Abstract Anthracene in solution was studied by a two-pulse IR/UV spectroscopic technique using frequency variable ps laser pulses in the UV. A well-structured fluorescence excitation spectrum was measured in solution and Franck Condon transitions were assigned. Assignment was simplified by the high symmetry of the anthracene structure. We observed lines with a width of well below 100 cm −1. This value is in our view the upper limit to the electronic homogeneous width of anthracene in solution.