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Coherence turned on by incoherent light

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One of the most pertinent problems in the debate on non-trivial quantum effects in biology concerns natural photosynthesis. Since sunlight is composed of thermal photons, it was argued to be unable to induce quantum coherence in matter, and that quantum mechanics is therefore irrelevant for the dynamical processes following photoabsorption. Our present analysis of a toy 'molecular aggregate'—composed of two dipole–dipole interacting two-level atoms treated as an open quantum system—however sh...

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Peer reviewed
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10.1088/1367-2630/aaf08f

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Shatokhin, V More by this author
Walschaers, M More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
MPLS Division
Department:
Physics
Subgroup:
Atomic & Laser Physics
Buchleitner, A More by this author
Publisher:
IOP Publishing Publisher's website
Journal:
New Journal of Physics Journal website
Volume:
20
Issue:
November 2018
Pages:
Article: 113040
Publication date:
2018-11-28
Acceptance date:
2018-11-13
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ISSN:
1367-2630
Pubs id:
pubs:942604
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uri:c1653fd3-07b7-40bf-84bf-4bbfa5e2e20a
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uuid:c1653fd3-07b7-40bf-84bf-4bbfa5e2e20a
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pubs:942604

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