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Laser heterodyning detector for frequency-domain ultrafast spectroscopy
Author(s): Keith M. Berland; Enrico Gratton; Martin J. vandeVen
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Paper Abstract

The attainable frequency range of ordinary heterodyning and super-heterodyning frequency- domain fluorescence instrumentation is limited by the response of the optical detector rather than by the harmonic content of the light source. The replacement of the photomultiplier detector by a 6 (mu) microchannel plate detector has improved the frequency response from 500 MHz to 10 GHz. A new method is developed to detect fast, excited state processes by extending to the frequency-domain the well known pump/probe (absorption) technique used in the time-domain. The upper frequency limit attainable with this method is limited only by the pulse width of the light sources. For picosecond pulse lasers this limit extends to hundreds of gigahertz. A theoretical determination of the basic equations is given, and data are shown for the excited state decay of a rhodamine 6G sample in ethylene glycol.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1992
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1640, Time-Resolved Laser Spectroscopy in Biochemistry III, (1 April 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.58229
Show Author Affiliations
Keith M. Berland, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Enrico Gratton, Univ. of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign (United States)
Martin J. vandeVen, ISS, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1640:
Time-Resolved Laser Spectroscopy in Biochemistry III
Joseph R. Lakowicz, Editor(s)

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