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Isabelle Navizet, Daniel Roca-Sanjuán, Ling Yue, Ya-Jun Liu, Nicolas Ferré and Roland Lindh Are the Bio- and Chemiluminescence States of the Firefly Oxyluciferin the Same as the Fluorescence State? Photochemistry and Photobiology 89

Article first published online: 17 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1111/php.12007

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It is commonly believed that the emissive excited state in the bio-, chemiluminescence, and fluorescence phenomena is the same, although from a mechanistic viewpoint, these processes might differ. To solve this dilemma in the Firefly oxyluciferin, we study by means of ab initio quantum chemistry and hybrid quantum chemistry/molecular mechanics methods the emission process in the three luminescent phenomena.

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