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Absorption Spectra of Single Crystals of Hæmoglobin in Polarized Light

Nature volume 143, pages 731733 (29 April 1939) | Download Citation



SINGLE crystals of haemoglobin generally show strong pleoehroism1. They are dark red and almost opaque in two extinction directions and become light red and transparent in the third. An investigation of the absorption spectra corresponding to the principal vibration directions was undertaken with the view of obtaining information on the molecular structure of haemoglobin.

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  1. Cavendish Laboratory and Molteno Institute, Cambridge

    • M. F. Perutz


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