We address the possibility of using coherent control tools to extract useful information about the interaction of a system with a dissipative environment. To that end we extend previous work, which developed a coherence spectroscopy based on two-pathway excitation phase control, from the isolated molecule limit to dense media. Specifically, we explore the properties of the channel phase, an observable of energy-domain two-pathway excitation experiments that was shown in the isolated molecule limit to carry information about the phase properties of the material system. Our analysis is based on the combination of steady state and time-dependent analytical perturbative approaches within the density matrix formalism, complemented by nonperturbative numerical simulations. We find that the channel phase carries significantly richer information in the presence of decoherence mechanisms than in their absence. In particular, rescattering events in the structured continuum introduce new features in the channel phase spectrum, whose structure conveys information about both the molecular continuum and the system bath interaction.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry