Fluorescence studies of retinol and retinyl acetate

Surat Hotchandani, Paul Paquin, Roger M. Leblanc

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The polarized emission study of all-trans retinol and retinyl acetate in solid films at room temperature has been carried out. The shape of the absorption and fluorescence is typical of Franck-Condon forbidden bands. The high positive polarization of the fluorescence excitation and the emission (when excited into main absorption band due to 1Bu ← 1Ag transition) suggests that the lowest excited singlet state of retinols has a large amount of 1Bu character. The explanation for the high positive polarization involving strong vibronic interactions suggesting 1Ag - (a very weakly allowed state) being the lowest excited singlet has also been considered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-65
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Luminescence
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1979
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry(all)
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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