Alexei Halpin

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The role of vibrational coherence-concerted vibrational motion on the excited-state potential energy surface-in the isomerization of retinal in the protein rhodopsin remains elusive, despite considerable experimental and theoretical efforts. We revisited this problem with resonant ultrafast heterodyne-detected transient-grating spectroscopy. The enhanced(More)
The observation of persistent oscillatory signals in multidimensional spectra of protein-pigment complexes has spurred a debate on the role of coherence-assisted electronic energy transfer as a key operating principle in photosynthesis. Vibronic coupling has recently been proposed as an explanation for the long lifetime of the observed spectral beatings.(More)
Optical two-dimensional photon-echo spectroscopy is realized with shaped excitation pulses, allowing coherent control of twodimensional spectra. This development enables probing of state-selective quantum decoherence and phase/time sensitive couplings between states. The coherently-controlled two-dimensional photon-echo spectrometer with two pulse shapers(More)
Coherent control protocols provide a direct experimental determination of the relative importance of quantum interference or phase relationships of coupled states along a selected pathway. These effects are most readily observed in the high intensity regime where the field amplitude is sufficient to overcome decoherence effects. The coherent response of(More)
Quantum coherence is proclaimed to promote efficient energy collection by light-harvesting complexes and prototype organic photovoltaics. However, supporting spectroscopic studies are hindered by the problem of distinguishing between the excited state and ground state origin of coherent spectral transients. Coherence amplitude maps, which systematically(More)
Ultrafast photochemical reactions are initiated by vibronic transitions from the reactant ground state to the excited potential energy surface, directly populating excited-state vibrational modes. The primary photochemical reaction of vision, the isomerization of retinal in the protein rhodopsin, is known to be a vibrationally coherent reaction, but the(More)
Hayes et al. (Reports, 21 June 2013, p. 1431) used two-dimensional (2D) electronic spectroscopy to study molecular heterodimers and reported a general mechanism for the prolongation of electronic coherences, consistent with previous interpretations of 2D spectra for light-harvesting systems. We argue that the dynamics attributed to electronic coherences are(More)
Using low-intensity phase-shaped excitation pulses we used two-dimensional (2D) electronic spectroscopy to follow the time dependence of the coherent correlations imposed on a solvated organic dye (Rhodamine 101 in methanol) at room temperature. Shaping of the excitation pulses strongly affects both the real and imaginary parts of the 2D-spectra, especially(More)
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