Direct observation of electronic relaxation dynamics in adenine via time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy
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- Direct observation of electronic relaxation dynamics in adenine via time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy
- Ullrich, S.; Schultz, Thomas; Zgierski, M.Z.; Stolow, A.
- ULTRAFAST INTERNAL-CONVERSION; JET-COOLED ADENINE; EXCITED-STATE; DNA; NUCLEOSIDES; MECHANISM; BASES; RNA
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- AMER CHEMICAL SOC
- JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, v.126, no.8, pp.2262 - 2263
- We present femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron spectra of adenine in a molecular beam, recorded at pump wavelengths of 250, 267, and 277 nm. This leads to initial excitation of the bright S2(ππ*). Close to the band origin (277 nm), the lifetime is several picoseconds. Higher vibronic levels (267 and 250 nm excitation) show much shorter lifetimes of t < 50 fs, and we observe strong coupling between S2(ππ*) and S1(nπ*). Rapid internal conversion (t < 50 fs) populates the lower lying S1(nπ*) state which has a lifetime of 750 fs. At 267 nm, we found evidence for an additional channel which is consistent with the dissociative S3(πσ*) state, previously proposed as an ultrafast relaxation pathway from S2(ππ*).
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