Stepwise photosensitized thymine dimerization mediated by an exciton intermediate

Abstract Cyclobutane thymine dimerization is the most prominent DNA photoinduced damage. While the ultrafast mechanism that proceeds in the singlet manifold is nowadays well established, the triplet-state pathway is not completely understood. Here we report the underlying mechanism of the photosensitized dimerization process in the triplet state. Quantum… (More)