Excitation-energy dependence of transient grating spectroscopy in beta-carotene

Sugisaki, M., Fujiwara, M., Nair, S.V., Ruda, H.E., Cogdell, R.J. and Hashimoto, H. (2009) Excitation-energy dependence of transient grating spectroscopy in beta-carotene. Physical Review B, 80(3), 035118-035128. (doi: 10.1103/PhysRevB.80.035118)

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Transient grating (TG) signals from beta-carotene were measured at various excitation energies (wavelengths). Clear coherent oscillations with a period of a few tens of femtoseconds were observed when the excitation energy was tuned in the vicinity of the absorption edge. It was found that the TG signal is very sensitive to the excitation energy. When the TG signal is measured near the absorption maximum, following the coherent spike at the origin of the time axis, weak coherent oscillations are observed superimposed on a slowly varying background. The rise time of this slowly varying background is 0.4 ps and is followed by the slow decay with a 5 ps time constant. As the excitation energy is decreased the coherent oscillations become more prominent. The coherent oscillations and the slowly varying background become very weak again when the excitation energy is lower than the absorption edge. The TG signals were calculated using two sets of energy and Feynman diagrams to investigate possible pathways of the electronic internal conversion and vibronic decoherence processes. The modeling indicates that the vibronic coherence, initially established by pumping into the excited state S<sub>2</sub>, instantaneously decays due to relaxation into an intermediate state S<sub>x</sub>, which is located between S<sub>2</sub> and S<sub>1</sub>. Possible interpretation of the nature of the S<sub>x</sub> state is discussed

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:excited states, Feynman diagrams, nonradiative transitions, organic compounds, vibronic states
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Cogdell, Professor Richard
Authors: Sugisaki, M., Fujiwara, M., Nair, S.V., Ruda, H.E., Cogdell, R.J., and Hashimoto, H.
Subjects:Q Science > QH Natural history > QH345 Biochemistry
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Molecular Cell and Systems Biology
Journal Name:Physical Review B
Journal Abbr.:Phys. Rev. B
Publisher:American Physical Society
ISSN (Online):1550-235X

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