The Amide-I Band in Acetanilide: Physical Properties and Biological Suggestions

  • Giorgio Careri
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 243)


Measurements of infrared absorption and Raman scattering on crystalline acetanilide, a model system for proteins, are reviewed. A new band, close to the conventional amide-I band, was detected at low temperature. Equilibrium properties and spectroscopy data ruled out an explanation based on conventional assignments. A detailed analysis showed that a soliton model is in satisfactory agreement with the experimental data. The fine structure of this band, detected more recently, is discussed. Some possible biological implications are finally mentioned.


Component Band Recent Theoretical Work Soliton Model Lorentzian Component Combine Excitation 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Giorgio Careri
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità di Roma IRomaItalia

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