Mössbauer Spectrometry of Hemoglobin: Paramagnetic Effects

  • George Lang
  • Walter Marshall
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Hemoglobin and its prosthetic group, heme, have been the objects of a number of recent Mössbauer spectrometry studies [1, 2, 3, 4, 5]. In addition to being of considerable biological interest, hemoglobin is also a convenient host material for the study of dilute systems of paramagnetic iron ions. The hemoglobin molecule is made up of four subunits, each of which consists of the iron—protoporphyrin compound heme imbedded in the protein globin. The iron lies approximately in the heme plane (see Fig. 1) and is attached below the plane to one of the globin histidines. In the region above the iron, various molecules or ions may be placed, giving rise to a number of hemoglobin compounds.


Electron Spin Quadrupole Interaction Magnetic Hyperfine Hemoglobin Molecule Quadrupole Field 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • George Lang
    • 1
  • Walter Marshall
    • 2
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentCarnegie Institute of TechnologyPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Theoretical Physics DivisionA.E.R.E., HarwellDidcot, BerksEngland

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