Nanotechnology in a shrimp eye’s view

The sensitivity and visual acuity of the eye of the shrimp L. vannamei are achieved via an exquisitely optimized nanostructured tapetum leading to a very high reflectivity in an ultrathin layer. Understanding the properties of such natural nanostructures can lead to the design of artificial photonic materials with enhanced properties.

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Fig. 1: Eye structure of the shrimp L. vannamei at multiple length scales.


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Schertel, L., Vignolini, S. Nanotechnology in a shrimp eye’s view. Nat. Nanotechnol. 15, 87–88 (2020).

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