Hein, Birgit and Kreisbeck, Christoph and Kramer, Tobias and Rodríguez, Mirta
Modelling of oscillations in two-dimensional echo-spectra of the Fenna–Matthews–Olson complex.
New Journal of Physics 14, 023018.
Other URL: http://iopscience.iop.org/1367-2630/14/2/023018/
Recent experimental observations of time-dependent beatings in the two-dimensional echo-spectra of light-harvesting complexes at ambient temperatures have opened up the question of whether coherence and wave-like behaviour play a significant role in photosynthesis. We carry out a numerical study of the absorption and echo-spectra of the Fenna–Matthews–Olson (FMO) complex in Chlorobium tepidum and analyse the requirements in the theoretical model needed to reproduce beatings in the calculated spectra. The energy transfer in the FMO pigment–protein complex is theoretically described by an exciton Hamiltonian coupled to a phonon bath which accounts for the pigments' electronic and vibrational excitations, respectively. We use the hierarchical equations of motions method to treat the strong couplings in a non-perturbative way. We show that the oscillations in the two-dimensional echo-spectra persist in the presence of thermal noise and static disorder.