An extended tail or prolonged depolarizing afterpotential (PDA) follows the receptor potential of a locust retinula cell when the stimulating light is in the intensity range that saturates the receptor potential. The amplitude and duration of this afterpotential depend on the intensity and duration of the stimulus. As the afterpotential decays, apparently exponentially, it becomes resolved into bumps, which we call light-induced dark bumps (LID bumps). The intervals between light-induced dark bumps are distributed in a way that is indistinguishable from a random (Poisson) distribution. As previously demonstrated, LID bumps are indistinguishable from bumps directly induced by low intensity light in light-adapted cells, which in turn grade into the slightly larger bumps produced, each by a single photon, in dark-adapted cells. The light-induced dark bumps continue for up to an hour in darkness, slowly becoming like dark-adapted bumps in amplitude and shape. To account for the random occurrence and discrete features of bumps after so long a latency, we propose that intense light generates a significant amount of an intermediate molecule or packet which decays slowly to start the same process that normally generates bumps with a short delay.

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