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We describe a broadband transient absorption (TA) spectrometer devised to excite and probe, in the blue to UV range, vibrational coherence dynamics in organic molecules in condensed phase. A 800-nm Ti:Sa amplifier and a hollow fiber compressor are used to generate a 6-fs short pulse at 1 kHz. Broadband sum frequency generation with the fundamental pulse is(More)
While rotary molecular switches based on neutral and cationic organic π-systems have been reported, structurally homologous anionic switches providing complementary properties have not been prepared so far. Here we report the design and preparation of a molecular switch mimicking the anionic p-HBDI chromophore of the green fluorescent protein. The(More)
Single-molecule Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) experiments are an important method for probing biomolecular structure and dynamics. The results from such experiments appear to be surprisingly independent of the excitation power used, in contradiction to the simple photophysical mechanism usually invoked for FRET. Here we show that excited-state(More)
In spite of considerable interest in the design of molecular switches towards photo-controllable (bio)materials, few studies focused on the major influence of the surrounding environment on the switch photoreactivities. We present a combined experimental and computational study of a retinal-like molecular switch linked to a peptide, elucidating the effects(More)
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