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Fast processes induced by radiations in condensed matter


1.    Fundamentals of the interaction light-matter; photochromism

  • Absorption and emission processes
  • Mono- and bimolecular radiationless deactivation (energy and electron transfer)
  • Photochromic systems : classes of compounds, reaction kinetics, extension to the solid state
  • Applications to optical data storage and light-driven molecular motions

2.    Ultra-fast processes : sources and time-resolved techniques

  • Introduction, excited states and ultrafast deactivation mechanisms
  • Nano-, pico- and femtosecond laser sources
  • Time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy
  • Transient absorption spectroscopy
  • Solvent effects
  • Anisotropy effects

3.    Interaction of ionizing radiation and condensed systems

  • Interaction of high-energy photons and matter
  • Interaction of accelerated particles and matter
  • Solvents radiolysis, radiolysis of water and radiolytic yields of radicals
  • Dynamic and reactivity of the solvated electron and radical OH°
  • Applications of radiolytic methods (in nuclear energy, radiotherapy, radical chemistry, polymer synthesis, depollution)

4.    Instrumental setups and laboratory training (16h30)

  • Technique of Time Correlated Single photon counting
  • Picosecond electron accelerator
  • Femtosecond laser
  • Pump-probe setup for transient absorption studies
  • Kinetic measurements based on the use of a streak camera or fast photodiode
  • Laboratory Training (with written report):
  • Steady-state radiolysis involving a γ radiation source
  • Femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy


Interaction of radiation with condensed matter. Photons, charges particles. Photophysics.Radiolysis
Femtosecond chemistry, single photon counting fluorescence

Teaching Staff

Thomas Gustavsson
Pascal Changenet-Barret
Mehran Mostafavi
Rémi Métivier
Isabelle Lampre


Lecture & tutorial: 26 h
Lab training: 20 h

Grading System

Final exam: 70 %
Lab: 30 %

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This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.


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