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  • Editor: Anthony J. Campillo
  • Vol. 32, Iss. 4 — Feb. 15, 2007
  • pp: 421–423

Fourier transform emission lifetime spectrometer

Leilei Peng, Jason T. Motz, Robert W. Redmond, Brett E. Bouma, and Guillermo J. Tearney  »View Author Affiliations

Optics Letters, Vol. 32, Issue 4, pp. 421-423 (2007)

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We report a rapid and low cost Fourier transform spectrometer that uses a path length modulated Michelson interferometer to simultaneously measure excitation spectra and excitation wavelength-dependent emission lifetimes. Excitation spectra and lifetimes of excited tris(2, 2 -bipyridyl) ruthenium(II) measured using this technique corresponded to values known in the literature. Excitation-dependent lifetimes of porous silicon measured with this technique suggest the influence of quantum confinement effects. This method may be useful for measuring mixtures of emitting species with closely spaced lifetimes as well as studying excitation wavelength-dependent emission phenomena.

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OCIS Codes
(120.6200) Instrumentation, measurement, and metrology : Spectrometers and spectroscopic instrumentation
(300.0300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy
(300.6300) Spectroscopy : Spectroscopy, Fourier transforms

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Original Manuscript: August 15, 2006
Revised Manuscript: October 6, 2006
Manuscript Accepted: October 6, 2006
Published: January 26, 2007

Leilei Peng, Jason T. Motz, Robert W. Redmond, Brett E. Bouma, and Guillermo J. Tearney, "Fourier transform emission lifetime spectrometer," Opt. Lett. 32, 421-423 (2007)

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