Subpicosecond measurements of polar solvation dynamics: Coumarin 153 revisited

M. L. Horng, J. A. Gardecki, A. Papazyan, Mark Maroncelli

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Time-resolved emission measurements of the solute coumarin 153 (C153) are used to probe the time dependence of solvation in 24 common solvents at room temperature. Significant improvements in experimental time resolution (∼100 fs instrument response) as well as corresponding improvements in analysis methods provide confidence that all of the spectral evolution (including both the inertial and the diffusive parts of the response) are observed in these measurements. Extensive data concerning the steady-state solvatochromism of C153, coupled to an examination of the effects of vibrational relaxation, further demonstrate that the spectral dynamics being observed accurately monitor the dynamics of nonspecific solvation. Comparisons to theoretical predictions show that models based on the dielectric response of the pure solvent provide a semiquantitative understanding of the dynamics observed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)17311-17337
Number of pages27
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry
Issue number48
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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