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Optics Express

  • Editor: C. Martijn de Sterke
  • Vol. 20, Iss. 12 — Jun. 4, 2012
  • pp: 12761–12770

High sensitivity transient infrared spectroscopy: a UV/Visible transient grating spectrometer with a heterodyne detected infrared probe

Paul M. Donaldson, Halina Strzalka, and Peter Hamm  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Express, Vol. 20, Issue 12, pp. 12761-12770 (2012)

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We describe here a high sensitivity means of performing time resolved UV/Visible pump, infrared probe spectroscopy using optically Heterodyne Detected UV-IR Transient Gratings. The experiment design employed is simple, robust and includes a novel means of generating phase locked pulse pairs that relies on only mirrors and a beamsplitter. A signal to noise ratio increase of 24 compared with a conventional pump-probe arrangement is demonstrated.

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OCIS Codes
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation
(300.6530) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, ultrafast
(190.2055) Nonlinear optics : Dynamic gratings

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Original Manuscript: January 31, 2012
Manuscript Accepted: March 21, 2012
Published: May 23, 2012

Paul M. Donaldson, Halina Strzalka, and Peter Hamm, "High sensitivity transient infrared spectroscopy: a UV/Visible transient grating spectrometer with a heterodyne detected infrared probe," Opt. Express 20, 12761-12770 (2012)

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