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Paper   IPM / P / 15104
School of Physics
  Title:   Geometry, Supertransfer, and Optimality in the Light Harvesting of Purple Bacteria
1.  S. Baghbanzadeh
2.  I. Kassal
  Status:   Published
  Journal: J. Phys. Chem. Lett.
  Vol.:  7(19)
  Year:  2016
  Pages:   3804-3811
  Supported by:  IPM
The remarkable rotational symmetry of the photosynthetic antenna complexes of purple bacteria has long been thought to enhance their light harvesting and excitation energy transport. We study the role of symmetry by modeling hypothetical antennas whose symmetry is broken by altering the orientations of the bacteriochlorophyll pigments. We find that in both LH2 and LH1 complexes, symmetry increases energy transfer rates by enabling the cooperative, coherent process of supertransfer. The enhancement is particularly pronounced in the LH1 complex, whose natural geometry outperforms the average randomized geometry by 5.5 standard deviations, the most significant coherence-related enhancement found in a photosynthetic complex.

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