Polarization signals in mantis shrimps

Thomas W. Cronin, Tsyr Huei Chiou, Roy L. Caldwell, Nicholas Roberts, Justin Marshall

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPolarization Science and Remote Sensing IV
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Dec 1
EventPolarization Science and Remote Sensing IV - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: 2009 Aug 32009 Aug 4

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume7461
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Other

OtherPolarization Science and Remote Sensing IV
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period09-08-0309-08-04

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Light polarization
Polarization
polarized light
polarization
animals
Animals
photoreceptors
retarders
polarizers
Biocommunications
visual pigments
Biophotonics
Circular Polarization
Circular polarization
Retinal Pigments
circular polarization
Photonics
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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Cronin, T. W., Chiou, T. H., Caldwell, R. L., Roberts, N., & Marshall, J. (2009). Polarization signals in mantis shrimps. In Polarization Science and Remote Sensing IV [74610C] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 7461). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.828492
Cronin, Thomas W. ; Chiou, Tsyr Huei ; Caldwell, Roy L. ; Roberts, Nicholas ; Marshall, Justin. / Polarization signals in mantis shrimps. Polarization Science and Remote Sensing IV. 2009. (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering).
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Cronin, TW, Chiou, TH, Caldwell, RL, Roberts, N & Marshall, J 2009, Polarization signals in mantis shrimps. in Polarization Science and Remote Sensing IV., 74610C, Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering, vol. 7461, Polarization Science and Remote Sensing IV, San Diego, CA, United States, 09-08-03. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.828492

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