We show that in order to describe completely the coherent coupling between the pump and probe pulses in a pump– probe measurement of transient absorption, the influence of induced phase gratings must be included. The importance of phase gratings is demonstrated experimentally for the case of a bleachable dye and analyzed in terms of transient four-wave mixing. These results are relevant to the interpretation of pump–probe measurements on all time scales performed with pulses from a single laser, particularly when the pulse duration is comparable with the material response time.
© 1985 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: September 28, 1984
Manuscript Accepted: November 13, 1984
Published: April 1, 1985
S. L. Palfrey and T. F. Heinz, "Coherent interactions in pump–probe absorption measurements: the effect of phase gratings," J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 2, 674-679 (1985)