Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Physics

Visiting Professor



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606Blackett LaboratorySouth Kensington Campus






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author = {Lim, J and Paleek, D and Caycedo-Soler, F and Lincoln, CN and Prior, J and von, Berlepsch H and Huelga, SF and Plenio, MB and Zigmantas, D and Hauer, J},
doi = {10.1038/ncomms8755},
journal = {Nature Communications},
title = {Vibronic origin of long-lived coherence in an artificial molecular light harvester.},
url = {},
volume = {6},
year = {2015}

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AB - Natural and artificial light-harvesting processes have recently gained new interest. Signatures of long-lasting coherence in spectroscopic signals of biological systems have been repeatedly observed, albeit their origin is a matter of ongoing debate, as it is unclear how the loss of coherence due to interaction with the noisy environments in such systems is averted. Here we report experimental and theoretical verification of coherent exciton-vibrational (vibronic) coupling as the origin of long-lasting coherence in an artificial light harvester, a molecular J-aggregate. In this macroscopically aligned tubular system, polarization-controlled 2D spectroscopy delivers an uncongested and specific optical response as an ideal foundation for an in-depth theoretical description. We derive analytical expressions that show under which general conditions vibronic coupling leads to prolonged excited-state coherence.
AU - Lim,J
AU - Paleek,D
AU - Caycedo-Soler,F
AU - Lincoln,CN
AU - Prior,J
AU - von,Berlepsch H
AU - Huelga,SF
AU - Plenio,MB
AU - Zigmantas,D
AU - Hauer,J
DO - 10.1038/ncomms8755
PY - 2015///
SN - 2041-1723
TI - Vibronic origin of long-lived coherence in an artificial molecular light harvester.
T2 - Nature Communications
UR -
UR -
VL - 6
ER -