Action Spectroscopy: General Problems

Authored by: Edward D. Lipson

CRC Handbook of Organic Photochemistry and Photobiology

Print publication date:  March  2012
Online publication date:  March  2012

Print ISBN: 9781439899335
eBook ISBN: 9781466561250
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/b12252-44

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Abstract

Action spectroscopy is a general approach toward identifying the receptor pigment(s) for a particular photobiological response or effect. The early identification of major chromophores, such as rhodopsin and chlorophyll, depended on comparison of the action spectra for vision and photosynthesis, respectively, with the absorption spectra of candidate pigments.

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