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Paper   IPM / Physic / 13938
School of Physics
  Title:   Noise assisted excitation energy transfer in a linear model of a selectivity filter backbone strand
  Author(s): 
1.  H. Bassereh
2.  V.  Salari
3.  F.  Shahbazi
  Status:   Published
  Journal: J. Physics: Condens. Matter
  Vol.:  27
  Year:  2015
  Pages:   275102(7pp)
  Supported by:  IPM
  Abstract:
In this paper, we investigate the effect of noise and disorder on the efficiency of excitation energy transfer (EET) in a N=5 sites linear chain with ßtatic" dipole-dipole couplings. In fact, here, the disordered chain is a toy model for one strand of the selectivity filter backbone in ion channels. It is recently discussed that the presence of quantum coherence in the selectivity filter is possible and can play a role in mediating ion-conduction and ion-selectivity in the selectivity filter. The question is "how a quantum coherence can be effective in such structures while the environment of the channel is dephasing (i.e. noisy)?" Basically, we expect that the presence of the noise should have a destructive effect in the quantum transport. In fact, we show that such expectation is valid for ordered chains. However, our results indicate that introducing the dephasing in the disordered chains leads to the weakening of the localization effects, arising from the randomness, and then increases the efficiency of quantum energy transfer. Thus, the presence of noise is crucial for the enhancement of EET efficiency in disordered chains. We also show that the contribution of both classical and quantum mechanical effects are required to improve the speed of energy transfer along the chain. Our analysis may help for better understanding of fast and efficient functioning of the selectivity filters in ion channels.

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