Ph.D. Candidate in Physics, UC Berkeley
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366 LeConte Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-7300
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I work with Birgitta Whaley in the Berkeley Quantum Information & Computation Center. My Ph.D. research is on the role of electronic quantum coherence in photosynthetic energy transfer. Here are a few of the overarching questions I aim to answer:
- What can coherence tell us about photosynthesis?
- Does quantum coherence contribute to biological function?
- Is photosynthesis accessible to tools and concepts from quantum information theory?
- S. H., Filippo Caruso, Simone Montangero, Mohan Sarovar, Tommaso Calarco, Martin B. Plenio, K. Birgitta Whaley, Realistic and verifiable coherent control of excitonic states in a light harvesting complex, arXiv:1307.4807
- S. H. and K. Birgitta Whaley, Inverting pump-probe spectroscopy for state tomography of excitonic systems, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 164102 (2013), arXiv:1209.6625. Mathematica source for dimer model in Sec. IV(A).
- S. H., Akihito Ishizaki and K. Birgitta Whaley, Spatial propagation of excitonic coherence enables ratcheted energy transfer, Phys. Rev. E 86, 041911 (2012), arXiv:1106.2911
- S. H., Mohan Sarovar and K. Birgitta Whaley, Limits of quantum speedup in photosynthetic light harvesting, New J. Phys. 12, 065041 (2010), arXiv:0910.1847
- S. H. and David A. Meyer, Faster transport with a directed quantum walk. Phys. Rev. A 79, 024307 (2009), arXiv:0901.1007. Selected for publication in the Virtual Journal of Quantum Information. Mathematica source for Fig. 2.
See my Google Scholar profile.
- Limits of quantum speedup in photosynthesis. APS March Meeting 2010, Portland, Oregon, USA (March 2010).
- Quantum random walks in energy landscapes. Workshop on Quantum Effects in Biological Systems (QuEBS 2009), Lisbon, Portugal (July 2009).
Writing from Swarthmore
At Swarthmore College, I majored in physics and minored in mathematics. Here are my final projects for each department: