Quantum coherent propagation of complex molecules through the frustule of the alga Amphipleura pellucida

Authors/others:Sclafani, Michele; Juffmann, Thomas; Knobloch, Christian; Arndt, Markus
Abstract:Recent advances in the manipulation of molecules now allow us to also probe nanoporous silified biomaterials. We demonstrate the quantum coherent propagation of phthalocyanine through the skeleton of the alga Amphipleura pellucida. A micro-focused laser source prepares a molecular beam which is sufficiently delocalized to be coherently transmitted through the alga's frustule—in spite of the substantial dispersive interaction between each molecule and the nanomembrane.
Number of pages:7
Date of publication:1.8.2013
Journal title:New Journal of Physics
Peer reviewed:true
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/1367-2630/15/8/083004
Publication Type:Article