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What is Biophotonics?

The field of Biophotonics is considered one of the most fascinating fields of light quanta research.  As such, it has been the subject of research funding by the Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) in Germany for many years. One of the most notable protagonists of biophotonics, Professor Dr. Fritz-Albert Popp, joined the scene in the 1970s – and developed the theory of a cellular information system that was based on light. This theory attracted enormous attention.

Everything glows!

By means of an extremely strong residual light amplifier, Professor Popp was able to prove that all organic tissues – blossoms, stems, fruits, eggs, etc. – emit a weak light. Professor Popp presumed that this light, of which the intensity continuously decreases, serves the communication between the cells. This conclusion was based on the fact that the light radiation decreases in living cells much slower than in dead cells.

Coherent light

Normal light is subject to strong phase fluctuations, as determined by its spatial and temporal propagation. By contrast, light waves that have a consistent phase relationship are described as “coherent light” in science (for example, a laser beam is considered “coherent”).  Coherent light has a high degree of order and is therefore in itself in a position to generate order – in other words, to transmit information.* Coherent biophotons would be potentially capable of regulating metabolism and controlling life processes.


Process control with the

speed of light

However, if biophoton radiation is coherent, it is safe to assume that the organism also makes use of this feature and that the molecules in the cells are in communication with each other. According to Professor Popp’s biophoton theory, the entire organism is embedded in a biophoton field that controls all life processes. This field is a field of stationary waves that is in a position to transmit signals through a broad spectrum of frequencies to each part of the body at the speed of light. In places where this is necessary, these signals activate or impede biochemical processes. The contributing material structures serve as antennas for the sending or receiving of signals. If the coherence gets lost, the organism suffers and becomes ill.

Light metabolism: prerequisite for the phenomenon of life?

The scientific research group around Popp arrived at the conclusion that the center of the biophoton field has to be the chromatin of genetic substance in the cell nucleus. The spiral-shaped DNA molecule is an ideal form of light storage and transmitting. It can absorb light through rhythmic contractions and also release it again. However, light communication is not only determined by the DNA but also by an entire hierarchy of other light-active molecules as well. The interaction of this network is the “light metabolism”.**


If Professor Popp’s conclusions are correct, this would not only mean some far-reaching consequences for biophoton research - this would mean it is high time to thoroughly rethink our understanding of nature and life.


* Ulrich Warnke: Diesseits und Jenseits der Raum-Zeit-Netze.

Saarbrücken Germany 2001.

** Marco Bischof: Biophotonen: Das Licht in unseren Zellen.

Frankfurt Gemany 1995

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