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Femtosecond time-resolved vibrational SFG spectroscopy of CO/Ru(001)


Hess,  Christian
Inorganic Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;


Wolf,  Martin
Physical Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Hess, C., Wolf, M., Roke, S., & Bonn, M. (2002). Femtosecond time-resolved vibrational SFG spectroscopy of CO/Ru(001). Surface Science, 502-503, 304-312. doi:10.1016/S0039-6028(01)01968-9.

Cite as: https://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0011-1543-4
Vibrational sum-frequency generation (SFG) employing femtosecond infrared (IR) laser pulses is used to study the dynamics of the C–O stretch vibration on Ru(001). Time-resolved measurements of the free induction decay (FID) of the IR-polarization for 0.33 ML CO/Ru(001) exhibit single exponential decays over three decades corresponding to dephasing times of T-2 = 1.94 ps at 95 K and T-2 = 1.16 ps at 340 K. This is consistent with pure homogeneous broadening due to anharmonic coupling with the thermally activated low-frequency dephasing mode together with a contribution from saturation of the IR transition. In pump-probe SFG experiments using a strong visible (VIS) pump pulse the perturbation of the FID leads to transient line shifts even at negative delay times. i.e. when the IR–VIS SFG probe pair precedes the pump pulse. Based on an analysis of the time-dependent polarization we discuss the influence of the perturbed FID on time-resolved SFG spectra. We investigate how coherent effects affect the SFG spectra and we examine the time resolution in these experiments, in particular in dependence of the dephasing time.