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  • Editor: Michael Duncan
  • Vol. 14, Iss. 13 — Jun. 26, 2006
  • pp: 6333–6341

Photon-correlation Fourier spectroscopy

Xavier Brokmann, Moungi Bawendi, Laurent Coolen, and Jean-Pierre Hermier  »View Author Affiliations


Optics Express, Vol. 14, Issue 13, pp. 6333-6341 (2006)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/OE.14.006333


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Abstract

We describe a method to probe the spectral fluctuations of a transition over broad ranges of frequencies and timescales with the high spectral resolution of Fourier spectroscopy, and a temporal resolution as high as the excited state lifetime, even in the limit of very low photocounting rates. The method derives from a simple relation between the fluorescence spectral dynamics of a single radiating dipole and its fluorescence intensity correlations at the outputs of a continuously scanning Michelson interferometer. These findings define an approach to investigate the fast fluorescence spectral dynamics of single molecules and other faint light sources beyond the time-resolution capabilities of standard spectroscopy experiments.

© 2006 Optical Society of America

OCIS Codes
(030.5290) Coherence and statistical optics : Photon statistics
(120.3180) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Interferometry
(170.1790) Medical optics and biotechnology : Confocal microscopy
(300.6280) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, fluorescence and luminescence

ToC Category:
Spectroscopy

History
Original Manuscript: April 24, 2006
Revised Manuscript: June 14, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: June 16, 2006
Published: June 26, 2006

Virtual Issues
Vol. 1, Iss. 7 Virtual Journal for Biomedical Optics

Citation
Xavier Brokmann, Moungi Bawendi, Laurent Coolen, and Jean-Pierre Hermier, "Photon-correlation Fourier spectroscopy," Opt. Express 14, 6333-6341 (2006)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/oe/abstract.cfm?URI=oe-14-13-6333


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