Colloquium: (Quantum) complexity in biological tissue - why could coherence matter?

12/20/2012

16:00

M129, W&N-building, VU Univeristy Amsterdam, De Boelelaan 1081

Colloquium: (Quantum) complexity in biological tissue - why could coherence matter?

Andreas Buchleitner, Institute of Physics, Albert-Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

Rienk van Grondelle

LaserLaB

Sciences

Lecture

(Quantum) complexity in biological tissue - why could coherence matter? 

New spectroscopic data from biochemistry suggest that evolution might employ quantum coherence effects to steer relevant performances in energy transduction. The issue is still widely open, but this makes it also *very* intriguing and interesting, in particular since the systems under scrutiny are "dirty" in the best sense, and have everything what we have  learnt to DISlike in quantum optics and quantum information: disorder, noise, interactions. 
I will summarize the basic phenomenology from a quantum physicist's perspective, and elaborate some fundamental aspects of quantum transport, as well as their reformulation in quantum information terminology. Finally, I will adopt a statistical point of view, to address the possible role of quantum coherence effects for robust "bio-design".