The investigation in this thesis provides an instrumentation system capable of detecting low intensity bioradiation - namely spontaneously emitted photons, also called biophotons, from biological samples.
Based on the
introduction of quantum fluctuations,
virtual particles, the Casimir Effect, sonoluminescence,
and quantum vacuum radiation, this thesis first theoretically
possible origin of bioradiation. Next an instrumentation system to detect low intensity bioradiation is designed. This system is based on the development of a previously existing experimental system in The Department Physics, Indiana State University.
This thesis was strongly
supported by my advisor,
Dr. Torsten Alvager. The author would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Dr. Alvager for his invaluable advice and direction in pursuing this research, not only academically but also morally. Thanks too go to my thesis committee, Dr. Valentina Frence and Dr. John Swez, for the time and patience they afforded me. The author also wants to express thanks to the faculty of the department. Without them, it would not have been possible for the author to complete this research.
LIST OF FIGURES
2.1 Sources of Light Emission
2.9 Casimir Effect
2.10 Virtual Particles
2.11 The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
2.12 Quantum Vacuum Radiation
2.13 Cosmic Radiation
Time-to-Amplitude Converter (TAC)
From Partial Transparent Samples
2.1 Casmir Effect
2.2 Casimir Effect Experiment
2.3 Virtual Particles
3.6 PMT Detector: Main Part of System
3.7 Instrumentation System Setup
4.1 Counting for Sample 1 Background
4.2 Counting for Sample 1
4.2 Sample 1 (lettus leaf)
4.3 Sample 2 (fish eggs)
sequence and instrumentation generated
random sequence at Reconstruction
Error = 0.01.