We present experimental results on the measurement of the population-relaxation times of the excited states of some metalloporphyrins such as zinc meso-tetra-phenylporphyrin(ZnmTPP), zinc meso-tetra (p-methoxyphenyl) tetrabenzporphyrin(ZnmpTBP), tetratollylporphyrin (TTP), cobalt tetratollylporphyrin (CoTTP)and nickel tetratollylporphyrin (NiTTP) with time-resolved degenerate four-wavemixing with the incoherent emission of a nanosecond pumped-dye laser. The experiments are carried out in the counterpropagating geometry (k4 = k1 + k2 − k3), where k1and k2 are counterpropagating toone another and k3 is at angle θ(<90° with respect to k1). Excited-state and ground-state relaxation times are calculated based on the theoretical formalism developed by Hiromi Okamoto [J. Opt. Soc.Am. B, 10, 2353, 1993]. The signals are recorded by delaying the probe beam (k3) for different fixed delays of the backward pump beam (k2). We observe strong signal at a second peak owing to the coherence of beams k2 and k3 for samples exhibiting excited-state absorption and a narrow peak corresponding to the coherence of beams k1 and k3for samples that do not exhibit excited-state or reverse-saturable absorption. The nonlinear absorption is studied with the Z-scan technique. From the experimental data, we estimate the relaxation times of excited states.
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D. Narayana Rao, S. Venugopal Rao, F. J. Aranda, D. V. G. L. N. Rao, M. Nakashima, and J. A. Akkara, "Ultrafast relaxation times of metalloporphyrins by time-resolved degenerate four-wave mixing with incoherent light," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 14, 2710-2715 (1997)