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Radient energy vs nonradient energy

  1. May 14, 2009 #1
    Hi People

    I am brand new to these forums and brand new to phyics (wells its been about 4 years so its safe to say I have pretty much forgotten everything but the basics)

    Anyhow I am just beginning my PhD in Genetics where I will be using Förster resonance energy transfer to investigate the assembly of particular proteins. In my quest to understand the physics behind this phenomenon I came across this diagram:


    What I don't really understand from it is what is the difference between radiant energy and non-radiant energy.

    Forgive me if this is very basic but google has been little help so i thought id ask here.

    Thanks for your time.

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  3. May 14, 2009 #2


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    Energy transferred by photons (electromagnetic radiation) is a radiant energy transfer.

    Energy transferred by resonance, or by kinetic energy going from one atom to another, is non-radiant energy transfer.

    Cheers -- sylas
  4. May 14, 2009 #3
    Wow that was simple, thanks for the speedy reply!
  5. May 15, 2009 #4

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    The transfer of energy does not invovle kinetic mechanisms, for FRET.

    FRET is a non-radiant form of energy transfer by a dipole-dipole interaction. It's called non-radiant because there is no photon involved in the transfer of energy, only the evanescent (non-propagating) component of the electromagnetic field. This is why FRET experiments are sensitive to both seperation distance and relative orientation of the two dipoles.
  6. May 15, 2009 #5


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    Ah. Thanks... and sorry if I lead jsomers up the garden path!
  7. May 15, 2009 #6
    Yeah, I have heard there is a fair bit of information you can draw from the occurrence of FRET thats why Im sure i'll be inhabiting these forums for the next three to four years to try to gain a greater understanding of my experiments!
  8. May 15, 2009 #7
    No stress sylas, you still provided me the answer to my question about radiant and non radiant. For a genetics crowd it is more then enough info.
  9. May 18, 2009 #8
    On a some what similar note: The Einstein field equations couple c and the stress-energy tensor:

    [tex]R_{\mu \nu} - {1 \over 2}g_{\mu \nu}\,R + g_{\mu \nu} \Lambda = {8 \pi G \over c^4} T_{\mu \nu}[/tex]

    Does this not imply that gravity is a radiating field of a photonic nature? Otherwise why would c be a component?

    Last edited: May 18, 2009
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