Light Detectors, Photoreceptors, and Imaging Systems in Nature

Hardcover | March 1, 1972

byJerome J. Wolken

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The influence of light on the lives of living organisms is all-pervasive, affecting movement, vision, behavior, and physiological activity. This book is a biophysically grounded comparative survey of how animals detect light and perceive their surroundings. Included are discussions ofphotoreceptors, light emitters, and eyes. The book focuses in particular on the kinds of optical systems that have evolved, beginning with unicellular organisms that detect and respond to light through to more advanced and complex designs for imaging. The relevance of these studies extends beyondbiology, since these findings can be used to help develop photoreceptor energy conversion and information systems, and optical imaging devices with a wide range of everyday applications. The book will appeal to biophysicists, photobiologists, bioengineers, neuroscientists, and all researchersworking in the area of vision and visual optics.

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The influence of light on the lives of living organisms is all-pervasive, affecting movement, vision, behavior, and physiological activity. This book is a biophysically grounded comparative survey of how animals detect light and perceive their surroundings. Included are discussions ofphotoreceptors, light emitters, and eyes. The book ...

Jerome Wolken is at Carnegie Mellon University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:280 pages, 9.49 × 6.26 × 0.83 inPublished:March 1, 1972Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195050029

ISBN - 13:9780195050028

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Table of Contents

1. Light and Life: An Introduction2. The Physical Nature of Light: the Interaction of Light with Matter and Molecules of Life3. Biochromes: Pigments and Photoreceptions4. The Cell Membrane: Molecular Structure5. Specialized Cellular Membranes for Photoreception: The Chloroplast in Photosynthesis6. Searching for Light: Photostatic Behavior7. Emergence of an Imaging Eye8. Visual Pigments9. The Vertebrate Eye and Visual Excitation10. Birds and Fishes11. Spectral Sensitivity of the Eye and Color Vision12. Invertebrate Eyes13. Polarized Light in Nature14. Light that Controls Behavior: Detection by Animals15. Bioengineering: Biomimetics

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"Wolken has synthesized information from physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering to provide an interdisciplinary survey of the many ways in which light is linked with life. . .the extensive bibliography and numerous references make this a valuable overview to any professional interestedin the science of light and vision." --Choice