Jürgen Hauer

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Two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy (2D) has been applied to beta-carotene in solution to shine new light on the ultrafast energy dissipation network in carotenoids. The ability of 2D to relieve spectral congestion provides new experimental grounds for resolving the rise of the excited state absorption signal between 18,000 and 19,000 cm(-1). In this(More)
In this work we analyze how nuclear coherences modulate diagonal and off-diagonal peaks in two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy. 2D electronic spectra of pinacyanol chloride are measured with 8 fs pulses, which allows coherent excitation of the 1300 cm(-1) vibrational mode. The 2D spectrum reveals both diagonal and off-diagonal peaks related to the(More)
In J-aggregates of cyanine dyes, closely packed molecules form mesoscopic tubes with nanometer-diameter and micrometer-length. Their efficient energy transfer pathways make them suitable candidates for artificial light harvesting systems. This great potential calls for an in-depth spectroscopic analysis of the underlying energy deactivation network and(More)
Pump-degenerate four wave mixing (pump-DFWM) is used to simultaneously study the early events in structural and electronic population dynamics of the non-adiabatic passage between two excited electronic states. After the precursor state S2 is populated by an initial pump beam, a DFWM sequence is set resonant with the S1 --> Sn transition on the successor(More)
In this work, we examine vibrational coherence in a molecular monomer, where time evolution of a nuclear wavepacket gives rise to oscillating diagonal- and off-diagonal peaks in two-dimensional electronic spectra. We find that the peaks oscillate out-of-phase, resulting in a cancellation in the corresponding pump-probe spectra. Our results confirm the(More)
The initial energy transfer steps in photosynthesis occur on ultrafast timescales. We analyze the carotenoid to bacteriochlorophyll energy transfer in LH2 Marichromatium purpuratum as well as in an artificial light-harvesting dyad system by using transient grating and two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy with 10 fs time resolution. We find that(More)
The energy level structure and dynamics of biomolecules are important for understanding their photoinduced function. In particular, the role of carotenoids in light-harvesting is heavily studied, yet not fully understood. The conventional approach to investigate these processes involves analysis of the third-order optical polarization in one spectral(More)
Pump-degenerate four wave mixing (Pump-DFWM) is used for investigating the vibrational dynamics in the excited state of beta-carotene in solution. In this 2D technique, an initial pump pulse promotes the system to the excited state, which is then probed by the succeeding DFWM sequence. We focus particularly on the internal conversion between the S(2) and(More)
Quantum dynamics in photobiology is a highly controversial subject of modern research. In particular, the role of low-frequency vibrational coherence of biochromophores has been intensely discussed. Coherent control of polyenic chromophores, like carotenoids and retinoids, has been showing that the manipulation of such low frequency coherences may play a(More)
Long-lived oscillations in 2D spectra of chlorophylls are at the heart of an ongoing debate. Their physical origin is either a multipigment effect, such as excitonic coherence, or localized vibrations. We show how relative phase differences of diagonal-and cross-peak oscillations can distinguish between electronic and vibrational (vibronic) effects. While(More)