Physical, Theoretical & Computational

Quantum Coherence in Energy Transfer (#297)

This symposium will be the third one after the Pacifichem symposiums on similar topics in 2005 and 2010. The objective of this 2015 symposium is to bring together theoretical chemists from Pacific Rim regions to explore the forefront of fundamental research on quantum coherence and its role in quantum transport, including its relevance to biological processes such as vision and light-harvesting. The symposium will focus on new and powerful theoretical approaches for treating quantum coherent effects in condensed phase chemical processes. The topics will range from the development of theoretical formalisms for transport in open quantum systems, to applications to quantum transport in complex ordered and disordered structures. The symposium will also address theoretical challenges arising from recent advances in the spatial-temporal resolution of optical measurements that are fundamental to the optimal design of efficient light-harvesting systems, such as the recent detection of long-lived coherences in natural systems. The symposium is timely because quantum coherence is experimentally relevant, fundamentally important, and confounding in its longevity in natural, complex open systems. These challenges are attracting increasing numbers of talented theorists. Chemists from Pacific Rim countries are encouraged to take an active role in the symposium, and exciting progress made by active research groups will be highlighted.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015