The ability to enhance resonant signals and eliminate the non-resonant background is analyzed for coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS). The analysis is done at a specific frequency as well as for broadband excitation using femtosecond pulse-shaping techniques. An appropriate objective functional is employed to balance resonant signal enhancement against non-resonant background suppression. Optimal enhancement of the signal and minimization of the background can be achieved by shaping the probe pulse alone while keeping the pump and Stokes pulses unshaped. In some cases analytical forms for the probe pulse can be found, and numerical simulations are carried out for other circumstances. It is found that a good approximate optimal solution for resonant signal enhancement in two-pulse CARS is a superposition of linear and arctangent-type phases for the pump. The well-known probe delay method is shown to be a quasi-optimal scheme for broadband background suppression. The results should provide a basis to improve the performance of CARS spectroscopy and microscopy.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry