Photosynthetic light harvesting

Tihana Mirkovic, Gregory D. Scholes

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The process of photosynthesis is initiated by the capture of sunlight by networks of molecules, often chlorophylls. The excitation energy is subsequently funneled to a reaction center, where it is converted to a charge separated state. By studying excitation energy transfer in photosynthetic light harvesting complexes, researchers have discovered many important details about the mechanism of energy transfer. In this chapter, we introduce photosynthetic light harvesting as an example of photobiology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPhotobiology
Subtitle of host publicationThe Science of Light and Life, Third Edition
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781493914685
ISBN (Print)9781493914678
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


  • Energy
  • Harvesting
  • Networks
  • Photosynthesis
  • Sunlight


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