Ultrafast Quantum Effects and Vibrational Dynamics in Organic and Biological Systems

  • Sarah Elizabeth Morgan

Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  7. Back Matter
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About this book


This thesis focuses on theoretical analysis of the sophisticated ultrafast optical experiments that probe the crucial first few picoseconds of quantum light harvesting, making an important contribution to quantum biology, an exciting new field at the intersection of condensed matter, physical chemistry and biology.

It provides new insights into the role of vibrational dynamics during singlet fission of organic pentacene thin films, and targeting the importance of vibrational dynamics in the design of nanoscale organic light harvesting devices, it also develops a new wavelet analysis technique to probe vibronic dynamics in time-resolved nonlinear optical experiments. Lastly, the thesis explores the theory of how non-linear “breather” vibrations are excited and propagate in the disordered nanostructures of photosynthetic proteins. 



Pentacene Thin Films Fenna Matthews Olson Complex Vibrational Dynamics Quantum Effects in Biological Systems 2D Electron Spectroscopy Singlet Fission Quantum Coherence in Photosynthetic Complexes Ultrafast Photophysics

Authors and affiliations

  • Sarah Elizabeth Morgan
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  1. 1.Theory of Condensed Matter Group, Department of PhysicsUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-63399-2
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-63398-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-63399-2
  • Series Print ISSN 2190-5053
  • Series Online ISSN 2190-5061
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