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Portrait of Tönu Pullerits; Photo: Kennet Ruona

Tönu Pullerits

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Portrait of Tönu Pullerits; Photo: Kennet Ruona

Probing the strength of the system-bath interaction by three-pulse photon echoes.

Author

  • Niklas Christensson
  • Benjamin Dietzek
  • Arkady Yartsev
  • Tönu Pullerits

Summary, in English

We explore how the width of the three-pulse photon echo signal at long population times can be used to determine the strength of the system-bath interaction. Using simulation with finite pulses we show that a simple relation exist between the width of the echo signal, the coupling strength, and the pulse autocorrelation. The derived model is applied to Rhodamine 6G in alcoholic solution, a paradigm system for the study of solvation dynamics, and the results are compared to conventional methods. The independently determined coupling strength forms the basis for a computationally inexpensive route to determine the entire spectral density, the key parameter when considering system-bath interactions. Our method allows us to accurately estimate the relative amplitude of fast and slow components in the correlation function using only impulsive limit simulations. We show that the peak shift significantly overestimates the amplitude of the fastest decay component for our experimental data. Changing solvent from methanol to 1-hexanol we observe a narrowing of the width of the echo profile. The changes in the echo width allow us to estimate the changes of the coupling strength in various solvents.

Department/s

  • Chemical Physics

Publishing year

2009

Language

English

Publication/Series

Journal of Chemical Physics

Volume

130

Issue

2

Document type

Journal article

Publisher

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Topic

  • Atom and Molecular Physics and Optics

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Other

  • ISSN: 0021-9606