Abstract

Excited-state spectroscopy of organic dyes is demonstrated with a laser-induced grating technique. The basis of this method is the creation of a population grating in the material that is being investigated and the use of a probe detuned from the pump, permitting a great increase in effective contrast. The absorption–emission spectrum of transitions from S1, the first singlet state, were determined from the diffracted signal of the tunable probe laser. The resulting theory of the grating function and the results of experiments on Nile Blue and Rhodamine 640 are presented. In conjunction with other techniques such as flash photolysis, population gratings may provide useful information on excited-state structures of dye molecules.

© 1994 Optical Society of America

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