Selective excitation of molecular modes in a mixture by optimal control of electronically nonresonant femtosecond four-wave mixing spectroscopy
Femtosecond time-resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (fs-CARS) gives access to ultrafast molecular dynamics. Due to the spectrally broad laser pulses, usually poorly resolved spectra result from this spectroscopy. However, it can be demonstrated that by shaping the femtosecond pulses a selective excitation of specific vibrational modes is possible. We demonstrate that using a feedback-controlled optimization technique, molecule-specific CARS spectra can be obtained from a mixture of different substances. A careful analysis of the experimental results points to a nontrivial control of the vibrational mode dynamics in the electronic ground state of the molecules as underlying mechanism.
Journal: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry - Volume 180, Issue 3, 25 June 2006, Pages 289–299