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Design of Molecular Photonic Wires Based on Multistep Electronic Excitation Transfer

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Light-harvesting complexes, one of nature's supreme examples of nanoscale engineering, have inspired researchers to construct molecular optical devices, such as photonic wires, which are optimised for efficient transfer of excited-state energy over large distances. The control parameters for the design and the advantages of single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy for the study of such complex systems are discussed with respect to energy-transfer mechanisms, chromophore selection and arrangement as well as static and dynamic heterogeneity.

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