Probing a molecular electronic transition by two-colour sum-frequency generation spectroscopy

Christophe Humbert, Laurent Dreesen, Satoshi Nihonyanagi, T. Masuda, T. Kondo, Alaa Addin Mani, Kohei Uosaki, Paul Thiry (Editor), André Peremans

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We demonstrate that a new emerging technique, two-colour sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy, can be used to probe the molecular electronic properties of self-assembled monolayers (SAMs). In the CH spectral range (2800'3200 cm1), we show that the sum-frequency generation signal of a porphyrin alkanethiol derivative adsorbed on Pt(1 1 1) reaches a maximum intensity at ~435 nm SFG wavelength. This wavelength corresponds to the porphyrin moiety specific pi'pi* molecular electronic transition which is called the Soret or B band. This resonant behaviour is not observed for 1-dodecanethiol SAMs, which are devoid of molecular electronic transition in the investigated visible spectral range.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)797-803
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Surface Science
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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