Subpicosecond relaxation of localized electrons in liquid ammonia Academic Article uri icon


  • We report the results of an experimental study of the optical bleaching of the absorption spectrum of the solvated electron in dilute Na-NH3 and Na-ND3(2×10-4 M) solutions by a single 1.06 μ psec pulse (pulse duration 6 psec, pulse energy 30 mJ). The absorption spectrum of the solvated electron was monitored in the spectral range 1100-850 nm with the time resolution 20-3.3 psec. The line broadening of the solvated electron optical band originates from homogeneous broadening effects. The relaxation time of the excited state of the solvated electron was determined to be τ ≅ 2 × 10-13 sec. This ultrashort relaxation time favors relaxation between bound states of the solvated electron center. Copyright © 1975 American Institute of Physics.

author list (cited authors)

  • Huppert, D., Struve, W. S., Rentzepis, P. M., & Jortner, J.

citation count

  • 17

publication date

  • August 1975