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Photoinduced random molecular reorientation by nonradiative energy relaxation: An experimental test

INFM-Coherentia and Università Federico II, Dipartimento di Scienze Fisiche, Complesso di Monte S. Angelo, via Cintia, 80126 Naples, Italy.
Physical Review E (Impact Factor: 2.33). 12/2004; 70(5 Pt 1):051702. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.70.051702
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ABSTRACT By measuring the time-resolved fluorescence depolarization as a function of light excitation wavelength we address the question of a possible photoinduced orientational randomization of amino-anthraquinone dyes in liquid solutions. We find no significant dependence within the experimental uncertainties of both the initial molecule anisotropy and of the subsequent rotational diffusion dynamics on the photon energy. This indicates that this effect, if present, must be very small. A simple model of photoinduced local heating and corresponding enhanced rotational diffusion is in accordance with this result. This null result rules out some recent proposals that photoinduced local heating may contribute significantly to molecular reorientation effects in different materials. A small but statistically significant effect of photon energy is instead found in the excited-state lifetime of the dye.

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