Abstract— The fluorescence spectra of chlorophyll a in less than 10–6 mol dm‐3 solutions of benzene, toluene, tetrahydrofurane, EPA and ethanol were determined at both room temperature and at 77 K. Resolution enhancement using Fourier transform methods revealed the presence of vibronic bands with essentially solvent‐invariant separation between their origins; this was confirmed by the quantitative deconvolution of the spectra into Gaussian bands. It was concluded that the fluorescence is due to a single spectroscopically distinct species. The absorption spectra in the above solvents include a band absent from the fluorescence spectra which, from its position and intensity, may be identified as the longest wavelength X‐polarized electronic transition of chlorophyll a. Differences observed between the shapes of the low‐and high‐temperature absorption spectra may be attributed primarily to the narrowing of bandwidths with decreasing temperature and to intensity redistribution within the bands; the apparent increase in the integrated intensity on cooling the solutions appears to be due largely to the increase in the volume concentration of the solute as a result of solvent contraction.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Photochemistry and Photobiology|
|State||Published - Jun 1992|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry