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Adiabatic eigenfunction-based approach for coherent excitation transfer: An almost analytical treatment of the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex

Bhattacharyya, Pallavi and Sebastian, KL (2013) Adiabatic eigenfunction-based approach for coherent excitation transfer: An almost analytical treatment of the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex. In: PHYSICAL REVIEW E, 87 (6).

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Abstract

We suggest a method of studying coherence in finite-level systems coupled to the environment and use it for the Hamiltonian that has been used to describe the light-harvesting pigment-protein complex. The method works with the adiabatic states and transforms the Hamiltonian to a form in which the terms responsible for decoherence and population relaxation are separated out. Decoherence is then accounted for nonperturbatively and population relaxation using a Markovian master equation. Almost analytical results can be obtained for the seven-level system, and the calculations are very simple for systems with more levels. We apply the treatment to the seven-level system, and the results are in excellent agreement with the exact numerical results of Nalbach et al. Nalbach, Braun, and Thorwart, Phys. Rev. E 84, 041926 (2011)]. Our approach is able to account for decoherence and population relaxation separately. It is found that decoherence causes only damping of oscillations and does not lead to transfer to the reaction center. Population relaxation is necessary for efficient transfer to the reaction center, in agreement with earlier findings. Our results show that the transformation to the adiabatic basis followed by a Redfield type of approach leads to results in good agreement with exact simulation.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
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Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2013 11:40
Last Modified: 05 Sep 2013 11:40
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/47060

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