Energy capture in photosynthesis may use quantum effects

This article is from IO9, a fun but non-peer-reviewed site. They do link to the actual Nature Communications article, though.

http://io9.com/new-evidence-that-plants-get-their-energy-using-quantum-1498695627?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+io9%2Ffull+%28io9%29

 
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One Response to Energy capture in photosynthesis may use quantum effects

  1. alphacarey says:

    As far as I can tell, this article in iO9 (which is a fun site!) is a fair summary of the work reported in Nature Communications. I say “as far as I can tell” because the original paper has statements like “non-classicality of initially thermalized vibrations is induced via coherent exciton–vibration interactions and is unambiguously indicated by negativities in the phase–space quasi-probability distribution of the effective collective mode coupled to the electronic dynamics.”

    Just guessing here, but I’d think that most light-absorbing biomolecules would have similar physics, so the fact that we can read the phrase “negativities in the phase–space quasi-probability distribution” may be due to that very thing happening in our retina. Whatever that thing is.

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