Spectroscopic Properties and Electron Transfer Dynamics of Reaction Centers

  • W. Parson
  • A. Warshel
  • S. Creighton
  • J. Norris
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 149)


With the elucidation of the crystal structures of reaction centers from several species of bacteria [1–3], we no longer need to depend on spectroscopic properties for hints on the positions and orientations of the pigments. Nor do we have to be content with fitting the electron transfer kinetics to phenomenological expressions with freely adjustable parameters. Instead, we can reverse these challenges. Is it possible now to start with a crystal structure and to calculate the reaction center’s absorption, CD and linear dichroism spectra and the spectroscopic effects of external fields? And can we predict how rapidly an electron will move from one component of the reaction center to another? If so, we can look forward to a clearer understanding of the mechanism of the primary electron transfer reaction, and to having a sharpened set of tools for exploring other complexes that still resist crystalization.


Matrix Element Electron Transfer Reaction Center Spectroscopic Property Reorganization Energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Parson
    • 1
  • A. Warshel
    • 2
  • S. Creighton
    • 2
  • J. Norris
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Dept. of BiochemistryUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of ChemistryUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Chemistry DivisionArgonne National LaboratoriesArgonneUSA
  4. 4.Dept. of ChemistryUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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