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Physics: Prof. dr. S. Lloyd, Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Quantum Computation and Photosynthesis


13 November 2008 FWN-Building 5111.0080, Nijenborgh 4, 9747 AG, Groningen
Speaker: Physics: Prof. dr. Seth Lloyd
Affiliation: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Title: Quantum Computation and Photosynthesis
Date: 13-11-2008
Start: 16.00
Location: FWN-Building 5111.0080


This talk shows how the remarkably high efficiency of photocollection in photosynthesis can be understood in terms of quantum information processing.  Excitons hopping through the photo-antenna perform a type of quantum algorithm called a quantum walk, which is particularly resilient to the effects of noise and decoherence.  In fact, interactions between the environment and the coherently hopping exciton can be shown to enhance the efficiency of quantum transport.

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