Ultrafast Science

Study of ultrafast photoinduced dynamics
dynamics in febpy

Science of ultrafast phenomena

Attaining light-control requires experimental approaches capable of providing accurate view for tracking the pathways along which electronic and structural degrees of freedom couple in real time to form photoinduced phases.
For this reason we use femtosecond pulses in the infrared (IR), visible and X-ray ranges

  • In our laboratory, we use optical parametric amplifiers (OPAs) to tune the pump (or probe) wavelength from ~10 μm down to ~ 300 nm. Probing in the IR to UV range may provide information on the intermediates and their lifetime.
  • At large facilities we use ultrafast X-ray diffraction and Absorption to obtain information about the electronic and structural degrees of freedom at synchrotron and X-ray Free Electron Lasers (X-FELs).

The advent of X-FELs is particularly interesting since it allows to achieve temporal resolution that is unprecedented in the X-ray domain.

Recent publications

Charge-transfer driven by ultrafast spin-transition in a CoFe Prussian blue analogue
M. Cammarata,* S. Zerdane, L. Balducci, G. Azzolina, S. Mazerat, C. Exertier, M. Trabuco, M. Levantino, R. Alonso-Mori, J. M. Glownia, S. Song, L. Catala, T. Mallah , S. F. Matar, E. Collet*
Nature Chemistry 13, 10-14 (2021)

Photoswitching mechanism of a fluorescent protein revealed by time-resolved crystallography and transient absorption spectroscopy
J. Woodhouse, G. Nass Kovacs, N. Coquelle, L. M. Uriarte, V. Adam, T. R. M. Barends, M. Byrdin, E. de la Mora, R. B. Doak, M. Feliks, M. J. Field, F. Fieschi, V. Guillon, S. Jakobs, Y. Joti et al.
Nature Communications, Nature Publishing Group 11(1), 741 (2020).

Ultrafast control of anisotropy
E. Collet
Nature Chemistry 12 (5), 429-430 (2020)

Femtosecond electronic structure response to high intensity XFEL pulses probed by iron X-ray emission spectroscopy
R. Alonso-Mori, D. Sokaras, M. Cammarata, Y. Ding, Y. Feng, D. Fritz, K. J. Gaffney, J. Hastings, C.-C. Kao, H. T. Lemke, T. Maxwell, A. Robert, A. Schropp, F. Seiboth, M. Sikorski et al.
Scientific Reports 10(1), (2020)

Photoselective MLCT to d-d pathways for light-induced excited spin state trapping
S. Zerdane, M. Cammarata, O. Iasco, M.-L. Boillot, E. Collet
Journal of Chemical Physics151 (17), 171101 (2019)

Light-induced structural changes in a full-length cyanobacterial phytochrome probed by time- resolved X-ray scattering
D. J. Heyes, S. J. O. Hardman, M. N. Pedersen, J. Woodhouse, E. de la Mora, M. Wulff, M. Weik, M. Cammarata, N. S. Scrutton, G. Schirò
Communications Biology 2 (1), 1 (2019)

Probing transient photoinduced charge-transfer in Prussian Blue Analogues with time-resolved XANES and optical spectroscopy
S. Zerdane, M. Cammarata, L. Balducci, R. Bertoni, L. Catala, S. Mazerat, T. Mallah, M. Pedersen, M. Wulff, K. Nakagawa, H. Tokoro, S.-I. Ohkoshi, E. Collet
European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (3-4) 272-277 (2018).

Electronic and structural dynamics during the switching of the photomagnetic complex [Fe(L222N5)(CN)2]
S. Zerdane, E. Collet, X. Dong, S. F. Matar, H. F. Wang, C. Desplanches, G. Chastanet, M. Chollet, J. M. Glownia, H. T. Lemke, M. Lorenc, M. Cammarata
Chemistry - A European Journal 24 (20) 5064-5069 (2018)

Ultrafast Heat Flow in Heterostructures of Au Nanoclusters on Thin Films Atomic Disorder Induced by Hot Electrons
T. Vasileiadis, L. Waldecker, D. Foster, A. da Silva, D. Zahn, R. Bertoni, R. E. Palmer, R. Ernstorfer
ACS Nano, American Chemical Society, 12 (8), 7710-7720 (2018)

Megahertz data collection from protein microcrystals at an X-ray free-electron laser
L. Grünbein, J. Bielecki, A. Gorel, M. Stricker, R. Bean, M. Cammarata, K. Dörner, L. Fröhlich, E. Hartmann, S. Hauf, M. Hilpert, Y. Kim, M. Kloos, R. Letrun, M. Messerschmidt et al.
Nature Communications 9(1), 3487 (2018).

Disentangling ultrafast electronic and structural dynamics with X-ray lasers
E. Collet, M. Cammarata
Chemistry - A European Journal 24 (59), 15696-15705 (2018)

Dynamic multiple-scattering treatment of X-ray absorption Parameterization of a new molecular dynamics force field for myoglobin
G. Chillemi, M. Anselmi, N. Sanna, C. Padrin, L. Balducci, M. Cammarata, E. Pace, M. Chergui, M. Benfatto
Structural Dynamics 5 (5) 54101 (2018).

Light-Induced Spin State Switching in Copper(II)-Nitroxide-Based Molecular Magnet at Room Temperature
X.-D. Che, M. Lorenc, E. V. Tretyakov, V. I. Ovcharenko, M. V. Fedin
Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters 8 (22) 5587-5592 (2017)

Structural Dynamics upon Photoexcitation in a Spin Crossover Crystal Probed with Femtosecond Electron Diffraction
Y. Jiang, L. C. Liu, H. M. Müller-Werkmeister, C. Lu, D. Zhang, R. L. Field, A. Sarracini, G. Moriena, E. Collet, R. D. Miller
Angewandte Chemie International Edition 56 (25), 7130-7134 (2017).

Photoinduced Structural Dynamics of Molecular Systems Mapped by Time-Resolved X-ray Methods
M Chergui, E Collet
Chemical Reviews 117, 11025 (2017) - doi: 10.1021/acs.chemrev.6b00831

Structural dynamics and coherence upon d-d vs MLCT light-induced spin state trapping
Serhane Zerdane, Liam Wilbraham, Marco Cammarata, Olga Iasco, Eric Riviere, Marie-Laure Boillot, Ciofini Ilaria, Eric Collet
Chem. Sci., 8, 4978 (2017) - doi:10.1039/C6SC05624E

Coherent structural trapping through wave packet dispersion during photoinduced spin state switching
Henrik T Lemke, Kasper S Kjær, Robert Hartsock, Tim B Van Driel, Matthieu Chollet, James M Glownia, Sanghoon Song, Diling Zhu, Elisabetta Pace, Samir F Matar, Martin M Nielsen, Maurizio Benfatto, Kelly J Gaffney, Eric Collet, Marco Cammarata
Nature Communications 8, 15342 (2017) - doi:10.1038/ncomms15342

Generation and Evolution of Spin-, Valley-, and Layer-Polarized Excited Carriers in Inversion-Symmetric WSe 2
Roman Bertoni, Christopher W Nicholson, Lutz Waldecker, Hannes Hübener, Claude Monney, Umberto De Giovannini, Michele Puppin, Moritz Hoesch, Emma Springate, Richard T Chapman, Cephise Cacho, Martin Wolf, Angel Rubio, Ralph Ernstorfer
Physical review letters 117 (27), 277201 (2016) - doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.277201

Local response to light excitation in the charge-ordered phase of (EDO−TTF)2SbF6
Marina Servol, Nicolas Moisan, Eric Collet, Hervé Cailleau, Wawrzyniec Kaszub, Loïc Toupet, Davide Boschetto, Tadahiko Ishikawa, Alain Moréac, Shinya Koshihara, Mitsuhiko Maesato, Mikio Uruichi, Xiangfeng Shao, Yoshiaki Nakano, Hideki Yamochi, Gunzi Saito, and Maciej Lorenc
Phys. Rev. B 92, 024304 (2015) - doi:10.1103/PhysRevB.92.024304

Sequential Activation of Molecular Breathing and Bending during Spin-Crossover Photoswitching Revealed by Femtosecond Optical and X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy
Marco Cammarata, Roman Bertoni, Maciej Lorenc, Hervé Cailleau, Sergio Di Matteo, Cindy Mauriac, Samir F. Matar, Henrik Lemke, Matthieu Chollet, Sylvain Ravy, Claire Laulhé, Jean-François Létard, and Eric Collet
Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 227402 (2014) doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.227402