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Title:Theoretical Studies of Quantum Dynamics
Author(s):Sim, Eunji
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Makri, Nancy
Department / Program:Chemistry
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Physics, General
Abstract:Using the FPF method, we have carried out accurate path integral simulations of the primary charge separation in bacterial photosynthesis. The process is modeled in terms of three coupled electronic states corresponding to the photoexcited special pair, the reduced accessory bacteriochlorophyll and the reduced bacteriopheophytin of the L branch which interact with a dissipative medium of protein and solvent degrees of freedom. We found that a free energy of the reduced bacteriochlorophyll state about 400 cm$\sp{-1}$ lower than that of the excited special pair, which is associated with a two-step electron transfer mechanism, yields state populations in agreement with experimental results on wild-type and modified reaction centers including the observed temperature dependence. The results are found to be rather stable with respect to reasonable changes of the medium spectral density and the specifics of the nonequilibrium configuration of the photoexcited donor state.
Issue Date:1997
Description:176 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997.
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI9737251
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:1997

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