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Future nanostructures and biological nanosystems will take advantage not only of the small dimensions of the objects but of the specific way of interaction between nano-objects. The interactions of building blocks within these nanosystems will be studied and optimized on the femtosecond time scale - says Sergey Egorov, President and CEO of Del Mar Photonics, Inc. Thus we put a lot of our efforts and resources into the development of new Ultrafast Dynamics Tools such as our Femtosecond Transient Absorption Measurements system Hatteras. Whether you want to create a new photovoltaic system that will efficiently convert photon energy in charge separation, or build a molecular complex that will dump photon energy into local heat to kill cancer cells, or create a new fluorescent probe for FRET microscopy, understanding of internal dynamics on femtosecond time scale is utterly important and requires advanced measurement techniques.



Relaxation Dynamics of Ruthenium Complexes in Solution, PMMA and TiO2 Films: The Roles of Self-Quenching and Interfacial Electron Transfer

Chih-Wei Chang,† Chung Kuang Chou,† I-Jy Chang,‡ Yuan-Pern Lee,† and Eric Wei-Guang Diau*,†
Department of Applied Chemistry and Institute of Molecular Science, National Chiao Tung UniVersity,
No. 1001, Ta Hsueh Road, Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan, and Department of Chemistry, National Taiwan
Normal UniVersity, No. 88, Sec. 4, Ting-Chow Road, Taipei 11677, Taiwan

The relaxation dynamics of two transition-metal complexes, [Ru(bpy)3]2+ and [Ru(bpy)3(mcbpy)]2+, in ethanol solution and in poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and TiO2 films have been investigated with time-resolved emission and femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. The emission lifetime of a degassed [Ru(bpy)3]2+ solution in ethanol was determined to be 700 ns; to describe the self-quenching kinetics due to aggregation, three decay coefficients, 5.3, 70, and 220 ns, were obtained for the [Ru(bpy)3]2+/PMMA film. The electron
transfer through space in a [Ru(bpy)3]2+/TiO2 film competed with intrinsic intersystem crossing ( 100 fs) and vibrational relaxation ( 6 ps) in solid films. For the [Ru(bpy)2(mcbpy)]2+/TiO2 film, although the relaxation for electron transfer through bonds was more rapid than electron transfer through space, both processes occur on similar time scales. Through femtosecond transient absorption measurements, we provide important dynamical evidence for the interfacial electron transfer in both forward and backward directions. We conclude that in dye-sensitized solar-cell applications processes for interfacial electron transfer are significant not only through bonds but also through space.

Femtosecond Transient Absorption Measurements. Femtosecond transient absorption spectra were recorded with a pump-probe spectrometer (sold in Americas under brand name Hatteras - Del Mar Photonics) in combination with an ultrafast amplified laser system. The amplified laser pulses were obtained from a regenerative amplifier (Legend-USP-1KHE, Coherent) seeded with a mode-locked Ti:sapphire laser system (Mira-Seed/ Verdi V5, Coherent) and pumped with a 1-kHz Nd:YLF laser (Evolution 30, Coherent). The laser pulses are centered at 800 nm with an average energy 2.5 mJ pulse-1. The FWHM of the amplified pulses ( 60 fs) was determined by a single-shot autocorrelator (Coherent). The amplified pulse was equally split to pump two optical parametric amplifiers (OPerA-F, Coherent) in combination with harmonic generations (SHG, THG, and FHG), sum-frequency generation (SFG), and difference-frequency generation modules, which provide tunable femtosecond pulses in the wavelength range 240 nm-10 ΅m.

Figure 1 shows the optical layout of the femtosecond pump-probe TA spectrometer. Basically, the dye molecules in an electronic excited-state can be prepared by an excitation pulse (Pump); the resulting transient species and their relaxation dynamics can be monitored by a probe pulse (Probe). The polarization of the excitation pulse was controlled with a Berek compensator (B1), and the pump beam was focused onto the rotating sample cell containing the solution or thin-film samples. For single-wavelength kinetic measurements, the probe pulse was generated with the OPA/wavelength converter; for transient absorption spectral measurements, the white-light (WL) continuum was produced on focusing the residual amplified pulse (800 nm) on a continuous water-flow cell (WL cell). To record transient absorption spectra with and without the excitation pulses, we used a chopper to modulate the excitation pulse. E-mail for complete article

Figure 1. Optical layout of the femtosecond transient absorption spectrometer. M1-M5, gold or aluminum mirrors; BS1 and BS2, beam splitters;
Wedge, wedge prism; B1, Berek compensator; WP, half-wave plate; Pl, polarizer; L1 and L2, lens; AC1-AC4, achromatic lens; FC1 and FC2,
optical fiber couplers; PD, photodiode; R, retro-reflector. For single wavelength measurements, the white-light (WL) cell was removed, and both
FC1 and FC2 were replaced with two photodiodes.


More Hatteras customers:

1. National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan
2. National Chiao Tung Univertsity, Hsinchu, Taiwan
3. National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan
4. Toyota CRDL Inc., Aishi, Japan
5. Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan
6. Osaka University, Osaka, Japan
7. International Laser Center, Bratislava, Slovak Republic
8. Institute of Physical Biology, Nove Hrady, Czech Republic
9. Institute of Spectroscopy, Troitsk, Russian Federation
10. University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
11. University of Joensuu, Joensuu, Finland
12. Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Toledo, Spain

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Hatteras Specifications:

Hatteras femtosecond transient absorption pump-probe system:

Input requirements: > 0.5 mJ at 800 nm, < 100 fs, 1 kHz

1. All optics and mechanics for pump – probe measurements, assembled on a breadboard with cover box: femtosecond white light (continuum) generator for probe and reference pulse formation at 400 – 1600 nm; 2.0 -ns optical delay line; transmission and reflection configurations; optics for fluorescence anisotropy measurements; rotating sample cell assembly; holder for solid samples and thin films; set of selected color and neutral density filters.
2. Multi channel detector head, with two 1024-pixels extra-deep well NMOS linear image sensors, 200 -1000 nm spectral response (10% of peak), > 5800 dynamic range, up to 1 kHz readout rep. rate
3. Hatteras 2022i imaging spectrometer, adapted to the detector head and connected to a computer via serial port:
4. Photodiode for the system synchronization
5. Photodiode for pump power measurements
6. Synchronized chopper
7. Hatteras 3.0 data acquisition, chirp correction, 3D and kinetic analysis software

Infrared multichannel detector head (option), with two 256-pixels InGaAs linear image sensors, 100 -1700 nm spectral response (10% of peak), > 5800 dynamic range, up to 1 kHz readout rep. rate

Standard Hatteras quote based on US Domestic list price. Add 10% for International quotes. E-mail us for a custom quote

Hatteras advantages:

Main advantages of Hatteras pump-probe (transient absorption) spectrometer:

1. We use pump-probe configuration, where two signals (probe and reference) are measured by two linear image sensors. This configuration is very important for precision optical density changes (ΔOD) measurements, because one can get results independent on probe beam fluctuations. Calculation of probe to reference ratio is the key principle of the pump - probe method.

2. Two linear image sensors of Hatteras are placed in the focal plane of high quality imaging spectrometer. Standard grating covers 206 nm spectral range (other gratings are available optionally), and central wavelength is computer controlled.

3. Hatteras2022C imaging spectrometer has two outputs. Multichannel detector head is mounted on the first one, and the second one is for optional single channel detector head, containing two (probe and reference) photodiodes. This single channel option is important for high quality transient absorption kinetics measurements at given wavelength. Because of larger photo detector area and larger detector dynamic range, single channel system usually gives better ΔOD sensitivity than multichannel one (both systems use probe and reference beams).

4. Del Mar Photonics offers:
• Si multi channel head (200 nm – 1000 nm),
• InGaAs multi channel head (900 nm – 1700 nm),
• Si single channel detector head (320 nm – 1060 nm, 190 nm – 1100 nm on request)
• InGaAs single channel head (900 nm – 1700 nm, 900 - 2000 nm on request)
• CdHgTe (1΅m - 17΅m) single channel head
Hatteras is an open system. If you order visible multi channel head as a basic one, in future you can order other heads and connect to your control unit. One multi channel and two single channel heads can be connected to the control unit simultaneously.

5. Hatteras-T kit of optical and mechanical components is flexible to satisfy user’s requirements. For example, a configuration with two single channel heads is used for one – scan anisotropy kinetic measurements (kinetics are recorded simultaneously for parallel and perpendicular polarization).

6. Hatteras configurations give possibilities to direct probe and reference beams to the entrance slit of the monochromator with help of fiber leads or directly. First method is simpler. Second method requires more precise adjustments, but gives better S/N, especially in UV region.

7. Specially designed rotation cell is used in the Hatteras. It gives a possibility of “pseudo single-shot experiment”, when every pulse at 1 kHz hits a fresh sample.

8. Linear image sensors with 1024 pixels (sensitive at 200 nm – 1000 nm) are used in the Hatteras.

9. Extra-deep well photodiode linear image sensors are used in the Hatteras. These sensors were specially designed for photometric applications like transient absorption pump-probe experiments where very small signal changes should be detected.

10. 2.0 ns delay line with 0.78 fs min step is used in the Hatteras. 1.6 ns delay line with 3.5 fs min step is used by Newport.

11. Pump pulse energy is measured for every pulse (special photodiode is used for this purpose). Pump pulse margins or normalization can be applied for further S/N improving.

12. Hatteras2017 frequency conversion option (optical parametric amplifier with frequency mixing and second harmonic) was specially designed to make pump beam easy tunable in 480 nm – 800 nm spectral range. Although one can use other optical parametric amplifiers, Hatteras 2017 gives cheaper solution and better matching with Hatteras.

13. Alternatively, TOPAS is recommended as computer controlled OPA operated with Hatteras software.

14. Hatteras has been designed in 1999 – 2000 for precision measurements of small photo induced optical density changes (ΔOD) in wide spectral range. Using our own many years experience in pump-probe experiments, as well as experience of leading laboratories, all components were specially designed, selected, and tested to make state-of-the-art system with best specifications. Hatteras is first femtosecond transient absorption spectrometer on the market.