Biophoton interaction in biological systems: Evidence of photonic info-energy transfer?

Katherine Creath, Gary E. Schwartz

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Photons are continuously absorbed and emitted by all living cells. A possible means of releasing energy when an electron changes energy states during a biochemical reaction is via biophoton emission. An example of energy transfer in biological systems is the process of photosynthesis. Biophoton emission has also been proposed as one possible mechanism responsible for intra- and intercellular communication (information transfer) as well as for regulation of biological and biochemical functions within cells and living systems. Measurements by other researchers of this emission have shown it has the properties of coherent light and is measurable from the UV through the near IR. Experimental evidence gathered by various researchers since the 1920's indicates that light plays an important role in certain biological functions and processes. Through a series of experiments we have observed resonance effects between plant parts measured using a highly sensitive, low noise, cooled CCD in total darkness in a light-tight chamber. Dynamical systems theory offers a plausible explanation for resonance effects we have observed. The role of photonic interaction at the systemic level in biological systems has received relatively little attention. Yet, a better understanding of these processes would help us in deciphering the nature and role of light in biological systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Nature of Light
Subtitle of host publicationLight in Nature
StatePublished - 2006
EventThe Nature of Light: Light in Nature - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 16 2006 → …

Publication series

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


OtherThe Nature of Light: Light in Nature
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period8/16/06 → …


  • Bio-communication
  • Biological chemiluminescence
  • Biophoton emission
  • Biophoton imaging

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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