Hannover 2013 – wissenschaftliches Programm
MO 7.2: Vortrag
Montag, 18. März 2013, 16:45–17:00, F 102
The role of non-equilibrium vibrational structures in electronic coherence and recoherence in pigment protein complexes — •Felipe Caycedo-Soler1, Alex W. Chin1,2, Javier Prior3, Robert Rosenbach1, Susana F. Huelga1, and Martin B. Plenio1 — 1Institute of Theoretical Physics, Universität Ulm, Albert-Einstein-Allee 11, 89069 Ulm, Germany — 2Theory of Condensed Matter Group, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge, J J Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0HE, UK — 3Departamento de Física Aplicada, Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena, Cartagena 30202, Spain
Recent observations of oscillations in the non-linear optical response of photosynthetic complexes, have revealed evidence for surprisingly long-lasting electronic coherences which can coexist with energy transport. Here we show that the non-trivial spectral structures of protein fluctuations can generate non-equilibrium processes that lead to the spontaneous creation and sustenance of electronic coherence, even at physiological temperatures. Developing new advanced simulation tools to treat these effects, we provide a firm microscopic basis to successfully reproduce the time-scale for survival of the experimentally observed coherence in the Fenna*Matthews*Olson complex, and illustrate how detailed quantum modelling and simulation can shed further light on a wide range of other non-equilibrium processes which may be important in different photosynthetic systems.