Biophysics for the Life Sciences

The Biophysics of Photosynthesis

Editors: Golbeck, John, van der Est, Art (Eds.)

  • Volume is divided into sections, each dealing with one of the main physical processes in photosynthetic energy conversion
  • Research provided by leading scientists in the field
  • Examines the main physical processes in photosynthetic energy conversion
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The volume is intended as an introduction to the physical principles governing the main processes that occur in photosynthesis, with emphasis on the light reactions and electron transport chain. A unique feature of the photosynthetic apparatus is the fact that the molecular structures are known in detail for essentially all of its major components. The availability of this data has allowed their functions to be probed at a very fundamental level to discover the design principles that have guided evolution. Other volumes on photosynthesis have tended to focus on single components or on a specific set of biophysical techniques, and the authors’ goal is to provide new researchers with an introduction to the overall field of photosynthesis.

The book is divided into sections, each dealing with one of the main physical processes in photosynthetic energy conversion. Each section has several chapters each describing the role that a basic physical property, such as charge or spin, plays in governing the process being discussed. The chapters proceed in an orderly fashion from a quantum mechanical description of early processes on an ultrafast timescale to a classical treatment of electron transfer and catalysis on a biochemical timescale culminating in evolutionary principles on a geological timescale.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Structure-Based Calculation of Pigment–Protein and Excitonic Pigment–Pigment Coupling in Photosynthetic Light-Harvesting Complexes

    Müh, Frank (et al.)

    Pages 3-44

  • Electron–Phonon and Exciton–Phonon Coupling in Light Harvesting, Insights from Line-Narrowing Spectroscopies

    Pieper, Jörg (et al.)

    Pages 45-77

  • Photosynthetic Energy Transfer and Charge Separation in Higher Plants

    Krüger, Tjaart P. J. (et al.)

    Pages 79-118

  • Tunneling in Electron Transport

    Moser, Christopher C.

    Pages 121-139

  • Spin in Photosynthetic Electron Transport

    Céspedes-Camacho, Isaac F. (et al.)

    Pages 141-170

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Biophysics of Photosynthesis
Editors
  • John Golbeck
  • Art van der Est
Series Title
Biophysics for the Life Sciences
Series Volume
11
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-1148-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-1148-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4939-1147-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-5305-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 462
Number of Illustrations and Tables
46 b/w illustrations, 76 illustrations in colour
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