Reflectance Spectrum of a Color Blue Generated by Curved Multilayer and Iridescent of the Elytron of the Calidea Signata Bug

  • Issaka Ouedraogo Research Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Serge Wendsida Igo Research Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Priscilla Simonis Research Center in Physics of Matter and Radiation, Namur University, Belgium
  • Alioune Ouedraogo Ouagadougou University- UFR-SEA Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Belkacem Zeghmati Mathematics and Physics Laboratory, University of Perpignan, France

Abstract

This paper focuses on the study of the origins of blue iridescent reflections of the elytron of Calidea Signata, of the pentatomidae family which is commonly known as bug. Indeed, we use the spectrophotometry measurements, scanning electron microscopy characterization technique, and a ray tracing code program combined with the transfer matrices method, to explain the structure which is responsible for the color of the blue reflections and the iridescent effect. Thus, we noticed that the color of the bug as a result of two peaks. The first and main peak is located at 485.5 nm, corresponding to the blue color. The second peak, is less intense at 525 nm, corresponding to the green-blue color. The numerical reproduction of the reflectance spectrum gives 510.25 nm for the main peak, and 539.5 nm for the secondary peak. These results confirm that the multilayer structure is responsible for the blue color of the Calidea Signata bug. Lastly, the curve of the multilayer is responsible for the iridescence.

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Published
2016-12-31
How to Cite
Ouedraogo, I., Igo, S. W., Simonis, P., Ouedraogo, A., & Zeghmati, B. (2016). Reflectance Spectrum of a Color Blue Generated by Curved Multilayer and Iridescent of the Elytron of the Calidea Signata Bug. European Scientific Journal, ESJ, 12(36), 1. https://doi.org/10.19044/esj.2016.v12n36p1