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The energy transfer events taking place with a purple bacterial LH2 complex

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The energy transfer events taking place with a purple bacterial LH2 complex


Richard Cogdell1*

1Institute of Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences, Biomedical Research Building, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ, Scotland, United Kingdom

The LH2 complex from Rhodopsuedomonas acidophila provides an excellent light harvesting complex within which to investigate the ultrafast energy transfer events that take place within the first few ps of photosynthesis. This is because there is both high resolution structural information and because the different pigment groups present within it are all spectrally well resolved. This lecture will present an up to date picture of all these energy transfer reactions. I will both focus on what is known and on what are to remain open questions.