Quantum jumps of single molecules at room temperature

T. Ha, Th Enderle, D. S. Chemla, P. R. Selvin, S. Weiss

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The room temperature dynamics of single fluorescent dye molecules adsorbed on dry surfaces was investigated with submillisecond time resolution. Rapid turn-on and off events that satisfy stochastic statistics of quantum jumps were observed. These jumps were most likely intersystem crossing transitions to the triplet state, individually resolved due to the extended triplet state lifetime τoff in the dry condition. Saturation study of such single molecules confirmed the extended τoff. Distributions in intersystem crossing yield YISC and in τoff, probably due to different local environment, were measured. Moreover, individual molecules exhibited abrupt changes in τoff and YISC, correlated with spectral changes of the molecular emission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Jun 6 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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