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Conversion of photoexcitation energy in rhodopsin

Abstract

AN interaction between the 11-cis-retinylidene chromophore and nearest-neighbour molecules seems to be important for explaining the mechanism of conversion of photoexcitation energy, because the chromophore is enveloped by opsin. It has been reported1 that the time of the formation of prelumirhodopsin (lifetime of the excited state) is less than 6 ps.

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