Polarization signals in mantis shrimps

Cronin, Thomas W., Chiou, Tsyr-Huei, Caldwell, Roy L., Roberts, Nicholas and Marshall, Justin (2009). Polarization signals in mantis shrimps. In: Joseph A. Shaw and J. Scott Tyo, Polarization Science and Remote Sensing IV. SPIE Optics + Photonics 2009, San Diego, CA, USA, (74610C-1-74610C-10). 3-4 August, 2009. doi:10.1117/12.828492

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Author Cronin, Thomas W.
Chiou, Tsyr-Huei
Caldwell, Roy L.
Roberts, Nicholas
Marshall, Justin
Title of paper Polarization signals in mantis shrimps
Conference name SPIE Optics + Photonics 2009
Conference location San Diego, CA, USA
Conference dates 3-4 August, 2009
Proceedings title Polarization Science and Remote Sensing IV   Check publisher's open access policy
Journal name Proceedings of SPIE - International Society for Optical Engineering   Check publisher's open access policy
Place of Publication Bellingham, WA, United States
Publisher S P I E - International Society for Optical Engineering
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
DOI 10.1117/12.828492
Open Access Status DOI
ISBN 9780819477514
ISSN 0277-786X
1996-756X
Editor Joseph A. Shaw
J. Scott Tyo
Volume 7461
Start page 74610C-1
End page 74610C-10
Total pages 10
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
While color signals are well known as a form of animal communication, a number of animals communicate using signals based on patterns of polarized light reflected from specialized body parts or structures. Mantis shrimps, a group of marine crustaceans, have evolved a great diversity of such signals, several of which are based on photonic structures. These include resonant scattering devices, structures based on layered dichroic molecules, and structures that use birefringent layers to produce circular polarization. Such biological polarizers operate in different spectral regions ranging from the near-UV to medium wavelengths of visible light. In addition to the structures that are specialized for signal production, the eyes of many species of mantis shrimp are adapted to detect linearly polarized light in the ultraviolet and in the green, using specialized sets of photoreceptors with oriented, dichroic visual pigments. Finally, a few mantis shrimp species produce biophotonic retarders within their photoreceptors that permit the detection of circularly polarized light and are thus the only animals known to sense this form of polarization. Mantis shrimps use polarized light in species-specific signals related to mating and territorial defense, and their means of manipulating light's polarization can inspire designs for artificial polarizers and achromatic retarders.
Subjects E1
960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
060805 Animal Neurobiology
060205 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
040501 Biological Oceanography
0205 Optical Physics
0606 Physiology
Keyword Mantis shrimps
Photonic structures
Resonant scattering devices
Layered dichroic molecules
Birefringent layers
Circular polarization
Photoreceptors
Artificial polarizers
Achromatic retarders
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
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