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Unraveling the electronic structure of individual photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Low-temperature single-molecule spectroscopic techniques were applied to a light-harvesting pigment-protein complex (LH2) from purple photosynthetic bacteria. The properties of the electronically excited states of the two circular assemblies (B800 and B850) of bacteriochlorophyll a (BChl a) pigment molecules in the individual complexes were revealed, without ensemble averaging. The results show that the excited states of the B800 ring of pigments are mainly localized on individual BChl a molecules. In contrast, the absorption of a photon by the B850 ring can be consistently described in terms of an excitation that is completely delocalized over the ring. This property may contribute to the high efficiency of energy transfer in these photosynthetic complexes.

Publication Date


  • 1999

Citation


  • Van Oijen, A. M., Ketelaars, M., Köhler, J., Aartsma, T. J., & Schmidt, J. (1999). Unraveling the electronic structure of individual photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes. Science, 285(5426), 400-402. doi:10.1126/science.285.5426.400

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0033575392

Start Page


  • 400

End Page


  • 402

Volume


  • 285

Issue


  • 5426

Abstract


  • Low-temperature single-molecule spectroscopic techniques were applied to a light-harvesting pigment-protein complex (LH2) from purple photosynthetic bacteria. The properties of the electronically excited states of the two circular assemblies (B800 and B850) of bacteriochlorophyll a (BChl a) pigment molecules in the individual complexes were revealed, without ensemble averaging. The results show that the excited states of the B800 ring of pigments are mainly localized on individual BChl a molecules. In contrast, the absorption of a photon by the B850 ring can be consistently described in terms of an excitation that is completely delocalized over the ring. This property may contribute to the high efficiency of energy transfer in these photosynthetic complexes.

Publication Date


  • 1999

Citation


  • Van Oijen, A. M., Ketelaars, M., Köhler, J., Aartsma, T. J., & Schmidt, J. (1999). Unraveling the electronic structure of individual photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes. Science, 285(5426), 400-402. doi:10.1126/science.285.5426.400

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0033575392

Start Page


  • 400

End Page


  • 402

Volume


  • 285

Issue


  • 5426