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14 March 2015 Elucidating photodynamics with ultrafast pulse sequences: pump-repump, multidimensional spectroscopy, and beyond
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We demonstrate how diverse femtosecond spectroscopy approaches coalesce to a comprehensive understanding of photochemical reaction pathways, exemplarily for the ring-open isomers of merocyanine compounds. Pump-probe transient absorption spectroscopy discloses photo-induced ring closure, whereas coherent two-dimensional (2D) electronic spectra directly visualize whether there is photoisomerization. We further introduce coherent triggered-exchange 2D electronic spectroscopy, a versatile tool for analyzing excited states and associated reaction pathways, with the information from where the reaction started intrinsically preserved. Beyond that, third-order three-dimensional spectroscopy provides an intuitive picture for which reactants can be turned into which products, additionally exposing the reactive molecular modes connecting them.
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Patrick Nuernberger, Stefan Ruetzel, and Tobias Brixner "Elucidating photodynamics with ultrafast pulse sequences: pump-repump, multidimensional spectroscopy, and beyond", Proc. SPIE 9361, Ultrafast Phenomena and Nanophotonics XIX, 936108 (14 March 2015); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2075452
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