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Wavepacket theory of dynamic absorption spectra in femtosecond pump-probe studies
Author(s): William Pollard; Richard A. Mathies
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Paper Abstract

Dynamic absorption spectroscopy takes advantage of the spectral width of ultrafast femtosecond pulses to measure complete time-resolved absorption spectra with a single pulse. To quantitatively analyze these experiments, we have developed a time-dependent theory for dynamic absorption spectroscopy which generalizes the usual wavepacket picture of optical absorption to the unique case of nonstationary initial states. In our treatment, the spectrum of an initial nonstationary state is seen to arise from the time-dependent overlap of wavepackets propagating on both the final and initial potential surfaces of the transition. Calculations modelling the 6 fs experiments on Nile Blue and bacteriorhodopsin are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1990
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1209, Picosecond and Femtosecond Spectroscopy from Laboratory to Real World, (1 April 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.17899
Show Author Affiliations
William Pollard, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)
Richard A. Mathies, Univ. of California/Berkeley (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1209:
Picosecond and Femtosecond Spectroscopy from Laboratory to Real World
Keith A. Nelson, Editor(s)

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