Special Joint Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics/Physical Chemistry Seminar: "Optical Multidimensional Coherent Spectroscopy"

Speaker Steve Cundiff, University of Michigan
Date: 11/17/2017
Time: 4 p.m.

116 RAL

Event Contact: Betsy Greifenkamp

Department of Physics

Event Type: Seminar/Symposium

The concept of multidimensional Fourier transform spectroscopy originated in NMR where it enabled the determination of molecular structure.  In either NMR or optics, a sample is excited by a series of pulses. The key concept is to correlate what happens during multiple time periods between pulses by taking a multidimensional Fourier transform. Migrating multidimensional Fourier transform spectroscopy to the infrared and visible regimes is difficult because of the need to obtain full phase information about the emitted signal and for the phase difference between the excitation pulses to be stable and precisely incremented. I will give an introduction to optical two-dimensional coherent spectroscopy, using an atomic vapor as simple test system, but also show unexpected results due to atomic interactions. I will then present our use of it to study optical resonances in semiconductor nanostructures.

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