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Observation of Picosecond Transient Raman Spectra by Asynchronous Fourier Transform Raman Spectroscopy

Volume 52, Number 1 (Jan. 1998) Page 76-81

Sakamoto, Akira; Okamoto, Hiromi; Tasumi, Mitsuo

Asynchronous Fourier transform (FT) Raman spectroscopy with 100 picosecond time resolution has been developed. A signal-processing assembly required for time-resolved and transient Raman measurements consists of a picosecond Nd:YLF laser system, a gate circuit, and a low-pass filter, and it can be attached to any conventional continuous-scan FT-Raman spectrophotometer. The principle of signal processing employed in this method is almost the same as that of asynchronous pulsed-laser-excited FT-Raman spectroscopy. This method does not require synchronization between Raman excitation by probe laser pulses and sampling by the analog-to-digital converter. Transient Raman spectra have been obtained from the first excited singlet state of three anthracene derivatives in cyclohexane solutions and photoexcited poly( p -phenylenevinylene) [- (C6H4CH= CH-)n ] by using 351 nm light (pulse width 70 ps) for photoexcitation and 1053 nm light (pulse width 100 ps) for Raman excitation.