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Lauterwasser, Christoph; Finkele, Ulrich; Scheer, Hugo and Zinth, Wolfgang (13. September 1991): Temperature dependence of the primary electron transfer in photosynthetic reaction centers from Rhodobacter sphaeroides. In: Chemical Physics Letters, No. 183: pp. 471-477 [PDF, 291kB]


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.

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