Spatiotemporal model for FRET networks with multiple donors and acceptors: Multicomponent exponential decay derived from the master equation

Masaki Nakagawa, Yuki Miyata, Naoya Tate, Takahiro Nishimura, Suguru Shimomura, Sho Shirasaka, Jun Tanida, Hideyuki Suzuki

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Abstract

In networks of spatially distributed fluorescent molecules, Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) can simultaneously occur over multiple locations and times. Such "FRET networks"have great potential for information-processing and computing applications. To design these applications, the spatiotemporal behavior of FRET networks should be understood. However, studies on their spatiotemporal behavior are scarce. Here, we develop a spatiotemporal model for FRET networks and uncover its temporal characteristic behavior.We theoretically show that our model can generate a distinctive temporal behavior, i.e., the network-induced multicomponent exponential decay of the fluorescence intensity, even for FRET networks of fluorophores with an identical single exponential decay. This theoretical result is supported experimentally using quantum dots.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-299
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics

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