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Ultrafast Spectroscopy

Quantum information and wavepackets
Alán Aspuru-Guzik, Joel Yuen-Zhou, Jacob J Krich, Ivan Kassal, Allan S Johnson


The applications of nonlinear ultrafast spectroscopy are numerous and widespread, and it is an indispensable technique in modern research. Unfortunately, it is also a topic that can be daunting to those meeting it for the first time. Making use of many worked examples and accompanied by MATLAB® codes for numerical simulations of spectra, the authors deliver a practical and intuitive approach to the subject. Assuming just an understanding of quantum mechanics and statistical mechanics, the book delivers an introduction to the subject for advanced students and researchers. It will also be useful for practitioners, who are already familiar with the subject, but who want to develop a more conceptual understanding. Once a reader has assimilated the material in this text, they will be fully equipped with the tools to devise well reasoned spectroscopic experiments.

About Editors

Joel Yuen-Zhou is a research fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. Jacob J Krich is an assistant professor of physics at the University of Ottawa, Canada. Ivan Kassal is a researcher at the University of Queensland, Australia. Allan S Johnson is a Marie-Curie Early Stage Researcher and NSERC PGS award holder in the Quantum Optics and Laser Science division at Imperial College London, UK. Alán Aspuru-Guzik is a professor of chemistry and chemical biology at Harvard University, USA.

Table of Contents

The authors
Glossary of common terms
1 The process matrix and how to determine it: Quantum Process Tomography
2 Model systems and energy scales
3 Interaction of light pulses with arrays of chromophores: polarization gratings
4 Interaction of light pulses with arrays of chromophores: wavepackets
5 Putting it all together: QPT and Pump-Probe Spectroscopies
6 Computational methods for spectroscopy simulations
7 Conclusions
A Mathematical description of a short pulse of light
B Validity of time-dependent perturbation theory in the treatment of light-matter interaction
C Many-molecule quantum states of the array of chromophores interacting with coherent light
D Frequency-resolved spectroscopy
E Two-dimensional spectroscopy
F Isotropic averaging of signals


Hardback ISBN: 9780750310635

Ebook ISBN: 9780750310628

DOI: 10.1088/978-0-750-31062-8

Publisher: Institute of Physics Publishing


In six short chapters the authors of this lucid monograph develop an intuitive description of the interaction of femtosecond light pulses with an ensemble of chromophores. Michael Belsley 2016 Contemporary Physics, Taylor & Francis

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