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Abstract The linear dichroism of single crystals of the photochemical reaction center from Rhodobacter sphaeroides 2.4.1, expressed as the anisotropy (or polarization) ratio, p = (A ‖ − A ⊥)/A ‖ + A ⊥, relative to the long morphological axis of the crystals, has been measured to be −0.12±0.03 for the primary donor Q y and -0.15±0.8 for the carotenoid. These dichroic effects can be predicted using data obtained from magnetophotoselection (Frank et al. 1979, McGann and Frank 1985) and electron spin resonance (ESR)(Frank et al. 1988a, Budil et al. 1988) experiments. Magnetophotoselection data yield the projections of the transition moments onto the primary donor triplet state principal magnetic axis system. The single crystal triplet state ESR experiments provide the Euler matrix for the transformation from the principal magnetic axis system to the crystal unit cell axis system. Thus, the projections of the transition moments (site 1) onto the crystal units cell axes (a, b, c) are determined to be-0.39, 0.90 and 0.18, respectively. The projections of the carotenoid transition moment (site 1) onto the crystal unit cell axes (a, b, c) are determined to be -0.60, 0.02 and 0.80, respectively. This information used in conjunction with the crystalline space group symmetry (P212121) and the morphology of the crystals allows one to predict the observed anisotropy ratios.
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