Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Visiting Professor



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606Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Jeske, J and Ing, DJ and Plenio, MB and Huelga, SF and Cole, JH},
doi = {10.1063/1.4907370},
journal = {Journal of Chemical Physics},
title = {Bloch-Redfield equations for modeling light-harvesting complexes},
url = {},
volume = {142},
year = {2015}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - We challenge the misconception that Bloch-Redfield equations are a less powerful tool than phenomenological Lindblad equations for modeling exciton transport in photosynthetic complexes. This view predominantly originates from an indiscriminate use of the secular approximation. We provide a detailed description of how to model both coherent oscillations and several types of noise, giving explicit examples. All issues with non-positivity are overcome by a consistent straightforward physical noise model. Herein also lies the strength of the Bloch-Redfield approach because it facilitates the analysis of noise-effects by linking them back to physical parameters of the noise environment. This includes temporal and spatial correlations and the strength and type of interaction between the noise and the system of interest. Finally, we analyze a prototypical dimer system as well as a 7-site Fenna-Matthews-Olson complex in regards to spatial correlation length of the noise, noise strength, temperature, and their connection to the transfer time and transfer probability.
AU - Jeske,J
AU - Ing,DJ
AU - Plenio,MB
AU - Huelga,SF
AU - Cole,JH
DO - 10.1063/1.4907370
PY - 2015///
SN - 1089-7690
TI - Bloch-Redfield equations for modeling light-harvesting complexes
T2 - Journal of Chemical Physics
UR -
UR -
VL - 142
ER -