Direct measurement of the lowest excited singlet state lifetime of all-trans-β-carotene and related carotenoids

Michael R Wasielewski, Lowell D. Kispert

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A 4 ps, 510 nm laser pulse was used to electronically excite toluene solutions of all-trans-β-carotene, canthaxanthin, and β-8'-apocarotenal. The 430-510 nm electronic absorption band of each carotene bleaches immediately upon excitation and recovers with single-exponential kinetics: τ = 8.4 ± 0.6 ps for all-trans-β-carotene, 5.2 ± 0.6 ps for canthaxanthin, and 25.4 ± 0.2 ps for β-8'-apocarotenal. The results are discussed in terms of the excited singlet state properties of carotenoids.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-243
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 25 1986


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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