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Energy Transfer in the Photosynthetic Reaction Center


Jonas D.M. , Lang M.J. , Nagasawa Y. , Fleming G.R. . Ultrafast Phenomena X. 336–337


For isolated photosynthetic reaction centers from the photosynthetic bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides R26, pump-probe experiments with 20–25 fs pulses near 800 nm yield an initial anisotropy of 0.4 which decays in ~80 fs. The initial anisotropy decay is assigned to dipole reorientation by electronic energy transfer from the accessory bacteriochlorophylls (B) to the upper exciton state (P+) of the special pair. This ~80 fs energy transfer step excites vibrational wavepackets assigned to P+ on the basis of their anisotropy. B→P+ energy transfer is followed by ~150 fs internal conversion to the lower exciton state (P) of the special pair.