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Sample records for time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy

  1. Time-resolved Hyperspectral Fluorescence Spectroscopy using Frequency Modulated Excitation

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    ,; Neill, M

    2012-07-01

    An intensity-modulated excitation light source is used together with a micro channel plate intensified CCD (ICCD) detector gated at a slightly different frequency to generate a beat frequency from a fluorescent sample. The addition of a spectrograph produces a hyperspectral time-resolved data product where the resulting beat frequency is detected with a low frame rate camera. Measuring the beat frequency of the spectrum as a function of time allows separation of the excited fluorescence from ambient constant light sources. The excitation and detector repetition rates are varied over a range of discrete frequencies, and the phase shift of the beat wave maps out the emission decay rate(s).

  2. Time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy for chemical sensors

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    Draxler, Sonja; Lippitsch, Max E.

    1996-07-01

    A family of sensors is presented with fluorescence decay-time measurements used as the sensing technique. The concept is to take a single fluorophore with a suitably long fluorescence decay time as the basic building block for numerous different sensors. Analyte recognition can be performed by different functional groups that are necessary for selective interaction with the analyte. To achieve this, the principle of excited-state electron transfer is applied with pyrene as the fluorophore. Therefore the same instrumentation based on a small, ambient air-nitrogen laser and solid-state electronics can be used to measure different analytes, for example, oxygen, pH, carbon dioxide, potassium, ammonium, lead, cadmium, zinc, and phosphate.

  3. Excitation emission and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy of selected varnishes used in historical musical instruments.

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    Nevin, Austin; Echard, Jean-Philippe; Thoury, Mathieu; Comelli, Daniela; Valentini, Gianluca; Cubeddu, Rinaldo

    2009-11-15

    The analysis of various varnishes from different origins, which are commonly found on historical musical instruments was carried out for the first time with both fluorescence excitation emission spectroscopy and laser-induced time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. Samples studied include varnishes prepared using shellac, and selected diterpenoid and triterpenoid resins from plants, and mixtures of these materials. Fluorescence excitation emission spectra have been collected from films of naturally aged varnishes. In parallel, time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy of varnishes provides means for discriminating between short- (less than 2.0 ns) and long-lived (greater than 7.5 ns) fluorescence emissions in each of these complex materials. Results suggest that complementary use of the two non destructive techniques allows a better understanding of the main fluorophores responsible for the emission in shellac, and further provides means for distinguishing the main classes of other varnishes based on differences in fluorescence lifetime behaviour. Spectrofluorimetric data and time resolved spectra presented here may form the basis for the interpretation of results from future in situ fluorescence examination and time resolved fluorescence imaging of varnished musical instruments. PMID:19782228

  4. Multispectral scanning time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy (TRFS) technique for intravascular diagnosis

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    Xie, Hongtao; Bec, Julien; Liu, Jing; Sun, Yang; Lam, Matthew; Yankelevich, Diego R.; Marcu, Laura

    2012-01-01

    This study describes a scanning time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy (TRFS) system designed to continuously acquire fluorescence emission and to reconstruct fluorescence lifetime images (FLIM) from a luminal surface by using a catheter-based optical probe with rotary joint and pull-back device. The ability of the system to temporally and spectrally resolve the fluorescence emission from tissue was validated using standard dyes and tissue phantoms (e.g., ex vivo pig aorta phantom). Current results demonstrate that this system is capable to reliably resolve the fluorescence emission of multiple fluorophores located in the lumen; and suggest its potential for intravascular detection of distinct biochemical features of atherosclerotic plaques. PMID:22808425

  5. Validation of a time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy apparatus in a rabbit atherosclerosis model

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    Fang, Qiyin; Jo, Javier A.; Papaioannou, Thanassis; Dorafshar, Amir; Reil, Todd; Qiao, Jian-Hua; Fishbein, Michael C.; Freischlag, Julie A.; Marcu, Laura

    2004-07-01

    Time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (tr-LIFS) has been studied as a potential tool for in vivo diagnosis of atherosclerotic lesions. This study is to evaluate the potential of a compact fiber-optics based tr-LIFS instrument developed in our laboratory for in vivo analysis of atherosclerotic plaque composition. Time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy studies were performed in vivo on fifteen New Zealand White rabbits (atherosclerotic: N=8, control: N=7). Time-resolved fluorescence spectra were acquired (range: 360-600 nm, increment: 5 nm, total acquisition time: 65 s) from normal aorta wall and lesions in the abdominal aorta. Data were analyzed in terms of fluorescence emission spectra and wavelength specific lifetimes. Following trichrome staining, tissue specimens were analyzed histopathologically in terms of intima/media thickness and biochemical composition (collagen, elastin, foam cells, and etc). Based on intimal thickness, the lesions were divided into thin and thick lesions. Each group was further separated into two categories: collagen rich lesions and foam cell rich lesions based on their biochemical composition. The obtained spectral and time domain fluorescence signatures were subsequently correlated to the histopathological findings. The results have shown that time-domain fluorescence spectral features can be used in vivo to separate atherosclerotic lesions from normal aorta wall as well discrimination within certain types of lesions.

  6. 256 × 2 SPAD line sensor for time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy.

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    Krstajić, Nikola; Levitt, James; Poland, Simon; Ameer-Beg, Simon; Henderson, Robert

    2015-03-01

    We present a CMOS chip 256 × 2 single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) line sensor, 23.78 µm pitch, 43.7% fill factor, custom designed for time resolved emission spectroscopy (TRES). Integrating time-to-digital converters (TDCs) implement on-chip mono-exponential fluorescence lifetime pre-calculation allowing timing of 65k photons/pixel at 200 Hz line rate at 40 ps resolution using centre-of-mass method (CMM). Per pixel time-correlated single-photon counting (TCSPC) histograms can also be generated with 320 ps bin resolution. We characterize performance in terms of dark count rate, instrument response function and lifetime uniformity for a set of fluorophores with lifetimes ranging from 4 ns to 6 ns. Lastly, we present fluorescence lifetime spectra of multicolor microspheres and skin autofluorescence acquired using a custom built spectrometer. In TCSPC mode, time-resolved spectra are acquired within 5 minutes whilst in CMM mode spectral lifetime signatures are acquired within 2 ms for fluorophore in cuvette and 200 ms for skin autofluorescence. We demonstrate CMOS line sensors to be a versatile tool for time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy by providing parallelized and flexible spectral detection of fluorescence decay. PMID:25836796

  7. Revealing the photophysics of gold-nanobeacons via time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy.

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    Wei, Guoke; Simionesie, Dorin; Sefcik, Jan; Sutter, Jens U; Xue, Qingjiang; Yu, Jun; Wang, Jinliang; Birch, David J S; Chen, Yu

    2015-12-15

    We demonstrate that time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy is a powerful tool to investigate the conformation states of hairpin DNA on the surface of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and energy transfer processes in Au-nanobeacons. Long-range fluorescence quenching of Cy5 by AuNPs has been found to be in good agreement with electrodynamics modeling. Moreover, time-correlated single-photon counting (TCSPC) is shown to be promising for real-time monitoring of the hybridization kinetics of Au-nanobeacons, with up to 60% increase in decay time component and 300% increase in component fluorescence fraction observed. Our results also indicate the importance of the stem and spacer designs for the performance of Au-nanobeacons. PMID:26670500

  8. Design and evaluation of a device for fast multispectral time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging

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    Yankelevich, Diego R.; Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of California, 451 Health Sciences Drive, Davis, California 95616 ; Ma, Dinglong; Liu, Jing; Sun, Yang; Sun, Yinghua; Bec, Julien; Marcu, Laura; Elson, Daniel S.

    2014-03-15

    The application of time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy (TRFS) to in vivo tissue diagnosis requires a method for fast acquisition of fluorescence decay profiles in multiple spectral bands. This study focusses on development of a clinically compatible fiber-optic based multispectral TRFS (ms-TRFS) system together with validation of its accuracy and precision for fluorescence lifetime measurements. It also presents the expansion of this technique into an imaging spectroscopy method. A tandem array of dichroic beamsplitters and filters was used to record TRFS decay profiles at four distinct spectral bands where biological tissue typically presents fluorescence emission maxima, namely, 390, 452, 542, and 629 nm. Each emission channel was temporally separated by using transmission delays through 200 μm diameter multimode optical fibers of 1, 10, 19, and 28 m lengths. A Laguerre-expansion deconvolution algorithm was used to compensate for modal dispersion inherent to large diameter optical fibers and the finite bandwidth of detectors and digitizers. The system was found to be highly efficient and fast requiring a few nano-Joule of laser pulse energy and <1 ms per point measurement, respectively, for the detection of tissue autofluorescent components. Organic and biological chromophores with lifetimes that spanned a 0.8–7 ns range were used for system validation, and the measured lifetimes from the organic fluorophores deviated by less than 10% from values reported in the literature. Multi-spectral lifetime images of organic dye solutions contained in glass capillary tubes were recorded by raster scanning the single fiber probe in a 2D plane to validate the system as an imaging tool. The lifetime measurement variability was measured indicating that the system provides reproducible results with a standard deviation smaller than 50 ps. The ms-TRFS is a compact apparatus that makes possible the fast, accurate, and precise multispectral time-resolved fluorescence lifetime measurements of low quantum efficiency sub-nanosecond fluorophores.

  9. Design and evaluation of a device for fast multispectral time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging

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    Yankelevich, Diego R.; Ma, Dinglong; Liu, Jing; Sun, Yang; Sun, Yinghua; Bec, Julien; Elson, Daniel S.; Marcu, Laura

    2014-03-01

    The application of time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy (TRFS) to in vivo tissue diagnosis requires a method for fast acquisition of fluorescence decay profiles in multiple spectral bands. This study focusses on development of a clinically compatible fiber-optic based multispectral TRFS (ms-TRFS) system together with validation of its accuracy and precision for fluorescence lifetime measurements. It also presents the expansion of this technique into an imaging spectroscopy method. A tandem array of dichroic beamsplitters and filters was used to record TRFS decay profiles at four distinct spectral bands where biological tissue typically presents fluorescence emission maxima, namely, 390, 452, 542, and 629 nm. Each emission channel was temporally separated by using transmission delays through 200 ?m diameter multimode optical fibers of 1, 10, 19, and 28 m lengths. A Laguerre-expansion deconvolution algorithm was used to compensate for modal dispersion inherent to large diameter optical fibers and the finite bandwidth of detectors and digitizers. The system was found to be highly efficient and fast requiring a few nano-Joule of laser pulse energy and <1 ms per point measurement, respectively, for the detection of tissue autofluorescent components. Organic and biological chromophores with lifetimes that spanned a 0.8-7 ns range were used for system validation, and the measured lifetimes from the organic fluorophores deviated by less than 10% from values reported in the literature. Multi-spectral lifetime images of organic dye solutions contained in glass capillary tubes were recorded by raster scanning the single fiber probe in a 2D plane to validate the system as an imaging tool. The lifetime measurement variability was measured indicating that the system provides reproducible results with a standard deviation smaller than 50 ps. The ms-TRFS is a compact apparatus that makes possible the fast, accurate, and precise multispectral time-resolved fluorescence lifetime measurements of low quantum efficiency sub-nanosecond fluorophores.

  10. Design and evaluation of a device for fast multispectral time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging

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    Yankelevich, Diego R.; Ma, Dinglong; Liu, Jing; Sun, Yang; Sun, Yinghua; Bec, Julien; Elson, Daniel S.; Marcu, Laura

    2014-01-01

    The application of time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy (TRFS) to in vivo tissue diagnosis requires a method for fast acquisition of fluorescence decay profiles in multiple spectral bands. This study focusses on development of a clinically compatible fiber-optic based multispectral TRFS (ms-TRFS) system together with validation of its accuracy and precision for fluorescence lifetime measurements. It also presents the expansion of this technique into an imaging spectroscopy method. A tandem array of dichroic beamsplitters and filters was used to record TRFS decay profiles at four distinct spectral bands where biological tissue typically presents fluorescence emission maxima, namely, 390, 452, 542, and 629 nm. Each emission channel was temporally separated by using transmission delays through 200 ?m diameter multimode optical fibers of 1, 10, 19, and 28 m lengths. A Laguerre-expansion deconvolution algorithm was used to compensate for modal dispersion inherent to large diameter optical fibers and the finite bandwidth of detectors and digitizers. The system was found to be highly efficient and fast requiring a few nano-Joule of laser pulse energy and <1 ms per point measurement, respectively, for the detection of tissue autofluorescent components. Organic and biological chromophores with lifetimes that spanned a 0.87 ns range were used for system validation, and the measured lifetimes from the organic fluorophores deviated by less than 10% from values reported in the literature. Multi-spectral lifetime images of organic dye solutions contained in glass capillary tubes were recorded by raster scanning the single fiber probe in a 2D plane to validate the system as an imaging tool. The lifetime measurement variability was measured indicating that the system provides reproducible results with a standard deviation smaller than 50 ps. The ms-TRFS is a compact apparatus that makes possible the fast, accurate, and precise multispectral time-resolved fluorescence lifetime measurements of low quantum efficiency sub-nanosecond fluorophores. PMID:24689603

  11. Use of time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy to evaluate diagnostic value of collagen degradation products

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    Sikora, Joanna; Cyrankiewicz, Micha?; Wybranowski, Tomasz; Ziomkowska, Blanka; O?mia?owski, Borys; Obo?ska, Ewa; Augusty?ska, Beata; Kruszewski, Stefan; Kubica, Jacek

    2015-05-01

    The concentration of collagen degradation products (CDPs) may reflect the process of left ventricular remodeling (LVR). The aim of this study was to evaluate the potential diagnostic usefulness of time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy (TRFS) in assessment of CDPs. The preliminary experiment was designed to establish if CDPs' characteristics might be visible by mean fluorescence lifetime (FLT) in determined conditions. The in vitro model of CDPs was prepared by conducting the hydrolysis of type III collagen. The FLT of samples was measured by the time-resolved spectrometer Life Spec II with the subnanosecond pulsed 360-nm EPLED diode. The FLTs were obtained by deconvolution analysis of the data using a multiexponential model of fluorescence decay. In order to determine the limit of traceability of CDPs, a comparison of different collagen/plasma ratio in samples was performed. The results of our study showed that the increase of added plasma to hydrolyzed collagen extended the mean FLT. Thus, the diagnosis of LVR based on measurements using TRFS is possible. However, it is important to point out the experiment was preliminary and further investigation in this field of research is crucial.

  12. Probing Ternary Complex Equilibria of Crown Ether Ligands by Time-Resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy

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    2015-01-01

    Ternary complex formation with solvent molecules and other adventitious ligands may compromise the performance of metal-ion-selective fluorescent probes. As Ca(II) can accommodate more than 6 donors in the first coordination sphere, commonly used crown ether ligands are prone to ternary complex formation with this cation. The steric strain imposed by auxiliary ligands, however, may result in an ensemble of rapidly equilibrating coordination species with varying degrees of interaction between the cation and the specific donor atoms mediating the fluorescence response, thus diminishing the change in fluorescence properties upon Ca(II) binding. To explore the influence of ligand architecture on these equilibria, we tethered two structurally distinct aza-15-crown-5 ligands to pyrazoline fluorophores as reporters. Due to ultrafast photoinduced electron-transfer (PET) quenching of the fluorophore by the ligand moiety, the fluorescence decay profile directly reflects the species composition in the ground state. By adjusting the PET driving force through electronic tuning of the pyrazoline fluorophores, we were able to differentiate between species with only subtle variations in PET donor abilities. Concluding from a global analysis of the corresponding fluorescence decay profiles, the coordination species composition was indeed strongly dependent on the ligand architecture. Altogether, the combination of time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy with selective tuning of the PET driving force represents an effective analytical tool to study dynamic coordination equilibria and thus to optimize ligand architectures for the design of high-contrast cation-responsive fluorescence switches. PMID:25313708

  13. Probing ternary complex equilibria of crown ether ligands by time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy.

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    Morgan, M Thomas; Sumalekshmy, S; Sarwar, Mysha; Beck, Hillary; Crooke, Stephen; Fahrni, Christoph J

    2014-12-11

    Ternary complex formation with solvent molecules and other adventitious ligands may compromise the performance of metal-ion-selective fluorescent probes. As Ca(II) can accommodate more than 6 donors in the first coordination sphere, commonly used crown ether ligands are prone to ternary complex formation with this cation. The steric strain imposed by auxiliary ligands, however, may result in an ensemble of rapidly equilibrating coordination species with varying degrees of interaction between the cation and the specific donor atoms mediating the fluorescence response, thus diminishing the change in fluorescence properties upon Ca(II) binding. To explore the influence of ligand architecture on these equilibria, we tethered two structurally distinct aza-15-crown-5 ligands to pyrazoline fluorophores as reporters. Due to ultrafast photoinduced electron-transfer (PET) quenching of the fluorophore by the ligand moiety, the fluorescence decay profile directly reflects the species composition in the ground state. By adjusting the PET driving force through electronic tuning of the pyrazoline fluorophores, we were able to differentiate between species with only subtle variations in PET donor abilities. Concluding from a global analysis of the corresponding fluorescence decay profiles, the coordination species composition was indeed strongly dependent on the ligand architecture. Altogether, the combination of time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy with selective tuning of the PET driving force represents an effective analytical tool to study dynamic coordination equilibria and thus to optimize ligand architectures for the design of high-contrast cation-responsive fluorescence switches. PMID:25313708

  14. Structure and dynamics of a DNA: polymerase complex by time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Millar, David P.; Benkovic, Stephen J.

    1990-05-01

    The interaction of a fluorescent DNA primer:template with the Klenow fragment of DNA polymerase I has been studied in solution using time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. The excited-state decay behavior and internal reorientation dynamics of a dansyl sulfonamide probe connected by a propyl chain to a modified uridine base in the primer strand were very sensitive to the local probe environment and exhibited characteristic changes upon binding of Kienow fragment to the DNA and elongation of the primer strand. Between 5 and 7 bases of duplex DNA upstream of the 3' primer terminus were protected from the solvent by the Kienow fragment and the strength of DNA:protein contacts varied within this region, being strongest at the 3' primer terminus. About 5% of the substrates were bound in a second spatially distinct site on the enzyme. Site-directed mutagenesis of the Kienow fragment was consistent with this being the active site for 3'->5' exonuclease activity.

  15. Time-resolved fluorescence polarization spectroscopy of visible and near infrared dyes in picosecond dynamics

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    Pu, Yang; Alfano, Robert R.

    2015-03-01

    Near-infrared (NIR) dyes absorb and emit light within the range from 700 to 900 nm have several benefits in biological studies for one- and/or two-photon excitation for deeper penetration of tissues. These molecules undergo vibrational and rotational motion in the relaxation of the excited electronic states, Due to the less than ideal anisotropy behavior of NIR dyes stemming from the fluorophores elongated structures and short fluorescence lifetime in picosecond range, no significant efforts have been made to recognize the theory of these dyes in time-resolved polarization dynamics. In this study, the depolarization of the fluorescence due to emission from rotational deactivation in solution will be measured with the excitation of a linearly polarized femtosecond laser pulse and a streak camera. The theory, experiment and application of the ultrafast fluorescence polarization dynamics and anisotropy are illustrated with examples of two of the most important medical based dyes. One is NIR dye, namely Indocyanine Green (ICG) and is compared with Fluorescein which is in visible range with much longer lifetime. A set of first-order linear differential equations was developed to model fluorescence polarization dynamics of NIR dye in picosecond range. Using this model, the important parameters of ultrafast polarization spectroscopy were identified: risetime, initial time, fluorescence lifetime, and rotation times.

  16. Time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy of UO2(CO3)3(4-).

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    Jung, E C; Cho, H-R; Baik, M H; Kim, H; Cha, W

    2015-11-21

    The objective of the present study is to examine the luminescence characteristics of UO2(CO3)3(4-) in detail using time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy. The peak wavelengths and lifetime of UO2(CO3)3(4-) were determined at room temperature using the two excitation laser wavelengths of 266 and 448 nm. The peak wavelengths in the luminescence spectrum exhibited hypsochromic shifts compared with those of UO2(2+). The lifetime determined from several samples containing various uranium concentrations was 8.9 ± 0.8 ns. Explanations for the hindrance to the observation of the luminescence spectrum of UO2(CO3)3(4-) in previous investigations are discussed. The representative experimental parameters, which might interrupt the measurement of weak luminescence, are the insertion delay time of the detection device, the overlapped luminescence of the background materials and the primary inner filter effect in the sample solution. PMID:26460936

  17. Time-resolved confocal fluorescence spectroscopy reveals the structure and metabolic state of epithelial tissue

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    Wu, Yicong; Zheng, Wei; Qu, Jianan Y.

    2007-02-01

    Autofluorescence spectroscopy has been a widely explored technique for in vivo and noninvasive diagnosis of pre-cancer lesions in epithelium where 90% cancers originate. For extracting more accurate fluorescence information for cancer diagnosis, depth-resolved fluorescence measurements are crucial to assess NADH and FAD in non-keratinized epithelial layer and collagen in stromal layer, respectively. In this study, we achieved the depth-resolved fluorescence spectral measurements of squamous epithelial tissue based on confocal technique. We found that in non-keratinized epithelial layer the fluorescence signals excited at 405 nm were the combination of NADH and FAD fluorescence and could be used for evaluating the redox ratio. Moreover, we found that confocal time-resolved autofluorescence measurements of epithelial tissue with 405 nm excitations could provide the information on the layered tissue structure. All depth-resolved autofluorescence decays were accurately fitted with a dual-exponential function consisting of a short lifetime (0.4 ~ 0.6 ns) and a long lifetime (3 ~ 4 ns) components. The short lifetime component dominated the decay of non-keratinzied epithelial fluorescence while the decay of the signals from keratinized epithelium and stroma were mainly determined by the long lifetime component. The ratio of the amplitudes of two components could be used to differentiate the layered structure of epithelial tissue. In general, the results in this study demonstrated that the combined depth- and timeresolved fluorescence measurements can produce the information on the layered structure and localized biochemistry of epithelial tissue for the diagnosis of tissue pathology.

  18. Light adaptation of the unicellular red alga, Cyanidioschyzon merolae, probed by time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy.

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    Ueno, Yoshifumi; Aikawa, Shimpei; Kondo, Akihiko; Akimoto, Seiji

    2015-08-01

    Photosynthetic organisms change the quantity and/or quality of their pigment-protein complexes and the interactions among these complexes in response to light conditions. In the present study, we analyzed light adaptation of the unicellular red alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae, whose pigment composition is similar to that of cyanobacteria because its phycobilisomes (PBS) lack phycoerythrin. C. merolae were grown under different light qualities, and their responses were measured by steady-state absorption, steady-state fluorescence, and picosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopies. Cells were cultivated under four monochromatic light-emitting diodes (blue, green, yellow, and red), and changes in pigment composition and energy transfer were observed. Cells grown under blue and green light increased their relative phycocyanin levels compared with cells cultured under white light. Energy-transfer processes to photosystem I (PSI) were sensitive to yellow and red light. The contribution of direct energy transfer from PBS to PSI increased only under yellow light, while red light induced a reduction in energy transfer from photosystem II to PSI and an increase in energy transfer from light-harvesting chlorophyll protein complex I to PSI. Differences in pigment composition, growth, and energy transfer under different light qualities are discussed. PMID:25577254

  19. Adsorption of Uranyl on Gibbsite: A Time-Resolved Laser-Induced Fluorescence Spectroscopy Study

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    Chang, Hyun-shik; Korshin, Gregory V.; Wang, Zheming; Zachara, John M.

    2006-02-15

    Uranyl adsorbed on gibbsite at pH 4.0-8.0 and ionic strengths (ISs) 0.001-0.4 M (NaClO4) in the absence of carbonate was studied using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (TRLIFS) under cryogenic conditions. TRLIFS data showed the presence of several distinct emission components. Their contributions were determined using the evolving factor analysis approach. Four components denoted as species A, B, C, and D were discerned. Each of them was characterized by a characteristic response to pH and IS changes and also by a unique combination of the values of the fundamental transition energy E0,0, vibronic spacing E, and half-width of the vibronic lines W. Species A and B were major contributors to the overall emission. They were mainly affected by the pH and predominated below and above pH 5.0, respectively. In contrast with that, the contribution of species C was noticeable only at IS = 0.001 M, while it was suppressed or absent at high IS values. It was concluded that species A and B are likely to correspond to inner-sphere surface aluminol complexes AlO-(UO2)+ and AlO-(UO2)OH, while species C was hypothesized to correspond to electrostatically bound uranyl complexes (predominantly [UO2(OH)3]-).

  20. Time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy of quercetin and morin complexes with Al 3+

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    Gutierrez, Amanda C.; Gehlen, Marcelo H.

    2002-01-01

    The association process of Al 3+ with quercetin and morin in methanol was studied by electronic absorption and emission spectroscopies. The number of species in solution with different absorption spectra were determined by the method of Rank analysis of the absorbance matrix, and the stoichiometries of the complexes were evaluated using the Job method. The number of fluorescent species in solution were calculated from the Rank analysis method of the time resolved emission spectra (TRES), and compared with a global analysis of the decay surface using a proper multi-exponential decay model. The association of Al 3+ with morin gives rise to two complexes with 1:1 and 2:1 (morin: Al 3+) stoichiometries, but in both species the association of the cation involves the carbonyl and 3-hydroxyl groups of the pyrone ring. The fluorescence decay surface of this system is biexponential and the lifetimes of the 1:1 and 2:1 complexes are 4.3 and 2.0 ns, respectively. The association of Al 3+ with quercetin forms preferentially two complexes with 1:1 and 1:2 (quercetin: Al 3+) stoichiometries where the first cation binds to the site of the pyrone ring but the second one is bound to the cathecol group of the molecule. However, the multichelation character of the quercetin ligand allows larger aggregates to be formed, thereby the species Al 2Q 3 is also detected in methanol. The lifetime of the 1:1 complex is about 2.7 ns, while for 1:2 and 3:2 complexes the lifetimes measured are 3.5 and 1.8 ns, respectively.

  1. Time-resolved high resolution Fourier transform spectroscopy with pulsed laser induced fluorescences

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    Stringat, R.; Fabre, G.; Ross, A.

    1991-05-01

    A Fourier transform spectrometer has been coupled with a pulsed copper vapour laser to record time resolved induced fluorescence spectra. The technique uses a fast gated integrator placed between the detector and the amplifier of the spectrometer. The lower temporal resolution is governed by the response time of the detector, in this case ?20 ns with a photomultiplier. The feasibility of this technique has been tested by measuring lifetimes of the BO +u state of I 2.

  2. Detection of rhodopsin dimerization in situ by PIE-FCCS, a time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy.

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    Smith, Adam W

    2015-01-01

    Rhodopsin self-associates in the plasma membrane. At low concentrations, the interactions are consistent with a monomer-dimer equilibrium (Comar et al., J Am Chem Soc 136(23):8342-8349, 2014). At high concentrations in native tissue, higher-order clusters have been observed (Fotiadis et al., Nature 421:127-128, 2003). The physiological role of rhodopsin dimerization is still being investigated, but it is clear that a quantitative assessment is essential to determining the function of rhodopsin clusters in vision. To quantify rhodopsin interactions, I will outline the theory and methodology of a specialized time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy for measuring membrane protein-protein interactions called pulsed-interleaved excitation fluorescence cross-correlation spectroscopy (PIE-FCCS). The strength of this technique is its ability to quantify rhodopsin interactions in situ (i.e., a live cell plasma membrane). There are two reasons for restricting the scope to live cell membranes. First, the compositional heterogeneity of the plasma membrane creates a complex milieu with thousands of lipid, protein, and carbohydrate species. This makes it difficult to infer quaternary interactions from detergent solubilized samples or construct a model phospholipid bilayer that recapitulates all of the interactions present in native membranes. Second, organizational structure and dynamics is a key feature of the plasma membrane, and fixation techniques like formaldehyde cross-linking and vitrification will modulate the interactions. PIE-FCCS is based on two-color fluorescence imaging with time-correlated single-photon counting (TCSPC) (Becker et al., Rev Sci Instrum 70:1835-1841, 1999). By time-tagging every detected photon, the data can be analyzed as a fluorescence intensity distribution, fluorescence lifetime histogram, or fluorescence (cross-)correlation spectra (FCS/FCCS) (Becker, Advanced time-correlated single-photon counting techniques, Springer, Berlin, 2005). These analysis tools can then be used to quantify protein concentration, mobility, clustering, and Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET). In this paper I will focus on PIE-FCCS, which interleaves two wavelength excitation events in time so that the effects of spectral cross-talk and FRET can be isolated. In this way it is possible to characterize monomer-dimer-oligomer equilibria with high accuracy (Müller et al., Biophys J 89:3508-3522, 2005). Currently, PIE-FCCS requires a customized equipment configuration that will be described below. There is an excellent protocol that outlines traditional FCCS on a commercially available instrument (Bacia and Schwille, Nat Protoc 2:2842-2856, 2007). The PIE-FCCS approach is a relatively recent advance in FCCS that has been used in live cell assays to quantify lipid-anchored protein clustering (Triffo et al., J Am Chem Soc 134:10833-10842, 2012), epidermal growth factor receptor dimerization (Endres et al., Cell 152:543-556, 2013), and recently the dimerization of opsin (Comar et al., J Am Chem Soc 136(23):8342-8349, 2014). This paper will outline the theory and instrumentation requirements for PIE-FCCS, as well as the data collection and analysis process. PMID:25697526

  3. Pyrene binary probes for unambiguous detection of mRNA using time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Mart, Angel A.; Li, Xiaoxu; Jockusch, Steffen; Li, Zengmin; Raveendra, Bindu; Kalachikov, Sergey; Russo, James J.; Morozova, Irina; Puthanveettil, Sathyanarayanan V.; Ju, Jingyue; Turro, Nicholas J.

    2006-01-01

    We report here the design, synthesis and application of pyrene binary oligonucleotide probes for selective detection of cellular mRNA. The detection strategy is based on the formation of a fluorescent excimer when two pyrene groups are brought into close proximity upon hybridization of the probes with the target mRNA. The pyrene excimer has a long fluorescence lifetime (>40 ns) compared with that of cellular extracts (?7 ns), allowing selective detection of the excimer using time-resolved emission spectra (TRES). Optimized probes were used to target a specific region of sensorin mRNA yielding a strong excimer emission peak at 485 nm in the presence of the target and no excimer emission in the absence of the target in buffer solution. While direct fluorescence measurement of neuronal extracts showed a strong fluorescent background, obscuring the detection of the excimer signal, time-resolved emission measurements indicated that the emission decay of the cellular extracts is ?8 times faster than that of the pyrene excimer probes. Thus, using TRES of the pyrene probes, we are able to selectively detect mRNA in the presence of cellular extracts, demonstrating the potential for application of pyrene excimer probes for imaging mRNAs in cellular environments that have background fluorescence. PMID:16769776

  4. Time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy of white-spot caries in human enamel.

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    Ferretti de Oliveira, Fernanda; Ito, Amando Siuiti; Bachmann, Luciano

    2010-04-20

    The objective is to differentiate noncavitated caries enamel through time-resolved fluorescence and to find excitation and emission parameters that can be applied in future clinical practice for detection of caries lesions that are not clearly visible to the professional. Sixteen human teeth with noncavitiated white-spot caries were selected for this work. Fluorescence intensity decay was measured by using an apparatus based on the time-correlated single-photon counting method. An optical fiber bundle was employed for sample excitation (440 nm), and the fluorescence collected by the same bundle (500 nm) was registered. The average lifetime for sound enamel was 7.93+/-0.09, 2.46+/-0.04, and 0.51+/-0.02 ns, whereas for the carious enamel the lifetimes were 4.84+/-0.06, 1.35+/-0.02, and 0.16+/-0.01 ns. It was concluded that it is possible to differentiate between carious and sound regions by time-resolved fluorescence and that, although the origin of enamel fluorescence is still uncertain, the lifetime values seem to be typical of fluorophores like collagen I. PMID:20411003

  5. Time-resolved and steady-state fluorescence spectroscopy from bacteria subjected to bactericidal agents

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    Katz, Alvin; Alimova, Alexandra; Siddique, Masood; Savage, Howard E.; Shah, Mahendra; Rosen, Richard; Alfano, Robert

    2004-03-01

    The time-resolved and steady-state changes in fluorescence were investigated from one spore-forming (Bacillus subtilis) and four non-spore forming (Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, Enterococcus faecalis, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) bacteria subjected to different bactericidal agents. The bactericidal agents were sodium hypochlorite (bleach) hydrogen peroxide, formaldehyde, and UV light exposure. Application of sodium hypochlorite resulted in an almost total lose of fluorescence signal and large decrease in the optical density of the bacterial suspension. Addition of hydrogen peroxide resulted in a 35% decrease in emission intensity fom the Sa and an 85-95% decrease for the other bacteria. Ultraviolet light exposure resulted in a 5-35% decrease in the emission intensity of the tryptophan band. The addition of formaldehyde to the bacteria did not result in significant changes in the steady-state emission intensity, but did shift the tryptophan emission peak position to shorter wavelengths by 3 to 5 nm. Time-resolved fluorescence measurements showed that the fluorescence lifetime of tryptophan in the bacteria could not be described by a single exponential decay, and was similar to that of tryptophan in neutral aqueous solution. Upon addition of formaldehyde to the Gram positive bacteria (Bs and Sa) the strength of the short lifetime component increased dramatically, while for the Gram negative bacteria, a smaller increase was observed. These fluorescence changes reflect the different mechanisms of the bactericidal agents and may provide a useful tool to monitor the effectiveness of disinfectants.

  6. Drug/protein interactions studied by time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Gustavsson, Thomas; Markovitsi, Dimitra; Vay, Ignacio; Bonanca, Paula; Jimnez, M. C.; Miranda, Miguel A.

    2014-09-01

    We report here on a recent time-resolved fluorescence study [1] of the interaction between flurbiprofen (FBP), a chiral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, and human serum albumin (HSA), the main transport protein in the human body. We compare the results obtained for the drug-protein complex with those of various covalently linked flurbiprofentryptophan dyads having well-defined geometries. In all cases stereoselective dynamic fluorescence quenching is observed, varying greatly from one system to another. In addition, the fluorescence anisotropy decays also display a clear stereoselectivity. For the drug-protein complexes, this can be interpreted in terms of the protein microenvironment playing a significant role in the conformational relaxation of FBP, which is more restricted in the case of the (R)- enantiomer.

  7. Analysis of hydrocarbon-bearing fluid inclusions (HCFI) using time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Przyjalgowski, Milosz A.; Ryder, Alan G.; Feely, Martin; Glynn, Thomas J.

    2005-06-01

    Hydrocarbon-bearing fluid inclusions (HCFI) are microscopic cavities within rocks that are filled with petroleum oil, the composition of which may not have changed since the trapping event. Thus, the composition of that entrapped oil can provide information about the formation and evolution of the oil reservoir. This type of information is important to the petroleum production and exploration industries. Crude oil fluorescence originates from the presence of cyclic aromatic compounds and the nature of the emission is governed by the chemical composition of the oil. Fluorescence based methods are widely used for analysis of crude oil because they offer robust, non-contact and non-destructive measurement options. The goal of our group is the development of a non-destructive analytical method for HCFI using time-resolved fluorescence methods. In broad terms, crude oil fluorescence behavior is governed by the concentration of quenching species and the distribution of fluorophores. For the intensity averaged fluorescence lifetime, the best correlations have been found between polar or alkane concentrations, but these are not suitable for robust, quantitative analysis. We have recently started to investigate another approach for characterizing oils by looking at Time-resolved Emission Spectra (TRES). TRES are constructed from intensities sampled at discrete times during the fluorescence decay of the sample. In this study, TRES, from a series of 10 crude oils from the Middle East, have been measured at discrete time gates (0.5 ns, 1 ns, 2 ns, 4 ns) over the 450-700 nm wavelength range. The spectral changes in TRES, such as time gate dependent Stokes' shift and spectral broadening, are analyzed in the context of energy transfer rates. In this work, the efficacy of using TRES for fingerprinting individual oils and HCFI is also demonstrated.

  8. A novel time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy system for research on complexation of uranium(IV).

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    Lehmann, S; Geipel, G; Grambole, G; Bernhard, G

    2009-09-01

    To date only a small number of studies have investigated the chemical speciation of complexes and the fluorescence properties of metal ions whose emitted fluorescence lifetime is in the range of only few nanoseconds. This is due to a lack of advanced methods which allow the conduction of these measurements. In the current study we set up a new time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy system with which the fluorescence properties of metal ions with very short fluorescence lifetimes such as uranium(IV) and its compounds can be investigated. By studying the fluorescence properties of uranium(IV) in perchloric acid, we showed uranium(IV) to have a detection limit of 5 x 10(-7)M and a fluorescence decay time of 2.74+/-0.36 ns. We further investigated the fluorescence properties of uranium(IV) during the reaction with fluoride and applied our novel laser system to study the complexation of uranium(IV) with fluoride. Our data revealed the formation of a 1:1 complex of uranium(IV) and fluoride. The corresponding complex formation constant of uranium(IV) fluoride UF(3+) was found to be log beta(0)=9.43+/-1.94. Our results demonstrate that our novel time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy system can successfully conduct speciation measurements of metal ions and their compounds with very short-lived fluorescence lifetimes. Using this laser system, it is possible to analytically investigate such elements and compounds in environmentally relevant concentration ranges. PMID:19442574

  9. Structural incorporation of Cm(III) in trioctahedral smectite hectorite: A time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy (TRLFS) study

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    Brandt, Heike; Bosbach, Dirk; Panak, Petra J.; Fanghnel, Thomas

    2007-01-01

    Structural incorporation of the actinide curium in the octahedral layer of the trioctahedral Mg-rich smectite hectorite was studied using time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy. Organo-hectorite nanoparticles were synthesized at 90 C in the presence of Cm(III). Within 120 h, hectorite particles were formed. Time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy was used to identify Cm(III) species during various synthesis steps and to characterize the structural incorporation mechanism. The formation of a Cm-containing Mg hydroxide precursor and the reaction with aqueous silica in a pH range of 9-10 to form TOT layers were identified to be key steps for trivalent actinide incorporation in hectorite via coprecipitation.

  10. Time-resolved and steady-state fluorescence spectroscopy for the assessment of skin photoaging process

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    D´Almeida, Camila de Paula; Campos, Carolina; Saito Nogueira, Marcelo; Pratavieira, Sebastio.; Kurachi, Cristina

    2015-06-01

    pathology. The optical properties of these intrinsic fluorophores respond to the microenvironment and the metabolic status, thus making fluorescence spectroscopy a valuable tool to study the conditions of biological tissues. The purpose of this study is to investigate the hairless mice skin metabolic changes during the photoaging process through lifetime and fluorescence measurements targeting NADH and FAD. Two lasers centered at 378 nm and 445 nm, respectively, perform excitation of NADH and FAD. The fluorescence acquisition is carried out at mice dorsal and ventral regions throughout the photoaging protocol and aging process. Differences in fluorescence and lifetime data between young and photoaged mice measurements were observed. The endogenous fluorescence spectrum of photoaged dorsal skin showed an increase compared to young and aged skin. Lifetime of bound NADH and free FAD presented an increase in the first week that continued until the end of the protocol. Aging process is being investigated to complement the information obtained from fluorescence data and lifetime of photoaging process.

  11. Detection of cancer cells in prostate tissue with time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Gerich, C. E.; Opitz, J.; Toma, M.; Sergon, M.; Füssel, S.; Nanke, R.; Fehre, J.; Wirth, M.; Baretton, G.; Schreiber, J.

    2011-03-01

    Goals: Improving cancer diagnosis is one of the important challenges at this time. The precise differentiation between benign and malignant tissue is in the oncology and oncologic surgery of the utmost significance. A new diagnostic system, that facilitates the decision which tissue has to be removed, would be appreciated. In previous studies many attempts were made to use tissue fluorescence for cancer recognition. However, no clear correlation was found between tissue type and fluorescence parameters like time and wavelength dependent fluorescence intensity I(t, λ). The present study is focused on cooperative behaviour of cells in benign or malignant prostates tissue reflecting differences in their metabolism. Material and Methods: 50 prostate specimens were obtained directly after radical prostatectomy and from each specimen 6 punch biopsies were taken. Time-resolved fluorescence spectra were recorded for 4 different measurement points for each biopsy. The pathologist evaluated each measurement point separately. An algorithm was developed to determine a relevant parameter of the time dependent fluorescence data (fractal dimension DF ). The results of the finding and the DF -value were correlated for each point and then analysed with statistical methods. Results: A total of 1200 measurements points were analysed. The optimal algorithm and conditions for discrimination between malignant and non-malignant tissue areas were found. The correct classification could be stated in 93.4% of analysed points. The ROC-curve (AUC = 0.94) confirms the chosen statistical method as well as it informs about the specificity (0.94) and sensitivity (0.90). Conclusion: The new method seems to offer a very helpful diagnostic tool for pathologists as well as for surgery.

  12. TIME-RESOLVED VIBRATIONAL SPECTROSCOPY

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    Andrei Tokmakoff, MIT; Paul Champion, Northeastern University; Edwin J. Heilweil, NIST; Keith A. Nelson, MIT; Larry Ziegler, Boston University

    2009-05-14

    This document contains the Proceedings from the 14th International Conference on Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy, which was held in Meredith, NH from May 9-14, 2009. The study of molecular dynamics in chemical reaction and biological processes using time-resolved spectroscopy plays an important role in our understanding of energy conversion, storage, and utilization problems. Fundamental studies of chemical reactivity, molecular rearrangements, and charge transport are broadly supported by the DOE’s Office of Science because of their role in the development of alternative energy sources, the understanding of biological energy conversion processes, the efficient utilization of existing energy resources, and the mitigation of reactive intermediates in radiation chemistry. In addition, time-resolved spectroscopy is central to all five of DOE’s grand challenges for fundamental energy science. The Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy conference is organized biennially to bring the leaders in this field from around the globe together with young scientists to discuss the most recent scientific and technological advances. The latest technology in ultrafast infrared, Raman, and terahertz spectroscopy and the scientific advances that these methods enable were covered. Particular emphasis was placed on new experimental methods used to probe molecular dynamics in liquids, solids, interfaces, nanostructured materials, and biomolecules.

  13. In vivo detection of macrophages in a rabbit atherosclerotic model by time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy.

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    Marcu, Laura; Fang, Qiyin; Jo, Javier A; Papaioannou, Thanassis; Dorafshar, Amir; Reil, Todd; Qiao, Jian-Hua; Baker, J Dennis; Freischlag, Julie A; Fishbein, Michael C

    2005-08-01

    Accumulation of numerous macrophages in the fibrous cap is a key identifying feature of plaque inflammation and vulnerability. This study investigates the use of time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (TR-LIFS) as a potential tool for detection of macrophage foam cells in the intima of atherosclerotic plaques. Experiments were conducted in vivo on 14 New Zealand rabbits (6 control, 8 hypercholesterolemic) following aortotomy to expose the intimal luminal surface of the aorta. Tissue autofluorescence was induced with a nitrogen pulse laser (337 nm, 1 ns). Lesions were histologically classified by the percent of collagen or macrophage foam cells as well as thickness of the intima. Using parameters derived from the time-resolved fluorescence emission of plaques, we determined that intima rich in macrophage foam cells can be distinguished from intima rich in collagen with high sensitivity (>85%) and specificity (>95%). This study demonstrates, for the first time, that a time-resolved fluorescence-based technique can differentiate and demark macrophage content versus collagen content in vivo. Our results suggest that TR-LIFS technique can be used in clinical applications for identification of inflammatory cells important in plaque formation and rupture. PMID:16039283

  14. Synthesis of Ag clusters in microemulsions: A time-resolved UV vis and fluorescence spectroscopy study

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    Ledo, Ana; Martínez, F.; López-Quintela, M. A.; Rivas, J.

    2007-09-01

    The combined use of the microemulsion technique and the kinetic control allows the preparation of small silver clusters. By using UV-vis and fluorescence spectroscopy the main stages by which the clusters grow, before the formation of nanoparticles, were elucidated. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) were used to further characterize the samples. Two main stages were clearly identified, which are associated with: (1) the formation of Ag n clusters with n<10, which self-aggregate into one atom high 2D nanodiscs of 3.2 nm size and (2) Ag n clusters, which self-aggregate into 3D nanostructures of 1.5 nm in size. The fluorescence properties observed with both stages show that the formed clusters are small enough to display a molecule-like behaviour.

  15. Mechanism of charge transfer in the molecular DPQ complex studied by time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Borovkov, V.V.; Evstigneeva, R.P.; Struganova, I.A. ); Kamalov, V.F.; Toleutaev, B.N. )

    1991-08-22

    Recent results of the X-ray analysis and femtosecond spectroscopy of photosynthetic bacteria reaction centers have contributed very much to the understanding of the primary events in photosynthesis. The pathways of charge separation in the dimethylaniline-mesoporphyrin II-naphthoquinone triad DPQ and its Zn complex were established. The rate constants of electron transfer from P and ZnP to Q were measured to be k = 1.5 {times} 10{sup 9} s{sup {minus}1} and k > 5 {times} 10{sup 10} s{sup {minus}1}, respectively, from the results of picosecond fluorescence spectroscopy. The transformation of the DPQ and DZnPQ triads to the reduced form by NaBH{sub 4} treatment results in blocking of the electron-transfer channel from both P and ZnP to Q. The role of structural and conformational changes of triads in the electron-transfer process is discussed.

  16. Solvation dynamics of coumarin 153 embedded in AOT + phenol organogels studied by time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Nishiyama, Katsura; Takata, Kei; Watanabe, Keiichi; Shigematsu, Hirotake

    2012-03-01

    We investigate solvation dynamics of organogel utilizing ps-ns fluorescence spectroscopy. The organogel studied in this Letter comprises bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate (AOT) and p-chlorophenol in the m-xylene solvent, that produce an organogel architecture with self-assembly. Within the organogel, an emitting probe, coumarin 153 (C153), is embedded. We then obtain dynamic response functions of solvation derived from the time-resolved fluorescence spectra of C153. We propose that total energy of the C153-organogel system relaxes with a relaxation time of 3.9 ns, whereas the entire rearrangement of the organogel structure around C153 is achieved with that of 6.1 ns, respectively.

  17. The study of polyplex formation and stability by time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy of SYBR Green I-stained DNA.

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    D'Andrea, Cosimo; Pezzoli, Daniele; Malloggi, Chiara; Candeo, Alessia; Capelli, Giulio; Bassi, Andrea; Volonterio, Alessandro; Taroni, Paola; Candiani, Gabriele

    2014-12-01

    Polyplexes are nanoparticles formed by the self-assembly of DNA/RNA and cationic polymers specifically designed to deliver exogenous genetic material to cells by a process called transfection. There is a general consensus that a subtle balance between sufficient extracellular protection and intracellular release of nucleic acids is a key factor for successful gene delivery. Therefore, there is a strong need to develop suitable tools and techniques for enabling the monitoring of the stability of polyplexes in the biological environment they face during transfection. In this work we propose time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy in combination with SYBR Green I-DNA dye as a reliable tool for the in-depth characterization of the DNA/vector complexation state. As a proof of concept, we provide essential information on the assembly and disassembly of complexes formed between DNA and each of three cationic polymers, namely a novel promising chitosan-graft-branched polyethylenimine copolymer (Chi-g-bPEI), one of its building block 2 kDa bPEI and the gold standard transfectant 25 kDa bPEI. Our results highlight the higher information content provided by the time-resolved studies of SYBR Green I/DNA, as compared to conventional steady state measurements of ethidium bromide/DNA that enabled us to draw relationships among fluorescence lifetime, polyplex structural changes and transfection efficiency. PMID:25308511

  18. Coherent photon interference elimination and spectral correction in femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence non-collinear optical parametric amplification spectroscopy.

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    Dang, Wei; Mao, Pengcheng; Weng, Yuxiang

    2013-07-01

    We report an improved setup of femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence non-collinear optical parametric amplification spectroscopy (FNOPAS) with a 210 fs temporal response. The system employs a Cassegrain objective to collect and focus fluorescence photons, which eliminates the interference from the coherent photons in the fluorescence amplification by temporal separation of the coherent photons and the fluorescence photons. The gain factor of the Cassegrain objective-assisted FNOPAS is characterized as 1.24 10(5) for Rhodamine 6G. Spectral corrections have been performed on the transient fluorescence spectra of Rhodamine 6G and Rhodamine 640 in ethanol by using an intrinsic calibration curve derived from the spectrum of superfluorescence, which is generated from the amplification of the vacuum quantum noise. The validity of spectral correction is illustrated by comparisons of spectral shape and peak wavelength between the corrected transient fluorescence spectra of these two dyes acquired by FNOPAS and their corresponding standard reference spectra collected by the commercial streak camera. The transient fluorescence spectra of the Rhodamine 6G were acquired in an optimized phase match condition, which gives a deviation in the peak wavelength between the retrieved spectrum and the reference spectrum of 1.0 nm, while those of Rhodamine 640 were collected in a non-optimized phase match condition, leading to a deviation in a range of 1.0-3.0 nm. Our results indicate that the improved FNOPAS can be a reliable tool in the measurement of transient fluorescence spectrum for its high temporal resolution and faithfully corrected spectrum. PMID:23902042

  19. Modified diglycol-amides for actinide separation: solvent extraction and time-resolved laser fluorescence spectroscopy complexation studies

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    Wilden, A.; Modolo, G.; Lange, S.; Sadowski, F.; Bosbach, D.; Beele, B.B.; Panak, P.J.; Skerencak-Frech, A.; Geist, A.; Iqbal, M.; Verboom, W.

    2013-07-01

    In this work, the back-bone of the diglycolamide-structure of the TODGA extractant was modified by adding one or two methyl groups to the central methylene carbon-atoms. The influence of these structural modifications on the extraction behavior of trivalent actinides and lanthanides and other fission products was studied in solvent extraction experiments. The addition of methyl groups to the central methylene carbon atoms leads to reduced distribution ratios, also for Sr(II). This reduced extraction efficiency for Sr(II) is beneficial for process applications, as the co-extraction of Sr(II) can be avoided, resulting in an easier process design. The use of these modified diglycol-amides in solvent extraction processes is discussed. Furthermore, the complexation of Cm(III) and Eu(III) to the ligands was studied using Time-Resolved-Laser-Fluorescence-Spectroscopy (TRLFS). The complexes were characterized by slope analysis and conditional stability constants were determined.

  20. Short-term light adaptation of a cyanobacterium, Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, probed by time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy.

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    Akimoto, Seiji; Yokono, Makio; Yokono, Erina; Aikawa, Shimpei; Kondo, Akihiko

    2014-08-01

    In photosynthetic organisms, the interactions among pigment-protein complexes change in response to light conditions. In the present study, we analyzed the transfer of excitation energy from the phycobilisome (PBS) and photosystem (PS) II to PSI in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. After 20min of dark adaptation, Synechocystis cells were illuminated for 5min with strong light with different spectral profiles, blue, green, two kinds of red, and white light. After illumination, the energy-transfer characteristics were evaluated using steady-state fluorescence and picosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy techniques. The fluorescence rise and decay curves were analyzed by global analysis to obtain fluorescence decay-associated spectra, followed by spectral component analysis. Under illumination with strong light, the contribution of the energy transfer from the PSII to PSI (spillover) became greater, and that of the energy transfer from the PBS to PSI decreased; the former change was larger than the latter. The energy transfer pathway to PSI was sensitive to red light. We discuss the short-term adaptation of energy-transfer processes in Synechocystis under strong-light conditions. PMID:24495908

  1. In Situ Planetary Mineralogy Using Simultaneous Time Resolved Fluorescence and Raman Spectroscopy

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    Blacksberg, J.; Rossman , G.R.

    2011-01-01

    Micro-Raman spectroscopy is one of the primary methods of mineralogical analysis in the laboratory, and more recently in the field. Because of its versatility and ability to interrogate rocks in their natural form it is one of the front runners for the next generation of in situ instruments designed to explore adverse set of solar system bodies (e.g. Mars, Venus, the Moon, and other primitive bodies such as asteroids and the Martian moons Phobos and Deimos), as well as for pre-selection of rock and soil samples for potential cache and return missions.

  2. Nondestructive Evaluation of Tissue Engineered Articular Cartilage Using Time-Resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Ultrasound Backscatter Microscopy

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    Responte, Donald; Xie, Hongtao; Liu, Jing; Fatakdawala, Hussain; Hu, Jerry; Athanasiou, Kyriacos A.

    2012-01-01

    The goal of this study is to evaluate the ability of a bimodal technique integrating time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy (TRFS) and ultrasound backscatter microscopy (UBM) for nondestructive detection of changes in the biochemical, structural, and mechanical properties of self-assembled engineered articular cartilage constructs. The cartilage constructs were treated with three chemical agents (collagenase, chondroitinase-ABC, and ribose) to induce changes in biochemical content (collagen and glycosaminoglycan [GAG]) of matured constructs (4 weeks); and to subsequently alter the mechanical properties of the construct. The biochemical changes were evaluated using TRFS. The microstructure and the thickness of the engineered cartilage samples were characterized by UBM. The optical and ultrasound results were validated against those acquired via conventional techniques including collagen and GAG quantification and measurement of construct stiffness. Current results demonstrated that a set of optical parameters (e.g., average fluorescence lifetime and decay constants) showed significant correlation (p<0.05) with biochemical and mechanical data. The high-resolution ultrasound images provided complementary cross-section information of the cartilage samples morphology. Therefore, the technique was capable of nondestructively evaluating the composition of extracellular matrix and the microstructure of engineered tissue, demonstrating great potential as an alternative to traditional destructive assays. PMID:22010819

  3. Time resolved fluorescence of naproxen in organogel medium

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    Burguete, M. Isabel; Izquierdo, M. Angeles; Galindo, Francisco; Luis, Santiago V.

    2008-07-01

    The interaction between non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug naproxen and the self assembled fibrillar network created by a low molecular weight organogelator has been probed by means of time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy.

  4. Multi-channel lock-in amplifier assisted femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence non-collinear optical parametric amplification spectroscopy with efficient rejection of superfluorescence background

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    Mao, Pengcheng; Wang, Zhuan; Dang, Wei; Weng, Yuxiang

    2015-12-01

    Superfluorescence appears as an intense background in femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence noncollinear optical parametric amplification spectroscopy, which severely interferes the reliable acquisition of the time-resolved fluorescence spectra especially for an optically dilute sample. Superfluorescence originates from the optical amplification of the vacuum quantum noise, which would be inevitably concomitant with the amplified fluorescence photons during the optical parametric amplification process. Here, we report the development of a femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence non-collinear optical parametric amplification spectrometer assisted with a 32-channel lock-in amplifier for efficient rejection of the superfluorescence background. With this spectrometer, the superfluorescence background signal can be significantly reduced to 1/300-1/100 when the seeding fluorescence is modulated. An integrated 32-bundle optical fiber is used as a linear array light receiver connected to 32 photodiodes in one-to-one mode, and the photodiodes are further coupled to a home-built 32-channel synchronous digital lock-in amplifier. As an implementation, time-resolved fluorescence spectra for rhodamine 6G dye in ethanol solution at an optically dilute concentration of 10-5M excited at 510 nm with an excitation intensity of 70 nJ/pulse have been successfully recorded, and the detection limit at a pump intensity of 60 μJ/pulse was determined as about 13 photons/pulse. Concentration dependent redshift starting at 30 ps after the excitation in time-resolved fluorescence spectra of this dye has also been observed, which can be attributed to the formation of the excimer at a higher concentration, while the blueshift in the earlier time within 10 ps is attributed to the solvation process.

  5. Multi-channel lock-in amplifier assisted femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence non-collinear optical parametric amplification spectroscopy with efficient rejection of superfluorescence background.

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    Mao, Pengcheng; Wang, Zhuan; Dang, Wei; Weng, Yuxiang

    2015-12-01

    Superfluorescence appears as an intense background in femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence noncollinear optical parametric amplification spectroscopy, which severely interferes the reliable acquisition of the time-resolved fluorescence spectra especially for an optically dilute sample. Superfluorescence originates from the optical amplification of the vacuum quantum noise, which would be inevitably concomitant with the amplified fluorescence photons during the optical parametric amplification process. Here, we report the development of a femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence non-collinear optical parametric amplification spectrometer assisted with a 32-channel lock-in amplifier for efficient rejection of the superfluorescence background. With this spectrometer, the superfluorescence background signal can be significantly reduced to 1/300-1/100 when the seeding fluorescence is modulated. An integrated 32-bundle optical fiber is used as a linear array light receiver connected to 32 photodiodes in one-to-one mode, and the photodiodes are further coupled to a home-built 32-channel synchronous digital lock-in amplifier. As an implementation, time-resolved fluorescence spectra for rhodamine 6G dye in ethanol solution at an optically dilute concentration of 10(-5)M excited at 510 nm with an excitation intensity of 70 nJ/pulse have been successfully recorded, and the detection limit at a pump intensity of 60 μJ/pulse was determined as about 13 photons/pulse. Concentration dependent redshift starting at 30 ps after the excitation in time-resolved fluorescence spectra of this dye has also been observed, which can be attributed to the formation of the excimer at a higher concentration, while the blueshift in the earlier time within 10 ps is attributed to the solvation process. PMID:26724012

  6. Photosystem II Does Not Possess a Simple Excitation Energy Funnel: Time-Resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy Meets Theory

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    2013-01-01

    The experimentally obtained time-resolved fluorescence spectra of photosystem II (PS II) core complexes, purified from a thermophilic cyanobacterium Thermosynechococcus vulcanus, at 5180 K are compared with simulations. Dynamic localization effects of excitons are treated implicitly by introducing exciton domains of strongly coupled pigments. Exciton relaxations within a domain and exciton transfers between domains are treated on the basis of Redfield theory and generalized Frster theory, respectively. The excitonic couplings between the pigments are calculated by a quantum chemical/electrostatic method (Poisson-TrEsp). Starting with previously published values, a refined set of site energies of the pigments is obtained through optimization cycles of the fits of stationary optical spectra of PS II. Satisfactorily agreement between the experimental and simulated spectra is obtained for the absorption spectrum including its temperature dependence and the linear dichroism spectrum of PS II core complexes (PS II-CC). Furthermore, the refined site energies well reproduce the temperature dependence of the time-resolved fluorescence spectrum of PS II-CC, which is characterized by the emergence of a 695 nm fluorescence peak upon cooling down to 77 K and the decrease of its relative intensity upon further cooling below 77 K. The blue shift of the fluorescence band upon cooling below 77 K is explained by the existence of two red-shifted chlorophyll pools emitting at around 685 and 695 nm. The former pool is assigned to Chl45 or Chl43 in CP43 (Chl numbering according to the nomenclature of Loll et al. Nature2005, 438, 1040) while the latter is assigned to Chl29 in CP47. The 695 nm emitting chlorophyll is suggested to attract excitations from the peripheral light-harvesting complexes and might also be involved in photoprotection. PMID:23537277

  7. Effect of ouabain on metabolic oxidative state in living cardiomyocytes evaluated by time-resolved spectroscopy of endogenous NAD(P)H fluorescence

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    Chorvatova, Alzbeta; Elzwiei, Fathia; Mateasik, Anton; Chorvat, Dusan

    2012-10-01

    Time-resolved spectrometry of endogenous nicotinamide dinucleotide phosphate [NAD(P)H] fluorescence is a useful method to evaluate metabolic oxidative state in living cells. Ouabain is a well-known pharmaceutical drug used in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, the effects of which on myocardial metabolism were recently demonstrated. Mechanisms implicated in these actions are still poorly understood. We investigate the effect of ouabain on the metabolic oxidative state of living cardiac cells identified by time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy of mitochondrial NAD(P)H. Spectral unmixing is used to resolve individual NAD(P)H fluorescence components. Ouabain decreased the integral intensity of NAD(P)H fluorescence, leading to a reduced component amplitudes ratio corresponding to a change in metabolic state. We also noted that lactate/pyruvate, affecting the cytosolic NADH gradient, increased the effect of ouabain on the component amplitudes ratio. Cell oxidation levels, evaluated as the percentage of oxidized NAD(P)H, decreased exponentially with rising concentrations of the cardiac glycoside. Ouabain also stimulated the mitochondrial NADH production. Our study sheds a new light on the role that ouabain plays in the regulation of metabolic state, and presents perspective on a noninvasive, pharmaceutical approach for testing the effect of drugs on the mitochondrial metabolism by means of time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy in living cells.

  8. Fluorescence-suppressed time-resolved Raman spectroscopy of pharmaceuticals using complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) detector.

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    Rojalin, Tatu; Kurki, Lauri; Laaksonen, Timo; Viitala, Tapani; Kostamovaara, Juha; Gordon, Keith C; Galvis, Leonardo; Wachsmann-Hogiu, Sebastian; Strachan, Clare J; Yliperttula, Marjo

    2016-01-01

    In this work, we utilize a short-wavelength, 532-nm picosecond pulsed laser coupled with a time-gated complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) single-photon avalanche diode (SPAD) detector to acquire Raman spectra of several drugs of interest. With this approach, we are able to reveal previously unseen Raman features and suppress the fluorescence background of these drugs. Compared to traditional Raman setups, the present time-resolved technique has two major improvements. First, it is possible to overcome the strong fluorescence background that usually interferes with the much weaker Raman spectra. Second, using the high photon energy excitation light source, we are able to generate a stronger Raman signal compared to traditional instruments. In addition, observations in the time domain can be performed, thus enabling new capabilities in the field of Raman and fluorescence spectroscopy. With this system, we demonstrate for the first time the possibility of recording fluorescence-suppressed Raman spectra of solid, amorphous and crystalline, and non-photoluminescent and photoluminescent drugs such as caffeine, ranitidine hydrochloride, and indomethacin (amorphous and crystalline forms). The raw data acquired by utilizing only the picosecond pulsed laser and a CMOS SPAD detector could be used for identifying the compounds directly without any data processing. Moreover, to validate the accuracy of this time-resolved technique, we present density functional theory (DFT) calculations for a widely used gastric acid inhibitor, ranitidine hydrochloride. The obtained time-resolved Raman peaks were identified based on the calculations and existing literature. Raman spectra using non-time-resolved setups with continuous-wave 785- and 532-nm excitation lasers were used as reference data. Overall, this demonstration of time-resolved Raman and fluorescence measurements with a CMOS SPAD detector shows promise in diverse areas, including fundamental chemical research, the pharmaceutical setting, process analytical technology (PAT), and the life sciences. Graphical abstract Time-resolved Raman measurement of a pharmaceutical sample using the complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) detector technology. PMID:26549117

  9. Time-resolved fluorescence: 1996-1998

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    Kricka; Stanley

    1999-01-01

    Luminescence continues to provide comprehensive literature surveys which will be published in most issues. These are a continuation of the literature surveys begun in 1986 in the Journal of Bioluminescence and Chemiluminescence which, up until 1998, encompassed more than 6000 references cited by year or specialized topic. With this newly named journal these searches are expanding to reflect the journal's wider scope. In future we will cover all fundamental and applied aspects of biological and chemical luminescence and include not only bioluminescence and chemiluminescence but also fluorescence, time resolved fluorescence, electrochemiluminescence, phosphorescence, sonoluminescence, lyoluminescence and triboluminescence. The compilers would be pleased to receive any comments from the readership. Copyright 1999 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. PMID:10398560

  10. Differences in excitation energy transfer of Arthrospira platensis cells grown in seawater medium and freshwater medium, probed by time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Arba, Muhammad; Aikawa, Shimpei; Niki, Kenta; Yokono, Makio; Kondo, Akihiko; Akimoto, Seiji

    2013-11-01

    Excitation energy transfer of Arthrospira platensis cells grown in f/2 medium (a high salinity medium) and SOT medium (a control) was investigated by steady-state and time-resolved spectroscopies. Growth in f/2 medium induced changes in absorption and fluorescence spectra as well as in the energy transfer pathways. Excitation energy captured by phycobilisome (PBS) was transferred directly to photosystem (PS) I, instead of being first transferred to an intermediate (PBS ? PSII ? PSI), as observed in SOT medium. The respiration rate increased while photosynthetic rate reduced in f/2 medium. Possible causes of the differences in light-harvesting and energy-transfer processes between the two media are discussed.

  11. Time-resolved fluorescence decay measurements for flowing particles

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    Deka, Chiranjit (Miami, FL); Steinkamp, John A. (Los Alamos, NM)

    1999-01-01

    Time-resolved fluorescence decay measurements for flowing particles. An apparatus and method for the measurement and analysis of fluorescence for individual cells and particles in flow are described, wherein the rapid measurement capabilities of flow cytometry and the robust measurement and analysis procedures of time-domain fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy are combined. A pulse-modulated cw laser is employed for excitation of the particles. The characteristics and the repetition rate of the excitation pulses can be readily adjusted to accommodate for fluorescence decays having a wide range of lifetimes.

  12. Time-resolved fluorescence decay measurements for flowing particles

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    Deka, C.; Steinkamp, J.A.

    1999-06-01

    Time-resolved fluorescence decay measurements are disclosed for flowing particles. An apparatus and method for the measurement and analysis of fluorescence for individual cells and particles in flow are described, wherein the rapid measurement capabilities of flow cytometry and the robust measurement and analysis procedures of time-domain fluorescence lifetime spectroscopy are combined. A pulse-modulated CW laser is employed for excitation of the particles. The characteristics and the repetition rate of the excitation pulses can be readily adjusted to accommodate for fluorescence decays having a wide range of lifetimes. 12 figs.

  13. Time-resolved multiple probe spectroscopy

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    Greetham, G. M.; Sole, D.; Clark, I. P.; Parker, A. W.; Pollard, M. R.; Towrie, M.

    2012-10-15

    Time-resolved multiple probe spectroscopy combines optical, electronic, and data acquisition capabilities to enable measurement of picosecond to millisecond time-resolved spectra within a single experiment, using a single activation pulse. This technology enables a wide range of dynamic processes to be studied on a single laser and sample system. The technique includes a 1 kHz pump, 10 kHz probe flash photolysis-like mode of acquisition (pump-probe-probe-probe, etc.), increasing the amount of information from each experiment. We demonstrate the capability of the instrument by measuring the photolysis of tungsten hexacarbonyl (W(CO){sub 6}) monitored by IR absorption spectroscopy, following picosecond vibrational cooling of product formation through to slower bimolecular diffusion reactions on the microsecond time scale.

  14. Time-resolved Raman spectroscopy for in situ planetary mineralogy.

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    Blacksberg, Jordana; Rossman, George R; Gleckler, Anthony

    2010-09-10

    Planetary mineralogy can be revealed through a variety of remote sensing and in situ investigations that precede any plans for eventual sample return. We briefly review those techniques and focus on the capabilities for on-surface in situ examination of Mars, Venus, the Moon, asteroids, and other bodies. Over the past decade, Raman spectroscopy has continued to develop as a prime candidate for the next generation of in situ planetary instruments, as it provides definitive structural and compositional information of minerals in their natural geological context. Traditional continuous-wave Raman spectroscopy using a green laser suffers from fluorescence interference, which can be large (sometimes saturating the detector), particularly in altered minerals, which are of the greatest geophysical interest. Taking advantage of the fact that fluorescence occurs at a later time than the instantaneous Raman signal, we have developed a time-resolved Raman spectrometer that uses a streak camera and pulsed miniature microchip laser to provide picosecond time resolution. Our ability to observe the complete time evolution of Raman and fluorescence spectra in minerals makes this technique ideal for exploration of diverse planetary environments, some of which are expected to contain strong, if not overwhelming, fluorescence signatures. We discuss performance capability and present time-resolved pulsed Raman spectra collected from several highly fluorescent and Mars-relevant minerals. In particular, we have found that conventional Raman spectra from fine grained clays, sulfates, and phosphates exhibited large fluorescent signatures, but high quality spectra could be obtained using our time-resolved approach. PMID:20830184

  15. Interaction of quinine sulfate with anionic micelles of sodium dodecylsulfate: A time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy at different pH

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    Joshi, Sunita; Pant, Debi D.

    2015-09-01

    Photophysical behavior and rotational relaxation dynamics of quinine sulfate (QS) in anionic surfactant, sodium dodecylsulfate (SDS) at different pH have been studied using steady state and time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. It has been observed that the cationic form of quinine sulfate (at pH 2) forms a fluorescent ion pair complex with the surfactant molecules at lower concentrations of surfactant. However, for higher concentrations of SDS, the probe molecules bind strongly with the micelles and reside at the water-micelle interface. At pH 7, QS is singly protonated in bulk aqueous solution. At lower concentrations of SDS aggregation between probe and surfactant molecules has been observed. However, for higher concentrations of SDS, an additional fluorescence peak corresponding to dicationic form of QS appears and this has been attributed to double protonation of the QS molecule in micellar solution. At pH 7, in the presence of SDS micelles, the photophysical properties of QS showed substantial changes compared to that in the bulk water solution. At pH 12, an increase in fluorescence intensity and lifetime has been observed and this has been attributed to the increase in radiative rate due to the incorporation of QS at the micelle-water interface. The local pH at micellar surface has been found different from the pH of bulk solution.

  16. Time-resolved detection of aromatic compounds on planetary surfaces by ultraviolet laser induced fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy

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    Eshelman, E.; Daly, M. G.; Slater, G.; Cloutis, E.

    2015-12-01

    Raman spectroscopic instruments are highly capable in the search for organics on Mars due to the potential to perform rapid and nondestructive measurements on unprepared samples. Upcoming and future Raman instruments are likely to also incorporate laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) capabilities, which can be added for modest cost and complexity. We demonstrate that it is possible to obtain sub-ns fluorescence lifetime measurements of Mars-relevant organics and minerals if a fast time-gating capability is used with an intensified detector and a short ultraviolet laser pulse. This serves a primary purpose of discriminating mineral from short-lived (less than 10 ns) organic fluorescence, considered a potential biosignature. Additionally, lifetime measurements may assist in determining if more than one fluorescing species is present and provide information concerning the molecular structure as well as the local environment. Fast time-gating is also useful at longer visible or near-IR wavelengths, as this approach increases the sensitivity of the instrument to organic material by removing the majority of the fluorescence background from the Raman signal and reducing the effect of ambient light.

  17. In vivo validation of a bimodal technique combining time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and ultrasonic backscatter microscopy for diagnosis of oral carcinoma

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    Sun, Yang; Xie, Hongtao; Liu, Jing; Lam, Matthew; Chaudhari, Abhijit J.; Zhou, Feifei; Bec, Julien; Yankelevich, Diego R.; Dobbie, Allison; Tinling, Steven L.; Gandour-Edwards, Regina F.; Monsky, Wayne L.; Gregory Farwell, D.; Marcu, Laura

    2012-11-01

    Tissue diagnostic features generated by a bimodal technique integrating scanning time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy (TRFS) and ultrasonic backscatter microscopy (UBM) are investigated in an in vivo hamster oral carcinoma model. Tissue fluorescence is excited by a pulsed nitrogen laser and spectrally and temporally resolved using a set of filters/dichroic mirrors and a fast digitizer, respectively. A 41-MHz focused transducer (37-?m axial, 65-?m lateral resolution) is used for UBM scanning. Representative lesions of the different stages of carcinogenesis show that fluorescence characteristics complement ultrasonic features, and both correlate with histological findings. These results demonstrate that TRFS-UBM provide a wealth of co-registered, complementary data concerning tissue composition and structure as it relates to disease status. The direct co-registration of the TRFS data (sensitive to surface molecular changes) with the UBM data (sensitive to cross-sectional structural changes and depth of tumor invasion) is expected to play an important role in pre-operative diagnosis and intra-operative determination of tumor margins.

  18. In vivo validation of a bimodal technique combining time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and ultrasonic backscatter microscopy for diagnosis of oral carcinoma

    PubMed Central

    Sun, Yang; Xie, Hongtao; Liu, Jing; Lam, Matthew; Chaudhari, Abhijit J.; Zhou, Feifei; Bec, Julien; Yankelevich, Diego R.; Dobbie, Allison; Tinling, Steven L.; Gandour-Edwards, Regina F.; Monsky, Wayne L.; Gregory Farwell, D.; Marcu, Laura

    2012-01-01

    Abstract. Tissue diagnostic features generated by a bimodal technique integrating scanning time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy (TRFS) and ultrasonic backscatter microscopy (UBM) are investigated in an in vivo hamster oral carcinoma model. Tissue fluorescence is excited by a pulsed nitrogen laser and spectrally and temporally resolved using a set of filters/dichroic mirrors and a fast digitizer, respectively. A 41-MHz focused transducer (37-?m axial, 65-?m lateral resolution) is used for UBM scanning. Representative lesions of the different stages of carcinogenesis show that fluorescence characteristics complement ultrasonic features, and both correlate with histological findings. These results demonstrate that TRFS-UBM provide a wealth of co-registered, complementary data concerning tissue composition and structure as it relates to disease status. The direct co-registration of the TRFS data (sensitive to surface molecular changes) with the UBM data (sensitive to cross-sectional structural changes and depth of tumor invasion) is expected to play an important role in pre-operative diagnosis and intra-operative determination of tumor margins. PMID:23117798

  19. Time-Resolved Fluorescence Spectroscopy and Imaging of DNA Labeled with DAPI and Hoechst 33342 Using Three-Photon Excitation

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    Lakowicz, Joseph R.; Gryczynski, Ignacy; Malak, Henryk; Schrader, Martin; Engelhardt, Peter; Kano, Hiroski; Hell, Stefan W.

    1997-01-01

    We examined the fluorescence spectral properties of the DNA stains DAPI (4?,6-diamidino-2-phenylindole, hydrochloride) and Hoechst 33342 (bis-benzimide, or 2,5?-bi-1H-benzimidazole2?-(4-ethoxyphenyl)-5-(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)) with two-photon (2h?) and three-photon (3h?) excitation using femtosecond pulses from a Ti:sapphire laser from 830 to 885 nm. The mode of excitation of DAPI bound to DNA changed from two-photon at 830 nm to three-photon at 885 nm. In contrast, Hoechst 33342 displayed only two-photon excitation from 830 to 885 nm. DAPI-DNA displayed the same emission spectra and decay times for 2h? and 3h? excitation. Hoechst 33342-DNA displayed the same intensity decay for excitation at 830 and 885 nm. Both probes displayed higher anisotropies for multiphoton excitation as compared to one-photon excitation with ultraviolet wavelengths, and DAPI-DNA displays a higher anisotropy for 3h? at 885 nm than for 2h? at 830 nm. We used 970-nm excitation of DAPI-stained chromosomes to obtain the first three-dimensional images with three-photon excitation. Three-photon excitation of DAPI-stained chromosomes at 970 nm was demonstrated by the power dependence in the fluorescence microscope. ImagesFIGURE 10FIGURE 11FIGURE 12 PMID:9017187

  20. Energy transfer in the primary stages of the photosynthetic process investigated by picosecond time resolved fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Pellegrino, F.

    The fate of the absorbed light energy in the primary stages of the photosynthetic process was studied. In particular, the energy transfer in the accessory pigment complex consisting of carotenoids, Chl. a and Chl. b in higher green plants and phycobiliproteins in blue-green algae were investigated. These accessory pigments are responsible for the highly efficient transfer of the excitation energy to the photochemically active reaction center traps. The risetime, decay time, fluorescence depolarization, temperature and intensity dependence of the fluoresence emission from higher green plant and algal photosystems were directly measured. Excitation was provided by single picosecond laser pulses, as well as a train of pulses at 530 nm, within an intensity range of 10 to the 12th power to 10 to the 16th power photons/sq cm per pulse.

  1. Fluorescence-detected wave packet interferometry: Time resolved molecular spectroscopy with sequences of femtosecond phase-locked pulses

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    Scherer, Norbert F.; Carlson, Roger J.; Matro, Alexander; Du, Mei; Ruggiero, Anthony J.; Romero-Rochin, Victor; Cina, Jeffrey A.; Fleming, Graham R.; Rice, Stuart A.

    1991-08-01

    We introduce a novel spectroscopic technique which utilizes a two-pulse sequence of femtosecond duration phase-locked optical laser pulses to resonantly excite vibronic transitions of a molecule. In contrast with other ultrafast pump-probe methods, in this experiment a definite optical phase angle between the pulses is maintained while varying the interpulse delay with interferometric precision. For the cases of in-phase, in-quadrature, and out-of-phase pulse pairs, respectively, the optical delay is controlled to positions that are integer, integer plus one quarter, and integer plus one half multiples of the wavelength of a selected Fourier component. In analogy with a double slit optical interference experiment, the two the two pulse experiments reported herein involve the preparation and quantum interference of two nuclear wave packet amplitudes state of a molecule. These experiments are designed to be sensitive to the total phase evolution of the wave packet prepared by the initial pulse. The direct determination of wave packet phase evolution is possible because phase locking effectively transforms the interferogram to a frame which is referenced to the optical carrier frequency, thereby eliminating the high (optical) frequency modulations. This has the effect of isolating the rovibrational molecular dynamics. The phase locking scheme is demonstrated for molecular iodine. The excited state population following the passage of both pulses is detected as the resultant two-beam dependent fluorescence emission from the B state. The observed signals have periodically recurring features that result from the vibrational dynamics of the molecule on the electronically excited potential energy surface. In addition, coherent interference effects cause the magnitude and sign of the periodic features to be strongly modulated. The two-pulse phase-locked interferograms are interpreted herein by use of a simple analytic model, by first order perturbation theory and by quantum mechanical wave packet calculations. We find the form of the interferogram to be determined by the ground state level from which the amplitude originates, the deviation from impulsive preparation of the wave packet due to nonzero pulse duration, the frequency and anharmonicity of the target vibrational levels in the B state, and the detuning of the phase-locked frequency from resonance. The dependence of the interferogram on the phase-locked frequency and phase angle is investigated in detail.

  2. Time-Resolved Synchronous Fluorescence for Biomedical Diagnosis

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    Zhang, Xiaofeng; Fales, Andrew; Vo-Dinh, Tuan

    2015-01-01

    This article presents our most recent advances in synchronous fluorescence (SF) methodology for biomedical diagnostics. The SF method is characterized by simultaneously scanning both the excitation and emission wavelengths while keeping a constant wavelength interval between them. Compared to conventional fluorescence spectroscopy, the SF method simplifies the emission spectrum while enabling greater selectivity, and has been successfully used to detect subtle differences in the fluorescence emission signatures of biochemical species in cells and tissues. The SF method can be used in imaging to analyze dysplastic cells in vitro and tissue in vivo. Based on the SF method, here we demonstrate the feasibility of a time-resolved synchronous fluorescence (TRSF) method, which incorporates the intrinsic fluorescent decay characteristics of the fluorophores. Our prototype TRSF system has clearly shown its advantage in spectro-temporal separation of the fluorophores that were otherwise difficult to spectrally separate in SF spectroscopy. We envision that our previously-tested SF imaging and the newly-developed TRSF methods will combine their proven diagnostic potentials in cancer diagnosis to further improve the efficacy of SF-based biomedical diagnostics. PMID:26404289

  3. Time-resolved nanosecond fluorescence lifetime imaging and picosecond infrared spectroscopy of combretastatin A-4 in solution and in cellular systems

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    Bisby, Roger H.; Botchway, Stanley W.; Greetham, Greg M.; Hadfield, John A.; McGown, Alan T.; Parker, Anthony W.; Scherer, Kathrin M.; Towrie, Mike

    2012-08-01

    Fluorescence lifetime images of intrinsic fluorescence obtained with two-photon excitation at 630 nm are shown following uptake of a series of E-combretastatins into live cells, including human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) that are the target for the anticancer activity of combretastatins. Images show distribution of the compounds within the cell cytoplasm and in structures identified as lipid droplets by comparison with images obtained following Nile red staining of the same cells. The intracellular fluorescent lifetimes are generally longer than in fluid solution as a consequence of the high viscosity of the cellular environment. Following incubation, the intracellular concentrations of a fluorinated derivative of E-combretastatin A-4 in HUVECs are between two and three orders of magnitude higher than the concentration in the surrounding medium. Evidence is presented to indicate that at moderate laser powers (up to 6 mW), it is possible to isomerize up to 25% of the combretastatin within the femtolitre focal volume of the femtosecond laser beam. This suggests that it may be possible to activate the E-combretastatin (with low cellular toxicity) to the Z-isomer with high anticancer drug activity using two-photon irradiation. The isomerization of Z- and E-combretastatins by 266 nm irradiation has been probed by ultrafast time-resolved infrared spectroscopy. Results for the E-isomer show a rapid loss of excess vibrational energy in the excited state with a lifetime of 7 ps, followed by a slower process with a lifetime of 500 ps corresponding to the return to the ground state as also determined from the fluorescence lifetime. In contrast, the Z-isomer, whilst also appearing to undergo a rapid cooling of the initial excited state, has a much shorter overall excited state lifetime of 14 ps. DedicationThis paper is dedicated to the memory of Professor Christopher G Morgan (1949-2011). He was a valued colleague and friend at the University of Salford and made significant contributions to the development and applications of fluorescence lifetime imaging.

  4. Ultrafast time-resolved vibrational spectroscopies of carotenoids in photosynthesis.

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    Hashimoto, Hideki; Sugisaki, Mitsuru; Yoshizawa, Masayuki

    2015-01-01

    This review discusses the application of time-resolved vibrational spectroscopies to the studies of carotenoids in photosynthesis. The focus is on the ultrafast time regime and the study of photophysics and photochemistry of carotenoids by femtosecond time-resolved stimulated Raman and four-wave mixing spectroscopies. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Vibrational spectroscopies and bioenergetic systems. PMID:25223589

  5. Time-resolved optical fluorescence spectroscopy of heterogeneous turbid media with special emphasis on brain tissue structures including diseased regions: A sensitivity analysis

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    Vaudelle, Fabrice; L'huillier, Jean-Pierre

    2013-09-01

    Fluorescence-enhanced optical imaging based on near-infrared light provides a promising tool to differentiate diseased lesions from normal tissue. However, the measurement sensitivity of the fluorescence signals acquired at the output surface of the tissue is greatly influenced by the tissue structure, the optical properties, the location and the size of the target. In this paper, we present a numerical model based on the Monte Carlo method that allows to simulate time-resolved reflectance signals acquired on the surface of the scalp of a human head model bearing a fluorescent diseased region (tumor, glioma). The influence of tumor depth, tumor size and tumor shape evolution on the computed signals are analyzed by taking into account the multi-layered tissue structure. The simulations show that the mean-time-of-flight and the difference between two mean-times acquired at two source-detector distances are both relevant to this problem type. Furthermore, the simulations suggest that the use of the difference between mean-flight-times may be interesting to probe scattering changes that occur in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF).

  6. Time-resolved spectroscopy and imaging

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    Chance, Britton

    1995-05-01

    In response to the conference organizer's request, I am presenting a summary of the current status of medical optical imaging and spectroscopy. This is a topic which is advancing rapidly and on which there have been a number of conferences recently, and yet there has not been presented an overview of the field and some idea of what the advantages and disadvantages of the photon diffusion technology may be. Thus, this paper emphasizes diffusion waves for spectroscopy and imaging deep within the tissue and, at the same time, for providing specificity information of both absorption and scattering. In achieving this goal, I will not be able to cite all of the advantages of technologies that view the superficial layers of skin, retina, etc., on the one hand, nor those that measure the photons that have been scattered minimally on the transit between input and output. One of the main reasons for this is that specificity of the optical methods requires all of the information available: absorption and scattering of intrinsic signals naturally in the tissue, and of extrinsic signal due to contrast agents that have been artificially lodged in strategic tissue volumes. Since this paper is essentially the transcript of a lecture, it is not proposed as a topic review and does not contain full-scale bibliographic references, some of which may be found in a recent review elsewhere. This paper highlights what we all might accomplish in order to bring to bear with maximal effectiveness the optical method for altering the outcome of medical problems. I have not emphasized the mathematics of photon diffusion so well represented by the papers of this symposium volume. The achievable goals of the optical methods are to speed detection, improve diagnosis, guide therapy, and what appears in the minds of most, contribute to the improvement of medical economics. In order to fulfill these objectives, we will in the end have to demonstrate by lengthy and expensive clinical studies that the medical devices we develop are really what we think they are as determined by accepted procedures for clinical studies. This is a difficult and expensive route and one track along which many technologies will 'fall by the wayside'. However, our technology is maturing: we are obtaining numbers for important medical problems. It is indeed difficult to make these kinds of contributions; medical devices are not new. The choice of methods is manifold and the niches or windows of opportunity are circumscribed.

  7. Seventh international conference on time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy

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    Dyer, R.B.; Martinez, M.A.D.; Shreve, A.; Woodruff, W.H.

    1997-04-01

    The International Conference on Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy (TRVS) is widely recognized as the major international forum for the discussion of advances in this rapidly growing field. The 1995 conference was the seventh in a series that began at Lake Placid, New York, 1982. Santa Fe, New Mexico, was the site of the Seventh International Conference on Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy, held from June 11 to 16, 1995. TRVS-7 was attended by 157 participants from 16 countries and 85 institutions, and research ranging across the full breadth of the field of time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy was presented. Advances in both experimental capabilities for time-resolved vibrational measurements and in theoretical descriptions of time-resolved vibrational methods continue to occur, and several sessions of the conference were devoted to discussion of these advances and the associated new directions in TRVS. Continuing the interdisciplinary tradition of the TRVS meetings, applications of time-resolved vibrational methods to problems in physics, biology, materials science, and chemistry comprised a large portion of the papers presented at the conference.

  8. Time resolved imaging microscopy. Phosphorescence and delayed fluorescence imaging.

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    Marriott, G; Clegg, R M; Arndt-Jovin, D J; Jovin, T M

    1991-01-01

    An optical microscope capable of measuring time resolved luminescence (phosphorescence and delayed fluorescence) images has been developed. The technique employs two phase-locked mechanical choppers and a slow-scan scientific CCD camera attached to a normal fluorescence microscope. The sample is illuminated by a periodic train of light pulses and the image is recorded within a defined time interval after the end of each excitation period. The time resolution discriminates completely against light scattering, reflection, autofluorescence, and extraneous prompt fluorescence, which ordinarily decrease contrast in normal fluorescence microscopy measurements. Time resolved image microscopy produces a high contrast image and particular structures can be emphasized by displaying a new parameter, the ratio of the phosphorescence to fluorescence. Objects differing in luminescence decay rates are easily resolved. The lifetime of the long lived luminescence can be measured at each pixel of the microscope image by analyzing a series of images that differ by a variable time delay. The distribution of luminescence decay rates is displayed directly as an image. Several examples demonstrate the utility of the instrument and the complementarity it offers to conventional fluorescence microscopy. Images FIGURE 2 FIGURE 3 FIGURE 4 FIGURE 5 FIGURE 6 PMID:1723311

  9. Motor Oil Classification Based on Time-Resolved Fluorescence

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    Mu, Taotao; Chen, Siying; Zhang, Yinchao; Guo, Pan; Chen, He; Meng, Fandong

    2014-01-01

    A time-resolved fluorescence (TRF) technique is presented for classifying motor oils. The system is constructed with a third harmonic Nd:YAG laser, a spectrometer, and an intensified charge coupled device (ICCD) camera. Steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence (TRF) measurements are reported for several motor oils. It is found that steady-state fluorescence is insufficient to distinguish the motor oil samples. Then contour diagrams of TRF intensities (CDTRFIs) are acquired to serve as unique fingerprints to identify motor oils by using the distinct TRF of motor oils. CDTRFIs are preferable to steady-state fluorescence spectra for classifying different motor oils, making CDTRFIs a particularly choice for the development of fluorescence-based methods for the discrimination and characterization of motor oils. The two-dimensional fluorescence contour diagrams contain more information, not only the changing shapes of the LIF spectra but also the relative intensity. The results indicate that motor oils can be differentiated based on the new proposed method, which provides reliable methods for analyzing and classifying motor oils. PMID:24988439

  10. Optical oxygen sensor based on time-resolved fluorescence

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    Chu, Cheng-Shane; Chu, Ssu-Wei

    2015-07-01

    A new, simple signal processing, low-cost technique for the fabrication of a portable oxygen sensor based on time-resolved fluorescence is described. The sensing film uses the oxygen sensing dye platinum meso-tetra (pentfluorophenyl) porphyrin (PtTFPP) embedded in a polymer matrix. The experimental results reveal that the PtTFPP-doped oxygen sensor has a sensitivity of 2.2 in the 0-100% range. A preparation procedure for coating the photodiodes with the oxygen sensor film that produces repetitive and reliable sensing devices is proposed. The developed time-resolved optical oxygen sensor is portable, low-cost, has simple signal processing, and lacks optical filter elements. It is a cost-effective alternative to traditional electrochemical-based oxygen sensors and provides a platform for other optical based sensors.

  11. The dependence of the ultrafast relaxation kinetics of the S2 and S1 states in ?-carotene homologs and lycopene on conjugation length studied by femtosecond time-resolved absorption and Kerr-gate fluorescence spectroscopies

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    Kosumi, Daisuke; Fujiwara, Masazumi; Fujii, Ritsuko; Cogdell, Richard J.; Hashimoto, Hideki; Yoshizawa, Masayuki

    2009-06-01

    The ultrafast relaxation kinetics of all-trans-?-carotene homologs with varying numbers of conjugated double bonds n(n =7-15) and lycopene (n =11) has been investigated using femtosecond time-resolved absorption and Kerr-gate fluorescence spectroscopies, both carried out under identical excitation conditions. The nonradiative relaxation rates of the optically allowed S2(1Bu+1) state were precisely determined by the time-resolved fluorescence. The kinetics of the optically forbidden S1(2Ag-1) state were observed by the time-resolved absorption measurements. The dependence of the S1 relaxation rates upon the conjugation length is adequately described by application of the energy gap law. In contrast to this, the nonradiative relaxation rates of S2 have a minimum at n =9 and show a reverse energy gap law dependence for values of n above 11. This anomalous behavior of the S2 relaxation rates can be explained by the presence of an intermediate state (here called the Sx state) located between the S2 and S1 states at large values of n (such as n =11). The presence of such an intermediate state would then result in the following sequential relaxation pathway S2?Sx?S1?S0. A model based on conical intersections between the potential energy curves of these excited singlet states can readily explain the measured relationships between the decay rates and the energy gaps.

  12. Multimode Surface Functional Group Determination: Combining Steady-State and Time-Resolved Fluorescence with X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Absorption Measurements for Absolute Quantification.

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    Fischer, Tobias; Dietrich, Paul M; Unger, Wolfgang E S; Rurack, Knut

    2016-01-19

    The quantitative determination of surface functional groups is approached in a straightforward laboratory-based method with high reliability. The application of a multimode BODIPY-type fluorescence, photometry, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) label allows estimation of the labeling ratio, i.e., the ratio of functional groups carrying a label after reaction, from the elemental ratios of nitrogen and fluorine. The amount of label on the surface is quantified with UV/vis spectrophotometry based on the molar absorption coefficient as molecular property. The investigated surfaces with varying density are prepared by codeposition of 3-(aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES) and cyanoethyltriethoxysilane (CETES) from vapor. These surfaces show high functional group densities that result in significant fluorescence quenching of surface-bound labels. Since alternative quantification of the label on the surface is available through XPS and photometry, a novel method to quantitatively account for fluorescence quenching based on fluorescence lifetime (τ) measurements is shown. Due to the complex distribution of τ on high-density surfaces, the stretched exponential (or Kohlrausch) function is required to determine representative mean lifetimes. The approach is extended to a commercial Rhodamine B isothiocyanate (RITC) label, clearly revealing the problems that arise from such charged labels used in conjunction with silane surfaces. PMID:26695740

  13. Steady-state and time-resolved fluorometry of fluorescent pollutants and heavy metal complexes

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    Resch, Ute; Rurack, Knut

    1997-05-01

    Time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy is one of the most sensitive optical methods which is well suited for on-line in situ analysis. Here, three examples for the steady- state and time-resolved fluorescence analysis of environmentally important analytes, the fluorescent monoaromatic hydrocarbons benzene, toluene, and xylene as well as non fluorescent heavy metal ions forming a fluorescent complex with a cation coordinating fluorescence probe, are presented and the potential of both methods is discussed. For BTX, various mixtures of the spectrally similar compounds B, T, and X showing different fluorescence lifetimes were studied with both methods. As an example for fluorometric metal ion analysis, the fluorescence probe BP(OH)2 (2,2'-bipyridyl- 3,3'-diol) was employed for the determination of d10 metal ions in water and the newly developed fluorescence probe APTA for the detection of Cu(II). Cation complexation of BP(OH2 yields spectrally very similar complexes which differ in their fluorescence lifetimes. Complexation of APTA to Cu(II) leads to small spectral changes and a strong increase in fluorescence quantum yield and lifetime. For the analytes studied, a comparison of the detection limits, standard deviations, and linear dynamic range of both methods clearly demonstrates the analytical potential of time-resolved fluorometry.

  14. Probing the Aggregation Behavior of Neat Imidazolium-Based Alkyl Sulfate (Alkyl = Ethyl, Butyl, Hexyl, and Octyl) Ionic Liquids through Time Resolved Florescence Anisotropy and NMR and Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy Study.

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    Majhi, Debashis; Pabbathi, Ashok; Sarkar, Moloy

    2016-01-14

    Aggregation behavior of a series of neat 1-ethyl 3-methylimidazolium alkyl sulfate (alkyl = ethyl, butyl, hexyl, and octyl) ionic liquids has been investigated through combined time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy, 1-D and 2-D NMR spectroscopy, and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS). Interestingly, experimentally measured rotational relaxation times (?r) for ethyl, butyl, hexyl and octyl systems are measured to be 2.25, 1.64, 1.36, and 1.32 times higher than the estimated (from Stokes-Einstein-Debye theory) values for the same respective systems. This indicates that the emitting species is not the monomeric imidazolium moiety rather an associated species, and volume of the rotating fluorescing species decreases even though the length of the alkyl moiety on the anions is increased. The shift in the (1)H proton signal as well as a change in the width of the same signal upon dilution of the neat ionic liquids indicates that ionic liquids exist in the aggregated form. Further investigation through the 2D-ROESY experiment shows that interaction between imidazolium and sulfate is relatively stronger in the ethyl system than that of the longer octyl system. FCS measurements independently show that the hydrodynamic volume decreases with an increase in the anion chain length. The NMR and FCS results are consistent with the findings of the fluorescence anisotropy study. PMID:26654730

  15. Studies on the interaction of adriamycin with d-(TGATCA) 2 by proton nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, time-resolved fluorescence measurement, diffusion ordered spectroscopy followed by structural refinement using restrained molecular dynamics approach

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    Agrawal, Prashansa; Barthwal, Sudhir Kumar; Govil, Girjesh; Barthwal, Ritu

    2009-08-01

    Adriamycin is one of the most potent anticancer anthracycline drug having aromatic chromophore and an amino sugar moiety. We report here the solution structure of 2:1 adriamycin-d-(TGATCA) 2 complex which has been determined using restrained molecular dynamics. Sequential NOE (nuclear Overhauser effect) connectivities between T1pG2 and C5pA6 steps are not observed on the intercalation of the drug chromophore at these base pair steps. Presence of several other intermolecular NOEs, that is, T1CH 3sbnd 7H, T1CH 3sbnd 10eqH and C5H6 sbnd 4OCH 3 corroborate the same. The specificity of interaction arises from the O-glycosidic dihedral bond C7 sbnd O7 sbnd C1' sbnd C2' (133), positioning of NH 3+ moiety in minor groove, conformation of ring A and daunosamine sugar. Besides this, diffusion ordered spectroscopy (DOSY) studies prove the formation of complex and time-resolved fluorescence measurement studies provide evidence for shortening of decay time on complex formation. The nonspecific interactions as well as those essential for molecular basis of drug action are discussed along with the specificity of interactions in the drug-DNA complex, which is responsible for the anticancer action of the drug.

  16. ULTRA: A Unique Instrument for Time-Resolved Spectroscopy.

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    Greetham, Gregory M; Burgos, Pierre; Cao, Qian; Clark, Ian P; Codd, Peter S; Farrow, Richard C; George, Michael W; Kogimtzis, Moschos; Matousek, Pavel; Parker, Anthony W; Pollard, Mark R; Robinson, David A; Xin, Zhi-Jun; Towrie, Michael

    2010-12-01

    We report the development of a high-sensitivity time-resolved infrared and Raman spectrometer with exceptional experimental flexibility based on a 10-kHz synchronized dual-arm femtosecond and picosecond laser system. Ultrafast high-average-power titanium sapphire lasers and optical parametric amplifiers provide wavelength tuning from the ultraviolet (UV) to the mid-infrared region. Customized silicon, indium gallium arsenide, and mercury cadmium telluride linear array detectors are provided to monitor the probe laser intensity in the UV to mid-infrared wavelength range capable of measuring changes in sample absorbance of ΔOD ~ 10(-5) in 1 second. The system performance is demonstrated for the time-resolved infrared, two-dimensional (2D) infrared, and femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy techniques with organometallic intermediates, organic excited states, and the dynamics of the tertiary structure of DNA. PMID:21144146

  17. A sensitive time-resolved fluorescent immunoassay for metallothionein protein.

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    Butcher, Heather; Kennette, Wendy; Collins, Olga; Demoor, Janice; Koropatnick, James

    2003-01-15

    Metallothioneins (MTs) are a family of low molecular weight metal-binding proteins induced by a broad range of stress conditions, including exposure to transition metal ions. Biochemical and immunological methods to measure MT protein levels in tissues and cultured cells have been reported, but accuracy and sensitivity is impeded by high background levels, low specificity of currently available reagents, and relatively laborious and time-consuming multistep procedures. To address these difficulties, a protocol has been developed to measure MT protein levels using a competitive solid phase assay based on dissociation enhanced lanthanide fluoroimmuno (DELFIA) detection of anti-MT monoclonal antibody bound to solid phase MT. This assay allows time-resolved detection of antibody binding, based on binding and exchange of different lanthanide chelates followed by fluorescent detection, designed to reduce background fluorescence and increase sensitivity. The method allows measurement of low MT levels that are undetectable using current radioimmunoassay (RIA) and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) protocols, and yields reproducible results with low background over a wide range of MT concentrations. Improved sensitivity of MT protein detection is of value in toxicological measurement of stress responses and assessment of MT expression and function. PMID:12505728

  18. Differential Hydration of Tricyanomethanide Observed by Time Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Kuroda, Daniel G.; Singh, Prabhat K.; Hochstrasser, Robin M.

    2012-01-01

    The degenerate transition corresponding to asymmetric stretches of the D3h tricyanomethanide anion, C(CN)3-, in aqueous solution was investigated by linear FTIR spectroscopy, femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy, and 2D IR spectroscopy. Time resolved vibrational spectroscopy shows that water induces vibrational energy transfer between the degenerate asymmetric stretch modes of tricyanomethanide. The frequency-frequency correlation function and the vibrational energy transfer show two significantly different ultrafast time scales. The system is modeled with molecular dynamics simulations and ab-initio calculations. A new model for theoretically describing the vibrational dynamics of a degenerate transition is presented. Microscopic models, where water interacts axially and radially with the ion, are suggested for the transition dipole reorientation mechanism. PMID:22934602

  19. Sensitive, time-resolved, broadband spectroscopy of single transient processes

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    Fjodorow, Peter; Baev, Ivan; Hellmig, Ortwin; Sengstock, Klaus; Baev, Valery M.

    2015-09-01

    Intracavity absorption spectroscopy with a broadband Er3+-doped fiber laser is applied to time-resolved measurements of transient gain and absorption in electrically excited Xe and Kr plasmas. The achieved time resolution for broadband spectral recording of a single process is 25 s. For pulsed-periodic processes, the time resolution is limited by the laser pulse duration, which is set here to 3 s. This pulse duration also predefines the effective absorption path length, which amounts to 900 m. The presented technique can be applied to multicomponent analysis of single transient processes such as shock tube experiments, pulse detonation engines, or explosives.

  20. Time-resolved study of microorganisms by Raman spectroscopy

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    Samek, Ota; Haronikova, Andrea; Obruca, Stanislav; Bernatova, Silvie; Jezek, Jan; Siler, Martin; Mlynarikova, Katarina; Zemanek, Pavel

    2015-07-01

    The main goal of our investigations is to focus on the basic physiological mechanisms of microorganisms (yeast and bacteria), exposed to different conditions, by time-resolved Raman spectroscopy. This study provides an insight into the mechanism of targeted stress factors or the influence of different cultivation times on species metabolism in vivo, in realtime and label free. We also focused on time-course study of physico-chemical properties of bacterial cells and cell cytoplasm with respect to the intracellular content of polyhydroxyalkanoates and to the production of yeast lipids or carotenoids.

  1. Time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy investigation of the effect of 4-hydroxynonenal on endogenous NAD(P)H in living cardiac myocytes

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    Chorvatova, Alzbeta; Aneba, Swida; Mateasik, Anton; Chorvat, Dusan; Comte, Blandine

    2013-06-01

    Lipid peroxidation is a major biochemical consequence of the oxidative deterioration of polyunsaturated lipids in cell membranes and causes damage to membrane integrity and loss of protein function. 4-hydroxy-2-nonenal (HNE), one of the most reactive products of n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acid peroxidation of membrane phospholipids, has been shown to be capable of affecting both nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (phosphate) reduced [NAD(P)H] as well as NADH production. However, the understanding of its effects in living cardiac cells is still lacking. Our goal was to therefore investigate HNE effects on NAD(P)H noninvasively in living cardiomyocytes. Spectrally resolved lifetime detection of endogenous fluorescence, an innovative noninvasive technique, was employed. Individual fluorescence components were resolved by spectral linear unmixing approach. Gathered results revealed that HNE reduced the amplitude of both resolved NAD(P)H components in a concentration-dependent manner. In addition, HNE increased flavoprotein fluorescence and responsiveness of the NAD(P)H component ratio to glutathione reductase (GR) inhibitor. HNE also increased the percentage of oxidized nucleotides and decreased maximal NADH production. Presented data indicate that HNE provoked an important cell oxidation by acting on NAD(P)H regulating systems in cardiomyocytes. Understanding the precise role of oxidative processes and their products in living cells is crucial for finding new noninvasive tools for biomedical diagnostics of pathophysiological states.

  2. Multidimensional Time-Resolved Spectroscopy of Vibrational Coherence in Biopolyenes

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    Buckup, Tiago; Motzkus, Marcus

    2014-04-01

    Multidimensional femtosecond time-resolved vibrational coherence spectroscopy allows one to investigate the evolution of vibrational coherence in electronic excited states. Methods such as pump-degenerate four-wave mixing and pump-impulsive vibrational spectroscopy combine an initial ultrashort laser pulse with a nonlinear probing sequence to reinduce vibrational coherence exclusively in the excited states. By carefully exploiting specific electronic resonances, one can detect vibrational coherence from 0 cm-1 to over 2,000 cm-1 and map its evolution. This review focuses on the observation and mapping of high-frequency vibrational coherence for all-trans biological polyenes such as β-carotene, lycopene, retinal, and retinal Schiff base. We discuss the role of molecular symmetry in vibrational coherence activity in the S1 electronic state and the interplay of coupling between electronic states and vibrational coherence.

  3. 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.

  4. Electron-transfer acceleration investigated by time resolved infrared spectroscopy.

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    Vl?ek, Antonn; Kvapilov, Hana; Towrie, Michael; Zli, Stanislav

    2015-03-17

    Ultrafast electron transfer (ET) processes are important primary steps in natural and artificial photosynthesis, as well as in molecular electronic/photonic devices. In biological systems, ET often occurs surprisingly fast over long distances of several tens of angstrms. Laser-pulse irradiation is conveniently used to generate strongly oxidizing (or reducing) excited states whose reactions are then studied by time-resolved spectroscopic techniques. While photoluminescence decay and UV-vis absorption supply precise kinetics data, time-resolved infrared absorption (TRIR) and Raman-based spectroscopies have the advantage of providing additional structural information and monitoring vibrational energy flows and dissipation, as well as medium relaxation, that accompany ultrafast ET. We will discuss three cases of photoinduced ET involving the Re(I)(CO)3(N,N) moiety (N,N = polypyridine) that occur much faster than would be expected from ET theories. [Re(4-N-methylpyridinium-pyridine)(CO)3(N,N)](2+) represents a case of excited-state picosecond ET between two different ligands that remains ultrafast even in slow-relaxing solvents, beating the adiabatic limit. This is caused by vibrational/solvational excitation of the precursor state and participation of high-frequency quantum modes in barrier crossing. The case of Re-tryptophan assemblies demonstrates that excited-state Trp ? *Re(II) ET is accelerated from nanoseconds to picoseconds when the Re(I)(CO)3(N,N) chromophore is appended to a protein, close to a tryptophan residue. TRIR in combination with DFT calculations and structural studies reveals an interaction between the N,N ligand and the tryptophan indole. It results in partial electronic delocalization in the precursor excited state and likely contributes to the ultrafast ET rate. Long-lived vibrational/solvational excitation of the protein Re(I)(CO)3(N,N)Trp moiety, documented by dynamic IR band shifts, could be another accelerating factor. The last discussed process, back-ET in a porphyrin-Re(I)(CO)3(N,N) dyad, demonstrates that formation of a hot product accelerates highly exergonic ET in the Marcus inverted region. Overall, it follows that ET can be accelerated by enhancing the electronic interaction and by vibrational excitation of the reacting system and its medium, stressing the importance of quantum nuclear dynamics in ET reactivity. These effects are experimentally accessible by time-resolved vibrational spectroscopies (IR, Raman) in combination with quantum chemical calculations. It is suggested that structural dynamics play different mechanistic roles in light-triggered ET involving electronically excited donors or acceptors than in ground-state processes. While TRIR spectroscopy is well suitable to elucidate ET processes on a molecular-level, transient 2D-IR techniques combining optical and two IR (or terahertz) laser pulses present future opportunities for investigating, driving, and controlling ET. PMID:25699661

  5. Noninvasive multimodal evaluation of bioengineered cartilage constructs combining time-resolved fluorescence and ultrasound imaging.

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    Fite, Brett Z; Decaris, Martin; Sun, Yinghua; Sun, Yang; Lam, Adrian; Ho, Clark K L; Leach, J Kent; Marcu, Laura

    2011-04-01

    A multimodal diagnostic system that integrates time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy, fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy, and ultrasound backscatter microscopy is evaluated here as a potential tool for assessing changes in engineered tissue composition and microstructure nondestructively and noninvasively. The development of techniques capable of monitoring the quality of engineered tissue, determined by extracellular matrix (ECM) content, before implantation would alleviate the need for destructive assays over multiple time points and advance the widespread development and clinical application of engineered tissues. Using a prototype system combining time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy, FLIM, and UBM, we measured changes in ECM content occurring during chondrogenic differentiation of equine adipose stem cells on 3D biodegradable matrices. The optical and ultrasound results were validated against those acquired via conventional techniques, including collagen II immunohistochemistry, picrosirius red staining, and measurement of construct stiffness. Current results confirm the ability of this multimodal approach to follow the progression of tissue maturation along the chondrogenic lineage by monitoring ECM production (namely, collagen type II) and by detecting resulting changes in mechanical properties of tissue constructs. Although this study was directed toward monitoring chondrogenic tissue maturation, these data demonstrate the feasibility of this approach for multiple applications toward engineering other tissues, including bone and vascular grafts. PMID:21303258

  6. A Clinical Tissue Oximeter Using NIR Time-Resolved Spectroscopy.

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    Fujisaka, Shin-Ichi; Ozaki, Takeo; Suzuki, Tsuyoshi; Kamada, Tsuyoshi; Kitazawa, Ken; Nishizawa, Mitsunori; Takahashi, Akira; Suzuki, Susumu

    2016-01-01

    The tNIRS-1, a new clinical tissue oximeter using NIR time-resolved spectroscopy (TRS), has been developed. The tNIRS-1 measures oxygenated, deoxygenated and total hemoglobin and oxygen saturation in living tissues. Two-channel TRS measurements are obtained using pulsed laser diodes (LD) at three wavelengths, multi-pixel photon counters (MPPC) for light detection, and time-to-digital converters (TDC) for time-of-flight photon measurements. Incorporating advanced semiconductor devices helped to make the design of this small-size, low-cost and low-power TRS instrument possible. In order to evaluate the correctness and reproducibility of measurement data obtained with the tNIRS-1, a study using blood phantoms and healthy volunteers was conducted to compare data obtained from a conventional SRS device and data from an earlier TRS system designed for research purposes. The results of the study confirmed the correctness and reproducibility of measurement data obtained with the tNIRS-1. Clinical evaluations conducted in several hospitals demonstrated a high level of usability in clinical situations and confirmed the efficacy of measurement data obtained with the tNIRS-1. PMID:26782242

  7. Time-resolved spectroscopy of irradiated n-GaAs

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    Parenteau, M.; Carlone, C.; Morris, D.; Khanna, S.M.

    1997-12-01

    Gallium arsenide films were grown by the metallorganic chemical vapor deposition method and doped n-type with silicon to concentrations of 2 {times} 10{sup 15} and 2 {times} 10{sup 16} cm{sup {minus}3}. The lifetime ({tau}) of the band-to-band recombination process was measured at 77 K using an optical time-resolved spectroscopy technique. The pre-irradiated values ranged from 350 to 550 ps. The samples were irradiated at room temperature with {sup 60}Co gamma rays, fission neutrons, 7 MeV electrons, protons (0.6 to 500 MeV), alpha particles, and lithium and oxygen ions. Degradation constants (K{sub {tau}}) attributed to non-radiative processes generated by radiation-induced defects are reported. K{sub {tau}} is compared to the previously published degradation constants associated with the photoluminescence intensity (K{sub PL}) in the continuous mode, and to the previously published introduction rate (b) of the silicon defect at the arsenic site (Si{sub As}). K{sub {tau}}, K{sub PL} and b(Si{sub As}) are compared to non-ionizing energy loss calculations and to the Rutherford scattering theory of the cross-section.

  8. A low cost time-resolved Raman spectroscopic sensing system enabling fluorescence rejection.

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    Sinfield, Joseph V; Colic, Oliver; Fagerman, Daniel; Monwuba, Chike

    2010-02-01

    This paper describes a novel, compact, fiber-coupled, time-resolved Raman spectroscopy system that takes advantage of recent developments in diode laser and data acquisition technology to exploit the natural temporal separation between Raman and fluorescence phenomena and thereby limits the influence of fluorescence on Raman observations. The unit has been designed to be particularly low cost and is intended to provide the foundation for a wide range of in-line or fieldable sensing devices that can enhance the potential and affordability of in situ chemical analyses. The system operating principles, design, and performance are discussed along with its advantages and tradeoffs relative to traditional continuous wave (CW) Raman techniques. The system relies on a 6.4 kHz repetition rate 900 ps pulsed diode laser operating in the visible wavelength range (532 nm) to enhance the quality of Raman observations relative to CW and infrared systems, particularly for analytes examined in the presence of fluorophores. Time-resolved photon counting, achieved through a combination of off-the-shelf and custom hardware and software, limits the influence of fluorescence on Raman observations under pulsed excitation. The paper presents examples of the quality of Raman signatures that can be obtained with the system for a variety of compounds such as trichloroethylene, benzene, an aqueous nitrate solution, and olive oil. Further, the paper demonstrates an approximately 15-fold improvement in signal-to-noise ratio when comparing long- and short-gated time-resolved photon counting acquisition scenarios for a neat benzene sample doped with rhodamine 6G at a concentration of 1 x 10(-4) M. The system's versatility and effectiveness in the assessment of complex mixtures representative of industrial or field settings is demonstrated through analysis of a gasoline sample. Additional discussion outlines how efficient signal averaging over extended observation periods can enable low concentration chemical analyses, particularly relevant in field settings. PMID:20149282

  9. Planetary Surface Exploration Using Time-Resolved Laser Spectroscopy on Rovers and Landers

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    Blacksberg, Jordana; Alerstam, Erik; Maruyama, Yuki; Charbon, Edoardo; Rossman, George

    2013-04-01

    Planetary surface exploration using laser spectroscopy has become increasingly relevant as these techniques become a reality on Mars surface missions. The ChemCam instrument onboard the Curiosity rover is currently using laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) on a mast-mounted platform to measure elemental composition of target rocks. The RLS Raman Spectrometer is included on the payload for the ExoMars mission to be launched in 2018 and will identify minerals and organics on the Martian surface. We present a next-generation instrument that builds on these widely used techniques to provide a means for performing both Raman spectroscopy and LIBS in conjunction with microscopic imaging. Microscopic Raman spectroscopy with a laser spot size smaller than the grains of interest can provide surface mapping of mineralogy while preserving morphology. A very small laser spot size (~ 1 m) is often necessary to identify minor phases that are often of greater interest than the matrix phases. In addition to the difficulties that can be posed by fine-grained material, fluorescence interference from the very same material is often problematic. This is particularly true for many of the minerals of interest that form in environments of aqueous alteration and can be highly fluorescent. We use time-resolved laser spectroscopy to eliminate fluorescence interference that can often make it difficult or impossible to obtain Raman spectra. As an added benefit, we have found that with small changes in operating parameters we can include microscopic LIBS using the same hardware. This new technique relies on sub-ns, high rep-rate lasers with relatively low pulse energy and compact solid state detectors with sub-ns time resolution. The detector technology that makes this instrument possible is a newly developed Single-Photon Avalanche Diode (SPAD) sensor array based on Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) technology. The use of this solid state time-resolved detector offers a significant reduction in size, weight, power, and overall complexity - making time resolved detection feasible for planetary applications. We will discuss significant advances leading to the feasibility of a compact time-resolved spectrometer. We will present results on planetary analog minerals to demonstrate the instrument performance including fluorescence rejection and combined Raman-LIBS capability.

  10. Glucose Sensing by Time-Resolved Fluorescence of Sol-Gel Immobilized Glucose Oxidase

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    Esposito, Rosario; Ventura, Bartolomeo Della; De Nicola, Sergio; Altucci, Carlo; Velotta, Raffaele; Mita, Damiano Gustavo; Lepore, Maria

    2011-01-01

    A monolithic silica gel matrix with entrapped glucose oxidase (GOD) was constructed as a bioactive element in an optical biosensor for glucose determination. Intrinsic fluorescence of free and immobilised GOD was investigated in the visible range in presence of different glucose concentrations by time-resolved spectroscopy with time-correlated single-photon counting detector. A three-exponential model was used for analysing the fluorescence transients. Fractional intensities and mean lifetime were shown to be sensitive to the enzymatic reaction and were used for obtaining calibration curve for glucose concentration determination. The sensing system proposed achieved high resolution (up to 0.17 mM) glucose determination with a detection range from 0.4 mM to 5 mM. PMID:22163807

  11. Glucose sensing by time-resolved fluorescence of sol-gel immobilized glucose oxidase.

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    Esposito, Rosario; Della Ventura, Bartolomeo; De Nicola, Sergio; Altucci, Carlo; Velotta, Raffaele; Mita, Damiano Gustavo; Lepore, Maria

    2011-01-01

    A monolithic silica gel matrix with entrapped glucose oxidase (GOD) was constructed as a bioactive element in an optical biosensor for glucose determination. Intrinsic fluorescence of free and immobilised GOD was investigated in the visible range in presence of different glucose concentrations by time-resolved spectroscopy with time-correlated single-photon counting detector. A three-exponential model was used for analysing the fluorescence transients. Fractional intensities and mean lifetime were shown to be sensitive to the enzymatic reaction and were used for obtaining calibration curve for glucose concentration determination. The sensing system proposed achieved high resolution (up to 0.17 mM) glucose determination with a detection range from 0.4 mM to 5 mM. PMID:22163807

  12. Time-resolved fluorescence studies of fullerene derivatives.

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    Andreoni, Alessandra; Nardo, Luca; Bondani, Maria; Zhao, Baozhong; Roberts, Joan E

    2013-06-20

    Fullerene (nano-C60) and its water-soluble derivatives have several clinical applications including use as a drug carrier to bypass the blood-ocular and blood-brain barriers. However, in vitro and in vivo detection of these nanomaterials is limited by their very low fluorescence quantum yield. The accumulation of fullerene and its derivatives in cells is particularly difficult to measure using standard fluorescence microscopy because their fluorescence is barely detectable in aqueous media. We have developed a time-correlated single-photon counting apparatus with which we were not only able to detect the fluorescence of fullerene and its derivatives in water but could also measure fluorescence temporal decays and determine lifetimes in the range of tens of picoseconds. The compounds studied in this report are C60 (fullerene), the partially hydrogenated hydride C60H36, a monomeric cyclodextrin complexed fullerene [(?-CyD)2/C60], and C60(OH)24 (fullerol). In addition, we examined the effect of aggregation on photophysical properties and identified a very short lifetime component belonging to the fluorescence decay of monomeric fullerene, which is lost with increasing aggregation. These data will help to design nanoparticles that have the appropriate structural and photophysical properties to ultimately be of use in a clinical setting. PMID:23646878

  13. Monitoring tissue metabolism via time-resolved laser fluorescence

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    Maerz, Holger K.; Buchholz, Rainer; Emmrich, Frank; Fink, Frank; Geddes, Clive L.; Pfeifer, Lutz; Raabe, Ferdinand; Marx, Uwe

    1999-05-01

    Most assays for drug screening are monitoring the metabolism of cells by detecting the NADH content, which symbolize its metabolic activity, indirectly. Nowadays, the performance of a LASER enables us to monitor the metabolic state of mammalian cells directly and on-line by using time-resolved autofluorescence detection. Therefore, we developed in combination with tissue engineering, an assay for monitoring minor toxic effects of volatile organic compounds (VOC), which are accused of inducing Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). Furthermore, we used the Laserfluoroscope (LF) for pharmacological studies on human bone marrow in vitro with special interest in chemotherapy simulation. In cancer research and therapy, the effect of chemostatica in vitro in the so-called oncobiogram is being tested; up to now without great success. However, it showed among other things that tissue structure plays a vital role. Consequently, we succeeded in simulating a chemotherapy in vitro on human bone marrow. Furthermore, after tumor ektomy we were able to distinguish between tumoric and its surrounding healthy tissue by using the LF. With its sensitive detection of metabolic changes in tissues the LF enables a wide range of applications in biotechnology, e.g. for quality control in artificial organ engineering or biocompatability testing.

  14. Polar plot representation of time-resolved fluorescence.

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    Eichorst, John Paul; Wen Teng, Kai; Clegg, Robert M

    2014-01-01

    Measuring changes in a molecule's fluorescence emission is a common technique to study complex biological systems such as cells and tissues. Although the steady-state fluorescence intensity is frequently used, measuring the average amount of time that a molecule spends in the excited state (the fluorescence lifetime) reveals more detailed information about its local environment. The lifetime is measured in the time domain by detecting directly the decay of fluorescence following excitation by short pulse of light. The lifetime can also be measured in the frequency domain by recording the phase and amplitude of oscillation in the emitted fluorescence of the sample in response to repetitively modulated excitation light. In either the time or frequency domain, the analysis of data to extract lifetimes can be computationally intensive. For example, a variety of iterative fitting algorithms already exist to determine lifetimes from samples that contain multiple fluorescing species. However, recently a method of analysis referred to as the polar plot (or phasor plot) is a graphical tool that projects the time-dependent features of the sample's fluorescence in either the time or frequency domain into the Cartesian plane to characterize the sample's lifetime. The coordinate transformations of the polar plot require only the raw data, and hence, there are no uncertainties from extensive corrections or time-consuming fitting in this analysis. In this chapter, the history and mathematical background of the polar plot will be presented along with examples that highlight how it can be used in both cuvette-based and imaging applications. PMID:24108625

  15. Time-Resolved Spectroscopy of Active Binary Stars

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    Brown, Alexander

    2000-01-01

    This NASA grant covered EUVE observing and data analysis programs during EUVE Cycle 5 GO observing. The research involved a single Guest Observer project 97-EUVE-061 "Time-Resolved Spectroscopy of Active Binary Stars". The grant provided funding that covered 1.25 months of the PI's salary. The activities undertaken included observation planning and data analysis (both temporal and spectral). This project was awarded 910 ksec of observing time to study seven active binary stars, all but one of which were actually observed. Lambda-And was observed on 1997 Jul 30 - Aug 3 and Aug 7-14 for a total of 297 ksec; these observations showed two large complex flares that were analyzed by Osten & Brown (1999). AR Psc, observed for 350 ksec on 1997 Aug 27 - Sep 13, showed only relatively small flares that were also discussed by Osten & Brown (1999). EUVE observations of El Eri were obtained on 1994 August 24-28, simultaneous with ASCA X-ray spectra. Four flares were detected by EUVE with one of these also observed simultaneously, by ASCA. The other three EUVE observations were of the stars BY Dra (1997 Sep 22-28), V478 Lyr (1998 May 18-27), and sigma Gem (1998 Dec 10-22). The first two stars showed a few small flares. The sigma Gem data shows a beautiful complete flare with a factor of ten peak brightness compared to quiescence. The flare rise and almost all the decay phase are observed. Unfortunately no observations in other spectral regions were obtained for these stars. Analysis of the lambda-And and AR Psc observations is complete and the results were published in Osten & Brown (1999). Analysis of the BY Dra, V478 Lyr and sigma Gem EUVE data is complete and will be published in Osten (2000, in prep.). The El Eri EUV analysis is also completed and the simultaneous EUV/X-ray study will be published in Osten et al. (2000, in prep.). Both these latter papers will be submitted in summer 2000. All these results will form part of Rachel Osten's PhD thesis.

  16. Analysis of time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy decays.

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    Cross, A J; Fleming, G R

    1984-01-01

    We discuss the analysis of time-correlated single photon counting measurements of fluorescence anisotropy. Particular attention was paid to the statistical properties of the data. The methods used previously to analyze these experiments were examined and a new method was proposed in which parallel- and perpendicular-polarized fluorescence curves were fit simultaneously. The new method takes full advantage of the statistical properties of the measured curves; and, in some cases, it is shown to be more sensitive than other methods to systematic errors present in the data. Examples were presented using experimental and simulated data. The influence of fitting range on extracted parameters and statistical criteria for evaluating the quality of fits are also discussed. PMID:6743756

  17. Determining biomolecular structures by time-resolved fluorescence

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    Rolinski, Olaf J.; Hernandez-Santana, Aaron; Graham, Duncan

    2006-09-01

    We demonstrate a new fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) based approach to determine the donor-acceptor distributions and apply it to two model molecular systems: double stranded DNA labeled with Hoechst 33258 and FAM, and perylene randomly surrounded by cobalt ions in a bulk solution. The approach makes some generic assumptions regarding the FRET kinetics, but no a priori assumptions regarding the distribution function.

  18. Time resolved laser induced fluorescence measurements: Considerations when using Nd:YAG based system

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    Rabasovic, Maja S.; Sevic, Dragutin; Terzic, Mira; Marinkovic, Bratislav P.

    2012-05-01

    Time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence (TR-LIF) and the laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) have been shown to be methods which are fast and sensitive to provide information about the constituents in analyzed samples. TR-LIF and LIBS have similar hardware requirements. In this paper, we analyze some characteristics of TR-LIF/LIBS system implemented in our laboratory, considering the fact that the excitation part of the system is based on Nd:YAG laser and Optical Parametric Oscillator (OPO). The laser is more than powerful enough (365 mJ at 1064 nm, variable OPO output >5 mJ) for LIBS, but somehow slow (the length of fundamental laser harmonic output pulse is about 5 ns) for fluorescence measurements in our present area of interest, namely plants and food products. Fortunately, the pulse length of tunable OPO output (320-475 nm) is less then 1 ns, so by means of a correct deconvolution procedure it is possible to measure the fluorescence lifetimes in the range as small as a few nanoseconds. The fluorescence detection part of our system is based on picosecond streak camera. Using the fluorescent dyes (Rhodamine B and Fluorescein) ethanol solutions we verified the analyzing capabilities of our TR-LIF system.

  19. Time-resolved diffuse optical spectroscopy of small tissue samples

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    Taroni, Paola; Comelli, Daniela; Farina, Andrea; Pifferi, Antonio; Kienle, Alwin

    2007-07-01

    Time-resolved transmittance measurements were performed in the wavelength range of 610 or 700 to 1050 nm on phantom slabs and bone tissue cubes of different sizes. The data were best fitted with solutions of the diffusion equation for an infinite slab and for a parallelepiped to investigate how size and optical properties of the samples affect the results obtained with the two models. When small samples are considered, the slab model overestimates both optical coefficients, especially the absorption. The parallelepiped model largely compensates for the small sample size and performs much better also when the absorption spectra are interpreted with the Beer's law to estimate bone tissue composition.

  20. Time-resolved spectroscopy of InGaN

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    Pophristic, M.; Long, F.H.; Tran, C.; Ferguson, I.T.

    2000-07-01

    The authors have used time-resolved photoluminescence (PL), with 400 nm (3.1 eV) excitation, to examine In{sub x}Ga{sub 1{minus}x}N/GaN light-emitting diodes (LEDs) before the final stages of processing at room temperature. They have found dramatic differences in the time-resolved kinetics between dim, bright and super bright LED devices. The lifetime of the emission for dim LEDs is quite short, 110 {+-} 20 ps at photoluminescence (PL) maximum, and the kinetics are not dependent upon wavelength. This lifetime is short compared to bright and super bright LEDs, which the authors have examined under similar conditions. The kinetics of bright and super bright LEDs are clearly wavelength dependent, highly non-exponential, and are on the nanosecond time scale (lifetimes are in order of 1 ns for bright and 10 ns for super bright LED at the PL max). The nonexponential PL kinetics can be described by a stretched exponential function, indicating significant disorder in the material. Typical values for {beta}, the stretching coefficient, are 0.45--0.6 for bright LEDs, at the PL maxima at room temperature. The authors attribute this disorder to indium alloy fluctuations. From analysis of the stretched exponential kinetics they estimate the potential fluctuations to be approximately 75 meV in the super bright LED. Assuming a hopping mechanism, the average distance between indium quantum dots in the super bright LED is estimated to be 20 {angstrom}.

  1. Integrated multimodal microscopy, time-resolved fluorescence, and optical-trap rheometry: toward single molecule mechanobiology

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    Gullapalli, Ramachandra R.; Tabouillot, Tristan; Mathura, Rishi; Dangaria, Jhanvi H.; Butler, Peter J.

    2011-01-01

    Cells respond to forces through coordinated biochemical signaling cascades that originate from changes in single-molecule structure and dynamics and proceed to large-scale changes in cellular morphology and protein expression. To enable experiments that determine the molecular basis of mechanotransduction over these large time and length scales, we construct a confocal molecular dynamics microscope (CMDM). This system integrates total-internal-reflection fluorescence (TIRF), epifluorescence, differential interference contrast (DIC), and 3-D deconvolution imaging modalities with time-correlated single-photon counting (TCSPC) instrumentation and an optical trap. Some of the structures hypothesized to be involved in mechanotransduction are the glycocalyx, plasma membrane, actin cytoskeleton, focal adhesions, and cell-cell junctions. Through analysis of fluorescence fluctuations, single-molecule spectroscopic measurements [e.g., fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and time-resolved fluorescence] can be correlated with these subcellular structures in adherent endothelial cells subjected to well-defined forces. We describe the construction of our multimodal microscope in detail and the calibrations necessary to define molecular dynamics in cell and model membranes. Finally, we discuss the potential applications of the system and its implications for the field of mechanotransduction. PMID:17343487

  2. Light-harvesting ability of the fucoxanthin chlorophyll a/c-binding protein associated with photosystem II from the Diatom Chaetoceros gracilis as revealed by picosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy.

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    Nagao, Ryo; Yokono, Makio; Teshigahara, Ayaka; Akimoto, Seiji; Tomo, Tatsuya

    2014-05-15

    The fucoxanthin chlorophyll a/c-binding protein (FCP) is a unique antenna complex possessed by diatoms. Although FCP complexes have been isolated from various diatoms, there is no direct evidence for the existence of FCP associated with photosystem II (FCPII). Here, we report the isolation and spectroscopic characterization of FCPII complex from the diatom Chaetoceros gracilis. The FCPII complex was purified using sucrose centrifugation and anion-exchange chromatography. Clear-native PAGE and SDS-PAGE analyses revealed that the FCPII complex was composed of FCP-A oligomer and FCP-B/C trimer. Time-resolved fluorescence spectra of the FCPII complex were measured at 77 K. The characteristic lifetimes and fluorescence components were determined using global fitting analysis, followed by the construction of fluorescence decay-associated spectra (FDAS). FDAS exhibited fluorescence rises and decays, reflecting excitation energy transfer, with the time constants of 150 ps, 800 ps, and 2.9 ns. The long time constants are most likely attributed to the intercomplex excitation energy transfer between FCP-A oligomer and FCP-B/C trimer in the FCPII complex. The 5.6 ns FDAS likely originates from the final energy traps. In contrast, the FDAS exhibited no quenching component with any time constant. These results indicate that the FCPII complex is efficient in light harvesting and excitation energy transfer. PMID:24773012

  3. Time-resolved phase-sensitive second harmonic generation spectroscopy.

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    Nowakowski, Paweł J; Woods, David A; Bain, Colin D; Verlet, Jan R R

    2015-02-28

    A methodology based on time-resolved, phase-sensitive second harmonic generation (SHG) for probing the excited state dynamics of species at interfaces is presented. It is based on an interference measurement between the SHG from the sample and a local oscillator generated at a reference together with a lock-in measurement to remove the large constant offset from the interference. The technique is characterized by measuring the phase and excited state dynamics of the dye malachite green at the water/air interface. The key attributes of the technique are that the observed signal is directly proportional to sample concentration, in contrast to the quadratic dependence from non-phase sensitive SHG, and that the real and imaginary parts of the 2nd order non-linear susceptibility can be determined independently. We show that the method is highly sensitive and can provide high quality excited state dynamics in short data acquisition times. PMID:25725724

  4. Time-resolved phase-sensitive second harmonic generation spectroscopy

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    Nowakowski, Paweł J.; Woods, David A.; Bain, Colin D.; Verlet, Jan R. R.

    2015-02-01

    A methodology based on time-resolved, phase-sensitive second harmonic generation (SHG) for probing the excited state dynamics of species at interfaces is presented. It is based on an interference measurement between the SHG from the sample and a local oscillator generated at a reference together with a lock-in measurement to remove the large constant offset from the interference. The technique is characterized by measuring the phase and excited state dynamics of the dye malachite green at the water/air interface. The key attributes of the technique are that the observed signal is directly proportional to sample concentration, in contrast to the quadratic dependence from non-phase sensitive SHG, and that the real and imaginary parts of the 2nd order non-linear susceptibility can be determined independently. We show that the method is highly sensitive and can provide high quality excited state dynamics in short data acquisition times.

  5. Optical biopsy of benign and malignant tissue by time resolved spectroscopy.

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    Masilamani, V; Das, B B; Secor, J; AlSalhi, M; Devanesan, S; Prasad, S; Rabah, D; Alfano, R R

    2013-12-01

    Pathological condition of malignant tissue could be analyzed by spectral domain or time domain spectroscopy, the two being the complementary to each other in optical biopsy (OB) of cancer. This paper reports results of time resolved emission spectroscopy (TRS) of 24 excised tissue samples of breast and prostate (normal control = 12; benign = 4; malignant = 8), employing a 390 nm, 100 fs, Ti-Sapphire laser pulses.The fluorescence decay times were measured using streak camera and the resultant data were fitted for single and bi-exponential decays with reliability of 97%. Our results show the distinct difference between normal, benign and malignant tissues mostly due to the emission spectra of Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NADH), Flavin Mononucleotide (FAD) and also due to the heterogeneity of micro environments associated with the diseased tissues. In this short report, fit is also shown that TRS of breast tissues are similar to those of prostate tissues. PMID:23745786

  6. Studies of Minerals, Organic and Biogenic Materials through Time-Resolved Raman Spectroscopy

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    Garcia, Christopher S.; Abedin, M. Nurul; Ismail, Syed; Sharma, Shiv K.; Misra, Anupam K.; Nyugen, Trac; Elsayed-Ali, hani

    2009-01-01

    A compact remote Raman spectroscopy system was developed at NASA Langley Research center and was previously demonstrated for its ability to identify chemical composition of various rocks and minerals. In this study, the Raman sensor was utilized to perform time-resolved Raman studies of various samples such as minerals and rocks, Azalea leaves and a few fossil samples. The Raman sensor utilizes a pulsed 532 nm Nd:YAG laser as excitation source, a 4-inch telescope to collect the Raman-scattered signal from a sample several meters away, a spectrograph equipped with a holographic grating, and a gated intensified CCD (ICCD) camera system. Time resolved Raman measurements were carried out by varying the gate delay with fixed short gate width of the ICCD camera, allowing measurement of both Raman signals and fluorescence signals. Rocks and mineral samples were characterized including marble, which contain CaCO3. Analysis of the results reveals the short (approx.10-13 s) lifetime of the Raman process, and shows that Raman spectra of some mineral samples contain fluorescence emission due to organic impurities. Also analyzed were a green (pristine) and a yellow (decayed) sample of Gardenia leaves. It was observed that the fluorescence signals from the green and yellow leaf samples showed stronger signals compared to the Raman lines. Moreover, it was also observed that the fluorescence of the green leaf was more intense and had a shorter lifetime than that of the yellow leaf. For the fossil samples, Raman shifted lines could not be observed due the presence of very strong short-lived fluorescence.

  7. Study of minerals, organic, and biogenic materials through time-resolved Raman spectroscopy

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    Garcia, Christopher S.; Abedin, M. Nurul; Ismail, Syed; Sharma, Shiv K.; Misra, Anupam K.; Nguyen, Trac; Elsayed-Ali, Hani

    2009-05-01

    A compact remote Raman spectroscopy system was developed at NASA Langley Research center and was previously demonstrated for its ability to identify chemical composition of various rocks and minerals. In this study, the Raman sensor was utilized to perform time-resolved Raman studies of various samples such as minerals and rocks, Azalea leaves, and a few fossil samples. The Raman sensor utilizes a pulsed 532 nm Nd:YAG laser as excitation source, a 4-inch telescope to collect the Raman-scattered signal from a sample several meters away, a spectrograph equipped with a holographic grating, and a gated intensified CCD (ICCD) camera system. Time resolved Raman measurements were carried out by varying the gate delay with fixed short gate width of the ICCD camera, allowing measurement of both Raman signals and fluorescence signals. Rocks and mineral samples were characterized, including marble, which contains CaCO3. Analysis of the results reveals the short (~10-13 s) lifetime of the Raman process and shows that the Raman spectra of some mineral samples contain fluorescence emission due to organic impurities. Also analyzed were a green (pristine) and a yellow (decayed) sample of Gardenia leaves. It was observed that the fluorescence signals from the green and yellow leaf samples showed stronger signals compared to the Raman lines. It was also observed that the fluorescence of the green leaf was more intense and had a shorter lifetime than that of the yellow leaf. For the fossil samples, Raman shifted lines could not be observed due to the presence of very strong short-lived fluorescence.

  8. Application of spectral unmixing in multi-wavelength time-resolved spectroscopy

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    Chorvat, D., Jr.; Mateasik, A.; Kirchnerova, J.; Chorvatova, A.

    2007-09-01

    We present a new approach for analysis of multi-wavelength time-resolved spectroscopy data, based on sequential spectral unmixing. Principal component analysis was used to identify the number and spectral profiles of the main components of intrinsic flavin signal in multi-wavelength time-resolved fluorescence recordings from isolated living cardiac myocytes. To determine these components, natural variations in the cardiomyocyte autofluorescence spectra were induced by modulators of mitochondrial metabolism and respiration. Using aforementioned approach we have identified two main components of intrinsic flavin emission in cardiac myocytes. The first component show emission maximum at 486-504 nm and mean lifetime of 1.2 nanoseconds, the second component with peak at 522 nm has two-exponential decay with fluorescence lifetimes of 0.3 and 3.1 nanoseconds. Comparison of gathered new results to our previous studies of flavins in vitro and in cardiac cells clearly points to the fact that the estimated spectral components correspond to flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) bound to enzyme(s) of mitochondrial metabolic chain, and to free FAD, respectively.

  9. Study of photon migration depths with time-resolved spectroscopy.

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    Cui, W; Wang, N; Chance, B

    1991-11-01

    In this study a light-shielding plate with a hole was placed in an intralipid emulsion. The probability distribution for photons emitted from a surface light source, passing through the hole at different depths, and reaching a surface detector at the other side of the plate was experimentally assessed. We provide qualitative verification for a model derived by Weiss et al. [J. Mod. Opt. 36, 349 (1989)] that the migration depths for the measured photons follow a distribution in depth and that this distribution has a maximum probability at a describable depth beneath the surface. This agreement, corroborated by a parallel study, suggests that we may have assessed the maximum migration depth distribution of photons that reached the detector and that the random walk model may describe the maximum migration depth distribution. The experimental results indicate that photons with the same path lengths within the medium reach a wide range of depths and suggest difficulties in resolving optical structure with time-resolved measurement. The results also provide experimental evidence that, for a given source-detector separation, the photons that migrate deeper have longer mean path lengths with larger variation in their path lengths. PMID:19784091

  10. Time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence study on dyes used in DNA sequencing

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    Chang, Kaisyang; Force, R.K. )

    1993-01-01

    Research on the time-resolved fluorescence of fluorescein isothiocyanate, NBD, tetramethylrhodamine isothiocyanate, and Texas Red - the dyes used for fluorescence-based DNA sequencing - is described. Mean fluorescence lifetiems in both aqueous buffer solution and 5.3%T, 4.8%C polyacrylamide gel were determined as a function of excitation wave-lengths at 337, 470, and 550 nm and were found to be 3.5, 1.1, 2.5, and 4.3 ns; the detection limits are 10, 200, 200 and 200 amol for FITC, NBD, TEMR, and T. Red, respectively. Comparisons of fluorescence parameters between the conjugated dyes and the free dyes are also reported. Results on the optimization of the excitation source wavelengths to improve sensitivity and reduce background scattering in polyacrylamide gel are also reported. Time-resolved fluorescence was successfully applied to resolve spectral overlapping of emissions in both solution and in polyacrylamide gel. 12 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  11. Protein Dynamics from Time-Resolved UV Raman Spectroscopy

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    Balakrishnan, Gurusamy; Weeks, Colin L.; Ibrahim, Mohammed; Soldatova, Alexandra V.; Spiro, Thomas G.

    2008-01-01

    Summary Raman spectroscopy can provide unique information on the evolution of structure in proteins over a wide range of time-scales; the picosecond to millisecond range can be accessed with pump-probe techniques. Specific parts of the molecule are interrogated by tuning the probe laser to a resonant electronic transition, including the UV transitions of aromatic residues and of the peptide bond. Advances in laser technology have enabled the characterization of transient species at an unprecedented level of structural detail. Applications to protein unfolding and allostery are reviewed. PMID:18606227

  12. Time-resolved fluorescence of the single tryptophan of Bacillus stearothermophilus phosphofructokinase.

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    Kim, S J; Chowdhury, F N; Stryjewski, W; Younathan, E S; Russo, P S; Barkley, M D

    1993-01-01

    The fluorescence of the single tryptophan in Bacillus stearothermophilus phosphofructokinase was characterized by steady-state and time-resolved techniques. The enzyme is a tetramer of identical subunits, which undergo a concerted allosteric transition. Time-resolved emission spectral data were fitted to discrete and distributed lifetime models. The fluorescence decay is a double exponential with lifetimes of 1.6 and 4.4 ns and relative amplitudes of 40 and 60%. The emission spectra of both components are identical with maxima at 327 nm. The quantum yield is 0.31 +/- 0.01. The shorter lifetime is independent of temperature; the longer lifetime has weak temperature dependence with activation energy of 1 kcal/mol. The fluorescence intensity and decay are the same in H2O and D2O solutions, indicating that the indole ring is not accessible to bulk aqueous solution. The fluorescence is not quenched significantly by iodide, but it is quenched by acrylamide with bimolecular rate constant of 5 x 10(8) M-1 s-1. Static and dynamic light scattering measurements show that the enzyme is a tetramer in solution with hydrodynamic radius of 40 A. Steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence anisotropies indicate that the tryptophan is immobile. The allosteric transition has little effect on the fluorescence properties. The fluorescence results are related to the x-ray structure. PMID:8369432

  13. Plastique: A synchrotron radiation beamline for time resolved fluorescence in the frequency domain

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    De Stasio, Gelsomina; Zema, N.; Antonangeli, F.; Savoia, A.; Parasassi, T.; Rosato, N.

    1991-06-01

    PLASTIQUE is the only synchrotron radiation beamline in the world that performs time resolved fluorescence experiments in frequency domain. These experiments are extremely valuable sources of information on the structure and dynamics of molecules. We describe the beamline and some initial data.

  14. Fast dynamics in protein folding: Time-resolved fluorescence and absorbance studies of polypeptide reconfigurations

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    Pabit, Sersita Suzette A.

    We are at an era where we are beginning to understand the physical aspects of protein folding. The energy landscape theory of protein folding explains why protein-folding reactions are so rapid compared to random search. The high friction limit of Kramers theory for diffusion-driven reactions best describes protein folding kinetics. However, key biophysical questions remain, particularly in folding dynamics at fast time scales. Why do some protein molecules fold so fast? What physical parameters control the folding rates near the speed limit? We contributed to understanding protein folding at fast time scales by developing and improving techniques to probe submillisecond kinetics and by studying the fastest-folding protein systems: tryptophan cage and the compact late-stage intermediate of ferrocytochrome c. We studied fast dynamics in protein folding by time-resolved fluorescence and absorbance measurements. We fabricated and characterized a submillisecond laminar-flow mixing device that allows UV-excitation and observation of kinetic fluorescence changes in peptides with picomolar sample consumption. Together with equilibrium circular dichroism and fluorescence measurements, we used temperature-jump data to characterize the two-state folding of the designed miniprotein tryptophan cage. We have applied laser flash photolysis to the heme-CO bond and used nanosecond-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy to look at the fast M → N folding transitions in ferrocytochrome c. We are currently developing experiments based on triplet-triplet energy transfer to do time-resolved optical absorption measurements on reconfigurations of tryptophan-containing proteins and peptides. The miniprotein tryptophan cage folds in 4 microseconds and sets the conditions for fast folding: a two-state reaction, a weak folding activation energy barrier, a nearly optimized free energy landscape, and pre-organized structures in the unfolded state. In ferrocytochrome c, the folding time from a compact configuration is 12 microseconds in water. Analysis of the solvent viscosity-dependence of the folding time using a model based on Kramers rate theory allowed us to identify two limiting time scales in protein folding: the time scale for solvent-coupled reorganizations and the time scale controlled by the internal friction within the protein molecule.

  15. Fluorescence lifetime imaging from time resolved measurements using a shape-based approach.

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    Alvarez, Diego; Medina, Paúl; Moscoso, Miguel

    2009-05-25

    We present a novel fluorescent tomography algorithm to estimate the spatial distribution of fluorophores and the fluorescence lifetimes from surface time resolved measurements. The algorithm is a hybridization of the level set technique for recovering the distributions of distinct fluorescent markers with a gradient method for estimating their lifetimes. This imaging method offers several advantages compared to more traditional pixel-based techniques as, for example, well defined boundaries and a better resolution of the images. The numerical experiments show that our imaging method gives rise to accurate reconstructions in the presence of data noise and fluorescence background even for complicated fluorophore distributions in several-centimiter-thick biological tissue. PMID:19466134

  16. Use of Time-Resolved Fluorescence to Monitor Bioactive Compounds in Plant Based Foodstuffs.

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    Lemos, M Adlia; Srnikov, Katarna; Bot, Francesca; Anese, Monica; Hungerford, Graham

    2015-01-01

    The study of compounds that exhibit antioxidant activity has recently received much interest in the food industry because of their potential health benefits. Most of these compounds are plant based, such as polyphenolics and carotenoids, and there is a need to monitor them from the field through processing and into the body. Ideally, a monitoring technique should be non-invasive with the potential for remote capabilities. The application of the phenomenon of fluorescence has proved to be well suited, as many plant associated compounds exhibit fluorescence. The photophysical behaviour of fluorescent molecules is also highly dependent on their microenvironment, making them suitable probes to monitor changes in pH, viscosity and polarity, for example. Time-resolved fluorescence techniques have recently come to the fore, as they offer the ability to obtain more information, coupled with the fact that the fluorescence lifetime is an absolute measure, while steady state just provides relative and average information. In this work, we will present illustrative time-resolved measurements, rather than a comprehensive review, to show the potential of time-resolved fluorescence applied to the study of bioactive substances. The aim is to help assess if any changes occur in their form, going from extraction via storage and cooking to the interaction with serum albumin, a principal blood transport protein. PMID:26132136

  17. Use of Time-Resolved Fluorescence to Monitor Bioactive Compounds in Plant Based Foodstuffs

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    Lemos, M. Adília; Sárniková, Katarína; Bot, Francesca; Anese, Monica; Hungerford, Graham

    2015-01-01

    The study of compounds that exhibit antioxidant activity has recently received much interest in the food industry because of their potential health benefits. Most of these compounds are plant based, such as polyphenolics and carotenoids, and there is a need to monitor them from the field through processing and into the body. Ideally, a monitoring technique should be non-invasive with the potential for remote capabilities. The application of the phenomenon of fluorescence has proved to be well suited, as many plant associated compounds exhibit fluorescence. The photophysical behaviour of fluorescent molecules is also highly dependent on their microenvironment, making them suitable probes to monitor changes in pH, viscosity and polarity, for example. Time-resolved fluorescence techniques have recently come to the fore, as they offer the ability to obtain more information, coupled with the fact that the fluorescence lifetime is an absolute measure, while steady state just provides relative and average information. In this work, we will present illustrative time-resolved measurements, rather than a comprehensive review, to show the potential of time-resolved fluorescence applied to the study of bioactive substances. The aim is to help assess if any changes occur in their form, going from extraction via storage and cooking to the interaction with serum albumin, a principal blood transport protein. PMID:26132136

  18. Ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy of the light-harvesting complex 2 (LH2) from the photosynthetic bacterium Thermochromatium tepidum

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    Niedzwiedzki, Dariusz M.; Fuciman, Marcel; Kobayashi, Masayuki; Frank, Harry A.; Blankenship, Robert E.

    2011-10-08

    The light-harvesting complex 2 from the thermophilic purple bacterium Thermochromatium tepidum was purified and studied by steady-state absorption and fluorescence, sub-nanosecond-time-resolved fluorescence and femtosecond time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy. The measurements were performed at room temperature and at 10 K. The combination of both ultrafast and steady-state optical spectroscopy methods at ambient and cryogenic temperatures allowed the detailed study of carotenoid (Car)-to-bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) as well BChl-to-BChl excitation energy transfer in the complex. The studies show that the dominant Cars rhodopin (N = 11) and spirilloxanthin (N = 13) do not play a significant role as supportive energy donors for BChl a. This is related with their photophysical properties regulated by long ?-electron conjugation. On the other hand, such properties favor some of the Cars, particularly spirilloxanthin (N = 13) to play the role of the direct quencher of the excited singlet state of BChl.

  19. Fluorescence lifetime heterogeneity in aggregates of LHCII revealed by time-resolved microscopy.

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    Barzda, V; de Grauw, C J; Vroom, J; Kleima, F J; van Grondelle, R; van Amerongen, H; Gerritsen, H C

    2001-07-01

    Two-photon excitation, time-resolved fluorescence microscopy was used to investigate the fluorescence quenching mechanisms in aggregates of light-harvesting chlorophyll a/b pigment protein complexes of photosystem II from green plants (LHCII). Time-gated microscopy images show the presence of large heterogeneity in fluorescence lifetimes not only for different LHCII aggregates, but also within a single aggregate. Thus, the fluorescence decay traces obtained from macroscopic measurements reflect an average over a large distribution of local fluorescence kinetics. This opens the possibility to resolve spatially different structural/functional units in chloroplasts and other heterogeneous photosynthetic systems in vivo, and gives the opportunity to investigate individually the excited states dynamics of each unit. We show that the lifetime distribution is sensitive to the concentration of quenchers contained in the system. Triplets, which are generated at high pulse repetition rates of excitation (>1 MHz), preferentially quench domains with initially shorter fluorescence lifetimes. This proves our previous prediction from singlet-singlet annihilation investigations (Barzda, V., V. Gulbinas, R. Kananavicius, V. Cervinskas, H. van Amerongen, R. van Grondelle, and L. Valkunas. 2001. Biophys. J. 80:2409-2421) that shorter fluorescence lifetimes originate from larger domains in LHCII aggregates. We found that singlet-singlet annihilation has a strong effect in time-resolved fluorescence microscopy of connective systems and has to be taken into consideration. Despite that, clear differences in fluorescence decays can be detected that can also qualitatively be understood. PMID:11423435

  20. Time-resolved UV-excited microarray reader for fluorescence energy transfer (FRET) measurements

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    Orellana, Adelina; Hokkanen, Ari P.; Pastinen, Tomi; Takkinen, Kristina; Soderlund, Hans

    2001-05-01

    Analytical systems based on immunochemistry are largely used in medical diagnostics and in biotechnology. There is a significant pressure to develop the present assay formats to become easier to use, faster, and less reagent consuming. Further developments towards high density array--like multianalyte measurement systems would be valuable. To this aim we have studied the applicability of fluorescence resonance energy transfer and time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer in immunoassays on microspots and in microwells. We have used engineered recombinant antibodies detecting the pentameric protein CRP as a model analyte system, and tested different assay formats. We describe also the construction of a time-resolved scanning epifluorometer with which we could measure the FRET interaction between the slow fluorescence decay from europium chelates and its energy transfer to the rapidly decaying fluorophore Cy5.

  1. Locating and classifying fluorescent tags behind turbid layers using time-resolved inversion

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    Satat, Guy; Heshmat, Barmak; Barsi, Christopher; Raviv, Dan; Chen, Ou; Bawendi, Moungi G.; Raskar, Ramesh

    2015-04-01

    The use of fluorescent probes and the recovery of their lifetimes allow for significant advances in many imaging systems, in particular, medical imaging systems. Here we propose and experimentally demonstrate reconstructing the locations and lifetimes of fluorescent markers hidden behind a turbid layer. This opens the door to various applications for non-invasive diagnosis, analysis, flowmetry and inspection. The method is based on a time-resolved measurement that captures information about both fluorescence lifetime and spatial position of the probes. To reconstruct the scene, the method relies on a sparse optimization framework to invert time-resolved measurements. This wide-angle technique does not rely on coherence, and does not require the probes to be directly in line of sight of the camera, making it potentially suitable for long-range imaging.

  2. A fluorescence LIDAR sensor for hyper-spectral time-resolved remote sensing and mapping.

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    Palombi, Lorenzo; Alderighi, Daniele; Cecchi, Giovanna; Raimondi, Valentina; Toci, Guido; Lognoli, David

    2013-06-17

    In this work we present a LIDAR sensor devised for the acquisition of time resolved laser induced fluorescence spectra. The gating time for the acquisition of the fluorescence spectra can be sequentially delayed in order to achieve fluorescence data that are resolved both in the spectral and temporal domains. The sensor can provide sub-nanometric spectral resolution and nanosecond time resolution. The sensor has also imaging capabilities by means of a computer-controlled motorized steering mirror featuring a biaxial angular scanning with 200 μradiant angular resolution. The measurement can be repeated for each point of a geometric grid in order to collect a hyper-spectral time-resolved map of an extended target. PMID:23787661

  3. Localization of fluorescence marked prostate tumor with time- resolved diffuse optical tomography

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    Hervé, Lionel; Laidevant, Aurélie; Lecordier, Ludovic; Guyon, Laurent; Debourdeau, Mathieu; Boutet, Jérôme; Dinten, Jean-Marc

    2010-02-01

    To increase prostate cancer diagnosis sensibility, we propose to add an optical modality to an US biopsy tool to localize fluorophore marked tumors. Optical signals are acquired on a time-resolved acquisition chain composed by a 770 nm femtosecond laser source and a four channels TCSPC device. The fluorescence concentration is reconstructed by using intensity and mean time of flight acquired from each time-resolved source-detector signal. Validation experiments are performed on a phantom mimicking prostate both on its optical and ultrasound properties with 10 μmol/L ICG 1 cm deep double fluorescent inclusions to simulate marked tumors. An exhaustive search algorithm succeeded in reconstructing the two distinct fluorescence dots with correct locations.

  4. Frame-Transfer Gating Raman Spectroscopy for Time-Resolved Multiscalar Combustion Diagnostics

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    Nguyen, Quang-Viet; Fischer, David G.; Kojima, Jun

    2011-01-01

    Accurate experimental measurement of spatially and temporally resolved variations in chemical composition (species concentrations) and temperature in turbulent flames is vital for characterizing the complex phenomena occurring in most practical combustion systems. These diagnostic measurements are called multiscalar because they are capable of acquiring multiple scalar quantities simultaneously. Multiscalar diagnostics also play a critical role in the area of computational code validation. In order to improve the design of combustion devices, computational codes for modeling turbulent combustion are often used to speed up and optimize the development process. The experimental validation of these codes is a critical step in accepting their predictions for engine performance in the absence of cost-prohibitive testing. One of the most critical aspects of setting up a time-resolved stimulated Raman scattering (SRS) diagnostic system is the temporal optical gating scheme. A short optical gate is necessary in order for weak SRS signals to be detected with a good signal- to-noise ratio (SNR) in the presence of strong background optical emissions. This time-synchronized optical gating is a classical problem even to other spectroscopic techniques such as laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) or laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS). Traditionally, experimenters have had basically two options for gating: (1) an electronic means of gating using an image intensifier before the charge-coupled-device (CCD), or (2) a mechanical optical shutter (a rotary chopper/mechanical shutter combination). A new diagnostic technology has been developed at the NASA Glenn Research Center that utilizes a frame-transfer CCD sensor, in conjunction with a pulsed laser and multiplex optical fiber collection, to realize time-resolved Raman spectroscopy of turbulent flames that is free from optical background noise (interference). The technology permits not only shorter temporal optical gating (down to <1 s, in principle), but also higher optical throughput, thus resulting in a substantial increase in measurement SNR.

  5. Halide (Cl(super -)) Quenching of Quinine Sulfate Fluorescence: A Time-Resolved Fluorescence Experiment for Physical Chemistry

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    Gutow, Jonathan H.

    2005-01-01

    The time-resolved fluorescence experiment investigating the halide quenching of fluorescence from quinine sulfate in water is described. The objectives of the experiment include reinforcing student understanding of the kinetics of competing pathways, making connections with microscopic theories of kinetics through comparison of experimental and…

  6. Halide (Cl(super -)) Quenching of Quinine Sulfate Fluorescence: A Time-Resolved Fluorescence Experiment for Physical Chemistry

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    Gutow, Jonathan H.

    2005-01-01

    The time-resolved fluorescence experiment investigating the halide quenching of fluorescence from quinine sulfate in water is described. The objectives of the experiment include reinforcing student understanding of the kinetics of competing pathways, making connections with microscopic theories of kinetics through comparison of experimental and

  7. Multiplexed analysis using time-resolved near-IR fluorescence for the detection of genomic material

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    Stryjewski, Wieslaw J.; Soper, Steven A.; Lassiter, Suzzane; Davis, Lloyd M.

    2002-06-01

    While fluorescence continues to be an important tool in genomics, new challenges are being encountered due to increased efforts toward miniaturization reducing detection volumes and the need for screening multiple targets simultaneously. We have initiated work on developing time- resolved near-IR fluorescence as an additional tool for the multiplexed analyses of DNA, either for sequencing or mutation detection. We have fabricated simple and compact time-resolved fluorescence microscopes for reading fluorescence from electrophoresis or DNA microarrays. These microscopes consist of solid-state diode lasers and diode detectors and due to their compact size, the optical components and laser head can be mounted on high-speed micro-translational stages to read fluorescence from either multi-channel capillary electrophoresis instruments or micro fabricated DNA sorting devices. The detector is configured in a time-correlated single photon counting format to allow acquisition of fluorescence lifetimes on-the-fly during data acquisition in the limit of low counting statistics. In multiplexed analyses, lifetime discrimination serves as a method for dye-reporter identification using only a single readout channel. Also, coupled to multi-color systems, lifetime identification can significantly increase the number of probes monitored in a single instrument. In this work, near-IR fluorescence, including dye-labels and hardware, will be discussed as well as the implementation of near-IR fluorescence in DNA sequencing using slab gel electrophoresis and DNA microarrays.

  8. Optical characterization of Pseudomonas fluorescens on meat surfaces using time-resolved fluorescence

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    Bouchard, Alain; Frechette, Julie; Vernon, Marcia L.; Cormier, Jean-Franois; Beaulieu, Rene M.; Valle, Ral; Mafu, Akier A.

    2006-01-01

    A scanning optical system for the detection of bacteria on meat surfaces based on fluorescence lifetime and intensity measurements is described. The system detects autofluorescent light emitted by naturally occurring fluorophores in bacteria. The technique only requires minimal sample preparation and handling, thus the chemical properties of the specimen are preserved. This work presents the preliminary results obtained from a time-resolved fluorescence imaging system for the characterization of a nonpathogenic gram-negative bacteria, Pseudomonas fluorescens. Initial results indicate that the combination of fluorescence lifetime and intensity measurements provides a means for characterizing biological media and for detecting microorganisms on surfaces.

  9. CMOS Time-Resolved, Contact, and Multispectral Fluorescence Imaging for DNA Molecular Diagnostics

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    Guo, Nan; Cheung, Ka Wai; Wong, Hiu Tung; Ho, Derek

    2014-01-01

    Instrumental limitations such as bulkiness and high cost prevent the fluorescence technique from becoming ubiquitous for point-of-care deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) detection and other in-field molecular diagnostics applications. The complimentary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technology, as benefited from process scaling, provides several advanced capabilities such as high integration density, high-resolution signal processing, and low power consumption, enabling sensitive, integrated, and low-cost fluorescence analytical platforms. In this paper, CMOS time-resolved, contact, and multispectral imaging are reviewed. Recently reported CMOS fluorescence analysis microsystem prototypes are surveyed to highlight the present state of the art. PMID:25365460

  10. Identifying Fossil Biosignatures and Minerals in Mars Analog Materials Using Time-Resolved Raman Spectroscopy

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    Shkolyar, S.; Farmer, J.; Alerstam, E.; Maruyama, Y.; Blacksberg, J.

    2013-12-01

    Mars sample return has been identified as a top priority in the planetary science decadal survey. A Mars sample selection and caching mission would be the likely first step in this endeavor. Such a mission would aim to select and prioritize for return to Earth aqueously formed geological samples present at a selected site on Mars, based upon their potential for biosignature capture and preservation. If evidence of past life exists and is found, it is likely to come via the identification of fossilized carbonaceous matter of biological origin (kerogen) found in the selected samples analyzed in laboratories after return to Earth. Raman spectroscopy is considered one of the primary techniques for analyzing materials in situ and selecting the most promising samples for Earth return. We have previously performed a pilot study to better understand the complexities of identifying kerogen using Raman spectroscopy. For the study, we examined a variety of Mars analog materials representing a broad range of mineral compositions and kerogen maturities. The study revealed that kerogen identification in many of the most promising lithologies is often impeded by background fluorescence that originates from long (>10 ns to ms) and short (<1 ns) lifetime fluorophores in both the mineral matrixes and preserved organic matter in the samples. This work explores the potential for time-gated Raman spectroscopy to enable clear kerogen and mineral identifications in such samples. The JPL time-resolved Raman system uses time gating to reduce background fluorescence. It uses a custom-built SPAD (single photon avalanche diode) detector, featuring a 1-ns time-gate, and electronically variable gate delay. Results for a range of fluorescent samples show that the JPL system reduces fluorescence, allowing the identification of both kerogen and mineral components more successfully than with conventional Raman systems. In some of the most challenging samples, the detection of organic matter is hindered by a combination of short lifetime fluorescence and weak Raman scattering coming from preserved kerogen grains. Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM) measurements were also performed to characterize the lifetimes of both components in the samples and to inform future system improvements such as shorter time gating. Here, we will discuss the results, along with identified challenges to the consistent and reliable in situ identification of kerogen in samples on Mars.

  11. Time-Resolved Fluorescence in Lipid Bilayers: Selected Applications and Advantages over Steady State

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    Amaro, Mariana; achl, Radek; Jurkiewicz, Piotr; Coutinho, Ana; Prieto, Manuel; Hof, Martin

    2014-01-01

    Fluorescence methods are versatile tools for obtaining dynamic and topological information about biomembranes because the molecular interactions taking place in lipid membranes frequently occur on the same timescale as fluorescence emission. The fluorescence intensity decay, in particular, is a powerful reporter of the molecular environment of a fluorophore. The fluorescence lifetime can be sensitive to the local polarity, hydration, viscosity, and/or presence of fluorescence quenchers/energy acceptors within several nanometers of the vicinity of a fluorophore. Illustrative examples of how time-resolved fluorescence measurements can provide more valuable and detailed information about a system than the time-integrated (steady-state) approach will be presented in this review: 1), determination of membrane polarity and mobility using time-dependent spectral shifts; 2), identification of submicroscopic domains by fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy; 3), elucidation ofmembrane leakage mechanisms from dye self-quenching assays; and 4), evaluation of nanodomain sizes by time-resolved Frster resonance energy transfer measurements. PMID:25517142

  12. Feasibility analysis of an epidermal glucose sensor based on time-resolved fluorescence

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    Katika, Kamal M.; Pilon, Laurent

    2007-06-01

    The goal of this study is to test the feasibility of using an embedded time-resolved fluorescence sensor for monitoring glucose concentration. Skin is modeled as a multilayer medium with each layer having its own optical properties and fluorophore absorption coefficients, lifetimes, and quantum yields obtained from the literature. It is assumed that the two main fluorophores contributing to the fluorescence at these excitation and emission wavelengths are nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD)H and collagen. The intensity distributions of excitation and fluorescent light in skin are determined by solving the transient radiative transfer equation by using the modified method of characteristics. The fluorophore lifetimes are then recovered from the simulated fluorescence decays and compared with the actual lifetimes used in the simulations. Furthermore, the effect of adding Poissonian noise to the simulated decays on recovering the lifetimes was studied. For all cases, it was found that the fluorescence lifetime of NADH could not be recovered because of its negligible contribution to the overall fluorescence signal. The other lifetimes could be recovered to within 1.3% of input values. Finally, the glucose concentrations within the skin were recovered to within 13.5% of their actual values, indicating a possibility of measuring glucose concentrations by using a time-resolved fluorescence sensor.

  13. Modeling of ultrafast time-resolved fluorescence applied to a weakly coupled chromophore pair

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    Balevi?ius, V.; Valkunas, L.; Abramavicius, D.

    2015-08-01

    We present theory for calculating the third-order non-linear response function of a molecular aggregate in the weak inter-chromophore coupling regime. This approach is based on the perturbative expansion of the system evolution with respect to the resonance coupling, while the system-bath interaction is treated non-perturbatively by means of cumulant expansion. An explicit expression for the time-resolved fluorescence signal is then obtained. This allows us to investigate the ultrafast time-dependent Stokes shift, signatures of coherent dynamics, and the excitonic polaron formation in the excited state of the aggregate. Numerical simulations of the time-resolved fluorescence spectra of a pair of coupled molecules demonstrate these effects.

  14. A review of the analysis of complex time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy data

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    Smith, Trevor A.; Ghiggino, Kenneth P.

    2015-06-01

    Time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy measurements (TRAMs) are widely used to probe the dynamics of the various processes that can lead to the depolarisation of emission following photoselection by polarised excitation. The most commonly investigated of these emission depolarising phenomena is molecular rotational motion, but TRAMs are very useful for determining the kinetics of a host of other processes. In this paper we review several examples for which we have observed in our laboratories initially unexpectedly complex temporal behaviour of the time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy signal from relatively simple chemical systems. In certain circumstances the anisotropy (i) decays on timescales when superficially it might be thought it should remain constant, (ii) shows marked dip and rise behaviour in its intensity, or (iii) can change sign as the anisotropy evolves in time. Fundamentally simple processes, including molecular rotational motion, energy migration and excited state photophysics, can cause such behaviour.

  15. BHHST: An improved lanthanide chelate for time-resolved fluorescence applications

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    Connally, Russell; Jin, Dayong; Piper, James

    2005-04-01

    The detection of the waterborne pathogens Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium parvum in environmental water bodies requires concentration of large volumes of water due to the low dose required for infection. The highly concentrated (10,000-fold) water sample is often rich in strongly autofluorescent algae, organic debris and mineral particles that can obscure immunofluorescently labeled (oo)cysts during analysis. Time-resolved fluorescence techniques exploit the long fluorescence lifetimes of lanthanide chelates (ms) to differentiate target fluorescence from background autofluorescence (ns). Relatively simple instrumentation can be used to enhance the signal-to-noise ratio (S/N) of labelled target. Time-resolved fluorescence techniques exploit the large difference in lifetime by briefly exciting fluorescence from the sample using a pulsed excitation source. Capture of the resulting fluorescence emission is delayed until the more rapidly decaying autofluorescence has faded beyond detection, whereon the much stronger and slower fading emission from labelled target is collected. BHHCT is a tetradentate beta-diketone chelate that is activated to bind with protein (antibody) as the chlorosulfonate. The high activity of this residue makes conjugations difficult to control and can lead to the formation of unstable immunoconjugates. To overcome these limitations a 5-atom hydrophylic molecular tether was attached to BHHCT via the chlorosulfonate and the BHHCT derivative was then activated to bind to proteins as the succinimide. The new compound (BHHST) could be prepared in high purity and was far more stable than the chlorosulfonate on storage. A high activity immunocojugate was prepared against Cryptosporidium that yielded an 8-fold increase in SNR using a lab-built time-resolved fluorescence microscope.

  16. Multicolor Photometry and Time-resolved Spectroscopy of Two sdBV Stars

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    Reed, M. D.; O'Toole, S. J.; Telting, J. H.; Østensen, R. H.; Heber, U.; Barlow, B. N.; Reichart, D. E.; Nysewander, M. C.; LaCluyze, A. P.; Ivarsen, K. M.; Haislip, J. B.; Bean, J.

    2012-03-01

    Observational mode constraints have mostly been lacking for short period pulsating sdB stars, yet such identifications are vital to constrain models. Time-resolved spectroscopy and multicolor photometry have been employed with mixed results for short-period pulsating sdB stars. Time-resolved spectroscopy has successfully measured radial velocity, temperature, and gravity variations in six pulsators, yet interpreting results is far from straightforward. Multicolor photometry requires extremely high precision to discern between low-degree modes, yet has been used effectively to eliminate high-degree modes. Combining radial velocity (RV) and multicolor measurements has also been shown as an effective means of constraining mode identifications. We present preliminary results for Feige 48 and EC 01541-1409 using both time-resolved spectroscopy and multicolor photometry and an initial examination of their pulsation modes using the atmospheric codes BRUCE and KYLIE.

  17. Computational modeling of time-resolved fluorescence transport in turbid media for non-invasive clinical diagnostics

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    Vishwanath, Karthik

    Fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging methods, including fluorescence lifetime sensing, are being developed for a variety of non-invasive clinical diagnostic procedures, including applications to early cancer diagnosis. Here, both the theoretical developments and experimental validations of a versatile, numerical Monte Carlo code that models photon migration in turbid media to include simulations of time-resolved fluorescence transport are presented. The developed numerical model was used to study, for the first time, the dependence of time-resolved fluorescence signals emanating from turbid media on the optical transport coefficients, fluorophore properties and source-detector configurations in single-layered turbid media as well as more complex multi-layered turbid media. The numerical codes presented here can be adapted to model a wide range of experimental techniques measuring the optical responses of biological tissues to laser irradiation and are demonstrated here for two specific applications (a) to model time-resolved fluorescence dynamics in human colon tissues and (b) to extract the frequency-dependent optical responses of a model adult human head to an incident laser-source whose intensity was harmonically modulated i.e. simulating frequency-domain measurements. Specifically, measurements of time-resolved fluorescence decays from a previous clinical study aimed toward detecting differences in tissue pathologies in patients undergoing gastro-intestinal endoscopy were simulated using the Monte Carlo model and results demonstrated that variations in tissue optical transport coefficients (absorption and scattering) alone could not account for the fluorescence decay differences detected between tissue pathologies in vivo. However, variations in fluorescence decay time as large as those detected clinically between normal and pre-malignant tissues (of 2 ns) could be accounted for by simulated variations in tissue morphology or biochemistry while intrinsic fluorophore lifetimes were held constant. Potential applications of the numerical code for the construction of optimized fiber-probes for efficient clinical diagnostics and the reconstruction of tissue optical properties to match experimental measurements, possibly in real-time via the use of heuristic scaling procedures, are discussed.

  18. Time-resolvable fluorescent conjugates for the detection of pathogens in environmental samples containing autofluorescent material

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    Connally, Russell; Veal, Duncan; Piper, James A.

    2003-07-01

    Water is routinely monitored for environmental pathogens such a Cryptosporidium and Giardia using immunofluorescence microscopy (IFM). Autofluorescence can greatly diminish an operators capacity to resolve labeled pathogens from non-specific background. Naturally fluorescing components (autofluorophores) encountered in biological samples typically have fluorescent lifetimes (?) of less than 100 nanoseconds and their emissions may be excluded through use of time-resolved fluorescence microscopy (TRFM). TRFM relies on the large differences in ? between autofluorescent molecules and long-lived lanthanide chelates. In TRFM, targets labeled with a time-resolvable fluorescent immunoconjugate are excited by an intense (UV) light pulse. A short delay is imposed to permit the decay of autofluorescence before capture of luminescence from the excited chelate using an image intensified CCD camera. In our experience, autofluorescence can be reduced to insignificant levels with a consequent 30-fold increase in target visibility using TRFM techniques. We report conjugation of a novel europium chelate to a monoclonal antibody specific for Giardia lamblia and use of the immunoconjugate for TRFM studies. Initial attempts to conjugate the same chelate to a monoclonal antibody directed against Cryptosporidium parvum led to poorly fluorescent constructs that were prone to denature and precipitate. We successfully conjugated BHHCT to anti-mouse polyvalent immunoglobulin and used this construct to overcome the difficulties in direct labeling of the anti-Cryptosporidium antibody. Both Giardia and Cryptosporidium were labeled using the anti-mouse protocol with a subsequent 20-fold and 6.6-fold suppression of autofluorescence respectively. A rapid protocol for conjugating and purifying the immunoconjugate was found and methods of quantifying the fluorescence to protein ratio determined. Performance of our TRFM was dependent on the quality and brightness of the immunoconjugate and optimization of the conjugation process is necessary to reap the full benefit of time-resolved techniques.

  19. Molecular diffusivity measurement through an alumina membrane using time-resolved fluorescence imaging

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    Kennard, Raymond; DeSisto, William J.; Mason, Michael D.

    2010-11-01

    We present a simple fluorescence imaging method for measuring the time-resolved concentration of a fluorescent molecule diffusing through an anodic alumina membrane with a pore diameter of 20 nm. From the concentration breakthrough curve, the molecular diffusivity of the fluorophore was extracted. The experimentally determined diffusivity was three orders of magnitude lower than reported bulk values. Due to the relative simplicity and ease of use, this method can be applied to provide fundamental information for biomolecular separations applications. One feature of this method is the high sensitivity at intercellular volumes broadening its application to drug delivery and controlled cell growth.

  20. Solving the structure of reaction intermediates by time-resolved synchrotron x-ray absorption spectroscopy.

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    Wang, Qi; Hanson, Jonathan C; Frenkel, Anatoly I

    2008-12-21

    We present a robust data analysis method of time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy experiments suitable for chemical speciation and structure determination of reaction intermediates. Chemical speciation is done by principal component analysis (PCA) of the time-resolved x-ray absorption near-edge structure data. Structural analysis of intermediate phases is done by theoretical modeling of their extended x-ray absorption fine-structure data isolated by PCA. The method is demonstrated using reduction and reoxidation of Cu-doped ceria catalysts where we detected reaction intermediates and measured fine details of the reaction kinetics. This approach can be directly adapted to many time-resolved x-ray spectroscopy experiments where new rapid throughput data collection and analysis methods are needed. PMID:19102533

  1. Standoff Time-Resolved Laser-Based Spectroscopy Tools for Sample Characterization and Biosignature Detection

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    Gasda, P. J.; Acosta-Maeda, T.; Lucey, P. G.; Misra, A. K.; Sharma, S. K.; Taylor, J.

    2014-12-01

    The NASA Mars2020 rover will be searching for signs of past habitability and past life on Mars. Additionally, the rover mission will prepare a cache of highly significant samples for a future sample return mission. NASA requires these samples to be well characterized; the instruments on the rover must be capable of fine-scale in situ mineralogical or elemental analysis with emphasis on biosignature detection or characterization. We have been developing multiple standoff laser-based instruments at the University of Hawaii, Manoa that are capable of fine-scale in situ chemical analysis and biosignatures detection. By employing a time-resolved spectroscopy, we can perform elemental analysis with Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS), mineral and organic analysis with Raman spectroscopy, and biosignature detection with Laser-Induced Fluorescence (LIF). Each of these techniques share the same optics and detection equipment, allowing us to integrate them into a single, compact instrument. High time-resolution (~100 ns/pulse) is the key to this instrument; with it, the detector only records data when the signal is the brightest. Spectra can be taken during the day, LIBS can be measured without a plasma light background, and the Raman signal can be separated from the mineral fluorescence signal. Since bio-organics have very short fluorescence lifetimes, the new instrument can be used to unambiguously detect bio-organics. The prototype uses a low power (0.5 mJ/pulse) 532 nm laser with a detection limit of < 30 ppm of organics in a sample of Antarctica Dry Valley soil measured from 8 m. Another LIF instrument under development in our lab, called the Biofinder, takes advantage of the extremely intense fluorescence signal produced by organics by using a wide laser spot and a camera to produce LIF images of wide area (25 cm area from 2 m distance with 2 mm/pixel resolution). The Biofinder can quickly assess the area around the rover (at 10 frames/s) by imaging sample cores, drill holes, or outcrops, and then allow the slower but more precise instruments on the rover to characterize the regions of interest. Either of these prototypes would be ideally suited for future NASA missions, including human exploration missions. The next iterations of the instruments will be designed specifically for future astronaut explorers.

  2. Exciplex liquid-phase thermometer using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence.

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    Parigger, C; Plemmons, D H; Litchford, R J; Jeng, S M

    1998-01-01

    Pulsed photoexcitation of hydrocarbon fuels doped with organic molecules exhibits a temperature-dependent fluorescence spectrum that is used as the basis for a weakly intrusive optical thermometer. By use of pulsed excitation from a 308-nm 8-ns XeCl excimer laser with gated detection of the fluorescence emissions from doped n -heptane, we demonstrate that time-resolved measurement of the excited monomer and the redshifted excited-state complex (exciplex) fluorescence emissions can yield sub-1 degrees accuracy for temperatures ranging from 440 K to the vicinity of the critical temperature (540 K). The experiments also show that the exciplex fluorescence spectrum is pressure independent below and above supercritical pressure. PMID:18084417

  3. Time-resolved optical spectroscopy of the chest: is it possible to probe the lung?

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    Quarto, G.; Farina, A.; Pifferi, A.; Taroni, P.; Miniati, M.

    2013-06-01

    Monte Carlo simulations and preliminary time-resolved spectroscopy measurements were performed to investigate the feasibility of the in vivo optical diagnostics of lung conditions and diseases. Absorption and reduced scattering properties of the chest, arising from in vivo spectral measurements on volunteers are presented.

  4. Time-resolved VUV spectroscopy in the EXTRAP-T2 reversed field pinch

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    Hedqvist, Anders; Rachlew-Kllne, Elisabeth

    1998-09-01

    Time-resolved VUV spectroscopy has been used to investigate the effects of impurities in a reversed field pinch operating with a resistive shell. Results of electron temperature, impurity ion densities, particle confinement time and 0741-3335/40/9/004/img1 together with a description of the interpretation and the equipment are presented.

  5. Time-resolved scanning system for double reflectance and transmittance fluorescence imaging of diffusive media.

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    Brambilla, Marco; Spinelli, Lorenzo; Pifferi, Antonio; Torricelli, Alessandro; Cubeddu, Rinaldo

    2008-01-01

    In this work we present a novel diffuse fluorescence imaging system, based on time-resolved two-wavelength double reflectance and transmittance setup for slab geometry samples. We describe the hardware setup, showing its compactness and versatility and show the results on preliminary measurements on phantoms. We fully assessed the performances and the dynamic ranges of the system. We validated its ability of recovering the optical properties of the bulk medium, for samples with scattering and absorption coefficients similar to those of biological tissues and with thicknesses of about 2 cm. Moreover we assess the linearity of the recorded signals against the fluorophore concentration, when it is homogeneously diffused in the phantom or concentrated inside a sealed inclusion. In both cases we observe again a fairly good linearity, over three orders of magnitude, from 10(-8)M to 10(-5)M. With the fluorescent inclusion we were also able to assess the imaging capabilities of the system, in terms of spatial resolution, which we appraise in about 3 mm, and in terms of imaging sensitivity (the smallest quantity of fluorescent dye distinguishable from the homogeneous background), settled to 200 fmol. Since the recorded data are time resolved, we could also estimate the dye fluorescence lifetime and build early and late time gate images. We finally discuss some of the criticalities of the proposed system and the developments we are currently carrying on in order to adapt it for in vivo measurements. PMID:18248018

  6. Host Sensitized Luminescence and Time-Resolved Spectroscopy of YVO4: Ho3+ Nanocrystals

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    Mahata, Manoj Kumar; Koppe, Tristan; Hofsss, Hans; Kumar, Kaushal; Vetter, Ulrich

    Rare earth doped phosphors have attracted much interest because of their high chemical durability and wide range of attractive applications. In this work, Ho3+ doped tetragonal YVO4 nanocrystals have been synthesized via a facile co-precipitation method. The phosphor was characterized by various methods including X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence, cathodoluminescence, time-resolved spectroscopy measurements. The frequency upconversion emission in the synthesized phosphor has been investigated under 800 nm laser excitation. UV-excited photoluminescence (PL) and cathodoluminescence (CL) measurements were performed at room temperature (300 K). A broad band which arises at ? 370-600 nm is attributed to the relaxation of VO43- groups from conduction band to valence band. Under UV-excitation, the presence of a sharp band at 550 nm due to the intra-4f transitions of the trivalent holmium ions suggests energy transfer from YVO4 host to RE ions. Luminescence measurements show that this material is suitable for field emission displays (FED) and fluorescent lamps. Also the conversion of UV radiation as well as IR radiation into the visible region suggests the application of this material for photon harvesting in solar cells.

  7. Time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy of HIV-1 protease inhibitor complexes correlates with inhibitory activity.

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    Kungl, A J; Visser, N V; van Hoek, A; Visser, A J; Billich, A; Schilk, A; Gstach, H; Auer, M

    1998-03-01

    The tryptophan time-resolved fluorescence intensity and anisotropy of the HIV-1 protease dimer is shown to be a quick and efficient method for the conformational characterization of protease inhibitor complexes. Four fluorescence lifetimes were needed to adequately describe the fluorescence decay of the two tryptophan residues, W6 and W42, per protease monomer. As a result of the wavelength dependence of the respective amplitudes, the 2.06 ns and the 4.46 ns decay constants were suggested to be the intrinsic fluorescence lifetimes of the more solvent-exposed W6 and the less exposed W42 residues, respectively. Analysis of the fluorescence anisotropy decay yielded a short correlation time of 250 ps corresponding to local chromophore motions, and a long correlation time of 12.96 ns resulting from overall rotation of the protease enzyme. Fluorescence lifetimes and rotational correlation times changed when inhibitors of the HIV-1 protease were added. The effects of 11 different inhibitors including statine-derived, hydroxyethylamine-derived, and 2 symmetrical inhibitors on the protease fluorescence dynamics were investigated. Inhibitor binding is shown to induce an increase of the mean fluorescence lifetime taumean, an increase of the short rotational correlation time phi1, as well as a decrease of the long rotational correlation time phi2. The mean rotational correlation time phimean was identified as the global dynamic parameter for a given molecular complex, which correlates with the inhibitor dissociation constant Ki, and therefore with the activity of the inhibitor. PMID:9485428

  8. Time-resolved spectroscopy of endogenous NAD(P)H in Gluconobacter oxydans

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    Horilova, J.; Kromkova, K.; Bucko, M.; Illesova, A.; Vikartovska, A.; Stefuca, V.; Mateasik, A.; Chorvat, D.; Chorvatova, A.

    2013-02-01

    The genus Gluconobacter is frequently used for biotechnological and/or nanotechnological applications. We studied endogenous fluorescence of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (phosphate) (NAD(P)H), indicator of the oxidative metabolic state in mammalian cells, in Gluconobacter oxydans (G. oxydans). Time-resolved measurements (excitation by 375nm pulsed diode laser) were employed to record the bacterial fluorescence intensity, as well as its modifications by metabolic modulation. Results were gathered on fresh bacteria, on de-frozen ones, as well as on bacteria encapsulated in alginate beads. NAD(P)H fluorescence increased linearly with the concentration of bacteria. Freezing, which has little effect on the viability of bacteria or the concentration-dependent fluorescence rise, affected the temperature-dependence of NAD(P)H fluorescence. Sodium cyanide (10 mM) provoked significant rise in the NAD(P)H fluorescence, while dinitrophenol (200 ?M) induced its decrease, confirming the bacterial NAD(P)H fluorescence sensitivity to modulators of electron transport chain. Gathered results demonstrate that endogenous NAD(P)H fluorescence can be successfully recorded in the bacterial strain G. oxydans using time-resolved measurements.

  9. Spectral reconstruction analysis for enhancing signal-to-noise in time-resolved spectroscopies

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    Wilhelm, Michael J.; Smith, Jonathan M.; Dai, Hai-Lung

    2015-09-01

    We demonstrate a new spectral analysis for the enhancement of the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in time-resolved spectroscopies. Unlike the simple linear average which produces a single representative spectrum with enhanced SNR, this Spectral Reconstruction analysis (SRa) improves the SNR (by a factor of ca. 0 . 6 √{ n } ) for all n experimentally recorded time-resolved spectra. SRa operates by eliminating noise in the temporal domain, thereby attenuating noise in the spectral domain, as follows: Temporal profiles at each measured frequency are fit to a generic mathematical function that best represents the temporal evolution; spectra at each time are then reconstructed with data points from the fitted profiles. The SRa method is validated with simulated control spectral data sets. Finally, we apply SRa to two distinct experimentally measured sets of time-resolved IR emission spectra: (1) UV photolysis of carbonyl cyanide and (2) UV photolysis of vinyl cyanide.

  10. Time-resolved tryptophan fluorescence in photosynthetic reaction centers from Rhodobacter sphaeroides

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    Godik, V. I.; Blankenship, R. E.; Causgrove, T. P.; Woodbury, N.

    1993-01-01

    Tryptophan fluorescence of reaction centers isolated from Rhodobacter sphaeroides, both stationary and time-resolved, was studied. Fluorescence kinetics were found to fit best a sum of four discrete exponential components. Half of the initial amplitude was due to a component with a lifetime of congruent to 60 ps, belonging to Trp residues, capable of efficient transfer of excitation energy to bacteriochlorophyll molecules of the reaction center. The three other components seem to be emitted by Trp ground-state conformers, unable to participate in such a transfer. Under the influence of intense actinic light, photooxidizing the reaction centers, the yield of stationary fluorescence diminished by congruent to 1.5 times, while the number of the kinetic components and their life times remained practically unchanged. Possible implications of the observed effects for the primary photosynthesis events are considered.

  11. Fluorescence time-resolved imaging system embedded in an ultrasound prostate probe.

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    Laidevant, Aurélie; Hervé, Lionel; Debourdeau, Mathieu; Boutet, Jérôme; Grenier, Nicolas; Dinten, Jean-Marc

    2010-01-01

    Ultrasound imaging (US) of the prostate has a low specificity to distinguish tumors from the surrounding tissues. This limitation leads to systematic biopsies. Fluorescent diffuse optical imaging may represent an innovative approach to guide biopsies to tumors marked with high specificity contrast agents and therefore enable an early detection of prostate cancer. This article describes a time-resolved optical system embedded in a transrectal US probe, as well as the fluorescence reconstruction method and its performance. Optical measurements were performed using a pulsed laser, optical fibers and a time-resolved detection system. A novel fast reconstruction method was derived and used to locate a 45 µL ICG fluorescent inclusion at a concentration of 10 µM, in a liquid prostate phantom. Very high location accuracy (0.15 cm) was achieved after reconstruction, for different positions of the inclusion, in the three directions of space. The repeatability, tested with ten sequential measurements, was of the same order of magnitude. Influence of the input parameters (optical properties and lifetime) is presented. These results confirm the feasibility of using optical imaging for prostate guided biopsies. PMID:21326649

  12. Time-resolved imaging of fluorescent inclusions in optically turbid medium — phantom study

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    Kacprzak, M.; Liebert, A.; Sawosz, P.; Żołek, N.; Milej, D.; Maniewski, R.

    2010-03-01

    We present results of application of a time-resolved optical system for imaging of fluorescence excited in an inclusion containing indocyanine green (ICG), and located in optically turbid medium. The developed imaging system enabled simultaneous acquisition of fluorescence and diffusive reflectance. Eight independent time-resolved measurement channels based on time-correlated single photon counting technique were applied. In four of these channels, used for the fluorescence detection, sets of filters were applied in order to block the excitation light. Fast optomechanical switches allowed us to illuminate sequentially nine different spots on the surface of the studied object and finally 4×4 pixels maps at excitation and emission wavelengths were obtained. A liquid phantom used in this study consists of the fish tank filed with a solution ofmilk and water with black ink added to obtain optical properties in the range of the optical properties typical for the living tissue. A gel ball of a diameter of 5 mm with precisely controlled concentration of ICG was immersed in the liquid. The measurements were performed for inclusion located at different depths and for various ICG concentrations in the gel ball and in the surrounding liquid. The recorded distributions of times of arrival (DTA) of fluorescence photons and times of flight (DTOF) of diffusely reflected photons were analyzed by calculation of their statistical moments. We observed specific changes in moments of the measured DTAs as a function of depth of immersion of the fluorescent inclusion in the medium. We noted also that the changes of moments depend significantly on concentration of the dye in the fluorescence inclusion as well as in the surrounding liquid.

  13. Radiative lifetime measurements for some levels in Mn I and Ni I by time-resolved laser spectroscopy

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    Shang, Xue; Wang, Qian; Zhang, Feifei; Wang, Chong; Dai, Zhenwen

    2015-09-01

    Natural radiative lifetimes for 32 excited levels of Mn I and for 17 excited levels of Ni I were measured using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence (TR-LIF) spectroscopy in laser-induced plasma. The energy regions are from 45,754.27 to 54,950.81 cm-1 for Mn I and from 28,578.018 to 50,851.199 cm-1 for Ni I. The uncertainties of all lifetime results are within 10%. To our best knowledge, 26 lifetime results of Mn I and 9 lifetime results of Ni I are reported for the first time.

  14. Development of time resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer-based assay for FXR antagonist discovery.

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    Yu, Donna D; Lin, Wenwei; Chen, Taosheng; Forman, Barry M

    2013-07-15

    FXR (farnesoid X receptor, NRIH4), a nuclear receptor, plays a major role in the control of cholesterol metabolism. FXR ligands have been investigated in preclinical studies for targeted therapy against metabolic diseases, but have shown limitations. Therefore, there is a need for new agonist or antagonist ligands of FXR, both for potential clinical applications, as well as to further elucidate its biological functions. Here we describe the use of the X-ray crystal structure of FXR complexed with the potent small molecule agonist GW4064 to design and synthesize a novel fluorescent, high-affinity probe (DY246) for time resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer (TR-FRET) assays. We then used the TR-FRET assay for high throughput screening of a library of over 5000 bioactive compounds. From this library, we identified 13 compounds that act as putative FXR transcriptional antagonists. PMID:23688559

  15. Multimodal imaging of vascular grafts using time-resolved fluorescence and ultrasound

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    Fatakdawala, Hussain; Griffiths, Leigh G.; Wong, Maelene L.; Humphrey, Sterling; Marcu, Laura

    2015-02-01

    The translation of engineered tissues into clinic requires robust monitoring of tissue development, both in vitro and in vivo. Traditional methods for the same are destructive, inefficient in time and cost and do not allow time-lapse measurements from the same sample or animal. This study reports on the ability of time-resolved fluorescence and ultrasound measurements for non-destructive characterization of explanted tissue engineered vascular grafts. Results show that TRFS and FLIm are able to assess alterations in luminal composition namely elastin, collagen and cellular (hyperplasia) content via changes in fluorescence lifetime values between normal and grafted tissue. These observations are complemented by structural changes observed in UBM pertaining to graft integration and intimal thickness over the grafted region. These results encourage the future application of a catheter-based technique that combines these imaging modalities for non-destructive characterization of vascular grafts in vivo.

  16. A Novel Europium Chelate Coated Nanosphere for Time-Resolved Fluorescence Immunoassay

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    Shen, Yifeng; Xu, Shaohan; He, Donghua

    2015-01-01

    A novel europium ligand 2, 2, 2, 2-(4, 7-diphenyl-1, 10-phenanthroline-2, 9-diyl) bis (methylene) bis (azanetriyl) tetra acetic acid (BC-EDTA) was synthesized and characterized. It shows an emission spectrum peak at 610 nm when it is excited at 360 nm, with a large Stock shift (250 nm). It is covalently coated on the surface of a bare silica nanosphere containi free amino groups, using 1-ethyl-3-(3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide hydrochloride and N-Hydroxysuccinimide. We also observed an interesting phenomenon that when BC-EDTA is labeled with a silica nanosphere, the chelate shows different excitation spectrum peaks of about 295 nm. We speculate that the carboxyl has a significant influence on its excitation spectrum. The BC-EDTA/Eu3+coated nanosphere could be used as a fluorescent probe for time-resolved fluorescence immunoassay. We labeled the antibody with the fluorescent nanosphere to develop a nanosphere based hepatitis B surface antigen as a time-resolved fluorescence immunoassay reagent, which is very easy to operate and eliminates potential contamination of Eu3+ contained in the environment. The analytical and functional sensitivities are 0.0037 ?g/L and 0.08 ?g/L (S/N?2.0) respectively. The detection range is 0.08-166.67 ?g/L, which is much wider than that of ELISA (0.2-5?g/L). It is comparable to the commercial dissociation-enhanced lanthanide fluoro-immunoassay system (DELFIA) reagents (0.2-145?g/L). We propose that it can fulfill clinical applications. PMID:26056826

  17. Mosaic DNA chip fabrication and its time-resolved fluorescence detection

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    He, Quanguo; Chen, Hong; Tang, Jianxin; Xiao, Pengfeng; He, Nongyue

    2004-12-01

    Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) and ?-TAS (micro-total analytical system) are based on miniaturized integrated platforms that have the potential to revolutionize chemical, biological, and biochemical synthesis and analysis. Here, we demonstrated a process of fabricating a mosaic DNA chip and a corresponding detection method by time-resolved fluorescence (TRF) labeling. We synthesized oligonucleotide sequences in situ on glass slides directly, and then sliced them up into small pieces and patched up the pieces with different sequences to generate a mosaic DNA chip. With multiple BCPDA (BCPDA, abbreviated from 4,7-bis(chlorosulfophenyl)-1,10-phenanthroline-2,9-dicarboxylic acid) labeling method based on biotin-avidin amplification, we established a TRF detection format on the mosaic DNA chip. The detection method allows discriminatory signals for perfect match, one-base mismatch, two-base mismatch and three-base mismatch by TRF labeled hybridization, whereby Europium (III, Eu3+) was captured and released on the principle of complexation and dissociation interaction between BCPDA and Eu3+ solution when the BCPDA-tagged avidin and biotin-ended oligonucleotide sequence linked. The fluorescence spectra and related lifetimes were determined. Also, we compared the TRF detection mode with the conventional fluorescence one. These results showed the former is more reliable and stable than the latter, especially for the mosaic DNA chip. Likewise, by applying TRF probing (or labeling) to specific bio-systems, the discovery is of fundamental interest and has significant implications to time-resolved-fluorescence based detection on biosensor.

  18. Time-resolved magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopy of photolyzed carbonmonoxy cytochrome c oxidase (cytochrome aa3).

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    Goldbeck, R A; Dawes, T D; Einarsdttir, O; Woodruff, W H; Kliger, D S

    1991-01-01

    Nanosecond time-resolved magnetic circular dichroism (TRMCD) and time-resolved natural circular dichroism (TRCD) measurements of photolysis products of the CO complex of eukaryotic cytochrome c oxidase (CcO-CO) are presented. TRMCD spectra obtained at 100 ns and 10 microseconds after photolysis are diagnostic of pentacoordinate cytochrome a3Fe2+, as would be expected for simple photodissociation. Other time-resolved spectroscopies (UV-visible and resonance Raman), however, show evidence for unusual Fea3(2+) coordination after CO photolysis (Woodruff, W. H., O. Einarsdttir, R. B. Dyer, K. A. Bagley, G. Palmer, S. J. Atherton, R. A. Goldbeck, T. D. Dawes, and D. S. Kliger. 1991. Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 88:2588-2592). Furthermore, time-resolved IR experiments have shown that photodissociated CO binds to CuB+ prior to recombining with Fea3(2+) (Dyer, R. B., O. Einarsdttir, P. M. Killough, J. J. Lpez-Garriga, and W. H. Woodruff. 1989. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 111:7657-7659). A model of the CcO-CO photolysis cycle which is consistent with all of the spectroscopic results is presented. A novel feature of this model is the coordination of a ligand endogenous to the protein to the Fe axial site vacated by the photolyzed CO and the simultaneous breaking of the Fe-imidazole(histidine) bond. PMID:1653049

  19. Comparison of the rate constants for energy transfer in the light-harvesting protein, C-phycocyanin, calculated from Foerster`s theory and experimentally measured by time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Debreczeny, M.P.

    1994-05-01

    We have measured and assigned rate constants for energy transfer between chromophores in the light-harvesting protein C-phycocyanin (PC), in the monomeric and trimeric aggregation states, isolated from Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002. In order to compare the measured rate constants with those predicted by Fdrster`s theory of inductive resonance in the weak coupling limit, we have experimentally resolved several properties of the three chromophore types ({beta}{sub 155} {alpha}{sub 84}, {beta}{sub 84}) found in PC monomers, including absorption and fluorescence spectra, extinction coefficients, fluorescence quantum yields, and fluorescence lifetimes. The cpcB/C155S mutant, whose PC is missing the {beta}{sub 155} chromophore, was, useful in effecting the resolution of the chromophore properties and in assigning the experimentally observed rate constants for energy transfer to specific pathways.

  20. Subpicosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectrometer using a Ti:sapphire laser

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    Ye, Tong; Chen, Yaodong; Tang, Jianming; Wang, Shuicai; Hou, Xun

    1995-04-01

    In this paper a subpicosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectra's measurement apparatus is presented. The principle of measurement is based on sum frequency in nonlinear crystal between the pump laser pulses and the fluorescence from sample stimulated by excitation laser pulses. The fluorescence decay can be obtained by varying time delay of the excitation laser pulses to the gating pulses. Adjusting the phasematching angle of nonlinear crystal records the fluorescence decay at various wavelengths. In this spectrometer, a CW mode-locked Ti:sapphire tunable laser is used, with approximately 100 fs pulse width and 82 MHz repetition. The IR light from the lasers is frequency doubled to excite the sample with the remained unconverted light used as gating pulses. A very thin BBO (500 micrometers ) is selected to be a sum frequency nonlinear crystal. The time resolution of the apparatus mainly depends on the pulse width of laser and the effects of group velocity in the crystal. The upconversion UV light is detected by a single photon counting system. The delay line driven by stepper motor is controlled by computer. This computer controls the course of experiments and accumulates data meanwhile. Some experimental results are also presented in study of dynamics of photosystem II reaction center which is isolated and purified from higher plants.

  1. Energy transfer in Anabaena variabilis filaments under nitrogen depletion, studied by time-resolved fluorescence.

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    Onishi, Aya; Aikawa, Shimpei; Kondo, Akihiko; Akimoto, Seiji

    2015-08-01

    Some filamentous cyanobacteria (including Anabaena) differentiate into heterocysts under nitrogen-depleted conditions. During differentiation, the phycobiliproteins and photosystem II in the heterocysts are gradually degraded. Nitrogen depletion induces changes in the pigment composition of both vegetative cells and heterocysts, which affect the excitation energy transfer processes. To investigate the changes in excitation energy transfer processes of Anabaena variabilis filaments grown in standard medium (BG11) and a nitrogen-free medium (BG110), we measured their steady-state absorption spectra, steady-state fluorescence spectra, and time-resolved fluorescence spectra (TRFS) at 77K. TRFS were measured with a picosecond time-correlated single photon counting system. The pigment compositions of the filaments grown in BG110 changed throughout the growth period; the relative phycocyanin levels monotonically decreased, whereas the relative carotenoid (Car) levels decreased and then recovered to their initial value (at day 0), with formation of lower-energy Cars. Nitrogen starvation also altered the fluorescence kinetics of PSI; the fluorescence maximum of TRFS immediately after excitation occurred at 735, 740, and 730nm after 4, 8, and 15days growth in BG110, respectively. Based on these results, we discuss the excitation energy transfer dynamics of A. variabilis filaments under the nitrogen-depleted condition throughout the growth period. PMID:25596847

  2. Noninvasive assessment of breast cancer risk using time-resolved diffuse optical spectroscopy

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    Taroni, Paola; Pifferi, Antonio; Quarto, Giovanna; Spinelli, Lorenzo; Torricelli, Alessandro; Abbate, Francesca; Villa, Anna; Balestreri, Nicola; Menna, Simona; Cassano, Enrico; Cubeddu, Rinaldo

    2010-11-01

    Breast density is a recognized strong and independent risk factor for breast cancer. We propose the use of time-resolved transmittance spectroscopy to estimate breast tissue density and potentially provide even more direct information on breast cancer risk. Time-resolved optical mammography at seven wavelengths (635 to 1060 nm) is performed on 49 subjects. Average information on breast tissue of each subject is obtained on oxy- and deoxyhemoglobin, water, lipids, and collagen content, as well as scattering amplitude and power. All parameters, except for blood volume and oxygenation, correlate with mammographic breast density, even if not to the same extent. A synthetic optical index proves to be quite effective in separating different breast density categories. Finally, the estimate of collagen content as a more direct means for the assessment of breast cancer risk is discussed.

  3. Time-resolved optical emission spectroscopy on three-dimensionally integrated micro-solution plasma

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    Shirafuji, Tatsuru; Ogura, Yuhei; Himeno, Yuta

    2014-01-01

    Time-averaged and time-resolved optical emission spectroscopy (OES) has been performed on three-dimensionally integrated micro-solution plasma (3D IMSP). In comparison with that of a conventional solution plasma generated in pure water vapor bubbles, the OES spectrum of our 3D IMSP, which is generated in Ar gas bubbles surrounded with water, shows more pronounced optical emission of OH radicals than of H and O radicals. In addition, time-resolved OES shows that the optical emission of OH radicals is sustained even after the emission of H and Ar almost disappears. The mechanisms of these phenomena are discussed by considering the dissociative recombination of H2O+ and/or H3O+ with low-temperature electrons.

  4. A CMOS Time-Resolved Fluorescence Lifetime Analysis Micro-System

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    Rae, Bruce R.; Muir, Keith R.; Gong, Zheng; McKendry, Jonathan; Girkin, John M.; Gu, Erdan; Renshaw, David; Dawson, Martin D.; Henderson, Robert K.

    2009-01-01

    We describe a CMOS-based micro-system for time-resolved fluorescence lifetime analysis. It comprises a 16 × 4 array of single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs) fabricated in 0.35 μm high-voltage CMOS technology with in-pixel time-gated photon counting circuitry and a second device incorporating an 8 × 8 AlInGaN blue micro-pixellated light-emitting diode (micro-LED) array bump-bonded to an equivalent array of LED drivers realized in a standard low-voltage 0.35 μm CMOS technology, capable of producing excitation pulses with a width of 777 ps (FWHM). This system replaces instrumentation based on lasers, photomultiplier tubes, bulk optics and discrete electronics with a PC-based micro-system. Demonstrator lifetime measurements of colloidal quantum dot and Rhodamine samples are presented. PMID:22291564

  5. Time-Resolved Fluorescence Depolarization Study Of Lamellar To Inverted Cylindrical Micellar Phase

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    Cheng, Kwan H.

    1989-05-01

    The orientational order and rotational dynamics of 2-(3-(diphenyl-hexatrienyl) propanoy11-3-palmitoyl-L-a-phosphatidylcholine (DPH-PC) embedded in dioleoplphosphatidylethanolamine (DOPE) were studied by time-resolved fluorescence depolarization technique. Upon increasing the temperature, the wobbling diffusion constant D? of DPH-PC was found to decrease at the lamellar (L?) to inverted cylindrical (HII) phase transition (12C). The calculated ratio of order parameter in the La phase to that in the HII phase was close to the theoretical value of 2.0 as predicted from the change in packing symmetry. The effects of butylated hydroxytoluene, cholesterol and phosphatidylchollne on this phase transition were also examined.

  6. Development of a Rapid Insulin Assay by Homogenous Time-Resolved Fluorescence

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    Vallaghe, Julie; Gregor, Nathalie; Donthamsetti, Prashant; Harris, Paul E.; Pierre, Nicolas; Freyberg, Robin; Charrier-Savournin, Fabienne; Javitch, Jonathan A.; Freyberg, Zachary

    2016-01-01

    Direct measurement of insulin is critical for basic and clinical studies of insulin secretion. However, current methods are expensive and time-consuming. We developed an insulin assay based on homogenous time-resolved fluorescence that is significantly more rapid and cost-effective than current commonly used approaches. This assay was applied effectively to an insulin secreting cell line, INS-1E cells, as well as pancreatic islets, allowing us to validate the assay by elucidating mechanisms by which dopamine regulates insulin release. We found that dopamine functioned as a significant negative modulator of glucose-stimulated insulin secretion. Further, we showed that bromocriptine, a known dopamine D2/D3 receptor agonist and newly approved drug used for treatment of type II diabetes mellitus, also decreased glucose-stimulated insulin secretion in islets to levels comparable to those caused by dopamine treatment. PMID:26849707

  7. Time-resolved fluorescence-detected magnetic resonance and fluorescence studies of trialkylamines irradiated by pulse radiolysis in alkane solvents

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    Lefkowitz, S.M.; Trifunac, A.D.

    1984-01-05

    Time-resolved fluorescence-detected magnetic resonance (FDMR) studies of irradiated alkane solutions of trialkylamines and scintillators reveal the EPR spectra of the trialkylaminium radicals, formed by scavenging solvent radical cations. A qualitative kinetic analysis indicates that the growth of the triethylaminium radical (TEA/sup +/-) FDMR signal occurs on similar time scales in both n-hexane and cyclohexane, suggesting that, in cyclohexane, TEA/sup +/- is formed by scavenging the lower mobility ''trapped'' cyclohexane radical cations. Fluorescence results indicate that TEA quenches both scintillator fluorescence and total FDMR intensities to a greater extent than is expected from amine scavenging of solvent holes. TEA also exhibits an intense, relatively long-lived fluorescence which is apparently not produced by radical ion recombination or energy transfer. 6 figures

  8. New time-resolved micro-photoluminescence spectroscopy of natural and synthetic analogue minerals

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    Panczer, G.; Ollier, N.; Champagnon, B.; Gaft, M.

    2003-04-01

    Minerals as well as geomaterials often present light emissions under UV or visible excitations. This property called photoluminescence is due to low concentration impurities such as the rare earths, the transition elements and the lanthanides. The induced color is used for ore prospection but only spectroscopic analyses indicate the nature of the emitted centers. However natural samples contained numerous luminescent centers simultaneously and with regular steady-state measurements (such as in cathodoluminescence) all the emissions are often over lapping. In order to record the contributions of each separate center, it is possible to use time-resolved measurements based on the decay time of the emissions and using pulsed laser excitation. Some characteristic examples will be presented on apatites, zircons as well as gemstones. Geomaterials present as well micro scale heterogeneities (growth zoning, inclusions, devitrification, microphases...). Precise identification and optical effects of such heterogeneities have to be taken into account. To reach the microscale using photo luminescence studies, a microscope has be modified to allowed pulsed laser injection (from UV to visible), beam focus with micro scale resolution on the sample (<10 ?m), as well as time resolved collection of micro fluorescence. Such equipment allows now undertaking time-resolved measurements of microphases. Applications on geomaterials will be presented.

  9. Non-contact characterization of bacteria by time-resolved fluorescence

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    Bouchard, Alain; Frechette, Julie; Long, William F.; Vernon, Marcia; Cormier, Jean-Francois; Vallee, Real; Mafu, Akier A.; Lemay, Marie-Josee

    2004-07-01

    Accurate real-time methods for the detection of pathogenic microorganisms in the agri-food industry would represent an improvement over standard methods of analysis. We are currently developing a non-contact, scanning optical system for the detection of bacteria on meat surfaces based on fluorescence lifetime and intensity measurements. The system detects autofluorescent light emitted by the naturally occurring fluorophores in bacteria. Potential expected advantages of this system include accurate and efficient 2D real-time mapping of bacterial contamination of surfaces, and elimination of sample-to-sample cross-contamination. Furthermore, as the technique only requires minimal sample preparation and handling, the chemical properties of the specimen are preserved. This article presents the preliminary results obtained from a time-resolved fluorescence imaging system for the characterization of a non-pathogenic gram-negative bacteria, Pseudomonas fluorescens. Additionally we present a particular application of the system of interest to the agri-food industry, demonstrating its potential as a real-time macroscopic imaging system for mapping bacterial contamination on meat surfaces. Initial results indicate that the combination of fluorescence lifetime and intensity measurements provides a means for characterizing biological media and for detecting microorganisms on surfaces.

  10. High throughput screening of beta-amyloid secretion inhibitors using homogenous time-resolved fluorescence.

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    Albrecht, Hugo; Zbinden, Peter; Rizzi, Andrea; Villetti, Gino; Riccardi, Benedetta; Puccini, Paola; Catinella, Silvia; Imbimbo, Bruno P

    2004-12-01

    A cell-based assay using homogeneous time-resolved fluorescence has been developed for high throughput screening of putative beta-amyloid (Abeta)production inhibitors. In this assay, total Abeta is detected by simply adding two commercially available antibody complexes. The first was a biotinylated monoclonal antibody (4G8), specifically recognizing an epitope comprising the residues 17-24 of the Abetapeptide, complexed with europium cryptate-streptavidin conjugate. The second was a polyclonal antibody (BioS-N), raised against the N-terminus of the Abeta peptide, complexed with an allophycocyanin-anti rabbit antibody conjugate. Binding of the two complexes to the Abeta peptide brought europium cryptate (fluorescence donor) and allophycocyanin (fluorescence acceptor) into close proximity, consequently a fluorescent resonance energy transfer signal was produced upon excitation at 337 nm. The resulting fluorescence signal (665 nm) was then detected using a Discovery or a ViewLux reader. Detection of Abeta by the proposed method is possible at concentrations of approximately 1 nM. The method was employed for the detection of Abeta secreted from a stable transfected human neuroglioma cell line (H4) overexpressing a mutated form of the human amyloid precursor protein (APP695NL) and developed for robotic automation. At optimized conditions, signal-to-background ratios exceeding 5 and Z' factors around 0.7 were achieved in a 384-well format. High throughput screening of 56,913 potential Abeta production inhibitors led to identification of new non-cytotoxic and cell permeable compounds with potencies in the submicromolar range. PMID:15578936

  11. Time-resolved spectroscopy using a chopper wheel as a fast shutter

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    Wang, Shicong; Wendt, Amy E.; Boffard, John B.; Lin, Chun C.

    2015-01-15

    Widely available, small form-factor, fiber-coupled spectrometers typically have a minimum exposure time measured in milliseconds, and thus cannot be used directly for time-resolved measurements at the microsecond level. Spectroscopy at these faster time scales is typically done with an intensified charge coupled device (CCD) system where the image intensifier acts as a “fast” electronic shutter for the slower CCD array. In this paper, we describe simple modifications to a commercially available chopper wheel system to allow it to be used as a “fast” mechanical shutter for gating a fiber-coupled spectrometer to achieve microsecond-scale time-resolved optical measurements of a periodically pulsed light source. With the chopper wheel synchronized to the pulsing of the light source, the time resolution can be set to a small fraction of the pulse period by using a chopper wheel with narrow slots separated by wide spokes. Different methods of synchronizing the chopper wheel and pulsing of the light sources are explored. The capability of the chopper wheel system is illustrated with time-resolved measurements of pulsed plasmas.

  12. Correlative Time-Resolved Fluorescence Microscopy To Assess Antibiotic Diffusion-Reaction in Biofilms

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    Daddi Oubekka, S.; Briandet, R.; Fontaine-Aupart, M.-P.

    2012-01-01

    The failure of antibiotics to inactivate in vivo pathogens organized in biofilms has been shown to trigger chronic infections. In addition to mechanisms involving specific genetic or physiological cell properties, antibiotic sorption and/or reaction with biofilm components may lessen the antibiotic bioavailability and consequently decrease their efficiency. To assess locally and accurately the antibiotic diffusion-reaction, we used for the first time a set of advanced fluorescence microscopic tools (fluorescence recovery after photobleaching, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy, and fluorescence lifetime imaging) that offer a spatiotemporal resolution not available with the commonly used time-lapse confocal imaging method. This set of techniques was used to characterize the dynamics of fluorescently labeled vancomycin in biofilms formed by two Staphylococcus aureus human isolates. We demonstrate that, at therapeutic concentrations of vancomycin, the biofilm matrix was not an obstacle to the diffusion-reaction of the antibiotic that can reach all cells through the biostructure. PMID:22450986

  13. Nonlinear Raman Techniques in Femtosecond Time Resolved Spectroscopy for the Analysis and Control of Molecular Dynamics

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    Materny, Arnulf; Konradi, Jakow; Namboodiri, Vinu; Namboodiri, Mahesh; Scaria, Abraham

    2008-11-14

    The use of four-wave mixing techniques in femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy has considerable advantages. Due to the many degrees of freedom offered e.g. by coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS), the dynamics even of complex systems can be analyzed in detail. Using pulse shaping techniques in combination with a self-learning loop approach, molecular mode excitation can be controlled very efficiently in a multi-photon excitation process. Results obtained from the optimal control of CARS on {beta}-carotene are discussed.

  14. Application of time-resolved resonance Raman spectroscopy to intramolecular electron transfer

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    Schoonover, J.R.; Strouse, G.F.; Chen, P.; Bates, D.; Meyer, T.J. )

    1993-06-09

    Time-resolved resonance Raman spectroscopy has been applied for the first time to the study of intramolecular electron transfer in a chromophore-quencher complex, based on a metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (MLCT) excited state. These measurements allow for (1) the identification of redox sites that are reached following excitation and (2) the inferring of structural information in short-lived intermediates. This technique is a more sensitive probe than transient absorption as shown by its application to the redox-separated complex shown below involving a pyridinium acceptor and a phenothiazine donor.

  15. Time-resolved coherent Raman spectroscopy by high-speed pump-probe delay scanning.

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    Domingue, S R; Winters, D G; Bartels, R A

    2014-07-15

    Using a spinning window pump-probe delay scanner, we demonstrate a means of acquiring time-resolved vibrational spectra at rates up to 700 Hz. The time-dependent phase shift accumulated by the probe pulse in the presence of a coherently vibrating sample gives rise to a Raman-induced frequency shifting readily detectable in a balanced detector. This rapid delay scanning system represents a 23-fold increase in averaging speed and is >10× faster than state-of-the-art voice coil delay lines. These advancements make pump-probe spectroscopy a more practical means of imaging complex media. PMID:25121667

  16. The singlet-oxygen-sensitized delayed fluorescence in mammalian cells: a time-resolved microscopy approach.

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    Scholz, Marek; Biehl, Anna-Louisa; D?dic, Roman; Hla, Jan

    2015-04-01

    The present work provides a proof-of-concept that the singlet oxygen-sensitized delayed fluorescence (SOSDF) can be detected from individual living mammalian cells in a time-resolved microscopy experiment. To this end, 3T3 mouse fibroblasts incubated with 100 ?M TPPS4 or TMPyP were used and the microsecond kinetics of the delayed fluorescence (DF) were recorded. The analysis revealed that SOSDF is the major component of the overall DF signal. The microscopy approach enables precise control of experimental conditions - the DF kinetics are clearly influenced by the presence of the (1)O2 quencher (sodium azide), H2O/D2O exchange, and the oxygen concentration. Analysis of SOSDF kinetics, which was reconstructed as a difference DF kinetics between the unquenched and the NaN3-quenched samples, provides a cellular (1)O2 lifetime of ?? = 1-2 ?s and a TPPS4 triplet lifetime of ?T = 22 5 ?s in agreement with previously published values. The short SOSDF acquisition times, typically in the range of tens of seconds, enable us to study the dynamic cellular processes. It is shown that SOSDF lifetimes increase during PDT-like treatment, which may provide valuable information about changes of the intracellular microenvironment. SOSDF is proposed and evaluated as an alternative tool for (1)O2 detection in biological systems. PMID:25591544

  17. Tryptophan dynamics of the FK506 binding protein: time-resolved fluorescence and simulations.

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    Silva, N D; Prendergast, F G

    1996-01-01

    The FK506-binding protein (FKBP12) is important in the immunosuppressant action of FK506 and rapamycin. We have investigated Trp side chain dynamics in FKBP12, with and without a bound immunosuppressant, by measuring the Trp time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy decay r(t). The r(t) for W59 in aqueous uncomplexed FKBP12 at 20 degrees C is well described by a single exponential with a recovered initial anisotropy, r(eff)o, of 0.192 and an overall rotational correlation time for the protein, phi p, of 4.7 ns; r(eff)o = 0.214 and phi p = 4.2 ns for the FKBP12/FK506 complex. Using an expression for the order parameter squared, namely S2 = r(eff)o/rTo, where rTo is the vitrified steady-state excitation anisotropy, we recovered an S2 of 0.75 for W59 fluorescence in uncomplexed FKBP12 and S2 approximately equal to 1 in the FKBP12/FK506 complex. Results obtained for the FKBP12/rapamycin complex are similar to those found for the FKBP12/FK506 complex. Minimum perturbation mapping simulations were performed on the free and complexed forms of FKBP12 and the results were generally in agreement with the experimental data. Images FIGURE 5 FIGURE 6 PMID:8785272

  18. Time-resolved spectroscopy of the Mercury 6 3P1 state

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    Halstead, J. A.; Reeves, R. R.

    1981-01-01

    The time-resolved fluorescence was observed from the Hg 6 3P1 state under the influence of the earth's magnetic field and with applied fields of up to 14 G. Modulation of the fluorescence decay signal was observed as a function of both time and space and can be interpreted in terms of a classical precession of the excited atom about the magnetic field or as quantum beats resulting from interference between coherently populated Zeeman sublevels. This modulation was studied for each of the five resolvable components of the hyperfine structure separately. The fluorescence from the even isotopes was determined to be almost completely modulated while the fluorescence from the odd isotopes was only partially modulated. The frequency of modulation of the fluorescence from the mercury-202 isotope was observed as a function of the applied magnetic field and a value for the Lande factor of 1.46 + or - 0.03 was obtained. This is within experimental error of the accepted value of 1.486. In addition, the frequency of modulation as a function of applied magnetic field was determined for each of the three resolvable components with more than one contributing isotopic hyperfine line. An investigation of the effect of radiation trapping on the degree modulation was also made.

  19. ULTRAFAST CHEMISTRY: Using Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy for Interrogation of Structural Dynamics

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    Nibbering, Erik T. J.; Fidder, Henk; Pines, Ehud

    2005-05-01

    Time-resolved infrared (IR) and Raman spectroscopy elucidates molecular structure evolution during ultrafast chemical reactions. Following vibrational marker modes in real time provides direct insight into the structural dynamics, as is evidenced in studies on intramolecular hydrogen transfer, bimolecular proton transfer, electron transfer, hydrogen bonding during solvation dynamics, bond fission in organometallic compounds and heme proteins, cis-trans isomerization in retinal proteins, and transformations in photochromic switch pairs. Femtosecond IR spectroscopy monitors the site-specific interactions in hydrogen bonds. Conversion between excited electronic states can be followed for intramolecular electron transfer by inspection of the fingerprint IR- or Raman-active vibrations in conjunction with quantum chemical calculations. Excess internal vibrational energy, generated either by optical excitation or by internal conversion from the electronic excited state to the ground state, is observable through transient frequency shifts of IR-active vibrations and through nonequilibrium populations as deduced by Raman resonances.

  20. Time-resolved absorption and fluorescence from the bacteriorhodopsin photocycle in the nanosecond time regime

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    Delaney, J. K.; Brack, T. L.; Atkinson, G. H.

    1993-01-01

    Picosecond transient absorption (PTA) in the 568-660-nm region is measured over the initial 80 ns of the bacteriorhodopsin photocycle. After photocycle initiation with 573-nm excitation (7-ps pulsewidth), these PTA data reflect the formation during the initial 40 ps of two long-recognized intermediates with red-shifted (relative to that of BR-570) absorption bands, namely J-625 and K-590. PTA signals at 568, 628, and 652 nm are unchanged for the remainder of the 80-ns photocycle interval measured, demonstrating that no other intermediates, including the proposed KL, are observable by absorption changes. Picosecond time-resolved fluorescence (PTRF), measured at 740 nm, is initiated by 7 ps excitation of the species present at various time delays after the photocycle begins. PTRF signals change rapidly over the initial 40 ps, reflecting, first, the depletion of the ground state BR-570 population and, subsequently, the formation of K-590. The PTRF signal then decreases monotonically with a time constant of 5.5 ± 0.5 ns from its maximum near a 50-ps delay until it reaches a minimum at a delay of ≈ 13 ns. For time delays between 13 and 80 ns, the PTRF signal remains unchanged and slightly higher than that measured from BR-570 alone. The rapid decrease in PTRF signals over the same photocycle interval in which the PTA signals remain unchanged suggests that the retinal-protein interactions involving electronically excited K-590 (K*) are being significantly altered. PMID:19431895

  1. Investigation of Prolactin Receptor Activation and Blockade Using Time-Resolved Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer

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    Tallet, Estelle; Fernandez, Isabelle; Zhang, Chi; Salsac, Marion; Gregor, Nathalie; Ayoub, Mohammed Akli; Pin, Jean Philippe; Trinquet, Eric; Goffin, Vincent

    2011-01-01

    The prolactin receptor (PRLR) is emerging as a therapeutic target in oncology. Knowledge-based drug design led to the development of a pure PRLR antagonist (Del1-9-G129R-hPRL) that was recently shown to prevent PRL-induced mouse prostate tumorogenesis. In humans, the first gain-of-function mutation of the PRLR (PRLRI146L) was recently identified in breast tumor patients. At the molecular level, the actual mechanism of action of these two novel players in the PRL system remains elusive. In this study, we addressed whether constitutive PRLR activation (PRLRI146L) or PRLR blockade (antagonist) involved alteration of receptor oligomerization and/or of inter-chain distances compared to unstimulated and PRL-stimulated PRLR. Using a combination of various biochemical and spectroscopic approaches (co-IP, blue native electrophoresis, BRET1), we demonstrated that preformed PRLR homodimers are altered neither by PRL- or I146L-induced receptor triggering, nor by antagonist-mediated blockade. These findings were confirmed using a novel time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer (TR-FRET) technology that allows monitoring distance changes between cell surface tagged receptors. This technology revealed that PRLR blockade or activation did not involve detectable distance changes between extracellular domains of receptor chains within the dimer. This study merges with our previous structural investigations suggesting that the mechanism of PRLR activation solely involves intermolecular contact adaptations leading to subtle intramolecular rearrangements. PMID:22649370

  2. Investigation of prolactin receptor activation and blockade using time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer.

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    Tallet, Estelle; Fernandez, Isabelle; Zhang, Chi; Salsac, Marion; Gregor, Nathalie; Ayoub, Mohammed Akli; Pin, Jean Philippe; Trinquet, Eric; Goffin, Vincent

    2011-01-01

    The prolactin receptor (PRLR) is emerging as a therapeutic target in oncology. Knowledge-based drug design led to the development of a pure PRLR antagonist (Del1-9-G129R-hPRL) that was recently shown to prevent PRL-induced mouse prostate tumorogenesis. In humans, the first gain-of-function mutation of the PRLR (PRLR(I146L)) was recently identified in breast tumor patients. At the molecular level, the actual mechanism of action of these two novel players in the PRL system remains elusive. In this study, we addressed whether constitutive PRLR activation (PRLR(I146L)) or PRLR blockade (antagonist) involved alteration of receptor oligomerization and/or of inter-chain distances compared to unstimulated and PRL-stimulated PRLR. Using a combination of various biochemical and spectroscopic approaches (co-IP, blue native electrophoresis, BRET(1)), we demonstrated that preformed PRLR homodimers are altered neither by PRL- or I146L-induced receptor triggering, nor by antagonist-mediated blockade. These findings were confirmed using a novel time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer (TR-FRET) technology that allows monitoring distance changes between cell surface tagged receptors. This technology revealed that PRLR blockade or activation did not involve detectable distance changes between extracellular domains of receptor chains within the dimer. This study merges with our previous structural investigations suggesting that the mechanism of PRLR activation solely involves intermolecular contact adaptations leading to subtle intramolecular rearrangements. PMID:22649370

  3. A sensitive solid-phase time-resolved fluorescence immunoassay apparatus

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    Wang, Yun-lei; Song, Ke-fei; Zhang, Wei-lai; Li, Jun-ling

    2009-07-01

    In the device, a He-Ne laser of flash frequency 1-20 Hz was adopted as exciting light source, and three key technical problems have been solved successfully in order to enhance the detecting sensitivity and measuring stability of the device for time-resolved fluorimmunoassays(TRFIA)[1]. The first one is to design optimum exciting optical system, so that the exciting light beam excite the sample most effectively. The second one is to have a project spectrum filter which can reduce the affection of the background light to the photomultiplier tube and also ensure influence of the stray light and mixed diffusion light to the sample fluorescence to the least, the sample fluorescence through the integrating sphere and come to the grating monochromator, The right wavelength will be chosed through changing the angle of incidence of the grating monochromator. The third one is to simulate the principle of sample averaging of BOXCAR averager. In the device, SCM was used as primary controller and CPLD was used as timing controller. Through the preparation process, signal-to-noise ratio(SNR) will be improved, also adjust delay time, ampling frequency and sampling number arbitrarily. By testing, the sensitivity is 10-12mol/L(substance marked by Eu3+), examination repeat is <=2.5%, examination linearity is from 10-8mol/L to 10-12mol/L, correlation coefficient is 99.98%(p<=0.01). The instrument is advanced for ultrasensitive detection of antigen and antibody , and solve the tumor, genetic variation, the virus protein detection.

  4. Measuring human beta-secretase (BACE1) activity using homogeneous time-resolved fluorescence.

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    Kennedy, Matthew E; Wang, Wenyan; Song, Lixin; Lee, Julie; Zhang, Lili; Wong, Gwen; Wang, Liyang; Parker, Eric

    2003-08-01

    The human beta-secretase enzyme, BACE1, mediates a critical step in the production of A beta(40) and A beta(42) peptides which are responsible for the severe neuronal cell death and insoluble amyloid plaques of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Several lines of evidence suggest that potent BACE1 inhibitors represent an attractive A beta-lowering strategy for AD. We designed a simple homogeneous time-resolved fluorescence (HTRF) assay which utilizes the fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) pair europium and allophycocyanin for measuring BACE1 enzymatic activity in a high-throughput manner. Robust FRET was observed when an 18-amino-acid APP Swedish-synthetic peptide that was N-terminally labeled with europium cryptate and C-terminally biotinylated was incubated with streptavidin-coupled cross-linked allophycocyanin (SA-XL665). Purified BACE1 enzyme caused a time- and concentration-dependent linear change in FRET at low nanomolar enzyme concentrations. This assay was used to compare the autoprocessed "mature" BACE1 enzyme (sautoBACe1) and the soluble proBACE1 for activity and inhibition by selected peptidic BACE inhibitors. sautoBACE1 displayed only a modest increase in activity compared to sproBACE1 and this activity was uninhibited by the BACE1 prodomain peptide. Interestingly, the BACE1 prodomain peptide was able to partially inhibit sproBACE1 activity. IC(50s) for a P10-P4' statine BACE1 inhibitor, OM99-2, and OM-003 determined using the HTRF assay were in good agreement with those reported in the literature. The primary advantages of the HTRF-formatted BACE1 protease assay include appropriate reflection of native BACE1 activity, high sensitivity, low variability, and intrinsic quench correction afforded by ratiometric measurements made between EuK and SA-XL665 fluorophores. PMID:12842106

  5. Wide-field time-resolved luminescence imaging and spectroscopy to decipher obliterated documents in forensic science

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    Suzuki, Mototsugu; Akiba, Norimitsu; Kurosawa, Kenji; Kuroki, Kenro; Akao, Yoshinori; Higashikawa, Yoshiyasu

    2016-01-01

    We applied a wide-field time-resolved luminescence (TRL) method with a pulsed laser and a gated intensified charge coupled device (ICCD) for deciphering obliterated documents for use in forensic science. The TRL method can nondestructively measure the dynamics of luminescence, including fluorescence and phosphorescence lifetimes, which prove to be useful parameters for image detection. First, we measured the TRL spectra of four brands of black porous-tip pen inks on paper to estimate their luminescence lifetimes. Next, we acquired the TRL images of 12 obliterated documents at various delay times and gate times of the ICCD. The obliterated contents were revealed in the TRL images because of the difference in the luminescence lifetimes of the inks. This method requires no pretreatment, is nondestructive, and has the advantage of wide-field imaging, which makes it is easy to control the gate timing. This demonstration proves that TRL imaging and spectroscopy are powerful tools for forensic document examination.

  6. Time-Resolved Photoluminescence Spectroscopy and Imaging: New Approaches to the Analysis of Cultural Heritage and Its Degradation

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    Nevin, Austin; Cesaratto, Anna; Bellei, Sara; D'Andrea, Cosimo; Toniolo, Lucia; Valentini, Gianluca; Comelli, Daniela

    2014-01-01

    Applications of time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy (TRPL) and fluorescence lifetime imaging (FLIM) to the analysis of cultural heritage are presented. Examples range from historic wall paintings and stone sculptures to 20th century iconic design objects. A detailed description of the instrumentation developed and employed for analysis in the laboratory or in situ is given. Both instruments rely on a pulsed laser source coupled to a gated detection system, but differ in the type of information they provide. Applications of FLIM to the analysis of model samples and for the in-situ monitoring of works of art range from the analysis of organic materials and pigments in wall paintings, the detection of trace organic substances on stone sculptures, to the mapping of luminescence in late 19th century paintings. TRPL and FLIM are employed as sensors for the detection of the degradation of design objects made in plastic. Applications and avenues for future research are suggested. PMID:24699285

  7. Radiative lifetime measurements of some Tm I and Tm II levels by time-resolved laser spectroscopy

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    Tian, Yanshan; Wang, Xinghao; Yu, Qi; Li, Yongfan; Gao, Yang; Dai, Zhenwen

    2016-04-01

    Radiative lifetimes of 88 levels of Tm I in the energy range 22 791.176-48 547.98 cm-1 and 29 levels of Tm II in the range 27 294.79-65 612.85 cm-1 were measured by time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy in laser-ablation plasma. The lifetime values obtained are in the range from 15.4 to 7900 ns for Tm I and from 36.5 to 1000 ns for Tm II. To the best of our knowledge, 77 lifetimes of Tm I and 22 lifetimes of Tm II are reported for the first time. Good agreements between the present results and the previous experimental values were achieved for both Tm I and Tm II.

  8. Time-resolved fluorescence microscopy to study biologically related applications using sol-gel derived and cellular media

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    Toury, Marion; Chandler, Lin; Allison, Archie; Campbell, David; McLoskey, David; Holmes-Smith, A. Sheila; Hungerford, Graham

    2011-03-01

    Fluorescence microscopy provides a non-invasive means for visualising dynamic protein interactions. As well as allowing the calculation of kinetic processes via the use of time-resolved fluorescence, localisation of the protein within cells or model systems can be monitored. These fluorescence lifetime images (FLIM) have become the preferred technique for elucidating protein dynamics due to the fact that the fluorescence lifetime is an absolute measure, in the main independent of fluorophore concentration and intensity fluctuations caused by factors such as photobleaching. In this work we demonstrate the use of a time-resolved fluorescence microscopy, employing a high repetition rate laser excitation source applied to study the influence of a metal surface on fluorescence tagged protein and to elucidate viscosity using the fluorescence lifetime probe DASPMI. These were studied in a cellular environment (yeast) and in a model system based on a sol-gel derived material, in which silver nanostructures were formed in situ using irradiation from a semiconductor laser in CW mode incorporated on a compact time-resolved fluorescence microscope (HORIBA Scientific DeltaDiode and DynaMyc).

  9. The primary photophysics of the Avena sativa phototropin 1 LOV2 domain observed with time-resolved emission spectroscopy

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    van Stokkum, Ivo H.M.; Gauden, Magdalena; Crosson, Sean; van Grondelle, Rienk; Moffat, Keith; Kennis, John T.M.

    2016-01-01

    The phototropins are blue-light receptors that base their light-dependent action on the reversible formation of a covalent bond between a flavin mononucleotide (FMN) cofactor and a conserved cysteine in light, oxygen or voltage (LOV) domains. The primary reactions of the Avena sativa phototropin 1 LOV2 domain were investigated by means of time-resolved and low-temperature fluorescence spectroscopy. Synchroscan streak camera experiments revealed a fluorescence lifetime of 2.2 ns in LOV2. A weak long-lived component with emission intensity from 600 to 650 nm was assigned to phosphorescence from the reactive FMN triplet state. This observation allowed determination of the LOV2 triplet state energy level at physiological temperature at 16600 cm?1. FMN dissolved in aqueous solution showed pH-dependent fluorescence lifetimes of 2.7 ns at pH 2 and 3.94.1 ns at pH 3 to 8. Here, too, a weak phosphorescence band was observed. The fluorescence quantum yield of LOV2 increased from 0.13 to 0.41 upon cooling the sample from 293 to 77 K. A pronounced phosphorescence emission around 600 nm was observed in the LOV2 domain between 77 and 120 K in the steady-state emission. PMID:21261629

  10. The primary photophysics of the Avena sativa phototropin 1 LOV2 domain observed with time-resolved emission spectroscopy.

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    van Stokkum, Ivo H M; Gauden, Magdalena; Crosson, Sean; van Grondelle, Rienk; Moffat, Keith; Kennis, John T M

    2011-01-01

    The phototropins are blue-light receptors that base their light-dependent action on the reversible formation of a covalent bond between a flavin mononucleotide (FMN) cofactor and a conserved cysteine in light, oxygen or voltage (LOV) domains. The primary reactions of the Avena sativa phototropin 1 LOV2 domain were investigated by means of time-resolved and low-temperature fluorescence spectroscopy. Synchroscan streak camera experiments revealed a fluorescence lifetime of 2.2 ns in LOV2. A weak long-lived component with emission intensity from 600 to 650 nm was assigned to phosphorescence from the reactive FMN triplet state. This observation allowed determination of the LOV2 triplet state energy level at physiological temperature at 16600 cm(-1). FMN dissolved in aqueous solution showed pH-dependent fluorescence lifetimes of 2.7 ns at pH 2 and 3.9-4.1 ns at pH 3-8. Here, too, a weak phosphorescence band was observed. The fluorescence quantum yield of LOV2 increased from 0.13 to 0.41 upon cooling the sample from 293 to 77 K. A pronounced phosphorescence emission around 600 nm was observed in the LOV2 domain between 77 and 120 K in the steady-state emission. PMID:21261629

  11. Time-resolved optical spectroscopy of oriented muscle fibers specifically and covalently labeled with extrinsic optical probes

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    Hayden, David Ward

    1997-11-01

    The protein myosin transforms chemical energy, in the form of ATP, into mechanical force in muscle. The rotational motions of myosin play a central role in all models of muscle contraction. I investigated the rotations of myosin in contracting muscle using time- resolved phosphorescence anisotropy (TPA), a technique sensitive to rotations on the microsecond time scale. I developed the hardware, software and theory for four- polarization TPA, which returns four time-resolved anisotropies in contrast to a single anisotropy for standard TPA. The additional anisotropies constrain the possible dye orientations and myosin head motions. Four- polarization TPA on oriented scallop muscle fibers with an extrinsic probe on the light chain shows that the rigor (no ATP, no calcium) anisotropies are consistent with a static distribution of rigid, but partially disordered molecules. Addition of ATP, in the presence or absence of calcium, induces microsecond rotational motion in a fraction of the myosin molecules, while the rest retain rigor-like orientation. This result is consistent with recently-published electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) results and provides details of the microsecond motion that EPR is unable to detect. A method for simulation of time-resolved TPA spectra and determination of initial and final anisotropies allows testing of models of myosin rotations. The TPA spectra of several models, including restricted rotational diffusion and the Lymn-Taylor models are shown. To show the generality of the derived equations, I apply them to a comparison of EPR and fluorescence polarization spectroscopy on similar samples to investigate whether there is one model that could explain the results reported by the two techniques.

  12. Time-resolved photoemission spectroscopy on a metal/ferroelectric heterostructure

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    Rault, J. E.; Agnus, G.; Maroutian, T.; Pillard, V.; Lecoeur, Ph.; Niu, G.; Vilquin, B.; Silly, M. G.; Bendounan, A.; Sirotti, F.; Barrett, N.

    2013-10-01

    In thin-film ferroelectric (FE) capacitors the chemical and electronic structure of the electrode/FE interface can play a crucial role in determining the kinetics of polarization switching. We investigate the electronic structure of a Pt/BaTiO3/SrTiO3:Nb capacitor using time-resolved photoemission spectroscopy. The chemical, electronic, and depth sensitivity of core-level photoemission are used to probe the transient response of different parts of the upper electrode/ferroelectric interface to voltage-pulse-induced polarization reversal. The linear response of the electronic structure agrees quantitatively with a simple RC circuit model. The nonlinear response due to the polarization switch is demonstrated by the time-resolved response of the characteristic core levels of the electrode and the ferroelectric. Adjustment of the RC circuit model allows an estimation of the Pt/BaTiO3 (BTO) interface capacitance. The experiment shows that the interface capacitance is at least 100 times higher than the bulk capacitance of the BTO film, in qualitative agreement with theoretical predictions from the literature.

  13. Time-resolved emission spectroscopy for the combustion analysis of series production engines

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    Block, Bernd; Moeser, Petra; Hentschel, Werner

    1997-04-01

    This paper presents a device that detects light emerging from the combustion inside a series production automotive engine. Simultaneous time and wavelength resolution is achieved by this system and it can be applied in a simple manner to either diesel or spark ignition (SI) engines without any geometrical modification or the combustion chamber. An optical probe is inserted into spark plug or glow plug. A fiber is connected to the probe and leads the light to a spectrograph, which provides spectral analysis in the UV and visible wavelength ranges. An intensified streak camera with time resolution in the microsecond range completes the detection unit. This measuring system enables time-resolved emission spectroscopy applied to the light emitted during the combustion in a series production engine. Time-resolved emission spectra are presented from both a diesel and an SI engine. The time behavior of the internal temperature in a diesel engine combustion chamber and its dependence on engine speed and load are measured with this setup using a multiple two-color method. In an SI engine, the time behavior of the emissions of specific molecules or radicals is detected. Thus, differences in the combustion process are demonstrated to be caused by operation with different fuels.

  14. Modelling Time-Resolved Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy of the Primary Photoisomerization Event in Rhodopsin

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    2015-01-01

    Time-resolved two-dimensional (2D) electronic spectra (ES) tracking the evolution of the excited state manifolds of the retinal chromophore have been simulated along the photoisomerization pathway in bovine rhodopsin, using a state-of-the-art hybrid QM/MM approach based on multiconfigurational methods. Simulations of broadband 2D spectra provide a useful picture of the overall detectable 2D signals from the near-infrared (NIR) to the near-ultraviolet (UV). Evolution of the stimulated emission (SE) and excited state absorption (ESA) 2D signals indicates that the S1 ? SN (with N ? 2) ESAs feature a substantial blue-shift only after bond inversion and partial rotation along the cis ? trans isomerization angle, while the SE rapidly red-shifts during the photoinduced skeletal relaxation of the polyene chain. Different combinations of pulse frequencies are proposed in order to follow the evolution of specific ESA signals. These include a two-color 2DVis/NIR setup especially suited for tracking the evolution of the S1 ? S2 transitions that can be used to discriminate between different photochemical mechanisms of retinal photoisomerization as a function of the environment. The reported results are consistent with the available time-resolved pumpprobe experimental data, and may be used for the design of more elaborate transient 2D electronic spectroscopy techniques. PMID:24794143

  15. Time-resolved detection of fluorescent light during inflow of ICG to the brain-a methodological study.

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    Milej, Daniel; Gerega, Anna; Zołek, Norbert; Weigl, Wojciech; Kacprzak, Michał; Sawosz, Piotr; Mączewska, Joanna; Fronczewska, Katarzyna; Mayzner-Zawadzka, Ewa; Królicki, Leszek; Maniewski, Roman; Liebert, Adam

    2012-10-21

    It was reported that time-resolved reflectance measurements carried out during inflow and washout of an optical contrast agent may provide information on the blood supply to the brain cortex of human adults. It was also shown that a measurement of fluorescence excited in the dye circulating in the brain is feasible. Unfortunately, patterns of time-resolved fluorescence signals observed during in vivo measurements are difficult to interpret. The aim of this study was to analyze the influence of several factors on the fluorescence signals measured during in vivo experiments. A laboratory instrument for recording the distributions of arrival of fluorescence photons was constructed and optimized for measurements on humans. Monte Carlo simulations and laboratory measurements on liquid phantoms as well as in vivo measurements on healthy volunteers were carried out. An influence of source-detector separation, position of the source-detector pair on the head, as well as a dose of the injected indocyanine green (ICG) on the fluorescence signals were studied in detail. It was shown that even for a small dose of ICG (0.025 mg kg(-1)) the time-resolved signals can be successfully detected on the surface of the head. Strong influence of the studied factors on the fluorescence signals was observed. It was also noted that the changes in moments of distributions of arrival times of fluorescence photons depend on the anatomical structure of the tissues located between the source and the detector. PMID:23032301

  16. Time-resolved detection of fluorescent light during inflow of ICG to the brain—a methodological study

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    Milej, Daniel; Gerega, Anna; Żołek, Norbert; Weigl, Wojciech; Kacprzak, Michał; Sawosz, Piotr; Mączewska, Joanna; Fronczewska, Katarzyna; Mayzner-Zawadzka, Ewa; Królicki, Leszek; Maniewski, Roman; Liebert, Adam

    2012-10-01

    It was reported that time-resolved reflectance measurements carried out during inflow and washout of an optical contrast agent may provide information on the blood supply to the brain cortex of human adults. It was also shown that a measurement of fluorescence excited in the dye circulating in the brain is feasible. Unfortunately, patterns of time-resolved fluorescence signals observed during in vivo measurements are difficult to interpret. The aim of this study was to analyze the influence of several factors on the fluorescence signals measured during in vivo experiments. A laboratory instrument for recording the distributions of arrival of fluorescence photons was constructed and optimized for measurements on humans. Monte Carlo simulations and laboratory measurements on liquid phantoms as well as in vivo measurements on healthy volunteers were carried out. An influence of source-detector separation, position of the source-detector pair on the head, as well as a dose of the injected indocyanine green (ICG) on the fluorescence signals were studied in detail. It was shown that even for a small dose of ICG (0.025 mg kg-1) the time-resolved signals can be successfully detected on the surface of the head. Strong influence of the studied factors on the fluorescence signals was observed. It was also noted that the changes in moments of distributions of arrival times of fluorescence photons depend on the anatomical structure of the tissues located between the source and the detector.

  17. Time-resolved picosecond spectroscopy of the resonant secondary radiation of F centers in KCl

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    Akiyama, N.; Nakahara, F.; Ohkura, H.

    1995-12-01

    The linear polarization (P HL) of hot luminescence (HL) composing of the resonant secondary radiation of the F centers has been measured using a time-resolved picosecond spectroscopy over the whole Stokes wavenumber Ω range. The P HL holds constant value of about 40% until the onset of ordinary luminescence (OL), from where it decreases to vanishingly small with decrease of Ω This implies that the optically excited F center relaxes down along the 2p-like adiabatic potential energy surface (APES) trough, and transits to the 2s-like APES trough to form the relaxed excited state (RES). The lattice relaxation time and the dynamical transition time are ultra fast estimated to be less than 15 psec.

  18. Time resolved tunable diode laser absoption spectroscopy of dual High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering discharges

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    Do, Hoang Tung; Stranak, Vitezslav; Hippler, Rainer

    2014-08-01

    Time-resolved measurements have been performed during dual High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (dual-HiPIMS) with two cathodes in a closed magnetic field configuration. The dual-HiPIMS system, operated at a repetition frequency f = 100 Hz and duty cycle of 1 %, was equipped with two different metallic targets (Ti, Cu). The effect of a delay between subsequent pulses on argon excited atom density and temperature was investigated by means of tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy. It is shown that the peak densities of pulses vary strongly with the delay. We observed an enhancement of metastable density due to pre-ionization effect but more effective than that is the contribution of metal atoms which have smaller ionization energy compare to that of buffer gas atom. Associate with the enhancement of density, the temporal variation of metastable atom temperature in the Cu pulse also transforms from those of low current pulse into the high current one.

  19. Label-Free Toxin Detection by Means of Time-Resolved Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy

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    Chai, Changhoon; Takhistov, Paul

    2010-01-01

    The real-time detection of trace concentrations of biological toxins requires significant improvement of the detection methods from those reported in the literature. To develop a highly sensitive and selective detection device it is necessary to determine the optimal measuring conditions for the electrochemical sensor in three domains: time, frequency and polarization potential. In this work we utilized a time-resolved electrochemical impedance spectroscopy for the detection of trace concentrations of Staphylococcus enterotoxin B (SEB). An anti-SEB antibody has been attached to the nano-porous aluminum surface using 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane/glutaraldehyde coupling system. This immobilization method allows fabrication of a highly reproducible and stable sensing device. Using developed immobilization procedure and optimized detection regime, it is possible to determine the presence of SEB at the levels as low as 10 pg/mL in 15 minutes. PMID:22315560

  20. Time-resolved Fourier transform intracavity spectroscopy with a Cr2+:ZnSe laser.

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    Picqu, Nathalie; Gueye, Fatou; Guelachvili, Guy; Sorokin, Evgeni; Sorokina, Irina T

    2005-12-15

    Intracavity laser absorption spectroscopy (ICLAS) with an evacuated Cr2+:ZnSe laser is performed with a high-resolution time-resolved Fourier transform interferometer with a minimum detectable absorption coefficient equal to 4 x 10(-9) cm(-1) Hz(-1/2) in the 2.5 microm region. This represents the extreme limit currently reached in the infrared by ICLAS with Doppler-limited resolution. The broad gain band of the crystal allows a spectral coverage at most equal to 125 nm, wide enough to see entire vibration bands. Weak CO2 bands observed up to now only in the Venusian atmosphere are recorded for the first time, to our knowledge, in a laboratory. An H2O detection limit down to 0.9 parts per billion by volume is also demonstrated. PMID:16389848

  1. Time-resolved broadband cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy for chemical kinetics.

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    Sheps, Leonid; Chandler, David W.

    2013-04-01

    Experimental measurements of elementary reaction rate coefficients and product branching ratios are essential to our understanding of many fundamentally important processes in Combustion Chemistry. However, such measurements are often impossible because of a lack of adequate detection techniques. Some of the largest gaps in our knowledge concern some of the most important radical species, because their short lifetimes and low steady-state concentrations make them particularly difficult to detect. To address this challenge, we propose a novel general detection method for gas-phase chemical kinetics: time-resolved broadband cavity-enhanced absorption spectroscopy (TR-BB-CEAS). This all-optical, non-intrusive, multiplexed method enables sensitive direct probing of transient reaction intermediates in a simple, inexpensive, and robust experimental package.

  2. Discovery of novel aromatase inhibitors using a homogeneous time-resolved fluorescence assay

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    Ji, Jin-zi; Lao, Ke-jing; Hu, Jie; Pang, Tao; Jiang, Zhen-zhou; Yuan, Hao-liang; Miao, Jing-shan; Chen, Xin; Ning, Shan-shan; Xiang, Hua; Guo, Yu-meng; Yan, Ming; Zhang, Lu-yong

    2014-01-01

    Aim: Aromatase is an important target for drugs to treat hormone-dependent diseases, including breast cancer. The aim of this study was to develop a homogeneous time-resolved fluorescence (HTRF) aromatase assay suitable for high-throughput screening (HTS). Methods: A 384-well aromatase HTRF assay was established, and used to screen about 7000 compounds from a compound library. Anti-proliferation activity of the hit was evaluated using alamarBlue(R) assay in a hormone-dependent breast cancer cell line T47D. Molecular docking was conducted to elucidate the binding mode of the hit using the Discovery Studio program. Results: The Z′ value and signal to background (S/B) ratio were 0.74 and 5.4, respectively. Among the 7000 compounds, 4 hits (XHN22, XHN26, XHN27 and triptoquinone A) were found to inhibit aromatase with IC50 values of 1.60±0.07, 2.76±0.24, 0.81±0.08 and 45.8±11.3 μmol /L, respectively. The hits XHN22, XHN26 and XHN27 shared the same chemical scaffold of 4-imidazolyl quinoline. Moreover, the most potent hit XHN27 at 10 and 50 μmol/L inhibited the proliferation of T47D cells by 45.3% and 35.2%, respectively. The docking study revealed that XHN27 docked within the active site of aromatase and might form a hydrogen bond and had a π-cation interaction with amino acid residues of the protein. Conclusion: XHN27, an imidazolyl quinoline derivative of flavonoid, is a potent aromatase inhibitor with anti-proliferation activity against breast cancer in vitro. The established assay can be used in HTS for discovering novel aromatase inhibitor. PMID:25047514

  3. Static and time-resolved spectroscopy of carbazole-based oligomers with phenylene/thiophene/furan

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    Zhao, Xiangjie; Liu, Yingliang; Meng, Kang; Zeng, Qi; Wang, Shufeng; Gong, Qihuang

    2008-06-01

    Steady-state and picosecond transient spectroscopy measurements are applied to study the photo-physics of three carbazolenevinylene derivatives: alternatively conjugated oligomer of alkylated carbazole and phenylene/thiophene/furan (PBC/PBT/PBF), bridged by vinyl group. Their fluorescence spectra show a bathochromic phenomenon towards solvent polarity. The fluorescence decays of PBF are found to be bi-exponential, while those of PBT and PBC are simple single exponential. It is suggested that PBF is non-planar conformation at ground state and twists to planar conformation after excitation. This chain twisting process of PBF is verified by viscosity dependent fluorescence decay.

  4. Hyperspectral time-resolved wide-field fluorescence molecular tomography based on structured light and single-pixel detection.

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    Pian, Qi; Yao, Ruoyang; Zhao, Lingling; Intes, Xavier

    2015-02-01

    We present a time-resolved fluorescence diffuse optical tomography platform that is based on wide-field structured illumination, single-pixel detection, and hyperspectral acquisition. Two spatial light modulators (digital micro-mirror devices) are employed to generate independently wide-field illumination and detection patterns, coupled with a 16-channel spectrophotometer detection module to capture hyperspectral time-resolved tomographic data sets. The main system characteristics are reported, and we demonstrate the feasibility of acquiring dense 4D tomographic data sets (space, time, spectra) for time domain 3D quantitative multiplexed fluorophore concentration mapping in turbid media. PMID:25680065

  5. Hyperspectral time-resolved wide-field fluorescence molecular tomography based on structured light and single-pixel detection

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    Pian, Qi; Yao, Ruoyang; Zhao, Lingling; Intes, Xavier

    2015-01-01

    We present a time-resolved fluorescence diffuse optical tomography platform that is based on wide-field structured illumination, single-pixel detection, and hyperspectral acquisition. Two spatial light modulators (digital micro-mirror devices) are employed to generate independently wide-field illumination and detection patterns, coupled with a 16-channel spectrophotometer detection module to capture hyperspectral time-resolved tomographic data sets. The main system characteristics are reported, and we demonstrate the feasibility of acquiring dense 4D tomographic data sets (space, time, spectra) for time domain 3D quantitative multiplexed fluorophore concentration mapping in turbid media. PMID:25680065

  6. Highly sensitive detection of human papillomavirus type 16 DNA using time-resolved fluorescence microscopy and long lifetime probes

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    Wang, Xue F.; Periasamy, Ammasi; Wodnicki, Pawel; Siadat-Pajouh, M.; Herman, Brian

    1995-04-01

    We have been interested in the role of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) in cervical cancer and its diagnosis; to that end we have been developing microscopic imaging and fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) techniques to genotype and quantitate the amount of HPV present at a single cell level in cervical PAP smears. However, we have found that low levels of HPV DNA are difficult to detect accurately because theoretically obtainable sensitivity is never achieved due to nonspecific autofluorescence, fixative induced fluorescence of cells and tissues, and autofluorescence of the optical components in the microscopic system. In addition, the absorption stains used for PAP smears are intensely autofluorescent. Autofluorescence is a rapidly decaying process with lifetimes in the range of 1-100 nsec, whereas phosphorescence and delayed fluorescence have lifetimes in the range of 1 microsecond(s) ec-10 msec. The ability to discriminate between specific fluorescence and autofluorescence in the time-domain has improved the sensitivity of diagnostic test such that they perform comparably to, or even more sensitive than radioisotopic assays. We have developed a novel time-resolved fluorescence microscope to improve the sensitivity of detection of specific molecules of interest in slide based specimens. This time-resolved fluorescence microscope is based on our recently developed fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FILM) in conjunction with the use of long lifetime fluorescent labels. By using fluorescence in situ hybridization and the long lifetime probe (europium), we have demonstrated the utility of this technique for detection of HPV DNA in cervicovaginal cells. Our results indicate that the use of time-resolved fluorescence microscopy and long lifetime probes increases the sensitivity of detection by removing autofluorescence and will thus lead to improved early diagnosis of cervical cancer. Since the highly sensitive detection of DNA in clinical samples using fluorescence in situ hybridization image is useful for the diagnosis of many other type of diseases, the system we have developed should find numerous applications for the diagnosis of disease states.

  7. Ultrafast time-resolved broadband fluorescence studies of the benzene-tetracyanoethylene complex: solvation, vibrational relaxation, and charge recombination dynamics.

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    Chiu, Chih-Chung; Hung, Chih-Chang; Chen, Chien-Lin; Cheng, Po-Yuan

    2013-08-22

    The charge-transfer (CT) state relaxation dynamics of the benzene-tetracyanoethylene (BZ-TCNE) complex was studied with broadband ultrafast time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy implemented by optical Kerr gating in three solvents of different polarities. The CT state of the BZ-TCNE complex is reached via femtosecond laser excitation, and the subsequent temporal evolutions of the fluorescence spectra were measured. Analyses of various time-dependent spectral properties revealed rapid relaxations along solvent and vibrational coordinates in competition with charge recombination (CR). By comparing the results in solvents of different polarities, we partially separated solvation and vibrational relaxation dynamics and explored the solvent-dependent CR dynamics. Time-dependent dynamic fluorescence Stokes shift (TDFSS) measurements unveiled the solvation and vibrational relaxation contributions to the observed spectral relaxation. The biphasic and slow time scales of the vibrational contributions identified in TDFSS suggested nonstatistical and hindered intramolecular vibrational-energy redistribution that can be attributed to the unique structural properties of EDA complexes. The slowest spectral relaxation of 10-15 ps identified in TDFSS was ascribed to relaxation of the BZ(+)-TCNE(-) intermolecular vibrations, which is equivalent to a structural relaxation from the initial Franck-Condon configuration to the equilibrium CT-state structure. The time scales of vibrational relaxation indicate that a fraction of the CT-state population undergoes CR reactions before complete vibrational/structural equilibrium is achieved. In carbon tetrachloride, a nonexponential temporal profile was observed and attributed to vibrational nonequilibrium CR. In dichloromethane, polar solvation greatly accelerates CR reactions, and a slower reaction-field-induced structural relaxation gives rise to a pronounced biexponential decay. The equilibrium CR time constants of the BZ-TCNE CT state are 29 ps, 150 ps, and 68 ps in dichloromethane, carbon tetrachloride, and cyclohexane, respectively. PMID:23865400

  8. Characterization of energetic and thermalized sputtered atoms in pulsed plasma using time-resolved tunable diode-laser induced fluorescence

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    Desecures, M.; de Poucques, L.; Easwarakhanthan, T.; Bougdira, J.

    2014-11-01

    In this work, a time-resolved tunable diode-laser (DL) induced fluorescence (TR-TDLIF) method calibrated by absorption spectroscopy has been developed in order to determine atom and flux velocity distribution functions (AVDF and FVDF) of the energetic and the thermalized atoms in pulsed plasmas. The experimental set-up includes a low-frequency (3 Hz) and high spectral-resolution DL (0.005 pm), a fast rise-time pulse generator, and a high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) system. The induced TR-TDLIF signal is recorded every 0.5 ?s with a digital oscilloscope of a second-long trace. The technique is illustrated with determining the AVDF and the FVDF of a metastable state of the sputtered neutral tungsten atoms in the HiPIMS post-discharge. Gaussian functions describing the population of the four W isotopes were used to fit the measured TR-TDLIF signal. These distribution functions provide insight into transition from the energetic to thermalized regimes from the discharge onset. This technique may be extended with appropriate DLs to probe any species with rapidly changing AVDF and FVDF in pulsed and strongly oscillating plasmas.

  9. Characterization of energetic and thermalized sputtered atoms in pulsed plasma using time-resolved tunable diode-laser induced fluorescence

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    Desecures, M.; Poucques, L. de; Easwarakhanthan, T.; Bougdira, J.

    2014-11-03

    In this work, a time-resolved tunable diode-laser (DL) induced fluorescence (TR-TDLIF) method calibrated by absorption spectroscopy has been developed in order to determine atom and flux velocity distribution functions (AVDF and FVDF) of the energetic and the thermalized atoms in pulsed plasmas. The experimental set-up includes a low-frequency (∼3 Hz) and high spectral-resolution DL (∼0.005 pm), a fast rise-time pulse generator, and a high power impulse magnetron sputtering (HiPIMS) system. The induced TR-TDLIF signal is recorded every 0.5 μs with a digital oscilloscope of a second-long trace. The technique is illustrated with determining the AVDF and the FVDF of a metastable state of the sputtered neutral tungsten atoms in the HiPIMS post-discharge. Gaussian functions describing the population of the four W isotopes were used to fit the measured TR-TDLIF signal. These distribution functions provide insight into transition from the energetic to thermalized regimes from the discharge onset. This technique may be extended with appropriate DLs to probe any species with rapidly changing AVDF and FVDF in pulsed and strongly oscillating plasmas.

  10. Time-resolved tuned diode laser absorption spectroscopy of pulsed plasma

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    Admek, P.; Do, H. T.; ?ada, M.; Hubi?ka, Z.; Hippler, R.

    2014-05-01

    A novel method for time-resolved tuned diode laser absorption spectroscopy has been developed. In this paper, we describe in detail developed electronic module that controls time-resolution of laser absorption spectroscopy system. The TTL signal triggering plasma pulse is used for generation of two signals: the first one triggers the fine tuning of laser wavelength and second one controls time-defined signal sampling from absorption detector. The described method and electronic system enable us to investigate temporal evolution of sputtered particles in technological low-temperature plasma systems. The pulsed DC planar magnetron sputtering system has been used to verify this method. The 2" in diameter titanium target was sputtered in pure argon atmosphere. The working pressure was held at 2 Pa. All the experiments were carried out for pulse ON time fixed at 100 (is. When changing OFF time the discharge has operated between High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering regime and pulsed DC magnetron regime. The effect of duty cycle variation results in decrease of titanium atom density during ON time while length of OFF time elongates. We believe that observed effect is connected with higher degree of ionization of sputtered particles. As previously reported by Bohlmark et al., the measured optical emission spectra in HiPIMS systems were dominated by emission from titanium ions [1].

  11. Laser plasma x-ray source for ultrafast time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy

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    Miaja-Avila, L.; O'Neil, G. C.; Uhlig, J.; Cromer, C. L.; Dowell, M. L.; Jimenez, R.; Hoover, A. S.; Silverman, K. L.; Ullom, J. N.

    2015-01-01

    We describe a laser-driven x-ray plasma source designed for ultrafast x-ray absorption spectroscopy. The source is comprised of a 1?kHz, 20?W, femtosecond pulsed infrared laser and a water target. We present the x-ray spectra as a function of laser energy and pulse duration. Additionally, we investigate the plasma temperature and photon flux as we vary the laser energy. We obtain a 75??m FWHM x-ray spot size, containing ?106 photons/s, by focusing the produced x-rays with a polycapillary optic. Since the acquisition of x-ray absorption spectra requires the averaging of measurements from >107 laser pulses, we also present data on the source stability, including single pulse measurements of the x-ray yield and the x-ray spectral shape. In single pulse measurements, the x-ray flux has a measured standard deviation of 8%, where the laser pointing is the main cause of variability. Further, we show that the variability in x-ray spectral shape from single pulses is low, thus justifying the combining of x-rays obtained from different laser pulses into a single spectrum. Finally, we show a static x-ray absorption spectrum of a ferrioxalate solution as detected by a microcalorimeter array. Altogether, our results demonstrate that this water-jet based plasma source is a suitable candidate for laboratory-based time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy experiments. PMID:26798792

  12. Time-resolved reflectance spectroscopy for nondestructive assessment of fruit and vegetable quality

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    Torricelli, Alessandro; Spinelli, Lorenzo; Vanoli, Maristella; Rizzolo, Anna; Eccher Zerbini, Paola

    2007-09-01

    In the majority of food and feed, due to the microscopic spatial changes in the refractive index, visible (VIS) and near infrared (NIR) light undergoes multiple scattering events and the overall light distribution is determined more by scattering rather than absorption. Conventional steady state VIS/NIR reflectance spectroscopy can provide information on light attenuation, which depends both on light absorption and light scattering, but cannot discriminate these two effects. On the contrary, time-resolved reflectance spectroscopy (TRS) provides a complete optical characterisation of diffusive media in terms of their absorption coefficient and reduced scattering coefficient. From the assessment of the absorption and reduced scattering coefficients, information can then be derived on the composition and internal structure of the medium. Main advantages of the technique are the absolute non-invasiveness, the potentiality for non-contact measurements, and the capacity to probe internal properties with no influence from the skin. In this work we review the physical and technical issues related to the use of TRS for nondestructive quality assessment of fruit and vegetable. A laboratory system for broadband TRS, based on tunable mode-locked lasers and fast microchannel plate photomultiplier, and a portable setup for TRS measurements, based on pulsed diode lasers and compact metal-channel photomultiplier, will be described. Results on broadband optical characterisation of fruits and applications of TRS to the detection of internal defects in pears and to maturity assessment in nectarines will be presented.

  13. Cyclohexene Photo-oxidation over Vanadia Catalyst Analyzed by Time Resolved ATR-FT-IR Spectroscopy

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    Frei, Heinz; Mul, Guido; Wasylenko, Walter; Hamdy, M. Sameh; Frei, Heinz

    2008-06-04

    Vanadia was incorporated in the 3-dimensional mesoporous material TUD-1 with a loading of 2percent w/w vanadia. The performance in the selective photo-oxidation of liquid cyclohexene was investigated using ATR-FT-IR spectroscopy. Under continuous illumination at 458 nm a significant amount of product, i.e. cyclohexenone, was identified. This demonstrates for the first time that hydroxylated vanadia centers in mesoporous materials can be activated by visible light to induce oxidation reactions. Using the rapid scan method, a strong perturbation of the vanadyl environment could be observed in the selective oxidation process induced by a 458 nm laser pulse of 480 ms duration. This is proposed to be caused by interaction of the catalytic centre with a cyclohexenyl hydroperoxide intermediate. The restoration of the vanadyl environment could be kinetically correlated to the rate of formation of cyclohexenone, and is explained by molecular rearrangement and dissociation of the peroxide to ketone and water. The ketone diffuses away from the active center and ATR infrared probing zone, resulting in a decreasing ketone signal on the tens of seconds time scale after initiation of the photoreaction. This study demonstrates the high potential of time resolved ATR FT-IR spectroscopy for mechanistic studies of liquid phase reactions by monitoring not only intermediates and products, but by correlating the temporal behavior of these species to molecular changes of the vanadyl catalytic site.

  14. Time-resolved in-situ quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy in dielectric barrier discharges

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    Welzel, S.; Brehmer, F.; van de Sanden, M. C. M.; Engeln, R.

    2013-09-01

    Modern mid-infrared laser sources, known as quantum cascade lasers (QCLs), provide a means for highly time-resolved absorption spectroscopy in the molecular ``fingerprint'' region. Pulsed distributed feedback QCLs are especially suited for diagnostic studies on transient plasmas as the time-resolution can be as good as a few tens of nanoseconds. Dielectric barrier discharges in CO2 operated in the mid-frequency (kHz) range were studied by means of in-situ QCL absorption spectroscopy in single and multiple-pass configuration. Different synchronisation schemes were applied to achieve phase-resolved measurements during individual AC cycles as well as to monitor molecular absorption signals during pulsed operation. Mixing ratios of CO in its electronic and vibrational ground state were of the order of a few percent and thus confirmed ex-situ studies of the effluent. Interestingly, the concentrations levels were changing only slowly in time, i.e. of the order of the residence time. A direct CO2-to-CO dissociation through electron impact appears very unlikely under these conditions. The kinetics of low-lying ro-vibrational states of CO2 along with the evolution of the CO concentration were measured on a sub-millisecond time-scale to establish the (rotational) gas temperatures.

  15. Time-Resolved Spectroscopy and Near Infrared Imaging for Prostate Cancer Detection: Receptor-targeted and Native Biomarker

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    Pu, Yang

    Optical spectroscopy and imaging using near-infrared (NIR) light provides powerful tools for non-invasive detection of cancer in tissue. Optical techniques are capable of quantitative reconstructions maps of tissue absorption and scattering properties, thus can map in vivo the differences in the content of certain marker chromophores and/or fluorophores in normal and cancerous tissues (for example: water, tryptophan, collagen and NADH contents). Potential clinical applications of optical spectroscopy and imaging include functional tumor detection and photothermal therapeutics. Optical spectroscopy and imaging apply contrasts from intrinsic tissue chromophores such as water, collagen and NADH, and extrinsic optical contrast agents such as Indocyanine Green (ICG) to distinguish disease tissue from the normal one. Fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging also gives high sensitivity and specificity for biomedical diagnosis. Recent developments on specific-targeting fluorophores such as small receptor-targeted dye-peptide conjugate contrast agent offer high contrast between normal and cancerous tissues hence provide promising future for early tumour detection. This thesis focus on a study to distinguish the cancerous prostate tissue from the normal prostate tissues with enhancement of specific receptor-targeted prostate cancer contrast agents using optical spectroscopy and imaging techniques. The scattering and absorption coefficients, and anisotropy factor of cancerous and normal prostate tissues were investigated first as the basis for the biomedical diagnostic and optical imaging. Understanding the receptors over-expressed prostate cancer cells and molecular target mechanism of ligand, two small ICG-derivative dye-peptides, namely Cypate-Bombesin Peptide Analogue Conjugate (Cybesin) and Cypate-Octreotate Peptide Conjugate (Cytate), were applied to study their clinical potential for human prostate cancer detection. In this work, the steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy of Cybesin (Cytate) in solution, and in cancerous and normal prostate tissues were studied. It was found that more Cybesin (Cytate) was uptaken in the cancerous prostate tissue than those in the normal tissue. The preferential uptake of Cybesin (Cytate) in cancerous tissue was used to image and distinguish cancerous areas from the normal tissue. To investigate rotational dynamics and fluorescence polarization anisotropy of the contrast agents in prostate tissues, an analytical model was used to extract the rotational times and polarization anisotropies, which were observed for higher values of Cybesin (Cytate)-stained cancerous prostate tissue in comparison with the normal tissue. These reflect changes of microstructures of cancerous and normal tissues and their different binding affinity with contrast agents. The results indicate that the use of optical spectroscopy and imaging combined with receptor-targeted contrast agents is a valuable tool to study microenvironmental changes of tissue, and detect prostate cancer in early stage.

  16. Multiwavelength time-resolved detection of fluorescence during the inflow of indocyanine green into the adult's brain.

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    Gerega, Anna; Milej, Daniel; Weigl, Wojciech; Botwicz, Marcin; Zolek, Norbert; Kacprzak, Michal; Wierzejski, Wojciech; Toczylowska, Beata; Mayzner-Zawadzka, Ewa; Maniewski, Roman; Liebert, Adam

    2012-08-01

    Optical technique based on diffuse reflectance measurement combined with indocyanine green (ICG) bolus tracking is extensively tested as a method for clinical assessment of brain perfusion in adults at the bedside. Methodology of multiwavelength and time-resolved detection of fluorescence light excited in the ICG is presented and advantages of measurements at multiple wavelengths are discussed. Measurements were carried out: 1. on a physical homogeneous phantom to study the concentration dependence of the fluorescence signal, 2. on the phantom to simulate the dynamic inflow of ICG at different depths, and 3. in vivo on surface of the human head. Pattern of inflow and washout of ICG in the head of healthy volunteers after intravenous injection of the dye was observed for the first time with time-resolved instrumentation at multiple emission wavelengths. The multiwavelength detection of fluorescence signal confirms that at longer emission wavelengths, probability of reabsorption of the fluorescence light by the dye itself is reduced. Considering different light penetration depths at different wavelengths, and the pronounced reabsorption at longer wavelengths, the time-resolved multiwavelength technique may be useful in signal decomposition, leading to evaluation of extra- and intracerebral components of the measured signals. PMID:23224200

  17. Multiwavelength time-resolved detection of fluorescence during the inflow of indocyanine green into the adult's brain

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    Gerega, Anna; Milej, Daniel; Weigl, Wojciech; Botwicz, Marcin; Zolek, Norbert; Kacprzak, Michal; Wierzejski, Wojciech; Toczylowska, Beata; Mayzner-Zawadzka, Ewa; Maniewski, Roman; Liebert, Adam

    2012-08-01

    Optical technique based on diffuse reflectance measurement combined with indocyanine green (ICG) bolus tracking is extensively tested as a method for clinical assessment of brain perfusion in adults at the bedside. Methodology of multiwavelength and time-resolved detection of fluorescence light excited in the ICG is presented and advantages of measurements at multiple wavelengths are discussed. Measurements were carried out: 1. on a physical homogeneous phantom to study the concentration dependence of the fluorescence signal, 2. on the phantom to simulate the dynamic inflow of ICG at different depths, and 3. in vivo on surface of the human head. Pattern of inflow and washout of ICG in the head of healthy volunteers after intravenous injection of the dye was observed for the first time with time-resolved instrumentation at multiple emission wavelengths. The multiwavelength detection of fluorescence signal confirms that at longer emission wavelengths, probability of reabsorption of the fluorescence light by the dye itself is reduced. Considering different light penetration depths at different wavelengths, and the pronounced reabsorption at longer wavelengths, the time-resolved multiwavelength technique may be useful in signal decomposition, leading to evaluation of extra- and intracerebral components of the measured signals.

  18. In vivo time-resolved spectroscopy of the human bronchial early cancer autofluorescence

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    Uehlinger, Pascal; Gabrecht, Tanja; Glanzmann, Thomas; Ballini, Jean-Pierre; Radu, Alexandre; Andrejevic, Snezana; Monnier, Philippe; Wagnires, Georges

    2009-03-01

    Time-resolved measurements of tissue autofluorescence (AF) excited at 405 nm were carried out with an optical-fiber-based spectrometer in the bronchi of 11 patients. The objectives consisted of assessing the lifetime as a new tumor/normal (T/N) tissue contrast parameter and trying to explain the origin of the contrasts observed when using AF-based cancer detection imaging systems. No significant change in the AF lifetimes was found. AF bronchoscopy performed in parallel with an imaging device revealed both intensity and spectral contrasts. Our results suggest that the spectral contrast might be due to an enhanced blood concentration just below the epithelial layers of the lesion. The intensity contrast probably results from the thickening of the epithelium in the lesions. The absence of T/N lifetime contrast indicates that the quenching is not at the origin of the fluorescence intensity and spectral contrasts. These lifetimes (6.9 ns, 2.0 ns, and 0.2 ns) were consistent for all the examined sites. The fact that these lifetimes are the same for different emission domains ranging between 430 and 680 nm indicates that there is probably only one dominant fluorophore involved. The measured lifetimes suggest that this fluorophore is elastin.

  19. Mechanism Behind the Apparent Large Stokes Shift in LSSmOrange Investigated by Time-Resolved Spectroscopy.

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    Fron, Eduard; De Keersmaecker, Herlinde; Rocha, Susana; Baeten, Yannick; Lu, Gang; Uji-I, Hiroshi; Van der Auweraer, Mark; Hofkens, Johan; Mizuno, Hideaki

    2015-11-25

    LSSmOrange is a fluorescent protein with a large energy gap between the absorption and emission bands (5275 cm(-1)). The electronic structure of the LSSmOrange chromophore, 2-[(5-)-2-hydroxy-dihydrooxazole]-4-(p-hydroxybenzylidene)-5-imidazolinone, is affected by deprotonation of the p-hydroxybenzylidene group. We investigated LSSmOrange by time-resolved spectroscopy in the femtosecond and nanosecond range. The ground state chromophore was almost exclusively in the neutral form, which had a main absorption band at 437 nm with a small shoulder at 475 nm. The absorption at a wavelength within the former band promoted the protein to the excited state where excited state proton transfer (ESPT) could lead to deprotonation in 0.8 ps. Following ESPT, the chromophore emitted fluorescence with a maximum at 573 nm and a decay time of 3500 ps. Although deprotonation by ESPT occurs, we unexpectedly found a slow accumulation of the anionic form in the ground state upon repeated high intensity excitation. This accumulation of the anionic form was accompanied by a shift of the absorption band to 553 nm without changing the emission band. MALDI-MS revealed that this shift is accompanied by decarboxylation of E222, which is interacting with the imidazolinone ring of the chromophore. We concluded that the photoinduced decarboxylation induced a conformational change that affected local environment around the hydroxyl group, resulting in a stable deprotonated form of the chromophore. PMID:26529379

  20. Time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence diagnostics in a HIPIMS discharge

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    Britun, Nikolay; Palmucci, Maria; Konstantinidis, Stephanos; Snyders, Rony

    2012-09-01

    Laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) combined with resonant optical absorption spectroscopy (ROAS) were utilized for characterization of the Ar-Ti high-power impulse sputtering (HIPIMS) discharge at working pressures of 5 and 20 mTorr. The LIF measurements were performed during the plasma off-time. It was shown that the time-behavior of the measured densities depends strongly on the working pressure in the reactor as well as on the distance from the magnetron target. ROAS measurements indicates that the absolute ground state level density of Ti can reach ≈ 1011 cm-3 (at 20 mTorr, 10 μs pulse, and 12 kW of applied power per pulse). Generally, the obtained results indicate highly non-uniform spatial and temporal behavior of the sputtered species such as Ti and Ti+, which correlate with the results previously obtained in the other magnetron discharges.

  1. Time-resolved stimulated emission spectroscopy in the ultrashort domain through pump probe experiments

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    Orlando, S.; Paladini, A.; Guidoni, L.; Santagata, A.; Parisi, G. P.; Villani, P.; Teghil, R.; De Bonis, A.; Galasso, A.; Giardini, A.

    2007-12-01

    The photoemission properties of fluorescent chromophores have a widespread application in many fields ranging from chemical-physics and biology to organic light emitting devices. These systems usually display high fluorescence conversion efficiency, which makes them suitable for transient/gain experiments also in liquid solutions, thin films and eventually in protein environments. Pump and probe methods have been widely employed for wavelength-resolved spectroscopy in the subpicosecond time scale. In our group, we have recently assembled a new experimental setup for pump and probe spectroscopy: preliminary tests on the Rhodamine B dye in ethanol have been performed in order to optimize the setup . The dynamic response of photoinduced changes of the chromophore dispersed into a suitable solvent has been studied with a subpicosecond time resolution. The optically prepared initial state of the Rhodamine B in ethanol solution appears to evolve on a timescale of few picoseconds into a successive state, which could be attributed to an intramolecular charge transfer state.

  2. A Vinblastine Fluorescent Probe for Pregnane X Receptor in a Time-Resolved Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer Assay

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    Lin, Wenwei; Chen, Taosheng

    2013-01-01

    The pregnane X receptor (PXR) regulates the metabolism and excretion of xenobiotics and endobiotics by regulating the expression of drug-metabolizing enzymes and transporters. The unique structure of PXR allows the binding of many drugs and drug leads to it, possibly causing undesired drug-drug interactions. Therefore, it is crucial to evaluate whether lead compounds bind to PXR. Fluorescence-based assays are preferred because of their sensitivity and non-radioactive nature. One fluorescent PXR probe is currently commercially available; however, because its chemical structure is not publicly disclosed, it is not optimal for studying ligand-PXR interactions. Here we report the characterization of BODIPY FL Vinblastine, generated by labeling vinblastine with the fluorophore 4,4-difluoro-5,7-dimethyl-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene (BODIPY FL), as a high-affinity ligand for human PXR with a Kd value of 673 nM. We provide evidence that BODIPY FL Vinblastine is a unique chemical entity different from either vinblastine or the fluorophore 4,4-difluoro-5,7-dimethyl-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene in its function as a high-affinity human PXR ligand. We describe a BODIPY FL Vinblastine-based human PXR Time-Resolved Fluorescence Resonance Energy Transfer assay, which was used to successfully test a panel of human PXR ligands. The BODIPY FL Vinblastine–based biochemical assay is suitable for high-throughput screening to evaluate whether lead compounds bind to PXR. PMID:24044991

  3. A field programmable gate array-based time-resolved scaler for collinear laser spectroscopy with bunched radioactive potassium beams

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    Rossi, D. M. Davis, M.; Ringle, R.; Rodriguez, J. A.; Ryder, C. A.; Schwarz, S.; Sumithrarachchi, C.; Zhao, S.; Minamisono, K. Barquest, B. R.; Bollen, G.; Hughes, M.; Strum, R.; Tarazona, D.; Cooper, K.; Hammerton, K.; Mantica, P. F.; Morrissey, D. J.

    2014-09-15

    A new data acquisition system including a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based time-resolved scaler was developed for laser-induced fluorescence and beam bunch coincidence measurements. The FPGA scaler was tested in a collinear laser-spectroscopy experiment on radioactive {sup 37}K at the BEam COoler and LAser spectroscopy (BECOLA) facility at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory at Michigan State University. A 1.29 μs bunch width from the buncher and a bunch repetition rate of 2.5 Hz led to a background suppression factor of 3.1 × 10{sup 5} in resonant photon detection measurements. The hyperfine structure of {sup 37}K and its isotope shift relative to the stable {sup 39}K were determined using 5 × 10{sup 4} s{sup −1} {sup 37}K ions injected into the BECOLA beam line. The obtained hyperfine coupling constants A({sup 2}S{sub 1/2}) = 120.3(1.4) MHz, A({sup 2}P{sub 1/2}) = 15.2(1.1) MHz, and A({sup 2}P{sub 3/2}) = 1.4(8) MHz, and the isotope shift δν{sup 39,} {sup 37} = −264(3) MHz are consistent with the previously determined values, where available.

  4. Nanosecond time-resolved infrared spectroscopy distinguishes two K species in the bacteriorhodopsin photocycle.

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    Sasaki, J; Yuzawa, T; Kandori, H; Maeda, A; Hamaguchi, H

    1995-01-01

    The photochemical reaction process of bacteriorhodopsin in the nanosecond time range (-120-860 ns) was measured in the 1400-900 cm-1 region with an improved time resolved dispersive-type infrared spectrometer. The system is equipped with a newly developed detection unit whose instrumental response to a 5-ns laser pulse has a full width of the half-maximum of 60 ns. It provides highly accurate data that enabled us to extract a kinetic process one order of magnitude faster than the instrumental response. The spectral changes in the 1400-900 cm-1 region were analyzed by singular value decomposition and resolved into three components. These components were separated by fitting with 10- and 1000-ns exponential functions and a step function, which were convoluted with the instrumental response function. The components with decay time constants of 10 and 1000 ns are named K and KL, respectively, on the basis of previous visible spectroscopy. The spectral shapes of K and KL are distinguishable by their hydrogen-out-of-plane (HOOP) modes, at 958 and 984 cm-1, respectively. The former corresponds to the K intermediate recorded at 77 K and the latter to a K-like photoproduct at 135 K. On the basis of published data, these bands are assigned to the 15-HOOP mode, indicating that the K and KL differ in a twist around the C14-C15 bond. PMID:7612850

  5. [Photodissociation of Acetylene and Acetone using Step-Scan Time-Resolved FTIR Emission Spectroscopy

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    McLaren, Ian A.; Wrobel, Jacek D.

    1997-01-01

    The photodissociation of acetylene and acetone was investigated as a function of added quenching gas pressures using step-scan time-resolved FTIR emission spectroscopy. Its main components consist of Bruker IFS88, step-scan Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometer coupled to a flow cell equipped with Welsh collection optics. Vibrationally excited C2H radicals were produced from the photodissociation of acetylene in the unfocused experiments. The infrared (IR) emission from these excited C2H radicals was investigated as a function of added argon pressure. Argon quenching rate constants for all C2H emission bands are of the order of 10(exp -13)cc/molecule.sec. Quenching of these radicals by acetylene is efficient, with a rate constant in the range of 10(exp -11) cc/molecule.sec. The relative intensity of the different C2H emission bands did not change with the increasing argon or acetylene pressure. However, the overall IR emission intensity decreased, for example, by more than 50% when the argon partial pressure was raised from 0.2 to 2 Torr at fixed precursor pressure of 160mTorr. These observations provide evidence for the formation of a metastable C2H2 species, which are collisionally quenched by argon or acetylene. Problems encountered in the course of the experimental work are also described.

  6. Infrared and X-ray simultaneous spectroscopy: a novel conceptual beamline design for time resolved experiments.

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    Marcelli, Augusto; Xu, Wei; Hampai, Dariush; Malfatti, Luca; Innocenzi, Plinio; Schade, Ulrich; Wu, Ziyu

    2010-07-01

    Many physical/chemical processes such as metal-insulator transitions or self-assembly phenomena involve correlated changes of electronic and atomic structure in a wide time range from microseconds to minutes. To investigate these dynamic processes we not only need a highly brilliant photon source in order to achieve high spatial and time resolution but new experimental methods have to be implemented. Here we present a new optical layout for performing simultaneous or concurrent infrared and X-ray measurements. This approach may indeed return unique information for example the interplay between structural changes and chemical processes occurring in the investigated sample. A beamline combining two X-ray and IR beams may really take advantage of the unique synchrotron radiation properties: the high brilliance and the broad spectrum. In this contribution we will describe the conceptual layout and the expected performance of a complex system designed to collect IR and X-ray radiation from the same bending magnet on a third-generation synchrotron radiation ring. If realized, this beamline will enable time-resolved spectroscopy experiments offering new scientific opportunities at the frontiers of science. PMID:20461504

  7. Effects of Nonequilibrium Dynamical Screening on Femtosecond Time-resolved Spectroscopy of Semiconductors

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    Setlur, G. S.; Chang, Y. C.

    1996-03-01

    We present here the theory of ultrafast carrier-carrier scattering in semiconductors and apply it to study the thermalization of carriers and to understand femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy. The main feature of our approach is the theoretically sound treatment of collisions. We abandon Fermi's Golden rule in favor of the Schwinger-Bakshi-Mahantappa-Keldysh (nonequilibrium field theoretical) formalism as the former is applicable only in the long-time regime. Explicit formulas are derived for the screened coulomb interaction in terms of the external time-varying classical electromagnetic fields that are assumed to be present. The formulas are contrasted with the traditional random phase approximation. The polarization dephasing rates are computed as a function of the excited carrier density and it is found that the dephasing rate for carrier-carrier scattering is proportional to the carrier density at low densities, which enables a comparison with experiment. We also demonstrate the dramatic effects of carrier-carrier scattering on the momentum-density distribution of carriers. For resonant pumping we find an overall broadening of the probability distribution. For pump frequencies above the band gap we find a pronounced depletion of carriers at the pump wavevector and a corresponding enhancement at lower momenta. Work supported by ONR N00014-90-J-1267 and NSF/DMR-89-20539.

  8. Noninvasive detection of concealed explosives: depth profiling through opaque plastics by time-resolved Raman spectroscopy.

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    Petterson, Ingeborg E Iping; Lpez-Lpez, Mara; Garca-Ruiz, Carmen; Gooijer, Cees; Buijs, Joost B; Ariese, Freek

    2011-11-15

    The detection of explosives concealed behind opaque, diffusely scattering materials is a challenge that requires noninvasive analytical techniques for identification without having to manipulate the package. In this context, this study focuses on the application of time-resolved Raman spectroscopy (TRRS) with a picosecond pulsed laser and an intensified charge-coupled device (ICCD) detector for the noninvasive identification of explosive materials through several millimeters of opaque polymers or plastic packaging materials. By means of a short (250 ps) gate which can be delayed several hundred picoseconds after the laser pulse, the ICCD detector allows for the temporal discrimination between photons from the surface of a sample and those from deeper layers. TRRS was applied for the detection of the two main isomers of dinitrotoluene, 2,4-dinitrotoluene, and 2,6-dinitrotoluene as well as for various other components of explosive mixtures, including akardite II, diphenylamine, and ethyl centralite. Spectra were obtained through different diffuse scattering white polymer materials: polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), polyoxymethylene (POM), and polyethylene (PE). Common packaging materials of various thicknesses were also selected, including polystyrene (PS) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). With the demonstration of the ability to detect concealed, explosives-related compounds through an opaque first layer, this study may have important applications in the security and forensic fields. PMID:21967622

  9. Nanosecond Time-Resolved Polarization Spectroscopies: Tools for Probing Protein Reaction Mechanisms

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    Chen, Eefei; Goldbeck, Robert A.; Kliger, David S.

    2010-01-01

    Polarization methods, introduced in the 1800s, offered one of the earliest ways to examine protein structure. Since then, many other structure-sensitive probes have been developed, but circular dichroism (CD) remains a powerful technique because of its versatility and the specificity of protein structural information that can be explored. With improvements in time-resolution, from millisecond to picosecond CD measurements, it has proven to be an important tool for studying the mechanism of folding and function in many biomolecules. For example, nanosecond time-resolved CD (TRCD) studies of the sub-microsecond events of reduced cytochrome c folding have provided direct experimental evidence of kinetic heterogeneity, which is an inherent property of the diffusional nature of early folding dynamics on the energy landscape. In addition, TRCD has been applied to the study of many biochemical processes, such as ligand rebinding in hemoglobin and myoglobin and signaling state formation in photoactive yellow protein and prototropin 1 LOV2. The basic approach to TRCD has also been extended to include a repertoire of nanosecond polarization spectroscopies: optical rotatory dispersion (ORD), magnetic CD and ORD, and linear dichroism. This article will discuss the details of the polarization methods used in this laboratory, as well as the coupling of timeresolved ORD with the temperature-jump trigger so that protein folding can be studied in a larger number of proteins. PMID:20438842

  10. Hemodynamic measurements in deep brain tissues of humans by near-infrared time-resolved spectroscopy

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    Suzuki, Hiroaki; Oda, Motoki; Yamaki, Etsuko; Suzuki, Toshihiko; Yamashita, Daisuke; Yoshimoto, Kenji; Homma, Shu; Yamashita, Yutaka

    2014-03-01

    Using near-infrared time-resolved spectroscopy (TRS), we measured the human head in transmittance mode to obtain the optical properties, tissue oxygenation, and hemodynamics of deep brain tissues in 50 healthy adult volunteers. The right ear canal was irradiated with 3-wavelengths of pulsed light (760, 795, and 835nm), and the photons passing through the human head were collected at the left ear canal. Optical signals with sufficient intensity could be obtained from 46 of the 50 volunteers. By analyzing the temporal profiles based on the photon diffusion theory, we successfully obtained absorption coefficients for each wavelength. The levels of oxygenated hemoglobin (HbO2), deoxygenated hemoglobin (Hb), total hemoglobin (tHb), and tissue oxygen saturation (SO2) were then determined by referring to the hemoglobin spectroscopic data. Compared with the SO2 values for the forehead measurements in reflectance mode, the SO2 values of the transmittance measurements of the human head were approximately 10% lower, and tHb values of the transmittance measurements were always lower than those of the forehead reflectance measurements. Moreover, the level of hemoglobin and the SO2 were strongly correlated between the human head measurements in transmittance mode and the forehead measurements in the reflectance mode, respectively. These results demonstrated a potential application of this TRS system in examining deep brain tissues of humans.

  11. Time-resolved four-wave-mixing spectroscopy for inner-valence transitions.

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    Ding, Thomas; Ott, Christian; Kaldun, Andreas; Blttermann, Alexander; Meyer, Kristina; Stooss, Veit; Rebholz, Marc; Birk, Paul; Hartmann, Maximilian; Brown, Andrew; Van Der Hart, Hugo; Pfeifer, Thomas

    2016-02-15

    Noncollinear four-wave-mixing (FWM) techniques at near-infrared (NIR), visible, and ultraviolet frequencies have been widely used to map vibrational and electronic couplings, typically in complex molecules. However, correlations between spatially localized inner-valence transitions among different sites of a molecule in the extreme ultraviolet (XUV) spectral range have not been observed yet. As an experimental step toward this goal, we perform time-resolved FWM spectroscopy with femtosecond NIR and attosecond XUV pulses. The first two pulses (XUV-NIR) coincide in time and act as coherent excitation fields, while the third pulse (NIR) acts as a probe. As a first application, we show how coupling dynamics between odd- and even-parity, inner-valence excited states of neon can be revealed using a two-dimensional spectral representation. Experimentally obtained results are found to be in good agreement with ab initio time-dependent R-matrix calculations providing the full description of multielectron interactions, as well as few-level model simulations. Future applications of this method also include site-specific probing of electronic processes in molecules. PMID:26872169

  12. Quantification of ischemic muscle deoxygenation by near infrared time-resolved spectroscopy

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    Hamaoka, Takatumi; Katsumura, Toshihito; Murase, Norio; Nishio, Shinya; Osada, Takuya; Sako, Takayuki; Higuchi, Hiroyuki; Kurosawa, Yuko; Shimomitsu, Teruichi; Miwa, Mitsuharu; Chance, Britton

    2000-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to quantify muscle deoxygenation in human skeletal muscles using near infrared time-resolved spectroscopy (NIRTRS) and compare NIRTRS indicators and blood saturation. The forearm muscles of five healthy males (aged 27 - 32 yrs.) were monitored for changes in hemoglobin saturation (SO2) during 12 min of arterial occlusion and recovery. SO2 was determined by measuring the temporal profile of photon diffusion at 780 and 830 nm using NIRTRS, and was defined as SO2-TRS. Venous blood samples were also obtained for measurements of SvO2, and PvO2. Interstitial PO2(PintO2) was monitored by placing an O2 electrode directly into the muscle tissue. Upon the initiation of occlusion, all parameters fell progressively until reaching a plateau in the latter half of occlusion. It was observed at the end of occlusion that SO2-TRS (24.1 +/- 5.6%) agreed with SvO2 (26.2 +/- 6.4) and that PintO2 (14.7 +/- 1.0 Torr) agreed with PvO2 (17.3 +/- 2.2 Torr). The resting O2 store (oxygenated hemoglobin) and O2 consumption rate were 290 (mu) M and 0.82 (mu) Ms-1, respectively, values which reasonably agree with the reported results. These results indicate that there was no O2 gradient between vessels and interstisium at the end of occlusion.

  13. Reactivity of Binuclear Tantalum Clusters on Silica: Characterization by Transient Time-Resolved Spectroscopy

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    Nemana, Sailendra; Sun, Junming; Gates, Bruce C.

    2008-05-08

    Binuclear tantalum clusters were synthesized from Ta(CH{sub 2}Ph){sub 5} (Ph is phenyl) on the surface of nonporous SiO{sub 2} (Aerosil), and their reactions with H{sub 2}, D{sub 2}, and ethylene were characterized by time-resolved infrared (IR), extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS), and X-ray absorption near edge spectroscopies. The EXAFS data indicate the formation in H{sub 2} of clusters with a Ta-Ta coordination number of approximately 1 and a bonding distance of 2.74 {angstrom}. Reactions of the supported clusters with D{sub 2} and H{sub 2} facilitate the interconversion of O-H and O-D groups on the SiO{sub 2} surface. Reaction of these clusters with ethylene led to their rapid fragmentation to give mononuclear tantalum complexes, as the tantalum was oxidized and new ligands formed, suggested by IR spectra to be ethyl. The results demonstrate a rough analogy between the chemistry of tantalum clusters on the SiO{sub 2} surface and their chemistry in solution. Because alkenes are suggested intermediates in the catalytic disproportionation of alkanes on supported tantalum, our results indicate how these intermediates might influence the nature of the catalytically active species.

  14. Initial processes of proton transfer in salicylideneaniline studied by time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Sekikawa, Taro; Schalk, Oliver; Wu, Guorong; Boguslavskiy, Andrey E; Stolow, Albert

    2013-04-11

    Excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) in salicylideneaniline (SA) and selected derivatives substituted in the para position of the anilino group have been investigated by femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (TRPES) and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT). SA has a twisted structure at the energetic minimum of the ground state, but ESIPT is assumed to take place through a planar structure, although this has not been fully established. The TRPES studies revealed that the excited-state dynamics within the S1 band varied significantly with excitation wavelength. At finite temperatures, the ground state was found to sample a broad range of torsional angles, from planar to twisted. At lower photon energies (370 nm), only the planar ground-state molecules were excited, and the excited-state reaction took place within 50 fs. At higher energies (350 and 330 nm), predominantly twisted ground-state molecules were excited: they had to planarize before ESIPT could occur. This process was found to be slower in methylated SA but did not change significantly in the brominated and nitrated SAs. These substitution effects on the decay dynamics can be explained by modifications of the potential barriers, as predicted by the TDDFT calculations, and support the mechanism of a twisting motion of the anilino ring prior to ESIPT. The contribution of another pathway leading to internal conversion within the enol form was found to be minor at the excitation wavelengths considered here. PMID:23496177

  15. Nonadiabatic Dynamics May Be Probed through Electronic Coherence in Time-Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

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    Bennett, Kochise; Kowalewski, Markus; Mukamel, Shaul

    2016-02-01

    We present a hierarchy of Fermi golden rules (FGRs) that incorporate strongly coupled electronic/nuclear dynamics in time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (TRPES) signals at different levels of theory. Expansion in the joint electronic and nuclear eigenbasis yields the numerically most challenging exact FGR (eFGR). The quasistatic Fermi Golden Rule (qsFGR) neglects nuclear motion during the photoionization process but takes into account electronic coherences as well as populations initially present in the pumped matter as well as those generated internally by coupling between electronic surfaces. The standard semiclassical Fermi Golden Rule (scFGR) neglects the electronic coherences and the nuclear kinetic energy during the ionizing pulse altogether, yielding the classical Condon approximation. The coherence contributions depend on the phase-profile of the ionizing field, allowing coherent control of TRPES signals. The photoelectron spectrum from model systems is simulated using these three levels of theory. The eFGR and the qsFGR show temporal oscillations originating from the electronic or vibrational coherences generated as the nuclear wave packet traverses a conical intersection. These oscillations, which are missed by the scFGR, directly reveal the time-evolving splitting between electronic states of the neutral molecule in the curve-crossing regime. PMID:26691822

  16. Optical analysis of cirrhotic liver by near infrared time resolved spectroscopy

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    Nishio, Toshihiro; Kitai, Toshiyuki; Miwa, Mitsuharu; Takahashi, Rei; Yamaoka, Yoshio

    1999-10-01

    The severity of liver cirrhosis was related with the optical properties of liver tissue. Various grades of liver cirrhosis were produced in rats by intraperitoneal injection of thioacetamide (TAA) for different periods: 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks. Optical properties of the liver, absorption, coefficient ((mu) a) and scattering coefficient (microsecond(s) '), were measured by near-infrared time- resolved spectroscopy. Histological examination confirmed cirrhotic changes in the liver, which were more severe in rats with TAA administration for longer periods. The (mu) a increased in 4- and 8-week rats, and then decreased in 12- and 16-week rats. The (mu) a of blood-free liver decreased as liver cirrhosis progressed. The hemoglobin content in the liver calculated from the (mu) a values increased in 4- and 8-week rats and decreased in 12- and 16-week rats. The microsecond(s) ' decreased in the cirrhotic liver, probably reflecting the decrease in the mitochondria content. It was shown that (mu) a and microsecond(s) ' determination is useful to assess the severity of liver cirrhosis.

  17. Time-resolved Spectroscopy of the Cataclysmic Variable CW 1045+525

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    Tappert, C.; Bennert, N.; Schmidtobreick, L.; Bianchini, A.

    Although it still lacks a proper variable star designation, the system CW 1045+525 was classified as a dwarf nova already in 1988. This is based on the spectral characteristics which show the typical strong emission lines of the Balmer and Helium series. However, to our knowledge, no outburst has been reported so far for this system. Furthermore, the lightcurve shows a rather smooth ellipsoidal variation with a period of 6.5 h, which can be attributed to the secondary star. On the other hand, the two maxima of the lightcurve have different strength, which is indicative for the presence of a bright spot in the system. There are thus several mismatches (strong emission lines, but no outbursts -- faint disk, if any, but long orbital period -- polar-like lightcurve, but negligible HeII), which makes a thorough observation of this system worthwhile. We here present time-resolved spectroscopy of the system. The data were taken during two observing runs in March and April 2000, with the 1.82 m telescope at Mt. Ekar, Asiago, using the AFOSC system. Our measurements cover both a blue (? 4500-6600 ) and a red (?6300-8400 ) part of the spectrum, with a resolution of 9 and 8 , respectively. In our poster we will study the variations of the radial velocities in comparison to the photometric lightcurve, and address the question of the contribution of the secondary.

  18. Evidence for bandgap opening in buckled epitaxial graphene from ultrafast time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy

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    Mihnev, Momchil T.; Wang, Feng; Liu, Gang; Rothwell, Sara; Cohen, Philip I.; Feldman, Leonard C.; Conrad, Edward H.; Norris, Theodore B.

    2015-10-01

    We utilize ultrafast time-resolved terahertz (THz) spectroscopy as a direct, sensitive, and non-contact all-optical probe to investigate the hot-carrier relaxation and cooling dynamics of buckled epitaxial graphene. This special form of graphene is grown epitaxially on nitrogen-seeded single-crystal silicon carbide (SiC( 000 1 ¯ )) substrates by thermal decomposition of Si atoms. The pre-deposited interfacial nitrogen atoms pin the first graphene layer to the SiC substrate, and cause it and subsequent graphene layers to buckle into nanoscale folds, which opens an energy gap of up to ˜0.7 eV. We observe a remarkable increase of up to two orders of magnitude in the relaxation rate of the THz carrier dynamics of this semiconducting form of epitaxial graphene relative to pristine epitaxial graphene, which we attribute to a large enhancement of the optical-phonon-mediated carrier cooling and recombination over a wide range of electron temperatures due to the finite bandgap. Our results suggest that the introduced bandgap is spatially non-homogenous, with local values close to the optical phonon energy of ˜200 meV, which allows the conduction and the valence band to be bridged by optical phonon emission. We also demonstrate that carrier relaxation times can be modified by orders of magnitude by careful bandgap engineering, which could find application in novel graphene-based devices that incorporate both metallic and semiconducting forms of graphene.

  19. Monitoring brain temperature by time-resolved near-infrared spectroscopy: pilot study

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    Bakhsheshi, Mohammad Fazel; Diop, Mamadou; St. Lawrence, Keith; Lee, Ting-Yim

    2014-05-01

    Mild hypothermia (HT) is an effective neuroprotective strategy for a variety of acute brain injuries. However, the wide clinical adaptation of HT has been hampered by the lack of a reliable noninvasive method for measuring brain temperature, since core measurements have been shown to not always reflect brain temperature. The goal of this work was to develop a noninvasive optical technique for measuring brain temperature that exploits both the temperature dependency of water absorption and the high concentration of water in brain (80%-90%). Specifically, we demonstrate the potential of time-resolved near-infrared spectroscopy (TR-NIRS) to measure temperature in tissue-mimicking phantoms (in vitro) and deep brain tissue (in vivo) during heating and cooling, respectively. For deep brain tissue temperature monitoring, experiments were conducted on newborn piglets wherein hypothermia was induced by gradual whole body cooling. Brain temperature was concomitantly measured by TR-NIRS and a thermocouple probe implanted in the brain. Our proposed TR-NIRS method was able to measure the temperature of tissue-mimicking phantoms and brain tissues with a correlation of 0.82 and 0.66 to temperature measured with a thermometer, respectively. The mean difference between the TR-NIRS and thermometer measurements was 0.15°C±1.1°C for the in vitro experiments and 0.5°C±1.6°C for the in vivo measurements.

  20. Probing Kinetic Mechanisms of Protein Function and Folding with Time-Resolved Natural and Magnetic Chiroptical Spectroscopies

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    Kliger, David S.; Chen, Eefei; Goldbeck, Robert A.

    2012-01-01

    Recent and ongoing developments in time-resolved spectroscopy have made it possible to monitor circular dichroism, magnetic circular dichroism, optical rotatory dispersion, and magnetic optical rotatory dispersion with nanosecond time resolution. These techniques have been applied to determine structural changes associated with the function of several proteins as well as to determine the nature of early events in protein folding. These studies have required new approaches in triggering protein reactions as well as the development of time-resolved techniques for polarization spectroscopies with sufficient time resolution and sensitivity to probe protein structural changes. PMID:22312279

  1. One- and two-photon time-resolved fluorescence of visible and near-infrared dyes in scattering media

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    Esposito, R.; Altucci, C.; Velotta, R.; Gaeta, G. M.; Lepore, M.

    2009-02-01

    Visible and near-infrared dyes are largely used in diagnostics and sensing. For this reason, it is very important to study their time-resolved fluorescence in presence or in absence of proper scattering medium in order to simulate the optical characteristics of biological tissues. Moreover, if one- or two-photon excitation processes are available also visible dyes will be employed taking advantages from using exciting sources in the diagnostic window (red and near IR) of the electromagnetic spectrum, where the photons are rarely absorbed and more often scattered. Visible and near IR fluorescent samples (Indocyanine Green and Rhodamine 6G) in absence and in presence of scattering agents (different Intralipid concentrations) and one- and two- photon time-resolved experiments have been performed. As expected, the presence of scattering agents modified time-resolved spectra and the related lifetime components. The experimental results have been used to preliminarly test different theoretical approaches describing the propagation of fluorescence signals in scattering media.

  2. Laser plasma x-ray source for ultrafast time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy

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    Miaja-Avila, L.; O'Neil, G. C.; Uhlig, J.; Cromer, C. L.; Dowell, M. L.; Jimenez, R.; Hoover, A. S.; Silverman, K. L.; Ullom, J. N.

    2015-03-02

    We describe a laser-driven x-ray plasma source designed for ultrafast x-ray absorption spectroscopy. The source is comprised of a 1 kHz, 20 W, femtosecond pulsed infrared laser and a water target. We present the x-ray spectra as a function of laser energy and pulse duration. Additionally, we investigate the plasma temperature and photon flux as we vary the laser energy. We obtain a 75 μm FWHM x-ray spot size, containing ~106 photons/s, by focusing the produced x-rays with a polycapillary optic. Since the acquisition of x-ray absorption spectra requires the averaging of measurements from >107 laser pulses, we also presentmore » data on the source stability, including single pulse measurements of the x-ray yield and the x-ray spectral shape. In single pulse measurements, the x-ray flux has a measured standard deviation of 8%, where the laser pointing is the main cause of variability. Further, we show that the variability in x-ray spectral shape from single pulses is low, thus justifying the combining of x-rays obtained from different laser pulses into a single spectrum. Finally, we show a static x-ray absorption spectrum of a ferrioxalate solution as detected by a microcalorimeter array. Altogether, our results demonstrate that this water-jet based plasma source is a suitable candidate for laboratory-based time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy experiments.« less

  3. Laser plasma x-ray source for ultrafast time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy

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    Miaja-Avila, L.; O'Neil, G. C.; Uhlig, J.; Cromer, C. L.; Dowell, M. L.; Jimenez, R.; Hoover, A. S.; Silverman, K. L.; Ullom, J. N.

    2015-03-02

    We describe a laser-driven x-ray plasma source designed for ultrafast x-ray absorption spectroscopy. The source is comprised of a 1 kHz, 20 W, femtosecond pulsed infrared laser and a water target. We present the x-ray spectra as a function of laser energy and pulse duration. Additionally, we investigate the plasma temperature and photon flux as we vary the laser energy. We obtain a 75 μm FWHM x-ray spot size, containing ~106 photons/s, by focusing the produced x-rays with a polycapillary optic. Since the acquisition of x-ray absorption spectra requires the averaging of measurements from >107 laser pulses, we also present data on the source stability, including single pulse measurements of the x-ray yield and the x-ray spectral shape. In single pulse measurements, the x-ray flux has a measured standard deviation of 8%, where the laser pointing is the main cause of variability. Further, we show that the variability in x-ray spectral shape from single pulses is low, thus justifying the combining of x-rays obtained from different laser pulses into a single spectrum. Finally, we show a static x-ray absorption spectrum of a ferrioxalate solution as detected by a microcalorimeter array. Altogether, our results demonstrate that this water-jet based plasma source is a suitable candidate for laboratory-based time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy experiments.

  4. Time-Resolved Emission Reveals Ensemble of Emissive States as the Origin of Multicolor Fluorescence in Carbon Dots.

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    Khan, Syamantak; Gupta, Abhishek; Verma, Navneet C; Nandi, Chayan K

    2015-12-01

    The origin of photoluminescence in carbon dots has baffled scientists since its discovery. We show that the photoluminescence spectra of carbon dots are inhomogeneously broadened due to the slower relaxation of the solvent molecules around it. This gives rise to excitation-dependent fluorescence that violates the Kasha-Vavilov rule. The time-resolved experiment shows significant energy redistribution, relaxation among the emitting states, and spectral migration of fluorescence spectra in the nanosecond time scale. The excitation-dependent multicolor emission in time-integrated spectra is typically governed by the relative population of these emitting states. PMID:26566016

  5. Simulation modelling for the analysis and the optimal design of SPAD detectors for time-resolved fluorescence measurements

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    Repich, Marina; Stoppa, David; Pancheri, Lucio; Dalla Betta, Gian-Franco

    2009-05-01

    This paper describes a simulation model (implemented in MATLAB) of a typical setup used for time-resolved fluorescence measurements, including: a laser source, basic fluorescence sample, optics, single-photon avalanche diode and read-out electronics. The correctness of the model has been verified by setting up a simple time-resolved fluorescence measurement using a CMOS SPAD-based detector. The solution of fluorophore (CdSe/ZnS quantum dots in toluene) in a glass capillary was placed above the detecting surface and excited by laser pulses. We have used a time-gating technique with 10-ns observation window shifted at 60-ps time steps across the appropriate time interval. The observed curve corresponds to the convolution of the fluorescence emission and the 10-ns observation window. Simulation accuracy has been verified by comparing the experimental fluorescence decay with the simulated one using chi-square test. The proposed model allows researchers to simulate the behaviour of SPAD detectors with a good accuracy and demonstrates how imperfections in the experimental system can affect the result. The model enables the design of SPAD-based detectors with the best performance for a specific application area.

  6. Persistent luminescence nanoprobe for biosensing and lifetime imaging of cell apoptosis via time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer.

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    Zhang, Lei; Lei, Jianping; Liu, Jintong; Ma, Fengjiao; Ju, Huangxian

    2015-10-01

    Time-resolved fluorescence technique can reduce the short-lived background luminescence and auto-fluorescence interference from cells and tissues by exerting the delay time between pulsed excitation light and signal acquisition. Here, we prepared persistent luminescence nanoparticles (PLNPs) to design a universal time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer (TR-FRET) platform for biosensing, lifetime imaging of cell apoptosis and in situ lifetime quantification of intracellular caspase-3. Three kinds of PLNPs-based nanoprobes are assembled by covalently binding dye-labeled peptides or DNA to carboxyl-functionalized PLNPs for the efficient detection of caspase-3, microRNA and protein. The peptides-functionalized nanoprobe is also employed for fluorescence lifetime imaging to monitor cell apoptosis, which shows a dependence of cellular fluorescence lifetime on caspase-3 activity and thus leads to an in situ quantification method. This work provides a proof-of-concept for PLNPs-based TR-FRET analysis and demonstrates its potential in exploring dynamical information of life process. PMID:26232881

  7. Time-resolved fluorescence of thioredoxin single-tryptophan mutants: modeling experimental results with minimum perturbation mapping

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    Silva, Norberto D., Jr.; Haydock, Christopher; Prendergast, Franklyn G.

    1994-08-01

    The time-resolved fluorescence decay of single tryptophan (Trp) proteins is typically described using either a distribution of lifetimes or a sum of two or more exponential terms. A possible interpretation for this fluorescence decay heterogeneity is the existence of different isomeric conformations of Trp about its (chi) +1) and (chi) +2) dihedral angles. Are multiple Trp conformations compatible with the remainder of the protein in its crystallographic configuration or do they require repacking of neighbor side chains? It is conceivable that isomers of the neighbor side chains interconvert slowly on the fluorescence timescale and contribute additional lifetime components to the fluorescence intensity. We have explored this possibility by performing minimum perturbation mapping simulations of Trp 28 and Trp 31 in thioredoxin (TRX) using CHARMm 22. Mappings of Trp 29 and Trp 31 give the TRX Trp residue energy landscape as a function of (chi) +1) and (chi) +2) dihedral angles. Time-resolved fluorescence intensity and anisotropy decay of mutant TRX (W28F and W31F) are measured and interpreted in light of the above simulations. Relevant observables, like order parameters and isomerization rates, can be derived from the minimum perturbation maps and compared with experiment.

  8. Time-resolved flavin adenine dinucleotide fluorescence study of the interaction between immobilized glucose oxidase and glucose.

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    Esposito, Rosario; Delfino, Ines; Lepore, Maria

    2013-09-01

    Time-resolved fluorescence experiments have shown that flavin adenine dinucleotide (FAD) fluorescence emission of sol-gel immobilized glucose oxidase (GOD) exhibits a three-exponential decaying behaviour characterized by long- (about 2.0-3.0 ns), intermediate- (about 300 ps) and short- (less than 10 ps) lifetime, each one being characteristic of a peculiar conformational state of the FAD structure. In the present work time-resolved fluorescence is used to monitor FAD signals in the time interval immediately following the addition of glucose at various concentrations in order to detect the conformational changes occurring during the interaction between sol-gel immobilized GOD and glucose. The analysis of time-dependent fluorescence emission signal has shown that the FAD conformational state changes during the process from a configuration with a prevalence of the state characterized by the long lifetime to a configuration with increased contribution from the process with the intermediate lifetime. The time needed to complete this configuration change decreases with the concentration of added glucose. The results here reported indicate that time-resoled fluorescence can be extremely useful for a better understanding of solid phase biocatalysis that is particularly important in light of their clinical and biotechnological applications. PMID:23576005

  9. Multispectral fluorescence lifetime imaging of feces-contaminated apples by time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence imaging system with tunable excitation wavelengths

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    Kim, Moon S.; Cho, Byoung-Kwan; Lefcourt, Alan M.; Chen, Yud-Ren; Kang, Sukwon

    2008-04-01

    We recently developed a time-resolved multispectral laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) imaging system capable of tunable wavelengths in the visible region for sample excitation and nanosecond-scale characterizations of fluorescence responses (lifetime imaging). Time-dependent fluorescence decay characteristics and fluorescence lifetime imaging of apples artificially contaminated with a range of diluted cow feces were investigated at 670 and 685 nm emission bands obtained by 418, 530, and 630 nm excitations. The results demonstrated that a 670 nm emission with a 418 nm excitation provided the greatest difference in time-dependent fluorescence responses between the apples and feces-treated spots. The versatilities of the time-resolved LIF imaging system, including fluorescence lifetime imaging of a relatively large biological object in a multispectral excitation-emission wavelength domain, were demonstrated.

  10. Global and time-resolved monitoring of crop photosynthesis with chlorophyll fluorescence

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    Guanter, Luis; Zhang, Yongguang; Jung, Martin; Joiner, Joanna; Voigt, Maximilian; Berry, Joseph A.; Frankenberg, Christian; Huete, Alfredo R.; Zarco-Tejada, Pablo; Lee, Jung-Eun; Moran, M. Susan; Ponce-Campos, Guillermo; Beer, Christian; Camps-Valls, Gustavo; Buchmann, Nina; Gianelle, Damiano; Klumpp, Katja; Cescatti, Alessandro; Baker, John M.; Griffis, Timothy J.

    2014-01-01

    Photosynthesis is the process by which plants harvest sunlight to produce sugars from carbon dioxide and water. It is the primary source of energy for all life on Earth; hence it is important to understand how this process responds to climate change and human impact. However, model-based estimates of gross primary production (GPP, output from photosynthesis) are highly uncertain, in particular over heavily managed agricultural areas. Recent advances in spectroscopy enable the space-based monitoring of sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF) from terrestrial plants. Here we demonstrate that spaceborne SIF retrievals provide a direct measure of the GPP of cropland and grassland ecosystems. Such a strong link with crop photosynthesis is not evident for traditional remotely sensed vegetation indices, nor for more complex carbon cycle models. We use SIF observations to provide a global perspective on agricultural productivity. Our SIF-based crop GPP estimates are 5075% higher than results from state-of-the-art carbon cycle models over, for example, the US Corn Belt and the Indo-Gangetic Plain, implying that current models severely underestimate the role of management. Our results indicate that SIF data can help us improve our global models for more accurate projections of agricultural productivity and climate impact on crop yields. Extension of our approach to other ecosystems, along with increased observational capabilities for SIF in the near future, holds the prospect of reducing uncertainties in the modeling of the current and future carbon cycle. PMID:24706867

  11. Global and time-resolved monitoring of crop photosynthesis with chlorophyll fluorescence.

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    Guanter, Luis; Zhang, Yongguang; Jung, Martin; Joiner, Joanna; Voigt, Maximilian; Berry, Joseph A; Frankenberg, Christian; Huete, Alfredo R; Zarco-Tejada, Pablo; Lee, Jung-Eun; Moran, M Susan; Ponce-Campos, Guillermo; Beer, Christian; Camps-Valls, Gustavo; Buchmann, Nina; Gianelle, Damiano; Klumpp, Katja; Cescatti, Alessandro; Baker, John M; Griffis, Timothy J

    2014-04-01

    Photosynthesis is the process by which plants harvest sunlight to produce sugars from carbon dioxide and water. It is the primary source of energy for all life on Earth; hence it is important to understand how this process responds to climate change and human impact. However, model-based estimates of gross primary production (GPP, output from photosynthesis) are highly uncertain, in particular over heavily managed agricultural areas. Recent advances in spectroscopy enable the space-based monitoring of sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF) from terrestrial plants. Here we demonstrate that spaceborne SIF retrievals provide a direct measure of the GPP of cropland and grassland ecosystems. Such a strong link with crop photosynthesis is not evident for traditional remotely sensed vegetation indices, nor for more complex carbon cycle models. We use SIF observations to provide a global perspective on agricultural productivity. Our SIF-based crop GPP estimates are 50-75% higher than results from state-of-the-art carbon cycle models over, for example, the US Corn Belt and the Indo-Gangetic Plain, implying that current models severely underestimate the role of management. Our results indicate that SIF data can help us improve our global models for more accurate projections of agricultural productivity and climate impact on crop yields. Extension of our approach to other ecosystems, along with increased observational capabilities for SIF in the near future, holds the prospect of reducing uncertainties in the modeling of the current and future carbon cycle. PMID:24706867

  12. Global and Time-Resolved Monitoring of Crop Photosynthesis with Chlorophyll Fluorescence

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    Guanter, Luis; Zhang, Yongguang; Jung, Martin; Joiner, Joanna; Voigt, Maximilian; Berry, Joseph A.; Frankenberg, Christian; Huete, Alfredo R.; Zarco-Tejada, Pablo; Lee, Jung-Eun; Moran, M. Susan; Ponce-Campos, Guillermo; Beer, Christian; Camps-Valls, Gustavo; Buchmann, Nina; Gianelle, Damiano; Klumpp, Katja; Cescatti, Alessandro; Baker, John M.; Griffis, Timothy J.

    2014-01-01

    Photosynthesis is the process by which plants harvest sunlight to produce sugars from carbon dioxide and water. It is the primary source of energy for all life on Earth; hence it is important to understand how this process responds to climate change and human impact. However, model-based estimates of gross primary production (GPP, output from photosynthesis) are highly uncertain, in particular over heavily managed agricultural areas. Recent advances in spectroscopy enable the space-based monitoring of sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence (SIF) from terrestrial plants. Here we demonstrate that spaceborne SIF retrievals provide a direct measure of the GPP of cropland and grassland ecosystems. Such a strong link with crop photosynthesis is not evident for traditional remotely sensed vegetation indices, nor for more complex carbon cycle models. We use SIF observations to provide a global perspective on agricultural productivity. Our SIF-based crop GPP estimates are 50-75% higher than results from state-of-the-art carbon cycle models over, for example, the US Corn Belt and the Indo-Gangetic Plain, implying that current models severely underestimate the role of management. Our results indicate that SIF data can help us improve our global models for more accurate projections of agricultural productivity and climate impact on crop yields. Extension of our approach to other ecosystems, along with increased observational capabilities for SIF in the near future, holds the prospect of reducing uncertainties in the modeling of the current and future carbon cycle.

  13. Probing Reaction Dynamics of Transition-Metal Complexes in Solution via Time-Resolved Soft X-ray Spectroscopy

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    Huse, Nils; Kim, Tae Kyu; Khalil, Munira; Jamula, Lindsey; McCusker, James K.; Schoenlein, Robert W.

    2010-05-02

    We report the first time-resolved soft x-ray measurements of solvated transition-metal complexes. L-edge spectroscopy directly probes dynamic changes in ligand-field splitting of 3d orbitals associated with the spin transition, and mediated by changes in ligand-bonding.

  14. Time-resolved stand-off UV-Raman spectroscopy for planetary exploration

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    Skulinova, M.; Lefebvre, C.; Sobron, P.; Eshelman, E.; Daly, M.; Gravel, J.-F.; Cormier, J.-F.; Châteauneuf, F.; Slater, G.; Zheng, W.; Koujelev, A.; Léveillé, R.

    2014-03-01

    The exploration of Mars, Europa and Enceladus has provided evidence that support the existence of present or past potentially habitable environments, which may shelter signatures of extinct or extant life. A search for further evidence for habitability or for life requires the development of sophisticated instruments and techniques that enable detailed investigations of locations, which are of great interest to planetary scientists and astrobiologists. Raman spectroscopy is a powerful and versatile technique; a rover based Raman Laser Spectrometer (RLS) operating at 532 nm excitation wavelength has been selected for the 2018 ExoMars mission. In this study, we demonstrate the feasibility of the utilisation of a time-resolved stand-off UV-Raman prototype for the detection and identification of pure organics, organics mixed in a quartz matrix and minerals that have been selected based on their potential relevance to astrobiology and planetary exploration. The samples of organics (β-carotene, L-ascorbic acid, thiamine hydrochloride, L-alanine, L-serine, thymine), carbonates (calcite, dolomite), sulfates (gypsum), silicates (quartz), and natural rock (an altered meta-volcanic rock featuring quartz inclusions) were analyzed at a distance of 6 m using a 355 nm excitation source and a gated intensified charged-coupled device (ICCD) as the detector. We were able to obtain spectra with clear Raman signals enabling unequivocal identification of all selected samples. We assert for the first time, that such an instrument can effectively identify minerals and a wide range of organics that may serve as geo- and biomarkers thus showing great potential for the exploration of planets and astrobiology.

  15. Evaluating steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence as a tool to study the behavior of asphaltene in toluene.

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    Zhang, Hui Ting; Li, Rui; Yang, Zixin; Yin, Cindy-Xing; Gray, Murray R; Bohne, Cornelia

    2014-06-01

    A combination of steady-state fluorescence, fluorescence lifetime measurements and the determination of time-resolved emission spectra were employed to characterize asphaltene toluene solutions. Lifetime measurements were shown to be insensitive to the source of asphaltene or the alkane solvent from which asphaltene was precipitated. This insensitivity suggests that either the composition of Athabasca and Cold Lake asphaltene is very similar or that the fluorescence behavior is dominated by the same sub-set of fluorophores for the different samples. These results highlight the limitations in using fluorescence to characterize asphaltene solutions. Different dependencies were observed for the average lifetimes with the asphaltene concentration when measured at two different emission wavelengths (420 nm and 520 nm). This result suggests that different fluorophores underwent diverse interactions with other asphaltene molecules as the asphaltene concentration was raised, suggesting that models for asphaltene aggregation need to include molecular diversity. PMID:24722727

  16. Time-resolved fluorescence for breast cancer detection using an octreotate-indocyanine green derivative dye conjugate

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    Sordillo, Laura A.; Das, B. B.; Pu, Yang; Liang, Kexian; Milione, Giovanni; Sordillo, Peter P.; Achilefu, Sam; Alfano, R. R.

    2013-03-01

    Time-resolved fluorescence was used to investigate malignant and normal adjacent breast tissues stained with a conjugate of indocyanine green and octreotate. A marked increase in fluorescence lifetime intensity was seen in the breast cancer sample compared to the normal sample. The fluorescent lifetimes were also investigated and showed similar fluorescence decay curves in stained malignant and normal breast tissue. These results confirm that somatostatin receptors occur on human breast carcinomas, suggest that the presence of somatostatin receptors should be investigated as a marker of breast cancer aggressiveness, and suggest that this conjugate might be used to detect the presence of residual breast cancer after surgery, allowing better assessment of tumor margins and reducing the need for second or repeat biopsies in selected patients. These results may also provide clues for designing future treatment options for breast cancer patients.

  17. Site-specific measurement of water dynamics in the substrate pocket of ketosteroid isomerase using time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Jha, Santosh Kumar; Ji, Minbiao; Gaffney, Kelly J; Boxer, Steven G

    2012-09-20

    Little is known about the reorganization capacity of water molecules at the active sites of enzymes and how this couples to the catalytic reaction. Here, we study the dynamics of water molecules at the active site of a highly proficient enzyme, Δ(5)-3-ketosteroid isomerase (KSI), during a light-activated mimic of its catalytic cycle. Photoexcitation of a nitrile-containing photoacid, coumarin183 (C183), mimics the change in charge density that occurs at the active site of KSI during the first step of the catalytic reaction. The nitrile of C183 is exposed to water when bound to the KSI active site, and we used time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy as a site-specific probe to study the solvation dynamics of water molecules in the vicinity of the nitrile. We observed that water molecules at the active site of KSI are highly rigid, during the light-activated catalytic cycle, compared to the solvation dynamics observed in bulk water. On the basis of this result, we hypothesize that rigid water dipoles at the active site might help in the maintenance of the preorganized electrostatic environment required for efficient catalysis. The results also demonstrate the utility of nitrile probes in measuring the dynamics of local (H-bonded) water molecules in contrast to the commonly used fluorescence methods which measure the average behavior of primary and subsequent spheres of solvation. PMID:22931297

  18. Site-Specific Measurement of Water Dynamics in the Substrate Pocket of Ketosteroid Isomerase Using Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy

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    Jha, Santosh Kumar; Ji, Minbiao; Gaffney, Kelly J.; Boxer, Steven G.

    2012-01-01

    Little is known about the reorganization capacity of water molecules at the active sites of enzymes and how this couples to the catalytic reaction. Here, we study the dynamics of water molecules at the active site of a highly proficient enzyme, Δ5-3-ketosteroid isomerase (KSI), during a light-activated mimic of its catalytic cycle. Photo-excitation of a nitrile containing photo-acid, coumarin183 (C183), mimics the change in charge density that occurs at the active site of KSI during the first step of the catalytic reaction. The nitrile of C183 is exposed to water when bound to the KSI active site, and we used time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy as a site-specific probe to study the solvation dynamics of water molecules in the vicinity of the nitrile. We observed that water molecules at the active site of KSI are highly rigid, during the light-activated catalytic cycle, compared to the solvation dynamics observed in bulk water. Based upon this result we hypothesize that rigid water dipoles at the active site might help in the maintenance of the pre-organized electrostatic environment required for efficient catalysis. The results also demonstrate the utility of nitrile probes in measuring the dynamics of local (H-bonded) water molecules in contrast to the commonly used fluorescence methods which measure the average behavior of primary and subsequent spheres of solvation. PMID:22931297

  19. Ns-scale time-resolved laser induced fluorescence imaging for detection of fecal contamination on apples

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    Kim, Moon S.; Lefcourt, Alan M.; Chen, Yud-Ren

    2004-11-01

    Our laboratory has been utilizing fluorescence techniques as a potential means for detection of quality and wholesomeness of food products. A system with a short pulse light source such as a laser coupled with a gated detector can be used to harvest fluorescence in ambient light conditions from biological samples with relatively low fluorescence yields. We present a versatile multispectral laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) imaging system capable of ns-scale time resolved fluorescence. The system is equipped with a tunable pulse laser system that emits in the visible range from 410 nm to 690 nm. Ns-scale, time-dependent multispectral fluorescence emissions of apples contaminated with a range of diluted cow feces were acquired. Four spectral bands, F670, F680, F685 and F730, centered near the emission peak wavelengths of the major constituents responsible for the red fluorescence emissions from apples artificially contaminated with cow feces were examined to determine a suitable single red fluorescence band and optimal ns-gate window for detection of fecal contamination on apples. The results based on the ns decay curves showed that 670 nm with 10 nm full width at half maximum (FWHM) at a gate-delay of 4 ns from the laser excitation peak provided the greatest differences in time-dependent fluorescence responses between feces contaminated spots and apples surfaces.

  20. Time-resolved multicolor two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy of cells and tissues

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    Zheng, Wei

    2014-11-01

    Multilabeling which maps the distribution of different targets is an indispensable technique in many biochemical and biophysical studies. Two-photon excitation fluorescence (TPEF) microscopy of endogenous fluorophores combining with conventional fluorescence labeling techniques such as genetically encoded fluorescent protein (FP) and fluorescent dyes staining could be a powerful tool for imaging living cells. However, the challenge is that the excitation and emission wavelength of these endogenous fluorophores and fluorescent labels are very different. A multi-color ultrafast source is required for the excitation of multiple fluorescence molecules. In this study, we developed a two-photon imaging system with excitations from the pump femtosecond laser and the selected supercontinuum generated from a photonic crystal fiber (PCF). Multiple endogenous fluorophores, fluorescent proteins and fluorescent dyes were excited in their optimal wavelengths simultaneously. A time- and spectral-resolved detection system was used to record the TPEF signals. This detection technique separated the TPEF signals from multiple sources in time and wavelength domains. Cellular organelles such as nucleus, mitochondria, microtubule and endoplasmic reticulum, were clearly revealed in the TPEF images. The simultaneous imaging of multiple fluorophores of cells will greatly aid the study of sub-cellular compartments and protein localization.

  1. Two-Dimensional Subpicosecond Time-Resolved Fluorescence Anisotropy: Optical Kerr-Gating with a Dynamic Polarization Excitation.

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    Fujiwara, Takashige; Romano, Natalie C.; Modarelli, David A.; Lim, Edward C.

    2013-06-01

    With an advent of ultrafast lasers, a number of applications are widely adopted to probe photophysical and photochemical properties of a molecule that occurs in an ultrafast (femtosecond to picosecond) time scale. Intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) or proton transfer in photoexcited electron donor-acceptor (EDA) molecules, for instance, has been a topic of very extensive time-resolved studies for several decades. Time-evolution of an anisotropic property can track dipole orientations or conformational changes in their photoexcited molecular systems, which is of extreme importance to examine its structure and excited-state dynamics rather than probing an isotropic "population change".With this respect, we recently developed a subpicosecond time-resolved 2-D fluorescence anisotropy (TRFA) in which method implements a dynamic alternation of laser polarizations to excite a sample using a photoelastic modulator (PEM). In the combination of an ultrafast optical shutter (Kerr-gating) and a spectrograph that is coupled with a CCD, two signal phases so-obtained dynamically, I_{?}( t, ?) and I_{?}( t, ?), provide a 2-D mapped information on both a wide range for spectra and time-resolved kinetics of photoexcited molecules of interest. From the definition of an anisotropy 2-D TRFA, r (t, ?), is given instantly and even more reliably at a single measurement. In this paper we will present benchmark tests of some target samples to establish performance of TRFA.

  2. Transient Absorption and Time-Resolved Fluorescence Studies of Solvated Ruthenium Di-Bipyridine Pseudo-Halide Complexes

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    Compton, R.; Weidinger, D.; Owrutsky, J. C.

    2012-06-01

    Time-resolved IR and fluorescence measurements were performed to probe the vibrational and electronic properties, respectively, of ruthenium di-bipyridine pseudo-halide (Ru(Bpy){_2}(X){_2} (where X = CN, N{_3} or NCS)) complexes. Vibrational energy relaxation (VER) times were determined for the complexes dissolved in dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) with a trend in VER time of NCS > CN > N{_3}. A similar trend and comparable absolute rates for NCS- and N3- were previously observed by our group and others for simple inorganic anions in solution, suggesting a minimal contribution due to complexation. Measurements of the VER time of the CN complex in various solvents provide VER times in ethanol (42.3 ps) and DMSO (53.3 ps), which shows that protic solvents promote the relaxation. Time-resolved fluorescence measurements indicate a strong ligand dependence, with a factor of five decrease in the excited electronic state decay time from the CN (215 ns) to the NCS (39 ns) complex. A solvent dependence of the CN complex reveals a nearly 3-fold increase in the fluorescence decay time from acetonitrile (70 ns) to DMSO (215 ns).

  3. Ethyl(hydroxyethyl)cellulose-cationic surfactant interactions: Electrical conductivity, self-diffusion, and time-resolved fluorescence quenching investigations

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    Zana, R.; Binana-Limbele, W.; Kamenka, N.

    1992-06-25

    The interaction of EHEC with CTAC and CTAB in aqueous solution is investigated as a function of temperature, electrical conductivity, chloride ion self-diffusion (CTAC), and time-resolved fluorescence quenching (CTAC, CTAB). The EHEC-cationic surfactant strength increases with temperature, resulting in a decreased critical micellization concentration, increased micelle ionization degree, and decreased micelle aggregation number that can be used to explain the reaction with pyrene. The polymer-bound surfactant micelles may hinder the motion of probe and quencher more than free micelles. 36 refs., 5 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence studies of stripped Borage oil.

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    Smyk, Bogdan; Amarowicz, Ryszard; Szabelski, Mariusz; Gryczynski, Ignacy; Gryczynski, Zygmunt

    2009-07-30

    In this study we explored the spectroscopic properties of Borage oil, particularly the use of fluorescence techniques to investigate the presence of conjugated fatty acids (CFAs). This research has important health and dietary applications. The absorption and fluorescence spectra of different CFAs and Borage oil in ethanol were measured. Time-domain fluorescence was employed to establish the life times of the samples. We found that Borage oil contains 1.2x10(-3) mol L(-1) of alpha-eleostearic acid or its isomer (i.e., a conjugated triene), 1.6x10(-4) mol L(-1) of cis-parinaric acid (i.e., a conjugated tetraene) and 1.1x10(-5) mol L(-1) of c-COPA (i.e., a conjugated pentaene). Because of the three-exponential fluorescence intensity decay for Borage oil, other fatty acids with a four conjugated double bond system could not be excluded. PMID:19523559

  5. TOPICAL REVIEW: Time-resolved fluorescence imaging in biology and medicine

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    Cubeddu, R.; Comelli, D.; D'Andrea, C.; Taroni, P.; Valentini, G.

    2002-05-01

    Fluorescence lifetime imaging is a rather new and effective tool that can be used to study complex biological samples, either at microscopic or macroscopic levels. The map of the fluorescence lifetime allows one to discriminate amongst different fluorophores and to achieve valuable insights into the behaviour of emitting molecules, leading to information like local pH, oxygen concentration in cells, etc. Moreover, the distribution in space of any fluorescent marker achievable with this technique can be exploited for diagnostic purposes in medicine. After a brief introduction on the motivations for applying fluorescence lifetime imaging in biology and medicine, the basic principles of this technique will be addressed. Then, the two possible implementations of fluorescence lifetime imaging (i.e. the frequency domain and the time domain methods) will be presented. For this purpose, special attention will be devoted to practical aspects of image acquisition and processing, especially for what concerns the time domain method. Then, the analysis of the state-of-the-art systems will include a brief discussion on new concepts that have recently been introduced in this research field. Finally, two interesting applications of fluorescence lifetime imaging will be presented. The former refers to skin tumour detection and has been successfully applied in a preliminary clinical trial, the latter regards DNA chips reading and has been tested only at laboratory level, yet it has produced promising results for its future implementation in commercial systems.

  6. ANG-2 for quantitative Na(+) determination in living cells by time-resolved fluorescence microscopy.

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    Roder, Phillip; Hille, Carsten

    2014-12-01

    Sodium ions (Na(+)) play an important role in a plethora of cellular processes, which are complex and partly still unexplored. For the investigation of these processes and quantification of intracellular Na(+) concentrations ([Na(+)]i), two-photon coupled fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (2P-FLIM) was performed in the salivary glands of the cockroach Periplaneta americana. For this, the novel Na(+)-sensitive fluorescent dye Asante NaTRIUM Green-2 (ANG-2) was evaluated, both in vitro and in situ. In this context, absorption coefficients, fluorescence quantum yields and 2P action cross-sections were determined for the first time. ANG-2 was 2P-excitable over a broad spectral range and displayed fluorescence in the visible spectral range. Although the fluorescence decay behaviour of ANG-2 was triexponential in vitro, its analysis indicates a Na(+)-sensitivity appropriate for recordings in living cells. The Na(+)-sensitivity was reduced in situ, but the biexponential fluorescence decay behaviour could be successfully analysed in terms of quantitative [Na(+)]i recordings. Thus, physiological 2P-FLIM measurements revealed a dopamine-induced [Na(+)]i rise in cockroach salivary gland cells, which was dependent on a Na(+)-K(+)-2Cl(-) cotransporter (NKCC) activity. It was concluded that ANG-2 is a promising new sodium indicator applicable for diverse biological systems. PMID:25311309

  7. Novel flashlamp-based time-resolved fluorescence microscope reduces autofluorescence for 30-fold contrast enhancement in environmental samples

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    Connally, Russell; Veal, Duncan; Piper, James A.

    2003-07-01

    The abundance of naturally fluorescing components (autofluorophors) encountered in environmentally sourced samples can greatly hinder the detection and identification of fluorescently labeled target using fluorescence microscopy. Time-resolved fluorescence microscopy (TRFM) is a technique that reduces the effects of autofluorescence through precisely controlled time delays. Lanthanide chelates have fluorescence lifetimes many orders of magnitude greater than typical autofluorophors, and persist in their luminescence long after autofluorescence has ceased. An intense short pulse of (UV) light is used to excite fluorescence in the sample and after a short delay period the longer persisting fluorescence from the chelate is captured with an image-intensified CCD camera. The choice of pulsed excitation source for TRFM has a large impact on the price and performance of the instrument. A flashlamp with a short pulse duration was selected for our instrument because of the high spectral energy in the UV region and short pulse length. However, flash output decays with an approximate lifetime of 18?s and the TRFM requires a long-lived chelate to ensure probe fluorescence is still visible after decay of the flash plasma. We synthesized a recently reported fluorescent chelate (BHHCT) and conjugated it to a monoclonal antibody directed against the water-borne parasite Giardia lamblia. Fluorescence lifetime of the construct was determined to be 339?s +/- 14?s and provided a 45-fold enhancement of labeled Giardia over background using a gate delay of 100?s. Despite the sub-optimal decay characteristics of the light pulse, flashlamps have many advantages compared to optical chopper wheels and modulated lasers. Their low cost, lack of vibration, ease of interface and small footprint are important factors to consider in TRFM design.

  8. Dynamic structural changes in microbial membranes in response to high hydrostatic pressure analyzed using time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy measurement.

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    Abe, Fumiyoshi

    2013-12-15

    High hydrostatic pressure has a profound physiological impact on lipid membranes, primarily resulting in tighter packing and restriction of acyl-chain motion. To fulfill membrane protein functions in high-pressure environments, deep-sea organisms possess specialized cell membranes. Although the effects of high-pressure on model membranes have been investigated in great detail, high-pressure-induced structural changes in living cell membranes remain to be elucidated. Of the spectroscopic techniques available to date, fluorescence anisotropy measurement is a common useful method that provides information on dynamic membrane properties. This mini-review focuses on pressure-induced changes in natural cell membranes, analyzed by means of high-pressure time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy measurement (HP-TRFAM). Specifically, the role of eicosapentaenoic acid in deep-sea piezophiles is described in terms of the structural integrity of the membrane under high pressure. PMID:23790318

  9. Time-resolved Ultrafast Spectroscopy Experiments on High Temperature Superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8

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    Meng, Jianqiao; Dakovski, Georgi L.; Zhu, Jian-Xin; Riseborough, Peter S.; Gu, Genda; Gilbertson, Steve M.; Rodriguez, George; Qi, Jingbo; Taylor, Antoinette; Durakiewicz, Tomasz

    2013-03-01

    Time-resolved ultrafast spectroscopy experiments have been carried out on various dopings of high temperature superconductor Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8In this talk, we will report our observation and analysis of ultrafast dynamics in Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8, with special emphasis on the quasiparticle dynamics in the pseudogap and SC gap regimes.

  10. Quantification of joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis by time-resolved diffuse optical spectroscopy and tracer kinetic modeling

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    Ioussoufovitch, Seva; Morrison, Laura B.; Lee, Ting-Yim; St. Lawrence, Keith; Diop, Mamadou

    2015-03-01

    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is characterized by chronic synovial inflammation, which can cause progressive joint damage and disability. Diffuse optical spectroscopy (DOS) and imaging have the potential to become potent monitoring tools for RA. We devised a method that combined time-resolved DOS and tracer kinetics modeling to rapidly and reliably quantify blood flow in the joint. Preliminary results obtained from two animals show that the technique can detect joint inflammation as early as 5 days after onset.

  11. Time-resolved fluorescence studies of tomaymycin bonding to synthetic DNAs.

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    Barkley, M D; Chen, Q; Walczak, W J; Maskos, K

    1996-01-01

    Tomaymycin reacts covalently with guanine in the DNA minor groove, exhibiting considerable specificity for the flanking bases. The sequence dependence of tomaymycin bonding to DNA was investigated in synthetic DNA oligomers and polymers. The maximum extent of bonding to DNA is greater for homopurine and natural DNA sequences than for alternating purine-pyrimidine sequences. Saturation of DNA with tomaymycin has little effect on the melting temperature in the absence of unbound drug. Fluorescence lifetimes were measured for DNA adducts at seven of the ten unique trinucleotide bonding sites. Most of the adducts had two fluorescence lifetimes, representing two of the four possible binding modes. The lifetimes cluster around 2-3 ns and 5-7 ns; the longer lifetime is the major component for most bonding sites. The two lifetime classes were assigned to R and S diastereomeric adducts by comparison with previous NMR results for oligomer adducts. The lifetime difference between binding modes is interpreted in terms of an anomeric effect on the excited-state proton transfer reaction that quenches tomaymycin fluorescence. Bonding kinetics of polymer adducts were monitored by fluorescence lifetime measurements. Rates of adduct formation vary by two orders of magnitude with poly(dA-dG).poly(dC-dT), reacting the fastest at 4 x 10(-2) M-1 s-1. The sequence specificity of tomaymycin is discussed in light of these findings and other reports in the literature. PMID:8785351

  12. Conformational heterogeneity of the copper binding site in azurin. A time-resolved fluorescence study.

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    Szabo, A G; Stepanik, T M; Wayner, D M; Young, N M

    1983-01-01

    Comparison of the fluorescence spectra and the effect of temperature on the quantum yields of fluorescence of Azurin (from Pseudomonas fluorescens ATCC-13525-2) and 3-methylindole (in methylcyclohexane solution) provides substantive evidence that the tryptophan residue in azurin is completely inaccessible to solvent molecules. The quantum yields of azurin (CuII), azurin (CuI), and apoazurin (lambda ex = 291 nm) were 0.052, 0.054, and 0.31, respectively. Other evidence indicates that there is no energy transfer from tyrosine to tryptophan in any of these proteins. The fluorescence decay behavior of each of the azurin samples was found to be invariant with emission wavelength. The fluorescences of azurin (CuII) and azurin (CuI) decay with dual exponential kinetics (tau 1 = 4.80 ns, tau 2 = 0.18 ns) while that of apoazurin obeys single exponential decay kinetics (tau = 4.90). The ratio of pre-exponentials of azurin (CuII), alpha 1/alpha 2, is found to be 0.25, and this ratio increases to 0.36 on reduction to azurin (CuI). The results are interpreted as originating from different interactions of the tryptophan with two conformers of the copper-ligand complex in azurin. PMID:6404322

  13. Global and time-resolved monitoring of crop photosynthesis with chlorophyll fluorescence

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    Global monitoring of agricultural productivity is critical in a world under a continuous increase of food demand. Here we have used new spaceborne retrievals of chlorophyll fluorescence, an emission quantity intrinsically linked to photosynthesis, to derive spatially explicit photosynthetic uptake r...

  14. Improving SNR in Time-Resolved Spectroscopies Without Sacrificing Temporal-Resolution Application to the UV Photolysis of Methyl Cyanoformate

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    Wilhelm, Michael J.; Smith, Jonathan M.; Dai, HAI-LUNG

    2015-06-01

    We demonstrate a new analysis for the enhancement of the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) in time-resolved spectroscopies, termed spectral reconstruction analysis (SRA). As distinct from a simple linear average which produces only a single} representative spectrum with enhanced SNR, SRA produces a comparable enhancement, but fully preserves the measured time-dependence. Specifically, given a series of (n) time-resolved spectra, SRA yields an approximate sqrt(n)} SNR enhancement for each of the original n-spectra. SRA operates by eliminating noise in the temporal domain, thereby significantly attenuating noise in the spectral domain, as follows (see Figure): Temporal profiles of each measured frequency are fit to capture the representative temporal evolutions, then time-resolved spectra are reconstructed by replacing the measured profiles with the fit profiles. In addition to simulated control data sets, we demonstrate SRA with experimentally measured time-resolved IR emission spectra, collected following the 193 nm photolysis of methyl cyanoformate (CH_3OC(O)CN). Of significance, we now show the appearance of resonances assignable to hydrogen cyanide (HCN), which were previously obscured in the noise of the measured spectra. The presence of HCN suggests the occurrence of a previously uncharacterized dissociation channel, likely involving a cyclic 5-center transition state.

  15. Time-resolved fluorescence microspectroscopy for characterizing crude oils in bulk and hydrocarbon-bearing fluid inclusions.

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    Ryder, Alan G; Przyjalgowski, Milosz A; Feely, Martin; Szczupak, Boguslaw; Glynn, Thomas J

    2004-09-01

    Time-resolved fluorescence data was collected from a series of 23 bulk crude petroleum oils and six microscopic hydrocarbon-bearing fluid inclusions (HCFI). The data was collected using a diode laser fluorescence lifetime microscope (DLFLM) over the 460-700 nm spectral range using a 405 nm excitation source. The correlation between intensity averaged lifetimes (tau) and chemical and physical parameters was examined with a view to developing a quantitative model for predicting the gross chemical composition of hydrocarbon liquids trapped in HCFI. It was found that tau is nonlinearly correlated with the measured polar and corrected alkane concentrations and that oils can be classified on this basis. However, these correlations all show a large degree of scatter, preventing accurate quantitative prediction of gross chemical composition of the oils. Other parameters such as API gravity and asphaltene, aromatic, and sulfur concentrations do not correlate well with tau measurements. Individual HCFI were analyzed using the DLFLM, and time-resolved fluorescence measurements were compared with tau data from the bulk oils. This enabled the fluid within the inclusions to be classified as either low alkane/high polar or high alkane/low polar. Within the high alkane/low polar group, it was possible to clearly discriminate HCFI from different locales and to see differences in the trapped hydrocarbon fluids from a single geological source. This methodology offers an alternative method for classifying the hydrocarbon content of HCFI and observing small variations in the trapped fluid composition that is less sensitive to fluctuations in the measurement method than fluorescence intensity based methods. PMID:15479528

  16. Cell type and spatial location dependence of cytoplasmic viscosity measured by time-resolved fluorescence microscopy.

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    Srivastava, A; Krishnamoorthy, G

    1997-04-15

    Information on the cell type and spatial location dependence of cytoplasmic viscosity would be very useful in understanding some of the processes occurring in the cell. For this purpose, fluorescent dye kiton red (sulforhodamine B) was loaded into a variety of cells such as Swiss 3T3 fibroblasts, human mononuclear cells, Sarcoma-180 tumor cells, Chinese hamster ovary cells, plant cells from Digitalis lanata, stamen hair cells of Tradescantia, and guard mother cells of Allium cepa. Space-resolved measurements of cytoplasmic viscosity were carried out by using an experimental set-up wherein a picosecond laser system was coupled with an epifluorescence microscope. The spatial resolution of this set-up was approximately 1.0 micron, and reliable dynamic fluorescence measurements could be obtained from 10(2) to 10(3) fluorescent molecules. Fluorescence lifetime measurements showed that a large fraction (approximately 70%) of kiton red was in the free form. Fluorescence anisotropy decay of kiton red in cells was analyzed by a two population (free and bound) model. The microviscosity of cytoplasm was estimated from the anisotropy decay kinetics of the free probe. It was found that the cytoplasmic viscosity is dependent on both the cell type and spatial location within a cell. Furthermore, both the average value of viscosity and spatial variation within a cell were larger in the plant cells when compared to the animal cells. Model studies in various simpler systems have shown that the higher viscosity observed in some part of the cell could be due to either physical restriction and/or the presence of high concentrations of small solutes and macromolecules. PMID:9143317

  17. Quantifying the cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen by combining diffuse correlation spectroscopy and time-resolved near-infrared spectroscopy

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    Verdecchia, Kyle; Diop, Mamadou; Lee, Ting-Yim; St. Lawrence, Keith

    2013-02-01

    Preterm infants are highly susceptible to ischemic brain injury; consequently, continuous bedside monitoring to detect ischemia before irreversible damage occurs would improve patient outcome. In addition to monitoring cerebral blood flow (CBF), assessing the cerebral metabolic rate of oxygen (CMRO2) would be beneficial considering that metabolic thresholds can be used to evaluate tissue viability. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate that changes in absolute CMRO2 could be measured by combining diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) with time-resolved near-infrared spectroscopy (TR-NIRS). Absolute CBF was determined using bolus-tracking TR-NIRS to calibrate the DCS measurements. Cerebral venous blood oxygenation (SvO2) was determined by multiwavelength TR-NIRS measurements, the accuracy of which was assessed by directly measuring the oxygenation of sagittal sinus blood. In eight newborn piglets, CMRO2 was manipulated by varying the anesthetics and by injecting sodium cyanide. No significant differences were found between the two sets of SvO2 measurements obtained by TR-NIRS or sagittal sinus blood samples and the corresponding CMRO2 measurements. Bland-Altman analysis showed a mean CMRO2 difference of 0.02680.8340 mL O2/100 g/min between the two techniques over a range from 0.3 to 4 mL O2/100 g/min.

  18. High-pressure-low-temperature cryostat designed for use with fourier transform infrared spectrometers and time-resolved infrared spectroscopy.

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    Calladine, James A; Love, Ashley; Fields, Peter A; Wilson, Richard G M; George, Michael W

    2014-01-01

    The design for a new high-pressure-low-temperature infrared (IR) cell for performing experiments using conventional Fourier transform infrared or fast laser-based time-resolved infrared spectroscopy, in a range of solvents, is described. The design builds upon a commercially available compressor and cold end (Polycold PCC() and CryoTiger()), which enables almost vibration-free operation, ideal for use with sensitive instrumentation. The design of our cell and cryostat allows for the study of systems at temperatures from 77 to 310 K and at pressures up to 250 bar. The CaF2 windows pass light from the mid-IR to the ultraviolet (UV), enabling a number of experiments to be performed, such as Raman, UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, and time-resolved techniques where sample excitation/probing using continuous wave or pulsed lasers is required. We demonstrate the capabilities of this cell by detailing two different applications: (i) the reactivity of a range of Group V-VII organometallic alkane complexes using time-resolved spectroscopy on the millisecond timescale and (ii) the gas-to-liquid phase transition of CO2 at low temperature, which is applicable to measurements associated with transportation issues related to carbon capture and storage. PMID:24666949

  19. Application of time-resolved fluorescence to the determination of metabolites

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    Murillo Pulgarín, J. A.; Alañón Molina, A.; Martínez Ferreras, F.

    2014-07-01

    A simple fluorescent methodology for the simultaneous determination of two major metabolites of acetylsalicylic acid - salicylic and gentisic acids - in pharmaceutical preparations and human urine is proposed. Due to the overlapping between the fluorescence spectra of both analytes, the use of the more selective fluorescence decay curves is proposed. Values of dependent instrumental variables affecting the signal-to-noise ratio were fixed with a simplex optimization procedure. A calibration matrix of thirteen standards plus two blank samples was processed using a partial least-squares (PLS) analysis. To assess the goodness of the proposed method, a prediction set of nine synthetic samples was analyzed, obtaining recovery percentages between 95% and 106%. Limits of detection, calculated by means of a new criterion, were 3.49 μg L-1 and 1.66 μg L-1 for salicylic and gentisic acids, respectively. The method was also tested in three pharmaceutical preparations containing salicylic acid, obtaining recovery percentages close to 100%. Finally, the simultaneous determination of both analytes in human urine samples was successfully carried out by the PLS-analysis of a matrix of thirteen standards plus five analyte blanks. Although spectra of analytes and urine overlap strongly, no extraction method neither prior separation of the analytes were needed.

  20. Time-resolved imaging system for fluorescence-guided surgery with lifetime imaging capability

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    Powolny, F.; Homicsko, K.; Sinisi, R.; Bruschini, Claudio E.; Grigoriev, E.; Homulle, H.; Prior, John O.; Hanahan, D.; Dubikovskaya, E.; Charbon, E.

    2014-05-01

    We present a single-photon camera for fluorescence imaging, with a time resolution better than 100ps, capable of providing both intensity and lifetime images. the camera was fabricated in standard CMOS technology. With this FluoCam we show the possibility to study sub-nanosecond fluorescence mechanisms. The FluoCam was used to characterize a near-infrared probe, indocyanine green, conjugated with multimeric cyclic pentapeptide (cRGD). The fluorescent probe-conjugated was used to target and mark tumors with better specificity, in particular aiming at targeting the integrins αvβ3 and αvβ5. As a first step towards clinical studies, preliminary results obtained in-vivo are presented. The first envisioned clinical application would be image-guided surgical oncology to help the surgeon to remove tumor tissue by a better discrimination from normal tissues and also to improve the detection of metastatic lymph nodes. A further application could be the in-vivo determination of the αvβ3 and αvβ5 targets to select patients for therapy with RGD chemotherapy conjugates.

  1. Gene expression analysis with an integrated CMOS microarray by time-resolved fluorescence detection

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    Huang, Ta-chien D.; Paul, Sunirmal; Gong, Ping; Levicky, Rastislav; Kymissis, John; Amundson, Sally A.; Shepard, Kenneth L.

    2010-01-01

    DNA microarrays have proven extraordinarily powerful for differential expression studies across thousands of genes in a single experiment. Microarrays also have the potential for clinical applications, including the detection of infectious and immunological diseases and cancer, if they can be rendered both reliable and cost-effective. Here we report the first practical application of an active microarray based on integrated circuit technology, completely obviating the need for external measurement instrumentation while employing protocols compatible with traditional fluorescence-based surface bioassays. In a gene-expression biodosimetry study, we determine the differential activity of genes from leucocytes in irradiated human blood. Quantum dots are used as fluorescence labels to realize filterless, time-gated fluorescence detection on an active complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) microarray with 100-pM sensitivity. Improvements in surface chemistry should allow sensitivities that approach the microarray hardware limit of less than 10 pM. Techniques for covalent attachment of DNA capture strands to the CMOS active microarrays allow integrated sensors to be placed in immediate proximity to hybridized analyte strands, maximizing photon collection efficiencies. PMID:20392628

  2. Application of time-resolved fluorescence to the determination of metabolites.

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    Murillo Pulgarn, J A; Alan Molina, A; Martnez Ferreras, F

    2014-07-15

    A simple fluorescent methodology for the simultaneous determination of two major metabolites of acetylsalicylic acid--salicylic and gentisic acids--in pharmaceutical preparations and human urine is proposed. Due to the overlapping between the fluorescence spectra of both analytes, the use of the more selective fluorescence decay curves is proposed. Values of dependent instrumental variables affecting the signal-to-noise ratio were fixed with a simplex optimization procedure. A calibration matrix of thirteen standards plus two blank samples was processed using a partial least-squares (PLS) analysis. To assess the goodness of the proposed method, a prediction set of nine synthetic samples was analyzed, obtaining recovery percentages between 95% and 106%. Limits of detection, calculated by means of a new criterion, were 3.49 ?g L(-1) and 1.66 ?g L(-1) for salicylic and gentisic acids, respectively. The method was also tested in three pharmaceutical preparations containing salicylic acid, obtaining recovery percentages close to 100%. Finally, the simultaneous determination of both analytes in human urine samples was successfully carried out by the PLS-analysis of a matrix of thirteen standards plus five analyte blanks. Although spectra of analytes and urine overlap strongly, no extraction method neither prior separation of the analytes were needed. PMID:24662756

  3. Discrimination of molecular thin films by surface-sensitive time-resolved optical spectroscopy

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    Peli, Simone; Nembrini, Nicola; Damin, Francesco; Chiari, Marcella; Giannetti, Claudio; Banfi, Francesco; Ferrini, Gabriele

    2015-10-01

    An optical discrimination technique, tailored to nanometric-sized, low optical absorbance molecular complexes adhering to thin metal films, is proposed and demonstrated. It is based on a time-resolved evanescent-wave detection scheme in conjunction with hierarchical cluster analysis and principal value decomposition. The present approach aims to differentiate among molecular films based on statistical methods, without using previous detailed knowledge of the physical mechanisms responsible for the detected signal. The technique is open to integration in lab-on-a-chip architectures and nanoscopy platforms for applications ranging from medical screening to material diagnostics.

  4. Measurement of oxygen tension in tumours by time-resolved fluorescence.

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    Young, W. K.; Vojnovic, B.; Wardman, P.

    1996-01-01

    Tumour oxygenation is important in clinical radiotherapy because hypoxic cells are radioresistant. Knowledge of the state of tumour oxygenation would be advantageous for maximising effectiveness of treatment. A prototype fibre optic fluorosensor for measuring low (radiobiologically relevant) levels of oxygen is described. Based on oxygen quenching of the fluorescence of an excited fluorophor immobilised in a polymer at the end of an optical fibre, the sensor shows promise in overcoming some of the limitations of existing oxygen sensor systems. The prototype fibre optic sensor operates most effectively in the 0-2% oxygen range with fast response and settling times. Preliminary results from measurements in tumours are presented. PMID:8763892

  5. Time resolved laser-induced fluorescence of electrosprayed ions confined in a linear quadrupole trap

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    Friedrich, Jochen; Fu Jinmei; Hendrickson, Christopher L.; Marshall, Alan G.; Wang Yisheng

    2004-11-01

    We have designed and constructed a linear quadrupole ion trap for the measurement of laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) of mass selected gas-phase ions produced by electrospray ionization. The instrument consists of a simple electrospray source, radiofrequency octopole guide, a dc quadrupole bender, a quadrupole mass filter, the linear quadrupole trap (which is equipped with optics for LIF collection and a channeltron ion detector), and several multielement focusing lenses. With this instrument, the LIF decay lifetime of gas-phase Rhodamine 640 radical cations is determined for the first time.

  6. Correlation of conformational heterogeneity of the tryptophyl side chain and time-resolved fluorescence intensity decay kinetics

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    Laws, William R.; Ross, J. B. Alexander

    1992-04-01

    The time-resolved fluorescence properties of a tryptophan residue should be useful for probing protein structure, function, and dynamics. To date, however, the non-single exponential fluorescence intensity decay kinetics for numerous peptides and proteins having a single tryptophan residue have not been adequately explained. Many possibilities have been considered and include: (1) contributions from the 1La and 1Lb states of indole; (2) excited-state hydrogen exchange; and (3) environmental heterogeneity from (chi) 1 and (chi) 2 rotamers. In addition, it has been suggested that generally many factors contribute to the decay and a distribution of probabilities may be more appropriate. Two recent results support multiple species due to conformational heterogeneity as the major contributor to complex kinetics. First, a rotationally constrained tryptophan analogue has fluorescence intensity decay kinetics that can be described by the sum of two exponentials with amplitudes comparable to the relative populations of the two rotational isomers. Second, the multiple exponentials observed for tyrosine-containing model compounds and peptides correlate with the (chi) 1 rotamer populations independently determined by 1H NMR. We now report similar correlations between rotamer populations and fluorescence intensity decay kinetics for a tryptophan analogue of oxytocin. It appears for this compound that either (chi) 2 rotations do not appreciably alter the indole environment, (chi) 2 rotations are rapid enough to average the observed dependence, or only one of two possible (chi) 2 populations is associated with each (chi) 1 rotamer.

  7. Time-Resolved Laser-Induced Fluorescence Measurements of the Ion Velocity Distribution in the H6 Hall Thruster Plume

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    Durot, Christopher; Gallimore, Alec

    2013-09-01

    We developed a technique to measure time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence signals in plasma sources that have a relatively constant spectrum of oscillations in steady-state operation but are not periodically pulsed, such as Hall thrusters. We present the first results using the new technique to capture oscillations in a Hall Thruster. The ion velocity distribution function in the plume of the H6 Hall thruster is interrogated during breathing mode oscillations. The breathing mode is characterized by an oscillating depletion and replenishment of neutrals at a frequency of about 10-25 kHz. We use laser modulation on the order of megahertz, well above the time scale of interest (about 0.1 ms). Band-pass filtering and phase-sensitive detection (with a time constant on the order of microseconds) raise the signal-to-noise ratio and demodulate the signal while preserving time-resolved information. Following phase-sensitive detection, we average over transfer functions to finish recovering the signal. This technique has advantages such as a shorter dwell time than other techniques and the lack of a need for triggering for averaging in the time domain.

  8. Cellular Oxygen and Nutrient Sensing in Microgravity Using Time-Resolved Fluorescence Microscopy

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    Szmacinski, Henryk

    2003-01-01

    Oxygen and nutrient sensing is fundamental to the understanding of cell growth and metabolism. This requires identification of optical probes and suitable detection technology without complex calibration procedures. Under this project Microcosm developed an experimental technique that allows for simultaneous imaging of intra- and inter-cellular events. The technique consists of frequency-domain Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM), a set of identified oxygen and pH probes, and methods for fabrication of microsensors. Specifications for electronic and optical components of FLIM instrumentation are provided. Hardware and software were developed for data acquisition and analysis. Principles, procedures, and representative images are demonstrated. Suitable lifetime sensitive oxygen, pH, and glucose probes for intra- and extra-cellular measurements of analyte concentrations have been identified and tested. Lifetime sensing and imaging have been performed using PBS buffer, culture media, and yeast cells as a model systems. Spectral specifications, calibration curves, and probes availability are also provided in the report.

  9. The analysis of time resolved protein fluorescence in multi-tryptophan proteins

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    Engelborghs, Yves

    2001-09-01

    In the last decades, considerable progress has been made in the analysis of the fluorescence decay of proteins with more than one tryptophan. The construction of single tryptophan containing proteins has shown that the lifetimes of the wild type proteins are often the linear combinations of the family lifetimes of the contributing tryptophan residues. Additivity is not followed when energy transfer takes place among tryptophan residues or when the structure of the remaining protein is altered upon the modification. Progress has also been made in the interpretation of the value of the lifetime and the linkage with the immediate environment. Probably all the irreversible processes leading to return to the ground state have been catalogued and their rate constants are documented. Also, the process of electron transfer to the peptide carbonyl is becoming more and more documented and is linked to the rotameric state of tryptophan. Reversible excited state processes are also being considered, including reversible interconversions between rotamers. Interesting information about tryptophan and its environment comes also from anisotropy measurements for proteins in the native, the denatured and the molten globule states. Alterations of protein fluorescence due to the effects of ligand binding or side chain modifications can be analyzed via the ratio of the quantum yields of the modified protein and the reference state. Using the ratio of quantum yields and the (amplitude weighted) average lifetime, three factors can be identified: (1) a change in the apparent radiative rate constant reflecting either static quenching or an intrinsic change in the radiative properties; (2) a change in dynamic quenching; and (3) a change in the balance of the populations of the microstates or local static quenching.

  10. Time-Resolved Ultraviolet Spectroscopy of The M-Dwarf GJ 876 Exoplanetary System

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    France, Kevin; Linsky, Jeffrey L.; Tian, Feng; Froning, Cynthia S.; Roberge, Aki

    2012-01-01

    Extrasolar planets orbiting M-stars may represent our best chance to discover habitable worlds in the coming decade. The ultraviolet spectrum incident upon both Earth-like and Jovian planets is critically important for proper modeling of their atmospheric heating and chemistry. In order to provide more realistic inputs for atmospheric models of planets orbiting low-mass stars, we present new near- and far-ultraviolet (NUV and FUV) spectroscopy of the M-dwarf exoplanet host GJ 876 (M4V). Using the COS and STIS spectrographs on board the Hubble Space Telescope, we have measured the 1150-3140 A spectrum of GJ 876. We have reconstructed the stellar H1 Ly alpha emission line profile, and find that the integrated Ly alpha flux is roughly equal to the rest of the integrated flux (1150-1210 A + 1220-3140 A) in the entire ultraviolet bandpass (F(Ly alpha)/F(FUV+NUV) equals approximately 0.7). This ratio is approximately 2500x greater than the solar value. We describe the ultraviolet line spectrum and report surprisingly strong fluorescent emission from hot H2 (T(H2) greater than 2000 K). We show the light curve of a chromospheric + transition region flare observed in several far-UV emission lines, with flare/quiescent flux ratios greater than or equal to 10. The strong FUV radiation field of an M-star (and specifically Ly alpha) is important for determining the abundance of O2--and the formation of biomarkers-in the lower atmospheres of Earth-like planets in the habitable zones of low-mass stars.

  11. TIME-RESOLVED ULTRAVIOLET SPECTROSCOPY OF THE M-DWARF GJ 876 EXOPLANETARY SYSTEM

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    France, Kevin; Froning, Cynthia S.; Linsky, Jeffrey L.; Tian, Feng; Roberge, Aki

    2012-05-10

    Extrasolar planets orbiting M-stars may represent our best chance to discover habitable worlds in the coming decade. The ultraviolet spectrum incident upon both Earth-like and Jovian planets is critically important for proper modeling of their atmospheric heating and chemistry. In order to provide more realistic inputs for atmospheric models of planets orbiting low-mass stars, we present new near- and far-ultraviolet (NUV and FUV) spectroscopy of the M-dwarf exoplanet host GJ 876 (M4V). Using the COS and STIS spectrographs on board the Hubble Space Telescope, we have measured the 1150-3140 A spectrum of GJ 876. We have reconstructed the stellar H I Ly{alpha} emission line profile, and find that the integrated Ly{alpha} flux is roughly equal to the rest of the integrated flux (1150-1210 A + 1220-3140 A) in the entire ultraviolet bandpass (F(Ly{alpha})/F(FUV+NUV) Almost-Equal-To 0.7). This ratio is {approx}2500 Multiplication-Sign greater than the solar value. We describe the ultraviolet line spectrum and report surprisingly strong fluorescent emission from hot H{sub 2} (T(H{sub 2}) > 2000 K). We show the light curve of a chromospheric + transition region flare observed in several far-UV emission lines, with flare/quiescent flux ratios {>=}10. The strong FUV radiation field of an M-star (and specifically Ly{alpha}) is important for determining the abundance of O{sub 2}-and the formation of biomarkers-in the lower atmospheres of Earth-like planets in the habitable zones of low-mass stars.

  12. Time-resolved spectroscopy of self-assembly of CCMV protein capsids

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    Moore, Jelyn; Aronzon, Dina; Manoharan, V. N.

    2008-10-01

    In order to gain a deeper understanding of the process a virus undergoes to assemble; the purpose of this study to time resolve the self-assembly of a virus. Cowpea Chlorotic Mottle virus (CCMV), an icosahedral type virus, can assemble without its genetic code (RNA) depending on its chemical and physical surroundings. The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of colloidal gold particles is known to display a shift when the gold interacts with the proteins of a virus. Surface plasmon resonance is the free electron oscillation occurring at the surface of the gold particle resulting in a characteristic peak location at maximal absorbance and peak width. The shift results from the change in the refractive index of the particles as induced by the presence of the proteins. We hope to detect this shift through total internal reflection microscopy (TIRM). The accomplishments of this research are the completion of the TIR setup and the purification of the virus and its proteins.

  13. Time-Resolved X-ray Spectroscopy of the Massive Binary delta Ori

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    Nichols, Joy S.; Naze, Y.; Corcoran, M. F.; Pollock, A.; Moffat, A. F.; Ignace, R.; Waldron, W. L.; Evans, N. R.

    2014-01-01

    We have obtained 500 ks of Chandra HETG observations of the massive binary delta Ori (O9.5II+unseen companion), one of the fundamental calibrators of the mass-luminosity-radius relation in the upper HR diagram. The program is intended to map the emission line parameters as the secondary moves through the wind of the primary star. Custom extraction techniques have been developed to create 12 time-resolved 40 ks spectra from these observations, each of which is properly calibrated for time and temperature effects. Emission line fluxes for these time slice spectra are presented, as well as phase analysis of the variability of the fluxes. We discuss the interpretation of the resulting data, such as colliding winds and occultation of various temperature regimes of the primary wind by the secondary.

  14. Magneto-Optical and Time Resolved Spectroscopy in Narrow Gap MOVPE Grown Ferromagnetic Semiconductors

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    Meeker, M.; Magill, B.; Bhowmick, M.; Khodaparast, G. A.; McGill, S.; Feeser, C.; Wessels, B. W.; Saha, D.; Sanders, G. D.; Stanton, C. J.

    2014-03-01

    We report on magneto-optical at high magnetic fields and time resolved studies, that provide insight into the band structure, time scales, and the nature of the interactions in ferromagnetic InMnAs and InMnSb grown by MOVPE. By probing the dynamical behavior of the nonequilibrium carriers and spins, created by intense laser pulses, we gain valuable information about different scattering mechanisms and observe the sensitivity and tunability of the carrier and spin dynamics to the initial excitation energy. Theoretical calculations are performed using an 8 band k . model including non-parabolicity, band-mixing, and the interaction of magnetic Mn impurities with itinerant electrons and holes. Supported by: NSF-Career Award DMR-0846834, NSF-DMR-1305666, NSF-DMR-1105437, and Virginia Tech Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Sciences (ICTAS).

  15. Use of Time-Resolved Fluorescence To Improve Sensitivity and Dynamic Range of Gel-Based Proteomics.

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    Sandberg, AnnSofi; Buschmann, Volker; Kapusta, Peter; Erdmann, Rainer; Wheelock, Åsa M

    2016-03-15

    Limitations in the sensitivity and dynamic range of two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) are currently hampering its utility in global proteomics and biomarker discovery applications. In the current study, we present proof-of-concept analyses showing that introducing time-resolved fluorescence in the image acquisition step of in-gel protein quantification provides a sensitive and accurate method for subtracting confounding background fluorescence at the photon level. In-gel protein detection using the minimal difference gel electrophoresis workflow showed improvements in lowest limit of quantification in terms of CyDye molecules per pixel of 330-fold in the blue-green region (Cy2) and 8000-fold in the red region (Cy5) over conventional state-of-the-art image acquisition instrumentation, here represented by the Typhoon 9400 instrument. These improvements make possible the detection of low-abundance proteins present at sub-attomolar levels, thereby representing a quantum leap for the use of gel-based proteomics in biomarker discovery. These improvements were achieved using significantly lower laser powers and overall excitation times, thereby drastically decreasing photobleaching during repeated scanning. The single-fluorochrome detection limits achieved by the cumulative time-resolved emission two-dimensional electrophoresis (CuTEDGE) technology facilitates in-depth proteomics characterization of very scarce samples, for example, primary human tissue materials collected in clinical studies. The unique information provided by high-sensitivity 2-DE, including positional shifts due to post-translational modifications, may increase the chance to detect biomarker signatures of relevance for identification of disease subphenotypes. PMID:26854653

  16. Analysis of internal motion of single tryptophan in Streptomyces subtilisin inhibitor from its picosecond time-resolved fluorescence.

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    Tanaka, F; Tamai, N; Mataga, N; Tonomura, B; Hiromi, K

    1994-01-01

    A mode of internal motion of single tryptophan, Trp 86, of Streptomyces subtilisin inhibitor, was analyzed from its time-resolved fluorescence. The intensity and anisotropy decays of Trp 86 were measured in the picosecond range. These decays were analyzed with theoretical expressions derived assuming that the indole ring of tryptophan as an asymmetric rotor rotates around covalent bonds connecting indole with the peptide chain and an effective quencher of fluorescence of Trp 86 is the nearby SS bond of Cys 35-Cys 50. First, the intensity decays at 6 degrees, 20 degrees, and 40 degrees C were analyzed, and then the both decays of the intensity and anisotropy at 20 degrees C were simultaneously simulated with common parameters. Constants concerning geometrical structures of the protein used for the analysis were obtained from x-ray crystallographic data. Best fit between the observed and calculated decay curves was obtained by a nonlinear least squares method by adjusting a quenching constant averaged over the rotational angles, koq height of the potential energy, p, and three of six diffusion coefficients, Dxx, Dyy, Dzz, Dxy, Dyz, and Dzx, as variable parameters. The obtained results revealed that the internal motion of the indole ring became faster, the quenching rate of the fluorescence of Trp 86 was enhanced and the height of potential energy became lower at higher temperatures, and suggested that Trp 86 was wobbling around the long axis of the indole ring in the protein. PMID:7948700

  17. Laguerre-based method for analysis of time-resolved fluorescence data: application to in-vivo characterization and diagnosis of atherosclerotic lesions

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    Jo, Javier A.; Fang, Qiyin; Papaioannou, Thanassis; Baker, J. Dennis; Dorafshar, Amir; Reil, Todd; Qiao, Jianhua; Fishbein, Michael C.; Freischlag, Julie A.; Marcu, Laura

    2006-03-01

    We report the application of the Laguerre deconvolution technique (LDT) to the analysis of in-vivo time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy (TR-LIFS) data and the diagnosis of atherosclerotic plaques. TR-LIFS measurements were obtained in vivo from normal and atherosclerotic aortas (eight rabbits, 73 areas), and subsequently analyzed using LDT. Spectral and time-resolved features were used to develop four classification algorithms: linear discriminant analysis (LDA), stepwise LDA (SLDA), principal component analysis (PCA), and artificial neural network (ANN). Accurate deconvolution of TR-LIFS in-vivo measurements from normal and atherosclerotic arteries was provided by LDT. The derived Laguerre expansion coefficients reflected changes in the arterial biochemical composition, and provided a means to discriminate lesions rich in macrophages with high sensitivity (>85%) and specificity (>95%). Classification algorithms (SLDA and PCA) using a selected number of features with maximum discriminating power provided the best performance. This study demonstrates the potential of the LDT for in-vivo tissue diagnosis, and specifically for the detection of macrophages infiltration in atherosclerotic lesions, a key marker of plaque vulnerability.

  18. Time Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Thioflavin T Photoisomerization; A Simulation Study

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    Ren, Hao; Fingerhut, Benjamin P.; Mukamel, Shaul

    2013-01-01

    The excited state isomerization of thioflavin T (ThT) is responsible for the quenching of its fluorescence in a non-restricted environment. The fluorescence quantum yield increases substantially upon binding to amyloid fibers. Simulations reveal that the variation of the twisting angle between benzothiazole and benzene groups (?1) is responsible for the sub-picosecond fluorescence quenching. The evolution of the twisting process can be directly probed by photoelectron emission with energies ? ? 1.0 eV before the molecule reaches the ?1-twisted configuration (~300 fs). PMID:23517370

  19. Time-resolved infrared spectroscopy of the lowest triplet state of thymine and thymidine

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    Hare, Patrick M.; Middleton, Chris T.; Mertel, Kristin I.

    2008-01-01

    Vibrational spectra of the lowest energy triplet states of thymine and its 2-deoxyribonucleoside, thymidine, are reported for the first time. Time-resolved infrared (TRIR) difference spectra were recorded over seven decades of time from 300 fs 3 s using femtosecond and nanosecond pump-probe techniques. The carbonyl stretch bands in the triplet state are seen at 1603 and ~1700 cm?1 in room-temperature acetonitrile-d3 solution. These bands and additional ones observed between 1300 and 1450 cm?1 are quenched by dissolved oxygen on a nanosecond time scale. Density-functional calculations accurately predict the difference spectrum between triplet and singlet IR absorption cross sections, confirming the peak assignments and elucidating the nature of the vibrational modes. In the triplet state, the C4=O carbonyl exhibits substantial single-bond character, explaining the large (~70 cm?1) red shift in this vibration, relative to the singlet ground state. Femtosecond TRIR measurements unambiguously demonstrate that the triplet state is fully formed within the first 10 ps after excitation, ruling out a relaxed 1n?* state as the triplet precursor. PMID:19936322

  20. Time-resolved photoionization spectroscopy of mixed Rydberg-valence states: indole case study.

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    Zawadzki, Magdalena M; Thompson, James O F; Burgess, Emma A; Paterson, Martin J; Townsend, Dave

    2015-10-28

    Time-resolved photoelectron imaging was used to study non-adiabatic relaxation dynamics in gas-phase indole following photo-excitation at 267 nm and 258 nm. Our data analysis was supported by various ab initio calculations using both coupled cluster and density functional methods. The highly differential energy- and angle-resolved information provided by our experimental approach provides extremely subtle details of the complex interactions occurring between several low-lying electronically excited states. In particular, new insight into the role and fate of the mixed Rydberg-valence 3s/πσ* state is revealed. This includes population residing on the excited state surface at large N-H separations for a relatively long period of time (∼1 ps) prior to dissociation and/or internal conversion. Our findings may, in part, be rationalized by considering the rapid evolution of this state's electronic character as the N-H stretching coordinate is extended - as extensively demonstrated in the supporting theory. Overall, our findings highlight a number of important general caveats regarding the nature of mixed Rydberg-valence excited states, their spectral signatures and detection sensitivity in photoionization measurements, and the evaluation of their overall importance in mediating electronic relaxation in a wide range of small model-chromophore systems providing bio-molecular analogues - a topic of considerable interest within the chemical dynamics community over the last decade. PMID:26394263

  1. Time-resolved infrared spectroscopy of the lowest triplet state of thymine and thymidine

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    Hare, Patrick M.; Middleton, Chris T.; Mertel, Kristin I.; Herbert, John M.; Kohler, Bern

    2008-05-01

    Vibrational spectra of the lowest energy triplet states of thymine and its 2'-deoxyribonucleoside, thymidine, are reported for the first time. Time-resolved infrared (TRIR) difference spectra were recorded over seven decades of time from 300 fs to 3 μs using femtosecond and nanosecond pump-probe techniques. The carbonyl stretch bands in the triplet state are seen at 1603 and ˜1700 cm -1 in room-temperature acetonitrile- d3 solution. These bands and additional ones observed between 1300 and 1450 cm -1 are quenched by dissolved oxygen on a nanosecond time scale. Density-functional calculations accurately predict the difference spectrum between triplet and singlet IR absorption cross sections, confirming the peak assignments and elucidating the nature of the vibrational modes. In the triplet state, the C4 dbnd O carbonyl exhibits substantial single-bond character, explaining the large (˜70 cm -1) red shift in this vibration, relative to the singlet ground state. Femtosecond TRIR measurements unambiguously demonstrate that the triplet state is fully formed within the first 10 ps after excitation, ruling out a relaxed 1nπ ∗ state as the triplet precursor.

  2. Femtosecond time-resolved absorption spectroscopy of astaxanthin in solution and in alpha-crustacyanin.

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    Ilagan, Robielyn P; Christensen, Ronald L; Chapp, Timothy W; Gibson, George N; Pascher, Torbjrn; Polvka, Tomas; Frank, Harry A

    2005-04-14

    Steady-state absorption and femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopic studies have been carried out on astaxanthin dissolved in CS2, methanol, and acetonitrile, and in purified alpha-crustacyanin. The spectra of the S0 --> S2 and S1 --> S(n) transitions were found to be similarly dependent on solvent environment. The dynamics of the excited-state decay processes were analyzed with both single wavelength and global fitting procedures. In solution, the S1 lifetime of astaxanthin was found to be approximately 5 ps and independent of solvent. In alpha-crustacyanin, the lifetime was noticeably shorter at approximately 1.8 ps. Both fitting procedures led to the conclusion that the lifetime of the S2 state was either comparable to or shorter than the instrument response time. The data support the idea that dimerization of astaxanthin in alpha-crustacyanin is the primary molecular basis for the bathochromic shift of the S0 --> S2 and S1 --> S(n) transitions. Planarization of the astaxanthin molecule, which leads to a longer effective pi-electron conjugated chain and a lower S1 energy, accounts for the shorter tau1 in the protein. PMID:16833638

  3. Diffusion optical spectroscopy of cancerous and normal prostate tissues in time-resolved and frequency domain

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    Zhou, Kenneth J.; Pu, Yang; Chen, Jun

    2014-03-01

    It is well-known that light transport can be well described using Maxwell's electromagnetic theory. In biological tissue, the scattering particles cause the interaction of scattered waves from neighboring particles. Since such interaction cannot be ignored, multiple scattering occurs. The theoretical solution of multiple scattering is complicated. A suitable description is that the wavelike behavior of light is ignored and the transport of an individual photon is considered to be absorbed or scattered. This is known as the Radiative Transfer Equation (RTE) theory. Analytical solutions to the RTE that explicitly describes photon migration can be obtained by introducing some proper approximations. One of the most popular models used in the field of tissue optics is the Diffusion Approximation (DA). In this study, we report on the results of our initial study of optical properties of ex vivo normal and cancerous prostate tissues and how tissue parameters affect the near infrared light transporting in the two types of tissues. The time-resolved transport of light is simulated as an impulse isotropic point source of energy within a homogeneous unbounded medium with different absorption and scattering properties of cancerous and normal prostate tissues. Light source is also modulated sinusoidally to yield a varied fluence rate in frequency domain at a distant observation point within the cancerous and normal prostate tissues. Due to difference of the absorption and scattering coefficients between cancerous and normal tissues, the expansion of light pulse, intensity, phase are found to be different.

  4. Photoenhancement of quantum dots and conjugates measured by time-resolved spectroscopy

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    Suffern, Diana; Cooper, Daniel; Carlini, Lina; Parbhoo, Rupesh; Bradforth, Stephen; Nadeau, Jay

    2009-02-01

    The response of solubilized quantum dot solutions to visible or UV irradiation is highly variable, and contradictory reports exist in the literature. Using several different preparations of core CdSe, core-shell CdSe/ZnS, and CdTe quantum dots (QDs), we investigated the time-resolved photoluminescence as a function of 400 nm irradiation. We found that photoenhancement and photodegradation were highly dependent upon irradiation power, with the QDs being highly stable at fluences of < 2 mW. However, great variability was seen among independent preparations of QDs, with fresher dots showing greater photostability than those that had been aged in organic solvent. Conjugation of dopamine to the QDs also led to variable effects, with some batches showing lifetime enhancement upon conjugation and others suppression. In all cases, QD-dopamine conjugates showed increased lifetimes upon irradiation, up to a maximum effect at ~ 5 min post irradiation at 2.4 mW. The antioxidant beta-mercaptoethanol also affected different batches of QDs differently; it prevented photoenhancement with certain batches but not others. We propose a mechanism of photoenhancement and surface oxidation that relates the variability to the number of solubilising groups on the QD surface. The potential of photoenhancement as a sensing mechanism in cells is proposed.

  5. Multiplexed measurements by time resolved spectroscopy using colloidal CdSe/ZnS quantum dots

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    Kaiser, U.; Jimenez de Aberasturi, D.; Malinowski, R.; Amin, F.; Parak, W. J.; Heimbrodt, W.

    2014-01-27

    Multiplexed measurements of analytes in parallel is a topical demand in bioanalysis and bioimaging. An interesting alternative to commonly performed spectral multiplexing is lifetime multiplexing. In this Letter, we present a proof of principle of single-color lifetime multiplexing by coupling the same fluorophore to different nanoparticles. The effective lifetime of the fluorophores can be tuned by more than one order of magnitude due to resonance energy transfer from donor states. Measurements have been done on a model systems consisting of ATTO-590 dye molecules linked to either gold particles or to CdSe/ZnS core shell quantum dots. Both systems show the same luminescence spectrum of ATTO-590 dye emission in continuous wave excitation, but can be distinguished by means of time resolved measurements. The dye molecules bound to gold particles exhibit a mono-exponential decay with a lifetime of 4.5 ns, whereas the dye molecules bound to CdSe/ZnS dots show a nonexponential decay with a slow component of about 135 ns due to the energy transfer from the quantum dots. We demonstrate the fundamental possibility to determine the mixing ratio for dyes with equal luminescence spectra but very different transients. This opens up a pathway independent of the standard optical multiplexing with many different fluorophores emitting from the near ultraviolet to the near infrared spectral region.

  6. Structural recovery in plastic crystals by time-resolved non-linear dielectric spectroscopy

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    Riechers, Birte; Samwer, Konrad; Richert, Ranko

    2015-04-01

    The dielectric relaxation of several different plastic crystals has been examined at high amplitudes of the ac electric fields, with the aim of exploring possible differences with respect to supercooled liquids. In all cases, the steady state high field loss spectrum appears to be widened, compared with its low field limit counterpart, whereas peak position and peak amplitude remain almost unchanged. This field induced change in the loss profile is explained on the basis of two distinct effects: an increased relaxation time due to reduced configurational entropy at high fields which affects the low frequency part of the spectrum, and accelerated dynamics at frequencies above the loss peak position resulting from the added energy that the sample absorbs from the external electric field. From the time-resolved assessment of the field induced changes in fictive temperatures at relatively high frequencies, we find that this structural recovery is slaved to the average rather than mode specific structural relaxation time. In other words, the very fast relaxation modes in the plastic crystal cannot adjust their fictive temperatures faster than the slower modes, the equivalent of time aging-time superposition. As a result, an explanation for this single fictive temperature must be consistent with positional order, i.e., translational motion or local density fluctuations do not govern the persistence time of local time constants.

  7. Determination of Iron in Water Solution by Time-Resolved Femtosecond Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy

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    Sergey, S. Golik; Alexey, A. Ilyin; Michael, Yu. Babiy; Yulia, S. Biryukova; Vladimir, V. Lisitsa; Oleg, A. Bukin

    2015-11-01

    The influence of the energy of femtosecond laser pulses on the intensity of Fe I (371.99 nm) emission line and the continuous spectrum of the plasma generated on the surface of Fe3+ water solution by a Ti: sapphire laser radiation with pulse duration < 45 fs and energies up to 7 mJ is determined. A calibration curve was obtained for Fe3+ concentration range from 0.5 g/L to the limit of detection in water solution, and its saturation was detected for concentrations above 0.25 g/L, which is ascribed to self-absorption. The 3σ- limit of detection obtained for Fe in water solution is 2.6 mg/L in the case of 7 mJ laser pulse energy. It is found that an increase of laser pulse energy insignificantly affects on LOD in the time-resolved LIBS and leads to a slight improvement of the limit of detection. supported by the Russian Science Foundation (agreement #14-50-00034) (measurements of limit of detection), Russian Foundation for Basic Research (NK 15-32-20878/15) obtained in the frame of “Organization of Scientific Research” in the Far Eastern Federal University supported by Ministry of Education and Science of Russian Federation

  8. A Novel Apparatus for Laser-Excited Time-Resolved Photoemission Spectroscopy

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    Paolicelli, G.; Fondacaro, A.; Ruocco, A.; Attili, A.; Stefani, G.; Ferrini, G.; Peloi, M.; Parmigiani, F.; Banfi, G.; Cautero, G.; Tommasini, R.; Comelli, G.; Rosei, R.

    A novel apparatus devoted to time-resolved photoemission experiments in the sub-picosecond regime will be presented. The system is composed of a Ti:sapphire laser source and a time of flight (TOF) electron energy analyzer mounted in a UHV experimental chamber. The laser source is characterized by a pulse duration of 150 fs at a wavelength of 790 nm (1.57 eV) and operates at a repetition rate of 1 kHz. To perform photoemission measurements, UV radiation up to 6.28 eV is produced with sequential steps of frequency conversion by employing crystals with a second order nonlinearity. Photoelectrons are collected by a TOF spectrometer designed to analyze electrons from tenths of eV up to 5 eV. It can be operated in two different angular resolution modes switching on and off an electrostatic collection optics: the high angular resolution mode (?? = +/-2.7) and the low angular resolution mode (?? = +/-5.6). Single photon photoemission spectra from the Ag(100) clean surface have been recorded at room temperature using the fourth harmonic light (? = 200 nm and h? = 6.28 eV). The Fermi edge profile convoluted with a Gaussian-shaped energy transmission function of the TOF spectrometer sets an upper limit for the energy resolution which is about 65 meV (FWHM) at 2 eV of electron energy.

  9. Picosecond time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy as a means of gaining insight into mechanisms of intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution in excited states

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    Reid, Katharine L.

    We consider the information that can be obtained from time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy studies of intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution (IVR) in excited states of molecules, focusing on picosecond time-resolved studies of IVR in the intermediate regime. We show that time-resolved measurements may tell us as much about the experimental conditions as they do about the dynamics under examination. We show that carefully controlled picosecond time-resolved photoelectron studies are becoming feasible and that these, combined with robust calculations of Franck-Condon factors, may point the way forward in the quest to understand excited state IVR.

  10. Time-resolved fluorescence spectra and energy-resolved decays of vibronically coupled electronic states: effects of solvent relaxation on the excited-state dynamics of thioxanthone

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    Lai, Ting-ing; Lim, E. C.

    1981-12-01

    Time-resolved fluorescence spectra and energy-resolved fluorescence decays of thioxanthone in fluid solutions are presented which demonstrate the importance of solvent relaxation in determining photophysical properties of thioxanthone via its effect on S 2 (n? *)-Si(?? *) vibronic coupling.

  11. Identifiability analysis of rotational diffusion tensor and electronic transition moments measured in time-resolved fluorescence depolarization experiment

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    Szubiakowski, Jacek P.

    2014-06-14

    The subject of this paper is studies of the deterministic identifiability of molecular parameters, such as rotational diffusion tensor components and orientation of electronic transition moments, resulting from the time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy experiment. In the most general case considered, a pair of perpendicularly polarized emissions enables the unique determination of all the rotational diffusion tensor's principal components. The influence of the tensor's symmetry and the associated degeneration of its eigenvalues on the identifiability of the electronic transitions moments is systematically investigated. The analysis reveals that independently of the rotational diffusion tensor's symmetry, the transition moments involved in photoselection and emission processes cannot be uniquely identified without a priori information about their mutual orientation or their orientation with respect to the principal axes of the tensor. Moreover, it is shown that increasing the symmetry of the rotational diffusion tensor deteriorates the degree of the transition moments identifiability. To obtain these results analytically, a novel approach to solve bilinear system of equations for Markov parameters is applied. The effect of the additional information, obtained from fluorescence measurements for different molecular mobilities, to improve the identifiability at various levels of analysis is shown. The effectiveness and reliability of the target analysis method for experimental determination of the molecular parameters is also discussed.

  12. Calculating singlet excited states: Comparison with fast time-resolved infrared spectroscopy of coumarins

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    Hanson-Heine, Magnus W. D.; Wriglesworth, Alisdair; Uroos, Maliha; Calladine, James A.; Murphy, Thomas S.; Hamilton, Michelle; Clark, Ian P.; Towrie, Michael; Dowden, James; Besley, Nicholas A.; George, Michael W.

    2015-04-01

    In contrast to the ground state, the calculation of the infrared (IR) spectroscopy of molecular singlet excited states represents a substantial challenge. Here, we use the structural IR fingerprint of the singlet excited states of a range of coumarin dyes to assess the accuracy of density functional theory based methods for the calculation of excited state IR spectroscopy. It is shown that excited state Kohn-Sham density functional theory provides a high level of accuracy and represents an alternative approach to time-dependent density functional theory for simulating the IR spectroscopy of singlet excited states.

  13. Time-resolved Spectroscopy of the Polar EU Cancri in the Open Cluster Messier 67

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    Williams, Kurtis A.; Howell, Steve B.; Liebert, James; Smith, Paul S.; Bellini, Andrea; Rubin, Kate H. R.; Bolte, Michael

    2013-05-01

    We present time-resolved spectroscopic and polarimetric observations of the AM Her system EU Cnc. EU Cnc is located near the core of the old open cluster Messier 67; new proper motion measurements indicate that EU Cnc is indeed a member of the star cluster, and this system therefore is useful to constrain the formation and evolution of magnetic cataclysmic variables. The spectra exhibit two-component emission features with independent radial velocity variations as well as time-variable cyclotron emission indicating a magnetic field strength of 41 MG. The period of the radial velocity and cyclotron hump variations are consistent with the previously known photometric period, and the spectroscopic flux variations are consistent in amplitude with previous photometric amplitude measurements. The secondary star is also detected in the spectrum. We also present polarimetric imaging measurements of EU Cnc that show a clear detection of polarization, and the degree of polarization drops below our detection threshold at phases when the cyclotron emission features are fading or not evident. The combined data are all consistent with the interpretation that EU Cnc is a low-state polar in the cluster Messier 67. The mass function of the system gives an estimate of the accretor mass of M WD >= 0.68 M ⊙ with M WD ≈ 0.83 M ⊙ for an average inclination. We are thus able to place a lower limit on the progenitor mass of the accreting white dwarf of >=1.43 M ⊙. Some of the data presented herein were obtained at the W. M. Keck Observatory, which is operated as a scientific partnership among the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The Observatory was made possible by the generous financial support of the W. M. Keck Foundation.

  14. TIME-RESOLVED SPECTROSCOPY OF THE POLAR EU CANCRI IN THE OPEN CLUSTER MESSIER 67

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    Williams, Kurtis A.; Howell, Steve B.; Bellini, Andrea; Rubin, Kate H. R.; Bolte, Michael E-mail: steve.b.howell@nasa.gov E-mail: psmith@as.arizona.edu E-mail: rubin@mpia.de

    2013-05-15

    We present time-resolved spectroscopic and polarimetric observations of the AM Her system EU Cnc. EU Cnc is located near the core of the old open cluster Messier 67; new proper motion measurements indicate that EU Cnc is indeed a member of the star cluster, and this system therefore is useful to constrain the formation and evolution of magnetic cataclysmic variables. The spectra exhibit two-component emission features with independent radial velocity variations as well as time-variable cyclotron emission indicating a magnetic field strength of 41 MG. The period of the radial velocity and cyclotron hump variations are consistent with the previously known photometric period, and the spectroscopic flux variations are consistent in amplitude with previous photometric amplitude measurements. The secondary star is also detected in the spectrum. We also present polarimetric imaging measurements of EU Cnc that show a clear detection of polarization, and the degree of polarization drops below our detection threshold at phases when the cyclotron emission features are fading or not evident. The combined data are all consistent with the interpretation that EU Cnc is a low-state polar in the cluster Messier 67. The mass function of the system gives an estimate of the accretor mass of M{sub WD} {>=} 0.68 M{sub Sun} with M{sub WD} Almost-Equal-To 0.83 M{sub Sun} for an average inclination. We are thus able to place a lower limit on the progenitor mass of the accreting white dwarf of {>=}1.43 M{sub Sun }.

  15. Time ResolvedSpectroscopy of the Eclipsing Old Nova DQ Her

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    Mastrantonio, E.; Bianchini, A.; Canterna, R.

    2003-12-01

    Time resolved Hα VPH spectroscopic observations of the old nova DQ Her (1934) were taken during an eclipse of the white dwarf primary using the 1.82 m Mt. Ekar telescope (Asiago, Italy). The lightcurves of the H-alpha and He I line emitting regions exhibit several interesting features, including an eclipse minimum 0.02P before that of the continuum, low flux levels just before eclipse ingress and a shoulder during eclipse egress (between 1.1P and 1.15P). The latter might suggest the emergence of an emitting region--possibly the accretion stream-- during the eclipse egress that was otherwise obscured. The apparent lack of a hot spot during our observations might be explained by the presence of solar-type magnetic cycles in the secondary star, causing the mass transfer rate of the accretion stream to decrease and its impact with the disk to be less energetic. Radial velocities of ˜ ±140 Km s-1 derived from the wings of the Hα profiles are consistent with the orbital motion of the white dwarf primary as suggested in the literature [1]. Instead, the peaks of the emission line seem to be formed by at least three components which, though undergoing partial eclipse, seem to change their relative intensities rather than the wavelength, as if they were emitted by regions that do not follow the orbital motion of the primary. This behavior is not obvious within the standard model of Cataclysmic Variables. This work has been supported by NSF REU site grant AST 0097356 (University of Wyoming).

  16. Time-resolved spectroscopy of charge transfer phenomena in organic solar cells

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    Gerhard, Marina; Arndt, Andreas; Quintilla, Aina; Rahimi-Iman, Arash; Lemmer, Uli; Koch, Martin

    2015-03-01

    Geminate recombination of photo-generated excitons represents a considerable loss mechanism in polymer solar cells. We apply time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) to study the radiative recombination which accompanies the process of charge generation. A streak camera is used, which is sensitive for both the photoluminescence (PL) from the initially excited singlet excitons and the weaker emission from charge transfer (CT) states. The latter are formed at internal interfaces when the polymer is blended with a fullerene acceptor. We draw a comparison between our results for two polymers, P3HT and PTB7, respectively, which were studied in blends with the fullerene derivative PCBM. In addition, pristine films were investigated, allowing for the identification of interfacial features in the blends. For both polymers, the PL of the singlet states was rapidly quenched in blends with PCBM. In P3HT, time constants of about 40 ps were recorded for the singlet exciton decay and related to exciton diffusion, whereas the PL of PTB7 was almost completely quenched within the first 3 ps. The decay rates of the emissive CT excitons were 2-3 orders of magnitude smaller than those of the singlet state. Yet, due to their slower dynamics (~ 500 ps), they could be separated from the superimposed singlet emission. The CT decay times in blends with P3HT exhibited no significant temperature dependence, indicating that thermally driven dissociation of emissive excitons is unlikely. For blends with PTB7, however, a faster decay of the CT emission was obtained at room temperature.

  17. Time-resolved visible spectroscopy of laser-produced lithium plasmas

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    Bailey, J.; Tisone, G.C.; Hurst, M.J.; Morrison, R.L.; Bieg, K.W.

    1988-08-01

    We have measured time-resolved visible spectra emitted from a plasma formed when the output from a dye laser irradiates solid lithium. Such a plasma has potential as a source of lithium ions for ion-driven inertial confinement fusion, and it also provides a useful source for developing diagnostics. The laser delivered 0.5 J onto a 2--7-mm-diam spot, with a 900-ns pulse length. Experiments were performed with the wavelength tuned to the Li I 2s--2p resonance line at 6708 A and off resonance at 6728 A. The target was a 500--1000-A-thick Li film, vacuum evaporated in situ onto a substrate. The light from the plasma was coupled into the entrance slit of a 1-m Czerny--Turner spectrograph, and the output from the spectrograph was focused onto the input slit of a streak camera. The electron density was obtained from Stark-broadened widths of Li I 2p--4d, 2p--5d, and 2p--4s, and H I 2p--4d. An irradiance of 2 x 10/sup 6/ W/cm/sup 2/ at 6708 A resulted in a peak electron density of 3.9 x 10/sup 17/ cm/sup -3/. The density decreased at lower irradiance, with an intensity threshold of 5 x 10/sup 5/ W/cm/sup 2/ for producing an ionized plasma. The threshold for producing a plasma was higher with the laser tuned off resonance, although high-density lithium plasmas could still be formed at relatively low laser irradiance.

  18. Time-resolved visible spectroscopy of laser-produced lithium plasmas

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    Bailey, J.; Tisone, G.C.; Hurst, M.J.; Morrison, R.L.; Bieg, K.W.

    1988-01-01

    We have measured time-resolved visible spectra emitted from a plasma formed when the output from a dye laser irradiates solid lithium. Such a plasma has potential as a source of lithium ions for ion-driven inertial confiement fusion, and it also provides a useful source for developing diagnostics. The laser delivered 0.5 Joules onto a 2-7 mm diameter spot, with a 900-ns pulse length. Experiments were performed with the wavelength tuned to the Li I 2s-2p resonance line at 6708 )angstrom) and off-resonance at 6728 )angstrom). The target was a 500 to 1000 )angstrom) thick Li film, vacuum evaporated in situ onto a substrate. The light from the plasma was coupled into the entrance slit of a 1-m Czerny-Turner spctrometer, and the output from the spectrometer was focused onto the input slit of a steak camera. The electron density was obtained from Stark broadened widths of Li I 2p-4d, 2p-5d, 2p-4s, and H I 2p-4d. An irradiance of 2 x 10/sup 6/ wcm/sup 2/ at 6708)angstrom) resulted in a peak electron density of 3.9 x 10/sup 17/ cm/sup )minus/3). The density decreased at lower irradiance, with an intensity threshold of 5 x 10/sup 5/ Wcm/sup 2/ for producing an ionized plasma. The threshold for producing a plasma was higher with the laser tuned off resonance, although high density lithium plasmas could still be formed at relatively lower laser irradiance. 6 refs., 4 figs

  19. Time-resolved in situ measurement of mitochondrial malfunction by energy transfer spectroscopy

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    Schneckenburger, Herbert; Sailer, Reinhard; Strauss, Wolfgang S.; Lyttek, Marco; Stock, Karl; Zipfl, Peter

    2000-10-01

    To establish optical in situ detection of mitochondrial malfunction, nonradiative energy transfer from the coenzyme NADH to the mitochondrial marker rhodamine 123 (R123) was examined. Dual excitation of R123 via energy transfer from excited NADH molecules as well as by direct absorption of light results in two fluorescence signals whose ratio is a measure of mitochondrial NADH. A screening system was developed in which these signals are detected simultaneously using a time-gated (nanosecond) technique for energy transfer measurements and a frequency selective technique for direct excitation and fluorescence monitoring of R123. Optical and electronic components of the apparatus are described, and results obtained from cultivated endothelial cells are reported. The ratio of fluorescence intensities excited in the near ultraviolet and blue-green spectral ranges increased by a factor 1.5 or 1.35 after inhibition of the mitochondrial respiratory chain by rotenone at cytotoxic or noncytotoxic concentrations, respectively. Concomitantly the amount of mitochondrial NADH increased. Excellent linearity between the number of cells incubated with R123 and fluorescence intensity was found in suspension.

  20. Time-resolved autofluorescence spectroscopy of the bronchial mucosa for the detection of early cancer: clinical results

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    Glanzmann, Thomas M.; Uehlinger, Pascal; Ballini, Jean-Pierre; Radu, Alexandre; Gabrecht, Tanja; Monnier, Philippe; van den Bergh, Hubert; Wagnieres, Georges A.

    2001-10-01

    Time-resolved measurements of endogenous tissue autofluorescence were carried out on the bronchial mucosa of 18 patients during endoscopy by the means of a optical fibre-based spectrometer. The objective was to assess the fluorescence lifetime as a new contrast parameter between normal and malignant tissue and to explain the origin of a previously observed contrast in fluorescence intensity. The intra- and interpatient variation of tissue autofluorescence intensity and decay on normal tissue was determined with the outcome that a strong fluctuation in autofluorescence intensity but not in lifetime was observed on the normal tissue. Preliminary results were obtained by comparing fluorescence decays on normal mucosa and dysplasia/carcinoma in situ. No significant change in fluorescence decay nor in spectrum between 510 and 650 nm was found. Measurements in parallel with an endoscopic autofluorescence imaging device, on the other hand, indicated a contrast in intensity and spectrum on the same lesions. This suggests that the spectral contrast might be due to an enhanced blood concentration in deeper lying layers of the lesion the optical fibre-based contact measurements are less sensitive to. The difference in intensity might be due to a lower concentration in fluorophores or to the thickening of the epithelium in the neoplastic mucous membrane. However, no indication for fluorescence quenching in the upper layers of the mucous membrane as the reason for the reduced fluorescence intensity was found. The fluorescence decays showed a quite stable behaviour with three decay times of 6.9 ns, 2.0 ns and 0.2 ns in the spectral range between 430 and 680 nm. This can be an indication that there is one dominant fluorophore involved, the calculated decay times suggest that it might be elastin. However, a slight spectral dependence of the fluorescence decays let presume that there is a contribution from other fluorophores, probably flavins and NADH.

  1. Probing reaction dynamics of transition-metal complexes in solution via time-resolved soft x-ray spectroscopy

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    Huse, N.; Kim, T.-K.; Khalil, M.; Jamula, L.; McCusker, J.K.; Schoenlein, R.W.

    2008-08-01

    We report the first time-resolved soft x-ray measurements of solvated transition-metal complexes. L-edge spectroscopy directly probes dynamic changes in ligand-field splitting of 3d orbitals associated with the spin transition, and mediated by changes in ligand-bonding. We report the first time-resolved soft x-ray spectroscopy of solution-phase molecular dynamics. Changes in ligand-field splitting and spin-state populations in 3d orbitals of the Fe{sup II} complex are directly probed via transient absorption changes of the Fe L{sub 2} and L{sub 3} edges following photo-induced metal-to-ligand charge transfer. With the emergence of high-flux ultrafast soft x-ray sources, details on interplay between atomic structure, electronic states, and spin contributions will be revealed. Our experimental approach opens the door to femtosecond soft x-ray investigations of liquid phase chemistry that have previously been inaccessible.

  2. Exciton dynamics in conjugated polymer photovoltaics: Steady-state and time-resolved optical spectroscopy

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    Chasteen, Stephanie V.

    The performance of organic photovoltaics is severely limited by poor exciton dissociation and charge transport due in part to high rates of exciton recombination and low charge mobilities in polymers. This challenge can be partially overcome through the use of blended and layered heterojunctions. Such morphologies offer multiple exciton dissociation sites and separate charge pathways, thus limiting exciton recombination, and allowing for thicker, more absorbing, polymer films. I have performed photovoltaic device characterization and time-resolved and steady-state photoluminescence on a variety of donor-acceptor heterojunction. I have used these methods to understand excited state dynamics and how they affect device performance. As hole-transporters I use a derivative of poly-phenylene-vinylene (M3EH-PPV) and poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT). As electron-transporters I use the metal oxide titanium dioxide (TiO2), the electron-transporter CN-PPV, and a fullerene derivative (PCBM). These materials are layered and blended together to form donor-acceptor heterojunctions. All heterojunctions result in enhanced device performance, and 1:4 M3EH-PPV:PCBM resulted in the highest efficiencies. M3EH-PPV emission is characterized by single-chain excitations, and the decay is dominated by short components of 0.20 and 0.45 ns. CN-ether-PPV is dominated by interchain excited state species---ie., excimers---with a decay time of 14.0 ns. The broken conjugation imposed by the ether group affect the excited state, resulting in an excited state species that is particularly vulnerable to quenching. This has important ramifications for material design. Hole-transporting polymers blended and layered with CN-ether-PPV have high currents (Jsc up to 3.3 mA/cm2) and good quenching relative to CN-ether-PPV (90%) due to charge separation and generation, respectively. Hole-transporters blended with PCBM result in efficient devices (Jsc up to 14 mA/cm2) due to rapid charge transfer and the existence of charge percolation pathways caused by the presence of aggregates of PCBM. The size of the aggregates affects charge transport, and is highly dependent upon film processing and blend ratio. The best device performance does not necessarily correlate with the excited state lifetime, however. Morphological differences, such as charge pathways that enable efficient charge transport, often outweigh the effect of charge transfer. Suggestions for improvement of nanoscale morphology are given.

  3. Chromophore Structure in Lumirhodopsin and Metarhodopsin I by Time-Resolved Resonance Raman Microchip Spectroscopy

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    Pan, Duohai; Mathies, Richard A.

    2005-01-01

    Time-resolved resonance Raman microchip flow experiments have been performed on the lumirhodopsin (Lumi) and metarhodopsin I (Meta I) photointermediates of rhodopsin at room temperature to elucidate the structure of the chromophore in each species as well as changes in protein-chromophore interactions. Transient Raman spectra of Lumi and Meta I with delay times of 16 ?s and 1 ms, respectively, are obtained by using a microprobe system to focus displaced pump and probe laser beams in a microfabricated flow channel and to detect the scattering. The fingerprint modes of both species are very similar and characteristic of an all-trans chromophore. Lumi exhibits a relatively normal hydrogen-outof-plane (HOOP) doublet at 951/959 cm-1, while Meta I has a single HOOP band at 957 cm-1. These results suggest that the transitions from bathorhodopsin to Lumi and Meta I involve a relaxation of the chromophore to a more planar all-trans conformation and the elimination of the structural perturbation that uncouples the 11H and 12H wags in bathorhodopsin. Surprisingly, the protonated Schiff base C=N stretching mode in Lumi (1638 cm-1) is unusually low compared to those in rhodopsin and bathorhodopsin, and the C=ND stretching mode shifts down by only 7 cm-1 in D2O buffer. This indicates that the Schiff base hydrogen bonding is dramatically weakened in the bathorhodopsin to Lumi transition. However, the C=ND stretching mode in Meta I is found at 1654 cm-1 and exhibits a normal deuteration-induced downshift of 24 cm-1, identical to that of the all-trans protonated Schiff base. The structural relaxation of the chromophoreprotein complex in the bathorhodopsin to Lumi transition thus appears to drive the Schiff base group out of its hydrogen-bonded environment near Glu113, and the hydrogen bonding recovers to a normal solvated PSB value but presumably a different hydrogen bond acceptor with the formation of Meta I. PMID:11425321

  4. A multicolor time-resolved fluorescence aptasensor for the simultaneous detection of multiplex Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxins in the milk.

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    Huang, Yukun; Zhang, Hui; Chen, Xiujuan; Wang, Xiaole; Duan, Nuo; Wu, Shijia; Xu, Baocai; Wang, Zhouping

    2015-12-15

    Food safety is one of the most important public health issues worldwide. Foodborne illnesses caused by Staphylococcus aureus enterotoxins (SEs) commonly occur, affecting both developing and developed countries. In this study, multicolor lanthanide-doped time-resolved fluorescence nanoparticles labeled with aptamers were used as bioprobes, and graphene oxide (GO) was employed as a resonance energy acceptor. Based on the "turn down" strategy, the simultaneous detection of multiplex SEs was realized in a homogeneous solution. Under the optimal conditions, the developed method exhibited high sensitivity and selectivity to three serological types of enterotoxins, including type A, B, C1, with limits of detection below 1 ng mL(-1). The application of this bioassay in milk analysis with no sample dilution was also investigated, and the results of recovery rates covered from 92.76% to 114.58%, revealing that the developed method was accurate. Therefore, this detection aptasnesor can be a good candidate for multiplex analysis and screening with simple and effective operations. PMID:26141103

  5. Time-resolved chlorophyll fluorescence studies on photosynthetic mutants of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii: origin of the kinetic decay components.

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    Hodges, M; Mova, I

    1987-01-01

    The room temperature chlorophyll fluorescence decay kinetics of photosynthetic mutants of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii have been measured as a function of Photosystem 2 (PS2) trap closure, DNB-induced quenching at FM, and time-resolved emission spectra. The overall decays have been analyzed in terms of three or four kinetic components where necessary. A comparison of the characteristics of the decay components exhibited by the mutants with the wild-type has been carried out to elucidate the precise origins of the different emissions in relation to the observed pigment-protein complexes. It is shown that a) charge recombination in PS2 is not necessary for the presence of long-lived decay components, b) there are two rapid PS1-associated emissions (?=30 and 150-200 ps), c) a slow PS1 decay is observed (?=1.73 ns) in the absence of PS1 reaction centres, d) the two variable components (?=0.25-1.2 and 0.5-2.2 ns) observed in the wild-type arise from LHC2 and e) a rapid (?=50-250 ps) decay is associated with the PS2 core antenna (CP3 and CP4). These results show that the intact thylakoid membrane system is too complex to distinguish all of the individual kinetic components. PMID:24435782

  6. Europium Nanospheres-Based Time-Resolved Fluorescence for Rapid and Ultrasensitive Determination of Total Aflatoxin in Feed.

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    Wang, Du; Zhang, Zhaowei; Li, Peiwu; Zhang, Qi; Ding, Xiaoxia; Zhang, Wen

    2015-12-01

    Immunochromatographic (IC) assays are considered suitable diagnostic tools for the determination of mycotoxins. A europium nanospheres-based time-resolved fluorescence immunoassay (Eu-Nano-TRFIA), based on a monoclonal antibody and a portable TRFIA reader, was developed to determine total aflatoxin (including aflatoxins B1, B2, G1, and G2) levels in feed samples. Under optimized conditions, the Eu-Nano-TRFIA method detected total aflatoxin within 12 min. It showed good linearity (R(2) > 0.985), LOD of 0.16 μg/kg, a wide dynamic range of 0.48-30.0 μg/kg, recovery rates of 83.9-113.9%, and coefficients of variation (CVs) of 3.5-8.8%. In the 397 samples from company and livestock farms throughout China, the detection rate was 78.3%, concentrations were 0.50-145.30 μg/kg, the highest total aflatoxin content was found in cottonseed meal, and corn was found to be the most commonly contaminated feed. This method could be a powerful alternative for the rapid and ultrasensitive determination of total aflatoxin in quality control and meet the required Chinese maximum residue limits. PMID:26565941

  7. Time resolved inner-shell spectroscopy of laser produced plasmas using a HOPG crystal in Von Hamos geometry

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    Weber, R. L.; Freeman, R. R.; van Woerkom, L.; MacKinnon, A. J.; Macphee, A. G.; Dickson, R.; Hey, D.; Khattak, F.; Garcia Saiz, E.; Riley, D.; Chen, S. N.; Beg, F.; Stephens, R. B.; Notley, M.; Neely, D.; Gregori, G.

    2006-10-01

    Time resolved heat transport in warm dense matter, an essential component of the Fast Ignition concept, has been studied using inner-shell spectra from Ti and Al/Ti/Al foils. Thermal emission is generated by irradiation with either 527 nm and 1ns or 1053 nm and 5 ps pulses using the Vulcan laser at RAL. Fluorescence emission was recorded with a ZYA grade HOPG crystal used in mosaic focusing mode and Von Hamos geometry. The crystal was coupled with a Kentech Low Magnification Streak Camera, fitted with a fluffy CsI photocathode, providing a temporal resolution of about 50 ps. Although the small dynamic range of the streak camera restricts measurement of the full duration of He-alpha emission, our data indicates that the FWHM duration of the resonance line is approximately 1.5 ns when the Ti foil is irradiated with 1 ns pulses.

  8. Time-resolved X-ray spectroscopy of photoreduced base-off Cob(II)alamin compared to the Co(II) species in Clostridium thermoaceticum

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    Scheuing, E.M.; Clavin, W.; Wirt, M.D.; and others.

    1996-02-29

    We have made significant improvements in pump-probe time-resolved X-ray absorption spectroscopy that enable us to structurally describe chemical intermediates with short lifetimes. We demonstrate that X-ray pre-edge data for a 1 mM compound can be acquired with a high signal-to-noise ratio by time-resolved discrimination of fluorescent signals from a 13-element germanium detector. With the utilization of this novel time-multiplexed laser photolysis system coupled to a flow cell, we characterized the structure of the initial photoproduct of five-coordinate base-off Co(III) methylcobalamin. The X-ray pre-edge spectra of five- and six-coordinate species have a strong 1s-3d transition at about 10 eV below the edge. In four-coordinate, square-planar species the 1s-3d intensity is significantly reduced, but they show a 1s-4p peak at about 6 eV below the edge. We used this `fingerprint` to monitor the structural change upon photolysis. Since the quantum yield of the base-off species is 0.48, the observed spectrum upon photolysis is a mixture of photoproduct and initial states. The photoproduct of the base-off methylcobalamin shows a substantial decrease in the 1s-3d peak and significant increase in the 1s-4p peak. This indicates the formation of a four-coordinate species. The four-coordinate species in the free cobalamin is very unstable and can only be detected by time-resolved methods. This indicates a special role for the protein in maintaining an unusual four-coordinate Co(II) corrinoid. 23 refs., 5 figs.

  9. DNA binding induces dissociation of the multimeric form of HIV-1 integrase: A time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy study

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    Deprez, Eric; Tauc, Patrick; Leh, Herv; Mouscadet, Jean-Franois; Auclair, Christian; Hawkins, Mary E.; Brochon, Jean-Claude

    2001-01-01

    Self-assembly of HIV-1 integrase (IN) in solution has been studied previously by time-resolved fluorescence, using tryptophan anisotropy decay. This approach provides information on the size of macromolecules via the determination of rotational correlation times (?). We have shown that, at submicromolar concentration, IN is characterized by a long rotational correlation time (?20C = 90100 ns) corresponding to a high-order oligomeric form, likely a tetramer. In the present work, we investigated the self-assembly properties of the DNA-bound IN by using three independent fluorophores. Under enzymatic assay conditions (10?7 M IN, 2 10?8 M DNA), using either fluorescein-labeled or fluorescent guanosine analog-containing oligonucleotides that mimic a viral end long terminal repeat sequence, we found that the DNAIN complex was characterized by shorter ?20C values of 15.519.5 and 2327 ns, calculated from experiments performed at 25C and 37C, respectively. These results were confirmed by monitoring the Trp anisotropy decay as a function of the DNA substrate concentration: the ? of IN shifted from 90100 ns to lower values (<30 ns) upon increasing the DNA concentration. Again, the normalized ?20C values were significantly higher when monitored at 37C as compared with 25C. These results indicate that upon binding the viral DNA end, the multimeric enzyme undergoes a dissociation, most likely into a homogenous monomeric form at 25C and into a monomerdimer equilibrium at 37C. PMID:11504911

  10. The H + OCS hot atom reaction - CO state distributions and translational energy from time-resolved infrared absorption spectroscopy

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    Nickolaisen, Scott L.; Cartland, Harry E.

    1993-01-01

    Time-resolved infrared diode laser spectroscopy has been used to probe CO internal and translational excitation from the reaction of hot H atoms with OCS. Product distributions should be strongly biased toward the maximum 1.4 eV collision energy obtained from 278 nm pulsed photolysis of HI. Rotations and vibrations are both colder than predicted by statistical density of states theory, as evidenced by large positive surprisal parameters. The bias against rotation is stronger than that against vibration, with measurable population as high as v = 4. The average CO internal excitation is 1920/cm, accounting for only 13 percent of the available energy. Of the energy balance, time-resolved sub-Doppler line shape measurements show that more than 38 percent appears as relative translation of the separating CO and SH fragments. Studies of the relaxation kinetics indicate that some rotational energy transfer occurs on the time scale of our measurements, but the distributions do not relax sufficiently to alter our conclusions. Vibrational distributions are nascent, though vibrational relaxation of excited CO is unusually fast in the OCS bath, with rates approaching 3 percent of gas kinetic for v = 1.

  11. Time-resolved spectroscopy measurements of hydrogen-alpha, -beta, and -gamma emissions

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    Parigger, Christian G.; Dackman, Matthew; Hornkohl, James O

    2008-11-01

    Hydrogen emission spectroscopy results are reported following laser-induced optical breakdown with infrared Nd:YAG laser radiation focused into a pulsed methane flow. Measurements of Stark-broadened atomic hydrogen-alpha, -beta, and -gamma lines show electron number densities of 0.3 to 4x10{sup 17} cm{sup -3} for time delays of 2.1 to 0.4 {mu}s after laser-induced optical breakdown. In methane flow, recombination molecular spectra of the {delta}{nu}=+2 progression of the C2 Swan system are discernable in the H{beta} and H{gamma} plasma emissions within the first few microseconds. The recorded atomic spectra indicate the occurrence of hydrogen self-absorption for pulsed CH4 flow pressures of 2.7x10{sup 5} Pa (25 psig) and 6.5x10{sup 5} Pa (80 psig)

  12. Time resolved imaging of laser induced ablation spectroscopy (LIAS) in TEXTOR and comparison with modeling

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    Gierse, N.; Tokar, M. Z.; Brezinsek, S.; Giesen, T. F.; Hubeny, M.; Huber, A.; Philipps, V.; Pospieszczyk, A.; Sergienko, G.; Wegner, J.; Xiao, Q.; Samm, U.; Linsmeier, Ch; the TEXTOR team

    2016-02-01

    Laser based methods are investigated as in situ diagnostic for plasma facing materials (PFMs) in magnetic fusion research to study PFM composition and retention. In laser induced ablation spectroscopy (LIAS) the wall material is ablated by a laser beam. The released material enters the edge plasma region of a fusion experiment and the resulting optical emission is observed. To conclude from the observed photons to the number of ablated atoms, a detailed knowledge of the velocity distribution of the ablated material is required. In this work the LIAS emission in discharges at TEXTOR was studied using an Ametek Phantom v711 camera. In this paper a method is developed to conclude from the observed emission the velocity distribution of the ablated species. The obtained velocity distribution is used for our numerical LIAS model, demonstrating good agreement with our experimental observations. Implications are discussed.

  13. Photosynthetic Dioxygen Formation Monitored by Time-Resolved X-Ray Spectroscopy

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    Haumann, Michael; Dau, Holger

    2007-02-02

    Photosynthetic water oxidation provides the dioxygen of the atmosphere. Its partial reactions proceed at a Mn4Ca complex bound to photosystem II of plants and cyanobacteria. Understanding the mechanism of this biological oxidation of water molecules to O2 is one of the major challenges in life sciences. We have developed and employed X-ray absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) techniques facilitating measurements on metalloenzymes at room temperature. By these techniques, we were able to resolve structural changes at the Mn ions, to follow oxidation-state changes in the microseconds time domain, and to detect a novel and likely crucial intermediate in the oxygen-evolving step of the catalytic cycle of the Mn complex. Based on the obtained results, we replace the classic S-state model of the catalytic cycle by a more elaborated reaction scheme which solves apparent inconsistencies of earlier models, explains a large body of experimental results, and provides a fresh twist in photosynthesis research.

  14. Near gap excitation of a CDW amplitude mode by time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Leuenberger, Dominik; Yang, Shuolong; Sobota, Jonathan; Giraldo, Paula; Kirchmann, Patrick; Fisher, Ian; Shen, Zhi-Xun

    2014-03-01

    We present time-, angle- and energy-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy data from the light rear-earth tritelluride compound CeTe3. An in-plane Peierls distortion in the tellurium slabs leads to the formation of an incommensurate Charge Density Wave (CDW), accompanied by a CDW gap at the Fermi level. Ultrafast optical laser excitation and subsequent relaxation by means of electron-phonon coupling can coherently excite a periodic modulation of the CDW band position and the gap size in rear-earth tritellurides. In this work, the use of tuneable near infrared laser pulses allows for optical excitation slightly above and below the measured gap value of 570 meV. The smaller excitation phase space not only leads to cleaner amplitude mode signal but also helps to pin down the optical transitions, which are the driving mechanisms for the transient CDW phase transition. Financial support by the Swiss National Science Foundation is duly acknowledged.

  15. Rotational and Translational Dynamics of Rhodamine 6G in a Pyrrolidinium Ionic Liquid: A Combined Time-Resolved Fluorescence Anisotropy Decay and NMR Study

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    Guo, Jianchang; Han, Kee Sung; Mahurin, Shannon Mark; Baker, Gary A; Hillesheim, Patrick C; Dai, Sheng; Hagaman, Edward {Ed} W; Shaw, Robert W

    2012-01-01

    NMR spectroscopy and time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy decay (TRFAD) are two of the most commonly used methods to study solute-solvent interactions. However, only a few studies have been reported to date using a combined NMR and TRFAD approach to systematically investigate the overall picture of diffusional and rotational dynamics of both the solute and solvent. In this paper, we combined NMR and TRFAD to probe fluorescent rhodamine dyes in a pyrrolidinium-based room temperature ionic liquid (RTIL), an emergent environmentally-friendly solvent type used in several energy-related applications. A specific interaction of the R6G cation and [Tf2N]- anion was identified, resulting in near-stick boundary condition rotation of R6G in this RTIL. The diffusional rates of the R6G solute and [C4mpyr][Tf2N] solvent derived from 1H NMR suggest the rates are proportional to their corresponding hydrodynamic radii. The 1H and 13C NMR studies of self-rotational dynamics of [C4mpyr][Tf2N] showed that the self-rotational correlation time of [C4mpyr]+ is 47 2 ps at 300 K. At the same temperature, we find that the correlation time for N-CH3 rotation in [C4mpyr]+ is 77 2 ps, comparable to overall molecular reorientation. This slow motion is attributed to properties of the cation structure.

  16. Time-Resolved Twisting Dynamics in a Porphyrin Dimer Characterized by Two-Dimensional Electronic Spectroscopy.

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    Camargo, Franco V A; Anderson, Harry L; Meech, Stephen R; Heisler, Ismael A

    2015-11-19

    Molecular conformational changes in electronic excited states play a key role in numerous light-activated processes. In the case of porphyrin oligomers intramolecular twisting influences energy and charge transport dynamics. Here we address the twisting reaction in both ground and excited states in a model porphyrin dimer, employing two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy (2D ES). By spreading the information over excitation and detection frequencies, cross-peaks reveal the twisting reaction in both the ground and excited states unambiguously and distinctly from other dynamics. A quasi-barrierless planarization reaction is observed in the excited state on a tens of picoseconds time scale. This is accompanied by a spectral narrowing, indicative of a reduction in conformational disorder. The reverse reaction is suppressed in the excited state due to a steep activation energy barrier. However, in the ground state the barrier is within the thermal energy distribution, and therefore contributions from reverse and forward reactions could be observed on the subnanosecond time scale. Crucially 2D ES enables simultaneous assessment of ground and excited state reactions through analysis of different spectral regions on the 2D spectral maps. PMID:26496469

  17. Structural dynamics of membrane proteins - time-resolved and surface-enhanced IR spectroscopy

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    Heberle, Joachim

    2013-03-01

    Membrane proteins are the target of more than 50% of all drugs and are encoded by about 30% of the human genome. Electrophysiological techniques, like patch-clamp, unravelled many functional aspects of membrane proteins but suffer from structural sensitivity. We have developed Surface Enhanced Infrared Difference Absorption Spectroscopy (SEIDAS) to probe potential-induced structural changes of a protein on the level of a monolayer. A novel concept is introduced to incorporate membrane proteins into solid supported lipid bilayers in an orientated manner via the affinity of the His-tag to the Ni-NTA terminated gold surface. General applicability of the methodological approach is shown by tethering photosystem II to the gold surface. In conjunction with hydrogenase, the basis is set towards a biomimetic system for hydrogen production. Recently, we succeeded to record IR difference spectra of a monolayer of sensory rhodopsin II under voltage-clamp conditions. This approach opens an avenue towards mechanistic studies of voltage-gated ion channels with unprecedented structural and temporal sensitivity. Initial vibrational studies on the novel light-gated channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2) will be presented. ChR2 represents a versatile tool in the new field of optogenetics where physiological reactions are controlled by light.

  18. Rebinding dynamics of NO to microperoxidase-8 probed by time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Lee, Taegon; Kim, Jooyoung; Park, Jaeheung; Pak, Youngshang; Kim, Hyojoon; Lim, Manho

    2016-02-21

    Femtosecond vibrational spectroscopy was used to probe the rebinding kinetics of NO to microperoxidase-8 (Mp), an ideal model system for the active site of ligand-binding heme proteins, including myoglobin and hemoglobin, after the photodeligation of MpNO in glycerol/water (G/W) solutions at 294 K. The geminate rebinding (GR) of NO to Mp in viscous solutions was highly efficient and ultrafast and negligibly dependent on the solution viscosity, which was adjusted by changing the glycerol content from 65% to 90% by volume in G/W mixtures. The kinetics of the GR of NO to Mp in viscous solutions was well represented by an exponential function with a time constant of ca. 11 ps. Although the kinetic traces of the GR of NO to Mp in solutions with three different viscosities (18, 81, and 252 cP) almost overlap, they show a slight difference early in the decay process. The kinetic traces were also described by the diffusion-controlled reaction theory with a Coulomb potential. Since the ligand is deligated in a neutral form, an ionic pair of NO(-) and Mp(+) may be produced before forming the Mp-NO bond by an electron transfer from Mp to NO as the deligated NO is sufficiently near to the Fe atom of Mp. The strong reactivity between NO and ferrous heme may arise from the Coulomb interaction between the reacting pair, which is consistent with the harpooning mechanism for NO binding to heme. PMID:26813691

  19. Time-resolved site-selective spectroscopy of poly(p-phenylene vinylene)

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    Kennedy, S. P.; Garro, N.; Phillips, R. T.

    2001-09-01

    We report the dynamics of emission from the conjugated polymer poly(p-phenylene vinylene) after ultrafast optical excitation with a range of photon energies. Subpicosecond temporal resolution of the emission allows us to distinguish between photoluminescence and intense resonant scattering that decays within a few picoseconds but dominates the time-integrated spectra. As the excitation energy is decreased the redshift of the photoluminescence over time is reduced, indicating a decreasing mobility of the excitons. The ratio between the intensities of the two highest-energy peaks in the spectrum increases for lower excitation energies and with increasing times after excitation. We deduce that the configurational energy change between ground and excited electronic states increases for excitons located on chain segments with shorter conjugation lengths. A Stokes shift of 20 meV between the excitation energy and the highest peak in emission is observed even when predominantly immobile excitons are generated. We attribute this shift to the preferential excitation into the higher levels of low-energy vibrational modes of states with electronic energy such that they are not in resonance with the excitation. This is supported by calculations that reproduce the experimental results only if these low-energy modes are considered. We show that when the low-energy phonon modes are important, site-selective spectroscopy excites a distribution of states that is broader than the spectral width of the excitation source.

  20. Hemodynamic Measurements of the Human Adult Head in Transmittance Mode by Near-Infrared Time-Resolved Spectroscopy.

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    Suzuki, Hiroaki; Oda, Motoki; Ohmae, Etsuko; Suzuki, Toshihiko; Yamashita, Daisuke; Yoshimoto, Kenji; Homma, Shu; Yamashita, Yutaka

    2016-01-01

    Using a near-infrared time-resolved spectroscopy (TRS) system, we measured the human head in transmittance mode to obtain the optical properties and the hemodynamic changes of deep brain tissues in seven healthy adult volunteers during hyperventilation. For six out of seven volunteers, we obtained the optical signals with sufficient intensity within 10sec. of sampling. We confirmed that it is possible to non-invasively measure the hemodynamic changes of the human head during hyperventilation, even in the transmittance measurements by the developed TRS system. These results showed that the level of deoxygenated hemoglobin was significantly increased, and the level of oxygenated and total hemoglobin and tissue oxygen saturation were also significantly decreased during hyperventilation. We expect that this TRS technique will be applied to clinical applications for measuring deep brain tissues and deep biological organs. PMID:26782238

  1. Excited-state dynamics of guanosine in aqueous solution revealed by time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy: experiment and theory.

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    Buchner, Franziska; Heggen, Berit; Ritze, Hans-Hermann; Thiel, Walter; Lbcke, Andrea

    2015-12-21

    Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy is performed on aqueous guanosine solution to study its excited-state relaxation dynamics. Experimental results are complemented by surface hopping dynamic simulations and evaluation of the excited-state ionization energy by Koopmans' theorem. Two alternative models for the relaxation dynamics are discussed. The experimentally observed excited-state lifetime is about 2.5 ps if the molecule is excited at 266 nm and about 1.1 ps if the molecule is excited at 238 nm. The experimental probe photon energy dependence of the photoelectron kinetic energy distribution suggests that the probe step is not vertical and involves a doubly-excited autoionizing state. PMID:26569639

  2. Time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy of self-trapped excitons in ladder type Br-bridged Pt complexes

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    Suemoto, T.; Nakao, H.; Nakajima, M.; Kitagawa, H.

    2011-06-01

    The out-of-phase and in-phase ladder type Br-bridged Pt complexes are investigated by time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy in pico- and femtosecond time regions. The observed luminescence spectra have peaks at 0.87 and 0.94 eV in out-of-phase and in-phase materials, respectively, and are assigned to self-trapped excitons. The wave-packet oscillations in self-trapped excitons (STE) are observed in both materials. The time-evolution curves are analyzed in terms of the secondary radiation theory of strongly coupled electron-phonon system. The period and dephasing time of oscillations as well as the lifetime and spectral shape of the STE luminescence are determined. The fast dephasing or cooling of the wave-packet motion observed in the in-phase type complex is ascribed to inter-chain interactions within the ladder.

  3. ?-Helix formation in a photoswitchable peptide tracked from picoseconds to microseconds by time-resolved IR spectroscopy

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    Bredenbeck, Jens; Helbing, Jan; Kumita, Janet R.; Woolley, G. Andrew; Hamm, Peter

    2005-01-01

    Photo-triggered ?-helix formation of a 16-residue peptide featuring a built-in conformational photoswitch is monitored by time-resolved IR spectroscopy. An experimental approach with 2-ps time resolution and a scanning range up to 30 ?s is used to cover all time scales of the peptide dynamics. Experiments are carried out at different temperatures between 281 and 322 K. We observe single-exponential kinetics of the amide I? band at 322 K on a time scale comparable to a recent temperature-jump folding experiment. When lowering the temperature, the kinetics become slower and nonexponential. The transition is strongly activated. Spectrally dispersed IR measurements provide multiple spectroscopic probes simultaneously in one experiment by resolving the amide I? band, isotope-labeled amino acid residues, and side chains. We find differing relaxation dynamics at different spectral positions. PMID:15699340

  4. Relaxations of the surface photovoltage effect on the atomically controlled semiconductor surfaces studied by time-resolved photoemission spectroscopy

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    Ogawa, M.; Yamamoto, S.; Fujikawa, K.; Hobara, R.; Yukawa, R.; Yamamoto, Sh.; Kitagawa, S.; Pierucci, D.; Silly, M. G.; Lin, C.-H.; Liu, R.-Y.; Daimon, H.; Sirotti, F.; Tang, S.-J.; Matsuda, I.

    2013-10-01

    We have systematically investigated relaxation of the surface photovoltage effect on the atomically controlled In/Si(111) surfaces with distinctive surface states and different amounts of the surface band bending. The temporal variations were traced in real time by time-resolved photoemission spectroscopy using soft x-ray synchrotron radiation. The relaxation is found to be temporally limited by two steps of the carrier transfer from the bulk to the surface: the tunneling process at a delay time ?100 ns and the thermionic process on the following time scale (?100 ns). Crossover of the two mechanisms can be understood by breakdown of the quantum tunneling regime by the increase in width of the space-charge layer during the relaxation.

  5. Investigation of the triplet quantum yield of thioxanthone by time-resolved thermal lens spectroscopy: solvent and population lens effects

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    Allonas, X.; Ley, C.; Bibaut, C.; Jacques, P.; Fouassier, J. P.

    2000-06-01

    The triplet quantum yield ?T of thioxanthone (TX) was measured in different solvents by means of time-resolved thermal lens spectroscopy. It was observed that the experimental signal depends on the probe light wavelength. This effect which was mainly ascribed to the population lens (PL) arises from the change in solution composition after excitation, and adds its contribution to the thermal lens signal. From the transient absorption spectrum of the triplet state of TX, the change in refractive index associated with this PL was calculated as a function of the wavelength. Therefore, probing the photolens at an appropriate wavelength allowed accurate measurement of ?T. It was found that besides departing seriously from unity, ?T decreases from 0.85 in hexane to 0.56 in methanol.

  6. Proton Transfer of Guanine Radical Cations Studied by Time-Resolved Resonance Raman Spectroscopy Combined with Pulse Radiolysis.

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    Choi, Jungkweon; Yang, Cheolhee; Fujitsuka, Mamoru; Tojo, Sachiko; Ihee, Hyocherl; Majima, Tetsuro

    2015-12-17

    The oxidation of guanine (G) is studied by using transient absorption and time-resolved resonance Raman spectroscopies combined with pulse radiolysis. The transient absorption spectral change demonstrates that the neutral radical of G (G()(-H(+))), generated by the deprotonation of G radical cation (G(+)), is rapidly converted to other G radical species. The formation of this species shows the pH dependence, suggesting that it is the G radical cation (G(+))' formed from the protonation at the N7 of G()(-H(+)). On one hand, most Raman bands of (G(+))' are up-shifted relative to those of G, indicating the increase in the bonding order of pyrimidine (Pyr) and imidazole rings. The (G(+))' exhibits the characteristic CO stretching mode at ?1266 cm(-1) corresponding to a C-O single bond, indicating that the unpaired electron in (G(+))' is localized on the oxygen of the Pyr ring. PMID:26632994

  7. Ultrafast terahertz modulation characteristic of tungsten doped vanadium dioxide nanogranular film revealed by time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy

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    Xiao, Yang; Zhai, Zhao-Hui; Shi, Qi-Wu; Zhu, Li-Guo; Li, Jun; Huang, Wan-Xia; Yue, Fang; Hu, Yan-Yan; Peng, Qi-Xian; Li, Ze-Ren

    2015-07-01

    The ultrafast terahertz (THz) modulation characteristic during photo-induced insulator-to-metal transition (IMT) of undoped and tungsten (W)-doped VO2 film was investigated at picoseconds time scale using time-resolved THz spectroscopy. W-doping slows down the photo-induced IMT dynamic processes (both the fast non-thermal process and the slow metallic phase propagation process) in VO2 film and also reduces the pump fluence threshold of photo-induced IMT in VO2 film. Along with the observed broadening of phase transition temperature window of IMT in W-doped VO2, we conclude that W-doping prevents metallic phase domains from percolation. By further extracting carrier properties from photo-induced THz conductivity at several phase transition times, we found that the electron-electron correlation during IMT is enhanced in W-doped VO2.

  8. Revealing the ultrafast charge carrier dynamics in organo metal halide perovskite solar cell materials using time resolved THz spectroscopy.

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    Ponseca, C S; Sundström, V

    2016-03-17

    Ultrafast charge carrier dynamics in organo metal halide perovskite has been probed using time resolved terahertz (THz) spectroscopy (TRTS). Current literature on its early time characteristics is unanimous: sub-ps charge carrier generation, highly mobile charges and very slow recombination rationalizing the exceptionally high power conversion efficiency for a solution processed solar cell material. Electron injection from MAPbI3 to nanoparticles (NP) of TiO2 is found to be sub-ps while Al2O3 NPs do not alter charge dynamics. Charge transfer to organic electrodes, Spiro-OMeTAD and PCBM, is sub-ps and few hundreds of ps respectively, which is influenced by the alignment of energy bands. It is surmised that minimizing defects/trap states is key in optimizing charge carrier extraction from these materials. PMID:26763720

  9. Time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy of self-trapped excitons in ladder type Br-bridged Pt complexes.

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    Suemoto, T; Nakao, H; Nakajima, M; Kitagawa, H

    2011-06-14

    The out-of-phase and in-phase ladder type Br-bridged Pt complexes are investigated by time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy in pico- and femtosecond time regions. The observed luminescence spectra have peaks at 0.87 and 0.94 eV in out-of-phase and in-phase materials, respectively, and are assigned to self-trapped excitons. The wave-packet oscillations in self-trapped excitons (STE) are observed in both materials. The time-evolution curves are analyzed in terms of the secondary radiation theory of strongly coupled electron-phonon system. The period and dephasing time of oscillations as well as the lifetime and spectral shape of the STE luminescence are determined. The fast dephasing or cooling of the wave-packet motion observed in the in-phase type complex is ascribed to inter-chain interactions within the ladder. PMID:21682521

  10. SIMULTANEOUS DETECTION OF ESCHERICHIA COLI 0157:H7 AND SALMONELLA TYPHIMURIUM IN FOODS USING IMMUNOMAGNETIC CAPTURE AND LANTHANIDE TIME-RESOLVED FLUORESCENCE

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    A time-resolved fluorescence procedure was developed to detect Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella typhimurium in ground meats. After a 4.5 hour enrichment period, streptavidin coated magnetic beads conjugated with biotin-labeled specific anti-bacteria antibodies were used to capture targeted ...

  11. SIMULTANEOUS DETECTION OF ESCHERICHIA COLI 0157:H7 AND SALMONELLA TYPHIMURIUM IN FOODS USING IMMUNOMAGNETIC CAPTURE AND LANTHANIDE TIME-RESOLVED FLUORESCENCE

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    A procedure, based on immunomagnetic capture and time-resolved fluorescence, was developed to detect Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella Typhimurium in ground meats and fresh sprouts. After a brief enrichment period, streptavidin coated magnetic beads conjugated with biotin-labeled specific ant...

  12. Theoretical and experimental study on the difference of the time-resolved fluorescence spectrum between the tumor and the adjacent normal tissue

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    Li, Mingzhao; Xu, Tao

    2006-09-01

    The objective of this paper is to study the difference of the time-resolved fluorescence spectrum between the tumor and the adjacent normal tissue. The time-resolved spectrum of the s-180 sarcoma tumor and adjacent normal tissue mediated by the Palladium-porphyrin photosensilizer (Pd-TCPP) is detected by a homemade instrumentation. An improved Monte Carlo algorithm, taking into account the depth of the upper layer tissue (z I) and the delay of the fluorescence photon emission for the time (?) Pd-TCPP electrons spend in the excited state, is developed to study the reason of the spectrum difference formation. It is found from the experiment that the decay constant T decay of the time-resolved fluorescence spectrum of the tumor is obviously larger than that of the adjacent normal tissue. And T decay increased with the tumor growth, from 554?s in the first day to 634?s in the eighth day while it keeps steady for normal tissue. The simulated spectrum at different z I and different ? reveal that both the increase of z I and ? can delay the spectrum decay. It is believed that T decay of the tumor tissue should be larger than that of adjacent normal tissue because of the hypoxia. The changes of tumor size and oxygen status cause the difference of the time-resolved fluorescence spectrum between the tumor and the adjacent normal tissue and this fact can be made use of in the tumor diagnoses.

  13. Ultrafast time-resolved absorption spectroscopy of geometric isomers of carotenoids

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    Niedzwiedzki, Dariusz M.; Sandberg, Daniel J.; Cong, Hong; Sandberg, Megan N.; Gibson, George N.; Birge, Robert R.; Frank, Harry A.

    2010-01-01

    The structures of a number of stereoisomers of carotenoids have been revealed in three-dimensional X-ray crystallographic investigations of pigmentprotein complexes from photosynthetic organisms. Despite these structural elucidations, the reason for the presence of stereoisomers in these systems is not well understood. An important unresolved issue is whether the natural selection of geometric isomers of carotenoids in photosynthetic pigmentprotein complexes is determined by the structure of the protein binding site or by the need for the organism to accomplish a specific physiological task. The association of cis isomers of a carotenoid with reaction centers and trans isomers of the same carotenoid with light-harvesting pigmentprotein complexes has led to the hypothesis that the stereoisomers play distinctly different physiological roles. A systematic investigation of the photophysics and photochemistry of purified, stable geometric isomers of carotenoids is needed to understand if a relationship between stereochemistry and biological function exists. In this work we present a comparative study of the spectroscopy and excited state dynamics of cis and trans isomers of three different open-chain carotenoids in solution. The molecules are neurosporene (n = 9), spheroidene (n = 10), and spirilloxanthin (n = 13), where n is the number of conjugated ?-electron double bonds. The spectroscopic experiments were carried out on geometric isomers of the carotenoids purified by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and then frozen to 77 K to inhibit isomerization. The spectral data taken at 77 K provide a high resolution view of the spectroscopic differences between geometric isomers. The kinetic data reveal that the lifetime of the lowest excited singlet state of a cis-isomer is consistently shorter than that of its corresponding all-trans counterpart despite the fact that the excited state energy of the cis molecule is typically higher than that of the trans molecule. Quantum theoretical calculations on an n = 9 linear polyene were carried out to examine this process. The calculations indicate that the electronic coupling terms are significantly higher for the cis isomer, and when combined with the FranckCondon factors, predict internal conversion rates roughly double those of the all-trans species. The electronic effects more than offset the decrease in coupling efficiencies associated with the higher system origin energies and explain the observed shorter cis isomer lifetimes. PMID:20174614

  14. Ultrafast Time-resolved Absorption Spectroscopy of Geometric Isomers of Carotenoids

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    Niedzwiedzki, Dariusz M.; Sandberg, Daniel J.; Cong, Hong; Sandberg, Megan N.; Gibson, George N.; Birge, Robert R.; Frank, Harry A.

    2009-01-01

    The structures of a number of stereoisomers of carotenoids have been revealed in three-dimensional X-ray crystallographic investigations of pigment-protein complexes from photosynthetic organisms. Despite these structural elucidations, the reason for the presence of stereoisomers in these systems is not well understood. An important unresolved issue is whether the natural selection of geometric isomers of carotenoids in photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes is determined by the structure of the protein binding site or by the need for the organism to accomplish a specific physiological task. The association of cis isomers of a carotenoid with reaction centers and trans isomers of the same carotenoid with light-harvesting pigment-protein complexes has led to the hypothesis that the stereoisomers play distinctly different physiological roles. A systematic investigation of the photophysics and photochemistry of purified, stable geometric isomers of carotenoids is needed to understand if a relationship between stereochemistry and biological function exists. In this work we present a comparative study of the spectroscopy and excited state dynamics of cis and trans isomers of three different open-chain carotenoids in solution. The molecules are neurosporene (n=9), spheroidene (n=10), and spirilloxanthin (n=13), where n is the number of conjugated ?-electron double bonds. The spectroscopic experiments were carried out on geometric isomers of the carotenoids purified by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and then frozen to 77 K to inhibit isomerization. The spectral data taken at 77 K provide a high resolution view of the spectroscopic differences between geometric isomers. The kinetic data reveal that the lifetime of the lowest excited singlet state of a cis-isomer is consistently shorter than that of its corresponding all-trans counterpart despite the fact that the excited state energy of the cis molecule is typically higher than that of the trans molecule. Quantum theoretical calculations on an n=9 linear polyene were carried out to examine this process. The calculations indicate that the electronic coupling terms are significantly higher for the cis isomer, and when combined with the Franck-Condon factors, predict internal conversion rates roughly double those of the all-trans species. The electronic effects more than offset the decrease in coupling efficiencies associated with the higher system origin energies and explain the observed shorter cis isomer lifetimes. PMID:20161150

  15. Ultrafast time-resolved absorption spectroscopy of geometric isomers of carotenoids

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    Niedzwiedzki, Dariusz M.; Sandberg, Daniel J.; Cong, Hong; Sandberg, Megan N.; Gibson, George N.; Birge, Robert R.; Frank, Harry A.

    2009-02-01

    The structures of a number of stereoisomers of carotenoids have been revealed in three-dimensional X-ray crystallographic investigations of pigment-protein complexes from photosynthetic organisms. Despite these structural elucidations, the reason for the presence of stereoisomers in these systems is not well understood. An important unresolved issue is whether the natural selection of geometric isomers of carotenoids in photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes is determined by the structure of the protein binding site or by the need for the organism to accomplish a specific physiological task. The association of cis isomers of a carotenoid with reaction centers and trans isomers of the same carotenoid with light-harvesting pigment-protein complexes has led to the hypothesis that the stereoisomers play distinctly different physiological roles. A systematic investigation of the photophysics and photochemistry of purified, stable geometric isomers of carotenoids is needed to understand if a relationship between stereochemistry and biological function exists. In this work we present a comparative study of the spectroscopy and excited state dynamics of cis and trans isomers of three different open-chain carotenoids in solution. The molecules are neurosporene ( n = 9), spheroidene ( n = 10), and spirilloxanthin ( n = 13), where n is the number of conjugated π-electron double bonds. The spectroscopic experiments were carried out on geometric isomers of the carotenoids purified by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and then frozen to 77 K to inhibit isomerization. The spectral data taken at 77 K provide a high resolution view of the spectroscopic differences between geometric isomers. The kinetic data reveal that the lifetime of the lowest excited singlet state of a cis-isomer is consistently shorter than that of its corresponding all- trans counterpart despite the fact that the excited state energy of the cis molecule is typically higher than that of the trans molecule. Quantum theoretical calculations on an n = 9 linear polyene were carried out to examine this process. The calculations indicate that the electronic coupling terms are significantly higher for the cis isomer, and when combined with the Franck-Condon factors, predict internal conversion rates roughly double those of the all- trans species. The electronic effects more than offset the decrease in coupling efficiencies associated with the higher system origin energies and explain the observed shorter cis isomer lifetimes.

  16. Time-resolved spectroscopy of energy and electron transfer processes in the photosynthetic bacterium Heliobacillus mobilis.

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    Lin, S; Chiou, H C; Kleinherenbrink, F A; Blankenship, R E

    1994-02-01

    The kinetics of excitation energy transfer and electron transfer processes within the membrane of Heliobacillus mobilis were investigated using femtosecond transient absorption difference spectroscopy at room temperature. The kinetics in the 725- to 865-nm region, upon excitation at 590 and 670 nm, were fit using global analysis. The fits returned three kinetic components with lifetimes of 1-2 ps and 27-30 ps, and a component that does not decay within several nanoseconds. The 1- to 2-ps component is attributed to excitation equilibration to form a thermally relaxed excited state. The 27- to 30-ps phase corresponds to the decay of the relaxed excited state to form a charge-separated state. The intrinsic energy and electron transfer rates were estimated using the experimental results and theoretical models for excitation migration and trapping dynamics. Taking into account the number of antenna pigments and their spectral distribution, an upper limit of 1.2 ps for the intrinsic time constant for charge separation in the reaction center is calculated. This upper limit corresponds with the trapping-limited case for excitation migration and trapping. Reduction of the primary electron acceptor A0 was observed in the 640 to 700 nm region using excitation at 780 nm. An instantaneous absorbance increase followed by a decay of about 30 ps was observed over a broad wavelength region due to the excited state absorption and decay of BChl g molecules in the antenna. In addition, a narrow bleaching band centered at 670 nm grows in with an apparent time constant of about 1.0 ps, superimposed on the 30-ps absorbance increase due to excited state absorption. Measurements on a longer time scale showed that besides the 670 nm pigment a BChl g molecule absorbing near 785 nm may be involved in the primary charge separation, and that this pigment may be in equilibrium with the 670 nm pigment. The bleaching bands at 670 nm and 785nm recovered with a time constant of about 600 ps, due to forward electron transport to a secondary electron acceptor. Energy and electron transfer properties of H. mobilis membranes are compared with Photosystem 1, to which the heliobacteria bear an evolutionary relationship. PMID:8161697

  17. Time-resolved visible and extreme ultraviolet spectroscopy of laser-produced tin plasma

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    O'Shay, Joseph Fred

    Previous experimental studies of laser-matter interactions have often been conducted without sufficient accuracy or attention to critical laser parameters. Moreover, much of the work published in the open literature lacks the essential theoretical underpinnings necessary to explain observations and provide predictive capability for future experiments. In this study, we use nanosecond-resolved spectroscopic techniques to investigate fundamental physics in laser-produced tin plasma, and overcome these shortcomings by implementing several metrological innovations to ensure the accuracy of experimental data. Furthermore, we present a side-by-side comparison of experimental results with computational modeling to advance our understanding of the many nonlinear, interrelated processes that occur within transient tin plasma. This dissertation is divided into three primary sections. In the first section, we study the physics governing the generation and early-time evolution of tin plasma in the low-irradiance regime: IL ˜ 4 x 1011 - 1 x 1012W/cm2 . A two-channel XUV photodiode spectrometer has been developed to measure tin plasma temperature, as well as diagnose radiation transport processes during the laser irradiation phase. During laser heating, the radiation spectrum from semi-infinite tin targets was found to approach the blackbody limit in the 10--80 nm spectral range. Through one-dimensional numerical modeling, this is shown to be due to the penetration of a radiative diffusion wave beyond the critical depth. Analysis of the time-dependent tin emission spectrum has shown that nearly 30% of the incident laser energy is converted to energetic photons in the spectral range of 15 < hv < 120 eV. The equilibrium radiation temperature, characteristic of the optically thick ablation front, has shown reasonable agreement with numerical predictions despite the model's limited dimensionality. The second part of this work examines the late-time hydrodynamics associated with the radiative plasma phase studied in the preceding section. Nanosecond-gated optical emission spectroscopy is employed to diagnose electron temperature, electron density, and propagation velocity of the ablation plume. In contrast to the large change in radiation temperature observed for a factor of three increase in laser intensity, it is found that the post-pulse plume hydrodynamics is not significantly affected for the same variation in irradiation conditions. At late times, the ion kinetic energy is found to exceed electron thermal energy by more than 100 times, which serves as a lower bound on the ratio to the ion thermal counterpart. The expanding laser-produced tin plasma is well described by a cylindrical hydrodynamic transport model; a comparison between time-integrated experimental and numerical plasma energy density has shown convergence to within a factor of two. At distances > 3 mm from the target, it was found that the heavy ion tin plasma transitions from Boltzmann to coronal equilibrium, rendering LTE assumptions in the spectral deconvolution procedure invalid. In the final section of this study, we investigate the radiative properties of tin ablation plasma as the laser irradiance is varied by more than an order of magnitude. The effect of increased focused laser energy is manifested in a weak scaling of radiation temperature, and a significant broadening of the emission lifetime at the highest laser intensities. It is found that the resulting radiation conversion efficiency is not a strong function of laser intensity within the parameter regime of this work. It is shown that agreement between experimental and simulated plasma conditions becomes progressively worse in the high-irradiance regime as the ionization and radiative transfer models play increasingly dominant roles in the plasma energetics.

  18. Structure and Stability of Pentafluoroaniline and 4-Aminononafluorobiphenyl Radical Anions: Optically Detected Electron Paramagnetic Resonance, Time-Resolved Fluorescence, Time-Resolved Magnetic Field Effect, and Quantum Chemical Study.

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    Borovkov, Vsevolod I; Beregovaya, Irina V; Shchegoleva, Lyudmila N; Blinkova, Svetlana V; Ovchinnikov, Dmitry A; Gurskaya, Larisa Yu; Shteingarts, Vitaly D; Bagryansky, Victor A; Molin, Yuriy N

    2015-08-01

    Radical anions (RAs) are the key intermediates of the selective hydrodefluorination of polyfluoroarenes. We used the techniques of optically detected electron paramagnetic resonance (OD EPR), time-resolved fluorescence, time-resolved magnetic field effect (TR MFE), and the density functional theory to study the possibility of RAs formation from 4-aminononafluorobiphenyl (1) and pentafluoroaniline (2) and estimate their lifetimes and decay channels. To our knowledge, both RAs have not been detected earlier. We have registered the OD EPR spectrum for relatively stable in nonpolar solutions 1(-) but failed to register the spectra for 2(-). However, we have managed to fix the 2(-) by the TR MFE method and obtained its hyperfine coupling constants. The lifetime of 2(-) was found to be only a few nanoseconds. The activation energy of its decay was estimated to be 3.6 0.3 kcal/mol. According to the calculation results, the short lifetime of 2(-) is due to the RA fast fragmentation with the F(-) elimination from ortho-position to the amine group. The calculated energy barrier, 3.2 kcal/mol, is close to the experimental value. The fragmentation of 2(-) in a nonpolar solvent is possible due to the stabilization of the incipient F(-) anion by the binding with the amine group proton. PMID:26153641

  19. Conformational dynamics and intersubunit energy transfer in wild-type and mutant lipoamide dehydrogenase from Azotobacter vinelandii. A multidimensional time-resolved polarized fluorescence study.

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    Bastiaens, P I; van Hoek, A; Benen, J A; Brochon, J C; Visser, A J

    1992-01-01

    Time-resolved fluorescence and fluorescence anisotropy data surfaces of flavin adenine dinucleotide bound to lipoamide dehydrogenase from Azotobacter vinelandii in 80% glycerol have been obtained by variation of excitation energy and temperature between 203 and 303 K. The fluorescence kinetics of a deletion mutant lacking 14 COOH-terminal amino acids were compared with the wild-type enzyme to study a possible interaction of the COOH-terminal tail with the active site of the enzyme. The flavin adenine dinucleotide fluorescence in both proteins exhibits a bimodal lifetime distribution as recovered by the maximum entropy method of data analysis. The difference in standard enthalpy and entropy of associated conformational substates was retrieved from the fractional contributions of the two lifetime classes. Activation energies of thermal quenching were obtained that confirm that the isoalloxazines in the deletion mutant are solvent accessible in contrast to the wild-type enzyme. Red-edge spectroscopy in conjunction with variation of temperature provides the necessary experimental axes to interpret the fluorescence depolarization in terms of intersubunit energy transfer rather than reorientational dynamics of the flavins. The results can be explained by a compartmental model that describes the anisotropy decay of a binary, inhomogeneously broadened, homoenergy transfer system. By using this model in a global analysis of the fluorescence anisotropy decay surface, the distance between and relative orientation of the two isoalloxazine rings are elucidated. For the wild-type enzyme, this geometrical information is in agreement with crystallographic data of the A. vinelandii enzyme, whereas the mutual orientation of the subunits in the deletion mutant is slightly altered. In addition, the ambiguity in the direction of the emission transition moment in the isoalloxazine ring is solved. The anisotropy decay parameters also provide information on electronic and dipolar relaxational properties of the flavin active site. The local environment of the prosthetic groups in the deletion mutant of the A. vinelandii enzyme is highly inhomogeneous, and a transition from slow to rapid dipolar relaxation is observed over the measured temperature range. In the highly homogeneous active site of the wild-type enzyme, dipolar relaxation is slowed down beyond the time scale of fluorescence emission at any temperature studied. Our results are in favor of a COOH-terminal polypeptide interacting with the active site, thereby shielding the isoalloxazines from the solvent. This biological system forms a very appropriate tool to test the validity of photophysical models describing homoenergy transfer. PMID:1420917

  20. Excited state non-adiabatic dynamics of pyrrole: A time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and quantum dynamics study

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    Wu, Guorong; Neville, Simon P.; Worth, Graham A.; Schalk, Oliver; Sekikawa, Taro; Ashfold, Michael N. R.; Stolow, Albert

    2015-02-21

    The dynamics of pyrrole excited at wavelengths in the range 242-217 nm are studied using a combination of time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and wavepacket propagations performed using the multi-configurational time-dependent Hartree method. Excitation close to the origin of pyrrole’s electronic spectrum, at 242 and 236 nm, is found to result in an ultrafast decay of the system from the ionization window on a single timescale of less than 20 fs. This behaviour is explained fully by assuming the system to be excited to the A{sub 2}(πσ{sup ∗}) state, in accord with previous experimental and theoretical studies. Excitation at shorter wavelengths has previously been assumed to result predominantly in population of the bright A{sub 1}(ππ{sup ∗}) and B{sub 2}(ππ{sup ∗}) states. We here present time-resolved photoelectron spectra at a pump wavelength of 217 nm alongside detailed quantum dynamics calculations that, together with a recent reinterpretation of pyrrole’s electronic spectrum [S. P. Neville and G. A. Worth, J. Chem. Phys. 140, 034317 (2014)], suggest that population of the B{sub 1}(πσ{sup ∗}) state (hitherto assumed to be optically dark) may occur directly when pyrrole is excited at energies in the near UV part of its electronic spectrum. The B{sub 1}(πσ{sup ∗}) state is found to decay on a timescale of less than 20 fs by both N-H dissociation and internal conversion to the A{sub 2}(πσ{sup ∗}) state.

  1. Excited state dynamics in SO2. I. Bound state relaxation studied by time-resolved photoelectron-photoion coincidence spectroscopy

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    Wilkinson, Iain; Boguslavskiy, Andrey E.; Mikosch, Jochen; Bertrand, Julien B.; Wörner, Hans Jakob; Villeneuve, David M.; Spanner, Michael; Patchkovskii, Serguei; Stolow, Albert

    2014-05-01

    The excited state dynamics of isolated sulfur dioxide molecules have been investigated using the time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and time-resolved photoelectron-photoion coincidence techniques. Excited state wavepackets were prepared in the spectroscopically complex, electronically mixed ({tildeB})1B1/(Ã)1A2, Clements manifold following broadband excitation at a range of photon energies between 4.03 eV and 4.28 eV (308 nm and 290 nm, respectively). The resulting wavepacket dynamics were monitored using a multiphoton ionisation probe. The extensive literature associated with the Clements bands has been summarised and a detailed time domain description of the ultrafast relaxation pathways occurring from the optically bright ({tildeB})1B1 diabatic state is presented. Signatures of the oscillatory motion on the ({tildeB})1B1/(Ã)1A2 lower adiabatic surface responsible for the Clements band structure were observed. The recorded spectra also indicate that a component of the excited state wavepacket undergoes intersystem crossing from the Clements manifold to the underlying triplet states on a sub-picosecond time scale. Photoelectron signal growth time constants have been predominantly associated with intersystem crossing to the ({tildec})3B2 state and were measured to vary between 750 and 150 fs over the implemented pump photon energy range. Additionally, pump beam intensity studies were performed. These experiments highlighted parallel relaxation processes that occurred at the one- and two-pump-photon levels of excitation on similar time scales, obscuring the Clements band dynamics when high pump beam intensities were implemented. Hence, the Clements band dynamics may be difficult to disentangle from higher order processes when ultrashort laser pulses and less-differential probe techniques are implemented.

  2. Characterization of post mortem arterial tissue using time-resolved photoacoustic spectroscopy at 436, 461 and 532 nm.

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    Beard, P C; Mills, T N

    1997-01-01

    Time-resolved photoacoustic spectroscopy has been used to characterize post mortem arterial tissue for the purpose of discriminating between normal and atheromatous areas of tissue. Ultrasonic thermoelastic waves were generated in post mortem human aorta by the absorption of nanosecond laser pulses at 436, 461 and 532 nm produced by a frequency doubled Q-switched Nd:YAG laser in conjunction with a gas filled Raman cell. A PVDF membrane hydrophone was used to detect the thermoelastic waves. At 436 nm, differences in the photoacoustic signatures of normal tissue and atherorma were found to be highly variable. At 461 nm, there was a clear and reproducible difference between the photacoustic response of atheroma and normal tissue as a result of increased optical attenuation in atheroma. At 532 nm, the generation of subsurface thermoelastic waves provided a means of determining the structure and thickness of the tissue sample. It is suggested that pulsed photoacoustic spectroscopy at 461 and 532 nm may find application in characterizing arterial tissue in situ by providing information about both the composition and thickness of the vessel wall. PMID:9015817

  3. Probing the hydrogen-bond network of water via time-resolved soft X-ray spectroscopy.

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    Huse, Nils; Wen, Haidan; Nordlund, Dennis; Szilagyi, Erzsi; Daranciang, Dan; Miller, Timothy A; Nilsson, Anders; Schoenlein, Robert W; Lindenberg, Aaron M

    2009-05-28

    We report time-resolved studies of hydrogen bonding in liquid H(2)O, in response to direct excitation of the O-H stretch mode at 3 mum, probed via soft X-ray absorption spectroscopy at the oxygen K-edge. This approach employs a newly developed nanofluidic cell for transient soft X-ray spectroscopy in the liquid phase. Distinct changes in the near-edge spectral region (XANES) are observed, and are indicative of a transient temperature rise of 10 K following transient laser excitation and rapid thermalization of vibrational energy. The rapid heating occurs at constant volume and the associated increase in internal pressure, estimated to be 8 MPa, is manifested by distinct spectral changes that differ from those induced by temperature alone. We conclude that the near-edge spectral shape of the oxygen K-edge is a sensitive probe of internal pressure, opening new possibilities for testing the validity of water models and providing new insight into the nature of hydrogen bonding in water. PMID:19440624

  4. Characterization of post mortem arterial tissue using time-resolved photoacoustic spectroscopy at 436, 461 and 532 nm

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    Beard, P. C.; Mills, T. N.

    1997-01-01

    Time-resolved photoacoustic spectroscopy has been used to characterize post mortem arterial tissue for the purpose of discriminating between normal and atheromatous areas of tissue. Ultrasonic thermoelastic waves were generated in post mortem human aorta by the absorption of nanosecond laser pulses at 436, 461 and 532 nm produced by a frequency doubled Q-switched Nd:YAG laser in conjunction with a gas filled Raman cell. A PVDF membrane hydrophone was used to detect the thermoelastic waves. At 436 nm, differences in the photoacoustic signatures of normal tissue and atherorma were found to be highly variable. At 461 nm, there was a clear and reproducible difference between the photacoustic response of atheroma and normal tissue as a result of increased optical attenuation in atheroma. At 532 nm, the generation of subsurface thermoelastic waves provided a means of determining the structure and thickness of the tissue sample. It is suggested that pulsed photoacoustic spectroscopy at 461 and 532 nm may find application in characterizing arterial tissue in situ by providing information about both the composition and thickness of the vessel wall.

  5. Probing the hydrogen-bond network of water via time-resolved soft x-ray spectroscopy

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    Huse, Nils; Wen, Haidan; Nordlund, Dennis; Szilagyi, Erzsi; Daranciang, Dan; Miller, Timothy A.; Nilsson, Anders; Schoenlein, Robert W.; Lindenberg, Aaron M.

    2009-04-24

    We report time-resolved studies of hydrogen bonding in liquid H2O, in response to direct excitation of the O-H stretch mode at 3 mu m, probed via soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy at the oxygen K-edge. This approach employs a newly developed nanofluidic cell for transient soft x-ray spectroscopy in liquid phase. Distinct changes in the near-edge spectral region (XANES) are observed, and are indicative of a transient temperature rise of 10K following transient laser excitation and rapid thermalization of vibrational energy. The rapid heating occurs at constant volume and the associated increase in internal pressure, estimated to be 8MPa, is manifest by distinct spectral changes that differ from those induced by temperature alone. We conclude that the near-edge spectral shape of the oxygen K-edge is a sensitive probe of internal pressure, opening new possibilities for testing the validity of water models and providing new insight into the nature of hydrogen bonding in water.

  6. Noninvasive observation of skeletal muscle contraction using near-infrared time-resolved reflectance and diffusing-wave spectroscopy

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    Belau, Markus; Ninck, Markus; Hering, Gernot; Spinelli, Lorenzo; Contini, Davide; Torricelli, Alessandro; Gisler, Thomas

    2010-09-01

    We introduce a method for noninvasively measuring muscle contraction in vivo, based on near-infrared diffusing-wave spectroscopy (DWS). The method exploits the information about time-dependent shear motions within the contracting muscle that are contained in the temporal autocorrelation function g(1)(?,t) of the multiply scattered light field measured as a function of lag time, ?, and time after stimulus, t. The analysis of g(1)(?,t) measured on the human M. biceps brachii during repetitive electrical stimulation, using optical properties measured with time-resolved reflectance spectroscopy, shows that the tissue dynamics giving rise to the speckle fluctuations can be described by a combination of diffusion and shearing. The evolution of the tissue Cauchy strain e(t) shows a strong correlation with the force, indicating that a significant part of the shear observed with DWS is due to muscle contraction. The evolution of the DWS decay time shows quantitative differences between the M. biceps brachii and the M. gastrocnemius, suggesting that DWS allows to discriminate contraction of fast- and slow-twitch muscle fibers.

  7. Synthesis and characterization of time-resolved fluorescence probes for evaluation of competitive binding to melanocortin receptors.

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    Alleti, Ramesh; Vagner, Josef; Dehigaspitiya, Dilani Chathurika; Moberg, Valerie E; Elshan, N G R D; Tafreshi, Narges K; Brabez, Nabila; Weber, Craig S; Lynch, Ronald M; Hruby, Victor J; Gillies, Robert J; Morse, David L; Mash, Eugene A

    2013-09-01

    Probes for use in time-resolved fluorescence competitive binding assays at melanocortin receptors based on the parental ligands MSH(4), MSH(7), and NDP-?-MSH were prepared by solid phase synthesis methods, purified, and characterized. The saturation binding of these probes was studied using HEK-293 cells engineered to overexpress the human melanocortin 4 receptor (hMC4R) as well as the human cholecystokinin 2 receptor (hCCK2R). The ratios of non-specific binding to total binding approached unity at high concentrations for each probe. At low probe concentrations, receptor-mediated binding and uptake was discernable, and so probe concentrations were kept as low as possible in determining Kd values. The Eu-DTPA-PEGO-MSH(4) probe exhibited low specific binding relative to non-specific binding, even at low nanomolar concentrations, and was deemed unsuitable for use in competition binding assays. The Eu-DTPA-PEGO probes based on MSH(7) and NDP-?-MSH exhibited Kd values of 273.9nM and 4.20.48nM, respectively, for binding with hMC4R. These probes were employed in competitive binding assays to characterize the interactions of hMC4R with monovalent and divalent MSH(4), MSH(7), and NDP-?-MSH constructs derived from squalene. Results from assays with both probes reflected only statistical enhancements, suggesting improper ligand spacing on the squalene scaffold for the divalent constructs. The Ki values from competitive binding assays that employed the MSH(7)-based probe were generally lower than the Ki values obtained when the probe based on NDP-?-MSH was employed, which is consistent with the greater potency of the latter probe. The probe based on MSH(7) was also competed with monovalent, divalent, and trivalent MSH(4) constructs that previously demonstrated multivalent binding in competitive binding assays against a variant of the probe based on NDP-?-MSH. Results from these assays confirm multivalent binding, but suggest a more modest increase in avidity for these MSH(4) constructs than was previously reported. PMID:23890524

  8. Quantum theory of time-resolved femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy: direct versus cascade processes and application to CDCl3.

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    Zhao, Bin; Sun, Zhigang; Lee, Soo-Y

    2011-01-14

    We present a quantum mechanical wave packet treatment of time-resolved femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS), or two-dimensional (2D) FSRS, where a vibrational coherence is initiated with an impulsive Raman pump which is subsequently probed by FSRS. It complements the recent classical treatment by Mehlenbacher et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 131, 244512 (2009)]. In this 2D-FSRS, two processes can occur concurrently but with different intensities: a direct fifth-order process taking place on one molecule, and a cascade process comprising two third-order processes on two different molecules. The cascade process comprises a parallel and a sequential cascade. The theory is applied to the 2D-FSRS of CDCl(3) where calculations showed that: (a) the cascade process is stronger than the direct fifth-order process by one order of magnitude, (b) the sidebands assigned to C-Cl E and A(1) bends, observed on both sides of the Stokes C-D stretch frequency, are not due to anharmonic coupling between the C-D stretch and the C-Cl bends, but are instead due to the coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS) and coherent Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CSRS) fields produced in the first step of the cascade process, (c) for each delay time between the femtosecond impulsive pump and FSRS probe pulses, the line shape of the sidebands shows an inversion symmetry about the C-D stretch frequency, and this is due to the 180(?) phase difference between the CARS and CSRS fields that produced the left and right sidebands, and (d) for each sideband, the line shape changes from positive Lorentzian to dispersive to negative Lorentzian, then to negative dispersive and back to positive Lorentzian with the period of the bending vibration, and it is correlated with the momentum of the wave packet prepared on the ground-state surface by the impulsive pump along the sideband normal coordinate. PMID:21241099

  9. Quantum theory of time-resolved femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy: Direct versus cascade processes and application to CDCl3

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    Zhao, Bin; Sun, Zhigang; Lee, Soo-Y.

    2011-01-01

    We present a quantum mechanical wave packet treatment of time-resolved femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy (FSRS), or two-dimensional (2D) FSRS, where a vibrational coherence is initiated with an impulsive Raman pump which is subsequently probed by FSRS. It complements the recent classical treatment by Mehlenbacher et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 131, 244512 (2009)]. In this 2D-FSRS, two processes can occur concurrently but with different intensities: a direct fifth-order process taking place on one molecule, and a cascade process comprising two third-order processes on two different molecules. The cascade process comprises a parallel and a sequential cascade. The theory is applied to the 2D-FSRS of CDCl_3 where calculations showed that: (a) the cascade process is stronger than the direct fifth-order process by one order of magnitude, (b) the sidebands assigned to C-Cl E and A_1 bends, observed on both sides of the Stokes C-D stretch frequency, are not due to anharmonic coupling between the C-D stretch and the C-Cl bends, but are instead due to the coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS) and coherent Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CSRS) fields produced in the first step of the cascade process, (c) for each delay time between the femtosecond impulsive pump and FSRS probe pulses, the line shape of the sidebands shows an inversion symmetry about the C-D stretch frequency, and this is due to the 180 phase difference between the CARS and CSRS fields that produced the left and right sidebands, and (d) for each sideband, the line shape changes from positive Lorentzian to dispersive to negative Lorentzian, then to negative dispersive and back to positive Lorentzian with the period of the bending vibration, and it is correlated with the momentum of the wave packet prepared on the ground-state surface by the impulsive pump along the sideband normal coordinate.

  10. Study of fluorescence interaction and conformational changes of bovine serum albumin with histamine H₁ -receptor--drug epinastine hydrochloride by spectroscopic and time-resolved fluorescence methods.

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    Ariga, Girish G; Naik, Praveen N; Nandibewoor, Sharanappa T; Chimatadar, Shivamurti A

    2015-11-01

    The fluorescence, ultraviolet (UV) absorption, time resolved techniques, circular dichroism (CD), and infrared spectral methods were explored as tools to investigate the interaction between histamine H1 drug, epinastine hydrochloride (EPN), and bovine serum albumin (BSA) under simulated physiological conditions. The experimental results showed that the quenching of the BSA by EPN was static quenching mechanism and also confirmed by lifetime measurements. The value of n close to unity indicated that one molecule of EPN was bound to protein molecule. The binding constants (K) at three different temperatures were calculated (7.1 × 10(4), 5.5 × 10(4), and 3.9 × 10(4) M(-1)). Based on the thermodynamic parameters (ΔH(0), ΔG(0), and ΔS(0)), the nature of binding forces operating between drug and protein was proposed. The site of binding of EPN in the protein was proposed to be Sudlow's site I based on displacement experiments using site markers viz, warfarin, ibuprofen, and digitoxin. Based on the Förster's theory of non-radiation energy transfer, the binding average distance, r between the donor (BSA) and acceptor (EPN) was evaluated and found to be 4.48 nm. The UV-visible, synchronous fluorescence, CD, and three-dimensional fluorescence spectral results revealed the changes in secondary structure of the protein upon its interaction with EPN. PMID:26215421

  11. Picosecond time-resolved fluorescence studies on excitation energy transfer in a histidine 117 mutant of the D2 protein of photosystem II in Synechocystis 6803.

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    Vasil'ev, S; Bruce, D

    2000-11-21

    The role of the peripheral reaction center chlorophyll a molecule associated with His117 of the D2 polypeptide in photosystem II was investigated in Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803 using a combination of steady state, pump-probe, and picosecond time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. Data were obtained from intact cells and isolated thylakoid membranes of a control mutant and a D2-H117T mutant, both of which lacked photosystem I. Excitation energy transfer and trapping were investigated by analyzing the data with a kinetic model that used an exact numerical solution of the Pauli master equation, taking into account available photosystem II spectral and structural information. The results of our kinetic analysis revealed the observed difference in excited-state dynamics between the H117T mutant and the control to be consistent with a retardation of the rate of excitation energy transfer from the peripheral chlorophyll of D2 (Chl at His117) to the electron-transfer pigments and an increase of the rate constant for charge recombination in the H117T mutant. The kinetic model was able to account for the experimentally observed changes in absorption cross section and fluorescence decay kinetics between the control and mutant by invoking changes in only these two rate constants. The results rule out quenching of excitation by a chlorophyll cation radical as a mechanism responsible for the lower efficiency of excitation energy utilization in the H117T mutant. Our work also demonstrates the importance of the chlorophyll associated with His117 of the D2 protein for excitation energy transfer to the PSII electron-transfer pigments and for the effective stabilization of the primary radical pair. PMID:11087370

  12. Elucidating low-frequency vibrational dynamics in calcite and water with time-resolved third-harmonic generation spectroscopy.

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    Wang, Liang; Liu, Weimin; Fang, Chong

    2015-07-14

    Low-frequency vibrations are foundational for material properties including thermal conductivity and chemical reactivity. To resolve the intrinsic molecular conformational dynamics in condensed phase, we implement time-resolved third-harmonic generation (TRTHG) spectroscopy to unravel collective skeletal motions in calcite, water, and aqueous salt solution in situ. The lifetime of three Raman-active modes in polycrystalline calcite at 155, 282 and 703 cm(-1) is found to be ca. 1.6 ps, 1.3 ps and 250 fs, respectively. The lifetime difference is due to crystallographic defects and anharmonic effects. By incorporating a home-built wire-guided liquid jet, we apply TRTHG to investigate pure water and ZnCl2 aqueous solution, revealing ultrafast dynamics of water intermolecular stretching and librational bands below 500 cm(-1) and a characteristic 280 cm(-1) vibrational mode in the ZnCl4(H2O)2(2-) complex. TRTHG proves to be a compact and versatile technique that directly uses the 800 nm fundamental laser pulse output to capture ultrafast low-frequency vibrational motion snapshots in condensed-phase materials including the omnipresent water, which provides the important time dimension to spectral characterization of molecular structure-function relationships. PMID:26062639

  13. HELIOS—A laboratory based on high-order harmonic generation of extreme ultraviolet photons for time-resolved spectroscopy

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    Plogmaker, S.; Terschlüsen, J. A.; Krebs, N.; Svanqvist, M.; Forsberg, J.; Cappel, U. B.; Rubensson, J.-E.; Siegbahn, H.; Söderström, J.

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, we present the HELIOS (High Energy Laser Induced Overtone Source) laboratory, an in-house high-order harmonic generation facility which generates extreme ultraviolet (XUV) photon pulses in the range of 15-70 eV with monochromatized XUV pulse lengths below 35 fs. HELIOS is a source for time-resolved pump-probe/two-color spectroscopy in the sub-50 fs range, which can be operated at 5 kHz or 10 kHz. An optical parametric amplifier is available for pump-probe experiments with wavelengths ranging from 240 nm to 20 000 nm. The produced XUV radiation is monochromatized by a grating in the so-called off-plane mount. Together with overall design parameters, first monochromatized spectra are shown with an intensity of 2 ṡ 1010 photons/s (at 5 kHz) in the 29th harmonic, after the monochromator. The XUV pulse duration is measured to be <25 fs after monochromatization.

  14. Time-resolved X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy of a Cobalt-Based Hydrogen Evolution System for Artificial Photosynthesis

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    Moonshiram, Dooshaye; Gimbert, Carolina; Lehmann, Carl; Southworth, Stephen; Llobet, Antoni; Argonne National Laboratory Team; Institut Català d'Investigació Química Collaboration

    2015-03-01

    Production of cost-effective hydrogen gas through solar power is an important challenge of the Department of Energy among other global industry initiatives. In natural photosynthesis, the oxygen evolving complex(OEC) can carry out four-electron water splitting to hydrogen with an efficiency of around 60%. Although, much progress has been carried out in determining mechanistic pathways of the OEC, biomimetic approaches have not duplicated Nature's efficiency in function. Over the past years, we have witnessed progress in developments of light harvesting modules, so called chromophore/catalytic assemblies. In spite of reportedly high catalytic activity of these systems, quantum yields of hydrogen production are below 40 % when using monochromatic light. Proper understanding of kinetics and bond making/breaking steps has to be achieved to improve efficiency of hydrogen evolution systems. This project shows the timing implementation of ultrafast X-ray absorption spectroscopy to visualize in ``real time'' the photo-induced kinetics accompanying a sequence of redox reactions in a cobalt-based molecular photocatalytic system. Formation of a Co(I) species followed by a Co(III) hydride species all the way towards hydrogen evolution is shown through time-resolved XANES.

  15. Two-photon resonances in femtosecond time-resolved four-wave mixing spectroscopy: {beta}-carotene

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    Namboodiri, V.; Namboodiri, M.; Flachenecker, G.; Materny, A.

    2010-08-07

    Femtosecond time-resolved pump-degenerate four-wave mixing (pump-DFWM) spectroscopy has been used to study the ultrafast dynamics of {beta}-carotene involving several electronic and vibrational states. An initial pump pulse, resonant with the S{sub 0}-to-S{sub 2} transition, excites the molecular system and a DFWM process, resonant with the S{sub 1}-to-S{sub n} transition, is used to probe the relaxation pathways. The transient shows a peculiar decay behavior, which is due to the contributions of resonant DFWM signal of the excited S{sub 1} state, nonresonant DFWM signal of the ground S{sub 0} state and vibrational hot S{sub 0}{sup *} state, and the two-photon resonant DFWM signal of the ground S{sub 0} state. We have used a kinetic model including all the signal contributions to successfully fit the transient. The time constants extracted are in very good agreement with the known values for {beta}-carotene. For comparison, a two-pulse pump-probe experiment was performed measuring the transient absorption at the wavelength of the DFWM experiment.

  16. Time-resolved Fourier transform emission spectroscopy of He/CH4 in a positive column discharge.

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    Civi, Svatopluk; Kubelk, Petr; Ferus, Martin

    2012-03-29

    Time-resolved Fourier transform infrared emission spectroscopy was applied to the study of a pulsed discharge in a He/CH(4) mixture. The dynamics of the formation and decay of acetylene ?(3) (3289 cm(-1)), methane ?(3) (3019 cm(-1)) and ?(1) (2917 cm(-1)), the CH radical electronic ground state X(2)?(r) (2309-2953 cm(-1)), C(2) Bernath electronic transition B(1)?(g)-A(1)?(u) (3337-3606 cm(-1)), molecular hydrogen emission transitions 5g-4f and 2p-2s, atomic hydrogen, and atomic helium were monitored in the 1800-4000 cm(-1) region. The time profile of the rotational and vibrational temperature of the CH radical was obtained for a 30 ?s time interval during and after the discharge pulse. A kinetic model was used for the study of the chemical dynamics of the formation and decay of the individual fragments. The results from the model were compared to the experimental emission spectra. PMID:22375598

  17. Communication: Ultrafast time-resolved ion photofragmentation spectroscopy of photoionization-induced proton transfer in phenol-ammonia complex

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    Shen, Ching-Chi; Tsai, Tsung-Ting; Ho, Jr-Wei; Chen, Yi-Wei; Cheng, Po-Yuan

    2014-11-07

    Photoionization-induced proton transfer (PT) in phenol-ammonia (PhOH-NH{sub 3}) complex has been studied using ultrafast time-resolved ion photofragmentation spectroscopy. Neutral PhOH-NH{sub 3} complexes prepared in a free jet are photoionized by femtosecond [1+1] resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization via the S{sub 1} state, and the subsequent dynamics occurring in the cations is probed by delayed pulses that result in ion fragmentation. The observed temporal evolutions of the photofragmentation spectra are consistent with an intracomplex PT reaction. The experiments revealed that PT in [PhOH-NH{sub 3}]{sup +} cation proceeds in two distinct steps: an initial impulsive wave-packet motion in ∼70 fs followed by a slower relaxation of about 1 ps that stabilizes the system into the final PT configuration. These results indicate that for a barrierless PT system, even though the initial PT motions are impulsive and ultrafast, the reaction may take a much longer time scale to complete.

  18. Picosecond Dynamics of G-Protein Coupled Receptor Activation in Rhodopsin from Time-Resolved UV Resonance Raman Spectroscopy

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    Kim, Judy E.; Pan, Duohai; Mathies, Richard A.

    2005-01-01

    The protein response to retinal chromophore isomerization in the visual pigment rhodopsin is studied using picosecond time-resolved UV resonance Raman spectroscopy. High signal-to-noise Raman spectra are obtained using a 1 kHz Ti:Sapphire laser apparatus that provides <3 ps visible (466 nm) pump and UV (233 nm) probe pulses. When there is no time delay between the pump and probe events, tryptophan modes W18, W16, and W3 exhibit decreased Raman scattering intensity. At longer pump-probe time delays of +5 and +20 ps, both tryptophan (W18, W16, W3, and W1) and tyrosine (Y1 + 2xY16a, Y7a, Y8a) peak intensities drop by up to 3%. These intensity changes are attributed to decreased hydrophobicity in the microenvironment near at least one tryptophan and one tyrosine residue that likely arise from weakened interaction with the ?-ionone ring of the chromophore following cis-to-trans isomerization. Examination of the crystal structure suggests that W265 and Y268 are responsible for these signals. These UV Raman spectral changes are nearly identical to those observed for the rhodopsinto-Meta I transition, implying that impulsively driven protein motion by the isomerizing chromophore during the 200 fs primary transition drives key structural changes that lead to protein activation. PMID:12731857

  19. Iron-carbonyl bond geometries of carboxymyoglobin and carboxyhemoglobin in solution determined by picosecond time-resolved infrared spectroscopy.

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    Moore, J N; Hansen, P A; Hochstrasser, R M

    1988-01-01

    The iron-carbonyl geometries in carboxymyoglobin (MbCO) and carboxyhemoglobin (HbCO) in ambient temperature solution have been investigated using picosecond time-resolved infrared spectroscopy. Polarized infrared and visible beams were used to monitor the change in infrared absorbance of the bound CO stretch bands on photodissociation of the ligand. The ratio of the change in absorbance for perpendicular and parallel relative polarizations of the photolysis and infrared probe beams is directly related to the angle between the ligand bond axis and the normal to the heme plane. Ratios, and hence the angles, have been obtained for the configurations giving rise to the principal CO stretch infrared absorption bands of HbCO and MbCO: 18 degrees for the 1951 cm-1 band of HbCO; 20 degrees and 35 degrees, respectively, for the 1944 cm-1 and 1933 cm-1 bands of MbCO. Structures consistent with x-ray diffraction and the picosecond experiments reported here are proposed for MbCO and HbCO in which the Fe-C bond tilts to the heme normal and the Fe-C-O angle differs significantly from 180 degrees. PMID:3393531

  20. Single-shot Raman spectroscopy and time-resolved reflectivity of a shocked TATB-based explosive

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    Hebert, Philippe; Saint-Amans, Charles; Doucet, Michel; de Resseguier, Thibaut

    2015-06-01

    Single-shot Raman spectroscopy experiments under shockwave loading were performed in order to get information on the initiation mechanisms that can lead to sustained detonation of a TATB-based explosive. Shocks up to 30 GPa were generated using a two-stage laser-driven flyer plate generator. The samples were confined by an optical window and shock pressure was maintained for at least 30 ns. Photon Doppler Velocimetry measurements were performed at the explosive/window interface to determine the shock pressure profile. Raman spectra were recorded as a function of shock pressure and the shifts of the principal modes were compared to static high-pressure measurements performed in a diamond anvil cell. Our shock data indicate the role of temperature effects on the H-bonding network present in TATB. Our Raman spectra also show a progressive extinction of the signal which disappears around 9 GPa. High-speed photography images reveal a simultaneous progressive darkening of the sample surface up to total opacity at 9 GPa. Time-resolved reflectivity measurements under shock compression seem to indicate that this opacity is due to a broadening of the absorption spectrum over the entire visible region.

  1. HELIOS-A laboratory based on high-order harmonic generation of extreme ultraviolet photons for time-resolved spectroscopy.

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    Plogmaker, S; Terschlsen, J A; Krebs, N; Svanqvist, M; Forsberg, J; Cappel, U B; Rubensson, J-E; Siegbahn, H; Sderstrm, J

    2015-12-01

    In this paper, we present the HELIOS (High Energy Laser Induced Overtone Source) laboratory, an in-house high-order harmonic generation facility which generates extreme ultraviolet (XUV) photon pulses in the range of 15-70 eV with monochromatized XUV pulse lengths below 35 fs. HELIOS is a source for time-resolved pump-probe/two-color spectroscopy in the sub-50 fs range, which can be operated at 5 kHz or 10 kHz. An optical parametric amplifier is available for pump-probe experiments with wavelengths ranging from 240 nm to 20?000 nm. The produced XUV radiation is monochromatized by a grating in the so-called off-plane mount. Together with overall design parameters, first monochromatized spectra are shown with an intensity of 2 ? 10(10) photons/s (at 5 kHz) in the 29th harmonic, after the monochromator. The XUV pulse duration is measured to be <25 fs after monochromatization. PMID:26724006

  2. Excited state non-adiabatic dynamics of N-methylpyrrole: A time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and quantum dynamics study.

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    Wu, Guorong; Neville, Simon P; Schalk, Oliver; Sekikawa, Taro; Ashfold, Michael N R; Worth, Graham A; Stolow, Albert

    2016-01-01

    The dynamics of N-methylpyrrole following excitation at wavelengths in the range 241.5-217.0 nm were studied using a combination of time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (TRPES), ab initio quantum dynamics calculations using the multi-layer multi-configurational time-dependent Hartree method, as well as high-level photoionization cross section calculations. Excitation at 241.5 and 236.2 nm results in population of the A2(??(?)) state, in agreement with previous studies. Excitation at 217.0 nm prepares the previously neglected B1(?3py) Rydberg state, followed by prompt internal conversion to the A2(??(?)) state. In contrast with the photoinduced dynamics of pyrrole, the lifetime of the wavepacket in the A2(??(?)) state was found to vary with excitation wavelength, decreasing by one order of magnitude upon tuning from 241.5 nm to 236.2 nm and by more than three orders of magnitude when excited at 217.0 nm. The order of magnitude difference in lifetimes measured at the longer excitation wavelengths is attributed to vibrational excitation in the A2(??(?)) state, facilitating wavepacket motion around the potential barrier in the N-CH3 dissociation coordinate. PMID:26747808

  3. Two Types of Water at the Water-Surfactant Interface Revealed by Time-Resolved Vibrational Spectroscopy.

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    Livingstone, Ruth A; Nagata, Yuki; Bonn, Mischa; Backus, Ellen H G

    2015-12-01

    The surfactant sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) is widely used as a detergent for both domestic and industrial applications. It forms a self-assembled monolayer on the surface of water. We report a microscopic model for the interaction between the surfactant and water and between water molecules at the interface, revealed using static and time-resolved two-dimensional sum frequency generation spectroscopy. Two distinct subensembles of water in the presence of this negatively charged SDS surfactant have been identified: those close to the SDS headgroup having fairly isolated O-H groups, i.e., localized O-H stretch vibrations, and those whose O-H stretch vibrations are delocalized, i.e., shared between multiple O-H bonds. The two subensembles are coupled, with subpicosecond energy transfer occurring between them. This is markedly different from O-H bonds at the air-water interface, which are less heterogeneous, and indicates that the water molecules that interact with the surfactant headgroups have hydrogen-bonding properties different from those of water molecules interacting with the other water molecules. PMID:26544087

  4. Characterization of direct-drive-implosion core conditions on OMEGA with time-resolved Ar K-shell spectroscopy

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    Regan, S. P.; Delettrez, J. A.; Epstein, R.; Jaanimagi, P. A.; Yaakobi, B.; Smalyuk, V. A.; Marshall, F. J.; Meyerhofer, D. D.; Seka, W.; Haynes, D. A.; Golovkin, I. E.; Hooper, C. F.

    2002-04-01

    Direct-drive-implosion core conditions have been characterized on the 60-beam OMEGA [T. R. Boehly et al., Opt. Commun. 133, 495 (1997)] laser system with time-resolved Ar K-shell spectroscopy. Plastic shells with an Ar-doped deuterium fill gas were driven with a 23 kJ, 1 ns square laser pulse smoothed with 1 THz smoothing by spectral dispersion (SSD) and polarization smoothing (PS) using birefringent wedges. The targets are predicted to have a convergence ratio of 15. The emissivity-averaged core electron temperature (Te) and density (ne) were inferred from the measured time-dependent Ar K-shell spectral line shapes. As the imploding shell decelerates the observed Te and ne increase to 2.0 (0.2) keV and 2.5 (0.5)1024cm-3 at peak neutron production, which is assumed to occur at the time of the peak emissivity-averaged Te. At peak compression the ne increases to 3.1 (0.6)1024cm-3 and the Te decreases to 1.7 (0.17) keV. The observed core conditions are close to those predicted by a one-dimensional hydrodynamics code.

  5. Excited state non-adiabatic dynamics of N-methylpyrrole: A time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and quantum dynamics study

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    Wu, Guorong; Neville, Simon P.; Schalk, Oliver; Sekikawa, Taro; Ashfold, Michael N. R.; Worth, Graham A.; Stolow, Albert

    2016-01-01

    The dynamics of N-methylpyrrole following excitation at wavelengths in the range 241.5-217.0 nm were studied using a combination of time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy (TRPES), ab initio quantum dynamics calculations using the multi-layer multi-configurational time-dependent Hartree method, as well as high-level photoionization cross section calculations. Excitation at 241.5 and 236.2 nm results in population of the A2(???) state, in agreement with previous studies. Excitation at 217.0 nm prepares the previously neglected B1(?3py) Rydberg state, followed by prompt internal conversion to the A2(???) state. In contrast with the photoinduced dynamics of pyrrole, the lifetime of the wavepacket in the A2(???) state was found to vary with excitation wavelength, decreasing by one order of magnitude upon tuning from 241.5 nm to 236.2 nm and by more than three orders of magnitude when excited at 217.0 nm. The order of magnitude difference in lifetimes measured at the longer excitation wavelengths is attributed to vibrational excitation in the A2(???) state, facilitating wavepacket motion around the potential barrier in the N-CH3 dissociation coordinate.

  6. Single water solvation dynamics in the 4-aminobenzonitrile-water cluster cation revealed by picosecond time-resolved infrared spectroscopy.

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    Miyazaki, Mitsuhiko; Nakamura, Takashi; Wohlgemuth, Matthias; Mitrić, Roland; Dopfer, Otto; Fujii, Masaaki

    2015-11-28

    The dynamics of a solvent is important for many chemical and biological processes. Here, the migration dynamics of a single water molecule is triggered by the photoionization of the 4-aminobenzonitrile-water (4ABN-W) cluster and monitored in real time by picosecond time-resolved IR (ps TRIR) spectroscopy. In the neutral cluster, water is hydrogen-bonded to the CN group. When this CN-bound cluster is selectively ionized with an excess energy of 1238 cm(-1), water migrates with a lifetime of τ = 17 ps from the CN to the NH2 group, forming a more stable 4ABN(+)-W(NH) isomer with a yield of unity. By decreasing the ionization excess energy, the yield of the CN → NH2 reaction is reduced. The relatively slow migration in comparison to the ionization-induced solvent dynamics in the related acetanilide-water cluster cation (τ = 5 ps) is discussed in terms of the internal excess energy after photoionization and the shape of the potential energy surface. PMID:26490096

  7. Effects of Cosmetic Therapy on Cognitive Function in Elderly Women Evaluated by Time-Resolved Spectroscopy Study.

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    Machida, A; Shirato, M; Tanida, M; Kanemaru, C; Nagai, S; Sakatani, K

    2016-01-01

    With the rapid increase in dementia in developed countries, it is important to establish methods for maintaining or improving cognitive function in elderly people. To resolve such problems, we have been developing a cosmetic therapy (CT) program for elderly women. However, the mechanism and limitations of CT are not yet clear. In order to clarify these issues, we employed time-resolved spectroscopy (TRS) to evaluate the effect of CT on prefrontal cortex (PFC) activity in elderly females with various levels of cognitive impairment. Based on the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) score, the subjects were classified into mild (mean MMSE score: 24.1??3.8) and moderate (mean MMSE score: 10.3??5.8) cognitive impairment (CI) groups (p??0.05). These results suggest that CT affects cognitive function by altering PFC activity in elderly women with mild CI, but not moderate CI. PMID:26782224

  8. Sub-100ps single photoelectron time resolution of a strip silicon photomultiplier for time-resolved optical spectroscopy

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    Wang, Shenyuan; Liu, Rongdan; Liang, Kun; Yang, Ru; Han, Dejun

    2015-10-01

    SiPM with epitaxial quenching resistors developed at NDL (Novel Device Laboratory, Beijing) could alleviate the conflict between large dynamic range and high photon detection efficiency (PDE). It can be used as low light level detector in various applications with excellent single photoelectron time resolution (SPTR) and photon counting capacity. SPTR is mainly determined by the intrinsic structure parameters of the SiPM. However, it is also limited to measurement setup, electronics readout and the ultra-small signal of single photoelectron level. In this work, we designed and fabricated a 1 mm × 1 mm strip SiPM array for possible applications in time-resolved optical spectroscopy. The SiPM array consists of sixteen 50 μm × 1 mm strip SiPM elements. Each element contains five hundred 6.5 μm × 6.5 μm micro avalanche photodiode (APD) cells with 10μm pitch. The strip SiPM demonstrated SPTR of 68 ps (FWHM), peak PDE of 17% around 450 nm and high photon number resolving and photon counting capability.

  9. Time-resolved energy-momentum spectroscopy of electric and magnetic dipole transitions in Cr3+:MgO.

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    Karaveli, Sinan; Wang, Shutong; Xiao, Gang; Zia, Rashid

    2013-08-27

    Due to the recent interest in magnetic light-matter interactions, the magnetic dipole (MD) transitions in lanthanide ions have been studied for potential applications in nano-optics. Similar to lanthanide ions, transition-metal ions also exhibit strong MD emission at room temperature, but their prominent MD zero-phonon lines are often accompanied by significant electric dipole (ED) sideband emission. Here, we extend energy-momentum spectroscopy to time-resolved measurements, and use this technique to quantify the ED and MD contributions to light emission from trivalent chromium doped magnesium oxide (Cr(3+):MgO). This allows us to differentiate the MD (2)E ? (4)A2 zero-phonon line from phonon-assisted (2)E ? (4)A2 and (4)T2 ? (4)A2 ED sidebands. We also demonstrate how the relative intensities of the sharp MD zero-phonon line and the broad ED sidebands can be used as a qualitative measure of the MD and ED local density of optical states. PMID:23879390

  10. A safe, low-cost, and portable instrumentation for bedside time-resolved picosecond near infrared spectroscopy

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    Amouroux, Marine; Uhring, Wilfried; Pebayle, Thierry; Poulet, Patrick; Marlier, Luc

    2009-07-01

    Continuous wave Near InfraRed Spectroscopy (NIRS) has been used successfully in clinical environments for several years to detect cerebral activation thanks to oxymetry (i.e. absorption of photons by oxy- and deoxy- hemoglobin) measurement. The goal of our group is to build a clinically-adapted time-resolved NIRS setup i.e. a setup that is compact and robust enough to allow bedside measurements and that matches safety requirements with human patients applications. Indeed our group has already shown that time resolution allows spatial resolution and improves sensitivity of cerebral activation detection. The setup is built with four laser diodes (excitation wavelengths: 685, 780, 830 and 870 nm) whose emitted light is injected into four optical fibers; detection of reflected photons is made through an avalanche photodiode and a high resolution timing module used to record Temporal Point Spread Functions (TPSF). Validation of the device was made using cylindrically-chaped phantoms with absorbing and/or scattering inclusions. Results show that recorded TPSF are typical both of scattering and absorbing materials thus demonstrating that our apparatus would detect variation of optical properties (absorption and scattering) deep within a diffusive media just like a cerebral activation represents a rise of absorption in the cortex underneath head surface.

  11. Study of Heat Transfer Dynamics from Gold Nanorods to the Environment via Time-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy.

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    Nguyen, Son C; Zhang, Qiao; Manthiram, Karthish; Ye, Xingchen; Lomont, Justin P; Harris, Charles B; Weller, Horst; Alivisatos, A Paul

    2016-02-23

    Studying the local solvent surrounding nanoparticles is important to understanding the energy exchange dynamics between the particles and their environment, and there is a need for spectroscopic methods that can dynamically probe the solvent region that is in nearby contact with the nanoparticles. In this work, we demonstrate the use of time-resolved infrared spectroscopy to track changes in a vibrational mode of local water on the time scale of hundreds of picoseconds, revealing the dynamics of heat transfer from gold nanorods to the local water environment. We applied this probe to a prototypical plasmonic photothermal system consisting of organic CTAB bilayer capped gold nanorods, as well as gold nanorods coated with varying thicknesses of inorganic mesoporous-silica. The heat transfer time constant of CTAB capped gold nanorods is about 350 ps and becomes faster with higher laser excitation power, eventually generating bubbles due to superheating in the local solvent. Silica coating of the nanorods slows down the heat transfer and suppresses the formation of superheated bubbles. PMID:26840805

  12. Two-dimensional subpicosecond time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy: Optical Kerr-gating with the excitation of alternating polarizations of light

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    Fujiwara, Takashige; Romano, Natalie C.; Lim, Edward C.

    2014-03-01

    We have developed a subpicosecond time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy (TRFA) that newly implements a photoelastic modulator to alternate the polarizations of an excitation laser light. The setup facilitates virtually simultaneous detection of the parallel I? and the perpendicular I? emission from a photoexcited molecule of interest by means of an ultra-short (optical Kerr-gating) shutter and a spectrograph coupled with a charge-coupled device. From a set of I?(?,t) and I?(?,t) that comprise 2-D (two-dimensional) information on both a full range of spectra and subpicosecond time-resolved fluorescence decays, the 2-D TRFA, R(?,t), is directly given with better accuracy. To claim the merit of the technique we carried out a test for 2-D TRFA of Coumarin 153 in methanol.

  13. Time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy of electrically conductive metal-organic frameworks doped with redox active species

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    Alberding, Brian G.; Heilweil, Edwin J.

    2015-09-01

    Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) are three-dimensional coordination polymers that are well known for large pore surface area and their ability to adsorb molecules from both the gaseous and solution phases. In general, MOFs are electrically insulating, but promising opportunities for tuning the electronic structure exist because MOFs possess synthetic versatility; the metal and organic ligand subunits can be exchanged or dopant molecules can be introduced into the pore space. Two such MOFs with demonstrated electrical conductivity are Cu3(1,3,5-benzenetricarboxylate)2, a.k.a HKUST-1, and Cu[Ni(pyrazine-2,3-dithiolate)2]. Herein, these two MOFs have been infiltrated with the redox active species 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane (TCNQ) and iodine under solution phase conditions and shown to produce redox products within the MOF pore space. Vibrational bands assignable to TCNQ anion and triiodide anion have been observed in the Mid-IR and Terahertz ranges using FTIR Spectroscopy. The MOF samples have been further investigated by Time-Resolved Terehertz Spectroscopy (TRTS). Using this technique, the charge mobility, separation, and recombination dynamics have been followed on the picosecond time scale following photoexcitation with visible radiation. The preliminary results show that the MOF samples have small inherent photoconductivity with charge separation lifetimes on the order of a few picoseconds. In the case of HKUST-1, the MOF can also be supported by a TiO2 film and initial results show that charge injection into the TiO2 layer occurs with a comparable efficiency to the dye sensitizer N3, [cis-Bis(isothiocyanato)-bis(2,2'-bipyridyl-4,4'-dicarboxylato ruthenium(II)], and therefore this MOF has potential as a new light absorbing and charge conducting material in photovoltaic devices.

  14. Time-resolved photometry and spectroscopy of the new deeply-eclipsing SW Sextantis star HS 0728+6738

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    Rodríguez-Gil, P.; Gänsicke, B. T.; Barwig, H.; Hagen, H.-J.; Engels, D.

    2004-09-01

    We present time-resolved optical spectroscopy and photometry, and far-ultraviolet spectroscopy of HS 0728+6738, a cataclysmic variable discovered in the Hamburg Quasar Survey. We show that the system is a new eclipsing member of the SW Sex class of CVs with an orbital period of 3.21 h. We derive an orbital inclination of ˜ 85 ± 4° from the average eclipse profile, making HS 0728+6738 the highest inclination SW Sex star known. The optical and far-ultraviolet emission lines are not or only weakly occulted during the eclipse, indicating the presence of line-emission sites either far outside the Roche lobe of the primary or, more likely, above the orbital plane of the binary. The photometric light curves exhibit fast variability with a period of ˜7 min, which might be related to the spin of the white dwarf. Based in part on observations obtained at the German-Spanish Astronomical Center, Calar Alto, operated by the Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg, jointly with the Spanish National Commission for Astronomy, on observations made with the IAC80 telescope, operated on the island of Tenerife by the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC) at the Spanish Observatorio del Teide, on observations made at the Wendelstein Observatory, operated by the Universitäts-Sternwarte München, and on observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, obtained at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which is operated by the Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc., under NASA contract NAS 5-26555.

  15. Monitoring changes of cellular metabolism and microviscosity in vitro based on time-resolved endogenous fluorescence and its anisotropy decay dynamics

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    Zheng, Wei; Li, Dong; Qu, Jianan Y.

    2010-05-01

    Reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) is a well-known metabolic coenzyme and endogenous fluorophore. In this study, we develop a system that simultaneously measures time- and wavelength-resolved fluorescence to extract free and protein-bound NADH signals from total cellular fluorescence. We analyze temporal characteristics of NADH fluorescence in a mixture of NADH and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) as well as in living cell samples. The results show that in both the NADH/LDH mixture and cell samples, a fraction of free NADH and protein-bound components can be identified. The extracted free and bound NADH signals are confirmed by time-resolved measurement of anisotropy decay of NADH fluorescence, based on the fact that free NADH is a small fluorescent molecule with much shorter rotational diffusion time than bound NADH. The ratio of free NADH signal to bound NADH signal is very different between normal and cancer cervical epithelial cells. In addition, the ratio changes significantly when the cell samples are treated with a mitochondrial inhibitor or uncoupler, demonstrating that the method is sensitive to monitor cellular metabolic activity. Finally, we demonstrate that the microviscosity for relatively small molecules such as NADH in cells could be extracted from wavelength- and time-resolved NADH fluorescence of living cell samples.

  16. Fingerprinting of crude oil using fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Holmes-Smith, A. S.; Uttamlal, M.; McCormick, C.; Hepburn, D. M.; Graham, A.; Faichnie, D.

    2012-06-01

    Crude oil is a complex mixture of hydrocarbons (e.g. paraffins, aromatics, napthenes), sulphur compounds (e.g. sulphur, sulphides), amines, metals (e.g. Ni, Fe) and salts (e.g. NaCl, sand). Quantitative chemical analysis of such combinations is difficult and requires partial or complete separation of the components, challenging outside of the laboratory. Qualitative chemical analysis of oil is simpler using techniques such fluorescence spectroscopy. In this paper we will present fluorescence (spectra and lifetime) data for crude oil samples of varying (specific) API gravity and show how qualitative chemical information can be extracted from the spectra. This will include data obtained using synchronous scanning fluorescence spectrometry (SS) and time-resolved emission spectroscopy (TRES) and demonstrate the ability of utilising these methods to obtain better qualitative chemical information and hence the ability to "fingerprint" crude oil.

  17. Ultrafast excited-state dynamics in photochromic N-salicylideneaniline studied by femtosecond time-resolved REMPI spectroscopy

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    Okabe, Chie; Nakabayashi, Takakazu; Inokuchi, Yoshiya; Nishi, Nobuyuki; Sekiya, Hiroshi

    2004-11-15

    Ultrafast processes in photoexcited N-salicylideneaniline have been investigated with femtosecond time-resolved resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization spectroscopy. The ion signals via the S{sub 1}(n,{pi}*) state of the enol form as well as the proton-transferred cis-keto form emerge within a few hundred femtoseconds after photoexcitation to the first S{sub 1}({pi},{pi}*) state of the enol form. This reveals that two ultrafast processes, excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) reaction and an internal conversion (IC) to the S{sub 1}(n,{pi}*) state, occur on a time scale less than a few hundred femtoseconds from the S{sub 1}({pi},{pi}*) state of the enol form. The rise time of the transient corresponding to the production of the proton-transferred cis-keto form is within 750 fs when near the red edge of the absorption is excited, indicating that the ESIPT reaction occurs within 750 fs. The decay time of the S{sub 1}({pi},{pi}*) state of the cis-keto form is 8.9 ps by exciting the enol form at 370 nm, but it dramatically decreases to be 1.5-1.6 ps for the excitation at 365-320 nm. The decrease in the decay time has been attributed to the opening of an efficient nonradiative channel; an IC from S{sub 1}({pi},{pi}*) to S{sub 1}(n,{pi}*) of the cis-keto form promotes the production of the trans-keto form as the final photochromic products. The two IC processes may provide opposite effect on the quantum yield of photochromic products: IC in the enol form may substantially reduce the quantum yield, but IC in the cis-keto form increase it.

  18. Microsecond time-resolved absorption spectroscopy used to study CO compounds of cytochrome bd from Escherichia coli.

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    Siletsky, Sergey A; Zaspa, Andrey A; Poole, Robert K; Borisov, Vitaliy B

    2014-01-01

    Cytochrome bd is a tri-heme (b558, b595, d) respiratory oxygen reductase that is found in many bacteria including pathogenic species. It couples the electron transfer from quinol to O2 with generation of an electrochemical proton gradient. We examined photolysis and subsequent recombination of CO with isolated cytochrome bd from Escherichia coli in one-electron reduced (MV) and fully reduced (R) states by microsecond time-resolved absorption spectroscopy at 532-nm excitation. Both Soret and visible band regions were examined. CO photodissociation from MV enzyme possibly causes fast (?<1.5 s) electron transfer from heme d to heme b595 in a small fraction of the protein, not reported earlier. Then the electron migrates to heme b558 (??16 s). It returns from the b-hemes to heme d with ??180 s. Unlike cytochrome bd in the R state, in MV enzyme the apparent contribution of absorbance changes associated with CO dissociation from heme d is small, if any. Photodissociation of CO from heme d in MV enzyme is suggested to be accompanied by the binding of an internal ligand (L) at the opposite side of the heme. CO recombines with heme d (??16 s) yielding a transient hexacoordinate state (CO-Fe2+-L). Then the ligand slowly (??30 ms) dissociates from heme d. Recombination of CO with a reduced heme b in a fraction of the MV sample may also contribute to the 30-ms phase. In R enzyme, CO recombines to heme d (??20 s), some heme b558 (??0.2-3 ms), and finally migrates from heme d to heme b595 (??24 ms) in ?5% of the enzyme population. Data are consistent with the recent nanosecond study of Rappaport et al. conducted on the membranes at 640-nm excitation but limited to the Soret band. The additional phases were revealed due to differences in excitation and other experimental conditions. PMID:24755641

  19. Reduction of O2 slow component by priming exercise: novel mechanistic insights from time-resolved near-infrared spectroscopy

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    Fukuoka, Yoshiyuki; Poole, David C; Barstow, Thomas J; Kondo, Narihiko; Nishiwaki, Masato; Okushima, Dai; Koga, Shunsaku

    2015-01-01

    Novel time-resolved near-infrared spectroscopy (TR-NIRS), with adipose tissue thickness correction, was used to test the hypotheses that heavy priming exercise reduces the V?O2 slow component (V?O2SC) (1) by elevating microvascular [Hb] volume at multiple sites within the quadriceps femoris (2) rather than reducing the heterogeneity of muscle deoxygenation kinetics. Twelve subjects completed two 6-min bouts of heavy work rate exercise, separated by 6min of unloaded cycling. Priming exercise induced faster overall V?O2 kinetics consequent to a substantial reduction in the V?O2SC (0.270.12 vs. 0.110.09Lmin?1, P<0.05) with an unchanged primary V?O2 time constant. An increased baseline for the primed bout [total (Hb+Mb)] (197.521.6 vs. 210.722.5?molL?1, P<0.01), reflecting increased microvascular [Hb] volume, correlated significantly with the V?O2SC reduction. At multiple sites within the quadriceps femoris, priming exercise reduced the baseline and slowed the increase in [deoxy (Hb+Mb)]. Changes in the intersite coefficient of variation in the time delay and time constant of [deoxy (Hb+Mb)] during the second bout were not correlated with the V?O2SC reduction. These results support a mechanistic link between priming exercise-induced increase in muscle [Hb] volume and the reduced V?O2SC that serves to speed overall V?O2 kinetics. However, reduction in the heterogeneity of muscle deoxygenation kinetics does not appear to be an obligatory feature of the priming response. PMID:26109190

  20. Photo-induced carrier generation and recombination dynamics probed by combining time-resolved microwave conductivity and transient absorption spectroscopy

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    Park, Jaehong; Reid, Obadiah G.; Rumbles, Garry

    2015-08-01

    We examined photoinduced charge-generation dynamics of the poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)/titanyl phthalocyanine (TiOPc) bilayer and the P3HT/TiOPc/C60 trilayer using the combination of flash-photolysis time-resolved microwave conductivity experiments (fp-TRMC) and classic pump-probe transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy following dominant excitation of the P3HT layer. The superlinear increase of ??? for the P3HT/TiOPc bilayer, compared to the ??? sum of each P3HT and TiOPc layer suggest photoinduced carrier-generation. Furthermore, the superlinear increase of ??? of the P3HT/TiOPc/C60 trilayer with respect to the each P3HT/TiOPc and TiOPc/C60 bilayers evinces charge migration from one interface to the other interface. In addition, with selective photoexcitation on the P3HT layer, both amorphous and H-aggregated P3HT domains participate in electron transfer ([P3HT*/TiOPc]-->[P3HT+/TiOPc-]), contrasting to the previous observation where with selective excitation of the TiOPc layer, only the H-aggregated P3HT domain involves in hole transfer ([P3HT/TiOPc-->[P3HT+/TiOPc-]) to produce P3HT+/TiOPc- in J. Phys. Chem. B 119(24), 7729--7739 (2015). These results under different excitation conditions are consistent with calculated energetic driving force (?ECS) for charge generation which is -0.58 eV and -0.73 eV for amorphous and H-aggregated P3HT domains under the P3HT layer excitation, while 0.04 eV and -0.11 eV for amorphous and H-aggregated P3HT domains under the TiOPc layer excitation.

  1. Vibrational cooling dynamics of a [FeFe]-hydrogenase mimic probed by time-resolved infrared spectroscopy.

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    Caplins, Benjamin W; Lomont, Justin P; Nguyen, Son C; Harris, Charles B

    2014-12-11

    Picosecond time-resolved infrared spectroscopy (TRIR) was performed for the first time on a dithiolate bridged binuclear iron(I) hexacarbonyl complex ([Fe₂(μ-bdt)(CO)₆], bdt = benzene-1,2-dithiolate) which is a structural mimic of the active site of the [FeFe]-hydrogenase enzyme. As these model active sites are increasingly being studied for their potential in photocatalytic systems for hydrogen production, understanding their excited and ground state dynamics is critical. In n-heptane, absorption of 400 nm light causes carbonyl loss with low quantum yield (<10%), while the majority (ca. 90%) of the parent complex is regenerated with biexponential kinetics (τ₁ = 21 ps and τ₂ = 134 ps). In order to understand the mechanism of picosecond bleach recovery, a series of UV-pump TRIR experiments were performed in different solvents. The long time decay (τ₂) of the transient spectra is seen to change substantially as a function of solvent, from 95 ps in THF to 262 ps in CCl₄. Broadband IR-pump TRIR experiments were performed for comparison. The measured vibrational lifetimes (T₁(avg)) of the carbonyl stretches were found to be in excellent correspondence to the observed τ₂ decays in the UV-pump experiments, signifying that vibrationally excited carbonyl stretches are responsible for the observed longtime decays. The fast spectral evolution (τ₁) was determined to be due to vibrational cooling of low frequency modes anharmonically coupled to the carbonyl stretches that were excited after electronic internal conversion. The results show that cooling of both low and high frequency vibrational modes on the electronic ground state give rise to the observed picosecond TRIR transient spectra of this compound, without the need to invoke electronically excited states. PMID:25426927

  2. Vibrational spectroscopy of excited electronic states in carotenoids in vivo. Picosecond time-resolved resonance Raman scattering.

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    Hayashi, H; Noguchi, T; Tasumi, M; Atkinson, G H

    1991-01-01

    The vibrational spectroscopy and population dynamics of excited singlet (2(1)Ag), excited triplet (3B u), and the ground (1Ag) electronic states of carotenoids in chromatophores of Chromatium vinosum (mainly spirilloxanthin and rhodopin) and of the same carotenoids in benzene solutions are examined by picosecond time-resolved resonance Raman scattering. Coherent Stokes Raman scattering from the ground states of carotenoids in chromatophores also is observed. Resonance Raman spectra of in vitro rhodopin and spirilloxanthin when compared with in vivo data demonstrate that scattering from spirilloxanthin dominates the in vivo spectrum. Comparisons of the time-dependent intensities of 2(1)Ag and 1Ag resonance Raman bands from both in vitro and in vivo carotenoids suggest that vibrationally excited levels in 1Ag are populated directly by the decay of the 2(1)Ag state and that these levels relax into a thermalized distribution in less than 50 ps. The appearance of asymmetrically broadened, ground-state resonance Raman bands supports this conclusion. Formation of the 3Bu state is observed for carotenoids in chromatophores, but not for in vitro spirilloxanthin indicating that the 3Bu state is formed by fission processes originating from the spatial organization of pigments within chromatophores. The rate at which the intensities of 2(1)Ag resonance Raman bands decay is faster for the carotenoids in vivo than for those in vitro thereby indicating that additional relaxation channels (e.g., energy transfer to bacteriochlorophylls) are present in the chromatophore. The similarity of the in vivo and in vitro 2(1)Ag resonance Raman spectra shows that no significant modifications in the vibronic coupling has been caused by the chromatophore environment. PMID:1883940

  3. Microsecond Time-Resolved Absorption Spectroscopy Used to Study CO Compounds of Cytochrome bd from Escherichia coli

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    Siletsky, Sergey A.; Zaspa, Andrey A.; Poole, Robert K.; Borisov, Vitaliy B.

    2014-01-01

    Cytochrome bd is a tri-heme (b558, b595, d) respiratory oxygen reductase that is found in many bacteria including pathogenic species. It couples the electron transfer from quinol to O2 with generation of an electrochemical proton gradient. We examined photolysis and subsequent recombination of CO with isolated cytochrome bd from Escherichia coli in one-electron reduced (MV) and fully reduced (R) states by microsecond time-resolved absorption spectroscopy at 532-nm excitation. Both Soret and visible band regions were examined. CO photodissociation from MV enzyme possibly causes fast (?<1.5 s) electron transfer from heme d to heme b595 in a small fraction of the protein, not reported earlier. Then the electron migrates to heme b558 (??16 s). It returns from the b-hemes to heme d with ??180 s. Unlike cytochrome bd in the R state, in MV enzyme the apparent contribution of absorbance changes associated with CO dissociation from heme d is small, if any. Photodissociation of CO from heme d in MV enzyme is suggested to be accompanied by the binding of an internal ligand (L) at the opposite side of the heme. CO recombines with heme d (??16 s) yielding a transient hexacoordinate state (CO-Fe2+-L). Then the ligand slowly (??30 ms) dissociates from heme d. Recombination of CO with a reduced heme b in a fraction of the MV sample may also contribute to the 30-ms phase. In R enzyme, CO recombines to heme d (??20 s), some heme b558 (??0.23 ms), and finally migrates from heme d to heme b595 (??24 ms) in ?5% of the enzyme population. Data are consistent with the recent nanosecond study of Rappaport et al. conducted on the membranes at 640-nm excitation but limited to the Soret band. The additional phases were revealed due to differences in excitation and other experimental conditions. PMID:24755641

  4. Femtosecond time-resolved transient absorption spectroscopy of CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite films: evidence for passivation effect of PbI2.

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    Wang, Lili; McCleese, Christopher; Kovalsky, Anton; Zhao, Yixin; Burda, Clemens

    2014-09-01

    CH3NH3PbI3 perovskite layered films deposited on substrates with and without a titania support structure have been prepared and studied using time-resolved femtosecond transient absorption (fs-TA) spectroscopy in the visible light range (450-800 nm). The electron injection dynamics from the photoexcited perovskite layers to the neighboring film structures could be directly monitored via the transient bleaching dynamics of the perovskite at ?750 nm and thus systematically studied as a function of the layer-by-layer architecture. In addition, for the first time we could spectrally distinguish transient bleaching at ?750 nm from laser-induced fluorescence that occurs red-shifted at ?780 nm. We show that an additional bleach feature at ?510 nm appears when PbI2 is present in the perovskite film. The amplitudes of the PbI2 and perovskite TA peaks were compared to estimate relative amounts of PbI2 in the samples. Kinetic analysis reveals that perovskite films with less PbI2 show faster relaxation rates than those containing more PbI2. These fast dynamics are attributed to charge carrier trapping at perovskite grain boundaries, and the slower dynamics in samples containing PbI2 are due to a passivation effect, in line with other recently reported work. PMID:25145978

  5. Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of a dinuclear Pt(II) complex: Tunneling autodetachment from both singlet and triplet excited states of a molecular dianion

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    Winghart, Marc-Oliver; Yang, Ji-Ping; Vonderach, Matthias; Unterreiner, Andreas-Neil; Huang, Dao-Ling; Wang, Lai-Sheng; Kruppa, Sebastian; Riehn, Christoph; Kappes, Manfred M.

    2016-02-01

    Time-resolved pump-probe photoelectron spectroscopy has been used to study the relaxation dynamics of gaseous [Pt2(μ-P2O5H2)4 + 2H]2- after population of its first singlet excited state by 388 nm femtosecond laser irradiation. In contrast to the fluorescence and phosphorescence observed in condensed phase, a significant fraction of the photoexcited isolated dianions decays by electron loss to form the corresponding monoanions. Our transient photoelectron data reveal an ultrafast decay of the initially excited singlet 1A2u state and concomitant rise in population of the triplet 3A2u state, via sub-picosecond intersystem crossing (ISC). We find that both of the electronically excited states are metastably bound behind a repulsive Coulomb barrier and can decay via delayed autodetachment to yield electrons with characteristic kinetic energies. While excited state tunneling detachment (ESETD) from the singlet 1A2u state takes only a few picoseconds, ESETD from the triplet 3A2u state is much slower and proceeds on a time scale of hundreds of nanoseconds. The ISC rate in the gas phase is significantly higher than in solution, which can be rationalized in terms of changes to the energy dissipation mechanism in the absence of solvent molecules. [Pt2(μ-P2O5H2)4 + 2H]2- is the first example of a photoexcited multianion for which ESETD has been observed following ISC.

  6. Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of a dinuclear Pt(II) complex: Tunneling autodetachment from both singlet and triplet excited states of a molecular dianion.

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    Winghart, Marc-Oliver; Yang, Ji-Ping; Vonderach, Matthias; Unterreiner, Andreas-Neil; Huang, Dao-Ling; Wang, Lai-Sheng; Kruppa, Sebastian; Riehn, Christoph; Kappes, Manfred M

    2016-02-01

    Time-resolved pump-probe photoelectron spectroscopy has been used to study the relaxation dynamics of gaseous [Pt2(?-P2O5H2)4 + 2H](2-) after population of its first singlet excited state by 388 nm femtosecond laser irradiation. In contrast to the fluorescence and phosphorescence observed in condensed phase, a significant fraction of the photoexcited isolated dianions decays by electron loss to form the corresponding monoanions. Our transient photoelectron data reveal an ultrafast decay of the initially excited singlet (1)A2u state and concomitant rise in population of the triplet (3)A2u state, via sub-picosecond intersystem crossing (ISC). We find that both of the electronically excited states are metastably bound behind a repulsive Coulomb barrier and can decay via delayed autodetachment to yield electrons with characteristic kinetic energies. While excited state tunneling detachment (ESETD) from the singlet (1)A2u state takes only a few picoseconds, ESETD from the triplet (3)A2u state is much slower and proceeds on a time scale of hundreds of nanoseconds. The ISC rate in the gas phase is significantly higher than in solution, which can be rationalized in terms of changes to the energy dissipation mechanism in the absence of solvent molecules. [Pt2(?-P2O5H2)4 + 2H](2-) is the first example of a photoexcited multianion for which ESETD has been observed following ISC. PMID:26851919

  7. Electron-hole recombination on ZnO(0001) single-crystal surface studied by time-resolved soft X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Yukawa, R.; Yamamoto, S.; Ogawa, M.; Yamamoto, Sh.; Fujikawa, K.; Hobara, R.; Matsuda, I.; Ozawa, K.; Emori, M.; Sakama, H.; Kitagawa, S.; Daimon, H.

    2014-10-13

    Time-resolved soft X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) experiments were performed with time scales from picoseconds to nanoseconds to trace relaxation of surface photovoltage on the ZnO(0001) single crystal surface in real time. The band diagram of the surface has been obtained numerically using PES data, showing a depletion layer which extends to 1??m. Temporal evolution of the photovoltage effect is well explained by a recombination process of a thermionic model, giving the photoexcited carrier lifetime of about 1 ps at the surface under the flat band condition. This lifetime agrees with a temporal range reported by the previous time-resolved optical experiments.

  8. Time-resolved FTIR spectroscopy for monitoring protein dynamics exemplified by functional studies of Ras protein bound to a lipid bilayer

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    Ktting, Carsten; Gldenhaupt, Jrn; Gerwert, Klaus

    2012-03-01

    Time-resolved Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) difference spectroscopy is a valuable tool for monitoring the dynamics of protein reactions and interactions. Absorbance changes can be monitored with time resolutions down to nanoseconds and followed for time periods that range over nine orders of magnitude. Membrane proteins bound to solid supported lipid bilayers can be investigated in near physiological conditions with the attenuated total reflection (ATR) technique. Here, we review the basics of time-resolved FTIR with a focus on Ras, a GTPase that is mutated in 25% of human tumors. We show the first time-resolved measurements of membrane anchored Ras and observed the switching between its activated and its inactivated state. We compared those measurements with measurements of the truncated Ras in solution. We found that both the kinetics and the functional groups involved were very similar. This suggested that the membrane did not have a major influence on the hydrolysis reaction.

  9. Time resolved spectroscopy of SGR J15505418 bursts detected with Fermi/gamma-ray burst monitor

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    Younes, G.; Kouveliotou, C.; Collazzi, A.; Van der Horst, A. J.; Watts, A. L.; Huppenkothen, D.; Van der Klis, M.; Van Putten, T.; Baring, M. G.; Granot, J.; Bhat, P. N.; Gorgone, N.; Gehrels, N.; Mcenery, J.; G??, E.; Kaneko, Y.; Lin, L.; Gruber, D.; Von Kienlin, A.; Grunblatt, S.; and others

    2014-04-10

    We report on a time-resolved spectroscopy of the 63 brightest bursts of SGR J15505418, detected with the Fermi/Gamma-ray Burst Monitor during its 2008-2009 intense bursting episode. We performed spectral analysis down to 4 ms timescales to characterize the spectral evolution of the bursts. Using a Comptonized model, we find that the peak energy, E {sub peak}, anti-correlates with flux, while the low-energy photon index remains constant at ? 0.8 up to a flux limit F ? 10{sup 5} erg s{sup 1} cm{sup 2}. Above this flux value, the E {sub peak}flux correlation changes sign, and the index positively correlates with the flux reaching ?1 at the highest fluxes. Using a two blackbody model, we find that the areas and fluxes of the two emitting regions correlate positively. Further, we study here for the first time the evolution of the temperatures and areas as a function of flux. We find that the areakT relation follows the lines of constant luminosity at the lowest fluxes, R {sup 2}?kT {sup 4}, with a break at the higher fluxes (F > 10{sup 5.5} erg s{sup 1} cm{sup 2}). The area of the high-kT component increases with the flux while its temperature decreases, which we interpret as being due to an adiabatic cooling process. The area of the low-kT component, on the other hand, appears to saturate at the highest fluxes, toward R {sub max} ? 30 km. Assuming that crust quakes are responsible for soft gamma repeater (SGR) bursts and considering R {sub max} as the maximum radius of the emitting photon-pair plasma fireball, we relate this saturation radius to a minimum excitation radius of the magnetosphere, and we put a lower limit on the internal magnetic field of SGR J15505418, B {sub int} ? 4.5 10{sup 15} G.

  10. In-situ analysis of fruit anthocyanins by means of total internal reflectance, continuous wave and time-resolved spectroscopy

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    Zude, Manuela; Spinelli, Lorenzo; Dosche, Carsten; Torricelli, Alessandro

    2009-08-01

    In sweet cherry (Prunus avium), the red pigmentation is correlated with the fruit maturity stage and can be measured by non-invasive spectroscopy. In the present study, the influence of varying fruit scattering coefficients on the fruit remittance spectrum (cw) were corrected with the effective pathlength and refractive index in the fruit tissue obtained with distribution of time-of-flight (DTOF) readings and total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) analysis, respectively. The approach was validated on fruits providing variation in the scattering coefficient outside the calibration sample set. In the validation, the measuring uncertainty when non-invasively analyzing fruits with cw method in comparison with combined application of cw, DTOF, and TIRF measurements showed an increase in r2 up to 22.7 % with, however, high errors in all approaches.

  11. Tryptophan dynamics in the exploration of micro-conformational changes of refolded ?-lactoglobulin after thermal exposure: a steady state and time-resolved fluorescence approach.

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    Halder, Umesh C; Chakraborty, Jishnu; Das, Niloy; Bose, Sayantan

    2012-04-01

    Refolding intermediates of proteins, including molten globules, are likely to undergo dynamic conformational transitions. In this work, thermal unfolding and refolding of bovine ?-lactoglobulin (?-lg) have been revisited to encounter such intermediate states. Lower thermal range (< 80C) was selected to avoid irreversible aggregate formation. The gross kinetic refolding as monitored with the fluorophore, Trp19, was likely to be reversible but alteration in time resolved fluorescence parameters ruled out the possibility of micro-structural reversibility for the refolded partner. Time resolved fluorescence showed that the refolded protein still lacks some intact native conformation. Far-UV CD signals lack the signature of any secondary structural distortion in global structural context whereas near-UV CD signals were strongly indicative of perturbation in micro-structure surrounding the aromatic moieties which hardly revives after cooling. Steady state anisotropy results showed successfully the break-down of dimer to monomer form of ?-lg within 50C temperature range and augmentation in anisotropy up on further thermal stress reflected the reorganization of tryptophan residues into more restricted and rigid micro-environment as well as irreversible disulfide-linked dimer formation. Reliability of conformational reversibility in the thermal unfolding-refolding is still enigmatic on micro and global structural perspectives. Intermediate state prior to the completion of refolding of thermally exposed ?-lg was identified through fluorescence studies. PMID:22342029

  12. Development and demonstration of table-top synchronized fast-scan femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy system by single-shot scan photo detector array

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    Yabushita, Atsushi; Kao, Chih-Hsien; Lee, Yu-Hsien; Kobayashi, Takayoshi

    2015-07-01

    Ultrafast dynamics is generally studied by pump-probe method with laser pulse, which scans optical delay by motorized stage step by step. Using ultrashort laser pulse shorter than typical molecular vibration periods, the pump-probe measurement can study both of electronic dynamics and vibration dynamics simultaneously. The probe wavelength dependence of the ultrafast electronic and vibration dynamics (UEVD) helps us to distinguish the signal contributions from the dynamics of the electronic ground state and that of the electronic excited states, which elucidates primary reaction mechanism after photoexcitation. Meanwhile, the measurement time of UEVD spectroscopy takes too long time to be used in realistic application. In our previous work, we have developed multi-channel lock-in amplifying (MLA) detectors to study UEVD at all probe wavelengths simultaneously, and synchronized it with laser and fast-scan delay stage to scan the data in five seconds. It enabled us to study UEVD spectroscopy even for photo-fragile materials. However, the home-made MLA detectors required for the measurement is expensive and massive in size and weight, thus not suitable for general researchers in the field of ultrafast time-resolved spectroscopy. In the present work, we have developed a table-top synchronized fast-scan femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy system using single shot scan line CCD. This system measures time-resolved trace at all probe wavelengths simultaneously in five seconds. The CCD-based fast-scan time-resolved spectroscopy system enables us to study ultrafast dynamics of various materials even biomaterials, which have been thought to be hard or even impossible to be studied in previous methods.

  13. Time-Resolved Down-Conversion of 2-Aminopurine in a DNA Hairpin: Fluorescence Anisotropy and Solvent Effects

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    Tourn Touceda, Patricia; Gelot, Thomas; Crgut, Olivier; Lonard, Jrmie; Haacke, Stefan

    2013-03-01

    Femtosecond fluorescence anisotropy decay measured by type II difference frequency generation provides new insight into the local structural dynamics of ?P(-)PBS fragments of the HIV- 1 DNA primary binding sequence, labeled with 2-aminopurine.

  14. Time-resolved extreme-ultraviolet spectroscopy of laser-produced plasmas originating at the parylene layer of microballon targets

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    Griem, H.R.; Moreno, J.

    1991-03-01

    In experiments this past year at the University of Rochester's Laboratory for Laser Energetics we obtained time-integrated and time-resolved spectra from the ultraviolet to the x-ray region. We have investigated various phenomena in laser-produced plasmas including spectral line broadening, plasma expansion velocities, ionization and recombination of low-Z materials in spherical targets, and the formation of satellites near some resonance lines. In addition we have improved our spectroscopic instrumentation.

  15. Rapid and simple quantitation of methamphetamine by using a homogeneous time-resolved fluoroimmunoassay based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer from europium to Cy5.

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    Kimura, Hiroko; Matsumoto, Kazuko; Mukaida, Masahiro

    2005-01-01

    A rapid and simple homogeneous time-resolved fluoroimmunoassay based on fluorescence resonance energy transfer from europium (Eu) to cyanine dye (Cy5) has been developed for the quantitation of methamphetamine. In this assay, Eu chelate was labeled to a conjugate of methamphetamine and bovine serum albumin (MA-BSA), as an energy donor, and Cy5 was labeled to anti-MA as an energy acceptor. The close proximity between the two labels in the immunocomplex permits energy transfer from the excited Eu(3+) donor. Therefore, by measuring the sensitized emission of Cy5 with the time-resolved assay, immunocomplex of MA-BSA and anti-MA can be measured in the homogeneous solution without separation steps within 30 min. By a competitive immunoassay, MA could be assayed in the range 0.1-1,000 ng/mL. The intra-assay variations were 5.4-14.8% at 5 different concentrations. When urine or serum samples were examined, the quenching of Eu fluorescence was observed, but the acceptor-to-donor ratio constantly depended upon the dilution of samples. Twenty urine samples were assayed, and the data showed a good correlation to those obtained by gas chromatography (r = 0.94). The homogeneous assay using Eu-Cy5 energy transfer is time-saving without any washing procedures and is suitable for screening drugs that are commonly abused. PMID:16356338

  16. Bayesian approach to inverse problem in the case of time-resolved polarized fluorescence investigation of microscopically ordered systems

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    Buczkowski, Marcin; Budzi?ski, Maciej P.; Fisz, Jacek J.

    2013-06-01

    In the case of fluorescence investigation of systems, which are isotropic in the macro scale but anisotropic in the micro scale, a Bayesian approach to an inverse problem allows finding distributions of model parameters. Next, this approach provides capacity to ascertain, whether the aligning potential alters during an electronic excitation of the fluorescence probe. The usage of the synthetic data set allows to specify an extent of a priori information necessary to a description of the data. As a numerical basement for Bayesian calculations the Differential Evolution Markov Chain method is employed.

  17. Remarkable effects of solvent and substitution on the photo-dynamics of cytosine: a femtosecond broadband time-resolved fluorescence and transient absorption study.

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    Ma, Chensheng; Cheng, Chopen Chan-Wut; Chan, Chris Tsz-Leung; Chan, Ruth Chau-Ting; Kwok, Wai-Ming

    2015-07-15

    Cytosine (Cyt) among all the nucleic acid bases features the most complex and least understood nonradiative deactivation, a process that is crucially important for its photostability. Herein, the excited state dynamics of Cyt and a series of its N1- and C5-derivatives, including the full set of Cyt nucleosides and nucleotides in DNA and RNA and the nucleosides of 5-methyl cytosine, 5-methylcytidine and 2'-deoxy-5-methylcytidine, have been investigated in water and in methanol employing femtosecond broadband time-resolved fluorescence coupled with fs transient absorption spectroscopy. The results reveal remarkable state-specific effects of the substitution and solvent in tuning distinctively the timescales and pathways of the nonradiative decays. For Cyt and the N1-derivatives, the nonradiative deactivations occur in a common two-state process through three channels, two from the light-absorbing ??* state with respectively the sub-picosecond (?0.2 ps) and the picosecond (?1.5 ps) time constant, and the third is due to an optically dark n?* state with the lifetime ranging from several to hundreds of picoseconds depending on solvents and substitutions. Compared to Cyt, the presence of the ribose or deoxyribose moiety at the N1 position of N1-derivatives facilitates the formation of the n?* at the sub-picosecond timescale and at the same time increases its lifetime by ?4-6 times in both water and methanol. In sharp contrast, the existence of the methyl group at the C5 position of the C5-derivatives eliminates completely the sub-picosecond ??* channel and the channel due to the n?*, but on the other hand slows down the decay of the ??* state which after relaxation exhibits a single time constant of ?4.1 to ?7.6 ps depending on solvents. Varying the solvent from water to methanol accelerates only slightly the decay of the ??* state in all the compounds; while for Cyt and its N1-derivatives, this change of solvent also retards strongly the n?* channel, prolongs its lifetime from such as ?7.7 ps in water to ?52 ps in methanol for Cyt and from ?30 ps in water to ?186 ps in methanol for deoxycytidine. The spectral signatures we obtained for the ??* and the n?* states allow unambiguous evidence for clarifying uncertainties in the excited states of Cyt and the derivatives. The results provide a unifying experimental characterization at an improved level of detail about the photophysics of Cyt and its analogues under biologically relevant conditions and may help in understanding the photostability as well as photo-damages of the bases and related DNAs. PMID:26126728

  18. Simultaneous determination of nabumetone and its principal metabolite in medicines and human urine by time-resolved fluorescence.

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    Murillo Pulgarín, José Antonio; Alañón Molina, Aurelia; Martínez Ferreras, Fernando

    2012-11-01

    A simple fluorescent methodology for the simultaneous determination of nabumetone and its main metabolite, 6-methoxy-2-naphthylacetic acid (6-MNA), in pharmaceutical preparations and human urine is proposed. Due to the strong overlapping between the fluorescence spectra of both analytes, the use of fluorescence decay curves to resolve their mixture is proposed, since these curves are more selective. Values of dependent instrumental variables affecting the signal-to-noise ratio were fixed using a simplex optimization procedure. A factorial design with three levels per factor coupled to a central composite design was selected to obtain a calibration matrix of thirteen standards plus one blank sample that was processed using a partial least-squares (PLS) analysis. In order to assess the goodness of the proposed method, a prediction set of ten synthetic samples was analyzed, obtaining recovery percentages between 97 and 105%. Limits of detection, calculated by means of a new criterion, were 0.96 μg L(-1) and 0.88 μg L(-1) for nabumetone and 6-MNA, respectively. The method was also tested in the pharmaceutical preparation Relif, which contains nabumetone, obtaining recovery percentages close to 100%. Finally, the simultaneous determination of both analytes in human urine samples was successfully carried out by the PLS-analysis of a matrix of fifteen standards plus four analyte blanks and the use of the standard addition technique. Although urine shows native fluorescence, no extraction method or prior separation of the analytes was needed. PMID:22977877

  19. Excitation relaxation dynamics and energy transfer in fucoxanthin-chlorophyll a/c-protein complexes, probed by time-resolved fluorescence.

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    Akimoto, Seiji; Teshigahara, Ayaka; Yokono, Makio; Mimuro, Mamoru; Nagao, Ryo; Tomo, Tatsuya

    2014-09-01

    In algae, light-harvesting complexes contain specific chlorophylls (Chls) and keto-carotenoids; Chl a, Chl c, and fucoxanthin (Fx) in diatoms and brown algae; Chl a, Chl c, and peridinin in photosynthetic dinoflagellates; and Chl a, Chl b, and siphonaxanthin in green algae. The Fx-Chl a/c-protein (FCP) complex from the diatom Chaetoceros gracilis contains Chl c1, Chl c2, and the keto-carotenoid, Fx, as antenna pigments, in addition to Chl a. In the present study, we investigated energy transfer in the FCP complex associated with photosystem II (FCPII) of C. gracilis. For these investigations, we analyzed time-resolved fluorescence spectra, fluorescence rise and decay curves, and time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy data. Chl a exhibited different energy forms with fluorescence peaks ranging from 677 nm to 688 nm. Fx transferred excitation energy to lower-energy Chl a with a time constant of 300fs. Chl c transferred excitation energy to Chl a with time constants of 500-600fs (intra-complex transfer), 600-700fs (intra-complex transfer), and 4-6ps (inter-complex transfer). The latter process made a greater contribution to total Chl c-to-Chl a transfer in intact cells of C. gracilis than in the isolated FCPII complexes. The lower-energy Chl a received excitation energy from Fx and transferred the energy to higher-energy Chl a. This article is part of a special issue entitled: photosynthesis research for sustainability: keys to produce clean energy. PMID:24530875

  20. Multichannel, time-resolved picosecond laser ultrasound imaging and spectroscopy with custom complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor detector

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    Smith, Richard J.; Light, Roger A.; Johnston, Nicholas S.; Pitter, Mark C.; Somekh, Mike G.; Sharples, Steve D.

    2010-02-15

    This paper presents a multichannel, time-resolved picosecond laser ultrasound system that uses a custom complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor linear array detector. This novel sensor allows parallel phase-sensitive detection of very low contrast modulated signals with performance in each channel comparable to that of a discrete photodiode and a lock-in amplifier. Application of the instrument is demonstrated by parallelizing spatial measurements to produce two-dimensional thickness maps on a layered sample, and spectroscopic parallelization is demonstrated by presenting the measured Brillouin oscillations from a gallium arsenide wafer. This paper demonstrates the significant advantages of our approach to pump probe systems, especially picosecond ultrasonics.

  1. Time-resolved spectroscopy of 5d-4f transitions in Pr3+ doped alkali-earth fluorides

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    Shendrik, R.; Radzhabov, E.; Nagirnyi, V.

    2010-11-01

    We measured time-resolved spectra and emission decay times under pulsed X-ray and synchrotron excitation in alkali-earth fluorides doped with Pr3+ ions. Two fast decay components were found in the emission spectra of BaF2-Pr3+ and SrF2-Pr3+ . These were 4 ns and 21 ns in BaF2-Pr3+ and 8 and 24 ns in SrF2-Pr3+. The intensity of the faster components 4 ns and 8 ns depended on concentration of Pr3+. Thus, the presence of aggregates might be the cause of such faster components.

  2. Time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence measurement of ion and neutral dynamics in a Hall thruster during ionization oscillations

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    Lucca Fabris, Andrea; Young, Christopher V.; Cappelli, Mark A.

    2015-12-01

    The paper presents spatially and temporally resolved laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) measurements of the xenon ion and neutral velocity distribution functions in a 400 W Hall thruster during natural ionization oscillations at 23 kHz, the so-called "breathing mode." Strong fluctuations in measured axial ion velocity throughout the discharge current cycle are observed at five spatial locations and the velocity maxima appear in the low current interval. The spatio-temporal evolution of the ion velocity distribution function suggests a propagating acceleration front undergoing periodic motion between the thruster exit plane and 1 cm downstream into the plume. The ion LIF signal intensity oscillates almost in phase with the discharge current, while the neutral fluorescence signal appears out of phase, indicating alternating intervals of strong and weak ionization.

  3. Time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy in degenerate two-state systems: the role of complex stochastic processes

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    Law, C. K.; Knox, R. S.; Eberly, J. H.

    1996-08-01

    We examine the Haken-Reineker-Strobl model of relaxation processes for a class of two-site systems. We permit the stochastic processes used to simulate reservoir noise in the model to be complex Hermitean, instead of purely real. We demonstrate in a specific case that this can open the possibility of identifying the precise meaning of the decay rate constants obtained from fluorescence anisotropy measurements.

  4. High-sensitivity time-resolved intracavity laser Fourier transform spectroscopy with vertical-cavity surface-emitting multiple-quantum-well lasers.

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    Picqu, Nathalie; Guelachvili, Guy; Kachanov, Alexander A

    2003-03-01

    Spectra composed of hundreds of time components for absorption path lengths of up to 130 km have been recorded near 1050 nm by combination of two recent techniques, intracavity laser spectroscopy with vertical external cavity surface-emitting multiple-quantum-well lasers and time-resolved Fourier transform spectroscopy. A sensitivity of 1 x 10(-10) cm(-1) Hz(-1/2) is achieved for 10(4) simultaneously acquired spectral elements, 3 orders of magnitude better than the sensitivity obtained in previous similar experiments. Specific advantages of the method, especially for frequency and intensity metrology of weak absorption transitions, are discussed. PMID:12659429

  5. Time-resolved spectroscopic study of photofragment fluorescence in methane/air mixtures and its diagnostic implications

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    Jonsson, Malin; Borggren, Jesper; Aldén, Marcus; Bood, Joakim

    2015-09-01

    In this work 80-picosecond laser pulses of 266-nm wavelength with intensities up to (2.0 ± 0.5) × 1011 W/cm2 were used for fragmentation of methane/air gas mixtures at ambient pressure and temperature. Emission spectra are, for the first time, studied with ultrahigh temporal resolution using a streak camera. Fluorescence spectra from CH(A2Δ-X2Π, B2Σ--X2Π, C2Σ+-X2Π), CN(B2Σ+-X2Σ+, Δ v = 0 and Δ v = ±1), NH(A3Π--X3Σ-), OH(A2Σ+-X2Π) and N2 +(B2Σu + X2Σg + were recorded and analyzed. By fitting simulated spectra to high-resolution experimental spectra, rotational and vibrational temperatures are estimated, showing that CH(C), CN(B), NH(A), and OH(A) are formed in highly excited vibrational and rotational states. The fluorescence signal dependencies on laser intensity and CH4/air equivalence ratio were investigated as well as the fluorescence lifetimes. All fragments observed are formed within 200 ps after the arrival of the laser pulse and their fluorescence lifetimes are shorter than 1 ns, except for CN(B-X) Δ v = 0 whose lifetime is 2.0 ns. The CN(B-X) Δ v = 0 fluorescence was studied temporally under high spectral resolution, and it was found that the vibrational levels are not populated simultaneously, but with a rate that decreases with increasing vibrational quantum number. This observation indicates that the rate of the chemical reaction that forms the CN(B) fragments is decreasing with increasing vibrational state of the product. The results provide vital information for the application of laser diagnostic techniques based on strong UV excitation, as they show that such methods might not be entirely non-intrusive and suffering from spectral interferences, unless the laser intensity is kept sufficiently low. Finally, equivalence ratios were determined from "unknown" spectra using multivariate analysis, showing a good agreement with theoretical compositions with an error of 4 %. The method is expected to be a useful diagnostic tool for measurements of local equivalence ratios in for example combustion environments.

  6. Study of the laser-induced decomposition of energetic materials at static high-pressure by time-resolved absorption spectroscopy

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    Hebert, Philippe; Saint-Amans, Charles

    2013-06-01

    A detailed description of the reaction rates and mechanisms occurring in shock-induced decomposition of condensed explosives is very important to improve the predictive capabilities of shock-to-detonation transition models. However, direct measurements of such experimental data are difficult to perform during detonation experiments. By coupling pulsed laser ignition of an explosive in a diamond anvil cell (DAC) with time-resolved streak camera recording of transmitted light, it is possible to make direct observations of deflagration phenomena at detonation pressure. We have developed an experimental set-up that allows combustion front propagation rates and time-resolved absorption spectroscopy measurements. The decomposition reactions are initiated using a nanosecond YAG laser and their kinetics is followed by time-resolved absorption spectroscopy. The results obtained for two explosives, nitromethane (NM) and HMX are presented in this paper. For NM, a change in reactivity is clearly seen around 25 GPa. Below this pressure, the reaction products are essentially carbon residues whereas at higher pressure, a transient absorption feature is first observed and is followed by the formation of a white amorphous product. For HMX, the evolution of the absorption as a function of time indicates a multi-step reaction mechanism which is found to depend on both the initial pressure and the laser fluence.

  7. Mapping of calf muscle oxygenation and haemoglobin content during dynamic plantar flexion exercise by multi-channel time-resolved near-infrared spectroscopy.

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    Torricelli, Alessandro; Quaresima, Valentina; Pifferi, Antonio; Biscotti, Giovanni; Spinelli, Lorenzo; Taroni, Paola; Ferrari, Marco; Cubeddu, Rinaldo

    2004-03-01

    A compact and fast multi-channel time-resolved near-infrared spectroscopy system for tissue oximetry was developed. It employs semiconductor laser and fibre optics for delivery of optical signals. Photons are collected by eight 1 mm fibres and detected by a multianode photomultiplier. A time-correlated single photon counting board is used for the parallel acquisition of time-resolved reflectance curves. Estimate of the reduced scattering coefficient is achieved by fitting with a standard model of diffusion theory, while the modified Lambert-Beer law is used to assess the absorption coefficient. In vivo measurements were performed on five healthy volunteers to monitor spatial changes in calf muscle (medial and lateral gastrocnemius; MG, LG) oxygen saturation (SmO2) and total haemoglobin concentration (tHb) during dynamic plantar flexion exercise performed at 50% of the maximal voluntary contraction. At rest SmO2 was 73.0 +/- 0.9 and 70.5 +/- 1.7% in MG and LG, respectively (P = 0.045). At the end of the exercise, SmO2 decreased (69.1 +/- 1.8 and 63.8 +/- 2.1% in MG and LG, respectively; P < 0.01). The LG desaturation was greater than the MG desaturation (P < 0.02). These results strengthen the role of time-resolved near-infrared spectroscopy as a powerful tool for investigating the spatial and temporal features of muscle SmO2 and tHb. PMID:15070196

  8. Mapping of calf muscle oxygenation and haemoglobin content during dynamic plantar flexion exercise by multi-channel time-resolved near-infrared spectroscopy

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    Torricelli, Alessandro; Quaresima, Valentina; Pifferi, Antonio; Biscotti, Giovanni; Spinelli, Lorenzo; Taroni, Paola; Ferrari, Marco; Cubeddu, Rinaldo

    2004-03-01

    A compact and fast multi-channel time-resolved near-infrared spectroscopy system for tissue oximetry was developed. It employs semiconductor laser and fibre optics for delivery of optical signals. Photons are collected by eight 1 mm fibres and detected by a multianode photomultiplier. A time-correlated single photon counting board is used for the parallel acquisition of time-resolved reflectance curves. Estimate of the reduced scattering coefficient is achieved by fitting with a standard model of diffusion theory, while the modified Lambert-Beer law is used to assess the absorption coefficient. In vivo measurements were performed on five healthy volunteers to monitor spatial changes in calf muscle (medial and lateral gastrocnemius; MG, LG) oxygen saturation (SmO2) and total haemoglobin concentration (tHb) during dynamic plantar flexion exercise performed at 50% of the maximal voluntary contraction. At rest SmO2 was 73.0 0.9 and 70.5 1.7% in MG and LG, respectively (P = 0.045). At the end of the exercise, SmO2 decreased (69.1 1.8 and 63.8 2.1% in MG and LG, respectively; P < 0.01). The LG desaturation was greater than the MG desaturation (P < 0.02). These results strengthen the role of time-resolved near-infrared spectroscopy as a powerful tool for investigating the spatial and temporal features of muscle SmO2 and tHb.

  9. Probing organometallic reactions by time-resolved infrared spectroscopy in solution and in the solid state using quantum cascade lasers.

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    Calladine, James A; Horvath, Raphael; Davies, Andrew J; Wriglesworth, Alisdair; Sun, Xue-Zhong; George, Michael W

    2015-05-01

    The photochemistry and photophysics of metal carbonyl compounds (W(CO)6, Cp*Rh(CO)2 (Cp* = ?(5)-C5Me5), and fac-[Re(CO)3(4,4'-bpy)2Br] [bpy = bipyridine]) have been examined on the nanosecond timescale using a time-resolved infrared spectrometer with an external cavity quantum cascade laser (QCL) as the infrared source. We show the photochemistry of W(CO)6 in alkane solution is easily monitored, and very sensitive measurements are possible with this approach, meaning it can monitor small transients with absorbance changes less than 10(-6) ?OD. The C-H activation of Cp*Rh(CO)(C6H12) to form Cp*Rh(CO)(C6H11)H occurs within the first few tens of nanoseconds following photolysis, and we demonstrate that kinetics obtained following deconvolution are in excellent agreement with those measured using an ultrafast laser-based spectrometer. We also show that the high flux and tunability of QCLs makes them suited for solid-state and time-resolved measurements. PMID:25811673

  10. Characterization of female breasts in vivo by time-resolved and spectroscopic measurements in the near infrared spectroscopy

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    Heusmann, Hans; Koelzer, Jochen G.; Mitic, Gerhard

    1996-10-01

    Time-resolved and spectroscopic in vivo measurements were performed to determine the optical properties of the female breast in transmission. The time-resolved measurements were carried out at different positions on the female breast with a Ti:sapphire laser using as synchroscan steak camera. A diffusion model was used to calculate the absorption coefficient (mu) A and the reduced scattering coefficient. In addition, spectroscopic in vivo measurements of more than 100 patients were performed in a wavelength range between 650 and 1000 nm. A variety of pathological alterations could be characterized by measuring patients of different ages, different breast sizes, and at carrying locations on the breast. The results indicate that besides the pure detection of the amount of blood in the neovascular network, the volume concentrations of water and fat model was developed that takes the volume percentages of fat and water, the concentration and oxygenation of hemoglobin, and the relevant optical parameters into account. Experiments were carried out with volunteers and patients in a clinical environment: typical observations are presented and analyzed statistically.

  11. Employing time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy to analyze carrier dynamics in thin-film Cu{sub 2}ZnSn(S,Se){sub 4} absorber layers

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    Guglietta, Glenn W.; Baxter, Jason B.; Choudhury, Kaushik Roy; Caspar, Jonathan V.

    2014-06-23

    We report the application of time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy (TRTS) to measure photoexcited carrier lifetimes and mobility, and to determine recombination mechanisms in Cu{sub 2}ZnSn(S,Se){sub 4} (CZTSSe) thin films fabricated from nanocrystal inks. Ultrafast time resolution permits tracking the evolution of carrier density to determine recombination rates and mechanisms. The carrier generation profile was manipulated by varying the photoexcitation wavelength and fluence to distinguish between surface, Shockley-Read-Hall (SRH), radiative, and Auger recombination mechanisms and determine rate constants. Surface and SRH recombination are the dominant mechanisms for the air/CZTSSe/SiO{sub 2}/Si film stack. Diffusion to, and then recombination at, the air-CZTSSe interface occurred on the order of 100 picoseconds, while SRH recombination lifetimes were 1–2 nanoseconds. TRTS measurements can provide information that is complementary to conventional time-resolved photoluminescence measurements and can direct the design of efficient thin film photovoltaics.

  12. Photocarrier dynamics in undoped and Na-doped Cu2ZnSnS4 single crystals revealed by ultrafast time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy

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    Quang Phuong, Le; Okano, Makoto; Yamashita, Genki; Nagai, Masaya; Ashida, Masaaki; Nagaoka, Akira; Yoshino, Kenji; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

    2015-06-01

    We investigated the effects of sodium doping on the photocarrier dynamics in Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) single crystals using optical pump-THz probe transient reflectivity (THz-TR) and time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy. The THz-TR and PL decay dynamics are influenced by sodium doping, and their sodium-induced changes are consistent with each other. These time-resolved measurements revealed that the lifetime of photocarriers increases with sodium doping. This result indicates that a part of defects is suppressed by doping sodium into CZTS and implies that sodium doping improves the charge transport properties of CZTS, leading to an improvement in the performance of CZTS-based solar cells.

  13. Time-resolvedspectroscopy measurements of hot-electron equilibration dynamics in thin-foil solid targets: Collisional and collective effects

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    Nilson, P. M.; Solodov, A. A.; Davies, J. R.; Theobald, W.; Mileham, C.; Stoeckl, C.; Begishev, I. A.; Zuegel, J. D.; Froula, D. H.; Betti, R.; et al

    2015-09-25

    Time-resolvedspectroscopy measurements from high-intensity laser interactions with thin-foil solid targets are reviewed. Thin Cu foils were irradiated with 1- to 10-J, 1-ps pulses at focused intensities from 1018 to 1019 W/cm2. The experimental data show Kα-emission pulse widths from 3 to 6 ps, increasing with laser intensity. The time-resolved Kα-emission data are compared to a hot-electron transport and Kα-production model that includes collisional electron-energy coupling, resistive heating, and electromagnetic field effects. The experimental data show good agreement with the model when a reduced ponderomotive scaling is used to describe the initial mean hot-electron energy over the relevant intensitymore » range.« less

  14. Time-resolved Kα spectroscopy measurements of hot-electron equilibration dynamics in thin-foil solid targets: Collisional and collective effects

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    Nilson, P. M.; Solodov, A. A.; Davies, J. R.; Theobald, W.; Mileham, C.; Stoeckl, C.; Begishev, I. A.; Zuegel, J. D.; Froula, D. H.; Betti, R.; Meyerhofer, D. D.

    2015-09-25

    Time-resolved Kα spectroscopy measurements from high-intensity laser interactions with thin-foil solid targets are reviewed. Thin Cu foils were irradiated with 1- to 10-J, 1-ps pulses at focused intensities from 1018 to 1019 W/cm2. The experimental data show Kα-emission pulse widths from 3 to 6 ps, increasing with laser intensity. The time-resolved Kα-emission data are compared to a hot-electron transport and Kα-production model that includes collisional electron-energy coupling, resistive heating, and electromagnetic field effects. The experimental data show good agreement with the model when a reduced ponderomotive scaling is used to describe the initial mean hot-electron energy over the relevant intensity range.

  15. Time-resolved K α spectroscopy measurements of hot-electron equilibration dynamics in thin-foil solid targets: collisional and collective effects

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    Nilson, P. M.; Solodov, A. A.; Davies, J. R.; Theobald, W.; Mileham, C.; Stoeckl, C.; Begishev, I. A.; Zuegel, J. D.; Froula, D. H.; Betti, R.; Meyerhofer, D. D.

    2015-11-01

    Time-resolved K α spectroscopy measurements from high-intensity laser interactions with thin-foil solid targets are reviewed. Thin Cu foils were irradiated with 1-10 J, 1 ps pulses at focused intensities from 1018 to 1019 W cm-2. The experimental data show K α -emission pulse widths from 3 to 6 ps, increasing with laser intensity. The time-resolved K α -emission data are compared to a hot-electron transport and K α -production model that includes collisional electron-energy coupling, resistive heating, and electromagnetic field effects. The experimental data show good agreement with the model when a reduced ponderomotive scaling is used to describe the initial mean hot-electron energy over the relevant intensity range.

  16. Density relaxation and particle motion characteristics in a non-ionic deep eutectic solvent (acetamide + urea): time-resolved fluorescence measurements and all-atom molecular dynamics simulations.

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    Das, Anuradha; Das, Suman; Biswas, Ranjit

    2015-01-21

    Temperature dependent relaxation dynamics, particle motion characteristics, and heterogeneity aspects of deep eutectic solvents (DESs) made of acetamide (CH3CONH2) and urea (NH2CONH2) have been investigated by employing time-resolved fluorescence measurements and all-atom molecular dynamics simulations. Three different compositions (f) for the mixture [fCH3CONH2 + (1 - f)NH2CONH2] have been studied in a temperature range of 328-353 K which is ∼120-145 K above the measured glass transition temperatures (∼207 K) of these DESs but much lower than the individual melting temperature of either of the constituents. Steady state fluorescence emission measurements using probe solutes with sharply different lifetimes do not indicate any dependence on excitation wavelength in these metastable molten systems. Time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy measurements reveal near-hydrodynamic coupling between medium viscosity and rotation of a dissolved dipolar solute. Stokes shift dynamics have been found to be too fast to be detected by the time-resolution (∼70 ps) employed, suggesting extremely rapid medium polarization relaxation. All-atom simulations reveal Gaussian distribution for particle displacements and van Hove correlations, and significant overlap between non-Gaussian (α2) and new non-Gaussian (γ) heterogeneity parameters. In addition, no stretched exponential relaxations have been detected in the simulated wavenumber dependent acetamide dynamic structure factors. All these results are in sharp contrast to earlier observations for ionic deep eutectics with acetamide [Guchhait et al., J. Chem. Phys. 140, 104514 (2014)] and suggest a fundamental difference in interaction and dynamics between ionic and non-ionic deep eutectic solvent systems. PMID:25612718

  17. Density relaxation and particle motion characteristics in a non-ionic deep eutectic solvent (acetamide + urea): Time-resolved fluorescence measurements and all-atom molecular dynamics simulations

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    Das, Anuradha; Das, Suman; Biswas, Ranjit

    2015-01-21

    Temperature dependent relaxation dynamics, particle motion characteristics, and heterogeneity aspects of deep eutectic solvents (DESs) made of acetamide (CH{sub 3}CONH{sub 2}) and urea (NH{sub 2}CONH{sub 2}) have been investigated by employing time-resolved fluorescence measurements and all-atom molecular dynamics simulations. Three different compositions (f) for the mixture [fCH{sub 3}CONH{sub 2} + (1 ? f)NH{sub 2}CONH{sub 2}] have been studied in a temperature range of 328-353 K which is ?120-145 K above the measured glass transition temperatures (?207 K) of these DESs but much lower than the individual melting temperature of either of the constituents. Steady state fluorescence emission measurements using probe solutes with sharply different lifetimes do not indicate any dependence on excitation wavelength in these metastable molten systems. Time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy measurements reveal near-hydrodynamic coupling between medium viscosity and rotation of a dissolved dipolar solute. Stokes shift dynamics have been found to be too fast to be detected by the time-resolution (?70 ps) employed, suggesting extremely rapid medium polarization relaxation. All-atom simulations reveal Gaussian distribution for particle displacements and van Hove correlations, and significant overlap between non-Gaussian (?{sub 2}) and new non-Gaussian (?) heterogeneity parameters. In addition, no stretched exponential relaxations have been detected in the simulated wavenumber dependent acetamide dynamic structure factors. All these results are in sharp contrast to earlier observations for ionic deep eutectics with acetamide [Guchhait et al., J. Chem. Phys. 140, 104514 (2014)] and suggest a fundamental difference in interaction and dynamics between ionic and non-ionic deep eutectic solvent systems.

  18. Exactly soluble model of the time-resolved fluorescence return to thermal equilibrium in many-particle systems after excitation

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    Czachor, Andrzej

    2016-02-01

    In this paper we consider the assembly of weakly interacting identical particles, where the occupation of single-particle energy-levels at thermal equilibrium is governed by statistics. The analytic form of the inter-energy-level jump matrix is derived and analytic solution of the related eigen-problem is given. It allows one to demonstrate the nature of decline in time of the energy emission (fluorescence, recombination) of such many-level system after excitation in a relatively simple and unifying way - as a multi-exponential de-excitation. For the system of L energy levels the number of the de-excitation lifetimes is L-1. The lifetimes depend on the energy level spectrum as a whole. Two- and three-level systems are considered in detail. The impact of the energy level degeneracy on the lifetimes is discussed.

  19. Charge separation in subcells of triple-junction solar cells revealed by time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy.

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    Tex, David M; Imaizumi, Mitsuru; Kanemitsu, Yoshihiko

    2015-11-30

    We measure the excitation-wavelength and power dependence of time-resolved photoluminescence (PL) from the top InGaP subcell in a InGaP/GaAs/Ge triple-junction solar cell. The wavelength-dependent data reveals that the PL decays are governed by charge separation. A fast single-exponential PL decay is observed at low excitation power densities, which is the charge separation under short-circuit condition. Under strong excitation a bi-exponential PL decay is observed. Its slow component appears at early times, followed by a faster component at late times. The slow decay is the carrier recombination of the subcell. The following fast component is the charge separation process under reduced built-in potential near the operating point. The subcells electrical conversion efficiency close to the operating point is evaluated using this decay time constant. PMID:26698814

  20. Investigation of verbal and visual working memory by multi-channel time-resolved functional near-infrared spectroscopy

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    Contini, D.; Caffini, M.; Re, R.; Zucchelli, L.; Spinelli, L.; Basso Moro, S.; Bisconti, S.; Ferrari, M.; Quaresima, V.; Cutini, S.; Torricelli, A.

    2013-03-01

    Working memory (WM) is fundamental for a number of cognitive processes, such as comprehension, reasoning and learning. WM allows the short-term maintenance and manipulation of the information selected by attentional processes. The goal of this study was to examine by time-resolved fNIRS neural correlates of the verbal and visual WM during forward and backward digit span (DF and DB, respectively) tasks, and symbol span (SS) task. A neural dissociation was hypothesised between the maintenance and manipulation processes. In particular, a dorsolateral/ventrolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC/VLPFC) recruitment was expected during the DB task, whilst a lateralised involvement of Brodmann Area (BA) 10 was expected during the execution of the DF task. Thirteen subjects were monitored by a multi-channel, dual-wavelength (690 and 829 nm) time-resolved fNIRS system during 3 minutes long DF and DB tasks and 4 minutes long SS task. The participants' mean memory span was calculated for each task: DF: 6.46+/-1.05 digits; DB: 5.62+/-1.26 digits; SS: 4.69+/-1.32 symbols. No correlation was found between the span level and the heart rate data (measured by pulse oximeter). As expected, DB elicited a broad activated area, in the bilateral VLPFC and the right DLPFC, whereas a more localised activation was observed over the right hemisphere during either DF (BA 10) or SS (BA 10 and 44). The robust involvement of the DLPFC during DB, compared to DF, is compatible with previous findings and with the key role of the central executive subserving in manipulating processes.

  1. Time-resolved fluorescence sensing of pesticides chlorpyrifos, crotoxyphos and endosulfan by the luminescent Eu(III)-8-allyl-3-carboxycoumarin probe

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    Azab, Hassan A.; Khairy, Gasser M.; Kamel, Rasha M.

    2015-09-01

    This work describes the application of time resolved fluorescence in microtiter plates for investigating the interactions of europium-allyl-3-carboxycoumarin with pesticides chlorpyrifos, endosulfan and crotoxyphos. Stern-Volmer studies at different temperatures for chlorpyrifos and crotoxyphos shows dynamic and static quenching mechanisms respectively. Direct methods for the determination of the pesticides under investigation have been developed using the luminescence variations of the probe in solution. The detection limits are 6.53, 0.004, 3.72 μmol/L for chlorpyrifos, endosulfan, and crotoxyphos, respectively. The binding constants and thermodynamic parameters of the pesticides with probe were evaluated. A thermodynamic analysis showed that the reaction is spontaneous with negative ΔG. Effect of some relevant interferents on the detection of pesticides has been investigated. The new method was applied to the determination of the pesticides in different types of water samples (tap, mineral, and waste water).

  2. Effect of Ca2+ on the Steady-State and Time-Resolved Emission Properties of the Genetically Encoded Fluorescent Sensor CatchER

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    2015-01-01

    We previously designed a calcium sensor CatchER (a GFP-based Calcium sensor for detecting high concentrations in the high calcium concentration environment such as ER) with a capability for monitoring calcium ion responses in various types of cells. Calcium binding to CatchER induces the ratiometric changes in the absorption spectra, as well as an increase in fluorescence emission at 510 nm upon excitation at both 395 and 488 nm. Here, we have applied the combination of the steady-state and time-resolved optical methods and Hydrogen/Deuterium isotope exchange to understand the origin of such calcium-induced optical property changes of CatchER. We first demonstrated that calcium binding results in a 44% mean fluorescence lifetime increase of the indirectly excited anionic chromophore. Thus, CatchER is the first protein-based calcium indicator with the single fluorescent moiety to show the direct correlation between the lifetime and calcium binding. Calcium exhibits a strong inhibition on the excited-state proton transfer nonadiabatic geminate recombination in protic (vs deuteric) medium. Analysis of CatchER crystal structures and the MD simulations reveal the proton transfer mechanism in which the disrupted proton migration path in CatchER is rescued by calcium binding. Our finding provides important insights for a strategy to design calcium sensors and suggests that CatchER could be a useful probe for FLIM imaging of calcium in situ. PMID:24836743

  3. Insights on the excited state electronic structures of ruthenium(II) polypyridine complexes obtained by step-scan Fourier transform infrared absorption difference time-resolved spectroscopy

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    Chen, Pingyun; Palmer, R.A.; Omberg, K.M.

    1997-03-12

    Application of time-resolved infrared spectroscopy has had an important impact on transition metal photochemistry. The emphasis has been on metal carbonyl and metal cyano complexes because the oscillator strengths of {anti v}(CO) and {anti v}(CN) are high, and tunable lasers are available in the relevant spectral region. Until recently, time-resolved infrared spectroscopy using Fourier transform interferometry has been limited to a time resolution of {ge}5 {mu}s. However, application of step-scan FT-IR has greatly expanded the time window. It is now possible to acquire spectra with high resolution and sensitivity on a time scale of tens of nanoseconds over the entire mid-IR region. In this communication, the authors report the application of step-scan FT-IR absorbance difference time-resolved spectroscopy ({sup 2}FT-IR {Delta}A TRS) with spectra acquired on the 10 ns time scale to the study of electronic structure in the metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) excited states of two related complexes of ruthenium(II) containing only the ligands 2,2{prime}-bipyridine (bpy), 4-(carboxyethyl)-4{prime}-methyl-2,2{prime}-bipyridine (4-COOEt-4{prime}-CH{sub 3}bpy) and 4,4{prime}-(dicarboxyethyl)-2,2{prime}-bipyridine (4,4{prime}-(COOEt){sub 2}bpy). Comparison of the relative vibrational energies of the MLCT states leads to specific and significant conclusions regarding the distribution of electron density in these states.

  4. Characterization of a hybrid diffuse correlation spectroscopy and time-resolved near-infrared spectroscopy system for real-time monitoring of cerebral blood flow and oxygenation

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    Verdecchia, K.; Diop, M.; Lee, A.; St. Lawrence, K.

    2015-03-01

    The combination of near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) and diffuse correlation spectroscopy (DCS) offers the ability to provide real-time monitoring of cerebral oxygenation, blood flow and oxygen consumption. However, measuring these parameters accurately requires depth-sensitive techniques that can remove the effects of signal contamination from extracerebral tissues. Towards this goal, we developed and characterized a hybrid DCS/time-resolved (TR)-NIRS system. Both systems acquire data at three source-detector distances (SDD: 7, 20 and 30 mm) to provide depth sensitivity. The TR-NIRS system uses three pulsed lasers (760, 810, and 830 nm) to quantify tissue optical properties, and DCS uses one continuous-wave, long coherence length (>5 m) laser (785 nm) for blood flow monitoring. The stability of the TR-NIRS system was characterized by continuously measuring the instrument response function (IRF) for four hours, and a warmup period of two hours was required to reduce the coefficient of variation of the extracted optical properties to < 2%. The errors in the measured optical properties were <10% at SDDs of 20 and 30 mm; however, the error at 7 mm was greater due to the effects of the IRF. The number of DCS detectors at each SDD and the minimum count-rate (20 kHz per detector resulting in <10% uncertainty in the extracted blood flow index) were optimized using a homogenous phantom. The depth sensitivity was assessed using a two-layer phantom, with the flow rate in the bottom layer altered to mimic cerebral blood flow.

  5. Time-Resolved Surface-Enhanced IR-Absorption Spectroscopy of Direct Electron Transfer to Cytochrome c Oxidase from R.sphaeroides

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    Schwaighofer, Andreas; Steininger, Christoph; Hildenbrandt, DavidM.; Srajer, Johannes; Nowak, Christoph; Knoll, Wolfgang; Naumann, RenateL.C.

    2013-01-01

    Time-resolved surface-enhanced IR-absorption spectroscopy triggered by electrochemical modulation has been performed on cytochrome c oxidase from Rhodobacter sphaeroides. Single bands isolated from a broad band in the amide I region using phase-sensitive detection were attributed to different redox centers. Their absorbances changing on the millisecond timescale could be fitted to a model based on protonation-dependent chemical reaction kinetics established previously. Substantial conformational changes of secondary structures coupled to redox transitions were revealed. PMID:24359742

  6. Time-Resolved IR-Absorption Spectroscopy of Hot-Electron Dynamics in Satellite and Upper Conduction Bands in GaP

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    Cavicchia, M. A.; Alfano, R. R.

    1995-01-01

    The relaxation dynamics of hot electrons in the X6 and X7 satellite and upper conduction bands in GaP was directly measured by femtosecond UV-pump-IR-probe absorption spectroscopy. From a fit to the induced IR-absorption spectra the dominant scattering mechanism giving rise to the absorption at early delay times was determined to be intervalley scattering of electrons out of the X7 upper conduction-band valley. For long delay times the dominant scattering mechanism is electron-hole scattering. Electron transport dynamics of the upper conduction band of GaP has been time resolved.

  7. Probing Electronic and Vibrational Dynamics in Molecules by Time-Resolved Photoelectron, Auger-Electron, and X-ray Photon Scattering Spectroscopy

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    Bennett, Kochise; Kowalewski, Markus; Mukamel, Shaul

    2015-01-01

    We present a unified description for time-resolved electron and photon scattering spectroscopies from molecules prepared in nonstationary states. Signals are expressed in terms of superoperator Greens functions and a systematic procedure for treating various degrees of freedom consistently at different levels of theory is developed. The standard Fermi Golden Rule expressions for photelectron spectra, which are limited to broad, slowly-varying signals, are obtained as a limiting case of our more general theory that applies to broader parameter regimes. PMID:25730500

  8. Monitoring cellular metabolic pathways by wavelength- and time-resolved intracellular autofluorescence

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    Wu, Yicong; Zheng, Wei; Qu, Jianan Y.

    2007-07-01

    Autofluorescence spectroscopy has been a widely explored noninvasive technique to detect the precancerous development in epithelial tissue, where NADH and FAD fluorescence are metabolism related. In this study, we investigated the methods to monitor cellular metabolism based on the ratio of NADH over FAD fluorescence and the ratio of free NADH and protein-bound NADH fluorescence, respectively. The signals of free NADH, protein-bound NADH and FAD were isolated from the intracellular autofluorescence using wavelength- and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. We demonstrated that the wavelength- and time-resolved intracellular autofluorescence can be used to monitor the cellular metabolic pathways and differentiate the normal cells from the cancer cells.

  9. Time resolved study of the emission enhancement mechanisms in orthogonal double-pulse laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy

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    Sanginés, R.; Sobral, H.

    2013-10-01

    The evolution of laser induced ablation plume on aluminum targets has been investigated in orthogonal pre-ablation double pulse scheme at atmospheric pressure from the earliest stages of plasma evolution. Time-resolved emission spectra from neutrals, singly- and doubly-ionized species obtained with the double pulse experiment have been compared with those from the single pulse configuration. Signal-to-noise enhancement reaches values of up to 15 depending on the analyzed species; and the lower the charge state the later its maximum signal-to-noise ratio is reached. Ablation plume dynamics was monitored from 10 ns after the plasma onset via shadowgraphy and fast-photography with narrow interference filters to follow the evolution of individual species. Results show that ionic species from the target are located at the plasma core while nitrogen from the background air is found at the plume peripheral. Initially both configurations exhibit similar ablation plume sizes and their expansions were successfully fitted with the strong explosion model for the first 500 ns. At later times a good agreement was obtained by using the drag model, which predicts that the plume expansion eventually stops due to interaction with the background gas particles. The emission enhancement measured in the double pulse scheme is discussed in terms of the models describing the plume dynamics.

  10. Recent progress in space- and time-resolved x-ray spectroscopy of laser-produced plasmas (abstract)

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    Young, B. K. F.

    1990-10-01

    New diagnostic techniques have provided measurement of relatively gradient-free x-ray spectra from high-powered laser-produced plasmas. Simultaneously space- and time-resolved x-ray spectra were measured from a variety of microdot plasmas using an array of multiframe, imaging, electronically gated x-ray crystal spectrometers with 100 ps time resolution. A multiframed, multicolored gated x-ray pinhole camera provided measurement of the plasma uniformity. A four-frame holographic interferometer was used to measure the electron density profile. Conventional x-ray streaked crystal spectrographs, spatially resolved x-ray (film) spectrometer, and pinhole cameras supplemented these new diagnostics. The instruments allow detailed studies of both the population kinetics of highly charged ions in dense plasmas and the hydrodynamics of laser-produced plasmas for the first time. The new diagnostics are described including data from ongoing experiments. Work was performed in part under the auspices of the U.S. Dept. of Energy by LLNL under Contract No. W-7405-Eng-48.

  11. Probing early events in ferrous cytochrome c folding with time-resolved natural and magnetic circular dichroism spectroscopies.

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    Chen, Eefei; Goldbeck, Robert A; Kliger, David S

    2009-10-01

    In a 1998 collaboration with Tony Fink, we coupled nanosecond circular dichroism methods (TRCD) with a CO-photolysis system for quickly triggering folding in cytochrome c (cyt c) in order to make the first time-resolved far-UV CD measurement of early secondary structure formation in a protein. The small signal observed in that initial study, approximately 10% of native helicity, became the seed for increasingly robust results from subsequent studies bringing additional natural and magnetic circular polarization dichroism and optical rotatory dispersion detection methods (e.g., TRORD, TRMCD, and TRMORD), coupled to fast photolysis and photoreduction triggers, to the study of early folding events. Nanosecond polarization methods are reviewed here in the context of the range of initiation methods and structure-sensitive probes currently available for fast folding studies. We also review the impact of experimental results from fast polarization studies on questions in folding dynamics such as the possibility of multiple folding pathways implied by energy landscape models, the sequence dependence of ultrafast helix formation, and the simultaneity of chain collapse and secondary structure formation implicit in molten globule models for kinetic folding intermediates. PMID:19538147

  12. Time-resolved step-scan Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy reveals differences between early and late M intermediates of bacteriorhodopsin.

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    Rdig, C; Chizhov, I; Weidlich, O; Siebert, F

    1999-01-01

    In this report, from time-resolved step-scan Fourier transform infrared investigations from 15 ns to 160 ms, we provide evidence for the subsequent rise of three different M states that differ in their structures. The first state rises with approximately 3 microseconds to only a small percentage. Its structure as judged from amide I/II bands differs in small but well-defined aspects from the L state. The next M state, which appears in approximately 40 microseconds, has almost all of the characteristics of the "late" M state, i.e., it differs considerably from the first one. Here, the L left arrow over right arrow M equilibrium is shifted toward M, although some percentage of L still persists. In the last M state (rise time approximately 130 microseconds), the equilibrium is shifted toward full deprotonation of the Schiff base, and only small additional structural changes take place. In addition to these results obtained for unbuffered conditions or at pH 7, experiments performed at lower and higher pH are presented. These results are discussed in terms of the molecular changes postulated to occur in the M intermediate to allow the shift of the L/M equilibrium toward M and possibly to regulate the change of the accessibility of the Schiff base necessary for effective proton pumping. PMID:10233083

  13. Real-time baseline correction technique for MWIR and LWIR time-resolved photoluminescence spectroscopy (Presentation Recording)

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    Lin, Zhi-Yuan; Zhang, Yong-Hang

    2015-08-01

    The time-resolved photoluminescence (TRPL) measurement provides rich information about carrier dynamics and recombination mechanisms. However, TRPL measurements are quite challenging in mid-wave infrared (MWIR) and long-wave infrared (LWIR) regimes due to noise in photodetectors and data acquisition systems. Our analysis and experimental results show that the noise in a conventional TRPL system using a traditional averaging method is dominated by 1/f noise from 10 Hz to 3 kHz. The signal is also mixed with sub-Hertz noise associated with the boxcar baseline oscillation, commonly known as the "baseline drift" issue which results from numerous fluctuations in the system. A real-time baseline correction method is proposed and demonstrated to suppress these low frequency noise sources. The real-time baseline correction method is realized by modulating the signal. The modulation can be achieved by either electrical, mechanical, or optical approaches. Analysis indicates that the noise of this method is proportional to the noise spectral density at the modulation frequency, this argument is confirmed by the simulation results. The simulated noise achieved by the real-time baseline correction method is much lower than the traditional method. Experimental results show that the low frequency baseline oscillations associated with the traditional TRPL experiments are absent using the real-time baseline correction technique, and the noise of the measurement is significantly reduced. This work establishes a more efficient experimental method for TRPL measurements on weak MWIR and LWIR PL signals, such as the InAs/InAsSb type-II superlattice samples which are used here to demonstrate the proposed method.

  14. Evaluation of the time resolved fluorescence immunoassay (TRFIA) for the detection of varicella zoster virus (VZV) antibodies following vaccination of healthcare workers.

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    McDonald, S L R; Maple, P A C; Andrews, N; Brown, K E; Ayres, K L; Scott, F T; Al Bassam, M; Gershon, A A; Steinberg, S P; Breuer, J

    2011-03-01

    Determination of varicella zoster virus (VZV) immunity in healthcare workers without a history of chickenpox is important for identifying those in need of vOka vaccination. Post immunisation, healthcare workers in the UK who work with high risk patients are tested for seroconversion. To assess the performance of the time-resolved fluorescence immunoassay (TRFIA) for the detection of antibody in vaccinated as well as unvaccinated individuals, a cut-off was first calculated. VZV-IgG specific avidity and titres six weeks after the first dose of vaccine were used to identify subjects with pre-existing immunity among a cohort of 110 healthcare workers. Those with high avidity (? 60%) were considered to have previous immunity to VZV and those with low or equivocal avidity (<60%) were considered naive. The former had antibody levels ? 400 mIU/mL and latter had levels < 400 mIU/mL. Comparison of the baseline values of the naive and immune groups allowed the estimation of a TRFIA cut-off value of > 130 mIU/mL which best discriminated between the two groups and this was confirmed by ROC analysis. Using this value, the sensitivity and specificity of TRFIA cut-off were 90% (95% CI 79-96), and 78% (95% CI 61-90) respectively in this population. A subset of samples tested by the gold standard Fluorescence Antibody to Membrane Antigen (FAMA) test showed 84% (54/64) agreement with TRFIA. PMID:21192976

  15. Building homogeneous time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer assays for characterization of bivalent inhibitors of an inhibitor of apoptosis protein target.

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    Chaudhry, Charu; Davis, Jonathan; Zhang, Yong; Posy, Shana; Lei, Ming; Shen, Henry; Yan, Chunhong; Devaux, Brigitte; Zhang, Litao; Blat, Yuval; Metzler, William; Borzilleri, Robert M; Talbott, Randy L

    2016-03-15

    XIAP (X-chromosome-linked inhibitor of apoptosis protein) is a central apoptosis regulator that blocks cell death by inhibiting caspase-3, caspase-7, and caspase-9 via binding interactions with the XIAP BIR2 and BIR3 domains (where BIR is baculovirus IAP repeat). Smac protein, in its dimeric form, effectively antagonizes XIAP by concurrently targeting both its BIR2 and BIR3 domains. Here we describe the development of highly sensitive homogeneous time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer (HTRF) assays to measure binding affinities of potent bivalent peptidomimetic inhibitors of XIAP. Our results indicate that these assays can differentiate Smac-mimetic inhibitors with a wide range of binding affinities down to the picomolar range. Furthermore, we demonstrate the utility of these fluorescent tools for characterization of inhibitor off-rates, which as a crucial determinant of target engagement and cellular potency is another important parameter to guide optimization in a structure-based drug discovery effort. Our study also explores how increased inhibitor valency can lead to enhanced potency at multimeric proteins such as IAP. PMID:26743718

  16. A Q-switched Ho:YAG laser assisted nanosecond time-resolved T-jump transient mid-IR absorbance spectroscopy with high sensitivity.

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    Li, Deyong; Li, Yunliang; Li, Hao; Wu, Xianyou; Yu, Qingxu; Weng, Yuxiang

    2015-05-01

    Knowledge of dynamical structure of protein is an important clue to understand its biological function in vivo. Temperature-jump (T-jump) time-resolved transient mid-IR absorbance spectroscopy is a powerful tool in elucidating the protein dynamical structures and the folding/unfolding kinetics of proteins in solution. A home-built setup of T-jump time-resolved transient mid-IR absorbance spectroscopy with high sensitivity is developed, which is composed of a Q-switched Cr, Tm, Ho:YAG laser with an output wavelength at 2.09 ?m as the T-jump heating source, and a continuous working CO laser tunable from 1580 to 1980 cm(-1) as the IR probe. The results demonstrate that this system has a sensitivity of 1 10(-4) ?OD for a single wavelength detection, and 2 10(-4) ?OD for spectral detection in amide I' region, as well as a temporal resolution of 20 ns. Moreover, the data quality coming from the CO laser is comparable to the one using the commercial quantum cascade laser. PMID:26026512

  17. A Q-switched Ho:YAG laser assisted nanosecond time-resolved T-jump transient mid-IR absorbance spectroscopy with high sensitivity

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    Li, Deyong; Li, Yunliang; Li, Hao; Wu, Xianyou; Yu, Qingxu; Weng, Yuxiang

    2015-05-01

    Knowledge of dynamical structure of protein is an important clue to understand its biological function in vivo. Temperature-jump (T-jump) time-resolved transient mid-IR absorbance spectroscopy is a powerful tool in elucidating the protein dynamical structures and the folding/unfolding kinetics of proteins in solution. A home-built setup of T-jump time-resolved transient mid-IR absorbance spectroscopy with high sensitivity is developed, which is composed of a Q-switched Cr, Tm, Ho:YAG laser with an output wavelength at 2.09 ?m as the T-jump heating source, and a continuous working CO laser tunable from 1580 to 1980 cm-1 as the IR probe. The results demonstrate that this system has a sensitivity of 1 10-4 ?OD for a single wavelength detection, and 2 10-4 ?OD for spectral detection in amide I' region, as well as a temporal resolution of 20 ns. Moreover, the data quality coming from the CO laser is comparable to the one using the commercial quantum cascade laser.

  18. A Q-switched Ho:YAG laser assisted nanosecond time-resolved T-jump transient mid-IR absorbance spectroscopy with high sensitivity

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    Li, Deyong; Li, Yunliang; Li, Hao; Weng, Yuxiang; Wu, Xianyou; Yu, Qingxu

    2015-05-15

    Knowledge of dynamical structure of protein is an important clue to understand its biological function in vivo. Temperature-jump (T-jump) time-resolved transient mid-IR absorbance spectroscopy is a powerful tool in elucidating the protein dynamical structures and the folding/unfolding kinetics of proteins in solution. A home-built setup of T-jump time-resolved transient mid-IR absorbance spectroscopy with high sensitivity is developed, which is composed of a Q-switched Cr, Tm, Ho:YAG laser with an output wavelength at 2.09 μm as the T-jump heating source, and a continuous working CO laser tunable from 1580 to 1980 cm{sup −1} as the IR probe. The results demonstrate that this system has a sensitivity of 1 × 10{sup −4} ΔOD for a single wavelength detection, and 2 × 10{sup −4} ΔOD for spectral detection in amide I′ region, as well as a temporal resolution of 20 ns. Moreover, the data quality coming from the CO laser is comparable to the one using the commercial quantum cascade laser.

  19. Time-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques for real-time studies of interfacial charge transfer dynamics

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    Shavorskiy, Andrey; Hertlein, Marcus; Guo Jinghua; Tyliszczak, Tolek; Cordones, Amy; Vura-Weis, Josh; Siefermann, Katrin; Slaughter, Daniel; Sturm, Felix; Weise, Fabian; Khurmi, Champak; Belkacem, Ali; Weber, Thorsten; Gessner, Oliver; Bluhm, Hendrik; Strader, Matthew; Cho, Hana; Coslovich, Giacomo; Kaindl, Robert A.; Lin, Ming-Fu; and others

    2013-04-19

    X-ray based spectroscopy techniques are particularly well suited to gain access to local oxidation states and electronic dynamics in complex systems with atomic pinpoint accuracy. Traditionally, these techniques are applied in a quasi-static fashion that usually highlights the steady-state properties of a system rather than the fast dynamics that often define the system function on a molecular level. Novel x-ray spectroscopy techniques enabled by free electron lasers (FELs) and synchrotron based pump-probe schemes provide the opportunity to monitor intramolecular and interfacial charge transfer processes in real-time and with element and chemical specificity. Two complementary time-domain xray photoelectron spectroscopy techniques are presented that are applied at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) and the Advanced Light Source (ALS) to study charge transfer processes in N3 dye-sensitized ZnO semiconductor nanocrystals, which are at the heart of emerging light-harvesting technologies.

  20. Early Amyloidogenic Oligomerization Studied through Fluorescence Lifetime Correlation Spectroscopy

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    Paredes, Jose M.; Casares, Salvador; Ruedas-Rama, Maria J.; Fernandez, Elena; Castello, Fabio; Varela, Lorena; Orte, Angel

    2012-01-01

    Amyloidogenic protein aggregation is a persistent biomedical problem. Despite active research in disease-related aggregation, the need for multidisciplinary approaches to the problem is evident. Recent advances in single-molecule fluorescence spectroscopy are valuable for examining heterogenic biomolecular systems. In this work, we have explored the initial stages of amyloidogenic aggregation by employing fluorescence lifetime correlation spectroscopy (FLCS), an advanced modification of conventional fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) that utilizes time-resolved information. FLCS provides size distributions and kinetics for the oligomer growth of the SH3 domain of α-spectrin, whose N47A mutant forms amyloid fibrils at pH 3.2 and 37 °C in the presence of salt. The combination of FCS with additional fluorescence lifetime information provides an exciting approach to focus on the initial aggregation stages, allowing a better understanding of the fibrillization process, by providing multidimensional information, valuable in combination with other conventional methodologies. PMID:22949804

  1. Intraluminal fluorescence spectroscopy catheter with ultrasound guidance

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    Stephens, Douglas N.; Park, Jesung; Sun, Yang; Papaioannou, Thanassis; Marcu, Laura

    2009-05-01

    We demonstrate the feasibility of a time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy (TRFS) technique for intraluminal investigation of arterial vessel composition under intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) guidance. A prototype 1.8-mm (5.4 Fr) catheter combining a side-viewing optical fiber (SVOF) and an IVUS catheter was constructed and tested with in vitro vessel phantoms. The prototype catheter can locate a fluorophore in the phantom vessel wall, steer the SVOF in place, perform blood flushing under flow conditions, and acquire high-quality TRFS data using 337-nm wavelength excitation. The catheter steering capability used for the coregistration of the IVUS image plane and the SVOF beam produce a guiding precision to an arterial phantom wall site location of 0.53+/-0.16 mm. This new intravascular multimodal catheter enables the potential for in vivo arterial plaque composition identification using TRFS.

  2. Time-resolved monitoring of flash-induced changes of fluorescence quantum yield and decay of delayed light emission in oxygen-evolving photosynthetic organisms.

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    Steffen, R; Christen, G; Renger, G

    2001-01-01

    The present contribution describes a new experimental setup that permits time-resolved monitoring of the rise kinetics of the relative fluorescence yield, Phi(rel)(t), and simultaneously of the decay of delayed light emission, L(t), induced by strong actinic laser flashes. The results obtained by excitation of dark-adapted samples with a train of eight flashes reveal (a) in suspensions of spinach thylakoids, Phi(rel)(t) exhibits a typical period four oscillation that is characteristic for a dependence on the redox states S(i)() of the water oxidizing complex (WOC), (b) the relative extent of the unresolved "instantaneous" rise to the level (100 ns) at 100 ns and the maximum values of Phi(rel)(t) attained at about 45 s after each actinic flash, (45 s) synchronously oscillate and exhibit the largest values at flash nos. 1 and 5 and minima after flash nos. 2 and 3, (c) opposite effects are observed for the normalized extent of the rise kinetics in the 100 ns to 5 s time domain of relative fluorescence yield, Phi(rel)(5 s) - Phi(rel)(100 ns), i.e., both parameters attain minimum and maximum values after the first/fifth and second/third flash, respectively, and (d) analogous features for the "fast" and "slow" ns-kinetics of the fluorescence rise were observed in suspensions of Chlamydomas reinhardtii cells. A slight phase shift by one flash is ascribed to physiological differences. The applicability of this noninvasive technique to study reactions of photosystem II, especially the reduction kinetics of P680(*)(+) and their dependence on the redox state S(i)() of the WOC, is discussed. PMID:11141068

  3. A new method for the time-resolved analysis of structure and orientation: polarization modulation infrared structural absorbance spectroscopy.

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    Liang, Yongri; Mauran, Damien; Prud'homme, Robert E; Pellerin, Christian

    2008-09-01

    Polarization modulation infrared linear dichroism (PM-IRLD) is often used for measurements of molecular orientation with high sensitivity and good time resolution. However, PM-IRLD is unable to provide the structural absorbance spectrum because it does not measure separately the parallel and perpendicular spectra. Here we propose a new method, named polarization modulation infrared structural absorbance spectroscopy (PM-IRSAS), to overcome this limitation of PM-IRLD. PM-IRSAS measures the dichroic difference and structural absorbance spectra simultaneously and, therefore, allows quantitative analysis of molecular orientation and conformation with 200 ms time resolution. The PM-IRSAS method was first validated through comparison with conventional polarized FT-IR spectroscopy using drawn polymer films. Second, it was demonstrated that the PM-IRSAS method can provide a quantitative analysis of dynamic orientation and conformation changes in PET films during deformation and crystallization processes. PMID:18801231

  4. Time-resolved characterization of a filamentary argon discharge at atmospheric pressure in a capillary using emission and absorption spectroscopy

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    Schrter, Sandra; Pothiraja, Ramasamy; Awakowicz, Peter; Bibinov, Nikita; Bke, Marc; Niermann, Benedikt; Winter, Jrg

    2013-11-01

    An argon/nitrogen (0.999/0.001) filamentary pulsed discharge operated at atmospheric pressure in a quartz tube is characterized using voltage-current measurements, microphotography, optical emission spectroscopy (OES) and absorption spectroscopy. Nitrogen is applied as a sensor gas for the purpose of OES diagnostic. The density of argon metastable atoms Ar(3P2) is determined using tunable diode laser absorption spectroscopy (TDLAS). Using a plasma chemical model the measured OES data are applied for the characterization of the plasma conditions. Between intense positive pulses the discharge current oscillates with a damped amplitude. It is established that an electric current flows in this discharge not only through a thin plasma filament that is observed in the discharge image but also through the whole cross section of the quartz tube. A diffuse plasma fills the quartz tube during a time between intense current pulses. Ionization waves are propagating in this plasma between the spike and the grounded area of the tube producing thin plasma channels. The diameter of these channels increases during the pause between the propagation of ionization waves probably because of thermal expansion and diffusion. Inside the channels electron densities of 2 1013 cm-3, argon metastable densities 1014 cm-3 and a reduced electric field about 10 Td are determined.

  5. Validation of a high-power, time-resolved, near-infrared spectroscopy system for measurement of superficial and deep muscle deoxygenation during exercise.

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    Koga, Shunsaku; Barstow, Thomas J; Okushima, Dai; Rossiter, Harry B; Kondo, Narihiko; Ohmae, Etsuko; Poole, David C

    2015-06-01

    Near-infrared assessment of skeletal muscle is restricted to superficial tissues due to power limitations of spectroscopic systems. We reasoned that understanding of muscle deoxygenation may be improved by simultaneously interrogating deeper tissues. To achieve this, we modified a high-power (?8 mW), time-resolved, near-infrared spectroscopy system to increase depth penetration. Precision was first validated using a homogenous optical phantom over a range of inter-optode spacings (OS). Coefficients of variation from 10 measurements were minimal (0.5-1.9%) for absorption (?a), reduced scattering, simulated total hemoglobin, and simulated O2 saturation. Second, a dual-layer phantom was constructed to assess depth sensitivity, and the thickness of the superficial layer was varied. With a superficial layer thickness of 1, 2, 3, and 4 cm (?a = 0.149 cm(-1)), the proportional contribution of the deep layer (?a = 0.250 cm(-1)) to total ?a was 80.1, 26.9, 3.7, and 0.0%, respectively (at 6-cm OS), validating penetration to ?3 cm. Implementation of an additional superficial phantom to simulate adipose tissue further reduced depth sensitivity. Finally, superficial and deep muscle spectroscopy was performed in six participants during heavy-intensity cycle exercise. Compared with the superficial rectus femoris, peak deoxygenation of the deep rectus femoris (including the superficial intermedius in some) was not significantly different (deoxyhemoglobin and deoxymyoglobin concentration: 81.3 20.8 vs. 78.3 13.6 ?M, P > 0.05), but deoxygenation kinetics were significantly slower (mean response time: 37 10 vs. 65 9 s, P ? 0.05). These data validate a high-power, time-resolved, near-infrared spectroscopy system with large OS for measuring the deoxygenation of deep tissues and reveal temporal and spatial disparities in muscle deoxygenation responses to exercise. PMID:25840439

  6. Implementation of Time-Resolved Step-Scan Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) Spectroscopy Using a kHz Repetition Rate Pump Laser

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    MAGANA, DONNY; PARUL, DZMITRY; DYER, R. BRIAN; SHREVE, ANDREW P.

    2011-01-01

    Time-resolved step-scan Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy has been shown to be invaluable for studying excited-state structures and dynamics in both biological and inorganic systems. Despite the established utility of this method, technical challenges continue to limit the data quality and more wide ranging applications. A critical problem has been the low laser repetition rate and interferometer stepping rate (both are typically 10 Hz) used for data acquisition. Here we demonstrate significant improvement in the quality of time-resolved spectra through the use of a kHz repetition rate laser to achieve kHz excitation and data collection rates while stepping the spectrometer at 200 Hz. We have studied the metal-to-ligand charge transfer excited state of Ru(bipyridine)3Cl2 in deuterated acetonitrile to test and optimize high repetition rate data collection. Comparison of different interferometer stepping rates reveals an optimum rate of 200 Hz due to minimization of long-term baseline drift. With the improved collection efficiency and signal-to-noise ratio, better assignments of the MLCT excited-state bands can be made. Using optimized parameters, carbonmonoxy myoglobin in deuterated buffer is also studied by observing the infrared signatures of carbon monoxide photolysis upon excitation of the heme. We conclude from these studies that a substantial increase in performance of ss-FT-IR instrumentation is achieved by coupling commercial infrared benches with kHz repetition rate lasers. PMID:21513597

  7. Quantitative characterization of optical and physiological parameters in normal breasts using time-resolved spectroscopy: in vivo results of 19 Singapore women

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    Mo, Weirong; Chan, Tryphena S. S.; Chen, Ling; Chen, Nanguang

    2009-11-01

    We report the quantitative measurements of optical and physiological parameters of normal breasts from 19 Singapore women by using time-resolved diffuse optical spectroscopy. Intrinsic absorption coefficient (?a) and reduced scattering coefficients (?s') of breasts were calculated from the time-resolved photon migration data. Physiology of breasts was characterized using the concentrations of oxyhemoglobin, deoxyhemoglobin, total hemoglobin (THC), and oxygenation saturation. On average, the experiment results showed that the ?a of young women (below 40 years old) was 36 to 38% greater than that of older women (above 40 years old) and that parameter THC was approximately 42% greater. Results also showed that the THC of premenopausal women was 24.3 ?Mol/L, which was approximately 69% larger than that of postmenopausal women at 14.1 ?Mol/L. Meanwhile, the ?a of premenopausal women was approximately 60% larger than that of postmenopausal women. Correlation analysis further showed that the optical and physiological parameters of breasts were strongly influenced by changes in the women's age, menopausal states, and body mass index. These in vivo experiment results will contribute to the breast tissue diagnosis between healthy and diseased breast tissues.

  8. Design and validation of a homogeneous time-resolved fluorescence cell-based assay targeting the ligand-gated ion channel 5-HT3A.

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    Blanc, Emilie; Wagner, Patrick; Plaisier, Fabrice; Schmitt, Martine; Durroux, Thierry; Bourguignon, Jean-Jacques; Partiseti, Michel; Dupuis, Elodie; Bihel, Frederic

    2015-09-01

    Ligand-gated ion channels (LGICs) are considered as attractive protein targets in the search for new therapeutic agents. Nowadays, this strategy involves the capability to screen large chemical libraries. We present a new Tag-lite ligand binding assay targeting LGICs on living cells. This technology combines the use of suicide enzyme tags fused to channels of interest with homogeneous time-resolved fluorescence (HTRF) as the detection readout. Using the 5-HT3 receptor as system model, we showed that the pharmacology of the HALO-5HT3 receptor was identical to that of the native receptor. After validation of the assay by using 5-HT3 agonists and antagonists of reference, a pilot screen enabled us to identify azelastine, a well-known histamine H1 antagonist, as a potent 5-HT3 antagonist. This interesting result was confirmed with electrophysiological experiments. The method described here is easy to implement and could be applicable for other LGICs, opening new ways for the screening of chemical libraries. PMID:25998104

  9. Development of a time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer assay for cyclin-dependent kinase 4 and identification of its ATP-noncompetitive inhibitors.

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    Lo, Mei-Chu; Ngo, Rachel; Dai, Kang; Li, Cong; Liang, Lingming; Lee, Josie; Emkey, Renee; Eksterowicz, John; Ventura, Manuel; Young, Stephen W; Xiao, Shou-Hua

    2012-02-15

    Protein kinases are recognized as important drug targets due to the pivotal roles they play in human disease. Many kinase inhibitors are ATP competitive, leading to potential problems with poor selectivity and significant loss of potency in vivo due to cellular ATP concentrations being much higher than K(m). Consequently, there has been growing interest in the development of ATP-noncompetitive inhibitors to overcome these problems. There are challenges to identifying ATP-noncompetitive inhibitors from compound library screens because ATP-noncompetitive inhibitors are often weaker and commonly excluded by potency-based hit selection criteria in favor of abundant and highly potent ATP-competitive inhibitors in screening libraries. Here we report the development of a time-resolved fluorescence resonance energy transfer (TR-FRET) assay for protein kinase cyclin-dependent kinase 4 (CDK4) and the identification of ATP-noncompetitive inhibitors by high-throughput screening after employing a strategy to favor this type of inhibitors. We also present kinetic characterization that is consistent with the proposed mode of inhibition. PMID:22056947

  10. Development of a time-resolved fluorescence immunoassay for herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2 IgG antibodies.

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    Liang, Qian-Ni; Zhou, Jian-Wei; Liu, Tian-Cai; Lin, Guan-Feng; Dong, Zhi-Ning; Chen, Zhen-Hua; Chen, Juan-Juan; Wu, Ying-Song

    2015-08-01

    Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) specific for anti-HSV glycoprotein G (gG) are most commonly used in the clinical diagnosis of HSV infection. But most of them are qualitative and with narrow detection ranges. A novel time-resolved fluoroimmunoassay (TRFIA) methodology was developed for the quantitative determination of HSV IgG in human serum. The assay was based on an indirect immunoassay format, and performed in 96-well microtiter plates. HSV-1 and HSV-2 were used as the coating antigens. Eu(3+)-labeled goat anti-(human IgG) polyclonal antibodies were used as tracers. The fluorescence intensity of each well was measured and serum HSV IgG levels quantified against a calibration curve. The detection range of the novel TRFIA was between 5 and 500?AU/mL. Assay sensitivity was 0.568?AU/mL. The intra- and inter-assay coefficients of variation were 0.59-3.63% and 3.65-6.81%, respectively. Analytical recovery, dilution tests and serum panel tests were performed using TRFIA and the results proved satisfactory. There were no statistically significant differences in sensitivity and specificity between the TRFIA and commercial ELISAs. An effective, sensitive and accurate quantitative HSV type 1 and type 2 IgG TRFIA was successfully developed and provided diagnostic value in clinical use. PMID:25377426

  11. Nonresonant ionization of oxygen molecules by femtosecond pulses: Plasma dynamics studied by time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy

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    Mics, Zoltan; Kadlec, Filip; Kuzel, Petr; Jungwirth, Pavel; Bradforth, Stephen E.; Apkarian, V. Ara

    2005-09-08

    We show that optical pump-terahertz probe spectroscopy is a direct experimental tool for exploring laser-induced ionization and plasma formation in gases. Plasma was produced in gaseous oxygen by focused amplified femtosecond pulses. The ionization mechanisms at 400- and 800-nm excitation wavelengths differ significantly being primarily of a multiphoton character in the former case and a strong-field process in the latter case. The generation of the plasma in the focal volume of the laser and its expansion on subnanosecond time scale is directly monitored through its density-dependent susceptibility. A Drude model used to evaluate the plasma densities and electron-scattering rates successfully captures the observations for a wide range of pump intensities. In addition, rotational fingerprints of molecular and ionic species were also observed in the spectra.

  12. Time-resolved transconductance spectroscopy on self-assembled quantum dots: Spectral evolution from single- into many-particle states

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    Beckel, A.; Ludwig, A.; Wieck, A. D.; Lorke, A.; Geller, M.

    2014-04-01

    Using transconductance spectroscopy we study the tunneling dynamics of electrons from a two-dimensional electron gas (2DEG) into excited and ground states of a layer of self-assembled InAs quantum dots (QDs). From an initially selected nonequilibrium condition, we observe the charging dynamics of the QD states and their spectral evolution for one- and two-electron configurations. Furthermore, we measure the electron emission from the QD states into the 2DEG for the corresponding evolution of the QD-hydrogen and QD-helium spectra. The comparison with theoretically predicted energies, as well as the evaluation of the dynamics in charging and emission, allows us to separate and identify ground and excited electron configurations in the spectral evolution and discuss in detail the observed maxima in the different spectra.

  13. Photochemistry of a Puckered Ferracyclobutadiene in Liquid Solution Studied by Time-Resolved Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy.

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    Torres-Alacan, Joel; Das, Ujjal; Wezisla, Boris; Stramann, Martin; Filippou, Alexander C; Vhringer, Peter

    2015-11-23

    Flash photolysis combined with step-scan and rapid-scan Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy was carried out to explore the photochemistry of a puckered, quasi-square pyramidal ferracyclobutadiene, [Fe{?(2) -C3 (NEt2 )3 }(CO)3 ]BF4 ([1]BF4 ), that features three additional carbonyl ligands in the metal coordination sphere. In liquid solution at room temperature, an excitation with ?=355?nm light resulted in the loss of one CO ligand, which is cleaved from a basal metal-coordination site. Within the time resolution of the experiment, a solvent molecule promptly refills the resultant vacancy at the coordinatively unsaturated metal center. In the weakly interacting liquid, dichloromethane, the counterion of the complex is subsequently able to substitute the solvent in the coordination sphere of the iron center, thereby forming as a stable product a neutral dicarbonyl tetrafluoroborato iron(0) species containing a four-membered ferracycle. PMID:26457465

  14. Time-resolved ultraviolet and optical spectroscopy of the pulsating X-ray source H2252-035

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    Cordova, F. A.; Fenimore, E. E.; Middleditch, J.; Mason, K. O.

    1983-01-01

    UV spectrophotometry and and optical spectroscopy of H2252-035, a close binary featuring a spinning, magnetized star, were carried out with instrumentation on the IUE satellite, in addition to ground-based observations from the Lick Observatory. An excess reddening was determined, with E(B-V) equal to 0.10. The spectrum from 1200-22,000 A was decomposed into a blackbody with a temperature of 13,400 K and a power law wavelength component, where the exponent is 2.74, which fits the excess UV and IR excesses. The exponent value is noted to be amenable to a disk model with a slight curvature because of its finite extent. The emission-line intensities were found to vary by a factor of two, with some of the variations accountable by a modulation in-phase with the optical continuum binary modulation.

  15. Determination of quenching coefficients of rare-gases in a hydrogen RF discharge by time resolved emission spectroscopy

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    Gans, T.; Schulz-von der Gathen, V.; Dbele, H. F.

    2000-10-01

    Small amounts of rare-gases admixed to hydrogen plasmas can be used to reveal by their emission details on the excitation mechanisms. At pressures exceeding 50 Pa collisional quenching influences some emission lines. A novel ICCD camera operating at 13.56 MHz allows us to measure even faint lines with time resolution. CCRF hydrogen plasmas exhibit a field reversal during which an intense electron current provides collisional excitation for 10-15 ns in the sheath region. After this excitation there are no longer electrons inside the sheath for the rest of the RF-cycle. It is therefore possible to determine quenching coefficients from the lifetime of the fluorescence at various pressures (30-400 Pa). The result for the Ar 2p1 line agrees very well with the result reported in connection with laser excitation of the corresponding level. All other observed Ar-lines are influenced by cascade contributions from higher states. The influence of cascades and results for emission lines of various rare-gases are presented.

  16. Applications of immunomagnetic capture and time-resolved fluorescence to detect outbreak Escherichia coli O157 and Salmonella in alfalfa sprouts

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    Tu, Shu-I.; Gordon, Marsha; Fett, William F.; Gehring, Andrew G.; Irwin, Peter L.

    2004-03-01

    Commercially available alfalfa seeds were inoculated with low levels (~ 4 CFU/g) of pathogenic bacteria. The inoculated seeds were then allowed to sprout in sterile tap water at 22°C. After 48 hours, the irrigation water and sprouts were separately transferred to bovine heart infusion (BHI) media. The microbes in the BHI samples were allowed to grow for 4 hours at 37°C and 160 rpm. Specific immunomagnetic beads (IMB) were then applied to capture the E.coli O157 and/or Salmonella in the growth media. Separation and concentration of IMB-captured pathogens were achieved using magnetic separators. The captured E. coli O157:H7 and Salmonella spp were further tagged with europium (Eu) labeled anti-E. coli O157 antibodies and samarium (Sm) labeled anti-Salmonella antibodies, respectively. After washing, the lanthanide labels were extracted out from the complexes by specific chelators to form strongly fluorescent chelates. The specific time-resolved fluorescence (TRF) associated with Eu or Sm was measured to estimate the extent of capture of the E. coli O157 and Salmonella, respectively. The results indicated that the approach could detect E. coli O157 and Salmonella enterica from the seeds inoculated with ~ 4 CFU/g of the pathogens. Non-targeted bacteria, e.g., Aeromonas and Citrobacter exhibited essentially no cross reactivity. Since the pathogen detection from the sprouts was achieved within 6 hours, the developed methodology could be use as a rapid, sensitive and specific screening process for E. coli O157 and Salmonella enterica in this popular salad food.

  17. Photoinduced electron transfer between 2-methylanthraquinone and triethylamine in an ionic liquid: Time-resolved EPR and transient absorption spectroscopy study

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    Zhu, Guanglai; Wang, Yu; Fu, Haiying; Xu, Xinsheng; Cui, Zhifeng; Ji, Xuehan; Wu, Guozhong

    2015-02-01

    Photoinduced electron transfer between 2-methylanthraquinone (MeAQ) and triethylamine (TEA) in a room-temperature ionic liquid, 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate ([bmim][PF6]), was investigated by comparing the time-resolved electron paramagnetic resonance (TR-EPR) spectroscopy and the transient absorption spectroscopy. The results of TR-EPR spectroscopy, in which MeAQ was 8 mmol L-1 and TEA was 150 mmol L-1, indicated that the transient radical would exist longer time in [bmim][PF6] than in acetonitrile. At the delay time of 8 ?s after laser excitation, the TR-EPR signal transformed from an emissive peak into an absorptive peak when the experiment was performed in [bmim][PF6]. The results of the transient absorption spectroscopy, in which MeAQ was 0.1 mmol L-1 and TEA was 2.2 mmol L-1, showed that the efficiency and the rate of the photoinduced electron transfer reaction in [bmim][PF6] were obviously lower than that in acetonitrile. It was concluded that various factors, such as concentration, viscosity and local structural transformation of the solution, have an influence on the process of photoinduced electron transfer in [bmim][PF6].

  18. Time-Resolved Quantum Cascade Laser Absorption Spectroscopy of Pulsed Plasma Assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition Processes Containing BCl3

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    Lang, Norbert; Hempel, Frank; Strmke, Siegfried; Rpcke, Jrgen

    2011-08-01

    In situ measurements are reported giving insight into the plasma chemical conversion of the precursor BCl3 in industrial applications of boriding plasmas. For the online monitoring of its ground state concentration, quantum cascade laser absorption spectroscopy (QCLAS) in the mid-infrared spectral range was applied in a plasma assisted chemical vapor deposition (PACVD) reactor. A compact quantum cascade laser measurement and control system (Q-MACS) was developed to allow a flexible and completely dust-sealed optical coupling to the reactor chamber of an industrial plasma surface modification system. The process under the study was a pulsed DC plasma with periodically injected BCl3 at 200 Pa. A synchronization of the Q-MACS with the process control unit enabled an insight into individual process cycles with a sensitivity of 10-6 cm-1Hz-1/2. Different fragmentation rates of the precursor were found during an individual process cycle. The detected BCl3 concentrations were in the order of 1014 moleculescm-3. The reported results of in situ monitoring with QCLAS demonstrate the potential for effective optimization procedures in industrial PACVD processes.

  19. Stopped flow apparatus for time-resolved Fourier transform infrared difference spectroscopy of biological macromolecules in 1H2O.

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    Masuch, Ralf; Moss, David A

    2003-11-01

    Stopped flow spectroscopy is an established technique for acquiring kinetic data on dynamic processes in chemical and biochemical reactions, and Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) techniques can provide particularly rich structural information on biological macromolecules. However, it is a considerable challenge to design an FT-IR stopped flow system with an optical path length low enough for work with aqueous (1H2O) solutions. The system presented here is designed for minimal sample volumes (approximately 5 microL) and allows simultaneous FT-IR rapid-scan and VIS measurements. The system employs a micro-structured diffusional mixer to achieve effective mixing on the millisecond time scale under moderate flow and pressure conditions, allowing measurements in a cell path length of less than 10 microns. This makes it possible to record spectra in 1H2O solutions over a wide spectral range. The system layout is also designed for a combination of kinetic and static measurements, in particular to obtain detailed information on the faster spectral changes occurring during the system dead time. A detailed characterization of the FT-IR stopped flow system is presented, including a demonstration of the alkaline conformational transition of cytochrome c as an example. PMID:14658156

  20. Time-resolved spectroscopy of a homogeneous dielectric barrier discharge for soft ionization driven by square wave high voltage.

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    Horvatic, Vlasta; Michels, Antje; Ahlmann, Norman; Jestel, Günter; Veza, Damir; Vadla, Cedomil; Franzke, Joachim

    2015-10-01

    Helium capillary dielectric barrier discharge driven by the square wave-shaped high voltage was investigated spatially and temporally by means of optical emission spectroscopy. The finding of the previous investigation conducted with the sinusoidal-like high voltage was confirmed, i.e., the plasma in the jet and the plasma in the capillary constitute two temporally separated events. The plasma in the jet occurs prior to the discharge in the capillary and exists only during the positive half period of the applied high voltage. The time delay of the capillary discharge with respect to the discharge in the jet depended on the high voltage, and it was between 2.4 and 8.4 μs for the voltage amplitude change in the range from 1.96 to 2.31 kV, respectively. It was found that, compared to sinusoidal-like voltage, application of the square wave high voltage results with stronger (~6 times) He line emission in the jet, which makes the latter more favorable for efficient soft ionization. The use of the square wave high voltage enabled comparison of the currents (~1 mA) flowing in the capillary during the positive and negative high voltage periods, which yielded the estimation for the charge dissipated in the atmosphere ((4 ± 20 %) × 10(-11) C) through the plasma jet. PMID:26297466

  1. Transient Electrochemical Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy: A Millisecond Time-Resolved Study of an Electrochemical Redox Process.

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    Zong, Cheng; Chen, Chan-Juan; Zhang, Meng; Wu, De-Yin; Ren, Bin

    2015-09-16

    The pursuit of techniques with a high time resolution together with molecular signature information at the electrochemical interfaces has never stopped in order to explicitly monitor and understand the dynamic electrochemical processes. Here, we developed a transient electrochemical surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (TEC-SERS) to monitor the structural evolution of surface species at a time resolution that equals the transient electrochemical methods (e.g., cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry), so that the Raman signal with the molecular signature information and the electrochemical current signal can be precisely correlated. The technique was employed to study the redox process of nile blue on Ag surfaces. We revealed an interesting two-rate constant process and a peculiar increase of the absolute intensity during the reduction of nile blue on the Ag surface, which both related to the dissociation of nile blue aggregates and the follow-up reduction. Therefore, we were able to uncover the processes that are impossible to observe by conventional steady state SERS methods. The ability to provide a time resolution shorter than the charging time of the double layer capacitance with molecular fingerprint information has unprecedented significance for investigation of both reversible and irreversible electrochemical processes. PMID:26325244

  2. Intra-molecular mobility of charge carriers along oligogermane backbones studied by flash photolysis time-resolved microwave conductivity and transient optical spectroscopy techniques

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    Seki, Shu; Saeki, Akinori; Acharya, Anjali; Koizumi, Yoshiko; Tagawa, Seiichi; Mochida, Kunio

    2008-10-01

    Time-resolved microwave conductivity (TRMC) measurement has been performed for fullerene-doped thin films of oligo (dimethylgermane) at different excitation energies to evaluate the intra-molecular mobility of holes along their Ge backbones. Photo-induced electron transfer reaction between oligogermane and fullerene has been observed in the solution with a variety of solvent polarity using transient optical spectroscopy (TOS). The transient spectrum at 391 nm can be attributed to the radical cation of the oligomer under an excitation at 532-nm light, whereas the same spectrum (391 nm) is the overlapping of absorptions of radical cations and neutral radicals of oligogermanes upon exposure of 355-nm light in polar solvent. A combined TRMC and TOS experiments on the solutions of oligomer confirms the conductive transients originate from the radical cations on the backbone chains.

  3. Direct measurement of S-branch N2-H2 Raman linewidths using time-resolved pure rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy.

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    Bohlin, A; Nordstrm, E; Patterson, B D; Bengtsson, P-E; Kliewer, C J

    2012-08-21

    S-branch N(2)-H(2) Raman linewidths have been measured in the temperature region 294-1466 K using time-resolved dual-broadband picosecond pure rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (RCARS). Data are extracted by mapping the dephasing rates of the CARS signal temporal decay. The J-dependent coherence decays are detected in the time domain by following the individual spectral lines as a function of probe delay. The linewidth data set was employed in spectral fits of N(2) RCARS spectra recorded in binary mixtures of N(2) and H(2) at calibrated temperature conditions up to 661 K using a standard nanosecond RCARS setup. In this region, the set shows a deviation of less than 2% in comparison with thermocouples. The results provide useful knowledge for the applicability of N(2) CARS thermometry on the fuel-side of H(2) diffusion flames. PMID:22920115

  4. Time-Resolved X-ray Spectroscopy in the Water Window: Elucidating Transient Valence Charge Distributions in an Aqueous Fe(II) Complex.

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    Van Kuiken, Benjamin E; Cho, Hana; Hong, Kiryong; Khalil, Munira; Schoenlein, Robert W; Kim, Tae Kyu; Huse, Nils

    2016-02-01

    Time-resolved nitrogen-1s spectroscopy in the X-ray water window is presented as a novel probe of metal-ligand interactions and transient states in nitrogen-containing organic compounds. New information on iron(II) polypyridyl complexes via nitrogen core-level transitions yields insight into the charge density of the photoinduced high-spin state by comparing experimental results with time-dependent density functional theory. In the transient high-spin state, the 3d electrons of the metal center are more delocalized over the nearest-neighbor nitrogen atoms despite increased bond lengths. Our findings point to a strong coupling of electronic states with charge-transfer character, facilitating the ultrafast intersystem crossing cascade in these systems. The study also highlights the importance of local charge density measures to complement chemical interaction concepts of charge donation and back-bonding with molecular orbital descriptions of states. PMID:26727390

  5. Direct measurement of S-branch N2-H2 Raman linewidths using time-resolved pure rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy

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    Bohlin, A.; Nordstrm, E.; Patterson, B. D.; Bengtsson, P.-E.; Kliewer, C. J.

    2012-08-01

    S-branch N2-H2 Raman linewidths have been measured in the temperature region 294-1466 K using time-resolved dual-broadband picosecond pure rotational coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (RCARS). Data are extracted by mapping the dephasing rates of the CARS signal temporal decay. The J-dependent coherence decays are detected in the time domain by following the individual spectral lines as a function of probe delay. The linewidth data set was employed in spectral fits of N2 RCARS spectra recorded in binary mixtures of N2 and H2 at calibrated temperature conditions up to 661 K using a standard nanosecond RCARS setup. In this region, the set shows a deviation of less than 2% in comparison with thermocouples. The results provide useful knowledge for the applicability of N2 CARS thermometry on the fuel-side of H2 diffusion flames.

  6. Duration of bubble rearrangements in a coarsening foam probed by time-resolved diffusing-wave spectroscopy: Impact of interfacial rigidity

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    Le Merrer, Marie; Cohen-Addad, Sylvie; Hhler, Reinhard

    2013-08-01

    In aqueous foams, the diffusive gas transfer among neighboring bubbles drives a coarsening process which is accompanied by intermittent rearrangements of the structure. Using time-resolved diffusing-wave spectroscopy, we probe the dynamics of these events as a function of the rigidity of the gas-liquid interfaces, liquid viscosity, bubble size, and confinement pressure. We present in detail two independent techniques for analyzing the light scattering data, from which we extract the rearrangement duration. Our results show that interfacial rheology has a major impact on this duration. In the case of low interfacial rigidity, the rearrangements strongly slow down as the pressure is decreased close to the value zero where the bubble packing unjams. In contrast, if the interfaces are rigid, rearrangement durations are independent of the confinement pressure in the same investigated range. Using scaling arguments, we discuss dissipation mechanisms that may explain the observed dependency of the rearrangement dynamics on foam structure, pressure, and physicochemical solution properties.

  7. Observation of femtosecond-laser-induced ablation plumes of aluminum using space- and time-resolved soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy

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    Okano, Yasuaki; Oguri, Katsuya; Nishikawa, Tadashi; Nakano, Hidetoshi

    2006-11-27

    The dynamics of the laser ablation plume expansion of aluminum was investigated by using space- and time-resolved soft x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Blueshifts of the Al L-shell photoabsorption edge indicating the state of aluminum were observed in the plumes, which were generated by irradiating an aluminum target with 120 fs near-infrared pulses at an intensity of 10{sup 14} W/cm{sup 2}. The spatiotemporal evolution of the plumes exhibited a multilayer structure consisting of vaporized aluminum and condensed aluminum particles, following the expansion of plasma, with expansion velocities of 10{sup 4} m/s for the atomic state and 10{sup 3} m/s for the condensed state.

  8. Time-resolved soft-x-ray spectroscopy of a magnetic octupole transition in nickel-like xenon, cesium, and barium ions

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    Trabert, E; Beiersdorfer, P; Brown, G V; Boyce, K; Kelley, R L; Kilbourne, C A; Porter, F S; Szymkowiak, A

    2005-11-11

    A microcalorimeter with event mode capability for time-resolved soft-x-ray spectroscopy, and a high-resolution flat-field EUV spectrometer have been employed at the Livermore EBIT-I electron beam ion trap for observations and wavelength measurements of M1, E2, and M3 decays of long-lived levels in the Ni-like ions Xe{sup 26+}, Cs{sup 27+}, and Ba{sup 28+}. Of particular interest is the lowest excited level, 3d{sup 9}4s {sup 3}D{sub 3}, which can only decay via a magnetic octupole (M3) transition. For this level in Xe an excitation energy of (590.40 {+-} 0.03eV) and a level lifetime of (11.5 {+-} 0.5 ms) have been determined.

  9. Europium(III) complexed by HPSEC size-fractions of a vertisol humic acid: Small differences evidenced by time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy

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    Reiller, Pascal E.; Brevet, Julien; Nebbioso, Antonio; Piccolo, Alessandro

    2011-03-01

    The size fractionation of a humic acid (HA) by high performance size exclusion chromatography (HPSEC) was used as a proxy for the filtration effect during HA transport through a porous medium with minimum specific chemical interactions. The modification of the Eu(III)-HA complexes' formation with the different size-fractions, as compared to the bulk HA, was studied in time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy (TRLS). Clear modifications in Eu(III)-HA complexes' structures were shown and related to the molecular characteristics of the separated size-fractions. The properties of most of size-fractions did not induce a major alteration of the affinity towards Eu(III). Only the most hydrophilic fractions eluted in the tail of the chromatographic peak, representing about 11% of total fractions-weight, gave some significantly different parameters. Using a simplistic complexation model, it was found that the available complexation sites decreased with the size reduction of humic fractions.

  10. Nonequilibrium electronic and phonon dynamics of Cu0.17Bi2Se3 investigated by core-level and valence-band time-resolved photoemission spectroscopy

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    Yamamoto, T.; Ishida, Y.; Yoshida, R.; Okawa, M.; Okazaki, K.; Kanai, T.; Kikkawa, A.; Taguchi, Y.; Kiss, T.; Ishizaka, K.; Ishii, N.; Itatani, J.; Watanabe, S.; Tokura, Y.; Saitoh, T.; Shin, S.

    2015-09-01

    We have performed time-resolved (TR) core-level and valence-band angle-resolved (AR) photoemission spectroscopy (PES) to investigate ultrafast dynamics of an electron-doped topological insulator Cu0.17Bi2Se3 . The Bi 5 d5 /2 line was composed of a single peak and exhibited broadening upon both heating and pumping, which we interpreted as a change of phonon temperature (Tp), in the surface region. The electronic dynamics and electron temperature (Te), on the other hand, were determined with near-EF TRARPES. The transient temperature deduced from core-level TRPES shows a similar behavior with Te deduced from near-EF TRARPES. This similar behavior of Tp and Te can be reproduced not by a simple two-temperature model but by a modified one, although we cannot exclude a possibility that core-level broadening also reflects Te.

  11. An attempt at a product vibrational analysis of a photo-induced chemical reaction by means of time-resolved (e, 2e) electron momentum spectroscopy

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    Yamazaki, M.; Nakazawa, H.; Zhu, C. Y.; Takahashi, M.

    2015-09-01

    We report on a new attempt at an analysis of the vibrational state distributions in the products of a photo-induced chemical reaction. The experiment was performed by using time- resolved electron momentum spectroscopy (TR-EMS) for the products produced by the three- body photodissociation dynamics of the deuterated acetone molecule at 195 nm. It has been found from a comparison between the experiment and associated theoretical calculations that future TR-EMS measurements with improved statistics could be useful for the vibrational analysis of reaction products, in cases when effects of molecular vibration on their electron momentum densities are large enough so as to be noticeable in the binding energy spectra.

  12. Femtosecond time resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy of H(2)-N(2) mixtures in the Dicke regime: Experiments and modeling of velocity effects.

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    Tran, H; Chaussard, F; Le Cong, N; Lavorel, B; Faucher, O; Joubert, P

    2009-11-01

    In this paper, we present measurements and modeling of femtosecond time resolved coherent anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy (CARS) signal in H(2)-N(2) mixtures at low densities. Three approaches have been used to model the CARS response. The first is the usual sum of Voigt profiles. In the second approach, the speed dependent Voigt profile is used. In the last approach, a model of the temporal CARS signal is developed, which takes into account the velocity changes induced by collisions and the speed dependence of the collisional parameters. The velocity changes are modeled using the Keilson and Storer memory function; the radiator speed dependences of the collisional parameters are determined from their temperature dependences. The results obtained are consistent with previous studies in the frequency domain, showing that the changes of the velocity have important effects for the H(2)/N(2) system in the Dicke narrowing density regime. PMID:19895015

  13. Atomic resolution mapping of the excited-state electronic structure of Cu2O with time-resolved x-ray absorption spectroscopy

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    Hillyard, P. W.; Kuchibhatla, S. V. N. T.; Glover, T. E.; Hertlein, M. P.; Huse, Nils; Nachimuthu, P.; Saraf, L. V.; Thevuthasan, S.; Gaffney, K. J.

    2010-05-02

    We have used time-resolved soft x-ray spectroscopy to investigate the electronic structure of optically excited cuprous oxide at the O K-edge and the Cu L3-edge. The 400 nm optical excitation shifts the Cu and O absorptions to lower energy, but does not change the integrated x-ray absorption significantly for either edge. The constant integrated x-ray absorption cross-section indicates that the conduction-band and valence-band edges have very similar Cu 3d and O 2p orbital contributions. The 2.1 eV optical band gap of Cu2O significantly exceeds the one eV shift in the Cu L3- and O K-edges absorption edges induced by optical excitation, demonstrating the importance of core-hole excitonic effects and valence electron screening in the x-ray absorption process.

  14. Photoinduced insulator-metal phase transition and the metallic phase propagation in VO2 films investigated by time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy

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    Xue, Xin; Jiang, Meng; Li, Gaofang; Lin, Xian; Ma, Guohong; Jin, Ping

    2013-11-01

    The particle size and film thickness dependence of the photoinduced insulator-metal phase transition in VO2 films has been studied systematically by time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy at room temperature. It is found that the dynamical photoinduced phase transition from insulator to metal consists of two processes: a 1.7 ps fast process and a slow process with a typical time constant of 40 ps. Both of the two processes show particle size independence. The 40 ps slow process is revealed to arise from the longitudinal propagation of the metallic phase from the photoexcited surface to the interior of the VO2 film. A phase boundary propagation speed with a magnitude of 2400 m/s is obtained, which is close to the velocity of sound in solid materials and coincides with the prediction of diffusionless phase transformation. Our experimental results clearly establish the entire procedure of photoinduced phase change in the VO2 film.

  15. Europium(III) complexed by HPSEC size-fractions of a vertisol humic acid: small differences evidenced by time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy.

    PubMed

    Reiller, Pascal E; Brevet, Julien; Nebbioso, Antonio; Piccolo, Alessandro

    2011-03-01

    The size fractionation of a humic acid (HA) by high performance size exclusion chromatography (HPSEC) was used as a proxy for the filtration effect during HA transport through a porous medium with minimum specific chemical interactions. The modification of the Eu(III)-HA complexes' formation with the different size-fractions, as compared to the bulk HA, was studied in time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy (TRLS). Clear modifications in Eu(III)-HA complexes' structures were shown and related to the molecular characteristics of the separated size-fractions. The properties of most of size-fractions did not induce a major alteration of the affinity towards Eu(III). Only the most hydrophilic fractions eluted in the tail of the chromatographic peak, representing about 11% of total fractions-weight, gave some significantly different parameters. Using a simplistic complexation model, it was found that the available complexation sites decreased with the size reduction of humic fractions. PMID:21242102

  16. Direct Observation of the Surface Segregation of Cu in Pd by Time-Resolved Positron-Annihilation-Induced Auger Electron Spectroscopy

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    Mayer, J.; Hugenschmidt, C.; Schreckenbach, K.

    2010-11-12

    Density functional theory calculations predict the surface segregation of Cu in the second atomic layer of Pd which has not been unambiguously confirmed by experiment so far. We report measurements on Pd surfaces covered with three and six monolayers of Cu using element selective positron-annihilation-induced Auger electron spectroscopy (PAES) which is sensitive to the topmost atomic layer. Moreover, time-resolved PAES, which was applied for the first time, enables the investigation of the dynamics of surface atoms and hence the observation of the segregation process. The time constant for segregation was experimentally determined to {tau}=1.38(0.21) h, and the final segregated configuration was found to be consistent with calculations. Time-dependent PAES is demonstrated to be a novel element selective technique applicable for the investigation of, e.g., heterogeneous catalysis, corrosion, or surface alloying.

  17. Application of External-Cavity Quantum Cascade Infrared Lasers to Nanosecond Time-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy of Condensed-Phase Samples Following Pulse Radiolysis

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    Grills, D.C.; Cook, A.R.; Fujita, E.; George, M.W.; Miller, J.R.; Preses, J.M.; Wishart, J.F.

    2010-06-01

    Pulse radiolysis, utilizing short pulses of high-energy electrons from accelerators, is a powerful method for rapidly generating reduced or oxidized species and other free radicals in solution. Combined with fast time-resolved spectroscopic detection (typically in the ultraviolet/visible/near-infrared), it is invaluable for monitoring the reactivity of species subjected to radiolysis on timescales ranging from picoseconds to seconds. However, it is often difficult to identify the transient intermediates definitively due to a lack of structural information in the spectral bands.