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Durham Seminar, Wednesday 19 February 2020

12:00 - 13:00

CLC406

Erik Gauger

Erik Gauger

Harnessing non-equilibrium effects in bio-inspired and engineered quantum networks

In this talk I will explore the interplay between coherent quantum and dissipative processes that is typical of condensed matter nano-structures embedded in real-world environments. In particular, my theoretical approach combines inspiration from the processes and molecular structures that underlie natural photosynthesis with open quantum systems approaches, leading to the emergence of complex dynamics and non-equilibrium effects. I will argue that some of these effects could prove beneficial and unlock non-classical performance for a host of practical applications ranging from improved photodetectors to solar light-harvesting and molecular electronics.