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Excitation and electron transfer in reaction centers from Rhodobacter sphaeroides probed and analyzed globally in the 1-nanosecond temporal window from 330 to 700 nm

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Abstract

Global analysis of a set of room temperature transient absorption spectra of Rhodobacter sphaeroidesreaction centers, recorded in wide temporal and spectral ranges and triggered by femtosecond excitation of accessory bacteriochlorophylls at 800 nm, is presented. The data give a comprehensive review of all spectral dynamics features in the visible and near UV, from 330 to 700 nm, related to the primary events in the Rb. sphaeroidesreaction center: excitation energy transfer from the accessory bacteriochlorophylls (B) to the primary donor (P), primary charge separation between the primary donor and primary acceptor (bacteriopheophytin, H), and electron transfer from the primary to the secondary electron acceptor (ubiquinone). In particular, engagement of the accessory bacteriochlorophyll in primary charge separation is shown as an intermediate electron acceptor, and the initial free energy gap of ∼40 meV, between the states P+BA and P+HA is estimated. The size of this gap is shown to be constant for the whole 230 ps lifetime of the P+HA state. The ultrafast spectral dynamics features recorded in the visible range are presented against a background of results from similar studies performed for the last two decades.

Graphical abstract: Excitation and electron transfer in reaction centers from Rhodobacter sphaeroides probed and analyzed globally in the 1-nanosecond temporal window from 330 to 700 nm

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Submitted
24 Jun 2009
Accepted
09 Sep 2009
First published
25 Sep 2009

Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2009,11, 10484-10493
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Paper

Excitation and electron transfer in reaction centers from Rhodobacter sphaeroides probed and analyzed globally in the 1-nanosecond temporal window from 330 to 700 nm

K. Gibasiewicz, M. Pajzderska, J. Karolczak and A. Dobek, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2009, 11, 10484
DOI: 10.1039/B912431D

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