Calculation of Reflection Spectrum with Actual Layer Thickness Profile in Nacre of Akoya Pearl Oyster

R Ozaki, A Yoshimoto, G Watanabe, K Kadowaki, K Odawara
2017 Journal of Physics, Conference Series  
Pearls have beautiful color and luster which are caused by the interference of light within a multilayer in nacre. The nacre is composed of submicron aragonite layers and nanoscale organic sheets of chitin. The value of a pearl is determined by its size, color, and luster. To improve the quality of cultured pearls, we investigate reflection properties and layer thickness profiles in pieces of nacre of Akoya pearl oyster. SEM images show us how large the thickness variation of the nacre of Akoya
more » ... oyster is. We discuss the reflection properties of the pieces of nacre to connect the relation between the reflection spectra and the thickness profiles obtained by SEM observation.
doi:10.1088/1742-6596/924/1/012011 fatcat:foo4ecfit5eedhz4kov3tsxqhq