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Accurate Fluorescence Quantum Yield Determination by Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy

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posted on 2015-04-02, 00:00 authored by Daryan Kempe, Antonie Schöne, Jörg Fitter, Matteo Gabba
Here, we present a comparative method for the accurate determination of fluorescence quantum yields (QYs) by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. By exploiting the high sensitivity of single-molecule spectroscopy, we obtain the QYs of samples in the microliter range and at (sub)­nanomolar concentrations. Additionally, in combination with fluorescence lifetime measurements, our method allows the quantification of both static and collisional quenching constants. Thus, besides being simple and fast, our method opens up the possibility to photophysically characterize labeled biomolecules under application-relevant conditions and with low sample consumption, which is often important in single-molecule studies.