|Author||Killoran, N. ♦ Huelga, S. F. ♦ Plenio, M. B.|
|Source||United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information|
|Subject Keyword||INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY ♦ DEGREES OF FREEDOM ♦ EXCITATION ♦ HARVESTING ♦ HEAT ENGINES ♦ INTERACTIONS|
|Abstract||Recent evidence suggests that quantum effects may have functional importance in biological light-harvesting systems. Along with delocalized electronic excitations, it is now suspected that quantum coherent interactions with certain near-resonant vibrations may contribute to light-harvesting performance. However, the actual quantum advantage offered by such coherent vibrational interactions has not yet been established. We investigate a quantum design principle, whereby coherent exchange of single energy quanta between electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom can enhance a light-harvesting system’s power above what is possible by thermal mechanisms alone. We present a prototype quantum heat engine which cleanly illustrates this quantum design principle and quantifies its quantum advantage using thermodynamic measures of performance. We also demonstrate the principle’s relevance in parameter regimes connected to natural light-harvesting structures.|
|Learning Resource Type||Article|
|Publisher Place||United States|
|Journal||Journal of Chemical Physics|
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