Lauterwasser, Christoph and Finkele, Ulrich and Scheer, Hugo and Zinth, Wolfgang
Temperature dependence of the primary electron transfer in photosynthetic reaction centers from Rhodobacter sphaeroides.
In: Chemical Physics Letters, No. 183: pp. 471-477
The primary electron transfer (ET) in reaction centers (RC) of Rhodobacter sphaeroides is investigated as a function of temperature with femtosecond time resolution. For temperatures from 300 to 25 K the ET to the bacteriopheophytin is characterized by a biphasic time dependence. The two time constants of τ1=3.5±0.4 ps and τ2=1.2±0.3 ps at T=300 K decrease continously with temperature to values of τ1=1.4±0.3 ps and τ2=0.3±0.15 ps at 25 K. The experimental results indicate that the ET is not thermally activated and that the same ET mechanisms are active at room and low temperatures. All observations are readily rationalized by a two-step ET model with the monomeric bacteriochlorophyll as a real electron carrier.