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  • Editor: Gregory W. Faris
  • Vol. 1, Iss. 7 — Jul. 17, 2006

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)

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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.

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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

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

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

Xavier Brokmann, Moungi Bawendi, Laurent Coolen, and Jean-Pierre Hermier, "Photon-correlation Fourier spectroscopy," Opt. Express 14, 6333-6341 (2006)

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