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Physical origins and models of energy transfer in photosynthetic light-harvesting

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Abstract

We perform a quantitative comparison of different energy transfer theories, i.e. modified Redfield, standard and generalized Förster theories, as well as combined Redfield–Förster approach. Physical limitations of these approaches are illustrated and critical values of the key parameters indicating their validity are found. We model at a quantitative level the spectra and dynamics in two photosynthetic antenna complexes: in phycoerythrin 545 from cryptophyte algae and in trimeric LHCII complex from higher plants. These two examples show how the structural organization determines a directed energy transfer and how equilibration within antenna subunits and migration between subunits are superimposed.

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The article was received on 12 Feb 2010, accepted on 04 May 2010 and first published on 09 Jun 2010


Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C003025B
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010,12, 7352-7365
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    Physical origins and models of energy transfer in photosynthetic light-harvesting

    V. I. Novoderezhkin and R. van Grondelle, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 7352
    DOI: 10.1039/C003025B

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