We extend a recently formulated coherence spectroscopy of dissipative media [J. Chem. Phys. 122, 084502 (2005)] from the stationary excitation limit to the time domain. Our results are based on analytical and numerical solutions of the quantum Liouville equation within the Bloch framework. It is shown that the short pulse introduces a new, controllable time scale that allows better insight into the relation between the coherence signal and the phase properties of the material system. We point to the relation between the time-domain coherence spectroscopy and the method of interferometric two-photon photoemission spectroscopy, and propose a variant of the latter method, where the two time-delayed excitation pathways are distinguishable, rather than identical. In particular, we show that distinguishability of the two excitation pathways introduces the new possibility of disentangling decoherence from population relaxation.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry