Structure and Coherence are not very important for light-harvesting efficiency

In our new paper, recently published in J. Phys. Chem. Lett., we use a detailed Lindblad master equation to model exciton dynamics in the light-harvesting antenna of purple bacteria, as well as a series of hypothetical antenna systems with randomly generated structures.

Astonishingly, it appears the beautiful, symmetric structures of natural antenna are not necessary to achieve highly efficient exciton transport.

Structure and Efficiency in Bacterial Photosynthetic Light Harvesting
Susannah Bourne Worster, Clement Stross, Felix M. W. C. Vaughan, Noah Linden, Frederick R. Manby
J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2019, 10, 7383-7390.

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