica. Throughout the last decade, diatom frustules have been studied for their potential uses as
photonic crystals and biomimetic templates for artificially developed metamaterials. A MATLAB program
characterizing their pore structure as a function of angle was developed, potentially giving insight into how their
geometric characteristics determine their optical properties.
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Jonathan Mishler ; Phillip Blake ; Andrew J. Alverson ; D. K. Roper and Joseph B. Herzog
Diatom frustule photonic crystal geometric and optical characterization
", Proc. SPIE 9171, Nanobiosystems: Processing, Characterization, and Applications VII, 91710P (August 27, 2014); doi:10.1117/12.2062287; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.2062287