Statistical vs. non-statistical deactivation pathways in the UV photo-fragmentation of protonated tryptophan–leucinedipeptide
The excited state dynamics of protonated tryptophan–leucine ions WLH+, generated in an electrospray source, is investigated by photo-induced fragmentation in the gas phase, using femtosecond laser pulses. Two main features arise from the experiment. Firstly, the initially excited ππ* state decays very quickly with 2 time constants of 1 and 10 ps. Secondly, the transient signals recorded on different fragments are not the same which indicates two competing primary fragmentation processes. One involves a direct dissociation from the excited state that gives evidence for a non-statistical deactivation path. The other is attributed to a statistical decay following internal conversion to the ground electronic surface.