We report an ultrafast study of a merocyanine molecule, whose fluorescence lifetime was tuned by changing the solvent's polarity. A recent theoretical prediction that the fluorescence lifetime is considerably shortened upon lowering the polarity of the solvent, due to tuning of the conical intersection properties, is fully confirmed (Xu et al. J. Phys. Chem. A2009, 113, 9779-9791). This constitutes a direct measurement of a previously predicted tunable property of a conical intersection.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry