Robust design principles for quantum enhanced excitation transport

Speaker: 
Andreas Buchleitner
Event Date and Time: 
Wed, 2014-06-11 14:00 - 15:00
Location: 
Chem D-215
Local Contact: 
Roman Krems
Intended Audience: 
Graduate

With the advent of new spectroscopic data a debate has been (re-)launched on      the possible role of quantum coherence for efficient photosynthetic light harvesting. While the issue in itself is still wide open, the debate between physicists specializing on quantum or biological matter stimulates challenging questions and opens new and intriguing perspectives. Besides giving a sketch of the general state of affairs, this talk will present a statistical model of strictly coherent, optimal excitation transfer in light harvesting complexes, which combines robustness (through redundancy) with efficiency.

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