Time-resolved and phase-resolved vibrational spectroscopy by use of step-scan FT-IR


Journal Article

© 1994 SPIE. All rights reserved. Step-scan FT-IR is one of the most versatile and conceptually simple means of applying the power of interferometry to the study of time dependent phenomena. The fundamental advantage of the step-scan method is the separation of the spectral multiplexing from the time domain by collecting the data while the retardation is held constant. This permits impulse-response (time domain, or time-resolved) studies with temporal resolution limited only by the signal strength, detector rise time and speed of the electronics, as well as modulation-demodulation (frequency domain, or phase-resolved) studies at essentially any modulation frequency or by use of multiple simultaneous modulation frequencies, unhindered by the Fourier frequencies of the continuous-scan FT-IR method. In this paper a review of the approaches to the step-scan method is coupled with a report of recent results in the areas of photoacoustic spectral depth profiling and in time-resolved and phase-resolved investigation of the millisecond-tonanosecond dynamics of liquid crystal and polymer films, as well as of transition metal complexes and heme proteins.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Palmer, RA

Published Date

  • January 31, 1994

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2089 /

Start / End Page

  • 53 - 61

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1996-756X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0277-786X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1117/12.166800

Citation Source

  • Scopus