Challenges facing an understanding of the nature of low-energy excited states in photosynthesis.

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Journal Article
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Biochimica et biophysica acta, 2016, 1857 (9), pp. 1627 - 1640
Issue Date:
2016-09
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While the majority of the photochemical states and pathways related to the biological capture of solar energy are now well understood and provide paradigms for artificial device design, additional low-energy states have been discovered in many systems with obscure origins and significance. However, as low-energy states are naively expected to be critical to function, these observations pose important challenges. A review of known properties of low energy states covering eight photochemical systems, and options for their interpretation, are presented. A concerted experimental and theoretical research strategy is suggested and outlined, this being aimed at providing a fully comprehensive understanding.
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