Julian Adolphs, Franziska Maier, Thomas Renger,
"Wavelength-Dependent Exciton-Vibrational Coupling in the Water-Soluble Chlorophyll Binding Protein Revealed by Multilevel Theory of Difference Fluorescence Line-Narrowing"
, in J. Phys. Chem. B, Vol. 122, Seite(n) 8891-8899, 2018
Wavelength-Dependent Exciton-Vibrational Coupling in the Water-Soluble Chlorophyll Binding Protein Revealed by Multilevel Theory of Difference Fluorescence Line-Narrowing
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One of the most powerful line-narrowing techniques used to unravel the homogeneous lineshapes of inhomogeneously broadened systems is difference fluorescence line-narrowing spectroscopy. When this spectroscopy was applied to multichromophoric systems so far, the spectra were analyzed by an effective two-level system approach, composed of the electronic ground state and the lowest exciton state. An effective Huang-Rhys factor was assigned for the coupling of this state to the vibrations. Here, we extend this approach by including a multilevel line shape theory, which takes into account the excitonic coupling between pigments and thereby the effect of the delocalization of the excited states explicitly. In this way, it becomes possible to extract the spectral density of the local exciton-vibrational coupling. The theory is applied to the recombinant water-soluble chlorophyll binding protein reconstituted with chlorophyll a or b and reveals a significant decrease of the Huang-Rhys factor of the local exciton-vibrational coupling with decreasing transition energy of the chlorophylls. This decrease could be due to the increase in steric interactions reducing the flexibility of the environment and red-shifting the site energy of the pigments.