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The OH stretch line shape of ice Ih exhibits distinct peaks, the assignment of which remains controversial. We address this longstanding question using two dimensional infrared (2D IR) spectroscopy of the OH stretch of H(2)O and the OD stretch of D(2)O of ice Ih at T = 80 K. The isotropic response is dominated by a 2D line shape component which does not(More)
Femtosecond infrared pump-probe spectroscopy of the N-H mode of a stable alpha-helix reveals two excited-state absorption bands, which disappear upon unfolding of the helix. A quantitative comparison with polaron theory shows that these two bands reflect two types of two-vibron bound states connected to the trapping of two vibrons at the same site and at(More)
Photo-triggered alpha-helix formation of a 16-residue peptide featuring a built-in conformational photoswitch is monitored by time-resolved IR spectroscopy. An experimental approach with 2-ps time resolution and a scanning range up to 30 micros is used to cover all time scales of the peptide dynamics. Experiments are carried out at different temperatures(More)
Two-dimensional Raman-terahertz (THz) spectroscopy is presented as a multidimensional spectroscopy directly in the far-IR regime. The method is used to explore the dynamics of the collective intermolecular modes of liquid water at ambient temperatures that emerge from the hydrogen-bond networks water forming. Two-dimensional Raman-THz spectroscopy(More)
The primary, light-induced charge separation in reaction centers of Rhodopseudomonas widis is investigated with femtosecond time resolution. The absorption changes after direct excitation of the primary donor P at 955 nm are investigated in the time range from 100 fs to 600 ps. The experimental data, taken at various probing wavelengths, reveal one(More)
The observation of subpicosecond fluctuations in the conformation of a small peptide in water is demonstrated. We use an experimental method that is specifically sensitive to conformational dynamics taking place on an ultrafast time scale. Complementary molecular-dynamics simulations confirm that the conformational fluctuations exhibit a subpicosecond(More)
The correlation functions of the fluctuations of vibrational frequencies of azide ions and carbon monoxide in proteins are determined directly from stimulated photon echoes generated with femtosecond infrared pulses. The asymmetric stretching vibration of azide bound to carbonic anhydrase II exhibits a pronounced evolution of its vibrational frequency(More)
Femtosecond IR spectroscopy of delocalized NH excitations of crystalline acetanilide confirms that self-trapping in hydrogen-bonded peptide units exists and does stabilize the excitation. Two phonons with frequencies of 48 and 76 cm (-1) are identified as the major degrees of freedom that mediate self-trapping. After selective excitation of the free(More)
We demonstrate and discuss a simple scheme that significantly enhances the detectivity of THz electro-optical sampling by introducing a sequence of Brewster windows that increases the ellipticity of the probe beam. By varying the window material or the number of Brewster windows, the enhancement factor can be adjusted; we demonstrate an enhancement factor(More)
The dynamics of the ferric CN complexes of the heme proteins Myoglobin and Hemoglobin I from the clam Lucina pectinata upon Soret band excitation is monitored using infrared and broad band visible pump-probe spectroscopy. The transient response in the UV-vis spectral region does not depend on the heme pocket environment and is very similar to that known for(More)