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Understanding Energy Transfer and Photosynthesis through Multidimensional Spectroscopy

Dr Jeff Davis

Centre for Atom Optics and Ultrafast Spectroscopy,
Swinburne University of Technology

3:30 pm Friday, 21 August 2009,
EN101 (EN Building), Hawthorn.

Photosynthesis is essential to all life on earth, and to some extent is well understood. There are however several processes that are essential to the efficient and effective light harvesting, which are not well understood. Multidimensional spectroscopy provides a range of experimental techniques that allow access to the ultrafast energy transfer dynamics, which may help solve some of these mysteries. In this talk I will introduce some of these open questions, and discuss some of the work being done here at Swinburne and at the University of California, Berkeley, which are leading to a greater understanding of these processes.

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