Stefan Laimgruber

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The impact of varying excitation densities (approximately 0.3 to approximately 40 photons per molecule) on the ultrafast fluorescence dynamics of bacteriorhodopsin has been studied in a wide spectral range (630-900 nm). For low excitation densities, the fluorescence dynamics can be approximated biexponentially with time constants of <0.15 and approximately(More)
Optical visualization of neural network activity is limited by imaging system-dependent technical tradeoffs. To overcome these constraints, we have developed a powerful low-cost and flexible imaging system with high spectral variability and unique spatio-temporal precision for simultaneous optical recording and manipulation of neural activity of large cell(More)
A spectroscopic study of a variety of covalently linked thioxanthone(TX)-linker-2-(2-nitrophenyl)propoxycarbonyl(NPPOC)-substrate conjugates is presented. Herein, the TX chromophore functions as an intramolecular sensitizer to the NPPOC moiety, a photolabile protecting group used in photolithographic DNA chip synthesis. The rate of electronic energy(More)
The photo tautomerisations of ortho-nitrotoluene (oNT) and its methylated derivative ortho-ethylnitrobenzene (oENB) have been studied by means of femtosecond spectroscopy and (TD)-DFT computations. In UV/Vis transient absorption spectroscopy a band peaking at 400 nm is seen to rise in a bi-modal manner with time constants of 1-10 ps and 1500 ps. Femtosecond(More)
The first intermediate of the photochemical transformation of ortho-nitrobenzaldehyde to ortho-nitrosobenzoic acid in acetonitrile solvent has been characterized by femtosecond spectroscopy and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations. Femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS) indicates that this intermediate adopts a ketene(More)
The photochromicity of fulgimides rests on the existence of open (E) and closed ring (C) isomers. As predicted by the Woodward-Hoffmann rules both isomers can photochemically be interconverted. This interconversion has been studied by femtosecond fluorescence and transient absorption spectroscopy. For either direction (E --> C cyclization and C --> E(More)
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