Correction of spectra for studying dye aggregates by resonance light scattering
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- Tikhomirov, A.M., Shmigol, T.A., Kozhinova, E.A. et al. BIOPHYSICS (2009) 54: 584. doi:10.1134/S0006350909050054
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Resonance light scattering (RLS), a phenomenon of abrupt enhancement of Rayleigh light scattering in close proximity to an absorption band, is easily detectable in solutions of strongly absorbing chromophores, which form large aggregates with strong π-electronic coupling among the chromophores. RLS spectra need to be corrected for the sensitivity of the spectrofluorimeter as well as for the effects of internal light filter. A method for correcting the measured RLS is described. It was shown by the method that addition of KCl induces formation of extended supramolecular aggregates (probably of H-type) of the anionic dye merocyanine 540 in water. The RLS spectra of a photosensitizer m-tetra(hydroxyphenyl)chlorin (Foscan®) indicate formation of J-aggregates of this dye in aqueous medium.