Quantum Cherry Blossom Tree

22 Jan 2013
Vanessa Schipani
Quantum Cherry Blossom Tree

Chlorophyll pigment molecules pass energy from a photon until it reaches a special molecule of chlorophyll -- the reaction center. Photosynthesis' efficiency may be due to the photon energy's simultaneous exploration of every possible chlorophyll route to the reaction center, whereby it chooses the shortest path -- a phenomenon only possible under quantum conditions. After the photon reaches the reaction center molecule, it loses an electron to an electron acceptor molecule. The replacement of this lost electron causes a chain reaction that leads to the production of sugar, a plant's sustenance, and the release of oxygen. Drawing by Vanessa Schipani

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