Energy-scales convergence for optimal and robust quantum transport in photosynthetic complexes

M. Mohseni, A. Shabani, S. Lloyd, H. Rabitz

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Underlying physical principles for the high efficiency of excitation energy transfer in lightharvesting complexes are not fully understood. Notably, the degree of robustness of these systems for transporting energy is not known considering their realistic interactions with vibrational and radiative environments within the surrounding solvent and scaffold proteins. In this work, we employ an efficient technique to estimate energy transfer efficiency of such complex excitonic systems. We observe that the dynamics of the Fenna-Matthews-Olson (FMO) complex leads to optimal and robust energy transport due to a convergence of energy scales among all important internal and external parameters. In particular, we show that the FMO energy transfer efficiency is optimum and stable with respect to important parameters of environmental interactions including reorganization energy λ, bath frequency cutoff γ, temperature T, and bath spatial correlations. We identify the ratio of kBλTγg as a single key parameter governing quantum transport efficiency, where g is the average excitonic energy gap.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number035102
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 21 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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