Beaks reflect UV light: emperor penguin
The beaks of emperor penguins reflect UV light via a multilayer reflector photonic microstructure.
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Transmission electron micrograph of the upper region of the beak horn of an emperor penguin, showing it to be packed with microstructures constituted of multilayer folded membrane stacks. Scale bar, 1.0 mm.
Aptenodytes forsteri G. R. Gray, 1844
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern
Habitat(s): Marine Coastal/Supratidal, Marine Neritic, Marine Oceanic
Some organism data provided by: ITIS: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: UV light reflectors on windows to reduce bird kill. Capture and transfer of UV light for photo voltaic applications- with TiO2. Template and redirection for UV "curing." Storage of information on UV sensitive array.
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