Zhi-hao Gong, Zhou-fei Tang, Jian-shu Cao, Jianlan Wu. Optimal Initialization of a Quantum System for an Efficient Coherent Energy Transfer†[J]. Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics , 2018, 31(4): 421-432. doi: 10.1063/1674-0068/31/cjcp1804068
Citation: Zhi-hao Gong, Zhou-fei Tang, Jian-shu Cao, Jianlan Wu. Optimal Initialization of a Quantum System for an Efficient Coherent Energy Transfer[J]. Chinese Journal of Chemical Physics , 2018, 31(4): 421-432. doi: 10.1063/1674-0068/31/cjcp1804068

Optimal Initialization of a Quantum System for an Efficient Coherent Energy Transfer

doi: 10.1063/1674-0068/31/cjcp1804068
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    Jianlan Wu is a professor of Physics at Zhejiang University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1999 from the University of Science and Technology of China, and Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Chemistry in 2004 from MIT, under the supervision of Professor Jianshu Cao. He later worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Chemistry at MIT with Professor Jianshu Cao and the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering at MIT with Professor Sow-Hsin Chen. He has joined the Department of Physics at Zhejiang University as a faculty member since 2010. His research interests are focused on theories of nonequilibrium processes, such as methodologies of quantum dissipative dynamics, electronic excitation energy transfer in light-harvesting protein complexes, quantum phase transition, quantum simulation, single molecule enzymatic reaction, and glass transition of colloids

  • Corresponding author: Jianlan Wu, E-mail:jianlanwu@zju.edu.cn
  • Received Date: 2018-04-14
  • Accepted Date: 2018-06-21
  • Publish Date: 2018-08-27
  • For an energy transfer network, the irreversible depletion of excited electron energy occurs through either an efficient flow into an outer energy sink or an inefficient decay. With a small decay rate, the energy transfer efficiency is quantitatively reflected by the average life time of excitation energy before being trapped in the sink where the decay process is omitted. In the weak dissipation regime, the trapping time is analyzed within the exciton population subspace based on the secular Redfield equation. The requirement of the noise-enhanced energy transfer is obtained, where the trapping time follows an exact or approximate 1/Γ-scaling of the dissipation strength Γ. On the opposite side, optimal initial system states are conceptually constructed to suppress the 1/Γ-scaling of the trapping time and maximize the coherent transfer efficiency. Our theory is numerically testified in four models, including a biased two-site system, a symmetric three-site branching system, a homogeneous onedimensional chain, and an 8-chromophore FMO protein complex.


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