TITLE

Time-resolved two-photon induced anisotropy decay: The rotational diffusion regime

AUTHOR(S)
Wan, Chaozhi; Johnson, Carey K.
PUB. DATE
December 1994
SOURCE
Journal of Chemical Physics;12/15/1994, Vol. 101 Issue 12, p10283
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Two-photon excitation (TPE) of randomly oriented chromophores in solution generates an anisotropic distribution. In a previous paper [Chem. Phys. 179, 513 (1994)], the polarization dependence of the TPE signal probed by a secondary spectroscopic transition (fluorescence or transient absorption) was determined. In this paper, the time dependence of anisotropic two-photon induced fluorescence or transient absorption signals due to rotational diffusion is treated in spherical tensor formalism. The two-photon signal in general contains isotropic (orientation independent) and anisotropic (orientation dependent) contributions. The latter decay with up to five exponential components. Four time-dependent anisotropy parameters can be defined and measured, allowing additional information, not available in conventional one-photon fluorescence depolarization measurements, to be determined. The special case of one-color TPE is discussed in particular. It is shown that by measurement of the linear and circular anisotropies r1(t) and r2(t), more than one rotational correlation time can be determined in many cases, providing information on rotational diffusion parameters not readily determined by analogous one-photon methods and leading in some cases to resolution of rotational motion about the principal diffusion axes of the molecule. © 1994 American Institute of Physics.
ACCESSION #
7629659

 

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