Light Migration and Energy Utilization in Biological Systems

  • Julien L. Houben
  • Nicola Rosato
Part of the NATO Advanced Science Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 68)


Light migration and energy utilization in biological systems are processes governed by the classical laws of physics: fundamentally the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. Leaving aside the difficulties bound to the quantum mechanical description of large molecules, not to speak of complex systems, the problem resides in the dimensions and the inhomogeneity of the subcellular structures and in the molecular organization. The purpose of this chapter is to present a brief introduction to the problems leaving the interested readers find the fuller treatment and justification in the fundamental textbooks indicated in the general bibliography.


Wave Packet Energy Utilization Polarizability Tensor Stokes Parameter Vibrational Relaxation 
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General Bibliography

  1. P. W. Atkins, “Molecular Quantum Mechanics”, Clarendon Press, Oxford (1970).Google Scholar
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Julien L. Houben
    • 1
  • Nicola Rosato
    • 1
  1. 1.C.N.R. - Istituto di BiofisicaPisaItaly

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