Coherent Stokes Raman scattering with incoherent light for vibrational-dephasing-time measurement

Toshiaki Hattori, Akira Terasaki, Takayoshi Kobayashi

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A new method to measure picosecond or subpicosecond vibrational-dephasing dynamics with the use of incoherent or broadband light is presented theoretically and experimentally. It is based on a transient coherent Raman process with three beams. In our experimental scheme, two of them are incoherent light from a single source, and a delay time between the two is variable. A third beam has a higher frequency than the incoherent light by a vibrational energy in a molecule of interest, and is coherent in the delay-time range of the measurement. The delay-time dependence of coherent Stokes Raman scattering (CSRS) intensity offers the information about the coherence dynamics of the vibrational transition with a resolution time determined only by the correlation time of the incoherent light. For the theoretical calculation, a three-level model of the molecular system with homogeneous broadening is used, and delay-time dependences of the CSRS signal are calculated for off-resonance and resonance cases. Dephasing dynamics of the 2915-cm-1 mode in dimethylsulfoxide was observed experimentally by the new method with the use of nanosecond laser pulses, and the result agrees well with that obtained with picosecond pulses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)715-724
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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