Electronic decoherence for electron transfer in blue copper proteins

Daren M. Lockwood*, Yuen Kit Cheng, Peter J. Rossky

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We present a molecular dynamics investigation of the electronic decoherence rate for electron transfer (ET) in a solvated protein molecule. We find that decoherence occurs on an ultrafast time scale of 2.4 fs, considerably faster than fluctuations in the electronic coupling. Both protein and solvent dynamics play important roles. Solvent alone would give rise to a decoherence time of 3.0 fs, as compared to 4.1 fs from the protein matrix alone. This implies that both solvation and protein dynamics can strongly affect both the rate and mechanism of ET.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-165
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 7 Sept 2001

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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