Jan C. Schmidt

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It will be shown that the umbrella term “nanotechnology” reveals the endeavor of recent engineering sciences and science-based technologies to find a fundamental technology, in other words: a root or core technology. This is linked to the leading and exciting vision of a specific kind of reductionism, namely technological reductionism, which has not yet(More)
The electronic structure of the circular aggregate of 18 bacteriochlorophyll a (BChl a) molecules responsible for the B850 absorption band of the light-harvesting 2 (LH2) complex of the photosynthetic purple bacterium Rhodopseudomonas acidophila has been studied by measuring fluorescence-excitation spectra of individual complexes at 1.2 K. The spectra(More)
Spectroscopy of individual light-harvesting 2 complexes from purple photosynthetic bacteria revealed a deformation of the circular complex into C(2) symmetry. The present work relates the geometry of the deformed aggregate to its spectroscopic properties. Different models of elliptical deformation are discussed and compared with the experimental findings.(More)
Two different techniques for the electronic surface passivation of silicon solar cells, the plasma-enhanced chemical vapour deposition of silicon nitride (SiN) and the fabrication of thin thermal silicon oxide/plasma SiN stack structures, are investigated. It is demonstrated that, despite their low thermal budget, both techniques are capable of giving an(More)
Optical far-field imaging of single molecules in a frozen solution at 1.2 K with a lateral resolution of 3.4 nm is reported. The mechanical stability of the fluorescence microscope, especially of the low-temperature insert, allows for the localization of fluorescing molecules with a reproducibility of better than 5 nm within observation times up to 10 min.(More)
Collingridge’s dilemma is one of the most well-established paradigms presenting a challenge to Technology Assessment (TA). This paper aims to reconstruct the dilemma from an analytic perspective and explicates three assumptions underlying the dilemma: the temporal, knowledge and power/actor assumptions. In the light of the recent transformation of the(More)
This paper reports a detailed spectroscopic study of the B800 absorption band of individual light-harvesting 2 (LH2) complexes of the photosynthetic purple bacterium Rhodopseudomonas acidophila at 1. 2 K. By applying single-molecule detection techniques to this system, details and properties can be revealed that remain obscured in conventional ensemble(More)
In this paper the fluorescence-excitation spectra of individual LH1-RC complexes (Rhodopseudomonas acidophila) at 1.2 K are presented. All spectra show a limited number of broad bands with a characteristic polarization behavior, indicating that the excitations are delocalized over a large number of pigments. A significant variation in the number of bands,(More)