Far-infrared perturbation of reaction rates in myoglobin at low temperatures

Robert H. Austin, Mark W. Roberson, Paul Mansky

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We present evidence that far-infrared radiation of 50.5 cm-1 enhances the recombination rates of photodissociated sperm whale myoglobin at temperatures below 180 K. The enhancement disappears above the glass transition of the glycerol solvent at 180 K. Control experiments show that the enhancement in recombination kinetics cannot be attributed to simple solvent heating but instead is involved with protein absorption of far-infrared radiation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1912-1915
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Issue number16
StatePublished - 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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