© 1987

Primary Processes in Photobiology

Proceedings of the 12th Taniguchi Symposium, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, December 7–12, 1986

  • Takayoshi Kobayashi
Conference proceedings

Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. New Experimental Techniques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Photosynthesis and Phototransformation

  4. Rhodopsin, Sensory Rhodopsin, Phoborhodopsin, and Retinochrome

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 91-91
    2. H. Ohtani, T. Kobayashi, M. Tsuda, T. G. Ebrey
      Pages 92-100
    3. T. Takahashi, H. Tomioka, Y. Nakamori, N. Kamo, Y. Kobatake
      Pages 101-109
    4. T. Kobayashi, H. Ohtani, M. Tsuda
      Pages 110-116
    5. N. Kamo, H. Tomioka, T. Takahashi, Y. Kobatake
      Pages 117-124
    6. T. Kobayashi, K. Ogasawara, S. Koshihara, K. Ichimura, R. Hara
      Pages 125-133
  5. Bacteriorhodopsin

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
    2. R. A. Mathies, S. O. Smith, G. S. Harbison, J. Herzfeld, R. G. Griffin, J. Lugtenburg
      Pages 136-143

About these proceedings


Living things use solar energy in two ways: in the transmission of information and in the conversion of light energy to chemical energy. In order to elucidate the molecular mechanisms of highly sensitive visual responses and other photosensitive responses of biological systems, and the very efficient transduction of photoenergy to chemical energy in photosynthesis, it is important to observe molecular processes in biological systems. Using highly developed laser spectroscopic techniques, great progress has recently been achieved in the area of various primary processes in photobiology. It was therefore an excellent time to hold the 12th Taniguchi International Symposium, Biophysics Division, on Primary Processes in Photobiology. This volume is the proceedings of that symposium. Among the topics discussed are the femtosecond molecular processes in photosynthetic bacteriochlorophyll and the recently discovered intermediates in the photocycles of rhodopsin (found in the visual pigments of many animals), bacteriorhodopsin (found in the proton-pumping pigments of halobacteria) and retinochrome. New techniques for the measurement of the primary processes are also reported.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Takayoshi Kobayashi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics, Faculty of ScienceUniversity of TokyoBunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113Japan

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Primary Processes in Photobiology
  • Book Subtitle Proceedings of the 12th Taniguchi Symposium, Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, December 7–12, 1986
  • Editors Takayoshi Kobayashi
  • Series Title Springer Proceedings in Physics
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1987
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-18068-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-72837-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-72835-8
  • Series ISSN 0930-8989
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 243
  • Number of Illustrations 11 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Optics, Lasers, Photonics, Optical Devices
    Physical Chemistry
    Biological and Medical Physics, Biophysics
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