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I Photosynthesis and quantum randomness

  1. Jun 18, 2017 #1
    Some studies suggest that during photosynthesis, electrons travel all possible paths simultaneously, and then always collapse at the reaction center.

    My question is, doesn't that contradict quantum randomness? Shouldn't the location of the electron after the collapse be predictably random?
     
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  3. Jun 18, 2017 #2

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    Welcome to the PF. :smile:

    Can you post links to the studies you are referring to? That would probably help to get you better answers to your question. Thanks! :smile:
     
  4. Jun 18, 2017 #3
    Thanks! Here are two (as far as I know this topic is now heavily researched):

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1876619611000684
    https://www.researchgate.net/public...nthesis_for_Efficient_Solar_Energy_Conversion

    I'm a layman, I guess I can't tell whether or not there's a mechanism involved here that can nearly perfectly "steer" the energy transport. Without such a mechanism it would seem to me to contradict quantum randomness.
     
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