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Laser Chemistry
Volume 19, Issue 1-4, Pages 75-78

Pump- And Probe-Wavelength Dependencies of Picosecond Anti-Stokes Raman Spectrum of Trans-Stilbene in the S1 State

1Department of Chemistry and Research Centre of Spectrochemistry, School of Science, The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113, Japan
2Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Saitama University, Saitama 338, Urawa, Japan

Received 6 April 1997

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Vibrational relaxation dynamics of trans-stilbene in the S1 state immediately after photoexcitation is studied by picosecond time-resolved anti-Stokes Raman spectroscopy with several pump and probe wavelengths. Pump-wavelength dependence of the anti- Stokes spectrum indicates that, when pump photons with high excess energy (≈5200cm-1) are used, the anti-Stokes Raman bands at 0 ps delay time arise from vibrationally excited transients with excess vibrational energy not thermally distributed in the molecule. Probe-wavelength dependence suggests that the vibrationally excited transients at 0 ps are mostly on the lowest excited vibrational levels, as far as the olefinic C═C stretching and the C–Ph stretching modes are concerned. The vibrational relaxation process of S1trans-stilbene is discussed on the basis of the observed results.