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See detailElectronic spectroscopy of nucleic acids in the gas phase
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Rosu, Frédéric ULg; Joly, Laure ULg et al

Conference (2010)

DNA polyanions trapped in a mass spectrometer undergo electron detachment following UV irradiation. Photodetachment is a single-photon process. Its efficiency depends on the nature of the DNA bases, the ... [more ▼]

DNA polyanions trapped in a mass spectrometer undergo electron detachment following UV irradiation. Photodetachment is a single-photon process. Its efficiency depends on the nature of the DNA bases, the ion's charge, and the excitation wavelength. Photodetachment can therefore be used to perform ion spectroscopy experiments, which probe electronic excitation within the initial charge state of the nucleic acids. Ion spectroscopy experiments on trapped nucleic acid cations and anions were performed from 4 to 20 eV using an OPO laser or using synchrotron radiation. Photoelectron spectroscopy experiments were also performed on multiply charged anions to probe direct detachment cross sections and electronic excitations within the final charge. The electronic spectra obtained from photodetachment integral cross sections show several resonances, provided that the photon energy is larger than the electron binding energy. We will also discuss whether the electronic spectra obtained via photodetachment can be used to probe gas phase ion structure. [less ▲]

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