Vacuum Ultraviolet Action Spectroscopy of Polysaccharides

  • Quentin Enjalbert
  • Claire Brunet
  • Arnaud Vernier
  • Abdul-Rahman Allouche
  • Rodolphe Antoine
  • Philippe Dugourd
  • Jérôme Lemoine
  • Alexandre Giuliani
  • Laurent Nahon
Research Article


We studied the optical properties of gas-phase polysaccharides (maltose, maltotetraose, and maltohexaose) ions by action spectroscopy using the coupling between a quadrupole ion trap and a vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) beamline at the SOLEIL synchrotron radiation facility (France) in the 7 to 18 eV range. The spectra provide unique benchmarks for evaluation of theoretical data on electronic transitions of model carbohydrates in the VUV range. The effects of the nature of the charge held by polysaccharide ions on the relaxation processes were also explored. Finally the effect of isomerization of polysaccharides (with melezitose and raffinose) on their photofragmentation with VUV photons is presented.

Key words

Vacuum ultraviolet Spectroscopy Polysaccharides Gas phase Fragmentation Mass spectrometry 



The authors thank the Pôle Scientifique de Modélisation Numérique (PSMN) at Lyon, France, for generous computational facilities. SOLEIL support is acknowledged under project #20110002. This work was supported by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche Scientifique, France, under the project ANR-08-BLAN-0065. The authors also thank the general technical staff of SOLEIL for running the facility. They thank J.-F. Gil for his help in the alignment of the ion trap with respect to the beamline. They thank Stéphane Chambert, Sébastien Redon, and Francis Canon for helpful discussion.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Quentin Enjalbert
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Claire Brunet
    • 1
    • 2
  • Arnaud Vernier
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Abdul-Rahman Allouche
    • 1
    • 2
  • Rodolphe Antoine
    • 1
    • 2
  • Philippe Dugourd
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jérôme Lemoine
    • 1
    • 3
  • Alexandre Giuliani
    • 5
    • 6
  • Laurent Nahon
    • 5
  1. 1.Université Lyon 1-CNRS, Université de LyonVilleurbanne cedexFrance
  2. 2.UMR5306, Institut Lumière MatièreVilleurbanneFrance
  3. 3.UMR5180, Sciences AnalytiquesVilleurbanneFrance
  4. 4.R&D Proteomique, bioMérieux SAMarcy l’EtoileFrance
  5. 5.SOLEIL, l’Orme des Merisiers, St AubinGif sur Yvette CedexFrance
  6. 6.UAR1008, Cepia, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA)Nantes Cedex 3France

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