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Tautomers and electronic states of jet-cooled adenine investigated by double resonance spectroscopy

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We present resonant two-photon ionization (R2PI) and IR-UV double resonance spectra of the nucleobase adenine seeded in a supersonic jet. We show that there are two tautomers of adenine which absorb in the wavelength range 35 400 to 36 700 cm−1. The IR spectra, measured in the range 3200 to 3700 cm−1via hole burning at 36 105 (35 824) cm−1, show bands at 3452 (3437), 3508 (3507/3514) and 3569 (3550) cm−1, which we assign to the symmetric NH2, N–H and antisymmetric NH2 stretching vibrations of the 9H-(7H-) tautomers of adenine by comparison with ab initio based normal mode calculations. The IR spectrum taken via a much weaker band at 35 497 cm−1 agrees completely with the 9H spectrum analysed at 36 105 cm−1 so that an earlier hypothesis (N. J. Kim, G. Jeong, Y. S. Kim, J. Sung and S. K. Kim, J. Chem. Phys., 2000, 113, 10 051, ) of an nπ* transition contributing to the red part of the spectrum is very probable. It is shown that the conventional IR absorption spectrum of adenine in the gas phase is a superposition of the IR spectra of the 9H- and 7H-tautomers and possibly other tautomers. Despite the short lifetime of electronically excited adenine we were able to perform two-color R2PI to obtain the ionization threshold of the 9H tautomer (69 400 ± 50 cm−1 = 8.606 ± 0.006 eV).

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The article was received on 13 May 2002, accepted on 21 Aug 2002 and first published on 12 Sep 2002


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B204595H
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2002,4, 4877-4882
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    Tautomers and electronic states of jet-cooled adenine investigated by double resonance spectroscopy

    Chr. Plützer and K. Kleinermanns, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2002, 4, 4877
    DOI: 10.1039/B204595H

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