The effect of correlated bath fluctuations on exciton transfer

Johan Strmpfer, Klaus Schulten

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Excitation dynamics of various light harvesting systems have been investigated with many theoretical methods including various non-Markovian descriptions of dissipative quantum dynamics. It is typically assumed that each excited state is coupled to an independent thermal environment, i.e., that fluctuations in different environments are uncorrelated. Here the assumption is dropped and the effect of correlated bath fluctuations on excitation transfer is investigated. Using the hierarchy equations of motion for dissipative quantum dynamics it is shown for models of the B850 bacteriochlorophylls of LH2 that correlated bath fluctuations have a significant effect on the LH2 → LH2 excitation transfer rate. It is also demonstrated that inclusion of static disorder is crucial for an accurate description of transfer dynamics.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number095102
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number9
StatePublished - Mar 7 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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