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Excited singlet state and photoionization of 8-methoxypsoralen. Picosecond transient absorption study

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Abstract

Time-resolved pico- and nanosecond transient absorption measurements of 8-methoxypsoralen (8-MOP) were performed in different solvents at room temperature. The excited singlet state has two strong absorption bands with maxima at 430 and 630–690 nm. The lifetime of the first excited singlet state, τS, ranges from <10 ps up to 2.7 ns, being shorter in low-polar solvents (toluene, THF) and longer in highly polar water, TFE and HFIP. The rate of the singlet depopulation decreases exponentially with increasing solvent polarity as expressed by the Dimroth–Reichardt (ETN) or Gutmann solvent acceptor number (AN).

In aqueous ethanol solution (H2O ∶ EtOH 10 ∶ 1), addition of the synthetic nucleobase 2-aminopurine slightly decreased the lifetime τS. The long-time (t > 5 ns) absorption spectrum remaining after the complete decay of the S1 state is due to the hydrated electron eaq and the radical cation 8-MOP•+. Ionization is due to both, one and two-quantum excitation. In the intensity range I = 106–109 W cm−2 the quantum yield of electron ejection (ionization) ϕi does not depend on the intensity of radiation, therefore the ionization is monophotonic, ϕi = 0.03. At intensities I > 5 × 109 W cm−2ϕi becomes larger due to two-quantum excitation followed by ionization.

Graphical abstract: Excited singlet state and photoionization of 8-methoxypsoralen. Picosecond transient absorption study

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Submitted
25 Jun 2002
Accepted
02 Aug 2002
First published
03 Sep 2002

Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2002,1, 757-762
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Paper

Excited singlet state and photoionization of 8-methoxypsoralen. Picosecond transient absorption study

G. G. Gurzadyan, Photochem. Photobiol. Sci., 2002, 1, 757
DOI: 10.1039/B206099J

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