Emulation of three-dimensional vision in plants in the red/far-red region by artificial photosynthesis

Ji Hoon Kang, Minjeong Kim, Hyejin Jung, Daeyeon Kim, Yun Jeong Hwang, Jinwoo Park, Byeong Kwon Ju, Sumio Yano, Jung Young Son, Myungha Kim, Min Chul Park

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Animals see the world through their eyes. Even though plants do not have organs of the visual system, plants are receptive to their visual environment. However, the exact mechanism of vision in plants has yet to be determined. For plants, vision is one of the important senses because they store energy from light. Light is not only the source of growth but also a vector of information for plants. Photosynthesis is one of the typical phenomena where light induces the response from plants. Photosynthesis is the process that coverts light energy into chemical energy and produces oxygen. In this study, we have emulated the three-dimensional vision in plants by artificial photosynthesis. Instead of using real plant cell, we have exploited the artificial photosynthetic properties of photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell. The siliconbased PEC cell sensitive to red/far-red region (600 - 850 nm) was used as a single-pixel sensor, and a mechanical scanner was used to simulate two-dimensional sensor array with a single-pixel sensor. We have successfully obtained the result by measuring photocurrents generated by photosynthetic water splitting.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThree-Dimensional Imaging, Visualization, and Display 2019
EditorsBahram Javidi, Jung-Young Son, Osamu Matoba
ISBN (Electronic)9781510626591
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventThree-Dimensional Imaging, Visualization, and Display 2019 - Baltimore, United States
Duration: 2019 Apr 152019 Apr 16

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceThree-Dimensional Imaging, Visualization, and Display 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) and the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) in the Culture Technology (CT) Research & Development Program 2018 (R2017060005, Development of AR Platform based on Hologram).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2019 SPIE.


  • 3-D
  • Photoelectrochemical (PEC) cell
  • Photosynthesis
  • Single-pixel imaging
  • Vision in plants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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