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Quantum Effects in Biology

Uses a data-driven style that emphasizes both the theory of quantum biology and the experimental evidence for such effects
Summarizes the emerging field of quantum biology, providing readers with a broad overview of the field from experts in the respective areas
Unifies ideas from photosynthesis, avian navigation, and olfaction and ties them together with a quantum mechanical description
Uses a data-driven style that emphasizes both the theory of quantum biology and the experimental evidence for such effects
Summarizes the emerging field of quantum biology, providing readers with a broad overview of the field from experts in the respective areas
Unifies ideas from photosynthesis, avian navigation, and olfaction and ties them together with a quantum mechanical description

By: Masoud Mohseni (Editor), Yasser Omar (Editor), Gregory S Engel (Editor), Martin B Plenio (Editor)

408 pages, 69 colour & 26 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Aug 2014 | #209047 | ISBN-13: 9781107010802
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About this book

Quantum mechanics provides the most accurate microscopic description of the world around us, yet the interface between quantum mechanics and biology is only now being explored. Quantum Effects in Biology uses a combination of experiment and theory to examine areas of biology believed to be strongly influenced by manifestly quantum phenomena. Covering subjects ranging from coherent energy transfer in photosynthetic light harvesting to spin coherence in the avian compass and the problem of molecular recognition in olfaction, Quantum Effects in Biology is ideal for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in physics, biology and chemistry seeking to understand the applications of quantum mechanics to biology.

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"Wonderful [...]"
- The Times Higher Education Supplement


Contents

List of contributors
Preface

Part I. Introduction:
1. Quantum biology: introduction Graham R. Fleming and Gregory D. Scholes
2. Open quantum system approaches to biological systems Alireza Shabani, Masoud Mohseni, Seogjoo Jang, Akihito Ishizaki, Martin Plenio, Patrick Rebentrost, Alan Aspuru-Guzik, Jianshu Cao, Seth Lloyd and Robert Silbey
3. Generalized Förster resonance energy transfer Seogjoo Jang, Hoda Hossein-Nejad and Gregory D. Scholes
4. Multidimensional electronic spectroscopy Tomáš Manc(al

Part II. Quantum Effects in Bacterial Photosynthetic Energy Transfer:
5. Structure, function, and quantum dynamics of pigment protein complexes Ioan Kosztin and Klaus Schulten
6. Direct observation of quantum coherence Gregory S. Engel
7. Environment-assisted quantum transport Masoud Mohseni, Alàn Aspuru-Guzik, Patrick Rebentrost, Alireza Shabani, Seth Lloyd, Susana F. Huelga and Martin B. Plenio

Part III. Quantum Effects in Higher Organisms and Applications:
8. Excitation energy transfer in higher plants Elisabet Romero, Vladimir I. Novoderezhkin and Rienk van Grondelle
9. Electron transfer in proteins Spiros S. Skourtis
10. A chemical compass for bird navigation Ilia A. Solov'yov, Thorsten Ritz, Klaus Schulten and Peter J. Hore
11. Quantum biology of retinal Klaus Schulten and Shigehiko Hayashi
12. Quantum vibrational effects on sense of smell A. M. Stoneham, L. Turin, J. C. Brookes, A. P. Horsfield
13. Vibrationally assisted transport in transmembrane proteins: theoretical studies and towards experimental verification Alipasha Vaziri and Martin B. Plenio
14. A perspective on possible manifestations of entanglement in biological systems Hans J. Briegel and Sandu Popescu
15. Design and applications of bio-inspired quantum materials Mohan Sarovar, Dörthe M. Eisele and K. Birgitta Whaley
16. Coherent excitons in carbon nanotubes Leonas Valkunas and Darius Abramavicius

Glossary
References
Index.


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Biography

Masoud Mohseni is a Senior Research Scientist at Google, where he develops novel machine learning algorithms that fundamentally rely on quantum dynamics. He is a world leader in the application of quantum measurement theory and open quantum systems to biology.

Yasser Omar is a Principal Investigator at the Instituto de Telecomunicações and an Assistant Professor at the University of Lisbon. His research is centered on quantum information theory and quantum foundations.

Gregory S. Engel is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics and the James Franck Institute, the University of Chicago. His group is working on creating synthetic mimics of biological systems.

Martin B. Plenio is Alexander von Humboldt Professor and Director of the Institute of Theoretical Physics, Ulm University, and is a world leader in quantum information, quantum optics and the study of quantum effects in biology.


Contributors:
- Graham R. Fleming
- Gregory D. Scholes
- Alireza Shabani
- Masoud Mohseni
- Seogjoo Jang
- Akihito Ishizaki
- Martin Plenio
- Patrick Rebentrost
- Alàn Aspuru-Guzik
- Jianshu Cao
- Seth Lloyd
- Robert Silbey
- Hoda Hossein-Nejad
- Tomáš Manc(al
- Ioan Kosztin
- Klaus Schulten
- Gregory S. Engel
- Susana F. Huelga
- Elisabet Romero
- Vladimir I. Novoderezhkin
- Rienk van Grondelle
- Spiros S. Skourtis
- Ilia A. Solov'yov
- Thorsten Ritz
- Peter J. Hore
- Shigehiko Hayashi
- A. M. Stoneham
- L. Turin
- J. C. Brookes
- A. P. Horsfield
- Alipasha Vaziri
- Hans J. Briegel
- Sandu Popescu
- Mohan Sarovar
- Dörthe M. Eisele
- K. Birgitta Whaley
- Leonas Valkunas
- Darius Abramavicius

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