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Annu Rev Phys Chem. 2009;60:241-62. doi: 10.1146/annurev.physchem.040808.090259.

Dynamics of light harvesting in photosynthesis.

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Department of Chemistry and QB3 Institute, University of California, Berkeley and Physical Bioscience Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California 94720, USA.


We review recent theoretical and experimental advances in the elucidation of the dynamics of light harvesting in photosynthesis, focusing on recent theoretical developments in structure-based modeling of electronic excitations in photosynthetic complexes and critically examining theoretical models for excitation energy transfer. We then briefly describe two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy and its application to the study of photosynthetic complexes, in particular the Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex from green sulfur bacteria. This review emphasizes recent experimental observations of long-lasting quantum coherence in photosynthetic systems and the implications of quantum coherence in natural photosynthesis.

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