Resonant Scattering of Light by Molecules: Time-Dependent and Coherent Effects

  • F. A. Novak
  • J. M. Friedman
  • R. M. Hochstrasser


The object of this article is to provide a quantum-mechanical description of the interaction of light and molecules and to describe the time dependence of the absorption and reemission of the light. It will be shown that the incident and scattered photons can be coherent under special circumstances, and also that popular light sources that produce many photons manifest varying degrees of coherence. In many of the experiments described here, it is the light source that cannot be easily described by a definite wavefunction and that needs the density matrix description, whereas single molecules serve to probe this coherence through their light-scattering and stimulated effects. However, in many instances the molecular and photon ensembles have features in common that are useful in the design of experiments. Thus, one object of the present article will be to distinguish between various interpretations of coherence, in light, in scattering, and in ensembles.


Coherent State Raman Scattering Light Pulse Spectral Width Resonant State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • F. A. Novak
    • 1
  • J. M. Friedman
    • 1
  • R. M. Hochstrasser
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Laboratory for Research on the Structure of MatterThe University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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