Quantitative CARS Spectroscopy Using the Maximum Entropy Method: The Main Lipid Phase Transition


  • CARS: Coherent Anti-Stokes Raman Scattering.


The maximum entropy method for phase retrieval of multiplex coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS) spectra is described in detail and applied to the time-resolved measurement of the main lipid phase transition of small, unilamellar 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholine (DMPC) vesicles subject to a 3 min temperature sweep. Since the—thus derived—imaginary part of the third-order CARS susceptibility can be directly related to the linear vibrational spectrum, the multiplex CARS spectral data can be analyzed quantitatively and without prior knowledge of the sample. It is shown that the maximum entropy model provides an exact description of the original data, including the noise, if all available autocorrelation functions are used. Our findings confirm the acyl-chain order–disorder phase-transition behavior of small, unilamellar lipid vesicles.