Spectral sensitivity of dipteran retinula cells

  title={Spectral sensitivity of dipteran retinula cells},
  author={Allan W. Snyder and Colin Pask},
  journal={Journal of comparative physiology},
Dipteran rhabdomeres are dielectric waveguides. Using dielectric waveguide theory an expression for the spectral sensitivity of retinula cells is derived. The spectral sensitivity of a retinula cell, S (A), depends strongly on the physical properties of the rhabdomere (diameter and refractive index) in addition to the spectral absorption of the photopigments. By correlating theory with existing experimental results we conclude that: 1. The effect of containing photopigment within a rhabdom of… CONTINUE READING
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