Vibrational coherences in half-broadband 2D electronic spectroscopy: Spectral filtering to identify excited state displacements

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Vibrational coherences in ultrafast pump-probe (PP) and 2D electronic spectroscopy (2DES) provide insights into the excited state dynamics of molecules. Femtosecond coherence spectra and 2D beat maps yield information about displacements of excited state surfaces for key vibrational modes. Half-broadband 2DES uses a PP configuration with a white light continuum probe to extend the detection range and resolve vibrational coherences in the excited state absorption (ESA). However, the interpretation of these spectra is difficult as they are strongly dependent on the spectrum of the pump laser and the relative displacement of the excited states along the vibrational coordinates. We demonstrate the impact of these convoluting factors for a model based upon cresyl violet. A careful consideration of the position of the pump spectrum can be a powerful tool in resolving the ESA coherences to gain insights into excited state displacements. This paper also highlights the need for caution in considering the spectral window of the pulse when interpreting these spectra.

Original languageEnglish
Article number234104
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number23
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jun 2024


  • 2d electronic spectroscopy;
  • beat maps
  • 2d efemtosecond coherence spectra
  • vibrational coherence

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