Nicolas Renaud

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We study quantum interference effects in a four-level system which can be used as a minimal model to understand such behavior in systems from synthetic molecular structures to the photosystem-1 reaction center. The effects of environmental decoherence and relaxation on the electron transfer rate are investigated for several types of decoherence processes.(More)
Quantum interference is a well-known phenomenon that dictates charge transport properties of single molecule junctions. However, reports on quantum interference in donor-bridge-acceptor molecules are scarce. This might be due to the difficulties in meeting the conditions for the presence of quantum interference in a donor-bridge-acceptor system. The(More)
After almost 40 years of development, molecular electronics has given birth to many exciting ideas that range from molecular wires to molecular qubit-based quantum computers. This chapter reviews our efforts to answer a simple question: how smart can a single molecule be? In our case a molecule able to perform a simple Boolean function is a child prodigy.(More)
The concept of isoindicial surfaces and position variables is used to develop analytical expressions for the effective focal length and back focal length of a single gradient lens with a spherical distribution of refractive index, where the square of the refractive index is a quadratic function of the distance from the center of symmetry.
We report numerical simulations based on a non-Markovian density matrix propagation scheme of singlet fission (SF) in molecular crystals. Ab initio electronic structure calculations were used to parametrize the exciton and phonon Hamiltonian as well as the interactions between the exciton and the intramolecular and intermolecular vibrational modes. We(More)
From the bottom, it is demonstrated how all the known intramolecular single-molecule logic gate architectures – semi-classical circuits, quantum Hamiltonian circuits, and qubit circuits – are different versions of the quantum control of intramolecular processes. They only differ in the way the classical input data are encoded on the quantum molecular system(More)
By generating two free charge carriers from a single high-energy photon, singlet fission (SF) promises to significantly improve the efficiency of a class of organic photovoltaics (OPVs). However, SF is generally a very inefficient process with only a small number of absorbed photons successfully converting into triplet states. In this Letter, we map the(More)
Numerical studies of hole migration along short DNA hairpins were performed with a particular emphasis on the variations of the rate and quantum yield of the charge separation process with the location of a single guanine:cytosine (G:C) base pair. Our calculations show that the hole arrival rate increases as the position of the guanine:cytosine base pair(More)
We present a simple method to compute the transmission coefficient of a quantum system embedded between two conducting electrodes. Starting from the solution of the time-dependent Schrodinger equation, we demonstrate the relationship between the temporal evolution of the state vector, |ψ(t)>, initially localized on one electrode and the electronic(More)