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Adiabatic Eigenfunction Based Approach to Coherent Transfer: Application to the Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) Complex and the Role of Correlations in the Efficiency of Energy Transfer

Bhattacharyya, Pallavi and Sebastian, KL (2013) Adiabatic Eigenfunction Based Approach to Coherent Transfer: Application to the Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) Complex and the Role of Correlations in the Efficiency of Energy Transfer. In: JOURNAL OF PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY A, 117 (36, SI). pp. 8806-8813.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp4045463

Abstract

We have recently suggested a method (Pallavi Bhattacharyya and K. L. Sebastian, Physical Review E 2013, 87, 062712) for the analysis of coherence in finite-level systems that are coupled to the surroundings and used it to study the process of energy transfer in the Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) complex. The method makes use of adiabatic eigenstates of the Hamiltonian, with a subsequent transformation of the Hamiltonian into a form where the terms responsible for decoherence and population relaxation could be separated out at the lowest order. Thus one can account for decoherence nonperturbatively, and a Markovian type of master equation could be used for evaluating the population relaxation. In this paper, we apply this method to a two-level system as well as to a seven-level system. Comparisons with exact numerical results show that the method works quite well and is in good agreement with numerical calculations. The technique can be applied with ease to systems with larger numbers of levels as well. We also investigate how the presence of correlations among the bath degrees of freedom of the different bacteriochlorophyll a molecules of the FMO Complex affect the rate of energy transfer. Surprisingly, in the cases that we studied, our calculations suggest that the presence of anticorrelations, in contrast to correlations, make the excitation transfer more facile.

Item Type: Journal Article
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Department/Centre: Division of Chemical Sciences > Inorganic & Physical Chemistry
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Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2014 07:36
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2014 07:36
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/48476

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