A NEW WINDOW ON PHOTOSYNTHESIS: ULTRAFAST COHERENCE DYNAMICS IN BIOMOLECULES AND SEMICONDUCTOR NANOSTRUCTURES
Grant number: DP0986040 | Funding period: 2009 - 2011
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.