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Schneider, Siegfried; Geiselhart, P.; Siebzehnrübl, S.; Fischer, R. and Scheer, Hugo (1987): Energy transfer within phycocyanin trimers of Mastigocladus laminosus studied by picosecond time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy. In: Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C, Vol. 43c: pp. 55-62 [PDF, 2MB]

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The transient absorption recovery induced in phycocyanin trimers by picosecond pulses of variable wavelength (570 — 620 nm) has been recorded and analyzed by applying a least-squares multi-exponential fit procedure. The results suggest that in native PC trimers the chromophores exhibit a microheterogeneity with the effect that the derived apparent lifetimes are functions of excitation and probing wavelength. It is suggested that, due to strong excitonic coupling between a-84 and ß-84 chromophores, the lifetime of the terminal acceptor state is reduced to about 900 ps; the apparent energy transfer time from chromophore β-155 to a-84 and ß-84 chromophores varies between 20—50 ps depending on the actual chromophore-protein arrangement (microheterogeneity).

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