Rabi broadening of transient resonance raman spectra of deoxy hemoglobin

R. G. Alden, M. R. Ondrias, S. Courtney, E. W. Findsen, J. M. Friedman

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The power-dependent behavior of the resonance Raman spectra of deoxy hemoglobin was studied by using ˜30-psec laser pulses. The linewidth of a Raman active mode that is sensitive to porphyrin π-electron density, V4, broadens asymmetrically as a function of laser fluence. Several possible origins of this phenomenon are examined, including the presence of a transient photoproduct and a nonlinear change in the resonance Raman scattering process through Rabi broadening. Our data are consistent with the second possibility and can be qualitatively modeled in simulations that se realistic values of T1 and T2 for the heme Soret electronic transition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1579-1585
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Optical Society of America B: Optical Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1990
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics


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