Dynamical Theory of Primary Processes of Charge Separation in the Photosynthetic Reaction Center

J Biol Phys. 2005 May;31(2):145-59. doi: 10.1007/s10867-005-5109-1.


A dynamical theory has been developed for primary separation of charges in the course of photosynthesis. The theory deals with both hopping and superexchange transfer mechanisms. Dynamics of electron transfer from dimeric bacteriochlorophyll to quinone has been calculated. The results obtained agree with experimental data and provide a unified explanation of both the hierarchy of the transfer time in the photosynthetic reaction center and the phenomenon of coherent oscillations accompanying the transfer process.

Keywords: Schrödinger equation; charge oscillation; hopping; quinone; superexchange.