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Experimental Evidence for the Mechanism of Photosynthesis

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FIVE types of short-timed absorption changes (type 0, 1, 2a, 2b, 3) have been found in photosynthesis1. Type 0 is caused by the formation of chlorophyll-triplet states, and occurs only when conduction of energy is interrupted by altering the arrangement of chlorophyll in the chromatophores. Type 1 is caused by the formation of a chlorophyll-a derivative (life-time 3 × 10−5 sec.) and occurs only in the normal arrangement of chlorophyll. For details regarding types 0 and 1, see ref. 1 and especially ref. 2.

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