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  1. Ratiometric fluorescent/colorimetric cyanide-selective sensor based on excited-state intramolecular charge transfer-excited-state intramolecular proton transfer switching.

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    Lin, Wei-Chi; Fang, Sin-Kai; Hu, Jiun-Wei; Tsai, Hsing-Yang; Chen, Kew-Yu

    2014-05-20

    A novel salicylideneaniline-based fluorescent sensor, SB1, with a unique excited-state intramolecular charge transfer-excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESICT-ESIPT) coupled system was synthesized and demonstrated to fluorescently sense CN(-) with specific selectivity and high sensitivity in aqueous media based on ESICT-ESIPT switching. A large blue shift (96 nm) was also observed in the absorption spectra in response to CN(-). The bleaching of the color could be clearly observed by the naked eye. Moreover, SB1-based test strips were easily fabricated and low-cost, and could be used in practical and efficient CN(-) test kits. Density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) calculations further support the cyanide-induced ESICT-ESIPT switching mechanism. The results provide the proof of concept that the colorimetric and ratiometric fluorescent cyanide-selective chemodosimeter can be created based on an ESICT-ESIPT coupled system. PMID:24809868

  2. Intramolecular energy transfer and excitation coupling in metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) excited states

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    Riesen, Hans; Krausz, Elmars

    1995-02-01

    Several new spectroscopic studies relating to the coupling and dynamics in the spin-forbidden 3MLCT excited states of the chromophores [Ru(bpy)3]2+ and [Os(bpy)3]2+ (bpy equals 2,2'-bipyridine) in the racemic crystal lattices [Ru(bpy)3](PF6)2, [Ru(bpy)3](ClO4)2 and [Zn(bpy)3](ClO4)2 are presented. In the first of these lattices there are three closely related chromophoric sites at low temperatures, each with trigonal (C3) symmetry. In the two, isomorphic perchlorate salts there is a single chromophoric site, which has C2 symmetry. Using time resolved luminescence line narrowing, we have been able to directly measure the excitation transfer rate between two equivalent metal-ligand units in the [Ru(bpy)3]2+ chromophore doped in the [Zn(bpy)3](ClO4)2 lattice. The rate obtained (approximately equals 1 X 108 sec-1) is in excellent accord with estimates made from the observed linewidth in Stark swept transient hole-burning experiments made on the same system and confirm the single ligand, localized nature of the lowest emitting excited states and thus the very weak intramolecular coupling between metal ligand sub-units within this chromophore. The corresponding coupling in the [Os(bpy)3]2+ system is stronger and, in contrast to the ruthenium analogue, gives rise to additional features in the optical spectra in the origin region of the lowest 3MLCT excited states. The magnitude of the coupling can be probed and assessed by preparing modified chromophoric materials, in which one or two of the bpy ligands are perdeuterated (bpy-d8). This selective deuteration breaks the (near) degeneracy of excitations involving crystallographically equivalent ligands by approximately equals 30 - 40 cm-1 and this competes with or completely overrides the exciton coupling process. The exciton coupling is found to be approximately equals 2.4 cm-1 for [Os(bpy)3]2+ doped in [Ru(bpy)3](PF6)2 and can be understood within a mini-exciton description. Stronger couplings for the same chromophore in

  3. Acidic C-H Bond as a Proton Donor in Excited State Intramolecular Proton Transfer Reactions.

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    Stasyuk, Anton J; Cyrański, Michał K; Gryko, Daniel T; Solà, Miquel

    2015-03-10

    An unprecedented type of excited state intramolecular proton transfer in a series of benzo[h]quinoline (BHQ) derivatives substituted at position 10 with strong CH acid character is described using density functional theory/time-dependent density functional theory computational approaches with a hybrid functional and the 6-311++G(d,p) triple-ξ quality basis set. Our results show that for 10-malononitrile-substituted BHQ (2CNBHQ) the excited state intramolecular proton transfer C-H···N reaction is a barrierless process. Calculations also reveal that the reaction profiles of the 4-amino-substituted 2CNBHQ show a large dependence on the polarity of the environment. PMID:26579756

  4. How To Reach Intense Luminescence for Compounds Capable of Excited-State Intramolecular Proton Transfer?

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    Skonieczny, Kamil; Yoo, Jaeduk; Larsen, Jillian M; Espinoza, Eli M; Barbasiewicz, Michał; Vullev, Valentine I; Lee, Chang-Hee; Gryko, Daniel T

    2016-05-23

    Photoinduced intramolecular direct arylation allows structurally unique compounds containing phenanthro[9',10':4,5]imidazo[1,2-f]phenanthridine and imidazo[1,2-f]phenanthridine skeletons, which mediate excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT), to be efficiently synthesized. The developed polycyclic aromatics demonstrate that the combination of five-membered ring structures with a rigid arrangement between a proton donor and a proton acceptor provides a means for attaining large fluorescence quantum yields, exceeding 0.5, even in protic solvents. Steady-state and time-resolved UV/Vis spectroscopy reveals that, upon photoexcitation, the prepared protic heteroaromatics undergo ESIPT, converting them efficiently into their excited-state keto tautomers, which have lifetimes ranging from about 5 to 10 ns. The rigidity of their structures, which suppresses nonradiative decay pathways, is believed to be the underlying reason for the nanosecond lifetimes of these singlet excited states and the observed high fluorescence quantum yields. Hydrogen bonding with protic solvents does not interfere with the excited-state dynamics and, as a result, there is no difference between the occurrences of ESIPT processes in MeOH versus cyclohexane. Acidic media has a more dramatic effect on suppressing ESIPT by protonating the proton acceptor. As a result, in the presence of an acid, a larger proportion of the fluorescence of ESIPT-capable compounds originates from their enol excited states.

  5. Molecular dynamics of excited state intramolecular proton transfer: 3-hydroxyflavone in solution

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    Bellucci, Michael A.; Coker, David F.

    2012-05-21

    The ultrafast enol-keto photoisomerization in the lowest singlet excited state of 3-hydroxyflavone is investigated using classical molecular dynamics in conjunction with empirical valence bond (EVB) potentials for the description of intramolecular interactions, and a molecular mechanics and variable partial charge model, dependent on transferring proton position, for the description of solute-solvent interactions. A parallel multi-level genetic program was used to accurately fit the EVB potential energy surfaces to high level ab initio data. We have studied the excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) reaction in three different solvent environments: methylcyclohexane, acetonitrile, and methanol. The effects of the environment on the proton transfer time and the underlying mechanisms responsible for the varied time scales of the ESIPT reaction rates are analyzed. We find that simulations with our EVB potential energy surfaces accurately reproduce experimentally determined reaction rates, fluorescence spectra, and vibrational frequency spectra in all three solvents. Furthermore, we find that the ultrafast ESIPT process results from a combination of ballistic transfer, and intramolecular vibrational redistribution, which leads to the excitation of a set of low frequency promoting vibrational modes. From this set of promoting modes, we find that an O-O in plane bend and a C-H out of plane bend are present in all three solvents, indicating that they are fundamental to the ultrafast proton transfer. Analysis of the slow proton transfer trajectories reveals a solvent mediated proton transfer mechanism, which is diffusion limited.

  6. Laurdan solvatochromism: solvent dielectric relaxation and intramolecular excited-state reaction.

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    Viard, M; Gallay, J; Vincent, M; Meyer, O; Robert, B; Paternostre, M

    1997-01-01

    Absorption, steady-state, and time-resolved fluorescence measurements have been performed on laurdan dissolved either in white viscous apolar solvents or in ethanol as a function of temperature. The heterogeneity of the absorption spectra in white oils or in ethanol is consistent with semiempirical calculations performed previously on Prodan. From steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence measurements in apolar media, an excited state reaction is evidenced. The bimodal lifetime distribution determined from the maximum entropy method (MEM) analysis is attributed to the radiative deexcitation of a "locally excited" (LE) state and of a "charge transfer" (CT) state, whereas a very short component (20 ps), the sign and the amplitude of which depend on the emission wavelength, is attributed to the kinetics of the interconvertion reaction. The observation of an isoemissive point in the temperature range from -50 degrees C to -110 degrees C in ethanol suggests an interconvertion between two average excited-state populations: unrelaxed and solvent-relaxed CT states. A further decrease in temperature (-190 degrees C), leading to frozen ethanol, induces an additional and important blue shift. This low temperature spectrum is partly attributed to the radiative deexcitation of the LE state. Time-resolved emission spectra (TRES) measurements at -80 degrees C in the ethanol liquid phase show a large spectral shift of approximately 2500 cm(-1) (stabilization energy of the excited state: 7.1 kcal x M(-1)). The time-dependent fluorescence shift (TDFS) is described for its major part by a nanosecond time constant. The initial part of the spectral shift reveals, however, a subnanosecond process that can be due to fast internal solvent reorientation and/or to intramolecular excited-state reactions. These two relaxation times are also detected in the analysis of the fluorescence decays in the middle range of emission energy. The activation energy of the longest process is

  7. Slow Intramolecular Vibrational Relaxation Leads to Long-Lived Excited-State Wavepackets.

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    Rafiq, Shahnawaz; Scholes, Gregory D

    2016-09-01

    Broadband optical pump and compressed white light continuum probe were used to measure the transient excited-state absorption, ground-state bleach, and stimulated emission signals of cresyl violet solution in methanol. Amplitude oscillations caused by wavepacket motion in the ground and excited electronic states were analyzed. It was found that vibrational coherences in the excited state persist for more than the experimental waiting time window of 6 ps, and the strongest mode had a dephasing time constant of 2.4 ps. We hypothesize the dephasing of the wavepacket in the excited state is predominantly caused by intramolecular vibrational relaxation (IVR). Slow IVR indicates weak mode-mode coupling and therefore weak anharmonicity of the potential of this vibration. Thus, the initially prepared vibrational wavepacket in the excited state is not significantly perturbed by nonadiabatic coupling to other electronic states, and hence the diabatic and adiabatic representations of the system are essentially identical within the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. The wavepacket therefore evolves with time in an almost harmonic potential, slowly dephased by IVR and the pure vibrational decoherence. The consistency in the position of node (phase change in the wavepacket) in the excited-state absorption and stimulated emission signals without undergoing any frequency shift until the wavepacket is completely dephased conforms to the absence of any reactive internal conversion. PMID:27510098

  8. Slow Intramolecular Vibrational Relaxation Leads to Long-Lived Excited-State Wavepackets.

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    Rafiq, Shahnawaz; Scholes, Gregory D

    2016-09-01

    Broadband optical pump and compressed white light continuum probe were used to measure the transient excited-state absorption, ground-state bleach, and stimulated emission signals of cresyl violet solution in methanol. Amplitude oscillations caused by wavepacket motion in the ground and excited electronic states were analyzed. It was found that vibrational coherences in the excited state persist for more than the experimental waiting time window of 6 ps, and the strongest mode had a dephasing time constant of 2.4 ps. We hypothesize the dephasing of the wavepacket in the excited state is predominantly caused by intramolecular vibrational relaxation (IVR). Slow IVR indicates weak mode-mode coupling and therefore weak anharmonicity of the potential of this vibration. Thus, the initially prepared vibrational wavepacket in the excited state is not significantly perturbed by nonadiabatic coupling to other electronic states, and hence the diabatic and adiabatic representations of the system are essentially identical within the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. The wavepacket therefore evolves with time in an almost harmonic potential, slowly dephased by IVR and the pure vibrational decoherence. The consistency in the position of node (phase change in the wavepacket) in the excited-state absorption and stimulated emission signals without undergoing any frequency shift until the wavepacket is completely dephased conforms to the absence of any reactive internal conversion.

  9. Spectroscopy and intramolecular relaxation of methyl salicylate in its first excited singlet state

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    Kuper, Jerry W.; Perry, David S.

    1984-05-01

    High resolution fluorescence excitation experiments are reported for the blue emitting rotamer of methyl salicylate in its first excited singlet state. These experiments employ moderate expansions of methyl salicylate seeded in argon ( P0D=5-8 Torr cm) to achieve rotational and vibrational cooling in a pulsed supersonic jet. The rotational contour of the electronic origin at 30 055.3 cm-1 is shown to be consistent with a geometrically distorted π-π* excited state, partially polarized along the A axis and with a rotational temperature of 5-7 K. A noticeable broadening of the spectral features beyond the rotational contour begins at 500 cm-1 above the origin and then increases rapidly above 900 cm-1 reaching a width of 12 cm-1 near 1200 cm-1. The constancy of fluorescence decay lifetimes in this region indicate that intramolecular vibrational relaxation in the S1 manifold is the broadening mechanism.

  10. Advanced organic optoelectronic materials: harnessing excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) process.

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    Kwon, Ji Eon; Park, Soo Young

    2011-08-23

    Recently, organic fluorescent molecules harnessing the excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) process are drawing great attention due to their unique photophysical properties which facilitate novel optoelectronic applications. After a brief introduction to the ESIPT process and related photo-physical properties, molecular design strategies towards tailored emission are discussed in relation to their theoretical aspects. Subsequently, recent studies on advanced ESIPT molecules and their optoelectronic applications are surveyed, particularly focusing on chemical sensors, fluorescence imaging, proton transfer lasers, and organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).

  11. Excited-State Proton Transfer and Intramolecular Charge Transfer in 1,3-Diketone Molecules.

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    Savarese, Marika; Brémond, Éric; Adamo, Carlo; Rega, Nadia; Ciofini, Ilaria

    2016-05-18

    The photophysical signature of the tautomeric species of the asymmetric (N,N-dimethylanilino)-1,3-diketone molecule are investigated using approaches rooted in density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT). In particular, since this molecule, in the excited state, can undergo proton transfer reactions coupled to intramolecular charge transfer events, the different radiative and nonradiative channels are investigated by making use of different density-based indexes. The use of these tools, together with the analysis of both singlet and triplet potential energy surfaces, provide new insights into excited-state reactivity allowing one to rationalize the experimental findings including different behavior of the molecule as a function of solvent polarity.

  12. A novel non-fluorescent excited state intramolecular proton transfer phenomenon induced by intramolecular hydrogen bonds: an experimental and theoretical investigation

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    Yin, Hang; Li, Hui; Xia, Guomin; Ruan, Chengyan; Shi, Ying; Wang, Hongming; Jin, Mingxing; Ding, Dajun

    2016-01-01

    Two molecules, 1-hydroxypyrene-2-carbaldehyde (HP) and 1-methoxypyrene-2-carbaldehyde (MP) were explored. We investigated their photophysical properties, using experimental transient absorption and theoretical density functional theory/time-dependent density functional theory (DFT/TDDFT). HP and MP have similar geometric conformations but exhibit entirely different photophysical properties upon excitation into the S1 state. In contrast to traditional excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) in molecules that exhibit either single or dual fluorescence, HP has an unusual non-fluorescent property. Specifically, the ultrafast ESIPT process occurs in 158 fs and is followed by an intersystem crossing (ISC) component of 11.38 ps. In contrast to HP, MP undergoes only an 8 ps timescale process, which was attributed to interactions between solute and solvent. We concluded that this difference arises from intramolecular hydrogen bonds (IMHBs), which induce drastic structural alterntion upon excitation. PMID:26790961

  13. Inter- and intramolecular quenching of the singlet excited state of porphyrins by ferrocene

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    Giasson, R.; Lee, E.J.; Xiaohong Zhao; Wrighton, M.S. )

    1993-03-18

    Inter- and intramolecular quenching of the lowest singlet excited state of three porphyrins by ferrocene derivatives is reported. 5,15-Bis(4-tolyl)-2,3,7,8,12,13,17,18-octamethylporphyrin (1) and two derivatives of 1 where one of the tolyl methyl groups was replaced by a ferrocenylvinyl group, 2, or by a ferrocenylethyl group, 3, were prepared. Porphyrin 2 was isolated as a mixture of cis (73%) and trans (27%) isomers. Singlet excited state properties were studied by steady-state emission spectroscopy and by emission lifetime measurements. The relative quantum yields of fluorescence for 2 and 3 compared to 1 are 0.38 and 0.84, respectively. Fluorescence decay lifetimes of 1 and 3 are 15 and 14 ns, respectively. Fluorescence of 2 is revealed to be due to the emission of two species (cis and trans isomers) with lifetimes of 4 and 13 ns. The shorter fluorescence lifetimes and smaller fluorescence quantum yields for 2 and 3 compared to 1 are attributed to quenching of the singlet excited state of the porphyrin by the ferrocenyl centers. However, the fraction of quenching by electron transfer and energy transfer could not be quantitatively measured. The rate constant for quenching is no more than 10[sup 8] s[sup [minus]1], consistent with electron-transfer quenching. Intermolecular quenching rate constants for the quenching of the porphyrin singlet excited state by ferrocene derivatives were also found to be consistent with an electron transfer quenching mechanism. 28 refs., 3 figs., 1 tab.

  14. Long-Lived Triplet Excited States of Bent-Shaped Pentacene Dimers by Intramolecular Singlet Fission.

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    Sakuma, Takao; Sakai, Hayato; Araki, Yasuyuki; Mori, Tadashi; Wada, Takehiko; Tkachenko, Nikolai V; Hasobe, Taku

    2016-03-24

    Intramolecular singlet fission (ISF) is a promising photophysical process to construct more efficient light energy conversion systems as one excited singlet state converts into two excited triplet states. Herein we synthesized and evaluated bent-shaped pentacene dimers as a prototype of ISF to reveal intrinsic characters of triplet states (e.g., lifetimes of triplet excited states). In this study, meta-phenylene-bridged TIPS-pentacene dimer (PcD-3Ph) and 2,2'-bipheynyl bridged TIPS-pentacene dimer (PcD-Biph) were newly synthesized as bent-shaped dimers. In the steady-state spectroscopy, absorption and emission bands of these dimers were fully characterized, suggesting the appropriate degree of electronic coupling between pentacene moieties in these dimers. In addition, the electrochemical measurements were also performed to check the electronic interaction between two pentacene moieties. Whereas the successive two oxidation peaks owing to the delocalization were observed in a directly linked-pentacene dimer (PcD) by a single bond, the cyclic voltammograms in PcD-Biph and PcD-3Ph implied the weaker interaction compared to that of p-phenylene-bridged TIPS-pentacene dimer (PcD-4Ph) and PcD. The femtosecond and nanosecond transient absorption spectra clearly revealed the slower ISF process in bent-shaped pentacene dimers (PcD-Biph and PcD-3Ph), more notably, the slower relaxation of the excited triplet states in PcD-Biph and PcD-3Ph. Namely, the quantum yields of triplet states (ΦT) by ISF approximately remain constant (ca. 180-200%) in all dimer systems, whereas the lifetimes of the triplet excited states became much longer (up to 360 ns) in PcD-Biph as compared to PcD-4Ph (15 ns). Additionally, the lifetimes of the corresponding triplet states in PcD-Biph and PcD-3Ph were sufficiently affected by solvent viscosity. In particular, the lifetimes of PcD-Biph triplet state in THF/paraffin (1.0 μs) increased up to approximately three times as compared to that in THF

  15. Long-Lived Triplet Excited States of Bent-Shaped Pentacene Dimers by Intramolecular Singlet Fission.

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    Sakuma, Takao; Sakai, Hayato; Araki, Yasuyuki; Mori, Tadashi; Wada, Takehiko; Tkachenko, Nikolai V; Hasobe, Taku

    2016-03-24

    Intramolecular singlet fission (ISF) is a promising photophysical process to construct more efficient light energy conversion systems as one excited singlet state converts into two excited triplet states. Herein we synthesized and evaluated bent-shaped pentacene dimers as a prototype of ISF to reveal intrinsic characters of triplet states (e.g., lifetimes of triplet excited states). In this study, meta-phenylene-bridged TIPS-pentacene dimer (PcD-3Ph) and 2,2'-bipheynyl bridged TIPS-pentacene dimer (PcD-Biph) were newly synthesized as bent-shaped dimers. In the steady-state spectroscopy, absorption and emission bands of these dimers were fully characterized, suggesting the appropriate degree of electronic coupling between pentacene moieties in these dimers. In addition, the electrochemical measurements were also performed to check the electronic interaction between two pentacene moieties. Whereas the successive two oxidation peaks owing to the delocalization were observed in a directly linked-pentacene dimer (PcD) by a single bond, the cyclic voltammograms in PcD-Biph and PcD-3Ph implied the weaker interaction compared to that of p-phenylene-bridged TIPS-pentacene dimer (PcD-4Ph) and PcD. The femtosecond and nanosecond transient absorption spectra clearly revealed the slower ISF process in bent-shaped pentacene dimers (PcD-Biph and PcD-3Ph), more notably, the slower relaxation of the excited triplet states in PcD-Biph and PcD-3Ph. Namely, the quantum yields of triplet states (ΦT) by ISF approximately remain constant (ca. 180-200%) in all dimer systems, whereas the lifetimes of the triplet excited states became much longer (up to 360 ns) in PcD-Biph as compared to PcD-4Ph (15 ns). Additionally, the lifetimes of the corresponding triplet states in PcD-Biph and PcD-3Ph were sufficiently affected by solvent viscosity. In particular, the lifetimes of PcD-Biph triplet state in THF/paraffin (1.0 μs) increased up to approximately three times as compared to that in THF

  16. Excited-State Intramolecular Proton Transfer in a Blue Fluorescence Chromophore Induces Dual Emission.

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    Wu, Dan; Guo, Wei-Wei; Liu, Xiang-Yang; Cui, Ganglong

    2016-08-01

    Compared with green fluorescence protein (GFP) chromophores, the recently synthesized blue fluorescence protein (BFP) chromophore variant presents intriguing photochemical properties, for example, dual fluorescence emission, enhanced fluorescence quantum yield, and ultra-slow excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT; J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2014, 5, 92); however, its photochemical mechanism is still elusive. Herein we have employed the CASSCF and CASPT2 methods to study the mechanistic photochemistry of a truncated BFP chromophore variant in the S0 and S1 states. Based on the optimized minima, conical intersections, and minimum-energy paths (ESIPT, photoisomerization, and deactivation), we have found that the system has two competitive S1 relaxation pathways from the Franck-Condon point of the BFP chromophore variant. One is the ESIPT path to generate an S1 tautomer that exhibits a large Stokes shift in experiments. The generated S1 tautomer can further evolve toward the nearby S1 /S0 conical intersection and then jumps down to the S0 state. The other is the photoisomerization path along the rotation of the central double bond. Along this path, the S1 system runs into an S1 /S0 conical intersection region and eventually hops to the S0 state. The two energetically allowed S1 excited-state deactivation pathways are responsible for the in-part loss of fluorescence quantum yield. The considerable S1 ESIPT barrier and the sizable barriers that separate the S1 tautomers from the S1 /S0 conical intersections make these two tautomers establish a kinetic equilibrium in the S1 state, which thus results in dual fluorescence emission. PMID:27128380

  17. Excited-State Intramolecular Proton Transfer in a Blue Fluorescence Chromophore Induces Dual Emission.

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    Wu, Dan; Guo, Wei-Wei; Liu, Xiang-Yang; Cui, Ganglong

    2016-08-01

    Compared with green fluorescence protein (GFP) chromophores, the recently synthesized blue fluorescence protein (BFP) chromophore variant presents intriguing photochemical properties, for example, dual fluorescence emission, enhanced fluorescence quantum yield, and ultra-slow excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT; J. Phys. Chem. Lett., 2014, 5, 92); however, its photochemical mechanism is still elusive. Herein we have employed the CASSCF and CASPT2 methods to study the mechanistic photochemistry of a truncated BFP chromophore variant in the S0 and S1 states. Based on the optimized minima, conical intersections, and minimum-energy paths (ESIPT, photoisomerization, and deactivation), we have found that the system has two competitive S1 relaxation pathways from the Franck-Condon point of the BFP chromophore variant. One is the ESIPT path to generate an S1 tautomer that exhibits a large Stokes shift in experiments. The generated S1 tautomer can further evolve toward the nearby S1 /S0 conical intersection and then jumps down to the S0 state. The other is the photoisomerization path along the rotation of the central double bond. Along this path, the S1 system runs into an S1 /S0 conical intersection region and eventually hops to the S0 state. The two energetically allowed S1 excited-state deactivation pathways are responsible for the in-part loss of fluorescence quantum yield. The considerable S1 ESIPT barrier and the sizable barriers that separate the S1 tautomers from the S1 /S0 conical intersections make these two tautomers establish a kinetic equilibrium in the S1 state, which thus results in dual fluorescence emission.

  18. Excited-state intramolecular proton transfer of 2-acetylindan-1,3-dione studied by ultrafast absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Verma, Pramod Kumar; Steinbacher, Andreas; Schmiedel, Alexander; Nuernberger, Patrick; Brixner, Tobias

    2015-01-01

    We employ transient absorption from the deep-UV to the visible region and fluorescence upconversion to investigate the photoinduced excited-state intramolecular proton-transfer dynamics in a biologically relevant drug molecule, 2-acetylindan-1,3-dione. The molecule is a ß-diketone which in the electronic ground state exists as exocyclic enol with an intramolecular H-bond. Upon electronic excitation at 300 nm, the first excited state of the exocyclic enol is initially populated, followed by ultrafast proton transfer (≈160 fs) to form the vibrationally hot endocyclic enol. Subsequently, solvent-induced vibrational relaxation takes place (≈10 ps) followed by decay (≈390 ps) to the corresponding ground state. PMID:26798837

  19. Intramolecular excited-state interactions of surfactant-active osmium(II) photosensitizers

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    Sasksteder, L.; Demas, J.N. ); DeGraff, B.A. )

    1989-05-17

    A new class of luminescent surfactant-active complexes, cis-OsL{sub 2}(CO)NC(CH{sub 2}){sub n}CH{sub 3}{sup 2+} (n = 0-19; L = 2,2{prime}-bipyridine and 1,10-phenanthroline), were synthesized and characterized. They represent another example of an intramolecular perturbation of excited-state properties by what would normally be considered an electronically passive alkyl ligand. The effect is smaller in the Os(II) case and has a different n dependence than was observed in the fac-ReL(CO){sub 3}NC(CH{sub 2}){sub n}CH{sub 3}{sup +} system. The differences arise from varied geometric constraints on the foldback and the orbital parentage of the emitting state. Foldback must be directly to ligands involved in the emission process in order to perturb the emission. The osmium(II) center highly activates the bound nitrile to thermal nucleophilic attack, and luminescent adducts are formed with alcohols and aliphatic and aromatic amines. Such activation has not been previously observed in complexes with {alpha}-diimine ligands. The complexes also photodecompose by labilization of the nitrile. 37 refs., 5 figs.

  20. Triggered Excited-State Intramolecular Proton Transfer Fluorescence for Selective Triplex DNA Recognition.

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    Wang, Ying; Hu, Yuehua; Wu, Tao; Zhou, Xiaoshun; Shao, Yong

    2015-12-01

    The triplex DNA has received much interest due to its various applications in gene regulation, molecular switch, and sensor development. However, realizing a highly selective recognition using a fluorescence probe specific only for the triplex topology is still a great challenge. Herein, we found that relative to the structural analogues of natural robinetin, myricetin, quercetin, kaempferol, morin, rutin, baicalin, luteolin, naringenin, genistein, chrysin, galangin, isorhamnetin, and several synthetic flavonoids, fisetin (FIS) is the brightest emitter when targeting the triplex DNA in contrast to binding with ss-DNA, ds-DNA (with or without an abasic site), i-motif, and DNA/RNA G-quadruplexes. Only the triplex association triggers the FIS green fluorescence that is relaxed from the tautomer favorable for excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT). FIS can stabilize the triplex structure and primarily interact with the two terminals of the triplex via a 2:1 binding mode. This work demonstrates the potential of FIS as a DNA structure-selective switch-on ESIPT probe when evolving the triplex-forming oligonucleotides and developing the novel triplex-based sensors and switches. PMID:26556582

  1. Excited state intramolecular charge transfer reaction in nonaqueous electrolyte solutions: Temperature dependence

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    Pradhan, Tuhin; Gazi, Harun Al Rasid; Biswas, Ranjit

    2009-08-01

    Temperature dependence of the excited state intramolecular charge transfer reaction of 4-(1-azetidinyl)benzonitrile (P4C) in ethyl acetate (EA), acetonitrile (ACN), and ethanol at several concentrations of lithium perchlorate (LiClO4) has been investigated by using the steady state and time resolved fluorescence spectroscopic techniques. The temperature range considered is 267-343 K. The temperature dependent spectral peak shifts and reaction driving force (-ΔGr) in electrolyte solutions of these solvents can be explained qualitatively in terms of interaction between the reactant molecule and ion-atmosphere. Time resolved studies indicate that the decay kinetics of P4C is biexponential, regardless of solvents, LiClO4 concentrations, and temperatures considered. Except at higher electrolyte concentrations in EA, reaction rates in solutions follow the Arrhenius-type temperature dependence where the estimated activation energy exhibits substantial electrolyte concentration dependence. The average of the experimentally measured activation energies in these three neat solvents is found to be in very good agreement with the predicted value based on data in room temperature solvents. While the rate constant in EA shows a electrolyte concentration induced parabolic dependence on reaction driving force (-ΔGr), the former in ethanol and ACN increases only linearly with the increase in driving force (-ΔGr). The data presented here also indicate that the step-wise increase in solvent reorganization energy via sequential addition of electrolyte induces the ICT reaction in weakly polar solvents to crossover from the Marcus inverted region to the normal region.

  2. Evidence for excited-state intramolecular proton transfer in 4-chlorosalicylic acid from combined experimental and computational studies: Quantum chemical treatment of the intramolecular hydrogen bonding interaction

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    Paul, Bijan Kumar; Guchhait, Nikhil

    2012-07-01

    The photophysical study of a pharmaceutically important chlorine substituted derivative of salicylic acid viz., 4-chlorosalicylic acid (4ClSA) has been carried out by steady-state absorption, emission and time-resolved emission spectroscopy. A large Stokes shifted emission band with negligible solvent polarity dependence marks the spectroscopic signature of excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) reaction in 4ClSA. Theoretical calculation by ab initio and Density Functional Theory methods yields results consistent with experimental findings. Theoretical potential energy surfaces predict the occurrence of proton transfer in S1-state. Geometrical and energetic criteria, Atoms-In-Molecule topological parameters, Natural Bond Orbital population analysis have been exploited to evaluate the intramolecular hydrogen bond (IMHB) interaction and to explore its directional nature. The inter-correlation between aromaticity and resonance assisted H-bond is also discussed in this context. Our results unveil that the quantum chemical treatment is a more accurate tool to assess hydrogen bonding interaction in comparison to geometrical criteria.

  3. Producing a dual-fluorescent molecule by tuning the energetics of excited-state intramolecular proton transfer.

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    Tasaki, Satomi; Momotake, Atsuya; Kanna, Yoko; Sato, Tomoo; Nishimura, Yoshinobu; Arai, Tatsuo

    2015-10-01

    We report herein the selective preparation of normal, tautomeric, and dual-fluorescent molecules with a common ESIPT core. 2'-Hydroxyacetophenone (OHAP) is known as a typical molecule that undergoes excited-state intramolecular hydrogen transfer (ESIPT) to display fluorescence emission from the excited state of the tautomer. In this study, a series of ten OHAP-cored fluorescent molecules were prepared and their excited state properties have been explored. The bathochromic shift of the π-π* absorption band with π-extensions of substituents of these molecules indicates that the excitation energy of the normal form of the OHAP unit was reduced due to the substituents, while the energy of the excited tautomer appeared to be independent of the π-extension of the substituents. When pyrene or anthracene was connected at the end (molecules 4 and 5), only normal fluorescence appeared, and the tautomer fluorescence disappeared. An anthracene derivative (molecule 10) displayed dual fluorescence, indicating that the normal and the tautomer excited states were energetically "balanced". A fluorescence lifetime analysis revealed the ESIPT reaction rate of 10 to be much slower than those of other derivatives and that the normal and tautomer forms were in equilibrium in the excited state.

  4. N-H-Type Excited-State Proton Transfer in Compounds Possessing a Seven-Membered-Ring Intramolecular Hydrogen Bond.

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    Chen, Yi-An; Meng, Fan-Yi; Hsu, Yen-Hao; Hung, Cheng-Hsien; Chen, Chi-Lin; Chung, Kun-You; Tang, Wei-Feng; Hung, Wen-Yi; Chou, Pi-Tai

    2016-10-01

    A series of compounds containing 5-(2-aminobenzylidene)-2,3-dimethyl-3,5-dihydro-4H-imidazol-4-one (o-ABDI) as the core chromophore with a seven-membered-ring N-H-type intramolecular hydrogen bond have been synthesized and characterized. The acidity of the N-H proton and thus the hydrogen-bond strength can be fine-tuned by replacing one of the amino hydrogen atoms by a substituent R, the acidity increasing with increasing electron-withdrawing strength of R, that is, in the order Hexcited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) that results in proton-transfer emission solely in the red region. Reversible ESIPT, and hence dual emission, involving the normal and proton-transfer tautomers was resolved for the acetyl- and benzyl-substituted counterparts. For o-ABDI, which has the weakest acidity, ESIPT is prohibited due to its highly endergonic reaction. The results clearly demonstrate the harnessing of ESIPT by modifying the proton acidity and hydrogen-bonding strength in a seven-membered-ring intramolecular hydrogen-bonding system. For all the compounds studied, the emission quantum yields are weak (ca. 10(-3) ) in dichloromethane, but strong in the solid form, ranging from 3.2 to 47.4 %. PMID:27539818

  5. Excited state intramolecular proton transfer in electron-rich and electron-poor derivatives of 10-hydroxybenzo[h]quinoline.

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    Piechowska, Joanna; Huttunen, Kirsi; Wróbel, Zbigniew; Lemmetyinen, Helge; Tkachenko, Nikolai V; Gryko, Daniel T

    2012-10-01

    Eight previously inaccessible derivatives of 10-hydroxybenzo[h]quinoline were prepared via a straightforward strategy comprising formation of the benzo[h]quinoline skeleton followed by C-H acetoxylation at position 10. The occurrence of excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) was detected in all cases since emission was observed only from the excited keto-tautomer. Studies on derivatives bearing both electron-donating and electron-withdrawing groups adjacent to the pyridine ring allowed us to identify some design patterns giving rise to NIR emission and large Stokes shifts. For a derivative of 10-hydroxybenzo[c]acridine, emission at 745 nm was observed, one of the lowest energy fluorescence ever reported for ESIPT system. On the basis of time-resolved measurements, proton transfer was found to be extremely fast with time constants in the range (0.08-0.45 ps). PMID:22946783

  6. Low-threshold wavelength-switchable organic nanowire lasers based on excited-state intramolecular proton transfer.

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    Zhang, Wei; Yan, Yongli; Gu, Jianmin; Yao, Jiannian; Zhao, Yong Sheng

    2015-06-01

    Coherent light signals generated at the nanoscale are crucial to the realization of photonic integrated circuits. Self-assembled nanowires from organic dyes can provide both a gain medium and an effective resonant cavity, which have been utilized for fulfilling miniaturized lasers. Excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT), a classical molecular photoisomerization process, can be used to build a typical four-level system, which is more favorable for population inversion. Low-power driven lasing in proton-transfer molecular nanowires with an optimized ESIPT energy-level process has been achieved. With high gain and low loss from the ESIPT, the wires can be applied as effective FP-type resonators, which generated single-mode lasing with a very low threshold. The lasing wavelength can be reversibly switched based on a conformation conversion of the excited keto form in the ESIPT process.

  7. Intramolecular triplet energy transfer via higher triplet excited state during stepwise two-color two-laser irradiation.

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    Oseki, Yosuke; Fujitsuka, Mamoru; Sakamoto, Masanori; Majima, Tetsuro

    2007-10-01

    We studied the energy transfer processes in the molecular array consisting of pyrene (Py), biphenyl (Ph2), and bisphthalimidethiophene (ImT), (Py-Ph2)2-ImT, during two-color two-laser flash photolysis (2-LFP). The first laser irradiation predominantly generates ImT in the lowest triplet excited state (ImT(T1)) because of the efficient singlet energy transfer from Py in the lowest singlet excited state to ImT and, then, intersystem crossing of ImT. ImT(T1) was excited to the higher triplet excited state (Tn) with the second laser irradiation. Then, the triplet energy was rapidly transferred to Py via a two-step triplet energy transfer (TET) process through Ph2. The efficient generation of Py(T1) was suggested from the nanosecond-picosecond 2-LFP. The back-TET from Py(T1) to ImT was observed for several tens of microseconds after the second laser irradiation. The estimated intramolecular TET rate from Py(T1) to ImT was as slow as 3.1 x 104 s-1. Hence, long-lived Py(T1) was selectively and efficiently produced during the 2-LFP.

  8. Excited state intramolecular proton transfer and charge transfer dynamics of a 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)benzoxazole derivative in solution.

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    Kim, Chul Hoon; Park, Jaehun; Seo, Jangwon; Park, Soo Young; Joo, Taiha

    2010-05-13

    Excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) and subsequent intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) dynamics of a 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)benzoxazole derivative conjugated with an electron withdrawing group (HBOCE) in solutions and a polymer film has been investigated by femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence (TRF) and TRF spectra measurements without the conventional spectral reconstruction method. TRF with high enough resolution (<100 fs) reveals that the ESIPT dynamics of HBOCE in liquids proceeds by at least two time constants of approximately 250 fs and approximately 1.2 ps. The relative amplitude of the slower picosecond component is smaller in the polymer film than that in solution. Conformational heterogeneity in the ground state originating from the dispersion of the dihedral angle between the phenolic and benzoxazole groups is invoked to account for the dispersive ESIPT dynamics in liquids. From the TRF spectra of both the enol and keto isomers, we have identified the ICT reaction of the keto isomer occurring subsequent to the ESIPT. The ICT proceeds also by two time constants of near instantaneous and 2.7 ps. Since the ICT dynamics of HBOCE is rather close to the polar solvation dynamics, we argue that the ICT is barrierless and determined mostly by the solvent fluctuation.

  9. A new class of N-H excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) molecules bearing localized zwitterionic tautomers.

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    Stasyuk, Anton J; Chen, Yi-Ting; Chen, Chi-Lin; Wu, Pei-Jhen; Chou, Pi-Tai

    2016-09-21

    A series of new amino (NH)-type intramolecular hydrogen-bonding (H-bonding) compounds have been strategically designed and synthesized. These molecules comprise a 2-(imidazo[1,2-a]pyridin-2-yl)aniline moiety, in which one of the amino hydrogens was replaced with substituents of different electronic properties. This, together with the versatile capability for modifying the parent moiety, makes feasible comprehensive spectroscopy and dynamics studies of excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) as a function of N-H acidity. Different from other (NH)-type ESIPT systems where the ESIPT rate and exergonicity increase with an increase in the N-H acidity and hence the H-bonding strength, the results reveal an irregular relationship among ESIPT dynamics, thermodynamics and H-bond strength. This discrepancy may be rationalized by the localized zwitterionic nature of 2-(imidazo[1,2-a]pyridin-2-yl)aniline in the proton-transfer tautomer form, which is different from the π-delocalized tautomer form in other (NH)-type ESIPT systems. PMID:27537476

  10. Strategic emission color tuning of highly fluorescent imidazole-based excited-state intramolecular proton transfer molecules.

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    Park, Sanghyuk; Kwon, Ji Eon; Park, Soo Young

    2012-07-01

    Highly fluorescent molecules harnessing the excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) process are promising for a new generation of displays and light sources because they can offer very unique and novel optoelectronic properties which are different from those of conventional fluorescent dyes. To realize innovative ESIPT devices comprising full emission colors over the whole visible region, a molecular design strategy for predictable emission color tuning should be established. Here, we have developed a general strategy for a wide-range spectral tuning of imidazole-based ESIPT materials based on three different strategies--introduction of a nodal plane model, extension of effective conjugation length, and modification of heterocyclic rings. A series of nine ESIPT molecules were designed, synthesized and comprehensively investigated for their characteristic emission properties. All these molecules commonly showed no clear and transparent visible range absorption with no absorption color, but showed different colors of intense photoluminescence over broad visible regions from 450 nm (HPI) to 630 nm (HPNO) depending on their molecular structure. With the aid of density functional theory and time-dependent DFT calculations using M06, wB97XD, and B3LYP parameters with the 6-31G(d,p) basis set, these tuned emission bands of nine emitters were assigned from the stabilized excited state conformations that were derived from modified molecular structures.

  11. Solvent sensitive intramolecular charge transfer dynamics in the excited states of 4-N,N-dimethylamino-4'-nitrobiphenyl.

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    Ghosh, Rajib; Nandi, Amitabha; Palit, Dipak K

    2016-03-21

    Organic molecules substituted with the nitro group show efficient nonlinear optical (NLO) properties, which are a consequence of the strong intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) character of the molecules because of the strong electron withdrawing nature of the nitro group and rapid responsiveness because of highly movable π-electrons. Dynamics of the ICT process in the excited states of a push-pull biphenyl derivative, namely, 4-N,N-dimethylamino-4'-nitrobiphenyl (DNBP), an efficient NLO material, has been investigated using ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy. The experimental results have been corroborated with DFT and TDDFT calculations. In solvents of large polarity, e.g. acetonitrile, the ultrafast ICT process of DNBP is associated with the barrierless twisting of the N,N-dimethylaniline (DMA) group with respect to the nitrobenzene moiety to populate the twisted ICT (or TICT) state, and the rate of this process is solely governed by the viscosity of the medium. In solvents of moderate polarity, e.g. ethyl acetate, the rate of the twisting process is significantly slowed down and the LE and TICT states remain in equilibrium because of a low energy barrier for interconversion between these two states. By further lowering the polarity of the solvent, e.g. in dioxane, the twisting process is completely retarded. In nonpolar solvents, e.g. cyclohexane, a reverse twisting motion towards the planar geometry (i.e. the PICT process) has been evident in the excited state dynamics. In this solvent, the S1 state undergoes an ultrafast intersystem crossing to the triplet state because of its close proximity with the T2 state. PMID:26907751

  12. Excited-state intramolecular hydrogen bonding of compounds based on 2-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-1,3-benzoxazole in solution: a TDDFT study.

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    Li, Hui; Liu, Yufang; Yang, Yonggang; Yang, Dapeng; Sun, Jinfeng

    2014-12-10

    The excited-state properties of intramolecular hydrogen bonding in the compounds based on 2-(2-hydroxyphenyl)-1,3-benzoxazole (6 and its tautomers 6a and 6b) have been investigated using theoretical methods. According to the geometric optimization and IR spectra in the ground and excited states calculated by density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) methods respectively, the type of intramolecular hydrogen bonding N⋯HO in 6 and 6a is demonstrated to be significantly strengthened, while NH⋯O in the tautomers 6a and 6b are proved to be sharply weakened upon excitation to excited state S1. The calculated absorption peaks of 6 are in good accordance with the experimental results. Moreover, other compounds based on 6 that R1 and R2 are both substituted as well as that only R1 is substituted are investigated to understand the effect of substituent on intramolecular hydrogen bonding. It is found that the hydrogen bond strength can be controlled by the inductive field effect of the substituent. In addition, the intramolecular charge transfers (ICT) of the S1 state for 6 and its tautomers 6a and 6b were theoretically investigated by analyses of molecular orbital.

  13. Time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) study on the excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) in 2-hydroxybenzoyl compounds: Significance of the intramolecular hydrogen bonding

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    Lan, Xin; Yang, Dapeng; Sui, Xiao; Wang, Dandan

    2013-02-01

    The excited-state properties of intramolecular hydrogen bonding (IMHB) in methyl salicylate (MS) and its effects on the excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) have been investigated using theoretical methods. From the geometric optimization and IR spectra in the ground and excited states calculated by density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) methods respectively, the IMHB is demonstrated to be significantly strengthened upon excitation to excited state S1. Thereby, the ESIPT is facilitated by the excited-state IMHB strengthening since ESIPT takes place through IMHB. In addition, the absorption and fluorescence peaks of the S1 state are also calculated using the TD-DFT method. It is noted that the calculated spectra are in good agreement with the experimental results, which has confirmed the ESIPT mechanism of MS first proposed by Weller. Moreover, other four 2-hydroxybenzoyl compounds forming strong IMHB are investigated to understand the effect of substituent R on the ESIPT process. We find that the hydrogen bond strength can be controlled by the inductive field effect of the substituent. Thus it is inferred that the ESIPT reaction can be facilitated by the inductive effect of electron-donating substituent.

  14. Environment-sensitive quinolone demonstrating long-lived fluorescence and unusually slow excited-state intramolecular proton transfer kinetics

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    Zamotaiev, O. M.; Shvadchak, V.; Sych, T. P.; Melnychuk, N. A.; Yushchenko, D.; Mely, Y.; Pivovarenko, V. G.

    2016-09-01

    A new small fluorescent dye based on 3-hydroxybenzo[g]quinolone, a benzo-analogue of Pseudomonas quinolone signal species, has been synthesized. The dye demonstrates interesting optical properties, with absorption in the visible region, two band emission due to an excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) reaction and high fluorescence quantum yield in both protic and aprotic media. Time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy shows that the ESIPT reaction time is unusually long (up to 8 ns), indicating that both forward and backward ESIPT reactions are very slow in comparison to other 3-hydroxyquinolones. In spite of these slow rate constants, the ESIPT reaction was found to show a reversible character as a result of the very long lifetimes of both N* and T* forms (up to 16 ns). The ESIPT reaction rate is mainly controlled by the hydrogen bond donor ability in protic solvents and the polarity in aprotic solvents. Using large unilamellar vesicles and giant unilamellar vesicles of different lipid compositions, the probe was shown to preferentially label liquid disordered phases.

  15. Zinc(II)-selective ratiometric fluorescent sensors based on inhibition of excited-state intramolecular proton transfer.

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    Henary, Maged M; Wu, Yonggang; Fahrni, Christoph J

    2004-06-21

    To develop a zinc(II)-selective emission ratiometric probe suitable for biological applications, we explored the cation-induced inhibition of excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) with a series of 2-(2'-benzenesulfonamidophenyl)benzimidazole derivatives. In the absence of Zn(II) at neutral pH, the fluorophores undergo ESIPT to yield a highly Stokes' shifted emission from the proton-transfer tautomer. Coordination of Zn(II) inhibits the ESIPT process and yields a significant hypsochromic shift of the fluorescence emission maximum. Whereas the paramagnetic metal cations Cu(II), Fe(II), Ni(II), Co(II), and Mn(II) result in fluorescence quenching, the emission response is not altered by millimolar concentrations of Ca(II) or Mg(II), rendering the sensors selective for Zn(II) among all biologically important metal cations. Due to the modular architecture of the fluorophore, the Zn(II) binding affinity can be readily tuned by implementing simple structural modifications. The synthesized probes are suitable to gauge free Zn(II) concentrations in the micromolar to picomolar range under physiological conditions.

  16. Deactivation of 6-Aminocoumarin Intramolecular Charge Transfer Excited State through Hydrogen Bonding

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    Krystkowiak, Ewa; Dobek, Krzysztof; Maciejewski, Andrzej

    2014-01-01

    This paper presents results of the spectral (absorption and emission) and photophysical study of 6-aminocoumarin (6AC) in various aprotic hydrogen-bond forming solvents. It was established that solvent polarity as well as hydrogen-bonding ability influence solute properties. The hydrogen-bonding interactions between S1-electronic excited solute and solvent molecules were found to facilitate the nonradiative deactivation processes. The energy-gap dependence on radiationless deactivation in aprotic solvents was found to be similar to that in protic solvents. PMID:25244014

  17. Excited-state intramolecular hydrogen transfer (ESIHT) of 1,8-dihydroxy-9,10-anthraquinone (DHAQ) characterized by ultrafast electronic and vibrational spectroscopy and computational modeling.

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    Mohammed, Omar F; Xiao, Dequan; Batista, Victor S; Nibbering, Erik T J

    2014-05-01

    We combine ultrafast electronic and vibrational spectroscopy and computational modeling to investigate the photoinduced excited-state intramolecular hydrogen-transfer dynamics in 1,8-dihydroxy-9,10-anthraquinone (DHAQ) in tetrachloroethene, acetonitrile, dimethyl sulfoxide, and methanol. We analyze the electronic excited states of DHAQ with various possible hydrogen-bonding schemes and provide a general description of the electronic excited-state dynamics based on a systematic analysis of femtosecond UV/vis and UV/IR pump-probe spectroscopic data. Upon photoabsorption at 400 nm, the S2 electronic excited state is initially populated, followed by a rapid equilibration within 150 fs through population transfer to the S1 state where DHAQ exhibits ESIHT dynamics. In this equilibration process, the excited-state population is distributed between the 9,10-quinone (S2) and 1,10-quinone (S1) states while undergoing vibrational energy redistribution, vibrational cooling, and solvation dynamics on the 0.1-50 ps time scale. Transient UV/vis pump-probe data in methanol also suggest additional relaxation dynamics on the subnanosecond time scale, which we tentatively ascribe to hydrogen bond dynamics of DHAQ with the protic solvent, affecting the equilibrium population dynamics within the S2 and S1 electronic excited states. Ultimately, the two excited singlet states decay with a solvent-dependent time constant ranging from 139 to 210 ps. The concomitant electronic ground-state recovery is, however, only partial because a large fraction of the population relaxes to the first triplet state. From the similarity of the time scales involved, we conjecture that the solvent plays a crucial role in breaking the intramolecular hydrogen bond of DHAQ during the S2/S1 relaxation to either the ground or triplet state. PMID:24684387

  18. Excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) in 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)benzoxazole and its naphthalene-fused analogs: a TD-DFT quantum chemical study.

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    Roohi, Hossein; Hejazi, Fahimeh; Mohtamedifar, Nafiseh; Jahantab, Mahjobeh

    2014-01-24

    The intramolecular proton transfer reactions in 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)benzoxazole (HBO) and its naphthalene-fused analogs, (HNB1-3) in both S0 and S1 states at the PBE1PBE/6-311++G(2d,2p) level of theory in the gas phase and water have been investigated to find the effects of extension of aromaticity on the intramolecular proton transfer and photophysical properties. The results show that the ground state intramolecular proton transfer (GSIPT) in the studied species is impossible. Excited states potential energy surface calculations support the existence of ESIPT process. Structural parameters, relative energy of isomers, H-bonding energy, adsorption and emission bands, vertical excitation and emission energies, oscillator strength, fluorescence rate constant, dipole moment, atomic charges and electron density at critical points were calculated. Orbital analysis shows that vertical S0→S1 transition in the studied molecules corresponds essentially to the excitation from HOMO (π) to LUMO (π(*)). The potential of HNB2 molecule as an emissive and electron transport material in designing improved organic white light emitting diodes is predicted in this work. Our calculations are also supported by the experimental observations.

  19. Infrared and ultraviolet laser spectroscopy of jet-cooled substituted salicylic acids; substitution effects on the excited state intramolecular proton transfer in salicylic acid

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    Abd El-Hakam Abou El-Nasr, E.; Fujii, A.; Ebata, T.; Mikami, N.

    Substitution effects on the excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) in the salicylic acid (SA) frame were studied by electronic and infrared spectroscopy of jet-cooled 5-methoxylsalicylic acid (5-MeOSA), 5-methylsalicylic acid (5-MeSA), 5-fluorosalicylic acid (5-FSA), 6-fluorosalicylic acid (6-FSA), and methyl salicylate (MS). Infrared spectra were measured in the 3 µm region for both the electronic ground (S0) and first excited (S1) states. The electronic excitation/emission spectra of 5-MeSA and 6-FSA showed the typical spectral features of ESIPT, which have been found in the spectra of SA. On the other hand, 5-MeOSA and 5-FSA exhibit a mirror-image relation between their excitation and emission spectra, which has been regarded as a result of the suppression of ESIPT. Despite such a remarkable difference among the electronic spectra, IR spectroscopy shows that a drastic change of the phenolic OH stretching vibration does occur upon electronic excitation of all substituted SAs, that is, the phenolic OH band of all the SAs disappears from the 3 µm region, indicating a large elongation of the phenolic O-H bond (over 0.1 Å) in S1. This result means that the intramolecular hydrogen bond strength is remarkably enhanced by electronic excitation in all the substituted SAs. Substitution effects on ESIPT in dimers are also discussed.

  20. Excited state intramolecular proton transfer and dual emission of the cyclic homo- and heterodimers of 2-hydroxy and 2,6-dihydroxy benzoic acids

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    Denisov, G. S.; Golubev, N. S.; Schreiber, V. M.; Shajakhmedov, Sh. S.; Shurukhina, A. V.

    1996-07-01

    The fluorescence and excitation spectra of homo- and heterodimers formed by salicylic and 2,6-dihydroxy benzoic acids (SA and DHBA respectively) with various carboxylic acids were obtained in the crystalline state, liquid and frozen glassy solutions within the temperature range 300-90 K. In all the cases, dual emission has been found with the low frequency band attributed to the excited state with intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) and the high frequency one to a state without ESIPT. The relative intensities of these bands depend strongly on the temperature, excitation wavelength and the pK a value of the second acid molecule involved in a cyclic dimer. The dual emission of molecules like methyl salicylate is conventionally explained in terms of the ground state tautomeric equilibrium with the OH ⋯ OH intramolecularly hydrogen bonded isomer incapable of ESIPT. Since in the case of 2,6-dihydroxy benzoic acid the only stable isomer with two hydrogen bonds can exist, this explanation seems to be at least insufficient. Other explanations of the dual emission origin are discussed. An attempt is made to explain the available experimental data using the hypothesis involving double well potential surface of the cyclic dimer in the excited state. In the framework of this hypothesis, the barrier between two wells emerges from the reorganization of the whole hydrogen bonded system of a dimer.

  1. External Electric Field Effects on Excited-State Intramolecular Proton Transfer in 4'-N,N-Dimethylamino-3-hydroxyflavone in Poly(methyl methacrylate) Films.

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    Furukawa, Kazuki; Hino, Kazuyuki; Yamamoto, Norifumi; Awasthi, Kamlesh; Nakabayashi, Takakazu; Ohta, Nobuhiro; Sekiya, Hiroshi

    2015-09-17

    The external electric field effects on the steady-state electronic spectra and excited-state dynamics were investigated for 4'-N,N-(dimethylamino)-3-hydroxyflavone (DMHF) in a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) film. In the steady-state spectrum, dual emission was observed from the excited states of the normal (N*) and tautomer (T*) forms. Application of an external electric field of 1.0 MV·cm(-1) enhanced the N* emission and reduced the T* emission, indicating that the external electric field suppressed the excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT). The fluorescence decay profiles were measured for the N* and T* forms. The change in the emission intensity ratio N*/T* induced by the external electric field is dominated by ESIPT from the Franck-Condon excited state of the N* form and vibrational cooling in potential wells of the N* and T* forms occurring within tens of picoseconds. Three manifolds of fluorescent states were identified for both the N* and T* forms. The excited-state dynamics of DMHF in PMMA films has been found to be very different from that in solution due to intermolecular interactions in a rigid environment.

  2. Zn2+-triggered excited-state intramolecular proton transfer: a sensitive probe with near-infrared emission from bis(benzoxazole) derivative.

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    Xu, Yongqian; Pang, Yi

    2011-02-21

    Near-infrared (NIR) emission can offer distinct advantages for biological applications. A fluorescent sensor, Zinhbo-1, based on bis(benzoxazole) ligand with 2,2'-dipicolylamine (DPA) as receptor, was synthesized. In aqueous solution, Zinhbo-1 demonstrates high sensitivity and selectivity for sensing Zn(2+) with about 10-fold enhancement and nanomolar sensitivity (K(d) = 0.29 nM). Moreover, sensor Zinhbo-1 can detect Zn(2+) in near-infrared region (over 700 nm) with large Stokes shift (ca. 230 nm) attributing to the Zn(2+)-induced excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT).

  3. Excited State Intramolecular Proton Transfer of 2,5-bis(5-ethyl-2-benzoxazolyl)-hydroquinone and its OH/OD-isotopomers studied in supersonic jets

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    Peukert, Sebastian; Gil, Michał; Kijak, Michał; Sepioł, Jerzy

    2015-11-01

    The Excited State Intramolecular Proton Transfer (ESIPT) reactions of dually fluorescent 2,5-bis(5-ethyl-2-benzoxazolyl)-hydroquinone (DE-BBHQ) and its isotopomers have been studied in the supersonic jet applying laser induced fluorescence (LIF) and fluorescence-depletion (F-D) spectroscopy. LIF-spectra measured at photo-tautomeric (red) fluorescence exhibit a characteristic triplet pattern of vibronic bands, which gradually collapses upon successive deuteration. Complementary TDDFT calculations indicate the possibility of 2 consecutive ESIPT reactions yielding an excited state diketo-tautomer. However, concerning this matter the present experimental results are not unambiguous and could be also rationalized without assuming the formation of an additional photo-tautomer.

  4. A novel chalcone-analogue as an optical sensor based on ground and excited states intramolecular charge transfer: A combined experimental and theoretical study

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    Fayed, Tarek A.

    2006-05-01

    Steady-state absorption and emission spectroscopic techniques as well as semiempirical quantum calculations at the AM1 and ZINDO/S levels have been used to investigate the intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) behaviour of a novel chalcone namely; 1-(2-pyridyl)-5-(4-dimethylaminophenyl)-penta-2,4-diene-1-one, DMAC. The ground state DMAC has a significant ICT character and a great sensitivity to the hydrogen bond donating ability of the medium as reflected from the change of the absorption spectra in pure and mixed organic solvents. On the other hand, its excited singlet state exhibits high ICT characters as manifested by the drastic solvatochromic effects. These results are consistent with the data of charge density calculations in both the ground and excited state, which indicates enhancement of the charge transfer from the dimethyl-amino group to the carbonyl oxygen upon excitation. Also, the dipole moment calculations indicates a highly dipolar excited singlet state (Δ μeg = 15.5 D). The solvent dependence of the fluorescence quantum yield of DMAC was interpreted on the basis of positive and negative solvatokinetic as well as the hydrogen bonding effects. Incorporation of the 2-pyridyl group in the chemical structure of the present DMAC led to design of a potential optical sensor for probing acidity of the medium and metal cations such as Zn 2+, Cd 2+ and Hg 2+. This was concluded from the high acidochromic and metallochromic behaviour of DMAC on adding such cations to its acetonitrile solutions.

  5. A p-Hydroxyphenacyl-Benzothiazole-Chlorambucil Conjugate as a Real-Time-Monitoring Drug-Delivery System Assisted by Excited-State Intramolecular Proton Transfer.

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    Barman, Shrabani; Mukhopadhyay, Sourav K; Biswas, Sandipan; Nandi, Surajit; Gangopadhyay, Moumita; Dey, Satyahari; Anoop, Anakuthil; Pradeep Singh, N D

    2016-03-18

    Among the well-known phototriggers, the p-hydroxyphenacyl (pHP) group has consistently enabled the very fast, efficient, and high-conversion release of active molecules. Despite this unique behavior, the pHP group has been ignored as a delivery agent, particularly in the area of theranostics, because of two major limitations: Its excitation wavelength is below 400 nm, and it is nonfluorescent. We have overcome these limitations by incorporating a 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)benzothiazole (HBT) appendage capable of rapid excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT). The ESIPT effect also provided two unique advantages: It assisted the deprotonation of the pHP group for faster release, and it was accompanied by a distinct fluorescence color change upon photorelease. In vitro studies showed that the p-hydroxyphenacyl-benzothiazole-chlorambucil conjugate presents excellent properties, such as real-time monitoring, photoregulated drug delivery, and biocompatibility. PMID:26919455

  6. Torsional Dynamics and Intramolecular Charge Transfer in the S2 (1(1)Bu(+)) Excited State of Peridinin: A Mechanism for Enhanced Mid-Visible Light Harvesting.

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    Ghosh, Soumen; Roscioli, Jerome D; Bishop, Michael M; Gurchiek, Jason K; LaFountain, Amy M; Frank, Harry A; Beck, Warren F

    2016-09-15

    Of the carotenoids known in photosynthetic organisms, peridinin exhibits one of the highest quantum efficiencies for excitation energy transfer to chlorophyll (Chl) a acceptors. The mechanism for this enhanced performance involves an order-of-magnitude slowing of the S2 (1(1)Bu(+)) → S1 (2(1)Ag(-)) nonradiative decay pathway compared to carotenoids lacking carbonyl substitution. Using femtosecond transient grating spectroscopy with optical heterodyne detection, we have obtained the first evidence that the nonradiative decay of the S2 state of peridinin is promoted by large-amplitude torsional motions. The decay of an intermediate state termed Sx, which we assign to a twisted form of the S2 state, is substantially slowed by solvent friction in peridinin due to its intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) character. PMID:27571487

  7. Theoretical investigation of 2-(iminomethyl)phenol in the gas phase as a prototype of ultrafast excited-state intramolecular proton transfer

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    Daengngern, Rathawat; Prommin, Chanatkran; Rungrotmongkol, Thanyada; Promarak, Vinich; Wolschann, Peter; Kungwan, Nawee

    2016-07-01

    Photophysical properties of the smallest o-hydroxy Schiff base, 2-(iminomethyl)phenol (IMP), were elucidated using B3LYP and RI-ADC(2) methods. Cis-enol is the most stable conformation in ground state. Potential energy profiles show that enol-keto tautomerization occurs with a small barrier. However, isomerization from cis- to trans-keto is not possible because of a high barrier. The trans-keto tautomer is only accessible through a conical intersection (CI) after excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT). Dynamics results show that cis-enol undergoes ultrafast ESIPT to give cis-keto. Regions of CI may be initiated to yield keto forms through radiativeless process with torsion twist of about 40-50°.

  8. Intersystem crossing-branched excited-state intramolecular proton transfer for o-nitrophenol: An ab initio on-the-fly nonadiabatic molecular dynamic simulation

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    Xu, Chao; Yu, Le; Zhu, Chaoyuan; Yu, Jianguo; Cao, Zexing

    2016-01-01

    The 6SA-CASSCF(10, 10)/6-31G (d, p) quantum chemistry method has been applied to perform on-the-fly trajectory surface hopping simulation with global switching algorithm and to explore excited-state intramolecular proton transfer reactions for the o-nitrophenol molecule within low-lying electronic singlet states (S0 and S1) and triplet states (T1 and T2). The decisive photoisomerization mechanisms of o-nitrophenol upon S1 excitation are found by three intersystem crossings and one conical intersection between two triplet states, in which T1 state plays an essential role. The present simulation shows branch ratios and timescales of three key processes via T1 state, non-hydrogen transfer with ratio 48% and timescale 300 fs, the tunneling hydrogen transfer with ratios 36% and timescale 10 ps, and the direct hydrogen transfer with ratios 13% and timescale 40 fs. The present simulated timescales might be close to low limit of the recent experiment results. PMID:27221650

  9. Intersystem crossing-branched excited-state intramolecular proton transfer for o-nitrophenol: An ab initio on-the-fly nonadiabatic molecular dynamic simulation

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    Xu, Chao; Yu, Le; Zhu, Chaoyuan; Yu, Jianguo; Cao, Zexing

    2016-05-01

    The 6SA-CASSCF(10, 10)/6-31G (d, p) quantum chemistry method has been applied to perform on-the-fly trajectory surface hopping simulation with global switching algorithm and to explore excited-state intramolecular proton transfer reactions for the o-nitrophenol molecule within low-lying electronic singlet states (S0 and S1) and triplet states (T1 and T2). The decisive photoisomerization mechanisms of o-nitrophenol upon S1 excitation are found by three intersystem crossings and one conical intersection between two triplet states, in which T1 state plays an essential role. The present simulation shows branch ratios and timescales of three key processes via T1 state, non-hydrogen transfer with ratio 48% and timescale 300 fs, the tunneling hydrogen transfer with ratios 36% and timescale 10 ps, and the direct hydrogen transfer with ratios 13% and timescale 40 fs. The present simulated timescales might be close to low limit of the recent experiment results.

  10. Intersystem Crossing Pathway in Quinoline-Pyrazole Isomerism: A Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory Study on Excited-State Intramolecular Proton Transfer.

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    Liu, Yu-Hui; Lan, Sheng-Cheng; Zhu, Chaoyuan; Lin, Sheng-Hsien

    2015-06-18

    The dynamics of the excited-state intramolecular proton-transfer (ESIPT) reaction of quinoline-pyrazole (QP) isomers, designated as QP-I and QP-II, has been investigated by means of time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT). A lower barrier has been found in the potential energy curve for the lowest singlet excited state (S1) along the proton-transfer coordinate of QP-II compared with that of QP-I; however, this is at variance with a recent experimental report [J. Phys. Chem. A 2010, 114, 7886-7891], in which the authors proposed that the ESIPT reaction would only proceed in QP-I due to the absence of a PT emission for QP-II. Therefore, several deactivating pathways have been investigated to determine whether fluorescence quenching occurs in the PT form of QP-II (PT-II). The S1 state of PT-II has nπ* character, which is a well-known dark state. Moreover, the energy gap between the S1 and T2 states is only 0.29 eV, implying that an intersystem crossing (ISC) process would occur rapidly following the ESIPT reaction. Therefore, it is demonstrated that the ESIPT could successfully proceed in QP-II and that the PT emission would be quenched by the ISC process.

  11. Large fluorescence response by alcohol from a bis(benzoxazole)-zinc(II) complex: the role of excited state intramolecular proton transfer.

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    Wang, Junfeng; Chu, Qinghui; Liu, Xiumin; Wesdemiotis, Chrys; Pang, Yi

    2013-04-18

    The formation of a bis(HBO) anion is known to turn on the fluorescence to give red emission, via controlling the excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT). The poor stability of the formed anion, however, hampered its application. The anion stability is found to be greatly improved by attaching the anion to Zn(2+) cation (i.e., forming zinc complex), whose emission is at λem ≈ 550 and 760 nm. Interestingly, addition of methanol to the zinc complex induces a remarkable red fluorescence (λem ≈ 630 nm, φfl ≈ 0.8). With the aid of spectroscopic studies ((1)H NMR, UV-vis, fluorescence, and mass spectra), the structures of the zinc complexes are characterized. The emission species is identified as a dimer-like structure. The study thus reveals an effective fluorescence switching mechanism that could further advance the application of ESIPT-based sensors.

  12. White emitters by tuning the excited-state intramolecular proton-transfer fluorescence emission in 2-(2'-hydroxybenzofuran)benzoxazole dyes.

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    Benelhadj, Karima; Muzuzu, Wenziz; Massue, Julien; Retailleau, Pascal; Charaf-Eddin, Azzam; Laurent, Adèle D; Jacquemin, Denis; Ulrich, Gilles; Ziessel, Raymond

    2014-09-26

    The synthesis, structural, and photophysical properties of a new series of original dyes based on 2-(2'-hydroxybenzofuran)benzoxazole (HBBO) is reported. Upon photoexcitation, these dyes exhibit intense dual fluorescence with contribution from the enol (E*) and the keto (K*) emission, with K* being formed through excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT). We show that the ratio of emission intensity E*/K* can be fine-tuned by judiciously decorating the molecular core with electron-donating or -attracting substituents. Push-pull dyes 9 and 10 functionalized by a strong donor (nNBu2 ) and a strong acceptor group (CF3 and CN, respectively) exhibit intense dual emission, particularly in apolar solvents such as cyclohexane in which the maximum wavelength of the two bands is the more strongly separated. Moreover, all dyes exhibit strong solid-state dual emission in a KBr matrix and polymer films with enhanced quantum yields reaching up to 54 %. A wise selection of substituents led to white emission both in solution and in the solid state. Finally, these experimental results were analyzed by time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations, which confirm that, on the one hand, only E* and K* emission are present (no rotamer) and, on the other hand, the relative free energies of the two tautomers in the excited state guide the ratio of the E*/K* emission intensities.

  13. Steric hindrance inhibits excited-state relaxation and lowers the extent of intramolecular charge transfer in two-photon absorbing dyes.

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    Stewart, David J; Dalton, Matthew J; Long, Stephanie L; Kannan, Ramamurthi; Yu, Zhenning; Cooper, Thomas M; Haley, Joy E; Tan, Loon-Seng

    2016-02-21

    The two-photon absorbing dye AF240 [1, (7-benzothiazol-2-yl-9,9-diethylfluoren-2-yl)diphenylamine] is modified by adding bulky alkyl groups to the diphenylamino moiety. Three new compounds are synthesized which have ethyl groups in both ortho positions of each phenyl ring (2), t-butyl groups in one ortho position of each phenyl ring (3), and t-butyl groups in the para position of each phenyl ring (4). The dyes are examined in several aprotic solvents with varying polarity to observe the effects of the sterically hindering bulky groups on the ground and excited-state photophysical properties. While the ground state shows minimal solvent dependence, there is significant dependence on the fluorescence quantum yield and lifetime, as well as the excited-state energy levels. This effect is caused by the formation of an intramolecular charge-transfer (ICT) state, which is observed in the solvents more polar than n-hexane and supported by TD-DFT calculations. Electronic effects of ortho or para alkyl substitution should be similar, yet drastic differences are observed. A red shift in the fluorescence maximum is observed in 4 relative to 1, yet a blue shift occurs in 2 and 3 because the substituents at the sterically sensitive ortho-positions inhibit excited-state geometric relaxation and result in less ICT character than 1. Coupled with theoretical calculations, the data support a planar ICT (PICT) excited state where the diphenylamino nitrogen in an sp(2)-like geometry is integral with the plane containing the fluorene and benzothiazole moieties. Ultrafast transient absorption experiments show that ICT occurs rapidly (<150 fs) followed by geometric and solvent relaxation in ∼ 1-4 ps to form the PICT or solvent-stabilized ICT (SSICT) state. This relaxation is not observed in non-polar n-hexane because the solvent dependent ICT state energy lies higher than the locally-excited (LE) state. Finally, formation of a triplet state (T1) is only efficiently observed in n

  14. Preparation of a family of 10-hydroxybenzo[h]quinoline analogues via a modified Sanford reaction and their excited state intramolecular proton transfer properties.

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    Piechowska, Joanna; Gryko, Daniel T

    2011-12-16

    We have developed a highly optimized methodology that allows for the oxidative acetoxylation of a sterically and electronically demanding library of analogues of benzo[h]quinoline. The optimal conditions for the insertion of an OAc group were identified after examining various reaction parameters (solvent, oxidant, catalyst, temperature, time). The conditions identified (Pd(OAc)(2), PhI(OAc)(2), MeCN, 150 °C, 16 h), combined with the hydrolysis of acetates, resulted in the formation of hydroxybenzoquinolines in 27-59% yield, whereas all previously published procedures were ineffective. This synthesis was compatible with diverse functionalities (ester, aldehyde, carbon-carbon triple bond) and, most importantly, worked for sterically hindered analogues as well as for compounds possessing electron-donating and electron-withdrawing substituents at various positions. All the obtained compounds demonstrated excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) manifesting as small fluorescence quantum yields and large Stokes shifts (8300-9660 cm(-1)). The effect of structural variations in eight 10-hydroxybenzo[h]quinoline analogues on absorption and emission properties was studied in detail. PMID:22066857

  15. Zn(2+) binding-enabled excited state intramolecular proton transfer: a step toward new near-infrared fluorescent probes for imaging applications.

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    Xu, Yongqian; Liu, Qin; Dou, Bairui; Wright, Brian; Wang, Jingyun; Pang, Yi

    2012-07-01

    In order to facilitate the in vivo study of zinc-related biology, it is essential to develop a zinc-selective sensor that exhibits both near-infrared (NIR) emission and larger Stokes shift. A fluorescent sensor, Zinhbo-5, has been constructed by using bis(benzoxazole) ligand with 2, 2'-dipicolylamine (DPA) as metal ion receptor. In aqueous solution, Zinhbo-5 exhibits high sensitivity (K(d) = 2.58 nM(2) ) and selectivity for Zn(2+) cation, revealing about 14-fold fluorescence enhancement upon zinc binding to give green emission. Remarkably, Zn(2+) binding to Zinhbo-5 switches on the excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT), producing the desirable near-infrared region (over 710 nm) with large Stokes shift (ca. 240 nm). The new probe is demonstrated to be useful for in vivo imaging of the intracellular Zn(2+) ion. The Zinhbo-5 is also useful for detecting zinc ion distribution during the development of living zebrafish embryos.

  16. Solvent influence on excited-state intramolecular proton transfer in 3-hydroxychromone derivatives studied by cryogenic high-resolution fluorescence spectroscopy

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    Bader, Arjen N.; Pivovarenko, Vasyl; Demchenko, Alexander P.; Ariese, Freek; Gooijer, Cees

    2003-05-01

    High-resolution Shpol'skii spectra (recorded at 10 K in n-octane) of 3-hydroxychromone (3HC) substituted at the 2-position with a furan (3HC-F), a benzofuran (3HC-BF) or a naphthofuran group (3HC-NF) are presented. Being close analogues of 3-hydroxyflavone (3HF), these compounds can undergo excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT). Luminescence can occur from the normal N* state (blue) or from the tautomeric T* state (green). Whether blue or green emission is observed is strongly dependent on hydrogen-bonding interactions with the environment. For all three chromones studied, high-resolution emission spectra in the green region (T*→T) were obtained in pure n-octane, showing four sites with distinct emission bands and detailed vibrational structures, whereas no blue emission was detected. Contrary to the spectra published for 3HF, the emission lines were very narrow (line-broadening effects beyond detection) which implies that the ESIPT rate constants are >10 12 s -1, at least 25 times lower than for 3HF. In order to study the effects of hydrogen-bonding solvents, four isomers of octanol (1-, 2-, 3- and 4-octanol) were added, forming 1:1 complexes with the 3HC derivatives. For all the combinations considered both blue and additional green emission was observed and in some cases narrow-banded spectra were obtained, mostly in the green. Only for the 3HC-NF/2-octanol complex, narrow-banded emission was found both in the blue and in the green region. It is demonstrated that these emissions come from different configurations of the complex. Possible structures for the two complex species are proposed, supported by semi-empirical calculations on complex formation enthalpies.

  17. An Efficient Visible and Near-Infrared (NIR) Emitting Sm(III) Metal-Organic Framework (Sm-MOF) Sensitized by Excited-State Intramolecular Proton Transfer (ESIPT) Ligand.

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    Chen, Ling; Zhang, Hao; Pan, Mei; Wei, Zhang-Wen; Wang, Hai-Ping; Fan, Ya-Nan; Su, Cheng-Yong

    2016-06-21

    We report herein an unprecedented example of a luminescent Sm(III) metal-organic framework (Sm-MOF), in which both the visible and near-infrared (NIR) emissions of Sm(3+) ions are able to be sensitized by an excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) ligand. Due to the solvent-mediated interchange between enol and keto excited states of the ligand and subsequent energy transfer rate to Sm(3+) ions, the luminescent decay lifetime of the Sm-MOF can be tuned in different solvent-grinding systems.

  18. Intramolecular Charge-Transfer Excited-State Processes in 4-(N,N-Dimethylamino)benzonitrile: The Role of Twisting and the πσ* State

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    2015-01-01

    The structural processes leading to dual fluorescence of 4-(dimethylamino)benzonitrile in the gas phase and in acetonitrile solvent were investigated using a combination of multireference configuration interaction (MRCI) and the second-order algebraic diagrammatic construction (ADC(2)) methods. Solvent effects were included on the basis of the conductor-like screening model. The MRCI method was used for computing the nonadiabatic interaction between the two lowest excited ππ* states (S2(La, CT) and S1(Lb, LE)) and the corresponding minimum on the crossing seam (MXS) whereas the ADC(2) calculations were dedicated to assessing the role of the πσ* state. The MXS structure was found to have a twisting angle of ∼50°. The branching space does not contain the twisting motion of the dimethylamino group and thus is not directly involved in the deactivation process from S2 to S1. Polar solvent effects are not found to have a significant influence on this situation. Applying Cs symmetry restrictions, the ADC(2) calculations show that CCN bending leads to a strong stabilization and to significant charge transfer (CT). Nevertheless, this structure is not a minimum but converts to the local excitation (LE) structure on releasing the symmetry constraint. These findings suggest that the main role in the dynamics is played by the nonadiabatic interaction of the LE and CT states and that the main source for the dual fluorescence is the twisted internal charge-transfer state in addition to the LE state. PMID:25989536

  19. Evaluating the extent of intramolecular charge transfer in the excited states of rhenium(I) donor-acceptor complexes with time-resolved vibrational spectroscopy.

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    Yue, Yuankai; Grusenmeyer, Tod; Ma, Zheng; Zhang, Peng; Pham, Tri Tat; Mague, Joel T; Donahue, James P; Schmehl, Russell H; Beratan, David N; Rubtsov, Igor V

    2013-12-12

    Excited states in transition-metal complexes, even in those featuring ligands with strong electron donating and accepting properties, often involve only partial charge transfer between the donor and acceptor ligands. The excited-state properties of [Re(bpy)(CO)3L](+) compounds were studied, where L is 4-dimethylaminobenzonitrile (Re4DMABN), 3-dimethylaminobenzonitrile (Re3DMABN), and benzonitrile (ReBN) using time-resolved infrared (TRIR) and electronic spectroscopy methods as well as electronic structure computations. The DMABN complexes exhibit strongly solvent-dependent luminescence; the excited state lifetime decreases from microseconds in dichloromethane to several nanoseconds in mixed MeOH:DCM (1:1) solvent. Despite the similarities in the solvent dependence of the excited state dynamics and redox properties for Re3DMABN and Re4DMABN, the nature of the lowest energy excited states formed in these two compounds is drastically different. For example, the lowest energy excited state for Re4DMABN in the mixed solvent is assigned to the (4DMABN → bpy) ligand-to-ligand charge transfer (LLCT) state featuring partial charge transfer character. An equilibrium between a 3DMABN intraligand triplet ((3)IL) and a metal-ligand-to-ligand charge transfer (MLLCT) state is found for Re3DMABN in the mixed solvent with the latter at ca. 400 cm(-1) lower energy. The origin of such a drastic difference between the states involved in Re4DMABN and Re3DMABN is attributed to a difference in the energies of polarized quinoidal resonance structures in 4DMABN and 3DMABN ligands.

  20. Intramolecular charge transfer in aminobenzonitriles and tetrafluoro counterparts: fluorescence explained by competition between low lying excited states and radiationless deactivation. Part II: influence of substitution on luminescence patterns.

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    Segado, Mireia; Mercier, Yannick; Gómez, Isabel; Reguero, Mar

    2016-03-01

    In this paper, we study the mechanisms of charge transfer, luminescence and radiationless decay of three derivatives of 4-aminobenzonitrile (ABN): dimethyl-ABN (DMABN) and the tetrafluorinated derivatives, ABN-4F and DMABN-4F. Our CASSCF/CASPT2 computations explain the different luminescence patterns observed in these three compounds and in comparison with the parent system, ABN, in spite of their similar architecture. We have found that the modifications made by the different substitutions in ABN tune the relative energies of the locally excited (LE) and charge transfer (CT) excited states due to electronic and structural factors. In all cases, the only potentially emitting species of CT character is the twisted-ICT. The increasing stabilization of this later species in the series formed by ABN-4F, DMABN and DMABN-4F explains the increasing intensity of the anomalous emission band in these compounds. Nevertheless, other factors like probability of emission vs. nonradiative decay must have also been taken into account. In fact fluoro-substitution increases the accessibility to conical intersections of the excited states with the ground state, opening an internal conversion channel that decreases the fluorescence quantum yield in the fluorinated derivatives. Our results also show that the involvement of the π-σ* state in the CT process is only possible in ABN-4F, but even in this case it is not probable.

  1. Spiroconjugated intramolecular charge-transfer emission in non-typical spiroconjugated molecules: the effect of molecular structure upon the excited-state configuration.

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    Zhu, Linna; Zhong, Cheng; Liu, Cui; Liu, Zhongyin; Qin, Jingui; Yang, Chuluo

    2013-04-01

    A set of terfluorenes and terfluorene-like molecules with different pendant substitutions or side groups were designed and synthesized, their photophysical properties and the excited-state geometries were studied. Dual fluorescence emissions were observed in compounds with rigid pendant groups bearing electron-donating N atoms. According to our earlier studies, in this set of terfluorenes, the blue emission is from the local π-π* transition, while the long-wavelength emission is attributed to a spiroconjugation-like through-space charge-transfer process. Herein, we probe further into how the molecular structures (referring to the side groups, the type of linkage between central fluorene and the 2,2'-azanediyldiethanol units, and-most importantly-the amount of pendant groups), as well as the excited-state geometries, affect the charge-transfer process of these terfluorenes or terfluorene-like compounds. 9-(9,9,9'',9''-tetrahexyl-9H,9'H,9''H-[2,2':7',2''-terfluoren]-9'-yl)-1,2,3,5,6,7-hexahydropyrido[3,2,1-ij]quinolone (TFPJH), with only one julolidine pendant group, was particularly synthesized, which exhibits complete "perpendicular" conformation between julolidine and the central fluorene unit in the excited state, thus typical spiroconjugation could be achieved. Notably, its photophysical behaviors resemble those of TFPJ with two pendant julolidines. This study proves that spiroconjugation does happen in these terfluorene derivatives, although their structures are not in line with the typical orthogonal π fragments. The spiroconjugation charge-transfer emission closely relates to the electron-donating N atoms on the pendant groups, and to the rigid connection between the central fluorene and the N atoms, whereas the amount of pendant groups and the nature of the side chromophores have little effect. These findings may shed light on the understanding of the through-space charge-transfer properties and the emission color tuning of fluorene derivatives.

  2. Intramolecular charge transfer in aminobenzonitriles and tetrafluoro counterparts: fluorescence explained by competition between low-lying excited states and radiationless deactivation. Part I: A mechanistic overview of the parent system ABN.

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    Segado, Mireia; Gómez, Isabel; Reguero, Mar

    2016-03-01

    Recent theoretical and experimental studies on the Intramolecular Charge Transfer (ICT) reaction of some members of the aminobezonitrile family (ABN) suggest the involvement of a (π-σ*) excited state (called ICT(CN) in this work) in the ICT process and the existence of a partially twisted ICT species that could be responsible for the anomalous fluorescence observed. These suggestions made us to revise our previous study on the photophysics of ABN and dimethyl-ABN (DMABN), based on the analysis of the potential energy surfaces of the low-lying excited states by means of ab initio calculations, using the CASSCF/CASPT2 protocol. We have first focused our attention to ABN. We have found that the (π-σ*) excited state can be in fact an intermediary state in the path to populate the ICT bright state, although its involvement in the process is not very probable. Our results suggest that the ICT most stable species is the twisted ICT(TICT) and that the partially twisted ICT minimum found in previous studies could be an artefact of the computational method. We have also found that radiationless deactivation is a competitive reaction that must be taken into account to explain the fluorescence patterns of these systems. To confirm our theories, we have also studied other systems with a similar architecture but with a very different luminescence behaviour: dimethyl-ABN, and the 2,3,4,5-tetrafluoro derivatives of ABN and DMABN (ABN-4F and DMABN-4F). The extension of the work and the different approaches in the study of the parent system and of the derivatives make the division of the work in two parts advisable. Part I collects the characterization of the minima and reaction paths connecting the critical points of the potential energy surfaces of the states involved in the ICT reaction of ABN. We have obtained, for the first time, the pathways of radiationless deactivation for this compound. We have also computed transition energies from the excited minima, to interpret the

  3. Interplay between excited-state intramolecular proton transfer and charge transfer in flavonols and their use as protein-binding-site fluorescence probes

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    Sytnik, A.; Gormin, D.; Kasha, M. )

    1994-12-06

    A comparative study is presented of competitive fluorescences of three flavonols, 3-hydroxyflavone, 3,3[prime],4[prime],7-tetrahydroxyflavone (fisetin), and 4[prime]-diethylamino-3-hydroxyflavone (DHF). The normal fluorescence S[sub 1] [yields] S[sub 0] (400-nm region) is largely replaced by the proton-transfer tautomer fluorescence S[prime][sub 1] [yields] S[prime][sub 0] in the 550-nm region for all three of the flavonols in aprotic solvents at room temperature. For DHF in polar solvents the normal fluorescence becomes a charge-transfer fluorescence (460-500 nm) which competes strongly with the still dominant proton-transfer fluorescence (at 570 nm). In protic solvents, and at 77 K, the interference with intramolecular hydrogen bonding gives rise to greatly enhanced normal fluorescence, lowering the quantum yield of proton-transfer fluorescence. The utility of DHF as a discriminating fluorescence probe for protein binding sites is suggested by the strong dependence of the charge-transfer fluorescence on polarity of the environment and by various static and dynamic parameters of the charge-transfer and proton-transfer fluorescence which can be determined. 49 refs., 6 figs., 1 tab.

  4. Slow excited state phototautomerization in 3-hydroxyisoquinoline.

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    Joshi, Neeraj Kumar; Arora, Priyanka; Pant, Sanjay; Joshi, Hem Chandra

    2014-06-01

    In the present work we report the spectral and photophysical properties of 3-hydroxyisoquinoline in various protic/aprotic solvents. Our steady state and time resolved fluorescence data indicates that in the monomer form of 3HIQ phototautomerization can take place in the excited state through excited state intramolecular proton, while as per earlier suggestions phototautomerization in 3HIQ occurs in dimer or complex (in the presence of acetic acid) form. Moreover, we find rather slow tautomerization (occurring on the nanosecond scale). It is found that proton transfer occurs both in the ground as well as excited states and is controlled by the polarity of the solvent.

  5. Failures of TDDFT in describing the lowest intramolecular charge-transfer excitation in para-nitroaniline

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    Eriksen, Janus J.; Sauer, Stephan P. A.; Mikkelsen, Kurt V.; Christiansen, Ove; Jensen, Hans Jørgen Aa.; Kongsted, Jacob

    2013-07-01

    We investigate the failure of time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) with the CAM-B3LYP exchange-correlation (xc) functional coupled to the polarisable embedding (PE) scheme (PE-CAM-B3LYP) in reproducing the solvatochromic shift of the lowest intense charge-transfer excitation in para-nitroaniline (pNA) in water by comparing with results obtained with the coupled cluster singles and doubles (CCSD) model also coupled to the polarisable embedding scheme (PE-CCSD). We determine the amount of charge separation in the ground and excited charge-transfer state with both methods by calculating the electric dipole moments in the gas phase and for 100 solvent configurations. We find that CAM-B3LYP overestimates the amount of charge separation inherent in the ground state and TDDFT/CAM-B3LYP drastically underestimates this amount in the excited charge-transfer state. As the errors in the solvatochromatic shift are found to be inverse proportional to the change in dipole moment upon excitation, we conclude that the flaws in the description of the solvatochromic shift of this excitation are related to TDDFT itself and how it responds to the solvent effects modelled by the PE scheme. We recommend therefore to benchmark results of TDDFT calculations with CAM-B3LYP for intramolecular charge-transfer excitations in molecular systems similar to pNA against higher level ab initio wave function methods, like, e.g. CCSD, prior to their use. Using the calculated change in dipole moment upon excitation as a measure for charge-transfer character, we furthermore confirm that the difference between excitation energies calculated with TDDFT and with the Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA) to TDDFT is indeed correlated with the charge-transfer character of a given electronic transition both in vacuo and in solution. This is supported by a corresponding correlation between the change in dipole moment and the size of the Λ index diagnostic for the investigated CT excitation.

  6. Intermolecular electron transfer from intramolecular excitation and coherent acoustic phonon generation in a hydrogen-bonded charge-transfer solid.

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    Rury, Aaron S; Sorenson, Shayne; Dawlaty, Jahan M

    2016-03-14

    Organic materials that produce coherent lattice phonon excitations in response to external stimuli may provide next generation solutions in a wide range of applications. However, for these materials to lead to functional devices in technology, a full understanding of the possible driving forces of coherent lattice phonon generation must be attained. To facilitate the achievement of this goal, we have undertaken an optical spectroscopic study of an organic charge-transfer material formed from the ubiquitous reduction-oxidation pair hydroquinone and p-benzoquinone. Upon pumping this material, known as quinhydrone, on its intermolecular charge transfer resonance as well as an intramolecular resonance of p-benzoquinone, we find sub-cm(-1) oscillations whose dispersion with probe energy resembles that of a coherent acoustic phonon that we argue is coherently excited following changes in the electron density of quinhydrone. Using the dynamical information from these ultrafast pump-probe measurements, we find that the fastest process we can resolve does not change whether we pump quinhydrone at either energy. Electron-phonon coupling from both ultrafast coherent vibrational and steady-state resonance Raman spectroscopies allows us to determine that intramolecular electronic excitation of p-benzoquinone also drives the electron transfer process in quinhydrone. These results demonstrate the wide range of electronic excitations of the parent of molecules found in many functional organic materials that can drive coherent lattice phonon excitations useful for applications in electronics, photonics, and information technology.

  7. Intermolecular electron transfer from intramolecular excitation and coherent acoustic phonon generation in a hydrogen-bonded charge-transfer solid.

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    Rury, Aaron S; Sorenson, Shayne; Dawlaty, Jahan M

    2016-03-14

    Organic materials that produce coherent lattice phonon excitations in response to external stimuli may provide next generation solutions in a wide range of applications. However, for these materials to lead to functional devices in technology, a full understanding of the possible driving forces of coherent lattice phonon generation must be attained. To facilitate the achievement of this goal, we have undertaken an optical spectroscopic study of an organic charge-transfer material formed from the ubiquitous reduction-oxidation pair hydroquinone and p-benzoquinone. Upon pumping this material, known as quinhydrone, on its intermolecular charge transfer resonance as well as an intramolecular resonance of p-benzoquinone, we find sub-cm(-1) oscillations whose dispersion with probe energy resembles that of a coherent acoustic phonon that we argue is coherently excited following changes in the electron density of quinhydrone. Using the dynamical information from these ultrafast pump-probe measurements, we find that the fastest process we can resolve does not change whether we pump quinhydrone at either energy. Electron-phonon coupling from both ultrafast coherent vibrational and steady-state resonance Raman spectroscopies allows us to determine that intramolecular electronic excitation of p-benzoquinone also drives the electron transfer process in quinhydrone. These results demonstrate the wide range of electronic excitations of the parent of molecules found in many functional organic materials that can drive coherent lattice phonon excitations useful for applications in electronics, photonics, and information technology. PMID:26979698

  8. Effect of Intramolecular High-Frequency Vibrational Mode Excitation on Ultrafast Photoinduced Charge Transfer and Charge Recombination Kinetics.

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    Nazarov, Alexey E; Barykov, Vadim Yu; Ivanov, Anatoly I

    2016-03-31

    A model of photoinduced ultrafast charge separation and ensuing charge recombination into the ground state has been developed. The model includes explicit description of the formation and evolution of nonequilibrium state of both the intramolecular vibrations and the surrounding medium. An effect of the high-frequency intramolecular vibrational mode excitation by a pumping pulse on ultrafast charge separation and charge recombination kinetics has been investigated. Simulations, in accord with experiment, have shown that the effect may be both positive (the vibrational mode excitation increases the charge-transfer rate constant) and negative (opposite trend). The effect on charge separation kinetics is predicted to be bigger than that on the charge recombination rate but nevertheless the last is large enough to be observable. The amplitude of both effects falls with decreasing vibrational relaxation time constant, but the effects are expected to be observable up to the time constants as short as 200 fs. Physical interpretation of the effects has been presented. Comparisons with the experimental data have shown that the simulations, in whole, provide results close to that obtained in the experiment. The reasons of the deviations have been discussed. PMID:26953595

  9. Excited states in hydrocarbons

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    Lipsky, S.

    1987-01-01

    In this brief review we first summarize some pertinent features of the photophysical properties of excited states of hydrocarbons and the mechanisms by which they transfer energy to solutes and then review their yields and their behavior under fast-electron irradiation conditions. 33 refs.

  10. TDDFT study on the excited-state proton transfer of 8-hydroxyquinoline: Key role of the excited-state hydrogen-bond strengthening

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    Lan, Sheng-Cheng; Liu, Yu-Hui

    2015-03-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations have been employed to study the excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) reaction of 8-hydroxyquinoline (8HQ). Infrared spectra of 8HQ in both the ground and the lowest singlet excited states have been calculated, revealing a red-shift of the hydroxyl group (-OH) stretching band in the excited state. Hence, the intramolecular hydrogen bond (O-H···N) in 8HQ would be significantly strengthened upon photo-excitation to the S1 state. As the intramolecular proton-transfer reaction occurs through hydrogen bonding, the ESIPT reaction of 8HQ is effectively facilitated by strengthening of the electronic excited-state hydrogen bond (O-H···N). As a result, the intramolecular proton-transfer reaction would occur on an ultrafast timescale with a negligible barrier in the calculated potential energy curve for the ESIPT reaction. Therefore, although the intramolecular proton-transfer reaction is not favorable in the ground state, the ESIPT process is feasible in the excited state. Finally, we have identified that radiationless deactivation via internal conversion (IC) becomes the main dissipative channel for 8HQ by analyzing the energy gaps between the S1 and S0 states for the enol and keto forms.

  11. TDDFT study on the excited-state proton transfer of 8-hydroxyquinoline: key role of the excited-state hydrogen-bond strengthening.

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    Lan, Sheng-Cheng; Liu, Yu-Hui

    2015-03-15

    Density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations have been employed to study the excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) reaction of 8-hydroxyquinoline (8HQ). Infrared spectra of 8HQ in both the ground and the lowest singlet excited states have been calculated, revealing a red-shift of the hydroxyl group (-OH) stretching band in the excited state. Hence, the intramolecular hydrogen bond (O-H···N) in 8HQ would be significantly strengthened upon photo-excitation to the S1 state. As the intramolecular proton-transfer reaction occurs through hydrogen bonding, the ESIPT reaction of 8HQ is effectively facilitated by strengthening of the electronic excited-state hydrogen bond (O-H···N). As a result, the intramolecular proton-transfer reaction would occur on an ultrafast timescale with a negligible barrier in the calculated potential energy curve for the ESIPT reaction. Therefore, although the intramolecular proton-transfer reaction is not favorable in the ground state, the ESIPT process is feasible in the excited state. Finally, we have identified that radiationless deactivation via internal conversion (IC) becomes the main dissipative channel for 8HQ by analyzing the energy gaps between the S1 and S0 states for the enol and keto forms.

  12. Intermediate State Dependence of Intramolecular Vibrations in Photoactive Yellow Protein

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    Deng, Yanting; Xu, Mengyang; Niessen, Katherine; Schmidt, Marius; Markelz, Andrea

    Photoactive proteins provide a testbed for the role of long-range collective motions in protein function. Long-range intramolecular vibrations of the protein scaffold may provide efficient energy relaxation, enhancement of chromophore vibrations that promote structural transitions and assistance in electron energy transfer. Photoactive yellow protein (PYP) is a cytoplasmic photocycling protein associated with the negative phototactic response to blue light in halohodospira halophile. We measure the intramolecular vibrations of PYP using crystal anisotropy terahertz microscopy (CATM) as a function of photoexcitation. Room temperature CATM measurements are performed in the dark and with continuous illumination at 488 nm, which is found to result in an approximately 20% steady photoexcited state (pB). We find a decrease in anisotropic absorption in frequency range 20-60 cm-1 with photoexcitation. This result may be due to an increase in sample disorder associated with the structural change in pB state. We compare the measured and calculated spectra using molecular dynamics and normal mode/quasiharmonic analysis to identify the nature of the motions giving rise to the resonant absorption bands.

  13. Quantum dynamics study of fulvene double bond photoisomerization: The role of intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution and excitation energy

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    Blancafort, Lluis; Gatti, Fabien; Meyer, Hans-Dieter

    2011-10-07

    The double bond photoisomerization of fulvene has been studied with quantum dynamics calculations using the multi-configuration time-dependent Hartree method. Fulvene is a test case to develop optical control strategies based on the knowledge of the excited state decay mechanism. The decay takes place on a time scale of several hundred femtoseconds, and the potential energy surface is centered around a conical intersection seam between the ground and excited state. The competition between unreactive decay and photoisomerization depends on the region of the seam accessed during the decay. The dynamics are carried out on a four-dimensional model surface, parametrized from complete active space self-consistent field calculations, that captures the main features of the seam (energy and locus of the seam and associated branching space vectors). Wave packet propagations initiated by single laser pulses of 5-25 fs duration and 1.85-4 eV excitation energy show the principal characteristics of the first 150 fs of the photodynamics. Initially, the excitation energy is transferred to a bond stretching mode that leads the wave packet to the seam, inducing the regeneration of the reactant. The photoisomerization starts after the vibrational energy has flowed from the bond stretching to the torsional mode. In our propagations, intramolecular energy redistribution (IVR) is accelerated for higher excess energies along the bond stretch mode. Thus, the competition between unreactive decay and isomerization depends on the rate of IVR between the bond stretch and torsion coordinates, which in turn depends on the excitation energy. These results set the ground for the development of future optical control strategies.

  14. High-resolution electronic spectroscopy of the doorway states to intramolecular charge transfer.

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    Fleisher, Adam J; Bird, Ryan G; Zaleski, Daniel P; Pate, Brooks H; Pratt, David W

    2013-04-25

    Reported here are several of the ground, first, and second excited state structures and dipole moments of three benchmark intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) systems; 4-(1H-pyrrol-1-yl)benzonitrile (PBN), 4,4'-dimethylaminobenzonitrile (DMABN), and 4-(1-pyrrolidinyl)benzonitrile (PYRBN), isolated in the gas phase and probed by rotationally resolved spectroscopy in a molecular beam. The related molecules 1-phenylpyrrole (PP) and 4-aminobenzonitrile (ABN) also are discussed. We find that the S1 electronic state is of B symmetry in all five molecules. In PBN, a second excited state (S2) of A symmetry is found only ~400 cm(-1) above the presumed origin of the S1 state. The change in dipole moment upon excitation to the A state is measured to be Δμ ≈ 3.0 D, significantly smaller than the value predicted by theory and also smaller than that observed for the "anomalous" ICT band of PBN in solution. The B state dipole moments of DMABN and PYRBN are large, ~10.6 D, slightly larger than those attributed to "normal" LE fluorescence in solution. In addition, we find the unsaturated donor molecules (PP, PBN) to be twisted in their ground states and to become more planar upon excitation, even in the A state, whereas the saturated donor molecules (ABN, DMABN, PYRBN), initially planar, either remain planar or become more twisted in their excited states. It thus appears that the model that is appropriate for describing ICT in these systems depends on the geometry of the ground state.

  15. Carotenoid to chlorophyll energy transfer in the peridinin–chlorophyll-a–protein complex involves an intramolecular charge transfer state

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    Zigmantas, Donatas; Hiller, Roger G.; Sundström, Villy; Polívka, Tomáš

    2002-01-01

    Carotenoids are, along with chlorophylls, crucial pigments involved in light-harvesting processes in photosynthetic organisms. Details of carotenoid to chlorophyll energy transfer mechanisms and their dependence on structural variability of carotenoids are as yet poorly understood. Here, we employ femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy to reveal energy transfer pathways in the peridinin–chlorophyll-a–protein (PCP) complex containing the highly substituted carotenoid peridinin, which includes an intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) state in its excited state manifold. Extending the transient absorption spectra toward near-infrared region (600–1800 nm) allowed us to separate contributions from different low-lying excited states of peridinin. The results demonstrate a special light-harvesting strategy in the PCP complex that uses the ICT state of peridinin to enhance energy transfer efficiency. PMID:12486228

  16. Multiscale excited state lifetimes of protonated dimethyl aminopyridines.

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    Soorkia, Satchin; Broquier, Michel; Grégoire, Gilles

    2016-09-14

    The excited state dynamics of protonated ortho (2-) and para (4-) dimethyl aminopyridine molecules (DMAPH(+)) has been studied through pump-probe photofragmentation spectroscopy and excited state coupled-cluster CC2 calculations. Multiscale temporal dynamics has been recorded over 9 orders of magnitude from subpicosecond to millisecond. The initially locally excited ππ* state rapidly decays within about 100 fs into a charge transfer state following 90° twist motion of the dimethyl amino group. While this twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT) state does not trigger any fragmentation, it selectively leads to specific two-color photofragments through absorption of the probe photon at 355 nm. Besides, the optically dark TICT state provides an efficient deactivation path with high intersystem probability to non-dissociative long-lived triplet states. Such a multiscale pump-probe photodissociation scheme paves the way to systematic studies of charge transfer reactions in the excited state of cold ionic systems stored in a cryogenic cooled ion trap and probed continuously up to the millisecond time scale. PMID:27524459

  17. Multiscale excited state lifetimes of protonated dimethyl aminopyridines.

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    Soorkia, Satchin; Broquier, Michel; Grégoire, Gilles

    2016-09-14

    The excited state dynamics of protonated ortho (2-) and para (4-) dimethyl aminopyridine molecules (DMAPH(+)) has been studied through pump-probe photofragmentation spectroscopy and excited state coupled-cluster CC2 calculations. Multiscale temporal dynamics has been recorded over 9 orders of magnitude from subpicosecond to millisecond. The initially locally excited ππ* state rapidly decays within about 100 fs into a charge transfer state following 90° twist motion of the dimethyl amino group. While this twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT) state does not trigger any fragmentation, it selectively leads to specific two-color photofragments through absorption of the probe photon at 355 nm. Besides, the optically dark TICT state provides an efficient deactivation path with high intersystem probability to non-dissociative long-lived triplet states. Such a multiscale pump-probe photodissociation scheme paves the way to systematic studies of charge transfer reactions in the excited state of cold ionic systems stored in a cryogenic cooled ion trap and probed continuously up to the millisecond time scale.

  18. Two-Photon Excitation of trans-Stilbene: Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Electronically Excited States above S1.

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    Houk, Amanda L; Zheldakov, Igor L; Tommey, Tyler A; Elles, Christopher G

    2015-07-23

    The photoisomerization dynamics of trans-stilbene have been well studied in the lowest excited state, but much less is known about the behavior following excitation to higher-lying electronically excited states. This contribution reports a combined study of the spectroscopy and dynamics of two-photon accessible states above S1. Two-photon absorption (2PA) measurements using a broadband pump-probe technique reveal distinct bands near 5.1 and 6.4 eV. The 2PA bands have absolute cross sections of 40 ± 16 and 270 ± 110 GM, respectively, and a pump-probe polarization dependence that suggests both of the transitions access Ag-symmetry excited states. Separate transient absorption measurements probe the excited-state dynamics following two-photon excitation into each of the bands using intense pulses of 475 and 380 nm light, respectively. The initially excited states rapidly relax via internal conversion, leading to the formation of an S1 excited-state absorption band that is centered near 585 nm and evolves on a time scale of 1-2 ps due to intramolecular vibrational relaxation. The subsequent evolution of the S1 excited-state absorption is identical to the behavior following direct one-photon excitation of the lowest excited state at 4.0 eV. The complementary spectroscopy and dynamics measurements provide new benchmarks for computational studies of the electronic structure and dynamics of this model system on excited states above S1. Probing the dynamics of molecules in their higher-lying excited states is an important frontier in chemical reaction dynamics.

  19. Solvent-induced reversible solid-state colour change of an intramolecular charge-transfer complex.

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    Li, Ping; Maier, Josef M; Hwang, Jungwun; Smith, Mark D; Krause, Jeanette A; Mullis, Brian T; Strickland, Sharon M S; Shimizu, Ken D

    2015-10-11

    A dynamic intramolecular charge-transfer (CT) complex was designed that displayed reversible colour changes in the solid-state when treated with different organic solvents. The origins of the dichromatism were shown to be due to solvent-inclusion, which induced changes in the relative orientations of the donor pyrene and acceptor naphthalenediimide units. PMID:26299357

  20. Delayed fluorescence during the deactivation of highly excited triplet states

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    Skvortsov, V.I.; Alfimov, M.V.

    1987-06-01

    It has been suggested that the T state may be not only an electron donor but an acceptor, i.e., it may give a charge transfer state in a photoreduction reaction: A(T) + M ..-->.. /sup 3/(A/sup .-/M/sup +./). In this connection, it may be assumed that the quenching may also be connected with the nonradiative deactivation of excitation energy in charge transfer states (A/sup .-/M/sup +./). Aromatic molecules are characterized by an extremely low quantum yield for intramolecular intersystem crossing. However, in charge-transfer states the efficiency of intersystem crossing may be enhanced. The authors have investigated the laws governing DF in conditions where the deactivation of T states occurs. The systems studied were frozen (77 K) solutions of the aromatic additives naphthalene, diphenyl, and chrysene in toluene, MCH, and ethanol.

  1. Theoretical studies of electronically excited states

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    Besley, Nicholas A.

    2014-10-06

    Time-dependent density functional theory is the most widely used quantum chemical method for studying molecules in electronically excited states. However, excited states can also be computed within Kohn-Sham density functional theory by exploiting methods that converge the self-consistent field equations to give excited state solutions. The usefulness of single reference self-consistent field based approaches for studying excited states is demonstrated by considering the calculation of several types of spectroscopy including the infrared spectroscopy of molecules in an electronically excited state, the rovibrational spectrum of the NO-Ar complex, core electron binding energies and the emission spectroscopy of BODIPY in water.

  2. Resource Paper: Molecular Excited State Relaxation Processes.

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    Rhodes, William

    1979-01-01

    Develops the concept of oscillatory v dissipative limits as it applies to electronic excited state processes in molecular systems. Main emphasis is placed on the radiative and nonradiative dynamics of the excited state of a molecule prepared by interaction with light or some other excitation source. (BT)

  3. Bimodal intramolecular excitation energy transfer in a multichromophore photosynthetic model system: hybrid fusion proteins comprising natural phycobilin- and artificial chlorophyll-binding domains.

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    Zeng, Xiao-Li; Tang, Kun; Zhou, Nan; Zhou, Ming; Hou, Harvey J M; Scheer, Hugo; Zhao, Kai-Hong; Noy, Dror

    2013-09-11

    The phycobilisomes of cyanobacteria and red-algae are highly efficient peripheral light-harvesting complexes that capture and transfer light energy in a cascade of excitation energy transfer steps through multiple phycobilin chromophores to the chlorophylls of core photosystems. In this work, we focus on the last step of this process by constructing simple functional analogs of natural phycobilisome-photosystem complexes that are based on bichromophoric protein complexes comprising a phycobilin- and a chlorophyll- or porphyrin-binding domain. The former is based on ApcE(1-240), the N-terminal chromophore-binding domain of the phycobilisome's L(CM) core-membrane linker, and the latter on HP7, a de novo designed four-helix bundle protein that was originally planned as a high-affinity heme-binding protein, analogous to b-type cytochromes. We fused a modified HP7 protein sequence to ApcEΔ, a water-soluble fragment of ApcE(1-240) obtained by excising a putative hydrophobic loop sequence of residues 77-153. HP7 was fused either to the N- or the C-terminus of ApcEΔ or inserted between residues 76 and 78, thereby replacing the native hydrophobic loop domain. We describe the assembly, spectral characteristics, and intramolecular excitation energy transfer of two unique systems: in the first, the short-wavelength absorbing zinc-mesoporphyrin is bound to the HP7 domain and serves as an excitation-energy donor to the long-wavelength absorbing phycocyanobilin bound to the ApcE domain; in the second, the short-wavelength absorbing phycoerythrobilin is bound to the ApcE domain and serves as an excitation energy donor to the long-wavelength absorbing zinc-bacteriochlorophyllide bound to the HP7 domain. All the systems that were constructed and tested exhibited significant intramolecular fluorescence resonance energy transfer with yields ranging from 21% to 50%. This confirms that our modular, covalent approach for studying EET between the cyclic and open chain tetrapyrroles is

  4. Vibrational spectra and intramolecular vibrational redistribution in highly excited deuterobromochlorofluoromethane CDBrClF: Experiment and theory

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    Beil, Andreas; Hollenstein, Hans; Monti, Oliver L. A.; Quack, Martin; Stohner, Jürgen

    2000-08-01

    The rovibrational spectra of deuterobromochlorofluoromethane (CDBrClF) were measured at intermediate (0.1 cm-1) and high resolution (0.0024 cm-1 full bandwidth, half-maximum) by interferometric Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy in the range from the far infrared at 200 cm-1 to the near infrared (12 000 cm-1) covering all the fundamentals and CD stretching overtones up to polyad N=5. The spectra are completely analyzed in terms of their vibrational assignments to fundamentals, combinations and overtones. At high excitation the analysis reveals the dominant anharmonic coupling between four high frequency vibrational modes; the CD stretching (ν1), two CD bending (ν2,ν3), and the CF stretching mode (ν4). The analysis is carried out using effective model Hamiltonians including three and four vibrational degrees of freedom. We also present vibrational variational calculations on a grid in a four-dimensional normal coordinate subspace. The potential energy and the dipole moment function are calculated ab initio on this grid using self-consistent field second order Møller-Plesset perturbation theory (MP2). Experimental and theoretical results for band positions and integrated intensities as well as effective spectroscopic parameters are found to be in good agreement. The important anharmonic coupling between the CD chromophore and the CF stretching vibration can be described by an effective cubic Fermi resonance coupling constant ksff'≈(50±10) cm-1, which leads to intramolecular vibrational redistribution between the CD and CF chromophores on the femtosecond time scale. Time dependent intramolecular vibrational redistribution processes in CDBrClF are derived in various representations, including time dependent probability densities ("wave packets") in coordinate space and finally time dependent entropy.

  5. Intramolecular proton transfer in 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)oxazolo[4,5-b]pyridine: evidence for tautomer in the ground state.

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    Chipem, Francis A S; Malakar, Ashim; Krishnamoorthy, Govindarajan

    2015-01-01

    The intramolecular proton transfer in a newly synthesized molecule, 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)oxazolo[4,5-b]pyridine (HPOP) is studied using UV-visible absorption, fluorescence emission, fluorescence excitation and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. In the ground state, the molecule exists as cis- and trans-enol in all the solvents. However, in dioxane, alcohols, acetonitrile, dimethylformamide and dimethylsulfoxide the keto tautomer is also observed in the ground state. Dual fluorescence is observed in HPOP where the large Stoke shifted emission is due to emission from the excited-state intramolecular proton transfer product, whereas the other emission is the normal emission from enol form. The fluorescence (both normal and tautomer emission) of HPOP is less than those of corresponding benzoxazole and imidazopyridine derivatives. This reveals that the nonradiative decay becomes more efficient upon substitution of electronegative atom on the charge acceptor group. The pH studies substantiate the conclusion that (unlike in its imidazole analog) the third ground state species is the keto tautomer and not the monoanion. The effect of temperature on cis-enol-trans-enol-keto equilibrium and the nonradiative deactivation from the excited state are also investigated. PMID:25537449

  6. Excited states of the high-frequency vibrational modes and kinetics of ultrafast photoinduced electron transfer

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    Barykov, V. Yu.; Ivanov, A. I.

    2016-02-01

    The effect of the carrier frequency of the exciting laser pulse on the kinetics of intramolecular photoinduced charge transfer in the multi-channel stochastic model is studied. It is shown that the population of different states of high-frequency intramolecular modes upon varying the frequency of the excitation pulse can considerably alter the rate constant of ultrafast charge transfer. It is found that a negative vibrational spectral effect is expected in the vicinity of a barrier-free area (the rate constant of photoinduced charge transfer decreases along with the carrier frequency of the excitation pulse), while a positive effect is predicted in areas of high and low exergonicity (an inverse dependence). It is concluded that the value of the spectral effect falls along with the time of vibrational relaxation. For ultrafast photo-induced charge transfer, however, it remains considerable up to relaxation times of 100 fs.

  7. Theoretical studies of excited state 1,3 dipolar cycloadditions

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    Belluccci, Michael A.

    The 1,3 dipolar photocycloaddition reaction between 3-hydroxy-4',5,7-trimethoxyflavone (3-HTMF) and methyl cinnamate is investigated in this work. Since its inception in 2004 [JACS, 124, 13260 (2004)], this reaction remains at the forefront in the synthetic design of the rocaglamide natural products. The reaction is multi-faceted in that it involves multiple excited states and is contingent upon excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) in 3-HTMF. Given the complexity of the reaction, there remain many questions regarding the underlying mechanism. Consequently, throughout this work we investigate the mechanism of the reaction along with a number of other properties that directly influence it. To investigate the photocycloaddition reaction, we began by studying the effects of different solvent environments on the ESIPT reaction in 3-hydroxyflavone since this underlying reaction is sensitive to the solvent environment and directly influences the cycloaddition. To study the ESIPT reaction, we developed a parallel multi-level genetic program to fit accurate empirical valence bond (EVB) potentials to ab initio data. We found that simulations with our EVB potentials accurately reproduced experimentally determined reaction rates, fluorescence spectra, and vibrational frequency spectra in all solvents. Furthermore, we found that the ultrafast ESIPT process results from a combination of ballistic transfer and intramolecular vibrational redistribution. To investigate the cycloaddition reaction mechanism, we utilized the string method to obtain minimum energy paths on the ab initio potential. These calculations demonstrated that the reaction can proceed through formation of an exciplex in the S1 state, followed by a non-adiabatic transition to the ground state. In addition, we investigated the enantioselective catalysis of the reaction using alpha,alpha,alpha',alpha'-tetraaryl-1,3-dioxolan-4,5-dimethanol alcohol (TADDOL). We found that TADDOL lowered the energy

  8. The Excited State Spectrum of QCD

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    Robert Edwards

    2010-08-01

    The determination of the highly excited state spectrum of baryons within QCD is a major theoretical and experimental challenge. I will present recent results from lattice QCD that give some indications on the structure of these highly excited states, and outline on-going and future work needed for a full determination of the spectrum, including strong decays.

  9. Substituent and Solvent Effects on Excited State Charge Transfer Behavior of Highly Fluorescent Dyes Containing Thiophenylimidazole-Based Aldehydes

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    Santos, Javier; Bu, Xiu R.; Mintz, Eric A.

    2001-01-01

    The excited state charge transfer for a series of highly fluorescent dyes containing thiophenylimidazole moiety was investigated. These systems follow the Twisted Intramolecular Charge Transfer (TICT) model. Dual fluorescence was observed for each substituted dye. X-ray structures analysis reveals a twisted ground state geometry for the donor substituted aryl on the 4 and 5 position at the imidazole ring. The excited state charge transfer was modeled by a linear solvation energy relationship using Taft's pi and Dimroth's E(sub T)(30) as solvent parameters. There is linear relation between the energy of the fluorescence transition and solvent polarity. The degree of stabilization of the excited state charge transfer was found to be consistent with the intramolecular molecular charge transfer. Excited dipole moment was studied by utilizing the solvatochromic shift method.

  10. Doubly Excited States in Be III

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    Andersen, T.; Bentzen, S. M.; Poulsen, O.

    1980-01-01

    The triplet spectrum of doubly excited Be III has been studied in the wavelength region of 75-5000 Å in order to test the validity of the theoretical term values reported by Lipsky et al. The beam-foil excitation technique was applied to effectively populate the doubly excited states. The identified lower-lying, doubly excited states 2p2 3P, 2pnp 3P, or 3D, and 2pnd 3P, or 3D (n = 3, 4) show that the theoretical term values should be slightly modified.

  11. Stabilization of intermediate density states in globular proteins by homogeneous intramolecular attractive interactions.

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    Bahar, I; Jernigan, R L

    1994-01-01

    On-lattice simulations of two-dimensional self-avoiding chains subject to homogeneous intramolecular attractive interactions were performed as a model for studying various density regimes in globular proteins. For short chains of less than 15 units, all conformations were generated and classified by density. The range of intramolecular interactions was found to increase uniformly with density, and the average number of topological contacts is directly proportional to density. The uniform interaction energy increases the probability of high density states but does not necessarily lead to dominance of the highest density state. Typically, several large peaks appear in the probability distribution of packing densities, their location and amplitude being determined by the balance between entropic effects enhancing more expanded conformations and attractive interactions favoring compact forms. Also, the homogeneous interaction energy affects the distribution of most probable interacting points in favor of the longer range interactions over the short range ones, but in addition it introduces some more detailed preferences even among short range interactions. There are some implications about the characteristics of the intermediate density states and also for the likelihood that the native state does not correspond completely to the lowest energy conformation. Images FIGURE 7 FIGURE 8 FIGURE 9 FIGURE 10 FIGURE 11 FIGURE 12 FIGURE 13 PMID:8161699

  12. Ground- and excited-state tautomerism in 2-(3{prime}-hydroxy-2{prime}-pyridyl)benzimidazole

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    Prieto, F.R.; Rodriguez, M.C.R.; Gonzalez, M.M.; Fernandez, M.A.R.

    1994-09-01

    Ground-state HPyBI is determined to have keto-enol equilibrium in water, and the enol form predominates in nonaqueous solutions. The keto form is the only excited form in all the solvents considered. Ultrafast intramolecular proton transfer creates the enol form from the keto form. 47 refs., 6 figs., 3 tabs.

  13. Hydrogen Bonds in Excited State Proton Transfer

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    Horke, D. A.; Watts, H. M.; Smith, A. D.; Jager, E.; Springate, E.; Alexander, O.; Cacho, C.; Chapman, R. T.; Minns, R. S.

    2016-10-01

    Hydrogen bonding interactions between biological chromophores and their surrounding protein and solvent environment significantly affect the photochemical pathways of the chromophore and its biological function. A common first step in the dynamics of these systems is excited state proton transfer between the noncovalently bound molecules, which stabilizes the system against dissociation and principally alters relaxation pathways. Despite such fundamental importance, studying excited state proton transfer across a hydrogen bond has proven difficult, leaving uncertainties about the mechanism. Through time-resolved photoelectron imaging measurements, we demonstrate how the addition of a single hydrogen bond and the opening of an excited state proton transfer channel dramatically changes the outcome of a photochemical reaction, from rapid dissociation in the isolated chromophore to efficient stabilization and ground state recovery in the hydrogen bonded case, and uncover the mechanism of excited state proton transfer at a hydrogen bond, which follows sequential hydrogen and charge transfer processes.

  14. New Insights in 4f(12)5d(1) Excited States of Tm(2+) through Excited State Excitation Spectroscopy.

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    de Jong, Mathijs; Biner, Daniel; Krämer, Karl W; Barandiarán, Zoila; Seijo, Luis; Meijerink, Andries

    2016-07-21

    Optical excitation of ions or molecules typically leads to an expansion of the equilibrium bond lengths in the excited electronic state. However, for 4f(n-1)5d(1) excited states in lanthanide ions both expansion and contraction relative to the 4f(n) ground state have been reported, depending on the crystal field and nature of the 5d state. To probe the equilibrium distance offset between different 4f(n-1)5d(1) excited states, we report excited state excitation (ESE) spectra for Tm(2+) doped in CsCaBr3 and CsCaCl3 using two-color excited state excitation spectroscopy. The ESE spectra reveal sharp lines at low energies, confirming a similar distance offset for 4f(n-1)5d(t2g)(1) states. At higher energies, broader bands are observed, which indicate the presence of excited states with a different offset. On the basis of ab initio embedded-cluster calculations, the broad bands are assigned to two-photon d-d absorption from the excited state. In this work, we demonstrate that ESE is a powerful spectroscopic tool, giving access to information which cannot be obtained through regular one-photon spectroscopy. PMID:27347766

  15. New Insights in 4f(12)5d(1) Excited States of Tm(2+) through Excited State Excitation Spectroscopy.

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    de Jong, Mathijs; Biner, Daniel; Krämer, Karl W; Barandiarán, Zoila; Seijo, Luis; Meijerink, Andries

    2016-07-21

    Optical excitation of ions or molecules typically leads to an expansion of the equilibrium bond lengths in the excited electronic state. However, for 4f(n-1)5d(1) excited states in lanthanide ions both expansion and contraction relative to the 4f(n) ground state have been reported, depending on the crystal field and nature of the 5d state. To probe the equilibrium distance offset between different 4f(n-1)5d(1) excited states, we report excited state excitation (ESE) spectra for Tm(2+) doped in CsCaBr3 and CsCaCl3 using two-color excited state excitation spectroscopy. The ESE spectra reveal sharp lines at low energies, confirming a similar distance offset for 4f(n-1)5d(t2g)(1) states. At higher energies, broader bands are observed, which indicate the presence of excited states with a different offset. On the basis of ab initio embedded-cluster calculations, the broad bands are assigned to two-photon d-d absorption from the excited state. In this work, we demonstrate that ESE is a powerful spectroscopic tool, giving access to information which cannot be obtained through regular one-photon spectroscopy.

  16. The geometrical change and intramolecular energy transfer upon S{sub 1}←S{sub 0} excitation in cyclopentanone

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    Wang, Yanmei Liu, Zhiming; Xu, Yanqi; Zhang, Bing

    2015-08-14

    The ultrafast dynamics in vibrationally hot S{sub 1} electronic excited state in cyclopentanone molecule was discovered with time resolved spectroscopy. Investigation of the geometry change upon the S{sub 1}←S{sub 0} excitation and D{sub 0}←S{sub 1} ionization has shown that the dihedral angle between the C=O bond and the plane given by the carbonyl and the α-carbons is 180° either in S{sub 0} or D{sub 0} state and is reduced to 145.8° by out-out-plane deformation of the oxygen in S{sub 1} state according to the theoretical calculation. The time domain experiments with femtosecond resolution have given rich insights into the energy transfer of the cyclopentanone molecule. The molecules are excited to the vibrationally hot S{sub 1} (n,  π{sup ∗}) state following absorption of one 267-nm photon. It is found that the population of the S{sub 1} (n, π{sup ∗}) state undergoes ultrafast internal conversion to the highly vibrationally hot S{sub 0} state within 80 fs and nonradiative deactivation by intersystem crossing to triplet T{sub 1} (n, π{sup *}) state occurring in 3.14 ps. Several Rydberg states have worked as stepping stones during the ionization. The available energy was distributed in the symmetric methylene group wagging and the symmetric skeletal ring breathing modes in D{sub 0} state.

  17. Nonadiabatic Photo-Process Involving the πσ* State in Intramolecular Charge Transfer: a Concerted Spectroscopic and Computational Study 4-(DIMETHYLAMINO)BENZETHYNE and 4-(DIMETHYLAMINO)BENZONITRILE.

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    Fujiwara, Takashige; Segarra-Martí, Javier; Coto, Pedro B.

    2014-06-01

    The ubiquitous nature of the low-lying πσ* state in the photo-excited aromatic molecules or biomolecules is widely recognized to play an important role in nonadiabatic photo-process such as photodissociation or intramolecular charge transfer (ICT). For instance, the O--H elimination channel in phenol is attributed to the state-cross of the repulsive πσ* state that exhibits a conical intersection with the lowest bright ππ* state and with the ground state, leading to ultrafast electronic deactivation. A similar decay pathway has been found in the ICT formation of 4-(dialkylamino)benzonitriles in a polar environment, where an initially photoexcited Frank-Condon state bifurcates in the presence of a dark intermediate πσ* state that crosses the fluorescent ππ* state, followed by a conical intersection with the twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT) state. We proposed such a two-fold decay mechanism that πσ*-state highly mediates intramolecular charge transfer in 4-(dialkylamino)benzonitriles, which is supported from both our high-level ab initio calculations and ultrafast laser spectroscopies in the previous study. 4-(Dimethylamino)benzethyne (DMABE) is isoelectronic with 4-(dimethylamino)benzonitrile (DMABN), and the electronic structures and electronic spectra of the two molecules bear very close resemblance. However, DMABN does show the ICT formation in a polar environment, whereas DMABE does not. To probe the photophysical differences among the low-lying excited-state configurations, we performed concerted time-resolved laser spectroscopies and high level ab initio multireference perturbation theory quantum-chemical (CASPT2//CASSCF) computations on the two molecules. In this paper we demonstrate the importance of the bound excited-state of a πσ* configuration that induce highly πσ*-state mediated intramolecular charge transfer in 4-(dialkylamino)benzonitriles.

  18. Charmonium excited state spectrum in lattice QCD

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    Jozef Dudek; Robert Edwards; Nilmani Mathur; David Richards

    2008-02-01

    Working with a large basis of covariant derivative-based meson interpolating fields we demonstrate the feasibility of reliably extracting multiple excited states using a variational method. The study is performed on quenched anisotropic lattices with clover quarks at the charm mass. We demonstrate how a knowledge of the continuum limit of a lattice interpolating field can give additional spin-assignment information, even at a single lattice spacing, via the overlap factors of interpolating field and state. Excited state masses are systematically high with respect to quark potential model predictions and, where they exist, experimental states. We conclude that this is most likely a result of the quenched approximation.

  19. Intramolecular and nonlinear dynamics

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    Davis, M.J.

    1993-12-01

    Research in this program focuses on three interconnected areas. The first involves the study of intramolecular dynamics, particularly of highly excited systems. The second area involves the use of nonlinear dynamics as a tool for the study of molecular dynamics and complex kinetics. The third area is the study of the classical/quantum correspondence for highly excited systems, particularly systems exhibiting classical chaos.

  20. Mechanism and dynamics of intramolecular triplet state decay of 1-propyl-4-thiouracil and its α-methyl-substituted derivatives studied in perfluoro-1,3-dimethylcyclohexane.

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    Wenska, Grazyna; Taras-Goślińska, Katarzyna; Łukaszewicz, Adam; Burdziński, Gotard; Koput, Jacek; Maciejewski, Andrzej

    2011-08-01

    The absorption, phosphorescence and phosphorescence excitation spectra, phosphorescence quantum yields, and T(1) excited state lifetimes of four 4-thiouracil derivatives were measured for the first time in chemically inert and very weakly interacting perfluoro-1,3-dimethylcyclohexane at room temperature. The set of the 4-thiouracil derivatives comprises 1-propyl-4-thiouracil (PTU) and the related compounds having a methyl substituent at the position α to the thiocarbonyl group, namely 1-propyl-4-thiothymine (PTT), 1,3-dimethyl-4-thiouracil (DMTU), and 1-methyl-3-trideuteriomethyl-4-thiouracil ([D(3)]DMTU). Quantitative information on the intramolecular decay of the T(1) excited state of the four 4-thiouracil derivatives is presented, and the mechanism and dynamics of this process are discussed. In the absence of self quenching and solvent induced deactivation, the T(1) decay of the four 4-thiouracil derivatives was dominated by intramolecular nonradiative processes (NR). The values of the rate constant k(NR) in DMTU and [D(3)]DMTU are about 4 times larger than that in PTT and about 3 times larger than that in PTU. The reasons for the enhanced nonradiative rate constant in DMTU are discussed. It is concluded that the faster rate of the nonradiative processes in DMTU is related to a larger contribution from mixing of the T(2) (nπ*) state into the lowest energy T(1) (ππ*) state, as compared to the analogous coupling in PTU and PTT. This conclusion is supported by ab initio calculations performed at the EOM-CC2/aug-cc-pVDZ level of theory. The energy spacing between the T(2) (nπ*) and T(1) (ππ*) states is estimated to be about 500, 1100, and 2000 cm(-1) for DMTU, PTU, and PTT, respectively. Among the three compounds in question, the predicted energy spacing is thus the smallest for DMTU.

  1. Molecular Seesaw: How Increased Hydrogen Bonding Can Hinder Excited-State Proton Transfer.

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    Welsch, Ralph; Driscoll, Eric; Dawlaty, Jahan M; Miller, Thomas F

    2016-09-15

    A previously unexplained effect in the relative rate of excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) in related indole derivatives is investigated using both theory and experiment. Ultrafast spectroscopy [ J. Phys. Chem. A, 2015, 119, 5618-5625 ] found that although the diol 1,3-bis(2-pyridylimino)-4,7-dihydroxyisoindole exhibits two equivalent intramolecular hydrogen bonds, the ESIPT rate associated with tautomerization of either hydrogen bond is a factor of 2 slower than that of the single intramolecular hydrogen bond in the ethoxy-ol 1,3-bis(2-pyridylimino)-4-ethoxy-7-hydroxyisoindole. Excited-state electronic structure calculations suggest a resolution to this puzzle by revealing a seesaw effect in which the two hydrogen bonds of the diol are both longer than the single hydrogen bond in the ethoxy-ol. Semiclassical rate theory recovers the previously unexplained trends and leads to clear predictions regarding the relative H/D kinetic isotope effect (KIE) for ESIPT in the two systems. The theoretical KIE predictions are tested using ultrafast spectroscopy, confirming the seesaw effect. PMID:27556887

  2. Intramolecular charge transfer of 4-(dimethylamino)benzonitrile probed by time-resolved fluorescence and transient absorption: No evidence for two ICT states and a pisigma( *) reaction intermediate.

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    Zachariasse, Klaas A; Druzhinin, Sergey I; Kovalenko, Sergey A; Senyushkina, Tamara

    2009-12-14

    For the double exponential fluorescence decays of the locally excited (LE) and intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) states of 4-(dimethylamino)benzonitrile (DMABN) in acetonitrile (MeCN) the same times tau(1) and tau(2) are observed. This means that the reversible LE<==>ICT reaction, starting from the initially excited LE state, can be adequately described by a two state mechanism. The most important factor responsible for the sometimes experimentally observed differences in the nanosecond decay time, with tau(1)(LE)state with a bent CN group as an intermediate in the ICT reaction of DMABN are discussed. From the appearance of an excited state absorption (ESA) band in the spectral region between 700 and 800 nm in MeCN for N,N-dimethylanilines with CN, Br, F, CF(3), and C(=O)OC(2)H(2) p-substituents, it is concluded that this ESA band cannot be attributed to a pisigma( *) state, as only the C-C[Triple Bond]N group can undergo the required 120 degrees bending. PMID:20001042

  3. Impact of ground- and excited-state aromaticity on cyclopentadiene and silole excitation energies and excited-state polarities.

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    Jorner, Kjell; Emanuelsson, Rikard; Dahlstrand, Christian; Tong, Hui; Denisova, Aleksandra V; Ottosson, Henrik

    2014-07-21

    A new qualitative model for estimating the properties of substituted cyclopentadienes and siloles in their lowest ππ* excited states is introduced and confirmed through quantum chemical calculations, and then applied to explain earlier reported experimental excitation energies. According to our model, which is based on excited-state aromaticity and antiaromaticity, siloles and cyclopentadienes are cross-hyperconjugated "aromatic chameleons" that adapt their electronic structures to conform to the various aromaticity rules in different electronic states (Hückel's rule in the π(2) electronic ground state (S0) and Baird's rule in the lowest ππ* excited singlet and triplet states (S1 and T1)). By using pen-and-paper arguments, one can explain polarity changes upon excitation of substituted cyclopentadienes and siloles, and one can tune their lowest excitation energies by combined considerations of ground- and excited-state aromaticity/antiaromaticity effects. Finally, the "aromatic chameleon" model can be extended to other monocyclic compound classes of potential use in organic electronics, thereby providing a unified view of the S0, T1, and S1 states of a range of different cyclic cross-π-conjugated and cross-hyperconjugated compound classes. PMID:25043523

  4. Synthesis, crystal structure and DFT studies of a dual fluorescent ketamine: Structural changes in the ground and excited states

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    Latha, V.; Balakrishnan, C.; Neelakantan, M. A.

    2015-07-01

    A fluorescent probe 2Z,2‧Z-3,3‧-(4,4‧-methylenebis(4,1-phenylene) bis(azanediyl))bis (1,3-diphenylprop-2-en-1-one) (L) was synthesized and characterized by IR, 1H NMR, ESI-mass, UV-visible and fluorescence spectral techniques. The single crystal analysis illustrates the existence of L in ketamine form. The crystal structure is stabilized by intramolecular and intermolecular hydrogen bonding. The thermal stability of L was studied by TG analysis. The fluorescence spectrum of L shows dual emission, and is due to excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) process. This is supported by the high Stokes shift value. Electronic structure calculations of L in the ground and excited state have been carried out using DFT and TD-DFT at B3LYP/6-31G (d,p) level, respectively. The vibrational spectrum was computed at this level and compared with experimental values. Major orbital contributions for the electronic transitions were assigned with the help of TD-DFT. The changes in the Mulliken charge, bond lengths and bond angles between the ground and excited states of the tautomers demonstrate that twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT) process occurs along with ESIPT in the excited state.

  5. Excited intruder states in {sup 32}Mg

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    Tripathi, Vandana; Tabor, S. L.; Bender, P.; Hoffman, C. R.; Lee, Sangjin; Pepper, K.; Perry, M.; Utsuno, Y.; Otsuka, T.; Mantica, P. F.; Pinter, J. S.; Stoker, J. B.; Cook, J. M.; Pereira, J.; Weisshaar, D.

    2008-03-15

    The low energy level structure of N=20 {sup 32}Mg obtained via {beta}-delayed {gamma} spectroscopy is reported. The level structure of {sup 32}Mg is found to be completely dominated by intruders. An inversion between the 1p-1h and 3p-3h states is observed for the negative parity states, similar to the 0p-0h and 2p-2h inversion for the positive parity states in these N{approx}20 nuclei. The intruder excited states, both positive and negative parity, are reasonably explained by Monte Carlo shell model calculations, which suggest a shrinking N=20 shell gap with decreasing Z.

  6. Paramagnetic excited vortex states in superconductors

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    Gomes, Rodolpho Ribeiro; Doria, Mauro M.; Romaguera, Antonio R. de C.

    2016-06-01

    We consider excited vortex states, which are vortex states left inside a superconductor once the external applied magnetic field is switched off and whose energy is lower than of the normal state. We show that this state is paramagnetic and develop here a general method to obtain its Gibbs free energy through conformal mapping. The solution for any number of vortices in any cross-section geometry can be read off from the Schwarz-Christoffel mapping. The method is based on the first-order equations used by Abrikosov to discover vortices.

  7. The investigation of excited state proton transfer mechanism in water-bridged 7-azaindole

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    Zhang, Yong-Jia; Zhao, Jin-Feng; Li, Yong-Qing

    2016-01-01

    Based on the time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT), the excited-state intermolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) mechanism of water-bridged 7-azaindole has been investigated theoretically. The calculations of primary bond lengths and the IR vibrational spectra between the S0 state and the S1 state that verified the intramolecular hydrogen bond were strengthened. The fact that reproduced experimental absorbance and fluorescence emission spectra well theoretically demonstrate that the TDDFT theory we adopted is reasonable and effective. In addition, intramolecular charge transfer based on the frontier molecular orbitals demonstrated the indication of the ESIPT reaction. The constructed potential energy curves of ground state and the first excited state based on keeping the H2···O3 and H6···N7 distances fixed at a series of values have been used to illustrate the ESIPT process. A relative lower barrier of 5.94 kcal/mol in the S1 state potential energy curve for type II (lower than that of 9.82 kcal/mol in the S1 state for type I) demonstrates that type II ESIPT process occurs firstly in 7Al-2H2O complex.

  8. STIRAP on helium: Excitation to Rydberg states

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    Yuan, Deqian

    Research in optically induced transitions between dierent atomic levels has a long history. For transitions between states driven by a coherent optical eld, the theoretical eciency could be ideally high as 100% but there could be many factors preventing this. In the three state helium atom excitation process, i.e. 23S→33P→nL , the stimulated emission from intermediate state makes it hard to achieve ecient population transfer to the nal state through an intuitive excitation order. One technique to achieve a higher eciency is Stimulated Raman Adiabatic Passage (STIRAP) which is being studied and under research in our lab. Unlike traditional three level excitation processes, STIRAP actually uses a counter intuitive pulsed laser beams timing arrangement. The excitation objects are metastable helium atoms traveling in a vacuum system with a longitudinal velocity of ~ 1070 m/s. We are using a 389 nm UV laser to connect the 23S and the 33P state and a frequency tunable ~790 nm IR laser to connect the 33P state and the dierent Rydberg states. A third 1083 nm wavelength laser beam drives the 23S → 23P transition to transversely separate the residual metastable atoms and the Rydberg atoms for eciency measurements. The data is taken by a stainless steel detector in the vacuum system. As the Rydberg atoms will get ionized by blackbody radiation under room temperature, we can utilize this for their detection. An ion detector sitting on the eld plate is capable to collect the ion signals of the Rydberg atoms for detection. So far the whole system has not been ready for data collection and measurement, so here we are using data and results from previous theses for discussions. The highest transition frequency that has ever been achieved in our lab is around 70% after corrections.

  9. Accelerating slow excited state proton transfer.

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    Stewart, David J; Concepcion, Javier J; Brennaman, M Kyle; Binstead, Robert A; Meyer, Thomas J

    2013-01-15

    Visible light excitation of the ligand-bridged assembly [(bpy)(2)Ru(a)(II)(L)Ru(b)(II)(bpy)(OH(2))(4+)] (bpy is 2,2'-bipyridine; L is the bridging ligand, 4-phen-tpy) results in emission from the lowest energy, bridge-based metal-to-ligand charge transfer excited state (L(-•))Ru(b)(III)-OH(2) with an excited-state lifetime of 13 ± 1 ns. Near-diffusion-controlled quenching of the emission occurs with added HPO(4)(2-) and partial quenching by added acetate anion (OAc(-)) in buffered solutions with pH control. A Stern-Volmer analysis of quenching by OAc(-) gave a quenching rate constant of k(q) = 4.1 × 10(8) M(-1) • s(-1) and an estimated pK(a)* value of ~5 ± 1 for the [(bpy)(2)Ru(a)(II)(L(•-))Ru(b)(III)(bpy)(OH(2))(4+)]* excited state. Following proton loss and rapid excited-state decay to give [(bpy)(2)Ru(a)(II)(L)Ru(b)(II)(bpy)(OH)(3+)] in a H(2)PO(4)(-)/HPO(4)(2-) buffer, back proton transfer occurs from H(2)PO(4)(-) to give [(bpy)(2)Ru(a)(II)(L)Ru(b)(bpy)(OH(2))(4+)] with k(PT,2) = 4.4 × 10(8) M(-1) • s(-1). From the intercept of a plot of k(obs) vs. [H(2)PO(4)(-)], k = 2.1 × 10(6) s(-1) for reprotonation by water providing a dramatic illustration of kinetically limiting, slow proton transfer for acids and bases with pK(a) values intermediate between pK(a)(H(3)O(+)) = -1.74 and pK(a)(H(2)O) = 15.7. PMID:23277551

  10. Accelerating slow excited state proton transfer

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    Stewart, David J.; Concepcion, Javier J.; Brennaman, M. Kyle; Binstead, Robert A.; Meyer, Thomas J.

    2013-01-01

    Visible light excitation of the ligand-bridged assembly [(bpy)2RuaII(L)RubII(bpy)(OH2)4+] (bpy is 2,2′-bipyridine; L is the bridging ligand, 4-phen-tpy) results in emission from the lowest energy, bridge-based metal-to-ligand charge transfer excited state (L−•)RubIII-OH2 with an excited-state lifetime of 13 ± 1 ns. Near–diffusion-controlled quenching of the emission occurs with added HPO42− and partial quenching by added acetate anion (OAc−) in buffered solutions with pH control. A Stern–Volmer analysis of quenching by OAc− gave a quenching rate constant of kq = 4.1 × 108 M−1⋅s−1 and an estimated pKa* value of ∼5 ± 1 for the [(bpy)2RuaII(L•−)RubIII(bpy)(OH2)4+]* excited state. Following proton loss and rapid excited-state decay to give [(bpy)2RuaII(L)RubII(bpy)(OH)3+] in a H2PO4−/HPO42− buffer, back proton transfer occurs from H2PO4− to give [(bpy)2RuaII(L)Rub(bpy)(OH2)4+] with kPT,2 = 4.4 × 108 M−1⋅s−1. From the intercept of a plot of kobs vs. [H2PO4−], k = 2.1 × 106 s−1 for reprotonation by water providing a dramatic illustration of kinetically limiting, slow proton transfer for acids and bases with pKa values intermediate between pKa(H3O+) = −1.74 and pKa(H2O) = 15.7. PMID:23277551

  11. CHARMONIUM EXCITED STATES FROM LATTICE QCD

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    Jozef Dudek; Robert Edwards; Nilmani Mathur; David Richards

    2007-11-20

    We apply the variational method with a large basis of interpolating operators to demonstrate the feasibility of extracting multiple excited states in charmonium from lattice QCD. The calculation is performed in the quenched approximation to QCD, using the clover fermion action on an anisotropic lattice. A crucial element of our approach is a knowledge of the continuum limit of the interpolating operators, providing important additional information on the spin assignment of the states, even at a single value of the lattice spacing. Though we find excited-state masses that are systematically high with respect to the quark potential model, and the experimental masses where known, we attribute this as most likely an artifact of the quenched approximation.

  12. Intramolecular structure and dynamics of mequinol and guaiacol in the gas phase: Rotationally resolved electronic spectra of their S{sub 1} states

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    Ruiz-Santoyo, José Arturo; Rodríguez-Matus, Marcela; Álvarez-Valtierra, Leonardo E-mail: gmerino@mda.cinvestav.mx; Cabellos, José Luis; Merino, Gabriel E-mail: gmerino@mda.cinvestav.mx; Yi, John T.; Pratt, David W.; Schmitt, Michael

    2015-09-07

    The molecular structures of guaiacol (2-methoxyphenol) and mequinol (4-methoxyphenol) have been studied using high resolution electronic spectroscopy in a molecular beam and contrasted with ab initio computations. Mequinol exhibits two low frequency bands that have been assigned to electronic origins of two possible conformers of the molecule, trans and cis. Guaiacol also shows low frequency bands, but in this case, the bands have been assigned to the electronic origin and vibrational modes of a single conformer of the isolated molecule. A detailed study of these bands indicates that guaiacol has a vibrationally averaged planar structure in the ground state, but it is distorted along both in-plane and out-of-plane coordinates in the first electronically excited state. An intramolecular hydrogen bond involving the adjacent   –OH and   –OCH{sub 3} groups plays a major role in these dynamics.

  13. Ultrafast Excited State Relaxation of a Metalloporphyrin Revealed by Femtosecond X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy.

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    Shelby, Megan L; Lestrange, Patrick J; Jackson, Nicholas E; Haldrup, Kristoffer; Mara, Michael W; Stickrath, Andrew B; Zhu, Diling; Lemke, Henrik T; Chollet, Matthieu; Hoffman, Brian M; Li, Xiaosong; Chen, Lin X

    2016-07-20

    Photoexcited Nickel(II) tetramesitylporphyrin (NiTMP), like many open-shell metalloporphyrins, relaxes rapidly through multiple electronic states following an initial porphyrin-based excitation, some involving metal centered electronic configuration changes that could be harnessed catalytically before excited state relaxation. While a NiTMP excited state present at 100 ps was previously identified by X-ray transient absorption (XTA) spectroscopy at a synchrotron source as a relaxed (d,d) state, the lowest energy excited state (J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2007, 129, 9616 and Chem. Sci., 2010, 1, 642), structural dynamics before thermalization were not resolved due to the ∼100 ps duration of the available X-ray probe pulse. Using the femtosecond (fs) X-ray pulses of the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS), the Ni center electronic configuration from the initial excited state to the relaxed (d,d) state has been obtained via ultrafast Ni K-edge XANES (X-ray absorption near edge structure) on a time scale from hundreds of femtoseconds to 100 ps. This enabled the identification of a short-lived Ni(I) species aided by time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) methods. Computed electronic and nuclear structure for critical excited electronic states in the relaxation pathway characterize the dependence of the complex's geometry on the electron occupation of the 3d orbitals. Calculated XANES transitions for these excited states assign a short-lived transient signal to the spectroscopic signature of the Ni(I) species, resulting from intramolecular charge transfer on a time scale that has eluded previous synchrotron studies. These combined results enable us to examine the excited state structural dynamics of NiTMP prior to thermal relaxation and to capture intermediates of potential photocatalytic significance.

  14. Vibrational-state-to-state collision-induced intramolecular energy transfer N2(A 3Sigma u + , vscript --> B 3Pi g, vscript)

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    Bachmann, R.; Li, X.; Ottinger, Ch.; Vilesov, A. F.; Wulfmeyer, V.

    1993-06-01

    Absolute cross sections for collision-induced intramolecular energy transfer from the metastable A 3Σu+ state into the radiating B 3Πg state of N2 have been measured for the first time under single-collision conditions, using a thermal energy molecular beam of N2(A). The collision partners studied were the five rare gases, H2, N2, NO, and O2. The product vibrational levels (B, v'=4-10) were separated using spectrally resolved detection by means of filters as in our earlier related work [R. Bachmann, X. Li, Ch. Ottinger, and A. F. Vilesov, J. Chem. Phys. 96, 5151 (1992)]. In addition, in the present study the contributing reactant state vibrational levels (A,v`) were labeled, using optical pumping by a specially developed broad-band (˜1 nm) pulsed tunable dye laser. A depletion of up to 30% of a given v` level could be achieved, about one-half of the theoretical maximum, at a pump pulse energy of 4 mJ. This quantity was also measured directly using a second synchronized probe laser. Pumping on a particular A,v` level reduces the emission from the collisionally coupled B,v' level by an amount which is a measure of the state-to-state cross section. Quasiresonant energy transfer was found to be strongly preferred, the cross section decreasing exponentially with an increasing energy gap. Absolute cross sections were obtained from a simultaneous measurement of the intensity of the fluorescence induced by the laser pumping of the selected A,v` level, with corrections for predissociation of the excited upper state. Cross sections on the order of 0.1 Å2 for He to 15 Å2 for Xe were found for closely resonant (ΔE≊100 cm-1) processes. These results as well as our earlier, absolute measurements of the analogous intramolecular N2(W→B) transfer, are discussed in terms of interaction potential models.

  15. Photoionization from excited states of helium

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    Jacobs, V. L.

    1973-01-01

    The cross sections for photoionization from the 2 1S, 2 3S, 2 1P and 2 3P excited states of helium are calculated for photoelectron energies below the n = 2 threshold of He(+) using Hylleraas bound state wave functions and 1s-2s-2p close coupling final state wave functions. The resonant structures associated with the lowest-lying 1S, 1P, 3P, and 1D autoionizing states of helium are found to be characterized by large values of the line profile parameter q. The cross sections and the photoelectron angular distribution asymmetry parameters for the P-states are calculated for various polarization states of the target atom and the incident photon. Experiments which would lead to the separate determinations of the S- and D- wave partial photoionization cross sections are discussed.

  16. Multiple-Resonance Local Wave Functions for Accurate Excited States in Quantum Monte Carlo.

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    Zulfikri, Habiburrahman; Amovilli, Claudio; Filippi, Claudia

    2016-03-01

    We introduce a novel class of local multideterminant Jastrow-Slater wave functions for the efficient and accurate treatment of excited states in quantum Monte Carlo. The wave function is expanded as a linear combination of excitations built from multiple sets of localized orbitals that correspond to the bonding patterns of the different Lewis resonance structures of the molecule. We capitalize on the concept of orbital domains of local coupled-cluster methods, which is here applied to the active space to select the orbitals to correlate and construct the important transitions. The excitations are further grouped into classes, which are ordered in importance and can be systematically included in the Jastrow-Slater wave function to ensure a balanced description of all states of interest. We assess the performance of the proposed wave function in the calculation of vertical excitation energies and excited-state geometry optimization of retinal models whose π → π* state has a strong intramolecular charge-transfer character. We find that our multiresonance wave functions recover the reference values of the total energies of the ground and excited states with only a small number of excitations and that the same expansion can be flexibly used at very different geometries. Furthermore, significant computational saving can also be gained in the orbital optimization step by selectively mixing occupied and virtual orbitals based on spatial considerations without loss of accuracy on the excitation energy. Our multiresonance wave functions are therefore compact, accurate, and very promising for the calculation of multiple excited states of different character in large molecules.

  17. Ultrafast dynamics of excited state of phenoxy-phthalocyanines in solution

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    Yao, Cheng-Bao; Yan, Xiao-Yan; Sun, Da-Wei; Sui, Yan-Li; Li, Jin; Sun, Wen-Jun; Li, Qiang-Hua; Yang, Shou-Bin

    2016-01-01

    Ultrafast dynamics of the excited state of 2,9,16,23-phenoxy-phthalocyanine (Pc1) and 2,9,16,23-phenoxy-phthalocyanine-zinc (Pc2) has been investigated using femtosecond transient absorption (TA) and time-resolved fluorescence (TRFL) techniques. The observed dynamics of femtosecond TA and TRFL experiments are similar, which demonstrated the intrinsic properties of the excitation and the relaxation processes in both kinds of phthalocyanines with two decay components. A multi level model has been proposed to explain the photophysical processes after Soret-band excitation. The results show that the fast decay component dynamics comes from the intramolecular vibrational relaxation, the slower ones from the internal conversion. The samples are expected to be a potential candidate for optical applications and photodynamic therapy.

  18. Excited state baryon spectroscopy from lattice QCD

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    Robert G. Edwards; Dudek, Jozef J.; Richards, David G.; Wallace, Stephen J.

    2011-10-31

    Here, we present a calculation of the Nucleon and Delta excited state spectrum on dynamical anisotropic clover lattices. A method for operator construction is introduced that allows for the reliable identification of the continuum spins of baryon states, overcoming the reduced symmetry of the cubic lattice. Using this method, we are able to determine a spectrum of single-particle states for spins up to and including $J = 7/2$, of both parities, the first time this has been achieved in a lattice calculation. We find a spectrum of states identifiable as admixtures of $SU(6) Ⓧ O(3)$ representations and a counting ofmore » levels that is consistent with the non-relativistic $qqq$ constituent quark model. This dense spectrum is incompatible with quark-diquark model solutions to the "missing resonance problem" and shows no signs of parity doubling of states.« less

  19. Excited state baryon spectroscopy from lattice QCD

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    Edwards, Robert G.; Richards, David G.; Dudek, Jozef J.; Wallace, Stephen J.

    2011-10-01

    We present a calculation of the Nucleon and Delta excited state spectra on dynamical anisotropic clover lattices. A method for operator construction is introduced that allows for the reliable identification of the continuum spins of baryon states, overcoming the reduced symmetry of the cubic lattice. Using this method, we are able to determine a spectrum of single-particle states for spins up to and including J=(7/2), of both parities, the first time this has been achieved in a lattice calculation. We find a spectrum of states identifiable as admixtures of SU(6) x O(3) representations and a counting of levels that is consistent with the nonrelativistic qqq constituent quark model. This dense spectrum is incompatible with quark-diquark model solutions to the 'missing resonance problem' and shows no signs of parity doubling of states.

  20. Excited state baryon spectroscopy from lattice QCD

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    Robert G. Edwards; Dudek, Jozef J.; Richards, David G.; Wallace, Stephen J.

    2011-10-31

    Here, we present a calculation of the Nucleon and Delta excited state spectrum on dynamical anisotropic clover lattices. A method for operator construction is introduced that allows for the reliable identification of the continuum spins of baryon states, overcoming the reduced symmetry of the cubic lattice. Using this method, we are able to determine a spectrum of single-particle states for spins up to and including $J = 7/2$, of both parities, the first time this has been achieved in a lattice calculation. We find a spectrum of states identifiable as admixtures of $SU(6) Ⓧ O(3)$ representations and a counting of levels that is consistent with the non-relativistic $qqq$ constituent quark model. This dense spectrum is incompatible with quark-diquark model solutions to the "missing resonance problem" and shows no signs of parity doubling of states.

  1. Tuning the Direction of Intramolecular Charge Transfer and the Nature of the Fluorescent State in a T-Shaped Molecular Dyad.

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    Felouat, Abdellah; D'Aléo, Anthony; Charaf-Eddin, Azzam; Jacquemin, Denis; Le Guennic, Boris; Kim, Eunsun; Lee, Kwang Jin; Woo, Jae Heun; Ribierre, Jean-Charles; Wu, Jeong Weon; Fages, Frédéric

    2015-06-18

    Controlling photoinduced intramolecular charge transfer at the molecular scale is key to the development of molecular devices for nanooptoelectronics. Here, we describe the design, synthesis, electronic characterization, and photophysical properties of two electron donor-acceptor molecular systems that consist of tolane and BF2-containing curcuminoid chromophoric subunits connected in a T-shaped arrangement. The two π-conjugated segments intersect at the electron acceptor dioxaborine core. From steady-state electronic absorption and fluorescence emission, we find that the photophysics of the dialkylamino-substituted analogue is governed by the occurrence of two closely lying excited states. From DFT calculations, we show that excitation in either of these two states results in a distinct shift of the electron density, whether it occurs along the curcuminoid or tolane moiety. Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy confirmed these findings. As a consequence, the nature of the emitting state and the photophysical properties are strongly dependent on solvent polarity. Moreover, these characteristics can also be switched by protonation or complexation at the nitrogen atom of the amino group. These features set new approaches toward the construction of a three-terminal molecular system in which the lateral branch would transduce a change of electronic state and ultimately control charge transport in a molecular-scale device.

  2. Toward the Understanding of the Photophysics and Photochemistry of 1-Nitronaphthalene under Solar Radiation: The First Theoretical Evidence of a Photodegradation Intramolecular Rearrangement Mechanism Involving the Triplet States.

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    Giussani, Angelo

    2014-09-01

    1-Nitronaphthalene belongs to the class of nitrated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, and constitutes an atmospheric pollutant commonly found in urban environments due to its production during incomplete combustions. On the basis of CASPT2//CASSCF quantum chemical calculations, the photophysics and photochemistry of the system under solar exposure have for the first time been studied. According to the characteristics of the incident radiation (either UVA or UVB, both present in the portion of the solar spectrum reaching the earth), a different excited state will be mainly populated. In both cases, the main decay path undertaken by the corresponding bright state leads to an efficient intersystem crossing process toward the (3)(πOπ*) triplet excited state. The population of the triplet manifold is then identified as the primary photoinduced process in the title molecule, not only after UVA interaction but also under UVB exposure. From the (3)(πOπ*) state, the system can either decay in a radiationless manner to the original ground state minimum, or undergo a photodegradation process mediated by the presence of an accessible singlet-triplet crossing region characterized by the formation of a oxaziridine ring. The determination of such a photodegradation path constitutes the first theoretical evidence supporting the hypothesis formulated almost 50 years ago in the seminal work of Chapman et al. (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1966, 88, 5550), according to which the photolysis undertaken by nitrated polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons proceeds through an intramolecular rearrangement mechanism, here characterized on the triplet manifold.

  3. Excited States of {sup 11}Be

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    Cappuzzello, F.; Cunsolo, A.; Fortier, S.; Foti, A.; Laurent, H.; Lenske, H.; Maison, J.M.; Melita, A.L.; Nociforo, C.; Rosier, L.; Stephan, C.; Tassan-Got, L.; Winfield, J.S.; Wolter, H.H.

    2000-12-31

    The {sup 11}B({sup 7}Li,{sup 7}Be){sup 11}Be reaction at 57 MeV incident energy was used to explore the {sup 11}Be excitation energy spectrum at forward angles. Angular distributions were extracted for the transitions to the ground and to the states of {sup 11}Be at excitation energies of E*=0.32, 1.78, 2.69, 3.41, 3.89, 3.96, 6.05 MeV combined with the ground and the first excited state of {sup 7}Be. Also the SDR [1][2] oscillation mode was observed at E*=9.5 MeV and FWHM{approx}9 MeV and a new peak at E*=6.05 MeV and FWHM{approx}0.3 MeV was observed. QRPA calculations in the G-matrix representation are in progress in order to describe the continuum structure of {sup 11}Be. DWBA calculations have been started to evaluate transferred angular momenta both in the one step and in the two steps dynamical framework.

  4. Ensemble density functional theory method correctly describes bond dissociation, excited state electron transfer, and double excitations

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    Filatov, Michael; Huix-Rotllant, Miquel; Burghardt, Irene

    2015-05-14

    State-averaged (SA) variants of the spin-restricted ensemble-referenced Kohn-Sham (REKS) method, SA-REKS and state-interaction (SI)-SA-REKS, implement ensemble density functional theory for variationally obtaining excitation energies of molecular systems. In this work, the currently existing version of the SA-REKS method, which included only one excited state into the ensemble averaging, is extended by adding more excited states to the averaged energy functional. A general strategy for extension of the REKS-type methods to larger ensembles of ground and excited states is outlined and implemented in extended versions of the SA-REKS and SI-SA-REKS methods. The newly developed methods are tested in the calculation of several excited states of ground-state multi-reference systems, such as dissociating hydrogen molecule, and excited states of donor–acceptor molecular systems. For hydrogen molecule, the new method correctly reproduces the distance dependence of the lowest excited state energies and describes an avoided crossing between the doubly excited and singly excited states. For bithiophene–perylenediimide stacked complex, the SI-SA-REKS method correctly describes crossing between the locally excited state and the charge transfer excited state and yields vertical excitation energies in good agreement with the ab initio wavefunction methods.

  5. Ensemble density functional theory method correctly describes bond dissociation, excited state electron transfer, and double excitations.

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    Filatov, Michael; Huix-Rotllant, Miquel; Burghardt, Irene

    2015-05-14

    State-averaged (SA) variants of the spin-restricted ensemble-referenced Kohn-Sham (REKS) method, SA-REKS and state-interaction (SI)-SA-REKS, implement ensemble density functional theory for variationally obtaining excitation energies of molecular systems. In this work, the currently existing version of the SA-REKS method, which included only one excited state into the ensemble averaging, is extended by adding more excited states to the averaged energy functional. A general strategy for extension of the REKS-type methods to larger ensembles of ground and excited states is outlined and implemented in extended versions of the SA-REKS and SI-SA-REKS methods. The newly developed methods are tested in the calculation of several excited states of ground-state multi-reference systems, such as dissociating hydrogen molecule, and excited states of donor-acceptor molecular systems. For hydrogen molecule, the new method correctly reproduces the distance dependence of the lowest excited state energies and describes an avoided crossing between the doubly excited and singly excited states. For bithiophene-perylenediimide stacked complex, the SI-SA-REKS method correctly describes crossing between the locally excited state and the charge transfer excited state and yields vertical excitation energies in good agreement with the ab initio wavefunction methods.

  6. Post-transition State Dynamics for Propene Ozonolysis: Intramolecular and Unimolecular Dynamics of Molozonide

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    Vayner, Grigoriy; Addepalli, Srirangam V.; Song, Kihyung; Hase, William L.

    2006-07-07

    The research described in this product was performed in part in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. A direct chemical dynamics simulation, at the B3LYP/6-31G(d) level of theory, was used to study the post-transition state intramolecular and unimolecular dynamics for the O₃+propene reaction. Comparisons of B3LYP/6-31G(d) with CCSD(T)/cc-pVTZ and other levels of theory show that the former gives accurate structures and energies for the reaction’s stationary points. The direct dynamics simulations are initiated at the anti and syn O₃+propene transition states (TSs) and the TS symmetries are preserved in forming the molozonide intermediates. Anti↔syn molozonide isomerization has a very low barrier of 2–3 kcal/mol and its Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus (RRKM) lifetime is 0.3 ps. However, the trajectory isomerization is slower and it is unclear whether this anti↔syn equilibration is complete when the trajectories are terminated at 1.6 ps. The syn (anti) molozonides dissociate to CH₃CHO+H₂COO and H₂CO+syn (anti) CH₃CHOO. The kinetics for the latter reactions are in overall good agreement with RRKM theory, but there is a symmetry preserving non-RRKM dynamical constraint for the former. Dissociation of anti molozonide to CH₃CHO+H₂COO is enhanced and suppressed, respectively, for the trajectory ensembles initiated at the anti and syn O₃+propene TSs. The dissociation of syn molozonide to CH₃CHO+H₂COO may also be enhanced for trajectories initiated at the syn O₃+propene TS. At the time the trajectories are terminated at 1.6 ps, the ratio of the trajectory and RRKM values of the CH₃CHO+H₂COO product yield is 1.6 if the symmetries of the initiation and dissociation TSs are the same and 0.6 if their symmetries are different. There are coherences in the

  7. Excited-state proton transfer and ion pair formation in a Cinchona organocatalyst.

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    Kumpulainen, Tatu; Brouwer, Albert M

    2012-10-01

    The excited-state proton transfer and subsequent intramolecular ion pair formation of a cupreidine-derived Cinchona organocatalyst (BnCPD) were studied in THF-water mixtures using picosecond time-resolved fluorescence together with global analysis. Full spectral and kinetic characterization of all the fluorescent species allowed us to monitor the 3-step process for the ion pair dissociation. In the first step, proton transfer occurs through a water "wire" from the 6-hydroxyquinoline unit (excited-state acid) to the covalently bonded basic quinuclidine moiety, resulting in a hydrogen bonded ion pair. This was confirmed by the observed kinetic isotope effect in the presence of heavy water. In the second step, the formed ions are further solvated by a few solvent molecules, producing the solvent separated ion pair. Finally, a fully solvated ion pair is formed. The 5-exponential global model derived from the reaction scheme describes the experimental data very well.

  8. Doubly excited states in some light atoms

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    Berry, H.G.; Brooks, R.L.; Hardis, J.E.; Ray, W.J.

    1981-01-01

    We have identified a singlet transition in doubly excited helium: 2p/sup 2/ /sup 1/D - 2p3d /sup 1/D, at 3298 +- 2A with a full width of 54A or 0.061 +- 0.005 eV. This width is in good agreement with a previous measurement and theory for the width of the 2p/sup 2/ /sup 1/D/sub 2/ state. We have remeasured the decay rate of 1s/sup 2/2p/sup 2/P - 1s2p/sup 2/ /sup 2/P in Li I and find it is in good agreement with theory. Several transitions in doubly excited Li II have been identified in the 1000A region. No evidence was found for doubly excited quartet transitions in Li I in the vacuum ultraviolet. We present measurements of wavelengths and fine structure of the 1s2s2p/sup 2/ /sup 5/P - 1s2p/sup 3/ /sup 5/S transitions in C III, N IV and O V.

  9. Excited-State Coordination Chemistry: Excited-State Basicity of Bis(2,2'-bipyridyl)(2,3-dipyridylpyrazine)ruthenium(II)

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    Zambrana, José L.; Ferloni, Elena X.; Gafney, Harry D.

    2009-10-01

    The proton dependencies of the absorption and emission spectra of bis(2,2'-bipyridyl)(2,3-bis(2-pyridyl)pyrazine)ruthenium(II), (bpy)2Ru(dpp)2+ indicate that population of the dpp-localized MLCT state increases the basicity of dpp peripheral nitrogens. NMR spectra reveal the protonation of the peripheral dpp pyridine in the ground state, pKa of 1.12 ± 0.03, occurs intermediate between the changes evident in the absorption and emission spectra. As a result, the emissivity of aqueous solutions of (bpy)2Ru(dpp)2+ as a function of [H+] derives from two emissive species: the unprotonated complex and the monoprotonated complex [(bpy)2Ru(dppHpy)]3+ with the proton attached to the peripheral dpp pyridine. Although protonation in the MLCT state generally quenches the emission, the emissivity of the monoprotonated complex, albeit weak, is attributed to the asymmetric distribution of the charge in the MLCT state. The majority of the transferred charge resides at the peripheral pyrazinyl nitrogen, and excited-state acid-base chemistry occurs predominantly at this site. Nonetheless, ground-state protonation of the peripheral dpp pyridine dramatically increases the nonradiative decay rate and significantly influences subsequent excited-state protonation processes. Protonation of the excited state changes from a bimolecular process to a combination of inter- and intramolecular processes where the proton transfers from the dpp pyridyl nitrogen to the dpp pyrazinyl nitrogen and from the surrounding aqueous solvent shell. Energetically, changes in the absorption spectra originally attributed to the first protonation of the complex and from which the ΔpKa of the excited state have been estimated, in fact, correspond to the second protonation of the complex.

  10. Resonance Raman spectra of organic molecules absorbed on inorganic semiconducting surfaces: Contribution from both localized intramolecular excitation and intermolecular charge transfer excitation

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    Ye, ChuanXiang; Zhao, Yi E-mail: liangwz@xmu.edu.cn; Liang, WanZhen E-mail: liangwz@xmu.edu.cn

    2015-10-21

    The time-dependent correlation function approach for the calculations of absorption and resonance Raman spectra (RRS) of organic molecules absorbed on semiconductor surfaces [Y. Zhao and W. Z. Liang, J. Chem. Phys. 135, 044108 (2011)] is extended to include the contribution of the intermolecular charge transfer (CT) excitation from the absorbers to the semiconducting nanoparticles. The results demonstrate that the bidirectionally interfacial CT significantly modifies the spectral line shapes. Although the intermolecular CT excitation makes the absorption spectra red shift slightly, it essentially changes the relative intensities of mode-specific RRS and causes the oscillation behavior of surface enhanced Raman spectra with respect to interfacial electronic couplings. Furthermore, the constructive and destructive interferences of RRS from the localized molecular excitation and CT excitation are observed with respect to the electronic coupling and the bottom position of conductor band. The interferences are determined by both excitation pathways and bidirectionally interfacial CT.

  11. Isothermal Fourier transform infrared microspectrosopic studies on the stability kinetics of solid-state intramolecular cyclization of aspartame sweetener.

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    Cheng, Y D; Lin, S Y

    2000-03-01

    A novel Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) microspectrophotometer equipped with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used to investigate the kinetics of intramolecular cyclization of aspartame (APM) sweetener in the solid state under isothermal conditions. The thermal-dependent changes in the peak intensity of IR spectra at 1543, 1283, and 1259 cm(-1) were examined to explore the reaction. The results support that the intramolecular cyclization process in APM proceeded in three steps: the methoxyl group of ester was first thermolyzed to release methanol, then an acyl cation was attacked by the lone pair of electrons available on nitrogen by an S(N)1 pathway, and finally ring-closure occurred. The intramolecular cyclization of APM determined by this microscopic FT-IR/DSC system was found to follow zero-order kinetics after a brief induction period. The bond cleavage energy (259.38 kJ/mol) of thermolysis for the leaving group of -OCH(3), the bond conversion energy (328.88 kJ/mol) for the amide II NH band to DKP NH band, and the CN bond formation energy (326.93 kJ/mol) of cyclization for the DKP in the APM molecule were also calculated from the Arrhenius equation. The total activation energy of the DKP formation via intramolecular cyclization was 261.33 kJ/mol, calculated by the above summation of the bond energy of cleavage, conversion, and formation, which was near to the value determined by the DSC or TGA method. This indicates that the microscopic FT-IR/DSC system is useful as a potential tool not only to investigate the degradation mechanism of drugs in the solid state but also to directly predict the bond energy of the reaction.

  12. Excited State Structural Dynamics of Carotenoids and ChargeTransfer Systems

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    Van Tassle, Aaron Justin

    2006-01-01

    This dissertation describes the development andimplementation of a visible/near infrared pump/mid-infrared probeapparatus. Chapter 1 describes the background and motivation ofinvestigating optically induced structural dynamics, paying specificattention to solvation and the excitation selection rules of highlysymmetric molecules such as carotenoids. Chapter 2 describes thedevelopment and construction of the experimental apparatus usedthroughout the remainder of this dissertation. Chapter 3 will discuss theinvestigation of DCM, a laser dye with a fluorescence signal resultingfrom a charge transfer state. By studying the dynamics of DCM and of itsmethyl deuterated isotopomer (an otherwise identical molecule), we areable to investigate the origins of the charge transfer state and provideevidence that it is of the controversial twisted intramolecular (TICT)type. Chapter 4 introduces the use of two-photon excitation to the S1state, combined with one-photon excitation to the S2 state of thecarotenoid beta-apo-8'-carotenal. These 2 investigations show evidencefor the formation of solitons, previously unobserved in molecular systemsand found only in conducting polymers Chapter 5 presents an investigationof the excited state dynamics of peridinin, the carotenoid responsiblefor the light harvesting of dinoflagellates. This investigation allowsfor a more detailed understanding of the importance of structuraldynamics of carotenoids in light harvesting.

  13. Excited state absorption properties of Pt(II) terpyridyl complexes bearing π-conjugated arylacetylides.

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    Wang, Xianghuai; Goeb, Sébastien; Ji, Zhiqiang; Castellano, Felix N

    2010-11-18

    The synthesis, photophysics, and excited state absorption properties of three platinum(II) terpyridyl acetylide charge transfer (CT) complexes possessing a lone ancillary ligand systematically varied in phenylacetylide (PA) π-conjugation length, [Pt((t)Bu(3)tpy)([C≡C-C(6)H(4)](n)-H)]ClO(4) (n = 1, 2, 3), are described. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations performed on the ground states of complexes 1, 2, and 3 reveal that their HOMOs reside mainly on the ancillary π-conjugated PA moiety, ranging from 86 to 97%, with LUMOs predominantly centered on the terpyridyl acceptor ligand (91-92%). This electronic structure leads to the production of a triplet ligand-to-ligand CT ((3)LLCT) excited state upon visible light excitation with minor contributions from the corresponding triplet metal-to-ligand CT ((3)MLCT) excited state. Unusually strong red-to-near-IR transient absorptions are produced in the excited states of these molecules following selective long wavelength visible excitation of the low energy CT bands that do not emanate from the terpyridyl radical anion produced in the CT excited state or from an arylacetylide-based triplet intraligand ((3)IL) excited state. The extinction coefficients of these low energy absorption transients were determined using the energy transfer method with anthracene serving as the triplet acceptor. A detailed theoretical investigation using DFT and TDDFT methods reveals that these intense near-IR transient absorptions involve transitions resulting from transient oxidation of the PA subunit. In essence, the production of the (3)LLCT excited state transiently oxidizes the PA moiety by one electron, producing the corresponding highly absorbing radical cation-like species, analogous to that experienced in related intramolecular photoinduced electron transfer reactions. The computational work successfully predicts the oscillator strength and peak wavelength of the measured excited state absorption transients across this series

  14. Lifetime of the Excited State In Vivo

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    Govindjee; Hammond, J. H.; Merkelo, H.

    1972-01-01

    Lifetime of the excited state (τ) of bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) in photosynthetic bacteria, measured with a mode-locked argon laser (oscillating at 488 nm; mode locked at 56 MHz) as light source, ranged from 0.3 to 2.5 nsec. These τ values are reported with a precision of ±0.1 nsec. The value of τ at high exciting light intensity (I) was two to three times that at low intensity. For young cultures of green bacterium Chloropseudomonas ethylicum, τ ranged from 0.5 (low I) to 1.0 nsec (high I); for those of the purple bacterium Rhodospirillum rubrum, from 0.4 (low I) to 1.0 nsec (high I); and for those of the BChl b-containing Rhodopseudomonas viridis, from 1.0 (low I) to 2.5 nsec (high I). These data provide information regarding the efficiencies of the photochemical process in these bacteria. Quantum yield (ø) of BChl fluorescence, calculated from ø = τ/τ0 (where τ0 is the intrinsic lifetime of fluorescence), ranges from 2-6% at low intensities to 6-14% at high intensities. PMID:4624833

  15. Excited-state dynamics of protonated retinal Schiff base in solution

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    Logunov, S.L.; Li, S.; El-Sayed, M.A.

    1996-11-21

    The dynamics of all-trans and 13-cis retinal protonated Schiff base (RPSB) were studied in different solvents by means of picosecond transient spectroscopy. The decay time of the excited state absorption was found to be wavelength dependent due to the contribution of the faster decay of stimulated emission. The stimulated emission has a lifetime of a 2.5-4 ps while the excited state absorption decay is biexponential with lifetimes of 2.5-4 and 10-12 ps. The fluorescence quantum yield is strongly temperature dependent but viscosity has a small effect on both excited-state lifetime and fluorescence quantum yield. This leads to the conclusion that there is a {approx}600 cm{sup -1} barrier in the excited-state which results from intramolecular electronic factors and not from the solvent viscosity. The comparison of these results with those for the retinal in rhodopsin and bacteriorhodopsin is discussed in terms of the protein catalysis for the retinal photoisomerization. 31 refs., 8 figs., 2 tabs.

  16. Highly efficient electrochemical generation of fluorescent intramolecular charge-transfer states

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    Kapturkiewicz, Andrzej; Herbich, Jerzy; Nowacki, Jacek

    1997-08-01

    The electrochemically generated chemiluminescence of 4-(3,6-di-tert-butylcarbazol-9-yl)-benzonitrile (CBP) and 3,6-di-tert-butylcarbazol-9-yl- terephthalonitrile (CTO) was studied using the triple-potential-step method. In the electrogenerated emission spectra the charge-transfer (CT) bands (the same as in photoluminescence) were observed. The Feldberg plot analysis indicates that the 1,3CT states are formed directly by the electron transfer between the radical anion and cation. High emission efficiencies (0.027 for CBP and 0.011 for CTO) were found with population yields of the fluorescent state markedly different for both compounds (0.066 for CBP and unusually large, 0.64 for CTO). Evidence is also presented that at low temperatures the efficiency of the fluorescent state formation (for CTO) is still higher, approaching unity. This finding is interpreted in terms of the different electronic structure of the lowest excited triplet states of the two compounds.

  17. Excited State Properties of Hybrid Perovskites.

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    Saba, Michele; Quochi, Francesco; Mura, Andrea; Bongiovanni, Giovanni

    2016-01-19

    Metal halide perovskites have come to the attention of the scientific community for the progress achieved in solar light conversion. Energy sustainability is one of the priorities of our society, and materials advancements resulting in low-cost but efficient solar cells and large-area lighting devices represent a major goal for applied research. From a basic point of view, perovskites are an exotic class of hybrid materials combining some merits of organic and inorganic semiconductors: large optical absorption, large mobilities, and tunable band gap together with the possibility to be processed in solution. When a novel class of promising semiconductors comes into the limelight, lively discussions ensue on the photophysics of band-edge excitations, because just the states close to the band edge are entailed in energy/charge transport and light emission. This was the case several decades ago for III-V semiconductors, it has been up to 10 years ago for organics, and it is currently the case for perovskites. Our aim in this Account is to rationalize the body of experimental evidence on perovskite photophysics in a coherent theoretical framework, borrowing from the knowledge acquired over the years in materials optoelectronics. A crucial question is whether photon absorption leads to a population of unbound, conductive free charges or instead excitons, neutral and insulating bound states created by Coulomb interaction just below the energy of the band gap. We first focus on the experimental estimates of the exciton binding energy (Eb): at room temperature, Eb is comparable to the thermal energy kBT in MAPbI3 and increases up to values 2-3kBT in wide band gap MAPbBr3 and MAPbCl3. Statistical considerations predict that these values, even though comparable to or larger than thermal energy, let free carriers prevail over bound excitons for all levels of excitation densities relevant for devices. The analysis of photophysics evidence confirms that all hybrid halide

  18. Standoff alpha radiation detection via excited state absorption of air

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    Yao, Jimmy; Yin, Stuart Shizhuo; Brenizer, Jack; Hui, Rongqing

    2013-06-24

    A standoff alpha radiation detection technique based on the physical mechanism of excited state absorption of air molecules was explored and is presented in this paper. Instead of directly detecting the radiation via measuring the intensity of radiation induced air fluorescence, the radiation is detected via the excited state absorption of alpha radiation excited/ionized air molecules. Both theoretical analyses and experimental verifications were conducted. The experimental results confirmed that the radiation could be detected via excited state absorption of radiation excited/ionized air molecules at a 10 m standoff distance, which was consistent with the theoretical analyses.

  19. Electron-acceptor-dependent light absorption, excited-state relaxation, and charge generation in triphenylamine dye-sensitized solar cells.

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    Li, Renzhi; Zhang, Min; Yan, Cancan; Yao, Zhaoyang; Zhang, Jing; Wang, Peng

    2015-01-01

    By choosing a simple triphenylamine electron donor, we herein compare the influence of electron acceptors benzothiadiazole benzoic acid (BTBA) and cyanoacrylic acid (CA), on energy levels, light absorption, and dynamics of excited-state evolution and electron injection. DFT and time-dependent DFT calculations disclosed remarkable intramolecular conformational changes for the excited states of these two donor-acceptor dyes. Photoinduced dihedral angle variation occurs to the triphenylamine unit in the CA dye and backbone planarization happens to conjugated aromatic blocks in the BTBA dye. Femtosecond spectroscopic measurements suggested the crucial role of having a long excited-state lifetime in maintaining a high electron-injection yield because a reduced driving force for a low energy-gap dye can result in slower electron-injection dynamics.

  20. Properties of chrysene in the higher triplet excited state

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    Cai, Xichen; Hara, Michihiro; Kawai, Kiyohiko; Tojo, Sachiko; Majima, Tetsuro

    2003-01-01

    Properties of chrysene in the higher triplet excited state were studied by the two-color two-laser flash photolysis method. Triplet energy transfers from chrysene in the higher triplet excited state to quenchers such as biphenyl and naphthalene, and from the quenchers in the triplet excited state back to chrysene in the ground state were observed to proceed at the diffusion-controlled rate. From dependence of the quenching efficiency on the quencher concentration, the lifetime of chrysene in the higher triplet excited state was estimated to be 60 ps with considering the time-dependent quenching.

  1. Excited state quantum phase transitions in many-body systems

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    Caprio, M.A. Cejnar, P.; Iachello, F.

    2008-05-15

    Phenomena analogous to ground state quantum phase transitions have recently been noted to occur among states throughout the excitation spectra of certain many-body models. These excited state phase transitions are manifested as simultaneous singularities in the eigenvalue spectrum (including the gap or level density), order parameters, and wave function properties. In this article, the characteristics of excited state quantum phase transitions are investigated. The finite-size scaling behavior is determined at the mean-field level. It is found that excited state quantum phase transitions are universal to two-level bosonic and fermionic models with pairing interactions.

  2. Conserved Intramolecular Interactions Maintain Myosin Interacting-Heads Motifs Explaining Tarantula Muscle Super-Relaxed State Structural Basis.

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    Alamo, Lorenzo; Qi, Dan; Wriggers, Willy; Pinto, Antonio; Zhu, Jingui; Bilbao, Aivett; Gillilan, Richard E; Hu, Songnian; Padrón, Raúl

    2016-03-27

    Tarantula striated muscle is an outstanding system for understanding the molecular organization of myosin filaments. Three-dimensional reconstruction based on cryo-electron microscopy images and single-particle image processing revealed that, in a relaxed state, myosin molecules undergo intramolecular head-head interactions, explaining why head activity switches off. The filament model obtained by rigidly docking a chicken smooth muscle myosin structure to the reconstruction was improved by flexibly fitting an atomic model built by mixing structures from different species to a tilt-corrected 2-nm three-dimensional map of frozen-hydrated tarantula thick filament. We used heavy and light chain sequences from tarantula myosin to build a single-species homology model of two heavy meromyosin interacting-heads motifs (IHMs). The flexibly fitted model includes previously missing loops and shows five intramolecular and five intermolecular interactions that keep the IHM in a compact off structure, forming four helical tracks of IHMs around the backbone. The residues involved in these interactions are oppositely charged, and their sequence conservation suggests that IHM is present across animal species. The new model, PDB 3JBH, explains the structural origin of the ATP turnover rates detected in relaxed tarantula muscle by ascribing the very slow rate to docked unphosphorylated heads, the slow rate to phosphorylated docked heads, and the fast rate to phosphorylated undocked heads. The conservation of intramolecular interactions across animal species and the presence of IHM in bilaterians suggest that a super-relaxed state should be maintained, as it plays a role in saving ATP in skeletal, cardiac, and smooth muscles. PMID:26851071

  3. Computing electronic structures: A new multiconfiguration approach for excited states

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    Cances, Eric . E-mail: cances@cermics.enpc.fr; Galicher, Herve . E-mail: galicher@cermics.enpc.fr; Lewin, Mathieu . E-mail: lewin@cermic.enpc.fr

    2006-02-10

    We present a new method for the computation of electronic excited states of molecular systems. This method is based upon a recent theoretical definition of multiconfiguration excited states [due to one of us, see M. Lewin, Solutions of the multiconfiguration equations in quantum chemistry, Arch. Rat. Mech. Anal. 171 (2004) 83-114]. Our algorithm, dedicated to the computation of the first excited state, always converges to a stationary state of the multiconfiguration model, which can be interpreted as an approximate excited state of the molecule. The definition of this approximate excited state is variational. An interesting feature is that it satisfies a non-linear Hylleraas-Undheim-MacDonald type principle: the energy of the approximate excited state is an upper bound to the true excited state energy of the N-body Hamiltonian. To compute the first excited state, one has to deform paths on a manifold, like this is usually done in the search for transition states between reactants and products on potential energy surfaces. We propose here a general method for the deformation of paths which could also be useful in other settings. We also compare our method to other approaches used in Quantum Chemistry and give some explanation of the unsatisfactory behaviours which are sometimes observed when using the latter. Numerical results for the special case of two-electron systems are provided: we compute the first singlet excited state potential energy surface of the H {sub 2} molecule.

  4. Excited-State Proton-Transfer-Induced Trapping Enhances the Fluorescence Emission of a Locked GFP Chromophore

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    2016-01-01

    The chemical locking of the central single bond in core chromophores of green fluorescent proteins (GFPs) influences their excited-state behavior in a distinct manner. Experimentally, it significantly enhances the fluorescence quantum yield of GFP chromophores with an ortho-hydroxyl group, while it has almost no effect on the photophysics of GFP chromophores with a para-hydroxyl group. To unravel the underlying physical reasons for this different behavior, we report static electronic structure calculations and nonadiabatic dynamics simulations on excited-state intramolecular proton transfer, cis–trans isomerization, and excited-state deactivation in a locked ortho-substituted GFP model chromophore (o-LHBI). On the basis of our previous and present results, we find that the S1 keto species is responsible for the fluorescence emission of the unlocked o-HBI and the locked o-LHBI species. Chemical locking does not change the parts of the S1 and S0 potential energy surfaces relevant to enol–keto tautomerization; hence, in both chromophores, there is an ultrafast excited-state intramolecular proton transfer that takes only 35 fs on average. However, the locking effectively hinders the S1 keto species from approaching the keto S1/S0 conical intersections so that most of trajectories are trapped in the S1 keto region for the entire 2 ps simulation time. Therefore, the fluorescence quantum yield of o-LHBI is enhanced compared with that of unlocked o-HBI, in which the S1 excited-state decay is efficient and ultrafast. In the case of the para-substituted GFP model chromophores p-HBI and p-LHBI, chemical locking hardly affects their efficient excited-state deactivation via cis–trans isomerization; thus, the fluorescence quantum yields in these chromophores remain very low. The insights gained from the present work may help to guide the design of new GFP chromophores with improved fluorescence emission and brightness. PMID:26744782

  5. Excited-State Proton-Transfer-Induced Trapping Enhances the Fluorescence Emission of a Locked GFP Chromophore.

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    Liu, Xiang-Yang; Chang, Xue-Ping; Xia, Shu-Hua; Cui, Ganglong; Thiel, Walter

    2016-02-01

    The chemical locking of the central single bond in core chromophores of green fluorescent proteins (GFPs) influences their excited-state behavior in a distinct manner. Experimentally, it significantly enhances the fluorescence quantum yield of GFP chromophores with an ortho-hydroxyl group, while it has almost no effect on the photophysics of GFP chromophores with a para-hydroxyl group. To unravel the underlying physical reasons for this different behavior, we report static electronic structure calculations and nonadiabatic dynamics simulations on excited-state intramolecular proton transfer, cis-trans isomerization, and excited-state deactivation in a locked ortho-substituted GFP model chromophore (o-LHBI). On the basis of our previous and present results, we find that the S1 keto species is responsible for the fluorescence emission of the unlocked o-HBI and the locked o-LHBI species. Chemical locking does not change the parts of the S1 and S0 potential energy surfaces relevant to enol-keto tautomerization; hence, in both chromophores, there is an ultrafast excited-state intramolecular proton transfer that takes only 35 fs on average. However, the locking effectively hinders the S1 keto species from approaching the keto S1/S0 conical intersections so that most of trajectories are trapped in the S1 keto region for the entire 2 ps simulation time. Therefore, the fluorescence quantum yield of o-LHBI is enhanced compared with that of unlocked o-HBI, in which the S1 excited-state decay is efficient and ultrafast. In the case of the para-substituted GFP model chromophores p-HBI and p-LHBI, chemical locking hardly affects their efficient excited-state deactivation via cis-trans isomerization; thus, the fluorescence quantum yields in these chromophores remain very low. The insights gained from the present work may help to guide the design of new GFP chromophores with improved fluorescence emission and brightness. PMID:26744782

  6. Excited-State Proton-Transfer-Induced Trapping Enhances the Fluorescence Emission of a Locked GFP Chromophore.

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    Liu, Xiang-Yang; Chang, Xue-Ping; Xia, Shu-Hua; Cui, Ganglong; Thiel, Walter

    2016-02-01

    The chemical locking of the central single bond in core chromophores of green fluorescent proteins (GFPs) influences their excited-state behavior in a distinct manner. Experimentally, it significantly enhances the fluorescence quantum yield of GFP chromophores with an ortho-hydroxyl group, while it has almost no effect on the photophysics of GFP chromophores with a para-hydroxyl group. To unravel the underlying physical reasons for this different behavior, we report static electronic structure calculations and nonadiabatic dynamics simulations on excited-state intramolecular proton transfer, cis-trans isomerization, and excited-state deactivation in a locked ortho-substituted GFP model chromophore (o-LHBI). On the basis of our previous and present results, we find that the S1 keto species is responsible for the fluorescence emission of the unlocked o-HBI and the locked o-LHBI species. Chemical locking does not change the parts of the S1 and S0 potential energy surfaces relevant to enol-keto tautomerization; hence, in both chromophores, there is an ultrafast excited-state intramolecular proton transfer that takes only 35 fs on average. However, the locking effectively hinders the S1 keto species from approaching the keto S1/S0 conical intersections so that most of trajectories are trapped in the S1 keto region for the entire 2 ps simulation time. Therefore, the fluorescence quantum yield of o-LHBI is enhanced compared with that of unlocked o-HBI, in which the S1 excited-state decay is efficient and ultrafast. In the case of the para-substituted GFP model chromophores p-HBI and p-LHBI, chemical locking hardly affects their efficient excited-state deactivation via cis-trans isomerization; thus, the fluorescence quantum yields in these chromophores remain very low. The insights gained from the present work may help to guide the design of new GFP chromophores with improved fluorescence emission and brightness.

  7. Proton release from Stentor photoreceptors in the excited states.

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    Song, P S; Walker, E B; Auerbach, R A; Robinson, G W

    1981-01-01

    Steady-state and picosecond pulse excitations of the photophobic-phototactic receptors isolated from Stentor coeruleus produced anionic species predominantly in the excited singlet state, although neutral photoreceptors in the ground state were exclusively excited. The same photoreceptor in vivo also emits fluorescence from the excited state of its anionic species, with an excitation spectrum identical to the absorption spectrum of the neutral species in the ground state. The excited state dissociation of protons from the photoreceptor chromophore (stentorin; hypericin covalently linked to protein) efficiently occurs in less than 10 ps. A possible role of the transient-proton release from the photoreceptor, in the signal transduction photoresponse of Stentor, is briefly discussed. PMID:6791722

  8. Excited states in DNA strands investigated by ultrafast laser spectroscopy.

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    Chen, Jinquan; Zhang, Yuyuan; Kohler, Bern

    2015-01-01

    Ultrafast laser experiments on carefully selected DNA model compounds probe the effects of base stacking, base pairing, and structural disorder on excited electronic states formed by UV absorption in single and double DNA strands. Direct π-orbital overlap between two stacked bases in a dinucleotide or in a longer single strand creates new excited states that decay orders of magnitude more slowly than the generally subpicosecond excited states of monomeric bases. Half or more of all excited states in single strands decay in this manner. Ultrafast mid-IR transient absorption experiments reveal that the long-lived excited states in a number of model compounds are charge transfer states formed by interbase electron transfer, which subsequently decay by charge recombination. The lifetimes of the charge transfer states are surprisingly independent of how the stacked bases are oriented, but disruption of π-stacking, either by elevating temperature or by adding a denaturing co-solvent, completely eliminates this decay channel. Time-resolved emission measurements support the conclusion that these states are populated very rapidly from initial excitons. These experiments also reveal the existence of populations of emissive excited states that decay on the nanosecond time scale. The quantum yield of these states is very small for UVB/UVC excitation, but increases at UVA wavelengths. In double strands, hydrogen bonding between bases perturbs, but does not quench, the long-lived excited states. Kinetic isotope effects on the excited-state dynamics suggest that intrastrand electron transfer may couple to interstrand proton transfer. By revealing how structure and non-covalent interactions affect excited-state dynamics, on-going experimental and theoretical studies of excited states in DNA strands can advance understanding of fundamental photophysics in other nanoscale systems.

  9. Excited-State Effective Masses in Lattice QCD

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    George Fleming, Saul Cohen, Huey-Wen Lin

    2009-10-01

    We apply black-box methods, i.e. where the performance of the method does not depend upon initial guesses, to extract excited-state energies from Euclidean-time hadron correlation functions. In particular, we extend the widely used effective-mass method to incorporate multiple correlation functions and produce effective mass estimates for multiple excited states. In general, these excited-state effective masses will be determined by finding the roots of some polynomial. We demonstrate the method using sample lattice data to determine excited-state energies of the nucleon and compare the results to other energy-level finding techniques.

  10. The low-energy, charge-transfer excited states of 4-amino-4-prime-nitrodiphenyl sulfide

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    O'Connor, Donald B.; Scott, Gary W.; Tran, Kim; Coulter, Daniel R.; Miskowski, Vincent M.; Stiegman, Albert E.; Wnek, Gary E.

    1992-01-01

    Absorption and emission spectra of 4-amino-4-prime-nitrodiphenyl sulfide in polar and nonpolar solvents were used to characterize and assign the low-energy excited states of the molecule. Fluorescence-excitation anisotropy spectra and fluorescence quantum yields were also used to characterize the photophysics of these states. The lowest-energy fluorescent singlet state was determined to be an intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) state involving transfer of a full electron charge from the amino to the nitro group yielding a dipole moment of about 50 D. A low-energy, intense absorption band is assigned as a transition to a different ICT state involving a partial electron charge transfer from sulfur to the nitro group.

  11. Systematics of α -decay transitions to excited states

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    Delion, D. S.; Dumitrescu, A.

    2015-08-01

    We systematize the available experimental material concerning α -decay transitions to low-lying excited states in even-even and odd-mass emitters. We generalize our previous theoretical prediction concerning the linear dependence between hindrance factors and the excitation energy for transitions in even-even α emitters. Thus, we show that α intensities for transitions to excited states depend linearly upon the excitation energy for all known even-even and odd-mass α emitters. It turns out that the well-known Viola-Seaborg law for α -decay transitions between ground states can be generalized for transitions to excited states. This rule can be used to predict any α -decay half-life to a low-lying excited state.

  12. Twisting in the excited state of an N-methylpyridinium fluorescent dye modulated by nano-heterogeneous micellar systems.

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    Cesaretti, A; Carlotti, B; Gentili, P L; Germani, R; Spalletti, A; Elisei, F

    2016-04-01

    A push-pull N-methylpyridinium fluorescent dye with a pyrenyl group as the electron-donor portion was investigated within the nano-heterogeneous media provided by some micellar systems. The molecule was studied by stationary and time-resolved spectroscopic techniques in spherical micellar solutions and viscoelastic hydrogels, in order to throw light on the role played by twisting in its excited state deactivation. As proven by femtosecond fluorescence up-conversion and transient absorption experiments, the excited state dynamics of the molecule is ruled by charge transfer and twisting processes, which, from the locally excited (LE) state initially populated upon excitation, progressively lead to twisted (TICT) and planar (PICT) intramolecular charge transfer states. The inclusion within micellar aggregates was found to slow down and/or limit the rotation of the molecule with respect to what had previously been observed in water, while its confinement within the hydrophobic domains of the gel matrixes prevents any molecular torsion. The increasing viscosity of the medium, when passing from water to micellar systems, implies that the detected steady-state fluorescence comes from an excited state which is not fully relaxed, as is the case with the TICT state in micelles or the LE state in hydrogels, where the detected emission changes its usual orange colour to yellow.

  13. Excited state properties and quadratic optical nonlinearities in charged organic chromophores: Theoretical analysis

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    Inerbaev, Talgat M.; Saito, Shigeki; Belosludov, Rodion V.; Mizuseki, Hiroshi; Takahashi, Masae; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki

    2006-12-01

    As it has been found experimentally [K. Clays and B. Coe, Chem. Mater. 15, 642 (2003); B. J. Coe et al., 126, 10418 (2004)], elongation of the conjugation path length and N-arylation in stilbazolium chromophores both lead to substantial enhancement of the molecular optical nonlinearities. In the present contribution the authors perform a quantum chemical analysis of the excited state properties and quadratic nonlinear optical responses of a series of this type of dyes. Nonlinear optical responses are estimated by both finite-field and two-state model approaches that demonstrate an excellent qualitative mutual agreement. Time-dependent density functional theory calculations on the isolated cations predict redshift in the energy of the intramolecular charge transfer transition that is overestimated for cations with the longer conjugation path length. At the same time, in comparison with the Stark spectroscopy measurements the differences between the excited and ground state dipole moments are grossly underestimated for all compounds. The inclusion of solvent effect by polarizable continuum model affords a better agreement with experiment for these quantities. The authors' calculations demonstrate the crucial dependence of the electronic excitation properties on the way of the investigated compound geometry optimization. The origin of such dependence is discussed.

  14. Excited state properties and quadratic optical nonlinearities in charged organic chromophores: theoretical analysis.

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    Inerbaev, Talgat M; Saito, Shigeki; Belosludov, Rodion V; Mizuseki, Hiroshi; Takahashi, Masae; Kawazoe, Yoshiyuki

    2006-12-21

    As it has been found experimentally [K. Clays and B. Coe, Chem. Mater. 15, 642 (2003); B. J. Coe et al., 126, 10418 (2004)], elongation of the conjugation path length and N-arylation in stilbazolium chromophores both lead to substantial enhancement of the molecular optical nonlinearities. In the present contribution the authors perform a quantum chemical analysis of the excited state properties and quadratic nonlinear optical responses of a series of this type of dyes. Nonlinear optical responses are estimated by both finite-field and two-state model approaches that demonstrate an excellent qualitative mutual agreement. Time-dependent density functional theory calculations on the isolated cations predict redshift in the energy of the intramolecular charge transfer transition that is overestimated for cations with the longer conjugation path length. At the same time, in comparison with the Stark spectroscopy measurements the differences between the excited and ground state dipole moments are grossly underestimated for all compounds. The inclusion of solvent effect by polarizable continuum model affords a better agreement with experiment for these quantities. The authors' calculations demonstrate the crucial dependence of the electronic excitation properties on the way of the investigated compound geometry optimization. The origin of such dependence is discussed. PMID:17190565

  15. Ratiometric fluorescent chemosensor for fluoride ion based on inhibition of excited state intramolecular proton transfer

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    Gupta, Akul Sen; Paul, Kamaldeep; Luxami, Vijay

    2015-03-01

    ESIPT based benzimidazole derivative has been synthesized and investigated their photophysical behavior towards various anions. The probe 2 has been used for selective estimation of F- ions as compared to other anions and signaled the binding event through formation of new absorption band at 360 nm and emission band at 420 nm. The probe 2 showed fluorescence behavior towards fluoride ions through hydrogen bonding interactions and restricted the ESIPT emission at 540 nm from OH to nitrogen of benzimidazole moiety to release its enol emission at 420 nm.

  16. The triplet excited state of Bodipy: formation, modulation and application.

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    Zhao, Jianzhang; Xu, Kejing; Yang, Wenbo; Wang, Zhijia; Zhong, Fangfang

    2015-12-21

    Boron dipyrromethene (Bodipy) is one of the most extensively investigated organic chromophores. Most of the investigations are focused on the singlet excited state of Bodipy, such as fluorescence. In stark contrast, the study of the triplet excited state of Bodipy is limited, but it is an emerging area, since the triplet state of Bodipy is tremendously important for several areas, such as the fundamental photochemistry study, photodynamic therapy (PDT), photocatalysis and triplet-triplet annihilation (TTA) upconversion. The recent developments in the study of the production, modulation and application of the triplet excited state of Bodipy are discussed in this review article. The formation of the triplet state of Bodipy upon photoexcitation, via the well known approach such as the heavy atom effect (including I, Br, Ru, Ir, etc.), and the new methods, such as using a spin converter (e.g. C60), charge recombination, exciton coupling and the doubly substituted excited state, are summarized. All the Bodipy-based triplet photosensitizers show strong absorption of visible or near IR light and the long-lived triplet excited state, which are important for the application of the triplet excited state in PDT or photocatalysis. Moreover, the methods for switching (or modulation) of the triplet excited state of Bodipy were discussed, such as those based on the photo-induced electron transfer (PET), by controlling the competing Förster-resonance-energy-transfer (FRET), or the intermolecular charge transfer (ICT). Controlling the triplet excited state will give functional molecules such as activatable PDT reagents or molecular devices. It is worth noting that switching of the singlet excited state and the triplet state of Bodipy may follow different principles. Application of the triplet excited state of Bodipy in PDT, hydrogen (H2) production, photoredox catalytic organic reactions and TTA upconversion were discussed. The challenges and the opportunities in these areas were

  17. A novel and facile decay path of Criegee intermediates by intramolecular insertion reactions via roaming transition states

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    Nguyen, Trong-Nghia; Putikam, Raghunath; Lin, M. C.

    2015-03-28

    We have discovered a new and highly competitive product channel in the unimolecular decay process for small Criegee intermediates, CH{sub 2}OO and anti/syn-CH{sub 3}C(H)OO, occurring by intramolecular insertion reactions via a roaming-like transition state (TS) based on quantum-chemical calculations. Our results show that in the decomposition of CH{sub 2}OO and anti-CH{sub 3}C(H)OO, the predominant paths directly produce cis-HC(O)OH and syn-CH{sub 3}C(O)OH acids with >110 kcal/mol exothermicities via loose roaming-like insertion TSs involving the terminal O atom and the neighboring C–H bonds. For syn-CH{sub 3}C(H)OO, the major decomposition channel occurs by abstraction of a H atom from the CH{sub 3} group by the terminal O atom producing CH{sub 2}C(H)O–OH. At 298 K, the intramolecular insertion process in CH{sub 2}OO was found to be 600 times faster than the commonly assumed ring-closing reaction.

  18. A design strategy for intramolecular singlet fission mediated by charge-transfer states in donor-acceptor organic materials

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    Busby, Erik; Xia, Jianlong; Wu, Qin; Low, Jonathan Z.; Song, Rui; Miller, John R.; Zhu, X.-Y.; Campos, Luis M.; Sfeir, Matthew Y.

    2015-04-01

    The ability to advance our understanding of multiple exciton generation (MEG) in organic materials has been restricted by the limited number of materials capable of singlet fission. A particular challenge is the development of materials that undergo efficient intramolecular fission, such that local order and strong nearest-neighbour coupling is no longer a design constraint. Here we address these challenges by demonstrating that strong intrachain donor-acceptor interactions are a key design feature for organic materials capable of intramolecular singlet fission. By conjugating strong-acceptor and strong-donor building blocks, small molecules and polymers with charge-transfer states that mediate population transfer between singlet excitons and triplet excitons are synthesized. Using transient optical techniques, we show that triplet populations can be generated with yields up to 170%. These guidelines are widely applicable to similar families of polymers and small molecules, and can lead to the development of new fission-capable materials with tunable electronic structure, as well as a deeper fundamental understanding of MEG.

  19. Experimental Investigation of Excited-State Lifetimes in Atomic Ytterbium

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    Bowers, C.J.; Budker, D.; Commins, E.D.; DeMille, D.; Freedman, S.J.; Nguyen, A.-T.; Shang, S.-Q.; Zolotorev, M.; /SLAC

    2011-11-15

    Lifetimes of 21 excited states in atomic Yb were measured using time-resolved fluorescence detection following pulsed laser excitation. The lifetime of the 4f{sup 14}5d6s {sup 3}D{sub 1} state, which is of particular importance for a proposed study of parity nonconservation in atoms, was measured to be 380(30) ns.

  20. Charge-displacement analysis for excited states

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    Ronca, Enrico Tarantelli, Francesco; Pastore, Mariachiara Belpassi, Leonardo; De Angelis, Filippo; Angeli, Celestino; Cimiraglia, Renzo

    2014-02-07

    We extend the Charge-Displacement (CD) analysis, already successfully employed to describe the nature of intermolecular interactions [L. Belpassi et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132, 13046 (2010)] and various types of controversial chemical bonds [L. Belpassi et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130, 1048 (2008); N. Salvi et al., Chem. Eur. J. 16, 7231 (2010)], to study the charge fluxes accompanying electron excitations, and in particular the all-important charge-transfer (CT) phenomena. We demonstrate the usefulness of the new approach through applications to exemplary excitations in a series of molecules, encompassing various typical situations from valence, to Rydberg, to CT excitations. The CD functions defined along various spatial directions provide a detailed and insightful quantitative picture of the electron displacements taking place.

  1. Charge-displacement analysis for excited states

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    Ronca, Enrico; Pastore, Mariachiara; Belpassi, Leonardo; De Angelis, Filippo; Angeli, Celestino; Cimiraglia, Renzo; Tarantelli, Francesco

    2014-02-01

    We extend the Charge-Displacement (CD) analysis, already successfully employed to describe the nature of intermolecular interactions [L. Belpassi et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 132, 13046 (2010)] and various types of controversial chemical bonds [L. Belpassi et al., J. Am. Chem. Soc. 130, 1048 (2008); N. Salvi et al., Chem. Eur. J. 16, 7231 (2010)], to study the charge fluxes accompanying electron excitations, and in particular the all-important charge-transfer (CT) phenomena. We demonstrate the usefulness of the new approach through applications to exemplary excitations in a series of molecules, encompassing various typical situations from valence, to Rydberg, to CT excitations. The CD functions defined along various spatial directions provide a detailed and insightful quantitative picture of the electron displacements taking place.

  2. Vibration-rotation alchemy in acetylene (12C2H2), ? at low vibrational excitation: from high resolution spectroscopy to fast intramolecular dynamics

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    Perry, David S.; Miller, Anthony; Amyay, Badr; Fayt, André; Herman, Michel

    2010-04-01

    The link between energy-resolved spectra and time-resolved dynamics is explored quantitatively for acetylene (12C2H2), ? with up to 8600 cm-1 of vibrational energy. This comparison is based on the extensive and reliable knowledge of the vibration-rotation energy levels and on the model Hamiltonian used to fit them to high precision [B. Amyay, S. Robert, M. Herman, A. Fayt, B. Raghavendra, A. Moudens, J. Thiévin, B. Rowe, and R. Georges, J. Chem. Phys. 131, 114301 (2009)]. Simulated intensity borrowing features in high resolution absorption spectra and predicted survival probabilities in intramolecular vibrational redistribution (IVR) are first investigated for the v 4 + v 5 and v 3 bright states, for J = 2, 30 and 100. The dependence of the results on the rotational quantum number and on the choice of vibrational bright state reflects the interplay of three kinds of off-diagonal resonances: anharmonic, rotational l-type, and Coriolis. The dynamical quantities used to characterize the calculated time-dependent dynamics are the dilution factor φ d, the IVR lifetime τ IVR , and the recurrence time τ rec. For the two bright states v 3 + 2v 4 and 7v 4, the collisionless dynamics for thermally averaged rotational distributions at T = 27, 270 and 500 K were calculated from the available spectroscopic data. For the 7v 4 bright state, an apparent irreversible decay of is found. In all cases, the model Hamiltonian allows a detailed calculation of the energy flow among all of the coupled zeroth-order vibration-rotation states.

  3. Excited-state dynamics of 3-hydroxyflavone anion in alcohols.

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    Dereka, Bogdan; Letrun, Romain; Svechkarev, Denis; Rosspeintner, Arnulf; Vauthey, Eric

    2015-02-12

    The electronic absorption spectrum of 3-hydroxyflavone (3HF) in various solvents exhibits a long-wavelength (LW) band, whose origin has been debated. The excited-state dynamics of neutral and basic solutions of 3HF in alcohols upon excitation in this LW band has been investigated using a combination of fluorescence up-conversion and transient electronic and vibrational absorption spectroscopies. The ensemble of results reveals that, in neutral solutions, LW excitation results in the population of two excited species with similar fluorescence spectra but very different lifetimes, namely 40-100 ps and 2-3 ns, depending on the solvent. In basic solutions, the relative concentrations of these species change considerably in favor of that with the short-lived excited state. On the basis of the spectroscopic data and quantum chemistry calculations, the short lifetime is attributed to the excited state of 3HF anion, whereas the long one is tentatively assigned to an excited hydrogen-bonded complex with the solvent. Excited-state intermolecular proton transfer from the solvent to the anion yielding the tautomeric form of 3HF is not operative, as the excited anion decays to the ground state via an efficient nonradiative transition.

  4. Excited-State Deactivation of Branched Phthalocyanine Compounds.

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    Zhu, Huaning; Li, Yang; Chen, Jun; Zhou, Meng; Niu, Yingli; Zhang, Xinxing; Guo, Qianjin; Wang, Shuangqing; Yang, Guoqiang; Xia, Andong

    2015-12-21

    The excited-state relaxation dynamics and chromophore interactions in two phthalocyanine compounds (bis- and trisphthalocyanines) are studied by using steady-state and femtosecond transient absorption spectral measurements, where the excited-state energy-transfer mechanism is explored. By exciting phthalocyanine compounds to their second electronically excited states and probing the subsequent relaxation dynamics, a multitude of deactivation pathways are identified. The transient absorption spectra show the relaxation pathway from the exciton state to excimer state and then back to the ground state in bisphthalocyanine (bis-Pc). In trisphthalocyanine (tris-Pc), the monomeric and dimeric subunits are excited and the excitation energy transfers from the monomeric vibrationally hot S1 state to the exciton state of a pre-associated dimer, with subsequent relaxation to the ground state through the excimer state. The theoretical calculations and steady-state spectra also show a face-to-face conformation in bis-Pc, whereas in tris-Pc, two of the three phthalocyanine branches form a pre-associated face-to-face dimeric conformation with the third one acting as a monomeric unit; this is consistent with the results of the transient absorption experiments from the perspective of molecular structure. The detailed structure-property relationships in phthalocyanine compounds is useful for exploring the function of molecular aggregates in energy migration of natural photosynthesis systems.

  5. Photoionization of ground and excited states of Ti I

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    Nahar, Sultana N.

    2015-07-01

    Detailed photoionization of ground and many excited states with autoionizing resonances of neutral Ti are presented. Ti I with 22 electrons forms a large number of bound states, the present work finds a total of 908 bound states with n ⩽ 10 and l ⩽ 8 . Photoionization cross sections (σPI) for all these bound states have been obtained. Calculations were carried out in the close-coupling R-matrix method using a wave function expansion that included 36 states of core ion Ti II. It is found that the resonances enhance the low energy region of photoionization of the ground and low lying excited states. The resonant features will increase the opacity, as expected of astrophysical observation, and hence play important role in determination of abundances in the elements in the astronomical objects. The excited states also show prominent structures of Seaton or photo-excitation-of-core resonances.

  6. Kinetics of intra- and intermolecular excited-state proton transfer of ω -(2-hydroxynaphthyl-1)-decanoic acid in homogeneous and micellar solutions

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    Solntsev, Kyril M.; Popov, Alexander V.; Solovyeva, Vera A.; Abou Al-Ainain, Sami; Il'ichev, Yuri V.; Hernandez, Rigoberto; Kuzmin, Michael G.

    2016-03-01

    The bifunctional photoacid ω-(2-hydroxynaphthyl-1)-decanoic acid (1S2N) takes part both in intramolecular excited-state proton transfer (ESPT) to the anion of a fatty acid and in intermolecular ESPT in the presence of a water solvent. Excited-state intra- and intermolecular proton transfer of 1S2N was investigated in homogeneous ethanol/water solution and in micellar solutions of various surfactants. The interfacial potential of micelles was changed by using cationic (CTAB), non-ionic (Brij-35) and anionic (SDS) surfactants. With the decrease of the interfacial potential, the protolytic photodissociation of naphthol and the diffusion-controlled intramolecular ESPT to carboxylic anion were suppressed.

  7. Mechanistic photodecarboxylation of pyruvic acid: Excited-state proton transfer and three-state intersection

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    Chang, Xue-Ping; Fang, Qiu Cui, Ganglong

    2014-10-21

    Photodissociation dynamics of pyruvic acid experimentally differs from that of commonly known ketones. We have employed the complete active space self-consistent field and its multi-state second-order perturbation methods to study its photodissociation mechanism in the S{sub 0}, T{sub 1}, and S{sub 1} states. We have uncovered four nonadiabatic photodecarboxylation paths. (i) The S{sub 1} system relaxes via an excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) to a hydrogen-transferred tautomer, near which an S{sub 1}/S{sub 0} conical intersection funnels the S{sub 1} to S{sub 0} state. Then, some trajectories continue completing the decarboxylation reaction in the S{sub 0} state; the remaining trajectories via a reverse hydrogen transfer return to the S{sub 0} minimum, from which a thermal decarboxylation reaction occurs. (ii) Due to a small S{sub 1} −T{sub 1} energy gap and a large S{sub 1}/T{sub 1} spin-orbit coupling, an efficient S{sub 1} → T{sub 1} intersystem crossing process happens again near this S{sub 1}/S{sub 0} conical intersection. When decaying to T{sub 1} state, a direct photodecarboxylation proceeds. (iii) Prior to ESIPT, the S{sub 1} system first decays to the T{sub 1} state via an S{sub 1} → T{sub 1} intersystem crossing; then, the T{sub 1} system evolves to a hydrogen-transferred tautomer. Therefrom, an adiabatic T{sub 1} decarboxylation takes place due to a small barrier of 7.7 kcal/mol. (iv) Besides the aforementioned T{sub 1} ESIPT process, there also exists a comparable Norrish type I reaction in the T{sub 1} state, which forms the ground-state products of CH{sub 3}CO and COOH. Finally, we have found that ESIPT plays an important role. It closes the S{sub 1}-T{sub 1} and S{sub 1}-S{sub 0} energy gaps, effecting an S{sub 1}/T{sub 1}/S{sub 0} three-state intersection region, and mediating nonadiabatic photodecarboxylation reactions of pyruvic acid.

  8. Excitation of weakly bound molecules to trilobitelike Rydberg states.

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    Bellos, M A; Carollo, R; Banerjee, J; Eyler, E E; Gould, P L; Stwalley, W C

    2013-08-01

    We observe "trilobitelike" states of ultracold (85)Rb(2) molecules, in which a ground-state atom is bound by the electronic wave function of its Rydberg-atom partner. We populate these states through the ultraviolet excitation of weakly bound molecules, and access a regime of trilobitelike states at low principal quantum numbers and with vibrational turning points around 35 Bohr radii. This demonstrates that, unlike previous studies that used free-to-bound transitions, trilobitelike states can also be excited through bound-to-bound transitions. This approach provides high excitation probabilities without requiring high-density samples, and affords the ability to control the excitation radius by selection of the initial-state vibrational level.

  9. Disentangling intrinsic ultrafast excited-state dynamics of cytosine tautomers.

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    Ho, Jr-Wei; Yen, Hung-Chien; Chou, Wei-Kuang; Weng, Chih-Nan; Cheng, Li-Hao; Shi, Hui-Qi; Lai, Szu-Hsueh; Cheng, Po-Yuan

    2011-08-01

    Gas-phase ultrafast excited-state dynamics of cytosine, 1-methylcytosine, and 5-fluorocytosine were investigated in molecular beams using femtosecond pump-probe photoionization spectroscopy to identify the intrinsic dynamics of the major cytosine tautomers. The results indicate that, upon photoexcitation in the first absorption band, the cytosine enol tautomer exhibits a significantly longer excited-state lifetime than its keto and imino counterparts. The initially excited states of the cytosine keto and imino tautomers decay with sub-picosecond dynamics for excitation wavelengths shorter than 300 nm, whereas that of the cytosine enol tautomer decays with time constants ranging from 3 to 45 ps for excitation between 260 and 285 nm.

  10. Red and blue shift of liquid water's excited states: A many body perturbation study

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    Ziaei, Vafa; Bredow, Thomas

    2016-08-01

    In the present paper, accurate optical absorption spectrum of liquid H2O is calculated in the energy range of 5-20 eV to probe the nature of water's excited states by means of many body perturbation approach. Main features of recent inelastic X-ray measurements are well reproduced, such as a bound excitonic peak at 7.9 eV with a shoulder at 9.4 eV as well as the absorption maximum at 13.9 eV, followed by a broad shoulder at 18.4 eV. The spectrum is dominated by excitonic effects impacting the structures of the spectrum at low and higher energy regimes mixed by single particle effects at high energies. The exciton distribution of the low-energy states, in particular of S1, is highly anisotropic and localized mostly on one water molecule. The S1 state is essentially a HOCO-LUCO (highest occupied crystal orbital - lowest unoccupied crystal orbital) transition and of intra-molecular type, showing a localized valence character. Once the excitation energy is increased, a significant change in the character of the electronically excited states occurs, characterized through emergence of multiple quasi-particle peaks at 7.9 eV in the quasi-particle (QP) transition profile and in the occurring delocalized exciton density distribution, spread over many more water molecules. The exciton delocalization following a change of the character of excited states at around 7.9 eV causes the blue shift of the first absorption band with respect to water monomer S1. However, due to reduction of the electronic band gap from gas to liquid phase, following enhanced screening upon condensation, the localized S1 state of liquid water is red-shifted with respect to S1 state of water monomer. For higher excitations, near vertical ionization energy (11 eV), quasi-free electrons emerge, in agreement with the conduction band electron picture. Furthermore, the occurring red and blue shift of the excited states are independent of the coupling of resonant and anti-resonant contributions to the

  11. Study of intermediates from transition metal excited-state electron-transfer reactions. Final report, August 4, 1986--August 31, 1997

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    Hoffman, M.Z.

    1997-12-31

    The techniques of continuous photolysis and pulsed laser flash photolysis, continuous and pulse radiolysis, fast-scan cyclic voltammetry, and time-resolved fluorimetry have been used to examine intramolecular electron transfer within the solvent quenching cage, photodynamics of quenching of the excited states of transition-metal photosensitizers, the properties of excites states and one-electron reduced forms, ground- and excited-state interactions with solutes, and photoinduced oxidations of organic solutes in aqueous solution. The following specific areas were examined: (1) the parameters that govern the yields of redox products from excited-state electron-transfer quenching reactions; (2) the mediation of the properties of excited states and one-electron reduced forms by the ligands and the solution medium; (3) the effect of the interactions between the ground state of the complex and the solution components on the behavior of the excited state; (4) the yields of singlet oxygen from excited-state energy-transfer quenching by O{sub 2}; and (5) the oxidations of solutes by singlet oxygen, excited-state electron-transfer quenching, and free radicals. This report contains the abstracts of 50 publications describing the studies.

  12. Study of excited nucleon states at EBAC: status and plans

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    Hiroyuki Kamano

    2009-12-01

    We present an overview of a research program for the excited nucleon states in Excited Baryon Analysis Center (EBAC) at Jefferson Lab. Current status of our analysis of the meson production reactions based on the unitary dynamical coupled-channels model is summarized, and the N* pole positions extracted from the constructed scattering amplitudes are presented. Our plans for future developments are also discussed.

  13. Structural tuning intra- versus inter-molecular proton transfer reaction in the excited state.

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    Chung, Min-Wen; Liao, Jia-Ling; Tang, Kuo-Chun; Hsieh, Cheng-Chih; Lin, Tsung-Yi; Liu, Chun; Lee, Gene-Hsiang; Chi, Yun; Chou, Pi-Tai

    2012-07-01

    A series of 2-pyridyl-pyrazole derivatives 1-4 possessing five-membered ring hydrogen bonding configuration are synthesized, the structural flexibility of which is strategically tuned to be in the order of 1 > 2 > 3 > 4. This system then serves as an ideal chemical model to investigate the correlation between excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) reaction and molecular skeleton motion associated with hydrogen bonds. The resulting luminescence data reveal that the rate of ESIPT decreases upon increasing the structural constraint. At sufficiently low concentration where negligible dimerization is observed, ESIPT takes place in 1 and 2 but is prohibited in 3 and 4, for which high geometry constraint is imposed. The results imply that certain structural bending motions associated with hydrogen bonding angle/distance play a key role in ESIPT. This trend is also well supported by the DFT computational approach, in which the barrier associated with ESIPT is in the order of 1 < 2 < 3 < 4. Upon increasing the concentration in cyclohexane, except for 2, the rest of the title compounds undergo ground-state dimerization, from which the double proton transfer takes place in the excited state, resulting in a relatively blue shifted dimeric tautomer emission (cf. the monomer tautomer emission). The lack of dimerization in 2 is rationalized by substantial energy required to adjust the angle of hydrogen bond via twisting the propylene bridge prior to dimerization. PMID:22618273

  14. Excited-State Dynamics in Folic Acid and 6-CARBOXYPTERIN upon Uva Excitation

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    Huang, Huijuan; Vogt, R. Aaron; Crespo-Hernandez, Carlos E.

    2013-06-01

    The excited-state dynamics of folic acid (FA) and 6-carboxypterin (6CP) are poorly understood and work is needed to uncover the relaxation pathways that ultimately lead to their oxidative damage of DNA. In our approach, broad-band transient absorption spectroscopy was used to monitor the evolution of the excited states in FA and 6CP in basic aqueous solution upon excitation at 350 nm. In addition, quantum-chemical calculations were performed to assist in the interpretation of the experimental results and in the postulation of kinetic mechanisms. The combined experimental and computational results support a kinetic model where excitation of FA results in ultrafast charge separation (τ = 0.6 ps), which decays back to the ground state primarily by charge recombination with a lifetime of 2.2 ps. A small fraction of the charge transfer state undergoes intersystem crossing to populate the lowest-energy triplet state with a lifetime of 200 ps. On the other hand, a large fraction of the initially excited singlet state in 6CP decays by fluorescence emission with a lifetime of 100 ps, while intersystem crossing to the triplet state occurs with a lifetime of 4.4 ns. The potential implications of these results to the oxidative damage of DNA by FA and 6CP will be discussed. Funding from the National Science Foundation is gratefully acknowledged (CHE-1255084).

  15. Probing metal ion complexation with salicylic acid and its derivatives with excited state proton transfer and luminescence anisotropy

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    Wang, Z.; Friedrich, D.M.; Ainsworth, C.C.

    1996-10-01

    Salicylic acid and its derivatives in which the phenolic proton is preserved show a characteristic dual fluorescence: one band in the UV, due to a {open_quotes}normal{close_quotes} excited state emission, and the other in the visible range, is assigned to excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT). The transition energy, quantum yield and fluorescence lifetime as well as fluorescence anisotropy are sensitive to the solvent environment, temperature and properties of the substituents (complexation) at the phenolic and carboxylic oxygens. The ESIPT band disappears in molecules in which the intramolecular hydrogen bond between phenolic hydrogen and the carbonyl oxygen is prohibited. In this work, the complexation of Na(I), Ca(II), Al(III) and La(III) with salicylic acid, 3-hydroxybenzoic acid, methylsalicylate and anisic acid in both aqueous and non-aqueous solvents has been studied by absorption and steady state luminescence spectroscopy, picosecond to nanosecond luminescence lifetimes and luminescence anisotropy measurements in a range of solvent and in ethanol at 77 K. Speciation in these complex systems, binding characteristics between the metal ion and the ligand, and ligand-centered energetics are discussed in terms of the spectroscopic properties, luminescence and anisotropy decay kinetics.

  16. A note on calm excited states of inflation

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    Ashoorioon, Amjad; Shiu, Gary E-mail: shiu@physics.wisc.edu

    2011-03-01

    We identify a two-parameter family of excited states within slow-roll inflation for which either the corrections to the two-point function or the characteristic signatures of excited states in the three-point function — i.e. the enhancement for the flattened momenta configurations– are absent. These excited states may nonetheless violate the adiabaticity condition maximally. We dub these initial states of inflation calm excited states. We show that these two sets do not intersect, i.e., those that leave the power-spectrum invariant can be distinguished from their bispectra, and vice versa. The same set of calm excited states that leave the two-point function invariant for slow-roll inflation, do the same task for DBI inflation. However, at the level of three-point function, the calm excited states whose flattened configuration signature is absent for slow-roll inflation, will lead to an enhancement for DBI inflation generally, although the signature is smaller than what suggested by earlier analysis. This example also illustrates that imposing the Wronskian condition is important for obtaining a correct estimate of the non-Gaussian signatures.

  17. Vibronic coupling in the excited-states of carotenoids.

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    Miki, Takeshi; Buckup, Tiago; Krause, Marie S; Southall, June; Cogdell, Richard J; Motzkus, Marcus

    2016-04-28

    The ultrafast femtochemistry of carotenoids is governed by the interaction between electronic excited states, which has been explained by the relaxation dynamics within a few hundred femtoseconds from the lowest optically allowed excited state S2 to the optically dark state S1. Extending this picture, some additional dark states (3A(g)(-) and 1B(u)(-)) and their interaction with the S2 state have also been suggested to play a major role in the ultrafast deactivation of carotenoids and their properties. Here, we investigate the interaction between such dark and bright electronic excited states of open chain carotenoids, particularly its dependence on the number of conjugated double bonds (N). We focus on the ultrafast wave packet motion on the excited potential surface, which is modified by the interaction between bright and dark electronic states. Such a coupling between electronic states leads to a shift of the vibrational frequency during the excited-state evolution. In this regard, pump-degenerate four-wave mixing (pump-DFWM) is applied to a series of carotenoids with different numbers of conjugated double bonds N = 9, 10, 11 and 13 (neurosporene, spheroidene, lycopene and spirilloxanthin, respectively). Moreover, we demonstrate in a closed-chain carotenoid (lutein) that the coupling strength and therefore the vibrational shift can be tailored by changing the energy degeneracy between the 1B(u)(+) and 1B(u)(-) states via solvent interaction.

  18. Magnetic field effects on the decay rate of photogenerated biradical from intramolecular electron transfer of triplet excited fullerene in a fullerene phenothiazine linked compound

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    Yonemura, Hiroaki; Tokudome, Hiromasa; Yamada, Sunao

    2001-10-01

    Transient absorption spectra of a fullerene (C 60)-phenothiazine (PH) linked compound indicated that the intramolecular electron transfer occurred in benzonitrile, while not in benzene. In benzonitrile, the lifetime (118 ns) of photogenerated biradical was very long, in spite of being around the top region in Marcus theory. The lifetime of the biradical was enhanced by 1.8 times in the presence of magnetic fields (>0.2 T). The magnetic field effects verified that the triplet biradical was generated from the intramolecular electron transfer from PH to the triplet C 60. The long lifetime is most likely ascribed to spin multiplicities of the biradical.

  19. The examination of berberine excited state by laser flash photolysis

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    Cheng, Lingli; Wang, Mei; Zhao, Ping; Zhu, Hui; Zhu, Rongrong; Sun, Xiaoyu; Yao, Side; Wang, Shilong

    2009-07-01

    The property of the excited triplet state of berberine (BBR) was investigated by using time-resolved laser flash photolysis of 355 nm in acetonitrile. The transient absorption spectra of the excited triplet BBR were obtained in acetonitrile, which have an absorption maximum at 420 nm. And the ratio of excitation to ionization of BBR in acetonitrile solvent was calculated. The self-decay and self-quenching rate constants, and the absorption coefficient of 3BBR* were investigated and the excited state quantum yield was determined. Furthermore utilizing the benzophenone (BEN) as a triplet sensitizer, and the β-carotene (Car) as an excited energy transfer acceptor, the assignment of 3BBR* was further confirmed and the related energy transfer rate constants were also determined.

  20. Excited state enol-keto tautomerization in salicylic acid: A supersonic free jet study

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    Bisht, Prem B.; Petek, Hrvoje; Yoshihara, Keitaro; Nagashima, Umpei

    1995-10-01

    Excited state enol-keto isomerization in salicylic acid (SA) monomer and dimer has been studied in a supersonic free jet expansion. Two carboxylic group rotamers of SA with significantly different photophysical properties are found in the expansion. Rotamer I, the major form of SA in the expansion, has an intramolecular hydrogen bond and can undergo excited state tautomerization reaction. Its S1 origin is at 335.34 nm. Single vibronic level emission spectra are dominated by progressions in OH stretching (3230 cm-1), and in-plane bending of the carboxylic group (240 cm-1). The spectra appear to consist of two components, normal (UV) and tautomer (BLUE) emissions, even at the origin. The intensity of the BLUE relative to the UV emission depends on the vibronic state, rather than the excess vibrational energy between the origin and 1100 cm-1. The fluorescence decay time profiles for both the emission components of rotamer I are identical within ˜1 ns experimental time resolution. A nonradiative decay process with an activation energy of ˜1100 cm-1 is deduced from an abrupt decrease in fluorescence lifetimes above this energy. The rotamer II cannot undergo excited state tautomerization. Its electronic origin is at 311.52 nm and emits only UV fluorescence. Upon increasing the concentration of the SA sample, a new spectrum is observed. Due to a nonlinear concentration dependence of the intensity and the propensity of SA to form dimers in solution, it is assigned to the SA dimer. This spectrum shows possible evidence of double proton transfer in the S1 state.

  1. Peroxyacetyl radical: Electronic excitation energies, fundamental vibrational frequencies, and symmetry breaking in the first excited state

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    Copan, Andreas V.; Wiens, Avery E.; Nowara, Ewa M.; Schaefer, Henry F.; Agarwal, Jay

    2015-02-07

    Peroxyacetyl radical [CH{sub 3}C(O)O{sub 2}] is among the most abundant peroxy radicals in the atmosphere and is involved in OH-radical recycling along with peroxyacetyl nitrate formation. Herein, the ground (X{sup ~}) and first (A{sup ~}) excited state surfaces of cis and trans peroxyacetyl radical are characterized using high-level ab initio methods. Geometries, anharmonic vibrational frequencies, and adiabatic excitation energies extrapolated to the complete basis-set limit are reported from computations with coupled-cluster theory. Excitation of the trans conformer is found to induce a symmetry-breaking conformational change due to second-order Jahn-Teller interactions with higher-lying excited states. Additional benchmark computations are provided to aid future theoretical work on peroxy radicals.

  2. Characterizing RNA Excited States Using NMR Relaxation Dispersion.

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    Xue, Yi; Kellogg, Dawn; Kimsey, Isaac J; Sathyamoorthy, Bharathwaj; Stein, Zachary W; McBrairty, Mitchell; Al-Hashimi, Hashim M

    2015-01-01

    Changes in RNA secondary structure play fundamental roles in the cellular functions of a growing number of noncoding RNAs. This chapter describes NMR-based approaches for characterizing microsecond-to-millisecond changes in RNA secondary structure that are directed toward short-lived and low-populated species often referred to as "excited states." Compared to larger scale changes in RNA secondary structure, transitions toward excited states do not require assistance from chaperones, are often orders of magnitude faster, and are localized to a small number of nearby base pairs in and around noncanonical motifs. Here, we describe a procedure for characterizing RNA excited states using off-resonance R1ρ NMR relaxation dispersion utilizing low-to-high spin-lock fields (25-3000 Hz). R1ρ NMR relaxation dispersion experiments are used to measure carbon and nitrogen chemical shifts in base and sugar moieties of the excited state. The chemical shift data are then interpreted with the aid of secondary structure prediction to infer potential excited states that feature alternative secondary structures. Candidate structures are then tested by using mutations, single-atom substitutions, or by changing physiochemical conditions, such as pH and temperature, to either stabilize or destabilize the candidate excited state. The resulting chemical shifts of the mutants or under different physiochemical conditions are then compared to those of the ground and excited states. Application is illustrated with a focus on the transactivation response element from the human immune deficiency virus type 1, which exists in dynamic equilibrium with at least two distinct excited states. PMID:26068737

  3. A simple formula for the energies of doubly excited states

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    Lin, C.D.; Watanabe, S.

    1986-11-01

    A simple formula for the energy levels of doubly excited states of atoms and multiply charged ions is derived and expressed in terms of a set of new correlation quantum numbers. The accuracy of the formula is checked by comparing with the results from other elaborate calculations. Modification of the formula for doubly excited states of multielectron atoms are also presented. 12 refs., 2 tabs.

  4. Characterizing RNA Excited States Using NMR Relaxation Dispersion.

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    Xue, Yi; Kellogg, Dawn; Kimsey, Isaac J; Sathyamoorthy, Bharathwaj; Stein, Zachary W; McBrairty, Mitchell; Al-Hashimi, Hashim M

    2015-01-01

    Changes in RNA secondary structure play fundamental roles in the cellular functions of a growing number of noncoding RNAs. This chapter describes NMR-based approaches for characterizing microsecond-to-millisecond changes in RNA secondary structure that are directed toward short-lived and low-populated species often referred to as "excited states." Compared to larger scale changes in RNA secondary structure, transitions toward excited states do not require assistance from chaperones, are often orders of magnitude faster, and are localized to a small number of nearby base pairs in and around noncanonical motifs. Here, we describe a procedure for characterizing RNA excited states using off-resonance R1ρ NMR relaxation dispersion utilizing low-to-high spin-lock fields (25-3000 Hz). R1ρ NMR relaxation dispersion experiments are used to measure carbon and nitrogen chemical shifts in base and sugar moieties of the excited state. The chemical shift data are then interpreted with the aid of secondary structure prediction to infer potential excited states that feature alternative secondary structures. Candidate structures are then tested by using mutations, single-atom substitutions, or by changing physiochemical conditions, such as pH and temperature, to either stabilize or destabilize the candidate excited state. The resulting chemical shifts of the mutants or under different physiochemical conditions are then compared to those of the ground and excited states. Application is illustrated with a focus on the transactivation response element from the human immune deficiency virus type 1, which exists in dynamic equilibrium with at least two distinct excited states.

  5. Electron-impact excitation and ionization cross sections for ground state and excited helium atoms

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    Ralchenko, Yu. Janev, R.K.; Kato, T.; Fursa, D.V.; Bray, I.; Heer, F.J. de

    2008-07-15

    Comprehensive and critically assessed cross sections for the electron-impact excitation and ionization of ground state and excited helium atoms are presented. All states (atomic terms) with n{<=}4 are treated individually, while the states with n{>=}5 are considered degenerate. For the processes involving transitions to and from n{>=}5 levels, suitable cross section scaling relations are presented. For a large number of transitions, from both ground and excited states, convergent close coupling calculations were performed to achieve a high accuracy of the data. The evaluated/recommended cross section data are presented by analytic fit functions, which preserve the correct asymptotic behavior of the cross sections. The cross sections are also displayed in graphical form.

  6. Investigation into chromophore excited-state coupling in allophycocyanin

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    Zheng, Xiguang; Zhao, Fuli; Wang, He Z.; Gao, Zhaolan; Yu, Zhenxin; Zhu, Jinchang; Xia, Andong; Jiang, Lijin

    1994-08-01

    Both theoretical and experimental studies are presented on chromophore excited-state coupling in linker-free allophycocyanin (APC), one of the antenna phycobiliproteins in algal photosynthesis. A three-site-coupling model has been introduced to describe the exciton interaction mechanism amoung the excited (beta) chromophore in APC, and the exciton energy splitting is estimated. Picosecond polarized fluorescence experiments both on monomeric and trimeric APC isolated from alga Spirulina platensis have been performed. The experimental results show that APC monomer and trimer exhibit remarkedly different spectropic characteristics, and satisfy the suggestion of strong excited- state coupling among chromophores in APC.

  7. Rubrene: The Interplay between Intramolecular and Intermolecular Interactions Determines the Planarization of Its Tetracene Core in the Solid State.

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    Sutton, Christopher; Marshall, Michael S; Sherrill, C David; Risko, Chad; Brédas, Jean-Luc

    2015-07-15

    Rubrene is one of the most studied molecular semiconductors; its chemical structure consists of a tetracene backbone with four phenyl rings appended to the two central fused rings. Derivatization of these phenyl rings can lead to two very different solid-state molecular conformations and packings: One in which the tetracene core is planar and there exists substantive overlap among neighboring π-conjugated backbones; and another where the tetracene core is twisted and the overlap of neighboring π-conjugated backbones is completely disrupted. State-of-the-art electronic structure calculations show for all isolated rubrene derivatives that the twisted conformation is more favorable (by -1.7 to -4.1 kcal mol(-1)), which is a consequence of energetically unfavorable exchange-repulsion interactions among the phenyl side groups. Calculations based on available crystallographic structures reveal that planar conformations of the tetracene core in the solid state result from intermolecular interactions that can be tuned through well-chosen functionalization of the phenyl side groups and lead to improved intermolecular electronic couplings. Understanding the interplay of these intramolecular and intermolecular interactions provides insight into how to chemically modify rubrene and similar molecular semiconductors to improve the intrinsic materials electronic properties. PMID:26075966

  8. Characterizing RNA Excited States using NMR Relaxation Dispersion

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    Xue, Yi; Kellogg, Dawn; Kimsey, Isaac J; Sathyamoorthy, Bharathwaj; Stein, Zachary W; McBrairty, Mitchell; Al-Hashimi, Hashim M.

    2016-01-01

    Changes in RNA secondary structure play fundamental roles in the cellular functions of a growing number of non-coding RNAs. This chapter describes NMR-based approaches for characterizing microsecond-to-millisecond changes in RNA secondary structure that are directed toward short-lived and low-populated species often referred to as “excited states”. Compared to larger-scale changes in RNA secondary structure, transitions towards excited states do not require assistance from chaperones, are often orders of magnitude faster, and are localized to a small number of nearby base pairs in and around non-canonical motifs. Here we describe a procedure for characterizing RNA excited states using off-resonance R1ρ NMR relaxation dispersion utilizing low-to-high spin-lock fields (25–3000 Hz). R1ρ NMR relaxation dispersion experiments are used to measure carbon and nitrogen chemical shifts in base and sugar moieties of the excited state. The chemical shift data is then interpreted with the aid of secondary structure prediction to infer potential excited states that feature alternative secondary structures. Candidate structures are then tested by using mutations, single-atom substitutions, or by changing physiochemical conditions, such as pH and temperature, to either stabilize or destabilize the candidate excited state. The resulting chemical shifts of the mutants or under different physiochemical conditions are then compared to those of the ground and excited state. Application is illustrated with a focus on the transactivation response element (TAR) from the human immune deficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), which exists in dynamic equilibrium with at least two distinct excited states. PMID:26068737

  9. Microwave spectroscopy of furfural in vibrationally excited states

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    Motiyenko, R. A.; Alekseev, E. A.; Dyubko, S. F.

    2007-07-01

    The results of microwave spectrum investigation of the excited vibrational states of furfural in the frequency range between 49 and 149 GHz are reported. In total 15 excited vibrational states (9 for trans-furfural and 6 for cis-furfural) were assigned and analyzed. Six of the 15 investigated states were assigned for the first time. Accurate values of rigid rotor and quartic centrifugal distortion constants of asymmetric top Hamiltonian have been determined for 13 excited states. Also for some states several sextic and octic level constants were needed in order to fit the data within experimental accuracy. The vt = 3 and vs = 1, va = 1 states of trans-furfural were found to be strongly perturbed and only rotational transitions with low Ka values can be reliably identified in this study.

  10. Excited States of the divacancy in SiC

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    Bockstedte, Michel; Garratt, Thomas; Ivady, Viktor; Gali, Adam

    2014-03-01

    The divacancy in SiC - a technologically mature material that fulfills the necessary requirements for hosting defect based quantum computing - is a good candidate for implementing a solid state quantum bit. Its ground state is isovalent to the NV center in diamond as demonstrated by density functional theory (DFT). Furthermore, coherent manipulation of divacancy spins in SiC has been demonstrated. The similarities to NV might indicate that the same inter system crossing (ICS) from the high to the low spin state is responsible for its spin-dependent fluorescent signal. By DFT and a DFT-based multi-reference hamiltonian we analyze the excited state spectrum of the defects. In contrast to the current picture of the spin dynamics of the NV center, we predict that a static Jahn-Teller effect in the first excited triplet states governs an ICS both with the excited and ground state of the divacancy.

  11. Neutral Excitations in the Gaffnian state

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    Kang, Byungmin; Moore, Joel E.

    The Fractional Quantum Hall Effect (FQHE) is one of the most well-studied systems having topological order. Starting with the pioneering work by Laughlin, the model wave function approach has been shown to provide essential information for understanding topological order in gapped incompressible states. We study a model wave function called the Gaffnian state which is believed to represent a gapless, strongly correlated state that is very different from conventional metals. To understand this exotic gapless state better, we provide a representation in which the pairing structure of the Gaffnian state becomes more explicit. We employ the single-mode approximation of the Girvin-MacDonald-Platzman (GMP) mode, which is a neutral collective exitation mode, in order to have a physical picture of the gaplessness of the Gaffnian state. In particular, we discuss how to extract systematically the relevant physics in the long-distance, large electron number limit of the FQH states using a numerical calculation with relatively few electrons.

  12. Dual state antiphase excitability in optically injected quantum dot lasers

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    Kelleher, B.; Goulding, D.; Tykalewicz, B.; Fedorov, N.; Dubinkin, I.; Hegarty, S. P.; Huyet, G.; Erneux, T.; Viktorov, E. A.

    2016-04-01

    Depending on device and operating parameters, the emission of lasers based on InAs quantum dot (QD) material may come from the ground state (GS) only, from the first excited state (ES) only or simultaneously from both states. When the emission is from the ES only, optical injection at the GS frequency can completely suppress the ES output and instead, phase-locked emission from the GS can be obtained. We report on a variety of non-linear phenomena obtained when the frequency of the master laser is varied revealing two antiphase, dual-state excitable regimes.

  13. First observation of excited states in Li12

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    Hall, C. C.; Lunderberg, E. M.; Deyoung, P. A.; Baumann, T.; Bazin, D.; Blanchon, G.; Bonaccorso, A.; Brown, B. A.; Brown, J.; Christian, G.; Denby, D. H.; Finck, J.; Frank, N.; Gade, A.; Hinnefeld, J.; Hoffman, C. R.; Luther, B.; Mosby, S.; Peters, W. A.; Spyrou, A.; Thoennessen, M.

    2010-02-01

    The neutron-unbound ground state and two excited states of Li12 were formed by the two-proton removal reaction from a 53.4-MeV/u B14 beam. The decay energy spectrum of Li12 was measured with the Modular Neutron Array (MoNA) and the Sweeper dipole superconducting magnet at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory. Two excited states at resonance energies of 250 ± 20 keV and 555 ± 20 keV were observed for the first time and the data are consistent with the previously reported s-wave ground state with a scattering length of as=-13.7 fm.

  14. Ultrafast relaxation of electronically-excited states of a styryl dye in the cavity of cucurbit[n]urils (n = 6, 7)

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    Petrov, N. Kh.; Ivanov, D. A.; Shandarov, Yu. A.; Kryukov, I. V.; Ivanov, A. A.; Alfimov, M. V.; Lobova, N. A.; Gromov, S. P.

    2016-03-01

    The ultrafast relaxation of an electronically-excited styryl dye and its complexes with cucurbit[n]urils was studied by the fluorescence up-conversion technique at various fluorescence wavelengths. The relaxation is faster at a blue side of the fluorescence band than at a red one where a fluorescence rise was observed. Addition of either cucurbiturils significantly increases the longest decay time from about 50 ps to that in the range of 100-200 ps. Such features are attributed to displacements of the electronically-excited styryl dye deep into the cavity, increasing the potential barrier between the intramolecular charge transfer state and the conical intersection region.

  15. Lifetime and g-factor measurements of excited states using Coulomb excitation and alpha transfer reactions

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    Guevara, Z. E.; Torres, D. A.

    2016-07-01

    In this contribution the challenges in the use of a setup to simultaneously measure lifetimes and g-factor values will be presented. The simultaneous use of the transient field technique and the Doppler Shift Attenuation Method, to measure magnetic moments and lifetimes respectively, allows to obtain a complete characterization of the currents of nucleons and the deformation in excited states close to the ground state. The technique is at the moment limited to Coulomb excitation and alpha-transfer reactions, what opens an interesting perspective to consider this type of experiments with radioactive beams. The use of deep-inelastic and fusion-evaporation reactions will be discussed. An example of a setup that makes use of a beam of 106Cd to study excited states of 110Sn and the beam nuclei itself will be presented.

  16. Direct observation of photoinduced bent nitrosyl excited-state complexes

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    Sawyer, Karma R.; Steele, Ryan P.; Glascoe, Elizabeth A.; Cahoon, James F.; Schlegel, Jacob P.; Head-Gordon, Martin; Harris, Charles B.

    2008-06-28

    Ground state structures with side-on nitrosyl ({eta}{sup 2}-NO) and isonitrosyl (ON) ligands have been observed in a variety of transition-metal complexes. In contrast, excited state structures with bent-NO ligands have been proposed for years but never directly observed. Here we use picosecond time-resolved infrared spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) modeling to study the photochemistry of Co(CO){sub 3}(NO), a model transition-metal-NO compound. Surprisingly, we have observed no evidence for ON and {eta}{sup 2}-NO structural isomers, but have observed two bent-NO complexes. DFT modeling of the ground and excited state potentials indicates that the bent-NO complexes correspond to triplet excited states. Photolysis of Co(CO){sub 3}(NO) with a 400-nm pump pulse leads to population of a manifold of excited states which decay to form an excited state triplet bent-NO complex within 1 ps. This structure relaxes to the ground triplet state in ca. 350 ps to form a second bent-NO structure.

  17. The excited state antiaromatic benzene ring: a molecular Mr Hyde?

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    Papadakis, Raffaello; Ottosson, Henrik

    2015-09-21

    The antiaromatic character of benzene in its first ππ* excited triplet state (T1) was deduced more than four decades ago by Baird using perturbation molecular orbital (PMO) theory [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1972, 94, 4941], and since then it has been confirmed through a range of high-level quantum chemical calculations. With focus on benzene we now first review theoretical and computational studies that examine and confirm Baird's rule on reversal in the electron count for aromaticity and antiaromaticity of annulenes in their lowest triplet states as compared to Hückel's rule for the ground state (S0). We also note that the rule according to quantum chemical calculations can be extended to the lowest singlet excited state (S1) of benzene. Importantly, Baird, as well as Aihara [Bull. Chem. Soc. Jpn. 1978, 51, 1788], early put forth that the destabilization and excited state antiaromaticity of the benzene ring should be reflected in its photochemical reactivity, yet, today these conclusions are often overlooked. Thus, in the second part of the article we review photochemical reactions of a series of benzene derivatives that to various extents should stem from the excited state antiaromatic character of the benzene ring. We argue that benzene can be viewed as a molecular "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" with its largely unknown excited state antiaromaticity representing its "Mr Hyde" character. The recognition of the "Jekyll and Hyde" split personality feature of the benzene ring can likely be useful in a range of different areas. PMID:25960203

  18. The excited state antiaromatic benzene ring: a molecular Mr Hyde?

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    Papadakis, Raffaello; Ottosson, Henrik

    2015-09-21

    The antiaromatic character of benzene in its first ππ* excited triplet state (T1) was deduced more than four decades ago by Baird using perturbation molecular orbital (PMO) theory [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1972, 94, 4941], and since then it has been confirmed through a range of high-level quantum chemical calculations. With focus on benzene we now first review theoretical and computational studies that examine and confirm Baird's rule on reversal in the electron count for aromaticity and antiaromaticity of annulenes in their lowest triplet states as compared to Hückel's rule for the ground state (S0). We also note that the rule according to quantum chemical calculations can be extended to the lowest singlet excited state (S1) of benzene. Importantly, Baird, as well as Aihara [Bull. Chem. Soc. Jpn. 1978, 51, 1788], early put forth that the destabilization and excited state antiaromaticity of the benzene ring should be reflected in its photochemical reactivity, yet, today these conclusions are often overlooked. Thus, in the second part of the article we review photochemical reactions of a series of benzene derivatives that to various extents should stem from the excited state antiaromatic character of the benzene ring. We argue that benzene can be viewed as a molecular "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" with its largely unknown excited state antiaromaticity representing its "Mr Hyde" character. The recognition of the "Jekyll and Hyde" split personality feature of the benzene ring can likely be useful in a range of different areas.

  19. Direct Observation of Cascade of Photoinduced Ultrafast Intramolecular Charge Transfer Dynamics in Diphenyl Acetylene Derivatives: Via Solvation and Intramolecular Relaxation.

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    Karunakaran, Venugopal; Das, Suresh

    2016-07-21

    Interaction of light with electron donor-acceptor π-conjugated systems leading to intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) plays an essential role in transformation of light energy. Here the cascade of photoinduced ICT processes is directly observed by investigating the excited state relaxation dynamics of cyano and mono/di methoxy substituted diphenyl acetylene derivatives using femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy and nanosecond laser flash photolysis. The femtosecond transient absorption spectra of the chromophores upon ultrafast excitation reveal the dynamics of intermediates involved in transition from initially populated Frank-Condon state to local excited state (LE). It also provides the dynamic details of the transition from the LE to the charge transfer state yielding the formation of the radical ions. Finally, the charge transfer state decays to the triplet state by geminate charge recombination. The latter dynamics are observed in the nanosecond transient absorption spectra. It is found that excited state relaxation pathways are controlled by different stages of solvation and intramolecular relaxation depending on the solvent polarity. The twisted ICT state is more stabilized (978 ps) in acetonitrile than cyclohexane where major components of transient absorption originate from the S1 state. PMID:27347705

  20. Photocyclization Reactions of Diarylethenes via the Excited Triplet State.

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    Murata, Ryutaro; Yago, Tomoaki; Wakasa, Masanobu

    2015-11-12

    Cyclization reactions of three diarylethene derivatives, 1,2-bis(2-methyl-3-benzothienyl)perfluorocyclopentene (BT), 1,2-bis(2-hexyl-3-benzothienyl)perfluorocyclopentene (BTHex), and 1,2-bis(2-isopropyl-3-benzothienyl)perfluorocyclopentene (BTiPr), via their excited triplet states were studied by means of steady-state and nanosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. The excited triplet states of BT, BTHex, and BTiPr were generated by energy transfer from the photoexcited triplet states of sensitizers such as xanthone, phenanthrene, and pyrene. The single-step quantum yields of the cyclization reactions from the excited triplet states of BT, BTHex, and BTiPr were determined to be 0.34, 0.53, and 0.65, respectively. The triplet energies of these three BTs were estimated to be 190-200 kJ mol(-1). PMID:26490486

  1. Controlling chimera states: The influence of excitable units.

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    Isele, Thomas; Hizanidis, Johanne; Provata, Astero; Hövel, Philipp

    2016-02-01

    We explore the influence of a block of excitable units on the existence and behavior of chimera states in a nonlocally coupled ring-network of FitzHugh-Nagumo elements. The FitzHugh-Nagumo system, a paradigmatic model in many fields from neuroscience to chemical pattern formation and nonlinear electronics, exhibits oscillatory or excitable behavior depending on the values of its parameters. Until now, chimera states have been studied in networks of coupled oscillatory FitzHugh-Nagumo elements. In the present work, we find that introducing a block of excitable units into the network may lead to several interesting effects. It allows for controlling the position of a chimera state as well as for generating a chimera state directly from the synchronous state.

  2. Controlling chimera states: The influence of excitable units

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    Isele, Thomas; Hizanidis, Johanne; Provata, Astero; Hövel, Philipp

    2016-02-01

    We explore the influence of a block of excitable units on the existence and behavior of chimera states in a nonlocally coupled ring-network of FitzHugh-Nagumo elements. The FitzHugh-Nagumo system, a paradigmatic model in many fields from neuroscience to chemical pattern formation and nonlinear electronics, exhibits oscillatory or excitable behavior depending on the values of its parameters. Until now, chimera states have been studied in networks of coupled oscillatory FitzHugh-Nagumo elements. In the present work, we find that introducing a block of excitable units into the network may lead to several interesting effects. It allows for controlling the position of a chimera state as well as for generating a chimera state directly from the synchronous state.

  3. Nature of ground and electronic excited states of higher acenes.

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    Yang, Yang; Davidson, Ernest R; Yang, Weitao

    2016-08-30

    Higher acenes have drawn much attention as promising organic semiconductors with versatile electronic properties. However, the nature of their ground state and electronic excited states is still not fully clear. Their unusual chemical reactivity and instability are the main obstacles for experimental studies, and the potentially prominent diradical character, which might require a multireference description in such large systems, hinders theoretical investigations. Here, we provide a detailed answer with the particle-particle random-phase approximation calculation. The (1)Ag ground states of acenes up to decacene are on the closed-shell side of the diradical continuum, whereas the ground state of undecacene and dodecacene tilts more to the open-shell side with a growing polyradical character. The ground state of all acenes has covalent nature with respect to both short and long axes. The lowest triplet state (3)B2u is always above the singlet ground state even though the energy gap could be vanishingly small in the polyacene limit. The bright singlet excited state (1)B2u is a zwitterionic state to the short axis. The excited (1)Ag state gradually switches from a double-excitation state to another zwitterionic state to the short axis, but always keeps its covalent nature to the long axis. An energy crossing between the (1)B2u and excited (1)Ag states happens between hexacene and heptacene. Further energetic consideration suggests that higher acenes are likely to undergo singlet fission with a low photovoltaic efficiency; however, the efficiency might be improved if a singlet fission into multiple triplets could be achieved. PMID:27528690

  4. Nature of ground and electronic excited states of higher acenes.

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    Yang, Yang; Davidson, Ernest R; Yang, Weitao

    2016-08-30

    Higher acenes have drawn much attention as promising organic semiconductors with versatile electronic properties. However, the nature of their ground state and electronic excited states is still not fully clear. Their unusual chemical reactivity and instability are the main obstacles for experimental studies, and the potentially prominent diradical character, which might require a multireference description in such large systems, hinders theoretical investigations. Here, we provide a detailed answer with the particle-particle random-phase approximation calculation. The (1)Ag ground states of acenes up to decacene are on the closed-shell side of the diradical continuum, whereas the ground state of undecacene and dodecacene tilts more to the open-shell side with a growing polyradical character. The ground state of all acenes has covalent nature with respect to both short and long axes. The lowest triplet state (3)B2u is always above the singlet ground state even though the energy gap could be vanishingly small in the polyacene limit. The bright singlet excited state (1)B2u is a zwitterionic state to the short axis. The excited (1)Ag state gradually switches from a double-excitation state to another zwitterionic state to the short axis, but always keeps its covalent nature to the long axis. An energy crossing between the (1)B2u and excited (1)Ag states happens between hexacene and heptacene. Further energetic consideration suggests that higher acenes are likely to undergo singlet fission with a low photovoltaic efficiency; however, the efficiency might be improved if a singlet fission into multiple triplets could be achieved.

  5. Charge transfer excitations from excited state Hartree-Fock subsequent minimization scheme

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    Theophilou, Iris; Tassi, M.; Thanos, S.

    2014-04-01

    Photoinduced charge-transfer processes play a key role for novel photovoltaic phenomena and devices. Thus, the development of ab initio methods that allow for an accurate and computationally inexpensive treatment of charge-transfer excitations is a topic that nowadays attracts a lot of scientific attention. In this paper we extend an approach recently introduced for the description of single and double excitations [M. Tassi, I. Theophilou, and S. Thanos, Int. J. Quantum Chem. 113, 690 (2013); M. Tassi, I. Theophilou, and S. Thanos, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 124107 (2013)] to allow for the description of intermolecular charge-transfer excitations. We describe an excitation where an electron is transferred from a donor system to an acceptor one, keeping the excited state orthogonal to the ground state and avoiding variational collapse. These conditions are achieved by decomposing the space spanned by the Hartree-Fock (HF) ground state orbitals into four subspaces: The subspace spanned by the occupied orbitals that are localized in the region of the donor molecule, the corresponding for the acceptor ones and two more subspaces containing the virtual orbitals that are localized in the neighborhood of the donor and the acceptor, respectively. Next, we create a Slater determinant with a hole in the subspace of occupied orbitals of the donor and a particle in the virtual subspace of the acceptor. Subsequently we optimize both the hole and the particle by minimizing the HF energy functional in the corresponding subspaces. Finally, we test our approach by calculating the lowest charge-transfer excitation energies for a set of tetracyanoethylene-hydrocarbon complexes that have been used earlier as a test set for such kind of excitations.

  6. Charge transfer excitations from excited state Hartree-Fock subsequent minimization scheme

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    Theophilou, Iris; Tassi, M.; Thanos, S.

    2014-04-28

    Photoinduced charge-transfer processes play a key role for novel photovoltaic phenomena and devices. Thus, the development of ab initio methods that allow for an accurate and computationally inexpensive treatment of charge-transfer excitations is a topic that nowadays attracts a lot of scientific attention. In this paper we extend an approach recently introduced for the description of single and double excitations [M. Tassi, I. Theophilou, and S. Thanos, Int. J. Quantum Chem. 113, 690 (2013); M. Tassi, I. Theophilou, and S. Thanos, J. Chem. Phys. 138, 124107 (2013)] to allow for the description of intermolecular charge-transfer excitations. We describe an excitation where an electron is transferred from a donor system to an acceptor one, keeping the excited state orthogonal to the ground state and avoiding variational collapse. These conditions are achieved by decomposing the space spanned by the Hartree-Fock (HF) ground state orbitals into four subspaces: The subspace spanned by the occupied orbitals that are localized in the region of the donor molecule, the corresponding for the acceptor ones and two more subspaces containing the virtual orbitals that are localized in the neighborhood of the donor and the acceptor, respectively. Next, we create a Slater determinant with a hole in the subspace of occupied orbitals of the donor and a particle in the virtual subspace of the acceptor. Subsequently we optimize both the hole and the particle by minimizing the HF energy functional in the corresponding subspaces. Finally, we test our approach by calculating the lowest charge-transfer excitation energies for a set of tetracyanoethylene-hydrocarbon complexes that have been used earlier as a test set for such kind of excitations.

  7. Super-atom molecular orbital excited states of fullerenes.

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    Johansson, J Olof; Bohl, Elvira; Campbell, Eleanor E B

    2016-09-13

    Super-atom molecular orbitals are orbitals that form diffuse hydrogenic excited electronic states of fullerenes with their electron density centred at the centre of the hollow carbon cage and a significant electron density inside the cage. This is a consequence of the high symmetry and hollow structure of the molecules and distinguishes them from typical low-lying molecular Rydberg states. This review summarizes the current experimental and theoretical studies related to these exotic excited electronic states with emphasis on femtosecond photoelectron spectroscopy experiments on gas-phase fullerenes.This article is part of the themed issue 'Fullerenes: past, present and future, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Buckminster Fullerene'.

  8. Lifetime of the Excited State In Vivo

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    Mar, T.; Govindjee; Singhal, G. S.; Merkelo, H.

    1972-01-01

    Using a mode-locked laser (λ, 632.8 nm), fluorescence decay of chlorophyll (Chl) a in the green alga Chlorella pyrenoidosa, the red alga Porphyridium cruentum, and the blue-green alga Anacystis nidulans was measured by the phase-shift method under conditions when photosynthesis was not operative (3-(3,4-dichlorophenyl)-1,1-dimethylurea [DCMU] poisoning, or cooling to 77°K). In the presence of 10-5 M DCMU, the lifetime of Chl a fluorescence (τ) at room temperature is about 1.7 nsec in Chlorella, 1.0 nsec in Porphyridium, and 0.7 nsec in Anacystis. At 77°K, τ is 1.4 nsec (for fluorescence at about 685 nm, F-685) and 2.3 nsec (for F-730) in Chlorella, 0.9 nsec (F-685) and 1.2 nsec (F-730) in Porphyridium, and 0.8 nsec (F-685 and F-730) in Anacystis. From the above measurement, and the assumption that τ0 (the intrinsic fluorescence lifetime) for Chl a in all three algae is 15.2 nsec, we have calculated the rate constants of radiationless transition (that includes energy transfer to weakly fluorescent system I) processes competing with fluorescence at room temperature to be about 5 × 108 sec-1 in Chlorella, 9 × 108 sec-1 in Porphyridium, and 13 × 108 sec-1 in Anacystis. At 77°K, this rate constant for Chl a that fluoresces at 685 nm remains, in the first approximation, the same as at room temperature. From the τ data, the rate constant for the trapping of excitation energy is calculated to be about 1.2 × 109 sec-1 for Chlorella, 2 × 109 sec-1 for Porphyridium, and 2 × 109 sec-1 for Anacystis. The efficiency of trapping is calculated to be about 66% (Chlorella), 68% (Porphyridium), and 60% (Anacystis). (It is recognized that variations in the above values are to be expected if algae grown under different conditions are used for experimentation.) The maximum quantum yield of Chl a fluorescence for system II (λ, 632.8 nm), calculated from τ measurements, is about 10% in Chlorella, 6-7% in Porhyridium, and 5% in Anacystis under conditions when photosynthesis

  9. Electronic excited states and relaxation dynamics in polymer heterojunction systems

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    Ramon, John Glenn Santos

    The potential for using conducting polymers as the active material in optoelectronic devices has come to fruition in the past few years. Understanding the fundamental photophysics behind their operations points to the significant role played by the polymer interface in their performance. Current device architectures involve the use of bulk heterojunctions which intimately blend the donor and acceptor polymers to significantly increase not only their interfacial surface area but also the probability of exciton formation within the vicinity of the interface. In this dissertation, we detail the role played by the interface on the behavior and performance of bulk heterojunction systems. First, we explore the relation between the exciton binding energy to the band offset in determining device characteristics. As a general rule, when the exciton binding energy is greater than the band offset, the exciton remains the lowest energy excited state leading to efficient light-emitting properties. On the other hand, if the offset is greater than the binding energy, charge separation becomes favorable leading to better photovoltaic behavior. Here, we use a Wannier function, configuration interaction based approach to examine the essential excited states and predict the vibronic absorption and emission spectra of the PPV/BBL, TFB/F8BT and PFB/F8BT heterojunctions. Our results underscore the role of vibrational relaxation in the formation of charge-transfer states following photoexcitation. In addition, we look at the relaxation dynamics that occur upon photoexcitation. For this, we adopt the Marcus-Hush semiclassical method to account for lattice reorganization in the calculation of the interconversion rates in TFB/F8BT and PFB/F8BT. We find that, while a tightly bound charge-transfer state (exciplex) remains the lowest excited state, a regeneration pathway to the optically active lowest excitonic state in TFB/F8BT is possible via thermal repopulation from the exciplex. Finally

  10. Spectroscopy and excited state dynamics of the HNF (DNF) molecule

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    Chen, Jing; Dagdigian, Paul J.

    1992-05-01

    Laser fluorescence excitation has been employed to detect HNF and its isotopomer DNF in the F/HN3(DN3) system. The observation of this molecule in the F+HN3 reaction has confirmed that this reaction proceeds to form HNF+N2, as well as the well-known HF+N3 products. Laser fluorescence excitation scans were taken for a number of HNF and DNF à 2A'(0,v'2,0)-X˜ 2A`(0,0,0) bands. For DNF, excitation of the à (0,2,1) and (0,3,1) levels were also detected. A partial rotational analysis of the DNF bands was carried out. With the derived A rotational constants and previously determined HNF rotational constants, it was possible to derive ground and excited state vibrationally averaged geometries. The K structure of the bands was observed to become simpler with increasing v2, reflecting the reduction in the highest K' levels observable by fluorescence excitation. Decay lifetimes for a variety of HNF and DNF à 2A' excited levels were determined. It was found that the decay rate, scaled approximately by the ν3 factor, increases abruptly at an energy of 23 800±500 cm-1 above the HNF(X˜ 2A`) zero-point level. This threshold is tentatively assigned to the onset of a predissociation channel. The ground and excited states of HNF form a Renner-Teller pair, whose energies become degenerate at linear geometries. The excited state dynamics of HNF (DNF) is compared with the dynamics of the well-studied Renner-Teller molecules HCO and HNO.

  11. High resolution photoelectron spectroscopy and femtosecond intramolecular dynamics using supersonic molecular beams

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    Niu, B.

    1992-09-01

    High resolution He I{alpha} photoelectron spectroscopy of formaldehyde and ketene and their deuterated compounds, are reported. The combination of a (H2CO) double-pass high-resolution electron-energy analyzer and effective rotational cooling of the sample by supersonic expansion enable the spectroscopy of these molecular cations. The vibrational autocorrelation functions are calculated from the high-resolution photoelectron spectra, shedding light on the ultrafast intramolecular dynamics of the molecular cations. This study reveals much more vibrational structural detail in the first electronic excited state of H2CO cations. The first electronic excited state of H2CO cations may have nonplanar equilibrium geometry. Strong isotope effects on vibronic (vibrational) coupling are observed in the second electronic excited state of H2CO. Vibrational autocorrelation functions are calculated for all four observed electronic states of H2CO. The correlation function of the first electronic excited state of H2CO shows a slow decay rate on the femtosecond time scale. The ultrafast decay of the H2CO cations in the third electronic excited state implies that dissociation and intramolecular processes are the main decay pathways. The present spectra of the ground states of ketene cations have more fine structure than before. The AIEs of the first and fifth excited states are determined unambiguously more accurately. The doublet-like fine structures present in the lint excited state of ketene implies the excitation of a ``soft`` mode not observed before. The vibrational autocorrelation functions are calculated for 4 of the 6 observed electronic states. The dynamics of the ground states of the cations are characterized by a wave packet oscillating with small amplitude around the minimum on the upper PES. The decay dynamics of the first and the fifth excited states of ketene are characterized by ultra-fast intramolecular processes like predissociation.

  12. High resolution photoelectron spectroscopy and femtosecond intramolecular dynamics using supersonic molecular beams

    SciTech Connect

    Niu, B.

    1992-09-01

    High resolution He I[alpha] photoelectron spectroscopy of formaldehyde and ketene and their deuterated compounds, are reported. The combination of a (H2CO) double-pass high-resolution electron-energy analyzer and effective rotational cooling of the sample by supersonic expansion enable the spectroscopy of these molecular cations. The vibrational autocorrelation functions are calculated from the high-resolution photoelectron spectra, shedding light on the ultrafast intramolecular dynamics of the molecular cations. This study reveals much more vibrational structural detail in the first electronic excited state of H2CO cations. The first electronic excited state of H2CO cations may have nonplanar equilibrium geometry. Strong isotope effects on vibronic (vibrational) coupling are observed in the second electronic excited state of H2CO. Vibrational autocorrelation functions are calculated for all four observed electronic states of H2CO. The correlation function of the first electronic excited state of H2CO shows a slow decay rate on the femtosecond time scale. The ultrafast decay of the H2CO cations in the third electronic excited state implies that dissociation and intramolecular processes are the main decay pathways. The present spectra of the ground states of ketene cations have more fine structure than before. The AIEs of the first and fifth excited states are determined unambiguously more accurately. The doublet-like fine structures present in the lint excited state of ketene implies the excitation of a soft'' mode not observed before. The vibrational autocorrelation functions are calculated for 4 of the 6 observed electronic states. The dynamics of the ground states of the cations are characterized by a wave packet oscillating with small amplitude around the minimum on the upper PES. The decay dynamics of the first and the fifth excited states of ketene are characterized by ultra-fast intramolecular processes like predissociation.

  13. Photo-physical properties of 2-(1-ethynylpyrene)-adenosine: influence of hydrogen bonding on excited state properties.

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    Trojanowski, P; Plötner, J; Grünewald, C; Graupner, F F; Slavov, C; Reuss, A J; Braun, M; Engels, J W; Wachtveitl, J

    2014-07-21

    The photo-physical properties of 2-(1-ethynylpyrene)-adenosine (PyA), a fluorescent probe for RNA dynamics, were examined by solvation studies. The excited-state dynamics display the influence of the vicinity on the spectral features. Combining improved transient absorption and streak camera measurements along with a new analysis method provide a detailed molecular picture of the photophysics. After intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution (IVR), two distinct states are observed. Solvent class (protic/aprotic) and permittivity strongly affect the properties of these states and their population ratio. As a result their emission spectrum is altered, while the fluorescence quantum yield and the overall lifetime remain nearly unchanged. Consequently, the hitherto existing model of the photophysics is herein refined and extended. The findings can serve as basis for improving the information content of measurements with PyA as a label in RNA. PMID:24894337

  14. Photoionization of furan from the ground and excited electronic states

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    Ponzi, Aurora; Sapunar, Marin; Angeli, Celestino; Cimiraglia, Renzo; Došlić, Nada; Decleva, Piero

    2016-02-01

    Here we present a comparative computational study of the photoionization of furan from the ground and the two lowest-lying excited electronic states. The study aims to assess the quality of the computational methods currently employed for treating bound and continuum states in photoionization. For the ionization from the ground electronic state, we show that the Dyson orbital approach combined with an accurate solution of the continuum one particle wave functions in a multicenter B-spline basis, at the density functional theory (DFT) level, provides cross sections and asymmetry parameters in excellent agreement with experimental data. On the contrary, when the Dyson orbitals approach is combined with the Coulomb and orthogonalized Coulomb treatments of the continuum, the results are qualitatively different. In excited electronic states, three electronic structure methods, TDDFT, ADC(2), and CASSCF, have been used for the computation of the Dyson orbitals, while the continuum was treated at the B-spline/DFT level. We show that photoionization observables are sensitive probes of the nature of the excited states as well as of the quality of excited state wave functions. This paves the way for applications in more complex situations such as time resolved photoionization spectroscopy.

  15. Photoionization of furan from the ground and excited electronic states.

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    Ponzi, Aurora; Sapunar, Marin; Angeli, Celestino; Cimiraglia, Renzo; Došlić, Nađa; Decleva, Piero

    2016-02-28

    Here we present a comparative computational study of the photoionization of furan from the ground and the two lowest-lying excited electronic states. The study aims to assess the quality of the computational methods currently employed for treating bound and continuum states in photoionization. For the ionization from the ground electronic state, we show that the Dyson orbital approach combined with an accurate solution of the continuum one particle wave functions in a multicenter B-spline basis, at the density functional theory (DFT) level, provides cross sections and asymmetry parameters in excellent agreement with experimental data. On the contrary, when the Dyson orbitals approach is combined with the Coulomb and orthogonalized Coulomb treatments of the continuum, the results are qualitatively different. In excited electronic states, three electronic structure methods, TDDFT, ADC(2), and CASSCF, have been used for the computation of the Dyson orbitals, while the continuum was treated at the B-spline/DFT level. We show that photoionization observables are sensitive probes of the nature of the excited states as well as of the quality of excited state wave functions. This paves the way for applications in more complex situations such as time resolved photoionization spectroscopy. PMID:26931702

  16. State-Selective Excitation of Quantum Systems via Geometrical Optimization.

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    Chang, Bo Y; Shin, Seokmin; Sola, Ignacio R

    2015-09-01

    We lay out the foundations of a general method of quantum control via geometrical optimization. We apply the method to state-selective population transfer using ultrashort transform-limited pulses between manifolds of levels that may represent, e.g., state-selective transitions in molecules. Assuming that certain states can be prepared, we develop three implementations: (i) preoptimization, which implies engineering the initial state within the ground manifold or electronic state before the pulse is applied; (ii) postoptimization, which implies engineering the final state within the excited manifold or target electronic state, after the pulse; and (iii) double-time optimization, which uses both types of time-ordered manipulations. We apply the schemes to two important dynamical problems: To prepare arbitrary vibrational superposition states on the target electronic state and to select weakly coupled vibrational states. Whereas full population inversion between the electronic states only requires control at initial time in all of the ground vibrational levels, only very specific superposition states can be prepared with high fidelity by either pre- or postoptimization mechanisms. Full state-selective population inversion requires manipulating the vibrational coherences in the ground electronic state before the optical pulse is applied and in the excited electronic state afterward, but not during all times.

  17. Accurate Excited State Geometries within Reduced Subspace TDDFT/TDA.

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    Robinson, David

    2014-12-01

    A method for the calculation of TDDFT/TDA excited state geometries within a reduced subspace of Kohn-Sham orbitals has been implemented and tested. Accurate geometries are found for all of the fluorophore-like molecules tested, with at most all valence occupied orbitals and half of the virtual orbitals included but for some molecules even fewer orbitals. Efficiency gains of between 15 and 30% are found for essentially the same level of accuracy as a standard TDDFT/TDA excited state geometry optimization calculation. PMID:26583218

  18. 2{sup +} excitation of the {sup 12}C Hoyle state

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    Freer, M.; Fujita, H.; Carter, J.; Usman, I.; Buthelezi, Z.; Foertsch, S. V.; Neveling, R.; Perez, S. M.; Smit, F. D.; Fearick, R. W.; Papka, P.; Swartz, J. A.

    2009-10-15

    A high-energy-resolution magnetic spectrometer has been used to measure the {sup 12}C excitation energy spectrum to search for the 2{sup +} excitation of the 7.65 MeV, 0{sup +} Hoyle state. By measuring in the diffractive minimum of the angular distribution for the broad 0{sup +} background, evidence is found for a possible 2{sup +} state at 9.6(1) MeV with a width of 600(100) keV. The implications for the {sup 8}Be+{sup 4}He reaction rate in stellar environments are discussed.

  19. First-principles Calculation of Excited State Spectra in QCD

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    Jozef Dudek,Robert Edwards,Michael Peardon,David Richards,Christopher Thomas

    2011-05-01

    Recent progress at understanding the excited state spectra of mesons and baryons is described. I begin by outlining the application of the variational method to compute the spectrum of QCD, and then present results for the excited meson spectrum, with continuum quantum numbers of the states clearly delineated. I emphasise the need to extend the calculation to encompass multi-hadron contributions, and describe a recent calculation of the I=2 pion-pion energy-dependent phase shifts as a precursor to the study of channels with resonant behavior. I conclude with recent results for the low lying baryon spectrum, and the prospects for future calculations.

  20. Coherent excitation of a single atom to a Rydberg state

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    Miroshnychenko, Y.; Gaeetan, A.; Evellin, C.; Grangier, P.; Wilk, T.; Browaeys, A.; Comparat, D.; Pillet, P.

    2010-07-15

    We present the coherent excitation of a single Rubidium atom to the Rydberg state 58d{sub 3/2} using a two-photon transition. The experimental setup is described in detail, as are experimental techniques and procedures. The coherence of the excitation is revealed by observing Rabi oscillations between ground and Rydberg states of the atom. We analyze the observed oscillations in detail and compare them to numerical simulations which include imperfections of our experimental system. Strategies for future improvements on the coherent manipulation of a single atom in our settings are given.

  1. Formation of metastable excited states during sputtering of transition metals

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    Wucher, A.; Sroubek, Z.

    1997-01-01

    We propose a simple model which treats the formation of metastable excited neutral atoms during sputtering of a transition metal as a two step process. First, the energy deposited into the electronic system of the solid by electronic energy losses of all moving particles in the collision cascade is considered to lead to a locally altered equilibrium electronic state of the solid. It is found that this step is dominated by collective interaction with the conduction band electrons rather than by electron promotion in binary atom-atom collisions. Second, sputtered excited atoms are assumed to be formed by resonant neutralization of excited ions (reflecting the altered equilibrium state) while crossing the surface. It is shown that this model explains the total as well as the velocity dependent excitation probability observed in recent experiments on sputtered neutral silver atoms, which cannot be understood in terms of existing theories describing the formation of excited states in sputtering. {copyright} {ital 1996} {ital The American Physical Society}

  2. Formation of ground and excited states of antihydrogen

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    Nahar, S.N.; Wadehra, J.M.

    1988-06-01

    Differential and integrated cross sections for the formation of antihydrogen by the impact of intermediate-energy (20--500 keV) antiprotons on positronium are calculated using the first Born approximation. The calculations are carried out for the formation of antihydrogen in ground and various excited electronic states (n = 1--3) when positronium, the target atom, is in the ground state, and for the formation of antihydrogen in the ground state when the positronium is in various excited electronic states (n = 1--2). The 1/n/sup 3/ behavior for the capture cross sections is used to calculate the total (that is, all states added together) integrated cross sections. The cross sections for the formation of antihydrogen presented here are obtained from those for the formation of positronium by the impact of positrons on hydrogen atoms by using charge invariance and the principle of detailed balance.

  3. Solvent-dependent excited-state hydrogen transfer and intersystem crossing in 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)-benzothiazole.

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    Aly, Shawkat M; Usman, Anwar; AlZayer, Maytham; Hamdi, Ghada A; Alarousu, Erkki; Mohammed, Omar F

    2015-02-12

    The excited-state intramolecular hydrogen transfer (ESIHT) of 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl) benzothiazole (HBT) has been investigated in a series of nonpolar, polar aprotic, and polar protic solvents. A variety of state-of-the-art experimental methods were employed, including femto- and nanosecond transient absorption and fluorescence upconversion spectroscopy with broadband capabilities. We show that the dynamics and mechanism of ESIHT of the singlet excited HBT are strongly solvent-dependent. In nonpolar solvents, the data demonstrate that HBT molecules adopt a closed form stabilized by O-H···N chelated hydrogen bonds with no twisting angle, and the photoinduced H transfer occurs within 120 fs, leading to the formation of a keto tautomer. In polar solvents, owing to dipole-dipole cross talk and hydrogen bonding interactions, the H transfer process is followed by ultrafast nonradiative deactivation channels, including ultrafast internal conversion (IC) and intersystem crossing (ISC). This is likely to be driven by the twisting motion around the C-C bond between the hydroxyphenyl and thiazole moieties, facilitating the IC back to the enol ground state or to the keto triplet state. In addition, our femtosecond time-resolved fluorescence experiments indicate, for the first time, that the lifetime of the enol form in ACN is approximately 280 fs. This observation indicates that the solvent plays a crucial role in breaking the H bond and deactivating the excited state of the HBT. Interestingly, the broadband transient absorption and fluorescence up-conversion data clearly demonstrate that the intermolecular proton transfer from the excited HBT to the DMSO solvent is about 190 fs, forming the HBT anion excited state.

  4. Tuning ground states and excitations in complex electronic materials

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    Bishop, A.R.

    1996-09-01

    Modern electronic materials are characterized by a great variety of broken-symmetry ground states and excitations. Their control requires understanding and tuning underlying driving forces of spin-charge-lattice coupling, critical to macroscopic properties and applications. We report representative model calculations which demonstrate some of the richness of the phenomena and the challenges for successful microscopic modeling.

  5. Effect of solvent on the excited-state photophysical properties of curcumin.

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    Khopde, S M; Priyadarsini, K I; Palit, D K; Mukherjee, T

    2000-11-01

    Photophysical properties of curcumin, 1,7-bis-(4-hydroxy-3-methoxy phenyl)-1,6-heptadiene-2,5-dione, a pigment found in the rhizomes of Curcuma longa (turmeric) have been studied in different kinds of organic solvent and also in Triton X-100 aqueous micellar media using time-resolved fluorescence and transient absorption techniques having pico and nanosecond time resolution, in addition to steady-state absorption and fluorescence spectroscopic techniques. Steady-state absorption and fluorescence characteristics of curcumin have been found to be sensitive to the solvent characteristics. Large change (delta mu = 6.1 Debye) in dipole moments due to photoexcitation to the excited singlet state (S1) indicates strong intramolecular charge transfer character of the latter. Curcumin is a weakly fluorescent molecule and the fluorescence decay properties in most of the solvents could be fitted well to a double-exponential decay function. The shorter component having lifetime in the range 50-350 ps and percent contribution of amplitude more than 90% in different solvents may be assigned to the enol form, whereas the longer component, having lifetime in the range 500-1180 ps with less than 10% contribution may be assigned to the di-keto form of curcumin. Our nuclear magnetic resonance study in CDCl3 and dimethyl sulfoxide-D6 also supports the fact that the enol form is present in the solution by more than about 95% in these solvents. Excited singlet (S1) and triplet (T1) absorption spectrum and decay kinetics have been characterized by pico and nanosecond laser flash photolysis. Quantum yield of the triplet is low (phi T < or = 0.12). Both the fluorescence and triplet quantum yields being low (phi f + phi T < 0.18), the photophysics of curcumin is dominated by the energy relaxation mechanism via the internal conversion process. PMID:11107847

  6. Suppression of excited-state absorption in laser crystals

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    Kuznetsova, Elena; Kolesov, Roman; Kocharovskaya, Olga

    2004-10-01

    Currently, a lot of experimental effort in solid-state optics is devoted to searching for laser materials suitable for tunable lasing, primarily in UV and VUV spectral regions. Researchers mainly focus on optical crystals doped with either transition metal or rare-earth ions. The latter ones doped into wide bandgap dielectric crystals have spectrally broad vibronic emission bands associated with 4fn-15d â" 4fn interconfigurational transitions, whose energies lie mostly in UV and VUV regions of the spectrum. The transitions are electric-dipole-allowed, therefore have large absorption and emission cross-sections, and are promising for efficient tunable laser action. However, in almost all promising crystals laser action in UV and VUV is hindered or completely prohibited due to excited-state absorption (ESA), i.e. absorption from metastable laser levels to higher-energy states, which occurs at emission or/and pump wavelengths. A method of suppression of losses due to excited-state absorption (ESA) in laser crystals is proposed, based on a well-known phenomenon of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT). Absorption from a populated excited electronic state can be reduced under the action of an additional driving coherent field, resonantly coupling the terminal state of ESA to some intermediate discrete state.

  7. Excited state nucleon spectrum with two flavors of dynamical fermions

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    Bulava, John M.; Foley, Justin; Morningstar, Colin; Edwards, Robert G.; Joo, Balint; Lin, Huey-Wen; Richards, David G.; Engelson, Eric; Wallace, Stephen J.; Lichtl, Adam; Mathur, Nilmani

    2009-02-01

    Highly excited states for isospin (1/2) baryons are calculated for the first time using lattice QCD with two flavors of dynamical quarks. Anisotropic lattices are used with two pion masses, m{sub {pi}}=416(36) MeV and 578(29) MeV. The lowest four energies are reported in each of the six irreducible representations of the octahedral group at each pion mass. The lattices used have dimensions 24{sup 3}x64, spatial lattice spacing a{sub s}{approx_equal}0.11 fm, and temporal lattice spacing a{sub t}=(1/3)a{sub s}. Clear evidence is found for a (5{sup -}/2) state in the pattern of negative-parity excited states. This agrees with the pattern of physical states and spin (5/2) has been realized for the first time on the lattice.

  8. Lattice QCD determination of patterns of excited baryon states

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    Basak, Subhasish; Edwards, R. G.; Richards, D. G.; Fleming, G. T.; Juge, K. J.; Lichtl, A.; Morningstar, C.; Sato, I.; Wallace, S. J.

    2007-10-01

    Energies for excited isospin I=(1/2) and I=(3/2) states that include the nucleon and {delta} families of baryons are computed using quenched, anisotropic lattices. Baryon interpolating field operators that are used include nonlocal operators that provide G{sub 2} irreducible representations of the octahedral group. The decomposition of spin (5/2) or higher spin states is realized for the first time in a lattice QCD calculation. We observe patterns of degenerate energies in the irreducible representations of the octahedral group that correspond to the subduction of the continuum spin (5/2) or higher. The overall pattern of low-lying excited states corresponds well to the pattern of physical states subduced to the irreducible representations of the octahedral group.

  9. Lattice QCD determination of patterns of excited baryon states

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    Subhasish Basak; Robert Edwards; George Fleming; Keisuke Juge; Adam Lichtl; Colin Morningstar; David Richards; Ikuro Sato; Stephen Wallace

    2007-10-01

    Energies for excited isospin I = 1/2 and I = 3/2 states that include the nucleon and Delta families of baryons are computed using quenched, anisotropic lattices. Baryon interpolating field operators that are used include nonlocal operators that provide G2 irreducible representations of the octahedral group. The decomposition of spin 5/2 or higher spin states is realized for the first time in a lattice QCD calculation. We observe patterns of degenerate energies in the irreducible representations of the octahedral group that correspond to the subduction of the continuum spin 5/2 or higher. The overall pattern of low-lying excited states corresponds well to the pattern of physical states subduced to the irreducible representations of the octahedral group.

  10. Excited-state quantum phase transition in the Rabi model

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    Puebla, Ricardo; Hwang, Myung-Joong; Plenio, Martin B.

    2016-08-01

    The Rabi model, a two-level atom coupled to a harmonic oscillator, can undergo a second-order quantum phase transition (QPT) [M.-J. Hwang et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 180404 (2015), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.180404]. Here we show that the Rabi QPT accompanies critical behavior in the higher-energy excited states, i.e., the excited-state QPT (ESQPT). We derive analytic expressions for the semiclassical density of states, which show a logarithmic divergence at a critical energy eigenvalue in the broken symmetry (superradiant) phase. Moreover, we find that the logarithmic singularities in the density of states lead to singularities in the relevant observables in the system such as photon number and atomic polarization. We corroborate our analytical semiclassical prediction of the ESQPT in the Rabi model with its numerically exact quantum mechanical solution.

  11. Exotic nucleus helium 9 and its excited states

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    Seth, K.K.; Artuso, M.; Barlow, D.; Iversen, S.; Kaletka, M.; Nann, H.; Parker, B.; Soundranayagam, R.

    1987-05-11

    The ground state and several excited states of /sup 9/He, the most neutron-rich nucleus to date, have been identified by means of the reaction /sup 9/Be(..pi../sup -/,..pi../sup +/) /sup 9/He. The mass excess of the ground state has been measured and it is found that the nucleus is unbound against single-neutron decay by 1.13 +- 0.10 MeV only. It is found that the excited-state spectrum of this nucleus, which is very far from the valley of stability, is in good agreement with the predictions of ''no-core'' shell-model calculations whose parameters were optimized for the stable nuclei in the valley.

  12. Excited state cross sections for Er-doped glasses

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    Zemon, Stanley A.; Lambert, Gary M.; Miniscalco, William J.; Davies, Richard W.; Hall, Bruce T.; Folweiler, Robert C.; Wei, Ta-Sheng; Andrews, Leonard J.; Singh, Mahendra P.

    1991-01-01

    Excited-state-absorption (ESA) cross sections were determined for the region between 760 and 900 nm for Er-doped fluorophosphate phosphate and silicate glasses. Measurements were performed on multimode fibers pumping at 647 nm with powers 1 . 5 Wto invert the population into the saturation regime. Over much of the 800-nm band ground-state-absorption (GSA) cross sections are equal to or greater than ESA cross sections. For comparison ESA was also measured for singlemode Al/P-doped silica fiber. The cross sections were incorporated into an amplifier model and the phosphate and fluorophosphate glasses were found to provide higher gain than silica for pumping in the 800-nm band. Photoexcited fluorozirconates were found to have substantial populations in the first four excited states and ESA transitions originating from these states are identified.

  13. Direct excitation of butterfly states in Rydberg molecules

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    Lippe, Carsten; Niederpruem, Thomas; Thomas, Oliver; Eichert, Tanita; Ott, Herwig

    2016-05-01

    Since their first theoretical prediction Rydberg molecules have become an increasing field of research. These exotic states originate from the binding of a ground state atom in the electronic wave function of a highly-excited Rydberg atom mediated by a Fermi contact type interaction. A special class of long-range molecular states, the butterfly states, were first proposed by Greene et al.. These states arise from a shape resonance in the p-wave scattering channel of a ground state atom and a Rydberg electron and are characterized by an electron wavefunction whose density distribution resembles the shape of a butterfly. We report on the direct observation of deeply bound butterfly states of Rydberg molecules of 87 Rb. The butterfly states are studied by high resolution spectroscopy of UV-excited Rydberg molecules. We find states bound up to - 50 GHz from the 25 P1/2 , F = 1 state, corresponding to binding lengths of 50a0 to 500a0 and with permanent electric dipole moments of up to 500 Debye. This distinguishes the observed butterfly states from the previously observed long range Rydberg molecules in rubidium.

  14. Ultrafast excited-state dynamics of copper(I) complexes.

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    Iwamura, Munetaka; Takeuchi, Satoshi; Tahara, Tahei

    2015-03-17

    Bis-diimine Cu(I) complexes exhibit strong absorption in the visible region owing to the metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) transitions, and the triplet MLCT ((3)MLCT) states have long lifetimes. Because these characteristics are highly suitable for photosensitizers and photocatalysts, bis-diimine Cu(I) complexes have been attracting much interest. An intriguing feature of the Cu(I) complexes is the photoinduced structural change called "flattening". Bis-diimine Cu(I) complexes usually have tetrahedron-like D2d structures in the ground (S0) state, in which two ligands are perpendicularly attached to the Cu(I) ion. With MLCT excitation, the central Cu(I) ion is formally oxidized to Cu(II), which induces the structural change to the "flattened" square-planar-like structure that is seen for usual Cu(II) complexes. In this Account, we review our recent studies on ultrafast excited-state dynamics of bis-diimine Cu(I) complexes carried out using femtosecond time-resolved optical spectroscopy. Focusing on three prototypical bis-diimine Cu(I) complexes that have 1,10-phenanthroline ligands with different substituents at the 2,9-positions, i.e., [Cu(phen)2](+) (phen = 1,10-phenanthroline), [Cu(dmphen)2](+) (dmphen = 2,9-dimethyl-1,10-phenanthroline), and [Cu(dpphen)2](+) (dpphen = 2,9-diphenyl-1,10-phenanthroline), we examined their excited-state dynamics by time-resolved emission and absorption spectroscopies with 200 fs time resolution, observed the excited-state coherent nuclear motion with 30 fs time resolution and performed complementary theoretical calculations. This combined approach vividly visualizes excited-state processes in the MLCT state of bis-diimine Cu(I) complexes. It was demonstrated that flattening distortion, internal conversion, and intersystem crossing occur on the femtosecond-early picosecond time scale, and their dynamics is clearly identified separately. The flattening distortion predominantly occurs in the S1 state on the subpicosecond time

  15. Excited States of the Diatomic Molecule CrHe

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    Pototschnig, Johann V.; Ratschek, Martin; Hauser, Andreas W.; Ernst, Wolfgang E.

    2013-06-01

    Chromium (Cr) atoms embedded in superfluid helium nanodroplets (He_N) have been investigated by laser induced fluorescence, beam depletion and resonant two-photon ionization spectroscopy in current experiments at our institute. Cr is found to reside inside the He_N in the a^7S ground state. Two electronically excited states, z^7P and y^7P, are involved in a photoinduced ejection process which allowed us to study Fano resonances in the photoionisation spectra The need for a better understanding of the experimental observations triggered a theoretical approach towards the computation of electronically excited states via high-level methods of computational chemistry. Two well-established, wave function-based methods, CASSCF and MRCI, are combined to calculate the potential energy curves for the three states involved. The character of the two excited states z^7P and y^7P turns out to be significantly different. Theory predicts the ejection of the Cr atom in the case of an y^7P excitation as was observed experimentally. The quasi-inert helium environment is expected to weaken spin selection rules, allowing a coupling between different spin states especially during the ejection process. We therefore extend our theoretical analysis to the lowest state in the triplet- and quintet- manifold. Most of these alternative states show very weak bonding of only a few wn. A. Kautsch, M. Hasewend, M. Koch and W. E. Ernst, Phys. Rev. A 86, 033428 (2012). A. Kautsch, M. Koch and W. E. Ernst, J. Phys. Chem. A, accepted, doi:10.1021/jp312336m}.

  16. Doubly Excited Resonance States of Helium Atom: Complex Entropies

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    Kuroś, Arkadiusz; Kościk, Przemysław; Saha, Jayanta K.

    2016-09-01

    We provide a diagonal form of a reduced density matrix of S-symmetry resonance states of two electron systems determined under the framework of the complex scaling method. We have employed the variational Hylleraas type wavefunction to estimate the complex entropies in doubly excited resonance states of helium atom. Our results are in good agreement with the corresponding ones determined under the framework of the stabilization method (Lin and Ho in Few-Body Syst 56:157, 2015).

  17. Integrating proton coupled electron transfer (PCET) and excited states

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    Gagliardi, Christopher J.; Westlake, Brittany C.; Kent, Caleb A.; Paul, Jared J.; Papanikolas, John M.; Meyer, Thomas J.

    2010-11-01

    In many of the chemical steps in photosynthesis and artificial photosynthesis, proton coupled electron transfer (PCET) plays an essential role. An important issue is how excited state reactivity can be integrated with PCET to carry out solar fuel reactions such as water splitting into hydrogen and oxygen or water reduction of CO2 to methanol or hydrocarbons. The principles behind PCET and concerted electron–proton transfer (EPT) pathways are reasonably well understood. In Photosystem II antenna light absorption is followed by sensitization of chlorophyll P680 and electron transfer quenching to give P680+. The oxidized chlorophyll activates the oxygen evolving complex (OEC), a CaMn4 cluster, through an intervening tyrosine–histidine pair, YZ. EPT plays a major role in a series of four activation steps that ultimately result in loss of 4e-/4H+ from the OEC with oxygen evolution. The key elements in photosynthesis and artificial photosynthesis – light absorption, excited state energy and electron transfer, electron transfer activation of multiple-electron, multiple-proton catalysis – can also be assembled in dye sensitized photoelectrochemical synthesis cells (DS-PEC). In this approach, molecular or nanoscale assemblies are incorporated at separate electrodes for coupled, light driven oxidation and reduction. Separate excited state electron transfer followed by proton transfer can be combined in single semi-concerted steps (photo-EPT) by photolysis of organic charge transfer excited states with H-bonded bases or in metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) excited states in pre-associated assemblies with H-bonded electron transfer donors or acceptors. In these assemblies, photochemically induced electron and proton transfer occur in a single, semi-concerted event to give high-energy, redox active intermediates.

  18. Excited-state collisions of trapped 85Rb atoms

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    Hoffmann, D.; Feng, P.; Williamson, R. S., III; Walker, T.

    1992-08-01

    We descrbe a new method for measuring excited-state collisions between optically trapped atoms. With this method, trap-loss collision rates are deduced from the loading behavior of clouds of trapped atoms in the regime where radiation trapping limits the atom density. Our measurements indicate that 85Rb trap-loss collisions occur at significantly smaller rates than expected both from previous work on Cs and from recent models. In addition, the dependence of the trap-loss collisions on the frequency of the light used to excite the atom pairs is also different from that of Cs, suggesting that assumptions about the dynamics in these models need modification.

  19. Photodissociation of N2O: excitation of 1A" states.

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    Schinke, Reinhard; Schmidt, Johan A

    2012-11-26

    We investigate the contributions of the lowest two (1)A" states in the UV photodissociation of N(2)O employing three-dimensional potential energy surfaces and transition dipole moment functions. Because the transition dipole moments are much smaller than for the 2 (1)A' state, we conclude that excitation of the (1)A" states has a marginal effect. The dense vibrational spectrum of the quasi-bound 2(1)A" state possibly explains some of the tiny, noise-like structures of the measured absorption spectrum. PMID:22536943

  20. Excited S-symmetry states of positronic lithium and beryllium

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    Strasburger, Krzysztof

    2016-04-01

    The possibility of the existence of excited S-symmetry states of positronic lithium and beryllium, resulting from the positron attachment to high-spin P parent atomic states, is examined and confirmed with variational calculations in the basis of explicitly correlated Gaussian functions. The unexpectedly different order of the energies of the S and P states is explained by the formation of the positronium cluster structure and associated disappearance of the destabilizing centrifugal force. The annihilation properties of newly discovered states are discussed in the context of prospective experimental detection.

  1. Excited S-symmetry states of positronic lithium and beryllium.

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    Strasburger, Krzysztof

    2016-04-14

    The possibility of the existence of excited S-symmetry states of positronic lithium and beryllium, resulting from the positron attachment to high-spin P parent atomic states, is examined and confirmed with variational calculations in the basis of explicitly correlated Gaussian functions. The unexpectedly different order of the energies of the S and P states is explained by the formation of the positronium cluster structure and associated disappearance of the destabilizing centrifugal force. The annihilation properties of newly discovered states are discussed in the context of prospective experimental detection. PMID:27083730

  2. Description of electronic excited states using electron correlation operator.

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    Nichols, Bryan; Rassolov, Vitaly A

    2013-09-14

    The electron correlation energy in a chemical system is defined as a difference between the energy of an exact energy for a given Hamiltonian, and a mean-field, or single determinant, approximation to it. A promising way to model electron correlation is through the expectation value of a linear two-electron operator for the Kohn-Sham single determinant wavefunction. For practical reasons, it is desirable for such an operator to be universal, i.e., independent of the positions and types of nuclei in a molecule. The correlation operator models the effect of electron correlation on the interaction energy in a electron pair. We choose an operator expanded in a small number of Gaussians as a model for electron correlation, and test it by computing atomic and molecular adiabatic excited states. The computations are performed within the Δ Self-Consistent Field (ΔSCF) formalism, and are compared to the time-dependent density functional theory model with popular density functionals. The simplest form of the correlation operator contains only one parameter derived from the helium atom ground state correlation energy. The correlation operator approach significantly outperforms other methods in computation of atomic excitation energies. The accuracy of molecular excitation energies computed with the correlation operator is limited by the shortcomings of the ΔSCF methodology in describing excited states.

  3. Conformational analysis of N-methylformamide in ground S0 and excited S1 and T1 electronic states

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    Tukachev, N. V.; Bataev, V. A.; Godunov, I. A.

    2016-07-01

    For conformers of the N-methylformamide (HCONHCH3) molecule, calculations of equilibrium geometry parameters, harmonic vibration frequencies, energy differences and potential barriers to conformational transitions were performed in the ground (S0) and lowest excited singlet (S1) and triplet (T1) electronic states. In the S0 state, the molecule exists in trans and cis stable conformations (having Cs symmetry). Our calculations show that the electronic excitations T1←S0 and S1←S0 cause changes in the structure of conformers: both HCON and HNCC fragments become pyramidal and rotate around the CN bond. As a result, in each excited electronic state under consideration, there are 12 minima forming six pairs of equivalent conformers separated by relatively small potential barriers. One- and two-dimensional potential energy surface sections corresponding to different intramolecular large-amplitude motions were calculated using the MP2/aug-cc-pVTZ (S0) and CASPT2/cc-pVTZ (S1 and T1) methods. Anharmonic vibrational problems for large-amplitude motions were solved, and the corresponding frequencies were estimated.

  4. Link atom bond length effect in ONIOM excited state calculations.

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    Caricato, Marco; Vreven, Thom; Trucks, Gary W; Frisch, Michael J

    2010-08-01

    We investigate how the choice of the link atom bond length affects an electronic transition energy calculation with the so-called our own N-layer integrated molecular orbital molecular mechanics (ONIOM) hybrid method. This follows our previous paper [M. Caricato et al., J. Chem. Phys. 131, 134105 (2009)], where we showed that ONIOM is able to accurately approximate electronic transition energies computed at a high level of theory such as the equation of motion coupled cluster singles and doubles (EOM-CCSD) method. In this study we show that the same guidelines used in ONIOM ground state calculations can also be followed in excited state calculations, and that the link atom bond length has little effect on the ONIOM energy when a sensible model system is chosen. We also suggest further guidelines for excited state calculations which can help in checking the effectiveness of the definition of the model system and controlling the noise in the calculation.

  5. Characterising a configuration interaction excited state using natural transition geminals

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    Coe, J. P.; Paterson, M. J.

    2014-03-01

    We introduce natural transition geminals as a means to qualitatively understand a transition where double excitations are important. The first two A1 singlet states of the CH cation are used as an initial example. We calculate these states with configuration interaction singles and state-averaged Monte Carlo configuration interaction (SA-MCCI). For each method, we compare the important natural transition geminals with the dominant natural transition orbitals. We then compare SA-MCCI and full configuration interaction with regards to the natural transition geminals using the beryllium atom. We compare using the natural transition geminals with analysing the important configurations in the CI expansion to give the dominant transition for the beryllium atom and the carbon dimer. Finally, we calculate the natural transition geminals for two electronic excitations of formamide.

  6. Controlling excited-state contamination in nucleon matrix elements

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    Yoon, Boram; Gupta, Rajan; Bhattacharya, Tanmoy; Engelhardt, Michael; Green, Jeremy; Joó, Bálint; Lin, Huey-Wen; Negele, John; Orginos, Kostas; Pochinsky, Andrew; Richards, David; Syritsyn, Sergey; Winter, Frank; Nucleon Matrix Elements NME Collaboration

    2016-06-01

    We present a detailed analysis of methods to reduce statistical errors and excited-state contamination in the calculation of matrix elements of quark bilinear operators in nucleon states. All the calculations were done on a 2 +1 -flavor ensemble with lattices of size 323×64 generated using the rational hybrid Monte Carlo algorithm at a =0.081 fm and with Mπ=312 MeV . The statistical precision of the data is improved using the all-mode-averaging method. We compare two methods for reducing excited-state contamination: a variational analysis and a 2-state fit to data at multiple values of the source-sink separation tsep. We show that both methods can be tuned to significantly reduce excited-state contamination and discuss their relative advantages and cost effectiveness. A detailed analysis of the size of source smearing used in the calculation of quark propagators and the range of values of tsep needed to demonstrate convergence of the isovector charges of the nucleon to the tsep→∞ estimates is presented.

  7. Embedding potentials for excited states of embedded species

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    Wesolowski, Tomasz A.

    2014-05-14

    Frozen-Density-Embedding Theory (FDET) is a formalism to obtain the upper bound of the ground-state energy of the total system and the corresponding embedded wavefunction by means of Euler-Lagrange equations [T. A. Wesolowski, Phys. Rev. A 77(1), 012504 (2008)]. FDET provides the expression for the embedding potential as a functional of the electron density of the embedded species, electron density of the environment, and the field generated by other charges in the environment. Under certain conditions, FDET leads to the exact ground-state energy and density of the whole system. Following Perdew-Levy theorem on stationary states of the ground-state energy functional, the other-than-ground-state stationary states of the FDET energy functional correspond to excited states. In the present work, we analyze such use of other-than-ground-state embedded wavefunctions obtained in practical calculations, i.e., when the FDET embedding potential is approximated. Three computational approaches based on FDET, that assure self-consistent excitation energy and embedded wavefunction dealing with the issue of orthogonality of embedded wavefunctions for different states in a different manner, are proposed and discussed.

  8. Intramolecular Gas Phase Reactions of Synthetic Non-heme Oxoiron(IV) Ions: Proximity and Spin-State Reactivity Rules

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    Mas-Ballesté, Rubén; McDonald, Aidan R.; Reed, Dana; Usharani, Dandamudi; Schyman, Patric; Milko, Petr

    2012-01-01

    The intramolecular gas phase reactivity of four oxoiron(IV) complexes supported by tetradentate N4 ligands (L) has been studied by means of tandem mass spectrometry measurements where the gas-phase ions [FeIV(O)(L)(OTf)]+ and [FeIV(O)(L)]2+ were isolated and then allowed to fragment by collision-induced decay (CID). CID fragmentation of cations derived from oxoiron(IV) complexes of TMC (1,4,8,11-tetramethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane) and L8Py2 (N,N’-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-1,5-diazacyclooctane) afforded the same predominant products irrespective of whether they were hexacoordinate or pentacoordinate. These products resulted from the loss of water by dehydrogenation of ethylene or propylene linkers on the tetradentate ligand. In contrast, CID fragmentation of ions derived from oxoiron(IV) complexes of linear tetradentate ligands BPMEN (N,N’-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-1,2-diaminoethane) and BPMPN (N,N’-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-1,3-diaminopropane) showed predominant oxidative N-dealkylation for the hexacoordinate [FeIV(O)(L)(OTf)]+ cations and predominant dehydrogenation of the diaminoethane/propane backbone for the pentacoordinate [FeIV(O)(L)]2+ cations. DFT calculations on [FeIV(O)(BPMEN)] ions showed that the experimentally observed preference for oxidative N-dealkylation versus dehydrogenation of the diaminoethane linker for the hexa- and pentacoordinate ions, respectively, is dictated by the proximity of the target C–H bond to the oxoiron(IV) moiety and the reactive spin state. Therefore, there must be a difference in ligand topology between the two ions. More importantly, despite the constraints on the geometries of the TSs that prohibit the usual upright σ-trajectory and prevent optimal σCH-σ*z2 overlap, all the reactions still proceed preferentially on the quintet (S = 2) state surface, which increases the number of exchange interactions in the d-block of iron and leads thereby to exchange enhanced reactivity (EER). As such, EER is responsible for the

  9. Intramolecular gas-phase reactions of synthetic nonheme oxoiron(IV) ions: proximity and spin-state reactivity rules.

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    Mas-Ballesté, Rubén; McDonald, Aidan R; Reed, Dana; Usharani, Dandamudi; Schyman, Patric; Milko, Petr; Shaik, Sason; Que, Lawrence

    2012-09-10

    The intramolecular gas-phase reactivity of four oxoiron(IV) complexes supported by tetradentate N(4) ligands (L) has been studied by means of tandem mass spectrometry measurements in which the gas-phase ions [Fe(IV)(O)(L)(OTf)](+) (OTf = trifluoromethanesulfonate) and [Fe(IV) (O)(L)](2+) were isolated and then allowed to fragment by collision-induced decay (CID). CID fragmentation of cations derived from oxoiron(IV) complexes of 1,4,8,11-tetramethyl-1,4,8,11-tetraazacyclotetradecane (tmc) and N,N'-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-1,5-diazacyclooctane (L(8)Py(2)) afforded the same predominant products irrespective of whether they were hexacoordinate or pentacoordinate. These products resulted from the loss of water by dehydrogenation of ethylene or propylene linkers on the tetradentate ligand. In contrast, CID fragmentation of ions derived from oxoiron(IV) complexes of linear tetradentate ligands N,N'-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-1,2-diaminoethane (bpmen) and N,N'-bis(2-pyridylmethyl)-1,3-diaminopropane (bpmpn) showed predominant oxidative N-dealkylation for the hexacoordinate [Fe(IV)(O)(L)(OTf)](+) cations and predominant dehydrogenation of the diaminoethane/propane backbone for the pentacoordinate [Fe(IV)(O)(L)](2+) cations. DFT calculations on [Fe(IV)(O)(bpmen)] ions showed that the experimentally observed preference for oxidative N-dealkylation versus dehydrogenation of the diaminoethane linker for the hexa- and pentacoordinate ions, respectively, is dictated by the proximity of the target C-H bond to the oxoiron(IV) moiety and the reactive spin state. Therefore, there must be a difference in ligand topology between the two ions. More importantly, despite the constraints on the geometries of the TS that prohibit the usual upright σ trajectory and prevent optimal σ(CH)-σ*(z2) overlap, all the reactions still proceed preferentially on the quintet (S = 2) state surface, which increases the number of exchange interactions in the d block of iron and leads thereby to exchange enhanced

  10. Reexamination of the excited states of C12

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    Freer, M.; Boztosun, I.; Bremner, C. A.; Chappell, S. P. G.; Cowin, R. L.; Dillon, G. K.; Fulton, B. R.; Greenhalgh, B. J.; Munoz-Britton, T.; Nicoli, M. P.; Rae, W. D. M.; Singer, S. M.; Sparks, N.; Watson, D. L.; Weisser, D. C.

    2007-09-01

    An analysis of the C12(C12,3α)C12 reaction was made at beam energies between 82 and 106 MeV. Decays to both the ground state and the excited states of Be8 were isolated, allowing states of different characters to be identified. In particular, evidence was found for a previously observed state at 11.16 MeV. An analysis of the angular distributions of the unnatural parity states at 11.83 and 13.35 MeV, previously assigned Jπ=2-, calls into question the validity of these assignments, suggesting that at least one of the states may correspond to Jπ=4-. Evidence is also found for 1- and 3- strengths associated with broad states between 11 and 14 MeV.

  11. Nonclassical properties of coherent states and excited coherent states for continuous spectra

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    Honarasa, G. R.; Tavassoly, M. K.; Hatami, M.; Roknizadeh, R.

    2011-02-01

    Based on the definition of coherent states for continuous spectra and analogous to photon-added coherent states for discrete spectra, we introduce the excited coherent states for continuous spectra. It is shown that the main axioms of Gazeau-Klauder coherent states will be satisfied, properly. Nonclassical properties and quantum statistics of coherent states, as well as the introduced excited coherent states, are discussed. In particular, through the study of quadrature squeezing and amplitude-squared squeezing, it will be observed that both classes of the above states can be classified in the intelligent states category.

  12. The role played by some factors of intramolecular interaction in nonradiative deactivation of the lowest triplet state of octachlorodibenzo- p-dioxin

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    Gastilovich, E. A.; Klimenko, V. G.; Volkova, L. V.; Nurmukhametov, R. N.

    2012-11-01

    We have studied how intramolecular interactions, such as vibronically induced spin-orbit (VISO) and nonadiabatic interactions, which are governed by different structural elements of the octachlorodibenzo- p-dioxin (OCDD) molecule, affect the deactivation of its lowest triplet state. In the nonadiabatic approximation, taking into account out-of-plane vibrational modes as promoting ones, we have estimated the values of rate constant K {dg/s} of the nonradiative energy deactivation of in-plane triplet sublevels ( s = z, y) of the triplet state of the OCDD molecule.

  13. Negative-parity nucleon excited state in nuclear matter

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    Ohtani, Keisuke; Gubler, Philipp; Oka, Makoto

    2016-10-01

    Spectral functions of the nucleon and its negative-parity excited state in nuclear matter are studied by using QCD sum rules and the maximum entropy method (MEM). It is found that in-medium modifications of the spectral functions are attributed mainly to density dependencies of the and condensates. The MEM reproduces the lowest-energy peaks of both the positive- and negative-parity nucleon states at finite density up to ρ ˜ρN (normal nuclear matter density). As the density grows, the residue of the nucleon ground state decreases gradually while the residue of the lowest negative-parity excited state increases slightly. On the other hand, the positions of the peaks, which correspond to the total energies of these states, are almost density independent for both parity states. The density dependencies of the effective masses and vector self-energies are also extracted by assuming phenomenological mean-field-type propagators for the peak states. We find that, as the density increases, the nucleon effective mass decreases while the vector self-energy increases. The density dependence of these quantities for the negative-parity state on the other hand turns out to be relatively weak.

  14. Excitation on the Coherent States of Pseudoharmonic Oscillator

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    Popov, Dusan; Pop, Nicolina; Sajfert, Vjekoslav

    2009-05-22

    In the last decades, much attention has been paid to the excitation on coherent states, especially for coherent states of the harmonic oscillator ([1] and references therein). But an interesting anharmonic oscillator with many potential applications is also the pseudoharmonic oscillator (PHO). So, in the present paper we have defined the excitation on the Klauder-Perelomov coherent states (E-KP-CSs) for the PHO. These states are obtained by repeatedly operating the raising operator K{sub +} on a usual Klauder-Perelomov coherent state (KP-CS) of the PHO [2]. We have verified that really, the E-KP-CSs fulfill all the properties of the coherent states, as stated by Klauder [3]. We have examined the nonclassical properties of the E-KP-CSs, by using the density matrix formalism and examining the dependence of the Mandel parameter Q{sub z,k;m}(|z|{sup 2}) on the |z|{sup 2} and on the m. It seems that these states can be used in optical communication field and in the physics of quantum information, as signal beams, due to the fact that in these fields the nonclassicality plays an important role.

  15. Higher excited states of acceptors in cubic semiconductors

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    Said, M.; Kanehisa, M. A.; Balkanski, M.

    1986-02-01

    For the first time, higher excited states of shallow acceptors up to the 3s and 4s states are calculated based on the Balderschi and Lipari theory including the cubic correction. The eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the effective mass Hamiltonian for shallow acceptor states were obtained by the finite element method. The resultant sparse matrix is diagonalized by a newly developed Saad's method based on Arnoldi's algorithm. Comparison with experimental spectra on ZnTe:Li and ZnTe:P gives best valence band parameters for ZnTe; μ = 0.60 and δ = 0.12.

  16. Excited-state quantum phase transitions in Dicke superradiance models.

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    Brandes, Tobias

    2013-09-01

    We derive analytical results for various quantities related to the excited-state quantum phase transitions in a class of Dicke superradiance models in the semiclassical limit. Based on a calculation of a partition sum restricted to Dicke states, we discuss the singular behavior of the derivative of the density of states and find observables such as the mean (atomic) inversion and the boson (photon) number and its fluctuations at arbitrary energies. Criticality depends on energy and a parameter that quantifies the relative weight of rotating versus counterrotating terms, and we find a close analogy to the logarithmic and jump-type nonanalyticities known from the Lipkin-Meshkov-Glick model. PMID:24125239

  17. Strong-Field Photoionization as Excited-State Tunneling.

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    Serebryannikov, E E; Zheltikov, A M

    2016-03-25

    We show that, in an intense laser field, ultrafast photoionization can occur through quantum pathways that cannot be categorized as multiphoton ionization or ground-state tunneling. In this regime, the subcycle electron-wave-packet dynamics leading to photoionization occurs via electron excited states, from where the electrons tunnel to the continuum within a tiny fraction of the field cycle. For high field intensities, this ionization pathway is shown to drastically enhance the dynamic leakage of the electron wave packet into the continuum, opening an ionization channel that dominates over ground-state electron tunneling. PMID:27058079

  18. Signature of nonadiabatic coupling in excited-state vibrational modes.

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    Soler, Miguel A; Nelson, Tammie; Roitberg, Adrian E; Tretiak, Sergei; Fernandez-Alberti, Sebastian

    2014-11-13

    Using analytical excited-state gradients, vibrational normal modes have been calculated at the minimum of the electronic excited-state potential energy surfaces for a set of extended conjugated molecules with different coupling between them. Molecular model systems composed of units of polyphenylene ethynylene (PPE), polyphenylenevinylene (PPV), and naphthacene/pentacene (NP) have been considered. In all cases except the NP model, the influence of the nonadiabatic coupling on the excited-state equilibrium normal modes is revealed as a unique highest frequency adiabatic vibrational mode that overlaps with the coupling vector. This feature is removed by using a locally diabatic representation in which the effect of NA interaction is removed. Comparison of the original adiabatic modes with a set of vibrational modes computed in the locally diabatic representation demonstrates that the effect of nonadiabaticity is confined to only a few modes. This suggests that the nonadiabatic character of a molecular system may be detected spectroscopically by identifying these unique state-specific high frequency vibrational modes. PMID:24844735

  19. Controlling autoionization in strontium two-electron-excited states

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    Fields, Robert; Zhang, Xinyue; Dunning, F. Barry; Yoshida, Shuhei; Burgdörfer, Joachim

    2016-05-01

    One challenge in engineering long-lived two-electron-excited states, i.e., so-called planetary atoms, is autoionization. Autoionization, however, can be suppressed if the outermost electron is placed in a high- n, n ~ 300 - 600 , high- L state because such states have only a very small overlap with the inner electron, even when this is also excited to a state of relatively high n and hence of relatively long lifetime. Here the L-dependence of the autoionization rate for high- n strontium Rydberg atoms is examined during excitation of the core ion 5 s 2S1 / 2 - 5 p 2P3 / 2 transition. Measurements in which the angular momentum of the Rydberg electron is controlled using a pulsed electric field show that the autoionization rate decreases rapidly with increasing L and becomes very small for values larger than ~ 20 . The data are analyzed with the aid of calculations undertaken using complex scaling. Research supported by the NSF and Robert A. Welch Foundation.

  20. Ultrafast excited-state dynamics in photochromic N-salicylideneaniline studied by femtosecond time-resolved REMPI spectroscopy

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    Okabe, Chie; Nakabayashi, Takakazu; Inokuchi, Yoshiya; Nishi, Nobuyuki; Sekiya, Hiroshi

    2004-11-15

    Ultrafast processes in photoexcited N-salicylideneaniline have been investigated with femtosecond time-resolved resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization spectroscopy. The ion signals via the S{sub 1}(n,{pi}*) state of the enol form as well as the proton-transferred cis-keto form emerge within a few hundred femtoseconds after photoexcitation to the first S{sub 1}({pi},{pi}*) state of the enol form. This reveals that two ultrafast processes, excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) reaction and an internal conversion (IC) to the S{sub 1}(n,{pi}*) state, occur on a time scale less than a few hundred femtoseconds from the S{sub 1}({pi},{pi}*) state of the enol form. The rise time of the transient corresponding to the production of the proton-transferred cis-keto form is within 750 fs when near the red edge of the absorption is excited, indicating that the ESIPT reaction occurs within 750 fs. The decay time of the S{sub 1}({pi},{pi}*) state of the cis-keto form is 8.9 ps by exciting the enol form at 370 nm, but it dramatically decreases to be 1.5-1.6 ps for the excitation at 365-320 nm. The decrease in the decay time has been attributed to the opening of an efficient nonradiative channel; an IC from S{sub 1}({pi},{pi}*) to S{sub 1}(n,{pi}*) of the cis-keto form promotes the production of the trans-keto form as the final photochromic products. The two IC processes may provide opposite effect on the quantum yield of photochromic products: IC in the enol form may substantially reduce the quantum yield, but IC in the cis-keto form increase it.

  1. Electronic and Nuclear Factors in Charge and Excitation Transfer

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    Piotr Piotrowiak

    2004-09-28

    We report the and/or state of several subprojects of our DOE sponsored research on Electronic and Nuclear Factors in Electron and Excitation Transfer: (1) Construction of an ultrafast Ti:sapphire amplifier. (2) Mediation of electronic interactions in host-guest molecules. (3) Theoretical models of electrolytes in weakly polar media. (4) Symmetry effects in intramolecular excitation transfer.

  2. Excited states in the heavy nuclide {sup 254}No

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    Kankaanpaeae, H.; Leino, M.; Cocks, J. F. C.; Dorvaux, O.; Helariutta, K.; Jones, P.; Julin, R.; Juutinen, S.; Kettunen, H.; Kuusiniemi, P.; Muikku, M.; Nieminen, P.; Rahkila, P.; Savelius, A.; Trzaska, W. H.; Herzberg, R.-D.; Chewter, A. J.; Butler, P. A.; Greenlees, P. T.; Jones, G. D.

    1999-11-16

    In-beam {gamma}-ray spectroscopy of the excited states in the heavy nuclide {sup 254}No have been studied in the reaction {sup 208}Pb({sup 48}Ca,2n){sup 254}No. The techniques of recoil-gating and recoil-decay-tagging were needed due to the dominant fission background. Prompt {gamma}-rays were detected with a Ge detector array, consisting of four clover detectors in close geometry, and a gas-filled recoil separator (RITU) was used for detecting recoils and their {alpha}-decays. The observed six {gamma}-rays were associated with E2-transitions in the ground state rotational band of {sup 254}No. The value {beta}{sub 2}=0.27{+-}0.03 was extracted for the quadrupole deformation from the extrapolated 2{sup +} excitation energy.

  3. Photoionization of potassium atoms from the ground and excited states

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    Zatsarinny, O.; Tayal, S. S.

    2010-04-15

    The Dirac-based B-spline R-matrix method is used to investigate the photoionization of atomic potassium from the 4s ground and 4p, 5s-7s, 3d-5d excited states. The effect of the core polarization by the outer electron is included through the polarized pseudostates. Besides the dipole core polarization, we also found a noticeable influence of the quadrupole core polarization. We obtained excellent agreement with experiment for cross sections of the 4s photoionization, including accurate description of the near-threshold Cooper-Seaton minimum. We also obtained close agreement with experiment for the 4p photoionization, but there are unexpectedly large discrepancies with available experimental data for photoionization of the 5d and 7s excited states.

  4. Tunable rubidium excited state Voigt atomic optical filter.

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    Yin, Longfei; Luo, Bin; Xiong, Junyu; Guo, Hong

    2016-03-21

    A tunable rubidium excited state Voigt atomic optical filter working at optical communication wavelength (1.5 μm) is realized. The filter achieves a peak transmittance of 57.6% with a double-peak structure, in which each one has a bandwidth of 600 MHz. Benefiting from the Voigt type structure, the magnetic field of the filter can be tuned from 0 to 1600 gauss, and a peak transmittance tunability of 1.6 GHz can thus be realized. Different from the excited state Faraday type filter, the pump efficiency in the Voigt filter is affected a lot by the pump polarization. Measured absorption results of the pump laser and transmittances of the signal laser both prove that the vertical linear polarization pumping is the most efficient in the Voigt filter. PMID:27136803

  5. Excited states in large molecular systems through polarizable embedding.

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    List, Nanna Holmgaard; Olsen, Jógvan Magnus Haugaard; Kongsted, Jacob

    2016-07-27

    In this perspective, we provide an overview of recent work within the polarizable embedding scheme to describe properties of molecules in realistic environments of increasing complexity. After an outline of the theoretical basis for the polarizable embedding model, we discuss the importance of using an accurate embedding potential, and how this may be used to significantly reduce the size of the part of the system treated using quantum mechanics without compromising the accuracy of the final results. Furthermore, we discuss the calculation of local electronic excited states based on response theory. We finally discuss aspects related to two recent extensions of the model (i) effective external field and (ii) polarizable density embedding emphasizing their importance for efficient yet accurate description of excited-state properties in complex environments. PMID:27416749

  6. Compilation of giant electric dipole resonances built on excited states

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    Schiller, A. . E-mail: schiller@nscl.msu.edu; Thoennessen, M.

    2007-07-15

    Giant Electric Dipole Resonance (GDR) parameters for {gamma} decay to excited states with finite spin and temperature are compiled. Over 100 original works have been reviewed and from some 70 of them, about 350 sets of hot GDR parameters for different isotopes, excitation energies, and spin regions have been extracted. All parameter sets have been brought onto a common footing by calculating the equivalent Lorentzian parameters. The current compilation is complementary to an earlier compilation by Samuel S. Dietrich and Barry L. Berman (At. Data Nucl. Data Tables 38 (1988) 199-338) on ground-state photo-neutron and photo-absorption cross sections and their Lorentzian parameters. A comparison of the two may help shed light on the evolution of GDR parameters with temperature and spin. The present compilation is current as of July 2006.

  7. Physical Properties, Exciton Analysis, and Visualization of Core-Excited States: An Intermediate State Representation Approach.

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    Wenzel, Jan; Dreuw, Andreas

    2016-03-01

    The theoretical simulation of X-ray absorption spectra is in general a challenging task. However, for small and medium-sized organic molecules, the algebraic diagrammatic construction scheme (ADC) for the polarization operator in combination with the core-valence separation approximation (CVS) has proven to yield core-excitation energies and transition moments with almost quantitative accuracy allowing for reliable construction of X-ray absorption spectra. Still, to understand core-excitation processes in detail, it is not sufficient to only compute energies, but also properties like static dipole moments and state densities are important as they provide deeper insight into the nature of core-excited states. Here, we present for the first time an implementation of the intermediate state representation (ISR) approach in combination with the CVS approximation (CVS-ISR), which gives, in combination with the CVS-ADC method, direct access to core-excited state properties. The performance of the CVS-ADC/CVS-ISR approach is demonstrated by means of small- and medium-sized organic molecules. Besides the calculation of core-excited state dipole moments, advanced analyses of core-excited state densities are performed using descriptors like exciton sizes and distances. Plotting electron and hole densities helps to determine the character of the state, and in particular, the investigation of detachment/attachment densities provides information about orbital relaxation effects that are crucial for understanding core excitations.

  8. Temperature dependence of the excited state absorption of alexandrite

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    Shand, M.L.; Jenssen, H.P.

    1983-03-01

    The temperature dependence from 28 to 290/sup 0/C of the excited-state absorption cross section sigma /SUB 2a/ (E) in the gain wavelength region of alexandrite has been determined from the temperature dependence of the single pass gain (SPG) and of the fluorescence. sigma /SUB 2a/ (E) and the emission cross section increase with temperature at approximately the same rate.

  9. Connection between decoherence and excited state quantum phase transitions

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    Perez-Fernandez, P.; Arias, J. M.; Relano, A.; Dukelsky, J.; Garcia-Ramos, J. E.

    2010-04-26

    In this work we explore the relationship between an excited state quantum phase transition (ESQPT) and the phenomenon of quantum decoherence. For this purpose, we study how the decoherence is affected by the presence of a continuous ESQPT in the environment. This one is modeled as a two level boson system described by a Lipkin Hamiltonian. We will show that the decoherence of the system is maximal when the environment undergoes a continuous ESQPT.

  10. Minimal-excitation states for electron quantum optics using levitons.

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    Dubois, J; Jullien, T; Portier, F; Roche, P; Cavanna, A; Jin, Y; Wegscheider, W; Roulleau, P; Glattli, D C

    2013-10-31

    The on-demand generation of pure quantum excitations is important for the operation of quantum systems, but it is particularly difficult for a system of fermions. This is because any perturbation affects all states below the Fermi energy, resulting in a complex superposition of particle and hole excitations. However, it was predicted nearly 20 years ago that a Lorentzian time-dependent potential with quantized flux generates a minimal excitation with only one particle and no hole. Here we report that such quasiparticles (hereafter termed levitons) can be generated on demand in a conductor by applying voltage pulses to a contact. Partitioning the excitations with an electronic beam splitter generates a current noise that we use to measure their number. Minimal-excitation states are observed for Lorentzian pulses, whereas for other pulse shapes there are significant contributions from holes. Further identification of levitons is provided in the energy domain with shot-noise spectroscopy, and in the time domain with electronic Hong-Ou-Mandel noise correlations. The latter, obtained by colliding synchronized levitons on a beam splitter, exemplifies the potential use of levitons for quantum information: using linear electron quantum optics in ballistic conductors, it is possible to imagine flying-qubit operation in which the Fermi statistics are exploited to entangle synchronized electrons emitted by distinct sources. Compared with electron sources based on quantum dots, the generation of levitons does not require delicate nanolithography, considerably simplifying the circuitry for scalability. Levitons are not limited to carrying a single charge, and so in a broader context n-particle levitons could find application in the study of full electron counting statistics. But they can also carry a fraction of charge if they are implemented in Luttinger liquids or in fractional quantum Hall edge channels; this allows the study of Abelian and non-Abelian quasiparticles in the

  11. Minimal-excitation states for electron quantum optics using levitons

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    Dubois, J.; Jullien, T.; Portier, F.; Roche, P.; Cavanna, A.; Jin, Y.; Wegscheider, W.; Roulleau, P.; Glattli, D. C.

    2013-10-01

    The on-demand generation of pure quantum excitations is important for the operation of quantum systems, but it is particularly difficult for a system of fermions. This is because any perturbation affects all states below the Fermi energy, resulting in a complex superposition of particle and hole excitations. However, it was predicted nearly 20 years ago that a Lorentzian time-dependent potential with quantized flux generates a minimal excitation with only one particle and no hole. Here we report that such quasiparticles (hereafter termed levitons) can be generated on demand in a conductor by applying voltage pulses to a contact. Partitioning the excitations with an electronic beam splitter generates a current noise that we use to measure their number. Minimal-excitation states are observed for Lorentzian pulses, whereas for other pulse shapes there are significant contributions from holes. Further identification of levitons is provided in the energy domain with shot-noise spectroscopy, and in the time domain with electronic Hong-Ou-Mandel noise correlations. The latter, obtained by colliding synchronized levitons on a beam splitter, exemplifies the potential use of levitons for quantum information: using linear electron quantum optics in ballistic conductors, it is possible to imagine flying-qubit operation in which the Fermi statistics are exploited to entangle synchronized electrons emitted by distinct sources. Compared with electron sources based on quantum dots, the generation of levitons does not require delicate nanolithography, considerably simplifying the circuitry for scalability. Levitons are not limited to carrying a single charge, and so in a broader context n-particle levitons could find application in the study of full electron counting statistics. But they can also carry a fraction of charge if they are implemented in Luttinger liquids or in fractional quantum Hall edge channels; this allows the study of Abelian and non-Abelian quasiparticles in the

  12. Ultrafast internal conversion in ethylene. I. The excited state lifetime

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    Tao, H.; Allison, T. K.; Wright, T. W.; Stooke, A. M.; Khurmi, C.; van Tilborg, J.; Liu, Y.; Falcone, R. W.; Belkacem, A.; Martinez, T. J.

    2011-06-01

    Using a combined theoretical and experimental approach, we investigate the non-adiabatic dynamics of the prototypical ethylene (C2H4) molecule upon π → π* excitation. In this first part of a two part series, we focus on the lifetime of the excited electronic state. The femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron spectrum (TRPES) of ethylene is simulated based on our recent molecular dynamics simulation using the ab initio multiple spawning method with multi-state second order perturbation theory [H. Tao, B. G. Levine, and T. J. Martinez, J. Phys. Chem. A 113, 13656 (2009)], 10.1021/jp9063565. We find excellent agreement between the TRPES calculation and the photoion signal observed in a pump-probe experiment using femtosecond vacuum ultraviolet (hν = 7.7 eV) pulses for both pump and probe. These results explain the apparent discrepancy over the excited state lifetime between theory and experiment that has existed for ten years, with experiments [e.g., P. Farmanara, V. Stert, and W. Radloff, Chem. Phys. Lett. 288, 518 (1998), 10.1016/S0009-2614(98)00312-1 and K. Kosma, S. A. Trushin, W. Fuss, and W. E. Schmid, J. Phys. Chem. A 112, 7514 (2008)], 10.1021/jp803548c reporting much shorter lifetimes than predicted by theory. Investigation of the TRPES indicates that the fast decay of the photoion yield originates from both energetic and electronic factors, with the energetic factor playing a larger role in shaping the signal.

  13. Photoisomerization Mechanism of Ruthenium Sulfoxide Complexes: Role of the Metal-Centered Excited State in the Bond Rupture and Bond Construction Processes.

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    Li, Huifang; Zhang, Lisheng; Zheng, Lvyin; Li, Xun; Fan, Xiaolin; Zhao, Yi

    2016-09-26

    Phototriggered intramolecular isomerization in a series of ruthenium sulfoxide complexes, [Ru(L)(tpy)(DMSO)](n+) (where tpy=2,2':6',2''-terpyridine; DMSO=dimethyl sulfoxide; L=2,2'-bipyridine (bpy), n=2; N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediamine (tmen) n=2; picolinate (pic), n=1; acetylacetonate (acac), n=1; oxalate (ox), n=0; malonate (mal), n=0), was investigated theoretically. It is observed that the metal-centered ligand field ((3) MC) state plays an important role in the excited state S→O isomerization of the coordinated DMSO ligand. If the population of (3) MCS state is thermally accessible and no (3) MCO can be populated from this state, photoisomerization will be turned off because the (3) MCS excited state is expected to lead to fast radiationless decay back to the original (1) GSS ground state or photodecomposition along the Ru(2+) -S stretching coordinate. On the contrary, if the population of (3) MCS (or (3) MCO ) state is inaccessible, photoinduced S→O isomerization can proceed adiabatically on the potential energy surface of the metal-to-ligand charge transfer excited states ((3) MLCTS →(3) MLCTO ). It is hoped that these results can provide valuable information for the excited state isomerization in photochromic d(6) transition-metal complexes, which is both experimentally and intellectually challenging as a field of study. PMID:27553700

  14. Photoisomerization Mechanism of Ruthenium Sulfoxide Complexes: Role of the Metal-Centered Excited State in the Bond Rupture and Bond Construction Processes.

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    Li, Huifang; Zhang, Lisheng; Zheng, Lvyin; Li, Xun; Fan, Xiaolin; Zhao, Yi

    2016-09-26

    Phototriggered intramolecular isomerization in a series of ruthenium sulfoxide complexes, [Ru(L)(tpy)(DMSO)](n+) (where tpy=2,2':6',2''-terpyridine; DMSO=dimethyl sulfoxide; L=2,2'-bipyridine (bpy), n=2; N,N,N',N'-tetramethylethylenediamine (tmen) n=2; picolinate (pic), n=1; acetylacetonate (acac), n=1; oxalate (ox), n=0; malonate (mal), n=0), was investigated theoretically. It is observed that the metal-centered ligand field ((3) MC) state plays an important role in the excited state S→O isomerization of the coordinated DMSO ligand. If the population of (3) MCS state is thermally accessible and no (3) MCO can be populated from this state, photoisomerization will be turned off because the (3) MCS excited state is expected to lead to fast radiationless decay back to the original (1) GSS ground state or photodecomposition along the Ru(2+) -S stretching coordinate. On the contrary, if the population of (3) MCS (or (3) MCO ) state is inaccessible, photoinduced S→O isomerization can proceed adiabatically on the potential energy surface of the metal-to-ligand charge transfer excited states ((3) MLCTS →(3) MLCTO ). It is hoped that these results can provide valuable information for the excited state isomerization in photochromic d(6) transition-metal complexes, which is both experimentally and intellectually challenging as a field of study.

  15. Note: Excited State Studies of Ozone using State-Specific Multireference Coupled Cluster Methods

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    Bhaskaran-Nair, Kiran; Kowalski, Karol

    2012-12-07

    Vertical excitation energies obtained with state-specific multi-reference coupled cluster (MRCC) methods are reported for the ozone molecule. Using state-specific MRCC non-iterative methods with singles, doubles, and non-iterative triples (MRCCSD(T)) we obtain 4.40 eV for the challenging doubly excited 21A1 state when using a reliable model space. This estimate is in good agreement with experiment (4.5 eV). We also compare our MRCC results with the excitation energies obtained with high-order equation-of-motion coupled cluster methods

  16. Excited State Dynamics of Protonated Phenylalanine and Tyrosine: Photo-Induced Reactions Following Electronic Excitation.

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    Féraud, Géraldine; Broquier, Michel; Dedonder, Claude; Jouvet, Christophe; Grégoire, Gilles; Soorkia, Satchin

    2015-06-11

    The electronic spectroscopy and the electronic excited state properties of cold protonated phenylalanine and protonated tyrosine have been revisited on a large spectral domain and interpreted by comparison with ab initio calculations. The protonated species are stored in a cryogenically cooled Paul trap, maintained at ∼10 K, and the parent and all the photofragment ions are mass-analyzed in a time-of-flight mass spectrometer, which allows detecting the ionic species with an improved mass resolution compared to what is routinely achieved with a quadrupole mass spectrometer. These new results emphasize the competition around the band origin between two proton transfer reactions from the ammonium group toward either the aromatic chromophore or the carboxylic acid group. These reactions are initiated by the coupling of the locally excited ππ* state with higher charge transfer states, the positions and coupling of which depend on the conformation of the protonated molecules. Each of these reaction processes gives rise to specific fragmentation channels that supports the conformer selectivity observed in the photofragmentation spectra of protonated tyrosine and phenylalanine.

  17. An incompressible state of a photo-excited electron gas

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    Chepelianskii, Alexei D.; Watanabe, Masamitsu; Nasyedkin, Kostyantyn; Kono, Kimitoshi; Konstantinov, Denis

    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional electrons in a magnetic field can form new states of matter characterized by topological properties and strong electronic correlations as displayed in the integer and fractional quantum Hall states. In these states, the electron liquid displays several spectacular characteristics, which manifest themselves in transport experiments with the quantization of the Hall resistance and a vanishing longitudinal conductivity or in thermodynamic equilibrium when the electron fluid becomes incompressible. Several experiments have reported that dissipationless transport can be achieved even at weak, non-quantizing magnetic fields when the electrons absorb photons at specific energies related to their cyclotron frequency. Here we perform compressibility measurements on electrons on liquid helium demonstrating the formation of an incompressible electronic state under these resonant excitation conditions. This new state provides a striking example of irradiation-induced self-organization in a quantum system. PMID:26007282

  18. Excited states of the helium-antihydrogen system.

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    Sharipov, Vasily; Labzowsky, Leonti N; Plunien, Günter

    2007-03-01

    Potential energy curves for excited leptonic states of the helium-antihydrogen system are calculated within the Ritz variational approach. An explicitly correlated ansatz for the leptonic wave function is employed describing accurately the motion of the leptons (two electrons and positron) in the field of the helium nucleus and of the antiproton with an arbitrary orbital angular momentum projection Lambda onto the internuclear axis. Results for Lambda=0, 1, and 30 are presented. For quasibound states with large values of Lambda and rotational quantum numbers J>Lambda no annihilation and rearrangement decay channels occur; i.e., they are metastable.

  19. Modular Hamiltonian for Excited States in Conformal Field Theory

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    Lashkari, Nima

    2016-07-01

    We present a novel replica trick that computes the relative entropy of two arbitrary states in conformal field theory. Our replica trick is based on the analytic continuation of partition functions that break the Zn replica symmetry. It provides a method for computing arbitrary matrix elements of the modular Hamiltonian corresponding to excited states in terms of correlation functions. We show that the quantum Fisher information in vacuum can be expressed in terms of two-point functions on the replica geometry. We perform sample calculations in two-dimensional conformal field theories.

  20. Modular Hamiltonian for Excited States in Conformal Field Theory.

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    Lashkari, Nima

    2016-07-22

    We present a novel replica trick that computes the relative entropy of two arbitrary states in conformal field theory. Our replica trick is based on the analytic continuation of partition functions that break the Z_{n} replica symmetry. It provides a method for computing arbitrary matrix elements of the modular Hamiltonian corresponding to excited states in terms of correlation functions. We show that the quantum Fisher information in vacuum can be expressed in terms of two-point functions on the replica geometry. We perform sample calculations in two-dimensional conformal field theories. PMID:27494465

  1. Leptonic partial widths of the excited {psi} states

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    Mo, X. H.; Yuan, C. Z.; Wang, P.

    2010-10-01

    The resonance parameters of the excited {psi}-family resonances, namely, the {psi}(4040), {psi}(4160), and {psi}(4415), were determined by fitting the R values measured by experiments. It is found that the previously reported leptonic partial widths of these states were merely one possible solution among a four-fold ambiguity. By fitting the most precise experimental data on the R values measured by the BES collaboration, this work presents all four sets of solutions. These results may affect the interpretation of the charmonium and charmonium-like states above 4 GeV/c{sup 2}.

  2. Modular Hamiltonian for Excited States in Conformal Field Theory.

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    Lashkari, Nima

    2016-07-22

    We present a novel replica trick that computes the relative entropy of two arbitrary states in conformal field theory. Our replica trick is based on the analytic continuation of partition functions that break the Z_{n} replica symmetry. It provides a method for computing arbitrary matrix elements of the modular Hamiltonian corresponding to excited states in terms of correlation functions. We show that the quantum Fisher information in vacuum can be expressed in terms of two-point functions on the replica geometry. We perform sample calculations in two-dimensional conformal field theories.

  3. Observation of the highly excited states of Lanthanum

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    Xue, P.; Xu, X. Y.; Huang, W.; Xu, C. B.; Zhao, R. C.; Xie, X. P.

    1997-01-15

    The highly excited states of Lanthanum are studied by means of laser resonance ionization time-of-flight spectrometer. Based on the two-step laser resonance excitation with intermediate state 5d{sup 2}({sup 3}F)6p {sup 2}D{sub 5/2}{sup 0}, three new Rydberg state (RS) series (5d{sup 2}(a{sup 3}F{sub 2})ns, 5d{sup 2}(a{sup 3}F{sub 3})nd and 5d{sup 2}(a{sup 1}D{sub 2})ns) and a number of autoionizing states (AIS) are obtained. Theoretical calculation leads the quantum defects of ns and nd series to the value {delta}s=4.35 and {delta}{sub d}=2.80 respectively, which are very close to the experimental results. The Rydberg state series 5d{sup 2}(a{sup 3}F{sub 2})ns gives the first ionization limit to be 44979.8{+-}0.3 cm{sup -1}, which is an order more accurate than ever.

  4. Observation of interference effects via four-photon excitation of highly excited Rydberg states in thermal cesium vapor

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    Kondo, Jorge M.; Šibalić, Nikola; Guttridge, Alexander; Wade, Christopher G.; De Melo, Natalia R.; Adams, Charles S.; Weatherill, Kevin J.

    2015-12-01

    We report on the observation of electromagnetically induced transparency (EIT) and absorption (EIA) of highly excited Rydberg states in thermal Cs vapor using a four-step excitation scheme. The advantage of this four-step scheme is that the final transition to the Rydberg state has a large dipole moment and one can achieve similar Rabi frequencies to two- or three-step excitation schemes using two orders of magnitude less laser power. This scheme enables new applications such as dephasing free Rydberg excitation. The observed lineshapes are in good agreement with simulations based on multilevel optical Bloch equations.

  5. Excited states in 146Sm and 147Sm

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    Kownacki, J.; Sujkowski, Z.; Hammarén, E.; Liukkonen, E.; Piiparinen, M.; Lindblad, Th.; Ryde, H.; Paar, V.

    1980-03-01

    The 144, 146Nd(α, χn) and 146,148Nd( 3He, χn) reactions with Eα = 20-43 MeV and E3He , = 19-27 MeV are used to investigate excited states in the isotopes 146Sm and 147Sm. The experiments involve measurements of singles γ-ray spectra and conversion electron spectra, γ-ray angular distributions and three-parameter ( Eγ- Eγ-time) coincidences. From these experiments information is obtained for states with spin up to I = 13 +and I = {27}/{2}-, respectively. These states are interpreted within the framework of the cluster-vibration model (CVM) as well as the shell model. In the latter approach, the energies of several well established states, in both isotopes, are calculated using empirical singleparticle energies, empirical two-particle interaction matrix elements and angular momentum algebra. The average deviation between the calculated and the experimental energies is less than 100 keV. The CVM calculations involve the coupling of a three-particle neutron cluster to the quadrupole vibration of the core. For 147Sm, these calculations reproduce the observed sequence of states based on the I π = {7}/{2}- ground state, as well as the sequence of states based on the I π = {13}/{2}+ excited state. The CVM calculations also reproduce the ground band in 146Sm, while for the negative parity states based on the cluster (f {7}/{2}i {13}/{2}) 3 --10 - an additional shift in energy is expected due to the mixing with octupole phonons.

  6. Excited-State Properties of Molecular Solids from First Principles.

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    Kronik, Leeor; Neaton, Jeffrey B

    2016-05-27

    Molecular solids have attracted attention recently in the context of organic (opto)electronics. These materials exhibit unique charge carrier generation and transport phenomena that are distinct from those of conventional semiconductors. Understanding these phenomena is fundamental to optoelectronics and requires a detailed description of the excited-state properties of molecular solids. Recent advances in many-body perturbation theory (MBPT) and density functional theory (DFT) have made such description possible and have revealed many surprising electronic and optical properties of molecular crystals. Here, we review this progress. We summarize the salient aspects of MBPT and DFT as well as various properties that can be described by these methods. These properties include the fundamental gap and its renormalization, hybridization and band dispersion, singlet and triplet excitations, optical spectra, and excitonic properties. For each, we present concrete examples, a comparison to experiments, and a critical discussion.

  7. Excited-State Properties of Molecular Solids from First Principles.

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    Kronik, Leeor; Neaton, Jeffrey B

    2016-05-27

    Molecular solids have attracted attention recently in the context of organic (opto)electronics. These materials exhibit unique charge carrier generation and transport phenomena that are distinct from those of conventional semiconductors. Understanding these phenomena is fundamental to optoelectronics and requires a detailed description of the excited-state properties of molecular solids. Recent advances in many-body perturbation theory (MBPT) and density functional theory (DFT) have made such description possible and have revealed many surprising electronic and optical properties of molecular crystals. Here, we review this progress. We summarize the salient aspects of MBPT and DFT as well as various properties that can be described by these methods. These properties include the fundamental gap and its renormalization, hybridization and band dispersion, singlet and triplet excitations, optical spectra, and excitonic properties. For each, we present concrete examples, a comparison to experiments, and a critical discussion. PMID:27090844

  8. Excited-State Properties of Molecular Solids from First Principles

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    Kronik, Leeor; Neaton, Jeffrey B.

    2016-05-01

    Molecular solids have attracted attention recently in the context of organic (opto)electronics. These materials exhibit unique charge carrier generation and transport phenomena that are distinct from those of conventional semiconductors. Understanding these phenomena is fundamental to optoelectronics and requires a detailed description of the excited-state properties of molecular solids. Recent advances in many-body perturbation theory (MBPT) and density functional theory (DFT) have made such description possible and have revealed many surprising electronic and optical properties of molecular crystals. Here, we review this progress. We summarize the salient aspects of MBPT and DFT as well as various properties that can be described by these methods. These properties include the fundamental gap and its renormalization, hybridization and band dispersion, singlet and triplet excitations, optical spectra, and excitonic properties. For each, we present concrete examples, a comparison to experiments, and a critical discussion.

  9. Enhanced non-Gaussianity from excited initial states

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    Holman, R; Tolley, Andrew J E-mail: atolley@perimeterinstitute.ca

    2008-05-15

    We use the techniques of effective field theory in an expanding universe to examine the effect of choosing an excited inflationary initial state built over the Bunch-Davies state on the CMB bi-spectrum. We find that, even for Hadamard states, there are unexpected enhancements in the bi-spectrum for certain configurations in momentum space due to interactions of modes in the early stages of inflation. These enhancements can be parametrically larger than the standard ones and are potentially observable in future data. These initial state effects have a characteristic signature in l-space which distinguishes them from the usual contributions, with the enhancement being most pronounced for configurations corresponding to flattened triangles for which two momenta are collinear.

  10. Excitation of {sup 1}S and {sup 3}S Metastable Helium Atoms to Doubly Excited States

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    Alagia, M.; Coreno, M.; Farrokhpour, H.; Omidyan, R.; Tabrizchi, M.; Franceschi, P.; Mihelic, A.; Zitnik, M.; Moise, A.; Prince, K. C.; Richter, R.; Soederstroem, J.; Stranges, S.

    2009-04-17

    We present spectra of triplet and singlet metastable helium atoms resonantly photoexcited to doubly excited states. The first members of three dipole-allowed {sup 1,3}P{sup o} series have been observed and their relative photoionization cross sections determined, both in the triplet (from 1s2s {sup 3}S{sup e}) and singlet (from 1s2s {sup 1}S{sup e}) manifolds. The intensity ratios are drastically different with respect to transitions from the ground state. When radiation damping is included the results for the singlets are in agreement with theory, while for triplets spin-orbit interaction must also be taken into account.

  11. Radiative lifetimes of the bound excited states of Pt-

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    Chartkunchand, K. C.; Kamińska, M.; Anderson, E. K.; Kristiansson, M. K.; Eklund, G.; Hole, O. M.; Nascimento, R. F.; Blom, M.; Björkhage, M.; Källberg, A.; Löfgren, P.; Reinhed, P.; Rosén, S.; Simonsson, A.; Thomas, R. D.; Mannervik, S.; Davis, V. T.; Neill, P. A.; Thompson, J. S.; Hanstorp, D.; Zettergren, H.; Cederquist, H.; Schmidt, H. T.

    2016-09-01

    The intrinsic radiative lifetimes of the 5 d106 s1/2 2S and 5 d96 s2 3/2 2D bound excited states in the platinum anion Pt-have been studied at cryogenic temperatures at the Double ElectroStatic Ion Ring Experiment (DESIREE) facility at Stockholm University. The intrinsic lifetime of the higher-lying 5 d106 s 1/2 2S state was measured to be 2.54 ±0.10 s , while only a lifetime in the range of 50-200 ms could be estimated for the 5 d96 s2 3/2 2D fine-structure level. The storage lifetime of the Pt- ion beam was measured to be a little over 15 min at a ring temperature of 13 K . The present study reports the lifetime of an atomic negative ion in an excited bound state with an electron configuration different from that of the ground state.

  12. Radiative lifetimes of the bound excited states of Pt-

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    Chartkunchand, K. C.; Kamińska, M.; Anderson, E. K.; Kristiansson, M. K.; Eklund, G.; Hole, O. M.; Nascimento, R. F.; Blom, M.; Björkhage, M.; Källberg, A.; Löfgren, P.; Reinhed, P.; Rosén, S.; Simonsson, A.; Thomas, R. D.; Mannervik, S.; Davis, V. T.; Neill, P. A.; Thompson, J. S.; Hanstorp, D.; Zettergren, H.; Cederquist, H.; Schmidt, H. T.

    2016-09-01

    The intrinsic radiative lifetimes of the 5 d106 s 1/2 2S and 5 d96 s2 3/2 2D bound excited states in the platinum anion Pt-have been studied at cryogenic temperatures at the Double ElectroStatic Ion Ring Experiment (DESIREE) facility at Stockholm University. The intrinsic lifetime of the higher-lying 5 d106 s 1/2 2S state was measured to be 2.54 ±0.10 s , while only a lifetime in the range of 50-200 ms could be estimated for the 5 d96 s2 3/2 2D fine-structure level. The storage lifetime of the Pt- ion beam was measured to be a little over 15 min at a ring temperature of 13 K . The present study reports the lifetime of an atomic negative ion in an excited bound state with an electron configuration different from that of the ground state.

  13. Self-scattering for Dark Matter with an excited state

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    Schutz, Katelin; Slatyer, Tracy R. E-mail: tslatyer@mit.edu

    2015-01-01

    Self-interacting dark matter scenarios have recently attracted much attention, as a possible means to alleviate the tension between N-body simulations and observations of the dark matter distribution on galactic and sub-galactic scales. The presence of internal structure for the dark matter—for example, a nearly-degenerate state in the spectrum that could decay, or be collisionally excited or de-excited—has also been proposed as a possible means to address these discrepancies. Such internal structure can be a source of interesting signatures in direct and indirect dark matter searches, for example providing a novel explanation for the 3.5 keV line recently observed in galaxies and galaxy clusters. We analyze a simple model of dark matter self-scattering including a nearly-degenerate excited state, and develop an accurate analytic approximation for the elastic and inelastic s-wave cross sections, which is valid outside the perturbative regime provided the particle velocity is sufficiently low (this condition is also required for the s-wave to dominate over higher partial waves). We anticipate our results will be useful in incorporating inelastic self-scattering into N-body simulations, in order to study the quantitative impact of nearly-degenerate states in the dark matter spectrum on galactic structure and dynamics, and in computing the indirect signatures of multi-state dark matter.

  14. Excited state dynamics and isomerization in ruthenium sulfoxide complexes.

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    King, Albert W; Wang, Lei; Rack, Jeffrey J

    2015-04-21

    Molecular photochromic compounds are those that interconvert between two isomeric forms with light. The two isomeric forms display distinct electronic and molecular structures and must not be in equilibrium with one another. These light-activated molecular switch compounds have found wide application in areas of study ranging from chemical biology to materials science, where conversion from one isomeric form to another by light prompts a response in the environment (e.g., protein or polymeric material). Certain ruthenium and osmium polypyridine sulfoxide complexes are photochromic. The mode of action is a phototriggered isomerization of the sulfoxide from S- to O-bonded. The change in ligation drastically alters both the spectroscopic and electrochemical properties of the metal complex. Our laboratory has pioneered the preparation and study of these complexes. In particular, we have applied femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy to reveal excited state details of the isomerization mechanism. The data from numerous complexes allowed us to predict that the isomerization was nonadiabatic in nature, defined as occurring from a S-bonded triplet excited state (primarily metal-to-ligand charge transfer in character) to an O-bonded singlet ground state potential energy surface. This prediction was corroborated by high-level density functional theory calculations. An intriguing aspect of this reactivity is the coupling of nuclear motion to the electronic wave function and how this coupling affects motions productive for isomerization. In an effort to learn more about this coupling, we designed a project to examine phototriggered isomerization in bis-sulfoxide complexes. The goal of these studies was to determine whether certain complexes could be designed in which a single photon excitation event would prompt two sulfoxide isomerizations. We employed chelating sulfoxides in this study and found that both the nature of the chelate ring and the R group on the sulfoxide affect

  15. Output power of a quantum dot laser: Effects of excited states

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    Wu, Yuchang; Jiang, Li Asryan, Levon V.

    2015-11-14

    A theory of operating characteristics of quantum dot (QD) lasers is discussed in the presence of excited states in QDs. We consider three possible situations for lasing: (i) ground-state lasing only; (ii) ground-state lasing at first and then the onset of also excited-state lasing with increasing injection current; (iii) excited-state lasing only. The following characteristics are studied: occupancies of the ground-state and excited-state in QDs, free carrier density in the optical confinement layer, threshold currents for ground- and excited-state lasing, densities of photons emitted via ground- and excited-state stimulated transitions, output power, internal and external differential quantum efficiencies. Under the conditions of ground-state lasing only, the output power saturates with injection current. Under the conditions of both ground- and excited-state lasing, the output power of ground-state lasing remains pinned above the excited-state lasing threshold while the power of excited-state lasing increases. There is a kink in the light-current curve at the excited-state lasing threshold. The case of excited-state lasing only is qualitatively similar to that for single-state QDs—the role of ground-state transitions is simply reduced to increasing the threshold current.

  16. Stepwise two-photon excited fluorescence from higher excited states of chlorophylls in photosynthetic antenna complexes.

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    Leupold, Dieter; Teuchner, Klaus; Ehlert, Jürgen; Irrgang, Klaus-Dieter; Renger, Gernot; Lokstein, Heiko

    2006-09-01

    Stepwise two-photon excited fluorescence (TPEF) spectra of the photosynthetic antenna complexes PCP, CP47, CP29, and light-harvesting complex II (LHC II) were measured. TPEF emitted from higher excited states of chlorophyll (Chl) a and b was elicited via consecutive absorption of two photons in the Chl a/b Qy range induced by tunable 100-fs laser pulses. Global analyses of the TPEF line shapes with a model function for monomeric Chl a in a proteinaceous environment allow distinction between contributions from monomeric Chls a and b, strongly excitonically coupled Chls a, and Chl a/b heterodimers/-oligomers. The analyses indicate that the longest wavelength-absorbing Chl species in the Qy region of LHC II is a Chl a homodimer with additional contributions from adjacent Chl b. Likewise, in CP47 a spectral form at approximately 680 nm (that is, however, not the red-most species) is also due to strongly coupled Chls a. In contrast to LHC II, the red-most Chl subband of CP29 is due to a monomeric Chl a. The two Chls b in CP29 exhibit marked differences: a Chl b absorbing at approximately 650 nm is not excitonically coupled to other Chls. Based on this finding, the refractive index of its microenvironment can be determined to be 1.48. The second Chl b in CP29 (absorbing at approximately 640 nm) is strongly coupled to Chl a. Implications of the findings with respect to excitation energy transfer pathways and rates are discussed. Moreover, the results will be related to most recent structural analyses.

  17. Radiative Decays of Low-Lying Excited-State Hyperons

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    Simon Taylor

    2000-05-01

    The quark wave-functions of the lower-lying excited-state hyperons Lambda(1405), Sigma(1385), and Lambda(1520) are not well understood. For example, the Lambda(1405) may not be a regular three-quark state but a {bar K}N molecule. Several competing models have been proposed, but none have been convincingly eliminated. Measuring radiative decays provides a means of discriminating between the models. The radiative branching of ratios are predicted to be small ({approx}1%), but the radiative widths vary by factors of 2-10 from model to model. The existing experimental data is sparse and inconsistent; moreover, the radiative decay of the Sigma(1385) has never been observed before (except for one event). These lower-lying excited state hypersons were produced in a tagged photon-beam experiment in the CLAS detector at TJNAF in the reaction gamma p {yields} K{sup +} Y* for photon energies from threshold to 2.4 GeV. The radiative branching ration for the Sigma{sup 0}(1385) relative to the Sigma{sup 0}(1385) {yields} Lambda pi{sup 0} channel was measured to be 0.021 {+-} 0.008{sub -0.007}{sup +0.004}, corresponding to a partial width of 640 {+-} 270{sub -220}{sup +130} keV.

  18. Excited State Effects in Nucleon Matrix Element Calculations

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    Constantia Alexandrou, Martha Constantinou, Simon Dinter, Vincent Drach, Karl Jansen, Theodoros Leontiou, Dru B Renner

    2011-12-01

    We perform a high-statistics precision calculation of nucleon matrix elements using an open sink method allowing us to explore a wide range of sink-source time separations. In this way the influence of excited states of nucleon matrix elements can be studied. As particular examples we present results for the nucleon axial charge g{sub A} and for the first moment of the isovector unpolarized parton distribution x{sub u-d}. In addition, we report on preliminary results using the generalized eigenvalue method for nucleon matrix elements. All calculations are performed using N{sub f} = 2+1+1 maximally twisted mass Wilson fermions.

  19. Excited-state relaxation in π-conjugated polymers

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    Frolov, S. V.; Bao, Z.; Wohlgenannt, M.; Vardeny, Z. V.

    2002-05-01

    We study ultrafast relaxation processes of odd- (Bu) and even-parity (Ag) exciton states in poly(p-phenylene vinylene) derivatives. The Bu states are studied using a regular two-beam pump-and-probe spectroscopy, which can monitor vibronic relaxation and exciton diffusion. In order to observe the Ag states, a three-beam femtosecond transient spectroscopy is developed, in which two different excitation pulses successively generate odd-parity (1Bu) excitons at 2.2 eV and then reexcite them to higher Ag states. We are able to distinguish two different classes of Ag states: one class (mAg) experiences ultrafast internal conversion back to the lowest singlet exciton, whereas the other class (kAg) in violation of the Vavilov-Kasha's rule undergoes a different relaxation pathway. The excitons subsequently dissociate into long-lived polaron pairs, which results in emission quenching with the action spectrum similar to that of the intrinsic photoconductivity. We conclude that the Ag states above 3.3 eV (kAg) are charge-transfer states, that mediate carrier photogeneration.

  20. Ground State and Excited State H-Atom Temperatures in a Microwave Plasma Diamond Deposition Reactor

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    Gicquel, A.; Chenevier, M.; Breton, Y.; Petiau, M.; Booth, J. P.; Hassouni, K.

    1996-09-01

    Ground electronic state and excited state H-atom temperatures are measured in a microwave plasma diamond deposition reactor as a function of a low percentage of methane introduced in the feed gas and the averaged input microwave power density. Ground state H-atom temperatures (T_H) and temperature of the H-atom in the n=3 excited state (T_{Hα}) are obtained from the measurements respectively of the excitation profile by Two-photon Allowed transition Laser Induced Fluorescence (TALIF) and the Hα line broadening by Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES). They are compared to gas temperatures calculated with a 1D diffusive non equilibrium H{2} plasma flow model and to ground electronic state rotational temperatures of molecular hydrogen measured previously by Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Spectroscopy.

  1. Calculating singlet excited states: Comparison with fast time-resolved infrared spectroscopy of coumarins

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    Hanson-Heine, Magnus W. D.; Wriglesworth, Alisdair; Uroos, Maliha; Calladine, James A.; Murphy, Thomas S.; Hamilton, Michelle; Clark, Ian P.; Towrie, Michael; Dowden, James; Besley, Nicholas A.; George, Michael W.

    2015-04-01

    In contrast to the ground state, the calculation of the infrared (IR) spectroscopy of molecular singlet excited states represents a substantial challenge. Here, we use the structural IR fingerprint of the singlet excited states of a range of coumarin dyes to assess the accuracy of density functional theory based methods for the calculation of excited state IR spectroscopy. It is shown that excited state Kohn-Sham density functional theory provides a high level of accuracy and represents an alternative approach to time-dependent density functional theory for simulating the IR spectroscopy of singlet excited states.

  2. Calculating singlet excited states: Comparison with fast time-resolved infrared spectroscopy of coumarins.

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    Hanson-Heine, Magnus W D; Wriglesworth, Alisdair; Uroos, Maliha; Calladine, James A; Murphy, Thomas S; Hamilton, Michelle; Clark, Ian P; Towrie, Michael; Dowden, James; Besley, Nicholas A; George, Michael W

    2015-04-21

    In contrast to the ground state, the calculation of the infrared (IR) spectroscopy of molecular singlet excited states represents a substantial challenge. Here, we use the structural IR fingerprint of the singlet excited states of a range of coumarin dyes to assess the accuracy of density functional theory based methods for the calculation of excited state IR spectroscopy. It is shown that excited state Kohn-Sham density functional theory provides a high level of accuracy and represents an alternative approach to time-dependent density functional theory for simulating the IR spectroscopy of singlet excited states.

  3. Unbound Excited States in ^28Ne and ^25F

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    Smith, Jenna; Brown, B. Alex; Christian, Greg; Mosby, Shea; Novak, John F.; Quinn, Steven J.; Snyder, Jesse; Spyrou, Artemis; Strongman, Michael J.; Thoennessen, Michael; Baumann, Thomas; Kohley, Zachary; Finck, Joseph E.; Hoffman, Calem R.

    2012-10-01

    The neutron dripline has only been conclusively mapped out to Z=8. The unbound structure of isotopes with Z>8 has not been studied until recently, when multiple studies have focused on unbound states in neutron-rich fluorine isotopes. Unbound states in ^28Ne and ^25F were populated in the reaction of a 102 MeV/nucleon ^29Na beam on a beryllium target. This is the first such state in ^28Ne and the second such state in ^25F. The measured decay energy of 32(22) keV in the ^27Ne + n system corresponds to an unbound excited state in ^28Ne of 3.86(11) MeV. The decay energy of the ^24F + n system was measured as 300(170) keV, which places the second measured unbound state of ^25F at 4.66(17) MeV. Measured decay energy spectra and a discussion of results will be presented.

  4. Alpha decay widths of excited states of 16O

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    Haigh, P. J.; Freer, M.; Ashwood, N. I.; Bloxham, T.; Curtis, N.; Bohlen, H. G.; Dorsch, T.; Kokalova, Tz; Wheldon, C.; Catford, W. N.; Patterson, N. P.; Thomas, J. S.

    2010-03-01

    The 12C(13C, 9Be)16O reaction has been used to populate excited states in 16O. The 9Be nuclei were detected in a magnetic spectrometer and the 12C decay product of the recoiling excited 16O nucleus was detected in an array of silicon strip detectors. The large angular coverage of the strip detector array allowed the α-decay widths of the 14.66 MeV, 5-, and 16.275 MeV, 6+, states to be determined with good accuracy. The present results, together with earlier measurements, allow precise values for the branching ratios to be calculated: Ex(16O) = 14.66 MeV, Jπ = 5-, Γα0/Γ = 0.951 ± 0.049 and Γα1/Γ < 0.05; Ex(16O) = 16.275 MeV, Jπ = 6+, Γα0/Γ = 0.982 ± 0.048 and Γα1/Γ < 0.02.

  5. Probing the Locality of Excited States with Linear Algebra.

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    Etienne, Thibaud

    2015-04-14

    This article reports a novel theoretical approach related to the analysis of molecular excited states. The strategy introduced here involves gathering two pieces of physical information, coming from Hilbert and direct space operations, into a general, unique quantum mechanical descriptor of electronic transitions' locality. Moreover, the projection of Hilbert and direct space-derived indices in an Argand plane delivers a straightforward way to visually probe the ability of a dye to undergo a long- or short-range charge-transfer. This information can be applied, for instance, to the analysis of the electronic response of families of dyes to light absorption by unveiling the trend of a given push-pull chromophore to increase the electronic cloud polarization magnitude of its main transition with respect to the size extension of its conjugated spacer. We finally demonstrate that all the quantities reported in this article can be reliably approximated by a linear algebraic derivation, based on the contraction of detachment/attachment density matrices from canonical to atomic space. This alternative derivation has the remarkable advantage of a very low computational cost with respect to the previously used numerical integrations, making fast and accurate characterization of large molecular systems' excited states easily affordable. PMID:26574379

  6. Probing the Locality of Excited States with Linear Algebra.

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    Etienne, Thibaud

    2015-04-14

    This article reports a novel theoretical approach related to the analysis of molecular excited states. The strategy introduced here involves gathering two pieces of physical information, coming from Hilbert and direct space operations, into a general, unique quantum mechanical descriptor of electronic transitions' locality. Moreover, the projection of Hilbert and direct space-derived indices in an Argand plane delivers a straightforward way to visually probe the ability of a dye to undergo a long- or short-range charge-transfer. This information can be applied, for instance, to the analysis of the electronic response of families of dyes to light absorption by unveiling the trend of a given push-pull chromophore to increase the electronic cloud polarization magnitude of its main transition with respect to the size extension of its conjugated spacer. We finally demonstrate that all the quantities reported in this article can be reliably approximated by a linear algebraic derivation, based on the contraction of detachment/attachment density matrices from canonical to atomic space. This alternative derivation has the remarkable advantage of a very low computational cost with respect to the previously used numerical integrations, making fast and accurate characterization of large molecular systems' excited states easily affordable.

  7. Surface hopping investigation of benzophenone excited state dynamics.

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    Favero, Lucilla; Granucci, Giovanni; Persico, Maurizio

    2016-04-21

    We present a simulation of the photodynamics of benzophenone for the first 20 ps after n →π* excitation, performed by trajectory surface hopping calculations with on-the-fly semiempirical determination of potential energy surfaces and electronic wavefunctions. Both the dynamic and spin-orbit couplings are taken into account, and time-resolved fluorescence emission is also simulated. The computed decay time of the S1 state is in agreement with experimental observations. The direct S1→ T1 intersystem crossing (ISC) accounts for about 2/3 of the S1 decay rate. The remaining 1/3 goes through T2 or higher triplets. The nonadiabatic transitions within the triplet manifold are much faster than ISC and keep the population of T1 at about 3/4 of the total triplet population, and that of the other states (mainly T2) at 1/4. Two internal coordinates are vibrationally active immediately after n →π* excitation: one is the C[double bond, length as m-dash]O stretching and the other one is a combination of the conrotatory torsion of phenyl rings and of bending involving the carbonyl C atom. The period of the torsion-bending mode coincides with oscillations in the time-resolved photoelectron spectra of Spighi et al. and substantially confirms their assignment. PMID:27031566

  8. Electronic excited States of polynucleotides: a study by electroabsorption spectroscopy.

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    Krawczyk, Stanislaw; Luchowski, Rafal

    2007-02-01

    Electroabsorption spectra were obtained for single-stranded polynucleotides poly(U), poly(C), poly(A), and poly(G) in glycerol/water glass at low temperature, and the differences in permanent dipole moment (Deltamu) and polarizability (Deltaalpha) were estimated for several spectral ranges covering the lowest energy absorption band around 260 nm. In each spectral range, the electrooptical parameters associated with apparent features in the absorption spectrum exhibit distinct values representing either a dominant single transition or the resultant value for a group of a relatively narrow cluster of overlapping transitions. The estimated spacing in energy between electronic origins of these transitions is larger than the electronic coupling within the Coulombic interaction model which is usually adopted in computational studies. The electroabsorption data allow us to distinguish a weak electronic transition associated with a wing in polynucleotide absorption spectra, at an energy below the electronic origin in absorption spectra of monomeric nucleobases. In poly(C) and poly(G), these low-energy transitions are related to increased values of Deltamu and Deltaalpha, possibly indicating a weak involvement of charge resonance in the respective excited states. A model capable of explaining the origin of low-energy excited states, based on the interaction of pipi* and npi* transitions in neighboring bases, is introduced and briefly discussed on the grounds of point dipole interaction. PMID:17266277

  9. Excited state dynamics of thulium ions in yttrium aluminum garnets

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    Armagan, G.; Buoncristiani, A. M.; Dibartolo, B.

    1991-01-01

    The processes that take place in the excited states of a trivalent Thulium (Tm) ion in an Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (YAG) crystal, being relevant to the use of this system for laser applications, have been the object of several studies. We have reexamined this system focusing our attention on the dynamics of Tm following its excitation in the H-3(sub 4) level. Under these conditions the system relaxes through a cross-relaxation process. H-3(sub 4) yields F-3(sub 4), H-3(sub 6) yields F-3(sub 4), whose rate depends upon both the concentration of the Tm ion and the temperature of the crystal. The excitation spectrum obtained by monitoring the 1.8 micron emission of Tm (due to the F-3(sub 4) yields H-3(sub 6) transition) indicates an increase in the contribution to this emission from the H-3(sub 4) level relative to the H-3(sub 5) level as the Tm concentration increases; this shows the increased role played by the H-3(sub 4) level in pumping the infrared emission. Correspondingly, the duration of the luminescence originating in the H-3(sub 4) level is shortened as the concentration of Tm increases. The concentration quenching of this lifetime can be fit to a model which assumes that the cross-relaxation is due to a dipole-dipole interaction; from this fit, the intrinsic Tm lifetime in the absence of cross relaxation can be derived. We have used this lifetime to calculate the rate of the cross-relaxation process. We have evaluated this rate as a function of the temperature and found it to be fastest at 77 K. We have also calculated the microscopic interaction parameters for the cross-relaxation process by using two independent experimental features: (1) the time evolution of the emission from the H-3(sub 4) level; and (2) the spectral overlap between the H-3(sub 4) yields F-3(sub 4) emission and the H-3(sub 6) yields F-3(sub 4) absorption. We have also considered the migration of excitation among the Tm ions in the F-3(sub 4) level and calculated the relevant

  10. Excited state dynamics & optical control of molecular motors

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    Wiley, Ted; Sension, Roseanne

    2014-03-01

    Chiral overcrowded alkenes are likely candidates for light driven rotary molecular motors. At their core, these molecular motors are based on the chromophore stilbene, undergoing ultrafast cis/trans photoisomerization about their central double bond. Unlike stilbene, the photochemistry of molecular motors proceeds in one direction only. This unidirectional rotation is a result of helicity in the molecule induced by steric hindrance. However, the steric hindrance which ensures unidirectional excited state rotation, has the unfortunate consequence of producing large ground state barriers which dramatically decrease the overall rate of rotation. These molecular scale ultrafast motors have only recently been studied by ultrafast spectroscopy. Our lab has studied the photochemistry and photophysics of a ``first generation'' molecular motor with UV-visible transient absorption spectroscopy. We hope to use optical pulse shaping to enhance the efficiency and turnover rate of these molecular motors.

  11. Excitation gap of fractal quantum hall states in graphene

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    Luo, Wenchen; Chakraborty, Tapash

    2016-01-01

    In the presence of a magnetic field and an external periodic potential the Landau level spectrum of a two-dimensional electron gas exhibits a fractal pattern in the energy spectrum which is described as the Hofstadter’s butterfly. In this work, we develop a Hartree-Fock theory to deal with the electron-electron interaction in the Hofstadter’s butterfly state in a finite-size graphene with periodic boundary conditions, where we include both spin and valley degrees of freedom. We then treat the butterfly state as an electron crystal so that we could obtain the order parameters of the crystal in the momentum space and also in an infinite sample. A phase transition between the liquid phase and the fractal crystal phase can be observed. The excitation gaps obtained in the infinite sample is comparable to those in the finite-size study, and agree with a recent experimental observation.

  12. A benchmark study of electronic excitation energies, transition moments, and excited-state energy gradients on the nicotine molecule

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    Egidi, Franco Segado, Mireia; Barone, Vincenzo; Koch, Henrik; Cappelli, Chiara

    2014-12-14

    In this work, we report a comparative study of computed excitation energies, oscillator strengths, and excited-state energy gradients of (S)-nicotine, chosen as a test case, using multireference methods, coupled cluster singles and doubles, and methods based on time-dependent density functional theory. This system was chosen because its apparent simplicity hides a complex electronic structure, as several different types of valence excitations are possible, including n-π{sup *}, π-π{sup *}, and charge-transfer states, and in order to simulate its spectrum it is necessary to describe all of them consistently well by the chosen method.

  13. A benchmark study of electronic excitation energies, transition moments, and excited-state energy gradients on the nicotine molecule

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    Egidi, Franco; Segado, Mireia; Koch, Henrik; Cappelli, Chiara; Barone, Vincenzo

    2014-12-01

    In this work, we report a comparative study of computed excitation energies, oscillator strengths, and excited-state energy gradients of (S)-nicotine, chosen as a test case, using multireference methods, coupled cluster singles and doubles, and methods based on time-dependent density functional theory. This system was chosen because its apparent simplicity hides a complex electronic structure, as several different types of valence excitations are possible, including n-π*, π-π*, and charge-transfer states, and in order to simulate its spectrum it is necessary to describe all of them consistently well by the chosen method.

  14. Neutron decay widths of excited states of Be11

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    Haigh, P. J.; Freer, M.; Ashwood, N. I.; Bloxham, T.; Curtis, N.; McEwan, P.; Bohlen, H. G.; Dorsch, T.; Kokalova, Tz.; Schulz, Ch.; Wheldon, C.

    2009-01-01

    The two-neutron transfer reaction Be9(O16, O14)Be11[Be10 +n] has been used to measure the branching ratios for the neutron decay of excited states of Be11. The O14 ejectile was detected by a Q3D spectrometer at forward angles. The energies and angles of the Be10 fragments of the decaying Be11* recoil were measured in coincidence with the O14 ejectile using a double-sided silicon strip detector array at backward angles. This enabled a kinematic reconstruction of the reaction to be performed. Theoretical decay branch ratios were calculated using barrier penetrability factors and were compared to the measured ratios to provide information on the relative reduced widths of the states. The decay widths have been used to link states in Be11 with a common structure and structurally to states in the daughter nucleus Be10. The 3/2-8.82-MeV state was identified as a candidate for a molecular band head.

  15. Optical detection of photoproducts using a pulsed supersonic molecular beam: Application to intramolecular V ⇆ E coupling in IR laser excited polyatomics

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    Watson, T. A.; Mangir, M.; Wittig, C.; Levy, Martin R.

    1981-12-01

    It is well established that electronic emission often accompanies the IR multiple photon excitation of polyatomic species in the presence of a strong electromagnetic field. We have used a pulsed supersonic molecular beam arrangement to study this phenomenon for the case when propenenitrile is irradiated with the focused output from a TEA CO2 laser. Electronically excited species prepared in this way have long spontaneous emission lifetimes and can therefore be detected, via their emission, downstream from the intersection of the laser and molecular beam axes. By measuring time of flight and angular distributions, we can obtain the center-of-mass recoil velocity distribution of the emitting species. For the case of propenenitrile, the recoil velocity distribution is peaked at 250 m s-1 with a width of approximately 200 m s-1. Details of the multistep dissociation process are discussed, and we conclude that H2 molecular elimination precedes formation of the emitting species, which is either C2HCN or C2CN.

  16. Ultrafast electronic relaxation of excited state vitamin B 12 in the gas phase

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    Shafizadeh, Niloufar; Poisson, Lionel; Soep, Benoıˆt

    2008-06-01

    The time evolution of electronically excited vitamin B 12 (cyanocobalamin) has been observed for the first time in the gas phase. It reveals an ultrafast decay to a state corresponding to metal excitation. This decay is interpreted as resulting from a ring to metal electron transfer. This opens the observation of the excited state of other complex biomimetic systems in the gas phase, the key to the characterisation of their complex evolution through excited electronic states.

  17. Intramolecular complex formation and triplet energy transfer in polynorbornenes incorporating benzophenone

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    Fossum, R.D.; Fox, M.A.

    1997-02-12

    The photophysical properties of homopolymers (2) and block copolymers (3) prepared by ring-opening metathesis polymerization of norbornenes substituted with benzophenone, naphthalene, and phenanthrene groups (1) have been investigated. When benzophenone is attached to this polynorbornene backbone, its excited state behavior differs from that observed for monomeric benzophenone. A new intramolecular excited state complex can be observed in the transient absorption and emission measurements of the benzophenone-substituted homopolymer. In copolymers bearing benzophenone and naphthalene or phenanthrene substituent blocks, triplet energy transfer from the sensitizer (benzophenone) to the arene is observed. This energy transfer dominates over the intramolecular complexation that characterizes group interactions in the homopolymer. 41 refs., 14 figs., 7 tabs.

  18. Intramolecular electron transfer in fullerene/ferrocene based donor-bridge-acceptor dyads

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    Guldi, D.M.; Maggini, M.; Scorrano, G.; Prato, M.

    1997-02-05

    A systematic steady-state fluorescence and time-resolved flash photolytic investigation of a series of covalently linked fullerene/ferrocene based donor-bridge-acceptor dyads is reported as a function of the nature of the spacer between the donor site (ferrocene) and acceptor site (fullerene) and the dielectric constant of the medium. The fluorescence of the investigated dyads 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 in methylcyclohexane at 77 K were substantially quenched, relative to N-methylfulleropyrrolidine 1, indicating intramolecular quenching of the fullerene excited singlet state. Excitation of N-methylfulleropyrrolidine revealed the immediate formation of the excited singlet state, with {lambda}{sub max} around 886 nm. A rapid intersystem crossing ({tau}{sub 1/2} = 1.2 ps ) to the excited triplet state was observed with characteristic absorption around 705 nm. Picosecond resolved photolysis of dyads 2-6 in toluene showed light-induced formation of the excited singlet state which undergoes rapid intramolecular quenching. Nanosecond-resolved photolysis of dyads 3 and 4 in degassed benzonitrile revealed long-lived charge separated states with characteristic fullerene radical-anion bands at {lambda}{sub max} = 1055 nm. 30 refs., 5 figs., 3 tabs.

  19. Intramolecular motion in DIET: Desorption and dissociation of chemisorbed ammonia

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    Burns, A. R.; Stechel, E. B.; Jennison, D. R.

    1995-06-01

    We show that quantum-specific detection of DIET processes of polyatomic adsorbates reveals the multidimensional dynamics of intramolecular motion. Specifically, we present an analysis of the 6-350 eV electron-induced desorption and dissociation of chemisorbed NH 3 and ND 3 on Pt(1 1 1). State-selective detection of the neutral DIET products is accomplished by 2 + 1 resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI). Desorption and dissociation occur as a result of distinct electronic excitations that result in different, uncoupled, modes of intramolecular motion. We find that desorption results from 3a 1-1-induced inversion motion. Trajectories on a two-dimensional potential energy surface reveal that the excited molecule fully inverts; upon deexcitation, the inverted molecule is sufficiently high on the hard wall of the substrate interaction to have enough energy to desorb. Given the short excitation lifetime, the time scale in which the (H) D atoms reach the inversion geometry directly affects the desorption yield and results in an appreciable enhancement of NH 3 desorption over that of ND 3. In general, multidimensional molecule-surface potential energy surfaces should be considered in DIET processes involving molecular adsorbates.

  20. Lowest singlet excited state and spectroscopy of α-carotene

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    Itoh, Takao

    2011-03-01

    Emission, excitation and absorption spectra of α-carotene have been measured in solvents with different polarizabilities. It is shown that in highly-polarized solvents α-carotene emits weak fluorescence from the S 1( π, π∗) state with the fluorescence origin observed at 14 800 ± 200 cm -1. The relative S 1/S 2 fluorescence intensity ratio tends to increase with increasing solvent polarizability or decreasing the S 1-S 2 energy separation. The obtained spectroscopic data include the Raman spectrum of α-carotene along with the vibrational analyses of the Raman spectrum based on the DFT calculation at the B3LYP/6-31G(d,p) level.

  1. Measurement of Atomic Oscillator Strength Distribution from the Excited States

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

    2008-10-22

    Saturation technique has been employed to measure the oscillator strength distribution in spectra of helium lithium using an electrical discharge cell a thermionic diode ion detector respectively. The photoabsorption cross sections in the discrete or bound region (commonly known as f-values) have been determined form the Rydberg series accessed from a particular excited state calibrating it with the absolute value of the photoionization cross section measured at the ionization threshold. The extracted discrete f-values merge into the oscillator strength densities, estimated from the measured photoionization cross sections at different photon energies above the first ionization threshold. The experimental data on helium and lithium show continuity between the discrete and the continuous oscillator strengths across the ionization threshold.

  2. Chimera states and excitation waves in networks with complex topologies

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    Schöll, Eckehard

    2016-06-01

    Chimera patterns, which consist of coexisting spatial domains of coherent (synchronized) and incoherent (desyn- chronized) dynamics are studied in networks of FitzHugh-Nagumo systems with complex topologies. To test the robustness of chimera patterns with respect to changes in the structure of the network, we study the following network topologies: Regular ring topology with R nearest neigbors coupled to each side, small-world topology with additional long-range random links, and a hierarchical geometry in the connectivity matrix. We find that chimera states are generally robust with respect to these perturbations, but qualitative changes of the chimera patterns in form of nested coherent and incoherent regions can be induced by a hierarchical topology. The suppression of propagating excitation waves by a small-world topology is also reviewed.

  3. Entanglement thermodynamics for an excited state of Lifshitz system

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    Chakraborty, Somdeb; Dey, Parijat; Karar, Sourav; Roy, Shibaji

    2015-04-01

    A class of (2+1)-dimensional quantum many body system characterized by an anisotropic scaling symmetry (Lifshitz symmetry) near their quantum critical point can be described by a (3+1)-dimensional dual gravity theory with negative cosmological constant along with a massive vector field, where the scaling symmetry is realized by the metric as an isometry. We calculate the entanglement entropy of an excited state of such a system holographically, i.e., from the asymptotic perturbation of the gravity dual using the prescription of Ryu and Takayanagi, when the subsystem is sufficiently small. With suitable identifications, we show that this entanglement entropy satisfies an energy conservation relation analogous to the first law of thermodynamics. The non-trivial massive vector field here plays a crucial role and contributes to an additional term in the energy relation.

  4. Theoretical description of excited state dynamics in nanostructures

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    Rubio, Angel

    2009-03-01

    There has been much progress in the synthesis and characterization of nanostructures however, there remain immense challenges in understanding their properties and interactions with external probes in order to realize their tremendous potential for applications (molecular electronics, nanoscale opto-electronic devices, light harvesting and emitting nanostructures). We will review the recent implementations of TDDFT to study the optical absorption of biological chromophores, one-dimensional polymers and layered materials. In particular we will show the effect of electron-hole attraction in those systems. Applications to the optical properties of solvated nanostructures as well as excited state dynamics in some organic molecules will be used as text cases to illustrate the performance of the approach. Work done in collaboration with A. Castro, M. Marques, X. Andrade, J.L Alonso, Pablo Echenique, L. Wirtz, A. Marini, M. Gruning, C. Rozzi, D. Varsano and E.K.U. Gross.

  5. Theoretical study on the excited states of HCN

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    Nayak, Malaya K.; Chaudhuri, Rajat K.; Krishnamachari, S.N.L.G.

    2005-05-08

    In the flash-photolysis of oxazole, iso-oxazole, and thiozole a transient band system was observed in the region 2500-3050 A. This band system was attributed to a meta-stable form of HCN, i.e., either HNC or triplet HCN. Theoretical investigations have been carried out on the ground and excited states of HCN to characterize this and other experimentally observed transitions. The predicted geometries are compared with the experiment and earlier theoretical calculations. The present calculations show that the band system in the region 2500-3050 A corresponds to the transition 4 {sup 3}-A{sup '}<{sup -}1 {sup 3}-A{sup '} of HCN.

  6. UV excited-state photoresponse of biochromophore negative ions.

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    Bochenkova, Anastasia V; Klærke, Benedikte; Rahbek, Dennis B; Rajput, Jyoti; Toker, Yoni; Andersen, Lars H

    2014-09-01

    Members of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) family may undergo irreversible phototransformation upon irradiation with UV light. This provides clear evidence for the importance of the higher-energy photophysics of the chromophore, which remains essentially unexplored. By using time-resolved action and photoelectron spectroscopy together with high-level electronic structure theory, we directly probe and identify higher electronically excited singlet states of the isolated para- and meta-chromophore anions of GFP. These molecular resonances are found to serve as a doorway for very efficient electron detachment in the gas phase. Inside the protein, this band is found to be resonant with the quasicontinuum of a solvated electron, thus enhancing electron transfer from the GFP to the solvent. This suggests a photophysical pathway for photoconversion of the protein, where GFP resonant photooxidation in solution triggers radical redox reactions inside these proteins. PMID:25044707

  7. Two-State Intramolecular Charge Transfer (ICT) with 3,5-Dimethyl-4-(dimethylamino)benzonitrile (MMD) and Its Meta-Isomer mMMD. Ground State Amino Twist Not Essential for ICT.

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    Druzhinin, Sergey I; Galievsky, Victor A; Demeter, Attila; Kovalenko, Sergey A; Senyushkina, Tamara; Dubbaka, Srinivas R; Knochel, Paul; Mayer, Peter; Grosse, Christian; Stalke, Dietmar; Zachariasse, Klaas A

    2015-12-10

    From X-ray structure analysis, amino twist angles of 90.0° for 2,4-dimethyl-3-(dimethylamino)benzonitrile (mMMD), 82.7° for 4-(di-tert-butylamino)benzonitrile (DTABN), and 88.7° for 6-cyanobenzoquinuclidine (CBQ) are determined, all considerably larger than the 57.4° of 3,5-dimethyl-4-(dimethylamino)benzonitrile (MMD). This large twist leads to lengthening of the amino-phenyl bond, 143.5 pm (mMMD), 144.1 pm (DTABN), 144.6 pm (CBQ), and 141.4 pm (MMD), as compared with 136.5 pm for the planar 4-(dimethylamino)benzonitrile (DMABN). As a consequence, the electronic coupling between the amino and phenyl subgroups in mMMD, DTABN, CBQ, and MMD is much weaker than in DMABN, as seen from the strongly reduced molar absorption coefficients. The fluorescence spectrum of MMD in n-hexane at 25 °C consists of two emissions, from a locally excited (LE) and an intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) state, with a fluorescence quantum yield ratio Φ'(ICT)/Φ(LE) of 12.8. In MeCN, a single ICT emission is found. With mMMD in n-hexane, in contrast, only LE fluorescence is observed, whereas the spectrum in MeCN originates from the ICT state. These differences are also seen from the half-widths of the overall fluorescence bands, which in n-hexane are larger for MMD than for mMMD, decreasing with solvent polarity for MMD and increasing for mMMD, reflecting the disappearance of LE and the onset of ICT in the overall spectra, respectively. From solvatochromic measurements the dipole moments μe(ICT) of MMD (16 D) and mMMD (15 D) are obtained. Femtosecond excited state absorption (ESA) spectra at 22 °C, together with the dual (LE + ICT) fluorescence, reveal that MMD in n-hexane undergoes a reversible LE ⇄ ICT reaction, with LE as the precursor, with a forward rate constant ka = 5.6 × 10(12) s(-1) and a back-reaction kd ∼ 0.05 × 10(12) s(-1). With MMD in the strongly polar solvent MeCN, ICT is faster: ka = 10 × 10(12) s(-1). In the case of mMMD in n-hexane, the ESA spectra show

  8. Pseudopotential Calculation of the Excited States of Semiconductor Quantum Dots

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    Williamson, Andrew; Wang, Lin-Wang; Fu, Hiauxiang; Zunger, Alex

    1998-03-01

    We present the results of our pseudopotential calculations of up to 10 single-exciton states in free standing InP, InAs and CdSe quantum dots with diameters ranging from 10 to 50ÅIn the first step we solve for ≈20-40 single particle hole and electron states using a screened atomic pseudopotential Hamiltonian[1], solved within a plane wave basis using the Folded Spectrum Method[2]. In the second step, we calculate the electron-hole Coulomb energy[3] and the dipole transition probability for each of the ≈1000 possible single particle excitations. We present a comparison of the size scaling of the peaks in absorption and emission spectra obtained in our calculations with those from recent experiments and those of the effective mass based, k.p method. We also compare pseudopotential and k.p predictions of the character of the initial and final single particle states associated with each of these emission peaks. [1] J. Kim, A.J. Williamson, L.W. Wang, S.H-. Wei and A. Zunger, submitted to Phys. Rev. B [2] L. W. Wang and A. Zunger, J. Chem. Phys. 100, 2394 (1994). [3] A. Franceschetti and A. Zunger, Phys. Rev. Lett. 78, 915 (1997). *Supported under BES/OER/DMS contract No. DE---AC36---83CH10093

  9. Transfer matrices and excitations with matrix product states

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    Zauner, V.; Draxler, D.; Vanderstraeten, L.; Degroote, M.; Haegeman, J.; Rams, M. M.; Stojevic, V.; Schuch, N.; Verstraete, F.

    2015-05-01

    We use the formalism of tensor network states to investigate the relation between static correlation functions in the ground state of local quantum many-body Hamiltonians and the dispersion relations of the corresponding low-energy excitations. In particular, we show that the matrix product state transfer matrix (MPS-TM)—a central object in the computation of static correlation functions—provides important information about the location and magnitude of the minima of the low-energy dispersion relation(s), and we present supporting numerical data for one-dimensional lattice and continuum models as well as two-dimensional lattice models on a cylinder. We elaborate on the peculiar structure of the MPS-TM’s eigenspectrum and give several arguments for the close relation between the structure of the low-energy spectrum of the system and the form of the static correlation functions. Finally, we discuss how the MPS-TM connects to the exact quantum transfer matrix of the model at zero temperature. We present a renormalization group argument for obtaining finite bond dimension approximations of the MPS, which allows one to reinterpret variational MPS techniques (such as the density matrix renormalization group) as an application of Wilson’s numerical renormalization group along the virtual (imaginary time) dimension of the system.

  10. A highly-efficient blue-light excitable red phosphor: intramolecular π-stacking interactions in one dinuclear europium(iii) complex.

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    Wang, Zhengliang; Yang, Hui; He, Pei; He, Yonghui; Zhao, Jishou; Tang, Huaijun

    2016-02-21

    A series of ternary dinuclear europium(iii) complexes [Eu2(2,7-BTFDBC)3-n(DBM)2n(Phen)2] (n = 0, 1, or 2) were synthesized by using 2,7-bis(4'4'4'-trifluoro-1,3-dioxobutyl)-(9-ethyl-9H-carbazole) (2,7-BTFDBC), dibenzoylmethane (DBM), 1,10-phenanthroline (Phen) and europium(iii) ions. All these complexes display a broad excitation band in the blue region and high intensity emission with high colour purity. The intensity of emission significantly increases with the increase of DBM in [Eu2(2,7-BTFDBC)3-n(DBM)2n(Phen)2] (n = 0, 1, or 2). The theoretical predictions of the molecular geometry and electronic absorption spectrum of [Eu2(2,7-BTFDBC)(DBM)4(Phen)2] confirm that the pendant phenyl domains engage in multiple T-shaped and parallel-displaced π-stacking interactions with the coordination sphere of two europium(iii) centers. Using [Eu2(2,7-BTFDBC)(DBM)4(Phen)2] as a red phosphor, a single red LED has been obtained with a ∼460 nm-emitting GaN chip. PMID:26673545

  11. Excited states of the 5-chlorophyll photosystem II reaction center

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    Jankowiak, R.; Raetsep, M.; Picorel, R.; Seibert, M.; Small, G.J.

    1999-11-04

    Results of 4.2 K hole burning, chemical reduction (sodium dithionite, in dark and with illumination), and oxidation (ferricyanide) experiments are reported for the isolated PS II reaction center containing five chlorophyll (Chl) molecules (RC-5). Q{sub y} states at 679.6 and 668.3 nm are identified as being highly localized on pheophytin a of the D{sub 1} branch (Pheo{sub 1}) and pheophytin a of the D{sub 2} branch (Pheo{sub 2}), respectively. The Pheo{sub 1}-Q{sub x} and Pheo{sub 2}-Q{sub x} transitions were found to lie on the low and high energy sides of the single Pheo-Q{sub x} absorption band, at 544.4 and 541.2 nm, respectively. The Q{sub y} band of the 684 nm absorbing Chl, which is more apparent in absorption in RC-5 than in RC-6 samples, is assigned to the peripheral Chl on the D{sub 1} side. The results are consistent with that peripheral Chl being Chl{sub z}. The results indicate that P680, the primary electron donor, is the main acceptor for energy transfer from the Pheo{sub 1}-Q{sub y} state and that excitation energy transfer from the Pheo{sub 1}-Q{sub y} state and P680* to the 684 nm Chl is inefficient. It is concluded that the procedure used to prepare RC-5 has only a small effect on the energies of the Q{sub y} states associated with the core cofactors of the 6-Chl RC as well as the 684 nm Chl. Implications of the results for the multimer model are considered. In that model the Q{sub y}-states of the core are significantly delocalized over several cofactors. The results presented provide no support for this model.

  12. Microwave Spectroscopy of the Excited Vibrational States of Methanol

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    Pearson, John; Daly, Adam M.; Bermúdez, Celina

    2015-06-01

    Methanol is the simplest molecule with a three-fold internal rotation and the observation of its νb{8} band served the primary catalyst for the development of internal rotation theory(a,b). The 75 subsequent years of investigation into the νb{8} band region have yielded a large number assignments, numerous high precision energy levels and a great deal of insight into the coupling of νb{t}=3 & 4 with νb{8}, νb{7}, νb{11} and other nearby states(c). In spite of this progress numerous assignment mysteries persist, the origin of almost half the far infrared laser lines remain unknown and all attempts to model the region quantum mechanically have had very limited success. The C3V internal rotation Hamiltonian has successfully modeled the νb{t}=0,1 & 2 states of methanol and other internal rotors(d). However, successful modeling of the coupling between torsional bath states and excited small amplitude motion remains problematic and coupling of multiple interacting excited small amplitude vibrations featuring large amplitude motions remains almost completely unexplored. Before such modeling can be attempted, identifying the remaining low lying levels of νb{7} and νb{11} is necessary. We present an investigation into the microwave spectrum of νb{7}, νb{8} and νb{11} along with the underlying torsional bath states in νb{t}=3 and νb{t}= 4. (a) A. Borden, E.F. Barker J. Chem. Phys., 6, 553 (1938). (b) J. S. Koehler and D. M. Dennison, Phys. Rev. 57, 1006 (1940). (c) R. M. Lees, Li-Hong Xu, J. W. C. Johns, B. P. Winnewisser, and M. Lock, J. Mol. Spectrosc. 243, 168 (2007). (d) L.-H. Xu, J. Fisher, R.M. Lees, H.Y. Shi, J.T. Hougen, J.C. Pearson, B.J. Drouin, G.A. Blake, R. Braakman J. Mol. Spectrosc., 251, 305 (2008).

  13. Excited-state Raman spectroscopy with and without actinic excitation: S{sub 1} Raman spectra of trans-azobenzene

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    Dobryakov, A. L.; Quick, M.; Ioffe, I. N.; Granovsky, A. A.; Ernsting, N. P.; Kovalenko, S. A.

    2014-05-14

    We show that femtosecond stimulated Raman spectroscopy can record excited-state spectra in the absence of actinic excitation, if the Raman pump is in resonance with an electronic transition. The approach is illustrated by recording S{sub 1} and S{sub 0} spectra of trans-azobenzene in n-hexane. The S{sub 1} spectra were also measured conventionally, upon nπ* (S{sub 0} → S{sub 1}) actinic excitation. The results are discussed and compared to earlier reports.

  14. Stability of quantum-dot excited-state laser emission under simultaneous ground-state perturbation

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    Kaptan, Y. Herzog, B.; Schöps, O.; Kolarczik, M.; Woggon, U.; Owschimikow, N.; Röhm, A.; Lingnau, B.; Lüdge, K.; Schmeckebier, H.; Arsenijević, D.; Bimberg, D.; Mikhelashvili, V.; Eisenstein, G.

    2014-11-10

    The impact of ground state amplification on the laser emission of In(Ga)As quantum dot excited state lasers is studied in time-resolved experiments. We find that a depopulation of the quantum dot ground state is followed by a drop in excited state lasing intensity. The magnitude of the drop is strongly dependent on the wavelength of the depletion pulse and the applied injection current. Numerical simulations based on laser rate equations reproduce the experimental results and explain the wavelength dependence by the different dynamics in lasing and non-lasing sub-ensembles within the inhomogeneously broadened quantum dots. At high injection levels, the observed response even upon perturbation of the lasing sub-ensemble is small and followed by a fast recovery, thus supporting the capacity of fast modulation in dual-state devices.

  15. Coherence, Energy and Charge Transfers in De-Excitation Pathways of Electronic Excited State of Biomolecules in Photosynthesis

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    Bohr, Henrik G.; Malik, F. Bary

    2013-11-01

    The observed multiple de-excitation pathways of photo-absorbed electronic excited state in the peridinin-chlorophyll complex, involving both energy and charge transfers among its constituents, are analyzed using the bio-Auger (B-A) theory. It is also shown that the usually used Förster-Dexter theory, which does not allow for charge transfer, is a special case of B-A theory. The latter could, under appropriate circumstances, lead to excimers.

  16. Excited State Dynamics of 7-AZAINDOLE Homodimer in Frozen Nitrogen Matrix

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    Mukherjee, Moitrayee; Bandyopadhyay, Biman; Karmakar, Shreetama; Chakraborty, Tapas

    2011-06-01

    In a fluid medium (liquid or gas), the doubly hydrogen bonded dimer of 7-azaindole (7AI) undergoes tautomerization via simultaneous exchange of two H-atoms/protons between the two moieties upon UV excitation to lowest excited singlet state. The excited dimer emits exclusively visible fluorescence from tautomeric configuration, and no UV fluorescence is detected from the locally excited state. We show here for the first time that this generic excited state dynamics of 7AI dimer is totally altered if the species is synthesized and confined in frozen nitrogen at 8 K. The dimer has been found to emit only from the locally excited state, and the photophysical channel leading to excited state tautomerization is completely blocked. The formation of the centrosymmetric dimer in nitrogen matrix is ensured by recording the FTIR spectrum of the dimer before initiating the photophysical measurements. The details of our findings and interpretation of the measured data will be presented in the talk.

  17. Excited-State Dynamics in Colloidal Semiconductor Nanocrystals.

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    Rabouw, Freddy T; de Mello Donega, Celso

    2016-10-01

    Colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals have attracted continuous worldwide interest over the last three decades owing to their remarkable and unique size- and shape-, dependent properties. The colloidal nature of these nanomaterials allows one to take full advantage of nanoscale effects to tailor their optoelectronic and physical-chemical properties, yielding materials that combine size-, shape-, and composition-dependent properties with easy surface manipulation and solution processing. These features have turned the study of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals into a dynamic and multidisciplinary research field, with fascinating fundamental challenges and dazzling application prospects. This review focuses on the excited-state dynamics in these intriguing nanomaterials, covering a range of different relaxation mechanisms that span over 15 orders of magnitude, from a few femtoseconds to a few seconds after photoexcitation. In addition to reviewing the state of the art and highlighting the essential concepts in the field, we also discuss the relevance of the different relaxation processes to a number of potential applications, such as photovoltaics and LEDs. The fundamental physical and chemical principles needed to control and understand the properties of colloidal semiconductor nanocrystals are also addressed. PMID:27573500

  18. Investigation of excited 0+ states populated in the 162 Er (p,t) reaction

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    Burbadge, C.; Bildstein, V.; Diaz Varela, A.; Dunlop, M.; Dunlop, R.; Garrett, P. E.; Jamieson, D. S.; Kisliuk, D.; Leach, K. G.; Loranger, J.; Maclean, A.; Radich, A.; Rand, E.; Svensson, C. E.; Ball, G. C.; Triambak, S.; Faestermann, T.; Hertenberger, R.; Wirth, H.-F.

    2015-10-01

    A continuing challenge in nuclear structure physics is the determination of the nature of low-lying excited 0+ states. Various approaches have been implemented to interpret the occurence of these states, such as vibrational excitations in β and γ phonons or pairing excitations. One of the difficulties, however, in resolving the nature of these states is that there is a paucity of data; even the first excited state, 02+,is not always known. Direct two-neutron transfer reactions are a useful tool for locating and investigating the nature of excited 0+ states in well-deformed nuclei. Using the Q3D spectrograph at the Maier-Leibnitz Laboratory, the N = 92 nucleus 160Er was studied via (p , t) reactions with a highly-enriched 162Er target. Strong population of the 02+state was observed with large cross sections greater than any other excited 0+ state. Preliminary results will be presented.

  19. Direct Observation and Control of Ultrafast Photoinduced Twisted Intramolecular Charge Transfer (TICT) in Triphenyl-Methane Dyes

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    Li, Guifeng; Magana, Donny; Dyer, R. Brian

    2012-01-01

    Femtosecond time-resolved infrared spectroscopy was employed to study intramolecular charge transfer in triphenylmethane dyes, including malachite green (MG), malachite green carbinol base (MGCB), and leucomalachite green (LMG). A local excited state (LE) and a twisted intramolecular charge-transfer (TICT) state have been observed directly in MG. Furthermore, solvent-controlled TICT measurements in a series of linear alcohols indicate that the transition time (4–11 ps) from LE to TICT is strongly dependent on alcohol viscosity, which is due to rotational hindrance of dimethylaniline in high-viscosity solvents. For LMG, no TICT is observed due to steric hindrance caused by the sp3-hybridized central carbon atom. However, for MGCB, TICT is rescued by the addition of the electron-donating hydroxyl group to the bridge. These results for MG and its analogues provide new insight regarding the dynamics and mechanism of twisted intramolecular charge transfer (TICT) in triphenylmethane dyes. PMID:23009668

  20. Linear energy relationships in ground state proton transfer and excited state proton-coupled electron transfer.

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    Gamiz-Hernandez, Ana P; Magomedov, Artiom; Hummer, Gerhard; Kaila, Ville R I

    2015-02-12

    Proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) processes are elementary chemical reactions involved in a broad range of radical and redox reactions. Elucidating fundamental PCET reaction mechanisms are thus of central importance for chemical and biochemical research. Here we use quantum chemical density functional theory (DFT), time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT), and the algebraic diagrammatic-construction through second-order (ADC(2)) to study the mechanism, thermodynamic driving force effects, and reaction barriers of both ground state proton transfer (pT) and photoinduced proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) between nitrosylated phenyl-phenol compounds and hydrogen-bonded t-butylamine as an external base. We show that the obtained reaction barriers for the ground state pT reactions depend linearly on the thermodynamic driving force, with a Brønsted slope of 1 or 0. Photoexcitation leads to a PCET reaction, for which we find that the excited state reaction barrier depends on the thermodynamic driving force with a Brønsted slope of 1/2. To support the mechanistic picture arising from the static potential energy surfaces, we perform additional molecular dynamics simulations on the excited state energy surface, in which we observe a spontaneous PCET between the donor and the acceptor groups. Our findings suggest that a Brønsted analysis may distinguish the ground state pT and excited state PCET processes.

  1. Computational photochemistry of the azobenzene scaffold of Sudan I and Orange II dyes: excited-state proton transfer and deactivation via conical intersections.

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    Guan, Pei-Jie; Cui, Ganglong; Fang, Qiu

    2015-03-16

    We employed the complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) and its multistate second-order perturbation (MS-CASPT2) methods to explore the photochemical mechanism of 2-hydroxyazobenzene, the molecular scaffold of Sudan I and Orange II dyes. It was found that the excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) along the bright diabatic (1) ππ* state is barrierless and ultrafast. Along this diabatic (1) ππ* relaxation path, the system can jump to the dark (1) nπ* state via the (1) ππ*/(1) nπ* crossing point. However, ESIPT in this dark state is largely inhibited owing to a sizeable barrier. We also found two deactivation channels that decay (1) ππ* keto and (1) nπ* enol species to the ground state via two energetically accessible S1 /S0 conical intersections. Finally, we encountered an interesting phenomenon in the excited-state hydrogen-bonding strength: it is reinforced in the (1) ππ* state, whereas it is reduced in the (1) nπ* state. The present work sets the stage for understanding the photophysics and photochemistry of Sudan I-IV, Orange II, Ponceau 2R, Ponceau 4R, and azo violet.

  2. Computational photochemistry of the azobenzene scaffold of Sudan I and Orange II dyes: excited-state proton transfer and deactivation via conical intersections.

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    Guan, Pei-Jie; Cui, Ganglong; Fang, Qiu

    2015-03-16

    We employed the complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) and its multistate second-order perturbation (MS-CASPT2) methods to explore the photochemical mechanism of 2-hydroxyazobenzene, the molecular scaffold of Sudan I and Orange II dyes. It was found that the excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) along the bright diabatic (1) ππ* state is barrierless and ultrafast. Along this diabatic (1) ππ* relaxation path, the system can jump to the dark (1) nπ* state via the (1) ππ*/(1) nπ* crossing point. However, ESIPT in this dark state is largely inhibited owing to a sizeable barrier. We also found two deactivation channels that decay (1) ππ* keto and (1) nπ* enol species to the ground state via two energetically accessible S1 /S0 conical intersections. Finally, we encountered an interesting phenomenon in the excited-state hydrogen-bonding strength: it is reinforced in the (1) ππ* state, whereas it is reduced in the (1) nπ* state. The present work sets the stage for understanding the photophysics and photochemistry of Sudan I-IV, Orange II, Ponceau 2R, Ponceau 4R, and azo violet. PMID:25572608

  3. Synthetic control of excited states. Nonchromophoric ligand variations in polypyridyl complexes of osmium(II)

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    Kober, E.M.; Marshall, J.L.; Dressick, W.J.; Sullivan, B.P.; Caspar, J.V.; Meyer, T.J.

    1985-08-28

    Two themes are explored with regard to the properties of the metal to ligand charge-transfer (MLCT) excited states of Os(II). For a series of Os(II) complexes it is shown that the MLCT excited states undergo facile oxidative or reductive quenching. Excited-state redox potentials have been estimated by both kinetic quenching and spectroscopic techniques for excited-state oxidative couples and excited-state reductive couples. The second theme, the manipulation of excited-state properties by synthetic changes, follows from a consideration of these factors that dictate excited-state redox potentials. It is shown that in the series (phen)OsL/sub 4//sup 2 +/ (L = pyridine, CH/sub 3/CN, PR/sub 3/, AsR/sub 3/, ... and phen = 1,10-phenanthroline) where the metal-ligand basis for the MLCT chromophore remains the same and variations are made in the nonchromophoric ligand, emission energies, excited-state redox potentials, and radiative and nonradiative rate constants all vary systematically with the potential of the ground-state Os(III/II) couple. The results show that it is possible through synthetic changes to control excited-state properties in a systematical way. 37 references, 6 figures, 5 tables.

  4. Correlated ab initio investigations on the intermolecular and intramolecular potential energy surfaces in the ground electronic state of the O2-(X2Πg)-HF(X1Σ+) complex

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    Fawzy, Wafaa M.; Elsayed, Mahmoud; Zhang, Yuchen

    2013-01-01

    This work reports the first highly correlated ab initio study of the intermolecular and intramolecular potential energy surfaces in the ground electronic state of the O_2^ - (X{}^2Π _g) - HF(X{}^1Σ^+) complex. Accurate electronic structure calculations were performed using the coupled cluster method including single and double excitations with addition of the perturbative triples correction [CCSD(T)] with the Dunning's correlation consistent basis sets aug-cc-pVnZ, n = 2-5. Also, the explicitly correlated CCSD(T)-F12a level of theory was employed with the AVnZ basis as well as the Peterson and co-workers VnZ-F12 basis sets with n = 2 and 3. Results of all levels of calculations predicted two equivalent minimum energy structures of planar geometry and Cs symmetry along the A″ surface of the complex, whereas the A' surface is repulsive. Values of the geometrical parameters and the counterpoise corrected dissociation energies (Cp-De) that were calculated using the CCSD(T)-F12a/VnZ-F12 level of theory are in excellent agreement with those obtained from the CCSD(T)/aug-cc-pV5Z calculations. The minimum energy structure is characterized by a very short hydrogen bond of length of 1.328 Å, with elongation of the HF bond distance in the complex by 0.133 Å, and De value of 32.313 Kcal/mol. Mulliken atomic charges showed that 65% of the negative charge is localized on the hydrogen bonded end of the superoxide radical and the HF unit becomes considerably polarized in the complex. These results suggest that the hydrogen bond is an incipient ionic bond. Exploration of the potential energy surface confirmed the identified minimum and provided support for vibrationally induced intramolecular proton transfer within the complex. The T-shaped geometry that possesses C2v symmetry presents a saddle point on the top of the barrier to the in-plane bending of the hydrogen above and below the axis that connects centers of masses of the monomers. The height of this barrier is 7

  5. The Structure of the Nucleon and it's Excited States

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    1995-02-20

    The past year has been an exciting and productive one for particle physics research at Abilene Christian University. The thrust of our experimental investigations is the study of the nucleon and its excited states. Laboratories where these investigations are presently being conducted are the AGS at Brookhaven, Fermilab and LAMPF. Some analysis of the data for experiments at the Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (Gatchina, Russia) is still in progress. Scheduling of activities at different laboratories inevitably leads to occasional conflicts. This likelihood is increased by the present budget uncertainties at the laboratories that make long-term scheduling difficult. For the most part, the investigators have been able to avoid such conflicts. Only one experiment received beam time in 1994 (E890 at the AGS). The situation for 1995-1996 also appears manageable at this point. E890 and another AGS experiment (E909) will run through May, 1995. El 178 at LAMPF is presently scheduled for August/September 1995. E866 at Fermilab is scheduled to start in Spring/Summer 1996. Undergraduate student involvement has been a key element in this research contract since its inception. Summer students participated at all of the above laboratories in 1994 and the same is planned in 1995. A transition to greater involvement by graduate students will provide cohesiveness to ACU involvement at a given laboratory and full-time on-site involvement in the longer running experiments at FNAL and BNL. Funds to support a full-time graduate student are requested this year. Finally, collaboration by Russian, Croatian and Bosnian scientists has proven to be mutually beneficial to these experimental programs and to the overall programs at the institutions involved. Past support has been augmented by other grants from government agencies and from the Research Council at Abilene Christian University. Additional funds are requested in this renewal to enable more programmatic support for these

  6. Excited state absorption spectrum of chlorophyll a obtained with white-light continuum.

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    De Boni, L; Correa, D S; Pavinatto, F J; dos Santos, D S; Mendonça, C R

    2007-04-28

    The study of excited state properties of chlorophyll a is a subject of foremost interest, given that it plays important roles in biological process and has also been proposed for applications in photonics. This work reports on the excited state absorption spectrum of chlorophyll a solution from 460 to 700 nm, obtained through the white-light continuum Z-scan technique. Saturation of absorption was observed due to the ground state depletion, induced by the white-light continuum region that is resonant with the Q band of chlorophyll a. The authors also observed reverse saturation of absorption related to the excitation from the first excited state to a higher energy level for wavelengths below 640 nm. An energy-level diagram, based on the electronic states of chlorophyll a, was employed to interpret their results, revealing that more states than the ones related to the Q and B bands participate in the excited state absorption of this molecule.

  7. Broadband Tunable Microlasers Based on Controlled Intramolecular Charge-Transfer Process in Organic Supramolecular Microcrystals.

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    Dong, Haiyun; Wei, Yanhui; Zhang, Wei; Wei, Cong; Zhang, Chunhuan; Yao, Jiannian; Zhao, Yong Sheng

    2016-02-01

    Wavelength tunable micro/nanolasers are indispensable components for various photonic devices. Here, we report broadband tunable microlasers built by incorporating a highly polarized organic intramolecular charge-transfer (ICT) compound with a supramolecular host. The spatial confinement of the ICT dye generates an optimized energy level system that favors controlled population distribution between the locally excited (LE) state and the twisted intramolecular charge-transfer (TICT) state, which is beneficial for significantly broadening the tailorable gain region. As a result, we realized a wide tuning of lasing wavelength in the organic supramolecular microcrystals based on temperature-controlled population transfer from the LE to TICT state. The results will provide a useful enlightenment for the rational design of miniaturized lasers with desired performances. PMID:26756966

  8. Vibrational spectroscopy and intramolecular energy transfer in isocyanic acid (HNCO)

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    Coffey, M.J.; Berghout, H.L.; Woods, E. III; Crim, F.F.

    1999-06-01

    Room temperature photoacoustic spectra in the region of the first through the fourth overtones (2{nu}{sub 1} to 5{nu}{sub 1}) and free-jet action spectra of the second through the fourth overtones (3{nu}{sub 1} to 5{nu}{sub 1}) of the N{endash}H stretching vibration permit analysis of the vibrational and rotational structure of HNCO. The analysis identifies the strong intramolecular couplings that control the early stages of intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution (IVR) and gives the interaction matrix elements between the zero-order N{endash}H stretching states and the other zero-order states with which they interact. The experimentally determined couplings and zero-order state separations are consistent with {ital ab initio} calculations of East, Johnson, and Allen [J. Chem. Phys. {bold 98}, 1299 (1993)], and comparison with the calculation identifies the coupled states and likely interactions. The states most strongly coupled to the pure N{endash}H stretching zero-order states are ones with a quantum of N{endash}H stretching excitation ({nu}{sub 1}) replaced by different combinations of N{endash}C{endash}O asymmetric or symmetric stretching excitation ({nu}{sub 2} or {nu}{sub 3}) and {ital trans}-bending excitation ({nu}{sub 4}). The two strongest couplings of the n{nu}{sub 1} state are to the states (n{minus}1){nu}{sub 1}+{nu}{sub 2}+{nu}{sub 4} and (n{minus}1){nu}{sub 1}+{nu}{sub 3}+2{nu}{sub 4}, and sequential couplings through a series of low order resonances potentially play a role. The analysis shows that if the pure N{endash}H stretch zero-order state were excited, energy would initially flow out of that mode into the strongly coupled mode in 100 fs to 700 fs, depending on the level of initial excitation. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  9. Excited state lifetime during photostimulated desorption of no from a Pt surface

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    Magkoev, T. T.

    1998-07-01

    We analyze the rotational energy distribution N(J) for NO molecules desorbed from a Pt (111) surface, taking into account the valence electron excitations, using a simple impulse model. We find a linear dependence between ln N(J) and (Er)1/2, where Er is the rotational energy of the desorbed molecules. The excited state lifetime and the critical residence time in the excited state, evaluated from the given dependences, are close to each other, and in order of magnitude are 10-15 s. We also estimate the frequency and amplitude of the tilting vibrations of the adsorbed molecules in the excited state.

  10. Ab Initio Calculations of Singlet and Triplet Excited States of Chlorine Nitrate and Nitric Acid

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    Grana, Ana M.; Lee, Timothy J.; Head-Gordon, Martin; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    Ab initio calculations of vertical excitations to singlet and triplet excited states of chlorine nitrate and nitric acid are reported. The nature of the electronic transitions are examined by decomposing the difference density into the sum of detachment and attachment densities. Counterparts for the three lowest singlet excited states of nitric acid survive relatively unperturbed in chlorine nitrate, while other low-lying singlet states of chlorine nitrate appear to be directly dissociative in the ClO chromophore. These results suggest an assignment of the two main peaks in the experimental chlorine nitrate absorption spectrum. In addition, triplet vertical excitations and the lowest optimized triplet geometries of both molecules are studied.

  11. Instability of insulating states in optical lattices due to collective phonon excitations

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    Yukalov, V. I.; Ziegler, K.

    2015-02-01

    The effect of collective phonon excitations on the properties of cold atoms in optical lattices is investigated. These phonon excitations are collective excitations, whose appearance is caused by intersite atomic interactions correlating the atoms, and they do not arise without such interactions. These collective excitations should not be confused with lattice vibrations produced by an external force. No such force is assumed. But the considered phonons are purely self-organized collective excitations, characterizing atomic oscillations around lattice sites, due to intersite atomic interactions. It is shown that these excitations can essentially influence the possibility of atoms' being localized. The states that would be insulating in the absence of phonon excitations can become delocalized when these excitations are taken into account. This concerns long-range as well as local atomic interactions. To characterize the region of stability, the Lindemann criterion is used.

  12. Dissociative excitation of the N(+)(5S) state by electron impact on N2 - Excitation function and quenching

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    Erdman, P. W.; Zipf, E. C.

    1986-01-01

    Metastable N(+)(5S) ions were produced in the laboratory by dissociative excitation of N2 with energetic electrons. The resulting radiative decay of the N(+)(5S) state was observed with sufficient resolution to completely resolve the doublet from the nearby N2 molecular radiation. The excitation function was measured from threshold to 500 eV. The cross section peaks at a high electron energy and also exhibits a high threshold energy both of which are typical of dissociative excitation-ionization processes. This finding complicates the explanation of electron impact on N2 as the mechanism for the source of the 2145 A 'auroral mystery feature' by further increasing the required peak cross section. It is suggested that the apparent N(+)(5S) quenching in auroras may be an artifact due to the softening of the electron energy spectrum in the auroral E region.

  13. Semiempirical Quantum-Chemical Orthogonalization-Corrected Methods: Benchmarks of Electronically Excited States.

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    Tuna, Deniz; Lu, You; Koslowski, Axel; Thiel, Walter

    2016-09-13

    The semiempirical orthogonalization-corrected OMx methods have recently been shown to perform well in extensive ground-state benchmarks. They can also be applied to the computation of electronically excited states when combined with a suitable multireference configuration interaction (MRCI) treatment. We report on a comprehensive evaluation of the performance of the OMx/MRCI methods for electronically excited states. The present benchmarks cover vertical excitation energies, excited-state equilibrium geometries (including an analysis of significant changes between ground- and excited-state geometries), minimum-energy conical intersections, ground- and excited-state zero-point vibrational energies, and 0-0 transition energies for a total of 520 molecular structures and 412 excited states. For comparison, we evaluate the TDDFT/B3LYP method for all benchmark sets, and the CC2, MRCISD, and CASPT2 methods for some of them. We find that the current OMx/MRCI methods perform reasonably well for many of the excited-state properties. However, in comparison to the first-principles methods, there are also a number of shortcomings that should be addressed in future developments. PMID:27380455

  14. THE PHOTOTOXOICITY OF POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBONS: A THEORETICAL STUDY OF EXCITED STATES AND CORRELATION TO EXPERIMENT

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    Investigators using models to determine the phototoxic effects of sunlight on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHS) have invoked the excited states of the molecule as important in elucidating the mechanism of these reactions. Energies of actual excited states were calcu...

  15. Semiempirical Quantum-Chemical Orthogonalization-Corrected Methods: Benchmarks of Electronically Excited States.

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    Tuna, Deniz; Lu, You; Koslowski, Axel; Thiel, Walter

    2016-09-13

    The semiempirical orthogonalization-corrected OMx methods have recently been shown to perform well in extensive ground-state benchmarks. They can also be applied to the computation of electronically excited states when combined with a suitable multireference configuration interaction (MRCI) treatment. We report on a comprehensive evaluation of the performance of the OMx/MRCI methods for electronically excited states. The present benchmarks cover vertical excitation energies, excited-state equilibrium geometries (including an analysis of significant changes between ground- and excited-state geometries), minimum-energy conical intersections, ground- and excited-state zero-point vibrational energies, and 0-0 transition energies for a total of 520 molecular structures and 412 excited states. For comparison, we evaluate the TDDFT/B3LYP method for all benchmark sets, and the CC2, MRCISD, and CASPT2 methods for some of them. We find that the current OMx/MRCI methods perform reasonably well for many of the excited-state properties. However, in comparison to the first-principles methods, there are also a number of shortcomings that should be addressed in future developments.

  16. Excited State Absorption from Real-Time Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory.

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    Fischer, Sean A; Cramer, Christopher J; Govind, Niranjan

    2015-09-01

    The optical response of excited states is a key property used to probe photophysical and photochemical dynamics. Additionally, materials with a large nonlinear absorption cross-section caused by two-photon (TPA) and excited state absorption (ESA) are desirable for optical limiting applications. The ability to predict the optical response of excited states would help in the interpretation of transient absorption experiments and aid in the search for and design of optical limiting materials. We have developed an approach to obtain excited state absorption spectra by combining real-time (RT) and linear-response (LR) time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT). Being based on RT-TDDFT, our method is aimed at tackling larger molecular complexes and materials systems where excited state absorption is predominantly seen and many time-resolved experimental efforts are focused. To demonstrate our method, we have calculated the ground and excited state spectra of H₂⁺ and H₂ due to the simplicity in the interpretation of the spectra. We have validated our new approach by comparing our results for butadiene with previously published results based on quadratic response (QR). We also present results for oligofluorenes, where we compare our results with both QR-TDDFT and experimental measurements. Because our method directly measures the response of an excited state, stimulated emission features are also captured; although, these features are underestimated in energy which could be attributed to a change of the reference from the ground to the excited state.

  17. A Doubles Correction to Electronic Excited States from Configuration Interaction in the Space of Single Substitutions

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    Head-Gordon, Martin; Rico, Rudolph J.; Lee, Timothy J.; Oumi, Manabu

    1994-01-01

    A perturbative correction to the method of configuration interaction with single substitutions (CIS) is presented. This CIS(D) correction approximately introduces the effect of double substitutions which are absent in CIS excited states. CIS(D) is a second-order perturbation expansion of the coupled-cluster excited state method, restricted to single and double substitutions, in a series in which CIS is zeroth order, and the first-order correction vanishes. CIS (D) excitation energies are size consistent and the calculational complexity scales with the fifth power of molecular size, akin to second-order Moller-Plesset theory for the ground state. Calculations on singlet excited states of ethylene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde, butadiene and benzene show that CIS (D) is a uniform improvement over CIS. CIS(D) appears to be a promising method for examining excited states of large molecules, where more accurate methods are not feasible.

  18. Theoretical Study of Tautomerization Reactions for the Ground and First Excited Electronic States of Adenine

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    Salter, Latasha M.; Chaban, Galina M.; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Geometrical structures and energetic properties for different tautomers of adenine are calculated in this study, using multi-configurational wave functions. Both the ground and the lowest singlet excited state potential energy surfaces are studied. Four tautomeric forms are considered, and their energetic order is found to be different on the ground and the excited state potential energy surfaces. Minimum energy reaction paths are obtained for hydrogen atom transfer (tautomerization) reactions in the ground and the lowest excited electronic states. It is found that the barrier heights and the shapes of the reaction paths are different for the ground and the excited electronic states, suggesting that the probability of such tautomerization reaction is higher on the excited state potential energy surface. This tautomerization process should become possible in the presence of water or other polar solvent molecules and should play an important role in the photochemistry of adenine.

  19. State-to-State Quantum Dynamics of Reactions O((3)P) + HD (v = 0-1, j = 0) → OH+D and OD+H: Reaction Mechanism and Vibrational Excitation.

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    Zhang, Jing; Gao, Shou-Bao; Wu, Hui; Meng, Qing-Tian

    2015-08-27

    Time-dependent quantum wave packet dynamics calculations have been performed in order to characterize the dynamics and mechanism of O((3)P) + HD (v = 0-1, j = 0) → OH+D and OD+H reactive collisions using the adiabatic potential energy surface by Rogers et al. [J. Phys. Chem. A 2000, 104, 2308] Special attention has been paid to the calculations and discussion of the state resolved integral and differential cross sections and the product state distributions. In addition, the intramolecular isotopic branching ratio has been determined. The results revealed that the OD + H is the favored product channel and the product OH has the same quantum number v as the reactant HD. For low collision energy, the product angular distributions concentrate in the backward region being consistent with a rebounding mechanism. In the case of higher collision energy, the stripping collisions with larger impact parameters tend to produce sideways and forward scatterings, especially for the HD vibrationally excited state. The cross section and intramolecular isotopic branching ratio are in agreement with the previous theoretical results. A cartoon depiction collision model is built and works well for our calculation results. PMID:26247698

  20. Femtochemistry of Intramolecular Charge and Proton Transfer Reactions in Solution

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    Douhal, Abderrazzak; Sanz, Mikel; Carranza, Maria Angeles; Organero, Juan Angel; Tormo, Laura

    2005-03-17

    We report on the first observation of ultrafast intramolecular charge- and proton-transfer reactions in 4'-dimethylaminoflavonol (DAMF) in solution. Upon femtosecond excitation of a non-planar structure of DMAF in apolar medium, the intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) does not occur, and a slow (2 ps) proton motion takes place. However, in polar solvents, the ICT is very fast (100-200 fs) and the produced structure is stabilized that proton motion takes place in few or tens of ps.

  1. Vibrations of acrylonitrile in N 1s excited states

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    Ilakovac, V.; Carniato, S.; Gallet, J.-J.; Kukk, E.; Horvatić, D.; Ilakovac, A.

    2008-01-01

    The N 1s near edge x-ray absorption fine structure spectra of acrylonitrile gas are accurately reproduced by a complete ab initio multidimensional vibrational analysis. The role of π∗ -orbital localization and hybridization on vibrations accompanying core excitation is discussed. Transition to the π⊥∗(C=C-C≡N) delocalized orbital excites mostly stretching vibrations of the whole spinal column of the molecule. Promoting a core electron to the localized π∥∗(C≡N) produces C≡N stretching vibration combined with two strong bending modes of the C-C≡N end of the molecule, related to the change of carbon hybridization.

  2. Nonradiative deactivation of the lowest excited triplet state of the dibenzo- p-dioxin molecule

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    Gastilovich, E. A.; Klimenko, V. G.; Volkova, L. V.; Nurmukhametov, R. N.

    2011-11-01

    In the nonadiabatic approximation, we study how intramolecular interactions affect the nonradiative energy degradation T {1/ s } ↝ S 0 of triplet sublevels s of the lowest triplet state of the dibenzo- p-dioxin molecule. We consider the role played in the degradation by the shape of promoting high- and low-frequency vibrational modes and by spin-orbit interactions separately in the carbon backbone of the molecule and in heteroatoms (oxygen). We find that σ-electrons of oxygen that correspond to the lone pair and to valence electrons play different roles in the nonadiabatic interaction.

  3. Variational state specific solvent models for excited states from time dependent self-consistent field methods

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    Bjorgaard, Josiah; Velizhanin, Kirill; Tretiak, Sergei

    2015-03-01

    The effect of a dielectric environment on a molecule can be profound, causing changes in nuclear configuration and electronic structure. Quantum chemical simulation of a solute-solvent system can be prohibitively expensive due to the large number of degrees of freedom attributed to the solvent. To remedy this, the solvent can be treated as a dielectric cavity. Mutual polarization of the solute and solvent must be considered for accurate treatment of an optically excited state (ES) with a state-specific solvent model (SSM). In vacuum, time dependent self-consistent field (TD-SCF) methods (e,g, TD-HF, TD-DFT) give variational excitation energies. With the well known Z-vector equation, a variational ES energy is used to explore the ES potential energy surface (PES) with analytical gradients. Modification of the standard TD-SCF eigensystem to accommodate a SSM creates a nonlinear TD-SCF equation with non-variational excitation energies. This prevents analytical gradients from being formulated so that the ES PES cannot be explored. Here, we show how a variational formulation of existing SSMs can be derived from a Lagrangian formalism and give numerical results for the variability of calculated quantities. Model dynamics using SSMs are showcased.

  4. Electronically Excited States in Poly(p-phenylenevinylene): Vertical Excitations and Torsional Potentials from High-Level Ab Initio Calculations

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    2013-01-01

    Ab initio second-order algebraic diagrammatic construction (ADC(2)) calculations using the resolution of the identity (RI) method have been performed on poly-(p-phenylenevinylene) (PPV) oligomers with chain lengths up to eight phenyl rings. Vertical excitation energies for the four lowest π–π* excitations and geometry relaxation effects for the lowest excited state (S1) are reported. Extrapolation to infinite chain length shows good agreement with analogous data derived from experiment. Analysis of the bond length alternation (BLA) based on the optimized S1 geometry provides conclusive evidence for the localization of the defect in the center of the oligomer chain. Torsional potentials have been computed for the four excited states investigated and the transition densities divided into fragment contributions have been used to identify excitonic interactions. The present investigation provides benchmark results, which can be used (i) as reference for lower level methods and (ii) give the possibility to parametrize an effective Frenkel exciton Hamiltonian for quantum dynamical simulations of ultrafast exciton transfer dynamics in PPV type systems. PMID:23427902

  5. Direct Visualization of Excited-State Symmetry Breaking Using Ultrafast Time-Resolved Infrared Spectroscopy.

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    Dereka, Bogdan; Rosspeintner, Arnulf; Li, Zhiquan; Liska, Robert; Vauthey, Eric

    2016-04-01

    Most symmetric quadrupolar molecules designed for two-photon absorption behave as dipolar molecules in the S1 electronic excited state. This is usually explained by a breakup of the symmetry in the excited state. However, the origin of this process and its dynamics are still not fully understood. Here, excited-state symmetry breaking in a quadrupolar molecule with a D-π-A-π-D motif, where D and A are electron donating and accepting units, is observed in real time using ultrafast transient infrared absorption spectroscopy. The nature of the relaxed S1 state was found to strongly depend on the solvent polarity: (1) in nonpolar solvents, it is symmetric and quadrupolar; (2) in weakly polar media, the quadrupolar state observed directly after excitation transforms to a symmetry broken S1 state with one arm bearing more excitation than the other; and (3) in highly polar solvents, the excited state evolves further to a purely dipolar S1 state with the excitation localized entirely on one arm. The time scales associated with the transitions between these states coincide with those of solvation dynamics, indicating that symmetry breaking is governed by solvent fluctuations.

  6. IR and NMR spectra, intramolecular hydrogen bonding and conformations of para-tert-butyl-aminothiacalix[4]arene in solid state and chloroform solution

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    Zvereva, Elena E.; Katsyuba, Sergey A.; Vandyukov, Alexander E.; Chernova, Alla V.; Kovalenko, Valery I.; Solovieva, Svetlana E.; Antipin, Igor S.; Konovalov, Alexander I.

    2010-02-01

    It is demonstrated that dissolution of aminothiacalix[4]arene in chloroform results in transformation of 1,3-alternate conformation, adopted in single-crystal and bulk polycrystalline solids, to the pinched-cone form. This conformer is stabilised by the intramolecular hydrogen bonds of two distal amino-groups acting as H-donors with another two amino moieties that appear as H-acceptors. The H-bonds cause quite small (ca. 10-20 cm -1) red shift of the IR bands of the NH 2 stretching vibrations, which suggests rather weak NH⋯N hydrogen bonding. This latter is sufficient to stabilize the pinched-cone conformation in the chloroform solution, but the energy gap between the pinched-cone and other conformations is small, and solid-state intermolecular forces easily overcome it, leading to realisation of the 1,3-alternate conformer. The comparison of the DFT computed and experimental vibrational and NMR spectra demonstrates good quality of present quantum-chemical computations, allows complete interpretation of the spectra and reveals simple IR and NMR spectroscopic markers of the conformers of aminothiacalix[4]arenes.

  7. Exotic and excited-state meson spectroscopy and radiative transitions from lattice QCD

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    Christopher Thomas

    2010-09-01

    We discuss recent progress in extracting the excited meson spectrum and radiative transition form factors using lattice QCD. We mention results in the charmonium sector, including the first lattice QCD calculation of radiative transition rates involving excited charmonium states, highlighting results for high spin and exotic states. We present recent results on a highly excited isovector meson spectrum from dynamical anisotropic lattices. Using carefully constructed operators we show how the continuum spin of extracted states can be reliably identified and confidently extract excited states, states with exotic quantum numbers and states of high spin. This spectrum includes the first spin-four state extracted from lattice QCD. We conclude with some comments on future prospects.

  8. The phototoxicity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: a theoretical study of excited states and correlation to experiment.

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    Betowski, Leon D; Enlow, Mark; Riddick, Lee

    2002-06-01

    Investigators using models to determine the phototoxic effects of sunlight on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) have invoked the excited states of the molecule as important in elucidating the mechanism of these reactions. Energies of actual excited states were calculated for ten PAHs by several ab initio methods. The main method used for these calculations was the Configuration Interaction approach, modeling excited states as combinations of single substitutions out of the Hartree-Fock ground state. These calculations correlate well with both experimentally measured singlet and triplet state energies and also previous HOMO-LUMO gap energies that approximate the singlet state energies. The excited state calculations then correlate well with general models of photo-induced toxicity based for the PAHs.

  9. Lifetime measurement of excited states in /sup 105/Ag

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    Mittal, V.K.; Govil, I.M.

    1986-11-01

    The levels up to about 2.1 MeV in /sup 105/Ag were excited via /sup 105/Pd(p,n..gamma..) reaction. For the first time, lifetimes of energy levels at 1023, 1042, 1097, 1166, 1243, 1295, 1328, 1386, 1442, 1543, 1558, 1587, 1719, 1923, and 2081 keV have been measured using the Doppler shift attenuation technique.

  10. Self-Consistent Optimization of Excited States within Density-Functional Tight-Binding.

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    Kowalczyk, Tim; Le, Khoa; Irle, Stephan

    2016-01-12

    We present an implementation of energies and gradients for the ΔDFTB method, an analogue of Δ-self-consistent-field density functional theory (ΔSCF) within density-functional tight-binding, for the lowest singlet excited state of closed-shell molecules. Benchmarks of ΔDFTB excitation energies, optimized geometries, Stokes shifts, and vibrational frequencies reveal that ΔDFTB provides a qualitatively correct description of changes in molecular geometries and vibrational frequencies due to excited-state relaxation. The accuracy of ΔDFTB Stokes shifts is comparable to that of ΔSCF-DFT, and ΔDFTB performs similarly to ΔSCF with the PBE functional for vertical excitation energies of larger chromophores where the need for efficient excited-state methods is most urgent. We provide some justification for the use of an excited-state reference density in the DFTB expansion of the electronic energy and demonstrate that ΔDFTB preserves many of the properties of its parent ΔSCF approach. This implementation fills an important gap in the extended framework of DFTB, where access to excited states has been limited to the time-dependent linear-response approach, and affords access to rapid exploration of a valuable class of excited-state potential energy surfaces.

  11. Intramolecular charge transfer effects on 4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde

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    Rajendiran, N.; Balasubramanian, T.

    2008-03-01

    The absorption and fluorescence spectral characteristics of 4-hydroxy-3-methoxybenzaldehyde (HMB) have been studied in different solvents, pH and β-cyclodextrin (β-CD) and compared with 4-hydroxy-3,5-dimethoxybenzaldehyde (HDMB). The inclusion complex of HMB with β-CD is analysed by UV-vis, fluorimetry, FT-IR, 1H NMR, SEM and AM1 methods. In HMB, the normal emission (B band) is originates from a locally excited state and the longer emission (A band) is due to intramolecular charge transfer state (ICT). The OH group of HMB is present in the interior part of the β-CD cavity and aldehyde group present in the upper part of the β-CD cavity.

  12. Excited-state wavepacket and potential reconstruction by coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering.

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    Avisar, David; Tannor, David J

    2015-01-28

    Among the major challenges in the chemical sciences is controlling chemical reactions and deciphering their mechanisms. Since much of chemistry occurs in excited electronic states, in the last three decades scientists have employed a wide variety of experimental techniques and theoretical methods to recover excited-state potential energy surfaces and the wavepackets that evolve on them. These methods have been partially successful but generally do not provide a complete reconstruction of either the excited state wavepacket or potential. We have recently proposed a methodology for reconstructing excited-state molecular wavepackets and the corresponding potential energy surface [Avisar and Tannor, Phys. Rev. Lett., 2011, 106, 170405]. In our approach, the wavepacket is represented as a superposition of the set of vibrational eigenfunctions of the molecular ground-state Hamiltonian. We assume that the multidimensional ground-state potential surface is known, and therefore these vibrational eigenfunctions are known as well. The time-dependent coefficients of the basis functions are obtained by experimental measurement of the resonant coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) signal. Our reconstruction strategy has several significant advantages: (1) the methodology requires no a priori knowledge of any excited-state potential. (2) It applies to dissociative as well as to bound excited-state potentials. (3) It is general for polyatomics. (4) The excited-state potential surface is reconstructed simultaneously with the wavepacket. Apart from making a general contribution to the field of excited-state spectroscopy, our method provides the information on the excited-state wavepacket and potential necessary to design laser pulse sequences to control photochemical reactions.

  13. Protolytic dissociation of cyano derivatives of naphthol, biphenyl and phenol in the excited state: A review

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    Szczepanik, Beata

    2015-11-01

    The excited state proton transfer (ESPT) has been extensively studied for hydroxyarenes, phenols, naphthols, hydroxystilbenes, etc., which undergo large enhancement of acidity upon electronic excitation, thus classified as photoacids. The changes of acidic character in the excited state of cyano-substituted derivatives of phenol, hydroxybiphenyl and naphthol are reviewed in this paper. The acidity constants pKa in the ground state (S0), pKa∗ in the first singlet excited state (S1) and the change of the acidity constant in the excited state ΔpKa for the discussed compounds are summarized and compared. The results of the acidity studies show, that the "electro-withdrawing" CN group in the molecules of naphthol, hydroxybiphenyl and phenol causes dramatic increase of their acidity in the excited state in comparison to the ground state. This effect is greatest for the cyanonaphthols (the doubly substituted CN derivatives are almost as strong as a mineral acid in the excited state), comparable for cyanobiphenyls, and smaller for phenol derivatives. The increase of acidity enables proton transfer to various organic solvents, and the investigation of ESPT can be extended to a variety of solvents besides water. The results of theoretical investigations were also presented and used for understanding the protolytic equilibria of cyano derivatives of naphthol, hydroxybiphenyl and phenol.

  14. Excited state X-ray absorption spectroscopy: Probing both electronic and structural dynamics

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    Neville, Simon P.; Averbukh, Vitali; Ruberti, Marco; Yun, Renjie; Patchkovskii, Serguei; Chergui, Majed; Stolow, Albert; Schuurman, Michael S.

    2016-10-01

    We investigate the sensitivity of X-ray absorption spectra, simulated using a general method, to properties of molecular excited states. Recently, Averbukh and co-workers [M. Ruberti et al., J. Chem. Phys. 140, 184107 (2014)] introduced an efficient and accurate L 2 method for the calculation of excited state valence photoionization cross-sections based on the application of Stieltjes imaging to the Lanczos pseudo-spectrum of the algebraic diagrammatic construction (ADC) representation of the electronic Hamiltonian. In this paper, we report an extension of this method to the calculation of excited state core photoionization cross-sections. We demonstrate that, at the ADC(2)x level of theory, ground state X-ray absorption spectra may be accurately reproduced, validating the method. Significantly, the calculated X-ray absorption spectra of the excited states are found to be sensitive to both geometric distortions (structural dynamics) and the electronic character (electronic dynamics) of the initial state, suggesting that core excitation spectroscopies will be useful probes of excited state non-adiabatic dynamics. We anticipate that the method presented here can be combined with ab initio molecular dynamics calculations to simulate the time-resolved X-ray spectroscopy of excited state molecular wavepacket dynamics.

  15. UV-induced DNA Damage: The Role of Electronic Excited States.

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    Markovitsi, Dimitra

    2016-01-01

    The knowledge of the fundamental processes induced by the direct absorption of UV radiation by DNA allows extrapolating conclusions drawn from in vitro studies to the in-vivo DNA photoreactivity. In this respect, the characterization of the DNA electronic excited states plays a key role. For a long time, the mechanisms of DNA lesion formation were discussed in terms of generic "singlet" and "triplet" excited state reactivity. However, since the beginning of the 21(st) century, both experimental and theoretical studies revealed the existence of "collective" excited states, i.e. excited states delocalized over at least two bases. Two limiting cases are distinguished: Frenkel excitons (delocalized ππ* states) and charge-transfer states in which positive and negative charges are located on different bases. The importance of collective excited states in photon absorption (in particular in the UVA spectral domain), the redistribution of the excitation energy within DNA, and the formation of dimeric pyrimidine photoproducts is discussed. The dependence of the behavior of the collective excited states on conformational motions of the nucleic acids is highlighted.

  16. Two-electron excitation in slow ion-atom collisions: Excitation mechanisms and interferences among autoionizing states

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    Kimura, M. Rice Univ., Houston, TX . Dept. of Physics)

    1990-01-01

    The two-electron capture or excitation process resulting from collisions of H{sup +} and O{sup 6+} ions with He atoms in the energy range from 0.5 keV/amu to 5 keV/amu is studied within a molecular representation. The collision dynamics for formation of doubly excited O{sup 4+} ions and He** atoms and their (n{ell}, n{prime}{ell}{prime}) populations are analyzed in conjunction with electron correlations. Autoionizing states thus formed decay through the Auger process. An experimental study of an ejected electron energy spectrum shows ample structures in addition to two characteristic peaks that are identified by atomic and molecular autoionizations. These structures are attributable to various interferences among electronic states and trajectories. We examine the dominant sources of the interferences. 12 refs., 5 figs.

  17. Hydride stretch infrared spectra in the excited electronic states of indole and its derivatives: Direct evidence for the 1πσ* state

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    Dian, Brian C.; Longarte, Asier; Zwier, Timothy S.

    2003-02-01

    The hydride stretch infrared spectra of indole, indole-H2O, 3-methyl indole, 3-methyl indole-H2O, the main conformer of tryptamine (TRA), two conformers of N-acetyl tryptophan amide (NATA), and three conformers of N-acetyl tryptophan methyl amide (NATMA), have been recorded in the electronically excited singlet states using excited-state fluorescence-dip infrared spectroscopy. NATA and NATMA are methyl-capped dipeptides of tryptophan that have conformational flexibility and exhibit sensitivity in their electronic spectra to the conformation of the dipeptide backbone. In the indole monomer, the indole NH stretch fundamental at the S1 origin is shifted from its ground-state value (3525 cm-1) to 3478 cm-1. The corresponding band in the indole-H2O complex appears at 3387 cm-1, shifted by a similar amount from its ground-state position (3436 cm-1). Higher vibronic levels within 1500 cm-1 of the S1 origin, which have been identified previously [B. J. Fender et al., Chem. Phys. Lett. 239, 31 (1995)] as being 1Lb or 1La in character, all show similar excited state indole NH stretch absorptions. The corresponding spectra in 3-methyl indole, 3-methyl indole-H2O, TRA, and in the C5 conformers of NATA and NATMA all are missing the indole NH stretch absorption. In its place, a broad background absorption appears, spread over the entire 2800-3800 cm-1 region. In these molecules, other CH stretch or amide NH stretch absorptions remain sharp, appearing in their expected frequency ranges. Finally, the C7 conformations of NATA and NATMA, which possess an intramolecular hydrogen bond in the dipeptide backbone, have all infrared transitions washed out, replaced by a stronger broad background absorption. The entire data set can be explained by the presence of an excited 1πσ* state which is dissociative along the indole NH stretch coordinate, as recently predicted by Sobolewski and Domcke [Chem. Phys. Lett. 315, 293 (1999)]. In the weak coupling case (indole, indole-H2O), the gap

  18. Estimation of first excited singlet-state dipole moments of aminoanthraquinones by solvatochromic method.

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    Siddlingeshwar, B; Hanagodimath, S M

    2009-04-01

    The ground state (micro(g)) and the excited state (micro(e)) dipole moments of three substituted anthraquinones, namely 1-aminoanthracene-9,10-dione (AAQ), 1-(methylamino)anthracence-9,10-dione (MAQ) and 1,5-diaminoanthracene-9,10-dione (DAQ) were estimated in various solvents. The dipole moments (micro(g) and micro(e)) were estimated from Lippert, Bakhshiev, Kawski-Chamma-Viallet, McRae and Suppan equations by using the variation of Stokes shift with the solvent dielectric constant and refractive index. The excited state dipole moments were also calculated by using the variation of Stokes shift with microscopic solvent polarity parameter (Epsilon(T)(N)). It was observed that dipole moment values of excited states (micro(e)) were higher than corresponding ground state values (micro(g)), indicating a substantial redistribution of the pi-electron densities in a more polar excited state for all the molecules investigated.

  19. Excited state absorption of pump radiation as a loss mechanism in solid-state lasers

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    Kliewer, M.L.; Powell, R.C.

    1989-08-01

    The characteristics of optical pumping dynamics occurring in laser-pumped rare earth-doped, solid-state laser materials were investigated by using a tunable alexandrite laser to pump Y/sub 3/Al/sub 5/O/sub 12/:Nd/sup 3+/ in an optical cavity. It was found that the slope efficiency of the Nd laser operation depends strongly on the wavelength of the pump laser. For pump wavelengths resulting in low slope efficiencies, intense fluorescence emission is observed from the sample in the blue-green spectral region. This is attributed to the excited state absorption of pump photons which occurs during radiationless relaxation from the pump band to the metastable state. This type of process will be an important loss mechanism for monochromatic pumping of laser systems at specific pump wavelengths.

  20. Excited-state absorption of pump radiation as a loss mechanism in solid-state lasers

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    Kliewer, M.L.; Powell, R.C.

    1989-08-01

    The characteristics of optical pumping dynamics occuring in laser-pumped rare earth-doped, solid-state laser materials were investigated by using a tunable alexandrite laser to pump Y3Al5O12:Nd(3+) in an optical cavity. It was found that the slope efficiency of the Nd laser operation depends strongly on the wavelength of the pump laser. For pump wavelength resulting in low slope efficiencies, intense fluorescence emission is observed form the sample in the blue-green spectral region. This is attributed to the excited state absorption of pump photons which occurs during radiationless relaxation from the pump band to the metastable state. This type of process will be an important loss mechanism for monochromatic pumping of laser systems at specific pump wavelengths.

  1. Excited state absorption of pump radiation as a loss mechanism in solid-state lasers

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    Kliewer, Michael L.; Powell, Richard C.

    1989-01-01

    The characteristics of optical pumping dynamics in laser-pumped, rare-earth-doped, solid-state laser materials are investigated by using a tunable alexandrite laser to pump Y3Al5O12:Nd(3+) in an optical cavity. It is found that the slope efficiency of the Nd laser operation depends strongly on the wavelength of the pump laser. For pump wavelengths resulting in low slope efficiencies, intense fluorescence emission is observed from the sample in the blue-green spectral region. This is attributed to the excited-state absorption of pump photons which occurs during radiationless relaxation from the pump band to the metastable state. This type of process is an important loss mechanism for monochromatic pumping of laser systems at specific pump wavelengths.

  2. Excited triplet states as photooxidants in surface waters

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    Canonica, S.

    2012-12-01

    The chromophoric components of dissolved organic matter (DOM) are generally the main absorbers of sunlight in surface waters and therefore a source of transient reactants under irradiation. Such short-lived species can be relevant for the fate of various classes of chemical contaminants in the aquatic environment. The present contribution focuses on the role of excited triplet states of chromophoric DOM, 3CDOM*, as transient photooxidants initiating the transformation and degradation of organic chemical contaminants. An early study [1] indicated that 3CDOM* may play a dominant role in the photo-induced transformation of electron-rich phenols, a conclusion which was later fortified by the results of transient absorption investigations using aromatic ketones as model photosensitizers [2] and by a recent careful analysis of the effect of oxygen concentration on transformation rates [3]. The variety of aquatic contaminants shown to be affected by triplet-induced oxidation has kept increasing, phenylurea herbicides [4], sulfonamide antibiotics [5] and some phytoestrogens [6] being prominent examples. Recent research has shown that the triplet-induced transformation of specific contaminants, especially aromatic nitrogen compounds, could be inhibited by the presence of DOM, very probably due to its antioxidant moieties [7]. While such moieties are not relevant for the quenching of 3CDOM*, they are expected to react with it in a similar way as the studied contaminants. Analogous reactions can be postulated to occur in liquid or solid phases of the atmospheric environment, as demonstrated in the case of HONO formation [8]. References 1. Canonica, S.; Jans, U.; Stemmler, K.; Hoigné, J. Transformation kinetics of phenols in water: Photosensitization by dissolved natural organic material and aromatic ketones. Environ. Sci. Technol. 1995, 29 (7), 1822-1831. 2. Canonica, S.; Hellrung, B.; Wirz, J. Oxidation of phenols by triplet aromatic ketones in aqueous solution. J. Phys

  3. Excited State Electronic Properties of Sodium Iodide and Cesium Iodide

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    Campbell, Luke W.; Gao, Fei

    2013-05-01

    We compute from first principles the dielectric function, loss function, lifetime and scattering rate of quasiparticles due to electronic losses, and secondary particle spectrum due to plasmon decay in two scintillating alkali halides, sodium iodide and cesium iodide. Particular emphasis is placed on quasiparticles within several multiples of the band gap from the band edges. A theory for the decay spectra of plasmons and other electronic excitations in crystals is presented. Applications to Monte Carlo radiation transport codes are discussed.

  4. "Inverted" Solvent Effect on Charge Transfer in the Excited State.

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    Nau; Pischel

    1999-10-01

    Faster in cyclohexane than in acetonitrile is the fluorescence quenching of the azoalkane 2,3-diazabicyclo[2.2.2]oct-2-ene (DBO) by amines and sulfides. Although this photoreaction is induced by charge transfer (CT; see picture) and exciplexes are formed, the increase in the dipole moment of the exciplex is not large enough to offset the solvent stabilization of the excited reactants, and an "inverted" solvent effect results.

  5. Excited states in the active media of oxygen - iodine lasers

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    Azyazov, V N

    2009-11-30

    A review of investigations of kinetic processes in active media oxygen - iodine lasers (OILs) performed in the last decade is presented. The mechanisms of pumping and quenching of electronically and vibrationally excited O{sub 2} and I{sub 2} molecules are considered, and dissociation mechanisms of I{sub 2} in the active medium of the OIL are analysed. The values of kinetic constants of processes proceeding in the active media of OILs are recommended. (review)

  6. High-energy excited states in 98Cd

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    Blazhev, A.; Braun, N.; Grawe, H.; Boutachkov, P.; Nara Singh, B. S.; Brock, T.; Liu, Zh; Wadsworth, R.; Górska, M.; Jolie, J.; Nowacki, F.; Pietri, S.; Domingo-Pardo, C.; Kojouharov, I.; Caceres, L.; Engert, T.; Farinon, F.; Gerl, J.; Goel, N.; Grȩbosz, J.; Hoischen, R.; Kurz, N.; Nociforo, C.; Prochazka, A.; Schaffner, H.; Steer, S.; Weick, H.; Wollersheim, H.-J.; Ataç, A.; Bettermann, L.; Eppinger, K.; Faestermann, T.; Finke, F.; Geibel, K.; Hinke, C.; Gottardo, A.; Ilie, G.; Iwasaki, H.; Krücken, R.; Merchan, E.; Nyberg, J.; Pfützner, M.; Podolyák, Zs; Regan, P.; Reiter, P.; Rinta-Antila, S.; Rudolph, D.; Scholl, C.; Söderström, P.-A.; Warr, N.; Woods, P.

    2010-01-01

    In 98Cd a new high-energy isomeric γ-ray transition was identified, which confirms previous spin-parity assignments and enables for the first time the measurement of the E2 and E4 strength for the two decay branches of the isomer. Preliminary results on the 98Cd high-excitation level scheme are presented. A comparison to shell-model calculations as well as implications for the nuclear structure around 100Sn are discussed.

  7. Dark excited States of carotenoid regulated by bacteriochlorophyll in photosynthetic light harvesting.

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    Nakamura, Ryosuke; Nakagawa, Katsunori; Nango, Mamoru; Hashimoto, Hideki; Yoshizawa, Masayuki

    2011-03-31

    In photosynthesis, carotenoids play important roles in light harvesting (LH) and photoprotective functions, which have been described mainly in terms of two singlet excited states of carotenoids: S(1) and S(2). In addition to the "dark" S(1) state, another dark state, S*, was recently identified and its involvement in photosynthetic functions was determined. However, there is no consistent picture concerning its nature or the mechanism of its formation. One particularly anomalous behavior obtained from femtosecond transient absorption (TA) spectroscopy is that the S*/S(1) population ratio depends on the excitation intensity. Here, we focus on the effect of nearby bacteriochlorophyll (BChl) on the relaxation dynamics of carotenoid in the LH complex. We performed femtosecond TA spectroscopy combined with pre-excitation of BChl in the reconstituted LH1 complex from Rhodospirillum rubrum S1. We observed that the energy flow from S(1), including its vibrationally excited hot states, to S* occurs only when nearby BChl is excited into Q(y), resulting in an increase in S*/S(1). We also examined the excitation-intensity dependence of S*/S(1) by conventional TA spectroscopy. A comparison between the pre-excitation effect and excitation-intensity dependence shows a strong correlation of S*/S(1) with the number of BChls excited into Q(y). In addition, we observed an increase in triplet formation as the S* population increased, indicating that S* is an electronic excited state that is the precursor to triplet formation. Our findings provide an explanation for observed spectroscopic features, including the excitation-intensity dependences debated so far, and offer new insights into energy deactivation mechanisms inherent in the LH antenna.

  8. Reconstruction of an excited-state molecular wave packet with attosecond transient absorption spectroscopy

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    Cheng, Yan; Chini, Michael; Wang, Xiaowei; González-Castrillo, Alberto; Palacios, Alicia; Argenti, Luca; Martín, Fernando; Chang, Zenghu

    2016-08-01

    Attosecond science promises to allow new forms of quantum control in which a broadband isolated attosecond pulse excites a molecular wave packet consisting of a coherent superposition of multiple excited electronic states. This electronic excitation triggers nuclear motion on the molecular manifold of potential energy surfaces and can result in permanent rearrangement of the constituent atoms. Here, we demonstrate attosecond transient absorption spectroscopy (ATAS) as a viable probe of the electronic and nuclear dynamics initiated in excited states of a neutral molecule by a broadband vacuum ultraviolet pulse. Owing to the high spectral and temporal resolution of ATAS, we are able to reconstruct the time evolution of a vibrational wave packet within the excited B'Σ1u+ electronic state of H2 via the laser-perturbed transient absorption spectrum.

  9. Solvent effects on the absorption and fluorescence spectra of quinine sulphate: Estimation of ground and excited-state dipole moments

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    Joshi, Sunita; Pant, Debi D.

    2012-06-01

    Ground and excited state dipole moments of probe quinine sulphate (QS) was obtained using Solvatochromic shift method. Higher dipole moment is observed for excited state as compared to the ground state which is attributed to the higher polarity of excited state.

  10. Entropy, chaos, and excited-state quantum phase transitions in the Dicke model.

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    Lóbez, C M; Relaño, A

    2016-07-01

    We study nonequilibrium processes in an isolated quantum system-the Dicke model-focusing on the role played by the transition from integrability to chaos and the presence of excited-state quantum phase transitions. We show that both diagonal and entanglement entropies are abruptly increased by the onset of chaos. Also, this increase ends in both cases just after the system crosses the critical energy of the excited-state quantum phase transition. The link between entropy production, the development of chaos, and the excited-state quantum phase transition is more clear for the entanglement entropy. PMID:27575109

  11. Nonequilibrium solvent effects in Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics for ground and excited electronic states

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    Bjorgaard, J. A.; Velizhanin, K. A.; Tretiak, S.

    2016-04-01

    The effects of solvent on molecular processes such as excited state relaxation and photochemical reaction often occurs in a nonequilibrium regime. Dynamic processes such as these can be simulated using excited state molecular dynamics. In this work, we describe methods of simulating nonequilibrium solvent effects in excited state molecular dynamics using linear-response time-dependent density functional theory and apparent surface charge methods. These developments include a propagation method for solvent degrees of freedom and analytical energy gradients for the calculation of forces. Molecular dynamics of acetaldehyde in water or acetonitrile are demonstrated where the solute-solvent system is out of equilibrium due to photoexcitation and emission.

  12. {alpha} decays to ground and excited states of heavy deformed nuclei

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    Denisov, V. Yu.; Khudenko, A. A.

    2009-09-15

    The experimental data for {alpha}-decay half-lives to ground and excited states of deformed nuclei with 222{<=}A{<=}252 and 88{<=}Z{<=}102 are analyzed in the framework of the unified model for {alpha} decay and {alpha} capture. The branching ratios to excited states depend on the energy and the angular momentum of the {alpha} particle. The evaluated branching ratios for 0{sub g.s.}{sup +}{yields}0{sub g.s.}{sup +},2{sup +},4{sup +} {alpha} transitions in even-even nuclei agree with the experimental data. The experimental and calculated branching ratios for {alpha} transitions into more highly excited states are similar.

  13. Entropy, chaos, and excited-state quantum phase transitions in the Dicke model

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    Lóbez, C. M.; Relaño, A.

    2016-07-01

    We study nonequilibrium processes in an isolated quantum system—the Dicke model—focusing on the role played by the transition from integrability to chaos and the presence of excited-state quantum phase transitions. We show that both diagonal and entanglement entropies are abruptly increased by the onset of chaos. Also, this increase ends in both cases just after the system crosses the critical energy of the excited-state quantum phase transition. The link between entropy production, the development of chaos, and the excited-state quantum phase transition is more clear for the entanglement entropy.

  14. Properties of the first excited state of nonbipartite Heisenberg spin rings

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    Schnack, J.

    2000-12-01

    Systematic properties of the first excited state are presented for various ring sizes and spin quantum numbers which are only partly covered by the theorem of Lieb, Schultz, and Mattis. For odd ring sizes the first excited energy eigenvalue shows unexpected degeneracy and related shift quantum numbers. As a byproduct the ground state energy as well as the energy of the first excited state of infinite chains are calculated by extrapolating the properties of only a few, finite, antiferromagnetically coupled Heisenberg rings using the powerful Levin sequence acceleration method.

  15. Aurora Borealis: stochastic cellular automata simulations of the excited-state dynamics of oxygen atoms.

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    Seybold, P. G.; Kier, L. B.; Cheng, C.-K.

    1999-12-01

    Emissions from the 1S and 1D excited states of atomic oxygen play a prominent role in creating the dramatic light displays (aurora borealis) seen in the skies over polar regions of the Northern Hemisphere. A probabilistic asynchronous cellular automaton model described previously has been applied to the excited-state dynamics of atomic oxygen. The model simulates the time-dependent variations in ground (3P) and excited-state populations that occur under user-defined probabilistic transition rules for both pulse and steady-state conditions. Although each trial simulation is itself an independent "experiment", deterministic values for the excited-state emission lifetimes and quantum yields emerge as limiting cases for large numbers of cells or large numbers of trials. Stochastic variations in the lifetimes and emission yields can be estimated from repeated trials.

  16. Revising Intramolecular Photoinduced Electron Transfer (PET) from First-Principles.

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    Escudero, Daniel

    2016-09-20

    Photoinduced electron transfer (PET) plays relevant roles in many areas of chemistry, including charge separation processes in photovoltaics, natural and artificial photosynthesis, and photoluminescence sensors and switches. As in many other photochemical scenarios, the structural and energetic factors play relevant roles in determining the rates and efficiencies of PET and its competitive photodeactivation processes. Particularly, in the field of fluorescent sensors and switches, intramolecular PET is believed (in many cases without compelling experimental proof) to be responsible of the quench of fluorescence. There is an increasing experimental interest in fluorophore's molecular design and on achieving optimal excitation/emission spectra, excitation coefficients, and fluorescence quantum yields (importantly for bioimaging purposes), but less efforts are devoted to fundamental mechanistic studies. In this Account, I revise the origins of the fluorescence quenching in some of these systems with state-of-the-art quantum chemical tools. These studies go beyond the common strategy of analyzing frontier orbital energy diagrams and performing PET thermodynamics calculations. Instead, the potential energy surfaces (PESs) of the lowest-lying excited states are explored with time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) and complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) calculations and the radiative and nonradiative decay rates from the involved excited states are computed from first-principles using a thermal vibration correlation function formalism. With such a strategy, this work reveals the real origins of the fluorescence quenching, herein entitled as dark-state quenching. Dark states (those that do not absorb or emit light) are often elusive to experiments and thus, computational investigations can provide novel insights into the actual photodeactivation mechanisms. The success of the dark-state quenching mechanism is demonstrated for a wide variety of

  17. Revising Intramolecular Photoinduced Electron Transfer (PET) from First-Principles.

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    Escudero, Daniel

    2016-09-20

    Photoinduced electron transfer (PET) plays relevant roles in many areas of chemistry, including charge separation processes in photovoltaics, natural and artificial photosynthesis, and photoluminescence sensors and switches. As in many other photochemical scenarios, the structural and energetic factors play relevant roles in determining the rates and efficiencies of PET and its competitive photodeactivation processes. Particularly, in the field of fluorescent sensors and switches, intramolecular PET is believed (in many cases without compelling experimental proof) to be responsible of the quench of fluorescence. There is an increasing experimental interest in fluorophore's molecular design and on achieving optimal excitation/emission spectra, excitation coefficients, and fluorescence quantum yields (importantly for bioimaging purposes), but less efforts are devoted to fundamental mechanistic studies. In this Account, I revise the origins of the fluorescence quenching in some of these systems with state-of-the-art quantum chemical tools. These studies go beyond the common strategy of analyzing frontier orbital energy diagrams and performing PET thermodynamics calculations. Instead, the potential energy surfaces (PESs) of the lowest-lying excited states are explored with time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) and complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) calculations and the radiative and nonradiative decay rates from the involved excited states are computed from first-principles using a thermal vibration correlation function formalism. With such a strategy, this work reveals the real origins of the fluorescence quenching, herein entitled as dark-state quenching. Dark states (those that do not absorb or emit light) are often elusive to experiments and thus, computational investigations can provide novel insights into the actual photodeactivation mechanisms. The success of the dark-state quenching mechanism is demonstrated for a wide variety of

  18. Effect of xanthophyll composition on the chlorophyll excited state lifetime in plant leaves and isolated LHCII

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    Johnson, Matthew P.; Zia, Ahmad; Horton, Peter; Ruban, Alexander V.

    2010-07-01

    Xanthophyll excited states have been implicated by transient absorption and two-photon excitation studies in playing a key role in the regulation of photosynthetic light harvesting via photoprotective energy dissipation. For any proposed quenching mechanism to be effective it must reduce the chlorophyll excited state lifetime from 2 ns to ˜0.5-0.4 ns. In the presented study the effect of xanthophyll composition on the chlorophyll excited state lifetime in Arabidopsis leaves in the light harvesting ( F m) and photoprotective (NPQ) states was determined. The data was compared to the chlorophyll excited state lifetime of native isolated LHCII and CP26 in detergent micelles with varying xanthophyll composition. It was found that although the differences in xanthophyll composition between LHC complexes from various Arabidopsis mutants were sufficient to explain the varying F m lifetime (and varying PSII efficiency), they were not of a sufficient scale to fully explain the observed differences in the NPQ lifetimes. Only when the LHC complexes were exposed to a low detergent/low pH media, a condition known to mimic the conformational state of LHCII associated with NPQ in vivo, were variations in excited state lifetime large enough to explain the differences observed in leaves. Furthermore, the data reveal that the replacement of lutein by either zeaxanthin or violaxanthin in the internal xanthophyll binding sites of LHCII and CP26 reduces the efficiency of energy dissipation in the photoprotective state in leaves and isolated complexes.

  19. Influence of chlorine substitution on intramolecular hydrogen bond energy and ESIPT barrier: Experimental and theoretical measurements on the photophysics of 3,5-dichlorosalicylic acid

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    Paul, Bijan Kumar; Samanta, Anuva; Guchhait, Nikhil

    2010-08-01

    The effect of chlorine atom on the intramolecular hydrogen bond strength and excited state proton transfer barrier in pharmaceutically important chloro-substituted derivative of salicylic acid viz., 3,5-dichlorosalicylic acid (3,5DCSA) has been explored through steady-state absorption, emission and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy. Stokes shifted emission band with negligible solvent polarity dependency corresponds to the spectroscopic signature of excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) reaction. The spectral signature was compared with its parent molecule salicylic acid (SA) and 5-chlorosalicylic acid (5ClSA). Quantum chemical calculations by ab initio Hartree-Fock (HF) and Density Functional Theory (DFT) methods have been fruitfully employed to correlate experimental findings. Calculated S0 and S1 states potential energy surfaces across the proton transfer co-ordinate substantiates the experimental evidence for the occurrence of ESIPT process and negates the ground state intramolecular proton transfer (GSIPT) reaction. Weakening of intramolecular hydrogen bond (IMHB) energy and subsequent enhancement of barrier to ESIPT reaction in 3,5DCSA as compared to SA and 5ClSA appears to be a reflection of conjugate impact of electron withdrawing inductive and electron donating resonance effects of chlorine substitutions depending on its location on the aromatic benzene nucleus.

  20. The Millimeter-Wave Spectrum of Methacrolein. Torsion-Rotation Effects in the Excited States

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    Zakharenko, Olena; Motiyenko, R. A.; Aviles Moreno, Juan-Ramon; Huet, T. R.

    2015-06-01

    Last year we reported the analysis of the rotational spectrum of s-trans conformer of methacrolein CH2=C(CH3)CHO in the ground vibrational state. In this talk we report the study of its low lying excited vibrational states. The study is based on room-temperature absorption spectra of methacrolein recorded in the frequency range 150 - 465 GHz using the spectrometer in Lille. The new results include assignment of the first excited torsional state (131 cm-1), and the joint analysis of the vt = 0 and vt = 1 states, that allowed us to improve the model in the frame of Rho-Axis-Method (RAM) Hamiltonian and to remove some strong correlations between parameters. Also we assigned the first excited vibrational state of the skeletal torsion mode (170 cm-1). The inverse sequence of A and E tunneling substates as well as anomalous A-E splittings observed for the rotational lines of vsk = 1 state clearly indicate a coupling between methyl torsion and skeletal torsion. However we were able to fit within experimental accuracy the rotational lines of vsk = 1 state using the RAM Hamiltonian. Because of the inversion of the A and E tunneling substates the rotational lines of the vsk = 1 states were assumed to belong to a virtual first excited torsional state. Finally, we assigned several low-Ka rotational transitions of the excited vibrational states above 200 cm-1 but their analysis is complicated by different rotation-vibration interactions. In particular there is an evidence of the Fermi-type resonance between the second excited torsional state and the first excited state of the in-plane skeletal bending mode (265 cm-1). Support from the French Laboratoire d'Excellence CaPPA (Chemical and Physical Properties of the Atmosphere) through contract ANR-10-LABX-0005 of the Programme d'Investissements d'Avenir is acknowledged. Zakharenko O. et al., 69th ISMS, 2014, TI01

  1. Permanent Magnet Synchronous Condenser with Solid State Excitation

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    Hsu, Ping; Muljadi, Eduard; Wu, Ziping; Gao, Wenzhong

    2015-10-05

    A synchronous condenser consists of a free-spinning wound-field synchronous generator and a field excitation controller. In this paper, we propose a synchronous generator that employs a permanent magnet synchronous generator (PMSG) instead of a wound-field machine. PMSGs have the advantages of higher efficiency and reliability. In the proposed configuration, the reactive power control is achieved by a voltage source converter connected in series with the PMSG and the grid. The converter varies the phase voltage of the PMSG so as to create the same effect of over or under excitation in a wound-field machine. The converter output voltage level controls the amount and the direction of the produced reactive power and the voltage's phase is kept in-phase with the grid voltage except a slight phase can be introduced so that some power can be drawn from the grid for maintaining the DC bus voltage level of the converter. Since the output voltage of the converter is only a fraction of the line voltage, its VA rating is only a fraction of the rating of the PMSG. The proposed scheme is shown to be effective by computer simulation.

  2. Ab Initio and Improved Empirical Potentials for the Calculation of the Anharmonic Vibrational States and Intramolecular Mode Coupling of N-Methylacetamide

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    Gregurick, Susan K.; Chaban, Galina M.; Gerber, R. Benny; Kwak, Dochou (Technical Monitor)

    2001-01-01

    The second-order Moller-Plesset ab initio electronic structure method is used to compute points for the anharmonic mode-coupled potential energy surface of N-methylacetamide (NMA) in the trans(sub ct) configuration, including all degrees of freedom. The vibrational states and the spectroscopy are directly computed from this potential surface using the Correlation Corrected Vibrational Self-Consistent Field (CC-VSCF) method. The results are compared with CC-VSCF calculations using both the standard and improved empirical Amber-like force fields and available low temperature experimental matrix data. Analysis of our calculated spectroscopic results show that: (1) The excellent agreement between the ab initio CC-VSCF calculated frequencies and the experimental data suggest that the computed anharmonic potentials for N-methylacetamide are of a very high quality; (2) For most transitions, the vibrational frequencies obtained from the ab initio CC-VSCF method are superior to those obtained using the empirical CC-VSCF methods, when compared with experimental data. However, the improved empirical force field yields better agreement with the experimental frequencies as compared with a standard AMBER-type force field; (3) The empirical force field in particular overestimates anharmonic couplings for the amide-2 mode, the methyl asymmetric bending modes, the out-of-plane methyl bending modes, and the methyl distortions; (4) Disagreement between the ab initio and empirical anharmonic couplings is greater than the disagreement between the frequencies, and thus the anharmonic part of the empirical potential seems to be less accurate than the harmonic contribution;and (5) Both the empirical and ab initio CC-VSCF calculations predict a negligible anharmonic coupling between the amide-1 and other internal modes. The implication of this is that the intramolecular energy flow between the amide-1 and the other internal modes may be smaller than anticipated. These results may have

  3. Intramolecular photo-physical processes and spectral-luminescence properties of a dye merocyanine 540 and its complexes with water

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    Bazyl', O. K.; Svetlichnyi, V. A.

    2015-12-01

    Merocyanine 540 (M540) is famous dye that used in electronics and medicine. An important feature of the dye is a significant intramolecular transfer of the electron density in the excited state. Experimentally was investigated the electronic absorption and fluorescence spectra in different solvents M540. Electronic structure, spectra and rate constants of photo-physical processes of an isolated molecule and its complexes with water molecules were calculated by INDO method with spectroscopic parameterization. Analysis of the results allowed establishing the effect of individual fragments and hydrogen bonds with water on the electronic charge transfer between the terminal units in the state S1. Examination of photo-physical processes of decomposition of the fluorescent state was showed that the intramolecular processes of decay of the S1 state are not the cause of the differences calculated and experimental fluorescence quantum yield. Consideration of trans-cis photoisomerization leads to the elimination of this non-compliance.

  4. Ultrafast excited state dynamics of S2 and S1 states of triphenylmethane dyes.

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    Singhal, Pallavi; Ghosh, Hirendra N

    2014-08-21

    Excited state dynamics of S2 and S1 states for a series of TPM dyes, pyrogallol red (PGR), bromopyrogallol red (Br-PGR) and aurin tricarboxylic acid (ATC), have been monitored by using ultrafast transient absorption and fluorescence up-conversion techniques. Optical absorption studies indicate that all the TPM dyes exist as keto-enol tautomers depending upon the pH of the solution. Interestingly, all the TPM dyes give S2 emission (major emitting state) in addition to weak S1 emission. S2 emission lifetimes as fast as ∼150-300 fs and S1 emission lifetimes of 2-5 ns were observed depending upon the molecular structure of the dyes. Femtosecond transient absorption studies suggest the presence of an ultrafast non-radiative decay channel from the S2 state in addition to S2 luminescence. The vibrational relaxation time from hot S1 state is found to be 2-6 ps. The heavy atom effect has been observed in ultrafast relaxation dynamics of Br-PGR.

  5. Switching between ground and excited states by optical feedback in a quantum dot laser diode

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    Virte, Martin; Breuer, Stefan; Sciamanna, Marc; Panajotov, Krassimir

    2014-09-22

    We demonstrate switching between ground state and excited state emission in a quantum-dot laser subject to optical feedback. Even though the solitary laser emits only from the excited state, we can trigger the emission of the ground state by optical feedback. We observe recurrent but incomplete switching between the two emission states by variation of the external cavity length in the sub-micrometer scale. We obtain a good qualitative agreement of experimental results with simulation results obtained by a rate equation that accounts for the variations of the feedback phase.

  6. Counting the number of excited states in organic semiconductor systems using topology

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    Catanzaro, Michael J.; Shi, Tian; Tretiak, Sergei; Chernyak, Vladimir Y.

    2015-02-28

    Exciton scattering theory attributes excited electronic states to standing waves in quasi-one-dimensional molecular materials by assuming a quasi-particle picture of optical excitations. The quasi-particle properties at branching centers are described by the corresponding scattering matrices. Here, we identify the topological invariant of a scattering center, referred to as its winding number, and apply topological intersection theory to count the number of quantum states in a quasi-one-dimensional system.

  7. Counting the number of excited states in organic semiconductor systems using topology.

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    Catanzaro, Michael J; Shi, Tian; Tretiak, Sergei; Chernyak, Vladimir Y

    2015-02-28

    Exciton scattering theory attributes excited electronic states to standing waves in quasi-one-dimensional molecular materials by assuming a quasi-particle picture of optical excitations. The quasi-particle properties at branching centers are described by the corresponding scattering matrices. Here, we identify the topological invariant of a scattering center, referred to as its winding number, and apply topological intersection theory to count the number of quantum states in a quasi-one-dimensional system. PMID:25725718

  8. An Efficient Variational Principle for the Direct Optimization of Excited States.

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    Zhao, Luning; Neuscamman, Eric

    2016-08-01

    We present a variational principle that enables systematically improvable predictions for individual excited states through an efficient Monte Carlo evaluation. We demonstrate its compatibility with different ansatzes and with both real space and Fock space sampling and discuss its potential for use in the solid state. In numerical demonstrations for challenging molecular excitations, the method rivals or surpasses the accuracy of very high level methods using drastically more compact wave function approximations. PMID:27379468

  9. Excited states of154Nd studied through the decay of154Pr

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    Toh, Y.; Okano, K.; Taniguchi, A.; Yamada, S.; Kawase, Y.

    1996-12-01

    The neutron-rich isotope154Pr, the heaviest isotope of praseodymium, has been investigated by γ-ray multispectrum scaling and γ-γ-(t), X-γ-(t) coincidence experiments. The isotope154Pr was separated from235U fission products with the on-line isotope separator KUR-ISOL. The decay scheme of154Pr has been constructed consisting of 9 excited states and 12 transitions in154Nd, including 7 excited states newly found in the present experiment.

  10. Excited-state dynamics of guanosine in aqueous solution revealed by time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy: experiment and theory.

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    Buchner, Franziska; Heggen, Berit; Ritze, Hans-Hermann; Thiel, Walter; Lübcke, Andrea

    2015-12-21

    Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy is performed on aqueous guanosine solution to study its excited-state relaxation dynamics. Experimental results are complemented by surface hopping dynamic simulations and evaluation of the excited-state ionization energy by Koopmans' theorem. Two alternative models for the relaxation dynamics are discussed. The experimentally observed excited-state lifetime is about 2.5 ps if the molecule is excited at 266 nm and about 1.1 ps if the molecule is excited at 238 nm. The experimental probe photon energy dependence of the photoelectron kinetic energy distribution suggests that the probe step is not vertical and involves a doubly-excited autoionizing state.

  11. Intersystem crossing from highly excited states. rhodamine 6G

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    Ryl'kov, V.V.; Cheshev, E.A.

    1985-09-01

    The authors carried out an investigation of ethanolic solutions of Rhodamine 6G (R6G) at 20 C by laser flash photolysis. The excitation of dilute (3 /SUP ./ 10/sup -5/ M) solutions of R6G with an initial optical density of 1.5 up to an intensity of 100 MW/cm/sup 2/ resulted in only weak triplet-triplet absorption. The introduction of additions of lithium chloride or lithium bromide in 0.1 M concentrations into a solution of R6G (3.10/sup -5/ M) resulted in the appearance of induced absorption and the introduction of an addition of lithium nitrate in the same concentration into the solution did not result in enhancement of triplet-triplet absorption.

  12. Steady-state photoluminescent excitation characterization of semiconductor carrier recombination.

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    Bhosale, J S; Moore, J E; Wang, X; Bermel, P; Lundstrom, M S

    2016-01-01

    Photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy is a contactless characterization technique that can provide valuable information about the surface and bulk recombination parameters of a semiconductor device, distinct from other sorts of photoluminescent measurements. For this technique, a temperature-tuned light emitting diode (LED) has several advantages over other light sources. The large radiation density offered by LEDs from near-infrared to ultraviolet region at a low cost enables efficient and fast photoluminescence measurements. A simple and inexpensive LED-based setup facilitates measurement of surface recombination velocity and bulk Shockley-Read-Hall lifetime, which are key parameters to assess device performance. Under the right conditions, this technique can also provide a contactless way to measure the external quantum efficiency of a solar cell. PMID:26827306

  13. Steady-state photoluminescent excitation characterization of semiconductor carrier recombination

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    Bhosale, J. S.; Moore, J. E.; Wang, X.; Bermel, P.; Lundstrom, M. S.

    2016-01-01

    Photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy is a contactless characterization technique that can provide valuable information about the surface and bulk recombination parameters of a semiconductor device, distinct from other sorts of photoluminescent measurements. For this technique, a temperature-tuned light emitting diode (LED) has several advantages over other light sources. The large radiation density offered by LEDs from near-infrared to ultraviolet region at a low cost enables efficient and fast photoluminescence measurements. A simple and inexpensive LED-based setup facilitates measurement of surface recombination velocity and bulk Shockley-Read-Hall lifetime, which are key parameters to assess device performance. Under the right conditions, this technique can also provide a contactless way to measure the external quantum efficiency of a solar cell.

  14. Highly excited {Sigma}{sup -} states of molecular hydrogen

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    Argoubi, F.; Bezzaouia, S.; Oueslati, H.; Telmini, M.; Jungen, Ch.

    2011-05-15

    We report calculations of H{sub 2} {Sigma}{sup -} states using a variational R-matrix approach combined with multichannel quantum defect theory. Several Rydberg series converging to the 2p{pi} state of the H{sub 2}{sup +} ion core are established and their mutual channel interactions characterized. The influence of the external electron on the chemical bond is found to be particularly strong in these electronically and chemically weakly bound states.

  15. Non-orthogonal configuration interaction for the calculation of multielectron excited states

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    Sundstrom, Eric J.; Head-Gordon, Martin

    2014-03-01

    We apply Non-orthogonal Configuration Interaction (NOCI) to molecular systems where multielectron excitations, in this case double excitations, play a substantial role: the linear polyenes and β-carotene. We demonstrate that NOCI when applied to systems with extended conjugation, provides a qualitatively correct wavefunction at a fraction of the cost of many other multireference treatments. We also present a new extension to this method allowing for purification of higher-order spin states by utilizing Generalized Hartree-Fock Slater determinants and the details for computing ⟨S2⟩ for the ground and excited states.

  16. Yields of excited states of solutes in irradiated benzene and cyclohexane

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    Choi, H.T.; Hirayama, F.; Lipsky, S.

    1984-09-13

    The yields of lowest excited singlet states of diphenyloxazole and p-terphenyl in benzene and of diphenyloxazole, p-terphenyl, and biphenyl in cyclohexane have been measured for excitation by using /sup 85/Kr ..beta.. particles. The dependence of the yield on solute concentration for benzene solutions is shown to be accurately represented by a Stern-Volmer function from 5 x 10/sup -4/ to 10/sup -2/ M and to extrapolate at infinite solute concentration to the yield of excited singlet states of neat liquid benzene. The presence of oxygen in the solution does not affect the extrapolation. The absolute efficiencies of energy transfer from irradiated benzene to the solutes are in good agreement with previous measurements made by using optical excitation below the ionization threshold. These results provide additional confirmation that the mechanism of formation of excited solute states in fast-electron-irradiated benzene does not significantly involve electron or hole capture by the solute. They also demonstrate that the inhomogeneity of energy deposition does not affect the ratio of probabilities of the decay of excited benzene by photon emission to its decay by nonradiative energy transfer to the solute. For cyclohexane solutions, it is confirmed that the yields of excited solute states are lower than in benzene solutions at comparable concentration, but larger than would be expected were the same nonionic mechanism to apply as it does in benzene. The consequences of these conclusions are discussed.

  17. State-resolved collisional relaxation of highly vibrationally excited CsH by CO2.

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    Mu, Baoxia; Cui, Xiuhua; Shen, Yifan; Dai, Kang

    2015-09-01

    Quenching of highly vibrationally excited CsH(X(1)Σ(+), v=15-23) by collisions with CO2 was investigated. A significant fraction of the initial population of highly vibrationally excited CsH(v=22) was relaxed to a low vibrational level (Δv=-5). The near-resonant 5-1 vibration-to-vibration (V-V) energy was efficiently exchanged. The rate constants for the rotational levels of CO2(00(0)0) [J=36-60] and CO2(00(0)1) [J=5-31] from the collisions with excited CsH were determined. The experiments revealed that the collisions resulting in CO2(00(0)0) were accompanied by substantial excitation in rotation and translation. The vibrationally excited CO2(00(0)1) state exhibited rotational and translational energy distributions near those of the initial state. The total quenching rates relative to the probed state of excited CsH were determined for both CO2 states. The corresponding data indicated that the gains in the rotational and translational energies in CO2 were sensitive to the collisional depletion of excited CsH.

  18. Excited state evolution towards ligand loss and ligand chelation at group 6 metal carbonyl centres.

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    Manton, Jennifer C; Amirjalayer, Saeed; Coleman, Anthony C; McMahon, Suzanne; Harvey, Emma C; Greetham, Gregory M; Clark, Ian P; Buma, Wybren Jan; Woutersen, Sander; Pryce, Mary T; Long, Conor

    2014-12-21

    The photochemistry and photophysics of three model "half-sandwich" complexes (η(6)-benzophenone)Cr(CO)3, (η(6)-styrene)Cr(CO)3, and (η(6)-allylbenzene)Cr(CO)3 were investigated using pico-second time-resolved infrared spectroscopy and time-dependent density functional theory methods. The (η(6)-benzophenone)Cr(CO)3 complex was studied using two excitation wavelengths (470 and 320 nm) while the remaining complexes were irradiated using 400 nm light. Two independent excited states were detected spectroscopically for each complex, one an unreactive excited state of metal-to-arene charge-transfer character and the other with metal-to-carbonyl charge transfer character. This second excited state leads to an arrested release of CO on the pico-second time-scale. Low-energy excitation (470 nm) of (η(6)-benzophenone)Cr(CO)3 populated only the unreactive excited state which simply relaxes to the parent complex. Higher energy irradiation (320 nm) induced CO-loss. Irradiation of (η(6)-styrene)Cr(CO)3, or (η(6)-allylbenzene)Cr(CO)3 at 400 nm provided evidence for the simultaneous population of both the reactive and unreactive excited states. The efficiency at which the unreactive excited state is populated depends on the degree of conjugation of the substituent with the arene π-system and this affects the efficiency of the CO-loss process. The quantum yield of CO-loss is 0.50 for (η(6)-allylbenzene)Cr(CO)3 and 0.43 for (η(6)-styrene)Cr(CO)3. These studies provide evidence for the existence of two photophysical routes to CO loss, a minor ultrafast route and an arrested mechanism involving the intermediate population of a reactive excited state. This reactive excited state either relaxes to reform the parent species or eject CO. Thus the quantum yield of the CO-loss is strongly dependent on the excitation wavelength. Time-dependent density functional theory calculations confirm that the state responsible for ultrafast CO-loss has significant metal-centred character while

  19. Photochemistry of excited-state species in natural waters: a role for particulate organic matter.

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    Cottrell, Barbara A; Timko, Stephen A; Devera, Lianne; Robinson, Alice K; Gonsior, Michael; Vizenor, Ashley E; Simpson, André J; Cooper, William J

    2013-09-15

    Laser flash photolysis (LFP) was used to characterize a triplet excited state species isolated from Black River and San Joaquin wetlands particulate organic matter (POM). The solubilized organic matter, isolated from POM by pH-independent diffusion in distilled water, was named PdOM. UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, excitation-emission matrix spectroscopy (EEMs), and (1)H NMR were used to characterize the PdOM. While LFP of dissolved organic matter (DOM) is known to generate the solvated electron, LFP of the PdOM transient in argon-, air-, and nitrous oxide-saturated solutions indicated that this was a triplet excited state species ((3)PdOM*). The lifetime and the reactivity of (3)PdOM* with sorbic acid, a triplet state quencher, were compared with that of the triplet excited state of benzophenone, a DOM proxy. A second excited state species (designated DOM*), with a longer lifetime, was reported in a number of previous studies but not characterized. The lifetime of DOM*, measured for seventeen organic matter isolates, lignin, tannic acid, and three wetlands plant extracts, was shown to differentiate allochthonous from autochthonous DOM. (3)POM* and DOM* were also observed in lake water and a constructed wetlands' water. Aqueous extracts of fresh and aged plant material from the same wetland were shown to be one source of these excited state species. This study provides evidence of a role for POM in the photochemistry of natural and constructed wetland waters.

  20. Size and shape dependent photoluminescence and excited state decay rates of diamondoids.

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    Richter, Robert; Wolter, David; Zimmermann, Tobias; Landt, Lasse; Knecht, Andre; Heidrich, Christoph; Merli, Andrea; Dopfer, Otto; Reiss, Philipp; Ehresmann, Arno; Petersen, Jens; Dahl, Jeremy E; Carlson, Robert M K; Bostedt, Christoph; Möller, Thomas; Mitric, Roland; Rander, Torbjörn

    2014-02-21

    We present photoluminescence spectra and excited state decay rates of a series of diamondoids, which represent molecular structural analogues to hydrogen-passivated bulk diamond. Specific isomers of the five smallest diamondoids (adamantane-pentamantane) have been brought into the gas phase and irradiated with synchrotron radiation. All investigated compounds show intrinsic photoluminescence in the ultraviolet spectral region. The emission spectra exhibit pronounced vibrational fine structure which is analyzed using quantum chemical calculations. We show that the geometrical relaxation of the first excited state of adamantane, exhibiting Rydberg character, leads to the loss of Td symmetry. The luminescence of adamantane is attributed to a transition from the delocalized first excited state into different vibrational modes of the electronic ground state. Similar geometrical changes of the excited state structure have also been identified in the other investigated diamondoids. The excited state decay rates show a clear dependence on the size of the diamondoid, but are independent of the particle geometry, further indicating a loss of particle symmetry upon electronic excitation.

  1. Size and shape dependent photoluminescence and excited state decay rates of diamondoids.

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    Richter, Robert; Wolter, David; Zimmermann, Tobias; Landt, Lasse; Knecht, Andre; Heidrich, Christoph; Merli, Andrea; Dopfer, Otto; Reiss, Philipp; Ehresmann, Arno; Petersen, Jens; Dahl, Jeremy E; Carlson, Robert M K; Bostedt, Christoph; Möller, Thomas; Mitric, Roland; Rander, Torbjörn

    2014-02-21

    We present photoluminescence spectra and excited state decay rates of a series of diamondoids, which represent molecular structural analogues to hydrogen-passivated bulk diamond. Specific isomers of the five smallest diamondoids (adamantane-pentamantane) have been brought into the gas phase and irradiated with synchrotron radiation. All investigated compounds show intrinsic photoluminescence in the ultraviolet spectral region. The emission spectra exhibit pronounced vibrational fine structure which is analyzed using quantum chemical calculations. We show that the geometrical relaxation of the first excited state of adamantane, exhibiting Rydberg character, leads to the loss of Td symmetry. The luminescence of adamantane is attributed to a transition from the delocalized first excited state into different vibrational modes of the electronic ground state. Similar geometrical changes of the excited state structure have also been identified in the other investigated diamondoids. The excited state decay rates show a clear dependence on the size of the diamondoid, but are independent of the particle geometry, further indicating a loss of particle symmetry upon electronic excitation. PMID:24398975

  2. Ground and excited state proton transfer of the bioactive plant flavonol robinetin in a protein environment: spectroscopic and molecular modeling studies.

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    Pahari, Biswa Pathik; Chaudhuri, Sudip; Chakraborty, Sandipan; Sengupta, Pradeep K

    2015-02-12

    We performed spectroscopic and molecular modeling studies to explore the interaction of the bioactive plant flavonol robinetin (3,7,3',4',5'-OH flavone), with the carrier protein human serum albumin (HSA). Multiparametric fluorescence sensing, exploiting the intrinsic "two color" fluorescence of robinetin (comprising excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) and charge transfer (CT) emissions) reveals that binding to HSA significantly affects the emission and excitation profiles, with strongly blue-shifted (∼29 nm) normal fluorescence and remarkable increase in the ESIPT fluorescence anisotropy (r) and lifetime (τ). Flavonol-induced HSA (tryptophan) fluorescence quenching data yield the dynamic quenching constant (KD) as 5.42 × 10(3) M(-1) and the association constant (Ks) as 5.59 × 10(4) M(-1). Time-resolved fluorescence anisotropy decay studies show dramatic (∼170 times) increase in the rotational correlation time (τ(rot)), reflecting greatly enhanced restrictions in motion of robinetin in the protein matrix. Furthermore, prominent induced circular dichroism (ICD) bands appear, indicating that the chiral environment of HSA strongly perturbs the electronic transitions of the intrinsically achiral robinetin molecule. Molecular docking calculations suggest that robinetin binds in subdomain IIA of HSA, where specific interactions with basic residues promote ground state proton abstraction and stabilize an anionic species, which is consistent with spectroscopic observations. PMID:25313717

  3. Triplet excited state spectra and dynamics of carotenoids from the thermophilic purple photosynthetic bacterium Thermochromatium tepidum

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    Niedzwiedzki, Dariusz; Kobayashi, Masayuki; Blankenship, R. E.

    2011-01-13

    Light-harvesting complex 2 from the anoxygenic phototrophic purple bacterium Thermochromatium tepidum was purified and studied by steady-state absorption, fluorescence and flash photolysis spectroscopy. Steady-state absorption and fluorescence measurements show that carotenoids play a negligible role as supportive energy donors and transfer excitation to bacteriochlorophyll-a with low energy transfer efficiency of ~30%. HPLC analysis determined that the dominant carotenoids in the complex are rhodopin and spirilloxanthin. Carotenoid excited triplet state formation upon direct (carotenoid) or indirect (bacteriochlorophyll-a Q{sub x} band) excitation shows that carotenoid triplets are mostly localized on spirilloxanthin. In addition, no triplet excitation transfer between carotenoids was observed. Such specific carotenoid composition and spectroscopic results strongly suggest that this organism optimized carotenoid composition in the light-harvesting complex 2 in order to maximize photoprotective capabilities of carotenoids but subsequently drastically suppressed their supporting role in light-harvesting process.

  4. First-order derivative couplings between excited states from adiabatic TDDFT response theory

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    Ou, Qi; Subotnik, Joseph E.; Bellchambers, Gregory D.; Furche, Filipp

    2015-02-14

    We present a complete derivation of derivative couplings between excited states in the framework of adiabatic time-dependent density functional response theory. Explicit working equations are given and the resulting derivative couplings are compared with derivative couplings from a pseudo-wavefunction ansatz. For degenerate excited states, i.e., close to a conical intersection (CI), the two approaches are identical apart from an antisymmetric overlap term. However, if the difference between two excitation energies equals another excitation energy, the couplings from response theory exhibit an unphysical divergence. This spurious behavior is a result of the adiabatic or static kernel approximation of time-dependent density functional theory leading to an incorrect analytical structure of the quadratic response function. Numerical examples for couplings close to a CI and for well-separated electronic states are given.

  5. Emergence of nontrivial magnetic excitations in a spin-liquid state of kagomé volborthite.

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    Watanabe, Daiki; Sugii, Kaori; Shimozawa, Masaaki; Suzuki, Yoshitaka; Yajima, Takeshi; Ishikawa, Hajime; Hiroi, Zenji; Shibauchi, Takasada; Matsuda, Yuji; Yamashita, Minoru

    2016-08-01

    When quantum fluctuations destroy underlying long-range ordered states, novel quantum states emerge. Spin-liquid (SL) states of frustrated quantum antiferromagnets, in which highly correlated spins fluctuate down to very low temperatures, are prominent examples of such quantum states. SL states often exhibit exotic physical properties, but the precise nature of the elementary excitations behind such phenomena remains entirely elusive. Here, we use thermal Hall measurements that can capture the unexplored property of the elementary excitations in SL states, and report the observation of anomalous excitations that may unveil the unique features of the SL state. Our principal finding is a negative thermal Hall conductivity [Formula: see text] which the charge-neutral spin excitations in a gapless SL state of the 2D kagomé insulator volborthite Cu3V2O7(OH)2[Formula: see text]2H2O exhibit, in much the same way in which charged electrons show the conventional electric Hall effect. We find that [Formula: see text] is absent in the high-temperature paramagnetic state and develops upon entering the SL state in accordance with the growth of the short-range spin correlations, demonstrating that [Formula: see text] is a key signature of the elementary excitation formed in the SL state. These results suggest the emergence of nontrivial elementary excitations in the gapless SL state which feel the presence of fictitious magnetic flux, whose effective Lorentz force is found to be less than 1/100 of the force experienced by free electrons. PMID:27439874

  6. Control of multiple excited image states around segmented carbon nanotubes

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    Knörzer, J. Fey, C.; Sadeghpour, H. R.; Schmelcher, P.

    2015-11-28

    Electronic image states around segmented carbon nanotubes can be confined and shaped along the nanotube axis by engineering the image potential. We show how several such image states can be prepared simultaneously along the same nanotube. The inter-electronic distance can be controlled a priori by engineering tubes of specific geometries. High sensitivity to external electric and magnetic fields can be exploited to manipulate these states and their mutual long-range interactions. These building blocks provide access to a new kind of tailored interacting quantum systems.

  7. Control of multiple excited Rydberg states around segmented carbon nanotubes

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    Schmelcher, Peter; Sadeghpour, Hossein; Knoerzer, Johannes; Fey, Christian

    2016-05-01

    Electronic image Rydberg states around segmented carbon nanotubes can be confined and shaped along the nanotube axis by engineering the image potential. We show how several such image states can be prepared simultaneously along the same nanotube. The inter-electronic distance can be controlled a priori by engineering tubes of specific geometries. High sensitivity to external electric and magnetic fields can be exploited to manipulate these states and their mutual long-range interactions. These building blocks provide access to a new kind of tailored long-range interacting quantum systems.

  8. Multireference general-model-space state-universal and state-specific coupled-cluster approaches to excited states

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    Li, Xiangzhu; Paldus, Josef

    2010-11-01

    The concept of C-conditions, originally introduced in the framework of the multireference (MR), general-model-space (GMS), state-universal (SU), coupled-cluster (CC) approach with singles and doubles (GMS-SU-CCSD) to account for the internal amplitudes that vanish in the case of a complete model space, is applied to a state-selective or state-specific Mukherjee MR-CC method (MkCCSD). In contrast to the existing applications, the emphasis is on the description of excited states, particularly those belonging to the same symmetry species. The applicability of the C-conditions in all MR-SU-CC approaches is emphasized. Convergence problems encountered in the MkCCSD method when handling higher-lying states are pointed out. The performance of the GMS-SU-CCSD and MkCCSD methods is illustrated by considering low-lying vertical excitation energies of the ethylene molecule and para-benzyne diradical. A comparison with the equation-of-motion CCSD results, as well as with the available experimental data and recent multireference configuration interaction theoretical results, is also provided.

  9. Gapped excitations of unconventional fractional quantum Hall effect states in the second Landau level

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    Wurstbauer, U.; Levy, A. L.; Pinczuk, A.; West, K. W.; Pfeiffer, L. N.; Manfra, M. J.; Gardner, G. C.; Watson, J. D.

    2015-12-01

    We report the observation of low-lying collective charge and spin excitations in the second Landau level at ν =2 +1 /3 and also for the very fragile states at ν =2 +2 /5 and 2 +3 /8 in inelastic light scattering experiments. These modes exhibit a clear dependence on filling factor and temperature substantiating the unique access to the characteristic neutral excitation spectra of the incompressible fractional quantum Hall effect (FQHE) states. A detailed mode analysis reveals low-energy modes at around 70 μ eV and a sharp mode slightly below the Zeeman energy interpreted as gap and spin-wave excitation, respectively. The lowest-energy collective charge excitation spectrum at ν =2 +1 /3 exhibits significant qualitative similarities with its cousin state in the lowest Landau level at ν =1 /3 suggesting similar magnetoroton minima in the neutral excitations. The mode energies differ by a scaling of 0.15 indicating different interaction physics in the N =0 and N =1 Landau levels. The striking polarization dependence in elastic and inelastic light scattering is discussed in the framework of anisotropic electron phases that allow for the stabilization of nematic FQHE states. The observed excitation spectra provide new insights by accessing quantum phases in the bulk of electron systems and facilitate comparison with different theoretical descriptions of those enigmatic FQHE states.

  10. Excited-state structure of oligothiophene dendrimers: computational and experimental study.

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    Badaeva, Ekaterina; Harpham, Michael R; Guda, Ramakrishna; Süzer, Özgün; Ma, Chang-Qi; Bäuerle, Peter; Goodson, Theodore; Tretiak, Sergei

    2010-12-01

    The nature of one and two-photon absorption enhancement in a series of oligothiophene dendrimers, recently proposed for applications in entangled photon sensors and solar cells, has been analyzed using both theory (time dependent density functional theory calculations) and experiment (fluorescence upconversion measurements). The linear absorption spectra exhibit a red shift of the absorption maxima and broadening as a function of dendrimer generations. The two-photon absorption cross sections increase sharply with the number of thiophene units in the dendrimer. The cooperative enhancement in absorption two-photon cross sections is explained by (i) an increase in the excited-state density for larger molecules and (ii) delocalization of the low-lying excited states over extended thiophene chains. Fluorescence anisotropy measurements and examination of the calculated excited-state properties reveal that this delocalization is accompanied by a size-dependent decrease in excited-state symmetries. A substantial red shift of the emission maxima for larger dendrimers is explained through the vibronic planarization of the longest linear α-thiophene chain for the emitting excited state. For higher generations, the fluorescence quantum yield decreases due to increased nonradiative decay efficiency (e.g., intersystem crossing). The detailed information about the dendrimer 3D structure and excitations provides guidance for further optimizations of dendritic structures for nonlinear optical and opto-electronic applications. PMID:21077602

  11. Collision-induced energy transfer in intermediate excited states of cesium

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    Lukaszewski, M.; Jackowska, I.

    1993-09-01

    We report an application of laser spectroscopy techniques to a study of collision-induced interactions in atomic excited states. Due to pulsed dye laser excitation a considerable selective population of highly excited states of ccsium is obtained. Collision-induced transfer of excitation energy between the excited states results in modifications in time and spectral characteristics of observed atomic fluorescence. Quantitative information on the efficiency of collisional processes can be obtained from the measurements of time constants of the time-resolved fluorescence signals and/or from those of the integrated intensities of the fluorescence lines. Both possibilities are used in the present work. Perturbation of nD (n=8-14) and nS (n=1O-15) states of cesium in collisions with noble-gas atoms is investigated. The cross sections for the transfer of excitation between fine-structure substates of the nD states (J mixing) and for the nS-(n-4)F intermultiplet transfer are obtained.

  12. Density functional investigation of photo induced Intramolecular Proton Transfer (IPT) in Indole-7-carboxaldehyde and its experimental verification

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    Singla, Nidhi; Chowdhury, Papia

    2013-08-01

    A detail theoretical study has been performed using Density functional theory (DFT) and Time dependent DFT (TDDFT) to investigate the Intramolecular Proton Transfer (IPT) mechanism in Indole-7-carboxaldehyde (I7C) from its normal (I*) to zwitterion (II*) form. B3LYP/6-311++G (d, p) basis set has been used to obtain structural parameters and relative energies in the ground state (S0) and excited state (S1). Atoms in Molecules (AIMs), Mulliken and Natural bond orbitals (NBOs) analysis proves the existence of intramolecular hydrogen bonding (IHB). The electron density (ρ) at Bond critical points (BCPs) on a hydrogen bridge (N15sbnd H12⋯O18) certify IHB and possibility of IPT from acidic (N15sbnd H12) to basic (lbond2 C16dbnd O18) group and creation of II*. Transition state (TS) with dual minima in the Potential energy surface (PES) confirms the I* → TS → II* transition due to excited state Intramolecular Proton Transfer (ESIPT). Photo-physical pathway from I* → II* agrees well with computed/experimental emission peaks.

  13. The electronic origin and vibrational levels of the first excited singlet state of isocyanic acid (HNCO)

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    Berghout, H. Laine; Crim, F. Fleming; Zyrianov, Mikhail; Reisler, Hanna

    2000-04-15

    The combination of vibrationally mediated photofragment yield spectroscopy, which excites molecules prepared in single vibrational states, and multiphoton fluorescence spectroscopy, which excites molecules cooled in a supersonic expansion, provides detailed information on the energetics and vibrational structure of the first excited singlet state (S{sub 1}) of isocyanic acid (HNCO). Dissociation of molecules prepared in individual vibrational states by stimulated Raman excitation probes vibrational levels near the origin of the electronically excited state. Detection of fluorescence from dissociation products formed by multiphoton excitation through S{sub 1} of molecules cooled in a supersonic expansion reveals the vibrational structure at higher energies. Both types of spectra show long, prominent progressions in the N-C-O bending vibration built on states with different amounts of N-C stretching excitation and H-N-C bending excitation. Analyzing the spectra locates the origin of the S{sub 1} state at 32 449{+-}20 cm{sup -1} and determines the harmonic vibrational frequencies of the N-C stretch ({omega}{sub 3}=1034{+-}20 cm{sup -1}), the H-N-C bend ({omega}{sub 4}=1192{+-}19 cm{sup -1}), and the N-C-O bend ({omega}{sub 5}=599{+-}7 cm{sup -1}), values that are consistent with several ab initio calculations. The assigned spectra strongly suggest that the N-C stretching vibration is a promoting mode for internal conversion from S{sub 1} to S{sub 0}. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.

  14. Permanent Magnet Synchronous Condenser with Solid State Excitation: Preprint

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    Hsu, P.; Muljadi, E.; Wu, Z.; Gao, W.

    2015-04-07

    A typical synchronous condenser (SC) consists of a free-spinning, wound-field synchronous generator and a field excitation controller. In this paper, we propose an SC that employs a permanent magnet synchronous generator (PMSG) instead of a wound-field machine. PMSGs have the advantages of higher efficiency and reliability. In the proposed configuration, the reactive power control is achieved by a voltage converter controller connected in series to the PMSG. The controller varies the phase voltage of the PMSG and creates the same effect on the reactive power flow as that of an over- or underexcited wound-field machine. The controller’s output voltage magnitude controls the amount of the reactive power produced by the SC. The phase of the controller’s output is kept within a small variation from the grid voltage phase. This small phase variation is introduced so that a small amount of power can be drawn from the grid into the controller to maintain its DC bus voltage. Because the output voltage of the controller is only a fraction of the line voltage, its VA rating is only a fraction of the rating of the PMSG. The proposed scheme is shown to be effective by computer simulations.

  15. A general ansatz for constructing quasi-diabatic states in electronically excited aggregated systems

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    Liu, Wenlan; Köhn, Andreas; Lunkenheimer, Bernd; Settels, Volker; Engels, Bernd; Fink, Reinhold F.

    2015-08-28

    We present a general method for analyzing the character of singly excited states in terms of charge transfer (CT) and locally excited (LE) configurations. The analysis is formulated for configuration interaction singles (CIS) singly excited wave functions of aggregate systems. It also approximately works for the second-order approximate coupled cluster singles and doubles and the second-order algebraic-diagrammatic construction methods [CC2 and ADC(2)]. The analysis method not only generates a weight of each character for an excited state, but also allows to define the related quasi-diabatic states and corresponding coupling matrix elements. In the character analysis approach, we divide the target system into domains and use a modified Pipek-Mezey algorithm to localize the canonical MOs on each domain, respectively. The CIS wavefunction is then transformed into the localized basis, which allows us to partition the wavefunction into LE configurations within domains and CT configuration between pairs of different domains. Quasi-diabatic states are then obtained by mixing excited states subject to the condition of maximizing the weight of one single LE or CT configuration (localization in configuration space). Different aims of such a procedure are discussed, either the construction of pure LE and CT states for analysis purposes (by including a large number of excited states) or the construction of effective models for dynamics calculations (by including a restricted number of excited states). Applications are given to LE/CT mixing in π-stacked systems, charge-recombination matrix elements in a hetero-dimer, and excitonic couplings in multi-chromophoric systems.

  16. A general ansatz for constructing quasi-diabatic states in electronically excited aggregated systems.

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    Liu, Wenlan; Lunkenheimer, Bernd; Settels, Volker; Engels, Bernd; Fink, Reinhold F; Köhn, Andreas

    2015-08-28

    We present a general method for analyzing the character of singly excited states in terms of charge transfer (CT) and locally excited (LE) configurations. The analysis is formulated for configuration interaction singles (CIS) singly excited wave functions of aggregate systems. It also approximately works for the second-order approximate coupled cluster singles and doubles and the second-order algebraic-diagrammatic construction methods [CC2 and ADC(2)]. The analysis method not only generates a weight of each character for an excited state, but also allows to define the related quasi-diabatic states and corresponding coupling matrix elements. In the character analysis approach, we divide the target system into domains and use a modified Pipek-Mezey algorithm to localize the canonical MOs on each domain, respectively. The CIS wavefunction is then transformed into the localized basis, which allows us to partition the wavefunction into LE configurations within domains and CT configuration between pairs of different domains. Quasi-diabatic states are then obtained by mixing excited states subject to the condition of maximizing the weight of one single LE or CT configuration (localization in configuration space). Different aims of such a procedure are discussed, either the construction of pure LE and CT states for analysis purposes (by including a large number of excited states) or the construction of effective models for dynamics calculations (by including a restricted number of excited states). Applications are given to LE/CT mixing in π-stacked systems, charge-recombination matrix elements in a hetero-dimer, and excitonic couplings in multi-chromophoric systems.

  17. Electron Impact Excitation of Xenon from the Ground State and the Metastable State to the 5p57p Levels

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    Chen, Zhan-Bin; Dong, Chen-Zhong; Xie, Lu-You; Jiang, Jun

    2014-03-01

    Electron impact excitation cross sections from the ground state and the lowest metastable state 5p56s J = 2 to the excited states of the 5p57p configuration of xenon are calculated systematically using the fully relativistic distorted wave method. Special attention is paid to the configuration interaction effects in the wave-function expansion of target states. The results are in good agreement with the recent experimental data by Jung et al. [Phys. Rev. A 80 (2009) 062708] over the measured energy range. These accurate theoretical results can be used in the modeling and diagnosis of plasmas containing xenon.

  18. Mid-infrared ultrafast laser pulses induced third harmonic generation in nitrogen molecules on an excited state

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    Xie, Hongqiang; Li, Guihua; Yao, Jinping; Chu, Wei; Li, Ziting; Zeng, Bin; Wang, Zhanshan; Cheng, Ya

    2015-01-01

    We report on generation of third harmonic from nitrogen molecules on the excited state with a weak driver laser pulse at a mid-infrared wavelength. The excited nitrogen molecules are generated using a circularly polarized intense femtosecond pulse which produces energetic electrons by photoionization to realize collisional excitation of nitrogen molecules. Furthermore, since the third harmonic is generated using a pump-probe scheme, it enables investigation of the excited-state dynamics of nitrogen molecules produced under different conditions. We also perform a comparative investigation in excited argon atoms, revealing different decay dynamics of the molecules and atoms from the excited states in femtosecond laser induced filaments. PMID:26522886

  19. Mid-infrared ultrafast laser pulses induced third harmonic generation in nitrogen molecules on an excited state.

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    Xie, Hongqiang; Li, Guihua; Yao, Jinping; Chu, Wei; Li, Ziting; Zeng, Bin; Wang, Zhanshan; Cheng, Ya

    2015-11-02

    We report on generation of third harmonic from nitrogen molecules on the excited state with a weak driver laser pulse at a mid-infrared wavelength. The excited nitrogen molecules are generated using a circularly polarized intense femtosecond pulse which produces energetic electrons by photoionization to realize collisional excitation of nitrogen molecules. Furthermore, since the third harmonic is generated using a pump-probe scheme, it enables investigation of the excited-state dynamics of nitrogen molecules produced under different conditions. We also perform a comparative investigation in excited argon atoms, revealing different decay dynamics of the molecules and atoms from the excited states in femtosecond laser induced filaments.

  20. Estimation of ground and excited state dipole moments of Oil Red O by solvatochromic shift methods.

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    Sıdır, İsa; Gülseven Sıdır, Yadigar

    2015-01-25

    Absorption and fluorescence spectra of Oil Red O (abbreviated as ORO) are recorded in various solvents with different polarity in the range of 250-900 nm, at room temperature. The solvatochromic shift methods have been used to determine the ground state (μg) and excited state (μe) dipole moments depending on dielectric constant and refractive index functions. It is observed that fluorescence spectra show positive solvatochromism whereas absorption spectra do not indicates sensitive behavior to solvent polarity. Excited state dipole moment is found as higher than those of ground state for all of the used methods and it is attributed to more polar excited state of ORO. Theoretical μg has been determined by quantum chemical calculations using DFT and semi empirical methods. HOMO, LUMO, molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) and solvent accessible surface of ORO are calculated by using DFT-B3LYP method.

  1. Unbound excited states of the N =16 closed shell nucleus 24O

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    Rogers, W. F.; Garrett, S.; Grovom, A.; Anthony, R. E.; Aulie, A.; Barker, A.; Baumann, T.; Brett, J. J.; Brown, J.; Christian, G.; DeYoung, P. A.; Finck, J. E.; Frank, N.; Hamann, A.; Haring-Kaye, R. A.; Hinnefeld, J.; Howe, A. R.; Islam, N. T.; Jones, M. D.; Kuchera, A. N.; Kwiatkowski, J.; Lunderberg, E. M.; Luther, B.; Meyer, D. A.; Mosby, S.; Palmisano, A.; Parkhurst, R.; Peters, A.; Smith, J.; Snyder, J.; Spyrou, A.; Stephenson, S. L.; Strongman, M.; Sutherland, B.; Taylor, N. E.; Thoennessen, M.

    2015-09-01

    Two low-lying neutron-unbound excited states of 24O, populated by proton-knockout reactions on 26F, have been measured using the MoNA and LISA arrays in combination with the Sweeper Magnet at the Coupled Cyclotron Facility at the NSCL using invariant mass spectroscopy. The current measurement confirms the separate identity of two states with decay energies 0.51(5) MeV and 1.20(7) MeV, and provides support for theoretical model calculations, which predict a 2+ first excited state and a 1+ higher-energy state. The measured excitation energies for these states, 4.70(15) MeV for the 2+ level and 5.39(16) MeV for the 1+ level, are consistent with previous lower-resolution measurements, and are compared with five recent model predictions.

  2. The excited spin-triplet state of a charged exciton in quantum dots.

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    Molas, M R; Nicolet, A A L; Piętka, B; Babiński, A; Potemski, M

    2016-09-14

    We report on spectroscopic studies of resonances related to ladder of states of a charged exciton in single GaAlAs/AlAs quantum dot structures. Polarization-resolved photoluminescence, photoluminescence excitation and photon-correlation measurements were performed at low (T  =  4.2 K) temperature also in magnetic field applied in Faraday configuration. The investigated resonances are assigned to three different configurations of a positively charged exciton. Together with a singlet ground state and a conventional triplet state (involving an electron from the ground state electronic s-shell), an excited triplet state, which involved an electron from the excited electronic p-shell was identified in single dots. The appearance of an emission line related to the latter complex is due to a partially suppressed electron relaxation in the investigated dots. An analysis of this emission line allows us to scrupulously determine properties of the excited triplet state and compare them with those of the conventional triplet state. Both triplets exhibit similar patterns of anisotropic fine structure and Zeeman splitting, however their amplitudes significantly differ for those two states. Presented results emphasize the role of the symmetry of the electronic state on the properties of the triplet states of two holes  +  electron excitonic complex. PMID:27391126

  3. The excited spin-triplet state of a charged exciton in quantum dots

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    Molas, M. R.; Nicolet, A. A. L.; Piętka, B.; Babiński, A.; Potemski, M.

    2016-09-01

    We report on spectroscopic studies of resonances related to ladder of states of a charged exciton in single GaAlAs/AlAs quantum dot structures. Polarization-resolved photoluminescence, photoluminescence excitation and photon-correlation measurements were performed at low (T  =  4.2 K) temperature also in magnetic field applied in Faraday configuration. The investigated resonances are assigned to three different configurations of a positively charged exciton. Together with a singlet ground state and a conventional triplet state (involving an electron from the ground state electronic s-shell), an excited triplet state, which involved an electron from the excited electronic p-shell was identified in single dots. The appearance of an emission line related to the latter complex is due to a partially suppressed electron relaxation in the investigated dots. An analysis of this emission line allows us to scrupulously determine properties of the excited triplet state and compare them with those of the conventional triplet state. Both triplets exhibit similar patterns of anisotropic fine structure and Zeeman splitting, however their amplitudes significantly differ for those two states. Presented results emphasize the role of the symmetry of the electronic state on the properties of the triplet states of two holes  +  electron excitonic complex.

  4. Observation of excited state proton transfer reactions in 2-phenylphenol and 2-phenyl-1-naphthol and formation of quinone methide species.

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    Ma, Jiani; Zhang, Xiting; Basarić, Nikola; Wan, Peter; Phillips, David Lee

    2015-04-14

    The excited state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) reactions from a phenol (naphthol) to a carbon atom in the adjacent aromatic ring of 2-phenylphenol (1) and 2-phenyl-1-naphthol (4) are prototypical examples of intramolecular proton transfer not mediated by solvent molecules. Femtosecond time-resolved transient absorption (fs-TA) studies are conducted for the first time to directly probe the formation of quinone methide (QM) species generated from the ESIPT pathways of 1 and 4. Steady-state absorption experiments demonstrated 1 exists mainly in its non-deprotonated form in neat MeCN and in water-MeCN solutions. Observation of the phenolate form in water-containing solution (MeCN-H2O, 1 : 1, v : v) in fluorescence spectra demonstrates the occurrence of an ESPT reaction between 1 and the surrounding water molecules. In neat MeCN a transient species that absorbs around 520 nm was detected in fs-TA spectra and was assigned to the QM species formed by ESIPT to the 2'-position. This transient signal is strengthened in cyclohexane. In a water-MeCN solution, an additional transient species assigned to the QM species at the 4'-position of 1 was also detected that absorbs around 485 nm. Similar results for 4 were observed, with the absorbance of the transient species being more intense, which suggests there is more efficient production of the QM species from 4, consistent with quantum yields for deuterium exchange in the distal ring reported for these compounds. PMID:25760013

  5. Coherent Excited States in Superconductors due to a Microwave Field.

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    Semenov, A V; Devyatov, I A; de Visser, P J; Klapwijk, T M

    2016-07-22

    We describe theoretically the depairing effect of a microwave field on diffusive s-wave superconductors. The ground state of the superconductor is altered qualitatively in analogy to the depairing due to a dc current. In contrast to dc depairing, the density of states acquires, for microwaves with frequency ω_{0}, steps at multiples of the photon energy Δ±nℏω_{0} and shows an exponential-like tail in the subgap regime. We show that this ac depairing explains the measured frequency shift of a superconducting resonator with microwave power at low temperatures. PMID:27494495

  6. Coherent Excited States in Superconductors due to a Microwave Field

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    Semenov, A. V.; Devyatov, I. A.; de Visser, P. J.; Klapwijk, T. M.

    2016-07-01

    We describe theoretically the depairing effect of a microwave field on diffusive s -wave superconductors. The ground state of the superconductor is altered qualitatively in analogy to the depairing due to a dc current. In contrast to dc depairing, the density of states acquires, for microwaves with frequency ω0, steps at multiples of the photon energy Δ ±n ℏω0 and shows an exponential-like tail in the subgap regime. We show that this ac depairing explains the measured frequency shift of a superconducting resonator with microwave power at low temperatures.

  7. Ionization potential for excited S states of the lithium atom

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    Puchalski, M.; KePdziera, D.; Pachucki, K.

    2010-12-15

    Nonrelativistic, relativistic, quantum electrodynamic, and finite nuclear mass corrections to the energy levels are obtained for the nS{sub 1/2},n=3,...,9 states of the lithium atom. Computational approach is based on the explicitly correlated Hylleraas functions with the analytic integration and recursion relations. Theoretical predictions for the ionization potential of nS{sub 1/2} states and transition energies nS{sub 1/2{yields}}2S{sub 1/2} are compared to known experimental values for {sup 6,7}Li isotopes.

  8. New Type of Dual Solid-State Thermochromism: Modulation of Intramolecular Charge Transfer by Intermolecular π-π Interactions, Kinetic Trapping of the Aci-Nitro Group, and Reversible Molecular Locking

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    Naumov, Panče; Lee, Sang Cheol; Ishizawa, Nobuo; Jeong, Young Gyu; Chung, Ihn Hee; Fukuzumi, Shunichi

    2009-09-01

    When heated above room temperature, some crystalline polymorphs of the 1,3-bis(hydroxyalkylamino)-4,6-dinitrobenzenes (BDBn, n = 2-5), bis(hydroxyalkyl) analogues of the intramolecular charge-transfer molecule 1,3-diamino-4,6-dinitrobenzene, exhibit "dual" thermochromism: gradual color change from yellow to orange at lower temperatures, and sharp color change from orange to red at higher temperatures. These two thermochromic changes are related to different solid-state processes. When allowed to cool to room temperature, the yellow color of the thermochromic molecules with different alkyl length (n) is recovered with unexpectedly different kinetics, the order of the respective rate constants ranging from 10-7-10-6 s-1 for BDB2 to about 0.1 s-1 in the case of BDB3. The thermochromic mechanism and the reasons behind the different kinetics were clarified on the basis of detailed crystallographic characterization, kinetic thermoanalysis, and spectroscopic study of eight crystalline forms (seven polymorphs and one solvate). It was found that the polymorphism is due to the possibility of "locking" and "unlocking" of the alkyl arms by formation of a strong intramolecular hydrogen bond between the hydroxyl groups at their hydroxyl termini. The locking of BDB2, with shortest alkyl arms, is reversible and it can be controlled thermally; either of the two conformations can be obtained in the solid state by proper thermal treatment. By use of high temperature in situ single crystal X-ray diffraction analysis of BDB3, direct evidence was obtained that the gradual thermochromic change is related to increased distance and weakened π-π interactions between the stacked benzene rings: the lattice expands preferably in the stacking direction, causing enhanced oscillator strength and red shift of the absorption edge of the intramolecular charge transfer transition. The second, sharp thermochromic change had been assigned previously to solid-solid phase transition triggered by

  9. Nonadiabatic Excited-State Molecular Dynamics Modeling of Photoinduced Dynamics in Conjugated Molecules

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    Nelson, Tammie; Fernandez-Alberti, Sebastian; Chernyak, Vladimir; Roitberg, Adrian E.; Tretiak, Sergei

    2011-01-10

    Nonadiabatic dynamics generally defines the entire evolution of electronic excitations in optically active molecular materials. It is commonly associated with a number of fundamental and complex processes such as intraband relaxation, energy transfer, and light harvesting influenced by the spatial evolution of excitations and transformation of photoexcitation energy into electrical energy via charge separation (e.g., charge injection at interfaces). To treat ultrafast excited-state dynamics and exciton/charge transport we have developed a nonadiabatic excited-state molecular dynamics (NA-ESMD) framework incorporating quantum transitions. Our calculations rely on the use of the Collective Electronic Oscillator (CEO) package accounting for many-body effects and actual potential energy surfaces of the excited states combined with Tully’s fewest switches algorithm for surface hopping for probing nonadiabatic processes. This method is applied to model the photoinduced dynamics of distyrylbenzene (a small oligomer of polyphenylene vinylene, PPV). Our analysis shows intricate details of photoinduced vibronic relaxation and identifies specific slow and fast nuclear motions that are strongly coupled to the electronic degrees of freedom, namely, torsion and bond length alternation, respectively. Nonadiabatic relaxation of the highly excited mA{sub g} state is predicted to occur on a femtosecond time scale at room temperature and on a picosecond time scale at low temperature.

  10. Nonadiabatic excited-state molecular dynamics modeling of photoinduced dynamics in conjugated molecules.

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    Nelson, Tammie; Fernandez-Alberti, Sebastian; Chernyak, Vladimir; Roitberg, Adrian E; Tretiak, Sergei

    2011-05-12

    Nonadiabatic dynamics generally defines the entire evolution of electronic excitations in optically active molecular materials. It is commonly associated with a number of fundamental and complex processes such as intraband relaxation, energy transfer, and light harvesting influenced by the spatial evolution of excitations and transformation of photoexcitation energy into electrical energy via charge separation (e.g., charge injection at interfaces). To treat ultrafast excited-state dynamics and exciton/charge transport we have developed a nonadiabatic excited-state molecular dynamics (NA-ESMD) framework incorporating quantum transitions. Our calculations rely on the use of the Collective Electronic Oscillator (CEO) package accounting for many-body effects and actual potential energy surfaces of the excited states combined with Tully's fewest switches algorithm for surface hopping for probing nonadiabatic processes. This method is applied to model the photoinduced dynamics of distyrylbenzene (a small oligomer of polyphenylene vinylene, PPV). Our analysis shows intricate details of photoinduced vibronic relaxation and identifies specific slow and fast nuclear motions that are strongly coupled to the electronic degrees of freedom, namely, torsion and bond length alternation, respectively. Nonadiabatic relaxation of the highly excited mA(g) state is predicted to occur on a femtosecond time scale at room temperature and on a picosecond time scale at low temperature. PMID:21218841

  11. GAS-PHASE ELECTRONIC SPECTRA OF POLYACETYLENE CATIONS: RELEVANCE OF HIGHER EXCITED STATES

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    Rice, C. A.; Rudnev, V.; Dietsche, R.; Maier, J. P.

    2010-07-15

    Transitions to higher electronic states of polyacetylene cations (HC{sub 2n}H{sup +}, n = 4, 5, 6) have been measured in the gas phase at {approx}20 K. The absorption spectra were obtained using a resonant two-color, two-photon fragmentation technique in an ion trap, allowing a direct comparison between laboratory and astrophysical data. The purpose was to investigate the relevance of such transitions to astronomical observations because the general expectation is that the bands could be too broad due to fast intramolecular processes. It is shown that the origin bands are still narrow enough (1-10 cm{sup -1}) to be considered, especially as the higher-lying transitions often possess large oscillator strengths.

  12. Double excitations and state-to-state transition dipoles in π-π∗ excited singlet states of linear polyenes: Time-dependent density-functional theory versus multiconfigurational methods

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    Mikhailov, Ivan A.; Tafur, Sergio; Masunov, Artëm E.

    2008-01-01

    The effect of static and dynamic electron correlation on the nature of excited states and state-to-state transition dipole moments is studied with a multideterminant wave function approach on the example of all-trans linear polyenes ( C4H6 , C6H8 , and C8H10 ). Symmetry-forbidden singlet nAg states were found to separate into three groups: purely single, mostly single, and mostly double excitations. The excited-state absorption spectrum is dominated by two bright transitions: 1Bu-2Ag and 1Bu-mAg , where mAg is the state, corresponding to two-electron excitation from the highest occupied to lowest unoccupied molecular orbital. The richness of the excited-state absorption spectra and strong mixing of the doubly excited determinants into lower- nAg states, reported previously at the complete active space self-consistent field level of theory, were found to be an artifact of the smaller active space, limited to π orbitals. When dynamic σ-π correlation is taken into account, single- and double-excited states become relatively well separated at least at the equilibrium geometry of the ground state. This electronic structure is closely reproduced within time-dependent density-functional theory (TD DFT), where double excitations appear in a second-order coupled electronic oscillator formalism and do not mix with the single excitations obtained within the linear response. An extension of TD DFT is proposed, where the Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA) is invoked after the linear response equations are solved (a posteriori TDA). The numerical performance of this extension is validated against multideterminant-wave-function and quadratic-response TD DFT results. It is recommended for use with a sum-over-states approach to predict the nonlinear optical properties of conjugated molecules.

  13. Excited State Trends in Bidirectionally Expanded Closed-Shell PAH and PANH Anions.

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    Fortenberry, Ryan C; Moore, Megan M; Lee, Timothy J

    2016-09-22

    Some anions are known to exhibit excited states independent of external forces such as dipole moments and induced polarizabilities. Such states exist simply as a result of the stabilization of valence accepting orbitals whereby the binding energy of the extra electron is greater than the valence excitation energy. Closed-shell anions are interesting candidates for such transitions since their ground-state, spin-paired nature makes the anions more stable from the beginning. Consequently, this work shows the point beyond which deprotonated, closed-shell polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and those PAHs containing nitrogen heteroatoms (PANHs) will exhibit valence excited states. This behavior has already been demonstrated in some PANHs and for anistropically extended PAHs. This work establishes a general trend for PAHs/PANHs of arbitrary size and directional extension, whether in one dimension or two. Once seven six-membered rings make up a PAH/PANH, valence excited states are present. For most classes of PAHs/PANHs, this number is closer to four. Even though most of these excited states are weak absorbers, the sheer number of PAHs present in various astronomical environments should make them significant contributors to astronomical spectra. PMID:27585793

  14. Ultrafast excited-state charge-transfer dynamics in laccase type I copper site.

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    Delfino, Ines; Viola, Daniele; Cerullo, Giulio; Lepore, Maria

    2015-01-01

    Femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy was used to investigate the excited state dynamics of the T1 copper site of laccase from Pleurotus ostreatus, by exciting its 600 nm charge transfer band with a 15-fs pulse and probing over a broad range in the visible region. The decay of the pump-induced ground-state bleaching occurs in a single step and is modulated by clearly visible oscillations. Global analysis of the two-dimensional differential transmission map shows that the excited state exponentially decays with a time constant of 375 fs, thus featuring a decay rate slower than those occurring in quite all the investigated T1 copper site proteins. The ultrashort pump pulse induces a vibrational coherence in the protein, which is mainly assigned to ground state activity, as expected in a system with fast excited state decay. Vibrational features are discussed also in comparison with the traditional resonance Raman spectrum of the enzyme. The results indicate that both excited state dynamics and vibrational modes associated with the T1 Cu laccase charge transfer have main characteristics similar to those of all the T1 copper site-containing proteins. On the other hand, the differences observed for laccase from P. ostreatus further confirm the peculiar hypothesized trigonal T1 Cu site geometry. PMID:25819432

  15. Excited State Trends in Bidirectionally Expanded Closed-Shell PAH and PANH Anions.

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    Fortenberry, Ryan C; Moore, Megan M; Lee, Timothy J

    2016-09-22

    Some anions are known to exhibit excited states independent of external forces such as dipole moments and induced polarizabilities. Such states exist simply as a result of the stabilization of valence accepting orbitals whereby the binding energy of the extra electron is greater than the valence excitation energy. Closed-shell anions are interesting candidates for such transitions since their ground-state, spin-paired nature makes the anions more stable from the beginning. Consequently, this work shows the point beyond which deprotonated, closed-shell polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and those PAHs containing nitrogen heteroatoms (PANHs) will exhibit valence excited states. This behavior has already been demonstrated in some PANHs and for anistropically extended PAHs. This work establishes a general trend for PAHs/PANHs of arbitrary size and directional extension, whether in one dimension or two. Once seven six-membered rings make up a PAH/PANH, valence excited states are present. For most classes of PAHs/PANHs, this number is closer to four. Even though most of these excited states are weak absorbers, the sheer number of PAHs present in various astronomical environments should make them significant contributors to astronomical spectra.

  16. Ultrafast excited-state charge-transfer dynamics in laccase type I copper site.

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    Delfino, Ines; Viola, Daniele; Cerullo, Giulio; Lepore, Maria

    2015-01-01

    Femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy was used to investigate the excited state dynamics of the T1 copper site of laccase from Pleurotus ostreatus, by exciting its 600 nm charge transfer band with a 15-fs pulse and probing over a broad range in the visible region. The decay of the pump-induced ground-state bleaching occurs in a single step and is modulated by clearly visible oscillations. Global analysis of the two-dimensional differential transmission map shows that the excited state exponentially decays with a time constant of 375 fs, thus featuring a decay rate slower than those occurring in quite all the investigated T1 copper site proteins. The ultrashort pump pulse induces a vibrational coherence in the protein, which is mainly assigned to ground state activity, as expected in a system with fast excited state decay. Vibrational features are discussed also in comparison with the traditional resonance Raman spectrum of the enzyme. The results indicate that both excited state dynamics and vibrational modes associated with the T1 Cu laccase charge transfer have main characteristics similar to those of all the T1 copper site-containing proteins. On the other hand, the differences observed for laccase from P. ostreatus further confirm the peculiar hypothesized trigonal T1 Cu site geometry.

  17. First-Principles Studies of the Excited States of Chromophore Monomers and Dimers

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    Hamed, Samia; Sharifzadeh, Sahar; Neaton, Jeffrey

    2015-03-01

    Elucidation of the energy transfer mechanism in natural photosynthetic systems remains an exciting challenge. Through the careful analysis of excited states on individual chromophores and dimers - and the predictive first-principles methods used to compute them - we are building towards an understanding of the nature of excitation transfer among arrays of chromophores embedded in protein environments. Excitation energies, transition dipoles, and natural transition orbitals for the important low-lying singlet and triplet states of experimentally-relevant chromophores are obtained from first-principles time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) and many body perturbation theory. The effect of the Tamm-Dancoff approximation and the performance of several exchange-correlation functionals, including an optimally-tuned range-separated hybrid, are evaluated with TDDFT, and compared to MBPT calculations and experiments. This work has been supported by the DOE; computational resources have been provided by NERSC.

  18. Excited doublet and quartet states of SiP: a high level theoretical investigation

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    dos Santos, Levi G.; Ornellas, Fernando R.

    2003-12-01

    Doublet and quartet states of the SiP molecule dissociating into the four lowest dissociation channels are characterized theoretically at a high-level of correlation treatment (multireference single and double excitation configuration interaction). Potential energy curves give a global view of the manifold of possible electronic states. For selected states, dipole and transition moment functions, and transition probabilities and radiative lifetimes are also reported as well as an extensive set of spectroscopic constants. A new 2Π state offers another likely route for exploring transitions to excited vibrational states of both X 2Π and A 2Σ+ states. A detailed set of data for the quartet states is expected to provide valuable information for the experimental identification of these states.

  19. Nonequilibrium solvent effects in Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics for ground and excited electronic states.

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    Bjorgaard, J A; Velizhanin, K A; Tretiak, S

    2016-04-21

    The effects of solvent on molecular processes such as excited state relaxation and photochemical reaction often occurs in a nonequilibrium regime. Dynamic processes such as these can be simulated using excited statemolecular dynamics. In this work, we describe methods of simulating nonequilibrium solvent effects in excited statemolecular dynamics using linear-response time-dependent density functional theory and apparent surface charge methods. These developments include a propagation method for solvent degrees of freedom and analytical energy gradients for the calculation of forces. Molecular dynamics of acetaldehyde in water or acetonitrile are demonstrated where the solute-solvent system is out of equilibrium due to photoexcitation and emission. PMID:27389206

  20. Total electron scattering and electronic state excitations cross sections for O2, CO, and CH4

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    Kanik, I.; Trajmar, S.; Nickel, J. C.

    1993-01-01

    Available electron collision cross section data concerning total and elastic scattering, vibrational excitation, and ionization for O2, CO, and CH4 have been critically reviewed, and a set of cross sections for modeling of planetary atmospheric behavior is recommended. Utilizing these recommended cross sections, we derived total electronic state excitation cross sections and upper limits for dissociation cross sections, which in the case of CH4 should very closely equal the actual dissociation cross section.

  1. Discrimination of nuclear spin isomers exploiting the excited state dynamics of a quinodimethane derivative

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    Obaid, Rana; Kinzel, Daniel; Oppel, Markus González, Leticia

    2014-10-28

    Despite the concept of nuclear spin isomers (NSIs) exists since the early days of quantum mechanics, only few approaches have been suggested to separate different NSIs. Here, a method is proposed to discriminate different NSIs of a quinodimethane derivative using its electronic excited state dynamics. After electronic excitation by a laser field with femtosecond time duration, a difference in the behavior of several quantum mechanical operators can be observed. A pump-probe experimental approach for separating these different NSIs is then proposed.

  2. Excitation energies of particle-hole states in {sup 208}Pb and the surface delta interaction

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    Heusler, A.; Jolos, R. V.; Brentano, P. von

    2013-07-15

    The schematic shell model without residual interaction (SSM) assumes the same excitation energy for all spins in each particle-hole configuration multiplet. In {sup 208}Pb, more than forty states are known to contain almost the full strength of a single particle-hole configuration. The experimental excitation energy for a state with a certain spin differs from the energy predicted by the SSM by -0.2 to +0.6 MeV. The multiplet splitting is calculated with the surface delta interaction; it corresponds to the diagonal matrix element of the residual interaction in the SSM. For states containing more than 90% strength of a certain configuration and for the centroid of several completely observed configurations, the calculated multiplet splitting often approximates the experimental excitation energy within 30 keV. The strong mixing within some pairs of states containing the full strengths of two configurations is explained.

  3. Vibronic resonances facilitate excited-state coherence in light-harvesting proteins at room temperature.

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    Novelli, Fabio; Nazir, Ahsan; Richards, Gethin H; Roozbeh, Ashkan; Wilk, Krystyna E; Curmi, Paul M G; Davis, Jeffrey A

    2015-11-19

    Until recently it was believed that photosynthesis, a fundamental process for life on earth, could be fully understood with semiclassical models. However, puzzling quantum phenomena have been observed in several photosynthetic pigment-protein complexes, prompting questions regarding the nature and role of these effects. Recent attention has focused on discrete vibrational modes that are resonant or quasi-resonant with excitonic energy splittings and strongly coupled to these excitonic states. Here we unambiguously identify excited state coherent superpositions in photosynthetic light-harvesting complexes using a new experimental approach. Decoherence on the time scale of the excited state lifetime allows low energy (56 cm(-1)) oscillations on the signal intensity to be observed. In conjunction with an appropriate model, these oscillations provide clear and direct experimental evidence that the persistent coherences observed originate from quantum superpositions among vibronic excited states. PMID:26528956

  4. Electro-optical parameters in excited states of some spectrally active molecules

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    Benchea, Andreea Celia; Closca, Valentina; Rusu, Cristina Marcela; Morosanu, Cezarina; Dorohoi, Dana Ortansa

    2014-08-01

    The spectral shifts measured in different solvents are expressed as functions of the solvent macroscopic parameters. The value of the correlation coefficient multiplying the functions of electric permittivity was determined by statistical means. The correlation coefficient depends on the electric dipole moment of the spectrally active molecules. The electro-optical parameters in the ground state of the solute molecules can be approximated by molecular modeling. The excited state parameters are usually estimated using the results obtained both by HyperChem Programme and solvatochromic study. The importance of this approximate method is that it offers information about of the excited state of solute molecule for which our measuring possibilities are very restrictive. The information about the excited electronic state is affected by the limits in which the theories of liquid solutions are developed. Our results refer to two molecules of vitamins from B class, namely B3 and B6.

  5. Communication: Hartree-Fock description of excited states of H{sub 2}

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    Barca, Giuseppe M. J.; Gilbert, Andrew T. B.; Gill, Peter M. W.

    2014-09-21

    Hartree-Fock (HF) theory is most often applied to study the electronic ground states of molecular systems. However, with the advent of numerical techniques for locating higher solutions of the self-consistent field equations, it is now possible to examine the extent to which such mean-field solutions are useful approximations to electronic excited states. In this Communication, we use the maximum overlap method to locate 11 low-energy solutions of the HF equation for the H{sub 2} molecule and we find that, with only one exception, these yield surprisingly accurate models for the low-lying excited states of this molecule. This finding suggests that the HF solutions could be useful first-order approximations for correlated excited state wavefunctions.

  6. A comparison of excited state properties between two different N-heterocyclic platinum(II) complexes

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    Yang, Baozhu; Huang, Shuang; Zhong, Jing; Zhang, Hongxing

    2015-10-01

    A comparison of excited state and electroluminescent properties between Pt(C^N^N)Cl and Pt(N^C^N)Cl complexes has been done with Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TDDFT), [C^N^N = 6-phenyl-2,2-bipyridine, N^C^N = 1,3-di(2-pyridyl)benzene]. The substituent effect of fluorine ligands on eight tridentate cyclometalated Pt(C^N^N)Cl complexes has been investigated, which includes electronic density variation between ground states and excited states, absorption and emission spectra, quantum yields and radiative lifetime. In addition, one dimeric form of Pt(C^N^N)Cl complex has been investigated.

  7. Nucleon, Delta and Omega excited state spectra at three pion mass values

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    John Bulava, Robert G. Edwards, Balint Joo, David G. Richards, Eric Engelson, Huey-Wen Lin, Colin Morningstar, Stephen J. Wallace

    2010-06-01

    The energies of the excited states of the Nucleon, Delta and Omega are computed in lattice QCD, using two light quarks and one strange quark on anisotropic lattices. The calculations are performed at three values of the pion mass: 392(4), 438(3) and 521(3) MeV. We employ the variational method with a basis of about ten interpolating operators enabling six energies to be distinguished clearly in each irreducible representation of the octahedral group. We compare our calculations of nucleon excited states with the low-lying experimental spectrum. There is reasonable agreement for the pattern of states.

  8. Signature of triply excited Li-like V states in ion-solid collisions

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    Sharma, Gaurav; Haris, K.; Singh, G.; Kumar, B.; Karmakar, S.; Puri, N. K.; Mishra, Adya P.; Kumar, Pravin; Nandi, T.

    2016-10-01

    The transitions originating from triply excited, doubly autoionizing states of Li-like V formed in beam-foil experiments detected within a set of blended spectroscopic profiles have been assigned tentatively by the Hartree-Fock calculations including relativistic corrections and multi-configuration interactions as perturbations. The x-ray decay channels from the triply excited states such as 3p34S, 2p2 np4S (n ∼ 12) through radiative transitions to the ground state via two or more steps have been observed.

  9. Strong excited state absorption (ESA) in Yb-doped fiber lasers

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    Engholm, Magnus; Rydberg, Sara; Hammarling, Krister

    2013-03-01

    Excited state absorption (ESA) measurements performed on Yb-doped silica bers show the onset of a strong absorption band in the visible range. In this work, we perform experiments to investigate the possibility for ESA to be part of the induced optical losses (photodarkening) observed in Yb-doped ber lasers. Our results indicate that an ESA process, from the 2F5/2 excited state manifold in the Yb3+ ion to the charge-transfer state with absorption bands in the UV range, may constitute a transfer route for pump- and laser photons in the near-infrared range.

  10. Excited state structural dynamics in higher lying electronic states: S2 state of malachite green

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    Laptenok, Sergey P.; Addison, Kiri; Heisler, Ismael A.; Meech, Stephen R.

    2014-06-01

    The S2 fluorescence of malachite green is measured with sub 100 fs time resolution. Ultrafast spectral dynamics in the S2 state preceding S2 decay are resolved. Measurements in different solvents show that these sub 100 fs dynamics are insensitive to medium polarity and viscosity. They are thus assigned to ultrafast structural evolution between the S2 Franck-Condon and equilibrium configurations.

  11. Fluorescence excitation and ultraviolet absorption spectra and theoretical calculations for benzocyclobutane: Vibrations and structure of its excited S{sub 1}(π,π{sup *}) electronic state

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    Shin, Hee Won; Ocola, Esther J.; Laane, Jaan; Kim, Sunghwan

    2014-01-21

    The fluorescence excitation spectra of jet-cooled benzocyclobutane have been recorded and together with its ultraviolet absorption spectra have been used to assign the vibrational frequencies for this molecule in its S{sub 1}(π,π{sup *}) electronic excited state. Theoretical calculations at the CASSCF(6,6)/aug-cc-pVTZ level of theory were carried out to compute the structure of the molecule in its excited state. The calculated structure was compared to that of the molecule in its electronic ground state as well as to the structures of related molecules in their S{sub 0} and S{sub 1}(π,π{sup *}) electronic states. In each case the decreased π bonding in the electronic excited states results in longer carbon-carbon bonds in the benzene ring. The skeletal vibrational frequencies in the electronic excited state were readily assigned and these were compared to the ground state and to the frequencies of five similar molecules. The vibrational levels in both S{sub 0} and S{sub 1}(π,π{sup *}) states were remarkably harmonic in contrast to the other bicyclic molecules. The decreases in the frequencies of the out-of-plane skeletal modes reflect the increased floppiness of these bicyclic molecules in their S{sub 1}(π,π{sup *}) excited state.

  12. Determination of state-to-state electron-impact rate coefficients between Ar excited states: a review of combined diagnostic experiments in afterglow plasmas

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    Zhu, Xi-Ming; Cheng, Zhi-Wen; Carbone, Emile; Pu, Yi-Kang; Czarnetzki, Uwe

    2016-08-01

    Electron-impact excitation processes play an important role in low-temperature plasma physics. Cross section and rate coefficient data for electron-impact processes from the ground state to excited states or between two excited states are required for both diagnostics and modeling works. However, the collisional processes between excited states are much less investigated than the ones involving the ground state due to various experimental challenges. Recently, a method for determining electron excitation rate coefficients between Ar excited states in afterglow plasmas was successfully implemented and further developed to obtain large sets of collisional data. This method combines diagnostics for electron temperature, electron density, and excited species densities and kinetic modeling of excited species, from which the electron excitation rate coefficients from one of the 1s states to the other 1s states or to one of 2p or 3p states are determined (states are in Paschen’s notation). This paper reviews the above method—namely the combined diagnostics and modeling in afterglow plasmas. The results from other important approaches, including electron-beam measurement of cross sections, laser pump-probe technique for measuring rate coefficients, and theoretical calculations by R-matrix and distorted-wave models are also discussed. From a comparative study of these results, a fitted mathematical expression of excitation rate coefficients is obtained for the electron temperature range of 1-5 eV, which can be used for the collisional-radiative modeling of low-temperature Ar plasmas. At last, we report the limitations in the present dataset and give some suggestions for future work in this area.

  13. Determination of state-to-state electron-impact rate coefficients between Ar excited states: a review of combined diagnostic experiments in afterglow plasmas

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    Zhu, Xi-Ming; Cheng, Zhi-Wen; Carbone, Emile; Pu, Yi-Kang; Czarnetzki, Uwe

    2016-08-01

    Electron-impact excitation processes play an important role in low-temperature plasma physics. Cross section and rate coefficient data for electron-impact processes from the ground state to excited states or between two excited states are required for both diagnostics and modeling works. However, the collisional processes between excited states are much less investigated than the ones involving the ground state due to various experimental challenges. Recently, a method for determining electron excitation rate coefficients between Ar excited states in afterglow plasmas was successfully implemented and further developed to obtain large sets of collisional data. This method combines diagnostics for electron temperature, electron density, and excited species densities and kinetic modeling of excited species, from which the electron excitation rate coefficients from one of the 1s states to the other 1s states or to one of 2p or 3p states are determined (states are in Paschen’s notation). This paper reviews the above method—namely the combined diagnostics and modeling in afterglow plasmas. The results from other important approaches, including electron-beam measurement of cross sections, laser pump-probe technique for measuring rate coefficients, and theoretical calculations by R-matrix and distorted-wave models are also discussed. From a comparative study of these results, a fitted mathematical expression of excitation rate coefficients is obtained for the electron temperature range of 1–5 eV, which can be used for the collisional-radiative modeling of low-temperature Ar plasmas. At last, we report the limitations in the present dataset and give some suggestions for future work in this area.

  14. A theoretical analysis of the lowest excited states in HNO/NOH and HPO/POH

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    Luna, Alberto; Merchán, Manuela; Ross, Björn O.

    1995-07-01

    A theoretical study has been performed on the ground and two lowest excited states of the HNO/NOH and HPO/POH systems. Full geometry optimization was made for all states using the CASSCF method with dynamic correlation effects accounted for by second order perturbation theory (CASPT2). The computed vertical and adiabatic transition energies are in agreement with available experimental data.

  15. Slow relaxation of excited states in strain-induced quantum dots

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    Gfroerer, T.H.; Sturge, M.D.; Kash, K.; Yater, J.A.; Plaut, A.S.; Lin, P.S.; Florez, L.T.; Harbison, J.P.; Das, S.R.; Lebrun, L.

    1996-06-01

    We have studied photoluminescence from GaAs/Al{sub {ital x}}Ga{sub 1{minus}{ital x}}As strain-induced quantum dots in a magnetic field. These dots have high radiative efficiency and long ({approximately}ns) luminescent decay times. At low excitation intensities, corresponding to average carrier densities of less than one electron-hole pair per dot, excited-state ({open_quote}{open_quote}hot{close_quote}{close_quote}) luminescence due to slow interstate relaxation is observed. At intermediate intensities, where there are several electron-hole pairs per dot, the hot luminescence disappears, showing that the relaxation rate has increased. However, the excited-state emission reemerges at high excitation when the ground state is saturated. The interstate relaxation rate in the quantum dots under low excitation is at least two orders smaller than that of the host quantum well. The reduced rate is attributed to the discrete density of states in a quantum dot, which inhibits single-phonon emission because the excitons are spatially too large to couple to phonons with the required energy. When there are several electron-hole pairs per dot, carrier-carrier interaction accelerates relaxation. The magnetic field is used to separate the quantum dot states and allows us to probe how their relaxation depends on energy. We find that there is a strong increase in the relaxation rate when the sublevel energy exceeds about 20 meV. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  16. Determination of differential cross sections for electron-impact excitation of electronic states of molecular oxygen

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    Campbell, L.; Green, M. A.; Brunger, M. J.; Teubner, P. J. O.; Cartwright, D. C.

    2000-02-01

    The development and initial results of a method for the determination of differential cross sections for electron scattering by molecular oxygen are described. The method has been incorporated into an existing package of computer programs which, given spectroscopic factors, dissociation energies and an energy-loss spectrum for electron-impact excitation, determine the differential cross sections for each electronic state relative to that of the elastic peak. Enhancements of the original code were made to deal with particular aspects of electron scattering from O{sub 2}, such as the overlap of vibrational levels of the ground state with transitions to excited states, and transitions to levels close to and above the dissocation energy in the Herzberg and Schumann-Runge continua. The utility of the code is specifically demonstrated for the ''6-eV states'' of O{sub 2}, where we report absolute differential cross sections for their excitation by 15-eV electrons. In addition an integral cross section, derived from the differential cross section measurements, is also reported for this excitation process and compared against available theoretical results. The present differential and integral cross sections for excitation of the ''6-eV states'' of O{sub 2} are the first to be reported in the literature for electron-impact energies below 20 eV. (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  17. Energy Dispersive XAFS: Characterization of Electronically Excited States of Copper(I) Complexes

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    2013-01-01

    Energy dispersive X-ray absorption spectroscopy (ED-XAS), in which the whole XAS spectrum is acquired simultaneously, has been applied to reduce the real-time for acquisition of spectra of photoinduced excited states by using a germanium microstrip detector gated around one X-ray bunch of the ESRF (100 ps). Cu K-edge XAS was used to investigate the MLCT states of [Cu(dmp)2]+ (dmp =2,9-dimethyl-1,10-phenanthroline) and [Cu(dbtmp)2]+ (dbtmp =2,9-di-n-butyl-3,4,7,8-tetramethyl-1,10-phenanthroline) with the excited states created by excitation at 450 nm (10 Hz). The decay of the longer lived complex with bulky ligands, was monitored for up to 100 ns. DFT calculations of the longer lived MLCT excited state of [Cu(dbp)2]+ (dbp =2,9-di-n-butyl-1,10-phenanthroline) with the bulkier diimine ligands, indicated that the excited state behaves as a Jahn–Teller distorted Cu(II) site, with the interligand dihedral angle changing from 83 to 60° as the tetrahedral coordination geometry flattens and a reduction in the Cu–N distance of 0.03 Å. PMID:23718738

  18. Ultrafast Dynamics of 1,3-Cyclohexadiene in Highly Excited States

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    Bühler, Christine C.; Minitti, Michael P.; Deb, Sanghamitra; Bao, Jie; Weber, Peter M.

    2011-01-01

    The ultrafast dynamics of 1,3-cyclohexadiene has been investigated via structurally sensitive Rydberg electron binding energies and shown to differ upon excitation to the 1B state and the 3p Rydberg state. Excitation of the molecule with 4.63 eV photons into the ultrashort-lived 1B state yields the well-known ring opening to 1,3,5-hexatriene, while a 5.99 eV photon lifts the molecule directly into the 3p-Rydberg state. Excitation to 3p does not induce ring opening. In both experiments, time-dependent shifts of the Rydberg electron binding energy reflect the structural dynamics of the molecular core. Structural distortions associated with 3p-excitation cause a dynamical shift in the -more » and -binding energies by 10 and 26 meV/ps, respectively, whereas after excitation into 1B, more severe structural transformations along the ring-opening coordinate produce shifts at a rate of 40 to 60 meV/ps. The experiment validates photoionization-photoelectron spectroscopy via Rydberg states as a powerful technique to observe structural dynamics of polyatomic molecules.« less

  19. Control and utilization of ruthenium and rhodium metal complex excited states for photoactivated cancer therapy

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    Knoll, Jessica D.; Turro, Claudia

    2015-01-01

    The use of visible light to produce highly selective and potent drugs through photodynamic therapy (PDT) holds much potential in the treatment of cancer. PDT agents can be designed to follow an O2-dependent mechanism by producing highly reactive species such as 1O2 and/or an O2 independent mechanism through processes such as excited state electron transfer, covalent binding to DNA or photoinduced drug delivery. Ru(II)-polypyridyl and Rh2(II,II) complexes represent an important class of compounds that can be tailored to exhibit desired photophysical properties and photochemical reactivity by judicious selection of the ligand set. Complexes with relatively long-lived excited states and planar, intercalating ligands localize on the DNA strand and photocleave DNA through 1O2 production or guanine oxidation by the excited state of the chromophore. Photoinduced ligand substitution occurs through the population of triplet metal centered (3MC) excited states and facilitates covalent binding of the metal complex to DNA in a mode similar to cisplatin. Ligand photodissociation also provides a route to selective drug delivery. The ability to construct metal complexes with desired light absorbing and excited state properties by ligand variation enables the design of PDT agents that can potentially provide combination therapy from a single metal complex. PMID:25729089

  20. Excited-State Proton Transfer in Resveratrol and Proposed Mechanism for Plant Resistance to Fungal Infection.

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    Simkovitch, Ron; Huppert, Dan

    2015-09-01

    Steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence techniques were employed to study the photophysics and photochemistry of trans-resveratrol. trans-Resveratrol is found in large quantities in fungi-infected grapevine-leaf tissue and plays a direct role in the resistance to plant disease. We found that trans-resveratrol in liquid solution undergoes a trans-cis isomerization process in the excited state at a rate that depends partially on the solvent viscosity, as was found in previous studies on trans-stilbene. The hydroxyl groups of the phenol moieties in resveratrol are weak photoacids. In water and methanol solutions containing weak bases such as acetate, a proton is transferred to the base within the lifetime of the excited state. When resveratrol is adsorbed on cellulose (also a component of the plant's cell wall), the cis-trans process is slow and the lifetime of the excited state increases from several tens of picoseconds in ethanol to about 1.5 ns. Excited-state proton transfer occurs when resveratrol is adsorbed on cellulose and acetate ions are in close proximity to the phenol moieties. We propose that proton transfer from excited resveratrol to the fungus acid-sensing chemoreceptor is one of the plant's resistance mechanisms to fungal infection.

  1. Electronically Excited States of Anisotropically Extended Singly-Deprotonated PAH Anions.

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    Theis, Mallory L; Candian, Alessandra; Tielens, Alexander G G M; Lee, Timothy J; Fortenberry, Ryan C

    2015-12-31

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) play a significant role in the chemistry of the interstellar medium (ISM) as well as in hydrocarbon combustion. These molecules can have high levels of diversity with the inclusion of heteroatoms and the addition or removal of hydrogens to form charged or radical species. There is an abundance of data on the cationic forms of these molecules, but there have been many fewer studies on the anionic species. The present study focuses on the anionic forms of deprotonated PAHs. It has been shown in previous work that PAHs containing nitrogen heteroatoms (PANHs) have the ability to form valence excited states giving anions electronic absorption features. This work analyzes how the isoelectronic pure PAHs behave under similar structural constructions. Singly deprotonated forms of benzene, naphthalene, anthracene, and tetracene classes are examined. None of the neutral-radicals possess dipole moments large enough to support dipole-bound excited states in their corresponding closed-shell anions. Even though the PANH anion derivatives support valence excited states for three-ringed structures, it is not until four-ringed structures of the pure PAH anion derivatives that valence excited states are exhibited. However, anisotropically extended PAHs larger than tetracene will likely exhibit valence excited states. The relative energies for the anion isomers are very small for all of the systems in this study.

  2. Solution-based intramolecular singlet fission in cross-conjugated pentacene dimers

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    Zirzlmeier, Johannes; Casillas, Rubén; Reddy, S. Rajagopala; Coto, Pedro B.; Lehnherr, Dan; Chernick, Erin T.; Papadopoulos, Ilias; Thoss, Michael; Tykwinski, Rik R.; Guldi, Dirk M.

    2016-05-01

    We show unambiguous and compelling evidence by means of pump-probe experiments, which are complemented by calculations using ab initio multireference perturbation theory, for intramolecular singlet fission (SF) within two synthetically tailored pentacene dimers with cross-conjugation, namely XC1 and XC2. The two pentacene dimers differ in terms of electronic interactions as evidenced by perturbation of the ground state absorption spectra stemming from stronger through-bond contributions in XC1 as confirmed by theory. Multiwavelength analysis, on one hand, and global analysis, on the other hand, confirm that the rapid singlet excited state decay and triplet excited state growth relate to SF. SF rate constants and quantum yields increase with solvent polarity. For example, XC2 reveals triplet quantum yields and rate constants as high as 162 +/- 10% and (0.7 +/- 0.1) × 1012 s-1, respectively, in room temperature solutions.We show unambiguous and compelling evidence by means of pump-probe experiments, which are complemented by calculations using ab initio multireference perturbation theory, for intramolecular singlet fission (SF) within two synthetically tailored pentacene dimers with cross-conjugation, namely XC1 and XC2. The two pentacene dimers differ in terms of electronic interactions as evidenced by perturbation of the ground state absorption spectra stemming from stronger through-bond contributions in XC1 as confirmed by theory. Multiwavelength analysis, on one hand, and global analysis, on the other hand, confirm that the rapid singlet excited state decay and triplet excited state growth relate to SF. SF rate constants and quantum yields increase with solvent polarity. For example, XC2 reveals triplet quantum yields and rate constants as high as 162 +/- 10% and (0.7 +/- 0.1) × 1012 s-1, respectively, in room temperature solutions. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr02493a

  3. Determination and Comparison of Carbonyl Stretching Frequency of a Ketone in Its Ground State and the First Electronic Excited State

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    Bandyopadhyay, Subhajit; Roy, Saswata

    2014-01-01

    This paper describes an inexpensive experiment to determine the carbonyl stretching frequency of an organic keto compound in its ground state and first electronic excited state. The experiment is simple to execute, clarifies some of the fundamental concepts of spectroscopy, and is appropriate for a basic spectroscopy laboratory course. The…

  4. Subpicosecond Excited-State Proton Transfer Preceding Isomerization During the Photorecovery of Photoactive Yellow Protein

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    Carroll, Elizabeth C.; Song, Sang-Hun; Kumauchi, Masato; van Stokkum, Ivo H. M.; Jailaubekov, Askat; Hoff, Wouter D.; Larsen, Delmar S.

    2010-01-01

    The ultrafast excited-state dynamics underlying the receptor state photorecovery is resolved in the M100A mutant of the photoactive yellow protein (PYP) from Halorhodospira halophila. The M100A PYP mutant, with its distinctly slower photocycle than wt PYP, allows isolation of the pB signaling state for study of the photodynamics of the protonated chromophore cis-p-coumaric acid. Transient absorption signals indicate a subpicosecond excited-state proton-transfer reaction in the pB state that results in chromophore deprotonation prior to the cis–trans isomerization required in the photorecovery dynamics of the pG state. Two terminal photoproducts are observed, a blue-absorbing species presumed to be deprotonated trans-p-coumaric acid and an ultraviolet-absorbing protonated photoproduct. These two photoproducts are hypothesized to originate from an equilibrium of open and closed folded forms of the signaling state, I2 and I2’. PMID:20953237

  5. Investigations into photo-excited state dynamics in colloidal quantum dots

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    Singh, Gaurav

    Colloidal Quantum dots (QDs) have garnered considerable scientific and technological interest as a promising material for next generation solar cells, photo-detectors, lasers, bright light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and reliable biomarkers. However, for practical realization of these applications, it is crucial to understand the complex photo-physics of QDs that are very sensitive to surface chemistry and chemical surroundings. Depending on the excitation density, QDs can support single or multiple excitations. The first part of this talk addresses evolution of QD excited state dynamics in the regime of low excitation intensity. We use temperature-resolved time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy to study exciton dynamics from picoseconds to microseconds and use kinetic modeling based on classical electron transfer to show the effect of surface trap states on dynamics of ground-state exciton manifold in core-shell CdSe/CdS QDs. We show that the thickness of CdS shell plays an important role in interaction of CdSe core exciton states with nanocrystal environment, and find that a thicker shell can minimize the mixing of QD exciton states with surface trap states. I will then present an investigation into the dynamics of multiply-excited states in QDs. One of the key challenges in QD spectroscopy is to reliably distinguish multi- from single-excited states that have similar lifetime components and spectroscopic signatures. I will describe the development of a novel multi-pulse fluorescence technique to selectively probe multi-excited states in ensemble QD samples and determine the nature of the multi-excited state contributing to the total fluorescence even in the limit of low fluorescent yields. We find that in our sample of CdSe/CdS core/shell QDs the multi-excited emission is dominated by emissive trion states rather than biexcitons. Next, I will discuss the application of this technique to probe exciton-plasmon coupling in layered hybrid films of QD/gold nanoparticles

  6. Multiple-photon excitation imaging with an all-solid-state laser

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    Wokosin, David L.; Centonze, Victoria F.; White, John G.; Hird, Steven N.; Sepsenwol, S.; Malcolm, Graeme P. A.; Maker, Gareth T.; Ferguson, Allister I.

    1996-05-01

    Two-photon excitation imaging is a recently described optical sectioning technique where fluorophore excitation is confined to--and therefore defines--the optical section being observed. This characteristic offers a significant advantage over laser-scanning confocal microscopy; the volume of fluorophore excited in the minimum necessary for imaging, thereby minimizing the destructive effects of fluorophore excitation in living tissues. In addition, a confocal pinhole is not required for optical scattering--thus further reducing the excitation needed for efficient photon collection. We have set up a two-photon excitation imaging system which uses an all-solid-state, short-pulse, long-wavelength laser as an excitation source. The source is a diode-pumped, mode-locked Nd:YLF laser operating in the infrared (1047 nm). This laser is small, has modest power requirements, and has proven reliable and stable in operation. The short laser pulses from the laser are affected by the system optical path; this has been investigated with second harmonic generation derived from a nonlinear crystal. The system has been specifically designed for the study of live biological specimens. Two cell types especially sensitive to high-energy illumination, the developing Caenorhabditis elegans embryo and the crawling sperm of the nematode, Ascaris, were used to demonstrate the dramatic increase in viability when fluorescence is generated by two-photon excitation. The system has the capability of switching between two-photon and confocal imaging modes to facilitate direct comparison of theory of these two optical sectioning techniques on the same specimen. A heavily stained zebra fish embryo was used to demonstrate the increase in sectioning depth when fluorescence is generated by infrared two- photon excitation. Two-photon excitation with the 1047 nm laser produces bright images with a variety of red emitting fluorophores, and some green emitting fluorophores, commonly used in biological

  7. Nonadiabatic excited-state molecular dynamics: treatment of electronic decoherence.

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    Nelson, Tammie; Fernandez-Alberti, Sebastian; Roitberg, Adrian E; Tretiak, Sergei

    2013-06-14

    Within the fewest switches surface hopping (FSSH) formulation, a swarm of independent trajectories is propagated and the equations of motion for the quantum coefficients are evolved coherently along each independent nuclear trajectory. That is, the phase factors, or quantum amplitudes, are retained. At a region of strong coupling, a trajectory can branch into multiple wavepackets. Directly following a hop, the two wavepackets remain in a region of nonadiabatic coupling and continue exchanging population. After these wavepackets have sufficiently separated in phase space, they should begin to evolve independently from one another, the process known as decoherence. Decoherence is not accounted for in the standard surface hopping algorithm and leads to internal inconsistency. FSSH is designed to ensure that at any time, the fraction of classical trajectories evolving on each quantum state is equal to the average quantum probability for that state. However, in many systems this internal consistency requirement is violated. Treating decoherence is an inherent problem that can be addressed by implementing some form of decoherence correction to the standard FSSH algorithm. In this study, we have implemented two forms of the instantaneous decoherence procedure where coefficients are reinitialized following hops. We also test the energy-based decoherence correction (EDC) scheme proposed by Granucci et al. and a related version where the form of the decoherence time is taken from Truhlar's Coherent Switching with Decay of Mixing method. The sensitivity of the EDC results to changes in parameters is also evaluated. The application of these computationally inexpensive ad hoc methods is demonstrated in the simulation of nonradiative relaxation in two conjugated oligomer systems, specifically poly-phenylene vinylene and poly-phenylene ethynylene. We find that methods that have been used successfully for treating small systems do not necessarily translate to large polyatomic

  8. Progress in the Rotational Analysis of the Ground and Low-Lying Vibrationally Excited States of Malonaldehyde

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    Goudreau, E. S.; Tokaryk, Dennis W.; Ross, Stephen Cary; Billinghurst, Brant E.

    2016-06-01

    Despite being an important prototype molecule for intramolecular proton tunnelling, the far-IR spectrum of the internally hydrogen-bonded species malonaldehyde (C_3O_2H_4) is not yet well understood. In the talk I gave at the ISMS meeting in 2015 I discussed the high-resolution spectra we obtained at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. These spectra include a number of fundamental vibrational bands in the 100-2000 cm-1 region. In our efforts to analyze these bands we have noticed that our ground state combination differences show a large drift (up to an order of magnitude larger than our experimental error) away from those calculated using constants established by Baba et al., particularly in regions of high J (above 30) and low Ka (below 5). An examination of the previous microwave and far-IR studies reveals that this region of J-Ka space was not represented in the lines that Baba et al. used to generate the values for their fitting parameters. By including our own measurements in the fitting, we were able to improve the characterization of the ground state so that it is now consistent with all of the existing data. This characterization now covers a much larger range of J-Ka space and has enabled us to make significant progress in analyzing our far-IR synchrotron spectra. These include an excited vibrational state at 241 cm-1 as well as several states split by the tunnelling effect at higher wavenumber. T. Baba, T. Tanaka, I. Morino, K. M. T. Yamada, K. Tanaka. Detection of the tunneling-rotation transitions of malonaldehyde in the submillimeter-wave region. J. Chem. Phys., 110. 4131-4133 (1999) P. Turner, S. L. Baughcum, S. L. Coy, Z. Smith. Microwave Spectroscopic Study of Malonaldehyde. 4. Vibration-Rotation Interaction in Parent Species. J. Am. Chem. Soc., 106. 2265-2267 (1984) D. W. Firth, K. Beyer, M. A. Dvorak, S. W. Reeve, A. Grushow, K. R. Leopold. Tunable far-infrared spectroscopy of malonaldehyde. J. Chem. Phys., 94. 1812

  9. Excited states from quantum Monte Carlo in the basis of Slater determinants

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    Humeniuk, Alexander; Mitrić, Roland

    2014-11-21

    Building on the full configuration interaction quantum Monte Carlo (FCIQMC) algorithm introduced recently by Booth et al. [J. Chem. Phys. 131, 054106 (2009)] to compute the ground state of correlated many-electron systems, an extension to the computation of excited states (exFCIQMC) is presented. The Hilbert space is divided into a large part consisting of pure Slater determinants and a much smaller orthogonal part (the size of which is controlled by a cut-off threshold), from which the lowest eigenstates can be removed efficiently. In this way, the quantum Monte Carlo algorithm is restricted to the orthogonal complement of the lower excited states and projects out the next highest excited state. Starting from the ground state, higher excited states can be found one after the other. The Schrödinger equation in imaginary time is solved by the same population dynamics as in the ground state algorithm with modified probabilities and matrix elements, for which working formulae are provided. As a proof of principle, the method is applied to lithium hydride in the 3-21G basis set and to the helium dimer in the aug-cc-pVDZ basis set. It is shown to give the correct electronic structure for all bond lengths. Much more testing will be required before the applicability of this method to electron correlation problems of interesting size can be assessed.

  10. Ultrafast excited state deactivation of doped porous anodic alumina membranes.

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    Makhal, Abhinandan; Sarkar, Soumik; Pal, Samir Kumar; Yan, Hongdan; Wulferding, Dirk; Cetin, Fatih; Lemmens, Peter

    2012-08-01

    Free-standing, bi-directionally permeable and ultra-thin anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) membranes establish attractive templates (host) for the synthesis of nano-dots and rods of various materials (guest). This is due to their chemical and structural integrity and high periodicity on length scales of 5-150 nm which are often used to host photoactive nano-materials for various device applications including dye-sensitized solar cells. In the present study, AAO membranes are synthesized by using electrochemical methods and a detailed structural characterization using FEG-SEM, XRD and TGA confirms the porosity and purity of the material. Defect-mediated photoluminescence quenching of the porous AAO membrane in the presence of an electron accepting guest organic molecule (benzoquinone) is studied by means of steady-state and picosecond/femtosecond-resolved luminescence measurements. Using time-resolved luminescence transients, we have also revealed light harvesting of complexes of porous alumina impregnated with inorganic quantum dots (Maple Red) or gold nanowires. Both the Förster resonance energy transfer and the nano-surface energy transfer techniques are employed to examine the observed quenching behavior as a function of the characteristic donor-acceptor distances. The experimental results will find their relevance in light harvesting devices based on AAOs combined with other materials involving a decisive energy/charge transfer dynamics.

  11. Energy-Looping Nanoparticles: Harnessing Excited-State Absorption for Deep-Tissue Imaging.

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    Levy, Elizabeth S; Tajon, Cheryl A; Bischof, Thomas S; Iafrati, Jillian; Fernandez-Bravo, Angel; Garfield, David J; Chamanzar, Maysamreza; Maharbiz, Michel M; Sohal, Vikaas S; Schuck, P James; Cohen, Bruce E; Chan, Emory M

    2016-09-27

    Near infrared (NIR) microscopy enables noninvasive imaging in tissue, particularly in the NIR-II spectral range (1000-1400 nm) where attenuation due to tissue scattering and absorption is minimized. Lanthanide-doped upconverting nanocrystals are promising deep-tissue imaging probes due to their photostable emission in the visible and NIR, but these materials are not efficiently excited at NIR-II wavelengths due to the dearth of lanthanide ground-state absorption transitions in this window. Here, we develop a class of lanthanide-doped imaging probes that harness an energy-looping mechanism that facilitates excitation at NIR-II wavelengths, such as 1064 nm, that are resonant with excited-state absorption transitions but not ground-state absorption. Using computational methods and combinatorial screening, we have identified Tm(3+)-doped NaYF4 nanoparticles as efficient looping systems that emit at 800 nm under continuous-wave excitation at 1064 nm. Using this benign excitation with standard confocal microscopy, energy-looping nanoparticles (ELNPs) are imaged in cultured mammalian cells and through brain tissue without autofluorescence. The 1 mm imaging depths and 2 μm feature sizes are comparable to those demonstrated by state-of-the-art multiphoton techniques, illustrating that ELNPs are a promising class of NIR probes for high-fidelity visualization in cells and tissue. PMID:27603228

  12. Mechanism for the Enhanced Excited-State Lewis Acidity of Methyl Viologen.

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    Hohenstein, Edward G

    2016-02-17

    Aqueous solutions of methyl viologen (MV(2+)) exhibit anomalous fluorescence behavior. Although it has long fluorescence lifetimes in polar solvents such as acetonitrile, MV(2+) has a short fluorescence lifetime in water. Recent experiments by Kohler and co-workers (Henrich et al. J. Phys. Chem. B 2015, 119, 2737-2748) have implicated an excited-state acid/base reaction as the source of the nonradiative decay pathway. While many chemical species exhibit enhanced Brønsted acidity in their excited state, MV(2+) is the first example of a species with enhanced Lewis acidity. Using a complete active space configuration interaction (CASCI) approach, excited-state molecular dynamics simulations of aqueous MV(2+) are performed in order to test the hypothesis that MV(2+) acts as a Lewis photoacid and to elucidate a mechanism for this behavior. These simulations show that the Lewis acidity of MV(2+) is indeed enhanced by photoexcitation. On its S1 excited state, MV(2+) reacts with water to generate a hydronium ion approximately 1.5 ps after excitation. After the hydronium ion is produced, the corresponding hydroxide ion adds to MV(2+) to form a covalently bound photoproduct and, subsequently, evolves toward a conical intersection.

  13. Application of state-multipole Heisenberg equations to Raman excitation dynamics

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    Shore, B.W.; Sacks, R.; Dixit, S.N.

    1987-09-10

    Description of detailed temporal excitation dyanmics for coherent excitation, such as is produced by idealized laser radiation, contrasts with evaluation of rate coefficients by means of generalized Golden Rule procedures; it requires an appropriate time-dependent Schroedinger equation. When the atom undergoing excitation is also affected by incoherent processes, such as collisions, this equation no longer suffices. The Heisenberg equations, or equivalent density-matrix equations, permit treatment in which coherence and incoherence play comparable roles in the excitation dynamics. Unlike rate equations, such equations must incorporate complexities that originate in the orientation degeneracy expressed by magnetic quantum numbers. In simple cases of coherent excitation, both for single-photon and multiphoton excitation, the sublevels merely require an average of 2J+1 independent Schroedinger equations. Relaxation couples the independent equations. It has been known for some time that appropriate state-multipole operators can simplify the description of many phenomena connected with optical pumping. This memo discusses application of these multipole operators to the description of Raman (or more general multiphoton) coherent excitation. In some simple limiting cases the equations simplify, but in general one has a hierarchy of coupled multipole polarizations and coherences in place of the populations and coherences that occur as variables in nondegenerate systems. 28 refs., 4 figs.

  14. Precision Excited State Lifetime Measurements for Atomic Parity Violation and Atomic Clocks

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    Sell, Jerry; Patterson, Brian; Gearba, Alina; Snell, Jeremy; Knize, Randy

    2016-05-01

    Measurements of excited state atomic lifetimes provide a valuable test of atomic theory, allowing comparisons between experimental and theoretical transition dipole matrix elements. Such tests are important in Rb and Cs, where atomic parity violating experiments have been performed or proposed, and where atomic structure calculations are required to properly interpret the parity violating effect. In optical lattice clocks, precision lifetime measurements can aid in reducing the uncertainty of frequency shifts due to the surrounding blackbody radiation field. We will present our technique for precisely measuring excited state lifetimes which employs mode-locked ultrafast lasers interacting with two counter-propagating atomic beams. This method allows the timing in the experiment to be based on the inherent timing stability of mode-locked lasers, while counter-propagating atomic beams provides cancellation of systematic errors due to atomic motion to first order. Our current progress measuring Rb excited state lifetimes will be presented along with future planned measurements in Yb.

  15. Di-lepton yield from the decay of excited 28Si states

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    Bacelar, J. C.; Buda, A.; Bałanda, A.; Krasznahorkay, A.; van der Ploeg, H.; Sujkowski, Z.; van der Woude, A.

    1994-03-01

    The first dilepton yield measurements from excited nuclear states obtained with a new Positron-Electron Pair Spectroscopic Instrument (PEPSI) are reported. Nuclear states in 28Si, with an initial excitation energy E∗ = 50 MeV, were populated via the isospin T = 0 reaction 4He + 24Mg and the mixed-isospin 3He + 25Mg reaction. In both reactions the dilepton (e +e -) and photon decay yields were measured concurrently. An excess of counts in the e +e - spectrum, over the converted photon yield, is observed in the energy region above 15 MeV. An analyses is discussed whereby the observed excess counts are assumed to represent the isoscalar E0 strength in excited nuclear states.

  16. Organic nanophotonic materials: the relationship between excited-state processes and photonic performances.

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    Zhang, Wei; Zhao, Yong Sheng

    2016-07-12

    Nanophotonics have recently captured broad attention because of their great potential in information processing and communication, which may allow rates and bandwidth beyond what is feasible in the realm of electronics. Organic materials could be well suitable for such applications due to their ability to generate, transmit, modulate and detect light in their lightweight and flexible nanoarchitectures. Their distinct nanophotonic properties strongly depend on their extrinsic morphologies and intrinsic molecular excited-state processes. In this feature article, we mainly focus on a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between molecular excited-state processes and the advanced photonic functionalities of organic micro/nano-crystals in recent organic nanophotonic research, and then expect to provide enlightenment for the design and development of tiny photonic devices with broadband tunable properties by tailoring the excited-state processes of organic microcrystals.

  17. Organic nanophotonic materials: the relationship between excited-state processes and photonic performances.

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    Zhang, Wei; Zhao, Yong Sheng

    2016-07-12

    Nanophotonics have recently captured broad attention because of their great potential in information processing and communication, which may allow rates and bandwidth beyond what is feasible in the realm of electronics. Organic materials could be well suitable for such applications due to their ability to generate, transmit, modulate and detect light in their lightweight and flexible nanoarchitectures. Their distinct nanophotonic properties strongly depend on their extrinsic morphologies and intrinsic molecular excited-state processes. In this feature article, we mainly focus on a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between molecular excited-state processes and the advanced photonic functionalities of organic micro/nano-crystals in recent organic nanophotonic research, and then expect to provide enlightenment for the design and development of tiny photonic devices with broadband tunable properties by tailoring the excited-state processes of organic microcrystals. PMID:26883812

  18. Electron energy-loss spectroscopy of excited states of the pyridine molecules

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    Linert, Ireneusz; Zubek, Mariusz

    2016-04-01

    Electron energy-loss spectra of the pyridine, C5H5N, molecules in the gas phase have been measured to investigate electronic excitation in the energy range 3.5-10 eV. The applied wide range of residual electron energy and the scattering angle range from 10° to 180° enabled to differentiate between optically-allowed and -forbidden transitions. These measurements have allowed vertical excitation energies of the triplet excited states of pyridine to be determined and tentative assignments of these states to be proposed. Some of these states have not been identified in the previous works. Contribution to the Topical Issue "Advances in Positron and Electron Scattering", edited by Paulo Limao-Vieira, Gustavo Garcia, E. Krishnakumar, James Sullivan, Hajime Tanuma and Zoran Petrovic.

  19. Electron-impact ionization cross sections out of the ground and excited states of cesium

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    Lukomski, M.; Sutton, S.; Kedzierski, W.; Reddish, T. J.; Bartschat, K.; Bartlett, P. L.; Bray, I.; Stelbovics, A. T.; McConkey, J. W.

    2006-09-15

    An atom trapping technique for determining absolute, total ionization cross sections (TICS) out of an excited atom is presented. The unique feature of our method is in utilizing Doppler cooling of neutral atoms to determine ionization cross sections. This fluorescence-monitoring experiment, which is a variant of the 'trap loss' technique, has enabled us to obtain the experimental electron impact ionization cross sections out of the Cs state between 7 eV and 400 eV. CCC, RMPS, and Born theoretical results are also presented for both the ground and excited states of cesium and rubidium. In the low energy region (<11 eV) where best agreement between these excited state measurements and theory might be expected, a discrepancy of approximately a factor of five is observed. Above this energy there are significant contributions to the TICS from both autoionization and multiple ionization.

  20. Vibrational modes in excited Rydberg states of acetone: A computational study

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    Shastri, Aparna; Singh, Param Jeet

    2016-04-01

    Computational studies of electronically excited states of the acetone molecule [(CH3)2CO] and its fully deuterated isotopologue [(CD3)2CO] are performed using the time dependent density functional (TDDFT) methodology. In addition to vertical excitation energies for singlet and triplet states, equilibrium geometries and vibrational frequencies of the n=3 Rydberg states (3s, 3p and 3d) are obtained. This is the first report of geometry optimization and frequency calculations for the 3px, 3pz, 3dyz, 3dxy, 3dxz, 3dx2-y2 and 3dz2 Rydberg states. Results of the geometry optimization indicate that the molecule retains approximate C2V geometry in most of these excited Rydberg states, with the most significant structural change seen in the CCO bond angle which is found to be reduced from the ground state value. Detailed comparison of the computationally predicted vibrational wavenumbers with experimental studies helps to confirm several of the earlier vibronic assignments while leading to revised/new assignments for some of the bands. The important role of hot bands in analysis of the room temperature photoabsorption spectra of acetone is corroborated by this study. While the vibrational frequencies in excited Rydberg states are overall found to be close to those of the ionic ground state, geometry optimization and vibrational frequency computation for each excited state proves to be very useful to arrive at a consistent set of vibronic assignments. Isotopic substitution helps in consolidating and confirming assignments. An offshoot of this study is the interpretation of the band at ~8.47 eV as the π-3s Rydberg transition converging to the second ionization potential.