Realistic and verifiable coherent control of excitonic states in a light harvesting complex

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Filippo Caruso, Simone Montangero, Mohan Sarovar, Tommaso Calarco, Martin B. Plenio, K. Birgitta Whaley,
Stephan Hoyer



We explore the feasibility of coherent control of excitonic dynamics in light harvesting complexes despite the open nature of these quantum systems. We establish feasible targets for phase and phase/amplitude control of the electronically excited state populations in the Fenna-Mathews-Olson (FMO) complex and analyze the robustness of this control. We further present two possible routes to verification of the control target, with simulations for the FMO complex showing that steering of the excited state is experimentally verifiable either by extending excitonic coherence or by producing novel states in a pump-probe setup. Our results provide a first step toward coherent control of these systems in an ultrafast spectroscopy setup.