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V L R Jacques, C Laulhé, N Moisan, S Ravy, D Le Bolloc'h
We report on time-resolved x-ray diffraction measurements following femtosecond laser excitation in pure bulk chromium. Comparing the evolution of incommensurate charge-density-wave (CDW) and atomic lattice reflections, we show that, a few nanoseconds after laser excitation, the CDW undergoes different structural changes than the atomic lattice. We give evidence for a transient CDW shear strain that breaks the lattice point symmetry. This strain is characteristic of sliding CDWs, as observed in other incommensurate CDW systems, suggesting the laser-induced CDW sliding capability in 3D systems...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
J M Glownia, A Natan, J P Cryan, R Hartsock, M Kozina, M P Minitti, S Nelson, J Robinson, T Sato, T van Driel, G Welch, C Weninger, D Zhu, P H Bucksbaum
Time-resolved femtosecond x-ray diffraction patterns from laser-excited molecular iodine are used to create a movie of intramolecular motion with a temporal and spatial resolution of 30 fs and 0.3 Å. This high fidelity is due to interference between the nonstationary excitation and the stationary initial charge distribution. The initial state is used as the local oscillator for heterodyne amplification of the excited charge distribution to retrieve real-space movies of atomic motion on ångstrom and femtosecond scales...
October 7, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Jingyi Zhu, Tilo Mathes, Yusaku Hontani, Maxime T A Alexandre, Kee Chua Toh, Peter Hegemann, John T M Kennis
The two Light, Oxygen, and Voltage domains of phototropin are blue-light photoreceptor domains which control various functions in plants and green algae. The key step of the light-driven reaction is the formation of a photoadduct between its FMN chromophore and a conserved cysteine, where the canonical reaction proceeds through the FMN triplet state. Here, complete photoreaction mapping of CrLOV2 from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii phototropin and AsLOV2 from Avena sativa phototropin-1 was realized by ultrafast broadband spectroscopy from femtoseconds to microseconds...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Zhen Wang, Eric P Chang, Vern L Schramm
Transition path sampling simulations have proposed that human heart lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) employs protein promoting vibrations (PPVs) on the femtosecond (fs) to picosecond (ps) timescale to promote crossing of the chemical barrier. This chemical barrier involves both hydride and proton transfers to pyruvate to form L-lactate, using reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) as the cofactor. Here we report experimental evidence from three types of isotope effect experiments that support coupling of the promoting vibrations to barrier crossing and the coincidence of hydride and proton transfer...
October 21, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Ning-Jiu Zhao, Yu-Wei Wang, Qian Liu, Zi-Hong Lin, Ran Liang, Li-Min Fu, Xi-Cheng Ai, Zhishan Bo, Jian-Ping Zhang
A pair of 9-arylidene-9H-fluorene and benzothiadiazole based, low-bandgap copolymers differing merely in the para or meta substitution of alkoxy groups to the arylidene linkages, i.e. p-PAFDTBT and m-PAFDTBT respectively, were comparatively investigated by using morphological characterization, ultrafast spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations. Despite the subtle difference in the alkoxy substitution patterns, p-PAFDTBT molecules in photoactive films were shown to have a higher degree of crystallinity owing to the relatively less rotational torsion of the arylidene linkages...
October 21, 2016: Nanoscale
Qiangbing Guo, Meixi Ji, Yunhua Yao, Meng Liu, Zhi-Chao Luo, Shian Zhang, Xiaofeng Liu, Jianrong Qiu
Here, we show that solution-processed Cu-Sn-S semiconductor nanocrystals (NCs) demonstrate a tunable localized surface plasmon resonance band in the near infrared region, where strong saturable absorption occurs. A saturable absorber based on these plasmonic NCs enables the construction of a stable mode-locked femtosecond fiber laser operating at the telecommunication band.
October 20, 2016: Nanoscale
Andreas Brenneis, Felix Schade, Simon Drieschner, Florian Heimbach, Helmut Karl, Jose A Garrido, Alexander W Holleitner
For future on-chip communication schemes, it is essential to integrate nanoscale materials with an ultrafast optoelectronic functionality into high-frequency circuits. The atomically thin graphene has been widely demonstrated to be suitable for photovoltaic and optoelectronic devices because of its broadband optical absorption and its high electron mobility. Moreover, the ultrafast relaxation of photogenerated charge carriers has been verified in graphene. Here, we show that dual-gated graphene junctions can be functional parts of THz-circuits...
October 20, 2016: Scientific Reports
Timothy V Roberts
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September 2016: Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology
Alper Ağca, Ahmet Demirok, Yusuf Yıldırım, Ali Demircan, Dilek Yaşa, Ceren Yeşilkaya, İrfan Perente, Muhittin Taşkapılı
Small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE) is an alternative to laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis (LASIK) and photorefractive keratectomy (PRK) for the correction of myopia and myopic astigmatism. SMILE can be performed for the treatment of myopia ≤-12 D and astigmatism ≤5 D. The technology is currently only available in the VisuMax femtosecond laser platform. It offers several advantages over LASIK and PRK; however, hyperopia treatment, topography-guided treatment, and cyclotorsion control are not available in the current platform...
2016: Clinical Ophthalmology
Petra Edlund, Heikki Takala, Elin Claesson, Léocadie Henry, Robert Dods, Heli Lehtivuori, Matthijs Panman, Kanupriya Pande, Thomas White, Takanori Nakane, Oskar Berntsson, Emil Gustavsson, Petra Båth, Vaibhav Modi, Shatabdi Roy-Chowdhury, James Zook, Peter Berntsen, Suraj Pandey, Ishwor Poudyal, Jason Tenboer, Christopher Kupitz, Anton Barty, Petra Fromme, Jake D Koralek, Tomoyuki Tanaka, John Spence, Mengning Liang, Mark S Hunter, Sebastien Boutet, Eriko Nango, Keith Moffat, Gerrit Groenhof, Janne Ihalainen, Emina A Stojković, Marius Schmidt, Sebastian Westenhoff
Phytochromes are a family of photoreceptors that control light responses of plants, fungi and bacteria. A sequence of structural changes, which is not yet fully understood, leads to activation of an output domain. Time-resolved serial femtosecond crystallography (SFX) can potentially shine light on these conformational changes. Here we report the room temperature crystal structure of the chromophore-binding domains of the Deinococcus radiodurans phytochrome at 2.1 Å resolution. The structure was obtained by serial femtosecond X-ray crystallography from microcrystals at an X-ray free electron laser...
October 19, 2016: Scientific Reports
Abdelaziz Boulesbaa, Kai Wang, Masoud Mahjouri-Samani, Mengkun Tian, Alexander A Puretzky, Ilia Ivanov, Christopher M Rouleau, Kai Xiao, Bobby G Sumpter, David B Geohegan
Photoinduced interfacial charge transfer is at the heart of many applications, including photovoltaics, photocatalysis, and photodetection. With the emergence of a new class of semiconductors such as monolayer two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (2D-TMDs), charge transfer at the 2D/2D heterojunctions attracted several efforts due to the remarkable optical and electrical properties of 2D-TMDs. Unfortunately, in 2D/2D heterojunctions, for a given combination of two materials, the relative energy band alignment and the charge transfer efficiency are locked...
October 18, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Juan Gros-Otero, Montserrat Garcia-Gonzalez, Miguel A Teus, MariLuz Iglesias-Iglesias, Carlos Gimenez-Vallejo
PURPOSE: To compare femtosecond laser-assisted sub-Bowman keratomileusis (FSBK) versus laser-assisted subepithelial keratomileusis (LASEK) to correct moderate to high myopic astigmatism. METHODS: Retrospective, nonrandomized, interventional, comparative case series. A total of eight hundred and fifty-two eyes with myopic astigmatism of -1.5 diopters (D) or higher were included in the study. We compared 427 eyes treated with FSBK versus 425 eyes treated with LASEK with or without mitomycin C...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Optometry
Alexei Smolyaninov, Mu-Han Yang, Lin Pang, Yeshaiahu Fainman
A high-density array of plasmonic coaxial nanoantennas is used to enhance the two-photon absorption (TPA) process in a conventional silicon photodetector from a mode-locked 76 MHz Ti:sapphire laser over a spectral range from 1340 to 1550 nm. This enhanced TPA was used to generate an interferometric autocorrelation trace of a 150 fs laser pulse. Unlike second-harmonic generation, this technique does not require phase matching or a bulky crystal and can be used on a low-cost integrated silicon platform over a wide range of near-IR wavelengths compatible with modern commercial tunable femtosecond sources...
October 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Pushpendra Kumar, Suman Kalyan Pal
The photophysical properties of a push-pull dye and the dynamics of electron transfer across a dye and ZnO quantum dot (QD) interface have been studied using a combination of steady-state, time-resolved fluorescence and femtosecond transient absorption (TA) spectroscopies. Spectroscopic measurements, along with quantum chemical calculations, provide evidence for the photoinduced intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) in a donor-π-acceptor dye. Wavelength dependent fluorescence decay of the dye infers the solvent relaxation of the ICT state...
October 17, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Belén Sotillo, Vibhav Bharadwaj, J P Hadden, Masaaki Sakakura, Andrea Chiappini, Toney Teddy Fernandez, Stefano Longhi, Ottavia Jedrkiewicz, Yasuhiko Shimotsuma, Luigino Criante, Roberto Osellame, Gianluca Galzerano, Maurizio Ferrari, Kiyotaka Miura, Roberta Ramponi, Paul E Barclay, Shane Michael Eaton
Diamond is a promising platform for sensing and quantum processing owing to the remarkable properties of the nitrogen-vacancy (NV) impurity. The electrons of the NV center, largely localized at the vacancy site, combine to form a spin triplet, which can be polarized with 532 nm laser light, even at room temperature. The NV's states are isolated from environmental perturbations making their spin coherence comparable to trapped ions. An important breakthrough would be in connecting, using waveguides, multiple diamond NVs together optically...
October 17, 2016: Scientific Reports
Haomin Wang, Le Wang, Xiaoji G Xu
Scattering-type scanning near-field optical microscopy (s-SNOM) allows spectroscopic imaging with spatial resolution below the diffraction limit. With suitable light sources, s-SNOM is instrumental in numerous discoveries at the nanoscale. So far, the light sources have been limited to continuous wave or high-repetition-rate pulsed lasers. Low-repetition-rate pulsed sources cannot be used, due to the limitation of the lock-in detection mechanism that is required for current s-SNOM techniques. Here, we report a near-field signal extraction method that enables low-repetition-rate pulsed light sources...
October 17, 2016: Nature Communications
Muath Nairat, Vadim V Lozovoy, Marcos Dantus
While the interaction of atoms in strong fields is well understood, the same cannot be said about molecules. We consider how dissociative ionization of molecules depends on the quality of the femtosecond laser pulses, in particular, the presence of third- and fourth-order dispersion. We find that high-order dispersion (HOD) unexpectedly results in order-of-magnitude enhanced ion yields, along with the factor of three greater kinetic energy release compared to transform-limited pulses with equal peak intensities...
October 16, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Elizaveta A Kovrigina, Brian Pattengale, Chuanwu Xia, Azamat R Galiakhmetov, Jier Huang, Jung-Ja P Kim, Evgenii L Kovrigin
NADPH-cytochrome P450 oxidoreductase (CYPOR) was demonstrated to undergo large conformational rearrangements in its functional cycle. Using a new FRET approach based on femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy (TA), we determined the donor-acceptor distance distribution in the reduced and oxidized states of CYPOR. Unmatched time resolution of TA enabled the quantitative assessment of the donor-acceptor FRET indicating that CYPOR assumes a closed conformation in both reduced and oxidized states in the absence of the redox partner...
October 14, 2016: Biochemistry
M Bitter, V Milner
The periodically kicked rotor is a paradigm system for studying quantum effects on classically chaotic dynamics. The wave function of the quantum rotor localizes in angular momentum space, similarly to Anderson localization of the electronic wave function in disordered solids. Here, we observe dynamical localization in a system of true quantum rotors by subjecting nitrogen molecules to periodic sequences of femtosecond pulses. Exponential distribution of the molecular angular momentum-the hallmark of dynamical localization-is measured directly by means of coherent Raman scattering...
September 30, 2016: Physical Review Letters
Meng Zhang, Lijuan Wang, Shi Shu, Aziz Sancar, Dongping Zhong
Photolyase is a blue-light-activated enzyme that repairs ultraviolet-induced DNA damage that occurs in the form of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs) and pyrimidine-pyrimidone (6-4) photoproducts. Previous studies on microbial photolyases have revealed an electron-tunneling pathway that is critical for the repair mechanism. In this study, we used femtosecond spectroscopy to deconvolute seven electron-transfer reactions in 10 elementary steps in all classes of CPD photolyases. We report a unified electron-transfer pathway through a conserved structural configuration that bifurcates to favor direct tunneling in prokaryotes and a two-step hopping mechanism in eukaryotes...
October 14, 2016: Science
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