Heterodyned fifth-order 2D-IR spectroscopy of the azide ion in an ionic glass

TitleHeterodyned fifth-order 2D-IR spectroscopy of the azide ion in an ionic glass
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsFulmer EC, Ding F, Zanni MT
Secondary TitleThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Date Published2005

A heterodyned fifth-order infrared pulse sequence has been used to measure a two-dimensional infrared (2D-IR) spectrum of azide in the ionic glass 3KNO3:2Ca(NO3)2. By rephasing a two-quantum coherence, a process not possible with third-order spectroscopy, the 2D-IR spectra are line narrowed, allowing the frequencies, anharmonicities, and their correlations to be measured for the first four (ν=0-3) antisymmetric stretch vibrational levels. In this glass, the vibrational levels are extremely inhomogeneously broadened. Furthermore, the glass shifts the energy of the ν=3 state more than the others, causing an inhomogeneous distribution in the anharmonic constants that are partially correlated to the inhomogeneous distribution of the fundamental frequency. These effects are discussed in light of the strong interactions that exist between the charged solute and solvent. Since this is the first example of a heterodyned fifth-order infrared pulse sequence, possible cascaded contributions to the signal are investigated. No evidence of cascaded signals is found. Compared to third-order spectroscopies, fifth-order pulse sequences provide advanced control over vibrational coherence and population times that promise to extend the capabilities of ultrafast infrared spectroscopy.

Short TitleJ. Chem. Phys.
Refereed DesignationRefereed