We prepared a pair with a visible-absorbing donor dye and a near-infrared fluorescing acceptor dye. The donor and the acceptor were covalently linked close enough for Förster resonance energy transfer to occur. Under cryogenic conditions at 1.7 K, we observed the fluorescence excitation spectra of the individual pairs in a water matrix. We tested one rhodamine, two Bodipy, and one carbopyronine derivatives as the donor. Among these donors, Bodipy derivatives show the narrowest spectral width of the individuals with respect to the ensemble width. Thus, Bodipy dyes were favorable as the donor for the spectral selection of individual pairs. At 1.7 K, from the several Bodipy-acceptor pairs in the diffraction-limited volume, an individual pair was selected by the fluorescence excitation spectrum of the donor. The spectrally selected pair was localized using the near-infrared fluorescence of the acceptor.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Surfaces, Coatings and Films
- Materials Chemistry