Bio-inspired quantum energy harvesting with collective light-matter effects

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Networks of interacting molecular optical dipoles play an important role in photosynthetic light harvesting, and also hold significant promise for future artificial technologies. This manuscript gives a brief overview of questions addressed by (our) recent theoretical work with a focus on taking inspiration from biological structures and processes to come up with designs for utilising bio-inspired collective quantum optical effects. These could, for instance, enable quantum-enhanced light harvesting, the charging of Dicke quantum batteries through superabsorption of light, and achieving efficient long-range energy transport. Particular attention is given to the role of inter-emitter quantum coherence as an enabler of these effects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationQuantum Effects and Measurement Techniques in Biology and Biophotonics
EditorsClarice Aiello, Sergey V. Polyakov, Paige Derr
ISBN (Electronic)9781510669864
ISBN (Print)9781510669857
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2024

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE
ISSN (Print)1605-7422
ISSN (Electronic)2410-9045


  • bio-inspired quantum technologies
  • dark-state protection
  • exciton energy transfer
  • quantum-enhanced light harvesting
  • signatures of quantum coherence
  • superabsorption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Biomaterials


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