Observation of far-infrared emission from excited cytosine molecules

Shen, Y. C.; Upadhya, P. C.; Linfield, E. H.; Davies, A. G.
July 2005
Applied Physics Letters;7/4/2005, Vol. 87 Issue 1, p011105
Academic Journal
We report a time-resolved investigation of the resonant absorption of far-infrared radiation and the subsequent vibrational relaxation processes in a sample of polycrystalline cytosine at 4 K, using terahertz time-domain spectroscopy. The subpicosecond time resolution achieved in our experiments corresponds to a near single-cycle of far-infrared radiation, and this enables us to observe the damped oscillations of the electric field produced by excited molecules as they decay. Furthermore, we show that the progressive absorption and subsequent emission of far-infrared radiation at the frequency of the corresponding vibrational mode can be followed directly as a function of time by means of time-partitioned Fourier transforms of the transmitted signal.


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