An Overview

by Gerald Huth on August 28, 2005

This work dwells on the physics-based interaction of light (the “first step” of the vision process) with the retina. What follows after initial absorption is the lossless energy transfer (from wave to quantized electron) to central-to-each-receptor quantum confined electron sites. This transferred energy in turn effets the molecular/mechanical isomeric transition of the retinal molecule and the subsequent generation of electrical impulses along the length of “nanowire” receptors. This dipole effect (between adjacent receptors) determines the phase difference between them and thus the direction of light rays entering the eye. Slower, Chemically-based biological processes then follow to perform the computational etc. functions for forwarding the visual signal to the brain. I feel that it is a failure to see the variety of interdisciplinary processes involved that has led the field of vision science to it’s present state.

I have begun to visualize the eye and the totality of the vision process as fundamentally involving the transduction of time itself. The image is first perceived as the time-dependent wave of classical physics but is then “brought into coherence” and the time indeterminacy of quantum reality by the Fourier transform performed by lens of the eye. THIS IS THE FUNCTION OF A CONDENSING LENS! These transformations occur within the eye in the region improperly termed “longitudinal chromatic aberration” located at, and slightly above, the retinal surface at the fovea. One can see here for the first time a clear spato-temporal chromatic separation of wavelengths… that subsequently must generate separate signals – exactly as Edwin Land deduced from measurements made external to the eye! An inverse transform (that occurs in probably picosecond time) then takes place ( thus “slowing” back to “classical time”) that presents the signal to the chemically-based, (i.e., slow), mechanisms that are probably necessary to cohere with the pace of biological functioning.

One then sees a series of steps from (a.) the time of classical physics through the lens of the eye, to, (b.) the quantum time indeterminacy at the Fourier plane, and finally, (c.) reverting to the much slower chemical processes of biological functioning.

Again dashed off – will edit later.

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I must attempt to define my use of the term “antenna” in this work (as I propose pairs of receptors on the retina act as) as the term seems to be continually misunderstood. The optical interaction that I define, i.e., in the domain of dimensions smaller than the wavelength of light, occurs in the variable space of classical physics between any two quantum-confined electron sites with the latter constituting the absorbing mass. This is what the eye teaches. It breaks no new ground in physics simply stating that, in the sub-optical wavelength spatial domain, the realms of classical and quantum physics exist “side-by-side.” “Both” sides are not, however, (again as the eye teaches) quantized as the commonly used statement “a photon interacts…” implies. This latter and much used statement implies that both light and the absorbing mass are quantized. I believe that a more accurate statement for light interaction (at least on the retina) is that “a quantized interaction occurs…” I do not know of any more fundamental meaning underlying these statements… they are simply a phenomenological observation based on a rational view of light interaction with the retina of the eye. It is fascinating, however, that the historic physics conundrum of “complementarity” seems to have a physically observable meaning in the context of the nanometer spatial domain.

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