The Soret band of reaction centers from Rhodobacter sphaeroides has been systematically studied using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. When the excitation wavelength was scanned over the entire Soret band, the approximate absorption spectra of the bacteriochlorophyll dimer, the monomer bacteriochlorophylls, and the bacteriopheophytins within the Soret band were determined by analyzing the ground state bleaching with about 100 fs resolution. The main contribution of H is on the blue end of the spectrum, peaking near 350 nm, P absorbs mostly on the red side of the spectrum, but probably has multiple bands, and the main absorbance of B likely lies between H and P, overlapping with P on the red side (particularly near 390 nm). The energy transfer from B to P in the QY band takes about 300 fs when Soret-band excitation is used and the time constant of overall energy transfer from H to B to P in the QY band when H is specifically excited near 350 nm is about 500 fs. Internal conversion after Soret-band excitation is the rate-limiting step for the energy-transfer process. The time constant of internal conversion for B and P is less than 300 fs, and for H it is about 500 fs.
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- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
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