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LightNet - Tracking the Coherent Light Path in Photosynthetic Networks

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Project "LightNet" data sheet

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Organization address
city: Castelldefels
postcode: 8860

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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Total cost 2˙856˙250 €
 EC max contribution 2˙856˙250 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2014-ADG
 Funding Scheme ERC-ADG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-01-01   to  2020-12-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    FUNDACIO INSTITUT DE CIENCIES FOTONIQUES ES (Castelldefels) coordinator 2˙856˙250.00


 Project objective

ature has developed photosynthesis to power life. Networks of light harvesting antennas capture the sunlight to funnel the photonic energy towards reaction centres. Surprisingly, quantum coherences are observed in the energy transfer of photosynthetic complexes, even at room temperature. Does nature exploit quantum concepts? Does the coherence help to find an optimal path for robust or efficient transfer? How are the coherences sustained? What is their spatial extent in a real light-harvesting network? So far only solutions of complexes were studied, far from the natural network operation, putting on hold conclusions as to a biological role of the coherences. My group recently succeeded in the first detection of coherent oscillations of a single photo-synthetic complex at physiological conditions, and non-classical photon emission of individual complexes. These pioneering results, together with our expertise in nanophotonics, pave the way to address photosynthetic networks in real nano-space and on femtosecond timescale. Specific objectives are:

--Ultrafast single protein detection: tracing the fs coherent energy transfer path of an individual complex; addressing the very nature of the persistent coherences. -Beyond fluorescence: light harvesting complex are designed for light transport, not emission. I will explore innovative alternatives: optical antennas to enhance quantum efficiency; detection of stimulated emission; and electrical read-out on graphene. -Nanoscale light transport: using local excitation and detection by nanoholes, nanoslits and scanning antenna probes I will spatially map the extent of the inter-complex transfer. -The network: combining both coherent fs excitation and localized nanoscale excitation/detection I will track the extent of coherences throughout the network.

The impact of this first exploration of light transport in a nanoscale bionetwork ranges to solar energy management, molecular biology, polymer chemistry and material science.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Juan de Torres, Mathieu Mivelle, Satish Babu Moparthi, Hervé Rigneault, Niek F. Van Hulst, María F. García-Parajó, Emmanuel Margeat, Jérôme Wenger
Plasmonic Nanoantennas Enable Forbidden Förster Dipole–Dipole Energy Transfer and Enhance the FRET Efficiency
published pages: 6222-6230, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b02470
Nano Letters 16/10 2019-07-05
2017 Francesco Pastorelli, Nicolò Accanto, Mikkel Jørgensen, Niek F. van Hulst, Frederik C. Krebs
In situ electrical and thermal monitoring of printed electronics by two-photon mapping
published pages: , ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-03891-7
Scientific Reports 7/1 2019-07-05
2018 Matz Liebel, Costanza Toninelli, Niek F. van Hulst
Room-temperature ultrafast nonlinear spectroscopy of a single molecule
published pages: 45-49, ISSN: 1749-4885, DOI: 10.1038/s41566-017-0056-5
Nature Photonics 12/1 2019-07-05
2017 Matz Liebel, James T. Hugall, Niek F. van Hulst
Ultrasensitive Label-Free Nanosensing and High-Speed Tracking of Single Proteins
published pages: 1277-1281, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b05040
Nano Letters 17/2 2019-07-05
2018 Anshuman Singh, Pablo M. de Roque, Gaëtan Calbris, James T. Hugall, Niek F. van Hulst
Nanoscale Mapping and Control of Antenna-Coupling Strength for Bright Single Photon Sources
published pages: 2538-2544, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b00239
Nano Letters 18/4 2019-07-05
2016 Lukasz Piatkowski, Nicolò Accanto, Niek F. van Hulst
Ultrafast Meets Ultrasmall: Controlling Nanoantennas and Molecules
published pages: 1401-1414, ISSN: 2330-4022, DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.6b00124
ACS Photonics 3/8 2019-07-05
2017 James T. Hugall, Anshuman Singh, Niek F. van Hulst
Plasmonic Cavity Coupling
published pages: 43-53, ISSN: 2330-4022, DOI: 10.1021/acsphotonics.7b01139
ACS Photonics 5/1 2019-07-05
2018 Felipe Caycedo-Soler, James Lim, Santiago Oviedo-Casado, Niek F. van Hulst, Susana F. Huelga, Martin B. Plenio
Theory of Excitonic Delocalization for Robust Vibronic Dynamics in LH2
published pages: 3446-3453, ISSN: 1948-7185, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.8b00933
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 9/12 2019-07-05
2018 Maria Sanz-Paz, Cyrine Ernandes, Juan Uriel Esparza, Geoffrey W. Burr, Niek F. van Hulst, Agnès Maitre, Lionel Aigouy, Thierry Gacoin, Nicolas Bonod, Maria F. Garcia-Parajo, Sébastien Bidault, Mathieu Mivelle
Enhancing Magnetic Light Emission with All-Dielectric Optical Nanoantennas
published pages: 3481-3487, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.8b00548
Nano Letters 18/6 2019-07-05
2016 Enzo Di Fabrizio, Sebastian Schlücker, Jérôme Wenger, Raju Regmi, Hervé Rigneault, Giuseppe Calafiore, Melanie West, Stefano Cabrini, Monika Fleischer, Niek F van Hulst, Maria F Garcia-Parajo, Annemarie Pucci, Dan Cojoc, Charlotte A E Hauser, Ming Ni
Roadmap on biosensing and photonics with advanced nano-optical methods
published pages: 63003, ISSN: 2040-8978, DOI: 10.1088/2040-8978/18/6/063003
Journal of Optics 18/6 2019-07-05
2016 Nicolò Accanto, Lukasz Piatkowski, Ion M. Hancu, Jan Renger, Niek F. van Hulst
Resonant plasmonic nanoparticles for multicolor second harmonic imaging
published pages: 83115, ISSN: 0003-6951, DOI: 10.1063/1.4942902?journalCode=apl
Applied Physics Letters 108/8 2019-07-05
2016 Emilie Wientjes, Jan Renger, Richard Cogdell, Niek F. van Hulst
Pushing the Photon Limit: Nanoantennas Increase Maximal Photon Stream and Total Photon Number
published pages: 1604-1609, ISSN: 1948-7185, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.6b00491
The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 7/9 2019-07-05
2017 Valentin Flauraud, Raju Regmi, Pamina M. Winkler, Duncan T. L. Alexander, Hervé Rigneault, Niek F. van Hulst, María F. García-Parajo, Jérôme Wenger, Jürgen Brugger
In-Plane Plasmonic Antenna Arrays with Surface Nanogaps for Giant Fluorescence Enhancement
published pages: 1703-1710, ISSN: 1530-6984, DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b04978
Nano Letters 17/3 2019-07-05
2018 Mark I Stockman, Katrin Kneipp, Sergey I Bozhevolnyi, Soham Saha, Aveek Dutta, Justus Ndukaife, Nathaniel Kinsey, Harsha Reddy, Urcan Guler, Vladimir M Shalaev, Alexandra Boltasseva, Behrad Gholipour, Harish N S Krishnamoorthy, Kevin F MacDonald, Cesare Soci, Nikolay I Zheludev, Vassili Savinov, Ranjan Singh, Petra Groß, Christoph Lienau, Michal Vadai, Michelle L Solomon, David R Barton, Mark Law
Roadmap on plasmonics
published pages: 43001, ISSN: 2040-8978, DOI: 10.1088/2040-8986/aaa114
Journal of Optics 20/4 2019-07-05
2016 Nicolò Accanto, Pablo M de Roque, Marcial Galvan-Sosa, Sotirios Christodoulou, Iwan Moreels, Niek F van Hulst
Rapid and robust control of single quantum dots
published pages: e16239, ISSN: 2047-7538, DOI: 10.1038/lsa.2016.239
Light: Science & Applications 6/3 2019-07-05

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