The Role of Periodic Structures in Light Harvesting

Bukhanov, Eugene; Shabanov, Alexandr, V; Volochaev, Mikhail N.; Pyatina, Svetlana A. / Plants-basel/

The features of light propagation in plant leaves depend on the long-period ordering in chloroplasts and the spectral characteristics of pigments. This work demonstrates a method of determining the hidden ordered structure. Transmission spectra have been determined using transfer matrix method. A band gap was found in the visible spectral range. The effective refractive index and dispersion in the absorption spectrum area of chlorophyll were taken into account to show that the density of photon states increases, while the spectrum shifts towards the wavelength range of effective photosynthesis.