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  1. Doppler-Free Two-Photon Absorption Spectroscopy of Naphthalene Assisted by AN Optical Frequency Comb

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    Nishiyama, Akiko; Matsuba, Ayumi; Misono, Masatoshi

    2014-06-01

    Optical frequency combs are powerful tools for precise frequency measurements in various wavelength regions. The combs have been applied not only to metrology, but also to molecular spectroscopy. Recently, we studied high resolution spectroscopy of iodine molecule assisted by an optical frequency comb. In the study, the comb was used for frequency calibration of a scanning dye laser. In this study, we developed a frequency calibration scheme with a comb and an acousto-optic modulator to realize more precise frequency measurement in a wide frequency range. And the frequency calibration scheme was applied to Doppler-free two-photon absorption (DFTPA) spectroscopy of naphthalene. Naphthalene is one of the prototypical aromatic molecules, and its detailed structure and dynamics in excited states have been reported. We measured DFTPA spectra of A^1B1u(v4=1) ← X^1A_g(v=0) transition around 298 nm. A part of obtained spectra is shown in the figure. The spectral lines are rotationally resolved and the resolution is about 100 kHz. The horizontal axis was calibrated by the developed frequency calibration system employing the comb. The uncertainties of the calibrated frequencies were determined by the fluctuations of the comb modes which were stabilized to a GPS-disciplined clock. A. Nishiyama, D. Ishikawa, and M. Misono, J. Opt. Soc. Am. B 30, 2107 (2013).

  2. Plasma magnetic field diagnostic using two-photon Doppler-free LIF

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    Yoon, Young Dae; Bellan, Paul

    2015-11-01

    A detailed description of a new plasma B field diagnostic using Doppler-free two-photon laser-induced fluorescence is presented. The diagnostic is based on a method previously developed in the context of rubidium vapor experiments. Two counter-propagating 393nm diode laser beams are directed into an argon plasma to excite Ar-II ions from 3s2 3p4 4 s4P1 / 2 ⟶ 3s2 3p4 4 p4S3 / 2 ⟶ 3s2 3p4 4 d4P3 / 2 . These levels involve two similar (392.86 and 393.25nm) transition wavelengths, so the two counter-propagating beams effectively cancel out the Doppler effect. The excited ions then decay to the 3s2 3p4 4 p4P1 / 2 level, emitting a 324.98nm line which is to be detected by a photomultiplier tube. The Zeeman splitting -- normally unobservable because of the large Doppler broadening -- of the resultant fluorescence is then to be analyzed, yielding the magnetic field of the particular location. This method is expected to provide a 3-D localized, non-perturbing measurement of magnetic fields. An experimental implementation is currently in progress.

  3. Doppler-free two-photon absorption spectroscopy of rovibronic transition of naphthalene calibrated with an optical frequency comb

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    Nishiyama, A.; Nakashima, K.; Matsuba, A.; Misono, M.

    2015-12-01

    We performed Doppler-free two-photon absorption spectroscopy of naphthalene using an optical frequency comb as a frequency reference. Rotationally resolved rovibronic spectra were observed, and absolute frequencies of the rovibronic transitions were determined with an uncertainty of several tens of kHz. The resolution and precision of our system are finer than the natural width of naphthalene. We assigned 1466 lines of the Q (Ka) Q (J) transition and calculated molecular constants. We attribute systematic spectral line shifts to the Coriolis interaction, and discuss the origin of the spectral linewidths.

  4. Doppler-free two-photon spectroscopy on the S 1 ← S 0 origin band of 1,4-diazabicyclo[2,2,2]octane (DABCO)

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    Berden, Giel; Groot, Tim; van der Veldt, Tony; Meijer, Gerard

    1997-01-01

    The rotationally resolved two-photon excitation spectrum of the Q-branch ( ΔJ = 0) of the O 00 band in the S 1 ← S 0 transition of DABCO was recorded in a cell at room temperature. Two counterpropagating narrow bandwidth laser beams were used for Doppler-free excitation. The observed linewidth was 20 MHz. Analysis of the spectra provides the change upon electronic excitation of the rotational constants.

  5. Local Electric Field Strength in a Hollow Cathode Determined by Stark Splitting of the 2S Level of Hydrogen Isotopes by Optogalvanic Spectroscopy

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    Perez, C.; Rosa, M. I. de la; Gruetzmacher, K.; Fuentes, L. M.; Gonzalo, A. B.

    2008-10-22

    In this work we present Doppler-free two-photon optogalvanic spectroscopy as a tool to measure the electric field strength in the cathode fall region of a hollow cathode discharge via the Stark splitting of the 2S level of atomic deuterium. The strong electric field strength present in the hollow cathode is determined for various discharge conditions which allows studying the corresponding variations of the cathode fall, and its changes with discharge operation time.

  6. Doppler-free two-photon excitation spectroscopy and the Zeeman effect of the 1401 band of the S1 1B2u<--S0 1A1g transition of benzene-d6

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    Wang, Jinguo; Doi, Atsushi; Kasahara, Shunji; Katô, Hajime; Baba, Masaaki

    2004-11-01

    The Doppler-free two-photon excitation spectrum and the Zeeman effect of the 1401 band of the S1←S0 transition of C6D6 were measured from 39 842 to 39 856 cm-1. The Zeeman splittings of the Q(K)Q(J) lines of a given J were observed to increase proportionally with K2 and reach a maximum at K=J. The Zeeman splittings of the Q(K=J)Q(J) lines were observed to increase proportionally with J. The observed Zeeman splittings are identified as originating from the electronic orbital angular momentum arising from a mixing of the S1 1B2u and S2 1B1u states via J-L coupling. No perturbation originating from an interaction with a triplet state was observed. It became clear from the Zeeman effect that rotationally resolved levels of the S1 state are not mixed with a triplet state. Therefore, it is concluded that nonradiative decay of an isolated benzene molecule excited to the S1 state occurs through the intramolecular vibrational-rotational mixing within the S1 state even in the low vibrational levels.

  7. dc discharge cell for laser optogalvanic spectroscopy

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    Webster, C. R.

    1983-01-01

    A dc electrical discharge cell for laser optogalvanic spectroscopy has been designed and tested. Signal optimization is achieved through the use of adjustable electrode positions and an orthogonal geometry between the probe laser and the discharge axis. Results are presented for visible dye laser and infrared diode laser studies of selected neutral, radical, and ion species.

  8. Calculation of the spatial resolution in two-photon absorption spectroscopy applied to plasma diagnosis

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    Garcia-Lechuga, M.; Fuentes, L. M.; Grützmacher, K.; Pérez, C. Rosa, M. I. de la

    2014-10-07

    We report a detailed characterization of the spatial resolution provided by two-photon absorption spectroscopy suited for plasma diagnosis via the 1S-2S transition of atomic hydrogen for optogalvanic detection and laser induced fluorescence (LIF). A precise knowledge of the spatial resolution is crucial for a correct interpretation of measurements, if the plasma parameters to be analysed undergo strong spatial variations. The present study is based on a novel approach which provides a reliable and realistic determination of the spatial resolution. Measured irradiance distribution of laser beam waists in the overlap volume, provided by a high resolution UV camera, are employed to resolve coupled rate equations accounting for two-photon excitation, fluorescence decay and ionization. The resulting three-dimensional yield distributions reveal in detail the spatial resolution for optogalvanic and LIF detection and related saturation due to depletion. Two-photon absorption profiles broader than the Fourier transform-limited laser bandwidth are also incorporated in the calculations. The approach allows an accurate analysis of the spatial resolution present in recent and future measurements.

  9. Efficient reflection via four-wave mixing in a Doppler-free electromagnetically-induced-transparency gas system

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    Zhou, Hai-Tao; Wang, Dan; Zhang, Jun-Xiang; Wang, Da-Wei; Zhu, Shi-Yao

    2011-11-15

    We experimentally demonstrate the high-efficiency reflection of a probe field in {Lambda}-type three-level atoms of cesium vapor driven by two counterpropagating coupling fields. More than 60% of reflection efficiency is observed at the phase-matching angle. The underlying mechanism theoretically is investigated as the four-wave mixing is enhanced by the electromagnetically-induced transparency. Both of the two Doppler-free two-photon resonances (one for the probe and co-propagating fields, the other for the reflected and the counterpropagation fields) play an important role in satisfying the phase matching in the reflection direction. The phase compensation due to the anomalous dispersion and the decrease of effective absorption length in the atomic system allow the efficient reflection to be observed in a wide range of incident angles of the probe field and detunings of the coupling field.

  10. Study of the anode plasma double layer: optogalvanic detectors

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    Gurlui, S.; Dimitriu, D.; Strat, M.; Strat, Georgeta

    2006-01-15

    The experimental and theoretical results show that the anode double layer (DL) is a very sensitive plasma formation suitable for fine optogalvanic studies. The obtained results demonstrate that the parameters of the oscillations sustained by a DL (frequency, amplitude) can be used as optogalvanic detectors.

  11. Quantitative studies of the Optogalvanic Effect and Optogalvanic Line Ratio Spectroscopy (OGLRS)

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    Whitehead, C. J.; Stewart, R. S.; Chavez-Chavez, A.

    We have developed the technique of Optogalvanic Line Ratio Spectroscopy (OGLRS) in which simultaneous optogalvanic and absorption measurements are made on both lines for a pair of transitions under the same discharge conditions. This removes the need for accurate knowledge of the difficult-to-determine discharge dynamic impedance, and leaves terms describing the kinetics of the excited states of the particlar transitions selected. We believe OGLRS has considerable advantages because all the necessary experimental data can be determined accurately and compared with the theoretical model for the line ratio. We have measured and tested line ratios for a large number of neon 1s-2p transitions in the positive column as well as preliminary testing in the negative glow of a hollow-cathode discharge. For cases where the optogalvanic line ratio is strongly dependent on the particular states involved in the two transitions, we have shown that OGLRS may be successfully used as a sensitive test of important kinetic processes such as direct and indirect collisional population mixing and wall losses due to diffusion and resonance radiation trapping.

  12. Towards a portable optical clock based on a two-photon transition

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    Potnis, Shreyas; Jackson, Shira; Vutha, Amar

    2016-05-01

    Optical clocks based on narrow linewidth atomic transitions have achieved an unprecedented level of precision. These clocks rely on tight confinement of atoms by light, to mitigate Doppler shifts and atomic recoil, with the trapping light appropriately tuned to a ``magic'' wavelength to eliminate light shifts. An alternative approach is construct optical clocks using inherently Doppler-free two-photon transitions, which can lead to a substantially simplified architecture. The short cycle time and large atom numbers available with such a scheme enable rapid, high signal-to-noise measurements, paving the way for portable and autonomous clocks. We report on experimental progress towards constructing an optical clock based on the 4s21S0 --> 4 s 3 d1D2 two-photon transition in laser cooled 40Ca atoms.

  13. Two-Photon Flow Cytometry

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    Zhog, Cheng Frank; Ye, Jing Yong; Norris, Theodore B.; Myc, Andrzej; Cao, Zhengyl; Bielinska, Anna; Thomas, Thommey; Baker, James R., Jr.

    2004-01-01

    Flow cytometry is a powerful technique for obtaining quantitative information from fluorescence in cells. Quantitation is achieved by assuring a high degree of uniformity in the optical excitation and detection, generally by using a highly controlled flow such as is obtained via hydrodynamic focusing. In this work, we demonstrate a two-beam, two- channel detection and two-photon excitation flow cytometry (T(sup 3)FC) system that enables multi-dye analysis to be performed very simply, with greatly relaxed requirements on the fluid flow. Two-photon excitation using a femtosecond near-infrared (NIR) laser has the advantages that it enables simultaneous excitation of multiple dyes and achieves very high signal-to-noise ratio through simplified filtering and fluorescence background reduction. By matching the excitation volume to the size of a cell, single-cell detection is ensured. Labeling of cells by targeted nanoparticles with multiple fluorophores enables normalization of the fluorescence signal and thus ratiometric measurements under nonuniform excitation. Quantitative size measurements can also be done even under conditions of nonuniform flow via a two-beam layout. This innovative detection scheme not only considerably simplifies the fluid flow system and the excitation and collection optics, it opens the way to quantitative cytometry in simple and compact microfluidics systems, or in vivo. Real-time detection of fluorescent microbeads in the vasculature of mouse ear demonstrates the ability to do flow cytometry in vivo. The conditions required to perform quantitative in vivo cytometry on labeled cells will be presented.

  14. Two Photon Polymerization of Ormosils

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    Matei, A.; Zamfirescu, M.; Jipa, F.; Luculescu, C.; Dinescu, M.; Buruiana, E. C.; Buruiana, T.; Sima, L. E.; Petrescu, S. M.

    2010-10-01

    In this work, 3D structures of hybrid polymers—ORMOSILS (organically modified silicates) were produced via Two Photon Polymerization (2PP) of hybrid methacrylates based on silane derivates. Synthetic routes have been used to obtain series of hybrid monomers, their structure and purity being checked by NMR Spectroscopy and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. Two photon polymerization method (a relatively new technology which allows fast micro and nano processing of three-dimensional structures with application in medical devices, tissue scaffolds, photonic crystals etc) was used for monomers processing. As laser a Ti: Sapphire laser was used, with 200 fs pulse duration and 2 kHz repetition rate, emitting at 775 nm. A parametric study on the influence of the processing parameters (laser fluence, laser scanning velocity, photo initiator) on the written structures was carried out. The as prepared polymeric scaffolds were tested in mesenchymal stem cells and fibroblasts cell cultures, with the aim of further obtaining bone and dermal grafts. Cells morphology, proliferation, adhesion and alignment were analyzed for different experimental conditions.

  15. Two-photon flow cytometry

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    Zhong, Cheng F.; Ye, Jing Yong; Myc, Andrzej; Thomas, Thommey P.; Bielinska, Anna; Baker, James R., Jr.; Norris, Theodore B.

    2005-03-01

    Flow cytometry is a powerful technique for obtaining quantitative information from fluorescence in cells. Quantization is achieved by assuring a high degree of uniformity in the optical excitation and detection, generally by using a highly controlled flow such as is obtained via hydrodynamic focusing. In this work, we demonstrate a two-beam, two-channel detection and two-photon excitation flow cytometry (T3FC) system that enables multi-dye analysis to be performed very simply, with greatly relaxed requirements on the fluid flow. Two-photon excitation using a femtosecond near-infrared (NIR) laser has the advantages that it enables simultaneous excitation of multiple dyes and achieves very high signal-to-noise ratio through simplified filtering and fluorescence background reduction. By matching the excitation volume to the size of a cell, single-cell detection is ensured. Labeling of cells by targeted nanoparticles with multiple fluorophores enables normalization of the fluorescence signal and thus ratiometric measurements under nonuniform excitation. Quantitative size measurements can also be done even under conditions of nonuniform flow via a two-beam layout. This innovative detection scheme not only considerably simplifies the fluid flow system and the excitation and collection optics, it opens the way to quantitative cytometry in simple and compact microfluidics systems, or in vivo.

  16. Microplasma source for optogalvanic spectroscopy of nanogram samples

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    Berglund, M.; Thornell, G.; Persson, A.

    2013-07-01

    The demand for analysis of smaller samples in isotopic ratio measurements of rare isotopes is continuously rising with the development of new applications, particularly in biomedicine. Interesting in this aspect are methods based on optogalvanic spectroscopy, which have been reported to facilitate both 13C-to-12C and 14C-to-12C ratio measurements with high sensitivity. These methods also facilitate analysis of very small samples, down to the microgram range, which makes them very competitive to other technologies, e.g., accelerator mass spectroscopy. However, there exists a demand for moving beyond the microgram range, especially from regenerative medicine, where samples consist of, e.g., DNA, and, hence, the total sample amount is extremely small. Making optogalvanic spectroscopy of carbon isotopes applicable to such small samples, requires miniaturization of the key component of the system, namely the plasma source, in which the sample is ionized before analysis. In this paper, a novel design of such a microplasma source based on a stripline split-ring resonator is presented and evaluated in a basic optogalvanic spectrometer. The investigations focus on the capability of the plasma source to measure the optogalvanic signal in general, and the effect of different system and device specific parameters on the amplitude and stability of the optogalvanic signal in particular. Different sources of noise and instabilities are identified, and methods of mitigating these issues are discussed. Finally, the ability of the cell to handle analysis of samples down to the nanogram range is investigated, pinpointing the great prospects of stripline split-ring resonators in optogalvanic spectroscopy.

  17. Microplasma source for optogalvanic spectroscopy of nanogram samples

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    Berglund, M.; Thornell, G.; Persson, A.

    2013-07-21

    The demand for analysis of smaller samples in isotopic ratio measurements of rare isotopes is continuously rising with the development of new applications, particularly in biomedicine. Interesting in this aspect are methods based on optogalvanic spectroscopy, which have been reported to facilitate both {sup 13}C-to-{sup 12}C and {sup 14}C-to-{sup 12}C ratio measurements with high sensitivity. These methods also facilitate analysis of very small samples, down to the microgram range, which makes them very competitive to other technologies, e.g., accelerator mass spectroscopy. However, there exists a demand for moving beyond the microgram range, especially from regenerative medicine, where samples consist of, e.g., DNA, and, hence, the total sample amount is extremely small. Making optogalvanic spectroscopy of carbon isotopes applicable to such small samples, requires miniaturization of the key component of the system, namely the plasma source, in which the sample is ionized before analysis. In this paper, a novel design of such a microplasma source based on a stripline split-ring resonator is presented and evaluated in a basic optogalvanic spectrometer. The investigations focus on the capability of the plasma source to measure the optogalvanic signal in general, and the effect of different system and device specific parameters on the amplitude and stability of the optogalvanic signal in particular. Different sources of noise and instabilities are identified, and methods of mitigating these issues are discussed. Finally, the ability of the cell to handle analysis of samples down to the nanogram range is investigated, pinpointing the great prospects of stripline split-ring resonators in optogalvanic spectroscopy.

  18. Applications of Doppler-Free Saturation Spectroscopy for Edge Physics Studies

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    Martin, Elijah H; Caughman, John B; Isler, Ralph C; Bell, Gary L

    2016-01-01

    Doppler-free saturation spectroscopy provides a very powerful method to obtained detailed information about the electronic structure of the atom through measurement of the spectral line profile. This is achieved through a significant decrease in the Doppler broadening and essentially an elimination of the instrument broadening inherent to passive spectroscopic techniques. In this paper we will present the technique and associated physics of Doppler-free saturation spectroscopy in addition to how one selects the appropriate transition. Simulations of H spectra will be presented to illustrate the increased sensitivity to both electric field and electron density measurements.

  19. 14C Analysis via Intracavity Optogalvanic Spectroscopy

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    Murnick, Daniel; Dogru, Ozgur; Ilkmen, Erhan

    2010-01-01

    A new ultra sensitive laser-based analytical technique, intracavity optogalvanic spectroscopy (ICOGS), allowing extremely high sensitivity for detection of 14C-labeled carbon dioxide has recently been demonstrated. Capable of replacing accelerator mass spectrometers (AMS) for many applications, the technique quantifies zeptomoles of 14C in sub micromole CO2 samples. Based on the specificity of narrow laser resonances coupled with the sensitivity provided by standing waves in an optical cavity, and detection via impedance variations, limits of detection near 10−15 14C/12C ratios have been obtained with theoretical limits much lower. Using a 15 W 14CO2 laser, a linear calibration with samples from 5 × 10−15 to >1.5 × 10−12 in 14C/12C ratios, as determined by AMS, was demonstrated. Calibration becomes non linear over larger concentration ranges due to interactions between CO2 and buffer gas, laser saturation effects and changes in equilibration time constants. The instrument is small (table top), low maintenance and can be coupled to GC or LC input. The method can also be applied to detection of other trace entities. Possible applications include microdosing studies in drug development, individualized sub therapeutic tests of drug metabolism, carbon dating and real time monitoring of atmospheric radiocarbon. PMID:20448803

  20. Two Photon Exchange for Exclusive Pion Electroproduction

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    Afanaciev, Andrei V.; Aleksejevs, Aleksandrs G.; Barkanova, Svetlana G.

    2013-09-01

    We perform detailed calculations of two-photon-exchange QED corrections to the cross section of pion electroproduction. The results are obtained with and without the soft-photon approximation; analytic expressions for the radiative corrections are derived. The relative importance of the two-photon correction is analyzed for the kinematics of several experiments at Jefferson Lab. A significant, over 20%, effect due to two-photon exchange is predicted for the backward angles of electron scattering at large transferred momenta.

  1. Optogalvanic intracavity quantitative detector and method for its use

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    Zalewski, E.F.; Keller, R.A.; Apel, C.T.

    1981-02-25

    The disclosure relates to an optogalvanic intracavity detector and method for its use. Measurement is made of the amount of light absorbed by atoms, small molecules and ions in a laser cavity utilizing laser-produced changes in plasmas containing the same atoms, molecules or ions.

  2. Optogalvanic intracavity quantitative detector and method for its use

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    Zalewski, Edward F.; Keller, Richard A.; Apel, Charles T.

    1983-01-01

    The disclosure relates to an optogalvanic intracavity detector and method for its use. Measurement is made of the amount of light absorbed by atoms, small molecules and ions in a laser cavity utilizing laser-produced changes in plasmas containing the same atoms, molecules, or ions.

  3. Optogalvanic intracavity quantitative detector and method for its use

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    Zalewski, E.F.; Keller, R.A.; Apel, C.T.

    1983-09-06

    The disclosure relates to an optogalvanic intracavity detector and method for its use. Measurement is made of the amount of light absorbed by atoms, small molecules and ions in a laser cavity utilizing laser-produced changes in plasmas containing the same atoms, molecules, or ions. 6 figs.

  4. Optogalvanic spectrum of argon in the visible wavelength region 4150-6700 A

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    Reddy, B. R.; Venkateswarlu, P.; George, M. C.

    1990-01-01

    Optogalvanic spectrum of argon has been investigated in the visible wavelength region 4150-6700 A by axially irradiating a hollow cathodic discharge with an excimer pumped dye laser. About 180 transitions have been recorded and a majority of them have been identified using the Jl-coupling scheme. The optogalvanic spectrum in the regions 4300-5300 and 6010-6700 A is being reported in detail for the first time. The optogalvanic signal intensities are found to agree with atomic transition probabilities. A technique has been discussed to record a maximum number of transitions in optogalvanic effect.

  5. Optogalvanic single-color multiphoton ionization spectroscopy of uranium in a hollow cathode discharge

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    Levesque, S.; Babin, F.; Gagne, J.M.

    1993-12-01

    Single color multiphoton ionization spectra of atoms can be obtained using the fast pulsed ({approximately} 10{sup {minus}9} s) optogalvanic signal generated by photoionization in the dark space of a hollow cathode discharge. Such spectra have been measured for uranium in the spectral range of rhodamine 6G with a high laser bandwidth excitation (0.3 cm{sup {minus}1}). In the process of ascribing an ionization scheme to each line through the known levels of uranium, many possibilities appear. In order to help the authors select the correct scheme, they perturbed the atomic level population distribution by optical pumping of the 16900.37 cm{sup {minus}1} level ({sup 7}M{sub 7}). The spectrum obtained this way show many new strong lines. They try to explain these lines by a three photon resonant or quasi-resonant scheme, using known levels of uranium, or by a two photon scheme from the 16900.37 cm{sup {minus}1} level. In both perturbed and unperturbed spectra, many ionization schemes are still possible for each line. For this reason the authors have performed higher resolution scans of selected lines (in particular 5915.4{angstrom}) in order to confirm the existence of more than one scheme for many lines.

  6. Improved optogalvanic detection with voltage biased Langmuir probes

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    Persson, A.; Berglund, M.; Salehpour, M.

    2014-12-01

    Optogalvanic detectors show great potential for infrared spectroscopy, especially in cavity enhanced techniques where they, in contrast to ordinary absorption detectors, can perform intracavity measurements. This enables them to utilize the signal-to-noise ratio improvement gained from the extended effective path length inside an optical cavity, without losing signal strength due to the limited amount of light exiting through the rear mirror. However, if optogalvanic detectors are to become truly competitive, their intrinsic sensitivity and stability has to be improved. This, in turn, requires a better understanding of the mechanisms behind the generation of the optogalvanic signal. The study presented here focuses on an optogalvanic detector based on a miniaturized stripline split-ring resonator plasma source equipped with Langmuir probes for detecting the optogalvanic signal. In particular, the effect of applying a constant bias voltage to one of the probes is investigated, both with respect to the sensitivity and stability, and to the mechanism behind the generation of the signal. Experiments with different bias voltages at different pressures and gas composition have been conducted. In particular, two different gas compositions (pure CO2 and 0.25% CO2 in 99.75% N2) at six different pressures (100 Pa to 600 Pa) have been studied. It has been shown that probe biasing effectively improves the performance of the detector, by increasing the amplitude of the signal linearly over one order of magnitude, and the stability by about 40% compared with previous studies. Furthermore, it has been shown that relatively straightforward plasma theory can be applied to interpret the mechanism behind the generation of the signal, although additional mechanisms, such as rovibrational excitation from electron-molecule collisions, become apparent in CO2 plasmas with electron energies in the 1-6 eV range. With the achieved performance improvement and the more solid theoretical

  7. Improved optogalvanic detection with voltage biased Langmuir probes

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    Persson, A.; Salehpour, M.; Berglund, M.

    2014-12-28

    Optogalvanic detectors show great potential for infrared spectroscopy, especially in cavity enhanced techniques where they, in contrast to ordinary absorption detectors, can perform intracavity measurements. This enables them to utilize the signal-to-noise ratio improvement gained from the extended effective path length inside an optical cavity, without losing signal strength due to the limited amount of light exiting through the rear mirror. However, if optogalvanic detectors are to become truly competitive, their intrinsic sensitivity and stability has to be improved. This, in turn, requires a better understanding of the mechanisms behind the generation of the optogalvanic signal. The study presented here focuses on an optogalvanic detector based on a miniaturized stripline split-ring resonator plasma source equipped with Langmuir probes for detecting the optogalvanic signal. In particular, the effect of applying a constant bias voltage to one of the probes is investigated, both with respect to the sensitivity and stability, and to the mechanism behind the generation of the signal. Experiments with different bias voltages at different pressures and gas composition have been conducted. In particular, two different gas compositions (pure CO{sub 2} and 0.25% CO{sub 2} in 99.75% N{sub 2}) at six different pressures (100 Pa to 600 Pa) have been studied. It has been shown that probe biasing effectively improves the performance of the detector, by increasing the amplitude of the signal linearly over one order of magnitude, and the stability by about 40% compared with previous studies. Furthermore, it has been shown that relatively straightforward plasma theory can be applied to interpret the mechanism behind the generation of the signal, although additional mechanisms, such as rovibrational excitation from electron-molecule collisions, become apparent in CO{sub 2} plasmas with electron energies in the 1–6 eV range. With the achieved performance improvement and

  8. Two-Photon Physics in Hadronic Processes

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    Carl Carlson; Marc Vanderhaeghen

    2007-11-01

    Two-photon exchange contributions to elastic electron-scattering are reviewed. The apparent discrepancy in the extraction of elastic nucleon form factors between unpolarized Rosenbluth and polarization transfer experiments is discussed, as well as the understanding of this puzzle in terms of two-photon exchange corrections. Calculations of such corrections both within partonic and hadronic frameworks are reviewed. In view of recent spin-dependent electron scattering data, the relation of the two-photon exchange process to the hyperfine splitting in hydrogen is critically examined. The imaginary part of the two-photon exchange amplitude as can be accessed from the beam normal spin asymmetry in elastic electron-nucleon scattering is reviewed. Further extensions and open issues in this field are outlined.

  9. Rotational analysis for the Doppler-free photoelectron spectrum of water using the spectator model.

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    Ford, Mark S; Müller-Dethlefs, Klaus; Kitajima, M; Tanaka, H; Tamenori, Y; De Fanis, A; Ueda, Kyoshi

    2010-10-28

    A photoelectron spectrum of H(2)O has been recorded at a resolution of 2 meV under Doppler-free conditions. Complex rotational structures appear in the individual vibrational states of the electronic X̃(+ 2)B(1) and Ã(+ 2)A(2) states in H(2)O(+). The rotational structures are analyzed and well reproduced using a spectator orbital model developed for rotationally resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. PMID:20879775

  10. Two-Photon Laser Scanning Microscopy

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    Nimmerjahn, A.; Theer, P.; Helmchen, F.

    Since its inception more than 15 years ago, two-photon laser scanning microscopy (2PLSM) has found widespread use in biological and medical research. Two-photon microscopy is based on simultaneous absorption of two photons by fluorophores and subsequent fluorescence emission, a process which under normal illumination conditions is highly improbable. Theoretically described around 1930 by Maria Göppert-Mayer [1], the first experimental demonstration of two-photon excitation had to await the invention of the laser, which produced sufficiently high light intensities to observe two-photon absorption events [2]. Only after the development of ultrafast lasers providing subpicosecond light pulses with high peak power intensities, however, two-photon-excited fluorescence became practical in a laser-scanning microscope [3]. Since then 2PLSM has developed into the method of choice for high-resolution imaging in living animals (reviewed in [4,5]). One of the main reasons is the low sensitivity of 2PLSM to light scattering, which enables imaging relatively deep inside biological tissue and direct observation of the dynamic behavior of cells in their native environment. In this chapter, we introduce the physical principles governing 2PLSM and briefly describe the key instrument components. We give an overview of fluorescence labeling techniques and how they are combined with 2PLSM for functional imaging and photomanipulation in living tissue. Finally, we discuss limitations and provide some future perspectives.

  11. Determination of the Relative Two-photon Absorption Cross-section Between Xenon and Hydrogen

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    Elliott, Drew; Scime, Earl; McCarren, Dustin; Vandervort, Robert; Soderholm, Mark

    2014-10-01

    Two-photon Absorption Laser Induced Fluorescence (TALIF) is a non-perturbative method for measuring the density and temperature of neutral hydrogen in a fusion plasma. Calibration of a TALIF system, for absolute density measurements, requires a measurement of a known density of particles under controlled conditions. Since hydrogen is diatomic, hydrogen TALIF system calibration requires measurements of target cold monatomic gas with a two-photon transition from the ground state and fluorescence decay at accessible energies. Here we present single-sided TALIF (angular momentum change of 2) measurements of a new transition in xenon with absorption and emission wavelengths nearly identical to those of the hydrogen TALIF sequence (the n = 3 to n = 2 emission in hydrogen is at 656.27 nm whereas it is at 655.99 nm in xenon). The xenon calibration approach provides the first opportunity for absolute calibration of Doppler-free (angular momentum change of 0) hydrogen TALIF. We first measure the relative TALIF absorption cross section between xenon and krypton and then use the known cross section ratio between the krypton and hydrogen transitions to calculate the relative xenon-hydrogen cross section. Single isotope xenon samples are used to remove the confounding factors of isotopic and hyperfine splitting.

  12. Two-photon induced polymer nanomovement.

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    Ishitobi, Hidekazu; Shoji, Satoru; Hiramatsu, Tsunemi; Sun, Hong-Bo; Sekkat, Zouheir; Kawata, Satoshi

    2008-09-01

    We present the first report of two-photon induced plastic surface deformation in solid polymer films. Exposure of azo polymer films, which absorb in the visible range (lambda(max) = 480 nm), to intense 920 nm irradiation leads to polarization dependent photofluidic polymer nanomovement caused by photoselective two-photon trans <-->cis isomerization. The deformations were induced by a gradient of light intensity; and strongly depend on the wavelength and the polarization direction of the incident laser light and the position of the focused spot with respect to the plane of the polymer film. PMID:18773020

  13. Two-Photon Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy

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    Zimmerli, Gregory A.; Fischer, David G.

    2002-01-01

    We will describe a two-photon microscope currently under development at the NASA Glenn Research Center. It is composed of a Coherent Mira 900 tunable, pulsed Titanium:Sapphire laser system, an Olympus Fluoview 300 confocal scanning head, and a Leica DM IRE inverted microscope. It will be used in conjunction with a technique known as fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) to study intracellular protein dynamics. We will briefly explain the advantages of the two-photon system over a conventional confocal microscope, and provide some preliminary experimental results.

  14. Scattering of entangled two-photon states.

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    Schotland, John C; Cazé, A; Norris, Theodore B

    2016-02-01

    We consider the scattering of entangled two-photon states from collections of small particles. We also study the related Mie problem of scattering from a sphere. In both cases, we calculate the entropy of entanglement and investigate the influence of the entanglement of the incident field on the entanglement of the scattered field. PMID:26907393

  15. Two-photon production of ω pairs

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    Albrecht, H.; Hamacher, T.; Hofmann, R. P.; Kirchhoff, T.; Mankel, R.; Nau, A.; Nowak, S.; Reßing, D.; Schröder, H.; Schulz, H. D.; Walter, M.; Wurth, R.; Hast, C.; Kapitza, H.; Kolanoski, H.; Kosche, A.; Lange, A.; Lindner, A.; Schieber, M.; Siegmund, T.; Spaan, B.; Thurn, H.; Töpfer, D.; Wegener, D.; Eckstein, P.; Frankl, C.; Graf, J.; Schmidtler, M.; Schramm, M.; Schubert, K. R.; Schwierz, R.; Waldi, R.; Reim, K.; Wegener, H.; Eckmann, R.; Kuipers, H.; Mai, O.; Mundt, R.; Oest, T.; Reiner, R.; Schmidt-Parzefall, W.; Stiewe, J.; Werner, S.; Ehret, K.; Hofmann, W.; Hüpper, A.; Knöpfle, K. T.; Spengler, J.; Krieger, P.; Macfarlane, D. B.; Prentice, J. D.; Saull, P. R. B.; Tzamariudaki, K.; van de Water, R. G.; Yoon, T.-S.; Schneider, M.; Weseler, S.; Kernel, G.; Križan, P.; Križnič, E.; Podobnik, T.; Živko, T.; Balagura, V.; Barsuk, S.; Belyaev, I.; Chistov, R.; Danilov, M.; Eiges, V.; Gershtein, L.; Gershtein, Yu.; Golutvin, A.; Igonkina, O.; Korolko, I.; Kostina, G.; Litvintsev, D.; Pakhlov, P.; Semenov, S.; Snizhko, A.; Tichomirov, I.; Zaitsev, Yu.; Argus Collaboration

    1996-02-01

    A maximum likelihood analysis of ARGUS data on two-photon production of π+π+π0π0π-π- is presented. A small fraction of events is due to the production of omega pairs. The γγ → ωω cross section has its maximum value close to threshold.

  16. Observation of Doppler-free electromagnetically induced transparency in atoms selected optically with specific velocity

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    Yu, Hoon; Kim, Kwan Su; Kim, Jung Dong; Lee, Hyun Kyung; Kim, Jung Bog

    2011-11-15

    We observed an electromagnetically induced transparency signal in a four-level system with optically selected rubidium atoms at specific velocities in a room-temperature vaporized cell. Since the atoms behave like cold atoms in the selected atomic view, the observed signals coincide with a trapped atomic system. According to this result, we can observe Doppler-free signals, which correspond from 1.2 to 1.0 K in a Doppler-broadened medium. And the selected atoms have velocity components of {+-}(131 {+-} 3) MHz per wave number. Our experimental results can provide insight for research in cold media.

  17. Diode laser excited optogalvanic spectroscopy of glow discharges

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    Barshick, C.M.; Shaw, R.W.; Post-Zwicker, A., Young, J.P.; Ramsey, J.M.

    1996-10-01

    The development of diode-laser-excited isotopically-selective optogalvanic spectroscopy (OGS) of uranium metal, oxide and fluoride in a glow discharge (GD) is presented. The technique is useful for determining isotopic ratios of {sup 235}U/({sup 235}U + {sup 238}U) in the above samples. The precision and accuracy of this determination is evaluated, and a study of experimental parameters pertaining to optimization of he measurement is discussed. Application of the GD-OGS to other f-transition elements is also described.

  18. Magnetic two-photon scattering and two-photon emission - Cross sections and redistribution functions

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    Alexander, S. G.; Meszaros, P.

    1991-01-01

    The magnetic two-photon scattering cross section is discussed within the framework of QED, and the corresponding scattering redistribution function for this process and its inverse, as well as the scattering source function are calculated explicitly. In a similar way, the magnetic two-photon emission process which follows the radiative excitation of Landau levels above ground is calculated. The two-photon scattering and two-photon emission are of the same order as the single-photon magnetic scattering. All three of these processes, and in optically thick cases also their inverses, are included in radiative transport calculations modeling accreting pulsars and gamma-ray bursters. These processes play a prominent role in determining the relative strength of the first two cyclotron harmonics, and their effects extend also to the higher harmonics.

  19. Stripline split-ring resonator with integrated optogalvanic sample cell

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    Persson, Anders; Berglund, Martin; Thornell, Greger; Possnert, Göran; Salehpour, Mehran

    2014-04-01

    Intracavity optogalvanic spectroscopy (ICOGS) has been proposed as a method for unambiguous detection of rare isotopes. Of particular interest is 14C, where detection of extremely low concentrations in the 1:1015 range (14C: 12C), is of interest in, e.g., radiocarbon dating and pharmaceutical sciences. However, recent reports show that ICOGS suffers from substantial problems with reproducibility. To qualify ICOGS as an analytical method, more stable and reliable plasma generation and signal detection are needed. In our proposed setup, critical parameters have been improved. We have utilized a stripline split-ring resonator microwave-induced microplasma source to excite and sustain the plasma. Such a microplasma source offers several advantages over conventional ICOGS plasma sources. For example, the stripline split-ring resonator concept employs separated plasma generation and signal detection, which enables sensitive detection at stable plasma conditions. The concept also permits in situ observation of the discharge conditions, which was found to improve reproducibility. Unique to the stripline split-ring resonator microplasma source in this study, is that the optogalvanic sample cell has been embedded in the device itself. This integration enables improved temperature control and more stable and accurate signal detection. Significant improvements are demonstrated, including reproducibility, signal-to-noise ratio, and precision.

  20. Laser optogalvanic wavelength calibration with a commercial hollow cathode iron - neon discharge lamp

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    Zhu, Xinming; Nur, Abdullahi H.; Misra, Prabhakar

    1994-01-01

    351 optogalvanic transitions have been observed in the 337 - 598 nm wavelength region using an iron - neon hollow cathode discharge lamp and a pulsed tunable dye laser. 223 of these have been identified as transitions associated with neon energy levels. These optogalvanic transitions have allowed, in conjunction with interference fringes recorded concomitantly with an etalon, the calibration of the dye laser wavelength with 0.3/cm accuracy.

  1. A tunable Doppler-free dichroic lock for laser frequency stabilization

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    Singh, Vivek; Tiwari, V. B.; Mishra, S. R.; Rawat, H. S.

    2016-08-01

    We propose and demonstrate a laser frequency stabilization scheme which generates a dispersion-like tunable Doppler-free dichroic lock (TDFDL) signal. This signal offers a wide tuning range for lock point (i.e. zero-crossing) without compromising on the slope of the locking signal. The method involves measurement of magnetically induced dichroism in an atomic vapour for a weak probe laser beam in the presence of a counter-propagating strong pump laser beam. A simple model is presented to explain the basic principles of this method to generate the TDFDL signal. The spectral shift in the locking signal is achieved by tuning the frequency of the pump beam. The TDFDL signal is shown to be useful for locking the frequency of a cooling laser used for magneto-optical trap (MOT) for 87 Rb atoms.

  2. Denoising Two-Photon Calcium Imaging Data

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    Malik, Wasim Q.; Schummers, James; Sur, Mriganka; Brown, Emery N.

    2011-01-01

    Two-photon calcium imaging is now an important tool for in vivo imaging of biological systems. By enabling neuronal population imaging with subcellular resolution, this modality offers an approach for gaining a fundamental understanding of brain anatomy and physiology. Proper analysis of calcium imaging data requires denoising, that is separating the signal from complex physiological noise. To analyze two-photon brain imaging data, we present a signal plus colored noise model in which the signal is represented as harmonic regression and the correlated noise is represented as an order autoregressive process. We provide an efficient cyclic descent algorithm to compute approximate maximum likelihood parameter estimates by combing a weighted least-squares procedure with the Burg algorithm. We use Akaike information criterion to guide selection of the harmonic regression and the autoregressive model orders. Our flexible yet parsimonious modeling approach reliably separates stimulus-evoked fluorescence response from background activity and noise, assesses goodness of fit, and estimates confidence intervals and signal-to-noise ratio. This refined separation leads to appreciably enhanced image contrast for individual cells including clear delineation of subcellular details and network activity. The application of our approach to in vivo imaging data recorded in the ferret primary visual cortex demonstrates that our method yields substantially denoised signal estimates. We also provide a general Volterra series framework for deriving this and other signal plus correlated noise models for imaging. This approach to analyzing two-photon calcium imaging data may be readily adapted to other computational biology problems which apply correlated noise models. PMID:21687727

  3. Two-Photon Small Molecule Enzymatic Probes.

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    Qian, Linghui; Li, Lin; Yao, Shao Q

    2016-04-19

    Enzymes are essential for life, especially in the development of disease and on drug effects, but as we cannot yet directly observe the inside interactions and only partially observe biochemical outcomes, tools "translating" these processes into readable information are essential for better understanding of enzymes as well as for developing effective tools to fight against diseases. Therefore, sensitive small molecule probes suitable for direct in vivo monitoring of enzyme activities are ultimately desirable. For fulfilling this desire, two-photon small molecule enzymatic probes (TSMEPs) producing amplified fluorescent signals based on enzymatic conversion with better photophysical properties and deeper penetration in intact tissues and whole animals have been developed and demonstrated to be powerful in addressing the issues described above. Nonetheless, currently available TSMEPs only cover a small portion of enzymes despite the distinct advantages of two-photon fluorescence microscopy. In this Account, we would like to share design principles for TSMEPs as potential indicators of certain pathology-related biomarkers together with their applications in disease models to inspire more elegant work to be done in this area. Highlights will be addressed on how to equip two-photon fluorescent probes with features amenable for direct assessment of enzyme activities in complex pathological environments. We give three recent examples from our laboratory and collaborations in which TSMEPs are applied to visualize the distribution and activity of enzymes at cellular and organism levels. The first example shows that we could distinguish endogenous phosphatase activity in different organelles; the second illustrates that TSMEP is suitable for specific and sensitive detection of a potential Parkinson's disease marker (monoamine oxidase B) in a variety of biological systems from cells to patient samples, and the third identifies that TSMEPs can be applied to other enzyme

  4. Two photon excitation of atomic oxygen

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    Pindzola, M. S.

    1977-01-01

    A standard perturbation expansion in the atom-radiation field interaction is used to calculate the two photon excitation cross section for 1s(2) 2s(2) 2p(4) p3 to 1s(2) 2s(2) 2p(3) (s4) 3p p3 transition in atomic oxygen. The summation over bound and continuum intermediate states is handled by solving the equivalent inhomogeneous differential equation. Exact summation results differ by a factor of 2 from a rough estimate obtained by limiting the intermediate state summation to one bound state. Higher order electron correlation effects are also examined.

  5. Two-Photon Ionization of Metastable Helium

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    Czechanski, James Poremba

    There have been relatively few investigations of multiphoton ionization from metastable helium. Of particular interest has been the work of Haberland et al. 1987 and Haberland and Oschwald 1988. In both the 1987 and 1988 papers they have described the two photon ionization of metastable helium. In each of these studies they have reported the occurrence of unexplained structure along the wings of their resonance profiles. Upon the performance of similar measurements by this study, the unexplained structure is not seen and the agreement of the experiment's measurements with the theoretical shape of the resonance curves has been good. To experimentally verify these resonance effects, we have used a tunable dye laser in conjunction with a time of flight mass spectrometer to create and detect ions from metastable helium by two-photon absorption. The use of a metastable state instead of the ground state is advantageous because of its proximity to the ionization continuum and its extended lifetime. Using a metastable state as a starting point for multiphoton absorption requires fewer photons to reach the ionization threshold. The extended lifetime of the state also makes it easy to access experimentally. For helium the singlet metastable state 2^1 S lies at 20.61 eV above the ground level with a natural lifetime of close to a millisecond. Two photons of 501.7 nm and 504.35 nm are required for the ionization processes in resonance with the 3^1P and the 3^1D states. This thesis is the accounting of the experimental process involved in the measurement of the dipole and quadrupole resonances of two photon ionization from singlet metastable helium. The study includes the description of the laser, electron gun assembly for metastable helium creation, and the time of flight mass spectrometer. A discussion of the theory of multiphoton processes is included along with the discussion of the data, its reduction and analysis, and a comparison with theoretical prediction. This study

  6. Dicyanostilbene-derived two-photon fluorescence dyes with large two-photon absorption cross sections

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    Huang, Chibao; Lin, Changhua; Ren, Anxiang; Yang, Nianfa

    2011-12-01

    Four dicyanostilbene-derived two-photon fluorescence (TPF) dyes were synthesized as the model compounds to systematically study the effect of the dicyano and the terminal substituent on the two-photon absorption (TPA). These four compounds ( DSO, DCY, DTO and DPH) exhibit very large two-photon absorption cross sections ( δ). DCY (A- π-A) with the terminal cyano group has especially high fluorescence quantum yield (0.71) and relatively large δ (1480 GM), while DPH (D- π-A) with the substitutedamino group at its terminus possesses the largest δ (2800 GM) and the longest emission wavelength (620 nm). The idealest terminal substituent should not be the alkoxy group but the substitutedamino group. This class of dicyanostilbene dyes possess small molecule size, large δ (830-2800 GM), long-wavelength emission (459-620 nm) and large Stokes shift (80-206 nm), and are ideal chromophores for TPF labels and probes.

  7. Encoded multisite two-photon microscopy

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    Ducros, Mathieu; Houssen, Yannick Goulam; Bradley, Jonathan; de Sars, Vincent; Charpak, Serge

    2013-01-01

    The advent of scanning two-photon microscopy (2PM) has created a fertile new avenue for noninvasive investigation of brain activity in depth. One principal weakness of this method, however, lies with the limit of scanning speed, which makes optical interrogation of action potential-like activity in a neuronal network problematic. Encoded multisite two-photon microscopy (eMS2PM), a scanless method that allows simultaneous imaging of multiple targets in depth with high temporal resolution, addresses this drawback. eMS2PM uses a liquid crystal spatial light modulator to split a high-power femto-laser beam into multiple subbeams. To distinguish them, a digital micromirror device encodes each subbeam with a specific binary amplitude modulation sequence. Fluorescence signals from all independently targeted sites are then collected simultaneously onto a single photodetector and site-specifically decoded. We demonstrate that eMS2PM can be used to image spike-like voltage transients in cultured cells and fluorescence transients (calcium signals in neurons and red blood cells in capillaries from the cortex) in depth in vivo. These results establish eMS2PM as a unique method for simultaneous acquisition of neuronal network activity. PMID:23798397

  8. Experimental realization of a two-photon Raman laser

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    Brown, William J.

    1999-11-01

    This thesis describes the development of a novel quantum oscillator known as a two-photon Raman laser. It is based on two-photon stimulated emission in strongly driven potassium atoms. Two-photon lasers were first proposed in the 1960's, but only recently have such devices been experimentally realized. The two-photon Raman laser is an important step forward as it provides the first opportunity to study the turn-on behavior, instabilities, and noise properties of a pure two-photon optical device. The necessary ingredients for a two-photon laser are a medium displaying two-photon laser beam amplification and an optical resonator. In my two-photon Raman laser the amplification arises from a multi-photon process in which state-prepared potassium atoms undergo two-photon Raman transitions. This amplification process was studied using a high-density, small-Doppler-width potassium atomic beam that was driven by a strong pump laser and probed by a weak probe laser. I observed two-photon Raman amplification for a range of pump laser frequencies, atomic beam number densities, and probe beam powers. The two-photon Raman gain is linearly dependent on the input probe power as expected for a two-photon process. This gain mechanism is also spectrally isolated from other mechanisms occurring in strongly driven potassium atoms. The optical resonator consists of a sub-confocal high finesse cavity. The cavity is constructed so that the two-photon Raman process will lase while all other processes are suppressed. The cavity buildup is sufficient to support lasing given the maximum two-photon Raman gain observed in the amplification experiment. Using this apparatus I have observed two-photon lasing. In agreement with theoretical predictions, an external photon source is required to initiate two-photon lasing. I initiated the two-photon laser using an externally injected pulse of light and using a frequency degenerate one-photon process. The two-photon Raman laser threshold was mapped as

  9. LASERS IN MEDICINE: Two-photon excitation of aluminium phthalocyanines

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    Meshalkin, Yu P.; Alfimov, E. E.; Vasil'ev, N. E.; Denisov, A. N.; Makukha, V. K.; Ogirenko, A. P.

    1999-12-01

    A demonstration is given of the feasibility of two-photon excitation of aluminium phthalocyanine and of the pharmaceutical preparation 'Fotosens', used in photodynamic therapy. The excitation source was an Nd:YAG laser emitting at the 1064 nm wavelength. The spectra of the two-photon-excited luminescence were obtained and the two-photon absorption cross sections were determined.

  10. Two photon annihilation operators and squeezed vacuum

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    Roy, Anil K.; Mehta, C. L.; Saxena, G. M.

    1993-01-01

    Inverses of the harmonic oscillator creation and annihilation operators by their actions on the number states are introduced. Three of the two photon annihilation operators, viz., a(sup +/-1)a, aa(sup +/-1), and a(sup 2), have normalizable right eigenstates with nonvanishing eigenvalues. The eigenvalue equation of these operators are discussed and their normalized eigenstates are obtained. The Fock state representation in each case separates into two sets of states, one involving only the even number states while the other involving only the odd number states. It is shown that the even set of eigenstates of the operator a(sup +/-1)a is the customary squeezed vacuum S(sigma) O greater than.

  11. Two-photon fluorescence anisotropy imaging

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    Li, Wei; Wang, Yi; Shao, Hanrong; He, Yonghong; Ma, Hui

    2006-09-01

    We have developed a novel method for imaging the fluorescence intensity and anisotropy by two-photon fluorescence microscopy and tested its capability in biological application. This method is applied to model sample including FITC and FITC-CD44 antibody solution and also FITC-CD44 stained cells. The fluorescence anisotropy (FA) of FITC-CD44ab solution is higher than the FITC solution with the same concentration. The fluorescence in cell sample has even higher FA than in solution because the rotation diffusion is restrained in membrane. The method is employed to study the effect of berberine a kind of Chinese medicine, on tumor metastasis. The results indicated that tumor cell membrane fluidity is decreasing with increasing the concentration of berberine in culture medium.

  12. Photorejuvenation observation based on two photon microscopy

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    Wu, Shu-lian; Li, Hui; Xiao, Zheng-ying; Xie, Shu-sen

    2008-12-01

    With low risk of complications and little down-time, the non-ablative photo-rejuvenation is playing an increasing role in the therapy of the photo-damaged skin, but the appraisal standard is different. This paper mainly observed the effect of the mouse skin irradiated by intense pulse light source through two photo microscopy in sub-micrometer. The spectrum and morphological imaging between pre- and post-irradiated by Intense Pulse Light (IPL) were obtained from two photon microscopy respectively. The outcome showed that non-ablative IPL irradiated the aging mouse skin got the better effect, and then have gained the changes of spectrum intensity and corresponding photon numbers in a rectangular area, these probable achieve the mechanism of light irradiated skin. The intention of this was offer the theory basis in clinic.

  13. Two-photon double ionization of helium

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    van der Hart, Hugo W.; Feng, Liang; McKenna, Claire

    2003-12-01

    The combination of B-spline basis sets with R-matrix theory has provided a powerful tool for the description of double ionization processes. We demonstrate this first by investigating electron-impact ionization of Li2+. By applying the Floquet Ansatz, the same techniques can be employed to describe multiphoton double ionization processes through the R-matrix Floquet approach. Results for two-photon double ionization of He confirm the lower values of time-dependent close-coupling calculations compared to perturbation theory. The approach can be extended to quasi-two-electron systems through the use of model potentials. This is demonstrated by calculating photoionization cross sections near threshold for the m = 0 level of the 4s4p 1Po state of calcium.

  14. Two-photon imaging of stem cells

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    Uchugonova, A.; Gorjup, E.; Riemann, I.; Sauer, D.; König, K.

    2008-02-01

    A variety of human and animal stem cells (rat and human adult pancreatic stem cells, salivary gland stem cells, dental pulpa stem cells) have been investigated by femtosecond laser 5D two-photon microscopy. Autofluorescence and second harmonic generation have been imaged with submicron spatial resolution, 270 ps temporal resolution, and 10 nm spectral resolution. In particular, NADH and flavoprotein fluorescence was detected in stem cells. Major emission peaks at 460nm and 530nm with typical mean fluorescence lifetimes of 1.8 ns and 2.0 ns, respectively, were measured using time-correlated single photon counting and spectral imaging. Differentiated stem cells produced the extracellular matrix protein collagen which was detected by SHG signals at 435 nm.

  15. The CLAS Two Photon Exchange Experiment

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    Adikaram, Dasuni; Bennett, Robert; Weinstein, Larry; Rimal, Dipak; Khetarpal, Puneet; Raue, Brian

    2013-04-01

    There is a large discrepancy between the proton electron form factor (GE^p(Q^2)) measured using the Rosenbluth separation and polarization transfer methods. The most likely explanation of this discrepancy is the inclusion of two-photon exchange (TPE) amplitude contributions to the elastic electron-proton cross section. The TPE contribution can be extracted in a model-independent way from the measured ratio of the cross sections of positron-proton and electron-proton elastic scattering. This ratio was measured in Hall B at Jefferson Lab using a simultaneous mixed tertiary beam of electrons and positrons incident on a liquid hydrogen target in the center of the CLAS detector in 2010-2011. In this talk, the experimental techniques to produce e^+/e^- beam, the analysis techniques to identify the elastic scattering events, and some preliminary results will be presented.

  16. The CLAS Two Photon Exchange Experiment

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    Adikaram, Dasuni; CLAS Collaboration

    2013-10-01

    There is a large discrepancy between the proton electron form factor (GEp(Q2)) measured using the Rosenbluth separation and polarization transfer methods. The most likely explanation of this discrepancy is the inclusion of two-photon exchange (TPE) amplitude contributions to the elastic electron-proton cross section. The TPE contribution can be extracted in a model-independent way from the measured ratio of the cross sections of positron-proton and electron-proton elastic scattering. This ratio was measured in Hall B at Jefferson Lab using a simultaneous mixed tertiary beam of electrons and positrons incident on a liquid hydrogen target in the center of the CLAS detector in 2010-2011. This talk will present the analysis techniques used to identify the elastic scattering events, and some preliminary results at Q2 = 1.4 (GeV/c)2.

  17. Nonselective and polarization effects in time-resolved optogalvanic spectroscopy

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    Zhechev, D.; Steflekova, V.

    2016-02-01

    Three interfering effects in optogalvanic (OG) spectroscopy are identified in a hollow cathode discharge (HCD) - OG detector. The laser beam is found to generate two nonselective processes, namely photoelectron emission (PE) from the cathode surface with a sub-breakdown bias applied, and nonresonant space ionization. The convolution of these galvanic contributions was determined experimentally as an instrumental function and a deconvolution procedure to determine the actual OG signal was developed. Specific plasma conductance is detected dependent on the polarization of the laser beam irradiating. Linearly/circularly polarized light beam is found to induce OG signals differ in amplitude (and their shape parameters in the time-resolved OG signals (TROGS)). The phenomena coherence and specific conductance are found to be in causal relationship. The additional conductance due to coherent states of atoms manifests itself as an intrinsic instrumental property of OG detector.

  18. Dynamics of two-photon paired superradiance

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    Yoshimura, M.; Sasao, N.; Tanaka, M.

    2012-07-01

    We develop for dipole-forbidden transition a dynamical theory of two-photon paired superradiance (PSR). This is a cooperative process characterized by two photons emitted back to back with equal energies. By irradiating the trigger laser from two target ends, with its frequency tuned at the half energy between two levels, a macroscopically coherent state of medium and fields dynamically emerges as time evolves, and a large signal of amplified output occurs with a time delay. The basic semiclassical equations in 1+1 space-time dimensions are derived for the field-plus-medium system to describe the space-time evolution of the entire system and are numerically solved to demonstrate the existence of both explosive and weak PSR phenomena in the presence of relaxation terms. The explosive PSR event terminates accompanying a sudden release of most of the energy stored in the target. Our numerical simulations are performed using the vibrational transition X1Σg+v=1→0 of a para-H2 molecule and taking many different excited atom number densities and different initial coherences between the metastable and the ground states. In an example with a number density close to O(1021 cm-3) and a high initial coherence, the explosive event terminates several nanoseconds after the trigger irradiation, when the phase relaxation time larger than O(10 ns) is taken. After PSR events the system is expected to follow a steady-state solution which is obtained by analytic means and is made of many objects of field condensates endowed with a topological stability.

  19. Two-photon-induced singlet fission in rubrene single crystal

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    Ma, Lin; Galstyan, Gegham; Zhang, Keke; Kloc, Christian; Sun, Handong; Soci, Cesare; Michel-Beyerle, Maria E.; Gurzadyan, Gagik G.

    2013-05-01

    The two-photon-induced singlet fission was observed in rubrene single crystal and studied by use of femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy. The location of two-photon excited states was obtained from the nondegenerate two-photon absorption (TPA) spectrum. Time evolution of the two-photon-induced transient absorption spectra reveals the direct singlet fission from the two-photon excited states. The TPA absorption coefficient of rubrene single crystal is 52 cm/GW at 740 nm, as obtained from Z-scan measurements. Quantum chemical calculations based on time-dependent density functional theory support our experimental data.

  20. Doppler-free spectroscopy of metastable calcium in a discharge heat pipe

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    Hansen, Dirk; Hemmerich, Andreas

    2005-08-01

    We report on Doppler-free frequency modulation spectroscopy and polarization spectroscopy in a discharge heat pipe of yet unexplored transitions connecting the metastable P23(4s4p) state of calcium atoms with the multiply excited states P23(4p4p) and D33(4s3d) . Calcium vapor is efficiently produced in a heat pipe operating in a small Pyrex cell filled with 2torr of neon. A dc discharge running at 500V efficiently populates the metastable triplet states. Narrow resonances with bandwidths of a few tens of MHz with excellent signal-to-noise ratios are observed, well suited as references for laser frequency stabilization. Examination of the Zeeman shifts lets us determine the Landé g factors of the excited states and compare them with the predictions based on the Russel-Saunders coupling scheme. We describe an economic, simple, and robust experimental setup that should work for other alkaline-earth-metal atoms like Mg and Sr, as well as for other solid elements with insufficient vapor pressures at room temperature.

  1. Doppler-free spectroscopy on the Cs D1 line with a dual-frequency laser.

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    Hafiz, Moustafa Abdel; Coget, Grégoire; De Clercq, Emeric; Boudot, Rodolphe

    2016-07-01

    We report on Doppler-free laser spectroscopy in a Cs vapor cell using a dual-frequency laser system tuned on the Cs D1 line. Using counter-propagating beams with crossed linear polarizations, an original sign reversal of the usual saturated absorption dip and large increase in Doppler-free atomic absorption is observed. This phenomenon is explained by coherent population trapping (CPT) effects. The impact of laser intensity and light polarization on absorption profiles is reported in both single-frequency and dual-frequency regimes. In the latter, frequency stabilization of two diode lasers was performed, yielding a beat note fractional frequency stability at the level of 3×10-12 at 1 s averaging time. These performances are about an order of magnitude better than those obtained using a conventional single-frequency saturated absorption scheme. PMID:27367081

  2. Ordering of azobenzenes by two-photon isomerization.

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    Ishitobi, Hidekazu; Sekkat, Zouheir; Kawata, Satoshi

    2006-10-28

    We report on light induced orientation by two-photon isomerization of azobenzenes in films of polymer. The dynamics of isomerization and orientation by one-photon absorption and two-photon absorption (TPA) are similar, and TPA creates a degree of molecular orientation which is comparable to that achieved by single-photon isomerization, in agreement with the theoretical predictions of two-photon isomeric orientation. PMID:17092131

  3. Two-photon absorption in Hg 2Cl 2 crystals

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    Pelant, I.; Ambrož, M.; Hála, J.; Kohlová, V.; Barta, Č.

    1985-01-01

    Violet luminescence (396 nm) of Hg 2Cl 2 single crystals was observed under excitation of green light (∼ 500 nm) of a pulsed dye laser at liquid helium temperature. The effect is interpreted as due to the two-photon absorption process. The two-photon excitation spectrum of the luminescence was measured in the wavelength range 475-530 nm. Possible mechanisms of the two-photon transition are outlined.

  4. Ordering of azobenzenes by two-photon isomerization

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    Ishitobi, Hidekazu; Sekkat, Zouheir; Kawata, Satoshi

    2006-10-28

    We report on light induced orientation by two-photon isomerization of azobenzenes in films of polymer. The dynamics of isomerization and orientation by one-photon absorption and two-photon absorption (TPA) are similar, and TPA creates a degree of molecular orientation which is comparable to that achieved by single-photon isomerization, in agreement with the theoretical predictions of two-photon isomeric orientation.

  5. Resonance production in two-photon interactions

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    Roe, N.A.

    1989-02-01

    Resonance production in two-photon interactions is studied using data collected with the ASP detector at the PEP e/sup +/e/sup /minus// storage ring located at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center. The ASP detector is a non-magnetic lead-glass calorimeter constructed from 632 lead-glass bars. It covers 94% of 4..pi.. in solid angle, extending to within 20/degree/ of the beamline. Lead-scintillator calorimeters extend the coverage to within 21 mr of the beamline on both sides. Energy resolution of ..sqrt..E/10%, where E is the energy is GeV, is achieved for electrons and photons in the lead-glass calorimeter, and particle trajectories are reconstructed with high efficiency. A total luminosity of 108 pb/sup /minus/1/ was collected with the ASP detector at a center-of-mass energy of 29 GeV. The observed process is e/sup +/e/sup /minus// ..-->.. e/sup +/e/sup /minus//..gamma..*..gamma..* ..-->.. e/sup +/e/sup /minus//X, is a pseudoscalar resonance (J/sup PC/ = 0/sup /minus/+/) and ..gamma..* is a virtual (mass /ne/ 0) photon. The outgoing electrons scatter down the beampipe and are not detected. The observed resonances are the /eta/ and /eta/' mesons, with masses of 549 and 958 MeV, respectively. They are detected in the ..gamma gamma.. decay mode; a total of 2380 +- 49 /eta/ ..-->.. ..gamma gamma.. and 568 +- 26 /eta/' ..-->.. ..gamma gamma.. events are observed. From the number of events, the detection efficiency, and the calculated production cross sections the radiative widths, GAMMA/sub ..gamma gamma../, of the /eta/ and /eta/' were measured and found to be: GAMMA/sub ..gamma gamma../(/eta/) = .481 +- .010 +- .047keV and GAMMA/sub ..gamma gamma../(/eta/') = 4.71 +- .22 +- .70keV. These results are in good agreement with the world average values. 67 refs., 42 figs., 20 tabs.

  6. Two-photon interference with true thermal light

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    Zhai Yanhua; Zhang Da; Wu Lingan; Chen Xihao

    2005-10-15

    Two-photon interference and 'ghost' imaging with entangled light have attracted much attention since the last century because of features such as nonlocality and subwavelength effects. Recently, it has been found that pseudothermal light can mimic certain effects of entangled light. We report here the first observation of two-photon interference with true thermal light.

  7. Two-photon fluorescence excitation spectroscopy of biological molecules

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    Meshalkin, Yuri P.; Alfimov, E. E.; Groshev, D. E.; Makukha, V. K.

    1996-06-01

    The UV fluorescence spectra of aromatic amino-acids and some proteins at two photon excitation by second harmonic of Nd:YAG laser are received. Two-photon absorption cross sections of tryptophan, tyrosine, phenylalanine and proteins: bovine serum albumin, lysozyme, trypsin, (alpha) - chymotrypsinogen and pepsin at wavelength 532 nm were measured by means of the two-quantum standard method.

  8. Quantum information processing with narrow band two-photon state

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    Lu, Yajun

    Application of quantum sources in communication and information processing are believed to bring a new revolution to the on-going information age. The generation of applicable quantum sources such as single photon state and two-photon state, appears to be one of the most difficult in experimental quantum optics. Spontaneous Parametric Down-Conversion (PDC) is known to generate two-photon state, but bandwidth problem makes it less applicable in quantum information processing. The aim of this work is to generate a narrow band two-photon state and apply it to quantum information processing. We start by developing a cavity enhanced PDC device to narrow the bandwidth of the two-photon state. Direct measurement of the bandwidth of the generated state has been made and the quantum theory of such a device has been investigated. An application of this narrow band two-photon state is to generate anti-bunched photons for quantum cryptography, based on the quantum interference between the two-photon state and a coherent state. The feasibility of this scheme for pulsed pump is also investigated. When applying the concept of mode locking in lasers to a two-photon state, we have mode-locked two-photon state which exhibits a comb-like correlation function and may be used for engineering of quantum states in time domain. Other applications such as demonstration of single photon nonlocality, nonlinear sign gate in quantum computation, and direct measurement of quantum beating, will also be addressed.

  9. Synthesis of Two-Photon Materials and Two-Photon Liquid Crystals

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    Subramaniam, Girija

    2001-01-01

    The duration of the grant was interrupted by two major accidents that the PI met with-- an auto accident in Pasadena, CA during her second summer at JPL which took almost eight months for recovery and a second accident during Fall 2000 that left her in crutches for the entire semester. Further, the time released agreed by the University was not given in a timely fashion. The candidate has been given post-grant expire time off. In spite of all these problems, the PI synthesized a number of new two-photon materials and studied the structure-activity correlation to arrive at the best-optimized structure. The PI's design proved to be one of the best in the sense that these materials has a hitherto unreported two-photon absorption cross section. Many materials based on PI's design was later made by the NASA colleague. This is Phase 1. Phase II of this grant is to orate liquid crystalline nature into this potentially useful materials and is currently in progress. Recent observations of nano- and pico-second response time of homeotropically aligned liquid crystals suggest their inherent potentials to act as laser hardening materials, i.e., as protective devices against short laser pulses. The objective of the current project is to exploit this potential by the synthesis of liquid crystals with high optical nonlinearity and optimizing their performance. The PI is trying structural variations to bring in liquid crystalline nature without losing the high two-photon cross section. Both Phase I and Phase II led to many invited presentations and publications in reputed journals like 'Science' and 'Molecular Crystals'. The list of presentations and reprints are enclosed. Another important and satisfying outcome of this grant is the opportunity that this grant offered to the budding undergraduate scientists to get involved in a visible research of international importance. All the students had a chance to learn a lot during research, had the opportunity to present their work at

  10. Doppler-Free Spectroscopy Measurements of Isotope Shifts and Hyperfine Components of Near-IR Xenon Lines

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    Mazouffre, S.; Pawelec, E.; Tran Bich, N.; Sadeghi, N.

    2006-01-15

    Xenon is currently used as propellant gas in electric thrusters, in which ejection of corresponding ions produces the desired thrust. As such a gas contains 9 stable isotopes, a non-intrusive determination of the velocity distribution function of atoms and ions in the thruster plasma plume, by means of absorption or fluorescence techniques, requires a precise knowledge of the line structure. We used Doppler-free Lamb-dip spectroscopy to determine isotopic shifts and hyperfine components of odd isotopes of several spectral lines of Xe atom and Xe+ ion in the 825 - 835 nm range.

  11. Characterization of one- and two-photon photochemical uncaging efficiency.

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    Specht, Alexandre; Bolze, Frederic; Nicoud, Jean Francois; Goeldner, Maurice

    2013-01-01

    The idea of using light to unleash biologically active compounds from inert precursors (uncaging) was introduced over 30 years ago. Recent efforts prompted the development of photoremovable protecting groups that have increased photochemical efficiencies for one- and two-photon excitation to allow more sophisticated applications. This requires characterization of one- and two-photon photochemical efficiencies of the uncaging processes.The present chapter focuses on the characterization of one-photon quantum yields and two-photon cross-sections. PMID:23494373

  12. Random access three-dimensional two-photon microscopy.

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    Rózsa, Balázs; Katona, Gergely; Vizi, E Sylvester; Várallyay, Zoltán; Sághy, Attila; Valenta, Lásló; Maák, Pál; Fekete, Júlia; Bányász, Akos; Szipocs, Róbert

    2007-04-01

    We propose a two-photon microscope scheme capable of real-time, three-dimensional investigation of the electric activity pattern of neural networks or signal summation rules of individual neurons in a 0.6 mm x 0.6 mm x 0.2 mm volume of the sample. The points of measurement are chosen according to a conventional scanning two-photon image, and they are addressed by separately adjustable optical fibers. This allows scanning at kilohertz repetition rates of as many as 100 data points. Submicrometer spatial resolution is maintained during the measurement similarly to conventional two-photon microscopy. PMID:17356631

  13. Investigating femtosecond-laser-induced two-photon photoacoustic generation

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    Urban, Ben E.; Yi, Ji; Yakovlev, Vladislav; Zhang, Hao F.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract. We investigated two-photon absorption-based photoacoustic generation and compared it with corresponding photoluminescence emission. Experimental results revealed expected quadratic dependences on the incident optical fluence in both photoacoustic and photoluminescence processes. We also investigated the influence of optical scattering on the generation of two-photon photoacoustic and photoluminescence signals and found that photoacoustic signals attenuated more slowly than photoluminescence signals when the optical scattering coefficient was increased, which was attributed to a weaker ultrasonic attenuation than that the optical attenuation in the scattering medium. Finally, we showed three-dimensional two-photon photoacoustic imaging. PMID:25084119

  14. Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscopy for Biomedical Research

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    Fischer, David; Zimmerli, Greg; Asipauskas, Marius

    2007-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation gives an overview of two-photon microscopy as it applies to biomedical research. The topics include: 1) Overview; 2) Background; 3) Principles of Operation; 4) Advantages Over Confocal; 5) Modes of Operation; and 6) Applications.

  15. Pulse-shaping based two-photon FRET stoichiometry

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    Flynn, Daniel C.; Bhagwat, Amar R.; Brenner, Meredith H.; Núñez, Marcos F.; Mork, Briana E.; Cai, Dawen; Swanson, Joel A.; Ogilvie, Jennifer P.

    2015-01-01

    Förster Resonance Energy Transfer (FRET) based measurements that calculate the stoichiometry of intermolecular interactions in living cells have recently been demonstrated, where the technique utilizes selective one-photon excitation of donor and acceptor fluorophores to isolate the pure FRET signal. Here, we present work towards extending this FRET stoichiometry method to employ two-photon excitation using a pulse-shaping methodology. In pulse-shaping, frequency-dependent phases are applied to a broadband femtosecond laser pulse to tailor the two-photon excitation conditions to preferentially excite donor and acceptor fluorophores. We have also generalized the existing stoichiometry theory to account for additional cross-talk terms that are non-vanishing under two-photon excitation conditions. Using the generalized theory we demonstrate two-photon FRET stoichiometry in live COS-7 cells expressing fluorescent proteins mAmetrine as the donor and tdTomato as the acceptor. PMID:25836193

  16. Two-photon directed evolution of green fluorescent proteins

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    Stoltzfus, Caleb R.; Barnett, Lauren M.; Drobizhev, Mikhail; Wicks, Geoffrey; Mikhaylov, Alexander; Hughes, Thomas E.; Rebane, Aleksander

    2015-07-01

    Directed evolution has been used extensively to improve the properties of a variety of fluorescent proteins (FPs). Evolutionary strategies, however, have not yet been used to improve the two-photon absorption (2PA) properties of a fluorescent protein, properties that are important for two-photon imaging in living tissues, including the brain. Here we demonstrate a technique for quantitatively screening the two-photon excited fluorescence (2PEF) efficiency and 2PA cross section of tens of thousands of mutant FPs expressed in E. coli colonies. We use this procedure to move EGFP through three rounds of two-photon directed evolution leading to new variants showing up to a 50% enhancement in peak 2PA cross section and brightness within the near-IR tissue transparency wavelength range.

  17. Photodamage of mesotetraphenylporphyrin under one- and two-photon excitation

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    Wen Yanan; Liu Yuqiang; Yang Zhenling; Yang Yanqiang; Guo Ximing

    2010-08-15

    Photoinduced damage behavior of mesotetraphenylporphyrin (TPP) under one- and two-photon excitation with femtosecond laser pulses is investigated in the present work. Quenching in the luminescent intensity is observed. Results suggest that laser irradiation on TPP mainly causes two simultaneously occurring photoprocesses: photodamage and formation of a porphine-type photoproduct. The damage rate exhibits a linear dependence on the incident light power in one-photon excitation, whereas in two-photon excitation, the power dependence of the damage rate turns out to be exponential. The photoproduct formed in one- and two-photon excitation is identical. This product, which is observed to possess superior photostability and two-photon absorbing ability compared with the original TPP sensitizer, is likely to be treated as a secondary photosensitizer in the activation process of photodynamic therapy (PDT). This work might be helpful for the drug evaluation in the practical application of PDT.

  18. Two-photon directed evolution of green fluorescent proteins

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    Stoltzfus, Caleb R.; Barnett, Lauren M.; Drobizhev, Mikhail; Wicks, Geoffrey; Mikhaylov, Alexander; Hughes, Thomas E.; Rebane, Aleksander

    2015-01-01

    Directed evolution has been used extensively to improve the properties of a variety of fluorescent proteins (FPs). Evolutionary strategies, however, have not yet been used to improve the two-photon absorption (2PA) properties of a fluorescent protein, properties that are important for two-photon imaging in living tissues, including the brain. Here we demonstrate a technique for quantitatively screening the two-photon excited fluorescence (2PEF) efficiency and 2PA cross section of tens of thousands of mutant FPs expressed in E. coli colonies. We use this procedure to move EGFP through three rounds of two-photon directed evolution leading to new variants showing up to a 50% enhancement in peak 2PA cross section and brightness within the near-IR tissue transparency wavelength range. PMID:26145791

  19. Two photon processes in ZnO quantum dots

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    Maikhuri, Deepti; Purohit, S. P.; Mathur, K. C.

    2016-01-01

    The two-photon bound-bound (TPBB) and the two-photon bound-free (TPBF) processes are studied for the electron in the initial 1S state in the conduction band of the ZnO quantum dot (QD) embedded in the HfO2 and the AlN matrices. The energy and the wave functions of the QD are obtained by using the effective mass approximation with a finite barrier height at the dot-matrix interface. Using the second order perturbation theory results are obtained for the two-photon absorption coefficient and the photoelectric cross section. The photoelectric cross section ratio for the circularly to the linearly polarized photons is also obtained. It is observed that the two-photon processes depend significantly on the polarization of the incident beam, the dot size, and the surrounding matrix. It is found that the electric quadrupole interaction enhance the TPBF photoelectric cross section.

  20. Two photon couplings of the lightest isoscalars from BELLE data

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    Dai, Ling -Yun; Pennington, Michael R.

    2014-07-07

    Amplitude Analysis of two photon production of ππ and K¯K, using S-matrix constraints and fitting all available data, including the latest precision results from Belle, yields a single partial wave solution up to 1.4 GeV. The two photon couplings of the σ/f0(500), f0(980) and f2(1270) are determined from the residues of the resonance poles.

  1. Two-photon transitions to excited states in atomic hydrogen

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    Quattropani, A.; Bassani, F.; Carillo, S.

    1982-06-01

    Resonant two-photon transition rates from the ground state of atomic hydrogen to ns excited states have been computed as a function of photon frequencies in the length and velocity gauges in order to test the accuracy of the calculation and to discuss the rate of convergence over the intermediate states. The dramatic structure of the transition rates produced by intermediate-state resonances is exhibited. A two-photon transparency is found in correspondence to each resonance.

  2. Two photon couplings of the lightest isoscalars from BELLE data

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    Dai, Ling -Yun; Pennington, Michael R.

    2014-07-07

    Amplitude Analysis of two photon production of ππ and K¯K, using S-matrix constraints and fitting all available data, including the latest precision results from Belle, yields a single partial wave solution up to 1.4 GeV. The two photon couplings of the σ/f0(500), f0(980) and f2(1270) are determined from the residues of the resonance poles.

  3. The use of CNDO in spectroscopy. XV. Two photon absorption

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    Marchese, Francis T.; Seliskar, C. J.; Jaffé, H. H.

    1980-04-01

    Two-photon absorptivities have been calculated within the CNDO/S-CI molecular orbital framework of Del Bene and Jaffé utilizing the second order time dependent perturbation equations of Göppert-Mayer and polarization methods of McClain. Good agreement is found between this theory and experiment for transition energies, symmetries, and two-photon absorptivities for the following molecules: biphenyl, terphenyl, 2,2'-difluorobiphenyl, 2,2'-bipyridyl, phenanthrene, and the isoelectronic series: fluorene, carbazole, dibenzofuran.

  4. In Vivo Cell Tracking Using Two-Photon Microscopy.

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    Malide, Daniela

    2016-01-01

    Recently we have explored and developed approaches imaging using confocal/two-photon microscopy, which enables simultaneous high-resolution assessment of specifically fluorescently marked cells in conjunction with structural components of the tissues visualized via harmonic generated signals. This approach uses commercially available confocal and two-photon laser microscope and automated user-interactive image analysis methods based on commercially available software packages allowing easy implementation in usual microscopy facilities. PMID:27283422

  5. Two-photon photovoltaic effect in gallium arsenide.

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    Ma, Jichi; Chiles, Jeff; Sharma, Yagya D; Krishna, Sanjay; Fathpour, Sasan

    2014-09-15

    The two-photon photovoltaic effect is demonstrated in gallium arsenide at 976 and 1550 nm wavelengths. A waveguide-photodiode biased in its fourth quadrant harvests electrical power from the optical energy lost to two-photon absorption. The experimental results are in good agreement with simulations based on nonlinear wave propagation in waveguides and the drift-diffusion model of carrier transport in semiconductors. Power efficiency of up to 8% is theoretically predicted in optimized devices. PMID:26466255

  6. Voigt spectral profiles in two-photon resonance fluorescence

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    Alexanian, Moorad; Bose, Subir K.

    2007-11-15

    A recent work on two-photon fluorescence is extended by considering the pump field to be a coherent state, which represents a laser field operating well above threshold. The dynamical conditions are investigated under which the two-photon spectrum gives rise, in addition to a Lorentzian line shape at the pump frequency, to two Voigt spectral sideband profiles. Additional conditions are found under which the Voigt profile behaves like either a Gaussian or a Lorentzian line shape.

  7. Uniform silica nanoparticles encapsulating two-photon absorbing fluorescent dye

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    Wu Weibing; Liu Chang; Wang Mingliang; Huang Wei; Zhou Shengrui; Jiang Wei; Sun Yueming; Cui Yiping; Xu Chunxinag

    2009-04-15

    We have prepared uniform silica nanoparticles (NPs) doped with a two-photon absorbing zwitterionic hemicyanine dye by reverse microemulsion method. Obvious solvatochromism on the absorption spectra of dye-doped NPs indicates that solvents can partly penetrate into the silica matrix and then affect the ground and excited state of dye molecules. For dye-doped NP suspensions, both one-photon and two-photon excited fluorescence are much stronger and recorded at shorter wavelength compared to those of free dye solutions with comparative overall dye concentration. This behavior is possibly attributed to the restricted twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT), which reduces fluorescence quenching when dye molecules are trapped in the silica matrix. Images from two-photon laser scanning fluorescence microscopy demonstrate that the dye-doped silica NPs can be actively uptaken by Hela cells with low cytotoxicity. - Graphical abstract: Water-soluble silica NPs doped with a two-photon absorbing zwitterionic hemicyanine dye were prepared. They were found of enhanced one-photon and two-photon excited fluorescence compared to free dye solutions. Images from two-photon laser scanning fluorescence microscopy demonstrate that the dye-doped silica NPs can be actively uptaken by Hela cells.

  8. Primordial helium recombination. II. Two-photon processes

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    Hirata, Christopher M.; Switzer, Eric R.

    2008-04-15

    Interpretation of precision measurements of the cosmic microwave background (CMB) will require a detailed understanding of the recombination era, which determines such quantities as the acoustic oscillation scale and the Silk damping scale. This paper is the second in a series devoted to the subject of helium recombination, with a focus on two-photon processes in He i. The standard treatment of these processes includes only the spontaneous two-photon decay from the 2{sup 1}S level. We extend this treatment by including five additional effects, some of which have been suggested in recent papers but whose impact on He i recombination has not been fully quantified. These are: (i) stimulated two-photon decays; (ii) two-photon absorption of redshifted He i line radiation; (iii) two-photon decays from highly excited levels in He i (n{sup 1}S and n{sup 1}D, with n{>=}3); (iv) Raman scattering; and (v) the finite width of the 2{sup 1}P{sup o} resonance. We find that effect (iii) is highly suppressed when one takes into account destructive interference between different intermediate states contributing to the two-photon decay amplitude. Overall, these effects are found to be insignificant: they modify the recombination history at the level of several parts in 10{sup 4}.

  9. Two Photon Polymerization of Microneedles for Transdermal Drug Delivery

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    Gittard, Shaun D.; Ovsianikov, Aleksandr; Chichkov, Boris N.; Doraiswamy, Anand; Narayan, Roger J.

    2010-01-01

    Importance of the field Microneedles are small-scale devices that are finding use for transdermal delivery of protein-based pharmacologic agents and nucleic acid-based pharmacologic agents; however, microneedles prepared using conventional microelectronics-based technologies have several shortcomings, which have limited translation of these devices into widespread clinical use. Areas covered in this review Two photon polymerization is a laser-based rapid prototyping technique that has been recently used for direct fabrication of hollow microneedles with a wide variety of geometries. In addition, an indirect rapid prototyping method that involves two photon polymerization and polydimethyl siloxane micromolding has been used for fabrication of solid microneedles with exceptional mechanical properties. What the reader will gain In this review, the use of two photon polymerization for fabricating in-plane and out-of-plane hollow microneedle arrays is described. The use of two photon polymerization-micromolding for fabrication of solid microneedles is also reviewed. In addition, fabrication of microneedles with antimicrobial properties is discussed; antimicrobial microneedles may reduce the risk of infection associated with formation of channels through the stratum corneum. Take home message It is anticipated that the use of two photon polymerization as well as two photon polymerization-micromolding for fabrication of microneedles and other microstructured drug delivery devices will increase over the coming years. PMID:20205601

  10. Two-Photon Absorption of Metal-Assisted Chromophores.

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    Li, Xin; Rinkevicius, Zilvinas; Ågren, Hans

    2014-12-01

    Aiming to understand the effect of a metal surface on nonlinear optical properties and the combined effects of surface and solvent environments on such properties, we present a multiscale response theory study, integrated with dynamics of the two-photon absorption of 4-nitro-4'-amino-trans-stilbene physisorbed on noble metal surfaces, considering two such surfaces, Ag(111) and Au(111), and two solvents, cyclohexane and water, as cases for demonstration. A few conclusions of general character could be drawn: While the geometrical change of the chromophore induced by the environment was found to notably alter (diminish) the two-photon absorption cross section in the polar medium, the effects of the metal surface and solvent on the electronic structure of the chromophore surpasses the geometrical effects and leads to a considerably enhanced two-photon absorption cross section in the polar solvent. This enhancement of two-photon absorption arises essentially from the metal charge image induced enlargement of the difference between the dipole moment of the excited state and the ground state. The orientation-dependence of the two-photon absorption is found to connect with the lateral rotation of the chromophore, where the two-photon absorption reaches its maximum when the polarization of the incident light coincides with the long-axis of the chromophore. Our results demonstrate a distinct enhancement of the two-photon absorption by a metal surface and a polar medium and envisage the employment of metal-chromophore composite materials for future development of nonlinear optical materials with desirable properties. PMID:26583246

  11. Two-photon flow cytometer with laser scanning Bessel beams

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    Wang, Yongdong; Ding, Yu; Ray, Supriyo; Paez, Aurelio; Xiao, Chuan; Li, Chunqiang

    2016-03-01

    Flow cytometry is an important technique in biomedical discovery for cell counting, cell sorting and biomarker detection. In vivo flow cytometers, based on one-photon or two-photon excited fluorescence, have been developed for more than a decade. One drawback of laser beam scanning two-photon flow cytometer is that the two-photon excitation volume is fairly small due to the short Rayleigh range of a focused Gaussian beam. Hence, the sampling volume is much smaller than one-photon flow cytometry, which makes it challenging to count or detect rare circulating cells in vivo. Bessel beams have narrow intensity profiles with an effective spot size (FWHM) as small as several wavelengths, making them comparable to Gaussian beams. More significantly, the theoretical depth of field (propagation distance without diffraction) can be infinite, making it an ideal solution as a light source for scanning beam flow cytometry. The trade-off of using Bessel beams rather than a Gaussian beam is the fact that Bessel beams have small concentric side rings that contribute to background noise. Two-photon excitation can reduce this noise, as the excitation efficiency is proportional to intensity squared. Therefore, we developed a two-photon flow cytometer using scanned Bessel beams to form a light sheet that intersects the micro fluidic channel.

  12. Intracavity OptoGalvanic Spectroscopy not suitable for ambient level radiocarbon detection.

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    Paul, Dipayan; Meijer, Harro A J

    2015-09-01

    IntraCavity OptoGalvanic Spectroscopy as a radiocarbon detection technique was first reported by the Murnick group at Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, in 2008. This technique for radiocarbon detection was presented with tremendous potentials for applications in various fields of research. Significantly cheaper, this technique was portrayed as a possible complementary technique to the more expensive and complex accelerator mass spectrometry. Several groups around the world started developing this technique for various radiocarbon related applications. The IntraCavity OptoGalvanic Spectroscopy setup at the University of Groningen was constructed in 2012 in close collaboration with the Murnick group for exploring possible applications in the fields of radiocarbon dating and atmospheric monitoring. In this paper we describe a systematic evaluation of the IntraCavity OptoGalvanic Spectroscopy setup at Groningen for radiocarbon detection. Since the IntraCavity OptoGalvanic Spectroscopy setup was strictly planned for dating and atmospheric monitoring purposes, all the initial experiments were performed with CO2 samples containing contemporary levels and highly depleted levels of radiocarbon. Because of recurring failures in differentiating the two CO2 samples, with the radiocarbon concentration 3 orders of magnitude apart, CO2 samples containing elevated levels of radiocarbon were prepared in-house and experimented with. All results obtained thus far at Groningen are in sharp contrast to the results published by the Murnick group and rather support the results put forward by the Salehpour group at Uppsala University. From our extensive test work, we must conclude that the method is unsuited for ambient level radiocarbon measurements, and even highly enriched CO2 samples yield insignificant signal. PMID:26252648

  13. Intracavity optogalvanic spectroscopy: Is there any evidence of a radiocarbon signal?

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    Persson, Anders; Salehpour, Mehran

    2015-10-01

    In 2008, the first report of an ultrasensitive method for ro-vibrational spectrometry of radiocarbon dioxide was published. The method, called intracavity optogalvanic spectroscopy (ICOGS), claimed a sensitivity and limit-of-detection comparable to accelerator mass spectroscopy. ICOGS was claimed to utilize the isotope-dependent ro-vibrational absorption lines of carbon dioxide in the infrared spectrum. In order to facilitate unambiguous detection of radiocarbon, the sample was placed inside the cavity of a radiocarbon dioxide laser. This intracavity approach was claimed to increase the sensitivity by seven orders of magnitude compared with traditional optogalvanic methods. However, despite the methodical and thorough efforts of several research groups worldwide, these claims have not been possible to reproduce. Instead, we have previously reported serious deviations from the original results, where we found that ICOGS suffers from considerable problems with the stability and reproducibility of the optogalvanic signal, and that misinterpretations of these uncertainties likely are the explanation for the claimed sensitivity in the first reports. Having identified the stability and reproducibility of the detection as major concerns, we decided to improve the setup by with state-of-the-art plasma source technology. Deploying a custom-made stripline split-ring resonator optogalvanic detector, we have now investigated the applicability of ICOGS to radiocarbon detection even further. Measurements have been made with a wide range of parameters including different gas mixtures at various pressures and wavelengths. We have also conducted measurements with gas flowing through the sample cell to investigate the effect of plasma induced decomposition of the sample. Still, we have seen no indications of a significant radiocarbon signal in a concentration range between 0.29 Modern and 9.7 Modern, i.e., the range of interest to the radiocarbon community. Hence, our conclusions

  14. Anomalous optogalvanic line shapes of argon metastable transitions in a hollow cathode lamp

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    Ruyten, W. M.

    1993-01-01

    Anomalous optogalvanic line shapes were observed in a commercial hollow cathode lamp containing argon buffer gas. Deviations from Gaussian line shapes were particularly strong for transitions originating from the 3P2 metastable level of argon. The anomalous line shapes can be described reasonably well by the assumption that two regions in the discharge are excited simultaneously, each giving rise to a purely Gaussian line shape, but with different polarities, amplitudes, and linewidths.

  15. Mechanism of two-photon excited hemoglobin fluorescence emission

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    Sun, Qiqi; Zheng, Wei; Wang, Jiannong; Luo, Yi; Qu, Jianan Y.

    2015-10-01

    Hemoglobin, one of the most important proteins in the human body, is composed of "heme" groups (iron-containing rings) and "globins" (proteins). We investigate the two-photon excited fluorescence of hemoglobin and its subunit components (heme and globin). We measure the hemoglobin fluorescence lifetime by using a streak camera of ps resolution and confirm that its lifetime is in femtosecond scale. In the study of the fluorescence properties of heme and globin, the experimental results reveal that heme is the sole fluorophore of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin fluorescence can be effectively excited only via two-photon process, because heme has a centrosymmetric molecular structure and two-photon allowed transition is forbidden for single-photon process and vice versa due to the Laporte parity selection rule.

  16. Mechanism of two-photon excited hemoglobin fluorescence emission.

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    Sun, Qiqi; Zheng, Wei; Wang, Jiannong; Luo, Yi; Qu, Jianan Y

    2015-10-01

    Hemoglobin, one of the most important proteins in the human body, is composed of “heme” groups (iron-containing rings) and “globins” (proteins). We investigate the two-photon excited fluorescence of hemoglobin and its subunit components (heme and globin). We measure the hemoglobin fluorescence lifetime by using a streak camera of ps resolution and confirm that its lifetime is in femtosecond scale. In the study of the fluorescence properties of heme and globin, the experimental results reveal that heme is the sole fluorophore of hemoglobin. Hemoglobin fluorescence can be effectively excited only via two-photon process, because heme has a centrosymmetric molecular structure and two-photon allowed transition is forbidden for single-photon process and vice versa due to the Laporte parity selection rule. PMID:26506468

  17. Two-photon absorption of few-electron heavy ions

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    Surzhykov, A.; Indelicato, P.; Santos, J. P.; Amaro, P.; Fritzsche, S.

    2011-08-15

    The two-photon absorption of few-electron ions has been studied by using second-order perturbation theory and Dirac's relativistic equation. Within this framework, the general expressions for the excitation cross sections and rates are derived including a full account of the higher-order multipole terms in the expansion of the electron-photon interaction. While these expressions can be applied to any ion, independent of its particular shell structure, detailed computations are carried out for the two-photon absorption of hydrogen-, helium-, and berylliumlike ions and are compared with the available theoretical and experimental data. The importance of relativistic and nondipole effects in the analysis and computation of induced two-photon transitions is pointed out. Moreover, we discuss the potential of these transitions for atomic parity-violation studies in the high-Z domain.

  18. Interference and complementarity for two-photon hybrid entangled states

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    Nogueira, W. A. T.; Santibanez, M.; Delgado, A.; Saavedra, C.; Neves, L.; Lima, G.; Padua, S.

    2010-10-15

    In this work we generate two-photon hybrid entangled states (HESs), where the polarization of one photon is entangled with the transverse spatial degree of freedom of the second photon. The photon pair is created by parametric down-conversion in a polarization-entangled state. A birefringent double-slit couples the polarization and spatial degrees of freedom of these photons, and finally, suitable spatial and polarization projections generate the HES. We investigate some interesting aspects of the two-photon hybrid interference and present this study in the context of the complementarity relation that exists between the visibility of the one-photon and that of the two-photon interference patterns.

  19. Two-photon imaging of the immune system.

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    Dzhagalov, Ivan L; Melichar, Heather J; Ross, Jenny O; Herzmark, Paul; Robey, Ellen A

    2012-04-01

    Two-photon microscopy is a powerful method for visualizing biological processes as they occur in their native environment in real time. The immune system uniquely benefits from this technology as most of its constituent cells are highly motile and interact extensively with each other and with the environment. Two-photon microscopy has provided many novel insights into the dynamics of the development and function of the immune system that could not have been deduced by other methods and has become an indispensible tool in the arsenal of immunologists. In this unit, we provide several protocols for preparation of various organs for imaging by two-photon microscopy that are intended to introduce the new user to some basic aspects of this method. PMID:22470153

  20. Adaptive optics two-photon scanning laser fluorescence microscopy

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    Zhou, Yaopeng; Bifano, Thomas; Lin, Charles

    2011-03-01

    Two-photon fluorescence microscopy provides a powerful tool for deep tissue imaging. However, optical aberrations from illumination beam path limit imaging depth and resolution. Adaptive Optics (AO) is found to be useful to compensate for optical aberrations and improve image resolution and contrast from two-photon excitation. We have developed an AO system relying on a MEMS Deformable Mirror (DM) to compensate the optical aberrations in a two-photon scanning laser fluorescence microscope. The AO system utilized a Zernike polynomial based stochastic parallel gradient descent (SPGD) algorithm to optimize the DM shape for wavefront correction. The developed microscope is applied for subsurface imaging of mouse bone marrow. It was demonstrated that AO allows 80% increase in fluorescence signal intensity from bone cavities 145um below the surface. The AO-enhanced microscope provides cellular level images of mouse bone marrow at depths exceeding those achievable without AO.

  1. Relative fine-structure intensities in two-photon excitation

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    Crosley, D. R.; Bischel, W. K.

    1984-01-01

    A discrepancy is pointed out between experimental determinations of the relative intensities for different fine-structure components of the two-photon transitions 2p3P 3p3P in oxygen and 2p3 4S0 - 2p2 3p4D0 in nitrogen, which agreed well with calculations involving a single virtual intermediate level, and a two-photon selection rule dJ not equal to one, derived in a purely theoretical and erroneous treatment of these transitions. Five other experiments are also briefly examined, with the conclusion that relative fine-structure intensities in two-photon transitions are well understood as straightforward extensions of angular momentum coupling in single-photon cases, in accordance with allowed dJ = 0, + or -1, and + or -2 transitions.

  2. Cell assay using a two-photon-excited europium chelate

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    Xiao, Xudong; Haushalter, Jeanne P.; Kotz, Kenneth T.; Faris, Gregory W.

    2011-01-01

    We report application of two-photon excitation of europium chelates to immunolabeling of epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) cell surface proteins on A431 cancer cells. The europium chelates are excited with two photons of infrared light and emit in the visible. Europium chelates are conjugated to antibodies for EGFR. A431 (human epidermoid carcinoma) cells are labeled with this conjugate and imaged using a multiphoton microscope. To minimize signal loss due to the relatively long-lived Eu3+ emission, the multiphoton microscope is used with scanning laser two-photon excitation and non-scanning detection with a CCD. The chelate labels show very little photobleaching (less than 1% during continuous illumination in the microscope for 20 minutes) and low levels of autofluorescence (less than 1% of the signal from labeled cells). The detection limit of the europium label in the cell assay is better than 100 zeptomoles. PMID:21833362

  3. Two-photon interference between disparate sources for quantum networking

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    McMillan, A. R.; Labonté, L.; Clark, A. S.; Bell, B.; Alibart, O.; Martin, A.; Wadsworth, W. J.; Tanzilli, S.; Rarity, J. G.

    2013-01-01

    Quantum networks involve entanglement sharing between multiple users. Ideally, any two users would be able to connect regardless of the type of photon source they employ, provided they fulfill the requirements for two-photon interference. From a theoretical perspective, photons coming from different origins can interfere with a perfect visibility, provided they are made indistinguishable in all degrees of freedom. Previous experimental demonstrations of such a scenario have been limited to photon wavelengths below 900 nm, unsuitable for long distance communication, and suffered from low interference visibility. We report two-photon interference using two disparate heralded single photon sources, which involve different nonlinear effects, operating in the telecom wavelength range. The measured visibility of the two-photon interference is 80 ± 4%, which paves the way to hybrid universal quantum networks. PMID:23783585

  4. Modulation of Attosecond Beating by Resonant Two-Photon Transition

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    Jiménez Galán, Álvaro; Argenti, Luca; Martín, Fernando

    2015-09-01

    We present an analytical model that characterizes two-photon transitions in the presence of autoionising states. We applied this model to interpret resonant RABITT spectra, and show that, as a harmonic traverses a resonance, the phase of the sideband beating significantly varies with photon energy. This phase variation is generally very different from the π jump observed in previous works, in which the direct path contribution was negligible. We illustrate the possible phase profiles arising in resonant two-photon transitions with an intuitive geometrical representation.

  5. Two-photon interference with non-identical photons

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    Liu, Jianbin; Zhou, Yu; Zheng, Huaibin; Chen, Hui; Li, Fu-li; Xu, Zhuo

    2015-11-01

    Two-photon interference with non-identical photons is studied based on the superposition principle in Feynman's path integral theory. The second-order temporal interference pattern is observed by superposing laser and pseudothermal light beams with different spectra. The reason why there is two-photon interference for photons of different spectra is that non-identical photons can be indistinguishable for the detection system when Heisenberg's uncertainty principle is taken into account. These studies are helpful to understand the second-order interference of light in the language of photons.

  6. A fluorescent benzothiazole probe with efficient two-photon absorption

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    Echevarria, Lorenzo; Moreno, Iván; Camacho, José; Salazar, Mary Carmen; Hernández, Antonio

    2012-11-01

    In this work, we report the two-photon absorption of 2-[4-(dimethylamino)phenyl]-1,3-benzothiazole-6-carbonitrile (DBC) in DMSO solution pumping at 779 nm with a 10 ns pulse laser-Nd:YAG system. The obtained two-photon absorption cross-section in DBC (407 ± 18 GM) is considerably high. Because DBC is a novel compound and have high values of fluorescence quantum yield, this result is expected to have an impact in biomolecules detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Similar structures have previously been reported to show remarkable antitumour effects.

  7. Projection two-photon polymerization using a spatial light modulator

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    Yang, Liang; Li, Jiawen; Hu, Yanlei; Zhang, Chenchu; Lao, Zhaoxin; Huang, Wenhao; Chu, Jiaru

    2014-11-01

    The development of a high-efficiency projection two-photon polymerization (P2PP) process by using a liquid crystal spatial light modulator (SLM) is presented. Rapid fabrication of 2D patterned microstructures with P2PP is demonstrated, and the effect of laser pattern and exposure dose on the surface roughness of the fabricated microstructures is investigated. It is found that the distribution of laser intensity at the focal plane of objective has a significant effect on the profiles of microstructures. This unique technology has a promising approach to increase the efficiency of two-photon polymerization (2PP) and a parallel fabrication of complex 2D and 3D microstructures.

  8. Two-photon in vivo imaging of retinal microstructures

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    Schejter, Adi; Farah, Nairouz; Shoham, Shy

    2014-02-01

    Non-invasive fluorescence retinal imaging in small animals is an important requirement in an array of translational vision applications. Two-photon imaging has the potential for long-term investigation of healthy and diseased retinal function and structure in vivo. Here, we demonstrate that two-photon microscopy through a mouse's pupil can yield high-quality optically sectioned fundus images. By remotely scanning using an electronically tunable lens we acquire highly-resolved 3D fluorescein angiograms. These results provide an important step towards various applications that will benefit from the use of infrared light, including functional imaging of retinal responses to light stimulation.

  9. Spatial solitons in two-photon photorefractive media

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    Hou, Chunfeng; Pei, Yanbo; Zhou, Zhongxiang; Sun, Xiudong

    2005-05-01

    We provide a theory for spatial solitons due to the two-photon photorefractive effect based on the Castro-Camus model [Opt. Lett. 28, 1129 (2003)]. We present the evolution equation of one-dimensional spatial solitons in two-photon photorefractive media. In steady state and under appropriate external bias conditions, we obtain the dark and bright soliton solutions of the optical wave evolution equation, and also discuss the self-deflection of the bright solitons theoretically by taking into account the diffusion effect.

  10. Spatial solitons in two-photon photorefractive media

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    Hou Chunfeng; Pei Yanbo; Zhou Zhongxiang; Sun Xiudong

    2005-05-15

    We provide a theory for spatial solitons due to the two-photon photorefractive effect based on the Castro-Camus model [Opt. Lett. 28, 1129 (2003)]. We present the evolution equation of one-dimensional spatial solitons in two-photon photorefractive media. In steady state and under appropriate external bias conditions, we obtain the dark and bright soliton solutions of the optical wave evolution equation, and also discuss the self-deflection of the bright solitons theoretically by taking into account the diffusion effect.

  11. Two-photon absorbing porphyrins for oxygen microscopy (Conference Presentation)

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    Esipova, Tatiana V.; Vinogradov, Sergei A.

    2016-03-01

    The ability to quantify oxygen in vivo in 3D with high spatial and temporal resolution is invaluable for many areas of the biomedical science, including ophthalmology, neuroscience, cancer and stem biology. An optical method based on oxygen-dependent quenching of phosphorescence is being developed, that allows quantitative minimally invasive real-time imaging of partial pressure of oxygen (pO2) in tissue. In the past, dendritically protected phosphorescent oxygen probes with controllable quenching parameters and defined bio-distributions have been developed. More recently our probe strategy has extended to encompass two-photon excitable oxygen probes, which brought about first demonstrations of two-photon phosphorescence lifetime microscopy (2PLM) of oxygen in vivo, providing new valuable information for neuroscience and stem cell biology. However, current two-photon oxygen probes suffer from a number of limitations, such as low brightness and high cost of synthesis, which dramatically reduce imaging performance and limit usability of the method. Here we present an approach to new bright phosphorescent chromophores with internally enhanced two-photon absorption cross-sections, which pave a way to novel proves for 2PLM. In addition to substantial increase in performance, the new probes can be synthesized by much more efficient methods, thereby greatly reducing the cost of the synthesis and making the technique accessible to a broader range of researchers across different fields.

  12. Two-Photon-Pumped Perovskite Semiconductor Nanocrystal Lasers.

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    Xu, Yanqing; Chen, Qi; Zhang, Chunfeng; Wang, Rui; Wu, Hua; Zhang, Xiaoyu; Xing, Guichuan; Yu, William W; Wang, Xiaoyong; Zhang, Yu; Xiao, Min

    2016-03-23

    Two-photon-pumped lasers have been regarded as a promising strategy to achieve frequency up-conversion for situations where the condition of phase matching required by conventional approaches cannot be fulfilled. However, their practical applications have been hindered by the lack of materials holding both efficient two-photon absorption and ease of achieving population inversion. Here, we show that this challenge can be tackled by employing colloidal nanocrystals of perovskite semiconductors. We observe highly efficient two-photon absorption (with a cross section of 2.7 × 10(6) GM) in toluene solutions of CsPbBr3 nanocrystals that can excite large optical gain (>500 cm(-1)) in thin films. We have succeeded in demonstrating stable two-photon-pumped lasing at a remarkable low threshold by coupling CsPbBr3 nanocrystals with microtubule resonators. Our findings suggest perovskite nanocrystals can be used as excellent gain medium for high-performance frequency-up-conversion lasers toward practical applications. PMID:26938656

  13. An Interactive Approach to Two-Photon Microscopy

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    So, Peter T. C.; Yu, Weiming; Ragan, Tim; Gratton, Enrico

    1996-03-01

    Typical fluorescence microscopy is a method for passive observation. Novel two-photon microscopy has typical excitation volume on the order of 0.1 femtoliter. This ability to selectively excite a small region in a sample has opened new opportunities for interactive experimentation. Two emerging interactive two-photon techniques will be described. Single particle tracking has been applied to the study of protein diffusion and interaction. The traditional approach is limited to monitoring two dimensional motions with video rate time resolution. We have developed a 3-D two-photon particle tracking instrument. Using a real-time feedback system, we can interactively follow the position of the diffusing fluorescent particle by maximizing detected intensity. This system has been used to study the process of antigen endocytosis of macrophage. (2) There are no reliable manipulation methods for objects, such as virus particles, of sizes below 0.1 micrometer but larger than atomic dimensions. Two-photon excitation can initiate localized chemical reaction for nanomanipulation. Consider the diffusion of an object in a photo-polymerizable medium. By locally polymerizing the medium adjacent to the object, we can break the spatial symmetry of the diffusion of the object and interactively direct its motion. [Supported by NIH grant RR03155.

  14. Two-photon excitation endoscopy through a multimode optical fiber

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    Morales Delgado, Edgar E.; Psaltis, Demetri; Moser, Christophe

    2016-03-01

    The vast number of propagating solutions to the wave equation in multimode optical fibers represents a larger information capacity than provided by fiber bundles of the same diameter. Therefore, in the field of imaging, multimode fibers potentially allow the transmission of images with higher resolution. However, image transmission through multimode fibers is not direct as in the fiber bundle case, in which each of the fiber cores can relay a portion of the distal image. In multimode fiber transmission, a distribution of intensity is scrambled in time and space by the propagating modes, leading to a speckle-like pattern that does not resemble the initial distribution. Here, we demonstrate two-photon excitation imaging of fluorescent beads through a multimode optical fiber. We show that our method maintains the advantages of two-photon excitation microscopy compared to single-photon excitation such as reduced photo-bleaching, deeper penetration depth and sectioning capability. Our method is based on time-gated digital phase conjugation, which allows the generation of focused pulses on the other side of a multimode fiber. To acquire an image, the focused femtosecond pulse is scanned in a three-dimensional mesh, producing two-photon excitation on each spatial location of the sample. By collecting the fluorescence through the fiber, a 3D two-photon image is reconstructed.

  15. Multimodal dyes: toward correlative two-photon and electron microscopy

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    Bolze, Frédéric; Ftouni, Hussein; Nicoud, Jean-François; Leoni, Piero; Schwab, Yannick; Rehspringer, Jean-Luc; Mafouana, Rodrigues R.

    2013-03-01

    Nowadays, many crucial biological questions involve the observation of biological samples at different scales. Thus, optical microscopy can be associated to magnetic nuclear imaging allowing access to data from the cellular to the organ level, or can be associated to electron microscopy to reach the sub cellular level. We will describe here the design, synthesis and characterization of new bimodal probes, which can be used as dye in two-photon excited microscopy (TPEM) and electron dense markers in scanning and transmission electron microscopy (EM). In a first part, we will describe new molecular dyes with small organic systems grafted on metal atoms (Pt, Au). Such systems show good twophoton induced fluorescence and two-photon images of HeLa cells will be presented. In a second part, we will present hybrid organic-inorganic fluorescent systems with diketopyrrolopyrole-based dye grafted on iron oxide-silica core shell nanoparticles by peptide bond. Such systems present high two-photon absorption cross sections and good fluorescence quantum yields. These nanoparticles are rapidly internalized in HeLa cells and high quality two-photon images were performed with low laser power. Then we will present our results on correlative light-electron microscopy were twophoton and electron microscopy (both scanning and transmission) images were obtained on the same biological sample.

  16. Four new two-photon polymerization initiators with varying donor and conjugated bridge: Synthesis and two-photon activity

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    Hao, Fuying; Liu, Zhaodi; Zhang, Mingliang; Liu, Jie; Zhang, Shengyi; Wu, Jieying; Zhou, Hongping; Tian, YuPeng

    2014-01-01

    A specific series of dumbbell-shaped bis-carbazoles or bis-phenothiazines dyes (1, 2, 3 and 4) constructed with styrene or biphenylethyne as the π-bridge have been synthesized and characterized. Detailed spectral properties including linear absorption, one and two-photon fluorescence properties were investigated. The results show that extending conjugated chain and introducing donors have substantial effect on their photophysical properties. Among them, two-photon absorption cross sections (σ) of the four dyes in DMF determined by the Z-scan technique are successively increased from 1 to 4 with enhancing electron-donating ability and extending conjugated chain, but electron-donating ability has larger contribution to the σ values than extending conjugated chain based on the comparison of small molecules (D-π-D). Two-photon initiation polymerization (TPIP) microfabrication experiments have been carried out using compound 4 as an initiator under irradiation of 200 fs, 76 MHz femtosecond laser at 760 nm. The results confirm that the four dyes can be effectively used as organic two-photon photopolymerization initiators.

  17. Two-photon-induced cycloreversion reaction of chalcone photodimers

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    Träger, J.; Härtner, S.; Heinzer, J.; Kim, H.-C.; Hampp, N.

    2008-04-01

    The photocleavage reaction of chalcone photodimers has been studied using a two-photon process. For this purpose, a novel chalcone dimer has been synthesized as a low molecular weight model substance for polymer bound chalcones and its photochemistry triggered by two-photon-absorption (2PA) has been investigated using a pulsed frequency-doubled Nd:YAG-laser. The 2PA-induced cycloreversion reaction selectively leads to the cleavage of the chalcone photodimers resulting in the formation of monomeric chalcone molecules. Hence, as an application chalcones can be used as a photosensitive linker which can be cleaved beyond an UV-absorbing barrier. The 2PA cross section of the chalcone photodimer was determined to be of 1.1 × 10 -49 cm 4 s photon -1 (11 GM).

  18. Three-dimensional micronanofabrication via two-photon-excited photoisomerization

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    Xia, Hong; Zhang, Wen-Yi; Wang, Fang-Fang; Wu, Dong; Liu, Xiang-Wei; Chen, Lei; Chen, Qi-Dai; Ma, Yu-Guang; Sun, Hong-Bo

    2009-08-01

    In this letter, laser micronanofabrication via two-photon absorption initiated isomerization was proposed and explored. Experimentally a cis-form rich poly[2,5-dihexyloxy-1,4-phenylene] vinylene)-alt-(2,5-diphenyl-1,4-phenylene vinylene)] (DPO-PPV) was used as the precursory material, which underwent pinpoint molecular conformational change upon the near-infrared femtosecond laser irradiation. Due to pronouncedly reduced solubility of trans-configuration molecules, the precipitate at the tiny volumes was implemented as voxels to construct two- and three-dimensional micronanostructures. This mechanism may provide an alternative enabling tool other than two-photon absorption initiated polymerization of resins for designable micronanofabrication of photonic or optoelectronic devices including organic electroluminescent devices, particularly those based on PPV and its derivatives.

  19. A [111]-Cut Si Hemisphere Two-Photon Response Photodetector

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    Liu, Xiu-Huan; Chen, Zhan-Guo; Jia, Gang; Wang, Hai-Yan; Gao, Yan-Jun; Li, Yi

    2011-11-01

    Properties of two-photon response in a [111]-cut nearly-intrinsic Si hemisphere photodetector are studied. The measured photocurrent of the photodetector responding to the 1.32μm continuous wave laser shows a quadratic dependence on the coupled optical power and is saturated with the bias voltage. Also, the photocurrent is independent of polarization. Such properties are in good agreement with the theory of two-photon absorption. The isotropic photocurrent generated from the [111]-cut Si hemisphere is compared to the anisotropic one induced in the [110]-cut Si sample and the ratio of χxxxx/χxxyy for silicon performing at 1.32 μm is calculated to be 2.4 via the fitted function of the anisotropic photocurrent from the [110]-cut sample.

  20. Extended cavity laser enhanced two-photon flow cytometry

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    Tkaczyk, Eric R.; Tkaczyk, Alan H.; Katnik, Steve; Ye, Jing Yong; Luker, Kathryn E.; Luker, Gary D.; Myc, Andrzej; Baker, James R.; Norris, Theodore B.

    2015-01-01

    We demonstrate enhanced sensitivity in two-photon flow cytometry with an extended cavity laser excitation source. At low power, the home-built 20-MHz oscillator was able to detect a significantly larger fraction, in either phosphate buffered saline (PBS) or whole blood, of green fluorescent protein (GFP) –expressing MCA-207 cells cross-labeled with the membrane-binding lipophilic dye DiD. A geometrical model is used to explain unique features of the signals resulting from the different spatial distribution of DiD and GFP. These unique features include sub-square law scaling of unsaturated two-photon signal, a sigmoidal sensitivity curve for detection under varying powers for cell detection thresholds as low as a single photon, and uncorrelated signal strengths in two detection channels. PMID:19021327

  1. Direct frequency comb two-photon laser cooling and trapping

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    Long, Xueping; Jayich, Andrew; Campbell, Wesley C.

    2016-05-01

    Generating and manipulating high energy photons for spectroscopy on electric dipole transitions of atoms and molecules with deeply bound valence electrons is difficult. Further, laser cooling of such species is even more challenging for lack of laser power. A possible solution is to drive two-photon transitions. This may alleviate the photon energy problem and open the door to cold, trapped samples of highly desirable species with tightly bound electrons. We perform a proof of principle experiment with rubidium by driving a two-photon transition with an optical frequency comb. We perform optical cooling and extend this technique to trapping, where we are able to make a magneto-optical trap in one dimension. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation CAREER program.

  2. Thermal light two-photon imaging: magic mirrors

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    Scarcelli, Giuliano; Berardi, Vincenzo; Shih, Yanhua

    2005-08-01

    We show an experimental study of two-photon imaging using thermal light sources. It is interesting to see that the thermal source behaves like a mirror producing an equal size reproduction of a chosen object. We refer to such mirror as "magic" because the ghost image produced by the mirror is real in the sense that it lies in the real space and can be further imaged by a camera or an equivalent optical system. We also show that it is possible to overcome the main limitation towards the actual implementation of thermal light two-photon imaging, i.e. the poor contrast of the imaging pattern, by designing an appropriate correlation measurement scheme that is insensitive to the uncorrelated background noise.

  3. Integrated photoacoustic, confocal, and two-photon microscope

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    Rao, Bin; Soto, Florentina; Kerschensteiner, Daniel; Wang, Lihong V.

    2014-01-01

    Abstract. The invention of green fluorescent protein and other molecular fluorescent probes has promoted applications of confocal and two-photon fluorescence microscopy in biology and medicine. However, exogenous fluorescence contrast agents may affect cellular structure and function, and fluorescence microscopy cannot image nonfluorescent chromophores. We overcome this limitation by integrating optical-resolution photoacoustic microscopy into a modern Olympus IX81 confocal, two-photon, fluorescence microscope setup to provide complementary, label-free, optical absorption contrast. Automatically coregistered images can be generated from the same sample. Imaging applications in ophthalmology, developmental biology, and plant science are demonstrated. For the first time, in a familiar microscopic fluorescence imaging setting, this trimodality microscope provides a platform for future biological and medical discoveries. PMID:24589986

  4. Two-photon microscopy using fiber-based nanosecond excitation.

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    Karpf, Sebastian; Eibl, Matthias; Sauer, Benjamin; Reinholz, Fred; Hüttmann, Gereon; Huber, Robert

    2016-07-01

    Two-photon excitation fluorescence (TPEF) microscopy is a powerful technique for sensitive tissue imaging at depths of up to 1000 micrometers. However, due to the shallow penetration, for in vivo imaging of internal organs in patients beam delivery by an endoscope is crucial. Until today, this is hindered by linear and non-linear pulse broadening of the femtosecond pulses in the optical fibers of the endoscopes. Here we present an endoscope-ready, fiber-based TPEF microscope, using nanosecond pulses at low repetition rates instead of femtosecond pulses. These nanosecond pulses lack most of the problems connected with femtosecond pulses but are equally suited for TPEF imaging. We derive and demonstrate that at given cw-power the TPEF signal only depends on the duty cycle of the laser source. Due to the higher pulse energy at the same peak power we can also demonstrate single shot two-photon fluorescence lifetime measurements. PMID:27446680

  5. Oxygen Microscopy by Two-Photon-Excited Phosphorescence

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    Finikova, Olga S.; Lebedev, Artem Y.; Aprelev, Alexey; Troxler, Thomas; Gao, Feng; Garnacho, Carmen; Muro, Silvia; Hochstrasser, Robin M.; Vinogradov, Sergei A.

    2009-01-01

    High-resolution images of oxygen distributions in microheterogeneous samples are obtained by two-photon laser scanning microscopy (2P LSM), using a newly developed dendritic nanoprobe with internally enhanced two-photon absorption (2PA) cross-section. In this probe, energy is harvested by a 2PA antenna, which passes excitation onto a phosphorescent metalloporphyrin via intramolecular energy transfer. The 2P LSM allows sectioning of oxygen gradients with near diffraction-limited resolution, and lifetime-based acquisition eliminates dependence on the local probe concentration. The technique is validated on objects with a priori known oxygen distributions and applied to imaging of pO2 in cells. PMID:18663708

  6. The potential of DABCO for two-photon amplification

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    Glownia, J. H.; Arjavalingam, G.; Sorokin, P. P.

    1985-05-01

    A study is made of the potential of triethylenediamine (DABCO) vapor for amplification of resonantly tuned picosecond pulses by two-photon stimulated emission (TPSE). Essential parameters needed to assess the feasibility of this experiment were determined. These include the absorption spectrum and population dynamics of the excited à state, and the (transient regime) Ã→X˜ two-photon cross section B. It is concluded that B is ˜5× too small to allow a demonstration of TPSE in a multipass ˜300 K DABCO cell, pressurized to ˜2 atm of H2, and end pumped with a ˜1 J KrF laser beam. Much higher gain exists for stimulated anti-Stokes Raman emission, which is predicted to be a practicable generating mechanism of picosecond UV (λ˜2600 Å) pulses, if a picosecond pump source near ˜2.5 μm can be found.

  7. Meson production in two-photon interactions at LHC energies

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    Da Silva, D. T.; Goncalves, V. P.; Sauter, W. K.

    2013-03-25

    The LHC opens a new kinematical regime at high energy, where several questions related to the description of the high-energy regime of the Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) remain without satisfactory answers. Some open questions are the search for non-q-bar q resonances, the determination of the spectrum of q-bar q states and the identification of states with anomalous {gamma}{gamma} couplings. A possible way to study these problems is the study of meson production in two-photon interactions. In this contribution we calculate the meson production in two-photon interactions at LHC energies considering proton - proton collisions and estimate the total cross section for the production of the mesons {pi}, a, f, {eta} and {chi}.

  8. Two-photon microscopy using fiber-based nanosecond excitation

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    Karpf, Sebastian; Eibl, Matthias; Sauer, Benjamin; Reinholz, Fred; Hüttmann, Gereon; Huber, Robert

    2016-01-01

    Two-photon excitation fluorescence (TPEF) microscopy is a powerful technique for sensitive tissue imaging at depths of up to 1000 micrometers. However, due to the shallow penetration, for in vivo imaging of internal organs in patients beam delivery by an endoscope is crucial. Until today, this is hindered by linear and non-linear pulse broadening of the femtosecond pulses in the optical fibers of the endoscopes. Here we present an endoscope-ready, fiber-based TPEF microscope, using nanosecond pulses at low repetition rates instead of femtosecond pulses. These nanosecond pulses lack most of the problems connected with femtosecond pulses but are equally suited for TPEF imaging. We derive and demonstrate that at given cw-power the TPEF signal only depends on the duty cycle of the laser source. Due to the higher pulse energy at the same peak power we can also demonstrate single shot two-photon fluorescence lifetime measurements. PMID:27446680

  9. One- and two-photon detachment of O-

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    Génévriez, Matthieu; Urbain, Xavier; Dochain, Arnaud; Cyr, Alain; Dunseath, Kevin M.; Terao-Dunseath, Mariko

    2016-08-01

    Cross sections for one- and two-photon detachment of O-(1 s22 s22 p5P2o) have been determined in a joint experimental and theoretical study. The absolute measurement is based on the animated-crossed-beam technique, which is extended to the case of pulsed lasers, pulsed ion beams, and multiphoton detachment. The ab initio calculations employ R -matrix Floquet theory, with simple descriptions of the initial bound state and the residual oxygen atom which reproduce well the electron affinity and ground-state polarizability. For one-photon detachment, the measured and computed cross sections are in good mutual agreement, departing significantly from previous reference experiments and calculations. The generalized two-photon detachment cross section, measured at the Nd:YAG laser wavelength, is in good agreement with the R -matrix Floquet calculations. Long-standing discrepancies between theory and experiment are thus resolved.

  10. Combinatorial discovery of two-photon photoremovable protecting groups.

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    Pirrung, Michael C; Pieper, Wolfgang H; Kaliappan, Krishna P; Dhananjeyan, Mugunthu R

    2003-10-28

    A design principle for a two-photon photochemically removable protecting group based on sequential one-photon processes has been established. The expected performance of such groups in spatially directed photoactivation/photodeprotection has been shown by a kinetic analysis. One particular molecular class fitting into this design, the nitrobenzyl ethers of o-hydroxycinnamates, has been presented. An initial demonstration of two-photon deprotection of one such group prompted further optimization with respect to photochemical deprotection rate. This was accomplished by the preparation and screening of a 135-member indexed combinatorial library. Optimum performance for lambda >350 nm deprotection in organic solvent was found with 4,5-dialkoxy and -cyano substitution in the nitrobenzyl group and 4-methoxy substitution in the cinnamate. PMID:14557545

  11. Photochromic transformations in doped polymers upon two-photon excitation

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    Letuta, S N; Ketsle, G A; Lantukh, Yu D; Pashkevich, S N

    2001-10-31

    Physical photochromic transformations are studied in doped polymer films upon two-photon excitation. It is shown by the example of fluorescein halogen derivatives that the triplet-level population of molecules can be controlled by exciting the system by light into the T{sub 1} {yields} T{sub n} triplet - triplet absorption band of molecules. It is proposed to use this effect for fabrication of materials with controllable photochromic properties. (nonlinear optical phenomena and devices)

  12. Two-photon uncageable enzyme inhibitors bearing targeting vectors.

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    Anstaett, Philipp; Pierroz, Vanessa; Ferrari, Stefano; Gasser, Gilles

    2015-10-01

    The activity of two cyclooxygenase-2 enzyme inhibitors, Celecoxib and Lumiracoxib, could be suppressed by coupling to photo-labile protecting groups, so-called photocages. These groups could be further functionalized with a peptide targeting vector for specific cellular delivery. The enzyme inhibition potential of the cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors could be regained upon two-photon excitation with tissue-transparent near-IR light at 800 nm. PMID:26314377

  13. Two-photon exchange and elastic electron-proton scattering

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    Peter Blunden; Wally Melnitchouk; John Tjon

    2003-06-01

    Two-photon exchange contributions to elastic electron-proton scattering cross sections are evaluated in a simple hadronic model including the finite size of the proton. The corrections are found to be small, but with a strong angular dependence at fixed Q{sup 2}. This is significant for the Rosenbluth technique for determining the ratio of electric and magnetic form factors of the proton, and partly reconciles the apparent discrepancy with the results of the polarization transfer technique.

  14. Relativistic Effects in Two Photon Decay of 0-+ Quarkonium

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    Zhou, H. Q.; Zou, B. S.

    Relativistic effects in two photon decay of 0-+ quarkonium are investigated with a relativistic phenomenological approach. Comparing with the non-relativistic approximation, the relativistic phenomenological approach gives corrections coming from three sources: qbar q relative momentum distribution, qbar q relative energy distribution and description of quark spinors in the meson. These relativistic effects are studied in detail for cbar c and sbar s systems.

  15. Simultaneous two-photon excitation of photodynamic therapy agents

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    Wachter, E.A.; Fisher, W.G. |; Partridge, W.P.; Dees, H.C.; Petersen, M.G.

    1998-01-01

    The spectroscopic and photochemical properties of several photosensitive compounds are compared using conventional single-photon excitation (SPE) and simultaneous two-photon excitation (TPE). TPE is achieved using a mode-locked titanium:sapphire laser, the near infrared output of which allows direct promotion of non-resonant TPE. Excitation spectra and excited state properties of both type 1 and type 2 photodynamic therapy (PDT) agents are examined.

  16. Two-photon exchange corrections to the pion form factor

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    Peter G. Blunden; Melnitchouk, Wally; Tjon, John A.

    2010-01-06

    Here, we compute two-photon exchange corrections to the electromagnetic form factor of the pion, taking into account the finite size of the pion. Compared to the soft-photon approximation for the infrared divergent contribution which neglects hadron structure effects, the corrections are found to be ≲ 1% for small Q2 (Q2 < 0.1 GeV2), but increase to several percent for Q2 ≳ 1 GeV2 at extreme backward angles.

  17. Surface states controlled broadband enhancement of two-photon absorption

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    Zhou, Zhiqiang; Lu, Changgui; Xu, Shuhong; Jiang, Yuan; Yun, Binfeng; Wang, Chunlei; Cui, Yiping

    2013-12-02

    We demonstrate the controllable broadband enhancement of two-photon absorption in a wide spectral range from 710 nm to 960 nm by controlling the surface states of aqueous Co{sup 2+} doped CdTe quantum dots, which is consistent with the measurement results of surface potential and fluorescence decay. The enhancement can be tuned in the range between 1 and 1.7 by changing the dopant concentrations that determine the surface states.

  18. Exploring control parameters of two photon processes in solutions#

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    GOSWAMI, DEBABRATA; NAG, AMIT

    2013-01-01

    Two-photon microscopy depends extensively on the two-photon absorption cross-sections of biologically relevant chromophores. High repetition rate (HRR) lasers are essential in multiphoton microscopy for generating satisfactory signal to noise at low average powers. However, HRR lasers generate thermal distortions in samples even with the slightest single photon absorption. We use an optical chopper with HRR lasers to intermittently ‘blank’ irradiation and effectively minimize thermal effects to result in a femtosecond z-scan setup that precisely measures the two-photon absorption (TPA) cross-sections of chromophores. Though several experimental factors impact such TPA measurements, a systematic effort to modulate and influence TPA characteristics is yet to evolve. Here, we present the effect of several control parameters on the TPA process that are independent of chromophore characteristics for femtosecond laser pulse based measurements; and demonstrate how the femtosecond laser pulse repetition rate, chromophore environment and incident laser polarization can become effective control parameters for such nonlinear optical properties. PMID:24098068

  19. New two-photon excitation chromophores for cellular imaging

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    D'Alfonso, Laura; Chirico, Giuseppe; Collini, Maddalena; Baldini, Giancarlo; Diaspro, Alberto; Ramoino, Paola; Abbotto, Alessandro; Beverina, Luca; Pagani, Giorgio A.

    2003-10-01

    The one photon and two photon excitation spectral properties (absorption, emission spectra, singlet lifetime) of a very efficient two photon absorber, dimethyl-pepep, have been measured in solution. The one photon excitation peak lye near 525 nm and the emission falls at 600 nm, where autofluorescence of cells is weak. The value of the singlet-triplet conversion rate, obtained by two-photon excitation fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, has a quadratic dependence on the excitation power and is comparable to that shown by the dye rhodamine. Preliminary results on stained cells from yeast Saccaromices cerevisiae and Paramecium primaurelia show that the dye preferentially stains DNA in the cell. A direct comparison with a DNA stainer, Dapi, is also performed. Some measurements of the dye functionalized to react with lysine and n-terminal residues of protein are presented. Moreover, this dye can be employed in order to follow in detail some cellular processes such as nuclei division. In vitro fluorescence titration of dimethyl-pepep with calf thymus DNA allowed to estimate the values of the dye-DNA association constant versus ionic strength, and an affinity close to that of ethidium bromide is found.

  20. Two-photon excited fluorescence emission from hemoglobin

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    Sun, Qiqi; Zeng, Yan; Zhang, Wei; Zheng, Wei; Luo, Yi; Qu, Jianan Y.

    2015-03-01

    Hemoglobin, one of the most important proteins in blood, is responsible for oxygen transportation in almost all vertebrates. Recently, we discovered two-photon excited hemoglobin fluorescence and achieved label-free microvascular imaging based on the hemoglobin fluorescence. However, the mechanism of its fluorescence emission still remains unknown. In this work, we studied the two-photon excited fluorescence properties of the hemoglobin subunits, heme/hemin (iron (II)/(III) protoporphyrin IX) and globin. We first studied the properties of heme and the similar spectral and temporal characteristics of heme and hemoglobin fluorescence provide strong evidence that heme is the fluorophore in hemoglobin. Then we studied the fluorescence properties of hemin, globin and methemoglobin, and found that the hemin may have the main effect on the methemoglobin fluorescence and that globin has tryptophan fluorescence like other proteins. Finally, since heme is a centrosymmetric molecule, that the Soret band fluorescence of heme and hemoglobin was not observed in the single photon process in the previous study may be due to the parity selection rule. The discovery of heme two-photon excited fluorescence may open a new window for heme biology research, since heme as a cofactor of hemoprotein has many functions, including chemical catalysis, electron transfer and diatomic gases transportation.

  1. Two-Photon Absorption in Organometallic Bromide Perovskites.

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    Walters, Grant; Sutherland, Brandon R; Hoogland, Sjoerd; Shi, Dong; Comin, Riccardo; Sellan, Daniel P; Bakr, Osman M; Sargent, Edward H

    2015-09-22

    Organometallic trihalide perovskites are solution-processed semiconductors that have made great strides in third-generation thin film light-harvesting and light-emitting optoelectronic devices. Recently, it has been demonstrated that large, high-purity single crystals of these perovskites can be synthesized from the solution phase. These crystals' large dimensions, clean bandgap, and solid-state order have provided us with a suitable medium to observe and quantify two-photon absorption in perovskites. When CH3NH3PbBr3 single crystals are pumped with intense 800 nm light, we observe band-to-band photoluminescence at 572 nm, indicative of two-photon absorption. We report the nonlinear absorption coefficient of CH3NH3PbBr3 perovskites to be 8.6 cm GW(-1) at 800 nm, comparable to epitaxial single-crystal semiconductors of similar bandgap. We have leveraged this nonlinear process to electrically autocorrelate a 100 fs pulsed laser using a two-photon perovskite photodetector. This work demonstrates the viability of organometallic trihalide perovskites as a convenient and low-cost nonlinear absorber for applications in ultrafast photonics. PMID:26196162

  2. On a focal point instability in (B3Πg - C3Πu)N2 optogalvanic circuit with hollow cathode

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    Gencheva, V.

    2016-03-01

    The (B3Πg, v = 0 - C3 Πu, v = 0) N2 dynamic optogalvanic signals have been registered illuminating an Al hollow cathode lamp with a pulsed N2 laser generating at the wavelength of 337.1nm. The dynamic optogalvanic signal (DOGS) at certain discharge current of 8 mA is a harmonic oscillator due to a focal point instability produced by our optogalvanic circuit. This damped harmonic oscillator can be described as a solution of linear second order homogeneous differential equation. The oscillation frequency is estimated from the registered DOGS using Fourier synthesis. The analytical description of the damped harmonic DOGS is obtained.

  3. Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscope for Microgravity Research

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    Fischer, David G.; Zimmerli, Gregory A.; Asipauskas, Marius

    2005-01-01

    A two-photon fluorescence microscope has been developed for the study of biophysical phenomena. Two-photon microscopy is a novel form of laser-based scanning microscopy that enables three-dimensional imaging without many of the problems inherent in confocal microscopy. Unlike one-photon optical microscopy, two-photon microscopy utilizes the simultaneous nonlinear absorption of two near-infrared photons. However, the efficiency of two-photon absorption is much lower than that of one-photon absorption, so an ultra-fast pulsed laser source is typically employed. On the other hand, the critical energy threshold for two-photon absorption leads to fluorophore excitation that is intrinsically localized to the focal volume. Consequently, two-photon microscopy enables optical sectioning and confocal performance without the need for a signal-limiting pinhole. In addition, there is a reduction (relative to one-photon optical microscopy) in photon-induced damage because of the longer excitation wavelength. This reduction is especially advantageous for in vivo studies. Relative to confocal microscopy, there is also a reduction in background fluorescence, and, because of a reduction in Rayleigh scattering, there is a 4 increase of penetration depth. The prohibitive cost of a commercial two-photon fluorescence-microscope system, as well as a need for modularity, has led to the construction of a custom-built system (see Figure 1). This system includes a coherent mode-locked titanium: sapphire laser emitting 120-fs-duration pulses at a repetition rate of 80 MHz. The pulsed laser has an average output power of 800 mW and a wavelength tuning range of 700 to 980 nm, enabling the excitation of a variety of targeted fluorophores. The output from the laser is attenuated, spatially filtered, and then directed into a confocal scanning head that has been modified to provide for side entry of the laser beam. The laser output coupler has been replaced with a dichroic filter that reflects the

  4. Discharge cell for optogalvanic spectroscopy having orthogonal relationship between the probe laser and discharge axis

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    Webster, C. R. (Inventor)

    1986-01-01

    A method and apparatus for an optogalvanic spectroscopy system are disclosed. Orthogonal geometry exists between the axis of a laser probe beam and the axis of a discharge created by a pair of spaced apart and longituduinally aligned high voltage electrodes. The electrodes are movable to permit adjustment of the location of a point in the discharge which is to irradiated by a laser beam crossing the discharge region. The cell dimensions are selected so that the cross section of the discharge region is substantly comparable in size to the cross section of the laser beam passing orthogonally through the discharge region.

  5. Doppler-free spectroscopy of mercury at 253.7 nm using a high-power, frequency-quadrupled, optically pumped external-cavity semiconductor laser.

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    Paul, Justin; Kaneda, Yushi; Wang, Tsuei-Lian; Lytle, Christian; Moloney, Jerome V; Jones, R Jason

    2011-01-01

    We have developed a stable, high-power, single-frequency optically pumped external-cavity semiconductor laser system and generate up to 125 mW of power at 253.7 nm using successive frequency doubling stages. We demonstrate precision scanning and control of the laser frequency in the UV to be used for cooling and trapping of mercury atoms. With active frequency stabilization, a linewidth of <60 kHz is measured in the IR. Doppler-free spectroscopy and stabilization to the 6(1)S(0)-6(3)P(1) mercury transition at 253.7 nm is demonstrated. To our knowledge, this is the first demonstration of Doppler-free spectroscopy in the deep UV based on a frequency-quadrupled, high-power (>1 W) optically pumped semiconductor laser system. The results demonstrate the utility of these devices for precision spectroscopy at deep-UV wavelengths. PMID:21209687

  6. Term values of even parity np‧ (n=10-16) states of neon determined by two-step optogalvanic spectroscopy

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    Ami, Norihiro; Wada, Akihide; Adachi, Yukio; Hirose, Chiaki

    1988-12-01

    Term values of even parity np' ( n = 10-16 with primed letter denoting the electronic states on the 2P 1/2 ion core state) levels of neon have been determined from the observation of Stark-induced np'-3p' transitions by two-step optogalvanic spectroscopy.

  7. Two-Photon Optical Pulse Propagation in Sodium Vapor.

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    Rabbani, Syed Golam

    A detailed experimental study of two-photon coherent interaction of short optical pulses with a simple atomic system is carried out. A comparison of experimental results with the theory is also presented. The simple atomic system chosen was sodium vapor. The 3S_{1/2}-3P_ {1/2} transition was used for the one -photon interaction with a two-level system while 3S _{1/2}-3P_{1/2 }-4D_{3/2} transition was used for the two-photon interaction with a three-level system. Pulses from two single-axial-mode dye lasers, pumped synchronously by the second harmonic beam of an injection seeded Nd:YAG laser, propagate co -axially through a pyrex cell containing sodium vapor. The laser beams were focused to a diameter of about 200 μm and typical power was about 10 W, so that maximum intensities of 10^5 W/cm ^2 occurred in the Na cell. The intensity for the experiment was varied by using ND (neutral density) filters. For the two-level one-photon interaction; one of the dye lasers (Rhodamine B) was adjusted such that (lambda_1 = 589.6 nm) it was resonant with the 3S_{1/2} to 3P_{1/2} transition. For the two-photon interaction with the three-level system, the dye lasers were adjusted such that (lambda _1 = 589.6 nm and lambda_2 = 568.3 nm) they were resonant with the 3S _{1/2} to 3P_{1/2 } and 3P_{1/2} to 4D_{3/2} transition. That is lambda_1+lambda_2 were held at the 3S_{1/2} -4D_{3/2} two-photon transition. The wavelength lambda_2 was generated by the second dye laser where Rhodamine 6G was used as the gain medium. After passing through the cell, the laser pulses were focused on an aperture in order to image only a uniform -plane-wave region in the cell. The output of the aperture was then (separately lambda_1 and lambda_2) focused on two fast photodiodes, the output of which were displayed on two storage oscilloscope. The resonance of 3S _{1/2}-3P_{1/2 } transition is confirmed by collecting the D_1 fluorescence (589.6 nm) on a PMT by a fiber cable. Two-photon resonance condition

  8. Hyperspectral imaging of microalgae using two-photon excitation.

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    Sinclair, Michael B.; Melgaard, David Kennett; Reichardt, Thomas A.; Timlin, Jerilyn Ann; Garcia, Omar Fidel; Luk, Ting Shan; Jones, Howland D. T.; Collins, Aaron M.

    2010-10-01

    A considerable amount research is being conducted on microalgae, since microalgae are becoming a promising source of renewable energy. Most of this research is centered on lipid production in microalgae because microalgae produce triacylglycerol which is ideal for biodiesel fuels. Although we are interested in research to increase lipid production in algae, we are also interested in research to sustain healthy algal cultures in large scale biomass production farms or facilities. The early detection of fluctuations in algal health, productivity, and invasive predators must be developed to ensure that algae are an efficient and cost-effective source of biofuel. Therefore we are developing technologies to monitor the health of algae using spectroscopic measurements in the field. To do this, we have proposed to spectroscopically monitor large algal cultivations using LIDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) remote sensing technology. Before we can deploy this type of technology, we must first characterize the spectral bio-signatures that are related to algal health. Recently, we have adapted our confocal hyperspectral imaging microscope at Sandia to have two-photon excitation capabilities using a chameleon tunable laser. We are using this microscope to understand the spectroscopic signatures necessary to characterize microalgae at the cellular level prior to using these signatures to classify the health of bulk samples, with the eventual goal of using of LIDAR to monitor large scale ponds and raceways. By imaging algal cultures using a tunable laser to excite at several different wavelengths we will be able to select the optimal excitation/emission wavelengths needed to characterize algal cultures. To analyze the hyperspectral images generated from this two-photon microscope, we are using Multivariate Curve Resolution (MCR) algorithms to extract the spectral signatures and their associated relative intensities from the data. For this presentation, I will show our two-photon

  9. Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscopy Developed for Microgravity Fluid Physics

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    Fischer, David G.; Zimmerli, Gregory A.; Asipauskas, Marius

    2004-01-01

    Recent research efforts within the Microgravity Fluid Physics Branch of the NASA Glenn Research Center have necessitated the development of a microscope capable of high-resolution, three-dimensional imaging of intracellular structure and tissue morphology. Standard optical microscopy works well for thin samples, but it does not allow the imaging of thick samples because of severe degradation caused by out-of-focus object structure. Confocal microscopy, which is a laser-based scanning microscopy, provides improved three-dimensional imaging and true optical sectioning by excluding the out-of-focus light. However, in confocal microscopy, out-of-focus object structure is still illuminated by the incoming beam, which can lead to substantial photo-bleaching. In addition, confocal microscopy is plagued by limited penetration depth, signal loss due to the presence of a confocal pinhole, and the possibility of live-cell damage. Two-photon microscopy is a novel form of laser-based scanning microscopy that allows three-dimensional imaging without many of the problems inherent in confocal microscopy. Unlike one-photon microscopy, it utilizes the nonlinear absorption of two near-infrared photons. However, the efficiency of two-photon absorption is much lower than that of one-photon absorption because of the nonlinear (i.e., quadratic) electric field dependence, so an ultrafast pulsed laser source must typically be employed. On the other hand, this stringent energy density requirement effectively localizes fluorophore excitation to the focal volume. Consequently, two-photon microscopy provides optical sectioning and confocal performance without the need for a signal-limiting pinhole. In addition, there is a reduction in photo-damage because of the longer excitation wavelength, a reduction in background fluorescence, and a 4 increase in penetration depth over confocal methods because of the reduction in Rayleigh scattering.

  10. Two-photon imaging and analysis of neural network dynamics

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    Lütcke, Henry; Helmchen, Fritjof

    2011-08-01

    The glow of a starry night sky, the smell of a freshly brewed cup of coffee or the sound of ocean waves breaking on the beach are representations of the physical world that have been created by the dynamic interactions of thousands of neurons in our brains. How the brain mediates perceptions, creates thoughts, stores memories and initiates actions remains one of the most profound puzzles in biology, if not all of science. A key to a mechanistic understanding of how the nervous system works is the ability to measure and analyze the dynamics of neuronal networks in the living organism in the context of sensory stimulation and behavior. Dynamic brain properties have been fairly well characterized on the microscopic level of individual neurons and on the macroscopic level of whole brain areas largely with the help of various electrophysiological techniques. However, our understanding of the mesoscopic level comprising local populations of hundreds to thousands of neurons (so-called 'microcircuits') remains comparably poor. Predominantly, this has been due to the technical difficulties involved in recording from large networks of neurons with single-cell spatial resolution and near-millisecond temporal resolution in the brain of living animals. In recent years, two-photon microscopy has emerged as a technique which meets many of these requirements and thus has become the method of choice for the interrogation of local neural circuits. Here, we review the state-of-research in the field of two-photon imaging of neuronal populations, covering the topics of microscope technology, suitable fluorescent indicator dyes, staining techniques, and in particular analysis techniques for extracting relevant information from the fluorescence data. We expect that functional analysis of neural networks using two-photon imaging will help to decipher fundamental operational principles of neural microcircuits.

  11. Rate for annihilation of galactic dark matter into two photons

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    Giudice, Gian F.; Griest, Kim

    1989-01-01

    A calculation of the cross section for neutralino-neutralino annihilation into two photons is performed and applied to dark matter in the galactic halo to find the counting rate in a large gamma ray detector such as EGRET (Energetic Gamma Ray Experiment Telescope) or ASTROGAM. Combining constraints from particle accelerators with the requirement that the neutralinos make up the dark matter, it is found that rates of over a few dozen events per year are unlikely. The assumptions that go into these conclusions are listed. Other particle dark matter candidates which could give larger and perhaps observable signals are suggested.

  12. Direct two-photon double ionization of H2

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    Simonsen, A. S.; Sørngård, S. A.; Nepstad, R.; Førre, M.

    2012-06-01

    We have studied the process of direct (nonsequential) two-photon double ionization of molecular hydrogen (H2). Solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation by an ab initio method, total (generalized) and single-differential cross sections are obtained at photon energies from 26 to 33 eV. Both parallel and perpendicular orientation of the molecule with respect to the laser polarization direction are considered, and the results are compared with previously calculated cross sections at 30 eV, as well as the predictions of a simple model.

  13. Two-photon microscopy of nanoparticles and biotissues

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    Rivera, Judith Noemi

    Biomedical Imaging is an important tool in medical research and clinical practice. From understanding the fundamental processes involved in our biological makeup to its use in diagnostics in helping determine what ails us, the advancements in imaging and microscopy have helped shape our view of the world and nature. Microscopy in particular is often used to study the smallest of cells and their dynamical properties while attempting to minimally change the sample being studied. My research objective is largely divided into two parts. The first part consists of designing a video-rate raster scanning two-photon microscope that is faster than current commercially available two-photon microscopes, while maintaining the high-quality optical resolution of the system. This fast scanning mechanism proves to be an essential component in biomedical imaging due to the fact that many biological processes are dynamic and require the use of imaging systems with a high degree of temporal resolution in order to study. The second objective of my research is to implement the microscope, building it up component by component, and then demonstrating its high speed imaging capabilities, in which I have been largely successful. Current commercially available two-photon microscopes have imaging speeds on the order of 2 frames per second; however, our imaging system currently has a video-rate imaging speed at 30 frames per second. In addition, with further improvements and changes to the electronics that control our mirrors, we hope to soon achieve imaging speeds of up to 300 frames per second. Since my goal is to increase the temporal resolvability of images while imaging a fast moving, dynamic biological system, I also helped design and construct a second two-photon microscope that theoretically has the ability to temporally resolve the images on the order of several thousand of frames per second. However, given the high image acquisition period of our relatively low peak power laser, we

  14. Two Photon Decays of Charmonia from Lattice QCD

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    Jozef Dudek; Robert Edwards

    2006-07-12

    We make the first calculation in lattice QCD of two-photon decays of mesons. Working in the charmonium sector, using the LSZ reduction to relate a photon to a sum of hadronic vector eigenstates, we compute form-factors in both the space-like and time-like domains for the transitions {eta}{sub c} {yields} {gamma}*{gamma}* and {chi}{sub c0} {yields} {gamma}*{gamma}*. At the on-shell point we find approximate agreement with experimental world-average values.

  15. Polarization rotation under two-photon Raman resonance for magnetometry

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    Pradhan, S.; Behera, R.; Das, A. K.

    2012-04-23

    The polarization rotation and coherent population trapping signal arising due to two photon process using linearly polarized light are found to be significantly enhanced for a Zeeman degenerate system. The zero crossing of the dispersive profile is found to be shifting proportional to the applied magnetic field, albeit the absorptive profile position remains invariant for a slightly imbalanced orthogonal circular polarization component. It provides an alternative method for precise measurement of vector magnetic field without requirement of a bias field. The use of polarization rotation signal for magnetic field measurement offers added advantage due to improved signal to noise ratio.

  16. Imaging nanowire plasmon modes with two-photon polymerization

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    Gruber, Christian; Trügler, Andreas; Hohenester, Ulrich; Ditlbacher, Harald; Hohenau, Andreas; Krenn, Joachim R.; Hirzer, Andreas; Schmidt, Volker

    2015-02-23

    Metal nanowires sustain propagating surface plasmons that are strongly confined to the wire surface. Plasmon reflection at the wire end faces and interference lead to standing plasmon modes. We demonstrate that these modes can be imaged via two-photon (plasmon) polymerization of a thin film resist covering the wires and subsequent electron microscopy. Thereby, the plasmon wavelength and the phase shift of the nanowire mode picked up upon reflection can be directly retrieved. In general terms, polymerization imaging is a promising tool for the imaging of propagating plasmon modes from the nano- to micro-scale.

  17. Nonlinear Dual-Comb Spectroscopy with Two-Photon Excitation

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    Meek, S. A.; Hipke, A.; Hansch, T. W.; Picque, N.

    2013-06-01

    Dual frequency comb spectroscopy has proven to be a powerful method for acquiring broadband, high resolution spectra with measurement times that are much shorter than in traditional moving-mirror Fourier transform spectroscopy. Because the measurements are carried out with femtosecond lasers, this technique has great potential for decreasing the measurement times and improving the signal-to-noise ratio of nonlinear spectroscopic measurements, such as two-photon excitation or Raman processes. In the case of two-photon excitation, an entire spectrum can be obtained at a given signal level using dual-comb spectroscopy in the same time that a measurement of a single transition frequency would be obtained with a continuous laser of the same average power. In this presentation, I will show the latest results in extending the dual-comb technique to two-photon excitation spectroscopy, with measurements on gas-phase rubidium and liquid-phase dye samples. In our realization of dual-comb spectroscopy, two frequency combs with slightly different repetition rates are combined on a beam splitter and directed into a sample, and we measure the intensity of the resulting fluorescence as a function of time. Because of the different repetition rates, the time delay between a pulse from the first comb and the next pulse from the second comb changes linearly with time, simulating the action of the moving mirror in a traditional Michelson interferometer. The Fourier transform of the measured time-domain interferogram produces a radio-frequency spectrum that can be directly converted to a broadband optical spectrum through a linear scaling of the frequency. To achieve the highest possible resolution, it is necessary to compensate the residual relative fluctuations of the repetition rate and the carrier-envelope offset frequency of the frequency combs. Measuring RF beatnotes of each comb with two CW lasers provides two error signals that can be used to correct the recorded interferograms

  18. Metastable Krypton Beam Source via Two-Photon Pumping Technique

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    Wong, W.W.; Young, L.

    2003-01-01

    Metastable beams of rare gas atoms have wide applications in chemical analysis of samples, as well as in aiding understanding of fundamental processes and physical attributes. Most current sources of metastable rare gas atomic beams, however, are limited in their flux density, which greatly reduces their utility in applications such as low level trace analysis and precision measurements. Previous work has demonstrated feasibility of metastable krypton production via two-photon pumping, and this paper extends that possibility into beam form. Further optimization on this scheme, moreover, promises 100-fold increase of metastable krypton flux density over that of an rf-driven discharge.

  19. Combined two-photon microscopy and angiographic optical coherence tomography

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    Kim, Bumju; Wang, Tae Jun; Li, Qingyun; Nam, Jutaek; Hwang, Sekyu; Chung, Euiheon; Kim, Sungjee; Kim, Ki Hean

    2013-08-01

    A combined two-photon microscopy (TPM) and angiographic optical coherence tomography (OCT) is developed, which can provide molecular, cellular, structural, and vascular information of tissue specimens in vivo. This combined system is implemented by adding an OCT vasculature visualization method to the previous combined TPM and OCT, and then is applied to in vivo tissue imaging. Two animal models, a mouse brain cranial window model and a mouse ear cancer model, are used. Both molecular, cellular information at local regions of tissues, and structural, vascular information at relatively larger regions are visualized in the same sections. In vivo tissue microenvironments are better elucidated by the combined TPM and angiographic OCT.

  20. Two-photon physics as a probe of hadron dynamics

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    Brodsky, S.J.

    1981-05-01

    Two-photon collisions provide an ideal laboratory for testing many features of quantum chromodynamics, especially the interplay between the vector-meson-dominated and point-like hadronic interactions of the photon. A number of QCD applications are discussed, including: jet and single-particle production at large transverse momentum; the photon structure function and its relationship to the ..gamma.. ..-->.. q anti q wave function; and the possible role of gluonium states in the ..gamma gamma.. ..-->.. rho/sup 0/rho/sup 0/ channel. Evidence that even low momentum transfer photon-hadron interactions are sensitive to the point-like ..gamma.. ..-->.. q anti q coupling is discussed.

  1. Two-photon entanglement in multiqubit bidirectional-waveguide QED

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    Mirza, Imran M.; Schotland, John C.

    2016-07-01

    We study entanglement generation and control in bidirectional-waveguide QED driven by a two-photon Gaussian wave packet. In particular, we focus on how increasing the number of qubits affects the overall average pairwise entanglement in the system. We also investigate how the presence of a second photon can introduce nonlinearities, thereby manipulating the generated entanglement. In addition, we show that, through the introduction of chirality and small decay rates, entanglement can be stored and enhanced up to factors of 2 and 3, respectively. Finally, we analyze the influence of finite detunings and time-delays on the generated entanglement.

  2. Two-photon tomography using on-chip quantum walks.

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    Titchener, James G; Solntsev, Alexander S; Sukhorukov, Andrey A

    2016-09-01

    We present an approach to quantum tomography based on first expanding a quantum state across extra degrees of freedom and then exploiting the introduced sparsity to perform reconstruction. We formulate its application to photonic circuits and show that measured spatial photon correlations at the output of a specially tailored discrete-continuous quantum walk can enable full reconstruction of any two-photon spatially entangled and mixed state at the input. This approach does not require any tunable elements, so it is well suited for integration with on-chip superconducting photon detectors. PMID:27607977

  3. Two-Photon Photochemical Generation of Reactive Enediyne

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    Poloukhtine, Andrei; Popik, Vladimir V.

    2008-01-01

    p-Quinoid cyclopropenone-containing enediyne precursor (1) has been synthesized by mono-cyclopropanation of one of the triple bonds in p-dimethoxy substituted 3,4-benzocyclodeca-1,5-diyne followed by oxidative demethylation. Cyclopropenone 1 is stable up to 90°C but readily produces reactive enediyne 2 upon single-photon (Φ300nm = 0.46) or two-photon (σ800 nm = 0.5 GM) photolysis. The photo-product 2 undergoes Bergman cyclization at 40°C with the life time of 88 h. PMID:16958537

  4. Two-photon spectroscopy of excitons with entangled photons

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    Schlawin, Frank; Mukamel, Shaul

    2013-12-28

    The utility of quantum light as a spectroscopic tool is demonstrated for frequency-dispersed pump-probe, integrated pump-probe, and two-photon fluorescence signals which show Ramsey fringes. Simulations of the frequency-dispersed transmission of a broadband pulse of entangled photons interacting with a three-level model of matter reveal how the non-classical time-bandwidth properties of entangled photons can be used to disentangle congested spectra, and reveal otherwise unresolved features. Quantum light effects are most pronounced at weak intensities when entangled photon pairs are well separated, and are gradually diminished at higher intensities when different photon pairs overlap.

  5. Two-Photon Exchange in (Semi-)Inclusive DIS

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    Schlegel, Marc; Metz, Andreas

    2009-01-01

    In this note we consider effects of a Two-Photon Exchange (TPE) in inclusive DIS and semi-inclusive DIS (SIDIS). In particular, transverse single spin asymmetries are generated in inclusive DIS if more than one photon is exchanged between the lepton and the hadron. We briefly summarize the TPE in DIS in the parton model and extend our approach to SIDIS, where a new leading twist $\\sin(2\\phi)$ contribution to the longitudinal beam spin asymmetry shows up. Possible TPE effects for the Sivers and the Collins asymmetries in SIDIS are power-suppressed.

  6. Two-Photon Exchange in (Semi-)Inclusive DIS

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    Schlegel, M.; Metz, A.

    2009-08-04

    In this note we consider effects of a Two-Photon Exchange (TPE) in inclusive DIS and semi-inclusive DIS (SIDIS). In particular, transverse single spin asymmetries are generated in inclusive DIS if more than one photon is exchanged between the lepton and the hadron. We briefly summarize the TPE in DIS in the parton model and extend our approach to SIDIS, where a new leading twist sin(2{phi}) contribution to the longitudinal beam spin asymmetry shows up. Possible TPE effects for the Sivers and the Collins asymmetries in SIDIS are power-suppressed.

  7. Two-photon exchange corrections to the pion form factor

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    Peter G. Blunden; Melnitchouk, Wally; Tjon, John A.

    2010-01-06

    Here, we compute two-photon exchange corrections to the electromagnetic form factor of the pion, taking into account the finite size of the pion. Compared to the soft-photon approximation for the infrared divergent contribution which neglects hadron structure effects, the corrections are found to be ≲ 1% for small Q2 (Q2 < 0.1 GeV2), but increase to several percent for Q2 ≳ 1 GeV2 at extreme backward angles.

  8. Two-photon exchange in electron-trinucleon elastic scattering

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    Kobushkin, A. P.; Timoshenko, Ju. V.

    2013-10-01

    We discuss two-photon exchange (TPE) in elastic electron scattering off the trinucleon systems, 3He and 3H. The calculations are done in the semirelativistic approximation with the trinucleon wave functions obtained with the Paris and CD-Bonn nucleon-nucleon potentials. An applicability area of the model is wide enough and includes the main part of kinematical domain where experimental data exist. All three TPE amplitudes (generalized form factors) for electron 3He elastic scattering are calculated. We find that the TPE amplitudes are a few times more significant in the scattering of electrons off 3He then in the electron-proton scattering.

  9. Two-photon interferences with degenerate and nondegenerate paired photons

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    Liu, Chang; Chen, J. F.; Zhang, Shanchao; Zhou, Shuyu; Kim, Yoon-Ho; Loy, M. M. T.; Wong, G. K. L.; Du, Shengwang

    2012-02-01

    We generate narrow-band frequency-tunable entangled photon pairs from spontaneous four-wave mixing in three-level cold atoms and study their two-photon quantum interference after a beam splitter. We find that the path-exchange symmetry plays a more important role in the Hong-Ou-Mandel interference than the temporal or frequency indistinguishability, and observe coalescence interference for both degenerate and nondegenerate photons. We also observe a quantum beat in the same experimental setup using either slow or fast detectors.

  10. Spin-dependent, optogalvanic effects of laser-pumped He(2/3/S1) atoms

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    Schearer, L. D.; Tin, Pedetha

    1989-10-01

    Spin-dependent optogalvanic effects of laser-pumped He(2/3/S1) atoms are demonstrated. As helium atoms are excited with an IR tunable laser, changes in the conductivity of helium radio-frequency discharge are observed. With approximately 1 mW/sq cm of tunable laser power near 1.083 microns, the intensity-modulated optogalvanic effect signals are obtained as the laser is tuned through the D0(2/3/S1-2/3/P0), D1(2/3/S1-2/3/P1), and D2(2/3/S1-2/3/P2) transitions at 1.082908, 1.083025, and 1.083034 microns, respectively. If the laser emission is now circularly polarized and directed onto the helium discharge cell with the applied field parallel to the pump axis, some of the metastable atoms are oriented with their electronic spins along the field direction, modulating the coil current. One of the important applications of spin-polarized ensembles of metastable 4He is in extremely sensitive magnetic-field measuring devices.

  11. Two-photon experiments in the frequency domain

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    Mbodji, I.; Olislager, L.; Woodhead, E.; Galmes, B.; Cussey, J.; Furfaro, L.; Emplit, P.; Massar, S.; Phan Huy, K.; Merolla, J.-M.

    2012-06-01

    We report on the study of two-photon interference in the frequency domain. Bell and Hong-Ou-Mandel experiments are investigated. These experiments involve the manipulation of photons in the frequency domain, using off-the-shelf telecommunication components such as electro-optic phase modulators and narrow-band frequency filters. In the first experiment, photon pairs entangled in frequency are created and separated. Each photon is then directed through an independent electro-optic phase modulator. Variation of the radio-frequency parameters of the modulation gives rise to a well-controlled Bessel-shape two-photon interference pattern in the frequency domain. This is efficiently measured with narrow-band frequency filters and superconducting single photon detectors. Experimental measurements exhibit high visibilities (over 99 percent both for net and raw visibilities) and allow the (theoretically proven) optimal violation of a Bell inequality for our setup (by more than 18 standard deviations). The second experiment is a Hong-Ou-Mandel experiment in the frequency domain. We show that a grating (spatial domain) or a phase modulator (temporal domain) can be seen as a frequency beam splitter. A broadband spectrum of photon pairs is divided into two interleaved frequency combs, each one used as an independent input to this acting beam splitter. A theoretical calculation shows clear photon anti-bunching behavior.

  12. Imaging of Protein Crystals with Two-Photon Microscopy

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    Padayatti, Pius; Palczewska, Grazyna; Sun, Wenyu; Palczewski, Krzysztof; Salom, David

    2012-05-02

    Second-order nonlinear optical imaging of chiral crystals (SONICC), which portrays second-harmonic generation (SHG) by noncentrosymmetric crystals, is emerging as a powerful imaging technique for protein crystals in media opaque to visible light because of its high signal-to-noise ratio. Here we report the incorporation of both SONICC and two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) into one imaging system that allows visualization of crystals as small as 10 {mu}m in their longest dimension. Using this system, we then documented an inverse correlation between the level of symmetry in examined crystals and the intensity of their SHG. Moreover, because of blue-green TPEF exhibited by most tested protein crystals, we also could identify and image SHG-silent protein crystals. Our experimental data suggest that the TPEF in protein crystals is mainly caused by the oxidation of tryptophan residues. Additionally, we found that unspecific fluorescent dyes are able to bind to lysozyme crystals and enhance their detection by TPEF. We finally confirmed that the observed fluorescence was generated by a two-photon rather than a three-photon process. The capability for imaging small protein crystals in turbid or opaque media with nondamaging infrared light in a single system makes the combination of SHG and intrinsic visible TPEF a powerful tool for nondestructive protein crystal identification and characterization during crystallization trials.

  13. Interpreting two-photon imaging data of lymphocyte motility.

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    Meyer-Hermann, Michael E; Maini, Philip K

    2005-06-01

    Recently, using two-photon imaging it has been found that the movement of B and T cells in lymph nodes can be described by a random walk with persistence of orientation in the range of 2 minutes. We interpret this new class of lymphocyte motility data within a theoretical model. The model considers cell movement to be composed of the movement of subunits of the cell membrane. In this way movement and deformation of the cell are correlated to each other. We find that, indeed, the lymphocyte movement in lymph nodes can best be described as a random walk with persistence of orientation. The assumption of motility induced cell elongation is consistent with the data. Within the framework of our model the two-photon data suggest that T and B cells are in a single velocity state with large stochastic width. The alternative of three different velocity states with frequent changes of their state and small stochastic width is less likely. Two velocity states can be excluded. PMID:16089770

  14. Coherent Two Photon Production in Superconductor-Semiconductor Heterostructures

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    Baireuther, Paul; Vekhter, Ilya; Schmalian, Jörg

    2012-02-01

    Connecting a thin (direct band gap) p-n junction to a superconductor allows Cooper pairs to tunnel into the junction. This leads to an enhancement of the luminescence at the junction via Cooper pair based radiative recombination[1,2], an effect that has recently been observed experimentally[3]. Due to the proximity-induced Cooper pairs in the junction, anomalous photon production related to coherent two photon processes becomes allowed. Using a simple model for direct band gap luminescence we study a superconductor-p-n-superconductor heterostructure where the two photon state depends on the relative phase between the two superconductors. We investigate to what extend the production rate of entangled photons is controlled by the phase difference between the attached superconductors. [1] E. Hanamura, Phys. Stat. Sol. (b) 234, 166 (2002). [2] Y. Asano, I. Suemune, H. Takayanagi, and E. Hanamura, Phys. Rev. Lett. 103, 187001 (2009). [3] I. Suemune, T. Akazaki, K. Tanaka, M. Jo, K. Uesugi, M. Endo1, H. Kumano, E. Hanamura, H. Takayanagi, M. Yamanishi and H. Kan, Jpn. Journ. of Appl. Phys. 45, 9264 (2006).

  15. Two-Photon Imaging of Microbial Immunity in Living Tissues

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    Herz, Jasmin; Zinselmeyer, Bernd H.; McGavern, Dorian B.

    2013-01-01

    The immune system is highly evolved and can respond to infection throughout the body. Pathogen-specific immune cells are usually generated in secondary lymphoid tissues (e.g., spleen, lymph nodes) and then migrate to sites of infection where their functionality is shaped by the local milieu. Because immune cells are so heavily influenced by the infected tissue in which they reside, it is important that their interactions and dynamics be studied in vivo. Two-photon microscopy is a powerful approach to study host-immune interactions in living tissues, and recent technical advances in the field have enabled researchers to capture movies of immune cells and infectious agents operating in real time. These studies have shed light on pathogen entry and spread through intact tissues as well as the mechanisms by which innate and adaptive immune cells participate in thwarting infections. This review focuses on how two-photon microscopy can be used to study tissue-specific immune responses in vivo, and how this approach has advanced our understanding of host-immune interactions following infection. PMID:22846498

  16. Two-photon resonant second harmonic generation in atomic xeon

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    Shi, Y. J.; Al-Basheer, W.; Thompson, R. I.

    2009-03-07

    Vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation at 124.8 nm (9.93 eV) was produced from two-photon resonant second harmonic generation (SHG) in a xeon gaseous medium and used to probe molecular samples of acetone, furan, thiophene, ammonia, and methane. The mass spectra recorded from the species with ionization energies below 9.93 eV were dominated by the parent ions. The parent ions were only observed when the incident UV radiation was tuned to resonate with the two-photon transition 5p{sup 5}({sup 2}P{sub 3/2}{sup 0})6p[1/2]{sub 0}(leftarrow)5p{sup 6} {sup 1}S{sub 0} of Xe at 80 119.474 cm{sup -1}. The pressure dependence and the resonant nature of the parent ions observed support the mechanism for SHG as the ionization-initiated electric field induced SHG via the third-order nonlinear susceptibility {chi}{sup (3)}, which is enhanced by the coupling between the 5p{sup 5}({sup 2}P{sub 3/2}{sup 0})6p[1/2]{sub 0} and the nearby 5p{sup 5}({sup 2}P{sub 3/2}{sup 0})5d[1/2]{sub 1} states of Xe atoms.

  17. Two-photon imaging using a flexible endoscope

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    Riemann, Iris; Schenkl, Selma; Le Harzic, Ronan; Sauer, Daniel; Ehlers, Alexander; Messerschmidt, Bernhard; Bückle, Rainer; König, Karsten

    2008-02-01

    Two-photon autofluorescence imaging offers the analysis of cells and tissues without the need of taking biopsies, staining and complicated confocal detection systems. Therefore, it is of special interest for non- or minimal invasive clinical diagnostics. Until now, two-photon imaging was performed only on superficial surfaces like skin or of biopsies. To extend this technique to deeper tissues or inside the body the optical properties have to be reduced to endoscopical sizes. This can be achieved by tiny GRIN-optics, based on a radial gradient in the reflective index. A newly developed GRIN-lens assembly with increased numerical aperture is of special interest which is shown by the quality of tissue constituents and cell autofluorescence images. A fiber directs the laser light to the specimen in an assembly like an endoscope. This well-characterized photonic crystal fiber supports the high laser power of the femtosecond excitation impulses without the generation of non-linearities. A sensitive PMT detector detects the fluorescence. First fluorescence images using a fiber-GRIN lens combination were taken.

  18. Multidimensional two-photon imaging of diseased skin

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    Cicchi, R.; Sestini, S.; De Giorgi, V.; Massi, D.; Lotti, T.; Pavone, F. S.

    2008-02-01

    We used combined two photon intrinsic fluorescence (TPE), second harmonic generation microscopy (SHG), fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM), and multispectral two photon emission detection (MTPE) to investigate different kinds of human cutaneous ex-vivo skin lesions. Morphological and spectroscopic analyses allowed to characterize both healthy and pathological skin samples, including tumors, as well as to discriminate between healthy and diseased tissue, in a good agreement with common routine histology. In particular, we examined tissue samples from normal and pathological scar tissue (keloid), and skin tumors, including basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and malignant melanoma (MM). By using combined TPE-SHG microscopy we investigated morphological features of different skin regions, as BCC, tumor-stroma interface, healthy dermis, fibroblastic proliferation, and keloids. The SHG to autofluorescence aging index of dermis (SAAID) score was used to characterize each region, finding differences between BCC, healthy skin, tumor-stroma interface, keloids, and fibroblastic proliferation. Further comparative analysis of healthy skin and neoplastic samples was performed using FLIM. In particular, BCC showed a blue-shifted fluorescence emission, a higher absorption at 800 nm excitation wavelength, and a slightly longer mean fluorescence lifetime. MM showed a lifetime distribution similar to the corresponding melanocytic nevus (MN) lifetime distribution for the slow lifetime component, and different for the fast lifetime component.

  19. Two-Photon-Induced Fluorescence of Isomorphic Nucleobase Analogs

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    Lane, Richard S. K.; Jones, Rosemary; Sinkeldam, Renatus W.

    2014-01-01

    Five isomorphic fluorescent uridine mimics have been subjected to two-photon (2P) excitation analysis to investigate their potential applicability as non-perturbing probes for the single-molecule detection of nucleic acids. We find that small structural differences can cause major changes in the two-photon excitation probability, with the 2P cross sections varying by over one order of magnitude. Two of the probes, both furan-modified uridine analogs, have the highest 2P cross sections (3.8 GM and 7.6 GM) reported for nucleobase analogs, using a conventional Ti:sapphire laser for excitation at 690 nm; they also have the lowest emission quantum yields. In contrast, the analogs with the highest reported quantum yields have the lowest 2P cross sections. The structure-photophysical property relationship presented here is a first step towards the rational design of emissive nucleobase analogs with controlled 2P characteristics. The results demonstrate the potential for major improvements through judicious structural modifications. PMID:24604669

  20. Temperature dependence of the two photon absorption in indium arsenide

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    Berryman, K.W.; Rella, C.W.

    1995-12-31

    Nonlinear optical processes in semiconductors have long been a source of interesting physics. Two photon absorption (TPA) is one such process, in which two photons provide the energy for the creation of an electron-hole pair. Researchers at other FEL centers have studied room temperature TPA in InSb, InAs, and HgCdTe. Working at the Stanford Picosecond FEL Center, we have extended and refined this work by measuring the temperature dependence of the TPA coefficient in InAs over the range from 80 to 350 K at four wavelengths: 4.5, 5.06, 6.01, and 6.3 microns. The measurements validate the functional dependence of recent band structure calculations with enough precision to discriminate parabolic from non-parabolic models, and to begin to observe smaller effects, such as contributions due to the split-off band. These experiments therefore serve as a strong independent test of the Kane band theory, as well as providing a starting point for detailed observations of other nonlinear absorption mechanisms.

  1. Two-photon multiplane imaging of neural circuits (Conference Presentation)

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    Yang, Weijian; Miller, Jae-eun K.; Carrillo-Reid, Luis; Pnevmatikakis, Eftychios; Paninski, Liam; Peterka, Darcy S.; Yuste, Rafael

    2016-03-01

    Imaging the neuronal activity throughout the brain with high temporal and spatial resolution is an important step in understanding how the brain works. Two-photon laser scanning microscopy with fluorescent calcium indicators has enabled this type of experiments in vivo. Most of these microscopes acquire images serially, with a single laser beam, limiting the overall imaging speed. To overcome this limit, multiple beamlets can be used to image in parallel multiple regions. Here, we demonstrate a novel scheme of a two-photon laser-scanning microscope that can simultaneously record neuronal activity at multiple planes of the sample with a single photomultiplier tube. A spatial light modulator is used to generate the designated multiple beamlets, and a constrained non-negative matrix factorization algorithm is used to demix the signals from multiple scanned planes. We simultaneously record neuronal activity of multiple layers of a mouse cortex at 10 fps in vivo. This novel imaging scheme provides a powerful tool for mapping the brain activity.

  2. Photosensitizer-doped conjugated polymer nanoparticles for simultaneous two-photon imaging and two-photon photodynamic therapy in living cells

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    Shen, Xiaoqin; Li, Lin; Wu, Hao; Yao, Shao Q.; Xu, Qing-Hua

    2011-12-01

    Photosensitizer doped conjugated polymer nanoparticles have been prepared by incorporating polyoxyethylene nonylphenylether (CO-520) into the nanoparticles using a re-precipitation method. The conjugated polymer, poly[9,9-dibromohexylfluorene-2,7-ylenethylene-alt-1,4-(2,5-dimethoxy)phenylene] (PFEMO), was used as the host matrix to disperse tetraphenylporphyrin (TPP) and an energy donor to enhance the two-photon excitation properties of TPP. These CO-520 incorporated, TPP-doped PFEMO nanoparticles are stable and have low cytotoxicity in the dark. The TPP emission of the nanoparticles was found to be enhanced by about 20 times by PFEMO under two-photon excitation. The nanoparticles showed significantly enhanced two-photon excitation singlet oxygen generation efficiency and two-photon photodynamic therapy activity in cancer cells. These composite nanoparticles display features required for ideal photosensitizers, such as low cytotoxicity in the dark and efficient two-photon photodynamic activity under laser radiation. In addition, these novel nano-photosensitizers allow simultaneous in vivo monitoring by two-photon fluorescence imaging during two-photon photodynamic treatment. These photosensitizer-doped conjugated polymer nanoparticles can act as novel photosensitizing agents for two-photon photodynamic therapy and related applications.Photosensitizer doped conjugated polymer nanoparticles have been prepared by incorporating polyoxyethylene nonylphenylether (CO-520) into the nanoparticles using a re-precipitation method. The conjugated polymer, poly[9,9-dibromohexylfluorene-2,7-ylenethylene-alt-1,4-(2,5-dimethoxy)phenylene] (PFEMO), was used as the host matrix to disperse tetraphenylporphyrin (TPP) and an energy donor to enhance the two-photon excitation properties of TPP. These CO-520 incorporated, TPP-doped PFEMO nanoparticles are stable and have low cytotoxicity in the dark. The TPP emission of the nanoparticles was found to be enhanced by about 20 times by PFEMO

  3. Two-Photon Fluorescence Tracking of Colloidal Clusters.

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    Roy, Debjit; Mondal, Dipankar; Goswami, Debabrata

    2016-07-01

    In situ dynamics of colloidal cluster formation from nanoparticles is yet to be addressed. Using two-photon fluorescence (TPF) that has been amply used for single particle tracking, we demonstrate in situ measurement of effective three-dimensional optical trap stiffness of nanoparticles and their aggregates without using any position sensitive detector. Optical trap stiffness is an essential measure of the strength of an optical trap. TPF is a zero-background detection scheme and has excellent signal-to-noise-ratio, which can be easily extended to study the formation of colloidal cluster of nanospheres in the optical trapping regime. TPF tracking can successfully distinguish colloidal cluster from its monomer. PMID:27165039

  4. Evidence for a spin-1 particle produced by two photons

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    Aihara, H.; Alston-Garnjost, M.; Avery, R. E.; Barbaro-Galtieri, A.; Barker, A. R.; Barnes, A. V.; Barnett, B. A.; Bauer, D. A.; Bengtsson, H.-U.; Bintinger, D. L.; Bobbink, G. J.; Bolognese, T. S.; Bross, A. D.; Buchanan, C. D.; Buijs, A.; Caldwell, D. O.; Clark, A. R.; Cowan, G. D.; Crane, D. A.; Dahl, O. I.; Derby, K. A.; Eastman, J. J.; Eberhard, P. H.; Edberg, T. K.; Eisner, A. M.; Enomoto, R.; Erné, F. C.; Fujii, T.; Gary, J. W.; Gorn, W.; Hauptman, J. M.; Hofmann, W.; Huth, J. E.; Hylen, J.; Kamae, T.; Kaye, H. S.; Kees, K. H.; Kenney, R. W.; Kerth, L. T.; Ko, Winston; Koda, R. I.; Kofler, R. R.; Kwong, K. K.; Lander, R. L.; Langeveld, W. G.; Layter, J. G.; Linde, F. L.; Lindsey, C. S.; Loken, S. C.; Lu, A.; Lu, X.-Q.; Lynch, G. R.; Madaras, R. J.; Maeshima, K.; Magnuson, B. D.; Marx, J. N.; Masek, G. E.; Mathis, L. G.; Matthews, J. A.; Maxfield, S. J.; Melnikoff, S. O.; Miller, E. S.; Moses, W.; McNeil, R. R.; Nemethy, P.; Nygren, D. R.; Oddone, P. J.; Paar, H. P.; Park, D. A.; Park, S. K.; Pellett, D. E.; Pripstein, M.; Ronan, M. T.; Ross, R. R.; Rouse, F. R.; Schwitkis, K. A.; Sens, J. C.; Shapiro, G.; Shapiro, M. D.; Shen, B. C.; Slater, W. E.; Smith, J. R.; Steinman, J. S.; Stevenson, M. L.; Stork, D. H.; Strauss, M. G.; Sullivan, M. K.; Takahashi, T.; Thompson, J. R.; Toge, N.; Toutounchi, S.; van Tyen, R.; van Uitert, B.; Vandalen, G. J.; van Daalen Wetters, R. F.; Vernon, W.; Wagner, W.; Wang, E. M.; Wang, Y. X.; Wayne, M. R.; Wenzel, W. A.; White, J. T.; Williams, M. C.; Wolf, Z. R.; Yamamoto, H.; Yellin, S. J.; Zeitlin, C.; Zhang, W.-M.

    1986-11-01

    Two-photon production of K08K+/-π-/+ states has been studied by the TPC/Two-Gamma experiment at the SLAC storage ring PEP. A resonance of mass 1.42 GeV was seen when one of the photons was quite virtual but not when both photons were nearly real. Production of a spin-1 meson, which cannot be made by two real photons, would fit these observations. The Q2 dependence of the data in the resonance region agrees with this spin assignment and is incompatible with a spin-0 hypothesis. The mass and width of the resonance are similar to those of the E meson, which has been assigned JP=0- and JP=1+ by different experiments.

  5. Two-photon quantum walk in a multimode fiber

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    Defienne, Hugo; Barbieri, Marco; Walmsley, Ian A.; Smith, Brian J.; Gigan, Sylvain

    2016-01-01

    Multiphoton propagation in connected structures—a quantum walk—offers the potential of simulating complex physical systems and provides a route to universal quantum computation. Increasing the complexity of quantum photonic networks where the walk occurs is essential for many applications. We implement a quantum walk of indistinguishable photon pairs in a multimode fiber supporting 380 modes. Using wavefront shaping, we control the propagation of the two-photon state through the fiber in which all modes are coupled. Excitation of arbitrary output modes of the system is realized by controlling classical and quantum interferences. This report demonstrates a highly multimode platform for multiphoton interference experiments and provides a powerful method to program a general high-dimensional multiport optical circuit. This work paves the way for the next generation of photonic devices for quantum simulation, computing, and communication. PMID:27152325

  6. Nonsequential two-photon double ionization of helium

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    Feist, J.; Nagele, S.; Pazourek, R.; Persson, E.; Schneider, B. I.; Collins, L. A.; Burgdörfer, J.

    2008-04-01

    We present accurate time-dependent ab initio calculations on fully differential and total integrated (generalized) cross sections for the nonsequential two-photon double ionization of helium at photon energies from 40 to 54 eV. Our computational method is based on the solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation and subsequent projection of the wave function onto Coulomb waves. We compare our results with other recent calculations and discuss the emerging similarities and differences. We investigate the role of electronic correlation in the representation of the two-electron continuum states, which are used to extract the ionization yields from the fully correlated final wave function. In addition, we study the influence of the pulse length and shape on the cross sections in time-dependent calculations and address convergence issues.

  7. Two-photon excited UV fluorescence for protein crystal detection

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    Madden, Jeremy T.; DeWalt, Emma L.; Simpson, Garth J.

    2011-01-01

    Two-photon excited ultraviolet fluorescence (TPE-UVF) microscopy is explored for sensitive protein-crystal detection as a complement to second-order nonlinear optical imaging of chiral crystals (SONICC). Like conventional ultraviolet fluorescence (UVF), TPE-UVF generates image contrast based on the intrinsic fluorescence of aromatic residues, generally producing higher fluorescence emission within crystals than the mother liquor by nature of the higher local protein concentration. However, TPE-UVF has several advantages over conventional UVF, including (i) insensitivity to optical scattering, allowing imaging in turbid matrices, (ii) direct compatibility with conventional optical plates and windows by using visible light for excitation, (iii) elimination of potentially damaging out-of-plane UV excitation, (iv) improved signal to noise through background reduction from out-of-plane excitation and (v) relatively simple integration into instrumentation developed for SONICC. PMID:21931215

  8. High contrast two-photon imaging of fingermarks

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    Stoltzfus, Caleb R.; Rebane, Aleksander

    2016-04-01

    Optically-acquired fingermarks are widely used as evidence across law enforcement agencies as well as in the courts of law. A common technique for visualizing latent fingermarks on nonporous surfaces consists of cyanoacrylate fuming of the fingerprint material, followed by impregnation with a fluorescent dye, which under ultra violet (UV) illumination makes the fingermarks visible and thus accessible for digital recording. However, there exist critical circumstances, when the image quality is compromised due to high background scattering, high auto-fluorescence of the substrate material, or other detrimental photo-physical and photo-chemical effects such as light-induced damage to the sample. Here we present a novel near-infrared (NIR), two-photon induced fluorescence imaging modality, which significantly enhances the quality of the fingermark images, especially when obtained from highly reflective and/or scattering surfaces, while at the same time reducing photo-damage to sensitive forensic samples.

  9. Two-photon quantum walk in a multimode fiber.

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    Defienne, Hugo; Barbieri, Marco; Walmsley, Ian A; Smith, Brian J; Gigan, Sylvain

    2016-01-01

    Multiphoton propagation in connected structures-a quantum walk-offers the potential of simulating complex physical systems and provides a route to universal quantum computation. Increasing the complexity of quantum photonic networks where the walk occurs is essential for many applications. We implement a quantum walk of indistinguishable photon pairs in a multimode fiber supporting 380 modes. Using wavefront shaping, we control the propagation of the two-photon state through the fiber in which all modes are coupled. Excitation of arbitrary output modes of the system is realized by controlling classical and quantum interferences. This report demonstrates a highly multimode platform for multiphoton interference experiments and provides a powerful method to program a general high-dimensional multiport optical circuit. This work paves the way for the next generation of photonic devices for quantum simulation, computing, and communication. PMID:27152325

  10. Superparamagnetic microrobots: fabrication by two-photon polymerization and biocompatibility.

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    Suter, Marcel; Zhang, Li; Siringil, Erdem C; Peters, Christian; Luehmann, Tessa; Ergeneman, Olgac; Peyer, Kathrin E; Nelson, Bradley J; Hierold, Christofer

    2013-12-01

    This work presents the fabrication and controlled actuation of swimming microrobots made of a magnetic polymer composite (MPC) consisting of 11-nm-diameter magnetite (Fe3O4) nanoparticles and photocurable resin (SU-8). Two-photon polymerization (TPP) is used to fabricate the magnetic microstructures. The material properties and the cytotoxicity of the MPC with different nanoparticle concentrations are characterized. The live/dead staining tests indicate that MPC samples with varied concentrations, up to 10 vol.%, have negligible cytotoxicity after 24 h incubation. Fabrication parameters of MPC with up to 4 vol.% were investigated. We demonstrate that the helical microdevices made of 2 vol.% MPC were capable of performing corkscrew motion in water applying weak uniform rotating magnetic fields. PMID:23846247

  11. Two-photon exchange effect studied with neural networks

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    Graczyk, Krzysztof M.

    2011-09-15

    An approach to the extraction of the two-photon exchange (TPE) correction from elastic ep scattering data is presented. The cross-section, polarization transfer (PT), and charge asymmetry data are considered. It is assumed that the TPE correction to the PT data is negligible. The form factors and TPE correcting term are given by one multidimensional function approximated by the feedforward neural network (NN). To find a model-independent approximation, the Bayesian framework for the NNs is adapted. A large number of different parametrizations is considered. The most optimal model is indicated by the Bayesian algorithm. The obtained fit of the TPE correction behaves linearly in {epsilon} but it has a nontrivial Q{sup 2} dependence. A strong dependence of the TPE fit on the choice of parametrization is observed.

  12. High contrast two-photon imaging of fingermarks.

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    Stoltzfus, Caleb R; Rebane, Aleksander

    2016-01-01

    Optically-acquired fingermarks are widely used as evidence across law enforcement agencies as well as in the courts of law. A common technique for visualizing latent fingermarks on nonporous surfaces consists of cyanoacrylate fuming of the fingerprint material, followed by impregnation with a fluorescent dye, which under ultra violet (UV) illumination makes the fingermarks visible and thus accessible for digital recording. However, there exist critical circumstances, when the image quality is compromised due to high background scattering, high auto-fluorescence of the substrate material, or other detrimental photo-physical and photo-chemical effects such as light-induced damage to the sample. Here we present a novel near-infrared (NIR), two-photon induced fluorescence imaging modality, which significantly enhances the quality of the fingermark images, especially when obtained from highly reflective and/or scattering surfaces, while at the same time reducing photo-damage to sensitive forensic samples. PMID:27053515

  13. Arbitrary-scan imaging for two-photon microscopy

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    Botcherby, Edward; Smith, Christopher; Booth, Martin; Juskaitis, Rimas; Wilson, Tony

    2010-02-01

    In this paper, we present details of a scanning two-photon fluorescence microscope we have built with a nearisotropic scan rate. This means that the focal spot can be scanned at high speed along any direction in the specimen, without introducing systematic aberrations. We present experimental point spread function measurements for this system using an Olympus 0.8 NA 40X water dipping objective lens that demonstrates an axial range of operation greater than 200 μm. We give details of a novel actuator device used to displace the focusing element and demonstrate axial scan responses up to 3.5 kHz. Finally, we present a bioscience application of this system to image dendritic processes that follow non-linear paths in three-dimensional space. The focal spot was scanned along one such process at 400 Hz with an axial range of more than 90 μm.

  14. Two-Photon Voltmeter for Measuring a Molecular Electric Field**

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    Rebane, Aleksander; Wicks, Geoffrey; Drobizhev, Mikhail; Cooper, Thomas; Trummal, Aleksander; Uudsemaa, Merle

    2015-01-01

    We present a new approach for determining the strength of the dipolar solute-induced reaction field, along with the ground- and excited-state electrostatic dipole moments and polarizability of a solvated chromophore, using exclusively one-photon and two-photon absorption measurements. We verify the approach on two benchmark chromophores N,N-dimethyl-6-propionyl-2-naphthylamine (prodan) and coumarin 153 (C153) in a series of toluene/dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) mixtures and find that the experimental values show good quantitative agreement with literature and our quantum-chemical calculations. Our results indicate that the reaction field varies in a surprisingly broad range, 0–107 V cm−1, and that at close proximity, on the order of the chromophore radius, the effective dielectric constant of the solute–solvent system displays a unique functional dependence on the bulk dielectric constant, offering new insight into the close-range molecular interaction. PMID:25958849

  15. Exploring Entangled Two-Photon Absorption in Molecules

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    Caraher, John

    2014-05-01

    Goodson and colleagues have reported anomalously large cross-sections (of order σ =10-17 cm2) for the two-photon absorption of entangled photons in a number of molecules. This poster reports on attempts to replicate and expand upon their results for one of these, zinc tetraphenylporphyrin (Zn TPP) in chloroform solution. It will also discuss the interpretation of the Goodson group's experimental data, particularly their results regarding entanglement area and entanglement time (the spatial and temporal widths of the fourth-order coherence functions, respectively). Results of direct measurement of entanglement time (via a Hong-Ou-Mandel interferometer) for a laser and optical system essentially identical to the one used in Goodson's work will be presented and compared with their reported values. Supported by the DePauw University Faculty Development Committee.

  16. Two-photon decays of η _c from lattice QCD

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    Chen, Ting; Chen, Ying; Gong, Ming; Lei, Yu-Hong; Li, Ning; Liu, Chuan; Liu, Yu-Bin; Liu, Zhaofeng; Ma, Jian-Ping; Qiu, Wei-Feng; Wang, Zhan-Lin; Zhang, Jian-Bo

    2016-07-01

    We present an exploratory lattice study for the two-photon decay of η _c using N_f=2 twisted mass lattice QCD gauge configurations generated by the European Twisted Mass Collaboration. Two different lattice spacings of a=0.067 fm and a=0.085 fm are used in the study, both of which are of physical size of 2 fm. The decay widths are found to be 1.025(5) KeV for the coarser lattice and 1.062(5) KeV for the finer lattice, respectively, where the errors are purely statistical. A naive extrapolation toward the continuum limit yields Γ ˜eq 1.122(14) KeV, which is smaller than the previous quenched result and most of the current experimental results. Possible reasons are discussed.

  17. Control and enhancement of interferometric coupling between two photonic qubits

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    Stárek, R.; Mičuda, M.; Straka, I.; Miková, M.; Ježek, M.; Filip, R.; Fiurášek, J.

    2016-04-01

    We theoretically investigate and experimentally demonstrate a procedure for conditional control and enhancement of an interferometric coupling between two qubits encoded into states of bosonic particles. Our procedure combines local coupling of one of the particles to an auxiliary mode and single-qubit quantum filtering. We experimentally verify the proposed procedure using a linear optical setup where qubits are encoded into quantum states of single photons and coupled at a beam splitter with a fixed transmittance. With our protocol, we implement a range of different effective transmittances, demonstrate both enhancement and reduction of the coupling strength, and observe dependence of two-photon bunching on the effective transmittance. To make our analysis complete, we also theoretically investigate a more general scheme where each particle is coupled to a separate auxiliary mode and show that this latter scheme enables us to achieve higher implementation probability. We show that our approach can be extended also to other kinds of qubit-qubit interactions.

  18. High numerical aperture hybrid optics for two-photon polymerization.

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    Burmeister, Frank; Zeitner, Uwe D; Nolte, Stefan; Tünnermann, Andreas

    2012-03-26

    We report on an immersion hybrid optics specially designed for focusing ultrashort laser pulses into a polymer for direct laser writing via two-photon polymerization. The hybrid optics allows for well-corrected focusing over a large working distance range of 577 μm with a numerical aperture (NA) of 1.33 and low internal dispersion. We combine the concepts of an aplanatic solid immersion lens (ASIL) for achieving a high NA with a diffractive optical element (DOE) for correction of aberrations. To demonstrate the improvements for volume structuring of the polymer, we compare the achievable structure sizes of our optics with a commercially available oil-immersion objective (100x, NA=1.4). PMID:22453471

  19. Clinical multiphoton tomography and clinical two-photon microendoscopy

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    König, Karsten; Bückle, Rainer; Weinigel, Martin; Elsner, Peter; Kaatz, Martin

    2009-02-01

    We report on applications of high-resolution clinical multiphoton tomography based on the femtosecond laser system DermaInspectTM with its flexible mirror arm in Australia, Asia, and Europe. Applications include early detection of melanoma, in situ tracing of pharmacological and cosmetical compounds including ZnO nanoparticles in the epidermis and upper dermis, the determination of the skin aging index SAAID as well as the study of the effects of anti-aging products. In addition, first clinical studies with novel rigid high-NA two-photon 1.6 mm GRIN microendoscopes have been conducted to study the effect of wound healing in chronic wounds (ulcus ulcera) as well as to perform intrabody imaging with subcellular resolution in small animals.

  20. Two-photon quantum interference for an undergraduate lab

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    Ourjoumtsev, A.; Dheur, M.-C.; Avignon, T.; Jacubowiez, L.

    2015-11-01

    We present a simple setup allowing undergraduate students to reproduce the Hong-Ou-Mandel experiment during a half-day labwork session and observe the coalescence of two indistinguishable photons merging on a balanced beamsplitter. This two-photon interference effect, fundamentally related to the bosonic character of the photons, is commonly used in the fields of quantum communication and computing to test the indistinguishability of two single-photon wavepackets. The setup makes use of very few optical elements and requires little alignement that can be performed by students themselves. It allows them to gather essential experimental skills related to parametric crystals, fibre optics and single-photon detection, and to transpose abstract concepts of quantum physics to a hands-on experiment in the lab.

  1. Two-photon voltmeter for measuring a molecular electric field.

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    Rebane, Aleksander; Wicks, Geoffrey; Drobizhev, Mikhail; Cooper, Thomas; Trummal, Aleksander; Uudsemaa, Merle

    2015-06-22

    We present a new approach for determining the strength of the dipolar solute-induced reaction field, along with the ground- and excited-state electrostatic dipole moments and polarizability of a solvated chromophore, using exclusively one-photon and two-photon absorption measurements. We verify the approach on two benchmark chromophores N,N-dimethyl-6-propionyl-2-naphthylamine (prodan) and coumarin 153 (C153) in a series of toluene/dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) mixtures and find that the experimental values show good quantitative agreement with literature and our quantum-chemical calculations. Our results indicate that the reaction field varies in a surprisingly broad range, 0-10(7)  V cm(-1) , and that at close proximity, on the order of the chromophore radius, the effective dielectric constant of the solute-solvent system displays a unique functional dependence on the bulk dielectric constant, offering new insight into the close-range molecular interaction. PMID:25958849

  2. Fluorescent Pluronic nanodots for in vivo two-photon imaging.

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    Maurin, Mathieu; Vurth, Laeticia; Vial, Jean-Claude; Baldeck, Patrice; Marder, Seth R; Van der Sanden, Boudewijn; Stephan, Olivier

    2009-06-10

    We report the synthesis of new nanosized fluorescent probes based on bio-compatible polyethylene-polypropylene glycol (Pluronic) materials. In aqueous solution, mini-emulsification of Pluronic with a high fluorescent di-stryl benzene-modified derivative, exhibiting a two-photon absorption cross section as high as 2500 Goeppert-Mayer units at 800 nm, leads to nanoparticles exhibiting a hydrodynamic radius below 100 nm. We have demonstrated that these new probes with luminescence located in the spectral region of interest for bio-imaging (the yellow part of the visible spectrum) allow deep (500 microm) bio-imaging of the mice brain vasculature. The dose injected during our experiments is ten times lower when compared to the classical commercial rhodamine-B isothicyanate-Dextran system but gives similar results to homogeneous blood plasma staining. The mean fluorescent signal intensity stayed constant during more than 1 h. PMID:19448291

  3. Fluorescent Pluronic nanodots for in vivo two-photon imaging

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    Maurin, Mathieu; Vurth, Laeticia; Vial, Jean-Claude; Baldeck, Patrice; Marder, Seth R.; Sanden, Boudewijn Van der; Stephan, Olivier

    2009-06-01

    We report the synthesis of new nanosized fluorescent probes based on bio-compatible polyethylene-polypropylene glycol (Pluronic) materials. In aqueous solution, mini-emulsification of Pluronic with a high fluorescent di-stryl benzene-modified derivative, exhibiting a two-photon absorption cross section as high as 2500 Goeppert-Mayer units at 800 nm, leads to nanoparticles exhibiting a hydrodynamic radius below 100 nm. We have demonstrated that these new probes with luminescence located in the spectral region of interest for bio-imaging (the yellow part of the visible spectrum) allow deep (500 µm) bio-imaging of the mice brain vasculature. The dose injected during our experiments is ten times lower when compared to the classical commercial rhodamine-B isothicyanate-Dextran system but gives similar results to homogeneous blood plasma staining. The mean fluorescent signal intensity stayed constant during more than 1 h.

  4. Whole Brain Imaging with Serial Two-Photon Tomography

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    Amato, Stephen P.; Pan, Feng; Schwartz, Joel; Ragan, Timothy M.

    2016-01-01

    Imaging entire mouse brains at submicron resolution has historically been a challenging undertaking and largely confined to the province of dedicated atlasing initiatives. This has limited systematic investigations into important areas of neuroscience, such as neural circuits, brain mapping and neurodegeneration. In this article, we describe in detail Serial Two-Photon (STP) tomography, a robust, reliable method for imaging entire brains with histological detail. We provide examples of how the basic methodology can be extended to other imaging modalities, such as Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), in order to provide unique contrast mechanisms. Furthermore, we provide a survey of the research that STP tomography has enabled in the field of neuroscience, provide examples of how this technology enables quantitative whole brain studies, and discuss the current limitations of STP tomography-based approaches. PMID:27047350

  5. High contrast two-photon imaging of fingermarks

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    Stoltzfus, Caleb R.; Rebane, Aleksander

    2016-01-01

    Optically-acquired fingermarks are widely used as evidence across law enforcement agencies as well as in the courts of law. A common technique for visualizing latent fingermarks on nonporous surfaces consists of cyanoacrylate fuming of the fingerprint material, followed by impregnation with a fluorescent dye, which under ultra violet (UV) illumination makes the fingermarks visible and thus accessible for digital recording. However, there exist critical circumstances, when the image quality is compromised due to high background scattering, high auto-fluorescence of the substrate material, or other detrimental photo-physical and photo-chemical effects such as light-induced damage to the sample. Here we present a novel near-infrared (NIR), two-photon induced fluorescence imaging modality, which significantly enhances the quality of the fingermark images, especially when obtained from highly reflective and/or scattering surfaces, while at the same time reducing photo-damage to sensitive forensic samples. PMID:27053515

  6. Four-dimensional multi-site two-photon excitation

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    Daria, Vincent R.; Stricker, Christian; Bowman, Richard; Bachor, Hans-A.; Redman, Stephen

    2010-02-01

    We use the holographic method to project an arbitrary array of diffraction-limited focal spots suitable for multi-site twophoton excitation. The spot array can be projected arbitrarily within a three-dimensional (3D) volume, while the fourth dimension in time is attributed to high temporal resolution via high-speed non-iterative calculation of the hologram using a video graphics accelerator board. We show that the spots have sufficient energy and spatiotemporal photon density for localized two-photon excitation at individual spots in the array. The significance of this work points to 3D microscopy, non-linear micro-fabrication, volume holographic optical storage and biomedical instrumentation. In neuroscience, timecritical release of neurotransmitters at multiple sites within complex dendritic trees of neurons can lead to insights on the mechanisms of information processing in the brain.

  7. Two-photon exchange in proton elastic scattering

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    Bernauer, Jan C.

    2015-10-01

    Recent interest in the proton electromagnetic form factors is partly motivated by the discrepancy found in the determination of the electric-to-magnetic form factor ratio using different techniques. Results from scattering experiments using the Rosenbluth technique indicate that the form factor ratio is constant as a function of Q2 while experiments employing polarization show a clear, roughly linear, decline of the ratio. A possible explanation is the typically unaccounted for contribution of hard two-photon exchange to the scattering process. Theoretical calculations show large variations, many indicating an effect of the right sign and magnitude. Direct verification was sought by experiments at VEPP-3, Jefferson Lab and by the OLYMPUS collaboration at DESY. In the talk, I will discuss the OLYMPUS experiment and the current state of experimental and theoretical results.

  8. Measurement of two-photon exchange effects in CLAS

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    Rimal, Dipak; Raue, Brian; Adikaram, Dasuni; Weinstein, Lawrence

    2014-03-01

    There is a significant discrepancy between the Rosenbluth and the polarization transfer measurements of the proton's electric to magnetic form factor ratio GEp/GEp. One possible explanation of this discrepancy is the contribution from two-photon exchange (TPE) effects, which are not typically accounted for in standard radiative corrections. The ratio of positron-proton to electron-proton elastic scattering cross sections, R =σ/(e+ p) σ (e- p) , provides a model independent measurement of the TPE contribution to elastic electron-proton scattering. We measured this ratio at Jefferson Lab using a mixed electron-positron beam. Both electrons and positrons were elastically scattered from a liquid hydrogen target. The resulting scattered particles were detected in CLAS. The experimental details and results will be discussed. U.S. Dept. of Energy.

  9. Two-photon excited UV fluorescence for protein crystal detection

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    Madden, Jeremy T.; DeWalt, Emma L.; Simpson, Garth J.

    2011-10-01

    Complementary measurements using SONICC and TPE-UVF allow the sensitive and selective detection of protein crystals. Two-photon excited ultraviolet fluorescence (TPE-UVF) microscopy is explored for sensitive protein-crystal detection as a complement to second-order nonlinear optical imaging of chiral crystals (SONICC). Like conventional ultraviolet fluorescence (UVF), TPE-UVF generates image contrast based on the intrinsic fluorescence of aromatic residues, generally producing higher fluorescence emission within crystals than the mother liquor by nature of the higher local protein concentration. However, TPE-UVF has several advantages over conventional UVF, including (i) insensitivity to optical scattering, allowing imaging in turbid matrices, (ii) direct compatibility with conventional optical plates and windows by using visible light for excitation, (iii) elimination of potentially damaging out-of-plane UV excitation, (iv) improved signal to noise through background reduction from out-of-plane excitation and (v) relatively simple integration into instrumentation developed for SONICC.

  10. Classes of two-photon states defined by linear interactions and destructive two-photon quantum interference in a single mode

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    Lund, A. P.

    2015-11-01

    We describe a two-photon quantum interference effect which differs from the Hong-Ou-Mandel effect in that the destructive quantum inference occurs on a component of the state where two photons are in a single output mode while maintaining the two-photon events in the alternative mode. This effect is manifestly nonclassical but requires more sophisticated technology to observe than the Hong-Ou-Mandel effect. The theory outlined in this paper can also be used to classify two-photon states into classes which are related by the ability to transform the states within the class by using only linear optical interactions. This theory shows that there is an infinite number of these classes of two photon states when there are two or more modes which can support the photons.

  11. Two-photon absorption spectrum of the photoinitiator Lucirin TPO-L

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    Mendonca, C. R.; Correa, D. S.; Baldacchini, T.; Tayalia, P.; Mazur, E.

    2008-03-01

    Two-photon absorption induced polymerization provides a powerful method for the fabrication of intricate three-dimensional microstructures. Recently, Lucirin TPO-L was shown to be a photoinitiator with several advantageous properties for two-photon induced polymerization. Here we measure the two-photon absorption cross-section spectrum of Lucirin TPO-L, which presents a maximum of 1.2 GM at 610 nm. Despite its small two-photon absorption cross-section, it is possible to fabricate excellent microstructures by two-photon polymerization due to the high polymerization quantum yield of Lucirin TPO-L. These results indicate that optimization of the two-photon absorption cross-section is not the only material parameter to be considered when searching for new photoinitiators for microfabrication via two-photon absorption.

  12. Comparative Study of Electric Field Measurement in Glow Discharges using Laser Optogalvanic Spectroscopy

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    Hussain, Shahid; Saleem, M.; Baig, M. A.

    2008-10-22

    The net electric field inside low-pressure glow discharges has been measured using laser optogalvanic spectroscopy of 1s2s {sup 1}S{sub 0}{yields}np{sup 1}P{sub 1} Rydberg series of atomic helium. Three different types of discharges, an inductively coupled RF discharge cell operating at 4 MHz, a homemade DC discharge cell and a commercial see-through hollow cathode lamp have been used for these studies. The Rydberg series terminates earlier in the high electric field discharge as compared to that in the low electric field discharge. The net electric field also produces shift and broadens the observed spectral lines especially in the high lying Rydberg transitions. The electric field has been determined from the series termination and also from the energy shift of the observed transitions.

  13. Intracavity Optogalvanic Spectroscopy, A New Ultra-sensitive Analytical Technique for 14C Analysis

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    Murnick, Daniel E.; Dogru, Ozgur; Ilkmen, Erhan

    2009-01-01

    We show a new ultra-sensitive laser based analytical technique, intracavity optogalvanic spectroscopy, allowing extremely high sensitivity for detection of 14C labeled carbon dioxide. Capable of replacing large accelerator mass spectrometers, the technique quantifies attomoles of 14C in submicrogram samples. Based on the specificity of narrow laser resonances coupled with the sensitivity provided by standing waves in an optical cavity and detection via impedance variations, limits of detection near 10-15 14C:12C ratios are obtained. Using a 15W 14CO2 laser, a linear calibration with samples from 10-15 to >2 × 10-12 in 14C:12C ratios, as determined by accelerator mass spectrometry, is demonstrated. Possible applications include microdosing studies in drug development, individualized sub-therapeutic tests of drug metabolism, carbon dating and real time monitoring of atmospheric radiocarbon. The method can also be applied to detection of other trace entities. PMID:18533685

  14. Development of laser optogalvanic spectroscopy as a probe of alkali atoms in an MHD environment

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    Monts, D.L.; Qian, S.; Cook, R.L.; Shepard, W.S.

    1995-02-01

    Application of Laser Optogalvanic Spectroscopy (LOGS) to MHD combustion systems requires selection of an appropriate alkali atom electronic transition to monitor. These studies suggest that in MHD combustion systems, it is desirable to use cesium, which occurs as an impurity in potassium compounds, as a surrogate for potassium rather than to directly monitor potassium in order to obtain reliable determinations of seed concentration. Studies were also performed to investigate the effect of electrode corrosion on the normalized LOGS signal intensity at a fixed wavelength (578.238 nm). During six-hour experiments in a near-stoichiometric flame, the normalized LOGS signal intensity decreased by 40-50% for a -960 V rod electrode and by 10-20% for a -500 V rod electrode. These changes are attributed to buildup of an oxide coating on the electrode, reducing the collection efficiency of the electrode.

  15. Doppler-free approach to optical pumping dynamics in the 6S_1/2‑5D_5/2 electric quadrupole transition of cesium vapor

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    Chan, Eng Aik; Aljunid, Syed Abdullah; Zheludev, Nikolay I.; Wilkowski, David; Ducloy, Martial

    2016-05-01

    The $6S_{1/2}-5D_{5/2}$ electric quadrupole transition is investigated in Cesium vapor at room temperature via nonlinear Doppler-free 6P-6S-5D three-level spectroscopy. Frequency-resolved studies of individual E2 hyperfine lines allow one to analyze optical pumping dynamics, polarization selection rules and line intensities. It opens the way to studies of transfer of light orbital angular momentum to atoms, and the influence of metamaterials on E2 line spectra.

  16. Optimization of Doppler-free magnetically induced dichroic locking spectroscopy on the 1S0-3P1 transition of a neutral mercury atom

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    Liu, Hongli; Yin, Shiqi; Qian, Jun; Xu, Zhen; Wang, Yuzhu

    2013-04-01

    Doppler-free dichroic locking (DFDL) spectroscopy on the 1S0-3P1 transition of neutral mercury (Hg) atoms is observed in a 5 mm long vapour cell. The performance of the DFDL signal, such as its slope and amplitude, is investigated in detail. The optimal axial magnetic field and cell temperature (optical depth) for the observed seven transitions are also highlighted. We also demonstrate an important application of DFDL spectroscopy in the frequency stabilization of an ultraviolet laser on the transition of 200Hg.

  17. Two-Photon Ghost Image and Interference-Diffraction

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    Shih, Y. H.; Sergienko, A. V.; Pittman, T. B.; Strekalov, D. V.; Klyshko, D. N.

    1996-01-01

    One of the most surprising consequences of quantum mechanics is entanglement of two or more distance particles. The two-particle entangled state was mathematically formulated by Schrodinger. Based on this unusual quantum behavior, EPR defined their 'physical reality' and then asked the question: 'Can Quantum-Mechanical Description of Physical Reality Be Considered Complete?' One may not appreciate EPR's criterion of physical reality and insist that 'no elementary quantum phenomenon is a phenomenon until it is a recorded phenomenon'. Optical spontaneous parametric down conversion (SPDC) is the most effective mechanism to generate an EPR type entangled two-photon state. In SPDC, an optical beam, called the pump, is incident on a birefringent crystal. The pump is intense enough so that nonlinear effects lead to the conversion of pump photons into pairs of photons, historically called signal and idler. Technically, the SPDC is said to be type-1 or type-2, depending on whether the signal and idler beams have parallel or orthogonal polarization. The SPDC conversion efficiency is typically on the order of 10(exp -9) to 10(exp -11), depending on the SPDC nonlinear material. The signal and idler intensities are extremely low, only single photon detection devices can register them. The quantum entanglement nature of SPDC has been demonstrated in EPR-Bohm experiments and Bell's inequality measurements. The following two experiments were recently performed in our laboratory, which are more closely related to the original 1935 EPR gedankenezperiment. The first experiment is a two-photon optical imaging type experiment, which has been named 'ghost image' by the physics community. The signal and idler beams of SPDC are sent in different directions, so that the detection of the signal and idler photons can be performed by two distant photon counting detectors. An aperture object (mask) is placed in front of the signal photon detector and illuminated by the signal beam through a

  18. Formation of Alkali Hydrides via Two-photon Excitation

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    Juarros, Elizabeth; Kirby, Kate; Coté, Robin

    2006-05-01

    Alkali hydride molecules are very polar, exhibiting large ground-state dipole moments. Ultracold sources of alkali atoms and hydrogen have been created in the laboratory. We explore theoretically the feasibility of forming such molecules from a mixture of the ultracold atomic gases, employing a two-photon stimulated radiative association process -- Raman excitation. The triplet ground state for lithium hydride is of particular interest since it supports only one bound ro-vibrational level. Using accurate molecular potential energy curves and dipole transition moments, we have calculated the rate coefficients for populating the bound ro-vibrational level of the a^3&+circ; state of LiH via the excited b^3π state. We have found that significant molecule formation rates can be realized with laser intensities and atomic densities that are attainable experimentally. Also, we have calculated the rate coefficients for populating all the vibrational levels of the X^1&+circ; state of LiH via the excited B^1π state. In this case, we have found that significant formation rates into the upper vibrational levels can be realized. We examine the spontaneous emission cascade which takes place from these upper vibrational levels on a timescale of milliseconds, and calculate the resulting rotational populations in v=0. We show that photon emission in the cascade process does not contribute to trap loss.

  19. Two-photon autofluorescence spectroscopy of oral mucosa tissue

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    Edward, Kert; Shilagard, Tuya; Qiu, Suimin; Vargas, Gracie

    2011-03-01

    The survival rate for individuals diagnosed with oral cancer is correlated with the stage of detection. Thus the development of novel techniques for the earliest possible detection of malignancies is of critical importance. Single photon (1P) autofluorescence spectroscopy has proven to be a powerful diagnostic tool in this regard, but 2P (two photon) spectroscopy remains essentially unexplored. In this investigation, a spectroscopic system was incorporated into a custom-built 2P laser scanning microscope. Oral cancer was induced in the buccal pouch of Syrian Golden hamsters by tri-weekly topical application of 9,10-dimethyl-1,2-benzanthracene (DMBA).Three separated sites where investigated in each hamster at four excitation wavelengths from 780 nm to 890 nm. A Total of 8 hamsters were investigated (4 normal and 4 DMBA treated). All investigated sites were imaged via 2p imaging, marked for biopsy, processed for histology and H&E staining, and graded by a pathologist. The in vivo emission spectrum for normal, mild/high grade dysplasia and squamous cell carcinoma is presented. It is shown that the hamsters with various stages of dysplasia are characterized by spectral differences as a function of depth and excitation wavelength, compared to normal hamsters.

  20. Two-Photon Absorption in Conjugated Energetic Molecules.

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    Bjorgaard, Josiah A; Sifain, Andrew E; Nelson, Tammie; Myers, Thomas W; Veauthier, Jacqueline M; Chavez, David E; Scharff, R Jason; Tretiak, Sergei

    2016-07-01

    Time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) was used to investigate the relationship between molecular structure and the one- and two-photon absorption (OPA and TPA, respectively) properties of novel and recently synthesized conjugated energetic molecules (CEMs). The molecular structures of CEMs can be strategically altered to influence the heat of formation and oxygen balance, two factors that can contribute to the sensitivity and strength of an explosive material. OPA and TPA are sensitive to changes in molecular structure as well, influencing the optical range of excitation. We found calculated vertical excitation energies to be in good agreement with experiment for most molecules. Peak TPA intensities were found to be significant and on the order of 10(2) GM. Natural transition orbitals for essential electronic states defining TPA peaks of relatively large intensity were used to examine the character of relevant transitions. Modification of molecular substituents, such as additional oxygen or other functional groups, produces significant changes in electronic structure, OPA, and TPA and improves oxygen balance. The results show that certain molecules are apt to undergo nonlinear absorption, opening the possibility for controlled, direct optical initiation of CEMs through photochemical pathways. PMID:27257984

  1. Two-photon excited photoconversion of cyanine-based dyes

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    Kwok, Sheldon J. J.; Choi, Myunghwan; Bhayana, Brijesh; Zhang, Xueli; Ran, Chongzhao; Yun, Seok-Hyun

    2016-01-01

    The advent of phototransformable fluorescent proteins has led to significant advances in optical imaging, including the unambiguous tracking of cells over large spatiotemporal scales. However, these proteins typically require activating light in the UV-blue spectrum, which limits their in vivo applicability due to poor light penetration and associated phototoxicity on cells and tissue. We report that cyanine-based, organic dyes can be efficiently photoconverted by nonlinear excitation at the near infrared (NIR) window. Photoconversion likely involves singlet-oxygen mediated photochemical cleavage, yielding blue-shifted fluorescent products. Using SYTO62, a biocompatible and cell-permeable dye, we demonstrate photoconversion in a variety of cell lines, including depth-resolved labeling of cells in 3D culture. Two-photon photoconversion of cyanine-based dyes offer several advantages over existing photoconvertible proteins, including use of minimally toxic NIR light, labeling without need for genetic intervention, rapid kinetics, remote subsurface targeting, and long persistence of photoconverted signal. These findings are expected to be useful for applications involving rapid labeling of cells deep in tissue. PMID:27029524

  2. Synergistic Two-Photon Absorption Enhancement in Photosynthetic Light Harvesting

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    Chen, Kuo-Mei; Chen, Yu-Wei; Gao, Ting-Fong

    2012-06-01

    The grand scale fixation of solar energies into chemical substances by photosynthetic reactions of light-harvesting organisms provides Earth's other life forms a thriving environment. Scientific explorations in the past decades have unraveled the fundamental photophysical and photochemical processes in photosynthesis. Higher plants, green algae, and light-harvesting bacteria utilize organized pigment-protein complexes to harvest solar power efficiently and the resultant electronic excitations are funneled into a reaction center, where the first charge separation process takes place. Here we show experimental evidences that green algae (Chlorella vulgaris) in vivo display a synergistic two-photon absorption enhancement in their photosynthetic light harvesting. Their absorption coefficients at various wavelengths display dramatic dependence on the photon flux. This newly found phenomenon is attributed to a coherence-electronic-energy-transfer-mediated (CEETRAM) photon absorption process of light-harvesting pigment-protein complexes of green algae. Under the ambient light level, algae and higher plants can utilize this quantum mechanical mechanism to create two entangled electronic excitations adjacently in their light-harvesting networks. Concerted multiple electron transfer reactions in the reaction centers and oxygen evolving complexes can be implemented efficiently by the coherent motion of two entangled excitons from antennae to the charge separation reaction sites. To fabricate nanostructured, synthetic light-harvesting apparatus, the paramount role of the CEETRAM photon absorption mechanism should be seriously considered in the strategic guidelines.

  3. Characterization of two-photon polymerization process using Raman microspectroscopy

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    Jiang, L. J.; Zhou, Y. S.; Xiong, W.; Gao, Y.; Baldacchini, T.; Silvain, J.-F.; Jiang, L.; Lu, Y. F.

    2014-03-01

    Two-photon polymerization (TPP) is a promising micro/nanofabrication technique, which is capable of fabricating 3D micro/nanostructures beyond the diffraction limit of light. However, the study of TPP process with a focus on the dependence of degree of conversion on TPP parameters using a non-destructive and efficient method is still lacking. We studied the quantitative relationships between the TPP parameters and the cross-linking of an acrylic-based IP-L 780 photoresist via systematic Raman characterization. The differences in the Raman spectra between the non-polymerized and the polymerized IP-L 780 photoresists were observed by probing the excitation of carbon-carbon double bond (C=C) vibrations. We obtained the relationship between the degree of conversion in TPP and the Raman spectra of the IP-L 780 resin, in which the intensity of the characteristic Raman peak of IP-L 780 at 1635 cm-1 decreases with the increase of the TPP laser dose. A mathematic model of the degree of conversion with respective to the TPP parameters, including laser average power and writing speed, has been established. The method provides a simple and effective way to characterize and optimize the TPP micro/nanofabrication processes. The established model for the degree of conversion as the function of TPP parameters will contribute to the advanced 3D TPP micro/nanofabrication by providing a guidance to optimize the laser doses, voxel sizes, and the mechanical strength of the polymers.

  4. Two-photon holographic optogenetics of neural circuits (Conference Presentation)

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    Yang, Weijian; Carrillo-Reid, Luis; Peterka, Darcy S.; Yuste, Rafael

    2016-03-01

    Optical manipulation of in vivo neural circuits with cellular resolution could be important for understanding cortical function. Despite recent progress, simultaneous optogenetic activation with cellular precision has either been limited to 2D planes, or a very small numbers of neurons over a limited volume. Here we demonstrate a novel paradigm for simultaneous 3D activation using a low repetition rate pulse-amplified fiber laser system and a spatial light modulator (SLM) to project 3D holographic excitation patterns on the cortex of mice in vivo for targeted volumetric 3D photoactivation. This method is compatible with two-photon imaging, and enables the simultaneous activation of multiple cells in 3D, using red-shifted opsins, such as C1V1 or ReaChR, while simultaneously imaging GFP-based sensors such as GCaMP6. This all-optical imaging and 3D manipulation approach achieves simultaneous reading and writing of cortical activity, and should be a powerful tool for the study of neuronal circuits.

  5. Photodynamic therapy by nonresonant two-photon excitation

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    Koenig, Karsten; Riemann, Iris; Fischer, Peter

    1999-07-01

    Intracellular photodynamic reactions by nonlinear excitation of porphyrin photosensitizers have been induced using near infrared ultrashort laser pulses at 200 fs pulse width, 80 MHz pulse repetition rate and 2 mW mean laser power. In particular, a highly focused 780 nm pulsed laser scanning beam was employed at a frame rate of 1/16 s-1 (60 microsecond(s) pixel dwell time) to expose Photofrin-labeled and aminolevulinic acid (ALA)-labeled Chinese hamster ovary cells. Intracellular accumulation and photobleaching of the fluorescent photosensitizers protoporphyrin IX and Photofrin have been studied by non-resonant two-photon fluorescence excitation. Subsequent scanning of the sensitizer-labeled cells resulted in reduced cloning efficiency of 50% and 0% after about 13 scans (approximately equals 10 mJ) and 50 scans, respectively, in the case of Photofrin accumulation (5 (mu) g/ml) and after about 24 scans and 100 scans in the case of ALA administration (1.5 mg/ml). Live/dead assays revealed the loss of vitality of most of cells after 50 scans for Photofrin-labeled cells and 100 scans for ALA-labeled cells. Sensitizer-free control cells could be scanned more than 250 times (1.1 h) without impact on the reproduction behavior, morphology, and vitality.

  6. Two-photon induced polymerization of photo-driven microsensors

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    Lin, Chih-Lang; Wang, Irene; Bouriau, Michel; Casalegno, Roger; Andraud, Chantal; Baldeck, Patrice L.

    2004-10-01

    We report on the fabrication of photo-driven polymer microsensors for viscosimetry, velocimetry and micropump applications. They are readily made with a low-cost polymerization technique based on two-photon absorption. Microsensors are free-floating in the liquid to be characterized. A linearly-polarized optical tweezers is used to trap one sensor at the laser focal point and to generate the optical torque needed for local hydrodynamic measurements. Viscosity and velocity microsensors have slab shapes that align in the polarization direction. The local viscosity is deduced from the maximum rotation frequency generated by the rotating linear polarization, while the fluid velocity is obtained by measuring the maximum angle that equilibrates the optical torque and drag torque. Experimental results are in good agreement with theoretical calculations. The micropump is based on a micron-size Archimedes screw that rotates around its long axis when it is trapped at the focal point. The laser-induced rotation is due to the optical torque that is transferred by the laser scattering on the screw.

  7. Higgs boson decay to two photons and dispersion relations

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    Melnikov, Kirill; Vainshtein, Arkady

    2016-03-01

    We discuss the computation of the Higgs boson decay amplitude to two photons through the W -loop using dispersion relations. The imaginary part of the form factor FW(s ) that parametrizes this decay is unambiguous in four dimensions. When it is used to calculate the unsubtracted dispersion integral, the finite result for the form factor FW(s ) is obtained. However, the FW(s ) obtained in this way differs by a constant term from the result of a diagrammatic computation, based on dimensional regularization. It is easy to accommodate the missing constant by writing a once-subtracted dispersion relation for FW(s ) but it is unclear why the subtraction needs to be done. The goal of this paper is to investigate this question in detail. We show that the correct constant can be recovered within a dispersive approach in a number of ways that, however, either require an introduction of an ultraviolet regulator or unphysical degrees of freedom; unregulated and unsubtracted computations in the unitary gauge are insufficient, in spite of the fact that such computations give a finite result.

  8. Nonlinear Pulse Propagation Near a Two-Photon Resonance

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    Rodrigues, Augusto Da Silveira

    The propagation of light pulses whose spectra are in the vicinity of a material two-photon resonance is studied. We derive the appropriate form for the nonlinear polarization. In the limit of fast material response (as compared to the pulse duration) we obtain a wave equation that includes a new term that reflects the nonlinearly dispersive nature of the propagation. We find that nonlinear dispersion leads to self-steepening, and asymmetric spectral modulation, which in the absence of linear dispersion eventually leads to an optical shock formation. However, second-order linear dispersion is eventually able to stop the steepening and we show that a new set of solitons are supported by the system, resulting from the interplay of linear dispersion, intensity dependent refractive-index, and nonlinear dispersion. We assess the effects of third-order linear dispersion on these pulses and show that for realistic values of the parameters and not too large propagation distances they remain relatively stable. We study also the evolution of ultra-short pulses in a medium whose relaxation time is comparable to the pulses duration, and apply those results to the study of femtosecond pulse propagation in quantum dot doped waveguides.

  9. Two-Photon-Absorption Scheme for Optical Beam Tracking

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    Ortiz, Gerardo G.; Farr, William H.

    2011-01-01

    A new optical beam tracking approach for free-space optical communication links using two-photon absorption (TPA) in a high-bandgap detector material was demonstrated. This tracking scheme is part of the canonical architecture described in the preceding article. TPA is used to track a long-wavelength transmit laser while direct absorption on the same sensor simultaneously tracks a shorter-wavelength beacon. The TPA responsivity was measured for silicon using a PIN photodiode at a laser beacon wavelength of 1,550 nm. As expected, the responsivity shows a linear dependence with incident power level. The responsivity slope is 4.5 x 10(exp -7) A/W2. Also, optical beam spots from the 1,550-nm laser beacon were characterized on commercial charge coupled device (CCD) and complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) imagers with as little as 13.7 microWatts of optical power (see figure). This new tracker technology offers an innovative solution to reduce system complexity, improve transmit/receive isolation, improve optical efficiency, improve signal-to-noise ratio (SNR), and reduce cost for free-space optical communications transceivers.

  10. Measurement of two-photon exchange effect with CLAS

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    Raue, Brian A

    2010-08-01

    The structure of the proton is one the most important and most studied topics in nuclear physics. However, discrepant measurements of the proton's electromagnetic form factor ratio, GE/GM, seriously jeopardize a definitive understanding of the proton's structure. Measurements of GEGM using the Rosenbluth separation technique disagree with those using polarization transfer methods by about a factor of three at Q2~5.6 GeV2. It has been hypothesized that this discrepancy is due to two-photon exchange (TPE) effects that are not part of the usual radiative corrections. Theoretical corrections for the TPE effect are difficult due to the fact that a large number of excited nucleon states can contribute to the process. However, the TPE effect can be directly determined by measuring the ratio of the positron-proton to electron-proton elastic scattering cross sections, R = sigma(e+)/sigma(e-), as the TPE effect changes sign with respect to the charge of the incident particle. A brief test run of a modified beamline and the CLAS detector at Jefferson Lab has resulted in the most precise measurements of the R to date. We will present results from the test run covering Q2<0.8 GeV2 and 0.78<=epsilon<=0.97. In addition, the test run demonstrated the feasibility of producing a mixed electron/positron beam of good quality so that the measurements can be extended up to Q2~3.0 GeV2.

  11. Perturbative QCD predictions for two-photon exchange

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    Borisyuk, Dmitry; Kobushkin, Alexander

    2009-02-01

    We study two-photon exchange (TPE) in the elastic electron-nucleon scattering at high Q{sup 2} in the framework of perturbative quantum chromodynamics. The obtained TPE amplitude is of order {alpha}/{alpha}{sub s} with respect to Born approximation. Its shape and value are sensitive to the choice of nucleon wave function, thus study of TPE effects can provide important information about nucleon structure. With the wave functions based on quantum chromodynamics sum rules, TPE correction to the electron-proton cross section has a negative sign, is almost linear in {epsilon}, and grows logarithmically with Q{sup 2} up to 7% at Q{sup 2}=30 GeV{sup 2}. The results of existing hadronic calculations, taking into account just the nucleon intermediate state, can be smoothly connected with the perturbative quantum chromodynamics result near Q{sup 2}{approx}3 GeV{sup 2}. Above this point two methods disagree, which implies that the hadronic approach becomes inadequate at high Q{sup 2}. Other relevant observables, such as the electron/positron cross section ratio, are also discussed.

  12. Review of two-photon exchange in electron scattering

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    J. Arrington, P. G. Blunden, W. Melnitchouk

    2011-10-01

    We review the role of two-photon exchange (TPE) in electron-hadron scattering, focusing in particular on hadronic frameworks suitable for describing the low and moderate Q^2 region relevant to most experimental studies. We discuss the effects of TPE on the extraction of nucleon form factors and their role in the resolution of the proton electric to magnetic form factor ratio puzzle. The implications of TPE on various other observables, including neutron form factors, electroproduction of resonances and pions, and nuclear form factors, are summarized. Measurements seeking to directly identify TPE effects, such as through the angular dependence of polarization measurements, nonlinear epsilon contributions to the cross sections, and via e+p to e-p cross section ratios, are also outlined. In the weak sector, we describe the role of TPE and gamma-Z interference in parity-violating electron scattering, and assess their impact on the extraction of the strange form factors of the nucleon and the weak charge of the proton.

  13. Two photon absorption in high power broad area laser diodes

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    Dogan, Mehmet; Michael, Christopher P.; Zheng, Yan; Zhu, Lin; Jacob, Jonah H.

    2014-03-01

    Recent advances in thermal management and improvements in fabrication and facet passivation enabled extracting unprecedented optical powers from laser diodes (LDs). However, even in the absence of thermal roll-over or catastrophic optical damage (COD), the maximum achievable power is limited by optical non-linear effects. Due to its non-linear nature, two-photon absorption (TPA) becomes one of the dominant factors that limit efficient extraction of laser power from LDs. In this paper, theoretical and experimental analysis of TPA in high-power broad area laser diodes (BALD) is presented. A phenomenological optical extraction model that incorporates TPA explains the reduction in optical extraction efficiency at high intensities in BALD bars with 100μm-wide emitters. The model includes two contributions associated with TPA: the straightforward absorption of laser photons and the subsequent single photon absorption by the holes and electrons generated by the TPA process. TPA is a fundamental limitation since it is inherent to the LD semiconductor material. Therefore scaling the LDs to high power requires designs that reduce the optical intensity by increasing the mode size.

  14. Two-photon excited photoconversion of cyanine-based dyes

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    Kwok, Sheldon J. J.; Choi, Myunghwan; Bhayana, Brijesh; Zhang, Xueli; Ran, Chongzhao; Yun, Seok-Hyun

    2016-03-01

    The advent of phototransformable fluorescent proteins has led to significant advances in optical imaging, including the unambiguous tracking of cells over large spatiotemporal scales. However, these proteins typically require activating light in the UV-blue spectrum, which limits their in vivo applicability due to poor light penetration and associated phototoxicity on cells and tissue. We report that cyanine-based, organic dyes can be efficiently photoconverted by nonlinear excitation at the near infrared (NIR) window. Photoconversion likely involves singlet-oxygen mediated photochemical cleavage, yielding blue-shifted fluorescent products. Using SYTO62, a biocompatible and cell-permeable dye, we demonstrate photoconversion in a variety of cell lines, including depth-resolved labeling of cells in 3D culture. Two-photon photoconversion of cyanine-based dyes offer several advantages over existing photoconvertible proteins, including use of minimally toxic NIR light, labeling without need for genetic intervention, rapid kinetics, remote subsurface targeting, and long persistence of photoconverted signal. These findings are expected to be useful for applications involving rapid labeling of cells deep in tissue.

  15. Spatial distribution of the optogalvanic signal in a microplasma detector for lab-on-a-chip gas analysis

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    Persson, A.; Berglund, M.

    2016-07-01

    Gas sensors are characterized by their sensitivity and selectivity. This is preferably combined with versatility, where the selectivity can be altered, without complex modifications and whiteout losing sensitivity. If aimed at lab-on-a-chip applications, the sensor also must be able to analyze small samples. Today, sensors combining selectivity and versatility for chip-level gas analysis are scarce; however, this paper investigates how miniaturized optogalvanic spectroscopy can fill this gap. By studying the spatial distribution of the optogalvanic signal inside a microplasma, it is shown that the signal is generated in the minuscule gas volume of the sheath surrounding the plasma probe that collects it. Nevertheless, a strong and stable spectroscopic signal can be extracted from the sheath, and the sample concentrations can be calculated using straightforward plasma theory. The minimum detectable absorption and the noise equivalent absorption sensitivity of the system are estimated to be less than 1.4  ×  10‑9 Hz‑0.5 and 2.8  ×  10‑9 cm‑1 Hz‑0.5, respectively, without cavity enhancement. Combined with inherited versatility from absorption spectroscopy and the capability of handling sub-nanogram samples, this makes optogalvanic spectrometry an excellent candidate for future lab-on-a-chip gas analyzers.

  16. Two-photon excitation photodynamic therapy with Photofrin

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    Karotki, Aliaksandr; Khurana, Mamta; Lepock, James R.; Wilson, Brian C.

    2005-09-01

    Photodynamic therapy (PDT) based on simultaneous two-photon (2-γ) excitation has a potential advantage of highly targeted treatment by means of nonlinear localized photosensitizer excitation. One of the possible applications of 2-γ PDT is a treatment of exodus age-related macular degeneration where highly targeted excitation of photosensitizer in neovasculature is vital for reducing collateral damage to healthy surrounding tissue. To investigate effect of 2-γ PDT Photofrin was used as an archetypal photosensitizer. First, 2-γ absorption properties of Photofrin in the 750 - 900 nm excitation wavelength range were investigated. It was shown that above 800 nm 2-γ interaction was dominant mode of excitation. The 2-γ cross section of Photofrin was rather small and varied between 5 and 10 GM (1 GM = 10-50 cm4s/photon) in this wavelength range. Next, endothelial cells treated with Photofrin were used to model initial effect of 2-γ PDT on neovasculature. Ultrashort laser pulses provided by mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser (pulse duration at the sample 300 fs, repetition rate 90 MHz, mean laser power 10 mW, excitation wavelength 850 nm) were used for the excitation of the photosensitizer. Before 2-γ excitation of the Photofrin cells formed a single continuous sheet at the bottom of the well. The tightly focused laser light was scanned repeatedly over the cell layer. After irradiation the cell layer of the control cells stayed intact while cells treated with photofrin became clearly disrupted. The light doses required were high (6300 Jcm(-2) for ~ 50% killing), but 2-γ cytotoxicity was unequivocally demonstrated.

  17. Two photon microscopy for studies of xenobiotics in human skin

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    Simonsson, Carl; Smedh, Maria; Jonson, Charlotte; Karlberg, Ann-Therese; Ericson, Marica B.

    2007-07-01

    For successful uptake and distribution of drugs from transdermal formulations, it is important to understand the skin barrier function. Innovative advances in modern microscopy have provided valuable tools to study the interaction between the skin and xenobiotics. Two-photon microscopy (TPM) allows non-invasive visualization of fluorescent compounds in the skin. The advantages of TPM over conventional confocal microscopy are better light penetration into highly scattering and absorbing tissue such as human skin, improved detection efficiency, limited out of focus photobleaching and reduced phototoxic effects. We present TPM as an alternative non-invasive in vitro method to study chemical penetration enhancement of fluorescent model drugs. The permeability of sulforhodamine B (SRB) through human epidermis was measured with vertical diffusion cells. The absorption was visualized using TPM after 24 h passive diffusion. We have evaluated variations in physicochemical parameters controlling dermal drug uptake induced by the penetration enhancer oleic acid according to methods previously described by Yu et al. Optical sectioning by TPM was compared with cryosectioning. Oleic acid significantly increased penetration of sulforhodamine. TPM images demonstrate a four-fold increase in the partition coefficient. In addition, a six-fold increase in the concentration gradient was found over stratum corneum. Better light penetration and detection efficiency increase maximum imaging depth in TPM compared to conventional confocal microscopy, however loss of signal due to scattering and absorption is still significant and will affect distribution profiles generated by optical sectioning. A true concentration profile cannot be established without better knowledge about signal losses in the skin.

  18. Measurement of two-photon exchange effect with CLAS

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    Raue, Brian A.

    2010-08-05

    The structure of the proton is one the most important and most studied topics in nuclear physics. However, discrepant measurements of the proton's electromagnetic form factor ratio, G{sub E}/G{sub M}, seriously jeopardize a definitive understanding of the proton's structure. Measurements of G{sub E}G{sub M} using the Rosenbluth separation technique disagree with those using polarization transfer methods by about a factor of three at Q{sup 2{approx}}5.6 GeV{sup 2}. It has been hypothesized that this discrepancy is due to two-photon exchange (TPE) effects that are not part of the usual radiative corrections. Theoretical corrections for the TPE effect are difficult due to the fact that a large number of excited nucleon states can contribute to the process. However, the TPE effect can be directly determined by measuring the ratio of the positron-proton to electron-proton elastic scattering cross sections, R = {sigma}(e{sup +})/{sigma}(e{sup -}), as the TPE effect changes sign with respect to the charge of the incident particle. A brief test run of a modified beamline and the CLAS detector at Jefferson Lab has resulted in the most precise measurements of the R to date. We will present results from the test run covering Q{sup 2}<0.8 GeV{sup 2} and 0.78{<=}{epsilon}{<=}0.97. In addition, the test run demonstrated the feasibility of producing a mixed electron/positron beam of good quality so that the measurements can be extended up to Q{sup 2{approx}}3.0 GeV{sup 2}.

  19. Two-photon approximation in the theory of electron recombination in hydrogen

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    Solovyev, D.; Labzowsky, L.

    2010-06-15

    A rigorous quantum electrodynamics theory of the multiphoton decay of excited states in a hydrogen atom is presented. The ''two-photon'' approximation is formulated which is limited by the one- and two-photon transitions including cascade transitions with two-photon links. This may be helpful for the strict description of the recombination process in a hydrogen atom and, in principle, for the history of hydrogen recombination in the early universe.

  20. Transitional behavior between self-Kerr and cross-Kerr effects by two photons

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    Koshino, Kazuki

    2007-06-15

    The transitional behavior of the two-photon Kerr effect between the self-Kerr and cross-Kerr cases is investigated. To this end, we have developed a semiclassical method for evaluating the two-photon Kerr effect that is applicable to any two-photon input state. It is revealed that the maximum Kerr effect is obtained when the second photon is input with a delay time that corresponds to the absorption time of the first photon by the optical material.

  1. Efficient selective two-photon excitation by tailored quantum-correlated photons

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    Oka, Hisaki

    2010-06-15

    We theoretically investigate two-photon excitation by correlated photons with energy anticorrelation. A three-level atomic system is used to evaluate selectivity and efficiency of two-photon excitation. It is shown that tailored squeezing of two-photon probability distribution concurrently enhances excitation efficiency and high-contrast selective excitation, without phase manipulation or pulse-shaping techniques. We also discuss candidates to generate such squeezed photons in real material systems.

  2. Two-photon decay of excited levels in hydrogen: The ambiguity of the separation of cascades and pure two-photon emission

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    Labzowsky, L.; Solovyev, D.; Plunien, G.

    2009-12-01

    The problem of the evaluation of the two-photon decay width of excited states in hydrogen is considered. Two different approaches to the evaluation of the width including cascades channels are employed: the summation of the transition probabilities for various decay channels and the evaluation of the imaginary part of the Lamb shift. As application, the two-photon decay channels for the 3s level of the hydrogen atom are evaluated, including the cascade transition probability 3s-2p-1s . An important role is assigned to the two-photon decays in astrophysics context, since processes of this kind provide a possibility for the decoupling of radiation and matter in the early universe. We demonstrate the ambiguity of separation of the “pure” two-photon contribution and criticize the existing methods for such a separation.

  3. Laser Optogalvanic Spectroscopy pf Neon and Argon in a Discharge Plasma and its Significance for Microgravity Combustion

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    Misra, Prabhakar; Haridass, C.; Major, H.

    1999-01-01

    A detailed study of combustion mechanisms in flames, employing laser-based diagnostics, has provided good knowledge and understanding of the physical phenomena, and led to better characterization of the dynamical and chemical combustion processes, both under low-gravity (in space) and normal gravity (in ground based facilities, e.g. drop towers). Laser induced fluorescence (LIF), laser-induced incandescence (LII) and LIF thermometry have been widely used to perform nonintrusive measurements and to better understand combustion phenomena. Laser optogalvanic (LOG) spectroscopy has well-established applications in ion mobility measurements, atomic and molecular spectroscopy, ionization rates, recombination rates, velocity measurements and as a combustion probe for trace element detection. Absorption spectra of atomic and molecular species in flames can be obtained via LOG spectroscopy by measuring the voltage and current changes induced by laser irradiation. There are different kinds of processes that contribute to a discharge current, namely: (1) electron impact ionization, (2) collisions among the excited atoms of the discharge species and (3) Penning ionization. In general, at higher discharge currents, the mechanism of electron impact ionization dominates over Penning ionization, whereby the latter is hardly noticeable. In a plasma, whenever the wavelength of a laser coincides with the absorption of an atomic or molecular species, the rate of ionization of the species momentarily increases or decreases due to laser-assisted acceleration of collisional ionization. Such a rate of change in the ionization is monitored as a variation in the transient current by inserting a high voltage electrode into the plasma. Optogalvanic spectroscopy in discharges has been useful for characterizing laser line-widths and for providing convenient calibration lines for tunable dye lasers in the ultraviolet, visible and infrared wavelength regions. Different kinds of quantitative

  4. A ratiometric two-photon fluorescent probe for fluoride ion imaging in living cells and zebrafish.

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    Hu, Wei; Zeng, Lingyu; Wang, Yanying; Liu, Zhihong; Ye, Xiaoxue; Li, Chunya

    2016-09-21

    Using 6-hydroxyl-quinoline-2-benzothiazole (HQB) as a two-photon fluorophore and tert-butyldiphenylsilyl as a recognition domain for F(-), a ratiometric two-photon fluorescent fluoride probe, QF, was synthesized and fully characterized. QF displays both one- and two-photon ratiometric responses towards fluoride ions in aqueous solution. QF was enabled to detect exogenous fluoride ions in living cells by a ratiometric method. Two-photon microscopic imaging of fluoride ions in living HeLa cells and zebrafish has also been achieved. QF has been demonstrated to be an excellent fluorescent probe with high selectivity, low cytotoxicity and good photostability. PMID:27353376

  5. Two-photon vibrational spectroscopy for biosciences based on surface-enhanced hyper-Raman scattering

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    Kneipp, Janina; Kneipp, Harald; Kneipp, Katrin

    2006-01-01

    Two-photon excitation is gaining rapidly in interest and significance in spectroscopy and microscopy. Here we introduce a new approach that suggests versatile optical labels suitable for both one- and two-photon excitation and also two-photon-excited ultrasensitive, nondestructive chemical probing. The underlying spectroscopic effect is the incoherent inelastic scattering of two photons on the vibrational quantum states called hyper-Raman scattering (HRS). The rather weak effect can be strengthened greatly if HRS takes place in the local optical fields of gold and silver nanostructures. This so-called surface-enhanced HRS (SEHRS) is the two-photon analogue to surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). SEHRS provides structurally sensitive vibrational information complementary to those obtained by SERS. SEHRS combines the advantages of two-photon spectroscopy with the structural information of vibrational spectroscopy and the high-sensitivity and nanometer-scale local confinement of plasmonics-based spectroscopy. We infer effective two-photon cross-sections for SEHRS on the order of 10−46 to 10−45 cm4·s, similar to or higher than the best “action” cross-sections (product of the two-photon absorption cross-section and fluorescence quantum yield) for two-photon fluorescence, and we demonstrate HRS on biological structures such as single cells after incubation with gold nanoparticles. PMID:17088534

  6. Two-photon absorption and nonlinear polariton effects in organic crystals

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    Johnson, C.K.

    1981-01-01

    Two-photon excitation (TPE) and second harmonic generation (SHG) have been studied in phenanthrene crystals at low temperatures (2 to 6K) in order to investigate mechanisms of two-photon absorption (TPA), the relationship between TPE and SHG, and polariton effects. The transition studied is of special interest because it is both one- and two-photon allowed in the dipole approximation. Consequently, polariton states and SHG play a role in the two-photon process. In the polariton model, both TPA and SHG are understood as resulting from the process of polariton fusion.

  7. Two-photon absorption and spectroscopy of the lowest two-photon transition in small donor-acceptor-substituted organic molecules

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    Beels, Marten T.; Biaggio, Ivan; Reekie, Tristan; Chiu, Melanie; Diederich, François

    2015-04-01

    We determine the dispersion of the third-order polarizability of small donor-acceptor substituted organic molecules using wavelength-dependent degenerate four-wave mixing experiments in solutions with varying concentrations. We find that donor-acceptor-substituted molecules that are characterized by extremely efficient off-resonant nonlinearities also have a correspondingly high two-photon absorption cross section. The width and shape of the first two-photon resonance for these noncentrosymmetric molecules follows what is expected from their longest wavelength absorption peak, and the observed two-photon absorption cross sections are record high when compared to the available literature data, the size of the molecule, and the fundamental limit for two-photon absorption to the lowest excited state, which is essentially determined by the number of conjugated electrons and the excited-state energies. The two-photon absorption of the smallest molecule, which only has 16 electrons in its conjugated system, is one order of magnitude larger than for the molecule called AF-50, a reference molecule for two-photon absorption [O.-K. Kim et al., Chem. Mater. 12, 284 (2000), 10.1021/cm990662r].

  8. A Two-Photon E1-M1 Optical Clock

    NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)

    Alden, Emily A.

    Innovations in precision frequency measurement advance popular technologies such as global positioning systems (GPS), permit the testing of fundamental physics constants, and have the potential to measure local variations in gravity. Driving optical transitions for frequency measurement using an E1-M1 excitation scheme in a hot mercury (Hg) vapor cell is viable and could be the basis of a portable optical frequency standard with comparable accuracy to the most precise atomic clocks in the world. This dissertation explores the fundamental physics of the new E1-M1 method of high-precision frequency measurement in an optical, atomic clock and describes the construction of a high-power E1-M1 clock laser. The value of this new scheme compared to existing optical frequency standards is the simplicity and portability of the experimental setup. Such an optical frequency standard would permit frequency measurement in far-flung locations on earth and in space. Analysis of both the E1-M1 optical transition and thermal properties of the candidate clock atoms are presented. These models allow a stability estimate of an E1-M1 optical clock and recommend experimental settings to optimize the standard. The experimental work that has been performed in pursuit of observing the E1-M1 clock transition in Hg is also discussed. An optical clock operates by making a precision frequency measurement of a laser that has been brought into resonance with a clock atom's oscillator: a high quality atomic level transition. Group II type atoms, such as Hg, have the 1S0-3P0 transition that is an ideal basis for a clock. The E1-M1 excitation is performed by driving the two-photon allowed transition 1S0-3P1-3P0. This is in contrast to the single-photon E1 transition used in other systems. Single-photon schemes must use ultracold atoms to reduce atomic motion to attain high levels of accuracy. Driving the clock transition with a pair of degenerate counter-propagating photons in an E1-M1 scheme

  9. Gold nanorods as dual photo-sensitizing and imaging agents for two-photon photodynamic therapy

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    Zhao, Tingting; Shen, Xiaoqin; Li, Lin; Guan, Zhenping; Gao, Nengyue; Yuan, Peiyan; Yao, Shao Q.; Xu, Qing-Hua; Xu, Guo Qin

    2012-11-01

    Gold nanorods with three different aspect ratios were prepared and their dual capabilities for two-photon imaging and two-photon photodynamic therapy have been demonstrated. These gold nanorods exhibit large two-photon absorption action cross-sections, about two orders of magnitude larger than small organic molecules, which makes them suitable for two-photon imaging. They can also effectively generate singlet oxygen under two-photon excitation, significantly higher than traditional photosensitizers such as Rose Bengal and Indocyanine Green. Such high singlet oxygen generation capability under two-photon excitation was ascribed to their large two-photon absorption cross-sections. Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) coated gold nanorods displayed excellent biocompatibility and high cellular uptake efficiency. The two-photon photodynamic therapy effect and two-photon fluorescence imaging properties of PVP coated gold nanorods have been successfully demonstrated on HeLa cells in vitro using fluorescence microscopy and indirect XTT assay method. These gold nanorods thus hold great promise for imaging guided two-photon photodynamic therapy for the treatment of various malignant tumors.Gold nanorods with three different aspect ratios were prepared and their dual capabilities for two-photon imaging and two-photon photodynamic therapy have been demonstrated. These gold nanorods exhibit large two-photon absorption action cross-sections, about two orders of magnitude larger than small organic molecules, which makes them suitable for two-photon imaging. They can also effectively generate singlet oxygen under two-photon excitation, significantly higher than traditional photosensitizers such as Rose Bengal and Indocyanine Green. Such high singlet oxygen generation capability under two-photon excitation was ascribed to their large two-photon absorption cross-sections. Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) coated gold nanorods displayed excellent biocompatibility and high cellular uptake efficiency

  10. Two-photon absorption in tetraphenylporphycenes: are porphycenes better candidates than porphyrins for providing optimal optical properties for two-photon photodynamic therapy?

    PubMed

    Arnbjerg, Jacob; Jiménez-Banzo, Ana; Paterson, Martin J; Nonell, Santi; Borrell, José I; Christiansen, Ove; Ogilby, Peter R

    2007-04-25

    Porphycenes are structural isomers of porphyrins that have many unique properties and features. In the present work, the resonant two-photon absorption of 2,7,12,17-tetraphenylporphycene (TPPo) and its palladium(II) complex (PdTPPo) has been investigated. The data obtained are compared to those from the isomeric compound, meso-tetraphenylporphyrin (TPP). Detection of phosphorescence from singlet molecular oxygen, O2(a(1)Delta(g)), produced upon irradiation of these compounds, was used to obtain two-photon excitation spectra and to quantify two-photon absorption cross sections, delta. In the spectral region of 750-850 nm, the two-photon absorption cross sections at the band maxima for both TPPo and PdTPPo, delta = 2280 and 1750 GM, respectively, are significantly larger than that for TPP. This difference is attributed to the phenomenon of so-called resonance enhancement; for the porphycenes, the two-photon transition is nearly resonant with a comparatively intense one-photon Q-band transition. The results of quantum mechanical calculations using density functional quadratic response theory are in excellent agreement with the experimental data and, as such, demonstrate that comparatively high-level quantum chemical methods can be used to interpret and predict nonlinear optical properties from such large molecular systems. One important point realized through these experiments and calculations is that one must exercise caution when using qualitative molecular-symmetry-derived arguments to predict the expected spectral relationship between allowed one- and two-photon transitions. From a practical perspective, this study establishes that, in comparison to porphyrins and other tetrapyrrolic macrocyclic systems, porphycenes exhibit many desirable attributes for use as sensitizers in two-photon initiated photodynamic therapy. PMID:17397157