Fluorescence depolarization dynamics in the B850 complex of purple bacteria

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The fluorescence anisotropic decay is modeled for the B850 bacteriochlorophyll a complex of the purple bacterium Rhodopseudomonas acidophila. Structural information is combined with experimental data to derive a Hamilton operator which models the S-0-S-1 excitation energy transfer between the pigments as well as the energy dissipation into the protein environment. The time-resolved fluorescence signal is determined from the solutions of the equations of motion for the one-exciton density matrix. Nonsecular terms in the Redfield relaxation tensor are shown to have a dramatic influence on the calculated time scales for depolarization.


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  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-30
JournalChemical Physics
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Publication categoryResearch

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The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Chemical Physics (S) (011001060)