Journal article

Ultrafast photoisomerisation of an isolated retinoid.

James N Bull, Christopher W West, Cate S Anstöter, Gabriel da Silva, Evan J Bieske, Jan RR Verlet

Phys Chem Chem Phys | Royal Society of Chemistry | Published : 2019


The photoinduced excited state dynamics of gas-phase trans-retinoate (deprotonated trans-retinoic acid, trans-RA-) are studied using tandem ion mobility spectrometry coupled with laser spectroscopy, and frequency-, angle- and time-resolved photoelectron imaging. Photoexcitation of the bright S3(ππ*) ← S0 transition leads to internal conversion to the S1(ππ*) state on a ≈80 fs timescale followed by recovery of S0 and concomitant isomerisation to give the 13-cis (major) and 9-cis (minor) photoisomers on a ≈180 fs timescale. The sub-200 fs stereoselective photoisomerisation parallels that for the retinal protonated Schiff base chromophore in bacteriorhodopsin. Measurements on trans-RA- in metha..

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