The observation of excited-state dynamical evolution in light-harvesting complex LH2 from Rhodobacter sphaeroides 601

Lijun Guo, Yuan Liu, Yi Yang, Jun Mi, Can Xu, Chunhe Xu, Shixiong Qian
FEBS Letters 2002 January 30, 511 (1): 69-72
With selective excitation around BChl-B800 and BChl-B850 absorption bands, we observed the evolution of excited-state dynamics in LH2 from Rhodobacter sphaeroides 601. The dynamical traces demonstrate a dominant excited-state absorption (ESA) followed concomitantly by an ultrafast transmission increase and decay with pulse-width limited time scale at 818 nm and 828 nm excitation. The ESA occurring prior to excitonic thermalization or ground-state bleach was observed at 840 nm as well. These experimental results indicate the competition between the transition from excitonic states to higher-lying excited states and interexciton relaxation, which are of physical significance for understanding excitation transfer and related mechanisms in LH2.

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