Many-photon dynamics of photobleaching
2007 (English)In: Journal of Physical Chemistry A, ISSN 1089-5639, E-ISSN 1520-5215, Vol. 111, 11961-11975 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
A detailed dynamical theory of photobleaching by periodical sequences of laser pulses is presented. The theory is used for interpretation of recent experiments with pyrylium salts. Our simulations are based on first-principles simulations of photoabsorption cross-sections and on empirical rate constants. Two competitive channels of photobleaching, namely, photobleaching from the lowest excited singlet and triplet states and from higher excited states, are found to explain different intensity dependences of the photobleaching rates in different samples. The process includes two-photon excitation from the ground state to the first or second excited singlet states and one-photon excitation from the first singlet or triplet states to higher excited states. The fluorescence follows double-exponential dynamics with two characteristic times. The first and the shorter one is the equilibrium settling time between the ground and the lowest triplet states. The second characteristic time, the time of photobleaching, is responsible for the long-term dynamics. The effective rate of photobleaching from the first excited singlet and lowest triplet states depends differently on the irradiance in comparison with the photobleaching in higher states. The first channel is characterized by a quadratic intensity dependence in contrast to the second channel that shows a cubic dependence. The competition between these photobleaching channels is very sensitive to the rate constants as well as to the repetition rate, the pulse duration, and the peak intensity. The double-exponential decay of the fluorescence is explained by the spatial inhomogeneity C of the light beam. The findings in this work are discussed in terms of the possibility of using many-photon-induced photobleaching for new three-dimensional read-write devices.
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2007. Vol. 111, 11961-11975 p.
DENSITY-FUNCTIONAL THEORY; MOLECULAR-ORBITAL METHODS; GAUSSIAN-TYPE BASIS; 2-PHOTON ABSORPTION; PHOTOPHYSICAL PROPERTIES; FLUORESCENCE MICROSCOPY; 2-STEP PHOTOLYSIS; ORGANIC-MOLECULES; TIME; EXCITATION
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-6997DOI: 10.1021/jp074756xISI: 000251140700003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-36949023529OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-6997DiVA: diva2:11868
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