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Excitation of a triad artificial photosynthetic reaction center consisting of a porphyrin (P) convalently linked to a fullerene electron acceptor (C60) and a carotenoid secondary donor (C) leads to the formation of a long-lived C+-P-C60 − charge-separated state via photoinduced electron transfer. This reaction occurs in a frozen organic glass down to at least 8 K. At 77 K, charge recombination of C*+-P-C60 − occurs on the μs time scale, and yields solely the carotenoid triplet state. In the presence of a small (20 mT) static magnetic field, the lifetime of the charge-separated state is increased by 50%. This is ascribed to the effect of the magnetic field on interconversion of the singlet and triplet biradicals. At zero field, the initially formed singlet biradical state is in equilibrium with the three triplet biradical sublevels, and all four states have comparable populations. Decay to the carotenoid triplet only occurs from the three triplet sublevels. In the presence of the field, the S and T0 states are still rapidly interconverting, but the T+ and T− states are isolated from the other two due to the electronic Zeeman interaction, and are not significantly populated. Under these conditions, recombination to the triplet occurs only from T0, and the lifetime of the charge-separated state increases. This effect can be used as the basis for a magnetically controlled optical or optoelectronic switch (e.g. AND gate).
1. A magnetically activated optoelectronic logic gate comprising:
a. means for receiving and storing ultraviolet or visible wavelength and magnetic field signals wherein the means further comprises a photoreactive molecule capable of forming transient species when activated by said electromagnetic radiation signal, the lifetime of said transient species being modified in the presence of a magnetic field; and
b. means for selectively accessing said stored signals to deliver said selected signals for signal processing.
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9. A means for generating magnetic field signals to the transient species of
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a. means for activating said transient species;
b. means for applying a magnetic field to said transient species for a selected period of time;
c. means for transmitting an optoelectronic radiation signal through said transient species;
d. means for receiving the transmitted optoelectronic radiation signal in the presence of the magnetic field,
wherein processing of said transmitted electromagnetic radiation signal comprises comparison of said received signal to a threshold value to provide a Boolean yes/no signal.
12. The optoelectronic logic gate of
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14. A digital device comprising the magnetically controlled logic gate of
15. A magnetically controlled optoelectronic logic gate of
a. a photoreactive molecule capable of forming transient species when activated by an electromagnetic radiation signal, the lifetime of said transient species being altered in the presence of a magnetic field;
b. means for activating said photoreactive molecule to form said transient species;
c. means for delivering a magnetic field signal to said transient species for a selected period of time;
d. generator means for transmitting an optoelectronic signal through said transient species;
e. monitor means for detecting the transmitted optoelectronic signal in the presence and absence of magnetic field signal; and
f. output means for delivering signals from said monitor means to a signal processor.
16. The logic gate of
17. A system, comprising:
a light-producing element;
a magnetic field generator configured to produce a magnetic field;
a photoreceptive molecule comprising a chemical structure excitable to a transient state in response to light, wherein the transient state is maintainable by the chemical structure upon exposure to the magnetic field, and
a detector configured to be responsive to the photoreceptive molecule, and configured to provide a first signal upon exhibition of the transient state by the photoreceptive molecule and to provide a second signal upon exhibition of a ground state by the photoreceptive molecule.
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27. A computer processor, comprising:
a photoreceptive molecule having a chemical structure of the type to exhibit a transient state in response to light, wherein a time period of the transient state is extendable upon exposure to a magnetic field; and
a measurement device configured to detect whether the photoreceptive molecule is in the prolonged transient state, and wherein the measurement device is configured to provide a first signal upon exhibition of the transient state by the photoreceptive molecule and to provide a second signal upon exhibition of a ground state by the photoreceptive molecule.
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35. A solar light energy conversion system, comprising:
a magnetic field generator configured to provide a magnetic field for a period of time,
a photoreceptive molecule comprising a chemical structure excitable to a transient state, wherein the photoreceptive molecule has a protracted transient state upon exposure to the magnetic field, and
an energy-storing element configured to receive energy produced by the photoreceptive molecule upon a transition of the photoreceptive molecule from the protracted transient state to a ground state.
36. The solar energy conversion system of
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41. A method, comprising:
generating a magnetic field during a time period;
detecting a transient state of a photoreceptive molecule having a chemical structure excitable to the transient state in response to light, wherein the photoreceptive molecule maintains the transient state of the photoreceptive molecule during the time period of the magnetic field, and
providing a first signal when the photoreceptive molecule exhibits the transient state, and providing a second signal when the photoreceptive molecule exhibits a ground state.
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47. An electric network, comprising:
a photoreceptive molecule having a chemical structure that is excitable to a transient state responsive to light, wherein the photoreceptive molecule has a prolonged transient state upon exposure to a magnetic field; and
a measurement device configured to monitor the photoreceptive molecule and to provide a first signal upon exhibition of the prolonged transient state by the photoreceptive molecule and to provide a second signal upon exhibition of a ground state by the photoreceptive molecule.
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54. A switch, comprising:
a photoreceptive molecule including a chemical structure excitable to a transient state in response to light, wherein a length of time that the photoreceptive molecule is in the transient state depends upon the photoreceptive molecule's exposure to a magnetic field, and
a detector configured to be responsive to the photoreceptive molecule, and configured to provide a first signal upon exhibition of the transient state by the photoreceptive molecule and to provide a second signal upon exhibition of a ground state by the photoreceptive molecule.
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This application is a National Stage (371) of PCT/US99/23012, filed Oct. 1, 1999, which claims benefit of U.S. Provisional Application No. 60/102,597, filed Oct. 1, 1998.
Financial assistance for this project was provided by U.S. Government through the National Science Foundation under Grant Number CHE-9709272; and the United States Government may own certain rights to this invention.
The present invention relates generally to the effects of magnetic fields on the lifetimes of radical pairs formed generally by photoinduced electrons transfer and the corresponding yields of the products of radical pair decay and more particularly to the magnetic switching of charge separation lifetimes in artificial photosynthetic reaction centers.
The effects of magnetic fields on the lifetimes of radical pairs formed by photoinduced electron transfer and the corresponding yields of the products of radical pair decay have been studied for many years. (Steiner, U. E. et al. Chem. Rev. 1989, 89, 51-147.; Steiner, U. E. et al. Photochemistry and Photophysics, Vol IV; Rabek, J. F., Ed.; CRC: Boca Raton, Fla., 1991; pp 1-130.; Hayashi, H. In Photochemistry and Photophysics, Vol I; Rabek, J. F., Ed.; CRC: Boca Raton, Fla., 1990; pp 59-136.; Grissom, C. B. Chem. Rev. 1995, 95, 3-24). These effects arise because the field can affect the rates of interconversion among the singlet radical pair and the three sublevels of the triplet radical pair. The observation of such effects requires two apparently contradictory conditions. In order for photoinduced electron transfer to occur from an excited singlet state, the electronically excited electron donor (acceptor) and the ground-state acceptor (donor) must experience relatively strong electronic coupling so that electron transfer can compete kinetically with the other decay pathways available to the excited state. However, such strong coupling generally precludes the interconversion of the singlet and triplet radical pair states necessary for the development of magnetic field effects. Both conditions may be satisfied sequentially by allowing diffusional processes to bring together the donor and acceptor, thus promoting rapid photoinduced electron transfer. Diffusion can then separate the radical pairs, reducing coupling and allowing singlet-triplet interconversion. Thus, magnetic field effects are generally observable in radical pair systems wherein the donors and acceptors freely diffuse in solution, or in biradicals where the radicals are linked by flexible chains such as polymethylene groups so that large-scale internal motions are facile.
Because of these restrictions, rigid donor-acceptor assemblies, or those in media such as low-temperature glasses or plastics where molecular motions are restricted, typically do not demonstrate magnetic field effects on radical pairs originating from excited singlet state precursors. This hinders the use of such effects in the design of molecular-scale electronic components that must function in rigid media. The conundrum can be avoided by employing a multistep electron transfer strategy whereby the electron is moved from the primary donor to the ultimate acceptor via intermediate donor-acceptor species. In this way, the electronic coupling between adjacent donor-acceptor pairs is strong enough so that each electron transfer step is rapid and can compete with other decay pathways, resulting in a high yield of the final charge-separated state. At the same time, the electronic coupling between the donor and the ultimate acceptor is small, and this can allow rapid singlet-triplet interconversions and consequently magnetic field effects.
The preeminent example of this phenomenon is photosynthesis, where a number of different magnetic field effects on reaction yields and rates have been observed, (see: Blankenship, R. E. et al. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1977, 461, 297-305.; Blankenship, R. E. Acc. Chem. Res. 1981, 14, 163-170.; Hoff, A. J. et al. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1977, 460, 547-554.; Hoff, A. J. Photochem. Photobiol. 1986, 43, 727-745.; Boxer, S. G. et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1982, 104, 1452-1454.; Boxer, S. G. et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1982, 104, 2674-2675.; van Dijk, B. et al. J. Phys. Chem. B 1998, 102, 464-472). In the case of photosynthetic model systems, magnetic-field-dependent nonexponential decays of biradical states at room temperature have been reported in diporphyrin-imide triad molecules, (see: Werner, U. et al. J. Phys. Chem 1995, 99, 13930-13937). Small magnetic fields increased the initial rate of decay of the biradical to the ground state by charge recombination. Magnetic field effects have also been reported in dyads consisting of porphyrins linked to viologen electron acceptors by flexible chains. (Saito, T. et al. Bull. Chem. Soc. Jpn. 1988, 61, 1925-1931.; Nakamura, H. et al. Chem. Lett. 1 987, 543-546). In these reported cases, the photoinduced electron transfer originates from the porphyrin excited triplet state, rather than the singlet.
Recently reported (see: Liddell, P. A. et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1997, 119, 1400-1405.; Carbonera, D. et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1998, 120, 4398-4405; Gust, D. et al. In Recent Adavances in the Chemistry and Physics of Fullerenes and Related Materials; Kadish, K. M., Rutherford, A. W., Eds.; The Electrochemical Society: Pennington, N.J., 1997; pp 9-24) is the preparation and study of a carotenoid (C) porphyrin (P) fullerene (C60) triad artificial photosynthetic reaction center (1), shown below, that demonstrates photo-induced electron transfer behavior ideally suited for the observation of unusual magnetic field effects. Excitation of the porphyrin moiety yields C-1P-C60, which decays by photoinduced electron transfer to give C-P+-C60*−. Secondary electron transfer from the carotenoid to the porphyrin radical cation produces the C*+-P-C60*− charge-separated state. This process occurs even in low-temperature organic glasses where molecular motions and some electron spin relaxation processes are slowed. In addition, charge recombination yields only the carotenoid triplet state, 3C-P-C60, rather than the molecular ground state. As discussed below, this combination of properties results in a lifetime for the C*+-P-C60*− charge-separated state on tile microsecond time scale that is increased by 50% upon application of a weak magnetic field.
The magnetically activated optoelectronic switch as herein described and illustrated can be used in several applications. For example, it can be configured as an AND logic gate, AND logic gate, or other form of logic gate. In this configuration, it is used as a molecular-scale logic element in an optoelectronic computer processor. AND gates, either alone or in combination, can perform all logic operations necessary for computer data processing. By using a gate of molecular dimensions, the size, cost and power requirements of computer processors could be reduced, and their speed increased.
Such molecular-scale switches can also be used in optical or optoelectronic communications applications. In this case, the light which forms one of the inputs of the device can be from a fiber optic communication line, and the magnetic input provided by conventional electronic means.
A unique feature of this switch is that it is sensitive to inputs having different physical properties. One input is electromagnetic radiation in the ultraviolet or visible wavelength range and the other input is a magnetic field. This allows information transmitted in different media to be combined and processed.
Alternatively, the device can be configured as a computer memory element that can be switched between on and off binary states using a combination of light and magnetic fields. The density of data storage in such molecular-scale memories will be much higher than in conventional electronic memories, and the access speed will be extremely high. Such memories would have to be refreshed as a function of the lifetime of the charge-separated state.
FIG. 2(a) shows the transient absorption spectrum of C*+-P-Q*− taken 3,950 ps after excitation of a 1ื10−3 M solution of 1 in a 2-methyltetrahydrofuran glass at 77 K with a 150 fs, 20 nJ laser pulse at 575 nm.
FIG. 2(b) shows the rise of the absorption in part (a), determined at 950 nm and the smooth curve is an exponential fit to the rise data with a time constant of 770 ps.
FIG. 5(a) shows the transient absorbance at 980 nm of a solution of 1 in 2-methyltetrahydrofuran at 77 K determined at 41 mT minus that determined at zero magnetic field which represents the difference of the two curves shown in FIG. 3.
FIG. 5(b) shows the integral of the transient absorbance at 980 nm of a solution of 1 in 2-methyltetrahydrofuran at 77 K, determined at 41 mT (upper curve) and zero field (lower curve) and represents the integrals of the two curves in
Photochemistry at Ambient Temperatures. The synthesis and characterization of triad 1 has been previously reported. Liddell, P. A. et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1997, 119, 1400-1405. The photochemistry of the triad may be discussed with reference to
Photochemist at 77 K in the Absence of a Magnetic Field. Excitation of a 1ื10−4 M solution of 1 in a 2-methyltetrahydrofuran glass at 77 K with a 590 nm, 5 ns laser pulse gave rise to several transient species. (Liddell, P. A. et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1997, 119, 1400-1405). A transient absorption with a maximum at 700 nm corresponding to the fullerene triplet state was observed. The quantum yield of C-P-3C60, was 0.17, as determined by the comparative method, and it decayed with a time constant of 81 μs. At the excitation wavelength, 19% of the light is absorbed by the fullerene moiety, and the quantum yield of triplet in model fullerene compounds is essentially unity. Thus, C-P-3C60 is postulated to form by normal intersystem crossing via step 10 in FIG. 1. This conclusion has been borne out by time-resolved epr experiments that confirm the intersystem crossing mechanism. (Carbonera, D. et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1998, 120, 4398-4405).
The nanosecond time-resolved absorption experiments also reveal a transient absorption with a maximum at 965 nm corresponding to the carotenoid radical cation of the C*+-P-C60*− charge-separated state. The quantum yield is 0.10, based on total light absorbed and using the extinction coefficients reported for the tetraphenylporphyrin triplet state and carotenoid radical cations at ambient temperatures. Transient absorption experiments carried out under similar conditions with subpicosecond excitation at 575 nm using the pump-probe technique gave a rise time for C*+-P-C60*− of 770 ps at 77 K (FIG. 2). This rise time is presumably the reciprocal of (k4+k7) at this temperature.
The decay of the carotenoid radical cation absorption of C*+-P-C60*− occurs on the μs time scale, and is shown in FIG. 3. It is accompanied by the rise of a new transient with a maximum absorbance at 550 nm whose rise kinetics are identical to the decay kinetics of the carotenoid radical cation. The new state is ascribed to 3C-P-C60 generated by charge recombination of the C*+-P-C60*− biradical. It is formed with a quantum yield of 0.07 based on ambient-temperature extinction coefficients, which is comparable to the yield of C*+-P-C60*−, within experimental error. The decay can be fit within the noise limits with two exponentials. The major component has a time constant of 10 μs, which is a typical lifetime for a carotenoid triplet state, and the lifetime of the minor component is 83 μs. The similarity of the minor component lifetime to that for C-P-3C60 suggests that it may be due to some absorption of the fullerene triplet state at 550 nm.
The 980-nm absorption of C*+-P-C60*− at 77 K does not decay as a single exponential, in contrast to the behavior at ambient temperatures. In order to compare these results with those obtained in the presence of a magnetic field, The average decay rate, kavj, for the illustrated time window is defined by eq 1, where A, A′ and A″ are the amplitudes of three exponential decay components with rate constants
Photochemistry at 77 K in the Presence of a Magnetic Field. Identical experiments at 77 K on the nanosecond time scale were carried out in the presence of a weak (41 mT), steady-state magnetic field (B) applied before excitation. The yield of C*+-P-C60*− under these conditions was essentially identical to the yield at its B=0. The decay of the charge-separated state, however, was significantly slower than in the absence of a magnetic field (FIG. 3). Application of eq 1 to these data yields a kavg value of 5.0ื105 s−1 in a 41 mT field.
The magnetic field dependence of kavg is shown in FIG. 4. The effect on the lifetime of the biradical saturates at a few tens of mT; the field strength for half-saturation, B1/2, is 6.4 mT. The time dependence of the difference in the transient absorption of the biradical at zero field and at saturating magnetic field effect may be quantified by subtracting the decay curve in the absence of field from that obtained at 41 mT. The resulting curve (
The yield of the carotenoid triplet species, 3C-P-C60, arising from charge recombination was determined at zero field and at saturating field (41 mT), and no differences outside of experimental error were observed. In addition, the rise kinetics of the carotenoid triplet state at 0 mT and 41 mT were identical with the decay kinetics of the carotenoid radical cation. Thus, the carotenoid triplet state is the only significant product of charge recombination at all field strengths investigated. The carotenoid triplet state lifetime at 77 K was independent of the magnetic field.
The 50% increase in the lifetime of the C*+-P-C60*− charge-separated state resulting from the application of a relatively weak static magnetic field may be explained by reference to the simple and well-known kinetic scheme in
The singlet biradical S (
At zero applied field, the first term in eq. 2 vanishes, and the energies of all four states in
At saturating applied magnetic field strengths, the Zeeman interaction of the spins with the external magnetic field (first term in eq 2) removes the near-degeneracy of the triplet sublevels, increasing the energy of T+ and decreasing that of T− by an equal amount. Under these conditions, the mixing between T0 and S is much stronger than the mixing among any other electronic states. At 77 K, it is postulated that on the time scale of biradical recombination, the interconversion of the S and T0 levels is still rapid. However, interconversion between these states and T+ and T− by any relaxation mechanism is now much slower than charge recombination, and the T+ and T− states are in effect isolated from the other two. Under these conditions, C*+-P-C60*−, which is born as a singlet biradical, rapidly equilibrates with T0, but T+ and T− are not significantly populated. When the field is present, the decay of the biradical is given by
It was noted that the decays at 77 K are not single exponentials. This is ascribed, for the most part, to the likelihood that in the frozen medium, a variety of molecular microenvironments and a variety of slightly different molecular conformations exist, and that these have slightly different recombination rates. Thus, although the data may be fit, within experimental error, by two exponentials and a small baseline offset, the true kinetic description is likely better described as a distribution of decays. In this connection, it is interesting to note that both k and k′ in eq 1 are larger by a factor of 1.5 in the absence of a magnetic field. Thus, the molecules in the great majority of the postulated microenvironments respond in the same way to the presence of the field.
It is worthwhile to briefly examine a few of the postulates underlying the above explanation. As determined by epr spectroscopy, the coupling J between the electron spins in C*+-P-C60*− is +0.12 mT. This means that the T0 state lies 2.7ื10−8 eV below the singlet state. The zerofield splitting between the triplet states must be of this general magnitude as well. At 77 K, thermal energies are 6.6ื10−3 eV. Thus, the assumption that when in equilibrium at zero field, the four energy levels are essentially equally populated is justified.
It is generally found that the dominant mechanism for singlet-triplet interconversion at zero and low fields is HFI-induced intersystem crossing. (Steiner, U. E.; Ulrich, T. Chem. Rev. 1989, 89, 51-147.; Steiner, U. E. et al. Photochemistry and Photophysics, Vol IV; Rabek, J. F., Ed.; CRC: Boca Raton, Fla., 1991; pp 1-130.; Hayashi, H. Photochemistry and Photophysics, Vol I; Rabek, J. F., Ed.; CRC: Boca Raton, Fla., 1990; pp 59-136.; Grissom, C. B. Chem. Rev. 1995, 95, 3-24). At zero field, the four spin levels are essentially isoenergetic, and HFI-induced intersystem crossing rapidly equilibrates all four states. As the magnetic field strength increases and the Zeeman interaction splits the energies of T+ and T− away from those of T0 and S (FIG. 6), HFI-induced intersystem crossing to T+ and T− becomes slower. Finally these two states are no longer populated, and the magnetic field effect saturates. Weller and coworkers have shown (Weller, A. et al. Chem. Phys. Lett. 1193, 96, 24-27) that for a series of organic radical pairs, the magnetic field value at half saturation due to HFI, B1/2 is given by:
In the presence of magnetic fields, the spin rephasing (Δg) mechanism can also interconvert the S0 and T0 states. This mechanism relies on the difference in precession frequencies of the electron spins in the biradical (Δg) that arises from differences in chemical environments (first term in eq 2). The time for interconversion of the S0 and T0 states by this mechanism (Δω) is given (Grissom, C. B. Chem. Rev. 1995, 95, 3-24) by:
Spin-orbit coupling can also in principle lead to interconversion among spin states in biradicals. Spin-orbit coupling is most important for heavy atoms, and interconversion by spin-orbit coupling is expected to be too slow to be significant in triad 1 at 77 K. The fact that a magnetic field effect is observed at all, and that it saturates at low magnetic fields shows that rapid interconversion of all spin states by spin-orbit coupling or any other mechanism is not, in fact, occurring under these conditions.
At 298 K, no effect of small magnetic fields on the lifetime of C*+-P-C60*− is observed in organic solvents. Thus, under these conditions, rapid equilibration among the various spin sublevels must be occurring even in the presence of the field. It is possible that properties of the fullerene radical anion contribute to the high equilibration rate.
The treatment above assumes that all singlet-triplet interconversion occurs in the C*+-P-C60*− biradical. Given the 770 ps rise time of this state at 77 K, it is conceivable that some interconversion could also happen in the precursor C*+-P-C60*−, although the radicals are presumably much more strongly coupled in this state. If this occurs, it has no significant consequences. The yield of C*+-P-C60*− is essentially the same at 77 K and ambient temperature, where the rate of formation of C*+-P-C60*− is much too fast to permit intersystem crossing in the precursor biradical. The yield of C*+-P-C60*− at 77 K is also independent of magnetic field strength. This suggests that singlet-triplet interconversion in C*+-P-C60*− is not affecting the competition between steps 4 and 7 in FIG. 1.
Triad 1 provides a unique opportunity to observe a straightforward influence of weak magnetic fields on radical pair recombination, and the expected 50% increase in the lifetime of the charge-separated state. There are several reasons for this situation. In the first place, 1 generates the charge-separated state via a multistep electron transfer strategy that produces a long-lived charge-separated state in high yield, but with only a small exchange interaction between the radicals. This weak coupling permits singlet-triplet interconversion by hyperfine interactions of the electron spins with nuclear magnetic moments. Presumably, these are mainly the hydrogen atoms on the carotenoid chain. Secondly, charge separation occurs in a rigid glass at 77K (electron transfer occurs down to at least 8 K in 1), and this establishes the conditions for rapid equilibration of the S and T0 states with no population of T+ and T− in the presence of the magnetic field. Finally, charge recombination yields exclusively the carotenoid triplet state. If recombination occurred only to the singlet ground state, the lifetime of the charge-separated state would be reduced by the magnetic field.
As mentioned above, there are numerous examples of magnetic field effects on reaction yields in mobile radical ion pairs (MARY effect). (see: Steiner, U. E. et al. Chem. Rev. 1989, 89, 51-147.; Steiner, U. E. et al. Photochemistry and Photophysics, Vol IV; Rabek, J. F., Ed.; CRC: Boca Raton, Fla., 1991; pp 1-130.; Hayashi, H. Photochemistry and Photophysics, Vol I; Rabek, J. F., Ed.; CRC: Boca Raton, Fla., 1990; pp 59-136.; Grissom, C. B. Chem. Rev. 1995, 95, 3-24). Examples with rigid systems are less common. Effects related to those reported here have been observed in photosynthetic reaction center preparations, where large-scale motions within the protein matrix are restricted. In reaction centers of Rhodobacter sphaeroides excitation of the special pair of bacteriochlorophyll molecules is followed by photoinduced electron transfer via a bacteriochlorophyll monomer to a bacteriopheophytin. An electron then migrates to a quinone acceptor QA, and finally to a second quinone QB. If QA is pre-reduced so that it cannot act as an acceptor, a long-lived radical pair consisting of the special pair radical cation and bacteriopheophytin radical anion is formed. The singlet radical pair can recombine to yield the ground state, or undergo intersystem crossing to the triplet radical pair, which decays to yield the triplet state of the special pair. In the presence of a magnetic field of 50 mT, the yield of triplet chromophore decreases by 50%. (Blankenship, R. E. et al. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1977, 461, 297-305.; Hoff, A. J. et al. Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1977, 460, 547-554). The genesis of this effect is that at zero field, the singlet radical pair can interconvert rapidly with the three triplet sublevels by hyperfine interactions. In the presence of the field, interconversion only occurs between the singlet and T0 levels, as discussed above, and therefore charge recombination to the ground state is enhanced. Other effects are observed at much higher field strengths.
A magnetic field effect on quantum yields such as that found in reaction centers can only be observed if radical pair recombination can occur by two competing mechanisms. In triad 1, this is precluded because charge recombination yields only the carotenoid triplet state, but lifetime effects are observed. A somewhat related situation has been observed in modified bacterial reaction centers at temperatures below 70 K. Under these conditions, electron transfer proceeds to yield a radical pair consisting of the special pair radical cation and the QA radical anion, but further electron transfer is blocked. Charge recombination occurs only from the singlet radical pair to yield the ground state, as the special pair triplet state is energetically inaccessible. At fields of 50 mT, the initial part of the nonexponential decay of the radical pair to the ground state shows an increase in decay rate, attributable to decreased interconversion of the S and T0 states with the T+ and T− states.
Magnetic field effects at ambient temperatures have been reported in triad photosynthetic model systems consisting of two covalently linked porphyrins, one of which bears an aromatic imide electron acceptor, (see: Werner, U. et al. J. Phys. Chem 1995, 99, 13930-13937). The decay to the ground state of the biradical resulting from photoinduced electron transfer is biphasic, and the rate of the initial part of the decay increases in the presence of a very small (5 mT) magnetic field. This effect, which is quite different from those observed for 1, is ascribed to an initial decay of the singlet biradical to both the ground state and the triplet manifold, with comparable rate constants. Eventually a dynamic equilibrium is established, giving rise to a slower component. The magnetic field decreases the rate of intersystem crossing, thus affecting the rate constants and enhancing singlet decay to the ground state at early times. In these systems, magnetic field effects are not observed when the charge separation lifetime is longer than a few hundred ns.
The magnetic field effects observed for 1 are potentially useful in two ways. In the first place, the enhanced lifetime of a charge-separated state induced by the magnetic field could in principle be of value in solar energy conversion applications of artificial reaction centers. A longer lifetime could increase the quantum yield of useful energy conversion reactions by slowing down charge recombination. Of course, this is only a 50% effect, and is observable only at low temperatures in 1.
The ability to significantly slow charge recombination by application of a small field could be the basis of a magnetically controlled optical or optoelectronic switch or logic gate. The change in absorption of the carotenoid radical cation at 980 nm, monitored either at the time of maximum difference in the curves with the field on and the field off (FIG. 5a), or as the integral of the absorptions over their lifetimes (FIG. 5b), is much larger than the noise level in these experiments. Appropriate monitoring of this transient absorption with a probe light beam and a detector with a suitable threshold would allow implementation of an AND gate-like function. In its unperturbed resting state, a collection of triads would have no detectable absorption at 980 nm, as no light is absorbed by the ground state in this spectral region. Switching on the magnetic field would not generate an absorption. Excitation in the absence of a magnetic field would generate a signal below the detection threshold. However, excitation in the presence of the field would produce a measurable signal, and therefore a change in the state of the device. Thus, an output signal would be produced only in the simultaneous presence of two inputs, the magnetic field and the excitation pulse, as required for an AND gate. A similar device with an electrical readout could be devised if electron transfer from the charge-separated state of the triad to an external circuit competed with decay to the carotenoid triplet state. The electrical signal would be larger in the presence of the magnetic field, when recombination to the triplet was slowed.
Transient absorption measurements on the picosecond time scale were made using the pump-probe technique. The sample was dissolved in purified 2-methyltetrahydrofuran and the resulting 0.001 M solution was placed in a cuvette having a 2-mm path length in the beam area and stirred. For low-temperature measurements, a closed-circuit helium refrigerator from APD Cryogenics Inc. equipped with a Model 330 temperature controller from Lake Shore Cryogenics was used. Excitation was at 590 nm with 150-200 fs, 30 μJ pulses at a repetition rate of 540 Hz or with 100-150 fs, 5 μJ pulses at a repetition rate of 1000 Hz. The signals from the continuum-generated white-light probe beam were collected by an optical spectrometric multichannel analyzer with a dual diode array detector head. (Lin, S. et al. Biophysical Journal 1994, 66, 437-445).
For nanosecond transient absorption measurements, similar solutions were placed in a cuvette with a 1-cm path length. For measurements at ambient temperatures, the sample was deoxygenated by purging with argon. The transient absorption measurements were made with excitation from an Opotek optical parametric oscillator pumped by the third harmonic of a Continuum Surelight Nd:YAG laser. The pulse width was 5 ns, and the repetition rate was 10 Hz. The detection portion of the spectrometer has been described elsewhere. (Davis, F. S. et al. Rev. Sci. Instrum. 1987, 58, 1629-1631).
Magnetic fields were generated using Helmholtz coils. The sample, sealed in a cuvette, was immersed in liquid nitrogen in a clear glass dewar flask. The magnetic field was measured at the sample using a Bell Gaussmeter (calibrated to ฑ3%).
From the foregoing it is readily apparent that a new and useful embodiment of the present invention has been herein described and illustrated which fulfills all of the aforestated objects in a remarkably unexpected fashion. It is, of course, understood that such modification, alterations and adaptations as may readily occur to the artisan confronted with this disclosure are intended within the spirit of this invention which is limited only by the scope of the claims appended hereto.