Temperature dependent exciton-exciton annihilation in the LH2 antenna complex

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Two-color pump-probe measurements of the peripheral light harvesting complex LH2 of Rb.sphaeroides reveal strong temperature dependence of the annihilation rate. The experimental results were modeled via multi-exciton density matrix theory. Based on available literature data we can set an upper limit for the feasible intramolecular internal conversion rate. We show that this also restricts the possible values of the still ill-determined energy of the doubly-excited molecular level of the bacteriochlorophyll, which is responsible for the annihilation process. (C) 2008 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics


  • Internal conversion, Pump-probe spectroscopy, LH2, Exciton-exciton annihilation, Photosynthetic antenna system
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-143
JournalChemical Physics
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Chemical Physics (S) (011001060)