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Dependence of Adenine Raman Spectrum on Excitation Laser Wavelength: Comparison between Experiment and Theoretical Simulations

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posted on 30.09.2016, 00:00 by Navchtsetseg Nergui, Miin-Jang Chen, Juen-Kai Wang, Yuh-Lin Wang, Cheng-Rong Hsing, Ching-Ming Wei, Kaito Takahashi
We acquired the Raman spectra of adenine in powder and aqueous phase using excitation lasers with 532, 633, and 785 nm wavelengths for the region between 300 and 1500 cm–1. In comparison to the most distinct peak at 722 cm–1, the peaks between 1200 and 1500 cm–1 exhibited a characteristic increase in cross-section with decreasing excitation wavelength in both phases. This trend can be reproduced by different density functional theory (DFT) calculations for the adenine molecule in the gas phase as well as in the aqueous phase. Furthermore, from the calculation on the π-stacked dimer, hydrogen-bonded dimer, and trimer, we find that this trend toward excitation laser wavelength is not sensitive to the packing. When comparing the Raman spectra given by different excitation wavelength, one should take care in analyzing the cross-section, and present day DFT calculations are able to capture general trends in the excitation laser wavelength dependence of the Raman activity.