8-12 July 2013
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
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NON-SPECIALIST: Laser spectroscopy of natural light harvesting: unravel, regulate and control

Presented by Dr. Tjaart KRüGER on 10 Jul 2013 from 16:00 to 16:40
Type: Oral Presentation
Session: Photonics
Track: Track C - Photonics

Abstract

Laser spectroscopy is a powerful tool to investigate fundamental physical processes in biological systems by providing an unprecedented wealth of information. This presentation will demonstrate how different time-resolved spectroscopy techniques have been combined over the past two decades to give a complete description of natural light harvesting on the molecular level. Insights into the remarkable efficiency and regulation of these processes can be obtained by using techniques ranging from ultrafast (femtosecond) spectroscopy to single-molecule spectroscopy. The principle of coherently controlling the underlying quantum dynamics in these systems will be introduced, a goal that will contribute significantly to the advancement of the next generation of solar cells.

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