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Ultrafast structural dynamics of photoexcited adenine

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We report deep UV initiated excited state dynamics of the canonical nucleobase adenine (Ade) through Resonance Raman (RR) intensity analysis. RR spectra of Ade at excitation wavelengths throughout the Bb absorption band in the 210–230 nm wavelength range are measured and subsequently converted to scattering cross-sections. The time-dependent wave packet (TDWP) formalism has been employed for self-consistent simulations of the resulting wavelength dependent Raman excitation profiles (REP) and absorption spectrum of Ade. These simulations yield instantaneous nuclear dynamics of Ade within tens of femtoseconds (fs) of photoabsorption as structural distortions, linewidth broadening and solvation parameters. The instantaneous geometrical distortions of the purine ring following photoexcitation into the Bb state are analyzed vis-à-vis the low energy La state (∼260 nm) of Ade. We find that while photoabsorption by the La state causes major distortions of the imidazole ring, pyrimidine ring suffers maximal changes following Bb excitation. Seven in-plane stretching vibrations out of fifteen resonantly enhanced modes of Ade are found to contribute 76% of the total internal reorganization energy (981 cm−1) in the Bb excited state. In addition, the inertial response of the solvation shell to photoexcitation is found to be of 1190 cm−1 in magnitude, and with a relaxation time of 26.5 fs. A parallel comparison is drawn between the UV-C initiated photodynamics of Ade (6-aminopurine) with that of two substituted purines, viz., 6-chloroguanine (6-ClG or 2-amino-6-chloropurine) and guanine (2-amino-6-oxo-purie) which were reported earlier.

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The article was received on 10 May 2017, accepted on 16 Jun 2017 and first published on 19 Jun 2017

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7CP03092D
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017,19, 20224-20240
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    Ultrafast structural dynamics of photoexcited adenine

    S. Mondal and M. Puranik, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2017, 19, 20224
    DOI: 10.1039/C7CP03092D

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