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Journal of Biomedical Optics • Open Access

Förster's resonance excitation transfer theory: not just a formula
Author(s): Robert S. Knox

Paper Abstract

After 65 years of increasing scrutiny and application, Theodor Förster's treatment of resonance excitation transfer is widely quoted and has acquired the acronym FRET, in which "F" originally and rather curiously stood for "fluorescence." In this brief and mostly qualitative survey, we review some of its history, mention its important limitations, and relate some personal encounters with Förster.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 January 2012
PDF: 7 pages
J. Biomed. Opt. 17(1) 011003 doi: 10.1117/1.JBO.17.1.011003
Published in: Journal of Biomedical Optics Volume 17, Issue 1
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Robert S. Knox, Univ. of Rochester (United States)

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