Transport of excitons through transfer networks is a unique example where the interplay between quantum coherence and environment-induced dephasing leads to nontrivial effects. One exciting example is the environment-assisted quantum transport, (ENAQT), where, counter intuitively, the environment interrupts quantum transport in a way that enhances the transfer efficiency. Here we show that the interplay between dephasing and quantum coherence can lead to an additional function in exciton transport - photo-protection, that is the reduction of current upon increased excitation. We start by demonstrating that even under weak coupling conditions, weak excitations can lead to multiple-exciton generation, thus going beyond the common single-exciton approximation. We then consider the transport of two excitons, and show that a interplay between dephasing and exciton-exciton interactions leads to a reduction in current, i.e. to photo-protection. The effect may be related to actual photo-protection observed in photosynthetic systems.
|State||Published - 19 Jun 2019|