A New Window On Photosynthesis: Ultrafast Coherence Dynamics In Biomolecules And Semiconductor Nanostructures

Grant number: DP0986040 | Funding period: 2009 - 2011

Completed

Abstract

Recent research has indicated that the remarkable efficiency of energy capture and transfer in photosynthesis may be due to the effects of quantum coherence, which is an intrinsically non-classical phenomenon. We will investigate these effects in biological and nanofabricated systems using ultrafast laser spectroscopy . An understanding of these energy transfer processes may open the door to the development to a range of new technologies, including clean and virtually limitless energy sources that convert solar energy directly into useful power and quantum computers that will revolutionize our ability to process information.