- Absorption spectroscopy of adenine, 9-methyladenine, and 2-aminopurine in helium nanodroplets
- Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics
- Volume | Issue number
- 12 | 48
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- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS)
High-resolution absorption spectra of adenine, 9-methyladenine and 2-aminopurine in helium nanodroplets have been recorded. In contrast to molecular beam experiments, large variations in linewidths are observed for adenine and 9-methyladenine. At the same time, the spectrum of 2-aminopurine remains sharp upon solvation in helium droplets. The line broadening observed for adenine and 9-methyladenine is attributed to a significant decrease of the lifetime of the (1)Lb(pi pi*) state and of (1)n pi* levels vibronically coupled to this state. The origin of the lifetime reduction is argued to be related to the increased accessibility of the (1)n pi*/L-1(b)(pi pi*) conical intersection upon solvation of these molecules in liquid helium.
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