We present well-resolved absorption spectra of biological molecules in the far-IR (FIR) spectral region recorded by terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THzTDS). As an illustrative example we discuss the absorption spectra of benzoic acid, its monosubstitutes salicylic acid (2-hydroxy-benzoic acid), 3- and 4-hydroxybenzoic acid, and aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) in the spectral region between 18 and 150 cm(-1). The spectra exhibit distinct features originating from low-frequency vibrational modes caused by intra- or intermolecular collective motion and lattice modes. Due to the collective origin of the observed modes the absorption spectra are highly sensitive to the overall structure and configuration of the molecules, as well as their environment. The THz-TDS procedure can provide a direct fingerprint of the molecular structure or conformational state of a compound. (C) 2002 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2002|
|Event||European Conference on the Spectroscopy of Biological Molecules - Prague, Czech Republic|
Duration: 8 Sep 2001 → 13 Sep 2001
Conference number: 9
|Conference||European Conference on the Spectroscopy of Biological Molecules|
|Period||08/09/2001 → 13/09/2001|