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Experiments for the Detection of Solitons in Biopolymers

  • Irving J. Bigio
  • Clifford T. Johnston
  • Scott P. Layne
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Series in Synergetics book series (SSSYN, volume 30)

Abstract

Unfortunately it is not possible to sneak inside a biological system with a camera and snap a picture of an object labeled “soliton”. And yet that is not unlike what we are trying to do when we ask solitons in biological systems to reveal themselves to experimental scrutiny. The sign must say “soliton” and not “exciton” or “conformational change” or any other plausible identification, because the theory of nonlinear interactions is relatively new to biophysics and it has not yet been firmly established experimentally. Moreover, such confirmation is not likely to come from any single definitive experiment. Rather, we expect to build up a large body of evidence, from a variety of experiments that approach the problem from different angles, which when taken all together would constitute a convincing case.

Keywords

Raman Spectroscopy Scatter Cross Section Peptide Group Raman Scattered Light Optical Multichannel Analyser 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • Irving J. Bigio
    • 1
  • Clifford T. Johnston
    • 1
  • Scott P. Layne
    • 1
  1. 1.Los Alamos National LaboratoryLos AlamosUSA

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