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Circular polarization observed in bioluminescence

Nature volume 286, pages 641642 (07 August 1980) | Download Citation

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While investigating circular polarization in luminescence1,2, and having found it in chemiluminescence3,4, we have studied bioluminescence because it is such a widespread and dramatic natural phenomenon5,6. We report here that left and right lanterns of live larvae of the fireflies, Photuris lucicrescens and Photuris versicolor, emit circularly polarized light of opposite sense.

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  1. Department of Organic Chemistry, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

    • Hans Wynberg
    • , E. W. Meijer
    •  & J. C. Hummelen
  2. Department of Theoretical Organic Chemistry, University of Leiden, The Netherlands

    • H. P. J. M. Dekkers
    •  & P. H. Schippers
  3. Department of Neurobiology & Behavior, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York 11790

    • A. D. Carlson

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