Butterfly-Inspired Design Enables Advanced Thermal Imaging

Bryan Whalen in the Electronics Cooling Lab at GE Global Research recorded this thermo graphic video of a Morpho butterfly structure in response to heat pulses produced by breathing onto the whole butterfly structure (part 1) and onto its localized areas (part 2). Nanostructures on Morpho butterfly wings coated with carbon nanotubes can sense temperature changes down to .02 degrees Celsius at a response rate of 1/40 of a second. The new bio-inspired designs by GE scientists could be applied to meet industrial inspection, medical diagnostics and military needs.