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Complete characterization of molecular vibration using frequency resolved gating

TitleComplete characterization of molecular vibration using frequency resolved gating
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsXu, XJG, Konorov, SO, Zhdanovich, S, Hepburn, JW, Milner, V
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Date PublishedMar
ISBN Number0021-9606

The authors propose a new approach to vibration spectroscopy based on the coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering of broadband ultrashort laser pulses. The proposed method reveals both the amplitude and the phase of molecular vibrations by utilizing the cross-correlation frequency resolved optical gating (XFROG) technique. The spectrum of the anti-Stokes pulse is measured as a function of the time delay between the laser-induced molecular vibrations and a well characterized broadband femtosecond probe pulse. The iterative XFROG algorithm provides a simultaneous complete characterization of molecular vibrations both in frequency and time domains with high resolution. They demonstrate experimentally the feasibility of the proposed method and show one of its potential applications in disentangling the time behavior of a mixture of vibrationally excited molecules. The technique of femtosecond pulse shaping is used for further improvement of accuracy and stability against noise. (c) 2007 American Institute of Physics.

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