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Hybrid energy system mimics processes in photosynthesis

•, Colin Jeffery
One of the first steps on the road to achieving this objective is to imitate the mechanisms at work in the transfer of energy from reception through to output.

To this end, Scientists have recently experimented with a combination of biological and photonic quantum mechanical states to form new half-light half-matter particle, called the "polariton." It could help realize fully synthetic systems by mimicking the energy transport systems of biological photosynthesis.

Studying energy transfer mechanisms in photosynthesis, researchers from the University of Southampton, in collaboration with the Universities of Sheffield and Crete, identified that the major shortcoming in attempting to replicate biological energy movement – the Forster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) – was the infinitesimally small distances over which the process worked.

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