Quantum criticality at the origin of life

  title={Quantum criticality at the origin of life},
  author={G. Vattay and D. Salahub and I. Csabai and A. Nassimi and Stuart A. Kaufmann},
  journal={arXiv: Disordered Systems and Neural Networks},
  • G. Vattay, D. Salahub, +2 authors Stuart A. Kaufmann
  • Published 2015
  • Physics, Biology
  • arXiv: Disordered Systems and Neural Networks
  • Why life persists at the edge of chaos is a question at the very heart of evolution. Here we show that molecules taking part in biochemical processes from small molecules to proteins are critical quantum mechanically. Electronic Hamiltonians of biomolecules are tuned exactly to the critical point of the metal-insulator transition separating the Anderson localized insulator phase from the conducting disordered metal phase. Using tools from Random Matrix Theory we confirm that the energy level… CONTINUE READING
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