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Coherent dynamics in solar energy transduction

Promotor: Huub de Groot, Co-promotor: Francesco Buda

T.J. Eisenmayer
15 December 2014
Thesis in Leiden Repository

This thesis is concerned with the transfer of energy from light to matter. Over a century ago it was established that light consists of packets of energy [1], now known as photons. Not much later the energy levels of matter at the atomic scale were found to be discrete [2]. These phenomena required a new physical description that has become the theory of quantum mechanics [3]. Now, this theory of light and matter could contribute to tackling a fundamental socioeconomic and technological challenge: To find a sustainable supply of useful energy that is cheap, abundant and generated on-the-spot.

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