Extended Förster Theory of Electronic Energy Transport within Pairs of Reorienting Chromophoric Molecules

by Norlin, Nils

Abstract (Summary)

An extended Förster theory (EFT), previously derived (L. B.-Å. Johansson et al. J. Chem. Phys., 1996,105) has theoretically been adapted and used in simulations of donor-acceptor energy transfer (DAET), which is a process often referred to as FRET. It was shown that the classical Förster theory is only valid in the initial part of the fluorescence decay. In this thesis an EFT is derived and outlined for electronic energy transport between two fluorescent molecules which are chemically identical, but photophysically non-identical. The energy migration within such asymmetric pairs is partially reversible and therefore referred to as partial donor-donor energy migration (PDDEM). The previously derived model of PDDEM (S. V. Kalinin et al. Spectrochim Acta Part A, 2002,58) is an approximation of the EFT. In particular, the EFT accounts for the time-dependent reorientations as well as the distance that influence the rate of electronic energy migration. The reorientation of the fluorophores transition dipole moments has been simulated using Brownian dynamics. As a result, the related “k2-problem” has been solved. The EFT of PDDEM has also been studied regarding the effect of PDDEM on experimental observables e.g. quantum yield of fluorescence and steady-state anisotropies

Bibliographical Information:


School:Umeå universitet

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Doctoral Dissertation

Keywords:electronic energy migration/transfer; extended Förster theory; orientation factor; DDEM; PDDEM; time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy; time-correlated single photon counting; Brownian dynamics; Physical Chemistry; fysikalisk kemi


Date of Publication:01/01/2009

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