This paper presents an analysis of the optimal structural features in the peacock tail feather. Peacock tail feathers are highly optimized in three respects. The feathers are highly efficient structures that can support their own weight in a deployed position. The feathers are also optimized for producing thin-film colours with a high degree of lustre. The feathers also have a structure which produces intricate patterns with a high degree of aesthetic merit. There are structural features that allow simultaneous optimization in the different areas of performance. In particular, the thin-film sandwich structure is ideal for producing optimal structural performance and optimal optical performance.
|Translated title of the contribution||An analysis of optimal structural features in the peacock tail feather|
|Pages (from-to)||329 - 334|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Journal of Optics and Laser Technology|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2006|