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Ritz Group
Theoretical and Computational Biophysics: 
Understanding the Molecular Design of Life
UC Irvine UC Irvine
Department of Physics and Astronomy

Thorsten Ritz Research Publications

Birds use physical chemistry to find north.
           T. Ritz
               Phys. Biol. 1, 135-136 (2004).
Excitation migration in trimeric cyanobacterial photosystem I.
           M. Sener, D. Lu, S. Park, A. Damjanovic, T. Ritz, P. Fromme, K. Schulten
               J. Chem. Phys. 120, 11183-11195 (2004).
Resonance effects indicate a radical pair mechanism for avian magnetic compass.
           T. Ritz., P. Thalau, J. Phillips, R. Wiltschko & W. Wiltschko.
           Nature 429, 177-180 (2004).
Anisotropic Recombination of an immobilized photoinduced radical pair in a 50 microT magnetic field: a model avian photomagnetoreceptor.
F. Cintolesi, T. Ritz, C.W.M. Kay, C. Timmel & P. Hore.
               Chem. Phys. 294, 385-399 (2003).
Shedding Light on Vertebrate Magnetoreception.
Thorsten Ritz, David Dommer & John B. Phillips.

             Neuron 34, 503-506 (2002). 
Robustness and optimality of light harvesting in cyanobacterial photosystem I.
Melih Sener, Deyu Lu, Thorsten Ritz, Sanghyun Park, Petra Fromme & Klaus Schulten.

             J. Phys. Chem. B 106, 7948-7960 (2002). 
Photosynthetic Apparatus of Purple Bacteria.
Xiche Hu, Thorsten Ritz, Ana Damjanovic, Felix Autenrieth & Klaus Schulten.

             Quart. Rev. Biophys. 35, 1-62 (2002). 
The Quantum Physics of Photosynthesis.
Thorsten Ritz, Ana Damjanovic & Klaus Schulten.

             ChemPhysChem 3, 243-248 (2002).
Kinetics of Excitation Migration and Trapping in the Photosynthetic Unit of Purple Bacteria.
Thorsten Ritz, Sanghyun Park & Klaus Schulten.

             J. Phys. Chem. B 105, 8259-8267 (2001). 
Disrupting Magnetic Compass Orientation with Radio Frequency Oscillating Fields
Thorsten Ritz.
in Proceedings of RIN01: Orientation & Navigation - Birds, Humans & other Animals 

             Royal Institute of Navigation, Oxford (2001). 
Physik der Photosynthese.
Thorsten Ritz and Klaus Schulten.

             Physikalische Blaetter 57, 49-53 (2001).
Efficient Light Harvesting Through Carotenoids
Thorsten Ritz, Ana Damjanovic, Klaus Schulten, Jian-Ping Zhang and Yasushi Koyama

             Photosynthesis Research 66 , 125-144 (2000).
Excitation Transfer in the Peridinin-Chlorophyll-Protein of Amphidinum carterae
Ana Damjanovic, Thorsten Ritz & Klaus Schulten

             Biophys. J. 79, 1695-1705 (2000).
Excitation Energy Trapping by the Reaction Center of Rhodobacter sphaeroides
Ana Damjanovic, Thorsten Ritz & Klaus Schulten 

             Intern'l J. of Quantum Chemistry 77, 139-151 (2000). 
A Model for Photoreceptor-Based Magnetoreception in Birds
Thorsten Ritz, Salih Adem & Klaus Schulten 

             Biophys. J. 78 , 707-718 (2000).
Energy Transfer between Carotenoids and Bacteriochlorophylls in a Light Harvesting Protein
Ana Damjanovic, Thorsten Ritz & Klaus Schulten.

             Phys. Rev. E 59, 3293-3311 (1999). 
Light-harvesting and photoprotection by carotenoids: Structure-based calculations for photosynthetic antenna systems. 
Thorsten Ritz, Ana Damjanovic & Klaus Schulten.

            In G. Garab, editor, Photosynthesis: Mechanisms and Effects 
             (Proceedings of the XIth International Congress on Photosynthesis)
              volume 1, pages 487-490, Dordrecht, 1998. Kluwer Academic Publications. 
Architecture and function of the light harvesting apparatus of purple bacteria.
Xiche Hu, Ana Damjanovic, Thorsten Ritz & Klaus Schulten.

             Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. 95, 5935-5941 (1998).
Excitons and excitation transfer in the photosynthetic unit of purple bacteria.
Thorsten Ritz , Xiche Hu,  Ana Damjanovic& Klaus Schulten.

              J. Luminescence 76-77, 310-321 (1998).
Pigment organization and transfer of electronic excitation in the purple bacteria.
Xiche Hu, Thorsten Ritz , Ana Damjanovic & Klaus Schulten.

             J. Phys. Chem. B 101, 3854-3871 (1997).
Quasicontinuous control of a bronze ribbon experiment using time-delay coordinates.
Alexander Schenck zu Schweinsberg, Thorsten Ritz, Ute Dressler, 
Bernd Hübinger, Robert Doerner & Werner Martienssen.

             Phys. Rev. E 55, 2145-2158  (1997). 
Chaos control with adjustable control times.
Thorsten Ritz, Alexander Schenck zu Schweinsberg, Ute Dressler, 
Robert Doerner, Bernd Hübinger & Werner Martienssen.

             Chaos, Solitions & Fractals 8, 1559-1576  (1997). 
Optimal control and other complex systems paradigms in the context of turbulent flows.
Thorsten Ritz & Alfred Hübler.

            in: Control of flow instabilities and unsteady flows, 
              Eds.: G.E.A. Meier and G.H. Schnerr. Springer, Berlin, 43-117 (1996). 
Controlling complex systems and first principles of complex systems research.
Thorsten Ritz & Alfred Hübler.

            in: Proceedings of the 1996 International Workshop on Control Mechanism for Complex Systems
              NATO, Las Cruces NM, 51-66 (1996). 
Tracking unstable periodic orbits in a bronze ribbon experiment.
Ute Dressler, Thorsten Ritz, Alexander Schenck zu Schweinsberg, 
Robert Doerner, Bernd Hübinger & Werner Martienssen.

             Phys. Rev. E 51, 1845-1848 (1995).