Abstract or Introduction
It is the intention of this thesis to firstly present a theoretical modelling of how 400-nm pump pulses can be generated from a 800-nm fundamental, yielding the shortest possible pulses at a high conversion efficiency. Secondly, I describe how three different types of optical autocorrelation and the information about the pulse spectra and durations they incorporate can be used to characterise our present pulse amplification system. Thirdly, I will present a newly-implemented transient absorption setup which has been distinguished with respect to its noise sensitivity and to the chirp the probe beam accumulates after the supercontinuum generation process. Finally, I will discuss the transient absorption signature of a biomimetic photoswitch (dMe-MeO-NAIP) recorded with the new setup.
Since its beginnings in the late 1980s, ultrafast laser spectroscopy and, in particular, transient absorption has become a standard experimental method. It allows to investigate the photochemical properties of molecules with a temporal resolution down to the femtosecond timescale. However, major challenges for the implementation of a transient absorption setup continue to be the maintenance of pulse durations as short as possible and, on the other hand, noise prevention.
- Quote paper
- Maximilian Sohmen (Author), 2013, Implementation of a setup for broadband femtosecond transient absorption with kHz acquisition rate, Munich, GRIN Verlag, https://www.grin.com/document/491806