Fluorescence of photoreceptor cells observed in vivo

Most rhabdomeres in the eye of the fly (Musca domestica) are fluorescent. One kind of fluorescent emission emanates from a photoproduct of the visual pigment, other kinds may be ascribed to photostable pigments. These phenomena provide not only a means of spectrally mapping the retina but also a new spectroscopic tool for analyzing the primary visual processes in vivo.

Authors: Franceschini, N., K. Kirschfeld and B. Minke
Year of publication: 1981
Journal: Science, Vol. 213, Issue 4513, pp. 1264-1267

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