Absence of Quantum Oscillations and Dependence on Site Energies in Electronic Excitation Transfer in the Fenna–Matthews–Olson Trimer
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CitationRitschel, Gerhard, Jan Roden, Walter T. Strunz, Alán Aspuru-Guzik, and Alexander Jurgen Eisfeld. 2011. Absence of quantum oscillations and dependence on site energies in electronic excitation transfer in the Fenna–Matthews–Olson trimer. Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 2(22): 2912–2917.
AbstractEnergy transfer in the photosynthetic Fenna–Matthews–Olson (FMO) complex of green sulfur bacteria is studied numerically taking all three subunits (monomers) of the FMO trimer and the recently found eighth bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) molecule into account. The coupling to the non-Markovian environment is treated with a master equation derived from non-Markovian quantum state diffusion. When the excited-state dynamics is initialized at site eight, which is believed to play an important role in receiving excitation from the main light harvesting antenna, we see a slow exponential-like decay of the excitation. This is in contrast to the oscillations and a relatively fast transfer that usually occurs when initialization at sites 1 or 6 is considered. We show that different sets of electronic transition energies can lead to large differences in the transfer dynamics and may cause additional suppression or enhancement of oscillations.
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