Insight into the Electronic Structure of the CP47 Antenna Protein Complex of Photosystem II: Hole Burning and Fluorescence Study

Bhanu Neupane, Nhan C. Dang, Khem Acharya, Mike Reppert, Valter Zazubovich, Rafael Picorel, Michael Seibert, Ryszard Jankowiak

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We report low temperature (T) optical spectra of the isolated CP47 antenna complex from Photosystem II (PSII) with a low-T fluorescence emission maximum near 695 nm and not, as previously reported, at 690-693 nm. The latter emission is suggested to result from three distinct bands: a lowest-state emission band near 695 nm (labeled F1) originating from the lowest-energy excitonic state A1 of intact complexes (located near 693 nm and characterized by very weak oscillator strength) as well as emission peaks near 691 nm (FT1) and 685 nm (FT2) originating from subpopulations of partly destabilized complexes. The observation of the F1 emission is in excellent agreement with the 695 nm emission observed in intact PSII cores and thylakoid membranes. We argue that the band near 684 nm previously observed In singlet-minus-triplet spectra originates from a subpopulation of partially destabilized complexes with lowest-energy traps located near 684 nm in absorption (referred to as AT2) giving rise to FT2 emission. It is demonstrated that varying contributions from the F1, FT1, and FT2 emission bands led to different maxima of fluorescence spectra reported In the literature. The fluorescence spectra are consistent with the zerophonon hole action spectra obtained In absorption mode, the profiles of the nonresonantly burned holes as a function of fluence, as well as the fluorescence line-narrowed spectra obtained for the Qy band. The lowest Qy state In absorption band (A1) Is characterized by an electron-phonon coupling with the Huang-Rhys factor Sof ∼1 and an inhomogeneous width of ∼180 cm-1. The mean phonon frequency of the A1 band is 20 cm-1. In contrast to previous observations, intact isolated CP47 reveals negligible contribution from the triplet-bottleneck hole, i.e., the AT2 trap. It has been shown that Chis In intact CP47 are connected via efficient excitation energy transfer to the A1 trap near 693 nm and that the position of the fluorescence maximum depends on the burn fluence. That Is, the 695 nm fluorescence maximum shifts blue with increasing fluence, In agreement with non resonant hole burned spectra. The above findings provide important constraints and parameters for future excitonic calculations, which In turn should offer new insight into the excitonic structure and composition of low-energy absorption traps.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)4214-4229
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of the American Chemical Society
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-2A0-48245


  • flourescence emission
  • optical spectra
  • photosynthesis
  • photovoltaic
  • PV
  • solar


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