Primary Photophysical and Photochemical Reactions: Theoretical Background and General Introduction

  • Pill-Soon Song
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 33)


The photoreceptor bound to a protein or membrane absorbs a quantum of light. The light-energized photoreceptor then relaxes to the ground state via several modes of relaxation processes. Such relaxation modes can be coupled to dynamic as well as static conformational changes of protein and/or membranes to which the photoreceptor is bound. The coupled relaxation may then lead to trigger changes or generation of membrane potentials, induction or structural specificity of the photoreceptor relative to its effector site, and regulation of growth hormones, etc.


Fluorescence Lifetime Singlet Excited State Phototropic Response Photo Receptor Lipoamide Dehydrogenase 
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  • Pill-Soon Song
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryTexas Technical UniversityLubbockUSA

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