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Excimer states in microhydrated adenineclusters

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We present femtosecond pumpprobe mass and photoelectron spectra for adenine (A) and microhydrated Am(H2O)n clusters. Three distinct relaxation processes of photoexcited electronic states were distinguished: in unhydrated A, relaxation of the optically bright ππ* state occurred via the dark nπ* state with respective lifetimes of <0.1 and 1.3 ps. In microhydrated clusters A(H2O)n, relaxation via the nπ* state is quenched by a faster relaxation process, probably involving πσ* states. For the predominantly hydrogen-bonded adenine dimer (A2), excited state relaxation is dominated by monomer-like processes. When the adenine dimer is clustered with several water molecules, we observe a nanosecond lifetime from excimer states in π-stacked clusters. From the electron spectra we estimate adiabatic ionization potentials of 8.32 eV (A), 8.27 eV (A(H2O)1), 8.19 eV (A(H2O)2), 8.10 eV (A(H2O)3), 8.18 eV (A2), and 8.0 eV (A2(H2O)3–5).

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08 Mar 2010
21 Apr 2010
First published
16 Jun 2010

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010,12, 9632-9636
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Excimer states in microhydrated adenine clusters

V. R. Smith, E. Samoylova, H.-H. Ritze, W. Radloff and T. Schultz, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 9632
DOI: 10.1039/C003967E

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