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  1. Applications of the two-photon doppler-free method: Hyperfine interactions and isotope shift measurements

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    Cagnac, B.

    1985-08-01

    The hyperfine structures are generally of the same order of magnitude as the Doppler broadening of optical transitions and so are the isotopic shifts in the case of heavy elements. When these structures are too small, one must use Doppler-free methods. Among these methods, the two-photon spectroscopy has obtained good results in highly excited levels. In our laboratory in Paris, we did measurements on neon and helium by two-photon excitation from metastable levels. The precision of the measurements is of the order of one MHz, which permits a precise comparison with theory. We compare the measurements on neon with the theory by Liberman and we obtain a good fit in the first approximation, but must introduce mixing of wave functions for an exact explanation. In the case of helium, we obtain a good fit with the theoretical values obtained from the wave functions by Accad, Pekeris and Schiff. We also give an example where another technique by polarization measurements permits us to obtain experimentally a hyperfine structure smaller than the natural width. We also present a short review of the measurements done by the two-photon method in other laboratories on other elements, Pb, Tl, In and alkaline earths Ca, Sr. Ba.

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

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    Nishiyama, Akiko; Matsuba, Ayumi; Misono, Masatoshi

    2014-06-01

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

  3. Doppler-Free Two-Photon Absorption Spectroscopy of Vibronic Excited States of Naphthalene Assisted by AN Optical Frequency Comb

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    Nishiyama, Akiko; Nakashima, Kazuki; Misono, Masatoshi; Baba, Masaaki

    2017-06-01

    We observe Doppler-free two-photon absorption spectra of three bands of S_1 ← S_0 transition of naphthalene. We use an optical frequency comb stabilized to a GPS clock as a frequency reference of a scanning cw laser. The use of the optical frequency comb enables us to decide transition frequencies of rovibronic lines and their linewidths with uncertainties of several tens of kHz. We discuss the interactions in vibronic excited states of naphthalene based on the dependences of frequency shifts and linewidths on vibrational and on rotational quantum numbers. A. Nishiyama, K. Nakashima, A. Matsuba, M. Misono, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 318, 40 (2015).

  4. Doppler-free, multiwavelength acousto-optic deflector for two-photon addressing arrays of Rb atoms in a quantum information processor

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    Kim, Sangtaek; McLeod, Robert R.; Saffman, M.; Wagner, Kelvin H.

    2008-04-01

    We demonstrate a dual wavelength acousto-optic deflector (AOD) designed to deflect two wavelengths to the same angles by driving with two RF frequencies. The AOD is designed as a beam scanner to address two-photon transitions in a two-dimensional array of trapped neutral Rb87 atoms in a quantum computer. Momentum space is used to design AODs that have the same diffraction angles for two wavelengths (780 and 480 nm) and have nonoverlapping Bragg-matched frequency response at these wavelengths, so that there will be no cross talk when proportional frequencies are applied to diffract the two wavelengths. The appropriate crystal orientation, crystal shape, transducer size, and transducer height are determined for an AOD made with a tellurium dioxide crystal (TeO2). The designed and fabricated AOD has more than 100 resolvable spots, widely separated band shapes for the two wavelengths within an overall octave bandwidth, spatially overlapping diffraction angles for both wavelengths (780 and 480 nm), and a 4 μs or less access time. Cascaded AODs in which the first device upshifts and the second downshifts allow Doppler-free scanning as required for addressing the narrow atomic resonance without detuning. We experimentally show the diffraction-limited Doppler-free scanning performance and spatial resolution of the designed AOD.

  5. Temporal evolution of two-photon time-resolved optogalvanic signals of neon in the 600-630 nm region

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    Farrokhpour, H.; Abyar, F.; Fathi, F.; Tabrizchi, M.

    2012-01-01

    Time-resolved optogalvanic (OG) signals of six two-photon transitions of neon were studied in the 600-630 nm region to 2p 54d[5/2] 2, 2p 54d[3/2] 2, 2p 54d[3/2] 1, 2p 54d[1/2] 1 and 2p 55s'[1/2] 1 states from the allowed states of the 2p 53s configuration (2p 53s[3/2] 1 and 2p 53s'[1/2] 0 states). The OG signals were recorded over a range of discharge currents from 2 to 10 mA. The decay rates of the upper and lower states were obtained by fitting the waveforms with the Han et al.'s mathematical rate equation model considering the three states contributing to the signal. Based on the values of decay rates of the upper states, it was proposed that, after excitation to 5s and 4d states, neon atoms radiatively decay to the lumped relevant electronic states of the 2p 53p and 2p 54p configurations which have the main contribution in producing the OG signals. It was found that, the decay rates of the upper states (the lumped relevant electronic states of 2p 53p and 2p 54p configurations) increase linearly and slowly with the discharge current for all the transitions considered in this work. The effective decay rates of the upper states and their electron collisional ionization rate parameters were also obtained. This study showed that the dominant relaxation process in the de-population of the upper states is the lengthened radiative decay in plasma medium after laser excitation.

  6. Two-photon laser optogalvanic studies of the 6s nf 3F 4 Rydberg states of mercury by RF discharge

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    Zia, M. A.; Baig, M. A.

    2005-12-01

    We present new experimental data on the energies and quantum defects of the highly excited states in mercury using the laser optogalvanic detection technique in conjunction with a RF discharge cell. The 6s np 3P 2 (12 ≤ n ≤ 25) and 6s nf 3F 4 (9 ≤ n ≤ 52) Rydberg series have been observed via two photon excitation from the 6s6p 3P 2 intermediate state, which is collisionally populated in the RF discharge. Three lines corresponding to transitions from the 6s6p 3P 0 metastable state to 6s8p 3P 0,2 and 6s5f 3F 2 states are also located. The 6s nf 3F 4 Rydberg series to such high n-values are reported for the first time.

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

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

    2008-10-22

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

  8. Doppler-free two-photon excitation spectroscopy and the Zeeman effects of the S1 1B1u(v21=1) <-- S0 1Ag(v=0) band of naphthalene-d8.

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    Okubo, Mitsushi; Wang, Jinguo; Baba, Masaaki; Misono, Masatoshi; Kasahara, Shunji; Katô, Hajime

    2005-04-08

    Doppler-free two-photon excitation spectrum and the Zeeman effect of the S1 1B1u(v21=1) <-- S0 1Ag(v=0) transition of naphthalene-d8 have been measured. 908 lines of Q(Ka)Q(J)KaKc transition of J=0-41, Ka=0-20 were assigned, and the molecular constants of the S1 1B1u(v21=1) state were determined. Perturbations were observed, and those were identified as originating from Coriolis interaction. No perturbation originating from an interaction with triplet state was observed. The Zeeman splittings from lines of a given J were observed to increase with Kc, and those of the Kc=J levels increased linearly with J. The Zeeman effects are shown to be originating from the magnetic moment of the S1 1B1u state, which is along the c axis and is induced by mixing of the S2 1B3u state to the S1 1B1u state by J-L coupling. Rotationally resolved levels were found not to be mixed with a triplet state from the Zeeman spectra. Accordingly, it is concluded that nonradiative decay of an isolated naphthalene excited to low rovibronic levels in the S1 1B1u state does not occur through the intersystem mixing. This is at variance with generally accepted understanding of the pathways of the nonradiative decay.

  9. Experimental results on optogalvanic effect of rubidium

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    Zhong, Xubin; Liu, Jinting; Liu, Binmo

    1986-02-01

    We report, for the first time, the experimental results on the optogalvanic effect of Rb by using RF discharge without buffer gas. The influence of laser power and RF source current has been studied. The enhancement of the optogalvanic effect by heating the Rb cell and the optogalvanic signals of K as an impurity in Rb vapor have been observed.

  10. Laser optogalvanic spectroscopy of molecules

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    Webster, C. R.; Rettner, C. T.

    1983-01-01

    In laser optogalvanic (LOG) spectroscopy, a tunable laser is used to probe the spectral characteristics of atomic or molecular species within an electrical discharge in a low pressure gas. Optogalvanic signals arise when the impedance of the discharge changes in response to the absorption of laser radiation. The technique may, therefore, be referred to as impedance spectroscopy. This change in impedance may be monitored as a change in the voltage across the discharge tube. LOG spectra are recorded by scanning the wavelength of a chopped CW dye laser while monitoring the discharge voltage with a lock-in amplifier. LOG signals are obtained if the laser wavelength matches a transition in a species present in the discharge (or flame), and if the absorption of energy in the laser beam alters the impedance of the discharge. Infrared LOG spectroscopy of molecules has been demonstrated and may prove to be the most productive application in the field of optogalvanic techniques.

  11. Two-dimensional optogalvanic spectroscopy

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    Fathi, Fariman; Tabrizchi, Mahmoud; Farrokhpour, Hossein

    2012-02-01

    In this work, the time domain of optogalvanic signal is considered as an extra dimension for the analysis of the optogalvanic spectra. A time window was used to integrate over the different time regions of the temporal OG signals for each wavelength. The method enhanced the resolution of spectra considerably so that two closed transitions, which differ only by 4 pm, were precisely separated. In addition a new transition of Neon around 640 nm masked by a transition at 640.229 nm was observed and assigned using the new method.

  12. Absolute Doppler shift calibration of laser induced fluorescence signals using optogalvanic measurements in a hollow cathode lamp

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    Ruyten, Wilhelmus M.; Keefer, Dennis

    1992-01-01

    The paper investigates the use of optogalvanic (OG) measurements on the neutral 3P1 and 3P2 levels of argon in a hollow cathode lamp for the purpose of calibrating Doppler shifts of laser-induced fluorescence signals from an arcjet plume. It is shown that, even with non-Doppler-free OG detection, accuracy to better than 10 MHz is possible but that, depending on the experiment geometry, corrections of 10-35 MHz may be necessary to offset small axial drift velocities of neutral atoms in the hollow cathode lamp.

  13. Two-photon cryomicroscope

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    Breunig, H. G.; Köhler, C.; König, K.

    2012-03-01

    We report on a new two-photon cryomicroscope which consist of a compact laser-scanning microscope combined with a motorized heating and freezing stage. Samples can be cooled down to -196 °C (77 K) and heated up to 600 °C (873 K) with adjustable heating/freezing rates between 0.01 K / min and 150 K / min. Two-photon imaging is realized by near infrared femtosecond-laser pulse excitation. The abilities of the two-photon cryomicroscope are illustrated in several measurements: imaging of fluorescent microspheres inside a piece of ice illustrates the feasibility of deep-microscopic imaging inside frozen sample. The temperature-dependent structural integrity of collagen is monitored by detection of second harmonic generation signals from porcine cornea. The measurements reveal also the dependence of the collagendenaturation temperature on hydration state of the cornea collagen. Furthermore, the potential of the two-photon cryomicroscope for optimization of freezing and thawing procedures as well as to evaluate the viability of frozen cells and tissue is discussed.

  14. Two Photon Absorption Laser Induced Fluorescence for Fusion Class Plasmas

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    Elliott, Drew B.

    Neutral hydrogen particles play an important role in many fusion systems. The edge region of fusion plasmas is strongly influenced by these neutral particles and is of growing importance because of the challenges of plasma material interaction. A two photon absorption laser induced fluorescence diagnostic at West Virginia University has been constructed to measure the local density and velocity distribution of these neutral particles. The diagnostic measures the ground state of hydrogen isotopes by way of two photon absorption from the 1s to 3d state and subsequent single photon emission to the 2 p state. These measurements are absolutely calibrated by comparing the integrated emission spectra to that of a measurement performed on a known density of calibration gas and knowing the relative absorption cross sections for the two species. Measurements were performed on deuterium atoms in the Helicity Injected Torus with Steady Induction 3 and calibrated using the standard krypton calibration scheme. Measured neutral densities were well below predicted values and the measurement process identified a flaw in the krypton calibration scheme. A new calibration scheme using xenon gas was developed to eliminate any possibility of chromatic aberration through refractive optics. This new xenon calibration scheme required measurement of the relative absorption cross section between the 5p6 to 4p 57f to 5p55 d Xe scheme and the 4p6 to 4 p55p to 4p 55s Kr scheme, then comparison of the Xe to Kr relative cross section to the Kr to H relative cross section to determine the overall Xe to H relative absorption cross section. Doppler free two photon absorption laser induced fluorescence measurements were also performed on the compact helicon for waves and instabilities experiment (CHEWIE), for hydrogen, deuterium, and krypton neutrals. The Doppler free technique increased signal intensity and narrowed the measured spectral width of the absorption line. The Doppler free technique

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

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

    2014-10-01

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

  16. Two-Photon Absorption Spectroscopy of Rubidium with a Dual-Comb Tequnique

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    Nishiyama, Akiko; Yoshida, Satoru; Hariki, Takuya; Nakajima, Yoshiaki; Minoshima, Kaoru

    2017-06-01

    Dual-comb spectroscopies have great potential for high-resolution molecular and atomic spectroscopies, thanks to the broadband comb spectrum consisting of dense narrow modes. In this study, we apply the dual-comb system to Doppler-free two-photon absorption spectroscopy. The outputs of two frequency combs excite several two-photon transitions of rubidium, and we obtained broadband Doppler-free spectra from dual-comb fluorescence signals. The fluorescence detection scheme circumvents the sensitivity limit which is effectively determined by the dynamic range of photodetectors in absorption-based dual-comb spectroscopies. Our system realized high-sensitive, Doppler-free high-resolution and broadband atomic spectroscopy. A part of observed spectra of 5S_{1/2} - 5D_{5/2} transition is shown in the figure. The hyperfine structures of the F" = 1 - F' = 3,2,1 transitions are fully-resolved and the spectral widths are approximately 5 MHz. The absolute frequency axis is precisely calibrated from comb mode frequencies which were stabilized to a GPS-disciplined clock. This work was supported by JST through the ERATO MINOSHIMA Intelligent Optical Synthesizer Project and Grant-in-Aid for JSPS Fellows (16J02345). A. Nishiyama, S. Yoshida, Y. Nakajima, H. Sasada, K. Nakagawa, A. Onae, K. and Minoshima, Opt. Express 24, 25894 (2016). A. Hipke, S. A. Meek, T. Ideguchi, T.W. Hänsch, and N. Picqué, Phys. Rev. A 90, 011805(R) (2014).

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

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

    2006-01-15

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

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

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

    2011-11-15

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

  19. Two-photon resonance fluorescence

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    Alexanian, Moorad; Bose, Subir K.

    2006-12-15

    We present a theory of two-photon resonance fluorescence of an atom or molecule in which the excitation by an external electromagnetic field as well as fluorescence emission is mediated by two-photon processes. The treatment is based on first dressing the atom or molecule by the external field and then evaluating perturbatively the effect of the interaction with the vacuum or fluorescent field and so resonance fluorescence can be considered as spontaneous emission from the dressed atom. The introduction of the combined system of atom and external field via dressed states leads to simpler calculations and more transparent physics. The fluorescence spectrum derived by us has similarities as well as differences with that of one-photon resonance fluorescence and earlier theoretical predictions for the two-photon case.

  20. Two-photon geometric optics

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

    1996-04-01

    We report two-photon correlation experiments using spontaneous parametric down-conversion under a severe manipulation of the input pump field. Considering the case of passing the laser beam through a focusing lens before the down-conversion crystal, theoretical calculations and a series of imaging experiments demonstrate two-photon geometric optics effects. In particular, the imaging in coincidence counts of an aperture placed in one of the down-conversion beams is found to be the analog of a simple spherical mirror system, which displays a ``vacuum dispersion'' effect in that the object and image distances are wavelength weighted.

  1. Two-photon geometrical phase

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    Strekalov, D. V.; Shih, Y. H.

    1997-10-01

    An advanced wave model is applied to a two-photon interference experiment to show that the observed interference effect is due to the geometrical phase of a two-photon state produced in spontaneous parametric down-conversion. The polarization state of the signal-idler pair is changed adiabatically so that the ``loop'' on the Poincaré sphere is opened in the signal channel and closed in the idler channel. Therefore, we observed an essentially nonlocal geometrical phase, shared by the entangled photon pair, or a biphoton.

  2. Optogalvanic effect in a self-terminating copper atomic laser

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    Yudin, Nikolai A; Klimkin, V M; Prokop'ev, V E

    1999-09-30

    The optogalvanic effect in a copper-vapour pulsed laser as well as the optothermal effects due to a hysteresis of the optogalvanic effect were observed for the first time. The generalised rate constant for the deexcitation of a resonant level to the ionisation state of the active medium was estimated to be <{sigma}{nu}>{approx}(3 {+-} 1) x 10{sup -7} cm{sup 3} s{sup -1} . (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  3. Two-Photon Flow Cytometry

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

    2004-01-01

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

  4. Two-Photon Flow Cytometry

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

    2004-01-01

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

  5. Two photon physics at RHIC

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    Klein, S.

    1995-05-01

    Because the two photon cross section is proportional to Z{sup 4}, heavy ion colliders offer an unmatched luminosity. However, because nuclei have finite sizes, the photon spectrum is gradually cut off by a nuclear form factor. For RHIC, this cutoff occurs at a few GeV; below this energy, RHIC will have the highest {gamma}{gamma} luminosity in the world when it turns on. In addition to the high rates, because Z{alpha} {approximately} 0.6, the nuclear environment provides a window to strong field QED and new phenomena like multiple pair production. To study {gamma}{gamma} physics, regions where the nuclei interact hadronically must be avoided; this leads to roughly a factor of two loss in usable luminosity. The rates expected by the Solenoidal Tracker at RHIC (STAR) collaboration will be given. Backgrounds will be discussed, along with several rejection techniques.

  6. 129Xe two-photon spectroscopy towards the neutron EDM experiment at TRIUMF

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    Hayamizu, Tomohiro; Altiere, Emily; Miller, Eric; Wienands, Joshua; Jones, David; Madison, Kirk; Momose, Takamasa

    2016-09-01

    Neutron EDM experiments are highly sensitive to fluctuations and inhomogeneities of magnetic fields inside neutron trap chambers. Precise measurements of magnetic fields are essential to measure small EDM frequency shifts of neutrons. In order to suppress these effects, we will introduce a Xe-Hg dual co-magnetometer to operate in the measurement cell. 129Xe was selected because it has a smaller neutron capture cross section than Hg, it is easy to control density, and it has two-photon excitation wavelengths close to Hg one-photon transition. We are planning to detect magnetic fluctuations by monitoring 823 nm and 895 nm emission intensity following a 252 nm two photon transition from 5p6(1S0) to 5p5(2P3/2) 6p. We have observed this two photon transition and emission previously using a pulsed laser, and have recently constructed an intense 252 nm CW laser light source with the necessary hyperfine state resolution for the co-magnetometer operation. A UV enhancement cavity has been constructed to increase the excitation probability as well as to perform Doppler free spectroscopy of two-photon absorption. An avalanche photodiode (APD) is used to detect emission efficiently. We will report the present status of this measurement.

  7. Microplasma source for optogalvanic spectroscopy of nanogram samples

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

    2013-07-21

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

  8. Microplasma source for optogalvanic spectroscopy of nanogram samples

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

    2013-07-01

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

  9. Single-Ion Two-Photon Source

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    Dubin, F.; Rotter, D.; Mukherjee, M.; Gerber, S.; Blatt, R.

    2007-11-02

    A single trapped ion is converted into a pseudo-two-photon source by splitting its resonance fluorescence, delaying part of it and by recombining both parts on a beam splitter. A destructive two-photon interference is observed with a contrast reaching 83(5)%. The spectral brightness of our two-photon source is quantified and shown to be comparable to parametric down-conversion devices.

  10. Two Photon Exchange for Exclusive Pion Electroproduction

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

    2013-09-01

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

  11. Two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy.

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    So, P T; Dong, C Y; Masters, B R; Berland, K M

    2000-01-01

    Two-photon fluorescence microscopy is one of the most important recent inventions in biological imaging. This technology enables noninvasive study of biological specimens in three dimensions with submicrometer resolution. Two-photon excitation of fluorophores results from the simultaneous absorption of two photons. This excitation process has a number of unique advantages, such as reduced specimen photodamage and enhanced penetration depth. It also produces higher-contrast images and is a novel method to trigger localized photochemical reactions. Two-photon microscopy continues to find an increasing number of applications in biology and medicine.

  12. 14C analysis via intracavity optogalvanic spectroscopy

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    Murnick, Daniel; Dogru, Ozgur; Ilkmen, Erhan

    2010-04-01

    A new ultra sensitive laser-based analytical technique, intracavity optogalvanic spectroscopy (ICOGS), allowing extremely high sensitivity for detection of 14C-labeled carbon dioxide has recently been demonstrated. Capable of replacing accelerator mass spectrometers (AMS) for many applications, the technique quantifies zeptomoles of 14C in sub micromole CO 2 samples. Based on the specificity of narrow laser resonances coupled with the sensitivity provided by standing waves in an optical cavity, and detection via impedance variations, limits of detection near 10 -1514C/ 12C ratios have been obtained with theoretical limits much lower. Using a 15 W 14CO 2 laser, a linear calibration with samples from 5 × 10 -15 to >1.5 × 10 -12 in 14C/ 12C ratios, as determined by AMS, was demonstrated. Calibration becomes non-linear over larger concentration ranges due to interactions between CO 2 and buffer gas, laser saturation effects and changes in equilibration time constants. The instrument is small (table top), low maintenance and can be coupled to GC or LC input. The method can also be applied to detection of other trace entities. Possible applications include microdosing studies in drug development, individualized sub-therapeutic tests of drug metabolism, carbon dating and real time monitoring of atmospheric radiocarbon.

  13. 14C Analysis via Intracavity Optogalvanic Spectroscopy

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    Murnick, Daniel; Dogru, Ozgur; Ilkmen, Erhan

    2010-01-01

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

  14. Two-photon collisions and QCD

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    Gunion, J.F.

    1980-05-01

    A critical review of the applications of QCD to low- and high-p/sub T/ interactions of two photons is presented. The advantages of the two-photon high-p/sub T/ tests over corresponding hadronic beam and/or target tests of QCD are given particular emphasis.

  15. Optogalvanic intracavity quantitative detector and method for its use

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

    1983-01-01

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

  16. Optogalvanic intracavity quantitative detector and method for its use

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

    1983-09-06

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

  17. Optogalvanic intracavity quantitative detector and method for its use

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

    1981-02-25

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

  18. Opto-galvanic effect on degenerate magnetic states of sputtered atoms in a glow discharge

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    Zhechev, D.; Steflekova, V.

    2014-12-01

    The opto-galvanic response of some degenerate states of sputtered atoms to linearly- and circularly polarize light is studied. On the same optical transition both time-resolved- and amplitude opto-galvanic signals are found depending on the polarizations of light absorbed. The latter induces galvanic responses differing in opto-galvanic efficiency, time-evolution and sensitivity to discharge current and laser power. The differences are ascribed to the rate constants of the decay processes, characterizing aligned and oriented atoms.

  19. A two-photon laser induced fluorescence diagnostic with improved sensitivity, localization, and measurement rate

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    Elliott, Drew; Scime, Earl; Short, Zachary

    2016-10-01

    A two-photon absorption laser induced fluorescence diagnostic has been developed for measuring neutrals in fusion plasmas. Implementation of this diagnostic on the HIT-SI3 spheromak has demonstrated the sensitivity of the diagnostic and shown that measurements taken over several plasma pulses are possible. These measurements yielded an unexpected loss of signal when complex collection optics were utilized. Simulations show that this loss of signal can be explained by chromatic aberrations caused by the disparate Kr and D emission. This loss of signal has been addressed with the development of a new calibration scheme involving xenon gas. The Xe calibration scheme emission occurs at 656.00 nm while the deuterium emission is 656.09 nm. This nearly identical emission allows for advanced optical techniques such as confocal collection/injection and spatial filtering to be employed without loss of signal. Spatial filtering has been demonstrated to decrease noise while improving measurement localization, while confocal collection/injection allows for probing and measuring to occur through one viewport. The Xe scheme also allows for a Doppler-free hydrogen measurement. Doppler-free measurements eliminate the need to scan the laser spectrally thus greatly increasing the rate of measurement.

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

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

    1990-01-01

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

  1. Applications of Doppler-free saturation spectroscopy for edge physics studies (invited)

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    Martin, E. H. Caughman, J. B. O.; Isler, R. C.; Bell, G. L.; Zafar, A.

    2016-11-15

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  3. Fano interference in two-photon transport

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    Xu, Shanshan; Fan, Shanhui

    2016-10-01

    We present a general input-output formalism for the few-photon transport in multiple waveguide channels coupled to a local cavity. Using this formalism, we study the effect of Fano interference in two-photon quantum transport. We show that the physics of Fano interference can manifest as an asymmetric spectral line shape in the frequency dependence of the two-photon correlation function. The two-photon fluorescence spectrum, on the other hand, does not exhibit the physics of Fano interference.

  4. Opacity from two-photon processes

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    More, Richard M.; Hansen, Stephanie B.; Nagayama, Taisuke

    2017-09-01

    The recent iron opacity measurements performed at Sandia National Laboratory by Bailey and collaborators have raised questions about the completeness of the physical models normally used to understand partially ionized hot dense plasmas. We describe calculations of two-photon absorption, which is a candidate for the observed extra opacity. Our calculations do not yet match the experiments but show that the two-photon absorption process is strong enough to require careful consideration.

  5. Observation of Two-Photon Speckle Patterns

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    Peeters, W. H.; Moerman, J. J. D.; van Exter, M. P.

    2010-04-01

    We report the observation of speckle patterns in quantum correlations within light that is scattered by a disordered medium. The random medium is illuminated with spatially entangled photon pairs, and fourth-order speckle patterns are spatially resolved by two independently scanning detectors. Spatial entanglement gives two-photon speckle a much richer structure than ordinary one-photon speckle. Our experiments demonstrate that two-photon speckle from a surface scatterer and a volume scatterer look entirely different.

  6. Opacity from two-photon processes

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    More, Richard M.; Hansen, Stephanie B.; Nagayama, Taisuke

    2017-07-22

    Here, the recent iron opacity measurements performed at Sandia National Laboratory by Bailey and collaborators have raised questions about the completeness of the physical models normally used to understand partially ionized hot dense plasmas. We describe calculations of two-photon absorption, which is a candidate for the observed extra opacity. Our calculations do not yet match the experiments but show that the two-photon absorption process is strong enough to require careful consideration.

  7. Two-Photon Laser Scanning Microscopy

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

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

  8. Two-Photon Laser Scanning Microscopy

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

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

  9. Improved optogalvanic detection with voltage biased Langmuir probes

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

    2014-12-28

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

  10. Polymer Microstructures through Two-Photon Crosslinking.

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    Schwärzle, David; Hou, Xiaoqang; Prucker, Oswald; Rühe, Jürgen

    2017-08-18

    Two-photon crosslinking of polymers (2PC) is proposed as a novel method for the fabrication of freestanding microstructures via two-photon lithography. During this process in the confocal volume, two-photon absorption leads to (formal) C,H-insertion reactions, and consequently to a strictly localized crosslinking of the polymer. To achieve this, the polymer is coated as a solvent-free (glassy) film onto an appropriate substrate, and the desired microstructure is written by 2PC into this glass. In all regions outside of the focal volume where no two-photon process occurs, the polymer remains uncrosslinked and can be washed away during a developing process. Using a self-assembled monolayer containing the same photoreactive group allows covalent attachment of the forming freestanding structures to the substrate, and thus guarantees an improved stability of these structures against shear-induced detachment. As the two photon process is carried out in the glassy state, in a simple way, multilayer structures can be used to write structures having a varying chemical composition perpendicular to the surface. As an example, the 2PC process is used to build a structure from both protein-repellent and protein-adsorbing polymers so that the resulting 3D structure exhibits spatially controlled protein adsorption. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Two-Photon Complete Fragmentation of Helium

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    Colgan, James; Pindzola, M. S.

    2002-05-01

    A time-dependent close-coupling method is used to calculate, for the first time, fully differential cross sections for the complete fragmentation of helium by two photons. Surprising differences are found in comparisons with previous calculations. These differences are found to be due to a core-excited resonance enhancement of the two-photon proces for both single and double ionization. These calculations provide theoretical support for ground-breaking measurements expected to be obtained from free-electron X-ray laser experiments to be made at Hamburg.

  12. Two-Photon Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy

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    Zimmerli, Gregory A.; Fischer, David G.

    2002-01-01

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

  13. Two-photon polymerization of polydiacetylene.

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    Shusterman, Olga; Berman, Amir; Golan, Yuval; Horovitz, Baruch; Zeiri, Leila

    2009-02-05

    We show that visible light can polymerize diacetylene monomers into polydiacetylene (PDA) in a two-photon process. We monitor the process by measuring Raman intensities of PDA using a Raman laser at 633 nm with variable intensity I and show that the Raman cross section at short times increases as I3, corresponding to a two-photon process. The process generates a relatively stable blue phase PDA, in contrast with UV polymerization that leads to a fast blue to red phase transformation.

  14. Two Photon Spectroscopy of Pyrazine and Triazine.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1979-09-01

    Two photon absorption spectra, detected by fluorescence, phosphorescence, and photoacoustic methods are presented for pyrazine and triazine. Vibronic...assignments are made in both systems based on polarization and contour analysis. For pyrazine , origin intensity is observed which suggests the (B)(3U

  15. Scattering of entangled two-photon states.

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

    2016-02-01

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

  16. Two-photon microscopy for chemical neuroscience.

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    Ellis-Davies, Graham C R

    2011-04-20

    Microscopes using non-linear excitation of chromophores with pulsed near-IR light can generate highly localized foci of molecules in the electronic singlet state that are concentrated in volumes of less than one femtoliter. The three-dimensional confinement of excitation arises from the simultaneous absorption of two IR photons of approximately half the energy required for linear excitation. Two-photon microscopy is especially useful for two types of interrogation of neural processes. First, uncaging of signaling molecules such as glutamate, as stimulation is so refined it can be used to mimic normal unitary synaptic levels. In addition, uncaging allows complete control of the timing and position of stimulation, so the two-photon light beam provides the chemical neuroscientist with an "optical conductor's baton" which can command synaptic activity at will. A second powerful feature of two-photon microscopy is that when used for fluorescence imaging it enables the visualization of cellular structure and function in living animals at depths far beyond that possible with normal confocal microscopes. In this review I provide a survey of the many important applications of two-photon microscopy in these two fields of neuroscience, and suggest some areas for future technical development.

  17. Two photon photoemission of deposited silver clusters

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    Busolt, U.; Cottancin, E.; Röhr, H.; Socaciu, L.; Leisner, T.; Wöste, L.

    We use time resolved two photon photoemission to study the stability of size selected silver clusters deposited onto highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) substrates. Size-selected Agn+ clusters (n=2-9) are deposited at low coverage onto HOPG surfaces at liquid nitrogen temperatures. After deposition, the samples are irradiated by a series of ultrashort laser pulse pairs. Photoelectrons created by two photon photoemission are collected in a magnetic bottle type time-of-flight photoelectron spectrometer. Their kinetic energy distribution is recorded as a function of the delay time between subsequent light pulses. With the exception of Ag3 the size dependence of the photoelectron spectra reveals a pronounced odd/even effect, which is well known for gas phase silver clusters. This indicates that the deposited clusters retain their size and identity on the sample. The lifetime of the photoexcitation rises with cluster size. This is attributed to an increasing electronic density of states for larger clusters.

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

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    Alexander, S. G.; Meszaros, P.

    1991-01-01

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

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

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

    2011-11-15

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

  20. A compact atomic beam based system for Doppler-free laser spectroscopy of strontium atoms

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    Verma, Gunjan; Vishwakarma, Chetan; Dharmadhikari, C. V.; Rapol, Umakant D.

    2017-03-01

    We report the construction of a simple, light weight, and compact atomic beam spectroscopy cell for strontium atoms. The cell is built using glass blowing technique and includes a simple titanium sublimation pump for the active pumping of residual and background gases to maintain ultra-high vacuum. A commercially available and electrically heated dispenser source is used to generate the beam of Sr atoms. We perform spectroscopy on the 5 s2S10 →5 s 5 pP11 transition to obtain a well resolved Doppler free spectroscopic signal for frequency stabilization of the laser source. This design can be easily extended to other alkali and alkaline earth metals.

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

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

    2014-04-01

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

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

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

    1994-01-01

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

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

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

    1994-01-01

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

  4. Denoising two-photon calcium imaging data.

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

    2011-01-01

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

  5. Two Photon Detection Techniques for Atomic Fluorine

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    1988-06-30

    to the two-photon detection technique. ’.d. %.. %9I Flowing He/F Mixture CaF 2 (20% F) from Pellin- Broca ionization Microwave Discharge Prism 1~~T6th...Stokes (AS) orders are separated using a CaF2 Pellin- Broca prism. The sixth AS at 170 un is propagated through an evacuated beam path (10 .5 torr) and...CaF2 Pellin- Broca prism. The atoms Br (Ref. 5) and Cl (Ref. 6) with limited sensitiv- sixth AS wave at 170 nm is propagated through a series ity6

  6. Platinum Acetylide Two-Photon Chromophores (Postprint)

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    2007-01-01

    L.; Pierce, B. M. Science 1994, 265, 632. (14) Prasad, P. N.; Reinhardt, B. A. Chem. Mater. 1990, 2, 660. (15) Larson, E . J.; Friesen , L. A.; Johnson...PROGRAM ELEMENT NUMBER 62102F 5d. PROJECT NUMBER 4348 5e. TASK NUMBER RG 6. AUTHOR(S) Joy E . Rogers (UES) Jonathan E . Slagle (AT&T Government...afford T1. Platinum Acetylide Two-Photon Chromophores Joy E . Rogers,†,‡ Jonathan E . Slagle,†,§ Douglas M. Krein,†,| Aaron R. Burke,†,| Benjamin C. Hall

  7. Erasing nonlocal like two photon interference

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    Olindo, C.; Sagioro, M. A.; Pádua, S.; Monken, C. H.

    2015-12-01

    Over the years, since the 1980s, various two photon interference experiments have been reported with photon pairs generated by parametric down conversion. Some of them have shown local interference features and non-local ones. An experiment is shown here which joins the two features at the same time in a Hong-Ou-Mandel interferometer. However, the non-local effects are lost if the photons' arrival time difference at the beam splitter is much larger than the pulse length of the pump beam that generates the photon pair.

  8. Encoded multisite two-photon microscopy.

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

    2013-08-06

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

  9. Encoded multisite two-photon microscopy

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

    2013-01-01

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

  10. LH and ICRH RF electric field measurements using Doppler-free Saturation Spectroscopy

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    Martin, E. H.; Zafar, A.; Caughman, J. B. O.; Isler, R. C.; Bell, G. L.

    2016-10-01

    The physics mechanisms of wave heating and current drive processes in the bulk hot plasma are generally well identified, however, details of the wave-plasma interaction in the cold plasma edge are still not fully understood. To investigate the alluding physics non-perturbative diagnostics are required due to the large energy flux traversing the space associated with the corresponding RF antenna/launcher. A spectroscopic diagnostic, based on Doppler-free saturation spectroscopy, is currently under development at ORNL that will be capable of measuring RF electric fields with high precision (20 V/cm). The RF electric field is determined by systematically fitting a Balmer series spectral line profile obtained via DFSS using a previous validated non-perturbative quantum mechanically model. The spectral line profile is measured using Doppler-free saturation spectroscopy (DFSS). DFSS is a laser-based technique involving two counter-propagating beams, referred to as the pump and probe, which are made to overlap at a single point in space. The frequency of the laser is swept over that associated with the electronic transition of interest and the probe beam absorption intensity is measured. In this presentation an active spectroscopic technique allowing for measurements of the RF electric field driving wave-plasma interactions for lower hybrid (LH) and ion cyclotron resonance heating (ICRH) systems, based on DFSS, will be discussed. Initial measurements of the electric field in the magnetized capacitively coupled RF sheath obtained on a laboratory test stand will be presented.

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

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

    1999-12-01

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

  12. The CLAS Two Photon Exchange Experiment

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

    2013-04-01

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

  13. Two-photon fluorescence anisotropy imaging

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

    2006-09-01

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

  14. Two photon annihilation operators and squeezed vacuum

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

    1993-01-01

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

  15. Two-photon imaging of stem cells

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

    2008-02-01

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

  16. Pressure broadening of atomic oxygen two-photon absorption laser induced fluorescence

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    Marinov, Daniil; Drag, Cyril; Blondel, Christophe; Guaitella, Olivier; Golda, Judith; Klarenaar, Bart; Engeln, Richard; Schulz-von der Gathen, Volker; Booth, Jean-Paul

    2016-12-01

    Atomic oxygen, considered to be a determining reactant in plasma applications at ambient pressure, is routinely detected by two-photon absorption laser induced fluorescence (TALIF). Here, pressure broadening of the (2p 4 3 P 2  →  3p 3 P J=0,1,2) two-photon transition in oxygen atoms was investigated using a high-resolution TALIF technique in normal and Doppler-free configurations. The pressure broadening coefficients determined were {γ{{\\text{O}2}}}   =  0.40  ±  0.08  cm-1/bar for oxygen molecules and {γ\\text{He}}   =  0.46  ±  0.03 cm-1/bar for helium atoms. These correspond to pressure broadening rate constants k\\text{PB}{{\\text{O}2}}   =  9 · 10-9 cm3 s-1 and k\\text{PB}\\text{He}   =  4 · 10-9 cm3 s-1, respectively. The well-known quenching rate constants of O(3p 3 P J ) by O2 and He are at least one order of magnitude smaller, which signifies that non-quenching collisions constitute the main line-broadening mechanism. In addition to providing new insights into collisional processes of oxygen atoms in electronically excited 3p 3 P J state, reported pressure broadening parameters are important for quantification of oxygen TALIF line profiles when both collisional and Doppler broadening mechanisms are important. Thus, the Doppler component (and hence the temperature of oxygen atoms) can be accurately determined from high resolution TALIF measurements in a broad range of conditions.

  17. Two-photon standard technique for measuring the two-photon absorption cross section in complex organic molecules

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

    1995-03-01

    The two-photon standard technique for measuring the absolute cross sections for two-photon absorption of complex organic molecules is proposed, which is quite insensitive to the spatial and temporal fluctuations of the laser beam. n-Bismethylsterilbenzene (MSB) with a known value of the two-photon absorption cross section is used as a standard. 9 refs., 2 figs.

  18. Optogalvanic wavelength calibration for laser monitoring of reactive atmospheric species

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    Webster, C. R.

    1982-01-01

    Laser-based techniques have been successfully employed for monitoring atmospheric species of importance to stratospheric ozone chemistry or tropospheric air quality control. When spectroscopic methods using tunable lasers are used, a simultaneously recorded reference spectrum is required for wavelength calibration. For stable species this is readily achieved by incorporating into the sensing instrument a reference cell containing the species to be monitored. However, when the species of interest is short-lived, this approach is unsuitable. It is proposed that wavelength calibration for short-lived species may be achieved by generating the species of interest in an electrical or RF discharge and using optogalvanic detection as a simple, sensitive, and reliable means of recording calibration spectra. The wide applicability of this method is emphasized. Ultraviolet, visible, or infrared lasers, either CW or pulsed, may be used in aircraft, balloon, or shuttle experiments for sensing atoms, molecules, radicals, or ions.

  19. Stable isotope analysis of breath using the optogalvanic effect

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    Murnick, Daniel E.; Colgan, M. J.; Lie, H. P.; Stoneback, D.

    1996-05-01

    A new technique based on the optogalvanic effect has been developed for the measurement of stable isotope ratios in the carbon dioxide of exhaled breath. Data obtained before and after ingestion of harmless stable isotope labeled compounds, metabolized to carbon dioxide, can be used for sensitive noninvasive diagnostics of various disease conditions. The technique uses the specificity of laser resonance spectroscopy and achieves sensitivity and accuracy typical of sophisticated isotope ratio mass spectrometers. Using fixed frequency carbon dioxide lasers, 13C/12C ratios can be determined with a precision of 2 ppm with 100 second averaging times. Multiple samples can be analyzed simultaneously providing real time continuous calibration. In a first application, analysis of 13C/12C ratios in exhaled human breath after ingestion of 13C labeled urea is being developed as a diagnostic for the bacterium H-pylori, known to be the causative agent for most peptic and duodenal ulcers.

  20. 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.

  1. Two-photon mapping of neocortical circuits

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    Nikolenko, Volodymyr

    The synaptic circuits of the cerebral cortex are still poorly understood, yet knowing their basic structure appears key for understanding their function (Lorente de No, 1949). While some argue that there is a basic modular circuit present in all cortical regions (Douglas et al., 1989; Hubel and Wiesel, 1977), others suggest that synaptic circuits could be randomly structured (Braitenberg and Schuz, 1998). To investigate the patterns of synaptic connections present in neocortex, I have developed a novel two-photon optical mapping method (Nikolenko et al., 2007) to systematically reveal cells that connect to four classes of neurons in slices of mouse primary sensory cortex. Inputs to these cells originated preferentially from specific cortical layers and often were laterally restricted, revealing functional columnar circuits with sharp boundaries. Moreover, many neurons extensively sampled particular territories, and, in some cases, virtually every cell from a particular layer was connected to the postsynaptic target. The results reveal circuits with dense columnar connectivity, approximating in some cases the complete sampling from every potential presynaptic cell in an input layer. I discuss the implications of these findings in the context of the computational strategies used by the cortex.

  2. Exclusive Two-Photon Processes in QCD

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    Brodsky, Stanley J.; /SLAC

    2005-12-02

    Hadron pair production from two-photon annihilation plays an important role in unraveling the perturbative and non-perturbative structure of QCD, first by testing the validity and empirical applicability of leading-twist factorization theorems, second by verifying the structure of the underlying perturbative QCD subprocesses, and third, through measurements of angular distributions and ratios which are sensitive to the shape of the distribution amplitudes. In effect, photon-photon collisions provide a microscope for testing fundamental scaling laws of PQCD and for measuring distribution amplitudes. The determination of the shape and normalization of the distribution amplitude is particularly important in view of their importance in the analysis of exclusive semi-leptonic and two-body hadronic B-decays. The data from the Belle and CLEO collaborations on single and double meson production are in excellent agreement with the QCD predictions. In contrast, the normalization of the nominal leading-order predictions of PQCD for proton pair production appears to be significantly below recent Belle measurements. I also review issues relating to renormalization scale setting.

  3. Two-photon absorption properties of fluorescent proteins

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    Drobizhev, Mikhail; Makarov, Nikolay S.; Tillo, Shane E.; Hughes, Thomas E.; Rebane, Aleksander

    2016-01-01

    Two-photon excitation of fluorescent proteins is an attractive approach for imaging living systems. Today researchers are eager to know which proteins are the brightest, and what the best excitation wavelengths are. Here we review the two-photon absorption properties of a wide variety of fluorescent proteins, including new far-red variants, to produce a comprehensive guide to choosing the right FP and excitation wavelength for two-photon applications. PMID:21527931

  4. Ordering of azobenzenes by two-photon isomerization

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    Ishitobi, Hidekazu; Sekkat, Zouheir; Kawata, Satoshi

    2006-10-28

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

  5. Optogalvanic effect and laser-induced current oscillations in hollow-cathode lamps

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    Eldakli, Mohsan S. A.; Ivković, Saša S.; Obradović, Bratislav M.

    2017-03-01

    This paper presents a study of two commercial hollow-cathode lamps (HCLs) with the intention of demonstrating different phenomena in gas discharges. The optogalvanic effect in both HCLs is produced by a laser diode radiated at the wavelength that corresponds to neon transition 1s2–2p2 at 659.89 nm. The voltage–current characteristics of the lamps are explained using a classical theory of hollow-cathode discharge, while the optogalvanic signal is treated as a small perturbation of the discharge current. For certain values of voltage self-sustained current oscillations are observed in one of the HCLs. In the same HCL laser-induced optogalvanic dumped oscillations are detected. A phenomenological model that includes the effective circuit parameters of the discharge is used to explain the oscillation characteristics.

  6. Two-photon absorption by a quantum dot pair

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    Scheibner, Michael; Economou, Sophia E.; Ponomarev, Ilya V.; Jennings, Cameron; Bracker, Allan S.; Gammon, Daniel

    2015-08-01

    The biexciton absorption spectrum of a pair of InAs/GaAs quantum dots is being studied by photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy. An absorption resonance with the characteristics of an instantaneous two-photon process reveals a coherent interdot two-photon transition. Pauli-selective tunneling is being used to demonstrate the transduction of the two-photon coherence into a nonlocal spin singlet state. The two-photon transition can be tuned spectrally by electric field, enabling amplification of its transition strength.

  7. Resonance production in two-photon interactions

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    Roe, N.A.

    1989-02-01

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

  8. Two-photon absorption in arsenic sulfide glasses

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    Chunaev, D. S.; Snopatin, G. E.; Plotnichenko, V. G.; Karasik, A. Ya.

    2016-10-01

    The two-photon absorption coefficient of 1047-{\\text{nm}} light in {\\text{As}}35{\\text{S}}65 chalcogenide glass has been measured. CW probe radiation has been used to observe the linear absorption in glass induced by two-photon excitation. The induced absorption lifetime was found to be ∼ 2 {\\text{ms}}.

  9. TPZ, a bright centrosymmetric two-photon scaffold for bioimaging.

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    Lei, Zuhai; Yue, Ping; Wang, Xueli; Li, Xinran; Li, Yi; He, Haihong; Luo, Xiao; Meng, Xiangming; Chen, Jinquan; Qian, Xuhong; Yang, Youjun

    2017-10-03

    The development of biocompatible two-photon fluorophores with a large absorption cross-section is challenging, despite the presence of theoretical guidelines. By rendering asymmetric PRODAN dye centrosymmetric, we designed and synthesized a novel class of two-photon fluorophores (TPZ). Their photophysical properties were investigated and their imaging potentials in cells, tissues and zebrafish were showcased.

  10. Two-photon fluorescence excitation spectroscopy of biological molecules

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

    1996-06-01

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

  11. Doppler-free spectroscopy of xenon in the mid-infrared using difference-frequency radiation.

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    Rusciano, G; De Luca, A; Pignatiello, F; Sasso, A

    2005-10-17

    We report on the first Doppler-free spectroscopy investigation of an atomic species, xenon, performed in the mid-infrared using difference-frequency radiation. The absorption saturated spectrum of the xenon 6p[3/2]2?5d[5/2]3 transition (2p6?3d'1 in Paschen notation) at 3.1076 microm was investigated using about 60 microwatts of cw narrowband radiation (Deltanu=50 kHz) generated by difference-frequency mixing in a periodically-poled Lithium Niobate crystal. A single frequency Ti:Sapphire laser (power 800 mW) and a monolithic diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser (300 mW) were used as pump and signal waves respectively. We used natural enriched xenon, which contains nine stable isotopes, two of which, 129Xe and 131Xe, exhibit a hyperfine structure owing to their nuclear spin. The small isotope displacements expected for this atom and the complex hyperfine structure of the odd isotopes make it difficult to fully resolve the recorded saturated-absorption spectra. In spite of this, we have been able to analyze the isolated 129Xe F''=5/2?F'=7/2 hyperfine component by means of first-derivative FM spectroscopy.

  12. Two-photon excitation based photochemistry and neural imaging

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    Hatch, Kevin Andrew

    Two-photon microscopy is a fluorescence imaging technique which provides distinct advantages in three-dimensional cellular and molecular imaging. The benefits of this technology may extend beyond imaging capabilities through exploitation of the quantum processes responsible for fluorescent events. This study utilized a two-photon microscope to investigate a synthetic photoreactive collagen peptidomimetic, which may serve as a potential material for tissue engineering using the techniques of two-photon photolysis and two-photon polymerization. The combination of these techniques could potentially be used to produce a scaffold for the vascularization of engineered three-dimensional tissues in vitro to address the current limitations of tissue engineering. Additionally, two-photon microscopy was used to observe the effects of the application of the neurotransmitter dopamine to the mushroom body neural structures of Drosophila melanogaster to investigate dopamine's connection to cognitive degeneration.

  13. Two-photon imaging with diffractive optical elements.

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    Watson, Brendon O; Nikolenko, Volodymyr; Yuste, Rafael

    2009-01-01

    Two-photon imaging has become a useful tool for optical monitoring of neural circuits, but it requires high laser power and serial scanning of each pixel in a sample. This results in slow imaging rates, limiting the measurements of fast signals such as neuronal activity. To improve the speed and signal-to-noise ratio of two-photon imaging, we introduce a simple modification of a two-photon microscope, using a diffractive optical element (DOE) which splits the laser beam into several beamlets that can simultaneously scan the sample. We demonstrate the advantages of DOE scanning by enhancing the speed and sensitivity of two-photon calcium imaging of action potentials in neurons from neocortical brain slices. DOE scanning can easily improve the detection of time-varying signals in two-photon and other non-linear microscopic techniques.

  14. Two-Photon Imaging with Diffractive Optical Elements

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    Watson, Brendon O.; Nikolenko, Volodymyr; Yuste, Rafael

    2009-01-01

    Two-photon imaging has become a useful tool for optical monitoring of neural circuits, but it requires high laser power and serial scanning of each pixel in a sample. This results in slow imaging rates, limiting the measurements of fast signals such as neuronal activity. To improve the speed and signal-to-noise ratio of two-photon imaging, we introduce a simple modification of a two-photon microscope, using a diffractive optical element (DOE) which splits the laser beam into several beamlets that can simultaneously scan the sample. We demonstrate the advantages of DOE scanning by enhancing the speed and sensitivity of two-photon calcium imaging of action potentials in neurons from neocortical brain slices. DOE scanning can easily improve the detection of time-varying signals in two-photon and other non-linear microscopic techniques. PMID:19636390

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

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    Subramaniam, Girija

    2001-01-01

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

  16. Two-photon interference of temporally separated photons.

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    Kim, Heonoh; Lee, Sang Min; Moon, Han Seb

    2016-10-06

    We present experimental demonstrations of two-photon interference involving temporally separated photons within two types of interferometers: a Mach-Zehnder interferometer and a polarization-based Michelson interferometer. The two-photon states are probabilistically prepared in a symmetrically superposed state within the two interferometer arms by introducing a large time delay between two input photons; this state is composed of two temporally separated photons, which are in two different or the same spatial modes. We then observe two-photon interference fringes involving both the Hong-Ou-Mandel interference effect and the interference of path-entangled two-photon states simultaneously in a single interferometric setup. The observed two-photon interference fringes provide simultaneous observation of the interferometric properties of the single-photon and two-photon wavepackets. The observations can also facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of the origins of the interference phenomena arising from spatially bunched/anti-bunched two-photon states comprised of two temporally separated photons within the interferometer arms.

  17. Two-photon interference of temporally separated photons

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    Kim, Heonoh; Lee, Sang Min; Moon, Han Seb

    2016-01-01

    We present experimental demonstrations of two-photon interference involving temporally separated photons within two types of interferometers: a Mach-Zehnder interferometer and a polarization-based Michelson interferometer. The two-photon states are probabilistically prepared in a symmetrically superposed state within the two interferometer arms by introducing a large time delay between two input photons; this state is composed of two temporally separated photons, which are in two different or the same spatial modes. We then observe two-photon interference fringes involving both the Hong-Ou-Mandel interference effect and the interference of path-entangled two-photon states simultaneously in a single interferometric setup. The observed two-photon interference fringes provide simultaneous observation of the interferometric properties of the single-photon and two-photon wavepackets. The observations can also facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of the origins of the interference phenomena arising from spatially bunched/anti-bunched two-photon states comprised of two temporally separated photons within the interferometer arms. PMID:27708380

  18. Two-photon interference of temporally separated photons

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    Kim, Heonoh; Lee, Sang Min; Moon, Han Seb

    2016-10-01

    We present experimental demonstrations of two-photon interference involving temporally separated photons within two types of interferometers: a Mach-Zehnder interferometer and a polarization-based Michelson interferometer. The two-photon states are probabilistically prepared in a symmetrically superposed state within the two interferometer arms by introducing a large time delay between two input photons; this state is composed of two temporally separated photons, which are in two different or the same spatial modes. We then observe two-photon interference fringes involving both the Hong-Ou-Mandel interference effect and the interference of path-entangled two-photon states simultaneously in a single interferometric setup. The observed two-photon interference fringes provide simultaneous observation of the interferometric properties of the single-photon and two-photon wavepackets. The observations can also facilitate a more comprehensive understanding of the origins of the interference phenomena arising from spatially bunched/anti-bunched two-photon states comprised of two temporally separated photons within the interferometer arms.

  19. Quantum homodyne tomography of a two-photon Fock state.

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    Ourjoumtsev, Alexei; Tualle-Brouri, Rosa; Grangier, Philippe

    2006-06-02

    We present a continuous-variable experimental analysis of a two-photon Fock state of free-propagating light. This state is obtained from a pulsed nondegenerate parametric amplifier, which produces two intensity-correlated twin beams. Counting two photons in one beam projects the other beam in the desired two-photon Fock state, which is analyzed by using a pulsed homodyne detection. The Wigner function of the measured state is clearly negative. We developed a detailed analytic model which allows a fast and efficient analysis of the experimental results.

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

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

    2007-04-01

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

  1. Two-photon quantum well infrared photodetectors below 6 THz

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    Franke, Carsten; Walther, Martin; Helm, Manfred; Schneider, Harald

    2015-05-01

    Two-photon quantum well infrared photodetectors (QWIPs) are nonlinear detectors for the mid-infrared and terahertz regimes optimized for resonant two-photon absorption. Here we present first results on two-photon QWIP samples based on the GaAs/AlGaAs material system with intersubband energies between 25 and 12 meV (6-3 THz) confirmed by photocurrent spectra. The dark current showed large discontinuities, presumably caused by impact ionization. We performed interferometric autocorrelation experiments at the free-electron laser FELBE and observed nonlinear interferograms for all samples.

  2. Scattering of two photons from two distant qubits: exact solution.

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    Laakso, Matti; Pletyukhov, Mikhail

    2014-10-31

    We consider the inelastic scattering of two photons from two qubits separated by an arbitrary distance R and coupled to a one-dimensional transmission line. We present an exact, analytical solution to the problem, and use it to explore a particular configuration of qubits that is transparent to single-photon scattering, thus highlighting non-Markovian effects of inelastic two-photon scattering: strong two-photon interference and momentum dependent photon (anti)bunching. This latter effect can be seen as an inelastic generalization of the Hong-Ou-Mandel effect.

  3. Scattering of Two Photons from Two Distant Qubits: Exact Solution

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    Laakso, Matti; Pletyukhov, Mikhail

    2014-10-01

    We consider the inelastic scattering of two photons from two qubits separated by an arbitrary distance R and coupled to a one-dimensional transmission line. We present an exact, analytical solution to the problem, and use it to explore a particular configuration of qubits that is transparent to single-photon scattering, thus highlighting non-Markovian effects of inelastic two-photon scattering: strong two-photon interference and momentum dependent photon (anti)bunching. This latter effect can be seen as an inelastic generalization of the Hong-Ou-Mandel effect.

  4. Pulse-shaping based two-photon FRET stoichiometry.

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

    2015-02-09

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

  5. In vivo two-photon imaging of the mouse retina

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    Sharma, Robin; Yin, Lu; Geng, Ying; Merigan, William H.; Palczewska, Grazyna; Palczewski, Krzysztof; Williams, David R.; Hunter, Jennifer J.

    2013-01-01

    Though in vivo two-photon imaging has been demonstrated in non-human primates, improvements in the signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) would greatly improve its scientific utility. In this study, extrinsic fluorophores, expressed in otherwise transparent retinal ganglion cells, were imaged in the living mouse eye using a two-photon fluorescence adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope. We recorded two orders of magnitude greater signal levels from extrinsically labeled cells relative to previous work done in two-photon autofluorescence imaging of primates. Features as small as single dendrites in various layers of the retina could be resolved and predictions are made about the feasibility of measuring functional response from cells. In the future, two-photon imaging in the intact eye may allow us to monitor the function of retinal cell classes with infrared light that minimally excites the visual response. PMID:24009992

  6. Three-dimensional two-photon imaging in polymeric materials

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    Belfield, Kevin D.; Schafer, Katherine J.; Andrasik, Stephen; Yavuz, Ozlem; Van Stryland, Eric W.; Hagan, David J.; Hales, Joel M.

    2002-01-01

    We report image formation via single and two-photon photoinduced fluorescence changes in a polymeric medium with two-photon fluorescence readout of multiplayer structures. Photoinduced acid generation in the presence of a two-photon fluorescent dye possessing strongly basic functional groups (7-benzothiazolyl-9,9-didecyl-2,2-(N,N- diphenylamino)fluorene underwent protonation upon exposure with UV or near-IR (740 nm fs pulses). Solution studies demonstrate formation of monoprotonated and diprotonated species upon irradiation, each resulting in distinctly different absorption and fluorescence properties. The fluorescence of the original, neutral, fluorophore is quenched upon monoprotonation with a concomitant increase in fluorescence at longer wavelengths due to the monoprotonated form. Hence, two channel two-photon fluorescence imaging provides 'positive' or 'negative' image readout capability. Results of solution and solid polymer thin films experiments are presented.

  7. Pulse-shaping based two-photon FRET stoichiometry

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

    2015-01-01

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

  8. Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscopy for Biomedical Research

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    Fischer, David; Zimmerli, Greg; Asipauskas, Marius

    2007-01-01

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

  9. Two-photon directed evolution of green fluorescent proteins

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

    2015-07-01

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

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

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

    1980-04-01

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

  11. Malachite green derivatives for two-photon RNA detection.

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    Lux, Jacques; Peña, Eduardo José; Bolze, Frédéric; Heinlein, Manfred; Nicoud, Jean-François

    2012-05-29

    The design, preparation and characterisation of a library of malachite green (MG) derivatives for two-photon RNA labelling is described. Some of these MG derivatives exhibit an increased affinity for an MG-aptamer, as well as improved two-photon sensitivity when compared to the classical malachite green chloride. The underlying mechanisms and potential benefits for in vivo RNA visualisation are discussed. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Antecedents of two-photon excitation laser scanning microscopy.

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    Masters, Barry R; So, Peter T C

    2004-01-01

    In 1931, Maria Göppert-Mayer published her doctoral dissertation on the theory of two-photon quantum transitions (two-photon absorption and emission) in atoms. This report describes and analyzes the theoretical and experimental work on nonlinear optics, in particular two-photon excitation processes, that occurred between 1931 and the experimental implementation of two-photon excitation microscopy by the group of Webb in 1990. In addition to Maria Göppert-Mayer's theoretical work, the invention of the laser has a key role in the development of two-photon microscopy. Nonlinear effects were previously observed in different frequency domains (low-frequency electric and magnetic fields and magnetization), but the high electric field strength afforded by lasers was necessary to demonstrate many nonlinear effects in the optical frequency range. In 1978, the first high-resolution nonlinear microscope with depth resolution was described by the Oxford group. Sheppard and Kompfner published a study in Applied Optics describing microscopic imaging based on second-harmonic generation. In their report, they further proposed that other nonlinear optical effects, such as two-photon fluorescence, could also be applied. However, the developments in the field of nonlinear optical stalled due to a lack of a suitable laser source. This obstacle was removed with the advent of femtosecond lasers in the 1980s. In 1990, the seminal study of Denk, Strickler, and Webb on two-photon laser scanning fluorescence microscopy was published in Science. Their paper clearly demonstrated the capability of two-photon excitation microscopy for biology, and it served to convince a wide audience of scientists of the potential capability of the technique.

  13. Voigt spectral profiles in two-photon resonance fluorescence

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    Alexanian, Moorad; Bose, Subir K.

    2007-11-15

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

  14. Two-photon photovoltaic effect in gallium arsenide.

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

    2014-09-15

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

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

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    Dai, Ling -Yun; Pennington, Michael R.

    2014-07-07

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

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

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    Dai, Ling -Yun; Pennington, Michael R.

    2014-07-07

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

  17. Two Photon Polymerization of Microneedles for Transdermal Drug Delivery

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

    2010-01-01

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

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

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

    2009-04-15

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

  19. Two-photon microscopy of cells and tissue.

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    Rubart, Michael

    2004-12-10

    Two-photon excitation fluorescence imaging provides thin optical sections from deep within thick, scattering specimens by way of restricting fluorophore excitation (and thus emission) to the focal plane of the microscope. Spatial confinement of two-photon excitation gives rise to several advantages over single-photon confocal microscopy. First, penetration depth of the excitation beam is increased. Second, because out-of-focus fluorescence is never generated, no pinhole is necessary in the detection path of the microscope, resulting in increased fluorescence collection efficiency. Third, two-photon excitation markedly reduces overall photobleaching and photodamage, resulting in extended viability of biological specimens during long-term imaging. Finally, localized excitation can be used for photolysis of caged compounds in femtoliter volumes and for diffusion measurements by two-photon fluorescence photobleaching recovery. This review aims to provide an overview of the use of two-photon excitation microscopy. Selected applications of this technique will illustrate its excellent suitability to assess cellular and subcellular events in intact, strongly scattering tissue. In particular, its capability to resolve differences in calcium dynamics between individual cardiomyocytes deep within intact, buffer-perfused hearts is demonstrated. Potential applications of two-photon laser scanning microscopy as applied to integrative cardiac physiology are pointed out.

  20. Two-photon fluorescent probe for cadmium imaging in cells.

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    Liu, Yongyou; Dong, Xiaohu; Sun, Jian; Zhong, Cheng; Li, Boheng; You, Ximeng; Liu, Bifeng; Liu, Zhihong

    2012-04-21

    A novel two-photon excited fluorescent probe for cadmium (named as TPCd) was designed and synthesized utilizing a prodan (6-acetyl-2-methoxynaphthalene) derivative as the two-photon fluorophore and an o-phenylenediamine derivative as the Cd(2+) chelator, which possessed favorable photophysical properties and good water-solubility. The probe was designed with a photoinduced electron transfer (PET) mechanism and thus was weakly fluorescent itself. After binding with Cd(2+) which blocked the PET process, the fluorescence intensity of the probe was enhanced by up to 15-fold under one-photon excitation (OPE) and 27-fold under two-photon excitation (TPE), respectively. The two-photon action cross-section (Φδ) of the TPCd-Cd complex at 740 nm reached 109 GM compared to 3.6 GM for free TPCd, indicating the promising prospect of the probe in two-photon application. TPCd chelated Cd(2+) with 1 : 1 stoichiometry, and the apparent dissociation constant (K(d)) was 6.1 × 10(-5) M for the one-photon mode and 7.2 × 10(-5) M for the two-photon mode. The probe responded to Cd(2+) over a wide linear range from 0.1 to 30 μM with a detection limit of 0.04 μM. High selectivity of the probe towards Cd(2+) was acquired in Tris-HCl/sodium phosphate buffer. The probe was pH-independent in the biologically relevant pH range and non-toxic to living cells at reasonable concentration levels, warranting its in vivo applications. Through two-photon microscopy imaging, the probe was successfully applied to detect Cd(2+) uptake in living HepG2 cells.

  1. Two-photon transitions in primordial hydrogen recombination

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    Hirata, Christopher M.

    2008-07-01

    The subject of cosmological hydrogen recombination has received much attention recently because of its importance to predictions for and cosmological constraints from cosmic microwave background observations. While the central role of the two-photon decay 2s→1s has been recognized for many decades, high-precision calculations require us to consider two-photon decays from the higher states ns, nd→1s (n≥3). Simple attempts to include these processes in recombination calculations with an effective two-photon decay coefficient analogous to the 2s decay coefficient Λ2s=8.22s-1 have suffered from physical problems associated with the existence of kinematically allowed sequences of one-photon decays, e.g. 3d→2p→1s, that technically also produce two photons. These correspond to resonances in the two-photon spectrum that are optically thick to two-photon absorption, necessitating a radiative transfer calculation. We derive the appropriate equations, develop a numerical code to solve them, and verify the results by finding agreement with analytic approximations to the radiative transfer equation. The related processes of Raman scattering and two-photon recombination are included using similar machinery. Our results show that early in recombination the two-photon decays act to speed up recombination, reducing the free electron abundance by 1.3% relative to the standard calculation at z=1300. However, we find that some photons between Lyα and Lyβ are produced, mainly by 3d→1s two-photon decay and 2s→1s Raman scattering. At later times, these photons redshift down to Lyα, excite hydrogen atoms, and act to slow recombination. Thus, the free electron abundance is increased by 1.3% relative to the standard calculation at z=900. Our calculation involves a very different physical argument than the recent studies of Wong and Scott and Chluba and Sunyaev, and produces a much larger effect on the ionization history. The implied correction to the cosmic microwave

  2. Three-dimensional microfabrication using two-photon polymerization

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    Cumpston, Brian H.; Ehrlich, Jeffrey E.; Kuebler, Stephen M.; Lipson, Matthew; Marder, Seth R.; McCord-Maughon, D.; Perry, Joseph W.; Roeckel, Harold; Rumi, Maria Cristina

    1998-09-01

    Photopolymerization initiated by the simultaneous absorption of two photons is unique in its ability to produce complex three-dimensional (3D) structures from a single, thick photopolymer film. Strong 3D confinement of the polymerization process is not possible in other polymer microfabrication techniques such as LIGA, rapid prototyping, and conventional photoresist technology. Two-photon polymerization also permits the fabrication of 3D structures and the definition of lithographic features on non-planar surfaces. We have developed a wide array of chromophores which hold great promise for 3D microfabrication, as well as other applications, such as two-photon fluorescence imaging and 3D optical data storage. These materials are based on a donor- (pi) -donor, donor-acceptor-donor, or acceptor-donor-acceptor structural motif. The magnitude of the two-photon absorption cross-section, (delta) , and the position of the two-photon absorption maximum, (lambda) (2)max, can be controlled by varying the length of the conjugated bridge and by varying the strength of the donor/acceptor groups. In this way, chromophores have been developed which exhibit strong two- photon absorption in the range of 500 - 975 nm, in some cases as high as 4400 X 10-50 cm4 s/photon-molecule. In the case of donor-(pi) -donor structures, quantum-chemical calculations show that the large absorption cross-sections arise from the symmetric re-distribution of charge from the donor end-groups to the conjugated bridge, resulting in an electronic excited-state which is more delocalized than the ground state. For many of these molecules, two-photon excitation populates a state which is sufficiently reducing that a charge transfer reaction can occur with acrylate monomers. The efficiency of these processes can be described using Marcus theory. Under suitable conditions, such reactions can induce radical polymerization of acrylate resins. Polymerization rates have been measured, and we show that these two-photon

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  4. Confocal and Two-Photon Microscopy: Foundations, Applications and Advances

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    Diaspro, Alberto

    2001-11-01

    Confocal and Two-Photon Microscopy Foundations, Applications, and Advances Edited by Alberto Diaspro Confocal and two-photon fluorescence microscopy has provided researchers with unique possibilities of three-dimensional imaging of biological cells and tissues and of other structures such as semiconductor integrated circuits. Confocal and Two-Photon Microscopy: Foundations, Applications, and Advances provides clear, comprehensive coverage of basic foundations, modern applications, and groundbreaking new research developments made in this important area of microscopy. Opening with a foreword by G. J. Brakenhoff, this reference gathers the work of an international group of renowned experts in chapters that are logically divided into balanced sections covering theory, techniques, applications, and advances, featuring: In-depth discussion of applications for biology, medicine, physics, engineering, and chemistry, including industrial applications Guidance on new and emerging imaging technology, developmental trends, and fluorescent molecules Uniform organization and review-style presentation of chapters, with an introduction, historical overview, methodology, practical tips, applications, future directions, chapter summary, and bibliographical references Companion FTP site with full-color photographs The significant experience of pioneers, leaders, and emerging scientists in the field of confocal and two-photon excitation microscopy Confocal and Two-Photon Microscopy: Foundations, Applications, and Advances is invaluable to researchers in the biological sciences, tissue and cellular engineering, biophysics, bioengineering, physics of matter, and medicine, who use these techniques or are involved in developing new commercial instruments.

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

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

    2006-01-15

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

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

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

    2010-10-15

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

  7. Tissue imaging using two-photon video rate microscopy

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    Kim, Ki H.; Buehler, Christof; Dong, Chen-Yuan; Masters, Barry R.; So, Peter T. C.

    1999-06-01

    Non-invasive optical diagnosis of cellular and extracellular structure and biochemistry in thick tissue is becoming a reality with the maturation of the two-photon imaging. Today, the slow imaging speed of typical two-photon microscopes is a major hurdle in realizing their clinical potential. We have developed a high-speed two-photon microscope optimized for acquiring 3-D tissue images in real time. The scanning speed improvement of this system is obtained by the use of an air bearing polygonal mirror. The maximum achievable scanning rate is 40 microseconds per line, which is about 100 times faster than conventional scanning microscopes. High-resolution fluorescence images were recorded in real-time by an intensified CCD camera. Using this instrument, we have monitored the movements of protozoas and mapped the collagen/elastin fiber structures in excised human skin.

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2013-06-01

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

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

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

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

    2011-08-15

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

  12. Adaptive optics two-photon scanning laser fluorescence microscopy

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    Zhou, Yaopeng; Bifano, Thomas; Lin, Charles

    2011-03-01

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

  13. Zeeman effect of weak La I lines investigated by the use of optogalvanic spectroscopy

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    Sobolewski, Ł. M.; Windholz, L.; Kwela, J.

    2017-03-01

    New Landé- gJ factors of 35 energy levels of La I, found from investigations of 40 spectral lines in the wavelength range 562.959÷609.537 nm, were determined. As a source of free La atoms a hollow cathode discharge lamp was used. We monitored the signal of the optogalvanic effect appearing when a laser beam is passing through the hollow cathode. Spectra were recorded in the presence of a magnetic field of about 800 G produced by a permanent magnet, for two linear polarizations of the exciting laser light. Optogalvanic spectroscopy is a very sensitive method, so we were able to observe the Zeeman effect of very weak atomic lines. In this way we have determined for the first time the Landé-gJ factors for 35 recently found levels of neutral La. The Landé gJ- factors for several other levels were reinvestigated.

  14. Laser optogalvanic spectroscopy of the even-parity Rydberg states of atomic mercury

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    Zia, M. A.; Baig, M. A.

    2005-12-01

    We present new experimental data on the highly excited levels in mercury using the optogalvanic detection technique in conjunction with a dc discharge cell. The collisionally populated 6s6p 3P2 metastable level has been used as an intermediate level to access the Rydberg states using a frequency-doubled dye laser covering the wavelength region between 370 and 249 nm. The optogalvanic data reveal 6sns 3S1(13<=n<=50), 6snd 1D2(6<=n<=18), 6snp 3D1(6<=n<=14), 6snd 3D2(6<=n<=15), and 6snd 3D3(6<=n<=59) Rydberg series. The 6sns 3S1 and 6snd 3D3 Rydberg series to such a high n value have been reported for the first time. In addition, collisionally induced parity-forbidden transitions 6snp 3P1(44<=n<=50) have been detected.

  15. Frequency stabilization of CO laser using RF optogalvanic Lamb-dip

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    Lien, Y.-H.; Liu, D.-K.; Shy, J.-T.

    2009-07-01

    The Lamb dip of CO rovibrational transition is detected by a room temperature extracavity RF optogalvanic cell and employed to stabilize the frequency of a CO laser. The S/N ratio of optogalvanic signal is about 2000 Hz^{-1/2} at optical power < 1 W. The relative depth of Lamb dip is 2.3%. The S/N ratios of first and third harmonic demodulated saturation signals are about 40 Hz^{-1/2} and 10 Hz^{-1/2} , respectively. The CO laser is stabilized using the first harmonic demodulated signal, and the frequency stability is better than 300 kHz. Concurrently, the influences of operational parameters, which include the coil current, partial pressures of gas mixture, are investigated. A simple model for the influence of coil current is presented, and further improvements are addressed as well.

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

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    Ruyten, W. M.

    1993-01-01

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

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

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    Ruyten, W. M.

    1993-01-01

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

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

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    Paul, Dipayan; Meijer, Harro A J

    2015-09-01

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

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

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    Persson, Anders; Salehpour, Mehran

    2015-10-01

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

  20. Selective two-photon microscopy with shaped femtosecond pulses

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    Pastirk, Igor; Dela Cruz, Johanna M.; Walowicz, Katherine A.; Lozovoy, Vadim V.; Dantus, Marcos

    2003-07-01

    Selective two-photon excitation of fluorescent probe molecules using phase-only modulated ultrashort 15-fs laser pulses is demonstrated. The spectral phase required to achieve the maximum contrast in the excitation of different probe molecules or identical probe molecules in different micro-chemical environments is designed according to the principles of multiphoton intrapulse interference (MII). The MII method modulates the probabilities with which specific spectral components in the excitation pulse contribute to the two-photon absorption process due to the dependence of the absorption on the power spectrum of E2(t) [1-3]. Images obtained from a number of samples using the multiphoton microscope are presented.

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

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

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

    2012-11-01

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

  3. Two-photon lasing by a superconducting qubit

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    Neilinger, P.; Rehák, M.; Grajcar, M.; Oelsner, G.; Hübner, U.; Il'ichev, E.

    2015-03-01

    We study the response of a magnetic-field-driven superconducting qubit strongly coupled to a superconducting coplanar waveguide resonator. We observed a strong amplification/damping of a probing signal at different resonance points corresponding to a one- and two-photon emission/absorption. The sign of the detuning between the qubit frequency and the probe determines whether amplification or damping is observed. The larger blue detuned driving leads to two-photon lasing, while the larger red detuning cools the resonator. Our experimental results are in good agreement with the theoretical model of qubit lasing and cooling at the Rabi frequency.

  4. Two-Photon Laser Scanning Stereomicroscopy for Fast Volumetric Imaging

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    Yang, Yanlong; Yao, Baoli; Lei, Ming; Dan, Dan; Li, Runze; Horn, Mark Van; Chen, Xun; Li, Yang; Ye, Tong

    2016-01-01

    Bessel beams have been successfully used in two-photon laser scanning fluorescence microscopy to extend the depth of field (EDF), which makes it possible to observe fast events volumetrically. However, the depth information is lost due to integration of fluorescence signals along the propagation direction. We describe the design and implementation of two-photon lasers scanning stereomicroscopy, which allows viewing dynamic processes in three-dimensional (3D) space stereoscopically in real-time with shutter glasses at the speed of 1.4 volumes per second. The depth information can be appreciated by human visual system or be recovered with correspondence algorithms for some cases. PMID:27997624

  5. Spatial solitons in two-photon photorefractive media

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

    2005-05-01

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

  6. Two-photon interference with non-identical photons

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

    2015-11-01

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

  7. Unconventional Photon Blockade Based on Two-Photon Tunneling

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    Zhou, Y. H.; Shen, H. Z.

    2017-09-01

    The study on the unconventional photon blockade mainly focus on Kerr nonlinearity. In this paper, we study the unconventional photon blockade based on another kind of nonlinearity, that is two-photon tunneling. The optimal conditions for strong antibunching are found by analytic calculations and numerical simulations, and the results are compared with the unconventional photon blockade based on Kerr nonlinearity, we find that the two-photon tunneling system has advantages for the larger antibunching area. Finally, we show that, after the symmetric-antisymmetric mode transformation, the two kinds of nonlinearities are equivalent from the perspective of photon antibunching.

  8. Two-photon in vivo imaging of retinal microstructures

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    Schejter, Adi; Farah, Nairouz; Shoham, Shy

    2014-02-01

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

  9. Spatial solitons in two-photon photorefractive media

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    Hou Chunfeng; Pei Yanbo; Zhou Zhongxiang; Sun Xiudong

    2005-05-15

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

  10. Quinoline-Derived Two-Photon Sensitive Quadrupolar Probes.

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    Tran, Christine; Berqouch, Nawel; Dhimane, Hamid; Clermont, Guillaume; Blanchard-Desce, Mireille; Ogden, David; Dalko, Peter I

    2017-02-03

    Quadrupolar probes derived from 8-dimethylamino-quinoline (8-DMAQ) having a pegylated fluorene core were prepared and studied under "one-photon" (λ=365 nm) and "two-photon" (TP) (λ=730 nm) irradiation conditions. Compound 1 a was identified as the most efficient probe by UV activation that showed sequential release of acetic acid as a model. Although the probe showed high two-photon absorption it stayed inert under femtosecond irradiation conditions. Fast and selective photolysis was observed, however, by using picosecond irradiation conditions with a remarkably high TP uncaging cross-section (δu =2.3 GM).

  11. Two-photon photoassociation spectroscopy of an ultracold heteronuclear molecule

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    Dutta, Sourav; Pérez-Ríos, Jesús; Elliott, D. S.; Chen, Yong P.

    2017-01-01

    We report on two-photon photoassociation (PA) spectroscopy of ultracold heteronuclear LiRb molecules. This is used to determine the binding energies of the loosely bound levels of the electronic ground singlet and the lowest triplet states of LiRb. We observe strong two-photon PA lines with power broadened linewidths greater than 20 GHz at relatively low laser intensity of 30 W /c m2 . The implication of this observation on direct atom to molecule conversion using stimulated Raman adiabatic passage is discussed and the prospect for electronic ground-state molecule production is theoretically analyzed.

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

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    Esipova, Tatiana V.; Vinogradov, Sergei A.

    2016-03-01

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

  13. Imaging melanin by two-photon absorption microscopy

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    Ye, Tong; Yurtsever, Gunay; Fischer, Martin; Simon, John D.; Warren, Warren S.

    2006-02-01

    Multiphoton excitation fluorescence microscopy has proven to be a powerful method for non-invasive, in vivo, thick tissue imaging with molecular specificity. However, many important endogenous biomolecules do not fluoresce (NAD) or fluoresce with low efficiency (Melanin). In this report femtosecond pulse shaping methods are used to measure two-photon absorption (TPA) directly with very high sensitivity. Combining with the laser scanning microscope, this Two-photon Absorption Microscopy (TPAM) retains the penetration and localization advantages of two-photon fluorescence microscopy and permits direct observation of important endogenous molecular markers (melanin or hemoglobin) which are invisible in multiphoton fluorescence microscopy. We have demonstrated here for the first time that TPAM can successfully and more efficiently image melanoma cells and tissues and provide a good melanin contrast in optical sectioning of the melanoma lesions which are comparable to pathological histology. Combining with the two-photon fluorescence images acquired simultaneously, the distribution patterns of the melanocytes and their intratissue behavior could be studied without cutting the lesions from patients. TPAM will undoubtedly find the applications in the clinical diagnosis and biomedical research.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  15. Terahertz two-photon quantum well infrared photodetector.

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    Schneider, H; Liu, H C; Winnerl, S; Song, C Y; Walther, M; Helm, M

    2009-07-20

    A two-photon detector based on intersubband transitions in GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells operating in the Terahertz regime below the Reststrahlenband is reported. Resonantly enhanced optical nonlinearities enables sensitive quadratic detection at pJ pulse energies. We demonstrate its use in a quadratic autocorrelator for far-infrared picosecond pulses at around 7 THz.

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

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

    2016-03-23

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

  17. Synthesis, structure and two-photon absorption properties of a new multi-branched two-photon photopolymerization initiator

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    Yan, Yunxing; Tao, Xutang; Sun, Yuanhong; Yu, Wentao; Wang, Chuankui; Xu, Guibao; Yang, Jiaxiang; Wu, Yongzhong; Zhao, Xian; Jiang, Minhua

    2005-01-01

    A new free-radical photonpolymerization initiator Tris-[4-(2-pyridin-4-yl-vinyl)-phenyl]-amine (TPPA) has been synthesized and characterized by 1H NMR spectra, 13C NMR spectra and elemental analyses. X-ray diffraction analyses reveal that TPPA belongs to monoclinic system, P2 1/n space group with a=15.851 (3), b=9.7932 (18), c=20.084 (6) Å, α=90, β=107.241 (12), γ=90°, V=2977.6 (12) Å 3, Z=4, T=293 (2) K, Dc=1.237 g cm -3, R1=0.0569, wR=0.1245. The calculated two-photon absorption cross-section is 33.6×10 -50 cm 4 s photon -1. The experimental results confirm that TPPA is a good two-photon absorbing chromophore and operative two-photon photopolymerization initiator. When pumped with 820 nm laser irradiation, TPPA shows strong two-photon induced fluorescence. A microstructure has been fabricated under irradiation using a 200 fs, 76 MHz Ti: sapphire femtosecond laser at 820 nm. The possible photopolymerization mechanism is discussed.

  18. Studies on inverse optogalvanic and Penning ionization effects in ytterbium and neon transitions in Yb-Ne hollow cathode lamp

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    Kumar, P.; Saini, V. K.; Purbia, G. S.; Prakash, O.; Dixit, S. K.; Nakhe, S. V.

    2014-02-01

    This paper presents novel observations on inverse optogalvanic effect in Yb transition at 679.9 nm (3P1→3S1) in contrast with the observed normal optogalvanic effect at 648.9 nm (3P0→3S1) transition and Penning ionization in Yb3Ne mixture by probing Ne transitions at 626.65 (1s3→2p5), 633.44 (1s5→2p8), 650.65 (1s4→2p8) and 659.89 nm (1s2→2p2) in Yb3Ne hollow cathode lamp. These conclusions are derived by studying the optogalvanic signals temporal profile probed by DCM dye based narrow line-width ~2 GHz, short pulse ~20 ns, high repetition rate 5.0 kHz tunable dye laser, as a function of discharge current. The observed inverse optogalvanic effect is attributed to the transfer of Yb population in the level 3P0 through radiative decay from the upper level 3S1 of the transition. This proposition is confirmed by recording the emission spectra of Yb3Ne hollow cathode lamp. The Penning ionization signature in Ne optogalvanic signals is due to the quasi-resonances between Yb and Ne energy levels. Penning signature observed in optogalvanic signal of Ne transition at 650.65 nm is unique and attributed to the increase in concentration of Ne metastable level 1s5 through radiative decay from the 2p8 level.

  19. Modulation of attosecond beating in resonant two-photon ionization.

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

    2014-12-31

    We present a theoretical study of the photoelectron attosecond beating due to interference of two-photon transitions in the presence of autoionizing states. We show that, as a harmonic traverses a resonance, both the phase shift and frequency of the sideband beating significantly vary with photon energy. Furthermore, the beating between two resonant paths persists even when the pump and the probe pulses do not overlap, thus providing a nonholographic interferometric means to reconstruct coherent metastable wave packets. We characterize these phenomena by means of a general analytical model that accounts for the effect of both intermediate and final resonances on two-photon processes. The model predictions are in excellent agreement with those of accurate ab initio calculations for the helium atom in the region of the N=2 doubly excited states.

  20. Modulation of Attosecond Beating in Resonant Two-Photon Ionization

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

    2014-12-01

    We present a theoretical study of the photoelectron attosecond beating due to interference of two-photon transitions in the presence of autoionizing states. We show that, as a harmonic traverses a resonance, both the phase shift and frequency of the sideband beating significantly vary with photon energy. Furthermore, the beating between two resonant paths persists even when the pump and the probe pulses do not overlap, thus providing a nonholographic interferometric means to reconstruct coherent metastable wave packets. We characterize these phenomena by means of a general analytical model that accounts for the effect of both intermediate and final resonances on two-photon processes. The model predictions are in excellent agreement with those of accurate ab initio calculations for the helium atom in the region of the N =2 doubly excited states.

  1. Development of glucose sensor using two-photon adsorbed photopolymerization.

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    Kim, Jong Min; Park, Jung-Jin; Lee, Haeng-Ja; Kim, Woo-Sik; Muramatsu, Hiroshi; Chang, Sang-Mok

    2010-01-01

    A novel glucose sensor was constructed, and its analytical potential examined. A chip-type three-electrode system for use in a flow-type electrochemical glucose sensor was fabricated using a UV lithography technique on a glass slide. An Ag/AgCl reference electrode was made by electroplating silver onto a Pt electrode and dipping in a saturated KCl solution for 30 min. In addition, a glucose-sensing electrode was fabricated using a two-photon adsorbed photopolymerization technique with a photo-reactive resin containing a glucose oxidase enzyme, ferrocene mediator, non-ionic surfactant, and carbon nanotubes. The cyclic voltammetry of the potassium ferrocyanide in the Pt sensor system showed a stable electrode condition. The response of the modified Pt sensor confirms the feasibility of using a two-photon adsorbed photopolymerization technique for the easy fabrication of functional biosensors.

  2. Two-photon-excited photoluminescence from porous silicon

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    Diener, J.; Shen, Y.R. |; Kovalev, D.I.; Polisski, G.; Koch, F.

    1998-11-01

    Two-photon-excited photoluminescence can be readily observed from porous silicon (PSi) with pulsed lasers. While its spectrum and lifetime are identical to those under one-photon excitation, it has a degree of polarization significantly higher than the latter and depending on the orientation of the input polarization with respect to the crystalline axes of the sample. The degree of polarization is a maximum when the input polarization is along [110] in the surface plane of PSi prepared from a Si (100) wafer and a minimum along [010]. The results can be understood from selective excitation of ellipsoidal nanoparticles by linearly polarized light and intrinsic anisotropy in two-photon excitation of crystalline Si. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

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

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

    2016-08-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  5. Two-Photon-Excited Fluorescence-Encoded Infrared Spectroscopy.

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    Mastron, Joseph N; Tokmakoff, Andrei

    2016-11-23

    We report on a method for performing ultrafast infrared (IR) vibrational spectroscopy using fluorescence detection. Vibrational dynamics on the ground electronic state driven by femtosecond mid-infrared pulses are detected by changes in fluorescence amplitude resulting from modulation of a two-photon visible transition by nuclear motion. We examine a series of coumarin dyes and study the signals as a function of solvent and excitation pulse parameters. The measured signal characterizes the relaxation of vibrational populations and coherences but yields different information than conventional IR transient absorption measurements. These differences result from the manner in which the ground-state dynamics are projected by the two-photon detection step. Extensions of this method can be adapted for a variety of increased-sensitivity IR measurements.

  6. Combinatorial discovery of two-photon photoremovable protecting groups

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

    2003-01-01

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

  7. Two-Photon In Vivo Imaging with Porous Silicon Nanoparticles.

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    Kim, Dokyoung; Kang, Jinyoung; Wang, Taejun; Ryu, Hye Gun; Zuidema, Jonathan M; Joo, Jinmyoung; Kim, Muwoong; Huh, Youngbuhm; Jung, Junyang; Ahn, Kyo Han; Kim, Ki Hean; Sailor, Michael J

    2017-08-21

    A major obstacle in luminescence imaging is the limited penetration of visible light into tissues and interference associated with light scattering and autofluorescence. Near-infrared (NIR) emitters that can also be excited with NIR radiation via two-photon processes can mitigate these factors somewhat because they operate at wavelengths of 650-1000 nm where tissues are more transparent, light scattering is less efficient, and endogenous fluorophores are less likely to absorb. This study presents photolytically stable, NIR photoluminescent, porous silicon nanoparticles with a relatively high two-photon-absorption cross-section and a large emission quantum yield. Their ability to be targeted to tumor tissues in vivo using the iRGD targeting peptide is demonstrated, and the distribution of the nanoparticles with high spatial resolution is visualized. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

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

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

    2016-05-01

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

  9. Two-photon absorption of Zn(II) octupolar molecules.

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    Mazzucato, Simone; Fortunati, Ilaria; Scolaro, Sara; Zerbetto, Michele; Ferrante, Camilla; Signorini, Raffaella; Pedron, Danilo; Bozio, Renato; Locatelli, Danika; Righetto, Stefania; Roberto, Dominique; Ugo, Renato; Abbotto, Alessandro; Archetti, Graziano; Beverina, Luca; Ghezzi, Sergio

    2007-06-21

    In this work we present an investigation of the non-linear optical (NLO) properties of two octupolar chromophores: [Zn(4,4'-bis(dibutylaminostyryl)-[2,2']-bipyridine)(3)](2+) and [Zn(4,4'-bis((E)-2-(N-(TEG)pyrrol-2-yl)vinyl)-[2,2']-bipyridine)(3)](2+) with Zn(ii) as the coordination center, using two-photon emission technique (TPE) in fs-pulse temporal regime. Compared to the free ligands, our results do not show a net increase in the two-photon absorption (TPA) cross-section for the octupolar complexes, once normalized to the ligand unit. This is in partial disagreement with a previous theoretical study investigating the first molecule where a significant increase of the TPA cross-section was predicted (X. J. Liu, et al., J. Chem. Phys., 2004, 120, 11 493).

  10. Two-photon interference from two blinking quantum emitters

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    Jöns, Klaus D.; Stensson, Katarina; Reindl, Marcus; Swillo, Marcin; Huo, Yongheng; Zwiller, Val; Rastelli, Armando; Trotta, Rinaldo; Björk, Gunnar

    2017-08-01

    We investigate the effect of blinking on the two-photon interference measurement from two independent quantum emitters. We find that blinking significantly alters the statistics in the Hong-Ou-Mandel second-order intensity correlation function g(2 )(τ ) and the outcome of two-photon interference measurements performed with independent quantum emitters. We theoretically demonstrate that the presence of blinking can be experimentally recognized by a deviation from the gD(2 )(0 ) =0.5 value when distinguishable photons from two emitters impinge on a beam splitter. Our findings explain the significant differences between linear losses and blinking for correlation measurements between independent sources and are experimentally verified using a parametric down-conversion photon-pair source. We show that blinking imposes a mandatory cross-check measurement to correctly estimate the degree of indistinguishability of photons emitted by independent quantum emitters.

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

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

    2016-07-01

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

  12. Simultaneous two-photon excitation of photodynamic therapy agents

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

    1998-01-01

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

  13. Two-photon optical microscopy imaging of endothelial keratoplasty grafts.

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    Lombardo, Marco; Parekh, Mohit; Serrao, Sebastiano; Ruzza, Alessandro; Ferrari, Stefano; Lombardo, Giuseppe

    2017-03-01

    To investigate the microstructure of endothelial keratoplasty grafts using two-photon optical microscopy. Six endothelial keratoplasty grafts obtained from human donor corneoscleral tissues and prepared by submerged hydrodissection technique were imaged by two-photon optical microscopy. In each graft, two liquid bubbles were created in order to investigate the presence of a conserved cleavage plane regardless of the volume of posterior stroma that remained attached to Descemet's membrane (DM); the first bubble (bubble A) was generated under DM and the second bubble (bubble B) injection was done in order to obtain a layer of deep stroma that kept the two bubbles separated. Six human donor corneoscleral tissues were used as controls. Second harmonic generation and two-photon emitted fluorescence signals were collected from each specimen. Dissection of stroma occurred along the posterior collagen lamellae at variable distance from DM, which ranged between 3 and 16 μm in bubble A and between 23 and 41 μm in bubble B. The residual stroma included, anteriorly, bands of collagen lamellae, and thin bundles of stromal collagen fibrils, posteriorly, which were tightly intertwining with the underlying DM. There was no anatomically distinct plane of separation between these pre-Descemetic stromal collagen bundles and the overlying collagen lamellae with this hydrodissection technique. Two-photon optical microscopy provided label-free high-resolution imaging of endothelial keratoplasty grafts, showing that the most posterior stroma changes organization at approximately 10 μm above the DM. The pre-Descemetic stromal collagen fibrils form an intertwined complex with DM, which cannot be separated using hydrodissection.

  14. Two-Photon Cavity Solitons in Active Optical Media

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    Vilaseca, R.; Torrent, M. C.; Garcia-Ojalvo, J.; Brambilla, M.; San Miguel, M.

    2001-08-20

    We show that broad-area cascade lasers with no absorbing intracavity elements support the spontaneous formation of two-dimensional bright localized structures in a dark background. These cavity solitons consist of islands of two-photon emission embedded in a background of single-photon emission. We discuss the mechanisms through which these structures are formed and interact, along with their properties and stability.

  15. Two-Photon Porphyrin Core Dendrimers for Optical Power Limiting

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    2006-09-30

    Gryko (Polish Acad. Sci,), we studied 2PA of novel corroles [9]. 7. We studied the requirements imposed on organic photochromes for 2PA terabyte...imposed on organic photochromes for two-photon absorption (2PA) terabyte volumetric optical storage. We present a quantitative model of signal-to...noise ratio (SNR) and signal-to-background ratio (SBR) when 2PA-induced photochromic switching is used for writing, and 2PA-induced fluorescence is

  16. Development of Novel Two-Photon Absorbing Chromophores

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    2006-08-01

    M. Urbas, Paul A. Fleitz, Joy E . Rogers, Jonathan E . Slagle, Daniel G. McLean, Richard L. Sutherland, Mark Brant , Douglas M. Krein, and...A. Fleitz (Exploratory Development, Hardened Materials Branch) Joy E . Rogers (UES) Jonathan E . Slagle (AT&T Government Solutions) Daniel G. McLean...Prescribed by ANSI Std. Z39-18 Invited Paper Development of novel two-photon absorbing chromophores Joy E . ~ o ~ e r s * " ’ ~ , Jonathan E . Slagle

  17. Two-photon Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor.

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    Xia, Fei; Sinefeld, David; Li, Bo; Xu, Chris

    2017-03-15

    We introduce a simple wavefront sensing scheme for aberration measurement of pulsed laser beams in near-infrared wavelengths (<2200  nm), where detectors are not always available or are very expensive. The method is based on two-photon absorption in a silicon detector array for longer wavelengths detection. We demonstrate the simplicity of such implementations with a commercially available Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor and discuss the detection sensitivity of this method.

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

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

    2010-01-06

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

  19. Two-photon injection of polaritons in semiconductor microstructures.

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    Leménager, Godefroy; Pisanello, Ferruccio; Bloch, Jacqueline; Kavokin, Alexey; Amo, Alberto; Lemaitre, Aristide; Galopin, Elisabeth; Sagnes, Isabelle; De Vittorio, Massimo; Giacobino, Elisabeth; Bramati, Alberto

    2014-01-15

    We experimentally demonstrate that two-photon pumping of "dark" excitons in quantum wells embedded in semiconductor microcavities can result in exciton-polariton injection and photon lasing. In the case of a semiconductor micropillar pumped at half of the exciton frequency, we observe a clear threshold behavior, characteristic of the vertical cavity surface emitting laser transition. These results are interpreted in terms of stimulated emission of terahertz photons, which allows for conversion of "dark" excitons into exciton-polaritons.

  20. Two-photon exchange in elastic electron–proton scattering

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    Afanasev, A.; Blunden, P. G.; Hasell, D.; ...

    2017-04-17

    Here, we review recent theoretical and experimental progress on the role of two-photon exchange (TPE) in electron-proton scattering at low to moderate momentum transfers. We make a detailed comparison and analysis of the results of competing experiments on the ratio of e+p to e-p elastic scattering cross sections, and of the theoretical calculations describing them. A summary of the current experimental situation is provided, along with an outlook for future experiments.

  1. On the role of entanglement in two-photon metrology

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    Stefanov, André

    2017-06-01

    The role of entanglement in metrology with photon pairs is investigated. We consider the situations where either one photon only interacts with a probe, or where both photons interact with two independent systems. Based on arguments from quantum information theory, we show that the presence of entanglement in the state cannot lead to results, which could not be obtained with separable states. This shows that entanglement can only provide advantages when genuine two-photon interactions are present.

  2. Improved deep two-photon calcium imaging in vivo.

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    Birkner, Antje; Tischbirek, Carsten H; Konnerth, Arthur

    2016-12-21

    Two-photon laser scanning calcium imaging has emerged as a useful method for the exploration of neural function and structure at the cellular and subcellular level in vivo. The applications range from imaging of subcellular compartments such as dendrites, spines and axonal boutons up to the functional analysis of large neuronal or glial populations. However, the depth penetration is often limited to a few hundred micrometers, corresponding, for example, to the upper cortical layers of the mouse brain. Light scattering and aberrations originating from refractive index inhomogeneties of the tissue are the reasons for these limitations. The depth penetration of two-photon imaging can be enhanced through various approaches, such as the implementation of adaptive optics, the use of three-photon excitation and/or labeling cells with red-shifted genetically encoded fluorescent sensors. However, most of the approaches used so far require the implementation of new instrumentation and/or time consuming staining protocols. Here we present a simple approach that can be readily implemented in combination with standard two-photon microscopes. The method involves an optimized protocol for depth-restricted labeling with the red-shifted fluorescent calcium indicator Cal-590 and benefits from the use of ultra-short laser pulses. The approach allows in vivo functional imaging of neuronal populations with single cell resolution in all six layers of the mouse cortex. We demonstrate that stable recordings in deep cortical layers are not restricted to anesthetized animals but are well feasible in awake, behaving mice. We anticipate that the improved depth penetration will be beneficial for two-photon functional imaging in larger species, such as non-human primates.

  3. Two-Photon Absorption in Organometallic Bromide Perovskites.

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

    2015-09-22

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

  4. Two-photon excited fluorescence emission from hemoglobin

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

    2015-03-01

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

  5. Recent two-photon physics results from ARGUS

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    Živko Representing Argus Collaboration, Tomi

    1995-07-01

    Two photon production of π+π+π0π-π-, K+K-π+π-, K+K-π+π0π-, π+π0π-, and π+π- has been studied using the ARGUS detector at the e+e- storage ring DORIS II at DESY. A partial wave analysis was performed on the five-pion and three-pion final states. In the reaction γγ→ωρ0 is showed that the partial-wave with spin and parity (JP,Jz)=(2+,±2) dominates. The cross section and angular distributions of the reaction γγ→φρ0→K+K-π+π- were measured for the first time. The production of the vector-meson pair φω is observed in the two-photon reaction γγ→K+K-π+π0π-. The two-photon width of the tensor meson a2(1320) was measured in the decay channel π+π0π-. An upper limit, significantly lower than indicated by previous experiments was set on the radiative width of the π2(1670) meson. An upper limit was set on the radiative width of the f0(975)in the decay channel π+π-.

  6. Temporal coherence and indistinguishability in two-photon interference effects

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    Jha, Anand Kumar; O'Sullivan, Malcolm N.; Chan, Kam Wai Clifford; Boyd, Robert W.

    2008-02-15

    We show that temporal two-photon interference effects involving the signal and idler photons created by parametric down-conversion can be fully characterized in terms of the variations of two length parameters--called the biphoton path-length difference and the biphoton path-asymmetry-length difference--which we construct using the six different length parameters that a general two-photon interference experiment involves. We perform an experiment in which the effects of the variations of these two parameters can be independently controlled and studied. In our experimental setup, which does not involve mixing of signal and idler photons at a beam splitter, we further report observations of Hong-Ou-Mandel- (HOM-)like effects both in coincidence and in one-photon count rates. As an important consequence, we argue that the HOM and the HOM-like effects are best described as observations of how two-photon coherence changes as a function of the biphoton path-asymmetry-length difference.

  7. Photoelectron angular distributions from two-photon ionizations of atoms

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    Haber, Louis Hamilton

    Photoelectron angular distributions provide detailed information about interferences between different quantum pathways of photoionization. Measurements of photoelectron energies and angular distributions from two-color two-photon ionizations of atoms using ultrashort pulses of extreme ultraviolet and optical light are performed using a novel, homebuilt experimental instrument. The setup is composed of an amplified femtosecond laser system, a high-order harmonic generation source, and an interaction region with photoelectron velocity map imaging The experimental temporal resolution is determined to be approximately 100 fs. Two different types of two-photon ionizations are investigated. Photoelectron angular distributions from resonant two-photon ionizations of helium are measured using the 15th high-order harmonic to excite from the ground state to either the 1s3p 1P1 state at 23.1 eV or to the 1s4p 1 P1 state at 23.7 eV and either 800, 400, or 267 nm to ionize. The anisotropy parameters allow for the determination of the energy-dependent ratios of radial dipole matrix elements and the phase shift differences between the S and D partial waves. Using available total cross section measurements, the absolute partial cross sections of the 1s3p1P 1 state are obtained, providing the complete information on photoionization. The experimental results are in excellent agreement with theoretical predictions using the one-electron model. Additional experiments are aimed at studying atomic free-free transitions. Two-color two-photon above threshold ionizations of helium and argon are investigated using selected high-order harmonics and perturbative infrared dressing fields. The measured anisotropy parameters and cross section ratios of the positive and negative above threshold ionization sidebands are compared to theoretical predictions using second-order perturbation theory and the soft-photon approximation. In general, deviations between the experimental results and the

  8. Image enhancement with two-photon laser scanning microscopy

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    Wang, Chun-Ming

    1998-07-01

    Although confocal microscopy provides an efficient means of fluorescence imaging, many obstacles including extensive photobleaching and limited penetration depths limit its application. Emergence of two-photon laser scanning microscopy (TPLSM), with limited excitation volume, successfully overcomes those difficulties. Not only is TPLSM shown to have much less photobleaching and better penetration depths than CLSM, but also it is capable of doing UV imaging without using special UV optical elements. Several different aspects of TPLSM are discussed in the dissertation. The progress of 3-D fluorescence microscopy, a historical retrospective of two-photon excitation, the physics of two-photon excitation and our instrument setup are discussed in the first chapter. In chapter II, a qualitative and quantitative confirmation of two-photon excitation, optical transfer efficiency, point spread function and resolution, signal-to-noise ratio, and two-photon excitation spectrum are presented. Chapter III shows the comparison between TPLSM and CLSM. Although CLSM has slightly better resolution than TPLSM, TPLSM has much less photobleaching and toxicity, greater penetration depth, less signal cross talk, and better signal collecting efficiency. Image deconvolution techniques with CLSM and TPLSM are discussed in chapter IV. Using this image processing methods and acquired PSF, we improved the resolution of CLSM and TPLSM dramatically. These deblurring techniques were applied to study the positions of proteins in the pre- and postsynaptic compartments of rat hippocampal culture cells. The improved resolution enabled us to distinguish the positions of Synapsin I, CaM Kinase II, and PSD-95, which could only be done with electron microscopy before. In chapter V, image degradation due to brain tissue scattering is discussed. Emission signals with long wavelengths were shown to have better resolution and image contrast because of less tissue scattering. This result shows the necessity

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

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    Gencheva, V.

    2016-03-01

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

  10. Two-Photon Fluorescence Microscope for Microgravity Research

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

    2005-01-01

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

  11. Two-Photon Absorption and Two-Photon Four-Wave Mixing for the Terbium Ion in Insulators.

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    Huang, Jin

    Resonant enhancement of over two orders of magnitude of direct two-photon absorption from the ground state ^7F_6 to the excited state ^5G_6 of the 4f^8 configuration of Tb^{3+} at 40,200 cm ^{-1} has been observed in time resolved experiments with two separate lasers. The results provide clear evidence for resonant enhancement of two-photon absorption in rare earth compounds and imply the same for Raman scattering. Two separate transition mechanisms have been observed. When a single laser frequency was used, the intermediate states making the largest contribution were from excited configurations of opposite parity which were far from resonance. Detailed two-frequency experiments showed, however, that near the single photon resonance, there was a much stronger contribution from the 4f ^8 configuration ^5D _4 intermediate state. The phase-matching-induced frequency selectivity in the single-photon-resonant four-wave mixing has been observed in further rare earth compounds. These observations provide additional evidence that the phase matching effects, resulting from anomalous dispersion associated with the single-photon resonance, play a major role in determining both the intensity and the line narrowing of the mixing signal, and that similar effects will be observable in any rare earth compound. An effect of two-photon-resonant four-wave mixing has been observed for a transition to the 4f^8 configuration ^5K _8 state of the Tb^{3+ } ion in LiYF_4. The strength of the resonance is comparable to that of single -photon resonances. This technique holds promise as a new spectroscopic tool, especially for studies of two-photon transitions in non-fluorescent materials.

  12. The 667.7-nm optogalvanic effect signal in argon hollow cathode discharge

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    Gateva, Sanka V.; Janossy, M.

    2003-11-01

    The optogalvanic signals (OGS) at 667.728 nm (the 1s4-2p1) Ar transition in pure Ar and He:Ar=1:1 mixture have been investigated with a low power diode laser in a longitudinal hollow cathode discharge. Qualitative explanation of the formation of the 667.7 nm Ar OGS is proposed. A simple model for explanation of the dependence of the 667.728 nm Ar OGS amplitude and sign along the cross-section of the discharge tube is applied. The OGS in pure Ar and HE:Ar = 1:1 mixture gas discharge are compared.

  13. Application of diode lasers to the isotopically selective determination of uranium in oxides by optogalvanic spectroscopy

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    Young, J.P.; Barshick, C.M.; Shaw, R.W.; Ramsey, J.M.

    1994-09-01

    We have observed isotopically selective diode laser-excited optogalvanic effects in uranium at 778.42 and 776.19 nm. The samples were natural abundance uranium oxide, as well as depleted (0.3% {sup 235}U), natural (0.7% {sup 235}U) and enriched (9.75% {sup 235}U) uranium metal or powders. The measurements were carried out in a demountable-cathode glow discharge cell. Preliminary evaluations of precision for uranium isotopic ratios measured using this technique suggest that it should have broad analytical applications for uranium and other amenable actinides or lanthanides.

  14. Observation by two-photon laser spectroscopy of the 4d105sS1/22→4d95s2D5/22 clock transition in atomic silver

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    Badr, T.; Plimmer, M. D.; Juncar, P.; Himbert, M. E.; Louyer, Y.; Knight, D. J. E.

    2006-12-01

    We report the observation of the very narrow 4d105sS1/22→4d95s2D5/22 transition in atomic silver. The frequencies of the hyperfine components in Ag107 and Ag109 have been measured using Doppler-free two-photon laser spectroscopy of a thermal beam and heterodyne calibration with respect to the a1 component of the 62P(4-5) line in molecular iodine near 661nm . For the center of gravity of a mixture of natural abundance, we deduce the value 906641295.77(19)MHz . For the isotope shift, we obtain ν(Ag109)-ν(Ag107)=564.15(37)MHz , from which we deduce the frequency and isotope shift of the 4d105sS1/22→4d106pP3/22 transition at 206nm .

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

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    Lütcke, Henry; Helmchen, Fritjof

    2011-08-01

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

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

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

    2010-10-01

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

  17. Control of photoemission delay in resonant two-photon transitions

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    Argenti, L.; Jiménez-Galán, Á.; Caillat, J.; Taïeb, R.; Maquet, A.; Martín, F.

    2017-04-01

    The photoelectron emission time delay τ associated with one-photon absorption, which coincides with half the Wigner delay τW experienced by an electron scattered off the ionic potential, is a fundamental descriptor of the photoelectric effect. Although it is hard to access directly from experiment, it is possible to infer it from the time delay of two-photon transitions, τ(2 ), measured with attosecond pump-probe schemes, provided that the contribution of the probe stage can be factored out. In the absence of resonances, τ can be expressed as the energy derivative of the one-photon ionization amplitude phase, τ =∂EargDE g , and, to a good approximation, τ =τ(2 )-τcc , where τcc is associated with the dipole transition between Coulomb functions. Here we show that, in the presence of a resonance, the correspondence between τ and ∂EargDE g is lost. Furthermore, while τ(2 ) can still be written as the energy derivative of the two-photon ionization amplitude phase, ∂EargDEg (2 ) , it does not have any scattering counterpart. Indeed, τ(2 ) can be much larger than the lifetime of an intermediate resonance in the two-photon process or more negative than the lower bound imposed on scattering delays by causality. Finally, we show that τ(2 ) is controlled by the frequency of the probe pulse, ωIR , so that by varying ωIR , it is possible to radically alter the photoelectron group delay.

  18. Two-photon inner-shell transitions in molybdenum

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    Bannett, Yigal B.; Freund, Isaac

    1984-07-01

    The two-photon x-ray emission spectra of inner-shell transitions in metallic Mo have been studied using large-area energy-dispersive Si(Li) detectors and fast, computer-controlled, time-coincidence electronics. The discrete energy-summation spectrum displays a peak at 17.1 keV corresponding to the expected 2s-->1s transition, as well as a second, more intense peak at 19.7 keV. Based upon very recent analytical H-atom calculations by Florescu, this latter peak is tentatively identified as due primarily to 3d-->1s transitions. The continuous two-photon spectrum has also been measured on an absolute intensity scale and compared with a frozen-orbital calculation based upon direct summation of the second-order perturbation expansion for the relevant matrix elements. For the 2s-->1s transition, excellent quantitative agreement is found using the self-consistent-field Hartree-Fock wave functions of Clementi and Roetti. The same calculation predicts that the 3s-->1s transition is of negligible relative amplitude. Because the calculational method is inapplicable to d states, a simple closure approximation is developed which is found to be reasonably good for both the 2s and 3s two-photon transitions, but apparently fails for the 3d transition since it predicts a result which is relatively much too small. Our data are the first for inner-shell transitions and it is anticipated that further developments in both instrumentation and in theory will yield a new, rich, multiphoton inner-shell spectroscopy.

  19. Two-photon absorption spectra of carotenoids compounds

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    Vivas, Marcelo Gonçalves; Silva, Daniel Luiz; Boni, Leonardo de; Zalesny, Robert; Bartkowiak, Wojciech; Mendonca, Cleber Renato

    2011-05-01

    Carotenoids are biosynthetic organic pigments that constitute an important class of one-dimensional π-conjugated organic molecules with enormous potential for application in biophotonic devices. In this context, we studied the degenerate two-photon absorption (2PA) cross-section spectra of two carotenoid compounds (β-carotene and β-apo-8'-carotenal) employing the conventional and white-light-continuum Z-scan techniques and quantum chemistry calculations. Because carotenoids coexist at room temperature as a mixture of isomers, the 2PA spectra reported here are due to samples containing a distribution of isomers, presenting distinct conjugation length and conformation. We show that these compounds present a defined structure on the 2PA spectra, that peaks at 650 nm with an absorption cross-section of approximately 5000 GM, for both compounds. In addition, we observed a 2PA band at 990 nm for β-apo-8'-carotenal, which was attributed to a overlapping of 11Bu+-like and 21Ag--like states, which are strongly one- and two-photon allowed, respectively. Spectroscopic parameters of the electronic transitions to singlet-excited states, which are directly related to photophysical properties of these compounds, were obtained by fitting the 2PA spectra using the sum-over-states approach. The analysis and interpretations of the 2PA spectra of the investigated carotenoids were supported by theoretical predictions of one- and two-photon transitions carried out using the response functions formalism within the density functional theory framework, using the long-range corrected CAM-B3LYP functional.

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

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

    2004-01-01

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

  1. Adaptive optical two-photon microscopy using autofluorescent guide stars.

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    Tao, Xiaodong; Norton, Andrew; Kissel, Matthew; Azucena, Oscar; Kubby, Joel

    2013-12-01

    We demonstrate a fast, direct wavefront-sensing method for dynamic in vivo adaptive optical two-photon microscopy. By using a Shack-Hartmann wavefront sensor and open-loop control, the system provides high-speed wavefront measurement and correction. To measure the wavefront in the middle of a Drosophila embryo at early stages, autofluorescence from endogenous fluorophores in the yolk were used as reference guide stars. The method was tested through live imaging of a Drosophila embryo. The aberration in the middle of the embryo was measured directly for the first time. After correction, the contrast and signal intensity of the structure in the middle of the embryo was improved.

  2. Two-photon spectroscopy of excitons with entangled photons.

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    Schlawin, Frank; Mukamel, Shaul

    2013-12-28

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

  3. Two-photon quantum interference in plasmonics: theory and applications.

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    Gupta, S Dutta; Agarwal, G S

    2014-01-15

    We report perfect two-photon quantum interference with near-unity visibility in a resonant tunneling plasmonic structure in folded Kretschmann geometry. This is despite absorption-induced loss of unitarity in plasmonic systems. The effect is traced to perfect destructive interference between the squares of amplitude reflection and transmission coefficients. We further highlight yet another remarkable potential of coincidence measurements as a probe with better resolution as compared to standard spectroscopic techniques. The finer features show up in both angle resolved and frequency resolved studies.

  4. Two-photon excitation microscopy with spatial light modulator

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    Matsumoto, Naoya; Konno, Alu; Inoue, Takashi; Toyoda, Haruyoshi; Miwa, Toshiyuki; Nakamura, Kazuhiro; Okazaki, Shigetoshi

    2017-04-01

    We attempted to observe deep regions in biological samples through two-photon excitation microscopy adopting a spatial light modulator (SLM). The SLM is used for correcting spherical aberration (SA) caused by the refractive-index mismatch between the immersion medium and sample. In the observation of fluorescent beads in transparent epoxy resin, the fluorescence intensity from a scan with SA correction was 50 times that from a scan without SA correction. After that, we observed blood vessels in a mouse brain, which became transparent with a clearing agent.

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

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

    2012-04-23

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

  6. Two Photon Decays of Charmonia from Lattice QCD

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    Jozef Dudek; Robert Edwards

    2006-07-12

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

  7. Pulse front adaptive optics in two-photon microscopy.

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    Sun, Bangshan; Salter, Patrick S; Booth, Martin J

    2015-11-01

    Adaptive optics has been extensively studied for the correction of phase front aberrations in optical systems. In systems using ultrafast lasers, distortions can also exist in the pulse front (contour of constant intensity in space and time), but until now their correction has been mostly unexplored due to technological limitations. In this Letter, we apply newly developed pulse front adaptive optics, for the first time to our knowledge, to practical compensation of a two-photon fluorescence microscope. With adaptive correction of the system-induced pulse front distortion, improvements beyond conventional phase correction are demonstrated.

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

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

    2013-06-01

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

  9. Two-photon photoassociative spectroscopy of ultracold Sr88

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    Martinez de Escobar, Y. N.; Mickelson, P. G.; Pellegrini, P.; Nagel, S. B.; Traverso, A.; Yan, M.; Côté, R.; Killian, T. C.

    2008-12-01

    We present results from two-photon photoassociative spectroscopy of the least-bound vibrational level of the XΣg+1 state of the Sr288 dimer. Measurement of the binding energy allows us to determine the s -wave scattering length a88=-1.4(6)a0 . For the intermediate state, we use a bound level on the metastable S01-P13 potential, which provides large Franck-Condon transition factors and narrow one-photon photoassociative lines that are advantageous for observing quantum-optical effects such as Autler-Townes resonance splittings.

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

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    Wong, W.W.; Young, L.

    2003-01-01

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

  11. Nonlocal Pancharatnam phase in two-photon interferometry

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    Mehta, Poonam; Samuel, Joseph; Sinha, Supurna

    2010-09-15

    We propose a polarized intensity interferometry experiment, which measures the nonlocal Pancharatnam phase acquired by a pair of Hanbury-Brown-Twiss photons. The setup involves two polarized thermal sources illuminating two polarized detectors. Varying the relative polarization angle of the detectors introduces a two-photon geometric phase. Local measurements at either detector do not reveal the effects of the phase, which is an optical analog of the multiparticle Aharonov-Bohm effect. The geometric phase sheds light on the three-slit experiment and suggests ways of tuning entanglement.

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

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    Brodsky, S.J.

    1981-05-01

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

  13. Two-photon exclusive processes in quantum chromodynamics

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    Brodsky, S.J.

    1986-07-01

    QCD predictions for ..gamma gamma.. annihilation into single mesons, meson pairs, and baryon pairs are reviewed. Two-photon exclusive processes provide the most sensitive and practical measure of the distribution amplitudes, and thus a critical confrontation between QCD and experiment. Both the angular distribution and virtual photon mass dependence of these amplitudes are sensitive to the shapes of the phi (chi, Q). Novel effects involving the production of qq anti q anti q states at threshold are also discussed, and a new method is presented for systematically incorporating higher-order QCD corrections in ..gamma gamma.. reactions.

  14. Microphotonic parabolic light directors fabricated by two-photon lithography

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    Atwater, J. H.; Spinelli, P.; Kosten, E.; Parsons, J.; Van Lare, C.; Van de Groep, J.; Garcia de Abajo, J.; Polman, A.; Atwater, H. A.

    2011-10-10

    We have fabricated microphotonic parabolic light directors using two-photon lithography, thin-film processing, and aperture formation by focused ion beam lithography. Optical transmission measurements through upright parabolic directors 22 μm high and 10 μm in diameter exhibit strong beam directivity with a beam divergence of 5.6°, in reasonable agreement with ray-tracing and full-field electromagnetic simulations. The results indicate the suitability of microphotonic parabolic light directors for producing collimated beams for applications in advanced solar cell and light-emitting diode designs.

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

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    Schlegel, M.; Metz, A.

    2009-08-04

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

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

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    Schlegel, Marc; Metz, Andreas

    2009-01-01

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

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

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

    2010-01-06

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

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

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

    2013-10-01

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

  19. Imaging nanowire plasmon modes with two-photon polymerization

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

    2015-02-23

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

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

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    Giudice, Gian F.; Griest, Kim

    1989-01-01

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

  1. Acetylene-substituted two-photon absorbing molecules with rigid elongated pi-conjugation: synthesis, spectroscopic properties and two-photon fluorescence cell imaging applications.

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    Liu, Bo; Zhang, Hai-Li; Liu, Jun; Huang, Zhen-Li; Zhao, Yuan-Di; Luo, Qing-Ming

    2007-09-01

    Two asymmetrical molecules with substituted acetylene as central rigid elongated conjugation are reported as potential chromophores for two-photon microscopic imaging. These molecules consist of a typical D-pi-A structure, have different donors (D), the same pi-conjugated center (pi) and the same acceptor (A). Structural characterization and spectroscopic properties, including single-photon (linear) absorption, quantum yields, single-photon fluorescence, and two-photon absorption spectra, were studied in solvents with different polarity. These acetylene-substituted molecules were found to have high two-photon absorption cross-sections (for example, 690 GM for molecule 1 in toluene), which were determined by a two-photon induced fluorescence method using a femtosecond Ti: sapphire laser as excitation source. Single- and two-photon cellular imaging experiments demonstrate that the substituted acetylene derivatives could be one kind of promising two-photon fluorescence probes for cellular imaging.

  2. High-order dispersion effects in two-photon interference

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    Mazzotta, Zeudi; Cialdi, Simone; Cipriani, Daniele; Olivares, Stefano; Paris, Matteo G. A.

    2016-12-01

    Two-photon interference and Hong-Ou-Mandel (HOM) effect are relevant tools for quantum metrology and quantum information processing. In optical coherence tomography, the HOM effect is exploited to achieve high-resolution measurements with the width of the HOM dip being the main parameter. On the other hand, applications like dense coding require high-visibility performance. Here we address high-order dispersion effects in two-photon interference and study, theoretically and experimentally, the dependence of the visibility and the width of the HOM dip on both the pump spectrum and the downconverted photon spectrum. In particular, a spatial light modulator is exploited to experimentally introduce and manipulate a custom phase function to simulate the high-order dispersion effects. Overall, we show that it is possible to effectively introduce high-order dispersion effects on the propagation of photons and also to compensate for such effect. Our results clarify the role of the different dispersion phenomena and pave the way for optimization procedures in quantum technological applications involving PDC photons and optical fibers.

  3. Simultaneous two-photon excitation of photodynamic therapy agents

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    Wachter, Eric A.; Partridge, W. P., Jr.; Fisher, Walter G.; Dees, Craig; Petersen, Mark G.

    1998-07-01

    The spectroscopic and photochemical properties of several photosensitive compounds are compared using conventional single-photon excitation (SPE) and simultaneous two-photon excitation (TPE). TPE is achieved using a mode-locked titanium:sapphire laser, the near infrared output of which allows direct promotion of non-resonant TPE. Excitation spectra and excited state properties of both type I and type II photodynamic therapy (PDT) agents are examined. In general, while SPE and TPE selection rules may be somewhat different, the excited state photochemical properties are equivalent for both modes of excitation. In vitro promotion of a two-photon photodynamic effect is demonstrated using bacterial and human breast cancer models. These results suggest that use of TPE may be beneficial for PDT, since the technique allows replacement of visible or ultraviolet excitation with non- damaging near infrared light. Further, a comparison of possible excitation sources for TPE indicates that the titanium:sapphire laser is exceptionally well suited for non- linear excitation of PDT agents in biological systems due to its extremely short pulse width and high repetition rate; these features combine to effect efficient PDT activation with minimal potential for non-specific biological damage.

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

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

    1995-12-31

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

  5. Imaging of Protein Crystals with Two-Photon Microscopy

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

    2012-05-02

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

  6. Positron/Electron Annihilation via the Two-Photon Pathway

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    Gauthier, Isabelle

    When a positron/electron pair annihilate via the two-photon pathway, the emitted photons are momentum correlated. This correlation ensures that they move along a straight line path in opposite directions. An experiment performed in 2004 by Dr. V.D. Irby measured the time interval between detection of the photons. He observed a decay in the number of counts with increasing detection time interval, which he described using a Lorentzian, the line width of which at full-width half-maximum is measured to be 120ps. The data collected by Irby is interesting because current theory predicts that because the source is so localized (the effective source width used by Irby is safely within 5rnrn) the photons should be detected within a time interval of Deltat=d/c where d is the thickness of the source. This time interval corresponds to 17ps. This thesis fits the results to an exponential, and shows that this exponentially decaying nature of the coincidence time interval is characteristic of the entanglement of the two photons. We find that the wavefunctions of the photons decoheres in space according to how long the particle pair took to decay (which is exponential), and that the probability of simultaneous detection depends on the exponential of the product of the lifetime of positronium and the detection time interval.

  7. Multidimensional two-photon imaging of diseased skin

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

    2008-02-01

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

  8. Theory of Two-Photon Absorptions in Graphene Fragments

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    Aryanpour, K.; Shukla, A.; Mazumdar, S.; Sandhu, A.; Roberts, A.

    2012-02-01

    Electron-electron correlations in graphene is currently an active field of research [1-3]. The carbon atoms in graphene have the same sp^2 hybridization as in strongly correlated π-conjugated polymer systems. The low energy behavior in graphene however appears to be reasonably described within the one-electron Dirac massless fermions model. Historically, the occurrence of the lowest two-photon state below the optical one-photon state provided the strongest proof for strong electron correlations in linear polyenes [4]. We systematically study the Coulomb interaction effects on the ground state and nonlinear absorptions in graphene fragments as a function of system size, beginning from the smallest stable fragment coronene. We report high order calculations of one- vs two-photon spin singlet and triplet states, in coronene, hexabenzocoronene and other molecular fragments that clearly indicate the strong role of electron-electron interactions. We will discuss the implications of our work on molecular systems for the thermodynamic limit of graphene. [4pt] [1] Siegel David A.; et al., PNAS, v108, 28, 11365-11369 (2011)[0pt] [2] Gr"onqvist J. H.; et al., arXiv: 1107.5653v1[0pt] [3] Uchoa B.; et al., arXiv: 1109.1577v1[0pt] [4] Ramasesha S.; et al., J. Chem. Phys. 80, 3278 (1984)

  9. Two-Photon Resonant Second Harmonic Generation in Atomic Xeon

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

    2009-06-01

    Vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation at 124.8 nm (9.93 eV) was produced from two-photon resonant second harmonic generation (SHG) in a Xeon gaseous medium and used to probe molecular samples of acetone, furan, thiophene, ammonia, and methane. The mass spectra recorded from the species with ionization energies below 9.93 eV were dominated by the parent ions. The parent ions were only observed when the incident UV radiation was tuned to resonate with the two-photon transition 5p^5(^2P_{3/2}^0)6p[1/2]_0 - 5p^6 ^1S_0 of Xe at 80119.474 cm^{-1}. The pressure dependence and the resonant nature of the parent ions observed support the mechanism for SHG as the ionization-initiated electric field induced SHG via the third-order nonlinear susceptibility, χ^{(3)}, which is enhanced by the coupling between the 5p^5(^2P_{3/2}^0)6p[1/2]_0 and the nearby 5p^5(^2P_{3/2}^0)5d[1/2]_1 states of Xe atoms.

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

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

    2009-03-07

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

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

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

    2009-03-01

    Vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation at 124.8 nm (9.93 eV) was produced from two-photon resonant second harmonic generation (SHG) in a xeon gaseous medium and used to probe molecular samples of acetone, furan, thiophene, ammonia, and methane. The mass spectra recorded from the species with ionization energies below 9.93 eV were dominated by the parent ions. The parent ions were only observed when the incident UV radiation was tuned to resonate with the two-photon transition 5p5(P23/20)6p[1/2]0←5p6S10 of Xe at 80 119.474 cm-1. The pressure dependence and the resonant nature of the parent ions observed support the mechanism for SHG as the ionization-initiated electric field induced SHG via the third-order nonlinear susceptibility χ(3), which is enhanced by the coupling between the 5p5(P23/20)6p[1/2]0 and the nearby 5p5(P23/20)5d[1/2]1 states of Xe atoms.

  12. Nonresonant two-photon transitions in length and velocity gauges

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    Jentschura, U. D.

    2016-08-01

    We reexamine the invariance of two-photon transition matrix elements and corresponding two-photon Rabi frequencies under the "gauge" transformation from the length to the velocity gauge. It is shown that gauge invariance, in the most general sense, only holds at exact resonance, for both one-color as well as two-color absorption. The arguments leading to this conclusion are supported by analytic calculations which express the matrix elements in terms of hypergeometric functions, and ramified by a "master identity" which is fulfilled by off-diagonal matrix elements of the Schrödinger propagator under the transformation from the velocity to the length gauge. The study of the gauge dependence of atomic processes highlights subtle connections between the concept of asymptotic states, the gauge transformation of the wave function, and infinitesimal damping parameters for perturbations and interaction Hamiltonians that switch off the terms in the infinite past and future [of the form exp(-ɛ |t |)] . We include a pertinent discussion.

  13. Double-Pomeron and two-photon processes at RHIC

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    Chung, S.U.; Weygand, D.P.; Willutzki, H.J.

    1991-11-01

    Double-Pomeron processes have been shown to be an important and novel source of hadron production at moderate energies at the ISR. These processes are expected to provide glue-rich hadrons from 1 GeV to 10 GeV or more, encompassing the states consisting of u, d, s and b quarks. The double-pomeron cross sections for central hadroproduction are calculated for p {times} p and Au {times} Au at RHIC. Two-photon production of hadrons in the central region begins to dominate or at least become comparable to the double-Pomeron processes as the Z of the beams increases from p to Au. Since photons couple to charge, these hadroproductions involve mainly quarkonia and multiquark states. Therefore, a comparative study of these processes is expected to provide new insights into the constituents of hadronic matter. The two-photon processes are calculated following the recipe given by Cahn and Jackson. The paper starts out with a thorough discussion of the relevant kinematics, phase space and Regge amplitudes.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

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

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

    2014-01-01

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

  16. One-step theory of two-photon photoemission

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    Braun, J.; Rausch, R.; Potthoff, M.; Ebert, H.

    2016-09-01

    A theoretical frame for two-photon photoemission is derived from the general theory of pump-probe photoemission, assuming that not only the probe but also the pump pulse is sufficiently weak. This allows us to use a perturbative approach to compute the lesser Green function within the Keldysh formalism. Two-photon photoemission spectroscopy is a widely used analytical tool to study nonequilibrium phenomena in solid materials. Our theoretical approach aims at a material-specific, realistic, and quantitative description of the time-dependent spectrum based on a picture of effectively independent electrons as described by the local-density approximation in band-structure theory. To this end we follow Pendry's one-step theory of the photoemission process as close as possible and heavily make use of concepts of relativistic multiple-scattering theory, such as the representation of the final state by a time-reversed low-energy electron diffraction state. The formalism allows for a quantitative calculation of the time-dependent photocurrent for moderately correlated systems like simple metals or more complex compounds like topological insulators. An application to the Ag(100) surface is discussed in detail.

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

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

    2013-01-01

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

  18. Two-Photon Holographic Stimulation of ReaChR

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    Chaigneau, Emmanuelle; Ronzitti, Emiliano; Gajowa, Marta A.; Soler-Llavina, Gilberto J.; Tanese, Dimitrii; Brureau, Anthony Y. B.; Papagiakoumou, Eirini; Zeng, Hongkui; Emiliani, Valentina

    2016-01-01

    Optogenetics provides a unique approach to remotely manipulate brain activity with light. Reaching the degree of spatiotemporal control necessary to dissect the role of individual cells in neuronal networks, some of which reside deep in the brain, requires joint progress in opsin engineering and light sculpting methods. Here we investigate for the first time two-photon stimulation of the red-shifted opsin ReaChR. We use two-photon (2P) holographic illumination to control the activation of individually chosen neurons expressing ReaChR in acute brain slices. We demonstrated reliable action potential generation in ReaChR-expressing neurons and studied holographic 2P-evoked spiking performances depending on illumination power and pulse width using an amplified laser and a standard femtosecond Ti:Sapphire oscillator laser. These findings provide detailed knowledge of ReaChR's behavior under 2P illumination paving the way for achieving in depth remote control of multiple cells with high spatiotemporal resolution deep within scattering tissue. PMID:27803649

  19. Femtosecond two-photon-excited fluorescence of melanin

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    Teuchner, Klaus; Mueller, Susanne; Freyer, Wolfgang; Leupold, Dieter; Altmeyer, Peter; Stuecker, Markus; Hoffmann, Klaus

    2003-02-01

    Spectral and time-resolved fluorescence studies of different eumelanins (natural, synthetic, enzymatic) in solution have been carried out by two-photon excitation at 800 nm, using 80 fs pulses with photon flux densities <= 1027 cm-2.s-1. Whereas all samples show monotonously decreasing absorption between near UV and near IR, their fluorescence behavior indicates strong heterogeneity. With respect to the also measured one-photon excited fluorescence (OPF) of melanin at 400 nm, the overall spectral shape of the two-photon excited fluorescence (TPF) is red-shifted. Both OPF and TPF exhibit three-exponential decay with a shortest component # 200 ps. As is also shown, the fluorescence properties of melanin are dependent on the micro-environment. This allows the hypothesis, that the process of malignant transformation in skin tissue could be reflected in the fluorescence, provided the melanin in skin is selectively excited. The latter is realized by the described stepwise absorption of two 800 nm photons. In this way, indeed characteristic differences between the TPF spectra of healthy tissue, nevus cell nevi and malignant melanoma have been found.

  20. Resolution in two-photon infrared vision (Conference Presentation)

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    Artal, Pablo; Komar, Katarzyna; Gambin, Adrian; Manzanera, Silvestre; Wojtkowski, Maciej

    2017-02-01

    Human subjects can detect infrared light at wavelengths over 1000 nm perceived as visible of the corresponding half wavelength. This is due to a two-photon process and requires the use of pulsed light sources well focused within the retina. We have developed an experimental system to measure, for the first time, the visual resolution of the eye when is stimulated with infrared (1043 nm) and compared with visible light (543 nm). Scanner mirrors were used to project letters of different sizes onto the retina in both wavelengths. Subjects performed a visual test to determine the smallest letter size that was distinguishable for each wavelength for a range of defocus values. An additional optical path was used to record the retinal images of the spot after reflection in the retina and double-pass through the optical media. The best visual acuity was obtained at different defocus locations corresponding to the chromatic difference between green and infrared. Although, there was some individual variability, visual acuity was found to be similar both in visible and infrared. The use of two-photon infrared vision may have some potential applications for vision in those cases were the optical media is opaque to visible wavelengths while keeping some transparency in the infrared.

  1. Optogalvanic spectroscopy with microplasma sources—current status and development towards a lab on a chip

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    Persson, Anders; Berglund, Martin; Khaji, Zahra; Sturesson, Peter; Söderberg, Johan; Thornell, Greger

    2016-10-01

    Miniaturized optogalvanic spectroscopy (OGS) shows excellent prospects for becoming a highly sensitive method for gas analysis in micro total analysis systems. Here, a status report on the current development of microwave-induced microplasma sources for OGS is presented, together with the first comparison of the sensitivity of the method to conventional single-pass absorption spectroscopy. The studied microplasma sources are stripline split-ring resonators, with typical ring radii between 3.5 and 6 mm and operation frequencies around 2.6 GHz. A linear response (R 2  =  0.9999), and a stability of more than 100 s are demonstrated when using the microplasma source as an optogalvanic detector. Additionally, saturation effects at laser powers higher than 100 mW are observed, and the temporal response of the plasma to periodic laser perturbation with repletion rates between 20 Hz and 200 Hz are studied. Finally, the potential of integrating additional functionality with the detector is discussed, with the particular focus on a pressure sensor and a miniaturized combustor to allow for studies of solid samples.

  2. Absorption Lineshape Modeling of Neutral Xenon in a Magnetized Optogalvanic Cell.

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    Ngom, Bailo; Smith, Tim; Gallimore, Alec

    2007-06-01

    We present a computational model for Zeeman splitting of the 6s ^2[3/2]^10->6p ^2[5/2]2 absorption of neutral xenon at 834.682 nm (air). The model accounts for Zeeman splitting of the xenon hyperfine structure by assuming that the extra-nuclear spin and spin-orbit wavefunctions are separable for an atomic system described by a rigid spherical spinning body in a central force field, all immersed in a magnetic field. This theoretical approach [1] permits calculation of the intensity and displacement of Zeeman-shifted hyperfine lines for σ and π beam polarizations. By comparing the resulting model with previously-reported Zeeman-split optogalvanic spectra [2], we explore the utility of Zeeman splitting of laser-induced fluorescence spectra as a magnetic component intensity diagnostic in xenon electrostatic thruster plumes. [1] Bacher, R. F. The Zeeman Effect of Hyperfine Structure, Ph.D. dissertation, University of Michigan, 1930. [2] Smith, T.B., Ngom, B.B., Linnell, J.A., and Gallimore, A.D. ``Optogalvanic Spectroscopy of the Zeeman Effect in Xenon,'' ICOPS-2006.

  3. One- and two-photon absorption of highly conjugated multiporphyrin systems in the two-photon Soret transition region

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    Fisher, Jonathan A. N.; Susumu, Kimihiro; Therien, Michael J.; Yodh, Arjun G.

    2009-04-01

    This study presents a detailed investigation of near-infrared one- and two-photon absorption (TPA) in a series of highly conjugated (porphinato)zinc(II) compounds. The chromophores interrogated include meso-to-meso ethyne-bridged (porphinato)zinc(II) oligomers (PZnn species), (porphinato)zinc(II)-spacer-(porphinato)zinc(II) (PZn-Sp-PZn) complexes, PZnn structures featuring terminal electron-releasing and -withdrawing substituents, related conjugated arrays in which electron-rich and -poor PZn units alternate, and benchmark PZn monomers. Broadband TPA cross-section measurements were performed ratiometrically using fluorescein as a reference. Superficially, the measurements indicate very large TPA cross-sections (up to ˜104GM; 1GM =1×10-50cm4sphoton-1) in the two-photon Soret (or B-band) resonance region. However, a more careful analysis of fluorescence as a function of incident photon flux suggests that significant one-photon absorption is present in the same spectral region for all compounds in the series. TPA cross-sections are extracted for the first time for some of these compounds using a model that includes both one-photon absorption and TPA contributions. Resultant TPA cross-sections are ˜10GM. The findings suggest that large TPA cross-sections reported in the Soret resonance region of similar compounds might contain significant contributions from one-photon absorption processes.

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

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

    2009-06-10

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

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

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

    2009-06-01

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

  6. High contrast two-photon imaging of fingermarks

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    Stoltzfus, Caleb R.; Rebane, Aleksander

    2016-01-01

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

  7. Two-photon fluorescence stereomicroscopy with Bessel beams

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    Yang, Yanlong; Lei, Ming; Zheng, Juanjuan; Li, Runze; Yan, Shaohui; Yao, Baoli; Ye, Tong

    2013-02-01

    Three dimensional distributions of cells can be usually acquired by optical sectioning methods, such as multiphoton excitation and confocal fluorescence laser scanning microscopy. Though the lateral scan rates can reach up to several kHz, the relatively slow axial scan comprises the speed of real-time imaging of a volume. Here we propose a three dimensional imaging method that uses Bessel beams as excitation in multiphoton fluorescence microscopy. The extended focus of the Bessel beam allows recording a volume of cells without scanning the depth. The depth information can be retrieved by recording a pair of parallax views of the same volume. We have demonstrated the stereoscope capability on a homebuilt two-photon fluorescence microscope.

  8. Two-photon quantum walk in a multimode fiber

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

    2016-01-01

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

  9. Arbitrary-scan imaging for two-photon microscopy

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

    2010-02-01

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

  10. Improving in vivo two photon microscopy without adaptive optics

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    Estrada, Gerardo

    Two photon microscopy is one of the fastest growing methods of in-vivo imaging of the brain. It has the capability of imaging structures on the scale of 1mum. At this scale the wavelength of the imaging field (usually near infra-red), is comparable to the size of the structures being imaged, which makes the use of ray optics invalid. A better understanding is needed to predict the result of introducing different media into the light path. We use Wolf's integral, which is capable of fulfilling these needs without the shortcomings of ray optics. We predict the effects of aberrating media introduced into the light path like glass cover-slips and then correct the aberration using the same method. We also create a method to predict aberrations when the interfaces of the media in the light-path are not aligned with the propagation direction of the wavefront.

  11. Clinical multiphoton tomography and clinical two-photon microendoscopy

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

    2009-02-01

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

  12. High contrast two-photon imaging of fingermarks

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    Stoltzfus, Caleb R.; Rebane, Aleksander

    2016-04-01

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

  13. On the two-photon width of the δ(980)

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    Narison, S.

    1986-07-01

    The two-photon width of the δ(980) is evaluated using three-point function sum rules which are able to predict accurately the anomalous π0 --> γ and non-anomalous δ --> ηπ decay rates. The prediction, though smaller than previous results based on vector meson dominance, is still higher than the present Crystal Ball data. An analysis of the three-point function with one-gluon exchange cannot support the previous successful explanation of the data within the four-quark scheme. On leave of absence from Laboratoire de Physique Mathématique, Université des Sciences et Techniques du Languedoc, Place Eugène Batailon, F-34100 Montpellier Cedez, France.

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  15. High contrast two-photon imaging of fingermarks.

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    Stoltzfus, Caleb R; Rebane, Aleksander

    2016-04-07

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

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

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

    2011-10-01

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

  17. Measurement of two-photon exchange effects in CLAS

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

    2014-03-01

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

  18. Two-photon exchange effect studied with neural networks

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    Graczyk, Krzysztof M.

    2011-09-15

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

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

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

    2013-12-01

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

  20. Two-photon quantum interference for an undergraduate lab

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

    2015-11-01

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

  1. Anomalous two-photon spectral features in warm rubidium vapor

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    Perrella, C.; Light, P. S.; Milburn, T. J.; Kielpinski, D.; Stace, T. M.; Luiten, A. N.

    2016-09-01

    We report observation of anomalous fluorescence spectral features in the environs of a two-photon transition in a rubidium vapor when excited with two different wavelength lasers that are both counterpropagating through the vapor. These features are characterized by an unusual trade-off between the detunings of the driving fields. Three different hypothetical processes are presented to explain the observed spectra: a simultaneous three-atom and four-photon collision, a four-photon excitation involving a light field produced via amplified spontaneous emission, and population pumping perturbing the expected steady-state spectra. Numerical modeling of each hypothetical process is presented, supporting the population pumping process as the most plausible mechanism.

  2. Two-photon transition form factor of c ¯ quarkonia

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    Chen, Jing; Ding, Minghui; Chang, Lei; Liu, Yu-xin

    2017-01-01

    The two-photon transition of c ¯c quarkonia are studied within a covariant approach based on the consistent truncation scheme of the quantum chromodynamics Dyson-Schwinger equation for the quark propagator and the Bethe-Salpeter equation for the mesons. We find the decay widths of ηc→γ γ and χc 0 ,2→γ γ in good agreement with experimental data. The obtained transition form factor of ηc→γ γ* for a wide range of spacelike photon-momentum-transfer squared is also in agreement with the experimental findings of the BABAR experiment. As a by-product, the decay widths of ηb,χb 0 ,2→γ γ and the transition form factor of ηb,χc 0 ,b 0→γ γ* are predicted, which await experimental testing.

  3. Two-photon fluorescence microscopy of corneal riboflavin absorption.

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    Gore, Daniel M; Margineanu, Anca; French, Paul; O'Brart, David; Dunsby, Chris; Allan, Bruce D

    2014-04-17

    To correct for attenuation in two-photon fluorescence (TPF) measurements of riboflavin absorption in porcine corneas. Two-photon fluorescence imaging of riboflavin was performed using excitation at a wavelength of 890 nm, with fluorescence signal detected between 525 and 650 nm. TPF signal attenuation was demonstrated by imaging from either side of a uniformly soaked corneoscleral button. To overcome this attenuation, a reservoir of dextran-free 0.1% wt/vol riboflavin 5'-monophosphate in saline and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) was placed on top of porcine corneas (globe intact-epithelium removed). TPF imaging was performed through this reservoir with image stacks acquired at 10-μm steps through the cornea repeated at regular intervals for up to 60 minutes. A novel correction method was applied to achieve corneal riboflavin concentration measurements in whole eyes (n = 4). Significant attenuation of the TPF signal was observed in all eyes, with the signal decreasing approximately linearly with depth in uniformly soaked tissue. Cross-sectional TPF images taken of excised corneal strips confirmed the tissue was uniformly soaked so that the decrease in signal was not due to spatial variations in riboflavin concentration. After correcting for signal attenuation, we observed increased riboflavin concentrations with longer soak duration, with the mean (standard deviation) maximum tissue concentration recorded at 0.094% (± 0.001) wt/vol [1.36 mg/mL]. Uniform riboflavin absorption was achieved after a minimum 50 minutes. Following a standard corneal cross-linking soak of 30 minutes, a mean stromal concentration of 0.086% (± 0.001) wt/vol [1.25 mg/mL] was achieved at a depth of 300 μm. The accuracy of TPF measurements of corneal riboflavin absorption can be increased by applying a correction for depth-related signal attenuation.

  4. Two-photon patterning of optical waveguides in flexible polymers

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    Bichler, Sabine; Feldbacher, Sonja; Woods, Rachel; Satzinger, Valentin; Schmidt, Volker; Jakopic, Georg; Langer, Gregor; Kern, Wolfgang

    2009-08-01

    Over the last few years two-photon based photo-processes have become an important method to generate 3D microstructures in organic materials without the use of masks and molds. The present work deals with the fabrication of optical waveguides in a flexible polysiloxane matrix for data transmission on printed circuit boards (PCB). In the developed system the waveguide core is formed by two-photon induced photo polymerization (TPIP) of selected monomers, which are dissolved in a silicone matrix. Through the photo-induced polymerization an interpenetrating network is generated, resulting in a refractive index change between the illuminated waveguide cladding and the illuminated core material. Because of the optical transparency, flexibility, chemical and thermal stability polysiloxanes were chosen as optical matrix material. Different types of phenyl methacrylates with a high refractive index were used as monomers. In order to obtain a high contrast in refractive index, the monomers were removed from non-illuminated regions in a vacuum process after laser exposure. The written optical waveguides were evidenced by phase contrast microscopy, revealing an excellent structuring behaviour of the developed material. Optical techniques e.g. cut-back measurements and light extraction tests were applied to characterize the inscribed waveguide structures and to detect the resulting optical loss. To determine the refractive index change upon UV-irradiation spectroscopic ellipsometry was applied. Thus, a difference of Δn=0.02 between the non-illuminated cladding and the illuminated core material was detected. Further, prototypes of optical interconnects on PCBs were fabricated by inscription of a waveguide bundle between a mounted laser and photo diode, resulting in the desired increase of the transmitted photocurrent after TPA structuring. In conclusion, the obtained results demonstrate that fully flexible optical interconnects are accessible by the developed process.

  5. A precise measurement of the two-photon exchange effect

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    Moteabbed, Maryam

    The two-photon exchange phenomenon is believed to be responsible for the discrepancy observed between the ratio of proton electric and magnetic form factors, measured by the Rosenbluth and polarization transfer methods. This disagreement is about a factor of three at Q 2 of 5.6 GeV2. The precise knowledge of the proton form factors is of critical importance in understanding the structure of this nucleon. The theoretical models that estimate the size of the two-photon exchange (TPE) radiative correction are poorly constrained. This factor was found to be directly measurable by taking the ratio of the electron-proton and positron-proton elastic scattering cross sections, as the TPE effect changes sign with respect to the charge of the incident particle. A test run of a modified beamline has been conducted with the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS) at Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. This test run demonstrated the feasibility of producing a mixed electron/positron beam of good quality. Extensive simulations performed prior to the run were used to reduce the background rate that limits the production luminosity. A 3.3 GeV primary electron beam was used that resulted in an average secondary lepton beam of 1 GeV. As a result, the elastic scattering data of both lepton types were obtained at scattering angles up to 40 degrees for Q2 up to 1.5 GeV2. The cross section ratio displayed an epsilon dependence that was Q2 dependent at smaller Q2 limits. The magnitude of the average ratio as a function of epsilon was consistent with the previous measurements, and the elastic (Blunden) model to within the experimental uncertainties. Ultimately, higher luminosity is needed to extend the data range to lower epsilon where the TPE effect is predicted to be largest.

  6. High resolution UV resonance enhanced two-photon ionization spectroscopy with mass selection of biologically relevant molecules in the gas phase

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    Chervenkov, S.; Wang, P. Q.; Karaminkov, R.; Chakraborty, T.; Braun, Juergen E.; Neusser, Hans J.

    2005-04-01

    The high resolution Doppler-free resonance-enhanced two-photon ionization (R2PI) spectroscopy with mass selection of jet-cooled (2-12 K) molecular species is a powerful experimental method providing comprehensive information on both isolated molecules and molecular clusters. We have demonstrated for the first time that this technique can be applied to large molecules and provides detailed information on their conformational structure. It allows rotationally resolved (FWHM = 70 MHz) spectra of the vibronic bands of the S1<--S0 electronic transition of the studied molecular systems to be measured. A specially designed computer-assisted fitting routine based on genetic algorithms is used to determine their rotational constants in the ground and excited electronic states, respectively, and the transition moment ratio. To interpret the experimental information and to discriminate and unambiguously assign the observed approach to the study of the neurotransmitter molecule, ephedrine. The results elucidate the role of the intramolecular hydrogen bonds stabilizing the respective conformations and affecting their intrinsic properties.

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

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    Lund, A. P.

    2015-11-01

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

  8. A Dipolar Anthracene Dye: Synthesis, Optical Properties and Two-photon Tissue Imaging.

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    Moon, Hyunsoo; Jun, Yong Woong; Kim, Dokyoung; Ryu, Hye Gun; Wang, Taejun; Kim, Ki Hean; Huh, Youngbuhm; Jung, Junyang; Ahn, Kyo Han

    2016-09-20

    Two-photon microscopy is a powerful tool for studying biological systems. In search of novel two-photon absorbing dyes for bioimaging, we synthesized a new anthracene-based dipolar dye (anthradan) and evaluated its two-photon absorbing and imaging properties. The new anthradan, 9,10-bis(o-dimethoxy-phenyl)-anthradan, absorbs and emits at longer wavelengths than acedan, a well-known two-photon absorbing dye. It is also stable under two-photon excitation conditions and biocompatible, and thus used for two-photon imaging of mouse organ tissues to show bright, near-red fluorescence along with negligible autofluorescence. Such an anthradan thus holds promise as a new class of two-photon absorbing dyes for the development of fluorescent probes and tags for biological systems. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  9. Two-Photon Ghost Image and Interference-Diffraction

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

    1996-01-01

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

  10. Observation of penning ionization in Zr-Ne discharge by optogalvanic effect

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    Khare, R.; Saini, V. K.; Shrivastava, V. K.; Nundy, U.

    2010-02-01

    The pulsed optogalvanic (OG) effect is used to observe Penning ionization in a Zr-Ne hollow-cathode discharge, which was axially irradiated by a pulsed dye laser pumped by copper vapor laser. The effect of discharge current on the temporal evolution of the OG signal is studied at 588.2, 594.5, 597.6 and 614.3 nm. The double humped temporal profile of the OG signals, corresponding to transitions of neon, and closeness of energy levels between that level of neon (Ne) and excited levels of zirconium (Zr) ions confirmed that Penning type of ionizing energy transfer collisions were taking place in the Zr-Ne discharge at lower discharge currents (≤5 mA). The disappearance of the double humped feature in the temporal profile of the OG signals indicated that the Penning contribution became negligible at higher discharge currents (≥10 mA).

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

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

    2008-10-22

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

  12. Study on photoionization in a rubidium diode-pumped alkali laser gain medium with the optogalvanic method.

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    Ge, Lun; Hua, Weihong; Wang, Hongyan; Yang, Zining; Xu, Xiaojun

    2013-01-15

    We use the optogalvanic method to calculate the concentration of rubidium ions produced by photoionization in a Rb diode-pumped alkali laser gain medium. With bias voltage added across the electrodes of a rubidium hollow cathode lamp, the measured optogalvanic current is 2.3×10(-7) A. Further study shows that the rubidium ion concentration is proportional to the pump intensity, and the drift velocity of rubidium ions is proportional to the bias voltage. When the photoionization process reaches dynamic equilibrium, the rubidium ion concentration will not increase with growing rubidium atom density. The calculated rubidium ion concentration is 1.5×10(5)-10(6) according to the experiment, and the ionization degree is less than 2.4×10(-7).

  13. Two-Photon Absorption in Conjugated Energetic Molecules.

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

    2016-07-07

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

  14. Two-photon absorption in conjugated energetic molecule

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    Bjorgaard, Josiah August; Sifain, Andrew; Nelson, Tammie Renee; ...

    2016-06-03

    Time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) is used to investigate the relationship between molecular structure and one- and two-photon absorption (OPA and TPA, respectively) properties in novel and recently synthesized conjugated energetic molecules (CEMs). The molecular structure of CEMs can be strategically altered to influence the heat of formation and oxygen balance, two factors that can contribute to the sensitivity and strength of an explosive material. OPA and TPA are sensitive to changes in molecular structure as well, influencing optical range of excitation. We find calculated vertical excitation energies in good agreement with experiment for most molecules. Peak TPA intensities aremore » significant and on the order of 102 GM. Natural transition orbitals for essential electronic states defining TPA peaks of relatively large intensity to examine the character of relevant transitions. Minor modification of molecular substituents, such as additional oxygen and other functional groups, produces significant changes in electronic structure, OPA, TPA, and improves the oxygen balance. Results show that select molecules are apt to nonlinear absorption, opening the possibility for controlled, direct optical initiation of CEMs through photochemical pathways.« less

  15. Two-photon autofluorescence spectroscopy of oral mucosa tissue

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

    2011-03-01

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

  16. Two-Photon-Exchange Effects and Δ (1232) Deformation

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    Zhou, Hai-Qing; Yang, Shin Nan

    The two-photon-exchange (TPE) contribution in ep to epπ 0 with W = MΔ and small Q2 is calculated and its corrections to the ratios of electromagnetic transition form factors REM = E1 + (3/2)/M1 + (3/2) and RSM = S1 + (3/2)/M1 + (3/2), are analysed. A simple hadronic model is used to estimate the TPE amplitude. Two phenomenological models, MAID2007 and SAID, are used to approximate the full ep to epπ 0 cross sections which contain both the TPE and the one-photon-exchange (OPE) contributions. The genuine OPE amplitude is then extracted from an integral equation by iteration. We find that the TPE contribution is not sensitive to whether MAID or SAID is used as input in the region with Q2 < 2 GeV2. It gives small correction to REM while for RSM, the correction is about -10% at small ɛ and about 1% at large ɛ for Q2 ≈ 2.5 GeV2. The large correction from TPE at small ɛ must be included in the analysis to get a reliable extraction of RSM.

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

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    Ortiz, Gerardo G.; Farr, William H.

    2011-01-01

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

  18. Photodynamic therapy by nonresonant two-photon excitation

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    Koenig, Karsten; Riemann, Iris; Fischer, Peter

    1999-07-01

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

  19. Two-photon polymerization for fabrication of biomedical devices

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    Ovsianikov, Aleksandr; Doraiswamy, Anand; Narayan, R.; Chichkov, B. N.

    2007-01-01

    Two-photon polymerization (2PP) is a novel technology which allows the fabrication of complex three-dimensional (3D) microstructures and nanostructures. The number of applications of this technology is rapidly increasing; it includes the fabrication of 3D photonic crystals [1-4], medical devices, and tissue scaffolds [5-6]. In this contribution, we discuss current applications of 2PP for microstructuring of biomedical devices used in drug delivery. While in general this sector is still dominated by oral administration of drugs, precise dosing, safety, and convenience are being addressed by transdermal drug delivery systems. Currently, main limitations arise from low permeability of the skin. As a result, only few types of pharmacological substances can be delivered in this manner [7]. Application of microneedle arrays, whose function is to help overcome the barrier presented by the epidermis layer of the skin, provides a very promising solution. Using 2PP we have fabricated arrays of hollow microneedles with different geometries. The effect of microneedle geometry on skin penetration is examined. Our results indicate that microneedles created using 2PP technique are suitable for in vivo use, and for integration with the next generation of MEMS- and NEMS-based drug delivery devices.

  20. Improving the fidelity of two-photon absorption reference standards

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    de Reguardati, S.; Pahapill, J.; Rammo, M.; Rebane, A.

    2017-02-01

    Reference standards with well-defined femtosecond two-photon absorption (2PA) properties facilitate accurate measurement of nonlinear-optical spectra by bypassing tedious characterization of the photon flux. The 2PA standards are increasingly used for developing advanced multi-photon fluorescent probes and, since recently, also for probing intra- and intermolecular electrostatic interactions. We have recently reported 2PA cross section values of a set of common organic dyes in different solvents in 680-1050 nm wavelength range with estimated accuracy of 8%. In the present work, we aim at further improving the accuracy and fidelity of the absolute 2PA cross section data by comparing in a pair-wise manner the relative 2PA efficiency of nine standards with partially overlapping absorption- and fluorescence emission spectra. We measure the relative 2PA-induced fluorescence for each pair under identical excitation conditions, which allows revealing inconsistencies potentially present in the previously published data due to errors in estimating the excitation laser beam spatial- and temporal profile, pulse energy and other critical parameters. Our current measurements confirmed and in some cases improved previously reported error margins thus improving the fidelity of the reference data. We also present refined 2PA cross section data on 9-Chloroanthracene in dichloromethane.

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

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

    2014-03-01

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

  2. Two-photon resonant optical processes in atomic potassium

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    Zhang, P.-L.; Schawlow, A. L.

    1984-12-01

    Two-photon resonant four-wave and six-wave optical processes in ns 2S(1/2) (n = 7-20) states of K atoms are investigated experimentally, using 0.1-3-mJ 20-pm-linewidth 575-665-nm pulses from a dye laser pumped by a frequency-doubled Nd:YAG laser to excite K vapor at (0.47-3.55) x 10 to the 16th/cu cm in a steel heat-pipe oven at 300-380 C. The UV-range coherent lines are detected by a 1-m spectrometer, photomultiplier tube, and boxcar; and the results are presented in extensive tables and graphs and characterized in terms of a theoretical model of wave-mixing processes and parametric oscillations, based on the wave equation, atomic polarization, and phase-match conditions. About 100 lines are detected, of which 70 are identified with six-wave processes and 15 with four-wave processes. The strongest lines are found near the mP-4S transitions anad have components frequency shifted relative to the atomic transitions; these lines are attributed to parametric oscillation.

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

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

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

    2016-03-01

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

  5. Results from the OLYMPUS Two-Photon Exchange Experiment

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    O'Connor, Colton; Olympus Collaboration

    2017-01-01

    Measurements of the proton's electric-to-magnetic form factor ratio obtained by different methods disagree significantly in a way that depends on Q2. The OLYMPUS experiment was designed to empirically quantify two-photon exchange in lepton-proton scattering, an effect that, in some models, can fully account for this disagreement. This was achieved at the DORIS storage ring at DESY by measuring the ratio of the elastic cross-sections for positron-proton and electron-proton scattering with alternating 2.01 GeV lepton beams incident on an internal hydrogen gas target. Data were collected with an integrated luminosity of over 4.0 fb-1 using a large-acceptance toroidal spectrometer and multiple luminosity monitoring systems, allowing for precise results (<1% uncertainty) over the range of 0.6 <=Q2 <= 2.2 (GeV/ c)2. This work is supported by DOE Grant DE-FG02-94ER40818.

  6. Two-photon absorption in conjugated energetic molecule

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    Bjorgaard, Josiah August; Sifain, Andrew; Nelson, Tammie Renee; Myers, Thomas Winfield; Veauthier, Jacqueline Marie; Chavez, David E.; Scharff, Robert Jason; Tretiak, Sergei

    2016-06-03

    Time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) is used to investigate the relationship between molecular structure and one- and two-photon absorption (OPA and TPA, respectively) properties in novel and recently synthesized conjugated energetic molecules (CEMs). The molecular structure of CEMs can be strategically altered to influence the heat of formation and oxygen balance, two factors that can contribute to the sensitivity and strength of an explosive material. OPA and TPA are sensitive to changes in molecular structure as well, influencing optical range of excitation. We find calculated vertical excitation energies in good agreement with experiment for most molecules. Peak TPA intensities are significant and on the order of 102 GM. Natural transition orbitals for essential electronic states defining TPA peaks of relatively large intensity to examine the character of relevant transitions. Minor modification of molecular substituents, such as additional oxygen and other functional groups, produces significant changes in electronic structure, OPA, TPA, and improves the oxygen balance. Results show that select molecules are apt to nonlinear absorption, opening the possibility for controlled, direct optical initiation of CEMs through photochemical pathways.

  7. Two-photon absorption in conjugated energetic molecule

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    Bjorgaard, Josiah August; Sifain, Andrew; Nelson, Tammie Renee; Myers, Thomas Winfield; Veauthier, Jacqueline Marie; Chavez, David E.; Scharff, Robert Jason; Tretiak, Sergei

    2016-06-03

    Time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) is used to investigate the relationship between molecular structure and one- and two-photon absorption (OPA and TPA, respectively) properties in novel and recently synthesized conjugated energetic molecules (CEMs). The molecular structure of CEMs can be strategically altered to influence the heat of formation and oxygen balance, two factors that can contribute to the sensitivity and strength of an explosive material. OPA and TPA are sensitive to changes in molecular structure as well, influencing optical range of excitation. We find calculated vertical excitation energies in good agreement with experiment for most molecules. Peak TPA intensities are significant and on the order of 102 GM. Natural transition orbitals for essential electronic states defining TPA peaks of relatively large intensity to examine the character of relevant transitions. Minor modification of molecular substituents, such as additional oxygen and other functional groups, produces significant changes in electronic structure, OPA, TPA, and improves the oxygen balance. Results show that select molecules are apt to nonlinear absorption, opening the possibility for controlled, direct optical initiation of CEMs through photochemical pathways.

  8. Mobile laser lithography station for microscopic two-photon polymerization

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    Leinenbach, F.; Breunig, H. G.; König, K.

    2015-03-01

    We present a mobile laser lithography station for 3D structuring by microscopic two-photon polymerization. For structuring the Coherent Vitara UBB titanium:sapphire femtosecond laser is used, which has a power output of 500mW and generates pulses with a central wavelength of 810nm. The laser pulses have a tunable bandwidth from 50nm to 250nm. The pulses are temporally compressed using chirped mirrors to a minimum duration of less than 15fs at the sample. The laser power reaching the sample can be motionless controlled by a combination of a liquid crystal retarder and a polarizer within milliseconds. The sample is placed onto a microscope stage which has a movement range of 300µm in the X, Y and Z direction with an accuracy of 2nm. Sample imaging is possible with a microscope camera simultaneous to the structuring. The pulses are focused by a 40X microscope objective (1.3NA) onto the sample. To operate the lithography station, we developed a LabVIEW-based software which controls sample position, laser power and objective height and as well as the microscope camera. Furthermore, CAD data can be read and converted into sample position data. By combining all these components, a fully automatic structuring of a sample with sub-micrometer precision is possible.

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

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

    2016-03-31

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

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

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

    2012-06-01

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

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  12. Review of two-photon exchange in electron scattering

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

    2011-10-01

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

  13. Measurement of two-photon exchange effect with CLAS

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    Raue, Brian A

    2010-08-01

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

  14. Perturbative QCD predictions for two-photon exchange

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    Borisyuk, Dmitry; Kobushkin, Alexander

    2009-02-01

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

  15. Effect of the coherent cancellation of the two-photon resonance on the generation of vacuum ultraviolet light by two-photon reasonantly enhanced four-wave mixing

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    Payne, M.G.; Garrett, W.R.; Judish, J.P.; Wunderlich, R.

    1988-11-01

    Many of the most impressive demonstrations of the efficient generation of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) light have made use of two- photon resonantly enhanced four-wave mixing to generate light at ..omega../sub VUV/ = 2..omega../sub L1/ +- ..omega../sub L2/. The two-photon resonance state is coupled to the ground state both by two photons from the first laser, or by a photon from the second laser and one from the generated VUV beam. We show here that these two coherent pathways destructively interfere once the second laser is made sufficiently intense, thereby leading to an important limiting effect on the achievable conversion efficiency. 4 refs.

  16. Two-photon interference of polarization-entangled photons in a Franson interferometer.

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    Kim, Heonoh; Lee, Sang Min; Kwon, Osung; Moon, Han Seb

    2017-07-18

    We present two-photon interference experiments with polarization-entangled photon pairs in a polarization-based Franson-type interferometer. Although the two photons do not meet at a common beamsplitter, a phase-insensitive Hong-Ou-Mandel type two-photon interference peak and dip fringes are observed, resulting from the two-photon interference effect between two indistinguishable two-photon probability amplitudes leading to a coincidence detection. A spatial quantum beating fringe is also measured for nondegenerate photon pairs in the same interferometer, although the two-photon states have no frequency entanglement. When unentangled polarization-correlated photons are used as an input state, the polarization entanglement is successfully recovered through the interferometer via delayed compensation.

  17. Dynamical modeling of pulsed two-photon interference

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    Fischer, Kevin A.; Müller, Kai; Lagoudakis, Konstantinos G.; Vučković, Jelena

    2016-11-01

    Single-photon sources are at the heart of quantum-optical networks, with their uniquely quantum emission and phenomenon of two-photon interference allowing for the generation and transfer of nonclassical states. Although a few analytical methods have been briefly investigated for describing pulsed single-photon sources, these methods apply only to either perfectly ideal or at least extremely idealized sources. Here, we present the first complete picture of pulsed single-photon sources by elaborating how to numerically and fully characterize non-ideal single-photon sources operating in a pulsed regime. In order to achieve this result, we make the connection between quantum Monte-Carlo simulations, experimental characterizations, and an extended form of the quantum regression theorem. We elaborate on how an ideal pulsed single-photon source is connected to its photocount distribution and its measured degree of second- and first-order optical coherence. By doing so, we provide a description of the relationship between instantaneous source correlations and the typical experimental interferometers (Hanbury-Brown and Twiss, Hong-Ou-Mandel, and Mach-Zehnder) used to characterize such sources. Then, we use these techniques to explore several prototypical quantum systems and their non-ideal behaviors. As an example numerical result, we show that for the most popular single-photon source—a resonantly excited two-level system—its error probability is directly related to its excitation pulse length. We believe that the intuition gained from these representative systems and characters can be used to interpret future results with more complicated source Hamiltonians and behaviors. Finally, we have thoroughly documented our simulation methods with contributions to the Quantum Optics Toolbox in Python in order to make our work easily accessible to other scientists and engineers.

  18. Two-photon excitation photodynamic therapy with Photofrin

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

    2005-09-01

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

  19. Voltage-sensitive rhodol with enhanced two-photon brightness.

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    Kulkarni, Rishikesh U; Kramer, Daniel J; Pourmandi, Narges; Karbasi, Kaveh; Bateup, Helen S; Miller, Evan W

    2017-03-14

    We have designed, synthesized, and applied a rhodol-based chromophore to a molecular wire-based platform for voltage sensing to achieve fast, sensitive, and bright voltage sensing using two-photon (2P) illumination. Rhodol VoltageFluor-5 (RVF5) is a voltage-sensitive dye with improved 2P cross-section for use in thick tissue or brain samples. RVF5 features a dichlororhodol core with pyrrolidyl substitution at the nitrogen center. In mammalian cells under one-photon (1P) illumination, RVF5 demonstrates high voltage sensitivity (28% ΔF/F per 100 mV) and improved photostability relative to first-generation voltage sensors. This photostability enables multisite optical recordings from neurons lacking tuberous sclerosis complex 1, Tsc1, in a mouse model of genetic epilepsy. Using RVF5, we show that Tsc1 KO neurons exhibit increased activity relative to wild-type neurons and additionally show that the proportion of active neurons in the network increases with the loss of Tsc1. The high photostability and voltage sensitivity of RVF5 is recapitulated under 2P illumination. Finally, the ability to chemically tune the 2P absorption profile through the use of rhodol scaffolds affords the unique opportunity to image neuronal voltage changes in acutely prepared mouse brain slices using 2P illumination. Stimulation of the mouse hippocampus evoked spiking activity that was readily discerned with bath-applied RVF5, demonstrating the utility of RVF5 and molecular wire-based voltage sensors with 2P-optimized fluorophores for imaging voltage in intact brain tissue.

  20. Determining the Quark Charges by One and Two Photon Processes.

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    Janah, Arjun

    1982-05-01

    Testable predictions are presented, which may be used to decide between the gauge theories of integer and fractionally charged quarks (icq and fcq). Two distinctive features of icq are exploited, namely (a) presence of color non-singlet components in weak and electromagnetic currents and (b) possible liberation of color non-singlet states above a threshold energy. Consequences are sought in lepton-hadron interaction processes, taking into account the known "color-suppression" effect. Single photon/weak-boson processes such as (nu)N (--->) (nu)X distinguish between icq and fcq only above color-threshold. Experimental consequences of color-liberation in the above process are obtained. It is found that the gluon-parton contribution survives color-suppression to produce a significant rise in the structure functions when color-threshold is exceeded. Two-photon processes such as e('+)e('-) (--->) e('+)e('-) + 2 jets distinguish between the two theories even below color threshold. To obtain the icq predictions for this process, one must take into account (a) the (momentum -dependent) color suppression and (b) the added contribution from pair production of charged gluons. This is done, and it is observed that: (i) in icq, the ratio R('(gamma)(gamma)(2 jet)) is not simply a number given by the quark charges; it depends on the gluon mass, on kinematics and on the particular differential cross-section considered; (ii) the deviation of icq cross-sections from the fcq values depends crucially on whether one includes "untagged" events; if this is done, the deviation is large; the charged gluon contribution is mainly responsible for this deviation; the quark contribution is smaller than naively expected. Finally, comparison is made with experimental data on e('+)e('-) (--->) e('+)e('-) + 2 jets. Here, icq is found to be in better agreement than fcq, for a broad range of gluon masses. A suitably modified equivalent photon approximation is employed.

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

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

    2007-07-01

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

  2. Measurement of two-photon exchange effect with CLAS

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    Raue, Brian A.

    2010-08-05

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

  3. Reaction-based two-photon probes for mercury ions: fluorescence imaging with dual optical windows.

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    Rao, Alla Sreenivasa; Kim, Dokyoung; Wang, Taejun; Kim, Ki Hean; Hwang, Sekyu; Ahn, Kyo Han

    2012-05-18

    For fluorescent imaging of mercury ions in living species, two-photon probes with dual optical windows are in high demand but remain unexplored. Several dithioacetals were evaluated, and a probe was found, which, upon reaction with mercury species, yielded a two-photon dye; this conversion accompanies ratiometric emission changes with a 97-nm shift, enabling fluorescent imaging of both the probe and mercury ions in cells by one- and two-photon microscopy for the first time.

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

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

    2009-12-15

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

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

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    Kneipp, Janina; Kneipp, Harald; Kneipp, Katrin

    2006-01-01

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

  6. Description of the states of two-photon interference in an optical gating Michelson interferometer

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    Pongophas, Ekkarat; Sriklin, Watthana; Sinsarp, Asawin; Suwanna, Sujin; Chunwachirasiri, Withoon; Singhsomroje, Wisit

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the interference of two photons in an optical gating Michelson interferometer. The phenomenon is studied using two different representations of photons: the space-time domain and a step-by-step two-photon state evolution. Both representations lead to identical results. The evolution analysis describes the result by the interference of four two-photon traveling states, whereas the space-time domain analysis reveals that the classical interference of the high-intensity light source is identical to two-photon interference in the quantum regime, except for a multiplicative factor of (n2), where n is the number of photons.

  7. Two-photon induced photoluminescence and singlet oxygen generation from aggregated gold nanoparticles.

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    Jiang, Cuifeng; Zhao, Tingting; Yuan, Peiyan; Gao, Nengyue; Pan, Yanlin; Guan, Zhenping; Zhou, Na; Xu, Qing-Hua

    2013-06-12

    Metal nanoparticles have potential applications as bioimaging and photosensitizing agents. Aggregation effects are generally believed to be adverse to their biomedical applications. Here we have studied the aggregation effects on two-photon induced photoluminescence and singlet oxygen generation of Au nanospheres and Au nanorods of two different aspect ratios. Aggregated Au nanospheres and short Au nanorods were found to display enhanced two-photon induced photoluminescence and singlet oxygen generation capabilities compared to the unaggregated ones. The two-photon photoluminescence of Au nanospheres and short Au nanorods were enhanced by up to 15.0- and 2.0-fold upon aggregation, and the corresponding two-photon induced singlet oxygen generation capabilities were enhanced by 8.3 and 1.8-fold, respectively. The two-photon induced photoluminescence and singlet oxygen generation of the aggregated long Au nanorods were found to be lower than the unaggregated ones. These results support that the change in their two-photon induced photoluminescence and singlet oxygen generation originate from aggregation modulated two-photon excitation efficiency. This finding is expected to foster more biomedical applications of metal nanoparticles as Au nanoparticles normally exist in an aggregated form in the biological environments. Considering their excellent biocompatibility, high inertness, ready conjugation, and easy preparation, Au nanoparticles are expected to find more applications in two-photon imaging and two-photon photodynamic therapy.

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

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    Johnson, C.K.

    1981-01-01

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

  9. Impressive europium red emission induced by two-photon excitation for biological applications.

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    Lo, Wai-Sum; Kwok, Wai-Ming; Law, Ga-Lai; Yeung, Chi-Tung; Chan, Chris Tsz-Leung; Yeung, Ho-Lun; Kong, Hoi-Kuan; Chen, Chi-Hang; Murphy, Margaret B; Wong, Ka-Leung; Wong, Wing-Tak

    2011-06-20

    Three triazine-based europium(III) complexes were synthesized that demonstrated strong two-photon induced europium emission with a high two-photon absorption cross-section. The modified triazine ligand of complex 3 initiated over 100% enhancement of the two-photon absorption cross-section (σ(2): 320 GM) when compared with complex 1 (σ(2): 128 GM) in a solution of DMSO. Europium complex 3 is also stable in vitro, and power-dependence curves were obtained in vitro to confirm the two-photon-induced f-f emission in HeLa cells. © 2011 American Chemical Society

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

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

    1999-01-01

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

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

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

    1999-01-01

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

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

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

    2015-04-01

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

  13. Two-Photon Probes for pH: Detection of Human Colon Cancer using Two-Photon Microscopy.

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    Hong, Seung Taek; Kim, Tae Hyeong; Choi, Ji-Woo; Park, Seong Jun; Kwon, Sung An; Paik, Kyu Cheol; Han, Man So; Kim, Eun Sun; Chun, Hoon Jai; Heo, Jung-Nyoung; Cho, Bong Rae

    2017-09-19

    We have developed two-photon (TP) pH-sensitive probes (BH-2 and BHEt-1) that exhibit absorption and emission maxima at 370 and 466 nm, and TP absorption cross-section values of 51 and 61 GM (1 GM = 10(-50)cm(4)s/photon), respectively, at 750 nm and pH 3.0 in a universal buffer (0.1 M citric acid, 0.1 M KH2PO4, 0.1 M Na2B4O7, 0.1 M Tris, 0.1 M KCl)/1,4-dioxane (7/3) solution. The TPM images of CCD-18co (a normal colon cell line) and HCT116 cells (a colon cancer cell line) labeled with BH-2 were too dim to be distinguished. When the same cells were labeled with BHEt-1, however, the TPM image of the HCT116 cells was much brighter than that of CCD-18co cells, and the relative proportion of the acidic vesicles (Pacid) of the former was 5-fold larger than that of latter. BHEt-1 could also differentiate HepG2 cells (a human liver cancer cell line) from LX-2 cells (a human hepatic stellate cell line) with a 6-fold larger Pacid value. Human colon cancer tissues labeled with BHEt-1 showed similar results, demonstrating much brighter TPM images and 6-fold larger Pacid values compared to normal tissue. These results suggest the potential utility of BHEt-1 for detecting colon cancer in human tissues using TPM.

  14. [Two-photon microscopy of the cornea using intrinsic contrast].

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    Krüger, A; Hovakimyan, M; Ramírez, D F; Stachs, O; Lubatschowski, H; Wree, A; Guthoff, R; Heisterkamp, A

    2009-12-01

    Three-dimensional imaging of the cornea under physiological conditions is best performed with intrinsic contrast mechanisms for the visualisation of cells and extracellular matrix. However, the unique transparency of the cornea goes along with a lack of contrast for the extracellular matrix (ECM) in reflective mode microscopy and optical coherence tomography. Femtosecond laser-based non-linear microscopy provides novel contrast mechanisms for the visualisation of ECM. The confinement of the non-linear contrast to the focus volume provides an intrinsic sectioning property for 3D imaging. Further advantages of the infrared light are lower phototoxicity and higher penetration depth into the tissue. For the visualisation of the cornea and its layered substructures two non-linear contrast mechanisms are of main interest: Two-photon excited autofluorescence of NAD(P)H in the cytoplasma and second harmonic generation (SHG) in the collagen-I fibres of the stroma. Ex-vivo corneas of the rabbit were imaged to demonstrate the abilities of non-linear microscopy. Using the autofluorescence of NAD(P)H the corneal epithelium with squamous cells, wing cells and basal cells is visualised in three dimensions without additional exogenoeus staining. Stromal keratocytes are also imaged using the NAD(P)H autofluoresecence. The layered structure of lamella in the stroma is visible after virtual resclicing of the 3D volume data. The en-face SHG images detected through the transparent cornea in forward direction show areas of parallel streaks, which increase in size and periodically alter in orientation (90 degrees , 45 degrees) with increasing depth from anterior to posterior. These streaks are not visible in the backward SHG signal. First results on rabbit corneas, which were cross-linked with Rivoflavin and UV application showed a signature of treatment five weeks post treatment. There were zones in the stroma totally lacking NAD(P)H autofluorescence and the abundance of keratocytes was

  15. Two-photon fluorescence probes for imaging of mitochondria and lysosomes.

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    Yang, Wanggui; Chan, Pui Shan; Chan, Miu Shan; Li, King Fai; Lo, Pik Kwan; Mak, Nai Ki; Cheah, Kok Wai; Wong, Man Shing

    2013-04-28

    Novel biocompatible cyanines show not only a very large two-photon cross-section of up to 5130 GM at 910 nm in aqueous medium for high-contrast and -brightness two-photon fluorescence live cell imaging but also highly selective subcellular localization properties including localization of mitochondria and lysosomes.

  16. Two-Photon Photoexcited Photodynamic Therapy and Contrast Agent with Antimicrobial Graphene Quantum Dots.

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    Kuo, Wen-Shuo; Chang, Chia-Yuan; Chen, Hua-Han; Hsu, Chih-Li Lilian; Wang, Jiu-Yao; Kao, Hui-Fang; Chou, Lawrence Chao-Shan; Chen, Yi-Chun; Chen, Shean-Jen; Chang, Wen-Tsan; Tseng, Shih-Wen; Wu, Ping-Ching; Pu, Ying-Chih

    2016-11-09

    A graphene quantum dot (GQD) used as the photosensitizer with high two-photon absorption in the near-infrared region, a large absolute cross section of two-photon excitation (TPE), strong two-photon luminescence, and impressive two-photon stability could be used for dual modality two-photon photodynamic therapy (PDT) and two-photon bioimaging with an ultrashot pulse laser (or defined as TPE). In this study, a GQD efficiently generated reactive oxygen species coupled with TPE, which highly increased the effective PDT ability of both Gram-positive and -negative bacteria, with ultralow energy and an extremely short photoexcitation time generated by TPE. Because of its two-photon properties, a GQD could serve as a promising two-photon contrast agent for observing specimens in depth in three-dimensional biological environments while simultaneously proceeding with PDT action to eliminate bacteria, particularly in multidrug-resistant (MDR) strains. This procedure would provide an efficient alternative approach to easily cope with MDR bacteria.

  17. Effect of morphology and solvent on two-photon absorption of nano zinc oxide

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    Kavitha, M.K.; Haripadmam, P.C.; Gopinath, Pramod; Krishnan, Bindu; John, Honey

    2013-05-15

    Highlights: ► ZnO nanospheres and triangular structures synthesis by novel precipitation technique. ► The effect of precursor concentration on the size and shape of nano ZnO. ► Open aperture Z-scan measurements of the ZnO nanoparticle dispersions. ► Nanospheres exhibit higher two photon absorption coefficient than triangular nanostructures. ► Nanospheres dispersed in water exhibit higher two photon absorption coefficient than its dispersion in 2-propanol. - Abstract: In this paper, we report the effect of morphology and solvent on the two-photon absorption of nano zinc oxide. Zinc oxide nanoparticles in two different morphologies like nanospheres and triangular nanostructures are synthesized by novel precipitation technique and their two-photon absorption coefficient is measured using open aperture Z-scan technique. Experimental results show that the zinc oxide nanospheres exhibit higher two-photon absorption coefficient than the zinc oxide triangular nanostructures. The zinc oxide nanospheres dispersed in water exhibit higher two-photon absorption coefficient than that of its dispersion in 2-propanol. The zinc oxide nanospheres dispersed in water shows a decrease in two-photon absorption coefficient with an increase in on-axis irradiance. The result confirms the dependence of shape and solvent on the two-photon absorption of nano zinc oxide.

  18. Two-photon absorption of BF2-carrying compounds: insights from theory and experiment.

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    Bednarska, Joanna; Zaleśny, Robert; Wielgus, Małgorzata; Jędrzejewska, Beata; Puttreddy, Rakesh; Rissanen, Kari; Bartkowiak, Wojciech; Ågren, Hans; Ośmiałowski, Borys

    2017-02-22

    This communication presents a structure-property study of a few novel pyridine-based difluoroborate compounds with a N-BF2-O core, which exhibit outstanding fluorescence properties. To exploit their potential for two-photon bioimaging, relationships between the two-photon action cross section and systematic structural modifications have been investigated and unravelled.

  19. Two-dimensional two-photon absorbing chromophores and solvent effects on their cross-sections

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    Zheng, Lixin; Jen, Alex K.

    2003-02-01

    A series of 2-dimensional two-photon absorbing chromophores and their 1-dimensional analogs were studied. The influence of the solvents on the linear absorption, photoluminescence and two-photon absorption cross-sections were also examined for these chromophores. The stoke's shift increase with increasing solvent polarity, that can be adequately described by Lippert equation. Two-photon absorption cross sections were measured with femtosecond pulses by the two-photon-induced fluorescence technique. It was observed that two-photon cross-sections were also strongly dependent on the solvents, however no simple correlation with solvent polarity was found in this study. Interestingly, a linear relationship was observed in these chromophores between the molar extinction coefficient and the two-photon cross section when plotted in log-log formats. Understanding of the relationship may provide a better insight of the two-photon absorption processes, and potentially will contribute to the design of highly efficient two-photon absorbing chromophores.

  20. A GSH-activatable ruthenium(ii)-azo photosensitizer for two-photon photodynamic therapy.

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    Zeng, Leli; Kuang, Shi; Li, Guanying; Jin, Chengzhi; Ji, Liangnian; Chao, Hui

    2017-02-07

    A glutathione (GSH)-activatable ruthenium(ii)-azo photosensitizer was prepared. The complex had low toxicity towards cells under dark conditions. It exhibited excellent phototoxicity under two-photon excitation (810 nm) and thus was developed as a two-photon photodynamic anticancer agent for cancer therapy.

  1. Two-photon excitation microscopy for the study of living cells and tissues.

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    Benninger, Richard K P; Piston, David W

    2013-06-01

    Two-photon excitation microscopy is an alternative to confocal microscopy that provides advantages for three-dimensional and deep tissue imaging. This unit will describe the basic physical principles behind two-photon excitation and discuss the advantages and limitations of its use in laser-scanning microscopy. The principal advantages of two-photon microscopy are reduced phototoxicity, increased imaging depth, and the ability to initiate highly localized photochemistry in thick samples. Practical considerations for the application of two-photon microscopy will then be discussed, including recent technological advances. This unit will conclude with some recent applications of two-photon microscopy that highlight the key advantages over confocal microscopy and the types of experiments which would benefit most from its application.

  2. Bis(pyrene)-Doped Cationic Dipeptide Nanoparticles for Two-Photon-Activated Photodynamic Therapy.

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    Sun, Bingbing; Wang, Lei; Li, Qi; He, Pingping; Liu, Huiling; Wang, Hao; Yang, Yang; Li, Junbai

    2017-08-25

    At present, one of main problems for photodynamic therapy (PDT) is how to improve the treatment depth. Two-photon activated (TPA) developed recently provide a possible solution for it. In this work, we report the energy-transferring assembled cationic dipeptide nanoparticles for two-photon activated photodynamic therapy (TPA-PDT). In the nanoparticles, the coencapsulated two-photon fluorescent dye bis(pyrene) (BP) is an energy donor, and a photosensitizer rose bengal (RB) is an acceptor based on an intraparticle fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) mechanism. BP in the nanoparticles can be excited by one- or two- photon laser. And then, the energy of BP was transferred to RB, which highly enhanced the generation of singlet oxygen. The cellular experiments indicated that this nanosystem can induce the cytotoxicity under one- and two-photon irradiation, which allows further applications of FRET-based biomaterials for TPA-PDT.

  3. Description of states of two-photon interference in optical gating Michelson interferometer

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    Pongophas, Ekkarat; Sinsarp, Asawin; Suwanna, Sujin; Chunwachirasiri, Withoon; Singhsomroje, Wisit

    2015-07-01

    The interference of two photons in the optical gating Michelson interferometer is investigated. The phenomenon is studied using two different representations of photons: the space-time domain and a step-by-step two photon state evolution. Both representations lead to an equivalent description of the two-photon states which is the interference of four cases of two-photon traveling states, as implied by the evolution analysis. Additionally, the space-time domain analysis reveals that the classical interference of high-intensity light source is identical to the two-photon interference in the quantum regime except for a multiplicative factor of (n 2), where n is the number of photons.

  4. Optimizing single-nanoparticle two-photon microscopy by in situ adaptive control of femtosecond pulses

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    Li, Donghai; Deng, Yongkai; Chu, Saisai; Jiang, Hongbing; Wang, Shufeng; Gong, Qihuang

    2016-07-11

    Single-nanoparticle two-photon microscopy shows great application potential in super-resolution cell imaging. Here, we report in situ adaptive optimization of single-nanoparticle two-photon luminescence signals by phase and polarization modulations of broadband laser pulses. For polarization-independent quantum dots, phase-only optimization was carried out to compensate the phase dispersion at the focus of the objective. Enhancement of the two-photon excitation fluorescence intensity under dispersion-compensated femtosecond pulses was achieved. For polarization-dependent single gold nanorod, in situ polarization optimization resulted in further enhancement of two-photon photoluminescence intensity than phase-only optimization. The application of in situ adaptive control of femtosecond pulse provides a way for object-oriented optimization of single-nanoparticle two-photon microscopy for its future applications.

  5. Two-Photon Excitation Microscopy for the Study of Living Cells and Tissues

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    Benninger, Richard K.P.; Piston, David W.

    2013-01-01

    Two-photon excitation microscopy is an alternative to confocal microscopy that provides advantages for three-dimensional and deep tissue imaging. This unit will describe the basic physical principles behind two-photon excitation and discuss the advantages and limitations of its use in laser-scanning microscopy. The principal advantages of two-photon microscopy are reduced phototoxicity, increased imaging depth, and the ability to initiate highly localized photochemistry in thick samples. Practical considerations for the application of two-photon microscopy will then be discussed, including recent technological advances. This unit will conclude with some recent applications of two-photon microscopy that highlight the key advantages over confocal microscopy and the types of experiments which would benefit most from its application. PMID:23728746

  6. Two-photon absorption in a series of 2,6-disubstituted BODIPY dyes.

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    Barros, Leonardo W T; Cardoso, Thiago A S; Bihlmeier, Angela; Wagner, Danny; Kölmel, Dominik K; Hörner, Anna; Bräse, Stefan; Brito Cruz, Carlos H; Padilha, Lazaro A

    2017-08-16

    We report on the two-photon absorption spectra of a series of 2,6-disubstituted BODIPY dyes. Depending on the substituents, we observe increasing two-photon absorption cross sections with values up to 350 GM compared to 70 GM in the unsubstituted dye. Quantum chemical calculations are performed to assign the absorption bands and to understand the factors controlling the size of the two-photon absorption cross section. Both the maximum of the two-photon absorption band as well as the red-shift of the whole spectrum correlate with the ability of the substituents to extend the π-electron system of the dye. The above-mentioned intense two-photon absorption band corresponds to the absorption of photons with 1.3 eV, which is at the first near-infrared transparency window for biological tissues. The dyes could thus be suitable for bio-imaging applications.

  7. Charge transfer enhances two-photon absorption in transition metal porphyrins.

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    Humphrey, Jonathan L; Kuciauskas, Darius

    2006-03-29

    Two-photon absorption processes were investigated in electropolymerized Fe(III), Mn(III), and Co(II) 5,10,15,20-tetrakis-(4-hydroxytetraphenyl)porphyrin films. Degenerate four wave mixing (DFWM) spectroscopy with 100 fs pulses in the near-IR spectral region was used. Metalloporphyrins with strong charge transfer (CT) transitions in the linear absorption spectra also show enhanced two-photon absorption. (Metalloporphyrin two-photon absorption cross section, delta, increases >10 times over that for the metal free porphyrin.) This effect was attributed to a two-photon induced charge transfer between the metal ion's d orbitals and the pi-system of the porphyrin. Correlation of one- and two-photon absorption properties of transition metal porphyrins suggests a new and simple approach to improve organic materials for photonic applications.

  8. pH Effect on Two-Photon Cross Section of Highly Fluorescent Dyes Using Femtosecond Two-Photon Induced Fluorescence.

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    Makhal, Krishnandu; Goswami, Debabrata

    2017-01-01

    Effect of solution pH on two-photon absorption cross-section of highly fluorescent Coumarin and Rhodamine dyes with high repetition rate femtosecond laser pulses at 780 nm is presented using two-photon induced fluorescence technique. A correspondence in the measured two-photon and single-photon cross-section values is seen when the pH changes from acidic to basic conditions (pH = 2-10) for solutions in 1:1 water-ethanol binary mixture. By plotting changes in the single-photon and two-photon fluorescence in this pH range, the excited state pKa values are found. The ground state pKa values are also affected by the protonation deprotonation equilibrium as a result of variation in pH from acidic to basic, which are characterized by changes in absorbance spectra. Most of these single-photon and two-photon induced fluorescence spectra show characteristic blue shifts. Different fluorescence quantum yields calculated at each pH reflect a change in structure corresponding to their associated properties as a result of acid base equilibrium.

  9. Development of a see-through hollow cathode discharge lamp for (Li/Ne) optogalvanic studies

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    Saini, V. K.; Kumar, P.; Sarangpani, K. K.; Dixit, S. K.; Nakhe, S. V.

    2017-09-01

    Development of a demountable and see-through hollow cathode (HC) discharge lamp suitable for optogalvanic (OG) spectroscopy is described. The design of the HC lamp is simple, compact, and inexpensive. Lithium, investigated rarely by the OG method, is selected for cathode material as its isotopes are important for nuclear industry. The HC lamp is characterized electrically and optically for discharge oscillations free OG effect. Strong OG signals of lithium as well as neon (as buffer gas) are produced precisely upon copper vapor laser pumped tunable dye laser irradiation. The HC lamp is capable of generating a clean OG resonance spectrum in the available dye laser wavelength scanning range (627.5-676 nm) obtained with 4-(Dicyanomethylene)-2-methyl-6-(4-dimethylaminostyryl)-4H-pyran dye. About 28 resonant OG lines are explicitly observed. Majority of them have been identified using j-l coupling scheme and assigned to the well-known neon transitions. One line that corresponds to wavelength near about 670.80 nm is assigned to lithium and resolved for its fine (2S1/2 → 2P1/2, 3/2) transitions. These OG transitions allow 0.33 cm-1 accuracy and can be used to supplement the OG transition data available from other sources to calibrate the wavelength of a scanning dye laser with precision at atomic levels.

  10. Laser-induced optogalvanic signal oscillations in miniature neon glow discharge plasma.

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    Saini, V K

    2013-06-20

    Laser-induced optogalvanic (OG) signal oscillations detected in miniature neon glow discharge plasma are investigated using a discharge equivalent-circuit model. The damped oscillations in OG signal are generated when a pulsed dye laser is tuned to a specific neon transition (1s5→2p2) at 588.2 nm under the discharge conditions where dynamic resistance changes its sign. Penning ionization via quasi-resonant energy transfer collisions between neon gas atoms in metastable state and sputtered electrode atoms in ground state is discussed to explain the negative differential resistance properties of discharge plasma that are attributed to oscillations in the OG signal. The experimentally observed results are simulated by analyzing the behavior of an equivalent discharge-OG circuit. Good agreement between theoretically calculated and experimental results is observed. It is found that discharge plasma is more sensitive and less stable in close vicinity to dynamic resistance sign inversion, which can be useful for weak-optical-transition OG detection.

  11. Two-step laser optogalvanic spectroscopy of the odd-parity Rydberg states of atomic mercury

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    Zia, M. A.; Baig, M. A.

    2004-03-01

    We present new experimental data on the highly excited levels in mercury using the two-step laser excitation and optogalvanic detection technique in conjunction with a RF discharge cell. The 6 s7 s 3S1 intermediate level has been accessed from the 6 s6 p 3P2 metastable level that is collisionally populated in the mercury discharge in the presence of a buffer gas at a pressure of about 1 Torr. Two beams fromtwo different dye lasers pumped with a common excimer laser were passed through the discharge cell containing mercury vapors. The first laser was tuned to 6 s7 s 3S1 level whereas the second laser was scanned covering the wavelength region between 544-458 nm. We have observed the 6 snp 3P0 (10le nle 18), 6 snp 3P1(10 le n le 41), 6 snp 3P2 (10 le n le 70) and 6 snp 1P1 (10 le n le 42) Rydberg series. The 6 snp 3P2 Rydberg series to such high n-value has been reported for the first time. The first ionization potential of mercury is determined from the 6 snp 3P2 Rydberg series as 84184.15± 0.05 cm-1. Some collisionally induced parity forbidden transitions have also been located that are identified as 6 sns 1S0 (40 le n le 58) series.

  12. Nonlinear theory of a two-photon correlated-spontaneous-emission laser: A coherently pumped two-level--two-photon laser

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    Lu, N.; Zhao, F.; Bergou, J.

    1989-05-15

    We develop a nonlinear theory of a two-photon correlated-spontaneous-emission laser (CEL) by using an effective interaction Hamiltonian for a two-level system coupled by a two-photon transition. Assuming that the active atoms are prepared initially in a coherent superposition of two atomic levels involved in the two-photon transition, we derive a master equation for the field-density operator by using our quantum theory for coherently pumped lasers. The steady-state properties of the two-photon CEL are studied by converting the field master equation into a Fokker-Planck equation for the antinormal-ordering Q representation of the field-density operator. Because of the injected atomic coherence, the drift and diffusion coefficients become phase sensitive. This leads to laser phase locking and an extra two-photon CEL gain. The laser field can build up from a vacuum in the no-population-inversion region, in contrast to an ordinary two-photon laser for which triggering is needed. We find an approximate steady-state solution of the Q representation for the laser field, which consists of two identical peaks of elliptical type. We calculate the phase variance and, for any given mean photon number, obtain the minimum variance in the phase quadrature as a function of the initial atomic variables. Squeezing of the quantum noise in the phase quadrature is found and it exhibits the following features: (1) it is possible only when the laser intensity is smaller than a certain value; (2) it becomes most significant for small mean photon number, which is achievable in the no-population-inversion region; and (3) a maximum of 50% squeezing can be asymptotically approached in the small laser intensity limit.

  13. Precise Two-Photon Photodynamic Therapy using an Efficient Photosensitizer with Aggregation-Induced Emission Characteristics.

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    Gu, Bobo; Wu, Wenbo; Xu, Gaixia; Feng, Guangxue; Yin, Feng; Chong, Peter Han Joo; Qu, Junle; Yong, Ken-Tye; Liu, Bin

    2017-07-01

    Two-photon photodynamic therapy (PDT) is able to offer precise 3D manipulation of treatment volumes, providing a target level that is unattainable with current therapeutic techniques. The advancement of this technique is greatly hampered by the availability of photosensitizers with large two-photon absorption (TPA) cross section, high reactive-oxygen-species (ROS) generation efficiency, and bright two-photon fluorescence. Here, an effective photosensitizer with aggregation-induced emission (AIE) characteristics is synthesized, characterized, and encapsulated into an amphiphilic block copolymer to form organic dots for two-photon PDT applications. The AIE dots possess large TPA cross section, high ROS generation efficiency, and excellent photostability and biocompatibility, which overcomes the limitations of many conventional two-photon photosensitizers. Outstanding therapeutic performance of the AIE dots in two-photon PDT is demonstrated using in vitro cancer cell ablation and in vivo brain-blood-vessel closure as examples. This shows therapy precision up to 5 µm under two-photon excitation. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Two-photon absorption and two-photon circular dichroism of L-tryptophan in the near to far UV region

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    Vesga, Yuly; Hernandez, Florencio E.

    2017-09-01

    Herein we report on the first measurements of the two-photon absorption (TPA) spectrum of L-tryptophan in DMSO solution in the near to far UV region and the two-photon circular dichroism (TPCD) signal corresponding to a transition at 200 nm. We demonstrate the application of the Double L-scan technique in the near to far UV region to perform polarization dependent TPA measurements of chiral molecules. TPCD measurements below 400 nm reveal that chiral molecules in solution, such as tryptophan/DMSO, can undergo photochemical reactions in front of prolonged exposure to UV radiation.

  15. In vivo two-photon imaging of retina in rabbits and rats.

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    Jayabalan, Gopal Swamy; Wu, Yi-Kai; Bille, Josef F; Kim, Samuel; Mao, Xiao Wen; Gimbel, Howard V; Rauser, Michael E; Fan, Joseph T

    2017-05-05

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the retina using near-infrared (NIR) two-photon scanning laser ophthalmoscopy. New Zealand white rabbits, albino rats, and brown Norway rats were used in this study. An autofluorescence image of the retina, including the retinal cells and its associated vasculatures was obtained by a real-time scan using the ophthalmoscope. Furthermore, the retinal vessels, nerve fiber layers and the non-pigmented retina were recorded with two-photon fluorescein angiography (FA); and the choroidal vasculatures were recorded using two-photon indocyanine green angiography (ICGA). Two-photon ICGA was achieved by exciting a second singlet state at ∼398 nm. Simultaneous two-photon FA and two-photon ICGA were performed to characterize the retinal and choroidal vessels with a single injection. The minimum laser power threshold required to elicit two-photon fluorescence was determined. The two-photon ophthalmoscope could serve as a promising tool to detect and monitor the disease progression in animal models. Moreover, these high-resolution images of retinal and choroidal vessels can be acquired in a real-time scan with a single light source, requiring no additional filters for FA or ICGA. The combination of FA and ICGA using the two-photon ophthalmoscope will help researchers to characterize the retinal diseases in animal models, and also to classify the types (classic, occult or mixed) of choroidal neovascularization (CNV) in macular degeneration. Furthermore, the prototype can be adapted to image the retina of rodents and rabbits. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  16. Correlated two-photon generation by diamond atomic system in Yb atoms

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    Yoon, Tai Hyun; Song, Minsoo

    2011-05-01

    We study a non-degenerate correlated two-photon generation with narrow bandwidths of 50 MHz by using a diamond atomic system in the collimated Yb atomic beam. We excited the 6s2 1S0 atoms into the 6s7s 1S0 excited state by the resonant two-photon transition via the intermediate 6s6p 1P1 state. Then, the excited atoms decay spontaneously into the 6s2 1S0 ground state via the inter-combination 6s6p 3P1 state. We are focusing on the closed-loop two-photon absorption/excitation path through which correlated two photons having the wavelengths of 611.3 nm (Stokes) and 556.8 nm (anti-Stokes) can be generated efficiently. We performed first a two-photon absorption spectroscopy for the 1S0-1P1-1S0 two-photon transitions. An ECDL at 399 nm was used to excite the 1S0-1P1 transition and another ECDL at 1077 nm was used to excite the 1P1-1S0 transition. From the spontaneous two-photon emission process, we were able to detect correlated two-photons at 611.3 nm and 555.8 nm at the plane perpendicular to the excitation beams, and parallel to the Yb atomic beam. We detected a few times of 106 photons per second both at the idler and signal beams at the condition of two-photon resonance with the detection solid angle of only 0.01 sr. We also performed an optical switching and modulation experiments of the photon-pair by optically switching and frequency modulation of the 399-nm driving field.

  17. Penning type of ionizing energy transfer collisions in a Hg-Ar discharge detected by the optogalvanic effect

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

    1989-01-01

    The temporal evolution of the optogalvanic signals has been investigated in detail in a Hg-argon discharge by irradiating it with an excimer pumped dye laser. The signals at 4510.7, 4596 and 4628.4 A exhibited anomalous behavior. Analysis of the data revealed that the excited Ar and Hg atoms respectively in the 1P1 and 3P1 states participated in energy transfer collisions, causing atomic mercury to excite to an ionized energy state, while simultaneously the argon atom relaxes to its ground state.

  18. Two-photon absorption of [2.2]paracyclophane derivatives in solution: A theoretical investigation

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    Ferrighi, Lara; Frediani, Luca; Fossgaard, Eirik; Ruud, Kenneth

    2007-12-01

    The two-photon absorption of a class of [2.2]paracyclophane derivatives has been studied using quadratic response and density functional theories. For the molecules investigated, several effects influencing the two-photon absorption spectra have been investigated, such as side-chain elongation, hydrogen bonding, the use of ionic species, and solvent effects, the latter described by the polarizable continuum model. The calculations have been carried out using a recent parallel implementation of the polarizable continuum model in the DALTON code. Special attention is given to those aspects that could explain the large solvent effect on the two-photon absorption cross sections observed experimentally for this class of compounds.

  19. Two-Photon Optical Interrogation of Individual Dendritic Spines with Caged Dopamine

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    2013-01-01

    We introduce a novel caged dopamine compound (RuBi-Dopa) based on ruthenium photochemistry. RuBi-Dopa has a high uncaging efficiency and can be released with visible (blue-green) and IR light in a two-photon regime. We combine two-photon photorelease of RuBi-Dopa with two-photon calcium imaging for an optical imaging and manipulation of dendritic spines in living brain slices, demonstrating that spines can express functional dopamine receptors. This novel compound allows mapping of functional dopamine receptors in living brain tissue with exquisite spatial resolution. PMID:23672485

  20. Two-photon Anderson localization in a disordered quadratic waveguide array

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    Bai, Y. F.; Xu, P.; Lu, L. L.; Zhong, M. L.; Zhu, S. N.

    2016-05-01

    We theoretically investigate two-photon Anderson localization in a χ (2) waveguide array with off-diagonal disorder. The nonlinear parametric down-conversion process would enhance both the single-photon and the two-photon Anderson localization. In the strong disorder regime, the two-photon position correlation exhibits a bunching distribution around the pumped waveguides, which is independent of pumping conditions and geometrical structures of waveguide arrays. Quadratic nonlinearity can be supplied as a new ingredient for Anderson localization. Also, our results pave the way for engineering quantum states through nonlinear quantum walks.

  1. Cyanines as new fluorescent probes for DNA detection and two-photon excited bioimaging.

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    Feng, Xin Jiang; Wu, Po Lam; Bolze, Frédéric; Leung, Heidi W C; Li, King Fai; Mak, Nai Ki; Kwong, Daniel W J; Nicoud, Jean-François; Cheah, Kok Wai; Wong, Man Shing

    2010-05-21

    A series of cyanine fluorophores based on fused aromatics as an electron donor for DNA sensing and two-photon bioimaging were synthesized, among which the carbazole-based biscyanine exhibits high sensitivity and efficiency as a fluorescent light-up probe for dsDNA, which shows selective binding toward the AT-rich regions. The synergetic effect of the bischromophoric skeleton gives a several-fold enhancement in a two-photon absorption cross-section as well as a 25- to 100-fold enhancement in two-photon excited fluorescence upon dsDNA binding.

  2. The two-photon exchange contribution to elastic electron-nucleon scattering at large momentum transfer

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    Andrei V. Afanasev; Stanley J. Brodsky; Carl E. Carlson; Yu-Chun Chen; Marc Vanderhaeghen

    2005-01-01

    We estimate the two-photon exchange contribution to elastic electron-proton scattering at large momentum transfer by using a quark-parton representation of virtual Compton scattering. We thus can relate the two-photon exchange amplitude to the generalized parton distributions which also enter in other wide angle scattering processes. We find that the interference of one- and two-photon exchange contribution is able to substantially resolve the difference between electric form factor measurements from Rosenbluth and polarization transfer experiments.

  3. Dispersion spreading of biphotons in optical fibers and two-photon interference.

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    Brida, G; Chekhova, M V; Genovese, M; Gramegna, M; Krivitsky, L A

    2006-04-14

    We present the first observation of two-photon polarization interference structure in the second-order Glauber correlation function of two-photon light generated via type-II spontaneous parametric down-conversion. In order to obtain this result, two-photon light is transmitted through an optical fiber and the coincidence distribution is analyzed by means of the start-stop method. Beyond the experimental demonstration of an interesting effect in quantum optics, these results also have considerable relevance for quantum communications.

  4. Nonsequential two-photon absorption from the K shell in solid zirconium

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    Ghimire, Shambhu; Fuchs, Matthias; Hastings, Jerry; Herrmann, Sven C.; Inubushi, Yuichi; Pines, Jack; Shwartz, Sharon; Yabashi, Makina; Reis, David A.

    2016-10-01

    We report the observation of nonsequential two-photon absorption from the K shell of solid Zr (atomic number Z =40 ) using intense x-ray pulses from the Spring-8 Angstrom Compact Free-Electron Laser (SACLA). We determine the generalized nonlinear two-photon absorption cross section at the two-photon threshold in the range of 3.9-57 ×10-60cm4s bounded by the estimated uncertainty in the absolute intensity. The lower limit is consistent with the prediction of 3.1 ×10-60cm4s from the nonresonant Z-6 scaling for hydrogenic ions in the nonrelativistic, dipole limit.

  5. Two-photon photocurrent autocorrelation using intersubband transitions at nearly-resonant excitation.

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    Schneider, Harald; Maier, Thomas; Liu, H C; Walther, Martin

    2008-02-04

    We investigate nonlinear mid-infrared detection via two-photon transitions involving two bound subbands and one continuum resonance in an n-type multiple quantum well. By varying the excitation energy, we have tuned the two-photon transition from resonant, yielding optimum resonant enhancement with a real intermediate state, to nearly-resonant, with a virtual but resonantly enhanced intermediate state. For autocorrelation purposes, the latter configuration improves time resolution whilst partially retaining a resonant enhancement of the two-photon transition strength.

  6. A Two-Photon Fluorescent Probe for Lysosomal Thiols in Live Cells and Tissues

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    Fan, Jiangli; Han, Zhichao; Kang, Yao; Peng, Xiaojun

    2016-01-01

    Lysosome-specific fluorescent probes are exclusive to elucidate the functions of lysosomal thiols. Moreover, two-photon microscopy offers advantages of less phototoxicity, better three dimensional spatial localization, deeper penetration depth and lower self-absorption. However, such fluorescent probes for thiols are still rare. In this work, an efficient two-photon fluorophore 1,8-naphthalimide-based probe conjugating a 2,4-dinitrobenzenesulfonyl chloride and morpholine was designed and synthesized, which exhibited high selectivity and sensitivity towards lysosomal thiols by turn-on fluorescence method quantitatively and was successfully applied to the imaging of thiols in live cells and tissues by two-photon microscopy. PMID:26794434

  7. Dicke coherent narrowing in two-photon and Raman spectroscopy of thin vapor cells

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    Dutier, Gabriel; Todorov, Petko; Hamdi, Ismahene; Maurin, Isabelle; Saltiel, Solomon; Bloch, Daniel; Ducloy, Martial

    2005-10-15

    The principle of coherent Dicke narrowing in a thin vapor cell, in which sub-Doppler spectral line shapes are observed under a normal irradiation for a {lambda}/2 thickness, is generalized to two-photon spectroscopy. Only the sum of the two wave vectors must be normal to the cell, making the two-photon scheme highly versatile. A comparison is provided between the Dicke narrowing with copropagating fields, and the residual Doppler broadening occurring with counterpropagating geometries. The experimental feasibility is discussed on the basis of a first observation of a two-photon resonance in a 300-nm-thick Cs cell. Extension to the Raman situation is finally considered.

  8. Extreme-temperature lab on a chip for optogalvanic spectroscopy of ultra small samples - key components and a first integration attempt

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    Berglund, Martin; Khaji, Zahra; Klintberg, Lena; Persson, Anders; Sturesson, Peter; Söderberg Breivik, Johan; Thornell, Greger

    2016-10-01

    This is a short summary of the authors’ recent R&D on valves, combustors, plasma sources, and pressure and temperature sensors, realized in high-temperature co-fired ceramics, and an account for the first attempt to monolithically integrate them to form a lab on a chip for sample administration, preparation and analysis, as a stage in optogalvanic spectroscopy.

  9. An Amphiphilic BODIPY-Porphyrin Conjugate: Intense Two-Photon Absorption and Rapid Cellular Uptake for Two-Photon-Induced Imaging and Photodynamic Therapy.

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    Zhang, Tao; Lan, Rongfeng; Gong, Longlong; Wu, Baoyan; Wang, Yuzhi; Kwong, Daniel W J; Wong, Wai-Kwok; Wong, Ka-Leung; Xing, Da

    2015-11-02

    The new amphiphilic BODPY-porphyrin conjugate BZnPP and its precursor BZnPH were synthesised, and their linear and two-photon photophysical properties, together with their cellular uptake and photo-cytotoxicity, were studied. This amphiphilic conjugate consists of a hydrophobic BODIPY moiety and a hydrophilic tetra(ethylene glycol) chain bridging a cationic triphenylphosphonium group to an amphiphilic porphyrin ZnP through acetylide linkers at its meso positions. A large two-photon absorption cross-section (σ=1725 GM) and a high singlet oxygen quantum yield (0.52) were recorded. Intense linear- and two-photon-induced red emissions were also observed for both BZnPP and BZnPH. Further in vitro studies showed that BZnPP exhibited very efficient cellular uptake and strong photocytotoxic but weak dark cytotoxic properties towards human breast carcinoma MCF-7 cells. In summary, the two-photon-induced emission and the potent photo-cytotoxicity of BZnPP make it an efficacious dual-purpose tumour-imaging and photodynamic therapeutic agent in the tissue-transparent spectral windows. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Note: Derivation of two-photon circular dichroism—Addendum to “Two-photon circular dichroism” [J. Chem. Phys. 62, 1006 (1975)

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    Friese, Daniel H.

    2015-09-07

    This addendum shows the detailed derivation of the fundamental equations for two-photon circular dichroism which are given in a very condensed form in the original publication [I. Tinoco, J. Chem. Phys. 62, 1006 (1975)]. In addition, some minor errors are corrected and some of the derivations in the original publication are commented.

  11. Y-shaped two-photon absorbing molecules with an imidazole-thiazole core

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    Feng, Ke; De Boni, Leonardo; Misoguti, Lino; Mendonca, C. R.; Meador, Michael; Hsu, Fu-Lian; Bu, Xiu R.

    2004-01-01

    Two new classes of two-photon absorbing Y-shaped molecules have been developed to possess an imidazole-thiazole core and a stilbene-type conjugation pathway with either nitro or sulfonyl as terminal electron-accepting group.

  12. Measurement of Two-Photon Absorption Cross Section of Metal Ions by a Mass Sedimentation Approach

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    Ma, Zhuo-Chen; Chen, Qi-Dai; Han, Bing; Liu, Xue-Qing; Song, Jun-Feng; Sun, Hong-Bo

    2015-01-01

    The photo-reduction of metal ions in solution induced by femtosecond laser is an important and novel method for fabricating three-dimensional metal microstructures. However, the nonlinear absorption cross section of metal ions remains unknown because its measurement is difficult. In the present study, a method based on Two-Photon Excited Sedimentation (TPES) is proposed to measure the two-photon absorption cross section (TPACS) of metal ions in solution. The power-squared dependence of the amount of sediment on the excitation intensity was confirmed, revealing that 800 nm femtosecond laser induced reduction of metal ions was a two photon absorption process. We believe that the proposed method may be applied to measure the TPACS of several metal ions, thereby opening a new avenue towards future analysis of two-photon absorption materials. PMID:26657990

  13. Experimental observation of sub-Rayleigh quantum imaging with a two-photon entangled source

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    Xu, De-Qin; Song, Xin-Bing; Li, Hong-Guo; Zhang, De-Jian; Wang, Hai-Bo; Xiong, Jun Wang, Kaige

    2015-04-27

    It has been theoretically predicted that N-photon quantum imaging can realize either an N-fold resolution improvement (Heisenberg-like scaling) or a √(N)-fold resolution improvement (standard quantum limit) beyond the Rayleigh diffraction bound, over classical imaging. Here, we report the experimental study on spatial sub-Rayleigh quantum imaging using a two-photon entangled source. Two experimental schemes are proposed and performed. In a Fraunhofer diffraction scheme with a lens, two-photon Airy disk pattern is observed with subwavelength diffraction property. In a lens imaging apparatus, however, two-photon sub-Rayleigh imaging for an object is realized with super-resolution property. The experimental results agree with the theoretical prediction in the two-photon quantum imaging regime.

  14. Experimental observation of sub-Rayleigh quantum imaging with a two-photon entangled source

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    Xu, De-Qin; Song, Xin-Bing; Li, Hong-Guo; Zhang, De-Jian; Wang, Hai-Bo; Xiong, Jun; Wang, Kaige

    2015-04-01

    It has been theoretically predicted that N-photon quantum imaging can realize either an N-fold resolution improvement (Heisenberg-like scaling) or a √{ N } -fold resolution improvement (standard quantum limit) beyond the Rayleigh diffraction bound, over classical imaging. Here, we report the experimental study on spatial sub-Rayleigh quantum imaging using a two-photon entangled source. Two experimental schemes are proposed and performed. In a Fraunhofer diffraction scheme with a lens, two-photon Airy disk pattern is observed with subwavelength diffraction property. In a lens imaging apparatus, however, two-photon sub-Rayleigh imaging for an object is realized with super-resolution property. The experimental results agree with the theoretical prediction in the two-photon quantum imaging regime.

  15. Two-photon fluorescence correlation spectroscopy with high count rates and low background using dielectric microspheres

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    Aouani, Heykel; Schön, Peter; Brasselet, Sophie; Rigneault, Hervé; Wenger, Jérôme

    2010-01-01

    Two-photon excitation fluorescence is a powerful technique commonly used for biological imaging. However, the low absorption cross section of this non-linear process is a critical issue for performing biomolecular spectroscopy at the single molecule level. Enhancing the two-photon fluorescence signal would greatly improve the effectiveness of this technique, yet current methods struggle with medium enhancement factors and/or high background noise. Here, we show that the two-photon fluorescence signal from single Alexa Fluor 488 molecules can be enhanced up to 10 times by using a 3 µm diameter latex sphere while adding almost no photoluminescence background. We report a full characterization of the two-photon fluorescence enhancement by a single microsphere using fluorescence correlation spectroscopy. This opens new routes to enhance non-linear optical signals and extend biophotonic applications. PMID:21258531

  16. Plasmonic-enhanced two-photon fluorescence with single gold nanoshell

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    Zhang, TianYue; Lu, GuoWei; Shen, HongMing; Perriat, P.; Martini, M.; Tillement, O.; Gong, QiHuang

    2014-06-01

    Single gold nanoshell with mutilpolar plasmon resonances is proposed to enhance two-photon fluorescence efficiently. The single emitter single nanoshell configuration is studied systematically by employing the finite-difference time-domain method. The emitter located inside or outside the nanoshell at various positions leads to a significantly different enhancement effect. The fluorescent emitter placed outside the nanoshell can achieve large fluorescence intensity given that both the position and orientation of the emission dipole are optimally controlled. In contrast, for the case of the emitter placed inside the nanoshell, it can experience substantial two-photon fluorescence enhancement without strict requirements upon the position and dipole orientations. Metallic nanoshell encapsulating many fluorescent emitters should be a promising nanocomposite configuration for bright two-photon fluorescence label. The results provide a comprehensive understanding about the plasmonic-enhanced two-photon fluorescence behaviors, and the nanocomposite configuration has great potential for optical detecting, imaging and sensing in biological applications.

  17. Dye-doped sol-gel materials for two-photon absorption induced fluorescence

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    Canva, Michael; Roger, Gisèle; Cassagne, Florence; Lévy, Yves; Brun, Alain; Chaput, Frédéric; Boilot, Jean-Pierre; Rapaport, Alexandra; Heerdt, Céline; Bass, Michael

    2002-01-01

    Two-photon absorption (TPA) and subsequent fluorescence properties of laser dyes are retained when doped into solid state sol-gel materials. These properties were demonstrated to be applicable in true 3D displays.

  18. Fluorescence upconversion properties of a class of improved pyridinium dyes induced by two-photon absorption

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    Xu, Guibao; Hu, Dawei; Zhao, Xian; Shao, Zongshu; Liu, Huijun; Tian, Yupeng

    2007-06-01

    We report the fluorescence upconversion properties of a class of improved pyridinium toluene- p-sulfonates having donor- π-acceptor (D- π-A) structure under two-photon excitation at 1064 nm. The experimental results show that both the two-photon excited (TPE) fluorescence lifetime and the two-photon pumped (TPP) energy upconversion efficiency were increased with the enhancement of electron-donating capability of the donor in the molecule. It is also indicated that an overlong alkyl group tends to result in a weakened molecular conjugation, leading to a decreased two-photon absorption (TPA) cross section. By choosing the donor, we can obtain a longest fluorescence lifetime of 837 ps, a highest energy upconversion efficiency of ˜6.1%, and a maximum TPA cross-section of 8.74×10 -48 cm 4 s/photon in these dyes.

  19. Two-photon vibrational excitation of air by long-wave infrared laser pulses

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    Palastro, J. P.; Peñano, J.; Johnson, L. A.; Hafizi, B.; Wahlstrand, J. K.; Milchberg, H. M.

    2016-08-01

    Ultrashort long-wave infrared (LWIR) laser pulses can resonantly excite vibrations in N2 and O2 through a two-photon transition. The absorptive vibrational component of the ultrafast optical nonlinearity grows in time, starting smaller than but quickly surpassing the electronic, rotational, and vibrational refractive components. The growth of the vibrational component results in a novel mechanism of third-harmonic generation, providing an additional two-photon excitation channel, fundamental + third harmonic. The original and emergent two-photon excitations drive the resonance exactly out of phase, causing spatial decay of the absorptive vibrational nonlinearity. This nearly eliminates two-photon vibrational absorption. Here we present simulations and analytical calculations demonstrating how these processes modify the ultrafast optical nonlinearity in air. The results reveal nonlinear optical phenomena unique to the LWIR regime of ultrashort pulse propagation in the atmosphere.

  20. Two-photon absorption properties of a new series of 2CTσ chromophores

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    Zhou, Yu-fang; Meng, Fan-qing; Zhao, Xian; Xu, Dong; Jiang, Min-hu

    2000-10-01

    We have designed and synthesized a new series of two-photon ASPT-like charge transfer moieties linked by σ-bond spacers to N-position of pyridine cycle. Both theoretical and experimental results show there is no linear absorption in 600-1300 nm, so two-photon properties can be expected in this range. Two-photon absorption (TPA) cross-sections were calculated by using INDO/CI and SOS methods. The results show that those compounds possess large cross-sections as well as appropriate absorption wavelengths. Also the magnitude of the cross-section changes regularly with the number of the σ-bond spacers. These imply that they are good candidates for two-photon devices.

  1. Super-resolution two-photon microscopy via scanning patterned illumination

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    Urban, Ben E.; Yi, Ji; Chen, Siyu; Dong, Biqin; Zhu, Yongling; DeVries, Steven H.; Backman, Vadim; Zhang, Hao F.

    2015-04-01

    We developed two-photon scanning patterned illumination microscopy (2P-SPIM) for super-resolution two-photon imaging. Our approach used a traditional two-photon microscopy setup with temporally modulated excitation to create patterned illumination fields. Combing nine different illuminations and structured illumination reconstruction, super-resolution imaging was achieved in two-photon microscopy. Using 2P-SPIM we achieved a lateral resolution of 141 nm, which represents an improvement by a factor of 1.9 over the corresponding diffraction limit. We further demonstrated super-resolution cellular imaging by 2P-SPIM to image actin cytoskeleton in mammalian cells and three-dimensional imaging in highly scattering retinal tissue.

  2. Y-shaped two-photon absorbing molecules with an imidazole-thiazole core

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    Feng, Ke; De Boni, Leonardo; Misoguti, Lino; Mendonca, C. R.; Meador, Michael; Hsu, Fu-Lian; Bu, Xiu R.

    2004-01-01

    Two new classes of two-photon absorbing Y-shaped molecules have been developed to possess an imidazole-thiazole core and a stilbene-type conjugation pathway with either nitro or sulfonyl as terminal electron-accepting group.

  3. Method and apparatus for producing laser radiation following two-photon excitation of a gaseous medium

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    Bischel, William K. [Menlo Park, CA; Jacobs, Ralph R. [Livermore, CA; Prosnitz, Donald [Hamden, CT; Rhodes, Charles K. [Palo Alto, CA; Kelly, Patrick J. [Fort Lewis, WA

    1979-02-20

    Method and apparatus for producing laser radiation by two-photon optical pumping of an atomic or molecular gaseous medium and subsequent lasing action. A population inversion is created as a result of two-photon absorption of the gaseous species. Stark tuning is utilized, if necessary, in order to tune the two-photon transition into exact resonance. In particular, gaseous ammonia (NH.sub.3) or methyl fluoride (CH.sub.3 F) is optically pumped by a pair of CO.sub.2 lasers to create a population inversion resulting from simultaneous two-photon excitation of a high-lying vibrational state, and laser radiation is produced by stimulated emission of coherent radiation from the inverted level.

  4. Method and apparatus for producing laser radiation following two-photon excitation of a gaseous medium

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    Bischel, W.K.; Jacobs, R.R.; Prosnitz, D.P.; Rhodes, C.K.; Kelly, P.J.

    1979-02-20

    Method and apparatus are disclosed for producing laser radiation by two-photon optical pumping of an atomic or molecular gaseous medium and subsequent lasing action. A population inversion is created as a result of two-photon absorption of the gaseous species. Stark tuning is utilized, if necessary, in order to tune the two-photon transition into exact resonance. In particular, gaseous ammonia (NH[sub 3]) or methyl fluoride (CH[sub 3]F) is optically pumped by a pair of CO[sub 2] lasers to create a population inversion resulting from simultaneous two-photon excitation of a high-lying vibrational state, and laser radiation is produced by stimulated emission of coherent radiation from the inverted level. 3 figs.

  5. The two-photon excitation cross section of 6MAP, a fluorescent adenine analogue.

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    Stanley, Robert J; Hou, Zhanjia; Yang, Aiping; Hawkins, Mary E

    2005-03-03

    6MAP is a fluorescent analogue of adenine that undergoes Watson-Crick base pairing and base stacking in double-stranded DNA. The one-photon absorption spectrum of 6MAP is characterized by a maximum around 330 nm with moderate quantum yield fluorescence centered at about 420 nm. To take advantage of this probe for confocal and single-molecule microscopy, it would be advantageous to be able to excite the analogue via two photons. We report the first determination of the two-photon excitation cross section and spectrum for 6MAP from 614 to 700 nm. The power dependence of the fluorescence indicates that emission results from the absorption of two photons. The one-photon and two-photon emission line shapes are identical within experimental error. A study of the concentration dependence of the fluorescence yield for one-photon excitation shows no measurable quenching up to about 5 microM. The maximum in the two-photon excitation spectrum gives a two-photon cross section, delta(TPE), of 3.4 +/- 0.1 Goeppert-Mayer (G.M.) at 659 nm, which correlates well with the one-photon absorption maximum. This compares quite favorably with cross sections of various naturally fluorescent biological molecules such as flavins and nicotiamide. In addition, we have also obtained the two-photon-induced fluorescence emission spectrum of quinine sulfate. It is approximately the same as that for one-photon excitation, suggesting that two-photon excitation of quinine sulfate may be used for calibration purposes.

  6. Two-Photon Laser Micro-Nano Fabrication; Understanding from Single-Voxel Level

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    2003-04-01

    UNCLASSIFIED Defense Technical Information Center Compilation Part Notice ADP014231 TITLE: Two-Photon Laser Micro - Nano Fabrication; Understanding...758 @ 2003 Materials Research Society LL4.6 Two-Photon Laser Micro - Nano Fabrication; Understanding from Single-Voxel Level Satoshi Kawatal and Hong...spatial resolution by the radical quenching effect [8, 9], improvement of fabrication efficiency by using 3D vector scanning [9], 3D micro -diagnosis by

  7. Fast two-photon neuronal imaging and control using a spatial light modulator and ruthenium compounds

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    Peterka, Darcy S.; Nikolenko, Volodymyr; Fino, Elodie; Araya, Roberto; Etchenique, Roberto; Yuste, Rafael

    2010-02-01

    We have developed a spatial light modulator (SLM) based microscope that uses diffraction to shape the incoming two-photon laser source to any arbitrary light pattern. This allows the simultaneous imaging or photostimulation of different regions of a sample with three-dimensional precision at high frame rates. Additionally, we have combined this microscope with a new class of two photon active neuromodulators with Ruthenium BiPyridine (RuBi) based cages that offer great flexibility for neuronal control.

  8. Serial two-photon tomography: an automated method for ex-vivo mouse brain imaging

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    Ragan, Timothy; Kadiri, Lolahon R.; Venkataraju, Kannan Umadevi; Bahlmann, Karsten; Sutin, Jason; Taranda, Julian; Arganda-Carreras, Ignacio; Kim, Yongsoo; Seung, H. Sebastian

    2011-01-01

    Here we describe an automated method, which we call serial two-photon (STP) tomography, that achieves high-throughput fluorescence imaging of mouse brains by integrating two-photon microscopy and tissue sectioning. STP tomography generates high-resolution datasets that are free of distortions and can be readily warped in 3D, for example, for comparing multiple anatomical tracings. This method opens the door to routine systematic studies of neuroanatomy in mouse models of human brain disorders. PMID:22245809

  9. Two-photon neuronal and astrocytic stimulation with azobenzene-based photoswitches.

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    Izquierdo-Serra, Mercè; Gascón-Moya, Marta; Hirtz, Jan J; Pittolo, Silvia; Poskanzer, Kira E; Ferrer, Èric; Alibés, Ramon; Busqué, Félix; Yuste, Rafael; Hernando, Jordi; Gorostiza, Pau

    2014-06-18

    Synthetic photochromic compounds can be designed to control a variety of proteins and their biochemical functions in living cells, but the high spatiotemporal precision and tissue penetration of two-photon stimulation have never been investigated in these molecules. Here we demonstrate two-photon excitation of azobenzene-based protein switches and versatile strategies to enhance their photochemical responses. This enables new applications to control the activation of neurons and astrocytes with cellular and subcellular resolution.

  10. Two-Photon Neuronal and Astrocytic Stimulation with Azobenzene-Based Photoswitches

    PubMed Central

    2015-01-01

    Synthetic photochromic compounds can be designed to control a variety of proteins and their biochemical functions in living cells, but the high spatiotemporal precision and tissue penetration of two-photon stimulation have never been investigated in these molecules. Here we demonstrate two-photon excitation of azobenzene-based protein switches and versatile strategies to enhance their photochemical responses. This enables new applications to control the activation of neurons and astrocytes with cellular and subcellular resolution. PMID:24857186

  11. Absolute frequency measurement of rubidium 5S-7S two-photon transitions.

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    Morzyński, Piotr; Wcisło, Piotr; Ablewski, Piotr; Gartman, Rafał; Gawlik, Wojciech; Masłowski, Piotr; Nagórny, Bartłomiej; Ozimek, Filip; Radzewicz, Czesław; Witkowski, Marcin; Ciuryło, Roman; Zawada, Michał

    2013-11-15

    We report the absolute frequency measurements of rubidium 5S-7S two-photon transitions with a cw laser digitally locked to an atomic transition and referenced to an optical frequency comb. The narrow, two-photon transition, 5S-7S (760 nm), insensitive to first-order in a magnetic field, is a promising candidate for frequency reference. The performed tests yielded more accurate transition frequencies than previously reported.

  12. Two-Photon Exchange in Elastic Electron-Proton Scattering: A QCD Factorization Approach

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    Kivel, Nikolai; Vanderhaeghen, Marc

    2009-08-28

    We estimate the two-photon exchange contribution to elastic electron-proton scattering at large momentum transfer Q{sup 2}. It is shown that the leading two-photon exchange amplitude behaves as 1/Q{sup 4}, and can be expressed in a model independent way in terms of the leading twist nucleon distribution amplitudes. Using several models for the nucleon distribution amplitudes, we provide estimates for existing data and for ongoing experiments.

  13. Two-photon ionization of atomic hydrogen with elliptically polarized light

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    Kassaee, A.; Rustgi, M. L.; Long, S. A. T.

    1988-01-01

    The theory of two-photon ionization of a hydrogenic state in the nonrelativistic dipole approximation is generalized for elliptically polarized light. An application to the metastable 2S state of atomic hydrogen is made. Significant differences in the angular distribution of the outgoing electrons are found depending upon the polarization of the photons. It is claimed that two-photon ionization employing elliptically polarized photons from lasers may provide an additional test for the theories of multiphoton ionization.

  14. DURIP97 Instrumentation for Characterization of Two-Photon Absorbing Organic Materials

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    2007-11-02

    Room Bl 15 Boiling AFB DC 20332- 8050 5 . FUNDING NUMBERS AFOSR Grant F49620-97-1-0200 8. PERFORMING ORGANIZATION REPORT NUMBER 11. SUPPLEMENTARY...REPORT 1 Final Technical ...u DATES CUVCHED 4/1/97 - 3/ 31 /98 4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE DURIP97 Instrumentation for Characterization of Two-Photon...in great demand for variety-of applications including, two-photon excited fluorescence microscopy (7- 4), optical limiting ( 5 - 7), three-dimensional

  15. Suppression of two-photon resonantly enhanced nonlinear processes in extended media

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    Garrett, W.R.; Moore, M.A.; Payne, M.G.; Wunderlich, R.K.

    1988-11-01

    On the basis of combined experimental and theoretical studies of nonlinear processes associated with two-photon excitations near 3d and 4d states in Na, we show how resonantly enhanced stimulated hyper-Raman emission, parametric four-wave mixing processes and total resonant two-photon absorption can become severely suppressed through the actions of internally generated fields on the total atomic response in extended media. 7 refs., 3 figs.

  16. Two-Photon Entanglement and EPR Experiments Using Type-2 Spontaneous Parametric Down Conversion

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    Sergienko, A. V.; Shih, Y. H.; Pittman, T. B.; Rubin, M. H.

    1996-01-01

    Simultaneous entanglement in spin and space-time of a two-photon quantum state generated in type-2 spontaneous parametric down-conversion is demonstrated by the observation of quantum interference with 98% visibility in a simple beam-splitter (Hanburry Brown-Twiss) anticorrelation experiment. The nonlocal cancellation of two-photon probability amplitudes as a result of this double entanglement allows us to demonstrate two different types of Bell's inequality violations in one experimental setup.

  17. Nonlocality of high-dimensional two-photon orbital angular momentum states

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    Aiello, A.; Oemrawsingh, S. S. R.; Eliel, E. R.; Woerdman, J. P.

    2005-11-15

    We propose an interferometric method to investigate the nonlocality of high-dimensional two-photon orbital angular momentum states generated by spontaneous parametric down conversion. We incorporate two half-integer spiral phase plates and a variable-reflectivity output beam splitter into a Mach-Zehnder interferometer to build an orbital angular momentum analyzer. This setup enables testing the nonlocality of high-dimensional two-photon states by repeated use of the Clauser-Horne-Shimony-Holt inequality.

  18. Highly Selective Two-Photon Fluorescent Probe for Ratiometric Sensing and Imaging Cysteine in Mitochondria.

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    Niu, Weifen; Guo, Lei; Li, Yinhui; Shuang, Shaomin; Dong, Chuan; Wong, Man Shing

    2016-02-02

    A novel ratiometric mitochondrial cysteine (Cys)-selective two-photon fluorescence probe has been developed on the basis of a merocyanine as the fluorophore and an acrylate moiety as the biothiol reaction site. The biocompatible and photostable acrylate-functionalized merocyanine probe shows not only a mitochondria-targeting property but also highly selective detection and monitoring of Cys over other biothiols such as homocysteine (Hcy) and glutathione (GSH) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) in live cells. In addition, this probe exhibits ratiometric fluorescence emission characteristics (F518/F452), which are linearly proportional to Cys concentrations in the range of 0.5-40 μM. More importantly, the probe and its released fluorophore, merocyanine, exhibit strong two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) with two-photon action cross-section (Φσmax) of 65.2 GM at 740 nm and 72.6 GM at 760 nm in aqueous medium, respectively, which is highly desirable for high contrast and brightness ratiometric two-photon fluorescence imaging of the living samples. The probe has been successfully applied to ratiometrically image and detect mitochondrial Cys in live cells and intact tissues down to a depth of 150 μm by two-photon fluorescence microscopy. Thus, this ratiometric two-photon fluorescent probe is practically useful for an investigation of Cys in living biological systems.

  19. Two-photon fluorescent probes for biological Mg(2+) detection based on 7-substituted coumarin.

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    Yin, Haijing; Zhang, Buchang; Yu, Haizhu; Zhu, Lin; Feng, Yan; Zhu, Manzhou; Guo, Qingxiang; Meng, Xiangming

    2015-05-01

    Two novel water-soluble coumarin-based compounds (OC7, NC7) were designed and synthesized as two-photon fluorescent probes for biological Mg(2+) detection. The compounds feature a β-keto acid as a high selective binding site for Mg(2+) and the coumarin framework as the two-photon fluorophore. OC7 and NC7 show significant "off-on" detecting signals (9.05-fold and 23.8-fold fluorescence enhancement) and lower detection limits compared with previous reported two-photon fluorescent probes for Mg(2+). Moreover, OC7-Mg(2+) and NC7-Mg(2+) exhibit large two-photon absorption cross sections (340 and 615 GM) at the near-infrared wavelengths (740 and 860 nm), which indicates that the probes are very suitable for detection of Mg(2+) in vivo. Both OC7 and NC7 are pH-insensitive and of low cytotoxicity and can be applied to image intracellular Mg(2+) under two-photon microscopy (TPM). Our results provide a strategy to modify the coumarin fluorophore to get better two-photon fluorescent properties. And the results also suggest that electronic density of β-keto acid plays a very important role in the recognition of Mg(2+).

  20. Two-Photon and Second Harmonic Microscopy in Clinical and Translational Cancer Research

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    PERRY, SETH W.; BURKE, RYAN M.; BROWN, EDWARD B.

    2012-01-01

    Application of two-photon microscopy (TPM) to translational and clinical cancer research has burgeoned over the last several years, as several avenues of pre-clinical research have come to fruition. In this review, we focus on two forms of TPM—two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy, and second harmonic generation microscopy—as they have been used for investigating cancer pathology in ex vivo and in vivo human tissue. We begin with discussion of two-photon theory and instrumentation particularly as applicable to cancer research, followed by an overview of some of the relevant cancer research literature in areas that include two-photon imaging of human tissue biopsies, human skin in vivo, and the rapidly developing technology of two-photon microendoscopy. We believe these and other evolving two-photon methodologies will continue to help translate cancer research from the bench to the bedside, and ultimately bring minimally invasive methods for cancer diagnosis and treatment to therapeutic reality. PMID:22258888

  1. Two Photon Absorption in II-VI Semiconductors: The Influence of Dimensionality and Size.

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    Scott, Riccardo; Achtstein, Alexander W; Prudnikau, Anatol; Antanovich, Artsiom; Christodoulou, Sotirios; Moreels, Iwan; Artemyev, Mikhail; Woggon, Ulrike

    2015-08-12

    We report a comprehensive study on the two-photon absorption cross sections of colloidal CdSe nanoplatelets, -rods, and -dots of different sizes by the means of z-scan and two-photon excitation spectroscopy. Platelets combine large particle volumes with ultra strong confinement. In contrast to weakly confined nanocrystals, the TPA cross sections of CdSe nanoplatelets scale superlinearly with volume (V(∼2)) and show ten times more efficient two-photon absorption than nanorods or dots. This unexpectedly strong shape dependence goes well beyond the effect of local fields. The larger the particles' aspect ratio, the greater is the confinement related electronic contribution to the increased two-photon absorption. Both electronic confinement and local field effects favor the platelets and make them unique two-photon absorbers with outstanding cross sections of up to 10(7) GM, the largest ever reported for (colloidal) semiconductor nanocrystals and ideally suited for two-photon imaging and nonlinear optoelectronics. The obtained results are confirmed by two independent techniques as well as a new self-referencing method.

  2. Rapid prototyping of electrochromatography chips for improved two-photon excited fluorescence detection.

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    Hackl, Claudia; Beyreiss, Reinhild; Geissler, David; Jezierski, Stefan; Belder, Detlev

    2014-04-15

    In the present study, we introduce two-photon excitation at 532 nm for label-free fluorescence detection in chip electrochromatography. Two-photon excitation at 532 nm offers a promising alternative to one-photon excitation at 266 nm, as it enables the use of economic chip materials instead of fused silica. In order to demonstrate these benefits, one-photon and two-photon induced fluorescence detection are compared in different chip layouts and materials with respect to the achievable sensitivity in the detection of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Customized chromatography chips with cover or bottom slides of different material and thickness are produced by means of a rapid prototyping method based on liquid-phase lithography. The design of thin bottom chips (180 μm) enables the use of high-performance immersion objectives with low working distances, which allows one to exploit the full potential of two-photon excitation for a sensitive detection. The developed method is applied for label-free analysis of PAHs separated on a polymer monolith inside polymer glass sandwich chips made from fused silica or soda-lime glass. The obtained limits of detection range from 40 nM to 1.95 μM, with similar sensitivities in fused silica thin bottom chips for one-photon and two-photon excitation. In deep-UV non- or less-transparent devices two-photon excitation is mandatory for label-free detection of aromatics with high sensitivity.

  3. Spatial-mode two-photon interference at a beam splitter

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    Deng, L.-P.; Dang, G.-F.; Wang, K.

    2006-12-15

    We present a general theory on the interference of a two-photon wave packet associated with spatial modes at a beam splitter. We find that the topological symmetry of the two-photon angular spectrum governs the nature of the two-photon interference. We distinguish between the coalescence interference and anticoalescence interference according to the decrease or increase of the coincidence probability in the absence of interference, respectively, and demonstrate that the symmetric and antisymmetric two-photon angular spectra are responsible for perfect coalescence interference and anticoalescence interference, respectively. Then we prove that anticoalescence interference never occurs for two independent photons, and it turns out that anticoalescence interference is the signature of two-photon entanglement. On the basis of this feature, we propose a special Mach-Zehnder interferometer, incorporated with two spiral phase plates, which can change the interference from a coalescence to an anticoalescence type only for a two-photon entangled state. The scheme is simple and straightforward compared with a test of Bell's inequality.

  4. Enhanced two-photon fluorescence imaging and therapy of cancer cells via Gold@bridged silsesquioxane nanoparticles.

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    Croissant, Jonas; Maynadier, Marie; Mongin, Olivier; Hugues, Vincent; Blanchard-Desce, Mireille; Chaix, Arnaud; Cattoën, Xavier; Wong Chi Man, Michel; Gallud, Audrey; Gary-Bobo, Magali; Garcia, Marcel; Raehm, Laurence; Durand, Jean-Olivier

    2015-01-21

    A two-photon photosensitizer with four triethoxysilyl groups is synthesized through the click reaction. This photosensitizer allows the design of bridged silsesquioxane (BS) nanoparticles through a sol-gel process; moreover, gold core BS shells or BS nanoparticles decorated with gold nanospheres are synthesized. An enhancement of the two-photon properties is noted with gold and the nanoparticles are efficient for two-photon imaging and two-photon photodynamic therapy of cancer cells.

  5. An experimental study of nonclassical effects in two-photon interferometry

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    Liang, Junlin

    Two-photon interferometry is a relatively new field with applications ranging from precise measurements of optical phase shifts to fundamental tests of quantum mechanics. In contrast to conventional single-photon interferometry, two-photon interferometry typically involves measuring correlations between two detectors placed in two different output ports of an interferometer. Of particular interest is two-photon interferometry with entangled photon pairs, in which case it is often possible to observe effects that are not possible with classical fields. Because these entanglement effects are becoming increasingly important in Quantum Information Processing (QIP) applications, there is currently a strong need for further exploration of new ideas, basic physics, and experimental techniques of two-photon interferometry. Contained herein are the results of three new two-photon interferometry experiments using entangled photon pairs produced by a Type-I Parametric Down-Conversion (PDC) source. In the first experiment, we demonstrate a new technique for compensating for two-photon interferometer beamsplitter asymmetries by manipulating the polarization degree of freedom in the system. Roughly speaking, projective polarization measurements are used to re-balance the magnitude of various two-photon amplitudes that were made distinguishable by non-ideal refection and transmission coefficients of a key beamsplitter. In the second experiment, we utilize a short coherence-length continuous-wave (CW) PDC pump laser to explore two-photon interferometry in a new intermediate regime between the more familiar extremal cases which use either a long coherence-length CW pump or an ultra-short pulsed pump laser. These results provide new insight into the role of PDC pump coherence in two-photon interferometry. Finally, we use two-photon interferometry to experimentally investigate entangled "photon holes", which is a new form of entanglement that arises from the correlated absence of

  6. Measurement of degenerate two-photon absorption spectra of a series of developed two-photon initiators using a dispersive white light continuum Z-scan

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    Ajami, Aliasghar; Husinsky, Wolfgang; Tromayer, Maximilian; Gruber, Peter; Liska, Robert; Ovsianikov, Aleksandr

    2017-08-01

    To achieve efficient micro- and nanostructuring based on two-photon polymerization (2PP), the development and evaluation of specialized two-photon initiators (2PIs) are essential. Hence, a reliable method to determine the two-photon absorption (2PA) spectra of the synthesized 2PIs used for 2PP structuring is crucial. A technique by which absolute visible-to-near-infrared 2PA spectra of degenerate nature can be determined via performing a single dispersive white-light continuum (WLC) Z-scan has been realized. Using a dispersed white light beam containing 8 fs pulses at wavelengths ranging from 650 nm to 950 nm, the nonlinear transmittance as a function of the sample position can be measured for all spectral components by performing a single scan along the laser beam propagation direction. In this work, the 2PA spectrum of three different 2PIs was determined using this technique. 2PP structuring was also accomplished using the developed 2PIs at different wavelengths. Tuning the wavelength of the laser to match the peak of the 2PA spectra of the developed 2PIs resulted in lower intensity thresholds and facilitated higher structuring speeds. As an example, using M2CMK 2PI for 2PP, the scanning speed can be increased up to 5 folds when the laser wavelength is tuned to 760 nm (i.e., 2PA maximum) instead of the conventionally used 800 nm.

  7. A multidimensional screening method for the selection of two-photon enhanced fluorescent proteins

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    Stoltzfus, Caleb; Barnett, Lauren; Rebane, Aleksander; Hughes, Thomas; Drobizhev, Mikhail; Wicks, Geoffrey; Mikhailov, Alexandr

    2014-03-01

    Two-photon excitation of fluorescent proteins (FPs) is widely used in imaging whole organisms or living tissues. Many different FPs are now available but these proteins have only been optimized for their one-photon properties. We have developed a technique for screening entire libraries of E. coli colonies expressing FPs that utilizes multiple wavelengths of linear excitation as well as two-photon excitation. Single mutations in a particular protein that affect one or twophoton properties are easily identified, providing new views of structure/function relationships. An amplified femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser and a spectrally filtered lamp source are used to acquire the fluorescence signals of up to ~1000 E. coli colonies on a standard Petri dish. Automation of the analysis and acquisition of the fluorescent signals makes it feasible to rapidly screen tens of thousands of colonies. In a proof of principle experiment with the commonly used EGFP, we used two rounds of error prone PCR and selection to evolve new proteins with shifted absorption and increased two-photon cross sections at 790nm. This method of screening, coupled with careful measurements of photo bleaching dynamics and two-photon cross sections, should make it possible to optimize a wide variety of fluorescent proteins and biosensors for use in two-photon microscopes.

  8. Properties and chemical environment effects of alkylamino styryl pyrazine two-photon fluorophores

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    Collette, Jeremy C.; Harper, Aaron W.

    2003-11-01

    Advancement over the past decade of materials based on two-photon absorption has been phenomenal; yet, a need for greater understanding of multi-photon processes remains. Questions of design to maximize two-photon absorbance cross-sections and quantum yields have been addressed quantitatively. However, effects of the chemical environment on the absorption and emission processes in these chromophores are largely unexplored. This study presents the effects of 26 different solvents on the absorption and emission characteristics of a set of six new alkylamino-substituted styryl pyrazines. The solvatochromic comparison method is employed to derive structure-optical property relationships within this family of fluorophores, and the effects of solvent polarity, hydrogen bonding and inductive and dispersive forces are discussed. Electrostatic and transition moments are measured and their contributions to two-photon absorbance cross-sections (δTPA) are discussed. Symmetric D-π-A-π-D molecular architecture is thought to play a very important role in increasing δTPA by disrupting the degeneracy of excited states and increasing one- and two-photon transition probabilities. The coupling of strong electron donors to strong electron acceptors with symmetric D-π-A-π-D molecular architecture is shown to produce fluorophores with exceptional two-photon activities.

  9. Sub-diffraction positioning of a two-photon excited and optically trapped quantum dot.

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    Jauffred, Liselotte; Kyrsting, Anders; Arnspang, Eva C; Reihani, S Nader S; Oddershede, Lene B

    2014-06-21

    Colloidal quantum dots are luminescent long-lived probes that can be two-photon excited and manipulated by a single laser beam. Therefore, quantum dots can be used for simultaneous single molecule visualization and force manipulation using an infra-red laser. Here, we show that even a single optically trapped quantum dot, performing restricted Brownian motion within the focal volume, can be two-photon excited by the trapping laser beam and its luminescence can be detected by a camera. After two-photon excitation for a time long enough, the emitted light from the quantum dot is shown to blueshift. A quantum dot is much smaller than a diffraction limited laser focus and by mapping out the intensity of the focal volume and overlaying this with the positions visited by a quantum dot, a quantum dot is shown often to explore regions of the focal volume where the intensity is too low to render two-photon absorption likely. This is in accordance with the observation that a trapped quantum dot is only fluorescing 5-10 percent of the time. The results are important for realizing nano-scale quantum dot control and visualization and for correct interpretation of experiments using two-photon excited quantum dots as markers.

  10. Pseudopotential calculations and photothermal lensing measurements of two-photon absorption in solids

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    White, W.T. III

    1985-11-04

    We have studied two-photon absorption in solids theoretically and experimentally. We have shown that it is possible to use accurate band structure techniques to compute two-photon absorption spectra within 15% of measured values in a wide band-gap material, ZnS. The empirical pseudopotential technique that we used is significantly more accurate than previous models of two-photon absorption in zinc blende materials, including present tunneling theories (which are essentially parabolic-band results in disguise) and the nonparabolic-band formalism of Pidgeon et al. and Weiler. The agreement between our predictions and previous measurements allowed us to use ZnS as a reference material in order to validate a technique for measuring two-photon absorption that was previously untried in solids, pulsed dual-beam thermal lensing. With the validated technique, we examined nonlinear absorption in one other crystal (rutile) and in several glasses, including silicates, borosilicates, and one phosphate glass. Initially, we believed that the absorption edges of all the materials were comparable; however, subsequent evidence suggested that the effective band-gap energies of the glasses were above the energy of two photons in our measurement. Therefore, we attribute the nonlinear absorption that we observed in glasses to impurities or defects. The measured nonlinear absorption coefficients were of the order of a few cm/TW in the glasses and of the order of 10 cm/GW in the crystals, four orders of magnitude higher than in glasses. 292 refs.

  11. Enhanced Size Selection in Two-Photon Excitation for CsPbBr3 Perovskite Nanocrystals.

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    Chen, Junsheng; Chábera, Pavel; Pascher, Torbjörn; Messing, Maria E; Schaller, Richard; Canton, Sophie; Zheng, Kaibo; Pullerits, Tõnu

    2017-10-05

    Cesium lead bromide (CsPbBr3) perovskite nanocrystals (NCs), with large two-photon absorption (TPA) cross-section and bright photoluminescence (PL), have been demonstrated as stable two-photon-pumped lasing medium. With two-photon excitation, red-shifted PL spectrum and increased PL lifetime is observed compared with one-photon excitation. We have investigated the origin of such difference using time-resolved laser spectroscopies. We ascribe the difference to the enhanced size selection of NCs by two-photon excitation. Because of inherent nonlinearity, the size dependence of absorption cross-section under TPA is stronger. Consequently, larger size NCs are preferably excited, leading to longer excited-state lifetime and red-shifted PL emission. In a broad view, the enhanced size selection in two-photon excitation of CsPbBr3 NCs is likely a general feature of the perovskite NCs and can be tuned via NC size distribution to influence their performance within NC-based nonlinear optical materials and devices.

  12. Molecular engineering of two-photon fluorescent probes for bioimaging applications

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    Liu, Hong-Wen; Liu, Yongchao; Wang, Peng; Zhang, Xiao-Bing

    2017-03-01

    During the past two decades, two-photon microscopy (TPM), which utilizes two near-infrared photons as the excitation source, has emerged as a novel, attractive imaging tool for biological research. Compared with one-photon microscopy, TPM offers several advantages, such as lowering background fluorescence in living cells and tissues, reducing photodamage to biosamples, and a photobleaching phenomenon, offering better 3D spatial localization, and increasing penetration depth. Small-molecule-based two-photon fluorescent probes have been well developed for the detection and imaging of various analytes in biological systems. In this review, we will give a general introduction of molecular engineering of two-photon fluorescent probes based on different fluorescence response mechanisms for bioimaging applications during the past decade. Inspired by the desired advantages of small-molecule two-photon fluorescent probes in biological imaging applications, we expect that more attention will be devoted to the development of new two-photon fluorophores and applications of TPM in areas of bioanalysis and disease diagnosis.

  13. Titanium: Sapphire laser as an excitation source in two-photon spectroscopy

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    Fisher, W.G.; Wachter, E.A.; Armas, M.; Seaton, C.

    1997-02-01

    The passively mode-locked titanium:sapphire laser provides new opportunities for acquiring two-photon spectral data in the near-infrared, a region not commonly accessible to synchronously pumped dye lasers. This source generates pulses with peak powers near 100 kW at average powers over 1 W and is capable of yielding two-photon signals roughly two orders of magnitude larger than is possible with synchronously pumped dye lasers. However, the multimode output of this laser exhibits significant temporal and spectral pulse profile variations as the laser wavelength is tuned. As a consequence, peak powers of the titanium:sapphire laser can vary independently from average power across the tuning range. This wavelength dependence, coupled with the quadratic dependence of the two-photon signal upon the instantaneous power of the laser, precludes simple average power correction of nonlinear spectral band shapes. Here, we investigate the key properties of the titanium:sapphire laser as an excitation source for two-photon spectroscopy. We also identify a chemical reference suitable for obtaining source-corrected excitation spectra in the near-infrared using a double-beam, ratiometric approach; this is based on a source-independent two-photon excitation spectrum for the laser dye coumarin-480 that has been obtained with a single-frequency titanium:sapphire laser. From these data, correction factors are generated for correction of multimode source data. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital Society for Applied Spectroscopy}

  14. Long-Term Two-Photon Imaging in Awake Macaque Monkey.

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    Li, Ming; Liu, Fang; Jiang, Hongfei; Lee, Tai Sing; Tang, Shiming

    2017-03-08

    Successful application of two-photon imaging with genetic tools in awake macaque monkeys will enable fundamental advances in our understanding of higher cognitive function at the level of molecular and neuronal circuits. Here we report techniques for long-term two-photon imaging in awake macaque monkeys. Using genetically encoded indicators including GCaMP5 and GCaMP6s delivered by AAV2/1 into the visual cortex, we demonstrate that high-quality two-photon imaging of large neuronal populations can be achieved and maintained in awake monkeys for months. Simultaneous intracellular recording and two-photon calcium imaging confirm that fluorescence activity is linearly proportional to neuronal spiking activity across a wide range of firing rates (10 Hz to 150 Hz). By providing two-photon imaging access to cortical neuronal populations at single-cell or single dendritic spine resolution in awake monkeys, the techniques reported can help bridge the use of modern genetic and molecular tools and the study of higher cognitive function.

  15. Molecular engineering of two-photon fluorescent probes for bioimaging applications.

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    Liu, Hong-Wen; Liu, Yongchao; Wang, Peng; Zhang, Xiao-Bing

    2017-03-22

    During the past two decades, two-photon microscopy (TPM), which utilizes two near-infrared photons as the excitation source, has emerged as a novel, attractive imaging tool for biological research. Compared with one-photon microscopy, TPM offers several advantages, such as lowering background fluorescence in living cells and tissues, reducing photodamage to biosamples, and a photobleaching phenomenon, offering better 3D spatial localization, and increasing penetration depth. Small-molecule-based two-photon fluorescent probes have been well developed for the detection and imaging of various analytes in biological systems. In this review, we will give a general introduction of molecular engineering of two-photon fluorescent probes based on different fluorescence response mechanisms for bioimaging applications during the past decade. Inspired by the desired advantages of small-molecule two-photon fluorescent probes in biological imaging applications, we expect that more attention will be devoted to the development of new two-photon fluorophores and applications of TPM in areas of bioanalysis and disease diagnosis.

  16. Sulfonated aluminum phthalocyanines for two-photon photodynamic cancer therapy: the effect of the excitation wavelength

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    Wang, J.; Li, W.; Yu, H. B.; Cheung, N. H.; Chen, J. Y.

    2014-03-01

    Sulfonated aluminum phthalocyanine (AlPcS) is a well-studied photosensitizer which has been widely used in research and in clinical applications of the photodynamic therapy of cancers. Conventionally, one-photon excitation was used, but it was unknown whether two-photon excitation of AlPcS was equally effective. In this study, the two-photon absorption cross sections of AlPcS at near infrared wavelengths were deduced from femtosecond (fs) laser-induced fluorescence. We found that the two-photon absorption cross section of AlPcS was strongly dependent on the excitation wavelength. It was about 19 GM when excited at 800 nm, but grew to 855 GM when excited at 750 nm. The 750 nm fs-laser-induced fluorescence images of AlPcS in human nasopharyngeal carcinoma cells were clearly visible while the corresponding images were very dim when excited at 800 nm. Singlet oxygen production was 13 times higher when excited at 750 nm relative to 800 nm. Our subsequent in vitro experiments showed that 750 nm two-photon excitation with an unfocused fs laser beam damaged cancer cells in a light-dose-dependent manner typical of photodynamic therapy (PDT). The killing at 750 nm was about 9-10 times more efficient than at 800 nm. These results demonstrated for the first time that AlPcS has good potential for two-photon PDT of cancers.

  17. A theoretical investigation of two typical two-photon pH fluorescent probes.

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    Xu, Zhong; Ren, Ai-Min; Guo, Jing-Fu; Liu, Xiao-Ting; Huang, Shuang; Feng, Ji-Kang

    2013-01-01

    Intracellular pH plays an important role in many cellular events, such as cell growth, endocytosis, cell adhesion and so on. Some pH fluorescent probes have been reported, but most of them are one-photon fluorescent probes, studies about two-photon fluorescent probes are very rare. In this work, the geometrical structure, electronic structure and one-photon properties of a series of two-photon pH fluorescent probes have been theoretically studied by using density functional theory (DFT) method. Their two-photon absorption (TPA) properties are calculated using the method of ZINDO/sum-over-states method. Two types of two-photon pH fluorescent probes have been investigated by theoretical methods. The mechanisms of the Photoinduced Charge Transfer (PCT) probes and the Photoinduced Electron Transfer (PET) probes are verified specifically. Some designed strategies of good two-photon pH fluorescent probes are suggested on the basis of the investigated results of two mechanisms. For the PCT probes, substituting a stronger electron-donating group for the terminal methoxyl group is an advisable choice to increase the TPA cross section. For the PET probes, the TPA cross sections increase upon protonation.

  18. Selective two-photon excitation of a vibronic state by correlated photons.

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    Oka, Hisaki

    2011-03-28

    We theoretically investigate the two-photon excitation of a molecular vibronic state by correlated photons with energy anticorrelation. A Morse oscillator having three sets of vibronic states is used, as an example, to evaluate the selectivity and efficiency of two-photon excitation. We show that a vibrational mode can be selectively excited with high efficiency by the correlated photons, without phase manipulation or pulse-shaping techniques. This can be achieved by controlling the quantum correlation so that the photon pair concurrently has two pulse widths, namely, a temporally narrow width and a spectrally narrow width. Though this concurrence is seemingly contradictory, we can create such a photon pair by tailoring the quantum correlation between two photons.

  19. Active stabilization of a fiber-optic two-photon interferometer using continuous optical length control.

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    Cho, Seok-Beom; Kim, Heonoh

    2016-05-16

    The practical realization of long-distance entanglement-based quantum communication systems strongly rely on the observation of highly stable quantum interference between correlated single photons. This task must accompany active stabilization of the optical path lengths within the single-photon coherence length. Here, we provide two-step interferometer stabilization methods employing continuous optical length control and experimentally demonstrate two-photon quantum interference using an actively stabilized 6-km-long fiber-optic Hong-Ou-Mandel interferometer. The two-step active control techniques are applied for measuring highly stable two-photon interference fringes by scanning the optical path-length difference. The obtained two-photon interference visibilities with and without accidental subtraction are found to be approximately 90.7% and 65.4%, respectively.

  20. Enhanced-locality fiber-optic two-photon-fluorescence live-brain interrogation

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    Fedotov, I. V.; Doronina-Amitonova, L. V.; Sidorov-Biryukov, D. A.; Fedotov, A. B.; Anokhin, K. V.; Kilin, S. Ya.; Sakoda, K.; Zheltikov, A. M.

    2014-02-24

    Two-photon excitation is shown to substantially enhance the locality of fiber-based optical interrogation of strongly scattering biotissues. In our experiments, a high-numerical-aperture, large-core-are fiber probe is used to deliver the 200-fs output of a 100-MHz mode-locked ytterbium fiber laser to samples of live mouse brain, induce two-photon fluorescence of nitrogen–vacancy centers in diamond markers in brain sample. Fiber probes with a high numerical aperture and a large core area are shown to enable locality enhancement in fiber-laser–fiber-probe two-photon brain excitation and interrogation without sacrificing the efficiency of fluorescence response collection.

  1. Two-photon imaging of spatially extended neuronal network dynamics with high temporal resolution.

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    Lillis, Kyle P; Eng, Alfred; White, John A; Mertz, Jerome

    2008-07-30

    We describe a simple two-photon fluorescence imaging strategy, called targeted path scanning (TPS), to monitor the dynamics of spatially extended neuronal networks with high spatiotemporal resolution. Our strategy combines the advantages of mirror-based scanning, minimized dead time, ease of implementation, and compatibility with high-resolution low-magnification objectives. To demonstrate the performance of TPS, we monitor the calcium dynamics distributed across an entire juvenile rat hippocampus (>1.5mm), at scan rates of 100 Hz, with single cell resolution and single action potential sensitivity. Our strategy for fast, efficient two-photon microscopy over spatially extended regions provides a particularly attractive solution for monitoring neuronal population activity in thick tissue, without sacrificing the signal-to-noise ratio or high spatial resolution associated with standard two-photon microscopy. Finally, we provide the code to make our technique generally available.

  2. Scanless functional imaging of hippocampal networks using patterned two-photon illumination through GRIN lenses

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    Moretti, Claudio; Antonini, Andrea; Bovetti, Serena; Liberale, Carlo; Fellin, Tommaso

    2016-01-01

    Patterned illumination through the phase modulation of light is increasingly recognized as a powerful tool to investigate biological tissues in combination with two-photon excitation and light-sensitive molecules. However, to date two-photon patterned illumination has only been coupled to traditional microscope objectives, thus limiting the applicability of these methods to superficial biological structures. Here, we show that phase modulation can be used to efficiently project complex two-photon light patterns, including arrays of points and large shapes, in the focal plane of graded index (GRIN) lenses. Moreover, using this approach in combination with the genetically encoded calcium indicator GCaMP6, we validate our system performing scanless functional imaging in rodent hippocampal networks in vivo ~1.2 mm below the brain surface. Our results open the way to the application of patterned illumination approaches to deep regions of highly scattering biological tissues, such as the mammalian brain. PMID:27867707

  3. Electron capture of dopants in two-photonic ionization in a poly(methyl methacrylate) solid

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    Tsuchida, Akira; Sakai, Wataru; Nakano, Mitsuru; Yamamoto, Masahide

    1992-10-29

    Behavior of the electron produced by two-photonic excitation of an aromatic donor in a poly(methyl methacrylate) solid was studied by the addition of the electron scavengers to the system. According to the Perrin type analysis for the two-photonically ejected electron, the capture radii (R{sub c}) of the scavengers examined were estimated to be from 8 to 40 {Angstrom}. For the two-photonically ejected electrons, R{sub c} is a capture radius for thermalized electrons. In this case the parent electron donor is not necessarily within this radius. On the other hand, for the fluorescence quenching, the distance between the donor and acceptor is within the static quenching radius (R{sub q}) of the donor. 13 refs., 4 figs., 2 tabs.

  4. In vivo two-photon calcium imaging in the visual system.

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    Ohki, Kenichi; Reid, R Clay

    2014-04-01

    Two-photon imaging of calcium-sensitive dyes in vivo has become a common tool used by neuroscientists, largely because of the development of bolus loading techniques, which can label every neuron in a local circuit with calcium-sensitive dye. Like multielectrode recordings, two-photon imaging paired with bolus loading provides a method for monitoring many neurons at once, but, in addition, it provides a means for determining the precise location of every neuron. Thus, it is an ideal method for studying the fine-scale functional architecture of the cortex and guiding the experimenter to individual neurons that can be targeted for further anatomical study. Two-photon calcium imaging enables study of the fine structure of functional maps in the visual cortex in cats and rodents. In mice, it can allow the characterization of specific cell types when paired with transgenic or retrograde labeling.

  5. Investigation of two-photon absorption induced excited state absorption in a fluorenyl-based chromophore.

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    Li, Changwei; Yang, Kun; Feng, Yan; Su, Xinyan; Yang, Junyi; Jin, Xiao; Shui, Min; Wang, Yuxiao; Zhang, Xueru; Song, Yinglin; Xu, Hongyao

    2009-12-03

    Two-photon absorption induced excited state absorption in the solution of a new fluorenyl-based chromophore is investigated by a time-resolved pump-probe technique using femtosecond pulses. With the help of an additional femtosecond open-aperture Z-scan technique, numerical simulations based on a three-energy level model are used to interpret the experimental results, and we determine the nonlinear optical parameters of this new chromophore uniquely. Large two-photon absorption cross section and excited state absorption cross section for singlet excited state are obtained, indicating a good candidate for optical limiting devices. Moreover, the influence of two-beam coupling induced energy transfer in neat N,N'-dimethylformamide solvent is also considered, although this effect is strongly restrained by the instantaneous two-photon absorption.

  6. Two-photon absorption in oxazole derivatives: An experimental and quantum chemical study

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    Silva, D. L.; De Boni, L.; Correa, D. S.; Costa, S. C. S.; Hidalgo, A. A.; Zilio, S. C.; Canuto, S.; Mendonca, C. R.

    2012-05-01

    Experimental and theoretical studies on the two-photon absorption properties of two oxazole derivatives: 2,5-diphenyloxazole (PPO) and 2-(4-biphenylyl)-5-phenyl-1,3,4-oxadiazole (PBD) are presented. The two-photon absorption cross-section spectra were determined by means of the Z-scan technique, from 460 up to 650 nm, and reached peak values of 84 GM for PBD and 27 GM for PPO. Density Functional Theory and response function formalism are used to determine the molecular structures and the one- and two-photon absorption properties and to assist in the interpretation of the experimental results. The Polarizable Continuum Model in one-photon absorption calculations is used to estimate solvent effects.

  7. Two-photon Calcium Imaging in Mice Navigating a Virtual Reality Environment

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    Buchmann, Peter; Argast, Paul; Hübener, Mark; Bonhoeffer, Tobias; Keller, Georg B.

    2014-01-01

    In recent years, two-photon imaging has become an invaluable tool in neuroscience, as it allows for chronic measurement of the activity of genetically identified cells during behavior1-6. Here we describe methods to perform two-photon imaging in mouse cortex while the animal navigates a virtual reality environment. We focus on the aspects of the experimental procedures that are key to imaging in a behaving animal in a brightly lit virtual environment. The key problems that arise in this experimental setup that we here address are: minimizing brain motion related artifacts, minimizing light leak from the virtual reality projection system, and minimizing laser induced tissue damage. We also provide sample software to control the virtual reality environment and to do pupil tracking. With these procedures and resources it should be possible to convert a conventional two-photon microscope for use in behaving mice. PMID:24637961

  8. Long-term two-photon neuroimaging with a photostable AIE luminogen.

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    Qian, Jun; Zhu, Zhenfeng; Leung, Chris Wai Tung; Xi, Wang; Su, Liling; Chen, Guangdi; Qin, Anjun; Tang, Ben Zhong; He, Sailing

    2015-04-01

    In neuroscience, fluorescence labeled two-photon microscopy is a promising tool to visualize ex vivo and in vivo tissue morphology, and track dynamic neural activities. Specific and highly photostable fluorescent probes are required in this technology. However, most fluorescent proteins and organic fluorophores suffer from photobleaching, so they are not suitable for long-term imaging and observation. To overcome this problem, we utilize tetraphenylethene-triphenylphosphonium (TPE-TPP), which possesses aggregation-induced emission (AIE) and two-photon fluorescence characteristics, for neuroimaging. The unique AIE feature of TPE-TPP makes its nanoaggregates resistant to photobleaching, which is useful to track neural cells and brain-microglia for a long period of time. Two-photon fluorescence of TPE-TPP facilitates its application in deep in vivo neuroimaging, as demonstrated in the present paper.

  9. Fluorescence imaging of single molecules and photosynthetic membranes with two-photon excitation

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    Sanchez, E.J.; Novotny, L.; Xie, X.S.

    1997-12-31

    We report the imaging of single-molecule fluorescence induced by two-photon excitation in ambient conditions. Using an inverted fluorescence microscope, we obtained the two-photon images of different single fluorophores (Rhodamine B, Sulforhodamine 101, Coumarin 535 on poly-methyl methacrylate films) and biological membrane fragments by Faster scanning the sample with respect to a diffraction limited focus of a mode-locked Ti: sapphire laser beam. The signal to background ratio was as high as 50:1 and the full width at half maximum (250nm) of a single-molecule peak was significantly shorter than that for one photon excitation. With its high sensitivity and simplicity, the two-photon experiment offers a valuable approach for spectroscopic studies on individual immobilized molecules.

  10. Photoelectron distribution of nonresonant two-photon ionization of neutral atoms

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    Hofbrucker, J.; Volotka, A. V.; Fritzsche, S.

    2017-07-01

    Photoelectron angular distributions following the nonresonant two-photon K -shell ionization of neutral atoms are studied theoretically. Using the independent particle approximation and relativistic second-order perturbation theory, the contributions of screening and relativistic effects to the photoelectron angular distribution are evaluated. A simple nonrelativistic expression is presented for the angle-differential cross section in dipole approximation for two-photon ionization by elliptically polarized photons, and its limitations are analyzed numerically. Moreover, we show that screening effects of the inactive electrons can significantly affect the photoelectron distributions and can also lead to a strong elliptical dichroism. Numerical results are presented for the case of two-photon K -shell ionization of neutral Ne, Ge, Xe, and U atoms.

  11. Images of photoreceptors in living primate eyes using adaptive optics two-photon ophthalmoscopy

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    Hunter, Jennifer J.; Masella, Benjamin; Dubra, Alfredo; Sharma, Robin; Yin, Lu; Merigan, William H.; Palczewska, Grazyna; Palczewski, Krzysztof; Williams, David R.

    2011-01-01

    In vivo two-photon imaging through the pupil of the primate eye has the potential to become a useful tool for functional imaging of the retina. Two-photon excited fluorescence images of the macaque cone mosaic were obtained using a fluorescence adaptive optics scanning laser ophthalmoscope, overcoming the challenges of a low numerical aperture, imperfect optics of the eye, high required light levels, and eye motion. Although the specific fluorophores are as yet unknown, strong in vivo intrinsic fluorescence allowed images of the cone mosaic. Imaging intact ex vivo retina revealed that the strongest two-photon excited fluorescence signal comes from the cone inner segments. The fluorescence response increased following light stimulation, which could provide a functional measure of the effects of light on photoreceptors. PMID:21326644

  12. Angular correlations in the two-photon decay of heliumlike heavy ions

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    Surzhykov, A.; Fratini, F.; Volotka, A.; Santos, J. P.; Indelicato, P.; Plunien, G.; Stoehlker, Th.; Fritzsche, S.

    2010-04-15

    The two-photon decay of heavy, helium-like ions is investigated based on second-order perturbation theory and Dirac's relativistic equation. Special attention has been paid to the angular emission of the two photons (i.e., how the angular correlation function depends on the shell structure of the ions in their initial and final states). Moreover, the effects from the (electric and magnetic) nondipole terms in the expansion of the electron-photon interaction are discussed. Detailed calculations have been carried out for the two-photon decay of the 1s2s {sup 1}S{sub 0}, 1s2s {sup 3}S{sub 1}, and 1s2p {sup 3}P{sub 0} states of helium-like Xe{sup 52+}, Au{sup 77+}, and U{sup 90+} ions.

  13. Up-conversion dynamics for temporally entangled two-photon pulses

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    Nakatani, Masatoshi; Shimizu, Ryosuke; Koshino, Kazuki

    2011-01-15

    We analyze the up conversion of a two-photon pulse having temporal entanglement on the basis of a full quantum formalism that treats both photons and optical media quantum mechanically. We derive a formula of the up-converted photon wave function, which is applicable to arbitrary input two-photon states for a three-level system, as the simplest second-order nonlinear optical system. As the input, we employ three kinds of temporally entangled two-photon pulses: correlated, uncorrelated, and anticorrelated. We observe the up-conversion efficiency and the temporal profile of the up-converted photon. Our results reveal the crossover behavior of the up conversion from anticorrelation to correlation and show how the temporal correlation in the input is reflected in the up-conversion process.

  14. Design, synthesis, and characterization of photoinitiators for two-photon polymerization

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    Whitby, Reece; MacMillan, Ryan; Janssens, Stefaan; Raymond, Sebastiampillai; Clarke, Dave; Kay, Andrew; Jin, Jianyong; Simpson, Cather M.

    2016-09-01

    A series of dipolar and quadrupolar two-photon absorption (2PA) photoinitiators (PIs) based around the well-known triphenylamine (TPA) core and tricyanofuran (TCF) acceptors have been prepared for use in two-photon polymerisation (TPP). The synthesised dipolar species are designated as 5 and 7, and the remaining quadrupolar species are 6, 8, 9 and 10. Large two-photon absorption cross-sections (δ2PA) ranging between 333 - 507 GM were measured at 780 nm using the z-scan technique. Fluorescence quantum yields (ΦF) were below 3% across the series when compared to Rhodamine 6G as a reference standard. Finally, TPP tests were conducted on PIs 7 and 8 to assess their ability to initiate the polymerisation of acrylate monomers using an 800 nm femtosecond Ti:Sapphire laser system.

  15. Two-photon patterning of a polymer containing Y-shaped azochromophores

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    Ambrosio, A.; Orabona, E.; Maddalena, P.; Camposeo, A.; Polo, M.; Neves, A. A. R.; Pisignano, D.; Carella, A.; Borbone, F.; Roviello, A.

    2009-01-05

    We report on the patterning of the free surface of azo-based polymer films by means of mass migration driven by one- or two-photon absorption. A symmetric donor-acceptor-donor structured Y-shaped azochromophore is specifically synthesized to enhance two-photon absorption in the polymer. The exposure of the polymer film to a focused laser beam results in light-driven mass migration for both one- and two-photon absorptions. Features with subdiffraction resolution (250 nm) are realized and the patterning dynamics is investigated as a function of the light dose. Furthermore, functional photonic structures, such as diffraction gratings with periods ranging between 0.5 and 2.0 {mu}m, have been realized.

  16. Nonsequential two-photon absorption from the K shell in solid zirconium

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    Ghimire, Shambhu; Fuchs, Matthias; Hastings, Jerry; ...

    2016-10-21

    Here, we report the observation of nonsequential two-photon absorption from the K shell of solid Zr (atomic number Z=40) using intense x-ray pulses from the Spring-8 Angstrom Compact Free-Electron Laser (SACLA). We determine the generalized nonlinear two-photon absorption cross section at the two-photon threshold in the range of 3.9–57 ×10–60 cm4s bounded by the estimated uncertainty in the absolute intensity. The lower limit is consistent with the prediction of 3.1 ×10–60 cm4s from the nonresonant Z–6 scaling for hydrogenic ions in the nonrelativistic, dipole limit.

  17. A mitochondria-targeted ratiometric two-photon fluorescent probe for biological zinc ions detection

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    Ning, Peng; Jiang, Jiacheng; Li, Longchun; Wang, Shuxin; Yu, Haizhu; Feng, Yan; Zhu, Manzhou; Zhang, Buchang; Yin, Hang; Guo, Qingxiang; Meng, Xiangming

    2015-01-01

    A mitochondria-targeted ratiometric two-photon fluorescent probe (Mito-MPVQ) for biological zinc ions detection was developed based on quinolone platform. Mito-MPVQ showed large red shifts (68nm) and selective ratiometric signal upon Zn2+ binding. The ratio of emission intensity (I488 nm/I420 nm) increases dramatically from 0.45 to 3.79 (ca. 8-fold). NMR titration and theoretical calculation confirmed the binding of Mito-MPVQ and Zn2+. Mito-MPVQ also exhibited large two-photon absorption cross sections (150GM) at nearly 720 nm and insensitivity to pH within the biologically relevant pH range. Cell imaging indicated that Mito-MPVQ could efficiently located in mitochondria and monitor mitochondrial Zn2+ under two-photon excitation with low cytotoxicity. PMID:26528806

  18. Near-IR Two-Photon Fluorescent Sensor for K(+) Imaging in Live Cells.

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    Sui, Binglin; Yue, Xiling; Kim, Bosung; Belfield, Kevin D

    2015-08-19

    A new two-photon excited fluorescent K(+) sensor is reported. The sensor comprises three moieties, a highly selective K(+) chelator as the K(+) recognition unit, a boron-dipyrromethene (BODIPY) derivative modified with phenylethynyl groups as the fluorophore, and two polyethylene glycol chains to afford water solubility. The sensor displays very high selectivity (>52-fold) in detecting K(+) over other physiological metal cations. Upon binding K(+), the sensor switches from nonfluorescent to highly fluorescent, emitting red to near-IR (NIR) fluorescence. The sensor exhibited a good two-photon absorption cross section, 500 GM at 940 nm. Moreover, it is not sensitive to pH in the physiological pH range. Time-dependent cell imaging studies via both one- and two-photon fluorescence microscopy demonstrate that the sensor is suitable for dynamic K(+) sensing in living cells.

  19. 420nm alkali blue laser based on two-photon absorption

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    Tan, Yan-nan; Li, Yi-min; Liu, Tong; Gong, Fa-quan; Jia, Chun-yan; Hu, Shu; Gai, Bao-dong; Guo, Jing-wei; Liu, Wan-fa

    2015-02-01

    Based on two-photon absorption, a 420nm blue laser of alkali Rb vapor was demonstrated, and a dye laser was used as the pumping laser. Utilizing the energy level structure of Rb atom, lasering mechanism and two-photon absorption process are analyzed. Absorbing two 778.1nm photons, Rb atoms were excited from 52 S1/2 to 52 D5/2, then relaxed to 62 P3/2 with mid infrared photon radiation. 420nm blue laser was achieved by the transition 62 P3/2-->52 S1/2. To improve efficiency of the blue laser, two-photon resonant excitation pumped alkali vapor blue lasers are proposed, which will be good beam quality, high efficiency and scalable blue lasers. The development of diode pumped alkali vapor blue laser is expected.

  20. Excited state two photon absorption of a charge transfer radical dimer in the near infrared.

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    Schiccheri, Nicola; Meneghetti, Moreno

    2005-06-02

    Nonlinear transmission measurements of a solution of radical dimers of tetramethyl-tetrathiafulvalene, (TMTTF+)2, recorded with 9 ns laser pulses at 1064 nm are reported and interpreted on the basis of a multiphoton absorption process. One finds that the process can be interpreted with a sequence of three photon absorption, the first being a one photon absorption related to the intermolecular charge transfer process characteristic of the dimers and the second a two photon absorption from the excited state created with the first process. A model calculation allows one to obtain the value of the two photon absorption cross section which is found to be several orders of magnitude larger than those usually found for two photon absorbing systems excited from the ground state. These results show the importance of an excited-state population for obtaining large nonlinear optical responses.

  1. Experimental demonstration of two-photon Mueller matrix second-harmonic generation microscopy

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    Okoro, Chukwuemeka; Toussaint, Kimani C.

    2016-01-01

    We present the first experimental demonstration of two-photon Mueller matrix second-harmonic generation (SHG) microscopy for the extraction of representative Mueller matrices. Individual SHG images of porcine sample sets are divided into subimages, and the local nonlinear two-photon Mueller matrices (M) and degree of polarization (p) are determined. Results of the two-photon Mueller matrices from different sample types and the effects of thickness on the mean p distribution per polarization basis are investigated. We find that the p distribution shape changes and an associated bimodal mean difference (μd) increases with thickness. Our approach has potential as a quantitative imaging technique and can be applied to other multiphoton coherent imaging modalities.

  2. Robust spatial-polarization hyperentanglement distribution of two-photon systems against collective noise

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    Gao, Cheng-Yan; Wang, Guan-Yu; Alzahrani, Faris; Hobiny, Aatef; Deng, Fu-Guo

    2017-03-01

    Hyperentanglement is a significant resource for high-capacity quantum communication. Here we present a robust spatial-polarization hyperentanglement distribution scheme for two-photon systems. The error on the polarization states of two-photon systems transmitted from two paths can be corrected resorting to the robust time-bin entanglement which suffers little from the channel noise. The spatial bit-flip error takes place with a very small probability and the spatial phase-flip error can be precluded by adjusting the path-length of spatial modes. Using this scheme, the two parties in quantum communication can share a maximally hyperentangled state of two-photon systems in a deterministic way, which will improve the efficiency of quantum communication largely.

  3. Monte carlo analysis of two-photon fluorescence imaging through a scattering medium.

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    Blanca, C M; Saloma, C

    1998-12-01

    The behavior of two-photon fluorescence imaging through a scattering medium is analyzed by use of the Monte Carlo technique. The axial and transverse distributions of the excitation photons in the focused Gaussian beam are derived for both isotropic and anisotropic scatterers at different numerical apertures and at various ratios of the scattering depth with the mean free path. The two-photon fluorescence profiles of the sample are determined from the square of the normalized excitation intensity distributions. For the same lens aperture and scattering medium, two-photon fluorescence imaging offers a sharper and less aberrated axial response than that of single-photon confocal fluorescence imaging. The contrast in the corresponding transverse fluorescence profile is also significantly higher. Also presented are results comparing the effects of isotropic and anisotropic scattering media in confocal reflection imaging. The convergence properties of the Monte Carlo simulation are also discussed.

  4. Ruthenium(II) polypyridyl complexes as mitochondria-targeted two-photon photodynamic anticancer agents.

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    Liu, Jiangping; Chen, Yu; Li, Guanying; Zhang, Pingyu; Jin, Chengzhi; Zeng, Leli; Ji, Liangnian; Chao, Hui

    2015-07-01

    Clinical acceptance of photodynamic therapy is currently hindered by poor depth efficacy and inefficient activation of the cell death machinery in cancer cells during treatment. To address these issues, photoactivation using two-photon absorption (TPA) is currently being examined. Mitochondria-targeted therapy represents a promising approach to target tumors selectively and may overcome the resistance in current anticancer therapies. Herein, four ruthenium(II) polypyridyl complexes (RuL1-RuL4) have been designed and developed to act as mitochondria-targeted two-photon photodynamic anticancer agents. These complexes exhibit very high singlet oxygen quantum yields in methanol (0.74-0.81), significant TPA cross sections (124-198 GM), remarkable mitochondrial accumulation, and deep penetration depth. Thus, RuL1-RuL4 were utilized as one-photon and two-photon absorbing photosensitizers in both monolayer cells and 3D multicellular spheroids (MCSs). These Ru(II) complexes were almost nontoxic towards cells and 3D MCSs in the dark and generate sufficient singlet oxygen under one- and two-photon irradiation to trigger cell death. Remarkably, RuL4 exhibited an IC50 value as low as 9.6 μM in one-photon PDT (λirr = 450 nm, 12 J cm(-2)) and 1.9 μM in two-photon PDT (λirr = 830 nm, 800 J cm(-2)) of 3D MCSs; moreover, RuL4 is an order of magnitude more toxic than cisplatin in the latter test system. The combination of mitochondria-targeting and two-photon activation provides a valuable paradigm to develop ruthenium(II) complexes for PDT applications. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  5. Source-corrected two-photon excited fluorescence measurements between 700 and 880 nm

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    Fisher, W.G.; Wachter, E.A.; Lytle, F.E.; Armas, M.; Seaton, C.

    1998-04-01

    Passively mode-locked titanium:sapphire (Ti:S) lasers are capable of generating a high-frequency train of transform-limited subpico-second pulses, producing peak powers near 10{sup 5}thinspW at moderate average powers. The low energy per pulse ({lt}20 nJ) permits low fluence levels to be maintained in tightly focused beams, reducing the possibility of saturating fluorescence transitions. These properties, combined with a wavelength tunability from approximately 700 nm to 1 {mu}m, provide excellent opportunities for studying simultaneous two-photon excitation (TPE). However, pulse formation is very sensitive to a variety of intracavity parameters, including group velocity dispersion compensation, which leads to wavelength-dependent pulse profiles as the wavelength is scanned. This wavelength dependence can seriously distort band shapes and apparent peak heights during collection of two-photon spectral data. Since two-photon excited fluorescence is proportional to the product of the peak and average powers, it is not possible to obtain source-independent spectra by using average power correction schemes alone. Continuous-wave, single-mode lasers can be used to generate source-independent two-photon data, but these sources are four to five orders of magnitude less efficient than the mode-locked Ti:S laser and are not practical for general two-photon measurements. Hence, a continuous-wave, single-mode Ti:S laser has been used to collect a source-independent excitation spectrum for the laser dye Coumarin 480. This spectrum may be used to correct data collected with multimode sources; this possibility is demonstrated by using a simple ratiometric method to collect accurate TPE spectra with the mode-locked Ti:S laser. An approximate value of the two-photon cross section for Coumarin 480 is also given. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital Society for Applied Spectroscopy}

  6. Frustrated FRET for high-contrast high-resolution two-photon imaging.

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    Xu, Fang; Wei, Lu; Chen, Zhixing; Min, Wei

    2013-06-17

    Two-photon fluorescence microscopy has become increasingly popular in biomedical research as it allows high-resolution imaging of thick biological specimen with superior contrast and penetration than confocal microscopy. However, two-photon microscopy still faces two fundamental limitations: 1) image-contrast deterioration with imaging depth due to out-of-focus background and 2) diffraction-limited spatial resolution. Herein we propose to create and detect high-order (more than quadratic) nonlinear signals by harnessing the frustrated fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) effect within a specially designed donor-acceptor probe pair. Two distinct techniques are described. In the first method, donor fluorescence generated by a two-photon laser at the focus is preferentially switched on and off by a modulated and focused one-photon laser beam that is able to block FRET via direct acceptor excitation. The resulting image, constructed from the enhanced donor fluorescence signal, turns out to be an overall three-photon process. In the second method, a two-photon laser at a proper wavelength is capable of simultaneously exciting both the donor and the acceptor. By sinusoidally modulating the two-photon excitation laser at a fundamental frequency ω, an overall four-photon signal can be isolated by demodulating the donor fluorescence at the third harmonic frequency 3ω. We show that both the image contrast and the spatial resolution of the standard two-photon fluorescence microscopy can be substantially improved by virtue of the high-order nonlinearity. This frustrated FRET approach represents a strategy that is based on extracting the inherent nonlinear photophysical response of the specially designed imaging probes.

  7. TWO-PHOTON TISSUE IMAGING: SEEING THE IMMUNE SYSTEM IN A FRESH LIGHT

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    Cahalan, Michael D.; Parker, Ian; Wei, Sindy H.; Miller, Mark J.

    2009-01-01

    Many lymphocyte functions, such as antigen recognition, take place deep in densely populated lymphoid organs. Because direct in vivo observation was not possible, the dynamics of immune-cell interactions have been inferred or extrapolated from in vitro studies. Two-photon fluorescence excitation uses extremely brief (<1 picosecond) and intense pulses of light to ‘see’ directly into living tissues, to a greater depth and with less phototoxicity than conventional imaging methods. Two-photon microscopy, in combination with newly developed indicator molecules, promises to extend single-cell approaches to the in vivo setting and to reveal in detail the cellular collaborations that underlie the immune response. PMID:12415310

  8. Teleportation of entangled states without Bell-state measurement via a two-photon process

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    dSouza, A. D.; Cardoso, W. B.; Avelar, A. T.; Baseia, B.

    2011-02-01

    In this letter we propose a scheme using a two-photon process to teleport an entangled field state of a bimodal cavity to another one without Bell-state measurement. The quantum information is stored in a zero- and two-photon entangled state. This scheme requires two three-level atoms in a ladder configuration, two bimodal cavities, and selective atomic detectors. The fidelity and success probability do not depend on the coefficients of the state to be teleported. For convenient choices of interaction times, the teleportation occurs with fidelity close to the unity.

  9. Theory of coherent two-photon NMR: Standard-basis operators and coherent averaging

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    Stepišnik, Janez

    1980-05-01

    Theory of the two-photon coherent transitions for the multilevel spin system is developed by using the coherent averaging of the time-evolution operator and the spin description by the standard-basis operators. The employed formalism provides a clear picture of the interactions which cause the multi-quantum transitions and make possible to evaluate not only the two-photon but also the multiphoton transitions. The theory has been applied to the quadrupole perturbed spin-systems with s = 1 and s = {3}/{2} where the effective double-quantum rf field has been evaluated.

  10. Near IR two photon absorption of cyanines dyes: application to optical power limiting at telecommunication wavelengths

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    Bouit, Pierre-Antoine; Wetzel, Guillaume; Feneyrou, Patrick; Bretonnière, Yann; Kamada, Kenji; Maury, Olivier; Andraud, Chantal

    2008-02-01

    The design and synthesis of symmetrical and unsymmetrical heptamethine cyanines is reported. These chromophores present significant two-photon cross section in the 1400-1600 nm spectral range. In addition, they display optical power limiting (OPL) properties. OPL curves were interpreted on the basis of two-photon absorption (2PA) followed by excited state absorption (ESA). Finally, these molecules present several relevant properties (nonlinear absorption properties, two-step gram scale synthesis, high solubility, good thermal stability), which could lead to numerous practical applications in material science (solid state optical limiting, signal processing) or in biology (imaging).

  11. Insights into esophagus tissue architecture using two-photon confocal microscopy

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    Liu, Nenrong; Wang, Yue; Feng, Shangyuan; Chen, Rong

    2013-08-01

    In this paper, microstructures of human esophageal mucosa were evaluated using the two-photon laser scanning confocal microscopy (TPLSCM), based on two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) and second harmonic generation (SHG). The distribution of epithelial cells, muscle fibers of muscularis mucosae has been distinctly obtained. Furthermore, esophageal submucosa characteristics with cancer cells invading into were detected. The variation of collagen, elastin and cancer cells is very relevant to the pathology in esophagus, especially early esophageal cancer. Our experimental results indicate that the MPM technique has the much more advantages for label-free imaging, and has the potential application in vivo in the clinical diagnosis and monitoring of early esophageal cancer.

  12. Non-degenerate two photon absorption enhancement for laser dyes by precise lock-in detection

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    Xue, B.; Katan, C.; Bjorgaard, J. A.; Kobayashi, T.

    2015-12-15

    This study demonstrates a measurement system for a non-degenerate two-photon absorption (NDTPA) spectrum. The NDTPA light sources are a white light super continuum beam (WLSC, 500 ∼ 720 nm) and a fundamental beam (798 nm) from a Ti:Sapphire laser. A reliable broadband NDTPA spectrum is acquired in a single-shot detection procedure using a 128-channel lock-in amplifier. The NDTPA spectra for several common laser dyes are measured. Two photon absorption cross section enhancements are found in the experiment and validated by theoretical calculation for all of the chromophores.

  13. Full band structure calculation of two-photon indirect absorption in bulk silicon

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    Cheng, J. L.; Rioux, J.; Sipe, J. E.

    2011-03-28

    Degenerate two-photon indirect absorption in silicon is an important limiting effect on the use of silicon structures for all-optical information processing at telecommunication wavelengths. We perform a full band structure calculation to investigate two-photon indirect absorption in bulk silicon, using a pseudopotential description of the energy bands and an adiabatic bond charge model to describe phonon dispersion and polarization. Our results agree well with some recent experimental results. The transverse acoustic/optical phonon-assisted processes dominate.

  14. Two-Photon Excitation and Relaxation of the 3d-4d Resonance in Atomic Kr

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    Meyer, M.; Cubaynes, D.; Richardson, V.; Costello, J. T.; Radcliffe, P.; Li, W. B.; Duesterer, S.; Fritzsche, S.; Mihelic, A.; Papamihail, K. G.; Lambropoulos, P.

    2010-05-28

    Two-photon excitation of a single-photon forbidden Auger resonance has been observed and investigated using the intense extreme ultraviolet radiation from the free electron laser in Hamburg. At the wavelength 26.9 nm (46 eV) two photons promoted a 3d core electron to the outer 4d shell. The subsequent Auger decay, as well as several nonlinear above threshold ionization processes, were studied by electron spectroscopy. The experimental data are in excellent agreement with theoretical predictions and analysis of the underlying multiphoton processes.

  15. Two-photon spectroscopy of tungsten(0) arylisocyanides using nanosecond-pulsed excitation.

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    Takematsu, Kana; Wehlin, Sara A M; Sattler, Wesley; Winkler, Jay R; Gray, Harry B

    2017-10-10

    The two-photon absorption (TPA) cross sections (δ) for tungsten(0) arylisocyanides (W(CNAr)6) were determined in the 800-1000 nm region using two-photon luminescence (TPL) spectroscopy. The complexes have high TPA cross sections, in the range 1000-2000 GM at 811.8 nm. In comparison, the cross section at 811.8 nm for tris-(2,2'-bipyridine)ruthenium(ii), [Ru(bpy)3](2+), is 7 GM. All measurements were performed using a nanosecond-pulsed laser system.

  16. A BODIPY-based two-photon fluorescent probe validates tyrosinase activity in live cells.

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    Naidu Bobba, Kondapa; Won, Miae; Shim, Inseob; Velusamy, Nithya; Yang, Zhigang; Qu, Junle; Kim, Jong Seung; Bhuniya, Sankarprasad

    2017-10-10

    Herein, we report rational design, synthesis, and application of a two-photon fluorescent probe (Tyro-1) for tracking intracellular tyrosinase activity. The chemoselective detection of tyrosinase is precluded from interference of other competitive omnipresent oxidizing entities in cellular milieu. The probe showed 12.5-fold fluorescence enhancement at λem = 450 nm in the presence of tyrosinase. The nontoxic probe Tyro-1 provides information about H2O2-mediated upregulation of tyrosinase through cellular imaging. Its two-photon imaging ability makes it a noninvasive tool for validating the expression of tyrosinase in the live cells.

  17. Measurement of the two-photon absorption cross section by means of femtosecond thermal lensing.

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    Rodriguez, Luis; Chiesa, Matteo

    2011-07-01

    We present a variation of the single-beam thermal lensing experiment to determine the two-photon absorption cross sections of classical fluorophores. The approach is based on comparison of two thermal lensing signals simultaneously induced by a one- and two-photon absorption process from a high-repetition-rate femtosecond laser system. As a consequence of this comparison, a simplified expression independent of the several experimental parameters is obtained. Additionally, because of the low incident power levels required, undesirable optical effects such as Kerr or Raman scattering are avoided. Our experimental results agree well with those recently published for luminescent methods, validating the approach.

  18. Three-dimensional biodegradable structures fabricated by two-photon polymerization.

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    Claeyssens, Frederik; Hasan, Erol A; Gaidukeviciute, Arune; Achilleos, Demetra S; Ranella, Anthi; Reinhardt, Carsten; Ovsianikov, Aleksandr; Shizhou, Xiao; Fotakis, Costas; Vamvakaki, Maria; Chichkov, Boris N; Farsari, Maria

    2009-03-03

    Two-photon polymerization has been employed to fabricate three-dimensional structures using the biodegradable triblock copolymer poly(epsilon-caprolactone-co-trimethylenecarbonate)-b-poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(epsilon-caprolactone-co-trimethylenecarbonate) with 4,4'-bis(diethylamino)benzophenone as the photoinitiator. The fabricated structures were of good quality and had four micron resolution. Initial cytotoxicity tests show that the material does not affect cell proliferation. These studies demonstrate the potential of two-photon polymerization as a technology for the fabrication of biodegradable scaffolds for tissue engineering.

  19. Measurement of Electron Beam Polarization from Unstrained Bulk GaAs via Two Photon Photoemission

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    J L McCarter, T J Gay, J Hansknecht, M Poelker, M L Stutzman

    2011-06-01

    This paper describes measurements of the beam polarization and quantum efficiency for photoemission using two-photon excitation from unstrained bulk GaAs illuminated with pulsed, high intensity 1560nm laser light. Quantum efficiency is linearly proportional to 1560nm peak laser intensity, which was varied in three independent ways, indicating that the emitted electrons are promoted from the valence to the conduction band via two-photon absorption. Beam polarization was measured using a microMott polarimeter, with a value of 16.8(4)% polarization at 1560nm, which is roughly half the measured value of 33.4(8)% using 778 nm light.

  20. Two-photon exchange correction to 2 S -2 P splitting in muonic 3He ions

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    Carlson, Carl E.; Gorchtein, Mikhail; Vanderhaeghen, Marc

    2017-01-01

    We calculate the two-photon exchange correction to the Lamb shift in muonic 3He ions within the dispersion relations framework. Part of the effort entailed making analytic fits to the electron-3He quasielastic scattering data set, for purposes of doing the dispersion integrals. Our result is that the energy of the 2 S state is shifted downwards by two-photon exchange effects by 15.14(49) meV, in good accord with the result obtained from a potential model and effective field theory calculation.

  1. New insight in boron chemistry: Application in two-photon absorption

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    Bolze, F.; Hayek, A.; Sun, X. H.; Baldeck, P. L.; Bourgogne, C.; Nicoud, J.-F.

    2011-07-01

    Two groups of one-dimensional (1D) boron containing two-photon absorbing fluorophores have been prepared and characterized. One group includes boron atoms incorporated in the conjugated or pseudo conjugated central core and the other contain a boron cluster as an acceptor group at one end of the fluorophores. Two boron containing central cores (with two boron atoms) have been explored: the cyclodiborazane and the pyrazabole moieties. The chosen boron cluster, p-carborane, contains 10 boron atoms. All the prepared fluorophores present high two-photon absorption cross-sections. Some water-soluble as well as lipophylic dyes have been prepared and used in bio-imaging.

  2. Two-photon photoemission from metals induced by picosecond laser pulses

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    Bechtel, J. H.; Smith, W. L.; Bloembergen, N.

    1977-01-01

    We have measured the two-photon photoemission current density from tungsten, tantalum, and molybdenum when irradiated by 532-nm wavelength radiation. This wavelength was produced by the second-harmonic radiation of single picosecond laser pulses from a mode-locked neodymium-doped yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser. The results are interpreted in terms of both a simple temperature-independent two-photon photoemission effect and a generalization of the Fowler-DuBridge theory of photoemission. The laser polarization dependence of the emitted current is also reported.

  3. Fluorenyl porphyrins for combined two-photon excited fluorescence and photosensitization

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    Mongin, Olivier; Hugues, Vincent; Blanchard-Desce, Mireille; Merhi, Areej; Drouet, Samuel; Yao, Dandan; Paul-Roth, Christine

    2015-04-01

    The two-photon absorption (2PA), the luminescence and the photosensitization properties of porphyrin-cored fluorenyl dendrimers and meso-substituted fluorenylporphyrin monomer, dimer and trimer are described. In comparison with model tetraphenylporphyrin, these compounds combine enhanced (non-resonant) 2PA cross-sections in the near infrared and enhanced fluorescence quantum yields, together with maintained singlet oxygen generation quantum yields. 'Semi-disconnection' between fluorenyl groups and porphyrins (i.e. direct meso substitution) proved to be more efficient than non-conjugated systems (based on efficient FRET between fluorenyl antennae and porphyrins). These results are of interest for combined two-photon imaging and photodynamic therapy.

  4. Two-photon-excited fluorescence spectroscopy of atomic fluorine at 170 nm

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    Herring, G. C.; Dyer, Mark J.; Jusinski, Leonard E.; Bischel, William K.

    1988-01-01

    Two-photon-excited fluorescence spectroscopy of atomic fluorine is reported. A doubled dye laser at 286-nm is Raman shifted in H2 to 170 nm (sixth anti-Stokes order) to excite ground-state 2P(0)J fluorine atoms to the 2D(0)J level. The fluorine atoms are detected by one of two methods: observing the fluorescence decay to the 2PJ level or observing F(+) production through the absorption of an additional photon by the excited atoms. Relative two-photon absorption cross sections to and the radiative lifetimes of the 2D(0)J states are measured.

  5. Dispersive approach to two-photon exchange in elastic electron-proton scattering

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    Blunden, P. G.; Melnitchouk, W.

    2017-06-14

    We examine the two-photon exchange corrections to elastic electron-nucleon scattering within a dispersive approach, including contributions from both nucleon and Δ intermediate states. The dispersive analysis avoids off-shell uncertainties inherent in traditional approaches based on direct evaluation of loop diagrams, and guarantees the correct unitary behavior in the high energy limit. Using empirical information on the electromagnetic nucleon elastic and NΔ transition form factors, we compute the two-photon exchange corrections both algebraically and numerically. Finally, results are compared with recent measurements of e+ p to e- p cross section ratios from the CLAS, VEPP-3 and OLYMPUS experiments.

  6. Arduino Due based tool to facilitate in vivo two-photon excitation microscopy.

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    Artoni, Pietro; Landi, Silvia; Sato, Sebastian Sulis; Luin, Stefano; Ratto, Gian Michele

    2016-04-01

    Two-photon excitation spectroscopy is a powerful technique for the characterization of the optical properties of genetically encoded and synthetic fluorescent molecules. Excitation spectroscopy requires tuning the wavelength of the Ti:sapphire laser while carefully monitoring the delivered power. To assist laser tuning and the control of delivered power, we developed an Arduino Due based tool for the automatic acquisition of high quality spectra. This tool is portable, fast, affordable and precise. It allowed studying the impact of scattering and of blood absorption on two-photon excitation light. In this way, we determined the wavelength-dependent deformation of excitation spectra occurring in deep tissues in vivo.

  7. Infrared single-photon detection by two-photon absorption in silicon

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    Hayat, Alex; Ginzburg, Pavel; Orenstein, Meir

    2008-03-15

    We propose a scheme for infrared single-photon detection based on two-photon absorption at room temperature in Si avalanche photodiodes, where the detected photon's energy is lower than the band gap and the energy difference is complemented by a pump field. A quantum nonperturbative model is developed for nondegenerate two-photon absorption in direct and indirect semiconductors yielding proper nondivergent rates allowing device efficiency optimization. The proposed monolithic detector is simple, miniature, and integrable and does not require phase matching, while not compromising the performance and exhibiting even better efficiency than the competing up-conversion schemes ({approx}1 order of magnitude) for similar optical pump levels.

  8. Photolysis of a peptide with N-peptidyl-7-nitroindoline units using two-photon absorption

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    Hatch, Kevin A.; Ornelas, Alfredo; Williams, Kaitlyn N.; Boland, Thomas; Michael, Katja; Li, Chunqiang

    2016-01-01

    N-acyl-7-nitroindolines have been used as caged compounds to photorelease active molecules by a one- or two-photon excitation mechanism in biological systems. Here, we report the photolysis of a polypeptide that contains 7-nitroindoline units as linker moieties in its peptide backbone for potential materials engineering applications. Upon two-photon excitation with femtosecond laser light at 710 nm the photoreactive amide bond in N-peptidyl-7-nitroindolines is cleaved rendering short peptide fragments. Thus, this photochemical process changes the molecular composition at the laser focal volume. Gel modifications of this peptide can potentially be used for three-dimensional microstructure fabrication. PMID:27896004

  9. Two-photon-excited fluorescence spectroscopy of atomic fluorine at 170 nm

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    Herring, G. C.; Dyer, Mark J.; Jusinski, Leonard E.; Bischel, William K.

    1988-01-01

    Two-photon-excited fluorescence spectroscopy of atomic fluorine is reported. A doubled dye laser at 286-nm is Raman shifted in H2 to 170 nm (sixth anti-Stokes order) to excite ground-state 2P(0)J fluorine atoms to the 2D(0)J level. The fluorine atoms are detected by one of two methods: observing the fluorescence decay to the 2PJ level or observing F(+) production through the absorption of an additional photon by the excited atoms. Relative two-photon absorption cross sections to and the radiative lifetimes of the 2D(0)J states are measured.

  10. Two-photon resonant four-wave mixing in a dressed atomic system

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    Sun, Jiang; Zuo, Zhanchun; Mi, Xin; Yu, Zuhe; Jiang, Qian; Wang, Yanbang; Wu, Ling-An; Fu, Panming

    2004-11-01

    We study two-photon resonant nondegenerate four-wave mixing (NFWM) in a dressed cascade four-level system. In the presence of a strong coupling field, the two-photon resonant NFWM spectrum exhibits Autler-Townes splitting, accompanied by either suppression or enhancement of the NFWM signal. Such phenomena are demonstrated in Ba through inducing of atomic coherence between the ground state 6s2 and the doubly excited autoionizing Rydberg state 6pnd . This technique provides a spectroscopic tool for measuring not only the resonant frequency and dephasing rate but also the transition dipole moment between two highly excited atomic states.

  11. Full two-photon down-conversion of a single photon

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    Sánchez-Burillo, E.; Martín-Moreno, L.; García-Ripoll, J. J.; Zueco, D.

    2016-11-01

    We demonstrate, both numerically and analytically, that it is possible to deterministically generate two photons from one and only one photon. We characterize the output two-photon field and make our calculations close to reality by including losses. Our proposal relies on real or artificial three-level atoms with a cyclic transition strongly coupled to a one-dimensional waveguide. We show that almost perfect down-conversion, with efficiency over 99 % , is reachable using state-of-the-art waveguide QED architectures such as photonic crystals or superconducting circuits. In particular, we sketch an implementation in circuit QED, where the three-level atom is a transmon.

  12. Axial range of conjugate adaptive optics in two-photon microscopy.

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    Paudel, Hari P; Taranto, John; Mertz, Jerome; Bifano, Thomas

    2015-08-10

    We describe an adaptive optics technique for two-photon microscopy in which the deformable mirror used for aberration compensation is positioned in a plane conjugate to the plane of the aberration. We demonstrate in a proof-of-principle experiment that this technique yields a large field of view advantage in comparison to standard pupil-conjugate adaptive optics. Further, we show that the extended field of view in conjugate AO is maintained over a relatively large axial translation of the deformable mirror with respect to the conjugate plane. We conclude with a discussion of limitations and prospects for the conjugate AO technique in two-photon biological microscopy.

  13. Global analysis of proton elastic form factor data with two-photon exchange corrections

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    J. Arrington; W. Melnitchouk; J. A. Tjon

    2007-09-01

    We use the world's data on elastic electron-proton scattering and calculations of two-photon exchange effects to extract corrected values of the proton's electric and magnetic form factors over the full Q^2 range of the existing data. Our analysis combines the corrected Rosenbluth cross section and polarization transfer data, and is the first extraction of G_Ep and G_Mp including explicit two-photon exchange corrections and their associated uncertainties. In addition, we examine the angular dependence of the corrected cross sections, and discuss the possible nonlinearities of the cross section as a function of epsilon.

  14. A unified description of sum frequency generation, parametric down conversion and two-photon fluorescence

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    Roslyak, Oleksiy; Mukamel, Shaul

    2010-01-01

    A superoperator non-equilibrium Green’s function formalism is presented for computing nonlinear optical processes involving any combination of classical and quantum optical modes. Closed correlation-function expressions based on superoperator time-ordering are derived for the combined effects of causal response and non-causal spontaneous fluctuations. Coherent three wave mixing (sum frequency generation and parametric down conversion) involving one and two quantum optical modes, respectively, are compared with their incoherent counterparts: two-photon-induced fluorescence and two-photon-emitted fluorescence. PMID:20607143

  15. Two-photon confocal microscopy in the study of the volume characteristics of semiconductors

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    Kalinushkin, V. P.; Uvarov, O. V.

    2016-12-01

    Zn-Se crystals are used to analyze prospects for application of two-photon confocal microscopy in the study of plane and volume interband and impurity luminescence in semiconductors. Such maps can be formed with a depth step and planar spatial resolution of several micrometers at distances of up to 1 mm from the surface. The method is used to detect luminescence-active inhomogeneities in crystals and study their structure and luminescence characteristics. Prospects for the application of the two-photon confocal microscopy in the study of direct-band-semiconductors and materials of the fourth group are discussed.

  16. Two-photon excitation improves multifocal structured illumination microscopy in thick scattering tissue

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    Ingaramo, Maria; York, Andrew G.; Wawrzusin, Peter; Milberg, Oleg; Hong, Amy; Weigert, Roberto; Shroff, Hari; Patterson, George H.

    2014-01-01

    Multifocal structured illumination microscopy (MSIM) provides a twofold resolution enhancement beyond the diffraction limit at sample depths up to 50 µm, but scattered and out-of-focus light in thick samples degrades MSIM performance. Here we implement MSIM with a microlens array to enable efficient two-photon excitation. Two-photon MSIM gives resolution-doubled images with better sectioning and contrast in thick scattering samples such as Caenorhabditis elegans embryos, Drosophila melanogaster larval salivary glands, and mouse liver tissue. PMID:24706872

  17. Saturated two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy with core-ring illumination.

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    Oketani, Ryosuke; Doi, Atsushi; Smith, Nicholas I; Nawa, Yasunori; Kawata, Satoshi; Fujita, Katsumasa

    2017-02-01

    We demonstrated resolution improvement in two-photon excitation microscopy by combining saturated excitation (SAX) of fluorescence and pupil manipulation. We theoretically estimated the resolution improvement and the sidelobe effect in the point spread function with various pupil designs and found that the combination of SAX and core-ring illumination can effectively enhance the spatial resolution in 3D and suppress sidelobe artifacts. The experimental demonstration shows that the proposed technique is effective for observation with a depth of 100 μm in a tissue phantom and can be applied to 3D observations of tissue samples with higher spatial resolution than conventional two-photon excitation microscopy.

  18. Nonclassical effects in two-photon interference experiments: an event-by-event simulation

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    Michielsen, K.; Jin, F.; De Raedt, H.

    2013-10-01

    It is shown that both the visibility V =1/2 predicted for two-photon interference experiments with two independent sources and the visibility V = 1 predicted for two-photon interference experiments with a parametric down-conversion source can be explained in terms of a locally causal, adaptive, corpuscular, classical (non-Hamiltonian) dynamical system. Hence, there is no need to invoke quantum theory to explain the so-called nonclassical effects in the interference of signal and idler photons in parametric down conversion and a revision of the commonly accepted criterion of the nonclassical nature of light is called for.

  19. Pressure broadening and frequency shift of the 5S1/2 → 5D5/2 and 5S1/2 → 7S1/2 two photon transitions in 85Rb by the noble gases and N2

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    Zameroski, Nathan D.; Hager, Gordon D.; Erickson, Christopher J.; Burke, John H.

    2014-11-01

    Doppler free two photon absorption spectroscopy was employed to measure the pressure broadening and frequency shift rates of the 5S1/2 (F = 3) → 5D5/2 (F = 5, 4, 3, 2, 1) (778.105 nm) and the 5S1/2 (F = 2) → 7S1/2 (F = 2) (760.126 nm) two photon transitions in 85Rb by the noble gases and N2. To our knowledge, these rates are reported on for the first time. The self-broadening and shift rate of the 5S1/2 (F = 3) → 5D5/2 (F = 5, 4, 3, 2, 1) transition and self -broadening rate of the 5S1/2 (F = 2) → 7S1/2 (F = 2) transition were also measured. The temperature dependence of the self-frequency shift (Rb-Rb collisions) of these transitions is presented. Helium diffusion rates through Quartz and Pyrex cells are also calculated and the implication of helium diffusion through glass vapor cells is discussed in regards to atomic frequency standards based on these transitions. Experimental pressure broadening and shift rates are compared to theoretically calculated rates assuming a 6, 8 or 6, 8, 10 difference potential and pseudo potential model. Reasonable agreement is achieved between experimental and theoretical values.

  20. Measurement of the isotope shift of the 2{{\\rm{p}}}^{4}{}^{3}{{P}}_{2} \\rightarrow 2{{\\rm{p}}}^{3}3{\\rm{p}}{}^{3}{{P}}_{2} two-photon transition of O I and a revision of the triplet energy levels of atomic oxygen

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    Marinov, D.; Booth, J.-P.; Drag, C.; Blondel, C.

    2017-03-01

    Two-photon induced fluorescence of atomic oxygen, which is routinely used for plasma and flame diagnostics, is implemented with two counterpropagating laser beams of sufficient monochromaticity to permit Doppler-free spectroscopy. A single-mode injection-seeded pulsed Ti:sapphire laser has been frequency-doubled twice to produce narrow-band pulsed radiation at wavelengths around 225.6 nm, suitable to excite the ground-state-to-2{{{p}}}33{{p}}{}3{P} two-photon resonance line of oxygen. Accurate measurement of the injection-seeding wavelength provides new data on the excitation energy of the 3{{p}}{}3{P} states. The experiment was done both sequentially and simultaneously on 16O and 18O, which makes it possible to test recent calculations of the isotope shift. Having an absolute measurement of the excitation wave-number from the ground level, which has been the case only twice in previous spectroscopic studies of O I, we can re-examine the energy levels of the subset of triplet states and present an updated set of optimised energy values.

  1. Revisiting the four-level inverted-Y system under both Doppler-free and Doppler-broadened conditions: an analytical approach

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    Ghosh, Arindam; Islam, Khairul; Bhattacharyya, Dipankar; Bandyopadhyay, Amitava

    2016-10-01

    We report the occurrence of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) in the simulated probe response signal for a four-level inverted-Y type system that is being acted upon by a weak coherent probe field, a strong coherent pump field and a coherent repump field. There are two ground energy levels, one intermediate energy level and one uppermost energy level. The weak probe field couples the lowest ground level to the intermediate level whereas the repump field connects the other ground level with the intermediate level. The strong control field couples the intermediate level with the uppermost energy level, thereby forming an inverted-Y type system. The density matrix based theoretical model has been developed and solved analytically for this four-level system and the probe response signal has been simulated at different values of the control and repump Rabi frequencies, control and repump frequency detunings and under both Doppler-free and Doppler-broadened conditions using the parameters of 87Rb D2 transition. Extremely low line width (few tens of kHz) for the EIT signal has been noticed under thermal averaging for copropagating probe, control and repump field configuration. The EIT signal is found to be immune to the variation in the control Rabi frequency.

  2. Inclusive D*-meson production in two-photon collisions at LEP

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    Sokolov, A. A.

    2002-06-01

    The inclusive production of D*+ is measured by DELPHI in photon-photon collisions at LEP-II energies. The measured cross sections are compatible with the QCD calculations having the contributions from the resolved processes sensitive to the gluon density in photon. The total cross section of the charm quark production in two-photon collisions at LEP-II energies is estimated.

  3. Simultaneous two-photon activation of type-I photodynamic therapy agents.

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    Fisher, W G; Partridge, W P; Dees, C; Wachter, E A

    1997-08-01

    The excitation and emission properties of several psoralen derivatives are compared using conventional single-photon excitation and simultaneous two-photon excitation (TPE). Two-photon excitation is effected using the output of a mode-locked titanium: sapphire laser, the near infrared output of which is used to promote nonresonant TPE directly. Specifically, the excitation spectra and excited-state properties of 8-methoxypsoralen and 4'-aminomethyl-4,5,8-trimethylpsoralen are shown to be equivalent using both modes of excitation. Further, in vitro feasibility of two-photon photodynamic therapy (PDT) is demonstrated using Salmonella typhimurium. Two-photon excitation may be beneficial in the practice of PDT because it would allow replacement of visible or UV excitation light with highly penetrating, nondamaging near infrared light and could provide a means for improving localization of therapy. Comparison of possible laser excitation sources for PDT reveals the titanium: sapphire laser to be exceptionally well suited for nonlinear excitation of PDT agents in biological systems due to its extremely short pulse width and high repetition rate that together provide efficient PDT activation and greatly reduced potential for biological damage.

  4. One-bit photon polarization in two-photon experiments. An information mechanics perspective

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    Kantor, Frederick W.

    1991-03-01

    Two-photon experiments of Aspect, Grangier, and Roger, directed toward testing Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen's thought experiment, are seen in the context of Kantor's information mechanics as illustrating some consequences of the fact that the amount of information represented by the photon's polarization is one bit.

  5. Atomic Dipole Squeezing in the Correlated Two-Mode Two-Photon Jaynes-Cummings Model

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    Dong, Zhengchao; Zhao, Yonglin

    1996-01-01

    In this paper, we study the atomic dipole squeezing in the correlated two-mode two-photon JC model with the field initially in the correlated two-mode SU(1,1) coherent state. The effects of detuning, field intensity and number difference between the two field modes are investigated through numerical calculation.

  6. Experimental method for the determination of two-photon cross sections using four-wave mixing

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    Burris, J.; Mcilrath, T. J.

    1985-01-01

    The two-photon absorption cross section for the R22 + S12(J double prime = 9 1/2) transition in nitric oxide's gamma band has been determined. The value is in good agreement with previous measurements on several other NO transitions. The technique described here can be used to obtain accurate cross sections for other diatomic molecules.

  7. Two-photon photoemission from a copper cathode in an Χ-band photoinjector

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    Li, H.; Limborg-Deprey, C.; Adolphsen, C.; ...

    2016-02-24

    This study presents two-photon photoemission from a copper cathode in an X-band photoinjector. We experimentally verified that the electron bunch charge from photoemission out of a copper cathode scales with laser intensity (I) square for 400 nm wavelength photons. We compare this two-photon photoemission process with the single photon process at 266 nm. Despite the high reflectivity (R) of the copper surface for 400 nm photons (R=0.48) and higher thermal energy of photoelectrons (two-photon at 200 nm) compared to 266 nm photoelectrons, the quantum efficiency of the two-photon photoemission process (400 nm) exceeds the single-photon process (266 nm) when themore » incident laser intensity is above 300 GW/cm2. At the same laser pulse energy (E) and other experimental conditions, emitted charge scales inversely with the laser pulse duration. A thermal emittance of 2.7 mm-mrad per mm root mean square (rms) was measured on our cathode which exceeds by sixty percent larger compared to the theoretical predictions, but this discrepancy is similar to previous experimental thermal emittance on copper cathodes with 266 nm photons. The damage of the cathode surface of our first-generation X-band gun from both rf breakdowns and laser impacts mostly explains this result. Using a 400 nm laser can substantially simplify the photoinjector system, and make it an alternative solution for compact pulsed electron sources.« less

  8. Two-photon finite-pulse model for resonant transitions in attosecond experiments

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

    2016-02-01

    We present an analytical model capable of describing two-photon ionization of atoms with attosecond pulses in the presence of intermediate and final isolated autoionizing states. The model is based on the finite-pulse formulation of second-order time-dependent perturbation theory. It approximates the intermediate and final states with Fano's theory for resonant continua, and it depends on a small set of atomic parameters that can either be obtained from separate ab initio calculations or be extracted from a few selected experiments. We use the model to compute the two-photon resonant photoelectron spectrum of helium below the N =2 threshold for the RABITT (reconstruction of attosecond beating by interference of two-photon transitions) pump-probe scheme, in which an XUV attosecond pulse train is used in association with a weak IR probe, obtaining results in quantitative agreement with those from accurate ab initio simulations. In particular, we show that (i) the use of finite pulses results in a homogeneous redshift of the RABITT beating frequency, as well as a resonant modulation of the beating frequency in proximity to intermediate autoionizing states; (ii) the phase of resonant two-photon amplitudes generally experiences a continuous excursion as a function of the intermediate detuning, with either zero or 2 π overall variation.

  9. Two-photon-state generation via four-wave mixing in optical fibers

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    Chen Jun; Li Xiaoying; Kumar, Prem

    2005-09-15

    A quantum theory of two-photon-state generation via four-wave mixing in optical fibers is studied, with emphasis on the case where the pump is a classical, narrow (picosecond-duration) pulse. One of the experiments performed in our lab is discussed and analyzed. Numerical predictions from the theory are shown to be in good agreement with the experimental results.

  10. A cysteamine-selective two-photon fluorescent probe for ratiometric bioimaging.

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    Sarkar, Avik R; Heo, Cheol Ho; Kim, Eunjin; Lee, Hyo Won; Singh, Hardev; Kim, Jeong Jin; Kang, Hyuk; Kang, Chulhun; Kim, Hwan Myung

    2015-02-11

    We report a two-photon fluorescent probe for ratiometric imaging of cysteamine in situ. This probe can detect the levels of endogenous cysteamine with statistical significance in live cells and brain hippocampal tissues, revealing that cysteamine is localized mainly in the perikaria of the pyramidal neurons and the granule cells.

  11. Two-photon imaging and spectroscopy of fresh human colon biopsies

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    Cicchi, R.; Sturiale, A.; Nesi, G.; Tonelli, F.; Pavone, F. S.

    2012-03-01

    Two-photon fluorescence (TPEF) microscopy is a powerful tool to image human tissues up to 200 microns depth without any exogenously added probe. TPEF can take advantage of the autofluorescence of molecules intrinsically contained in a biological tissue, as such NADH, elastin, collagen, and flavins. Two-photon microscopy has been already successfully used to image several types of tissues, including skin, muscles, tendons, bladder. Nevertheless, its usefulness in imaging colon tissue has not been deeply investigated yet. In this work we have used combined two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF), second harmonic generation microscopy (SHG), fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy (FLIM), and multispectral two-photon emission detection (MTPE) to investigate different kinds of human ex-vivo fresh biopsies of colon. Morphological and spectroscopic analyses allowed to characterize both healthy mucosa, polyp, and colon samples in a good agreement with common routine histology. Even if further analysis, as well as a more significant statistics on a large number of samples would be helpful to discriminate between low, mild, and high grade cancer, our method is a promising tool to be used as diagnostic confirmation of histological results, as well as a diagnostic tool in a multiphoton endoscope or colonoscope to be used in in-vivo imaging applications.

  12. Crossfire for Two-Photon Photodynamic Therapy with Fluorinated Ruthenium (II) Photosensitizers.

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    Qiu, Kangqiang; Wang, Jinquan; Song, Cuilan; Wang, Lili; Zhu, Hongyi; Huang, Huaiyi; Huang, Juanjuan; Wang, Hui; Ji, Liangnian; Chao, Hui

    2017-06-07

    Synergistic photodynamic therapy (PDT) that combines photosensitizers (PSs) to attack different key sites in cancer cells is very attractive. However, the use of multiple PSs may increase dark cytotoxicity. Additionally, realizing the multiple vein passage of several PSs through dosing could be a challenge in clinical treatment. To address these issues, a novel strategy that enables a single PS to ablate two key sites (i.e., cytomembranes on the outside and mitochondria on the inside) of cancer cells synergistically was proposed. Five new fluorinated ruthenium (II) complexes (Ru1-Ru5), which possessed excellent two-photon properties and good singlet oxygen quantum yields, were designed and synthesized. When incubated with HeLa cells, the complexes were observed on the cytomembranes at first. With an extension of the treatment time, both the cytomembranes and mitochondria were lit up by the complexes. Under two-photon laser irradiation, the mitochondria and cytomembranes were ablated simultaneously, and the HeLa cells were destroyed effectively by the complexes, whether the cells were in a monolayer or in multicellular spheroids. With the largest phototoxicity index under the two-photon laser, Ru4 was used for two-photon PDT of in vivo xenograft tumors and successfully inhibited the growth of the tumors. Our results emphasized that the strategy of attacking two key sites with a single PS is an efficient method for PDT.

  13. Selective two-photon collagen crosslinking in situ measured by Brillouin microscopy (Conference Presentation)

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    Kwok, Sheldon J. J.; Kuznetsov, Ivan A.; Kim, Moonseok; Choi, Myunghwan; Scarcelli, Giuliano; Yun, Seok-Hyun

    2017-02-01

    Two-photon polymerization and crosslinking are commonly used methods for microfabrication of three-dimensional structures with applications spanning from photonic microdevices, drug delivery systems, to cellular scaffolds. However, the use of two-photon processes for precise, internal modification of biological tissues has not yet been reported. One of the major challenges has been a lack of appropriate tools to monitor and characterize crosslinked regions nondestructively. Here, we demonstrate spatially selective two-photon collagen crosslinking (2P-CXL) in intact tissue for the first time. Using riboflavin photosensitizer and femtosecond laser irradiation, we crosslinked a small volume of tissue within animal corneas. Collagen fiber orientations and photobleaching were characterized by second harmonic generation and two-photon fluorescence imaging, respectively. Using confocal Brillouin microscopy, we measured local changes in longitudinal mechanical moduli and visualized the cross-linked pattern without perturbing surrounding non-irradiated regions. 2P-CXL-induced tissue stiffening was comparable to that achieved with conventional one-photon CXL. Our results demonstrate the ability to selectively stiffen biological tissue in situ at high spatial resolution, with broad implications in ophthalmology, laser surgery, and tissue engineering.

  14. Carbon quantum dot-NO photoreleaser nanohybrids for two-photon phototherapy of hypoxic tumors.

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    Fowley, Colin; McHale, Anthony P; McCaughan, Bridgeen; Fraix, Aurore; Sortino, Salvatore; Callan, John F

    2015-01-04

    We report a conjugate between carbon quantum dots and a NO photoreleaser able to photogenerate the anticancer NO radical via an energy transfer mechanism. This nanohybrid proved toxic to cancer cells in vitro and significantly reduced tumor volume in mice bearing human xenograft BxPC-3 pancreatic tumors upon two-photon excitation with the highly biocompatible 800 nm light.

  15. In Vivo Two-Photon Fluorescence Kinetics of Primate Rods and Cones

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    Sharma, Robin; Schwarz, Christina; Williams, David R.; Palczewska, Grazyna; Palczewski, Krzysztof; Hunter, Jennifer J.

    2016-01-01

    Purpose The retinoid cycle maintains vision by regenerating bleached visual pigment through metabolic events, the kinetics of which have been difficult to characterize in vivo. Two-photon fluorescence excitation has been used previously to track autofluorescence directly from retinoids and pyridines in the visual cycle in mouse and frog retinas, but the mechanisms of the retinoid cycle are not well understood in primates. Methods We developed a two-photon fluorescence adaptive optics scanning light ophthalmoscope dedicated to in vivo imaging in anesthetized macaques. Using pulsed light at 730 nm, two-photon fluorescence was captured from rods and cones during light and dark adaptation through the eye's pupil. Results The fluorescence from rods and cones increased with light exposure but at different rates. During dark adaptation, autofluorescence declined, with cone autofluorescence decreasing approximately 4 times faster than from rods. Rates of autofluorescence decrease in rods and cones were approximately 4 times faster than their respective rates of photopigment regeneration. Also, subsets of sparsely distributed cones were less fluorescent than their neighbors immediately following bleach at 565 nm and they were comparable with the S cone mosaic in density and distribution. Conclusions Although other molecules could be contributing, we posit that these fluorescence changes are mediated by products of the retinoid cycle. In vivo two-photon ophthalmoscopy provides a way to monitor noninvasively stages of the retinoid cycle that were previously inaccessible in the living primate eye. This can be used to assess objectively photoreceptor function in normal and diseased retinas. PMID:26903225

  16. LANTHANIDE ENHANCE LUMINESCENCE (LEL) WITH ONE AND TWO PHOTON EXCITATION OF QUANTUM DYES LANTHANIDE (III) - MACROCYCLES

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    Title: Lanthanide Enhance Luminescence (LEL) with one and two photon excitation of Quantum Dyes? Lanthanide(III)-Macrocycles
    Principal Author:
    Robert C. Leif, Newport Instruments
    Secondary Authors:
    Margie C. Becker, Phoenix Flow Systems
    Al Bromm, Virginia Commonw...

  17. Phosphorescent probes for two-photon microscopy of oxygen (Conference Presentation)

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    Vinogradov, Sergei A.; Esipova, Tatiana V.

    2016-03-01

    The ability to quantify oxygen in vivo in 3D with high spatial and temporal resolution is much needed in many areas of biological research. Our laboratory has been developing the phosphorescence quenching technique for biological oximetry - an optical method that possesses intrinsic microscopic capability. In the past we have developed dendritically protected oxygen probes for quantitative imaging of oxygen in tissue. More recently we expanded our design on special two-photon enhanced phosphorescent probes. These molecules brought about first demonstrations of the two-photon phosphorescence lifetime microscopy (2PLM) of oxygen in vivo, providing new information for neouroscience and stem cell biology. However, current two-photon oxygen probes suffer from a number of limitations, such as sub-optimal brightness and high cost of synthesis, which dramatically reduce imaging performance and limit usability of the method. In this paper we discuss principles of 2PLM and address the interplay between the probe chemistry, photophysics and spatial and temporal imaging resolution. We then present a new approach to brightly phosphorescent chromophores with internally enhanced two-photon absorption cross-sections, which pave a way to a new generation of 2PLM probes.

  18. Video-rate two-photon excited fluorescence lifetime imaging system with interleaved digitization.

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    Dow, Ximeng Y; Sullivan, Shane Z; Muir, Ryan D; Simpson, Garth J

    2015-07-15

    A fast (up to video rate) two-photon excited fluorescence lifetime imaging system based on interleaved digitization is demonstrated. The system is compatible with existing beam-scanning microscopes with minor electronics and software modification. Proof-of-concept demonstrations were performed using laser dyes and biological tissue.

  19. Specific features of two-photon optical nutation in a system of biexcitons in semiconductors

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    Khadzhi, P. I. Vasil'ev, V. V.

    2007-05-15

    Specific features of two-photon nutation in a system of coherent biexcitons in CuCl-type semiconductors are studied. It is shown that, depending on the parameters of the system, nutation represents a process of periodic conversion of photon pairs into biexcitons and vice versa. The possibility of phase control of optical nutation is predicted.

  20. Degenerate two-photon absorption in all-trans retinal: nonlinear spectrum and theoretical calculations.

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    Vivas, M G; Silva, D L; Misoguti, L; Zaleśny, R; Bartkowiak, W; Mendonca, C R

    2010-03-18

    In this work we investigate the degenerate two-photon absorption spectrum of all-trans retinal in ethanol employing the Z-scan technique with femtosecond pulses. The two-photon absorption (2PA) spectrum presents a monotonous increase as the excitation wavelength approaches the one-photon absorption band and a peak at 790 nm. We attribute the 2PA band to the mixing of states (1)B(u)(+)-like and |S(1)>, which are strongly allowed by one- and two-photon, respectively. We modeled the 2PA spectrum by using the sum-over-states approach and obtained spectroscopic parameters of the electronic transitions to |S(1)>, |S(2)> ("(1)B(u)(+)"), |S(3)>, and |S(4)> singlet-excited states. The results were compared with theoretical predictions of one- and two-photon transition calculations using the response functions formalism within the density functional theory framework with the aid of the CAM-B3LYP functional.

  1. Is the σ(600) a glueball? Two photon reactions can tell us

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    Pennington, M. R.

    2001-08-01

    Minkowski and Ochs have recently argued that the small two photon coupling of a conjectured σ(600) is so small that it is likely to be a glueball. We ask whether this can be so or whether it is simply gauge invariance that produces the observed low mass suppression?

  2. Two-photon excitation into low-energy singlet states of anthracene in mixed crystals

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    Bree, A.; Leyderman, A.; Taliani, C.

    1985-08-01

    The two-photon excitation spectrum of the first excited state of anthracene in fluorene and biphenyl at 4.2 K has been measured. Intensity is induced into the origin by the static dipole moment of fluorene, and into b 1u vibrons through coupling to an A g state near 29400 cm -1; the nature of this A g state is discussed.

  3. Three-dimensional two-photon laser fabrication for metals, polymers, and magneto-optical materials

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    Tanaka, Takuo; Ishikawa, Atsushi; Amemiya, Tomohiro

    2015-03-01

    The three-dimensional (3D) two-photon laser fabrication techniques for metal, polymer, and magneto-optical structures are presented. Two-photon-induced reduction of metal complex ions was developed to create 3D metal micro/nano structures. Owing to the inhibition of unwanted growth of metal nano crystals using surfactant molecules, we have successfully improved the spatial resolution of fabricated metal structures down to 100 nm in linewidth. Arbitrary shaped 3D silver structures with high electric conductivity were fabricated. Two-photon-induced photopolymerization technique has been applied for the photonic wire bonding. We have demonstrated the optical interconnection of III-V based DFB lasers and photo detectors by polymer wires with optical coupling loss less than 0.3dB. We also applied two-photon laser irradiation technique for the modification of the magnetic properties of cerium-substituted yttrium iron garnet crystal (CexY3-xFe5O12: Ce:YIG). A Ce:YIG layer was epitaxially-grown on a monomagnetic garnet (<111>-SGGG) substrate. 3D fs laser scanning in the Ce:YIG layer creates the micrometer patterns of both refractive index and magnetic properties change of the crystal. We demonstrated the micro/nanometer scale patterning of both optical and magnetic properties in the Ce:YIG crystal.

  4. Mitigating thermal mechanical damage potential during two-photon dermal imaging.

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    Masters, Barry R; So, Peter T C; Buehler, Christof; Barry, Nicholas; Sutin, Jason D; Mantulin, William W; Gratton, Enrico

    2004-01-01

    Two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy allows in vivo high-resolution imaging of human skin structure and biochemistry with a penetration depth over 100 microm. The major damage mechanism during two-photon skin imaging is associated with the formation of cavitation at the epidermal-dermal junction, which results in thermal mechanical damage of the tissue. In this report, we verify that this damage mechanism is of thermal origin and is associated with one-photon absorption of infrared excitation light by melanin granules present in the epidermal-dermal junction. The thermal mechanical damage threshold for selected Caucasian skin specimens from a skin bank as a function of laser pulse energy and repetition rate has been determined. The experimentally established thermal mechanical damage threshold is consistent with a simple heat diffusion model for skin under femtosecond pulse laser illumination. Minimizing thermal mechanical damage is vital for the potential use of two-photon imaging in noninvasive optical biopsy of human skin in vivo. We describe a technique to mitigate specimen thermal mechanical damage based on the use of a laser pulse picker that reduces the laser repetition rate by selecting a fraction of pulses from a laser pulse train. Since the laser pulse picker decreases laser average power while maintaining laser pulse peak power, thermal mechanical damage can be minimized while two-photon fluorescence excitation efficiency is maximized.

  5. Theory of two-photon interactions with broadband down-converted light and entangled photons

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    Dayan, Barak

    2007-10-01

    When two-photon interactions are induced by down-converted light with a bandwidth that exceeds the pump bandwidth, they can obtain a behavior that is pulselike temporally, yet spectrally narrow. At low photon fluxes this behavior reflects the time and energy entanglement between the down-converted photons. However, two-photon interactions such as two-photon absorption (TPA) and sum-frequency generation (SFG) can exhibit such a behavior even at high power levels, as long as the final state (i.e., the atomic level in TPA, or the generated light in SFG) is narrow-band enough. This behavior does not depend on the squeezing properties of the light, is insensitive to linear losses, and has potential applications. In this paper we describe analytically this behavior for traveling-wave down conversion with continuous or pulsed pumping, both for high- and low-power regimes. For this we derive a quantum-mechanical expression for the down-converted amplitude generated by an arbitrary pump, and formulate operators that represent various two-photon interactions induced by broadband light. This model is in excellent agreement with experimental results of TPA and SFG with high-power down-converted light and with entangled photons [Dayan , Phys. Rev. Lett. 93, 023005 (2004); 94, 043602 (2005); Pe’er , ibid. 94, 073601 (2005)].

  6. A study of Two Photon Decays of Charmonium Resonances Formed in Proton Anti-Proton Annihilations

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    Pedlar, Todd Kristofer

    1999-06-01

    In this dissertation we describe the results of an investigation of the production of charmonium states (ηc, η'c, χ0 and χ2) in Fermilab experiment E835 via antiproton-proton annihilation and their detection via their decay into two photons.

  7. High-fidelity hydrophilic probe for two-photon fluorescence lysosomal imaging.

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    Wang, Xuhua; Nguyen, Dao M; Yanez, Ciceron O; Rodriguez, Luis; Ahn, Hyo-Yang; Bondar, Mykhailo V; Belfield, Kevin D

    2010-09-08

    The synthesis and characterization of a novel two-photon-absorbing fluorene derivative, LT1, selective for the lysosomes of HCT 116 cancer cells, is reported. Linear and nonlinear photophysical and photochemical properties of the probe were investigated to evaluate the potential of the probe for two-photon fluorescence microscopy (2PFM) lysosomal imaging. The cytotoxicity of the probe was investigated to evaluate the potential of using this probe for live two-photon fluorescence biological imaging applications. Colocalization studies of the probe with commercial Lysotracker Red in HCT 116 cells demonstrated the specific localization of the probe in the lysosomes with an extremely high colocalization coefficient (0.96). A figure of merit was introduced to allow comparison between probes. LT1 has a number of properties that far exceed those of commercial lysotracker probes, including higher two-photon absorption cross sections, good fluorescence quantum yield, and, importantly, high photostability, all resulting in a superior figure of merit. 2PFM was used to demonstrate lysosomal tracking with LT1.

  8. Two-photon excitation spectra of Cr3 :K2NaScF6

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    Bartram, R. H.; Wein, G. R.; Hamilton, D. S.; Sliwczuk, U.; Rinzler, A. G.

    Two-photon excitation (TPE) spectra of Cr3+:K2NaScF6 exhibit unexpected features including a forbidden transition, extended progressions, a split zero-phonon line and anomalous polarization anisotropy. These features are explained by departures from standard approximations.

  9. Nanostructured diode for infrared photodetection through nondegenerate two-photon absorption

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    Fix, Baptiste; Jaeck, Julien; Vest, Benjamin; Verdun, Michaël; Beaudoin, Grégoire; Sagnes, Isabelle; Pelouard, Jean-Luc; Haïdar, Riad

    2017-07-01

    We investigate infrared detection at room temperature using non-degenerate two-photon absorption in a nanostructured indium phosphide photodiode. We designed the detector structure to achieve a good nonlinear absorption by combining three major ideas: first, we use the non-degenerate two-photon absorption process, which is known to be more efficient than the previously used degenerate two-photon absorption. Second, we ensured a correct spatial overlap of our pump field with our signal field. Third, we optimized the nanostructuration to increase the signal field amplitude locally within the active medium of the device. The resulting device consists of a PIN junction embedded between a back-reflecting gold mirror and a top grating. We experimentally characterized our diode with regard to reflectivity and two-photon absorption generated photocurrent for a continuous-wave pump and a nanosecond pulsed signal of around 3.39 μm. Owing to the nanostructuration, the generated photocurrent shows a gain of 24 with respect to the bulk response of InP.

  10. Real-time tracking mitochondrial dynamic remodeling with two-photon phosphorescent iridium (III) complexes.

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    Huang, Huaiyi; Yang, Liang; Zhang, Pingyu; Qiu, Kangqiang; Huang, Juanjuan; Chen, Yu; Diao, JiaJie; Liu, Jiankang; Ji, Liangnian; Long, Jiangang; Chao, Hui

    2016-03-01

    Mitochondrial fission and fusion control the shape, size, number, and function of mitochondria in the cells of organisms from yeast to mammals. The disruption of mitochondrial fission and fusion is involved in severe human diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease, metabolic diseases, and cancers. Agents that can real-time track the mitochondrial dynamics are of great importance. However, the short excitation wavelengths and rapidly photo-bleaching properties of commercial mitochondrial dyes render them unsuitable for tracking mitochondrial dynamics. Thus, mitochondrial targeting agents that exhibit superior photo-stability under continual light irradiation, deep tissue penetration and at intrinsically high three-dimensional resolutions are urgently needed. Two-photon-excited compounds employ low-energy near-infrared light and have emerged as a non-invasive tool for real-time cell imaging. Here, cyclometalated Ir(III) complexes (Ir1-Ir5) are demonstrated as one- and two-photon phosphorescent probes for the real-time imaging and tracking of mitochondrial fission and fusion. The results indicate that Ir2 is well suited for two-photon phosphorescent tracking of mitochondrial fission and fusion in living cells and in Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans). This study provides a practical use for mitochondrial targeting two-photon phosphorescent Ir(III) complexes. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  11. Two-photon upconversion affected by intermolecule correlations near metallic nanostructures

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    Osaka, Yoshiki; Yokoshi, Nobuhiko; Ishihara, Hajime

    2016-04-01

    We investigate an efficient two-photon upconversion process in more than one molecule coupled to an optical antenna. In the previous paper [Y. Osaka et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 133601 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.133601], we considered the two-photon upconversion process in a single molecule within one-dimensional input-output theory and revealed that controlling the antenna-molecule coupling enables the efficient upconversion with radiative loss in the antenna suppressed. In this paper, aiming to propose a way to enhance the total probability of antenna-photon scattering, we extend the model to the case of multiple molecules. In general, the presence of more than one molecule decreases the upconversion probability because they equally share the energy of the two photons. However, it is shown that we can overcome the difficulty by controlling the intermolecule coupling. Our result implies that, without increasing the incident photon number (light power), we can enlarge the net probability of the two-photon upconversion.

  12. Directed Two-Photon Absorption in CdSe Nanoplatelets Revealed by k-Space Spectroscopy.

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    Heckmann, Jan; Scott, Riccardo; Prudnikau, Anatol V; Antanovich, Artsiom; Owschimikow, Nina; Artemyev, Mikhail; Climente, Juan I; Woggon, Ulrike; Grosse, Nicolai B; Achtstein, Alexander W

    2017-10-11

    We show that two-photon absorption (TPA) is highly anisotropic in CdSe nanoplatelets, thus promoting them as a new class of directional two-photon absorbers with large cross sections. Comparing two-dimensional k-space spectroscopic measurements of the one-photon and two-photon excitation of an oriented monolayer of platelets, it is revealed that TPA into the continuum is a directional phenomenon. This is in contrast to one-photon absorption. The observed directional TPA is shown to be related to fundamental band anisotropies of zincblende CdSe and the ultrastrong anisotropic confinement. We recover the internal transition dipole distribution and find that this directionality arises from the intrinsic directionality of the underlying Bloch and envelope functions of the states involved. We note that the photoemission from the CdSe platelets is highly anisotropic following either one- or two-photon excitation. Given the directionality and high TPA cross-section of these platelets, they may, for example, find employment as efficient logic AND elements in integrated photonic devices, or directional photon converters.

  13. Two-photon excited fluorescence imaging of cell spindles for developmental biology

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    Gao, Liang; Bai, Wenjia; Jin, Lei; Xue, Ping; Ma, Hui; Chen, Dieyan

    2007-05-01

    By integrating two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) technique into confocal optical system, TPEF images of zygote spindles of ICR (Internal Control Region) rats have been obtained in high resolution for the first time. Experimental results demonstrate the validity of TPEF as an efficient probe in investigating cell spindles at early embryonic developmental stage.

  14. Imaging marine virus CroV and its host Cafeteria roenbergensis with two-photon microscopy

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    Cao, Bin; Chakraborty, Sayan; Sun, Wenqing; Aghvami, Seyedmohammadali; Fischer, Matthias G.; Qian, Wei; Xiao, Chuan; Li, Chunqiang

    2014-02-01

    We use two-photon microscopy to monitor the infection process of marine zooplankton, Cafeteria roenbergensis (C.roenbergensis), by Cafeteria roenbergensis virus (CroV), a giant DNA virus named after its host. Here, we image C.roenbergensis in culture by two-photon excited NADH autofluorescence at video-rate (30 frame/s), and the movement of C.roenbergensis is recorded in live videos. Moreover, CroV is stained with DNA dye SYBR gold and recorded simultaneously with this two-photon microscope. We observed the initial infection moment with this method. The result demonstrates the potential use of two-photon microscopy to investigate the fast dynamic interaction between C.roenbergensis with virus CroV. After catching this initial moment, we will freeze the sample in liquid nitrogen for cryo-electron microscopy (EM) study to resolve the virus-host interaction at molecular level. The long-term goal is to study similar fast moving pathogen-host interaction process which could lead to important medical applications.

  15. Experimental method for the determination of two-photon cross sections using four-wave mixing

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    Burris, J.; Mcilrath, T. J.

    1985-01-01

    The two-photon absorption cross section for the R22 + S12(J double prime = 9 1/2) transition in nitric oxide's gamma band has been determined. The value is in good agreement with previous measurements on several other NO transitions. The technique described here can be used to obtain accurate cross sections for other diatomic molecules.

  16. LANTHANIDE ENHANCE LUMINESCENCE (LEL) WITH ONE AND TWO PHOTON EXCITATION OF QUANTUM DYES LANTHANIDE (III) - MACROCYCLES

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    Title: Lanthanide Enhance Luminescence (LEL) with one and two photon excitation of Quantum Dyes? Lanthanide(III)-Macrocycles
    Principal Author:
    Robert C. Leif, Newport Instruments
    Secondary Authors:
    Margie C. Becker, Phoenix Flow Systems
    Al Bromm, Virginia Commonw...

  17. Quantum Authencryption with Two-Photon Entangled States for Off-Line Communicants

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    Ye, Tian-Yu

    2016-02-01

    In this paper, a quantum authencryption protocol is proposed by using the two-photon entangled states as the quantum resource. Two communicants Alice and Bob share two private keys in advance, which determine the generation of two-photon entangled states. The sender Alice sends the two-photon entangled state sequence encoded with her classical bits to the receiver Bob in the manner of one-step quantum transmission. Upon receiving the encoded quantum state sequence, Bob decodes out Alice's classical bits with the two-photon joint measurements and authenticates the integrity of Alice's secret with the help of one-way hash function. The proposed protocol only uses the one-step quantum transmission and needs neither a public discussion nor a trusted third party. As a result, the proposed protocol can be adapted to the case where the receiver is off-line, such as the quantum E-mail systems. Moreover, the proposed protocol provides the message authentication to one bit level with the help of one-way hash function and has an information-theoretical efficiency equal to 100 %.

  18. Probing carrier lifetimes in photovoltaic materials using subsurface two-photon microscopy

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    Barnard, Edward S.; Hoke, Eric T.; Connor, Stephen T.; Groves, James R.; Kuykendall, Tevye; Yan, Zewu; Samulon, Eric C.; Bourret-Courchesne, Edith D.; Aloni, Shaul; Schuck, P. James; Peters, Craig H.; Hardin, Brian E.

    2013-01-01

    Accurately measuring the bulk minority carrier lifetime is one of the greatest challenges in evaluating photoactive materials used in photovoltaic cells. One-photon time-resolved photoluminescence decay measurements are commonly used to measure lifetimes of direct bandgap materials. However, because the incident photons have energies higher than the bandgap of the semiconductor, most carriers are generated close to the surface, where surface defects cause inaccurate lifetime measurements. Here we show that two-photon absorption permits sub-surface optical excitation, which allows us to decouple surface and bulk recombination processes even in unpassivated samples. Thus with two-photon microscopy we probe the bulk minority carrier lifetime of photovoltaic semiconductors. We demonstrate how the traditional one-photon technique can underestimate the bulk lifetime in a CdTe crystal by 10× and show that two-photon excitation more accurately measures the bulk lifetime. Finally, we generate multi-dimensional spatial maps of optoelectronic properties in the bulk of these materials using two-photon excitation. PMID:23807197

  19. Probing carrier lifetimes in photovoltaic materials using subsurface two-photon microscopy.

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    Barnard, Edward S; Hoke, Eric T; Connor, Stephen T; Groves, James R; Kuykendall, Tevye; Yan, Zewu; Samulon, Eric C; Bourret-Courchesne, Edith D; Aloni, Shaul; Schuck, P James; Peters, Craig H; Hardin, Brian E

    2013-01-01

    Accurately measuring the bulk minority carrier lifetime is one of the greatest challenges in evaluating photoactive materials used in photovoltaic cells. One-photon time-resolved photoluminescence decay measurements are commonly used to measure lifetimes of direct bandgap materials. However, because the incident photons have energies higher than the bandgap of the semiconductor, most carriers are generated close to the surface, where surface defects cause inaccurate lifetime measurements. Here we show that two-photon absorption permits sub-surface optical excitation, which allows us to decouple surface and bulk recombination processes even in unpassivated samples. Thus with two-photon microscopy we probe the bulk minority carrier lifetime of photovoltaic semiconductors. We demonstrate how the traditional one-photon technique can underestimate the bulk lifetime in a CdTe crystal by 10× and show that two-photon excitation more accurately measures the bulk lifetime. Finally, we generate multi-dimensional spatial maps of optoelectronic properties in the bulk of these materials using two-photon excitation.

  20. Time-resolved two-photon absorption in quantum dots and polaritons

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    Gautham, Chitra

    We used two-photon absorption to study semiconductor samples. The energy of the photons used to excite the particle is half the energy of the electronic transition. In one set of experiments we have performed time-resolved measurements of the time scale for conversion of excitons in dark states to bright (light-emitting) states in GaAs quantum dots. The dark states are pumped using two-photon absorption, while the bright state emission is observed in single-photon emission. This conversion time is connected to the spin flip time for carriers in the quantum dots. The time scale is found to be of the order of several hundred picoseconds. In a second set of experiments, we performed time-resolved measurements of two-photon excitation directly into microcavity polariton states. Although this process is forbidden by symmetry for light at normal incidence, we observed that it is allowed at non-zero angle of incidence due to state mixing. Fermi's golden rule for bosons states that absorption into a final state is enhanced by the occupation of that state. This thesis reports experiments aimed at using a laser beam to create a condensate and modulate the two-photon absorption of a second beam.