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The quantum needle of the avian magnetic compass

Abstract:

Migratory birds have a light-dependent magnetic compass, the mechanism of which is thought to involve radical pairs formed photochemically in cryptochrome proteins in the retina. Theoretical descriptions of this compass have thus far been unable to account for the high precision with which birds are able to detect the direction of the Earth's magnetic field. Here we use coherent spin dynamics simulations to explore the behavior of realistic models of cryptochrome-based radical pairs. We show ...

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Publication status:
Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed
Version:
Accepted manuscript

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10.1073/pnas.1600341113

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Publisher:
National Academy of Sciences Publisher's website
Journal:
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Journal website
Volume:
113
Issue:
17
Pages:
4634-4639
Publication date:
2016-04-26
Acceptance date:
2016-03-01
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EISSN:
1091-6490
ISSN:
0027-8424
URN:
uuid:07f788e1-ff99-40bd-992f-cac61424f8de
Source identifiers:
614242
Local pid:
pubs:614242
Paper number:
17

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