Light Detectors, Photoreceptors, and Imaging Systems in Nature

Light Detectors, Photoreceptors, and Imaging Systems in Nature

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This book is a biophysically grounded comparative survey of how animals detect light and image in their world. Included are discussions of photoreceptors, light emitters, and eyes. The book centres on the kinds of optical systems that have evolved, beginning with unicellular organisms that detect and respond to light. The book details how these systems developed into more advanced and complex designs for imaging. Wolken's book will appeal to biologists, bioengineers and researchers working in the area of visual optics.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 280 pages
  • 161 x 236.7 x 23.6mm | 587.22g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • halftones, line figures, tables
  • 0195050029
  • 9780195050028

Table of contents

1. Light and Life: An Introduction ; 2. The Physical Nature of Light: the Interaction of Light with Matter and Molecules of Life ; 3. Biochromes: Pigments and Photoreceptions ; 4. The Cell Membrane: Molecular Structure ; 5. Specialized Cellular Membranes for Photoreception: The Chloroplast in Photosynthesis ; 6. Searching for Light: Photostatic Behaviour ; 7. Emergence of an Imaging Eye ; 8. Visual Pigments ; 9. The Vertebrate Eye and Visual Excitation ; 10. Birds and Fishes ; 11. Spectral Sensitivity of the Eye and Colour Vision ; 12. Invertebrate Eyes ; 13. Polarized Light in Nature ; 14. Light that Controls Behavior: Detection by Animals ; 15. Bioengineering: Biomimetics
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As usual for this author with a large pedagogic experience, the explanations are clear and generally understandable. The attraction of the book is in comparison of various photobiological processed in bacteria, animals and plants. * Z. Sestak, Photosynthetica 32 (4): 1996 *
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