Structure and Dynamics of Organisms in Environment
Air Force Research Lab
Last modified: December 19, 2007
The structure and dynamics of organisms in environment are discussed from viewpoint of their electronic structure and its interaction with environment. The starting point is a free atom with electrons grouped in the spatial electronic shells. The step-by-step population the shells with electrons recreates all known atoms and organizes them into the Periodic System. In a non-free environment, the atom electronic states mix to each other and change their spatial form adapting to the environment. The same fundamental features are also typical for molecules and crystals where the bands of states are the counterparts of atom electronic shells. Following this, we propose an extension of the shell model for cells and organisms viewed as large molecules or aperiodic crystals. The focus is on (1) transformation of spatial forms of atomic electronic shells in environment, (2) the spatial location of the shells, and (3) the properties of organism. In the environment with vertical orientation (due to gravity force), the shells acquire a beads configuration and move into discrete vertical locations from the ground plane up. The first, most stable shell with the lowest energy becomes an electronic core of the organism and may correspond to the foundation of spinal system. Further shells get developed and filled with less-bound electrons of spatially-rich shapes and enhanced capabilities to respond to the environment needs. The most external shell has the least-bound electrons and is located at the top of the vertical organism architecture; its electrons can easily interact to the environment. The shells form an organism infrastructure and a direct interface to environment. The proposed vertical architecture has similarities with cerebro-spinal architecture of higher organisms.