标题：A new energy transfer channel from carotenoids to chlorophylls in purple bacteria
作者：Feng, Jin; Tseng, Chi-Wei; Chen, Tingwei; Leng, Xia; Yin, Huabing; Cheng, Yuan-Chung; Rohlfing, Michael; Ma, Yuchen
作者机构：[Feng, Jin; Chen, Tingwei; Leng, Xia; Ma, Yuchen] Shandong Univ, Sch Chem & Chem Engn, Jinan 250100, Peoples R China.; [Tseng, Chi-Wei; Cheng, Yuan- 更多
通讯作者地址：[Ma, YC]Shandong Univ, Sch Chem & Chem Engn, Jinan 250100, Peoples R China.
摘要：It is unclear whether there is an intermediate dark state between the S2 and S1 states of carotenoids. Previous two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy measurements support its existence and its involvement in the energy transfer from carotenoids to chlorophylls, but there is still considerable debate on the origin of this dark state and how it regulates the energy transfer process. Here we use ab initio calculations on excited-state dynamics and simulated two-dimensional electronic spectrum of carotenoids from purple bacteria to provide evidence supporting that the dark state may be assigned to a new A(g)(+) state. Our calculations also indicate that groups on the conjugation backbone of carotenoids may substantially affect the excited-state levels and the energy transfer process. These results contribute to a better understanding of carotenoid excited states.