Time-Resolved Spectroscopy: An Experimental Perspective, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Time-Resolved Spectroscopy

An Experimental Perspective, 1st Edition

By Thomas Weinacht, Brett J. Pearson

CRC Press

500 pages | 150 B/W Illus.

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This concise and carefully developed text offers a reader friendly guide to the basics of time-resolved spectroscopy with an emphasis on experimental implementation. The authors carefully explain and relate for the reader how measurements are connected to the core physical principles. They use the time-dependent wave packet as a building block for understanding quantum dynamics, progressively advancing to more complex topics. The topics are discussed in paired sections, one discussing the theory and the next presenting the related experimental methods.

A wide range of readers including students and newcomers to the field will gain a clear and practical understanding of how to measure aspects of molecular dynamics such as wave packet motion, intramolecular vibrational relaxation, and electron-electron coupling, and how to describe such measurements mathematically.


"Weinacht and Pearson have produced a simple and direct introduction to the modern methods and motivations of ultrafast science, intended as a first text for students and scholars interested in this field. The chapter sections interleave physical concepts such as wave packets, correlated motion, or quantum tunneling with clear descriptions of the techniques that ultrafast optical scientists have developed in the last two decades, including the sources and tools of the trade. The result is an excellent introduction and practical guide to time resolved measurements."

--Philip H. Bucksbaum, Marguerite Blake Wilbur Chair and Professor of Photon Science, Applied Physics, and Physics, Stanford University

"How do I measure a ‘molecular movie’? Which observables do I obtain and how can they be interpreted? To answer these questions, a deeper understanding of the physics and the underlying models and assumptions, as well as the experimental techniques is essential. This is exactly the aim of this clearly written textbook. So far, no textbook exists that focuses on a time-dependent perspective accessible for both theoreticians and experimentalists. It succeeds in improving the common level of basic understanding of (quantum) dynamical models and experimental techniques…an excellent textbook"

--Prof. Dr. Stefanie Gräfe, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Abbe Center for Photonics, Jena University

"An excellent, well-written and easy to read text. The approach is insightful, nicely blending intuitive physical pictures with sufficient mathematical formalism to enable calculations of real quantities of interest. The authors explain what information can be extracted from a variety of standard measurement techniques, including strengths and weaknesses of the various methods. I do not see a comparable book out there. I recommend it highly, not only for lecture courses on ultrafast spectroscopy and/or molecular dynamics, but as a primer for undergraduate and graduate students as they begin research projects in these areas. I intend to make it standard reading for students joining my group." --Robert R. Jones, Department Chair and Francis H. Smith Professor of Physics, University of Virginia

Table of Contents

I Introduction and Background

1 Introduction

2 Molecular Structure

3 Light-Matter Interaction

4 Introduction to Experimental Techniques

II Quantum Dynamics in One Dimension

5 Field-Free Dynamics

6 Field-Driven Dynamics

III Measurements of One Dimensional Dynamics

7 Incoherent Measurements in 1D

8 Coherent Optical Measurements in 1D

9 Coherent Di_ractive Measurements in 1D

IV Quantum Dynamics in Multiple Dimensions

10 Explicit Approaches to N-D Dynamics

11 Implicit Approaches to N-D Dynamics

V Measurements of Multidimensional Dynamics

12 Incoherent Measurements in ND

13 Coherent Optical Measurements in ND

14 Coherent Di_ractive Measurements in ND

15 One System, Multiple Approaches

A Quantum Mechanics Essentials

B Experimental Considerations

C Additional Problems

About the Authors

Thomas Weinacht is Professor of Physics at Stony Brook University in New York. His research focuses on the study and control of molecular dynamics using strong-field ultrafast laser pulses. His group has developed novel experimental techniques, and he has organized multiple international conferences and workshops. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Brett Pearson is Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow at Stony Brook University. In his current position, he is responsible for teaching across the curriculum, and directs student research on ultrafast pulse shaping and single-photon quantum mechanics.

About the Series

Textbook Series in Physical Sciences

This textbook series offers pedagogical resources for the physical sciences. It publishes high-quality, high-impact texts to improve understanding of fundamental and cutting edge topics, as well as to facilitate instruction. The authors are encouraged to incorporate numerous problems and worked examples, as well as making available solutions manuals for undergraduate and graduate level course adoptions. The format makes these texts useful as professional self-study and refresher guides as well. Subject areas covered in this series include condensed matter physics, quantum sciences, atomic, molecular, and plasma physics, energy science, nanoscience, spectroscopy, mathematical physics, geophysics, environmental physics, and so on, in terms of both theory and experiment.

New books in the series are commissioned by invitation. Authors are also welcome to contact the publisher (Lou Chosen, Executive Editor: lou.chosen@taylorandfrancis.com) to discuss new title ideas.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Quantum Theory
SCIENCE / Spectroscopy & Spectrum Analysis