A model of the primary process in photosynthesisA lecture presented at the Colloquium/Advanced Studies Institute on Mechanisms of Elementary Physico-Chemical Processes, Sorrento, Italy, May 2-14, 1983.
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The arrangement of membrane-bound pigments, proteins, and lipids in the thylakoids of higher plants is described, and the role of the membrane in preventing the back-reaction is discussed. The photosynthetic bacterium halobacterium halobium is also described. A simplified quantum-mechanical picture of the primary process in photosynthesis is presented, and the mechanism of electron-hole separation in this picture is compared with the corresponding mechanism in a silicon solar cell. An appendix discusses the application of Frenkel exciton theory to the antenna effect.
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