Photon

Definition - What does Photon mean?

A photon is a particle that makes up light. It is a tiny particle of electromagnetic radiation. Photons can be absorbed by molecules or atoms and create a transition between energy levels.

Additionally, photons can break chemical bonds in living organisms such as plants. The process of photons breaking down chemical bonds is the driving force behind photosynthesis.

MaximumYield explains Photon

Although the exact nature of photons is best described by quantum mechanics, their effect on plants can be easily seen and measured. Photons are essentially light energy and as such they are a key component in photosynthesis. Plants capture photons (light energy) through their chloroplast. Once light energy is captured, plants use it to create chemical molecules that convert carbon dioxide into food.

How likely protons are to stimulate photosynthesis is an important factor for gardeners to consider, particularly gardeners who cultivate plants indoors. Photons are one aspect that determines a light’s photosynthetic photon flux (PPF). The PPF quantity can be used by gardeners to determine how responsive plants are to particular types of light.

The amount of photons that are “landing” on plants can be determined by using a quantum sensor. This can be particularly helpful to indoor gardeners as it can help them determine if their plants are getting a sufficient amount of light.


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