Deep within spinach leaves, vibrations enhance efficiency of photosynthesis

July 14, 2014 5:23 AM

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Biophysics researchers at the Univ. of Michigan have used short pulses of light to peer into the mechanics of photosynthesis and illuminate the role that molecule vibrations play in the energy conversion process that powers life on our planet.

The findings could potentially help engineers make more efficient solar cells and energy storage systems. They also inject new evidence into an ongoing "quantum biology" debate over exactly how photosynthesis manages to be so efficient.

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