Abstract

Hydrogen bonding is a vital molecular interaction for bio-molecular systems, yet deep understanding of its ways of creating various complexes requires extensive empirical testing. A hybrid femtosecond/picosecond coherent Raman spectroscopic technique is applied to study pyridine-water complexes. Both the coherent Stokes and anti-Stokes Raman spectra are recorded simultaneously as the concentration of water in pyridine varied. A 3 ps and 10 cm−1 narrowband probe pulse enables us to observe well-resolved Raman spectra. The hydrogen bonding between pyridine and water forms the complexes that have altered vibrational frequencies. These red and blue shifts were observed to be uneven. This asymmetry was result of the generated background nonlinear optical processes of pyridine-water complexes. This asymmetry tends to disappear as probe pulse further delayed attaining background-free coherent Raman spectra. For better visualization, spectral analyses both traditional two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy and recent second-order correlation functions defined in frequency domain are employed. Recognized as a label-free and background-free technique, the coherent Raman spectroscopy, complemented with a known high-resolution spectroscopic correlation analysis, has potential in studying the hydrogen-bonded pyridine-water complexes. These complexes are of great biological importance both due to the ubiquitous nature of hydrogen bonds and due to the close resemblance to chemical bases in macro-biomolecules.

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