Insect Eyes Inspire Improved Solar Cells

Francesco Chiadini, Vincenzo Fiumara, Antonio Scaglione, Drew P. Pulsifer,

Taking a cue from nature, these researchers looked to the compound eyes of insects as a model for developing their unique approach to harvesting sunlight.



Have you ever tried to catch a housefly? Unless you have the agility of Bruce Lee or the air is cold and damp, you have probably been unsuccessful. Both the placement and the structure of the two eyes of a housefly—as well as of insects of many other species—are such that they provide the insect with a wide angular field of view, far more than that of humans.

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