Stefan Laimgruber

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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)
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)
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 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)
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 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)
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