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Sub-10 fs time resolved study of excited state relaxation in /spl beta/-carotene

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4 Author(s)
Lanzani, G. ; Dipt. di Fisica, Politecnico di Milano, Italy ; Cerullo, G. ; Zavelani-Rossi, M. ; De Silvestri, D.

Summary form only given. Carotenoids are a widespread class of natural pigments with a number of important functions in biological systems. In their light-harvesting role, carotenoids absorb light in the blue-green region and transfer energy to the bacterio-chlorophyll with efficiency close to 1. In our experiments photoexcitation with broad band sub-1o fs pulses from an optical parametric amplifier populates the second excited singlet state (S2). Interrogating the excited molecules with a second, delayed probe pulse, in the usual pump-probe configuration we are able to directly monitor the dynamic Stokes shift of stimulated emission from S2, taking place in about 40 fs, and internal conversion to S1.

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Quantum Electronics Conference, 2000. Conference Digest. 2000 International

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10-15 Sept. 2000