Time-Resolved Laser Spectroscopy

  • Wolfgang Demtröder


The investigation of fast processes, such as radiative or collision-induced decays of excited levels, isomerization of excited molecules or the relaxation of an optically pumped system towards thermal equilibrium opens the way to study in detail the dynamic properties of excited atoms and molecules. A thorough knowledge of dynamical processes is of fundamental importance for many branches of physics, chemistry or biology. Examples are predissociation rates of excited molecules, femtosecond chemistry or the understanding of the visual process and its different steps from the photoexcitation of rhodopsin molecules in the retina cells to the arrival of electrical nerve pulses in the brain.


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  • Wolfgang Demtröder
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  1. 1.Fachbereich PhysikUniversität KaiserslauternKaiserslauternGermany

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