What does excitation energy mean?

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  1. (physics) The energy needed to change something from the ground state to any particular excited state
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This excitation energy is funneled through a series of molecules into a reaction center where it is converted to chemical energy.
The excitation energy transfer is performed by exchange of excitation among the pigment molecules according to the strength of their electrodynamic interactions.

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