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  1. Nuclear excitation by electronic processes: NEEC and NEET effects

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    Morel, P.; Daugas, J. M.; Gosselin, G.; Méot, V.; Gogny, D.

    2004-12-01

    The nuclear excitation by electron capture (NEEC) and nuclear excitation by electronic transition (NEET), and related de-excitation, are two important electromagnetic processes to modify the nuclear state populations. In this paper, we present, on one hand, an experiment, accepted at GANIL (France) in September 2004, to measure the NEEC effect with a fully stripped 57Fe ion beam and, on the other hand, a complete calculation leading to the NEET rate of the first excited state of the 235U in a local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) plasma.

  2. Nuclear Excitation by Electronic Processes: NEEC and NEET Effects

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    Morel, P.; Daugas, J. M.; Gosselin, G.; Méot, V.; Gogny, D.

    2005-05-01

    The nuclear excitation by electron capture (NEEC) and nuclear excitation by electronic transition (NEET), and related de-excitation, are two important electromagnetic processes to modify the nuclear state populations. In this paper, we present, on one hand, an experiment accepted at GANIL (France) in September 2004 to measure the NEEC effect with a fully stripped 57Fe ion beam and, on the other hand, a complete calculation leading to the NEET rate of the first excited state of the 235U in a local thermodynamic equilibrium (LTE) plasma.

  3. Excited Spectator Electron Effects on Spectral Line Shapes

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    Iglesias, C A

    2009-10-12

    Excited spectator electron effects on Stark broadened spectral line shapes of transitions involving tightly bound electrons are investigated. It is shown that the interference terms in the electron impact broadening are essential to describe the overlapping lines generated by these configurations (e.g.; dielectronic satellite lines). The main impact is narrower spectral features and reduced far wing intensities compared to calculations neglecting the interference terms.

  4. Effect of Electronic Excitation on Thin Film Growth

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    Elsayed-Ali, Hani E.

    2011-01-31

    The effect of nanosecond pulsed laser excitation on surface diffusion during growth of Ge on Si(100) at 250 degrees C was studied. In Situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) was used to measure the surface diffusion coefficient while ex situ atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used to probe the structure and morphology of the grown quantum dots. The results show that laser excitation of the substrate increases the surface diffusion during growth of Ge on Si(100), changes the growth morphology, improves crystalline structure of the grown quantum dots, and decreases their size distribution. A purely electronic mechanism of enhanced surface diffusion of the deposited Ge is proposed. Ge quantum dots were grown on Si(100)-(2x1) by pulsed laser deposition at various substrate temperatures using a femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser. In-situ reflection high-energy electron diffraction and ex-situ atomic force microscopy were used to analyze the fim structure and morphology. The morphology of germanium islands on silicon was studied at differect coverages. The results show that femtosecond pulsed laser depositon reduces the minimum temperature for epitaxial growth of Ge quantum dots to ~280 degrees C, which is 120 degrees C lower then previously observed in nanosecond pulsed laser deposition and more than 200 degrees C lower than that reported for molecular beam epitaxy and chemical vapor deposition.

  5. Including the Effects of Electronic Excitations and Electron-Phonon Coupling in Cascade Simulations

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    Duffy, Dorothy |

    2008-07-01

    Radiation damage has traditionally been modeled using cascade simulations however such simulations generally neglect the effects of electron-ion interactions, which may be significant in high energy cascades. A model has been developed which includes the effects of electronic stopping and electron-phonon coupling in Molecular Dynamics simulations by means of an inhomogeneous Langevin thermostat. The energy lost by the atoms to electronic excitations is gained by the electronic system and the energy evolution of the electronic system is modeled by the heat diffusion equation. Energy is exchanged between the electronic system and the atoms in the Molecular Dynamics simulation by means of a Langevin thermostat, the temperature of which is the local electronic temperature. The model is applied to a 10 keV cascade simulation for Fe. (authors)

  6. Low-energy electron excitation effect on formation of graphene nanocrystallites during carbon film growth process

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    Chen, Wencong; Zhang, Xi; Diao, Dongfeng

    2017-09-01

    We report a low-energy electron excitation effect on the formation of graphene nanocrystallites embedded in carbon films in an electron cyclotron resonance plasma. In this work, carbon films were deposited at different irradiation electron energies and fluxes monitored using a retarding field energy analyzer, while the deposition temperature was measured using an infrared thermometer. We found that the size and concentration of graphene nanocrystallites strongly depend on the irradiation electron energy and the electron flux but not the temperature, which indicates that the electron excitation effect of the covalent bonds dominates the formation process of these nanocrystallites. This finding shed light on the new fabrication method of 2D materials.

  7. Electron-excited molecule interactions

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    Christophorou, L.G. Tennessee Univ., Knoxville, TN . Dept. of Physics)

    1991-01-01

    In this paper the limited but significant knowledge to date on electron scattering from vibrationally/rotationally excited molecules and electron scattering from and electron impact ionization of electronically excited molecules is briefly summarized and discussed. The profound effects of the internal energy content of a molecule on its electron attachment properties are highlighted focusing in particular on electron attachment to vibrationally/rotationally and to electronically excited molecules. The limited knowledge to date on electron-excited molecule interactions clearly shows that the cross sections for certain electron-molecule collision processes can be very different from those involving ground state molecules. For example, optically enhanced electron attachment studies have shown that electron attachment to electronically excited molecules can occur with cross sections 10{sup 6} to 10{sup 7} times larger compared to ground state molecules. The study of electron-excited molecule interactions offers many experimental and theoretical challenges and opportunities and is both of fundamental and technological significance. 54 refs., 15 figs.

  8. Core excitation effects on oscillator strengths for transitions in four electron atomic systems

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    Chang, T. N.; Luo, Yuxiang

    2007-06-01

    By including explicitly the electronic configurations with two and three simultaneously excited electronic orbital, we have extended the BSCI (B-spline based configuration interaction) method [1] to estimate directly the effect of inner shell core excitation to oscillator strengths for transitions in four-electron atomic systems. We will present explicitly the change in oscillator strengths due to core excitations, especially for transitions involving doubly excited states and those with very small oscillator strengths. The length and velocity results are typically in agreement better than 1% or less. [1] Tu-nan Chang, in Many-body Theory of Atomic Structure and Photoionization, edited by T. N. Chang (World Scientific, Singapore, 1993), p. 213-47; and T. N. Chang and T. K. Fang, Elsevier Radiation Physics and Chemistry 70, 173-190 (2004).

  9. Plasma-screening effects on the electron-impact excitation of hydrogenic ions in dense plasmas

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    Jung, Young-Dae

    1993-01-01

    Plasma-screening effects are investigated on electron-impact excitation of hydrogenic ions in dense plasmas. Scaled cross sections Z(exp 4) sigma for 1s yields 2s and 1s yields 2p are obtained for a Debye-Hueckel model of the screened Coulomb interaction. Ground and excited bound wave functions are modified in the screened Coulomb potential (Debye-Hueckel model) using the Ritz variation method. The resulting atomic wave functions and their eigenenergies agree well with the numerical and high-order perturbation theory calculations for the interesting domain of the Debye length not less than 10. The Born approximation is used to describe the continuum states of the projectile electron. Plasma screening effects on the atomic electrons cannot be neglected in the high-density cases. Including these effects, the cross sections are appreciably increased for 1s yields 2s transitions and decreased for 1s yields 2p transitions.

  10. The effect of electron collisions on rotational excitation of cometary water

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    Xie, Xingfa; Mumma, Michael J.

    1991-01-01

    The e-H2O collisional rate for exciting rotational transitions in cometary water is evaluated for conditions found in Comet Halley. The e-H2O collisional rate exceeds that for excitation by neutral-neutral collisions at distances exceeding 3000 km from the cometary nucleus, in the case of the O sub 00 yields 1 sub 11 transition. The estimates are based on theoretical and experimental studies of e-H2O collisions, on ion and electron parameters acquired in-situ by instruments on the Giotto and Vega spacecraft, and on results obtained from models of the cometary ionosphere. The contribution of electron collisions may explain the need for large water-water cross-sections in models which neglect the effect of electrons. The importance of electron collisions is enhanced for populations of water molecules in regions where their rotational lines are optically thick.

  11. Effects of electronic excitation on cascade dynamics in nickel–iron and nickel–palladium systems

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    Zarkadoula, Eva; Samolyuk, German; Weber, William J.

    2017-06-10

    Using molecular dynamics simulations and the two-temperature model, we provide in this paper a comparison of the surviving damage from single ion irradiation events in nickel-based alloys, for cascades with and without taking into account the effects of the electronic excitations. We find that including the electronic effects impacts the amount of the resulting damage and the production of isolated defects. Finally, irradiation of nickel–palladium systems results in larger numbers of defects compared to nickel–iron systems, with similar numbers of isolated defects. We additionally investigate the mass effect on the two-temperature model in molecular dynamics simulations of cascades.

  12. Distortion effects in electron excitation of hydrogen atoms by impact of heavy ions

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    Ramirez, C.A.; Rivarola, R.D.

    1995-12-01

    Electron excitation from the fundamental state of hydrogen atoms by impact of bare ions is studied at intermediate and high collision velocities. Total cross sections for final {ital np} states by impact of protons, alpha particles, and He{sup +} ions are calculated using the symmetric eikonal approximation and compared with experimental data. This comparison supports the existence of distortion effects recently predicted by Bugacov and co-workers [Phys. Rev. A {bold 47}, 1052 (1993)]. The validity of scaling laws is analyzed.

  13. Radiation effects from first principles : the role of excitons in electronic-excited processes.

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    Wong, Bryan Matthew

    2009-09-01

    Electron-hole pairs, or excitons, are created within materials upon optical excitation or irradiation with X-rays/charged particles. The ability to control and predict the role of excitons in these energetically-induced processes would have a tremendous impact on understanding the effects of radiation on materials. In this report, the excitonic effects in large cycloparaphenylene carbon structures are investigated using various first-principles methods. These structures are particularly interesting since they allow a study of size-scaling properties of excitons in a prototypical semi-conducting material. In order to understand these properties, electron-hole transition density matrices and exciton binding energies were analyzed as a function of size. The transition density matrices allow a global view of electronic coherence during an electronic excitation, and the exciton binding energies give a quantitative measure of electron-hole interaction energies in these structures. Based on overall trends in exciton binding energies and their spatial delocalization, we find that excitonic effects play a vital role in understanding the unique photoinduced dynamics in these systems.

  14. Entanglement entropy of electronic excitations

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    Plasser, Felix

    2016-05-01

    A new perspective into correlation effects in electronically excited states is provided through quantum information theory. The entanglement between the electron and hole quasiparticles is examined, and it is shown that the related entanglement entropy can be computed from the eigenvalue spectrum of the well-known natural transition orbital (NTO) decomposition. Non-vanishing entanglement is obtained whenever more than one NTO pair is involved, i.e., in the case of a multiconfigurational or collective excitation. An important implication is that in the case of entanglement it is not possible to gain a complete description of the state character from the orbitals alone, but more specific analysis methods are required to decode the mutual information between the electron and hole. Moreover, the newly introduced number of entangled states is an important property by itself giving information about excitonic structure. The utility of the formalism is illustrated in the cases of the excited states of two interacting ethylene molecules, the conjugated polymer para-phenylene vinylene, and the naphthalene molecule.

  15. Effective Collision Strengths for Electron Impact Excitation of Inelastic Transitions in S III

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    Tayal, S. S.

    1997-01-01

    We have calculated electron collisional excitation strengths for all electric dipole forbidden, semi-forbidden, and allowed transitions among the lowest 17 LS states 3s(exp 2)3p(exp 2) P-3, D-1, S-1, 3s3p(exp 3)S-5(exp 0), D-3(exp 0), P-3(exp 0), P-1(exp 0), S-3(exp 0), D-1(exp 0), 3S(exp 2)3p3d D-1(exp 0), F-3(exp 0), P-3(exp 0), D-3(exp 0), F-3(exp 0), P-1(exp 0), and 3S(exp 2)3p4S P-3(exp 0), P-l(exp 0) of S III using the R-matrix method. These S m states are represented by fairly extensive configuration-interaction wave functions that yield excited state energies in close agreement with recent laboratory measurements. Rydberg series of resonances converging to the excited state thresholds are explicitly included in the scattering calculation. The effective collision strengths are determined assuming Maxwellian distribution of electron energies. These are listed over a wide temperature range ([0.5-10] x 10(exp 4) K) and compared, where possible, with other available calculations. Subject headings: atomic data - atomic processes

  16. Unexpectedly marginal effect of electronic correlations on ultrafast demagnetization after femtosecond laser-pulse excitation

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    Weng, W.; Huang, H.; Briones, J.; Teeny, N.; Mueller, B. Y.; Haag, M.; Kuhn, T.; Fähnle, M.

    2017-06-01

    The treatment of ultrafast demagnetization after femtosecond laser-pulse excitation of a ferromagnetic film is usually done by a theory based on Fermi's golden rule which neglects the effects of electronic correlations. In the present paper the contribution of spin-flip electron-phonon scatterings to the ultrafast demagnetization of Ni is calculated by this theory and by the density-matrix theory in which the correlations are taken into account. The unexpected result is that the correlations which are essential for the ultrafast dynamics of nonmagnetic phenomena have only a marginal effect for the considered magnetic problem. From this point of view the use of Fermi's golden rule in all former papers on ultrafast demagnetization is justified.

  17. Dissociative electron attachment and vibrational excitation of CF3Cl: Effect of two vibrational modes revisited

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    Tarana, Michal; Houfek, Karel; Horáček, Jiří; Fabrikant, Ilya I.

    2011-11-01

    We present a study of dissociative electron attachment and vibrational excitation processes in electron collisions with the CF3Cl molecule. The calculations are based on the two-dimensional nuclear dynamics including the C-Cl symmetric stretch coordinate and the CF3 symmetric deformation (umbrella) coordinate. The complex potential energy surfaces are calculated using the ab initio R-matrix method. The results for dissociative attachment and vibrational excitation of the umbrella mode agree quite well with experiment whereas the cross section for excitation of the C-Cl symmetric stretch vibrations is about a factor-of-three too low in comparison with experimental data.

  18. Electronic excitations of slow ions in a free electron gas metal: evidence for charge exchange effects.

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    Primetzhofer, D; Rund, S; Roth, D; Goebl, D; Bauer, P

    2011-10-14

    Electronic energy loss of light ions transmitted through nanometer films of Al has been studied at very low ion velocities. For hydrogen, the electronic stopping power S is found to be perfectly proportional to velocity, as expected for a free electron gas. For He, the same is anticipated, but S shows a transition between two distinct regimes, in both of which S is velocity proportional-however, with remarkably different slopes. This finding can be explained as a consequence of charge exchange in close encounters between He and Al atoms, which represents an additional energy loss channel.

  19. The effect of electron beams on cyclotron maser emission excited by lower-energy cutoffs

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    Zhao, G. Q.; Feng, H. Q.; Wu, D. J.

    2016-05-01

    Electron-cyclotron maser (ECM) is one of the most important emission mechanisms in astrophysics and can be excited efficiently by lower-energy cutoffs of power-law electrons. These non-thermal electrons probably propagate as a directed collimated beam along ambient magnetic fields. This paper investigates the ECM, in which the effect of electron beams is emphasized. Results show the dependence of emission properties of the ECM on the beam feature. The maximum growth rate of the extraordinary mode (X2) rapidly decreases as the beam momentum increases, while the growth rate of the ordinary mode (O1) changes slightly. In particular, the ordinary mode can overcome the extraordinary mode and becomes the fastest growth mode once the beam momentum is large enough. This research presents an extension of the conventional studies on ECM driven by lower-energy cutoffs and may be helpful to understand better the emission process of solar type I radio bursts, which are dominated by the ordinary mode emission.

  20. The effect of electron beams on cyclotron maser emission excited by lower-energy cutoffs

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    Zhao, G. Q.; Feng, H. Q.; Wu, D. J.

    2016-05-15

    Electron-cyclotron maser (ECM) is one of the most important emission mechanisms in astrophysics and can be excited efficiently by lower-energy cutoffs of power-law electrons. These non-thermal electrons probably propagate as a directed collimated beam along ambient magnetic fields. This paper investigates the ECM, in which the effect of electron beams is emphasized. Results show the dependence of emission properties of the ECM on the beam feature. The maximum growth rate of the extraordinary mode (X2) rapidly decreases as the beam momentum increases, while the growth rate of the ordinary mode (O1) changes slightly. In particular, the ordinary mode can overcome the extraordinary mode and becomes the fastest growth mode once the beam momentum is large enough. This research presents an extension of the conventional studies on ECM driven by lower-energy cutoffs and may be helpful to understand better the emission process of solar type I radio bursts, which are dominated by the ordinary mode emission.

  1. Effect of collective response on electron capture and excitation in collisions of highly charged ions with fullerenes.

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    Kadhane, U; Misra, D; Singh, Y P; Tribedi, Lokesh C

    2003-03-07

    Projectile deexcitation Lyman x-ray emission following electron capture and K excitation has been studied in collisions of bare and Li-like sulphur ions (of energy 110 MeV) with fullerenes (C(60)/C(70)) and different gaseous targets. The intensity ratios of different Lyman x-ray lines in collisions with fullerenes are found to be substantially lower than those for the gas targets, both for capture and excitation. This has been explained in terms of a model based on "solidlike" effect, namely, wakefield induced stark mixing of the excited states populated via electron capture or K excitation: a collective phenomenon of plasmon excitation in the fullerenes under the influence of heavy, highly charged ions.

  2. Excitation of plasmonic terahertz photovoltaic effects in a periodic two-dimensional electron system by the attenuated total reflection method

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    Fateev, D. V. Mashinsky, K. V.; Bagaeva, T. Yu.; Popov, V. V.

    2015-01-15

    The problem of the rectification of terahertz radiation due to plasmonic nonlinearities in a periodic two-dimensional electron system upon the excitation of plasma oscillations by the attenuated total reflection method is solved. This model allows the independent study of different plasmonic rectification mechanisms, i.e., plasmonic electron drag and plasmonic ratchet effects.

  3. On The Effect of Electron Collisions in the Excitation of Cometary HCN

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    Lovell, Amy J.; Kallivayalil, Nitya; Schloerb, F. Peter; Combi, Michael R.; Hansen, Kenneth C.; Gombosi, T. I.

    2004-01-01

    The electron-HCN collision rate for the excitation of rotational transitions of the HCN molecule is evaluated in comets C/1995 01 (Hale-Bopp) and C/1996 B2 (Hyakutake). Based on theoretical models of the cometary atmosphere, we show that collisions with electrons can provide a significant excitation mechanism for rotational transitions in the HCN molecule. Computed values of the cross section sigma(sub e-HCN) can be as high as 1.3 x cm2, more than 2 orders of magnitude greater than the commonly assumed HCN-H2O cross section. For the ground rotational transitions of HCN, the electron-HCN collision rate is found to exceed the HCN-H2O collision rate at distances greater than 3000 km from the cometary nucleus of Hale-Bopp and 1000 km from that of Hyakutake. Collisional excitation processes dominate over radiative excitation processes up to a distance of 160,000 km from the cometary nucleus of Hale-Bopp and 50,000 km from that of Hyakutake. Excitation models that neglect electron collisions can underestimate the HCN gas production rates by as much as a factor of 2.

  4. Theoretical description of protein field effects on electronic excitations of biological chromophores.

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    Varsano, Daniele; Caprasecca, Stefano; Coccia, Emanuele

    2017-01-11

    Photoinitiated phenomena play a crucial role in many living organisms. Plants, algae, and bacteria absorb sunlight to perform photosynthesis, and convert water and carbon dioxide into molecular oxygen and carbohydrates, thus forming the basis for life on Earth. The vision of vertebrates is accomplished in the eye by a protein called rhodopsin, which upon photon absorption performs an ultrafast isomerisation of the retinal chromophore, triggering the signal cascade. Many other biological functions start with the photoexcitation of a protein-embedded pigment, followed by complex processes comprising, for example, electron or excitation energy transfer in photosynthetic complexes. The optical properties of chromophores in living systems are strongly dependent on the interaction with the surrounding environment (nearby protein residues, membrane, water), and the complexity of such interplay is, in most cases, at the origin of the functional diversity of the photoactive proteins. The specific interactions with the environment often lead to a significant shift of the chromophore excitation energies, compared with their absorption in solution or gas phase. The investigation of the optical response of chromophores is generally not straightforward, from both experimental and theoretical standpoints; this is due to the difficulty in understanding diverse behaviours and effects, occurring at different scales, with a single technique. In particular, the role played by ab initio calculations in assisting and guiding experiments, as well as in understanding the physics of photoactive proteins, is fundamental. At the same time, owing to the large size of the systems, more approximate strategies which take into account the environmental effects on the absorption spectra are also of paramount importance. Here we review the recent advances in the first-principle description of electronic and optical properties of biological chromophores embedded in a protein environment. We show

  5. Theoretical description of protein field effects on electronic excitations of biological chromophores

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    Varsano, Daniele; Caprasecca, Stefano; Coccia, Emanuele

    2017-01-01

    Photoinitiated phenomena play a crucial role in many living organisms. Plants, algae, and bacteria absorb sunlight to perform photosynthesis, and convert water and carbon dioxide into molecular oxygen and carbohydrates, thus forming the basis for life on Earth. The vision of vertebrates is accomplished in the eye by a protein called rhodopsin, which upon photon absorption performs an ultrafast isomerisation of the retinal chromophore, triggering the signal cascade. Many other biological functions start with the photoexcitation of a protein-embedded pigment, followed by complex processes comprising, for example, electron or excitation energy transfer in photosynthetic complexes. The optical properties of chromophores in living systems are strongly dependent on the interaction with the surrounding environment (nearby protein residues, membrane, water), and the complexity of such interplay is, in most cases, at the origin of the functional diversity of the photoactive proteins. The specific interactions with the environment often lead to a significant shift of the chromophore excitation energies, compared with their absorption in solution or gas phase. The investigation of the optical response of chromophores is generally not straightforward, from both experimental and theoretical standpoints; this is due to the difficulty in understanding diverse behaviours and effects, occurring at different scales, with a single technique. In particular, the role played by ab initio calculations in assisting and guiding experiments, as well as in understanding the physics of photoactive proteins, is fundamental. At the same time, owing to the large size of the systems, more approximate strategies which take into account the environmental effects on the absorption spectra are also of paramount importance. Here we review the recent advances in the first-principle description of electronic and optical properties of biological chromophores embedded in a protein environment. We show

  6. Effect of Electronic Excitation on Hydrogen Atom Transfer (Tautomerization) Reactions for the DNA Base Adenine

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    Chaban, Galina M.; Salter, Latasha M.; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Geometrical structures and energetic properties for four different tautomers of adenine are calculated in this study, using multi-configurational wave functions. Both the ground and the lowest single excited state potential energy surface are studied. The energetic order of the tautomers on the ground state potential surface is 9H less than 7H less than 3H less than 1H, while on the excited state surface this order is found to be different: 3H less than 1H less than 9H less than 7H. Minimum energy reaction paths are obtained for hydrogen atom transfer (9 yields 3 tautomerization) reactions in the ground and the lowest excited electronic state. It is found that the barrier heights and the shapes of the reaction paths are different for the ground and the excited electronic state, suggesting that the probability of such tautomerization reaction is higher on the excited state potential energy surface. The barrier for this reaction in the excited state may become very low in the presence of water or other polar solvent molecules, and therefore such tautomerization reaction may play an important role in the solution phase photochemistry of adenine.

  7. Effect of Electronic Excitation on Hydrogen Atom Transfer (Tautomerization) Reactions for the DNA Base Adenine

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    Chaban, Galina M.; Salter, Latasha M.; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Geometrical structures and energetic properties for four different tautomers of adenine are calculated in this study, using multi-configurational wave functions. Both the ground and the lowest single excited state potential energy surface are studied. The energetic order of the tautomers on the ground state potential surface is 9H less than 7H less than 3H less than 1H, while on the excited state surface this order is found to be different: 3H less than 1H less than 9H less than 7H. Minimum energy reaction paths are obtained for hydrogen atom transfer (9 yields 3 tautomerization) reactions in the ground and the lowest excited electronic state. It is found that the barrier heights and the shapes of the reaction paths are different for the ground and the excited electronic state, suggesting that the probability of such tautomerization reaction is higher on the excited state potential energy surface. The barrier for this reaction in the excited state may become very low in the presence of water or other polar solvent molecules, and therefore such tautomerization reaction may play an important role in the solution phase photochemistry of adenine.

  8. Analysis of relativistic effects in electron-impact excitation of SP transitions in heavy atoms.

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    Andersen, Nils; Bartschat, Klaus

    2002-05-01

    While elastic electron scattering from heavy atoms is known to be strongly affected by relativistic effects such as Mott scattering, it seems surprising that several sets of recent experimental results for electron-impact excitation of the (6s)^2S_1/2 (6p)^2P_1/2,3/2 transition [1,2] in Cs could be well reproduced by a non-relativistic ``convergent close-coupling'' (CCC) model. It is, therefore, desirable to analyze the sensitivity of currently measured observables to relativistic effects, as well as to develop new prescriptions to enhance the potential for experimental tests of sophisticated collision theories. Using the above transition as an example, we developed a new formulation to describe the collision process and the experimental investigations, based on the concept of ``generalized Stokes parameters'' [3]. [1] V. Karaganov, P.J.O. Teubner, and M.J. Brunger, in Correlations, Polarization, and Ionization in Atomic Systems, AIP (New York, 2000). [2] G. Baum and I. Bray (2002), private communication. [3] N. Andersen and K. Bartschat, Polarization, Alignment, and Orientation in Atomic Collisions, Springer (New York, 2000).

  9. Nonequilibrium solvent effects in Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics for ground and excited electronic states

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    Bjorgaard, Josiah August; Velizhanin, Kirill A.; Tretiak, Sergei

    2016-04-15

    The effects of solvent on molecular processes such as excited state relaxation and photochemical reaction often occurs in a nonequilibrium regime. Dynamic processes such as these can be simulated using excited state molecular dynamics. In this paper, we describe methods of simulating nonequilibrium solvent effects in excited state molecular dynamics using linear-response time-dependent density functional theory and apparent surface charge methods. These developments include a propagation method for solvent degrees of freedom and analytical energy gradients for the calculation of forces. Finally, molecular dynamics of acetaldehyde in water or acetonitrile are demonstrated where the solute-solvent system is out of equilibrium due to photoexcitation and emission.

  10. Nonequilibrium solvent effects in Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics for ground and excited electronic states.

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    Bjorgaard, J A; Velizhanin, K A; Tretiak, S

    2016-04-21

    The effects of solvent on molecular processes such as excited state relaxation and photochemical reaction often occurs in a nonequilibrium regime. Dynamic processes such as these can be simulated using excited statemolecular dynamics. In this work, we describe methods of simulating nonequilibrium solvent effects in excited statemolecular dynamics using linear-response time-dependent density functional theory and apparent surface charge methods. These developments include a propagation method for solvent degrees of freedom and analytical energy gradients for the calculation of forces. Molecular dynamics of acetaldehyde in water or acetonitrile are demonstrated where the solute-solvent system is out of equilibrium due to photoexcitation and emission.

  11. Nonequilibrium solvent effects in Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics for ground and excited electronic states

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    Bjorgaard, J. A.; Velizhanin, K. A.; Tretiak, S.

    2016-04-01

    The effects of solvent on molecular processes such as excited state relaxation and photochemical reaction often occurs in a nonequilibrium regime. Dynamic processes such as these can be simulated using excited state molecular dynamics. In this work, we describe methods of simulating nonequilibrium solvent effects in excited state molecular dynamics using linear-response time-dependent density functional theory and apparent surface charge methods. These developments include a propagation method for solvent degrees of freedom and analytical energy gradients for the calculation of forces. Molecular dynamics of acetaldehyde in water or acetonitrile are demonstrated where the solute-solvent system is out of equilibrium due to photoexcitation and emission.

  12. Electron impact excitation of Hg/+/

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    Crandall, D. H.; Phaneuf, R. A.; Dunn, G. H.

    1974-01-01

    A crossed charged beam technique was employed in the investigation reported. The ion beam was crossed at right angles by a magnetically confined electron beam. Cross sections were determined as a function of electron impact energy. Considerable structure in the excitation cross section appears immediately above the threshold. It is pointed out that a primary application of cross sections is related to the calculation of plasma rate coefficients.

  13. Selectivity of peptide bond dissociation on excitation of a core electron: Effects of a phenyl group

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    Tsai, Cheng-Cheng; Chen, Jien-Lian; Hu, Wei-Ping; Lin, Yi-Shiue; Lin, Huei-Ru; Lee, Tsai-Yun; Lee, Yuan T.; Ni, Chi-Kung; Liu, Chen-Lin

    2016-09-01

    The selective dissociation of a peptide bond upon excitation of a core electron in acetanilide and N-benzylacetamide was investigated. The total-ion-yield near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectra were recorded and compared with the predictions from time-dependent density functional theory. The branching ratios for the dissociation of a peptide bond are observed as 16-34% which is quite significant. This study explores the core-excitation, the X-ray photodissociation pathways, and the theoretical explanation of the NEXAFS spectra of organic molecules containing both a peptide bond and a phenyl group.

  14. Effect of protein environment on electronically excited and ionized states of the green fluorescent protein chromophore.

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    Bravaya, Ksenia B; Khrenova, Maria G; Grigorenko, Bella L; Nemukhin, Alexander V; Krylov, Anna I

    2011-06-30

    The effect of the protein environment on the electronic structure of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) chromophore is investigated by QM/MM (quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics) calculations. The protein has very small effect on the excitation energy of the bright absorbing and the lowest triplet states of the anionic GFP chromophore, deprotonated 4-hydroxybenzylidene-2,3-dimethylimidazolinone (HBDI) anion, however, it increases vertical detachment energy from 2.5 eV (gas-phase deprotonated HBDI anion) to 5.0 eV (solvated protein). We also investigated possible existence of the charge-transfer-to-solvent (CTTS) states associated with the GFP chromophore. Although precursors of such states appear in cluster calculations, a tightly packed structure of the protein prevents the formation of the CTTS states in this system. Motivated by a recently discovered new type of photoconversion, oxidative redding, we characterized the redox properties of GFP. The computed standard reduction potential of the anionic form of GFP is 0.47 V (for the GFP(•) + 1e → GFP(-) reaction), and the reduction potential at physiological conditions (pH 7, T = 25 °C) is 0.06 V.

  15. Conformational Changes in 5-Methoxyindole: Effects of Thermal, Vibrational and Electronic Excitations.

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    Lopes Jesus, António Jorge; Fausto, Rui; Reva, Igor

    2017-04-14

    The molecule of 5-methoxyindole (5MOI) may adopt two conformational states, syn and anti, with respect to the relative orientation of the NH and OCH3 groups. Structure of monomeric 5MOI was characterized spectroscopically, in mid- and near-infrared domains. The conformational composition of 5MOI could be controlled in three different ways. Thermally, two conformers of 5MOI could be trapped in xenon matrixes at 16 K. Upon annealing the xenon matrix to temperatures about 30-40 K, the higher energy syn form converted to the ground state anti conformer. Vibrational excitations in the near-infrared domain, at the frequency of the first NH stretching overtone, 6853 cm-1, afforded the inverse conformational transformation, and a part of the anti conformer was upconverted to the syn form. Electronic excitations in the UV-domain, at 315-310 nm, resulted in a total consumption of the syn form again, in favor of anti. Upon further irradiations at 308 nm, a partial repopulation of the syn form, at the expense of anti, was observed. We propose a mechanistic explanation of the observed transformations, which is based on the computations of the vibrational spectra of the two conformers, and also on computations of the ground state S0 and the first excited state S1 potential energy surfaces along the coordinate for conformational isomerization. The highlights of the present work are: the first experimental observation of the minor syn conformer of 5MOI; evidence of the long-range vibrational energy transfer resulting in conformational isomerization upon excitation of the NH stretching overtone; possibility of partial conformational control of 5MOI by using electronic excitations.

  16. Nonequilibrium solvent effects in Born-Oppenheimer molecular dynamics for ground and excited electronic states

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    Bjorgaard, Josiah August; Velizhanin, Kirill A.; Tretiak, Sergei

    2016-04-15

    The effects of solvent on molecular processes such as excited state relaxation and photochemical reaction often occurs in a nonequilibrium regime. Dynamic processes such as these can be simulated using excited state molecular dynamics. In this paper, we describe methods of simulating nonequilibrium solvent effects in excited state molecular dynamics using linear-response time-dependent density functional theory and apparent surface charge methods. These developments include a propagation method for solvent degrees of freedom and analytical energy gradients for the calculation of forces. Finally, molecular dynamics of acetaldehyde in water or acetonitrile are demonstrated where the solute-solvent system is out of equilibriummore » due to photoexcitation and emission.« less

  17. Experimental evidence of excited electron number density and temperature effects on electron-phonon coupling in gold films

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    Giri, Ashutosh; Gaskins, John T.; Foley, Brian M.; Cheaito, Ramez; Hopkins, Patrick E.

    2015-01-28

    The electronic transport properties of metals with weak electron-phonon coupling can be influenced by non-thermal electrons. Relaxation processes involving non-thermal electrons competing with the thermalized electron system have led to inconsistencies in the understanding of how electrons scatter and relax with the less energetic lattice. Recent theoretical and computational works have shown that the rate of energy relaxation with the metallic lattice will change depending on the thermalization state of the electrons. Even though 20 years of experimental works have focused on understanding and isolating these electronic relaxation mechanisms with short pulsed irradiation, discrepancies between these existing works have not clearly answered the fundamental question of the competing effects between non-thermal and thermal electrons losing energy to the lattice. In this work, we demonstrate the ability to measure the electron relaxation for varying degrees of both electron-electron and electron-phonon thermalization. This series of measurements of electronic relaxation over a predicted effective electron temperature range up to ∼3500 K and minimum lattice temperatures of 77 K validate recent computational and theoretical works that theorize how a nonequilibrium distribution of electrons transfers energy to the lattice. Utilizing this wide temperature range during pump-probe measurements of electron-phonon relaxation, we explain discrepancies in the past two decades of literature of electronic relaxation rates. We experimentally demonstrate that the electron-phonon coupling factor in gold increases with increasing lattice temperature and laser fluences. Specifically, we show that at low laser fluences corresponding to small electron perturbations, energy relaxation between electrons and phonons is mainly governed by non-thermal electrons, while at higher laser fluences, non-thermal electron scattering with the lattice is less influential on the energy relaxation

  18. Experimental evidence of excited electron number density and temperature effects on electron-phonon coupling in gold films

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    Giri, Ashutosh; Gaskins, John T.; Foley, Brian M.; Cheaito, Ramez; Hopkins, Patrick E.

    2015-01-01

    The electronic transport properties of metals with weak electron-phonon coupling can be influenced by non-thermal electrons. Relaxation processes involving non-thermal electrons competing with the thermalized electron system have led to inconsistencies in the understanding of how electrons scatter and relax with the less energetic lattice. Recent theoretical and computational works have shown that the rate of energy relaxation with the metallic lattice will change depending on the thermalization state of the electrons. Even though 20 years of experimental works have focused on understanding and isolating these electronic relaxation mechanisms with short pulsed irradiation, discrepancies between these existing works have not clearly answered the fundamental question of the competing effects between non-thermal and thermal electrons losing energy to the lattice. In this work, we demonstrate the ability to measure the electron relaxation for varying degrees of both electron-electron and electron-phonon thermalization. This series of measurements of electronic relaxation over a predicted effective electron temperature range up to ˜3500 K and minimum lattice temperatures of 77 K validate recent computational and theoretical works that theorize how a nonequilibrium distribution of electrons transfers energy to the lattice. Utilizing this wide temperature range during pump-probe measurements of electron-phonon relaxation, we explain discrepancies in the past two decades of literature of electronic relaxation rates. We experimentally demonstrate that the electron-phonon coupling factor in gold increases with increasing lattice temperature and laser fluences. Specifically, we show that at low laser fluences corresponding to small electron perturbations, energy relaxation between electrons and phonons is mainly governed by non-thermal electrons, while at higher laser fluences, non-thermal electron scattering with the lattice is less influential on the energy relaxation

  19. Effect of structural distortion and polarization in localization of electronic excitations in organic semiconductor materials

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    Nayyar, Iffat; Batista, Enrique; Tretiak, Sergei; Saxena, Avadh; Smith, Darryl; Martin, Richard

    2012-02-01

    Organic polymers find varied applications in optoelectronic devices such as solar cells, light emitting diodes and lasers. Detailed understanding of charge carrier transport by polarons and excitonic energy transfer producing singlet and triplet excitations is critical to improve their efficiency. We benchmarked the ability of current functional models to describe the spatial extent of self-trapped neutral and charged excitations for MEH-PPV owing to its superior luminescence and experimental evidence. Now we are interested in distinguishing between two distinct origins leading to localization; spatial localization of the wavefunction by itself on the undistorted geometry and localization of the wavefunction assured by distortion of the structure during its relaxation. We suggest localization is produced by electronic rearrangements and character of the functional. We also observe that different functionals place the highest occupied and lowest virtual orbitals at different positions in the energy band diagram based on their ability to predict the extent of localization of these states.

  20. Wave excitation by inhomogeneous suprathermal electron beams

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    Freund, H. P.; Dillenburg, D.; Wu, C. S.

    1982-01-01

    Wave excitation by an inhomogeneous suprathermal electron beam in a homogeneous magnetized plasma is studied. Not only is the beam density nonuniform, but the beam electrons possess a sheared bulk velocity. The general dispersion equation encompassing both electrostatic and electromagnetic effects is derived. Particular attention is given to the whistler mode. It is established that the density-gradient and velocity-shear effects are important for waves with frequencies close to the lower-hybrid resonance frequency.

  1. Low-temperature synthesis of crystalline GeSn with high Sn concentration by electron excitation effect

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    Kimura, Toshiki; Ishimaru, Manabu; Okugawa, Masayuki; Nakamura, Ryusuke; Yasuda, Hidehiro

    2017-10-01

    The low-temperature synthesis of high-Sn-concentration GeSn is challenging in realizing flexible thin-film transistors and solar cells. Because of athermal processes, irradiation with energetic particles is anticipated to significantly reduce the processing temperature for device fabrication. Here, we demonstrated that polycrystalline Ge with ∼30 at. % Sn can be realized at room temperature by the electron-beam-induced recrystallization of amorphous GeSn. We found that inelastic electronic stopping, the so-called electron excitation effect, plays an important role in the recrystallization of amorphous GeSn.

  2. Ab Initio Calculation of the Electronic and Optical Excitations in Polythiophene: Effects of Intra- and Interchain Screening

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    van der Horst, J.-W.; Bobbert, P. A.; Michels, M. A. J.; Brocks, G.; Kelly, P. J.

    1999-11-01

    We present an ab initio calculation of the electronic and optical excitations of an isolated polythiophene chain as well as of bulk polythiophene. We use the GW approximation for the electronic self-energy and include excitonic effects by solving the electron-hole Bethe-Salpeter equation. The inclusion of interchain screening in the case of bulk polythiophene drastically reduces both the quasiparticle band gap and the exciton binding energies, but the optical gap is hardly affected. This finding is relevant for conjugated polymers in general.

  3. Solvent electronic polarization effects on a charge transfer excitation studied by the mean-field QM/MM method

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    Nakano, Hiroshi

    2015-12-31

    Electronic polarization effects of a medium can have a significant impact on a chemical reaction in condensed phases. We discuss the effects on the charge transfer excitation of a chromophore, N,N-dimethyl-4-nitroaniline, in various solvents using the mean-field QM/MM method with a polarizable force field. The results show that the explicit consideration of the solvent electronic polarization effects is important especially for a solvent with a low dielectric constant when we study the solvatochromism of the chromophore.

  4. The effect of charge state on electron excitation by slow protons in simple metal

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    Marouf, S.; Boudouma, Y.; Chami, A. C.

    2016-01-01

    We investigate the energy and angular distributions of conduction band electrons excited by slowly moving protons. An improved method for the description of target response was developed assuming a convenient spherical symmetry of the screened potential. The velocity dependent screening parameter of the trial potential is adjusted in a self-consistent way using an extension of the Friedel sum rule. As positive projectile can be ionized or neutralized by interaction with the target, we should include the different charge states fractions of the protons to determine the doubly differential cross section (DDCS) for the secondary electron emission. A comparison of the double differential cross section using the Density Functional Theory (DFT) is presented. The energy loss of moving proton is also discussed with explicit inclusion of the different charge states and compared to the available experimental data in order to check the validity of the proposed model.

  5. Tuning Hole and Electron Transfer from Photo-excited CdSe Quantum Dot to Phenol Derivatives: Effect of Electron Donating and Withdrawing Moiety.

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    Ghosh, Hirendra Nath; Debnath, Tushar; Sebastian, Deepa; Maiti, Sourav

    2017-03-27

    Charge transfer processes from photo-excited CdSe QDs to phenol derivatives with electron donating (4-methoxy) and electron withdrawing (4-nitro) moiety have been demonstrated by using steady state and time-resolved emission and femto-second transient absorption spectroscopy. Steady state and time-resolved emission studies suggest that in presence of both 4-nitro phenol (4NP) and 4-methoxy phenol (4MP) CdSe QDs luminescence gets quenched. Stern-Volmer analysis suggests both static and dynamic mechanisms are active for both the QD/phenol composites. Cyclic volatmetric analysis recommends that photo-excited CdSe QDs can donate electron to 4NP and hole to 4MP. To reconfirm both electron and hole transfer mechanism CdSe/CdS quasi type-II and CdSe/CdTe type-II core-shell NC were synthesized and the photoluminescence quenching were monitored in absence and in presence of both 4NP and 4MP where systematically hole and electron transfer were restricted. Our studies suggest that indeed electron and hole transfer take place from photo-excited CdSe to 4NP and 4MP respectively. To monitor the charge transfer dynamics in both the systems in early time scale, we have employed femtosecond transient absorption (TA) spectroscopic techniques. Both electron and hole transfer and charge recombination dynamics have been discussed and effect of electron donating and withdrawing group has been demonstrated.

  6. Combined effects of gas pressure and exciting frequency on electron energy distribution functions in hydrogen capacitively coupled plasmas

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    Abdel-Fattah, E.; Sugai, H.

    2013-02-15

    The combined effects of the variation of hydrogen pressure (40-400 mTorr) and exciting frequency (13.56-50 MHz) on the electron energy probability function (EEPF) and other plasma parameters in capacitively coupled hydrogen H{sub 2} discharge at fixed discharge voltage were investigated using rf-compensated Langmuir probe. At a fixed exciting frequency of 13.56 MHz, the EEPF evolved from Maxwellian-like distribution to a bi-Maxwellian distribution when the H{sub 2} pressure increased, possibly due to efficient vibrational excitation. The electron density largely increased to a peak value and then decreased with the increase of H{sub 2} pressure. Meanwhile, the electron temperature and plasma potential significantly decrease and reaching a minimum at 120 mTorr beyond, which saturated or slightly increases. On the other hand, the dissipated power and electron density markedly increased with increasing the exciting frequency at fixed H{sub 2} pressure and voltage. The electron temperatures negligibly dependent on the driving frequency. The EEPFs at low pressure 60 mTorr resemble Maxwellian-like distribution and evolve into a bi-Maxwellian type as frequency increased, due to a collisonless (stochastic) sheath-heating in the very high frequency regime, while the EEPF at hydrogen pressure {>=}120 mTorr retained a bi-Maxwellian-type distribution irrespective of the driving frequency. Such evolution of the EEPFs shape with the driving frequency and hydrogen pressure has been discussed on the basis of electron diffusion processes and low threshold-energy inelastic collision processes taking place in the discharge. The ratio of stochastic power to bulk power heating ratio is dependent on the hydrogen pressure while it is independent on the driving frequency.

  7. Excitation of atomic nitrogen by electron impact

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    Stone, E. J.; Zipf, E. C.

    1972-01-01

    Absolute cross sections were measured for the excitation of the N I(1134, 1164, 1168, 1200, 1243, and 1743 A) multiplets by electron impact on atomic nitrogen. The presence of vibrationally excited molecular nitrogen in the discharged gas was confirmed, and its effect on the measurements is discussed. The ratio of the oscillator strengths of the 1200 and 1134 A resonance transitions is presented, as well as the branching ratio for the N I(1311/1164 A) multiplets. Striking differences in the distribution of intensity between the spectra of atomic nitrogen and molecular nitrogen excited by energetic electrons suggest an optical method for measuring the density of atomic nitrogen in the upper atmosphere.

  8. High electronic excitations and ion beam mixing effects in high energy ion irradiated Fe/Si multilayers

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    Bauer, P.; Dufour, C.; Jaouen, C.; Marchal, G.; Pacaud, J.; Grilhe, J.; Jousset, J.C.

    1997-01-01

    M{umlt o}ssbauer spectroscopy ({sup 57}Fe) shows evidence for mixing effects induced by electronic energy deposition in nanoscale Fe/Si multilayers irradiated with swift heavy ions. A decrease in the mixing efficiency with electronic stopping power is reported; a threshold is found, under which iron environment modifications no longer occur. The kinetics of Fe{endash}Si phase formation after irradiation suggests the existence of three regimes: (i) for high excitation levels, a magnetic amorphous phase is formed directly in the wake of the incoming ion and an almost complete mixing is reached at low fluence (10{sup 13} U/cm{sup 2}); (ii) for low excitation levels, a paramagnetic Si-rich amorphous phase is favored at the interface while crystalline iron subsists at high fluences; (iii) for intermediate excitation levels, saturation effects are observed and the formation rate of both magnetic and paramagnetic phases points to direct mixing in the ion wake but with a reduced track length in comparison to U irradiation. The measured interfacial mixing cross section induced by electronic energy deposition suggests that a thermal diffusion process is mainly involved in addition to damage creation. {copyright} {ital 1997 American Institute of Physics.}

  9. Electronic and Nuclear Factors in Charge and Excitation Transfer

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    Piotr Piotrowiak

    2004-09-28

    We report the and/or state of several subprojects of our DOE sponsored research on Electronic and Nuclear Factors in Electron and Excitation Transfer: (1) Construction of an ultrafast Ti:sapphire amplifier. (2) Mediation of electronic interactions in host-guest molecules. (3) Theoretical models of electrolytes in weakly polar media. (4) Symmetry effects in intramolecular excitation transfer.

  10. Theoretical studies of electronically excited states

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    Besley, Nicholas A.

    2014-10-06

    Time-dependent density functional theory is the most widely used quantum chemical method for studying molecules in electronically excited states. However, excited states can also be computed within Kohn-Sham density functional theory by exploiting methods that converge the self-consistent field equations to give excited state solutions. The usefulness of single reference self-consistent field based approaches for studying excited states is demonstrated by considering the calculation of several types of spectroscopy including the infrared spectroscopy of molecules in an electronically excited state, the rovibrational spectrum of the NO-Ar complex, core electron binding energies and the emission spectroscopy of BODIPY in water.

  11. Excited electronic state mixing in 7-azaindole. Quantitative measurements using the Stark effect.

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    Young, Justin W; Pozun, Zachary D; Jordan, Kenneth D; Pratt, David W

    2013-12-12

    Stark effect measurements of the +280 cm(-1) vibronic band at ∼286 nm in the high resolution S1-S0 fluorescence excitation spectrum of 7-azaindole (7AI) in a molecular beam show that the permanent (electric) dipole moment (PDM) of the upper state vibrational level reached in this transition is 4.6 D, twice as large as the PDM of the zero-point level of the S1 state. This large difference is attributed to state mixing with a more polar state. EOM-CSSD calculations suggest that this more polar state is σπ* in nature and that it crosses the ππ* state in energy along the coordinate connecting the two potential energy minima. Such state mixing apparently provides more facile access to conical intersections with the ground state, and subsequent hydrogen atom detachment reactions, since independent studies by Sakota and Sekiya have shown that the N-H stretching frequency of 7AI is significantly reduced when it is excited to the +280 cm(-1) vibrational level of the S1 state.

  12. Dynamic-Stark-effect-induced coherent mixture of virtual paths in laser-dressed helium: energetic electron impact excitation

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    Agueny, Hicham; Makhoute, Abdelkader; Dubois, Alain

    2017-06-01

    We theoretically investigate quantum virtual path interference caused by the dynamic Stark effect in bound-bound electronic transitions. The effect is studied in an intermediate resonant region and in connection with the energetic electron impact excitation of a helium atom embedded in a weak low-frequency laser field. The process under investigation is dealt with via a Born-Floquet approach. Numerical calculations show a resonant feature in laser-assisted cross sections. The latter is found to be sensitive to the intensity of the laser field dressing. We show that this feature is a signature of quantum beats which result from the coherent mixture of different quantum virtual pathways, and that excitation may follow in order to end up with a common final channel. This mixture arises from the dynamic Stark effect, which produces a set of avoided crossings in laser-dressed states. The effect allows one to coherently control quantum virtual path interference by varying the intensity of the laser field dressing. Our findings suggest that the combination of an energetic electron and a weak laser field is a useful tool for the coherent control of nonadiabatic transitions in an intermediate resonant region.

  13. Dipole moment of aniline in the excited S 1 state from thermochromic effect on electronic spectra

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    Kawski, A.; Kukliński, B.; Bojarski, P.

    2005-11-01

    Using the thermochromic shift method of absorption and fluorescence spectra of aniline in ethyl acetate for temperature ranging from 213 to 393 K, the change of the dipole moment Δ μ = μe - μg = 0.84 D between the ground and first excited singlet state was determined based on the Bilot and Kawski theory. This is in agreement with the result obtained by Lombardi from optical Stark effect in the rotational fine structure. For the known dipole moment in the ground state μg = 1.53 D and for α/ a3 = 0.483 ( α is the polarizability and a is the Onsager interaction radius of the solute) the average value of μe = 2.37 D and a = 2.7 Å were determined. The values obtained for aniline are compared with the experimental values determined by other authors.

  14. Exchange effects on the electronic excitations in the optical spectrum of LuMnO_3

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    Drew, H. D.; Simpson, J. R.; Sushkov, A. B.; Romero, D. B.; Quijada, M.; Ahn, J. S.; Ishibashi, H.; Hur, N.; Cheong, S. W.; Millis, A. J.

    2003-03-01

    Hexagonal LuMnO3 is a multiferroic material with ferroelectric phase transition at 900 K and it becomes an antiferromagnet with a high degree of frustration at 90 K. We have measured the optical conductivity of single crystal LuMnO3 from 1 meV to 5.5 eV in E||c and E⊥ c polarizations at temperatures between 4 and 300 K. A symmetry allowed (E⊥ c) on-site d-d transition near 1.7 eV is observed to blue shift ( ˜0.15 eV) with an inflection point at TN in the antiferromagnetic state due to Mn-Mn exchange energy effects. Photoluminescence measurements reveal a Jahn-Teller splitting in the optical excited state. This work has been supported by the NSF-MRSEC at the University of Maryland, DMR 0080008.

  15. Theoretical study of Raman chirped adiabatic passage by X-ray absorption spectroscopy: Highly excited electronic states and rotational effects

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    Engin, Selma; Sisourat, Nicolas Selles, Patricia; Taïeb, Richard; Carniato, Stéphane

    2014-06-21

    Raman Chirped Adiabatic Passage (RCAP) is an efficient method to climb the vibrational ladder of molecules. It was shown on the example of fixed-in-space HCl molecule that selective vibrational excitation can thus be achieved by RCAP and that population transfer can be followed by X-ray Photoelectron spectroscopy [S. Engin, N. Sisourat, P. Selles, R. Taïeb, and S. Carniato, Chem. Phys. Lett. 535, 192–195 (2012)]. Here, in a more detailed analysis of the process, we investigate the effects of highly excited electronic states and of molecular rotation on the efficiency of RCAP. Furthermore, we propose an alternative spectroscopic way to monitor the transfer by means of X-ray absorption spectra.

  16. Localization of electrons and excitations

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    Larsson, Sven

    2006-07-01

    Electrons, electron holes, or excitations in finite or infinite 'multimer systems' may be localized or delocalized. In the theory of Hush, localization depends on the ratio Δ/ λ ( Δ/2 = coupling; λ = reorganization energy). The latter theory has been extended to the infinite system [S. Larsson, A. Klimkāns, Mol. Cryst. Liq. Cryst. 355 (2000) 217]. The metal/insulator transition often takes place abruptly as a function of Δ/ λ. It is argued that localization in a system with un-filled bands cannot be determined on the basis of Mott-Hubbard U alone, but depends on the number of accessible valence states, reorganization energy λ and coupling Δ (=2t). In fact U = 0 does not necessarily imply delocalization. The analysis here shows that there are many different situations for an insulator to metal transition. Charge transfer in doped NiO is characterized by Ni 2+ - Ni 3+ exchange while charge transfer in pure NiO is characterized by a disproportionation 2Ni 2+ → Ni + + Ni 3+. In spite of the great differences between these two cases, U has been applied without discrimination to both. The relevant localization parameters appear to be Δ and λ in the first case, with only two oxidation states, and U, Δ and λ in the second case with three oxidation states. The analysis is extended to insulator-metal transitions, giant magnetic resistance (GMR) and high Tc superconductivity (SC). λ and Δ can be determined quite accurately in quantum mechanical calculations involving only one and two monomers, respectively.

  17. Electronic spectra and excited state dynamics of pentafluorophenol: Effects of low-lying πσ∗ states

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    Karmakar, Shreetama; Mukhopadhyay, Deb Pratim; Chakraborty, Tapas

    2015-05-01

    Multiple fluorine atom substitution effect on photophysics of an aromatic chromophore has been investigated using phenol as the reference system. It has been noticed that the discrete vibronic structure of the S1←S0 absorption system of phenol vapor is completely washed out for pentafluorophenol (PFP), and the latter also shows very large Stokes shift in the fluorescence spectrum. For excitations beyond S1 origin, the emission yield of PFP is reduced sharply with increase in excess vibronic energy. However, in a collisional environment like liquid hydrocarbon, the underlying dynamical process that drives the non-radiative decay is hindered drastically. Electronic structure theory predicts a number of low-lying dark electronic states of πσ∗ character in the vicinity of the lowest valence ππ∗ state of this molecule. Tentatively, we have attributed the excitation energy dependent non-radiative decay of the molecule observed only in the gas phase to an interplay between the lowest ππ∗ and a nearby dissociative πσ∗ state. Measurements in different liquids reveal that some of the dark excited states light up with appreciable intensity only in protic liquids like methanol and water due to hydrogen bonding between solute and solvents. Electronic structure theory methods indeed predict that for PFP-(H2O)n clusters (n = 1-11), intensities of a number of πσ∗ states are enhanced with increase in cluster size. In contrast with emitting behavior of the molecule in the gas phase and solutions of nonpolar and polar aprotic liquids, the fluorescence is completely switched off in polar protic liquids. This behavior is a chemically significant manifestation of perfluoro effect, because a very opposite effect occurs in the case of unsubstituted phenol for which fluorescence yield undergoes a very large enhancement in protic liquids. Several dynamical mechanisms have been suggested to interpret the observed photophysical behavior.

  18. Investigation of effect of excitation frequency on electron energy distribution functions in low pressure radio frequency bounded plasmas

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    Bhattacharjee, Sudeep; Lafleur, Trevor; Charles, Christine; Boswell, Rod

    2011-07-15

    Particle in cell (PIC) simulations are employed to investigate the effect of excitation frequency {omega} on electron energy distribution functions (EEDFs) in a low pressure radio frequency (rf) discharge. The discharge is maintained over a length of 0.10 m, bounded by two infinite parallel plates, with the coherent heating field localized at the center of the discharge over a distance of 0.05 m and applied perpendicularly along the y and z directions. On varying the excitation frequency f (={omega}/2{pi}) in the range 0.01-50 MHz, it is observed that for f {<=} 5 MHz the EEDF shows a trend toward a convex (Druyvesteyn-like) distribution. For f > 5 MHz, the distribution resembles more like a Maxwellian with the familiar break energy visible in most of the distributions. A prominent ''hot tail'' is observed at f{>=} 20 MHz and the temperature of the tail is seen to decrease with further increase in frequency (e.g., at 30 MHz and 50 MHz). The mechanism for the generation of the ''hot tail'' is considered to be due to preferential transit time heating of energetic electrons as a function of {omega}, in the antenna heating field. There exists an optimum frequency for which high energy electrons are maximally heated. The occurrence of the Druyvesteyn-like distributions at lower {omega} may be explained by a balance between the heating of the electrons in the effective electric field and elastic cooling due to electron neutral collision frequency {nu}{sub en}; the transition being dictated by {omega} {approx} 2{pi}{nu}{sub en}.

  19. Effect of the Bethe surface description on the electronic excitations induced by energetic proton beams in liquid water and DNA

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    Abril, Isabel; Denton, Cristian D.; de Vera, Pablo; Kyriakou, Ioanna; Emfietzoglou, Dimitris; Garcia-Molina, Rafael

    2010-06-01

    The irradiation of biological systems by energetic ion beams has multiple applications in medical physics and space radiation health, such as hadrontherapy for cancer treatment or protection of astronauts against space radiation. Therefore, for a better control and understanding of the effects of radiation damage in living tissues, it is necessary to advance an accurate description of the energy loss from the ion beam to the target. In the present work we use the dielectric formalism to calculate the probability for an energetic proton to produce electronic excitations in two targets of high biological interest, namely, liquid water and DNA. Also, the mean energy of the electronic excitations in these targets is found as a function of the incident proton energy. The electronic response of the target, characterized by its energy-loss function (ELF), is described by several models that fit the available experimental optical data (at zero momentum transfer), but use different approaches to obtain the Bethe surface, that is, to extend the ELF to any energy and momentum transferred.

  20. Electronic Excitations in Pyrrole: A Test Case for Determination of Chromophores in the Chromogenic Effects of Neurotoxic Hydrocarbons by Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory and Single-Excitation Configuration Interaction Methods

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    Zhan, Chang-Guo; Dixon, David A.

    2002-11-01

    Time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) and single-excitation configuration interaction (CIS) calculations on the electronic excitations in pyrrole have been performed to examine the reliability of these first-principles electronic structure methods in predicting electronic excitation spectraof pyrrole-containing compounds. Both the TD-DFT and CIS calculations led to satisfactory results when compared to available experimental data, particularly for low-lying excited states. The TD-DFT and CIS calculations provide lower and upper limits of the excitation energies, respectively, for low-lying singlet excited states. These results suggest that these methods can be used for the prediction of the excitation spectra, particularly the excitation energies for low-lying excited states, of chromophores responsible for the chromogenic effects of neurotoxic hydrocarbons, which are believed to be substituted pyrroles and their adducts with proteins. As an example of a practical application, the spectrum of the widely used 2,5-dimethylpyrrole has been calculated. It is shown that the 2,5-dimethylpyrrole molecule does not have an absorption in the region of the visible spectrum (400-700 nm), suggesting that the absorption observed at 530 nm and the color of 2,5-dimethylpyrrole is due to another species, probably a product of possible 2,5-dimethylpyrrole autoxidation. This suggests that the conclusions from previously reported experimental studies of biochemical reactions of neurotoxic γ-diketones need to be reexamined in terms of the relationship of chromogenicity to neurotoxicity.

  1. On the Electronically Excited States of Uracil

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    Epifanovsky, Evgeny; Kowalski, Karol; Fan, Peng-Dong; Valiev, Marat; Matsika, Spiridoula; Krylov, Anna

    2008-10-09

    Vertical excitation energies in uracil in the gas phase and in water solution are investigated by the equation-of-motion coupled-cluster and multi-reference configuration interaction methods. Basis set effects are found to be important for converged results. The analysis of electronic wave functions reveals that the lowest singlet states are predominantly of a singly excited character and are therefore well described by single-reference equation-of-motion methods augmented by a perturbative triples correction to account for dynamical correlation. Our best estimates for the vertical excitation energies for the lowest singlet n and are 5.0±0.1 eV and 5.3±0.1 eV, respectively. The solvent effects for these states are estimated to be +0.5 eV and ±0.1 eV, respectively. We attribute the difference between the computed vertical excitations and the maximum of the experimental absorption to strong vibronic interaction between the lowest A00 and A0 states leading to intensity borrowing by the forbidden transition.

  2. Effect of electronic excitation on high-temperature flows of ionized nitrogen and oxygen mixtures behind strong shock waves

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    Istomin, V. A.; Kustova, E. V.

    2016-11-01

    Strongly non-equilibrium flows of reacting five-component ionized mixtures of nitrogen (N2/N2+/N /N+/e-) and oxygen (O2/O2+/O /O+/e-) behind the plane shock wave are studied taking into account electronic degrees of freedom of both neutral and ionized species. The kinetic scheme includes non-equilibrium reactions of ionization, dissociation, recombination and charge-transfer. Two test cases corresponding to the spacecraft re-entry (Hermes and Fire II experiments) are considered; fluid-dynamic variables, transport coefficients and heat flux are calculated, and different contribution to the heat flux are analyzed. The effect of electronic excitation on the heat transfer is governed by the competition of diffusion and heat conduction; it becomes weak if diffusive processes prevail. An important role of thermal diffusion in ionized flows is emphasized. The influence of dissociation rates on the heat flux is assessed.

  3. Electron-impact excitation of Sc II: collision strengths and effective collision strengths for fine-structure transitions

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    Grieve, M. F. R.; Ramsbottom, C. A.

    2012-08-01

    Accurate fine-structure atomic data for the Fe-peak elements are essential for interpreting astronomical spectra. There is a severe paucity of data available for Sc II, highlighted by the fact that no collision strengths are readily available for this ion. We present electron-impact excitation collision strengths and Maxwellian averaged effective collision strengths for Sc II. The collision strengths were calculated for all 3916 transitions amongst 89 jj levels (arising from the 3d4s, 3d2, 4s2, 3d4p, 4s4p, 3d5s, 3d4d, 3d5p, 4p2 and 3d4f configurations), resulting in a 944 coupled channel problem. The R-matrix package RMATRXII was utilized, along with the transformation code FINE and the external region code PSTGF, to calculate the collision strengths for a range of incident electron energies in the 0 to 8.3 Rydberg region. Maxwellian averaged effective collision strengths were then produced for 27 temperatures lying within the astrophysically significant range of 30 to 105 K. The collision strengths and effective collision strengths were produced for two different target models. The purpose was to systematically examine the effect of including open 3p correlation terms into the configuration interaction expansion for the wavefunction. The first model consisted of all 36 CI terms that could be generated with the 3p core closed. The second model incorporated an additional six configurations which allowed for single-electron excitations from within the 3p core. Comparisons are made between the two models and the results of Bautista et al., obtained by private communication. It is concluded that the first model produced the most reliable set of collision and effective collision strengths for use in astrophysical and plasma applications.

  4. Electronic excitations in fast ion-solid collisions

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    Burgdoerfer, J. . Dept. of Physics and Astronomy Oak Ridge National Lab., TN )

    1990-01-01

    We review recent developments in the study of electronic excitation of projectiles in fast ion-solid collisions. Our focus will be primarily on theory but experimental advances will also be discussed. Topics include the evidence for velocity-dependent thresholds for the existence of bound states, wake-field effects on excited states, the electronic excitation of channeled projectiles, transport phenomena, and the interaction of highly charged ions with surfaces. 44 refs., 14 figs.

  5. Ionization of excited xenon atoms by electrons

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    Erwin, Daniel A.; Kunc, Joseph A.

    2004-08-01

    Measured cross sections for electron-impact ionization of excited Xe atoms are not presently available. Therefore, we combine in this work the formalisms of the binary encounter approximation and Sommerfeld’s quantization of atomic orbits and derive from first-principles cross sections for ionization of excited atoms by electrons of low and moderate energies (up to a few hundred eV ). The approach of this work can be used to calculate the cross sections for electron-impact ionization of excited atoms and atomic ions other than xenon.

  6. Electron Excitation of Tin and Tin ion

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    Sharma, Lalita; Srivastava, Rajesh

    2014-05-01

    There is a great requirement of accurate atomic data of tin and its ions to understand the properties of laser produced tin plasma, one of the sources of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation. The constant efforts are being made under various international programs viz., International SEMATECH's EUV Source Program, Intel Lithography Roadmap etc., to improve the efficiency of the EUV sources which can meet the requirements of high volume manufacturing of commercial chips. For optimizing the efficiency of EUV device the plasma modeling should be accurate which in turn, would rely on the accuracy of atomic data used. In this connection we have undertaken the study of electron impact excitation of Sn and Sn+. Since the atomic number of Sn is 50, it is sufficiently heavy atom to manifest relativistic spin - orbit and exchange effects. Therefore, we have used a fully relativistic distorted wave (RDW) theory to calculate results for cross sections corresponding to various transitions as well as polarization of photons due to decay of excited states of Sn and Sn+ In our RDW theory wavefunctions for both, the target electrons and projectile electrons are obtained by solving Dirac equations. Thus the relativistic effects are incorporated in consistent manner to ensure the reliability of the cross section and polarization results which will be presented in detail at the conference. Department of Atomic Energy, Govt. of India (DAE-BRNS).

  7. Collective Excitations in Electron-Hole Bilayers

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    Kalman, G. J.; Hartmann, P.; Donko, Z.; Golden, K. I.

    2007-06-08

    We report a combined analytic and molecular dynamics analysis of the collective mode spectrum of a bipolar (electron-hole) bilayer in the strong coupling classical limit. A robust, isotropic energy gap is identified in the out-of-phase spectra, generated by the combined effect of correlations and of the excitation of the bound dipoles. In the in-phase spectra we identify longitudinal and transverse acoustic modes wholly maintained by correlations. Strong nonlinear generation of higher harmonics of the fundamental dipole oscillation frequency and the transfer of harmonics between different modes is observed.

  8. Electron-impact excitation of Ne4+

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    Griffin, D. C.; Badnell, N. R.

    2000-10-01

    We present the results of extensive close-coupling calculations of electron-impact excitation of the C-like ion, Ne4+. We first compare effective collision strengths determined from a 20-level Breit-Pauli R-matrix calculation with those obtained from a 20-level intermediate-coupling frame transformation (ICFT) R-matrix calculation. The ICFT method was also employed to perform two much larger calculations; we compare the effective collision strengths determined from these calculations with each other and with those obtained from the 20-level calculations in order to assess the effects of increasing both the size of the configuration-interaction expansion of the target and the size of the close-coupling expansion. Our final calculation, with 130 terms and 261 levels in the configuration-interaction expansion of the target and 66 terms and 138 levels in the close-coupling expansion, provides improved data for excitation between the levels of the 2s22p2, 2s2p3 and 2p4 configurations and the first close-coupling results for excitation to the levels of the 2s22p3ℓ configurations in Ne4+.

  9. Electronic spectra and excited state dynamics of pentafluorophenol: Effects of low-lying πσ{sup ∗} states

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    Karmakar, Shreetama; Mukhopadhyay, Deb Pratim; Chakraborty, Tapas

    2015-05-14

    Multiple fluorine atom substitution effect on photophysics of an aromatic chromophore has been investigated using phenol as the reference system. It has been noticed that the discrete vibronic structure of the S{sub 1}←S{sub 0} absorption system of phenol vapor is completely washed out for pentafluorophenol (PFP), and the latter also shows very large Stokes shift in the fluorescence spectrum. For excitations beyond S{sub 1} origin, the emission yield of PFP is reduced sharply with increase in excess vibronic energy. However, in a collisional environment like liquid hydrocarbon, the underlying dynamical process that drives the non-radiative decay is hindered drastically. Electronic structure theory predicts a number of low-lying dark electronic states of πσ{sup ∗} character in the vicinity of the lowest valence ππ{sup ∗} state of this molecule. Tentatively, we have attributed the excitation energy dependent non-radiative decay of the molecule observed only in the gas phase to an interplay between the lowest ππ{sup ∗} and a nearby dissociative πσ{sup ∗} state. Measurements in different liquids reveal that some of the dark excited states light up with appreciable intensity only in protic liquids like methanol and water due to hydrogen bonding between solute and solvents. Electronic structure theory methods indeed predict that for PFP-(H{sub 2}O){sub n} clusters (n = 1-11), intensities of a number of πσ{sup ∗} states are enhanced with increase in cluster size. In contrast with emitting behavior of the molecule in the gas phase and solutions of nonpolar and polar aprotic liquids, the fluorescence is completely switched off in polar protic liquids. This behavior is a chemically significant manifestation of perfluoro effect, because a very opposite effect occurs in the case of unsubstituted phenol for which fluorescence yield undergoes a very large enhancement in protic liquids. Several dynamical mechanisms have been suggested to interpret the

  10. Effective collision strengths for electron impact excitations in S II. [plasma torus of Io

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    Tayal, S. S.; Henry, Ronald J. W.; Nakazaki, S.

    1987-01-01

    Electron impact collision strengths for forbidden, semiforbidden, and allowed transitions in S II calculated using the R-matrix method are presented. Configuration interaction wave functions are used to represent the six target states included in the calculation. At low impact energies the collision strengths are dominated by resonances for several transitions. The contribution from higher partial waves is obtained in the close-coupling approximation with exchange terms omitted. Results are presented for the effective collision strengths over a wide temperature range (5000-150,000 K) of astrophysical interest. The present results for the 4S(0) yields 2P(0) transition are 20-30 percent lower than previous calculations, while for the 4S(0) yields 2D(0) transition they are in good agreement. The results are approximately 30 percent higher than those of Ho and Henry (1983) for the 4S(0) yields 2P(0) transition at 80,000 K, and the difference between the two results increases with decreasing temperatures (under 80,000 K).

  11. Electron impact vibrational excitation of methyl chloride

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    Sakaamini, Ahmad; Hargreaves, Leigh; Khakoo, Murtadha

    2016-05-01

    Low energy differential cross sections and excitation functions for vibrational excitation of CH3 Cl are presented for five vibrational features in the electron energy loss spectrum of this molecule. Electron energies range from 1 eV to 15 eV and scattering angles from 10o to 125o. Results will be compared to existing data for CH3 Cl in the literature. Funded by a NSF-AMOP-RUI Grant.

  12. Effect of pressure on electronic excitations in TCNQ and its complexes

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    Tkacz, M.; Jurgensen, C.W.; Drickamer, H.G.

    1986-01-15

    The electronic spectra of TCNQ and TCNQ complexes has been investigated at high pressure up to 150 kbar. The observed pressure shifts are discussed in terms of intermolecular interactions. The results are also compared with available theoretical calculations.

  13. Simple model of bulk and surface excitation effects to inelastic scattering in low-energy electron beam irradiation of multi-walled carbon nanotubes

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    Kyriakou, Ioanna; Emfietzoglou, Dimitris; Garcia-Molina, Rafael; Abril, Isabel; Kostarelos, Kostas

    2011-09-01

    The effect of bulk and surface excitations to inelastic scattering in low-energy electron beam irradiation of multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) is studied using the dielectric formalism. Calculations are based on a semiempirical dielectric response function for MWCNTs determined by means of a many-pole plasmon model with parameters adjusted to available experimental spectroscopic data under theoretical sum-rule constrains. Finite-size effects are considered in the context of electron gas theory via a boundary correction term in the plasmon dispersion relations, thus, allowing a more realistic extrapolation of the electronic excitation spectrum over the whole energy-momentum plane. Energy-loss differential and total inelastic scattering cross sections as a function of electron energy and distance from the surface, valid over the energy range {approx}50-30,000 eV, are calculated with the individual contribution of bulk and surface excitations separated and analyzed for the case of normally incident and escaping electrons. The sensitivity of the results to the various approximations for the spatial dispersion of the electronic excitations is quantified. Surface excitations are shown to have a strong influence upon the shape and intensity of the energy-loss differential cross section in the near surface region whereas the general notion of a spatially invariant inelastic mean free path inside the material is found to be of good approximation.

  14. Rotational and translational effects in collisions of electronically excited diatomic hydrides

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    Crosley, David R.

    1988-01-01

    Collisional quenching and vibrational energy proceed competitively with rotational energy transfer for several excited states of the diatomic radicals OH, NH, and CH. This occurs for a wide variety of molecular collision partners. This phenomenon permits the examination of the influence of rotational motion on the collision dynamics of these theoretically tractable species. Measurements can also be made as a function of temperature, i.e., collision velocity. In OH (sup 2 sigma +), both vibrational transfer and quenching are found to decrease with an increase in rotational level, while quenching decreases with increasing temperature. This behavior indicates that for OH, anisotropic attractive forces govern the entrance channel dynamics for these collisions. The quenching of NH (sup 3 pi sub i) by many (although not all) collision partners also decreases with increasing rotational and translational energy, and NH (sup 1 pi) behaves much like OH (sup 2 sigma +). However, the quenching of CH (sup 2 delta) appears to decrease with increasing rotation but increases with increasing temperature, suggesting in this case anisotropic forces involving a barrier or repulsive wall. Such similarities and differences should furnish useful comparisons with both simple and detailed theoretical pictures of the appropriate collision dynamics.

  15. Effect of multipole excitations in electron energy-loss spectroscopy of surface plasmon modes in silver nanowires

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    Zhou, Xiuli; Norris, Theodore B.; Hörl, Anton; Trügler, Andreas; Hohenester, Ulrich; Herzing, Andrew A.

    2014-12-14

    We have characterized the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) in silver nanowires using spatially resolved electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) in the scanning transmission electron microscope. Non-symmetric EELS spectra due to high-k SPR propagation along the nanowire and spectral shifts due to higher-order mode excitation are observed when the beam is positioned near the tip of the nanowire. When the beam is far from the tip region and on the side of nanowire, no spectral shifts are observed as the beam is scanned in the radial direction of the nanowire. The experimental spectra are compared with three different theoretical approaches: direct numerical calculation of the energy loss, analytical models for energy loss, and numerical simulations using an optical model. All three models reproduce the spectral shifts as the electron beam approaches the cap of the nanowire. The analytical model reveals the origin of the shifts in high-order plasmon mode excitation.

  16. Fission-fragment excitation of metal electrons

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    Martynenko, Yu.V.; Yavlinskii, Yu.N.

    1987-08-01

    The authors mathematically formulate the formation and relaxation of excited-electron regions along the paths of fission fragments under conditions of first wall sputtering and ionization and fission fragment transport into the wall. Their model incorporates all collisional and absorptional aspects of energy transfer between fragments and electrons and includes thermal diffusion and heat transfer between electrons and the metal lattice. Interactions with quasi particles in the solid-state regime are also given consideration.

  17. Electron Impact Excitation of Ti XVIII

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    Zhong, Jia Yong; Zeng, Jiao Long; Zhao, Gang; Bari, Muhanmmud Abbas; Zhang, Jie

    2005-10-01

    Two different methods were used to calculate the collision strengths of boron-like titanium. One was a close-coupling way using the Dirac Atomic R-matrix Code (DARC) of P. H. Norrington and I. P. Grant (private communication), and the other was based on a relativistic distorted-wave (RDW) approximation with a Flexible Atomic Code (FAC) by Gu (2003). For DARC, the lowest 125 fine-structure levels belonging to the (1s2) 2s22p, 2s2p2, 2p3, 2s23l, 2s2p3l, and 2p23l (l=s, p, and d) configurations were included in the calculations. The target model space encompassed the lowest 15 levels, and all 105Δn=0 transitions together with 40 partial waves were included in calculations of the collision strengths. For FAC, the configuration interactions included in the calculations of atomic structure and excitation were among the same configurations of DARC. The collision strengths for all 125 levels were calculated at 10 scattered electron energies (10-10000eV). The effective collision strengths, obtained after integrating the collision strengths of two codes over a Maxwellian distribution of electron energies, were also calculated for the electron temperatures in the range (50-500eV). For application to spectral modeling or diagnostics, we report a complete set of data for the energy levels, radiative rates, and effective collision strengths (only FAC) for all transitions.

  18. Electron-impact Excitation of Ni II: Effective Collision Strengths for Optically Allowed Fine-structure Transitions

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    Cassidy, C. M.; Ramsbottom, C. A.; Scott, M. P.

    2011-09-01

    In this paper, we present collision strengths and Maxwellian averaged effective collision strengths for the electron-impact excitation of Ni II. Attention is expressly concentrated on the optically allowed fine-structure transitions between the 3d 9, 3d 84s, and 3d 74s 2 even parity levels and the 3d 84p and 3d 74s 4p odd parity levels. The parallel RMATRXII R-matrix package has been recently extended to allow for the inclusion of relativistic fine-structure effects. This suite of codes has been utilized in conjunction with the parallel PSTGF and PSTGICF programs in order to compute converged total collision strengths for the allowed transitions with which this study is concerned. All 113 LS terms identified with the 3d 9, 3d 84s, 3d 74s 2, 3d 84p, and 3d 74s 4p basis configurations were included in the target wavefunction representation, giving rise to a sophisticated 295 jj-level, 1930 coupled channel scattering complex. Maxwellian averaged effective collision strengths have been computed at 30 individual electron temperatures ranging from 30 to 1,000,000 K. This range comfortably encompasses all temperatures significant to astrophysical and plasma applications. The convergence of the collision strengths is exhaustively investigated and comparisons are made with previous theoretical works, where significant discrepancies exist for the majority of transitions. We conclude that intrinsic in achieving converged collision strengths and thus effective collision strengths for the allowed transitions is the combined inclusion of contributions from the (N + 1) partial waves extending to a total angular momentum value of L = 50 and further contributions from even higher partial waves accomplished by employing a "top-up" procedure.

  19. Collisional excitation of electron Landau levels in strong magnetic fields

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    Langer, S. H.

    1981-01-01

    The cross sections for the excitation and deexcitation of the quantized transverse energy levels of an electron in a magnetic field are calculated for electron-proton and electron-electron collisions in light of the importance of the cross sections for studies of X-ray pulsar emission. First-order matrix elements are calculated using the Dirac theory of the electron, thus taking into account relativistic effects, which are believed to be important in accreting neutron stars. Results for the collisional excitation of ground state electrons by protons are presented which demonstrate the importance of proton recoil and relativistic effects, and it is shown that electron-electron excitations may contribute 10 to 20% of the excitation rate from electron-proton scattering in a Maxwellian plasma. Finally, calculations of the cross section for electron-proton small-angle scattering are presented which lead to relaxation rates for the electron velocity distribution which are modified by the magnetic field, and to a possible increase in the value of the Coulomb logarithm.

  20. Electron-impact vibrational excitation of cyclopropane

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    Čurík, R. Čársky, P.; Allan, M.

    2015-04-14

    We report a very detailed test of the ab initio discrete momentum representation (DMR) method of calculating vibrational excitation of polyatomic molecules by electron impact, by comparison of its results with an extensive set of experimental data, covering the entire range of scattering angles from 10{sup ∘} to 180{sup ∘} and electron energies from 0.4 to 20 eV. The DMR calculations were carried out by solving the two-channel Lippmann-Schwinger equation in the momentum space, and the interaction between the scattered electron and the target molecule was described by exact static-exchange potential corrected by a density functional theory (DFT) correlation-polarization interaction that models target’s response to the field of incoming electron. The theory is found to quantitatively reproduce the measured spectra for all normal modes, even at the difficult conditions of extreme angles and at low energies, and thus provides full understanding of the excitation mechanism. It is shown that the overlap of individual vibrational bands caused by limited experimental resolution and rotational excitation must be properly taken into account for correct comparison of experiment and theory. By doing so, an apparent discrepancy between published experimental data could be reconciled. A substantial cross section is found for excitation of the non-symmetric HCH twisting mode ν{sub 4} of A{sub 1}{sup ″} symmetry by the 5.5 eV A{sub 2}{sup ′} resonance, surprisingly because the currently accepted selection rules predict this process to be forbidden. The DMR theory shows that the excitation is caused by an incoming electron in an f-wave of A{sub 2}{sup ′} symmetry which causes excitation of the non-symmetric HCH twisting mode ν{sub 4} of the A{sub 1}{sup ″} symmetry and departs in p- and f-waves of A{sub 2}{sup ″} symmetry.

  1. Electronic Excitations in Pyrrole: A Test Case for Determination of Chromophores in the Chromogenic Effects of Neurotoxic Hydrocarbons by Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory and Single-Excitation Configuration Interaction Methods

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    Zhan, Chang-Guo N.; Dixon, David A. )

    2002-11-01

    Time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) and single excitation configuration interaction (CIS) calculations on the electronic excitations in pyrrole have been performed to examine the reliability of these first-principles electronic structure methods in predicting electronic excitation spectra of pyrrole-containing compounds. Both the TD-DFT and CIS calculations led to satisfactory results when compared to available experimental data. The TD-DFT and CIS calculations provide lower and upper limits of the excitations energies, respectively. These results suggest that these methods can be used for the prediction of the excitation spectra of chromophores responsible for the chromogenic effects of neurotoxic hydrocarbons which are believed to be substituted pyrroles and their adducts with proteins. As an example of practical application, the spectrum of the widely used 2,5-dimethylpyrrole has been calculated. It is shown that the 2,5-dimethylpyrrole molecule does not have an absorption in the region of the visible spectrum (400-700 nm), suggesting that the absorption observed at 530 nm and the color of 2,5-dimethylpyrrole is due to another species, probably a product of possible 2,5-dimethylpyrrole autoxidation. This suggests that the conclusions from previously reported experimental studies of biochemical reactions of neurotoxic y-diketones need to be re-examined in terms of the relationship of chromogenicity to neurotoxicity.

  2. Electronic excitations in long polyenes revisited.

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    Schmidt, Maximilian; Tavan, Paul

    2012-03-28

    We apply the valence shell model OM2 [W. Weber and W. Thiel, Theor. Chem. Acc. 103, 495, (2000)] combined with multireference configuration interaction (MRCI) to compute the vertical excitation energies and transition dipole moments of the low-energy singlet excitations in the polyenes with 4 ≤ N ≤ 22π-electrons. We find that the OM2/MRCI descriptions closely resemble those of Pariser-Parr-Pople (PPP) π-electron models [P. Tavan and K. Schulten, Phys. Rev. B 36, 4337, (1987)], if equivalent MRCI procedures and regularly alternating model geometries are used. OM2/MRCI optimized geometries are shown to entail improved descriptions particularly for smaller polyenes (N ≤ 12), for which sizeable deviations from the regular model geometries are found. With configuration interaction active spaces covering also the σ- in addition to the π-electrons, OM2/MRCI excitation energies turn out to become smaller by at most 0.35 eV for the ionic and 0.15 eV for the covalent excitations. The particle-hole (ph) symmetry, which in Pariser-Parr-Pople models arises from the zero-differential overlap approximation, is demonstrated to be only weakly broken in OM2 such that the oscillator strengths of the covalent 1B(u)(-) states, which artificially vanish in ph-symmetric models, are predicted to be very small. According to OM2/MRCI and experimental data the 1B(u)(-) state is the third excited singlet state for N < 12 and becomes the second for N ≥ 14. By comparisons with results of other theoretical approaches and experimental evidence we argue that deficiencies of the particular MRCI method employed by us, which show up in a poor size consistency of the covalent excitations for N > 12, are caused by its restriction to at most doubly excited references.

  3. Electronic excitations in long polyenes revisited

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    Schmidt, Maximilian; Tavan, Paul

    2012-03-01

    We apply the valence shell model OM2 [W. Weber and W. Thiel, Theor. Chem. Acc. 103, 495, (2000), 10.1007/s002149900083] combined with multireference configuration interaction (MRCI) to compute the vertical excitation energies and transition dipole moments of the low-energy singlet excitations in the polyenes with 4 ⩽ N ⩽ 22π-electrons. We find that the OM2/MRCI descriptions closely resemble those of Pariser-Parr-Pople (PPP) π-electron models [P. Tavan and K. Schulten, Phys. Rev. B 36, 4337, (1987)], if equivalent MRCI procedures and regularly alternating model geometries are used. OM2/MRCI optimized geometries are shown to entail improved descriptions particularly for smaller polyenes (N ⩽ 12), for which sizeable deviations from the regular model geometries are found. With configuration interaction active spaces covering also the σ- in addition to the π-electrons, OM2/MRCI excitation energies turn out to become smaller by at most 0.35 eV for the ionic and 0.15 eV for the covalent excitations. The particle-hole (ph) symmetry, which in Pariser-Parr-Pople models arises from the zero-differential overlap approximation, is demonstrated to be only weakly broken in OM2 such that the oscillator strengths of the covalent 1B_u^- states, which artificially vanish in ph-symmetric models, are predicted to be very small. According to OM2/MRCI and experimental data the 1B_u^- state is the third excited singlet state for N < 12 and becomes the second for N ⩾ 14. By comparisons with results of other theoretical approaches and experimental evidence we argue that deficiencies of the particular MRCI method employed by us, which show up in a poor size consistency of the covalent excitations for N > 12, are caused by its restriction to at most doubly excited references.

  4. Vibrational and electronic excitations in gold nanocrystals

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    Bayle, Maxime; Combe, Nicolas; Sangeetha, Neralagatta M.; Viau, Guillaume; Carles, Robert

    2014-07-01

    An experimental analysis of all elementary excitations - phonons and electron-holes - in gold nanocrystals has been performed using plasmon resonance Raman scattering. Assemblies of monodisperse, single-crystalline gold nanoparticles, specific substrates and specific experimental configurations have been used. Three types of excitations are successively analyzed: collective quasi-acoustical vibrations of the particles (Lamb's modes), electron-hole excitations (creating the so-called ``background'' in surface-enhanced Raman scattering) and ensembles of atomic vibrations (``bulk'' phonons). The experimental vibrational density of states extracted from the latter contribution is successfully compared with theoretical estimations performed using atomic simulations. The dominant role of surface atoms over the core ones on lattice dynamics is clearly demonstrated. Consequences on the thermodynamic properties of nanocrystals such as the decrease of the characteristic Debye temperature are also considered.

  5. Core excitation of Li by electron impact

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    Tiwary, S.N.

    1985-07-01

    Cross sections for the excitation of a core electron, which leads to autoionization, in lithium (Li) atomic system by electron impact have been calculated with use of the single-configuration Hartree-Fock wave function within the asymptotic Green's-function approximation (AGFA) in the low-bombarding-energy region. Comparison is made with available results. Our investigation demonstrates that the AGFA supports the R-matrix as well as the distorted-wave Born-approximation behavior.

  6. Electron Excitation of High Dipole Moment Molecules Re-examined

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    Goldsmith, Paul F.; Kauffmann, Jens

    2017-05-01

    Emission from high-dipole moment molecules such as HCN allows determination of the density in molecular clouds, and is often considered to trace the “dense” gas available for star formation. We assess the importance of electron excitation in various environments. The ratio of the rate coefficients for electrons and H2 molecules, ≃105 for HCN, yields the requirements for electron excitation to be of practical importance if n({{{H}}}2)≤slant {10}5.5 {{cm}}-3 and X({{{e}}}-)≥slant {10}-5, where the numerical factors reflect the critical values {n}{{c}}({{{H}}}2) and {X}* ({{{e}}}-). This indicates that in regions where a large fraction of carbon is ionized, X({{{e}}}-) will be large enough to make electron excitation significant. The situation is in general similar for other “high-density tracers,” including HCO+, CN, and CS. But there are significant differences in the critical electron fractional abundance, {X}* ({{{e}}}-), defined by the value required for equal effect from collisions with H2 and e-. Electron excitation is, for example, unimportant for CO and C+. Electron excitation may be responsible for the surprisingly large spatial extent of emission from dense gas tracers in some molecular clouds. The enhanced estimates for HCN abundances and HCN/CO and HCN/HCO+ ratios observed in the nuclear regions of luminous galaxies may be in part a result of electron excitation of high dipole moment tracers. The importance of electron excitation will depend on detailed models of the chemistry, which may well be non-steady state and non-static.

  7. Effect of moiré superlattice reconstruction in the electronic excitation spectrum of graphene-metal heterostructures

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    Politano, Antonio; Slotman, Guus J.; Roldán, Rafael; Chiarello, Gennaro; Campi, Davide; Katsnelson, Mikhail I.; Yuan, Shengjun

    2017-06-01

    We have studied the electronic excitation spectrum in periodically rippled graphene on Ru(0 0 0 1) and flat, commensurate graphene on Ni(1 1 1) by means of high-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy and a combination of density functional theory and tight-binding approaches. We show that the periodic moiré superlattice originated by the lattice mismatch in graphene/Ru(0 0 0 1) induces the emergence of an extra mode, which is not present in graphene/Ni(1 1 1). Contrary to the ordinary intra-band plasmon of doped graphene, the extra mode is robust in charge-neutral graphene/metal contacts, having its origin in electron-hole inter-band transitions between van Hove singularities that emerge in the reconstructed band structure, due to the moiré pattern superlattice.

  8. Re-evaluation of the side effects of cytochrome b6f inhibitor dibromothymoquinone on photosystem II excitation and electron transfer.

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    Belatik, Ahmed; Joly, David; Hotchandani, Surat; Carpentier, Robert

    2013-11-01

    Dibromothymoquinone (DBMIB) has been used as a specific inhibitor of plastoquinol oxidation at the Q0 binding site of the cytochrome b6f complex for 40 years. It is thought to suppress electron transfer between photosystem (PS) II and I, as well as cyclic electron transfer around PSI. However, DBMIB has also been reported to act as a quencher of chlorophyll excited states. In this study, we have re-evaluated the effects of DBMIB on chlorophyll excited states and PSII photochemistry. The results show that DBMIB significantly quenches the chlorophyll excited states of PSII antenna even at low concentration (from 0.1 μM), lowering the effective excitation rate of the actinic light. It also acts as a potent PSII electron acceptor retarding the reduction of the plastoquinone pool with almost maximal potency at 2 μM. Altogether, these results suggest that experiments using DBMIB can easily be misinterpreted and stress on the importance of taking into account all these side effects that occur in the same range of DBMIB concentration used for inhibition of plastoquinol oxidation (1 μM).

  9. Electron-driven excitations and dissociation of molecules

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    Miller, Greg; Orel, Ann E.

    2015-02-13

    This program studied how energy is interchanged in electron and photon collisions with molecules leading to ex-citation and dissociation. Modern ab initio techniques, both for the photoionization and electron scattering, and the subsequent nuclear dynamics studies, are used to accurately treat these problems. This work addresses vibrational ex-citation and dissociative attachment following electron impact, and the dynamics following inner shell photoionzation. These problems are ones for which a full multi-dimensional treatment of the nuclear dynamics is essential and where non-adiabatic effects are expected to be important.

  10. Elementary excitations in spinor polariton-electron systems

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    Kyriienko, O.; Shelykh, I. A.

    2011-09-01

    We consider effective interactions in a two-dimensional (2D) hybrid polariton-electron system and calculate dispersion of elementary excitations by accounting for the spin degrees of freedom of the particles. Due to the crucial role played by the exchange term in polariton-electron interactions the dispersions of this system become spin dependent and show unusual behavior. The coupling of the excitations of the condensate with 2D plasmons can result in the appearance of roton minimum in the dispersion and destruction of the condensate for close enough situated quantum wells with electrons and excitons.

  11. Molecular dynamics simulation of strong shock waves propagating in dense deuterium, taking into consideration effects of excited electrons.

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    Liu, Hao; Zhang, Yin; Kang, Wei; Zhang, Ping; Duan, Huiling; He, X T

    2017-02-01

    We present a molecular dynamics simulation of shock waves propagating in dense deuterium with the electron force field method [J. T. Su and W. A. Goddard, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 185003 (2007)PRLTAO0031-900710.1103/PhysRevLett.99.185003], which explicitly takes the excitation of electrons into consideration. Nonequilibrium features associated with the excitation of electrons are systematically investigated. We show that chemical bonds in D_{2} molecules lead to a more complicated shock wave structure near the shock front, compared with the results of classical molecular dynamics simulation. Charge separation can bring about accumulation of net charges on large scales, instead of the formation of a localized dipole layer, which might cause extra energy for the shock wave to propagate. In addition, the simulations also display that molecular dissociation at the shock front is the major factor that accounts for the "bump" structure in the principal Hugoniot. These results could help to build a more realistic picture of shock wave propagation in fuel materials commonly used in the inertial confinement fusion.

  12. Molecular dynamics simulation of strong shock waves propagating in dense deuterium, taking into consideration effects of excited electrons

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    Liu, Hao; Zhang, Yin; Kang, Wei; Zhang, Ping; Duan, Huiling; He, X. T.

    2017-02-01

    We present a molecular dynamics simulation of shock waves propagating in dense deuterium with the electron force field method [J. T. Su and W. A. Goddard, Phys. Rev. Lett. 99, 185003 (2007), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.99.185003], which explicitly takes the excitation of electrons into consideration. Nonequilibrium features associated with the excitation of electrons are systematically investigated. We show that chemical bonds in D2 molecules lead to a more complicated shock wave structure near the shock front, compared with the results of classical molecular dynamics simulation. Charge separation can bring about accumulation of net charges on large scales, instead of the formation of a localized dipole layer, which might cause extra energy for the shock wave to propagate. In addition, the simulations also display that molecular dissociation at the shock front is the major factor that accounts for the "bump" structure in the principal Hugoniot. These results could help to build a more realistic picture of shock wave propagation in fuel materials commonly used in the inertial confinement fusion.

  13. Reactive and internal contributions to the thermal conductivity of local thermodynamic equilibrium nitrogen plasma: The effect of electronically excited states

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    Bruno, D.; Colonna, G.; Laricchiuta, A.; Capitelli, M.

    2012-12-15

    Internal and reactive contributions to the thermal conductivity of a local thermodynamic equilibrium nitrogen plasma have been calculated using the Chapman-Enskog method. Low-lying (LL) electronically excited states (i.e., states with the same principal quantum number of the ground state) and high-lying (HL) ones (i.e., states with principal quantum number n> 2) have been considered. Several models have been developed, the most accurate being a model that treats the LL states as separate species while disregarding the presence of HL states, on account of their enormous transport cross sections.

  14. Electron Impact Excitation Of Ti XIX

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    Aggarwal, Kanti M.; Keenan, F. P.

    2012-05-01

    Emission lines of Ti XIX are important for the modeling and diagnostics of lasing, fusion and astrophysical plasmas, for which atomic data are required for a variety of parameters, such as energy levels, radiative rates (A- values), and excitation rates or equivalently the effective collision strengths (Υ), which are obtained from the electron impact collision strengths (Ω). Experimentally, energy levels are available for Ti XIX on the NIST website, but there is paucity for accurate collisional atomic data. Therefore, here we report a complete set of results (namely energy levels, radiative rates, and effective collision strengths) for all transitions among the lowest 98 levels of Ti XIX. These levels belong to the (1s2) 2s2, 2s2p, 2p2, 2s3l, 2p3l, 2s4l, and 2p4l configurations. Finally, we also report the A- values for four types of transitions, namely electric dipole (E1), electric quadrupole (E2), magnetic dipole (M1), and magnetic quadrupole (M2), because these are also required for plasma modeling. For our calculations of wavefunctions, we have adopted the fully relativistic GRASP code, and for the calculations of Ω, the Dirac atomic R-matrix code (DARC) of PH Norrington and IP Grant. Additionally, parallel calculations have also been performed with the Flexible Atomic Code (FAC) of Gu, so that all atomic parameters can be rigorously assessed for accuracy.

  15. Theory of electron-hole pair excitations in unimolecular processes at metal surfaces. I. X-ray edge effects

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    Gadzuk, J. W.; Metiu, H.

    1980-09-01

    A theory of the dynamics of molecular processes at solid surfaces must necessarily deal with those aspects of the solid which provide dissipative or irreversible reaction channels, thus giving the particular process a direction in time. While the heat-bath aspects of the solid are often considered from the phonon point of view, there is increasing speculation that the substrate electron-hole pair excitations may be a significant rate-determining factor, at least for metals. This belief is supported by various conclusions which have emerged from theoretical studies of time-dependent perturbations acting on extended Fermi systems, as physically realized in core-level spectroscopies of solids. We present here one phase of a study of surface reaction dynamics, focusing on the irreversible coupling of nuclear motion of an incident beam of atoms or molecules with the substrate electrons. For the cases in which the incident particle undergoes a substrate-induced diabatic transition in its internal electronic state, a sudden localized perturbation on the electrons is turned on. In analogy with the x-ray edge problem, an infrared divergent spectrum of electron-hole pairs is created which could give rise to irreversibility. Specific examples are considered and the ramifications on such observable quantities as sticking coefficients are detailed.

  16. Electron impact excitation studies of unstable atomic species

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    Abdellatif, Ady Kamel

    The polarization of Balmer-alpha radiation excited in collisions of electrons with atomic hydrogen is presented for an electron energy range from threshold to 1000 eV. Measurements are in good agreement with calculations carried out using either convergent-close-coupling or R-matrix with pseudo-states approaches. Cascade is demonstrated to have a significant effect. Balmer-alpha excitation function data are also presented. A previous measurement of the polarization of Balmer-alpha following dissociative excitation of H2 by electrons is confirmed and extended. The electron impact excitation spectrum of atomic and molecular nitrogen in the VUV range (800 A--1800 A) is presented. The excitation functions of the 1135 A and the 1200 A transitions are obtained. About 5% of nitrogen molecules are dissociated using a microwave discharge source and a mixture of 95% helium and 5% nitrogen gases. Other lines proved to have too small an emission cross section for the electron impact excitation process on atomic nitrogen. Thus the 1243 A, 1494 A, 1745 A N lines and the 1085 A N+ line could not be studied using the small dissociation fractions obtained in the present work. Electron impact excitation of fluorine and sulfur atoms is presented. The spectrum of Sulfur Hexafluoride (SF6) in the VUV range from 800 A--1700 A is recorded. A 70% dissociation fraction was obtained using the microwave discharge unit with SF6 and He targets. The absolute emission cross section for the 807 A fluorine transition is found to be 2.21 +/- 1.20 x 10-19 cm 2 at 200 eV electron energy. As for sulfur, the absolute emission cross section for the 1474 A transition is 2.46 +/- 1.38 x 10-19 cm2 at 95 eV and for the 1667 A transition is 1.87 +/- 1.31 x 10-19 cm 2 at 85 eV.

  17. Electronic excitation of molecular hydrogen by low-energy electrons

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    Hargreaves, Leigh

    2016-09-01

    Molecular hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe, particularly in interstellar plasmas such as atmospheres of gas giant planets and stars. Electron collision data for hydrogen is critical to interpreting the spectroscopy of interstellar objects, as well as being of applied value for modelling technological plasmas. Hydrogen is also fundamentally interesting, as while highly accurate wave functions for this simple molecule are available, providing an accurate, ab initio, treatment the collision dynamics has proven challenging, on account of the need to have a complete description of channel coupling and polarization effects. To date, no single theoretical approach has been able to replicate experimental results across all transitions and incident energies, while the experimental database that is available is far from complete and not all available measurements are in satisfactory agreement. In this talk, we present differential and integral cross section measurements for electronic excitation cross sections for molecular hydrogen by low-energy electron impact. The data were measured at incident energies below 20eV, using a well-tested crossed beam apparatus and employing a moveable gas source approach to ensure that background contributions to the scattering are accurately accounted for. These measurements are compared with new theoretical results employing the convergent close coupling approach.

  18. Electron-induced excitation of 93Mo

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    Chiara, C. J.; Carroll, J. J.; Marsh, J. C.; Matters, D. A.; Lane, G. J.; Hartley, D. J.; Polasik, M.; Rzadkiewicz, J.; Carpenter, M. P.; Greene, J. P.; Janssens, R. V. F.; Seweryniak, D.; Zhu, S.

    2016-09-01

    The inverse of the internal-conversion process, whereby a free electron is captured into an atomic orbital and subsequently excites the nucleus to a higher-lying state via a virtual energy exchange, was predicted to exist 40 years ago but has yet to be demonstrated experimentally. To search for this mode of nuclear excitation by electron capture, we performed an experiment at the ATLAS facility at Argonne National Laboratory. The t1/2 = 6.85-h, 21/2+ state of 93Mo was populated in the 7Li(90Zr, p 3 n) reaction. The excitation mechanism was predicted to induce depopulation of this isomer as the fast-moving 93mMo recoils slowed in the target material, emitting a characteristic sequence of γ rays in the process. Results of the search for these signature γ rays using Digital Gammasphere will be presented. This material is based upon work supported by the US DOE, Office of Science, Office of Nuclear Physics, under Contract No. DE-AC02-06CH11357. This research used resources of ANL's ATLAS facility, which is a DOE Office of Science User Facility.

  19. Solvent Effects on the Electronic Absorption and Fluorescence Spectra of HNP: Estimation of Ground and Excited State Dipole Moments.

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    Desai, Vani R; Hunagund, Shirajahammad M; Basanagouda, Mahantesha; Kadadevarmath, Jagadish S; Sidarai, Ashok H

    2016-07-01

    We report the effect of solvents on absorption and fluorescence spectra of biologically active 3(2H)-pyridazinone namely 5-(2-hydroxy-naphthalen-1-yl)-2-phenyl-2H-pyridazin-3-one (HNP) in different solvents at room temperature. The ground and the excited state dipole moments of HNP molecule was estimated from Lippert's, Bakshiev's and Kawski-Chamma-Viallet's equations using the solvatochromic shift method. The ground state dipole moment (μ g ) was also estimated by Guggenheim and Higasi method using the dielectric constant and refractive index of solute at different concentrations, the μ g value obtained from these two methods are comparable to the μ g value obtained by the solvatochromic shift method. The excited state dipole moment (μ e ) is greater than the ground state dipole moment (μ g ), which indicates that the excited state is more polar than the ground state. Further, we have evaluated the change in dipole moment (Δμ) from the solvatochromic shift method and on the basis of molecular-microscopic solvent polarity parameter[Formula: see text], later on the values were compared.

  20. Excited state electron affinity calculations for aluminum

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    Hussein, Adnan Yousif

    2017-08-01

    Excited states of negative aluminum ion are reviewed, and calculations of electron affinities of the states (3s^23p^2)^1D and (3s3p^3){^5}{S}° relative to the (3s^23p)^2P° and (3s3p^2)^4P respectively of the neutral aluminum atom are reported in the framework of nonrelativistic configuration interaction (CI) method. A priori selected CI (SCI) with truncation energy error (Bunge in J Chem Phys 125:014107, 2006) and CI by parts (Bunge and Carbó-Dorca in J Chem Phys 125:014108, 2006) are used to approximate the valence nonrelativistic energy. Systematic studies of convergence of electron affinity with respect to the CI excitation level are reported. The calculated value of the electron affinity for ^1D state is 78.675(3) meV. Detailed Calculations on the ^5S°c state reveals that is 1216.8166(3) meV below the ^4P state.

  1. Effect of the chirality of residues and γ-turns on the electronic excitation spectra, excited-state reaction paths and conical intersections of capped phenylalanine-alanine dipeptides.

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    Shemesh, Dorit; Domcke, Wolfgang

    2011-07-11

    The capped dipeptides Ac-L-Phe-Xxx-NH(2) , Xxx=L-Ala, D-Ala, Aib, where Aib (aminoisobutyric acid) is a non-chiral amino acid, have been investigated by means of UV/IR double-resonance spectroscopy in supersonic jets and density functional theory calculations by Gloaguen et al. [Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2007, 9, 4491]. The UV and IR spectra of five different species were observed and their structures assigned by comparison with calculated vibrational frequencies in the NH-stretching region. The peptides with two chiral residues can form homochiral or heterochiral species. In addition, γ-turns exist as two helical forms (γ(D), γ(L)) of opposite handedness. Herein, we explore the excited-state potential-energy surfaces of these dipeptides with ab initio calculations. Vertical and adiabatic excitation energies, excited-state reaction paths and conical intersections are characterized with the ADC(2) propagator method. It is shown that electron/proton transfer along the hydrogen bond of the γ-turn gives rise to efficient radiationless deactivation of the (1)ππ* state of the chromophore via several conical intersections. While the homo/hetero chirality of the residues appears to have a negligible effect on the photophysical dynamics, we found evidence that the γ(L) conformers may have shorter excited-state lifetimes (and thus higher photostability) than the γ(D) conformers.

  2. Four-electron model for singlet and triplet excitation energy transfers with inclusion of coherence memory, inelastic tunneling and nuclear quantum effects

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    Suzuki, Yosuke; Ebina, Kuniyoshi; Tanaka, Shigenori

    2016-08-01

    A computational scheme to describe the coherent dynamics of excitation energy transfer (EET) in molecular systems is proposed on the basis of generalized master equations with memory kernels. This formalism takes into account those physical effects in electron-bath coupling system such as the spin symmetry of excitons, the inelastic electron tunneling and the quantum features of nuclear motions, thus providing a theoretical framework to perform an ab initio description of EET through molecular simulations for evaluating the spectral density and the temporal correlation function of electronic coupling. Some test calculations have then been carried out to investigate the dependence of exciton population dynamics on coherence memory, inelastic tunneling correlation time, magnitude of electronic coupling, quantum correction to temporal correlation function, reorganization energy and energy gap.

  3. Electronic and optical excitations in crystalline conjugated polymers

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    van der Horst, J.-W.; Bobbert, P. A.; Michels, M. A.

    2002-07-01

    We calculate the electronic and optical excitations of crystalline polythiophene and polyphenylenevinylene, using the GW approximation for the electronic self-energy and including excitonic effects by solving the electron-hole Bethe-Salpeter equation. We compare with our earlier calculations on an isolated polythiophene chain and polymer chains embedded in a dielectric medium. Surprisingly, we find for the crystalline calculations optical gaps and exciton binding energies that are significantly smaller than present experimental values. We attribute the disagreement to the fact that the quantum-mechanical coherence between polymer chains, present in the calculations, is absent in most experimental situations. We discuss possible reasons for this absence. Our general conclusion is that the picture of a polymer chain in a dielectric medium is most appropriate in describing the present experimental data on electronic and optical excitations in conjugated polymers.

  4. Quantitative treatment of the solvent effects on the electronic absorption and fluorescence spectra of acridines and phenazines. The ground and first excited singlet-state dipole moments

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    Aaron, Jean Jacques; Maafi, Mounir; Párkányi, Cyril; Boniface, Christian

    1995-04-01

    Electronic absorption and fluorescence excitation and emission spectra of four acridines (acridine, Acridine Yellow, 9-aminoacridine and proflavine) and three phenazines (phenazine, neutral Red and safranine) are determined at room temperature (298 K) in several solvents of various polarities (dioxane, chloroform, ethyl ether, ethyl acetate, 1-butanol, 2-propanol, ethanol, methanol, dimethylformamide, acetonitrile and dimethyl sulfoxide). The effect of the solvent upon the spectral characteristics of the above compounds, is studied. In combination with the ground-state dipole moments of these compounds, the spectral data are used to evaluate their first excited singlet-state dipole moments by means of the solvatochromic shift method (Bakhshiev's and Kawski-Chamma-Viallet's correlations). The theoretical ground and excited singlet-state dipole moments for acridines and phenazines are also calculated as a vector sum of the π-component (obtained by the PPP method) and the σ-component (obtained from σ-bond moments). For most acridines and phenazines under study, the experimental excited singlet-state dipole moments are found to be higher than their ground state counterpart. The application of the Kamlet-Abboud-Taft solvatochromic parameters to the solvent effect on spectral properties of acridine and phenazine derivatives is discussed.

  5. The lifetime of electronic excitations in metal clusters

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    Quijada, M.; Díez Muiño, R.; Echenique, P. M.

    2005-05-01

    Density functional theory and the self-energy formalism are used to evaluate the lifetime of electronic excitations in metal clusters of nanometre size. The electronic structure of the cluster is obtained in the jellium model and spherical symmetry is assumed. Two effects that depend on the size of the clusters are discussed: the change in the number of final states to which the excitation can decay, and the modification in the screened interaction between electrons. For clusters with density parameter rs = 4 and diameter a few nanometres, a lifetime value of {\\approx }5 fs is reached for electronic excitations of {\\approx }1 eV. This value is of the same order of magnitude of that obtained in the bulk limit at the same level of approximation. For smaller clusters, a distinct non-monotonic behaviour of the lifetime as a function of the cluster size is found and the lifetime of excitations of {\\approx }1 eV can vary between 4 and 30 fs.

  6. Electronic spectra of protonated benzaldehyde clusters with Ar and N2: effect of ππ* excitation on the intermolecular potential.

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    Patzer, Alexander; Zimmermann, Max; Alata, Ivan; Jouvet, Christophe; Dopfer, Otto

    2010-12-09

    Electronic spectra of the S(1)←S(0) transition of dimers of protonated benzaldehyde (BZH(+)) with Ar and N(2) are recorded by resonance-enhanced photodissociation in a tandem mass spectrometer. The S(1) origins observed are shifted to higher frequency upon complexation with Ar (ΔS(1) = 300 cm(-1)) and N(2) (ΔS(1) = 628 cm(-1)). Ab initio calculations at the CC2/aug-cc-pVDZ level suggest an assignment to H-bonded dimers of L = Ar and N(2) binding to the cis isomer of O-protonated BZH(+), yielding values of ΔS(1) = 242 and 588 cm(-1) for cis-BZH(+)-L(H). Electronic ππ* excitation results in a substantial increase of the proton affinity of BZH(+), which in turn destabilizes the intermolecular H-bonds to the inert ligands by 35%. The drastic effects of electronic ππ* excitation on the geometric and electronic structure as well as the strength and anisotropy of the intermolecular potential (H-bonding and π-bonding) are investigated.

  7. Low Energy Electron Impact Excitation of Water

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    Ralphs, Kevin; Serna, Gabriela; Hargreaves, Leigh R.; Khakoo, Murtadha A.; Winstead, Carl; McKoy, B. Vincent

    2011-10-01

    We present normalized absolute differential and integral cross-section measurements for the low energy electron impact excitation of the lowest dissociative 3B1, 1B1,3A1 and 1A1 states of H2O. The DCS were taken at incident energies of 9 eV, 10 eV, 12 eV, 15 eV and 20 eV and scattering angles of 15° to 130° and normalized to the elastic electron scattering measurements of. The DCS were obtained after a sophisticated unfolding of the electron energy loss spectrum of water using photoabsorption data in the literature as investigated by Thorn et al.. Our measurements extend those of to near-threshold energies. We find both important agreements and differences between our DCS and those of. Comparison to our theory (multi-channel Schwinger) and that of earlier work will also be presented. Funded by an NSF grant # RUI-PHY 0968874.

  8. Electron impact ionization-excitation of Helium

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    Ancarani, Lorenzo Ugo; Gomez, A. I.; Gasaneo, G.; Mitnik, D. M.; Ambrosio, M. J.

    2016-09-01

    We calculate triple differential cross sections (TDCS) for the process of ionization-excitation of Helium by fast electron impact in which the residual ion is left in the n =2 excited state. We chose the strongly asymmetric kinematics used in the experiment performed by Dupré et al.. In a perturbative scheme, for high projectile energies the four-body problem reduces to a three-body one and, within that framework, we solve the time- independent Schrödinger equation with a Sturmian approach. The method, based on Generalized Sturmian Functions (GSF), is employed to obtain the initial ground state of Helium, the single-continuum state and the scattering wave function; for each of them, the GSF basis is constructed with the corresponding adequate asymptotic conditions. Besides, the method presents the following advantage: the scattering amplitudes can be extracted directly in the asymptotic region of the scattering solution, and thus the TDCS can be obtained without requiring a matrix element evaluation.

  9. Effects of Mn Substitution on the Thermoelectric Properties and Thermal Excitations of the Electron-doped Perovskite Sr1-xLaxTiO3

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    Okuda, Tetsuji; Hata, Hiroto; Eto, Takahiro; Sobaru, Shogo; Oda, Ryosuke; Kaji, Hiroki; Nishina, Kousuke; Kuwahara, Hideki; Nakamura, Mitsutaka; Kajimoto, Ryoichi

    2016-09-01

    We studied how Mn substitution affects the thermoelectric properties and thermal excitations of the electron-doped perovskite Sr1-xLaxTiO3 by measuring its electrical and thermal transport properties, magnetization, specific heat, and inelastic neutron scattering. Slight Mn substitution with the lattice defects enhanced the Seebeck coefficient, perhaps because of coupling between itinerant electrons and localized spins or between itinerant electrons and local lattice distortion around Mn3+ ions, while it enhanced anharmonic lattice vibrations, which effectively suppressed thermal conductivity in a state of high electrical conductivity. Consequently, slight Mn substitution increased the dimensionless thermoelectric figure of merit for Sr1-xLaxTiO3 near room temperature.

  10. Electron impact excitation of highly charged sodium-like ions

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    Blaha, M.; Davis, J.

    1978-01-01

    Optical transition probabilities and electron collision strengths for Ca X, Fe XVI, Zn XX, Kr XXVI and Mo XXXII are calculated for transitions between n equal to 3 and n equal to 4 levels. The calculations neglect relativistic effects on the radial functions. A semi-empirical approach provides wave functions of the excited states; a distorted wave function without exchange is employed to obtain the excitation cross sections. The density dependence of the relative intensities of certain emission lines in the sodium isoelectronic sequence is also discussed.

  11. Electron-impact excitation of Ni II. Collision strengths and effective collision strengths for low-lying fine-structure forbidden transitions

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    Cassidy, C. M.; Ramsbottom, C. A.; Scott, M. P.; Burke, P. G.

    2010-04-01

    Context. Considerable demand exists for electron excitation data for ion{Ni}{ii}, since lines from this abundant ion are observed in a wide variety of laboratory and astrophysical spectra. The accurate theoretical determination of these data can present a significant challenge however, due to complications arising from the presence of an open 3d-shell in the description of the target ion. Aims: In this work we present collision strengths and Maxwellian averaged effective collision strengths for the electron-impact excitation of ion{Ni}{ii}. Attention is concentrated on the 153 forbidden fine-structure transitions between the energetically lowest 18 levels of ion{Ni}{ii}. Effective collision strengths have been evaluated at 27 individual electron temperatures ranging from 30-100 000 K. To our knowledge this is the most extensive theoretical collisional study carried out on this ion to date. Methods: The parallel R-matrix package RMATRX II has recently been extended to allow for the inclusion of relativistic effects. This suite of codes has been utilised in the present work in conjunction with PSTGF to evaluate collision strengths and effective collision strengths for all of the low-lying forbidden fine-structure transitions. The following basis configurations were included in the target model - 3d9, 3d84s, 3d84p, 3d74s2 and 3d74s4p - giving rise to a sophisticated 295 jj-level, 1930 coupled channel scattering problem. Results: Comprehensive comparisons are made between the present collisional data and those obtained from earlier theoretical evaluations. While the effective collision strengths agree well for some transitions, significant discrepancies exist for others. Table 2 is only available in electronic form at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsweb.u-strasbg.fr/cgi-bin/qcat?J/A+A/513/A55

  12. Cascade effects in the excitation of np{sup 5}(n+1)p states of krypton and xenon atoms by polarized electrons

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    Yu, D.H.; Williams, J.F.; Chen, X.J.; Hayes, P.A.; Bartschat, K.; Zeman, V.

    2003-03-01

    The integrated Stokes parameters of the decay photons from the excited np{sup 5}(n+1)p[5/2]{sub 3}, np{sup 5}(n+1)p{sup '}[3/2]{sub 2}, and np{sup 5}(n+1)p{sup '}[3/2]{sub 1} (n=5 and 6) states of Kr and Xe, respectively, are measured from near threshold to 100 eV using incident polarized electrons. The effects of the cascade photons on the Stokes parameters have been investigated using a pulsed beam of polarized electrons. The cascade effects for the final excited states are more significant for the linear polarization P{sub 1} parameter than for the circular polarization P{sub 3} parameter and they do not always have depolarization effects. The integrated state multipoles, determined from the integrated Stokes parameters corrected for cascade effects, are closer to, but not in agreement with, the values from semirelativistic R matrix and relativistic distorted-wave approximation methods.

  13. Making use of x-ray optical effects in photoelectron-, Auger electron-, and x-ray emission spectroscopies: Total reflection, standing-wave excitation, and resonant effects

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    Yang, S.-H.; Gray, A. X.; Kaiser, A. M.; Mun, B. S.; Sell, B. C.; Kortright, J. B.; Fadley, C. S.

    2013-02-21

    We present a general theoretical methodology and related open-access computer program for carrying out the calculation of photoelectron, Auger electron, and x-ray emission intensities in the presence of several x-ray optical effects, including total reflection at grazing incidence, excitation with standing-waves produced by reflection from synthetic multilayers and at core-level resonance conditions, and the use of variable polarization to produce magnetic circular dichroism. Calculations illustrating all of these effects are presented, including in some cases comparisons to experimental results. Sample types include both semi-infinite flat surfaces and arbitrary multilayer configurations, with interdiffusion/roughness at their interfaces. These x-ray optical effects can significantly alter observed photoelectron, Auger, and x-ray intensities, and in fact lead to several generally useful techniques for enhancing surface and buried-layer sensitivity, including layer-resolved densities of states and depth profiles of element-specific magnetization. The computer program used in this study should thus be useful for a broad range of studies in which x-ray optical effects are involved or are to be exploited in next-generation surface and interface studies of nanoscale systems.

  14. Cumulant approach for electronic excitations in x-ray and electron spectra

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    Rehr, J. J.

    A quantitative treatment of electronic excitations and other many-body effects in x-ray and electron spectra has long been challenging. Physically, electronic correlations and atomic vibrations lead to inelastic losses and damping effects that are ignored in ground state methods or approximations such as TDDFT. Quasi-particle (QP) approaches such as the GW approximation yield significant improvements, as demonstrated in real-space Green's function and GW/Bethe-Salpeter equation calculations, but still ignore multi-electron excitations. Recently such excitations have been treated with considerable success using cumulant expansion techniques and the quasi-boson approximation. In this beyond QP approach, excitations such as plasmons and electron-hole excitations appear as satellites in the spectral function. The method naturally accounts for multiple-satellites and can be extended to include extrinsic losses and interference effects. Extensions for effects of vibrations and strong correlations including charge-transfer satellites may also be possible. These advances are illustrated with a number of applications. Supported by DOE Grant DE-FG02-97ER45623.

  15. High temperature electronic excitation and ionization rates in gases

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    Hansen, Frederick

    1991-01-01

    The relaxation times for electronic excitation due to electron bombardment of atoms was found to be quite short, so that electron kinetic temperature (T sub e) and the electron excitation temperature (T asterisk) should equilibrate quickly whenever electrons are present. However, once equilibrium has been achieved, further energy to the excited electronic states and to the kinetic energy of free electrons must be fed in by collisions with heavy particles that cause vibrational and electronic state transitions. The rate coefficients for excitation of electronic states produced by heavy particle collision have not been well known. However, a relatively simple semi-classical theory has been developed here which is analytic up to the final integration over a Boltzmann distribution of collision energies; this integral can then be evaluated numerically by quadrature. Once the rate coefficients have been determined, the relaxation of electronic excitation energy can be evaluated and compared with the relaxation rates of vibrational excitation. Then the relative importance of these two factors, electronic excitation and vibrational excitation by heavy particle collision, on the transfer of energy to free electron motion, can be assessed.

  16. Dynamics and spectroscopy of CH₂OO excited electronic states.

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    Kalinowski, Jaroslaw; Foreman, Elizabeth S; Kapnas, Kara M; Murray, Craig; Räsänen, Markku; Gerber, R Benny

    2016-04-28

    The excited states of the Criegee intermediate CH2OO are studied in molecular dynamics simulations using directly potentials from multi-reference perturbation theory (MR-PT2). The photoexcitation of the species is simulated, and trajectories are propagated in time on the excited state. Some of the photoexcitation events lead to direct fragmentation of the molecule, but other trajectories describe at least several vibrations in the excited state, that may terminate by relaxation to the ground electronic state. Limits on the role of non-adiabatic contributions to the process are estimated by two different simulations, one that forces surface-hopping at potential crossings, and another that ignores surface hopping altogether. The effect of non-adiabatic transitions is found to be small. Spectroscopic implications and consequences for the interpretation of experimental results are discussed.

  17. Excited state dipole moments of N, N-dimethylaniline from thermochromic effect on electronic absorption and fluorescence spectra

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    Kawski, A.; Kukliński, B.; Bojarski, P.

    2006-01-01

    The effect of temperature on absorption and fluorescence spectra of N, N-dimethylaniline (DMA) in ethyl acetate has been studied for temperature ranging from 293 to 388 K. The permittivity ɛ and refractive index n of the solvent decrease with temperature increase and the absorption and fluorescence bands are blue shifted (so-called "thermochromic shift"). Based on this phenomenon, the dipole moment μe in the excited singlet state and the Onsager interaction radius a for DMA were determined using the Bilot and Kawski theory [L. Bilot, A. Kawski, Z. Naturforsch. 17a (1962) 621; 18a (1963) 10, 256]. For the known dipole moment in the ground state μg = 1.61 D and for α/ a3 = 0.54 ( α is the polarizability of the solute) the average value of μe = 3.55 D and a = 3.1 Å were determined. The obtained values for DMA are compared with the experimental values determined by other authors.

  18. Excited S 1 state dipole moments of nitrobenzene and p-nitroaniline from thermochromic effect on electronic absorption spectra

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    Kawski, A.; Kukliński, B.; Bojarski, P.

    2006-11-01

    The effect of temperature on the absorption spectra of nitrobenzene (NB) and p-nitroaniline (NA) in 1,2-dichloroethane was studied for temperature ranging from 295 K to 378 K and from 296 K to 408 K, respectively. With temperature increase the absorption bands of both compounds are blue shifted, which is caused by the decrease of permittivity ɛ and refractive index n. From the band shifts and by using the Bilot and Kawski theory [ L. Bilot, A. Kawski, Z. Naturforsch. 17a (1962) 621] the dipole moments in the excited singlet state μe = 6.59 D of NB and μe = 13.35 D of NA were determined. The influence of polarizability α, the Onsager cavity radius a and dipole moment in the ground state μg on the determined values of μe are discussed. A comparison of the obtained μe values with those of other authors is given. In the case of p-NA a strong intramolecular charge transfer (ICT) was confirmed.

  19. Comparison of the quadratic configuration interaction and coupled cluster approaches to electron correlation including the effect of triple excitations

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    Taylor, Peter R.; Lee, Timothy J.; Rendell, Alistair P.

    1990-01-01

    The recently proposed quadratic configuration interaction (QCI) method is compared with the more rigorous coupled cluster (CC) approach for a variety of chemical systems. Some of these systems are well represented by a single-determinant reference function and others are not. The finite order singles and doubles correlation energy, the perturbational triples correlation energy, and a recently devised diagnostic for estimating the importance of multireference effects are considered. The spectroscopic constants of CuH, the equilibrium structure of cis-(NO)2 and the binding energies of Be3, Be4, Mg3, and Mg4 were calculated using both approaches. The diagnostic for estimating multireference character clearly demonstrates that the QCI method becomes less satisfactory than the CC approach as non-dynamical correlation becomes more important, in agreement with a perturbational analysis of the two methods and the numerical estimates of the triple excitation energies they yield. The results for CuH show that the differences between the two methods become more apparent as the chemical systems under investigation becomes more multireference in nature and the QCI results consequently become less reliable. Nonetheless, when the system of interest is dominated by a single reference determinant both QCI and CC give very similar results.

  20. Nuclear excitation by electronic transition of 235U

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    Chodash, P. A.; Norman, E. B.; Burke, J. T.; ...

    2016-03-11

    Here, nuclear excitation by electronic transition (NEET) is a rare nuclear excitation that can occur in isotopes containing a low-lying nuclear excited state. Over the past 40 yr, several experiments have attempted to measure NEET of 235U and those experiments have yielded conflicting results.

  1. The mechanism of electronic excitation in the bacterial bioluminescent reaction

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    Nemtseva, E. V.; Kudryasheva, N. S.

    2007-01-01

    The current state of the problem of formation of the electron-excited product in the chemiluminescent reaction that underlies the bacterial luminescence is analysed. Various schemes of chemical transformations capable of producing a bacterial bioluminescence emitter are presented. The problem of excitation of secondary emitters is considered; two possible mechanisms of their excitation are analysed.

  2. Electron impact excitation of molecular hydrogen

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    Zammit, Mark Christian; Savage, Jeremy S.; Fursa, Dmitry V.; ...

    2017-02-06

    Here, we report the electron impact integrated and differential cross sections for excitation to the b 3Σmore » $$+\\atop{u}$$, a 3Σ$$+\\atop{g}$$, c 3Πu, B 1Σ$$+\\atop{u}$$, E, F 1Σ$$+\\atop{g}$$, C 1Πu, e 3Σ$$+\\atop{u}$$, h 3Σ $$+\\atop{g}$$, d 3Πu, B'' 1Σ$$+\\atop{u}$$ , D 1Πu, B'' 1Σ$$+\\atop{u}$$, and D' 1Πu states of molecular hydrogen in the energy range from 10 to 300 eV. Total scattering and total ionization cross sections are also presented. The calculations have been performed by using the convergent close-coupling method within the fixed-nuclei approximation. Detailed convergence studies have been performed with respect to the size of the close-coupling expansion and a set of recommended cross sections has been produced. Significant differences with previous calculations are found. Agreement with experiment is mixed, ranging from excellent to poor depending on the transition and incident energies.« less

  3. Electron-impact excitation of molecular hydrogen

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    Zammit, Mark C.; Savage, Jeremy S.; Fursa, Dmitry V.; Bray, Igor

    2017-02-01

    We report the electron impact integrated and differential cross sections for excitation to the b 3Σu+ , a 3Σg+ , c 3Πu , B 1Σu+ , E ,F 1Σg+ , C 1Πu , e 3Σu+ , h 3Σg+ , d 3Πu , B'1Σu+ , D 1Πu , B''1Σu+ , and D'1Πu states of molecular hydrogen in the energy range from 10 to 300 eV. Total scattering and total ionization cross sections are also presented. The calculations have been performed by using the convergent close-coupling method within the fixed-nuclei approximation. Detailed convergence studies have been performed with respect to the size of the close-coupling expansion and a set of recommended cross sections has been produced. Significant differences with previous calculations are found. Agreement with experiment is mixed, ranging from excellent to poor depending on the transition and incident energies.

  4. Extremely confined gap surface-plasmon modes excited by electrons

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    Raza, Søren; Stenger, Nicolas; Pors, Anders; Holmgaard, Tobias; Kadkhodazadeh, Shima; Wagner, Jakob B.; Pedersen, Kjeld; Wubs, Martijn; Bozhevolnyi, Sergey I.; Mortensen, N. Asger

    2014-06-01

    High-spatial and energy resolution electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) can be used for detailed characterization of localized and propagating surface-plasmon excitations in metal nanostructures, giving insight into fundamental physical phenomena and various plasmonic effects. Here, applying EELS to ultra-sharp convex grooves in gold, we directly probe extremely confined gap surface-plasmon (GSP) modes excited by swift electrons in nanometre-wide gaps. We reveal the resonance behaviour associated with the excitation of the antisymmetric GSP mode for extremely small gap widths, down to ~5 nm. We argue that excitation of this mode, featuring very strong absorption, has a crucial role in experimental realizations of non-resonant light absorption by ultra-sharp convex grooves with fabrication-induced asymmetry. The occurrence of the antisymmetric GSP mode along with the fundamental GSP mode exploited in plasmonic waveguides with extreme light confinement is a very important factor that should be taken into account in the design of nanoplasmonic circuits and devices.

  5. [Excitation energy and frequency of transition spectral line of electron in an asymmetry quantum dot].

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    Xiao, Jing-Lin

    2009-03-01

    In an asymmetry quantum dot, the properties of the electron, which is strongly coupled with phonon, were investigated. The variational relations of the first internal excited state energy, the excitation energy and the frequency of transition spectral line between the first internal excited state and the ground state of the electron which is strongly coupled with phonon in an asymmetry quantum dot with the transverse and longituainal effective confinement length of quantum dot and the electron-phonon coupling strength were studied by using a linear combination operator and the unitary transformation methods. Numerical calculations for the variational relations of the first internal excited state energy, the excitation energy and the frequency of transition spectral line between the first internal excited state and the ground state of the electron which is strongly coupled with phonon in an asymmetry quantum dot with the transverse and longituainal effective confinement length of quantum dot and the electron-phonon coupling strength were performed and the results show that the first internal excited state energy, the excitation energy and the frequency of transition spectral line between the first internal excited state and the ground state of the electron which is strongly coupled with phonon in an asymmetry quantum dot will strongly increase with decreasing the transverse and longitudinal effective confinement length. The first internal excited state energy of the electron which is strongly coupled with phonon in an asymmetry quantum dot will decrease with increasing the electron-phonon coupling strength. The excitation energy and the frequency of transition spectral line between the first internal excited state and the ground state of the electron which is strongly coupled with phonon in an asymmetry quantum dot will increase with increasing the electron-phonon coupling strength.

  6. Effects of electronic and nuclear interactions on the excited-state properties and structural dynamics of copper(I) diimine complexes.

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    Mara, Michael W; Jackson, Nicholas E; Huang, Jier; Stickrath, Andrew B; Zhang, Xiaoyi; Gothard, Nosheen A; Ratner, Mark A; Chen, Lin X

    2013-02-14

    The effects of structural constraints on the metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) excited state structural dynamics of cuprous bis-2,9-diphenyl-phenanthroline ([Cu(I)(dpp)(2)](+)) in both coordinating acetonitrile and noncoordinating toluene were studied using X-ray transient absorption (XTA) spectroscopy and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The phenyl groups attached to the phenanthroline ligands not only effectively shield the Cu(I) center from solvent molecules, but also force a flattened tetrahedral coordination geometry of the Cu(I) center. Consequently, the MLCT state lifetime in [Cu(I)(dpp)(2)](+) is solvent-independent, unlike the previously studied 2,9-methyl substituted bis-phenanthroline Cu(I) complex. The MLCT state of [Cu(I)(dpp)(2)](+) still undergoes a "pseudo Jahn-Teller distortion," with the angle between the two phenanthroline ligand planes decreased further by 7°. The XTA results indicate that, in the MLCT excited state of [Cu(I)(dpp)(2)](+), the phenyls at the 2, 9 positions of the phenanthroline rotate, breaking the π-π interaction with the phenanthroline ligands without ever rotating in-plane with the phenanthroline ligands. Hence, the transferred electron density from the Cu(I) center is localized on the phenanthroline moiety with no charge density present on the phenyl rings. The insight about the effect of the structural constraints on the MLCT state properties will guide the design of Cu(I) diimine complexes with suitable excited-state properties to function as earth-abundant dye sensitizers for solar electricity generation.

  7. Effect of charge polarization on inelastic scattering - Differential and integral cross sections for excitation of the 2/super 1/S state of helium by electron impact.

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    Rice, J. K.; Truhlar, D. G.; Cartwright, D. C.; Trajmar, S.

    1972-01-01

    Experimental differential scattering cross sections for excitation of helium by electron impact from its ground state to its 2(super 1)S state are presented at four incident electron energies in the range from 26 to 55.5 eV for scattering angles between 10 and 70 deg and at 81.6 eV for scattering angles between 10 and 80 deg. These cross sections are normalized and compared with results predicted by the Born approximation, the polarized Born approximation, and several other first-order approximations in which direct excitation is calculated in the Born approximation and exchange scattering in various Ochkur-like approximations.

  8. Coincident excitation and radiative decay in electron-nucleus collisions

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    Jakubassa-Amundsen, D. H.; Ponomarev, V. Yu.

    2017-02-01

    The distorted-wave Born approximation formalism for the description of the (e ,e'γ ) reaction, in which emitted photons and scattered electrons are simultaneously detected, is outlined. Both the Coulomb and the magnetic scattering are fully taken into account. The influence of electron bremsstrahlung is estimated within the plane-wave Born approximation. Recoil effects are also discussed. The formalism is applied for the low-energy (e ,e'γ )92Zr reaction with excitation of the first collective (21+) and mixed-symmetry (22+) states. The corresponding transition charge and current densities are taken from a random-phase approximation (RPA) calculation within the quasiparticle phonon model. It is shown, by this example, in which way the magnetic subshell population of the excited state influences the angular distribution of the decay photon. For these quadrupole excitations the influence of magnetic scattering is only prominent at the backmost scattering angles, where a clear distinction of the photon pattern pertaining to the two states is predicted.

  9. Nonideal fishbone instability excited by trapped energetic electrons

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    Liu, Y.; Tang, C. J.; Wang, Z. T.; Long, Y. X.; Dong, J. Q.

    2013-03-15

    It is shown that trapped energetic electrons can resonate with the collisionless m = 1 nonideal kink mode, therefore exciting the nonideal e-fishbone, which would often lead to a drop in soft x-ray emissivity and frequency chirping. The theory predictions agree well with the experimental observations of e-fishbone on HL-2A. It is also found that the effects of MHD energy of background plasma might be the reason for the observed phenomena: frequency chirping up and down, and V-font-style sweeping.

  10. Nonideal fishbone instability excited by trapped energetic electrons

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    Liu, Y.; Wang, Z. T.; Long, Y. X.; Dong, J. Q.; Tang, C. J.

    2013-03-01

    It is shown that trapped energetic electrons can resonate with the collisionless m = 1 nonideal kink mode, therefore exciting the nonideal e-fishbone, which would often lead to a drop in soft x-ray emissivity and frequency chirping. The theory predictions agree well with the experimental observations of e-fishbone on HL-2A. It is also found that the effects of MHD energy of background plasma might be the reason for the observed phenomena: frequency chirping up and down, and V-font-style sweeping.

  11. Targeting excited states in all-trans polyenes with electron-pair states.

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    Boguslawski, Katharina

    2016-12-21

    Wavefunctions restricted to electron pair states are promising models for strongly correlated systems. Specifically, the pair Coupled Cluster Doubles (pCCD) ansatz allows us to accurately describe bond dissociation processes and heavy-element containing compounds with multiple quasi-degenerate single-particle states. Here, we extend the pCCD method to model excited states using the equation of motion (EOM) formalism. As the cluster operator of pCCD is restricted to electron-pair excitations, EOM-pCCD allows us to target excited electron-pair states only. To model singly excited states within EOM-pCCD, we modify the configuration interaction ansatz of EOM-pCCD to contain also single excitations. Our proposed model represents a simple and cost-effective alternative to conventional EOM-CC methods to study singly excited electronic states. The performance of the excited state models is assessed against the lowest-lying excited states of the uranyl cation and the two lowest-lying excited states of all-trans polyenes. Our numerical results suggest that EOM-pCCD including single excitations is a good starting point to target singly excited states.

  12. Targeting excited states in all-trans polyenes with electron-pair states

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    Boguslawski, Katharina

    2016-12-01

    Wavefunctions restricted to electron pair states are promising models for strongly correlated systems. Specifically, the pair Coupled Cluster Doubles (pCCD) ansatz allows us to accurately describe bond dissociation processes and heavy-element containing compounds with multiple quasi-degenerate single-particle states. Here, we extend the pCCD method to model excited states using the equation of motion (EOM) formalism. As the cluster operator of pCCD is restricted to electron-pair excitations, EOM-pCCD allows us to target excited electron-pair states only. To model singly excited states within EOM-pCCD, we modify the configuration interaction ansatz of EOM-pCCD to contain also single excitations. Our proposed model represents a simple and cost-effective alternative to conventional EOM-CC methods to study singly excited electronic states. The performance of the excited state models is assessed against the lowest-lying excited states of the uranyl cation and the two lowest-lying excited states of all-trans polyenes. Our numerical results suggest that EOM-pCCD including single excitations is a good starting point to target singly excited states.

  13. Nuclear Excitation by Electronic Transition - NEET

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    Becker, J.A.

    2002-06-10

    Experiments seeking to demonstrate nuclear excitation induced by synchrotron radiation have been enabled by the development of intense synchrotron radiation. The phenomena has been demonstrated in {sup 197}Au, while realistic upper limits for {sup 189}Os have been established. A new experiment in {sup 189}Os is described. The experimental claim of NEET in isomeric {sup 178}Hf is not credible.

  14. Theoretical Studies of Chemical Reactions following Electronic Excitation

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    Chaban, Galina M.

    2003-01-01

    The use of multi-configurational wave functions is demonstrated for several processes: tautomerization reactions in the ground and excited states of the DNA base adenine, dissociation of glycine molecule after electronic excitation, and decomposition/deformation of novel rare gas molecules HRgF. These processes involve bond brealung/formation and require multi-configurational approaches that include dynamic correlation.

  15. Resonant vibrational excitation of adsorbed molecules by electron impact

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    Djamo, V.; Teillet-Billy, D.; Gauyacq, J. P.

    1993-11-01

    The vibrational excitation of N2 molecules adsorbed on a silver surface by low energy electron impact is studied within the newly developed coupled angular mode method. The process involves the formation of a transient negative molecular ion. The results account well for the observations of Demuth and co-workers. They also reveal that most of the vibrational excitation corresponds to electrons scattered into the metal and thus unobservable in a scattering experiment.

  16. Experimental apparatus for measurements of electron impact excitation

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    Lafyatis, G. P.; Kohl, J. L.; Gardner, L. D.

    1987-01-01

    An ion beam apparatus for the absolute measurement of collision cross sections in singly and multiply charged ions is described. An inclined electron and ion beams arrangement is used. Emitted photons from the decay of collision produced excited states are collected by a mirror and imaged onto a photomultiplier. Absolute measurements of the electron impact excitation of the 2s-2p transition in C(3+) were used to demonstrate the reliability of the apparatus.

  17. Electronic excited states and relaxation dynamics in polymer heterojunction systems

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    Ramon, John Glenn Santos

    , we examine the effect of the nanoscale interfacial morphology and solvation on the electronic excited states of TFB/F8BT. Here, we employ time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) to investigate the relevant excited states of two stacking configurations. We show that the calculated states agree with the excited states responsible for the experimentally observed emission peaks and that these states are blue shifted relative to those of the isolated chain. Furthermore, slight lateral shifts in the stacking orientation not only shift the excited state energies; more importantly, they alter the nature of these states altogether. Lastly, we see that solvation greatly stabilizes the charge-transfer states.

  18. Electron excitation from ground state to first excited state: Bohmian mechanics method

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    Yang, Song; Shuang, Zhao; Fu-Ming, Guo; Yu-Jun, Yang; Su-Yu, Li

    2016-03-01

    The excitation process of electrons from the ground state to the first excited state via the resonant laser pulse is investigated by the Bohmian mechanics method. It is found that the Bohmian particles far away from the nucleus are easier to be excited and are excited firstly, while the Bohmian particles in the ground state is subject to a strong quantum force at a certain moment, being excited to the first excited state instantaneously. A detailed analysis for one of the trajectories is made, and finally we present the space and energy distribution of 2000 Bohmian particles at several typical instants and analyze their dynamical process at these moments. Project supported by the Doctoral Research Start-up Funding of Northeast Dianli University, China (Grant No. BSJXM-201332), the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 11547114, 11534004, 11474129, 11274141, 11447192, and 11304116), and the Graduate Innovation Fund of Jilin University, China (Grant No. 2015091).

  19. Theory of nuclear excitation by electron capture for heavy ions

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    Pálffy, Adriana; Scheid, Werner; Harman, Zoltán

    2006-01-01

    We investigate the resonant process of nuclear excitation by electron capture (NEEC), in which a continuum electron is captured into a bound state of an ion with the simultaneous excitation of the nucleus. In order to derive the cross section a Feshbach projection operator formalism is introduced. Nuclear states and transitions are described by a nuclear collective model and making use of experimental data. Transition rates and total cross sections for NEEC followed by the radiative decay of the excited nucleus are calculated for various heavy-ion collision systems.

  20. Computing electronic structures: A new multiconfiguration approach for excited states

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    Cancès, Éric; Galicher, Hervé; Lewin, Mathieu

    2006-02-01

    We present a new method for the computation of electronic excited states of molecular systems. This method is based upon a recent theoretical definition of multiconfiguration excited states [due to one of us, see M. Lewin, Solutions of the multiconfiguration equations in quantum chemistry, Arch. Rat. Mech. Anal. 171 (2004) 83-114]. Our algorithm, dedicated to the computation of the first excited state, always converges to a stationary state of the multiconfiguration model, which can be interpreted as an approximate excited state of the molecule. The definition of this approximate excited state is variational. An interesting feature is that it satisfies a non-linear Hylleraas-Undheim-MacDonald type principle: the energy of the approximate excited state is an upper bound to the true excited state energy of the N-body Hamiltonian. To compute the first excited state, one has to deform paths on a manifold, like this is usually done in the search for transition states between reactants and products on potential energy surfaces. We propose here a general method for the deformation of paths which could also be useful in other settings. We also compare our method to other approaches used in Quantum Chemistry and give some explanation of the unsatisfactory behaviours which are sometimes observed when using the latters. Numerical results for the special case of two-electron systems are provided: we compute the first singlet excited state potential energy surface of the H2 molecule.

  1. Computing electronic structures: A new multiconfiguration approach for excited states

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    Cances, Eric . E-mail: cances@cermics.enpc.fr; Galicher, Herve . E-mail: galicher@cermics.enpc.fr; Lewin, Mathieu . E-mail: lewin@cermic.enpc.fr

    2006-02-10

    We present a new method for the computation of electronic excited states of molecular systems. This method is based upon a recent theoretical definition of multiconfiguration excited states [due to one of us, see M. Lewin, Solutions of the multiconfiguration equations in quantum chemistry, Arch. Rat. Mech. Anal. 171 (2004) 83-114]. Our algorithm, dedicated to the computation of the first excited state, always converges to a stationary state of the multiconfiguration model, which can be interpreted as an approximate excited state of the molecule. The definition of this approximate excited state is variational. An interesting feature is that it satisfies a non-linear Hylleraas-Undheim-MacDonald type principle: the energy of the approximate excited state is an upper bound to the true excited state energy of the N-body Hamiltonian. To compute the first excited state, one has to deform paths on a manifold, like this is usually done in the search for transition states between reactants and products on potential energy surfaces. We propose here a general method for the deformation of paths which could also be useful in other settings. We also compare our method to other approaches used in Quantum Chemistry and give some explanation of the unsatisfactory behaviours which are sometimes observed when using the latter. Numerical results for the special case of two-electron systems are provided: we compute the first singlet excited state potential energy surface of the H {sub 2} molecule.

  2. Stability of sulfate complexes of electronically excited uranyl

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    Ostakhov, S.S.; Kazakov, V.P.; Afonichev, D.D.

    1995-11-01

    The complex formation of electronically excited uranyl ions with SO{sub 4}{sup 2-}anions in 0.1 M aqueous HClO{sub 4} has been studied by time-resolved luminescence spectroscopy. The stability constants of uranyl sulfate complexes (UO{sub 2}SO{sub 4}) (K=870 1 mol{sup -1}) and [UO{sub 2}(SO{sub 4}){sub 2}{sup 2-}](K=47000 1 mol{sup -1}) in excited state have been determined; they are more than an order of magnitude greater than those reported for complex formation of uranyl ions in the ground state. The complex formation of uranyl with sulfate ions is accompanied by the increase of the quantum yield of the uranyl lumenescence. The maxima of luminescence and absorption bands of uranyl ions are shifted with increasing the total concentration of SO{sub 4}{sup 2-} in solution, which supports the data obtained. The shift of the maxima of luminescence bands is observed at a sulfate concentration that is considerably lower than that causing the same shift of the maxima of the absorption bands. Such effect is consistent with the calculated stability constants of sulfate complexes of excited uranyl ions.

  3. Local treatment of electron excitations in the EOM-CCSD method

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    Korona, Tatiana; Werner, Hans-Joachim

    2003-02-01

    The Equation-of-Motion coupled cluster method restricted to single and double excitations (EOM-CCSD) and singlet excited states is formulated in a basis of nonorthogonal local orbitals. In the calculation of excited states only electron promotions from localized molecular orbitals into subspaces (excitation domains) of the local basis are allowed, which strongly reduces the number of EOM-CCSD amplitudes to be optimized. Furthermore, double excitations are neglected unless the excitation domains of the corresponding localized occupied orbitals are close to each other. Unlike in the local methods for the ground state, the excitation domains cannot be simply restricted to the atomic orbitals that are spatially close to the localized occupied orbitals. In the present paper the choice of the excitation domains is based on the analysis of wave functions computed by more approximate (and cheaper) methods like, e.g., configuration-interaction singles. The effect of various local approximations is investigated in detail, and it is found that a balanced description of the local configuration spaces describing the ground and excited states is essential to obtain accurate results. Using a single set of parameters for a given basis set, test calculations with the local EOM-CCSD method were performed for 14 molecules and 49 electronically excited states. The excitation energies computed by the local EOM-CCSD method reproduce the conventional EOM-CCSD excitation energies with an average error of 0.06 eV.

  4. Dynamics Of Electronic Excitation Of Solids With Ultrashort Laser Pulse

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    Medvedev, Nikita; Rethfeld, Baerbel

    2010-10-08

    When ultrashort laser pulses irradiate a solid, photoabsorption by electrons in conduction band produces nonequilibrium highly energetic free electrons gas. We study the ionization and excitation of the electronic subsystem in a semiconductor and a metal (solid silicon and aluminum, respectively). The irradiating femtosecond laser pulse has a duration of 10 fs and a photon energy of h-bar {omega} = 38 eV. The classical Monte Carlo method is extended to take into account the electronic band structure and Pauli's principle for electrons excited to the conduction band. In the case of semiconductors this applies to the holes as well. Conduction band electrons and valence band holes induce secondary excitation and ionization processes which we simulate event by event. We discuss the transient electron dynamics with respect to the differences between semiconductors and metals. For metals the electronic distribution is split up into two branches: a low energy distribution as a slightly distorted Fermi-distribution and a long high energy tail. For the case of semiconductors it is split into two parts by the band gap. To thermalize, these excited electronic subsystems need longer times than the characteristic pulse duration. Therefore, the analysis of experimental data with femtosecond lasers must be based on non-equilibrium concepts.

  5. Electron-beam-sustained discharge revisited — light emission from combined electron beam and microwave excited argon at atmospheric pressure

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    Dandl, Thomas; Hagn, Hermann; Neumeier, Alexander; Wieser, Jochen; Ulrich, Andreas

    2014-09-01

    A novel kind of electron beam sustained discharge is presented in which a 12 keV electron beam is combined with a 2.45 GHz microwave power to excite argon gas at atmospheric pressure in a continuous mode of operation. Optical emission spectroscopy is performed over a wide wavelength range from the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) to the near infrared (NIR). Several effects which modify the emission spectra compared to sole electron beam excitation are observed and interpreted by the changing plasma parameters such as electron density, electron temperature and gas temperature.

  6. Quantitative treatment of the effect of solvent on the electronic absorption and fluorescence spectra of substituted coumarins: Evaluation of the first excited singlet-state dipole moments.

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    Aaron, J J; Buna, M; Parkanyi, C; Antonious, M S; Tine, A; Cisse, L

    1995-12-01

    The electronic absorption and fluorescence spectra of coumarin and 11 substituted coumarins were measured in several solvents (dioxane, ethyl ether, ethyl acetate, ethanol, dimethylformamide, acetonitrile, and dimethyl sulfoxide). Ground-state dipole moments were determined in dioxane at 298 K. The results were used to obtain the first excited singlet-state dipole moments of the coumarins under study by the solvatochromic shift method (Bakhshiev, Kawski-Chamma-Viallet, McRae, and Suppan correlations). Also, the ground- and the first excited singlet-state dipole moments were calculated using a combination of the PPP method (π-contribution) and the vector sum of the σ-bond and group moments (σ-contribution). In general, the first excited singlet-state dipole moments of the coumarins are noticeably higher than the corresponding ground-state values, indicating a substantial redistribution of theπ-electron densities resulting in a more polar excited state. There is a reasonably good agreement between the calculated and the experimental dipole moments.

  7. Atomic electron excitation probabilities during orbital electron capture by the nucleus

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    Crasemann, B.; Chen, M. H.; Briand, J. P.; Chevallier, P.; Chetioui, A.; Tavernier, M.

    1979-01-01

    Approximate probabilities of electron excitation (shakeup/shakeoff) from various atomic states during nuclear ns electron capture have been calculated in the sudden approximation, using Hartree-Fock wave functions. Total excitation probabilities are much lower than during inner-shell ionization by photons or electrons, and ns states are more likely to be excited than np states. This latter result is borne out by K-alpha X-ray satellite spectra.

  8. Electronic Excitations and Metal-Insulator Transition inPoly(3-hexylthiophene) Organic Field-Effect Transistors

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    Sai, N.; Li, Z.Q.; Martin, M.C.; Basov, D.N.; Di Ventra, M.

    2006-11-07

    We carry out a comprehensive theoretical and experimentalstudy of charge injection in poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) to determinethe most likely scenario for metal-insulator transition in this system.Wecalculate the optical-absorption frequencies corresponding to a polaronand a bipolaron lattice in P3HT. We also analyze the electronicexcitations for three possible scenarios under which a first- or asecond-order metal-insulator transition can occur in doped P3HT. Thesetheoretical scenarios are compared with data from infrared absorptionspectroscopy on P3HT thin-film field-effect transistors (FETs). Ourmeasurements and theoretical predictions suggest that charge-inducedlocalized states in P3HT FETs are bipolarons and that the highest dopinglevel achieved in our experiments approaches that required for afirst-order metal-insulator transition.

  9. Low-energy electron attachment and detachment in vibrationally excited oxygen

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    Aleksandrov, N. L.; Anokhin, E. M.

    2009-11-01

    Three-body electron attachment to O2 molecules and electron detachment from O_{2}^{-} ions have been theoretically studied in vibrationally excited oxygen and O2-containing mixtures. Assuming that electron attachment and detachment proceed via the formation of vibrationally excited temporary O_{2}^{-} ions, the rates of these processes were determined on the basis of the statistical approach for the vibrational transfer and relaxation in collisions between O_{2}^{-} ions and O2 molecules. The calculated attachment and detachment rate constants turned out to agree well with available measurements in unexcited oxygen. This method was extended to calculate attachment and detachment rates in vibrationally excited oxygen. It was shown that the effect of vibrational excitation on electron detachment is profound, whereas attachment of low-energy electrons to vibrationally excited O2 is inefficient. The calculated vibrational distribution of stable O_{2}^{-} ions turned out to be non-equilibrium in an excited gas and the effective vibrational temperature of the ions was much lower than the vibrational temperature of molecules. An analytical method was suggested to determine this distribution and the effective vibrational temperature. The calculated rate constants were used to simulate the formation and decay of an electron-beam-generated plasma in N2 : O2 mixtures at elevated vibrational temperatures. The calculations showed that vibrational excitation of molecules leads to orders of magnitude increase in the plasma density and in the plasma lifetime, in agreement with available observations.

  10. Pressure in electronically excited warm dense metals

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    Stegailov, Vladimir; Zhilyaev, Petr

    2015-06-01

    Non-equilibrium two-temperature warm dense metals consist of the ion subsystem that is subjected to structural transitions and involved in the mass transfer, and the electron subsystem that in various pulsed experiments absorbs energy and then evolves together with ions to equilibrium. Definition of pressure in such non-equilibrium systems causes certain controversy. In this work we make an attempt to clarify this definition that is vital for proper description of the whole relaxation process. Using the density functional theory we analyze on examples of Al and Au electronic pressure components in warm dense metals. Appealing to the Fermi gas model we elucidate a way to find a number of free delocalized electrons in warm dense metals. First results has been published in. This work is supported by the Russian Science Foundation grant No. 14-19-01487.

  11. "Delta Plots"--A New Way to Visualize Electronic Excitation.

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    Morrison, Harry; And Others

    1985-01-01

    Presents procedures for obtaining and examples of delta plots (a way of illustrating electron density changes associated with electronic excitation). These plots are pedagogically useful for visualizing simple and complex transitions and provide a way of "seeing" the origin of highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO)-dictated carbonyl…

  12. "Delta Plots"--A New Way to Visualize Electronic Excitation.

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    Morrison, Harry; And Others

    1985-01-01

    Presents procedures for obtaining and examples of delta plots (a way of illustrating electron density changes associated with electronic excitation). These plots are pedagogically useful for visualizing simple and complex transitions and provide a way of "seeing" the origin of highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO)-dictated carbonyl…

  13. Electronic capture and excitation of highly charged channeled ions

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    Andriamonje, S.; Blank, B.; Del Moral, R.; Dufour, J. P.; Faux, L.; Fleury, A.; Pravikoff, M. S.; Röhl, C.; Chevallier, M.; Dauvergne, D.; Kirsch, R.; Poizat, J. C.; Remillieux, J.; Cohen, C.; Girard, Y.; L'Hoir, A.; Rozet, J. P.; Schmaus, D.; Vernhet, D.; Dural, J.; Rothard, H.; Toulemonde, M.; Quéré, Y.; Cue, N.

    1994-04-01

    Two aspects of heavy ion channeling are presented. The first aspect is related to the fact that channeled ions interact only with the most loosely bound target electrons. One can take benefit of this feature to study processes such as radiative electron capture (REC) and resonant transfer and excitation (RTE) in a dense quasi-free electron gas. The experimental work, performed at GANIL, devoted to these two processes is described. A possible extension to Nuclear RTE or NEEC (nuclear excitation by electron capture) studies is also described. The second aspect discussed is related to the periodicity of the potential experienced by channeled ions. We show that in a well chosen case this could lead to a significant and detectable coherent excitation of the projectile nucleus.

  14. Collision rates for electron excitation of Mg V lines

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    Tayal, S. S.; Sossah, A. M.

    2015-02-01

    Aims: Transition probabilities and electron impact excitation collision strengths and rates for astrophysically important lines in Mg V are reported. The 86 fine-structure levels of the 2s22p4, 2s2p5, 2p6, 2s22p33s, 2s22p33p and 2s22p33d configurations are included in our calculations. The effective collision strengths are presented as a function of electron temperature for solar and other astrophysical applications. Methods: The collision strengths have been calculated using the B-splineBreit-Pauli R-matrixmethod for all fine-structure transitions among the 86 levels. The one-body mass, Darwin and spin-orbit relativistic effects are included in the Breit-Pauli Hamiltonian in the scattering calculations. The one-body and two-body relativistic operators are included in the multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock calculations of transition probabilities. Several sets of non-orthogonal spectroscopic and correlation radial orbitals are used to obtain accurate description of Mg V 86 levels and to represent the scattering functions. Results: The calculated excitation energies are in very good agreement with experiment and represents an improvement over the previous calculations. The present collision strengths show good agreement with the previously available R-matrix and distorted-wave calculations. The oscillator strengths for E1 transitions normally compare very well with previous calculations. The thermally averaged collision strengths are obtained by integrating total resonant and non-resonant collision strengths over a Maxwellian distribution of electron energies and these are presented over the temperature range log 10Te = 3.2-6.0 K. Tables 1-4 are only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (ftp://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/574/A87

  15. Effect of electron energy distribution functions on plasma generated vacuum ultraviolet in a diffusion plasma excited by a microwave surface wave

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    Zhao, J. P.; Chen, L.; Funk, M.; Sundararajan, R.; Nozawa, T.; Samukawa, S.

    2013-07-15

    Plasma generated vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) in diffusion plasma excited by a microwave surface wave has been studied by using dielectric-based VUV sensors. Evolution of plasma VUV in the diffusion plasma as a function of the distance from the power coupling surface is investigated. Experimental results have indicated that the energy and spatial distributions of plasma VUV are mainly controlled by the energy distribution functions of the plasma electrons, i.e., electron energy distribution functions (EEDFs). The study implies that by designing EEDF of plasma, one could be able to tailor plasma VUV in different applications such as in dielectric etching or photo resist smoothing.

  16. Electron-phonon relaxation and excited electron distribution in gallium nitride

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    Zhukov, V. P.; Tyuterev, V. G.; Chulkov, E. V.

    2016-08-28

    We develop a theory of energy relaxation in semiconductors and insulators highly excited by the long-acting external irradiation. We derive the equation for the non-equilibrium distribution function of excited electrons. The solution for this function breaks up into the sum of two contributions. The low-energy contribution is concentrated in a narrow range near the bottom of the conduction band. It has the typical form of a Fermi distribution with an effective temperature and chemical potential. The effective temperature and chemical potential in this low-energy term are determined by the intensity of carriers' generation, the speed of electron-phonon relaxation, rates of inter-band recombination, and electron capture on the defects. In addition, there is a substantial high-energy correction. This high-energy “tail” largely covers the conduction band. The shape of the high-energy “tail” strongly depends on the rate of electron-phonon relaxation but does not depend on the rates of recombination and trapping. We apply the theory to the calculation of a non-equilibrium distribution of electrons in an irradiated GaN. Probabilities of optical excitations from the valence to conduction band and electron-phonon coupling probabilities in GaN were calculated by the density functional perturbation theory. Our calculation of both parts of distribution function in gallium nitride shows that when the speed of the electron-phonon scattering is comparable with the rate of recombination and trapping then the contribution of the non-Fermi “tail” is comparable with that of the low-energy Fermi-like component. So the high-energy contribution can essentially affect the charge transport in the irradiated and highly doped semiconductors.

  17. Electron-impact excitation of the low-lying electronic states of formaldehyde

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    Chutjian, A.

    1974-01-01

    Electron-impact excitation has been observed at incident electron energies of 10.1 and 20.1 eV to the first five excited electronic states of formaldehyde lying at and below the 1B2 state at 7.10 eV. These excitations include two new transitions in the energy-loss range 5.6-6.2 eV and 6.7-7.0 eV which have been detected for the first time, either through electron-impact excitation or photon absorption. The differential cross sections of these new excitations are given at scattering angles between 15 and 135 deg. These cross-section ratios peak at large scattering angles - a characteristic of triplet - singlet excitations. The design and performance of the electron-impact spectrometer used in the above observations is outlined and discussed.

  18. Resonant excitation of whistler waves by a helical electron beam

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    An, X.; Van Compernolle, B.; Bortnik, J.; Thorne, R. M.; Chen, L.; Li, W.

    2016-03-01

    Chorus-like whistler mode waves that are known to play a fundamental role in driving radiation belt dynamics are excited on the Large Plasma Device by the injection of a helical electron beam into a cold plasma. The mode structure of the excited whistler wave is identified using a phase correlation technique showing that the waves are excited through a combination of Landau resonance, cyclotron resonance, and anomalous cyclotron resonance. The dominant wave mode excited through cyclotron resonance is quasi-parallel propagating, whereas wave modes excited through Landau resonance and anomalous cyclotron resonance propagate at oblique angles that are close to the resonance cone. An analysis of the linear wave growth rates captures the major observations in the experiment. The results have important implications for the generation process of whistler waves in the Earth's inner magnetosphere.

  19. Electron-hole excitations and optical spectra from first principles

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    Rohlfing, Michael; Louie, Steven G.

    2000-08-15

    We present a recently developed approach to calculate electron-hole excitations and the optical spectra of condensed matter from first principles. The key concept is to describe the excitations of the electronic system by the corresponding one- and two-particle Green's function. The method combines three computational techniques. First, the electronic ground state is treated within density-functional theory. Second, the single-particle spectrum of the electrons and holes is obtained within the GW approximation to the electron self-energy operator. Finally, the electron-hole interaction is calculated and a Bethe-Salpeter equation is solved, yielding the coupled electron-hole excitations. The resulting solutions allow the calculation of the entire optical spectrum. This holds both for bound excitonic states below the band gap, as well as for the resonant spectrum above the band gap. We discuss a number of technical developments needed for the application of the method to real systems. To illustrate the approach, we discuss the excitations and optical spectra of spatially isolated systems (atoms, molecules, and semiconductor clusters) and of extended, periodic crystals (semiconductors and insulators). (c) 2000 The American Physical Society.

  20. Electronic excitation spectrum of ABC-stacked multilayer graphene

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    Henni, Y.; Nogajewski, K.; Ojeda Collado, H. P.; Usaj, G.; Balseiro, C. A.; Potemski, M.; Faugeras, C.

    The electronic properties of ABC graphene trilayers has attracted lot of attention recently due to their potential applications in engineering carbon-based devices with gate tunable electrical conductivity. Morever,ABC-stacked thin layers of graphite are predicted to host peculiar surface electronic states, with a flat dispersion over most of the Brillouin zone. The associated high density of states is likely to favour the emergence of exotic electronic phases, such as charge density waves or even superconductivity. We present a micro-magneto-Raman scattering study of a thin graphite flake produced by exfoliation of natural graphite, composed of ~15graphene layers, and including a large ABC-stacked domain. Exploring the low temperature Raman scattering spectrum of this domain up to B=29T,we identify inter Landau level electronic excitations within the surface flat bands,together with electronic excitations involving the gapped states in the bulk. This interband electronic excitation at B=0T can be observed,up to room temperature, directly in the Raman scattering spectrum as a broad(~ 180 cm-1) feature. Because the energy gap strongly depends on the number of layers,this electronic excitation can be used to identify and characterize ABC-stacked graphite thin layers.

  1. Excitation spectra of circular, few-electron quantum dots

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    Kouwenhoven; Oosterkamp; Danoesastro; Eto; Austing; Honda; Tarucha

    1997-12-05

    Studies of the ground and excited states in semiconductor quantum dots containing 1 to 12 electrons showed that the quantum numbers of the states in the excitation spectra can be identified and compared with exact calculations. A magnetic field induces transitions between the ground and excited states. These transitions were analyzed in terms of crossings between single-particle states, singlet-triplet transitions, spin polarization, and Hund's rule. These impurity-free quantum dots allow "atomic physics" experiments to be performed in magnetic field regimes not accessible for atoms.

  2. Electron-irradiation-induced crystallization at metallic amorphous/silicon oxide interfaces caused by electronic excitation

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    Nagase, Takeshi; Yamashita, Ryo; Lee, Jung-Goo

    2016-04-28

    Irradiation-induced crystallization of an amorphous phase was stimulated at a Pd-Si amorphous/silicon oxide (a(Pd-Si)/SiO{sub x}) interface at 298 K by electron irradiation at acceleration voltages ranging between 25 kV and 200 kV. Under irradiation, a Pd-Si amorphous phase was initially formed at the crystalline face-centered cubic palladium/silicon oxide (Pd/SiO{sub x}) interface, followed by the formation of a Pd{sub 2}Si intermetallic compound through irradiation-induced crystallization. The irradiation-induced crystallization can be considered to be stimulated not by defect introduction through the electron knock-on effects and electron-beam heating, but by the electronic excitation mechanism. The observed irradiation-induced structural change at the a(Pd-Si)/SiO{sub x} and Pd/SiO{sub x} interfaces indicates multiple structural modifications at the metal/silicon oxide interfaces through electronic excitation induced by the electron-beam processes.

  3. Dissociative Electron Attachment to Rovibrationally Excited Molecules

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    1987-08-31

    scatt,,;ng by argon have been - present calculations of elastic scattering of electrons and performed by Walker35 and by Fink and Yates %3 using the...A. C. Yates , At. Data 1, 385 (1970). 66p. G. Coleman and J. D. McNutt, Phys. Rev. Lett. 42, 1130 37D. G. Thompson, Proc. R. Soc. London, Ser. A 294...final I bound state, Ps. The reduced masses are gj +O, (rj)= E -H , +i i ’ (16) Pr=mMT/(m +Mr)=am Upon operating on both sides of Eq. (16) by (HI)-E

  4. Electronic excitation and isentropic coefficients of high temperature planetary atmosphere plasmas

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    Colonna, Gianpiero; Capitelli, Mario

    2012-07-15

    In this paper, we have discussed the effects of electronically excited states of atomic species in affecting the isentropic coefficients of plasmas, focusing on mixtures representing the atmospheres of Jupiter, Mars, and Earth. General behaviors have been rationalized on the basis of simplified approaches. The contribution of the electronically excited states has been evidenced by comparing results obtained considering only the ground state and those obtained using either Fermi or Griem cutoff criteria.

  5. Resonant vibrational excitation of CO by low-energy electrons

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    Poparic, G. B.; Belic, D. S.; Vicic, M. D.

    2006-06-15

    Electron impact vibrational excitation of the CO molecule, via the {sup 2}{pi} resonance, in the 0-4 eV energy region has been investigated. The energy dependence of the resonant excitation of the first ten vibrational levels, v=1 to v=10, has been measured by use of a crossed-beams double trochoidal electron spectrometer. Obtained relative differential cross sections are normalized to the absolute values. Integral cross sections are determined by using our recent results on scattered electrons angular distributions, which demonstrate clear p-partial wave character of this resonance. Substructures appear in the {sup 2}{pi} resonant excitation of the CO molecule which have not been previously observed.

  6. Internal conversion from excited electronic states of 229Th ions

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    Bilous, Pavlo V.; Kazakov, Georgy A.; Moore, Iain D.; Schumm, Thorsten; Pálffy, Adriana

    2017-03-01

    The process of internal conversion from excited electronic states is investigated theoretically for the case of the vacuum-ultraviolet nuclear transition of 229Th. Due to the very low transition energy, the 229Th nucleus offers the unique possibility to open the otherwise forbidden internal conversion nuclear decay channel for thorium ions via optical laser excitation of the electronic shell. We show that this feature can be exploited to investigate the isomeric state properties via observation of internal conversion from excited electronic configurations of +Th and Th+2 ions. A possible experimental realization of the proposed scenario at the nuclear laser spectroscopy facility IGISOL in Jyväskylä, Finland, is discussed.

  7. Electronically excited states of sodium-water clusters

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    Schulz, Claus Peter; Bobbert, Christiana; Shimosato, Taku; Daigoku, Kota; Miura, Nobuaki; Hashimoto, Kenro

    2003-12-01

    The lowest electronically excited state of small Na(H2O)n clusters has been investigated experimentally and theoretically. The excitation energy as determined by the depletion spectroscopy method drops from 16 950 cm-1 for the sodium atom down to 9670 cm-1 when only three water molecules are attached to the Na atom. For larger clusters the absorption band shifts back towards higher energies and reaches 10 880 cm-1 for n=12. The experimental data are compared to quantum-chemical calculations at the Møeller-Plesset second-order perturbation and multireference single and double excitation configuration interaction levels. We found that the observed size dependence of the transition energy is well reproduced by the interior structure where the sodium atom is surrounded by water molecules. The analysis of the radial charge distribution of the unpaired electron in these interior structures gives a new insight into the formation of the "solvated" electron.

  8. Axial- and radial-resolved electron density and excitation temperature of aluminum plasma induced by nanosecond laser: Effect of the ambient gas composition and pressure

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    Dawood, Mahmoud S.; Hamdan, Ahmad E-mail: Joelle.margot@umontreal.ca; Margot, Joëlle E-mail: Joelle.margot@umontreal.ca

    2015-11-15

    The spatial variation of the characteristics of an aluminum plasma induced by a pulsed nanosecond XeCl laser is studied in this paper. The electron density and the excitation temperature are deduced from time- and space- resolved Stark broadening of an ion line and from a Boltzmann diagram, respectively. The influence of the gas pressure (from vacuum up to atmospheric pressure) and compositions (argon, nitrogen and helium) on these characteristics is investigated. It is observed that the highest electron density occurs near the laser spot and decreases by moving away both from the target surface and from the plume center to its edge. The electron density increases with the gas pressure, the highest values being occurred at atmospheric pressure when the ambient gas has the highest mass, i.e. in argon. The excitation temperature is determined from the Boltzmann plot of line intensities of iron impurities present in the aluminum target. The highest temperature is observed close to the laser spot location for argon at atmospheric pressure. It decreases by moving away from the target surface in the axial direction. However, no significant variation of temperature occurs along the radial direction. The differences observed between the axial and radial direction are mainly due to the different plasma kinetics in both directions.

  9. Excitations and benchmark ensemble density functional theory for two electrons

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    Pribram-Jones, Aurora; Burke, Kieron; Yang, Zeng-hui; Ullrich, Carsten A.; Trail, John R.; Needs, Richard J.

    2014-05-14

    A new method for extracting ensemble Kohn-Sham potentials from accurate excited state densities is applied to a variety of two-electron systems, exploring the behavior of exact ensemble density functional theory. The issue of separating the Hartree energy and the choice of degenerate eigenstates is explored. A new approximation, spin eigenstate Hartree-exchange, is derived. Exact conditions that are proven include the signs of the correlation energy components and the asymptotic behavior of the potential for small weights of the excited states. Many energy components are given as a function of the weights for two electrons in a one-dimensional flat box, in a box with a large barrier to create charge transfer excitations, in a three-dimensional harmonic well (Hooke's atom), and for the He atom singlet-triplet ensemble, singlet-triplet-singlet ensemble, and triplet bi-ensemble.

  10. Excited State Electronic Properties of Sodium Iodide and Cesium Iodide

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    Campbell, Luke W.; Gao, Fei

    2013-05-01

    We compute from first principles the dielectric function, loss function, lifetime and scattering rate of quasiparticles due to electronic losses, and secondary particle spectrum due to plasmon decay in two scintillating alkali halides, sodium iodide and cesium iodide. Particular emphasis is placed on quasiparticles within several multiples of the band gap from the band edges. A theory for the decay spectra of plasmons and other electronic excitations in crystals is presented. Applications to Monte Carlo radiation transport codes are discussed.

  11. Excitation of electron Langmuir frequency harmonics in the solar atmosphere

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    Fomichev, V. V.; Fainshtein, S. M.; Chernov, G. P.

    2013-05-15

    An alternative mechanism for the excitation of electron Langmuir frequency harmonics as a result of the development of explosive instability in a weakly relativistic beam-plasma system in the solar atmosphere is proposed. The efficiency of the new mechanism as compared to the previously discussed ones is analyzed.

  12. Electron impact excitation coefficients for laboratory and astrophysical plasmas

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    Davis, J.; Kepple, P. C.; Blaha, M.

    1976-01-01

    Electron impact excitation rate coefficients have been obtained for a number of transitions in highly ionized ions of interest to astrophysical and laboratory plasmas. The calculations were done using the method of distorted waves. Results are presented for various transitions in highly ionized Ne, Na, Al, Si, A, Ca, Ni and Fe.

  13. Tuning ground states and excitations in complex electronic materials

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    Bishop, A.R.

    1996-09-01

    Modern electronic materials are characterized by a great variety of broken-symmetry ground states and excitations. Their control requires understanding and tuning underlying driving forces of spin-charge-lattice coupling, critical to macroscopic properties and applications. We report representative model calculations which demonstrate some of the richness of the phenomena and the challenges for successful microscopic modeling.

  14. An incompressible state of a photo-excited electron gas

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    Chepelianskii, Alexei D.; Watanabe, Masamitsu; Nasyedkin, Kostyantyn; Kono, Kimitoshi; Konstantinov, Denis

    2015-01-01

    Two-dimensional electrons in a magnetic field can form new states of matter characterized by topological properties and strong electronic correlations as displayed in the integer and fractional quantum Hall states. In these states, the electron liquid displays several spectacular characteristics, which manifest themselves in transport experiments with the quantization of the Hall resistance and a vanishing longitudinal conductivity or in thermodynamic equilibrium when the electron fluid becomes incompressible. Several experiments have reported that dissipationless transport can be achieved even at weak, non-quantizing magnetic fields when the electrons absorb photons at specific energies related to their cyclotron frequency. Here we perform compressibility measurements on electrons on liquid helium demonstrating the formation of an incompressible electronic state under these resonant excitation conditions. This new state provides a striking example of irradiation-induced self-organization in a quantum system. PMID:26007282

  15. Electron excitation after plasmon decay in proton-aluminum collisions

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    Bocan, G.; Miraglia, J.E.

    2003-03-01

    When a projectile travels inside a metal, it interacts with the electron gas, producing both binary and collective excitations (plasmons). Within the nearly-free-electron-gas scheme, Roesler and co-workers showed that plasmons decay in first order and a conduction electron is emitted (interband transition). Working within the frame of atomic collisions, we develop a simple model to describe this decay. The first-order Born expansion is used to approximate the electron wave functions. The influence of the lattice potential on the excited electron is considered in the calculations in order to balance the momentum-conservation equation. It gives contributions associated with sites of the reciprocal lattice. The potential expansion coefficients are obtained following Animalu and co-workers [Philos. Mag. 9, 451 (1964)]. First- and second-differential spectra (in energy and angle) are analyzed discriminating contributions due to different lattice momenta. In all cases, contributions due to binary excitations of the valence electrons and inner-shell ionization are presented to establish a comparison.

  16. Collective π -electronic excitations in BN double-walled nanotubes

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    Margulis, Vl. A.; Muryumin, E. E.; Gaiduk, E. A.

    2008-07-01

    We report a systematic theoretical study of the collective π -electronic excitations in boron nitride double-walled nanotubes (BN-DWNTs). For simplicity, it is assumed that both shells (inner and outer) of such tubes have a zigzag achiral structure. Taking into account intershell Coulomb coupling and neglecting intershell electron tunneling, we introduce the effective dynamic-dielectric-response function of the BN-DWNTs, which depends on frequency ω , wave number q , and angular momentum L . An explicit expression for this function is derived within the random-phase approximation using standard many-body techniques based on the Green’s function method. Numerical results are presented for the wave-number dispersion and damping of the π -plasmon modes with different L ’s, demonstrating a unified picture of the π -plasmon-energy variation with q for the BN-DWNTs of different diameters. According to this picture, the spectrum of the π plasmons, which are shown to be long lived and hence well-defined collective electronic excitations in the BN-DWNTs, consists of a set of nonintersecting upward-dispersed branches, which are well separated in their energies at small values of q , but which tend to merge with increasing q . Each of the branches corresponds to one and only one value of the angular momentum L=0,1,2,… and none of the branches starts from q=0 . The present calculations also show that the π plasmons in the BN-DWNTs can exist even at those q values at which the π -plasmon modes are not supported by either of the nanotube shells alone. It is found that the threshold value of the wavelength, at which the L=0 π -plasmon dispersion curve in the BN-DWNTs makes its start, is redshifted as compared to that in the inner and outer nanotube shells if they are considered separately. The most important features of our calculated results seem to be consistent, more or less reasonable, with those derived from the recent electron

  17. Vibrational excitation and vibrationally resolved electronic excitation cross sections of positron-H2 scattering

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    Zammit, Mark; Fursa, Dmitry; Savage, Jeremy; Bray, Igor

    2016-09-01

    Vibrational excitation and vibrationally resolved electronic excitation cross sections of positron-H2 scattering have been calculated using the single-centre molecular convergent close-coupling (CCC) method. The adiabatic-nuclei approximation was utilized to model the above scattering processes and obtain the vibrationally resolved positron-H2 scattering length. As previously demonstrated, the CCC results are converged and accurately account for virtual and physical positronium formation by coupling basis functions with large orbital angular momentum. Here vibrationally resolved integrated and differential cross sections are presented over a wide energy range and compared with previous calculations and available experiments. Los Alamos National Laboratory and Curtin University.

  18. State-to-state kinetics and transport properties of electronically excited N and O atoms

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    Istomin, V. A.; Kustova, E. V.

    2016-11-01

    A theoretical model of transport properties in electronically excited atomic gases in the state-to-state approach is developed. Different models for the collision diameters of atoms in excited states are discussed, and it is shown that the Slater-like models can be applied for the state-resolved transport coefficient calculations. The influence of collision diameters of N and O atoms with electronic degrees of freedom on the transport properties is evaluated. Different distributions on the electronic energy are considered for the calculation of transport coefficients. For the Boltzmann-like distributions at temperatures greater than 15000 K, an important effect of electronic excitation on the thermal conductivity and viscosity coefficients is found; the coefficients decrease significantly when many electronic states are taken into account. It is shown that under hypersonic reentry conditions the impact of collision diameters on the transport properties is not really important since the populations of high levels behind the shock waves are low.

  19. Electrostatic and whistler instabilities excited by an electron beam

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    An, Xin; Bortnik, Jacob; Van Compernolle, Bart; Decyk, Viktor; Thorne, Richard

    2017-07-01

    The electron beam-plasma system is ubiquitous in the space plasma environment. Here, using a Darwin particle-in-cell method, the excitation of electrostatic and whistler instabilities by a gyrating electron beam is studied in support of recent laboratory experiments. It is assumed that the total plasma frequency (ωpe) is larger than the electron cyclotron frequency (Ωe). The fast-growing electrostatic beam-mode waves saturate in a few plasma oscillations by slowing down and relaxing the electron beam parallel to the background magnetic field. Upon their saturation, the finite amplitude electrostatic beam-mode waves can resonate with the tail of the background thermal electrons and accelerate them to the beam parallel velocity. The slower-growing whistler waves are excited in primarily two resonance modes: (a) through Landau resonance due to the inverted slope of the beam electrons in the parallel velocity and (b) through cyclotron resonance by scattering electrons to both lower pitch angles and smaller energies. It is demonstrated that, for a field-aligned beam, the whistler instability can be suppressed by the electrostatic instability due to a faster energy transfer rate between the beam electrons and electrostatic waves. Such a competition of growth between whistler and electrostatic waves depends on the ratio of ωpe/Ωe. In terms of wave propagation, beam-generated electrostatic waves are confined to the beam region, whereas beam-generated whistler waves transport energy away from the beam.

  20. Improvement of electron capture efficiency by resonant excitation.

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    Mormann, Michael; Peter-Katalinić, Jasna

    2003-01-01

    A novel pulse sequence improving the efficiency for electron capture dissociation (ECD) of an unmodified Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance (FTICR) mass spectrometer by more than an order of magnitude is presented. Commercially available FTICR instruments are usually equipped with a filament-based electron source producing an electron beam that has a rather small cross section. An ideal overlap between the rotating ion cloud and the electron beam appears to be a prerequisite for a high ECD efficiency. A reduced interception of the ion cloud and the electron beam is probably due to the contribution of the magnetron motion to the trajectory of the ions, resulting in a precession about the z-axis of the instrument. By increasing the kinetic energy and therefore increasing the cyclotron radii of the precursor ions by resonant excitation, the overlap of the rotating ion cloud with the electron beam is improved. By use of this protocol the efficiency of electron capture is substantially increased and consequently the acquisition time of ECD spectra is reduced significantly. The capability of resonant excitation of the precursor ions during the irradiation with electrons is demonstrated for standard peptides. This approach is particularly valuable for analysis and characterization of O-glycosylated peptides. In addition to amino acid sequence information, the attachment site of the labile glycan moiety is determined, and also radical-site-induced fragmentations of the glycosidic bonds are observed.

  1. Excitation of phonons in medium-energy electron diffraction

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    Alvarez, M. A. Vicente; Ascolani, H.; Zampieri, G.

    1996-03-01

    The ``elastic'' backscattering of electrons from crystalline surfaces presents two regimes: a low-energy regime, in which the characteristic low-energy electron diffraction (LEED) pattern is observed, and a medium-energy regime, in which the diffraction pattern is similar to those observed in x-ray photoemission diffraction (XPD) and Auger electron diffraction (AED) experiments. We present a model for the electron scattering which, including the vibrational degrees of freedom of the crystal, contains both regimes and explains the passage from one regime to the other. Our model is based on a separation of the electron and atomic motions (adiabatic approximation) and on a cluster-type formulation of the multiple scattering of the electron. The inelastic scattering events (excitation and/or absorption of phonons) are treated as coherent processes and no break of the phase relation between the incident and the exit paths of the electron is assumed. The LEED and the medium-energy electron diffraction regimes appear naturally in this model as the limit cases of completely elastic scattering and of inelastic scattering with excitation and/or absorption of multiple phonons. Intensity patterns calculated with this model are in very good agreement with recent experiments of electron scattering on Cu(001) at low and medium energies. We show that there is a correspondence between the type of intensity pattern and the mean number of phonons excited and/or absorbed during the scattering: a LEED-like pattern is observed when this mean number is less than 2, LEED-like and XPD/AED-like features coexist when this number is 3-4, and a XPD/AED-like pattern is observed when this number is greater than 5-6.

  2. Dynamics of two-electron excitations in helium

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    Caldwell, C.D.; Menzel, A.; Frigo, S.P.

    1997-04-01

    Excitation of both electrons in helium offers a unique window for studying electron correlation at the most basic level in an atom in which these two electrons and the nucleus form a three-body system. The authors utilized the first light available at the U-8 undulator-SGM monochromator beamline to investigate the dynamic parameters, partial cross sections, differential cross sections, and photoelectron angular distribution parameters ({beta}), with a high resolving power for the photon beam and at the highly differential level afforded by the use of their electron spectrometer. In parallel, they carried out detailed calculations of the relevant properties by a theoretical approach that is based on the hyperspherical close-coupling method. Partial photoionization cross sections {sigma}{sub n}, and photoelectron angular distributions {beta}{sub n} were measured for all possible final ionic states He{sup +}(n) in the region of the double excitations N(K,T){sup A} up to the N=5 threshold. At a photon energy bandpass of 12 meV below the thresholds N=3, 4, and 5, this level of differentiation offers the most critical assessment of the dynamics of the two-electron excitations to date. The experimental data were seen to be very well described by the most advanced theoretical calculations.

  3. The DIET from semiconductor surfaces by excitation of valence electrons

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    Kanasaki, Jun'ichi; Okano, Akiko; Ishikawa, Ken'ichi; Nakai, Yasuo; Itoh, Noriaki

    1995-06-01

    We discuss the desorption induced by electronic transitions (DIET) of constituent atoms from several types of non-metallic solids, particularly the DIET from semiconductors by valence electron excitations. We first classify the non-metallic solids into type A, in which no self-trapping of excitons occurs, and type B, in which self-trapping occurs. We argue that in type B solids the localization of electron-hole pairs or excitons through the self-trapping on the surfaces induces the Menzel-Gomer-Redhead-type anti-bonding state resulting in DIET. For the DIET from type A non-metals, typically semiconductors, in which the self-trapping is not induced, we derive two important characteristics: (1) the emission is related to defects on the surfaces and (2) single electronic excitation cannot induce the emissions. The recent experimental observations of laser-induced emissions satisfying these characteristics for the DIET from semiconductors are surveyed. Furthermore we present experimental evidence demonstrating that the observed emissions are of the electronic origin: the emission occurs dominantly when the excitation is localized on the surface. Finally, surface phenomena, such as laser ablation and dry etching, related to the DIET from semiconductors, and the applications of the DIET from semiconductors are discussed.

  4. Electron-driven excitation and dissociation of molecules

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    Orel, Ann

    2009-10-01

    Due to the large difference in mass between the electron and the nuclei, when an electron collides with a molecule or molecular ion, there is inefficient transfer of energy from the electron into the motion of the nuclei, leading to little vibrational excitation or dissociation. However, in certain special cases, the electron can temporarily attach to the molecule and change the forces felt between its atoms for a period of time comparable to a vibrational period. This can lead to resonant vibrational excitation and dissociative attachment, for neutral targets, or dissociative recombination in the case of ions. Studies of dissociative recombination and attachment in several polyatomic systems have shown that simple one-dimensional models can fail to capture the correct dissociation dynamics. In our treatment of these processes we first carry out ab initio electron scattering calculations at fixed internuclear geometries to determine the resonant energy surfaces and the corresponding surface of autoionization widths using the Complex Kohn variational method. These resonance positions and widths are then used as input to a dynamics study to determine the cross-section and product distributions for the dissociation or excitation process. We will present results on a number of systems, including HCCH, HCN/HNC and HCCCN as examples of dissociative attachment and N2H^+ and H2O^+ for dissociative recombination.

  5. Quantum mechanical methods applied to excitation energy transfer: a comparative analysis on excitation energies and electronic couplings.

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    Muñoz-Losa, A; Curutchet, C; Fdez Galván, I; Mennucci, B

    2008-07-21

    We present a comparative study on the influence of the quantum mechanical (QM) method (including basis set) on the evaluation of transition energies, transition densities and dipoles, and excitation energy transfer (EET) electronic couplings for a series of chromophores (and the corresponding pairs) typically found in organic electro-optical devices and photosynthetic systems. On these systems we have applied five different QM levels of description of increasing accuracy (ZINDO, CIS, TD-DFT, CASSCF, and SAC-CI). In addition, we have tested the effects of a surrounding environment (either mimicking a solvent or a protein matrix) on excitation energies, transition dipoles, and electronic couplings through the polarizable continuum model (PCM) description. Overall, the results obtained suggest that the choice of the QM level of theory affects the electronic couplings much less than it affects excitation energies. We conclude that reasonable estimates can be obtained using moderate basis sets and inexpensive methods such as configuration interaction of single excitations or time-dependent density functional theory when appropriately coupled to realistic solvation models such as PCM.

  6. Quantum mechanical methods applied to excitation energy transfer: A comparative analysis on excitation energies and electronic couplings

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    Munoz-Losa, A.; Mennucci, B.; Curutchet, C.; Galvan, I. Fdez.

    2008-07-21

    We present a comparative study on the influence of the quantum mechanical (QM) method (including basis set) on the evaluation of transition energies, transition densities and dipoles, and excitation energy transfer (EET) electronic couplings for a series of chromophores (and the corresponding pairs) typically found in organic electro-optical devices and photosynthetic systems. On these systems we have applied five different QM levels of description of increasing accuracy (ZINDO, CIS, TD-DFT, CASSCF, and SAC-CI). In addition, we have tested the effects of a surrounding environment (either mimicking a solvent or a protein matrix) on excitation energies, transition dipoles, and electronic couplings through the polarizable continuum model (PCM) description. Overall, the results obtained suggest that the choice of the QM level of theory affects the electronic couplings much less than it affects excitation energies. We conclude that reasonable estimates can be obtained using moderate basis sets and inexpensive methods such as configuration interaction of single excitations or time-dependent density functional theory when appropriately coupled to realistic solvation models such as PCM.

  7. Competition between radiative recombination and nuclear excitation by electron capture

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    Pály, A.; Harman, Z.; Surzhykov, A.; Scheid, W.

    2007-03-01

    The process of electron recombination is investigated considering the possible resonant channel of nuclear excitation by electron capture (NEEC), in which a continuum electron is captured into a bound state of an ion with the simultaneous excitation of the nucleus. Transition rates and total cross sections for NEEC followed by the radiative decay of the nucleus are presented for various heavy-ion collision systems. The role played by radiative recombination (RR) in the NEEC recombination mechanism is investigated and theoretical estimates of the magnitude of the interference between the two processes are presented. We discuss the experimental possibility of discerning NEEC from the RR background, studying the angular distribution of the radiation emitted in the two processes.

  8. Statistics of excitations in the electron glass model

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    Palassini, Matteo

    2011-03-01

    We study the statistics of elementary excitations in the classical electron glass model of localized electrons interacting via the unscreened Coulomb interaction in the presence of disorder. We reconsider the long-standing puzzle of the exponential suppression of the single-particle density of states near the Fermi level, by measuring accurately the density of states of charged and electron-hole pair excitations via finite temperature Monte Carlo simulation and zero-temperature relaxation. We also investigate the statistics of large charge rearrangements after a perturbation of the system, which may shed some light on the slow relaxation and glassy phenomena recently observed in a variety of Anderson insulators. In collaboration with Martin Goethe.

  9. Electron-driven excitation and dissociation of molecules

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    Chourou, S.; Larson, Å.; Orel, A. E.

    2010-01-01

    In the collision of electrons with molecules and molecular ions, excitation and dissociation are dominated by resonant processes, where the electron becomes temporarily trapped, changing the forces felt by the nuclei. In this paper, we will outline our method for treating these collision processes, where one or more resonant states exist. We separate the problem into two steps. First we carry out ab initio electron scattering calculations at fixed internuclear geometries to determine the resonant energy surfaces and the corresponding surface of autoionization widths, using the Complex Kohn variational method. These resonance positions and widths are then used as input to a dynamics study to determine the cross section and product distributions for the dissociation or excitation process. We will present results on a number of systems, including HCCH, HCN/HNC and HCCCN as examples of dissociative attachment, and H2O+ for dissociative recombination.

  10. Excitation of the surface flute waves in electron cyclotron frequency range by internal rotating electron beam in a coaxial waveguide

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    Blednov, O.; Girka, I.; Girka, V.; Pavlenko, I.; Sydora, R.

    2014-12-01

    The initial stage of interaction between a gyrating beam of electrons, which move along Larmor orbits in a narrow gap between a cylindrical plasma layer and an internal screen of a metal coaxial waveguide and electromagnetic eigen waves, is studied theoretically. These waves are extraordinary polarized ones; they propagate along the azimuthal angle across an axial external steady magnetic field in the electron cyclotron frequency range. The numerical analysis shows that the excitation process is stable enough in respect to changing plasma waveguide parameters. The wider the plasma layer, the broader the range of plasma waveguide parameters within which effective wave excitation takes place. The main influence on the excitation of these modes is performed by the applied axial magnetic field, namely: its increase leads to an increase of growth rate and a broadening of the range of the waveguide parameters within which wave excitation is effective.

  11. Chemical excitation of electrons: A dark path to melanoma.

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    Premi, Sanjay; Brash, Douglas E

    2016-08-01

    Sunlight's ultraviolet wavelengths induce cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs), which then cause mutations that lead to melanoma or to cancers of skin keratinocytes. In pigmented melanocytes, we found that CPDs arise both instantaneously and for hours after UV exposure ends. Remarkably, the CPDs arising in the dark originate by a novel pathway that resembles bioluminescence but does not end in light: First, UV activates the enzymes nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and NADPH oxidase (NOX), which generate the radicals nitric oxide (NO) and superoxide (O2(-)); these combine to form the powerful oxidant peroxynitrite (ONOO(-)). A fragment of the skin pigment melanin is then oxidized, exciting an electron to an energy level so high that it is rarely seen in biology. This process of chemically exciting electrons, termed "chemiexcitation", is used by fireflies to generate light but it had never been seen in mammalian cells. In melanocytes, the energy transfers radiationlessly to DNA, inducing CPDs. Chemiexcitation is a new source of genome instability, and it calls attention to endogenous mechanisms of genome maintenance that prevent electronic excitation or dissipate the energy of excited states. Chemiexcitation may also trigger pathogenesis in internal tissues because the same chemistry should arise wherever superoxide and nitric oxide arise near cells that contain melanin. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Absolute Emission Spectroscopy of Electronically Excited Products of Dissociative Recombination

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    Skrzypkowski, M. P.; Gougousi, T.; Golde, M. F.; Johnsen, R.

    1997-10-01

    We have employed spatially-resolved optical emission spectroscopy in a flowing afterglow plasma to investigate radiations in the 200-400 nm range resulting from electron-ion dissociative recombination. Calibrated emission data combined with Langmuir probe electron-density measurements are analyzed to obtain branching ratios for electronically excited recombination products. In particular, we will report absolute yields of CO(a^3Π) resulting from recombining CO_2^+ ions, NO(B^2Π) from N_2O^+, OH(A^2Σ^+) from HCO_2^+, as well as NH(A^3Π_i), and OH(A^2Σ^+) from the recombination of N_2OH^+ ions.

  13. Isomer triggering via nuclear excitation by electron capture.

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    Pálffy, Adriana; Evers, Jörg; Keitel, Christoph H

    2007-10-26

    Triggering of long-lived nuclear isomeric states via coupling to the atomic shells in the process of nuclear excitation by electron capture (NEEC) is studied. NEEC occurring in highly charged ions can excite the isomeric state to a triggering level that subsequently decays to the ground state. We present total cross sections for NEEC isomer triggering considering experimentally confirmed low-lying triggering levels and reaction rates based on realistic experimental parameters in ion storage rings. A comparison with other isomer triggering mechanisms shows that, among these, NEEC is the most efficient.

  14. Isomer Triggering via Nuclear Excitation by Electron Capture

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    Pálffy, Adriana; Evers, Jörg; Keitel, Christoph H.

    2007-10-01

    Triggering of long-lived nuclear isomeric states via coupling to the atomic shells in the process of nuclear excitation by electron capture (NEEC) is studied. NEEC occurring in highly charged ions can excite the isomeric state to a triggering level that subsequently decays to the ground state. We present total cross sections for NEEC isomer triggering considering experimentally confirmed low-lying triggering levels and reaction rates based on realistic experimental parameters in ion storage rings. A comparison with other isomer triggering mechanisms shows that, among these, NEEC is the most efficient.

  15. Electron scattering by laser-excited barium atoms

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    Register, D. F.; Trajmar, S.; Jensen, S. W.; Poe, R. T.

    1978-01-01

    Inelastic and superelastic scattering of 30- and 100-eV electrons by laser-excited 6s 6p 1P and subsequent cascade-populated 6s 6p 3P, 6s 5d 1D, and 6s 5d 3D Ba atoms have been observed. Absolute differential cross sections for the singlet and relative scattering intensities for the triplet species have been determined in the 5 to 20 deg angular region. Under the present conditions excitations dominate over deexcitations.

  16. Phase Coexistence in Gallium Nanoparticles Controlled by Electron Excitation

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    Pochon, S.; MacDonald, K. F.; Knize, R. J.; Zheludev, N. I.

    2004-04-01

    In gallium nanoparticles 100nm in diameter grown on the tip of an optical fiber from an atomic beam we observed equilibrium coexistence of γ, β, and liquid structural phases that can be controlled by e-beam excitation in a highly reversible and reproducible fashion. With 2keV electrons only 1pJ of excitation energy per nanoparticle is needed to exercise control, with the equilibrium phase achieved in less than a few tenths of a microsecond. The transformations between coexisting phases are accompanied by a continuous change in the nanoparticle film's reflectivity.

  17. Excited electronic state of a cluster formed from self-trapped electrons

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    Mukhomorov, V.K.

    1995-12-01

    The possibility of spontaneous clustering of self-trapped electrons in an excited electronic state is discussed. The pair interaction potential corresponds to the excited terms {sup 1}{Sigma}{sub g}(1s2s) in the single spin state and {sup 3}{Sigma}{sub u}(1s2s) in the triplet spin state. The energy interval corresponding to a pair of excited quasi-particles is calculated. Quantitative calculations are presented for electrons solvated in ammonia. 9 refs., 4 figs.

  18. Electron-impact excitation and ionization cross sections for ground state and excited helium atoms

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    Ralchenko, Yu. Janev, R.K.; Kato, T.; Fursa, D.V.; Bray, I.; Heer, F.J. de

    2008-07-15

    Comprehensive and critically assessed cross sections for the electron-impact excitation and ionization of ground state and excited helium atoms are presented. All states (atomic terms) with n{<=}4 are treated individually, while the states with n{>=}5 are considered degenerate. For the processes involving transitions to and from n{>=}5 levels, suitable cross section scaling relations are presented. For a large number of transitions, from both ground and excited states, convergent close coupling calculations were performed to achieve a high accuracy of the data. The evaluated/recommended cross section data are presented by analytic fit functions, which preserve the correct asymptotic behavior of the cross sections. The cross sections are also displayed in graphical form.

  19. Interchannel interactions following shape resonant excitation of core electrons

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    Poliakoff, E. D.; Kelly, L. A.; Duffy, L. M.; Space, B.; Roy, P.; Southworth, S. H.; White, M. G.

    1989-01-01

    Interchannel coupling of a core electron shape resonance with a valence-hole ionic continuum is studied with vibrational resolution. A core-hole shape resonance is created via N 2 (1s→continuum e -) photoabsorption, and this complex decays to form the N 2+ (B 2Σ u+) state via continuum interchannel coupling. The vibrational branching ratios for the N 2+ (B 2Σ u+) state are then determined from N 2+ (B 2Σ u+→ 2Σ g+) fluorescence. The molecular motion provides excellent sensitivity to the resonant excitation, as underscored by two observations. First, the vibrational branching ratios for resonant and nonresonant excitation are qualitatively different. Secondly, the rotational motion of the ion is affected by the resonant excitation. These measurements demonstrate that continuum interchannel coupling can be probed precisely via dispersed fluorescence.

  20. Electronic Excitation Dynamics in Liquid Water under Proton Irradiation

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    Reeves, Kyle G.; Kanai, Yosuke

    2017-01-01

    Molecular behaviour of liquid water under proton irradiation is of great importance to a number of technological and medical applications. The highly energetic proton generates a time-varying field that is highly localized and heterogeneous at the molecular scale, and massive electronic excitations are produced as a result of the field-matter interaction. Using first-principles quantum dynamics simulations, we reveal details of how electrons are dynamically excited through non-equilibrium energy transfer from highly energetic protons in liquid water on the atto/femto-second time scale. Water molecules along the path of the energetic proton undergo ionization at individual molecular level, and the excitation primarily derives from lone pair electrons on the oxygen atom of water molecules. A reduced charge state on the energetic proton in the condensed phase of water results in the strongly suppressed electronic response when compared to water molecules in the gas phase. These molecular-level findings provide important insights into understanding the water radiolysis process under proton irradiation. PMID:28084420

  1. Controlling autoionization in strontium two-electron-excited states

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    Fields, Robert; Zhang, Xinyue; Dunning, F. Barry; Yoshida, Shuhei; Burgdörfer, Joachim

    2016-05-01

    One challenge in engineering long-lived two-electron-excited states, i.e., so-called planetary atoms, is autoionization. Autoionization, however, can be suppressed if the outermost electron is placed in a high- n, n ~ 300 - 600 , high- L state because such states have only a very small overlap with the inner electron, even when this is also excited to a state of relatively high n and hence of relatively long lifetime. Here the L-dependence of the autoionization rate for high- n strontium Rydberg atoms is examined during excitation of the core ion 5 s 2S1 / 2 - 5 p 2P3 / 2 transition. Measurements in which the angular momentum of the Rydberg electron is controlled using a pulsed electric field show that the autoionization rate decreases rapidly with increasing L and becomes very small for values larger than ~ 20 . The data are analyzed with the aid of calculations undertaken using complex scaling. Research supported by the NSF and Robert A. Welch Foundation.

  2. Electronic Excitation Dynamics in Liquid Water under Proton Irradiation

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    Reeves, Kyle G.; Kanai, Yosuke

    2017-01-01

    Molecular behaviour of liquid water under proton irradiation is of great importance to a number of technological and medical applications. The highly energetic proton generates a time-varying field that is highly localized and heterogeneous at the molecular scale, and massive electronic excitations are produced as a result of the field-matter interaction. Using first-principles quantum dynamics simulations, we reveal details of how electrons are dynamically excited through non-equilibrium energy transfer from highly energetic protons in liquid water on the atto/femto-second time scale. Water molecules along the path of the energetic proton undergo ionization at individual molecular level, and the excitation primarily derives from lone pair electrons on the oxygen atom of water molecules. A reduced charge state on the energetic proton in the condensed phase of water results in the strongly suppressed electronic response when compared to water molecules in the gas phase. These molecular-level findings provide important insights into understanding the water radiolysis process under proton irradiation.

  3. Transport coefficients and heat fluxes in non-equilibrium high-temperature flows with electronic excitation

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    Istomin, V. A.; Kustova, E. V.

    2017-02-01

    The influence of electronic excitation on transport processes in non-equilibrium high-temperature ionized mixture flows is studied. Two five-component mixtures, N 2 / N2 + / N / N + / e - and O 2 / O2 + / O / O + / e - , are considered taking into account the electronic degrees of freedom for atomic species as well as the rotational-vibrational-electronic degrees of freedom for molecular species, both neutral and ionized. Using the modified Chapman-Enskog method, the transport coefficients (thermal conductivity, shear viscosity and bulk viscosity, diffusion and thermal diffusion) are calculated in the temperature range 500-50 000 K. Thermal conductivity and bulk viscosity coefficients are strongly affected by electronic states, especially for neutral atomic species. Shear viscosity, diffusion, and thermal diffusion coefficients are not sensible to electronic excitation if the size of excited states is assumed to be constant. The limits of applicability for the Stokes relation are discussed; at high temperatures, this relation is violated not only for molecular species but also for electronically excited atomic gases. Two test cases of strongly non-equilibrium flows behind plane shock waves corresponding to the spacecraft re-entry (Hermes and Fire II) are simulated numerically. Fluid-dynamic variables and heat fluxes are evaluated in gases with electronic excitation. In inviscid flows without chemical-radiative coupling, the flow-field is weakly affected by electronic states; however, in viscous flows, their influence can be more important, in particular, on the convective heat flux. The contribution of different dissipative processes to the heat transfer is evaluated as well as the effect of reaction rate coefficients. The competition of diffusion and heat conduction processes reduces the overall effect of electronic excitation on the convective heating, especially for the Fire II test case. It is shown that reliable models of chemical reaction rates are of great

  4. Theoretical studies on the reaction pathways of electronically excited DAAF

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    Quenneville, Jason M; Moore, David S

    2009-01-01

    The use of temporally and spectrally shaped ultrafast laser pulses to initiate, as well as detect, high explosives is being explored at Los Alamos. High level ab initio calculations, presented here, are employed to help guide and interpret the experiments. The ground and first excited electronic states of 3,3{prime}-diamino-4,4{prime}-azoxyfurazan (DAAF) are investigated using complete active space self-consistent field (CASSCF) and time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT). The geometrical and energetic character of the excited state minima, conical intersections and reaction pathways of DAAF are described. Two radiative and two non-radiative excited state population quenching mechanisms are outlined, and possible pathways for photochemical and spectroscopic control are discussed. The use of laser light to control chemical reactions has many applications. The initiation and the detection of explosives are two such applications currently under development at Los Alamos. Though inherently experimental, the project can be aided by theory through both prediction and interpretation. When the laser light is in the UV/visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum, the absorbing molecule is excited electronically and excitation decay may occur either radiatively (fluorescence or phosphorescence) or non-radiatively (through internal conversion). In many cases decay of the excitation occurs through a mixture of processes, and maximizing the desired result requires sophisticated laser pulses whose amplitude has been optimally modulated in time and/or frequency space. Control of cis-stilbene photochemistry was recently demonstrated in our group, and we aim to extend this work to high explosive compounds. Maximizing radiative decay leads to increased fluorescence quantum yields and enhances the possibility of spectral detection of the absorbing molecule. Maximizing non-radiative decay can lead to chemistry, heating of the sample and possibly detonation initiation in

  5. Electron impact excitation of Si II and Fe XIV

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    Aggarwal, K. M.; Keenan, F. P.

    2015-01-01

    Energy levels, radiative rates, lifetimes, collision strengths and effective collision strengths are calculated for two important Al-like ions, namely Si II and Fe XIV. For Si II, the lowest 56 levels of the 3s23p, 3s3p2 3p3 3s23d, 3s3p3d, 3s24l and 3s25l configurations are included, whereas for Fe XIV additional 80 levels of 3p23d, 3s3d2 and 3p3d2 are considered, but not of 3s2 5l. For the determination of atomic structure GRASP has been adopted and radiative rates are calculated for all E1, E2, Ml and M2 transitions. Electron impact excitation collision strengths are calculated with the DARC code, over a wide energy range, and resonances are resolved in a fine energy mesh to determine effective collision strengths over a wide range of temperatures. Extensive comparisons are made for all atomic parameters with available theoretical and experimental data, and the accuracy of the present results is assessed. Energy levels are estimated to be accurate to ~1% and all other parameters to be better than 20%.

  6. The role of electron-impact vibrational excitation in electron transport through gaseous tetrahydrofuran

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    Duque, H. V.; Do, T. P. T.; Konovalov, D. A.; White, R. D.; Brunger, M. J. E-mail: darryl.jones@flinders.edu.au; Jones, D. B. E-mail: darryl.jones@flinders.edu.au

    2015-03-28

    In this paper, we report newly derived integral cross sections (ICSs) for electron impact vibrational excitation of tetrahydrofuran (THF) at intermediate impact energies. These cross sections extend the currently available data from 20 to 50 eV. Further, they indicate that the previously recommended THF ICS set [Garland et al., Phys. Rev. A 88, 062712 (2013)] underestimated the strength of the electron-impact vibrational excitation processes. Thus, that recommended vibrational cross section set is revised to address those deficiencies. Electron swarm transport properties were calculated with the amended vibrational cross section set, to quantify the role of electron-driven vibrational excitation in describing the macroscopic swarm phenomena. Here, significant differences of up to 17% in the transport coefficients were observed between the calculations performed using the original and revised cross section sets for vibrational excitation.

  7. Effect of defect accumulation on ion-beam damage morphology by electronic excitation in lithium niobate: A MonteCarlo approach

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    Rivera, A.; Crespillo, M. L.; Olivares, J.; García, G.; Agulló-López, F.

    2010-07-01

    We present a MonteCarlo approach to the non-radiative exciton-decay model recently proposed to describe ion-beam damage in LiNbO 3 produced in the electronic excitation regime. It takes into account the statistical (random) spatial distribution of ion impacts on the crystal surface. The MonteCarlo approach is necessary to simulate the evolution of the damage morphology with irradiation fluence from the single track regime to the overlapping track regime. A detailed comparison between the morphologies found for sub-threshold and above threshold irradiations is presented. Moreover, a good representation of the Avrami's type kinetics for amorphization has been achieved and it is in fair accordance with experiment. For moderate fluences where homogeneous amorphous layers are generated, the new approach predicts that the amorphous and crystalline layers are separated by a diffuse (thick) boundary that includes a mixed amorphous-crystalline composition.

  8. Excitation of Ion Acoustic Waves by Electron Beams

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    Sydorenko, Dmytro; Tokluoglu, Erinc; Kaganovich, Igor; Startsev, Edward; Davidson, Ronald

    2012-10-01

    The interaction of electron beams with plasmas is of considerable importance particularly for hybrid DC/RF coupled plasma sources used in plasma processing [1]. An electron beam is formed by emission from one surface, is accelerated through a dc bias electric field and enters the bulk plasma. Emitted electrons excite electron plasma (Langmuir) waves through the two-stream instability. Due to the high localized plasmon pressure, ion acoustic waves are excited parametrically. The plasma waves saturate by non-linear wave trapping. Eventually coupling between electron plasma waves and ion acoustic waves deteriorates the Langmuir waves, which leads to a bursting behavior. The two-stream instability and the consequent ion fluctuations are studied over a wide range of system parameters using the particle-in-cell codes EDIPIC and LSP. The influenceof these instabilities on collisionless electron heating are presented for a hybrid RF-DC plasma source.[4pt] [1] Lin Xu, et al, Appl. Phys. Lett., 93, 261502 (2008).

  9. Electronically excited rubidium atom in helium clusters and films. II. Second excited state and absorption spectrum.

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    Leino, Markku; Viel, Alexandra; Zillich, Robert E

    2011-01-14

    Following our work on the study of helium droplets and film doped with one electronically excited rubidium atom Rb(∗) ((2)P) [M. Leino, A. Viel, and R. E. Zillich, J. Chem. Phys. 129, 184308 (2008)], we focus in this paper on the second excited state. We present theoretical studies of such droplets and films using quantum Monte Carlo approaches. Diffusion and path integral Monte Carlo algorithms combined with a diatomics-in-molecule scheme to model the nonpair additive potential energy surface are used to investigate the energetics and the structure of Rb(∗)He(n) clusters. Helium films as a model for the limit of large clusters are also considered. As in our work on the first electronic excited state, our present calculations find stable Rb(∗)He(n) clusters. The structures obtained are however different with a He-Rb(∗)-He exciplex core to which more helium atoms are weakly attached, preferentially on one end of the core exciplex. The electronic absorption spectrum is also presented for increasing cluster sizes as well as for the film.

  10. Ab initio prediction of the electronic and optical excitations in polythiophene: Isolated chains versus bulk polymer

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    van der Horst, J.-W.; Bobbert, P. A.; de Jong, P. H. L.; Michels, M. A. J.; Brocks, G.; Kelly, P. J.

    2000-06-01

    We calculate the electronic and optical excitations of polythiophene using the GW (G stands for one-electron Green function, W for the screened Coulomb interaction) approximation for the electronic self-energy, and include excitonic effects by solving the electron-hole Bethe-Salpeter equation. Two different situations are studied: excitations on isolated chains and excitations on chains in crystalline polythiophene. The dielectric tensor for the crystalline situation is obtained by modeling the polymer chains as polarizable line objects, with a long-wavelength polarizability tensor obtained from the ab initio polarizability function of the isolated chain. With this model dielectric tensor we construct a screened interaction for the crystalline case, including both intra- and interchain screening. In the crystalline situation both the quasiparticle band gap and the exciton binding energies are drastically reduced in comparison with the isolated chain. However, the optical gap is hardly affected. We expect this result to be relevant for conjugated polymers in general.

  11. Total electron scattering and electronic state excitations cross sections for O2, CO, and CH4

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    Kanik, I.; Trajmar, S.; Nickel, J. C.

    1993-01-01

    Available electron collision cross section data concerning total and elastic scattering, vibrational excitation, and ionization for O2, CO, and CH4 have been critically reviewed, and a set of cross sections for modeling of planetary atmospheric behavior is recommended. Utilizing these recommended cross sections, we derived total electronic state excitation cross sections and upper limits for dissociation cross sections, which in the case of CH4 should very closely equal the actual dissociation cross section.

  12. Electronic excitations in γ -Li2IrO3

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    Li, Ying; Winter, Stephen M.; Jeschke, Harald O.; Valentí, Roser

    2017-01-01

    We investigate the electronic properties of the three-dimensional stripyhoneycomb γ -Li2IrO3 via relativistic density functional theory calculations as well as exact diagonalization of finite clusters and explore the details of the optical conductivity. Our analysis of this quantity reveals the microscopic origin of the experimentally observed (i) optical transitions and (ii) anisotropic behavior along the various polarization directions. In particular, we find that the optical excitations are overall dominated by transitions between jeff=1 /2 and 3/2 states and the weight of transitions between jeff=1 /2 states at low frequencies can be correlated to deviations from a pure Kitaev description. We furthermore reanalyze within this approach the electronic excitations in the known two-dimensional honeycomb systems α -Li2IrO3 and Na2IrO3 and discuss the results in comparison to γ -Li2IrO3 .

  13. Electron densities and the excitation of CN in molecular clouds

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    Black, John H.; Van Dishoeck, Ewine F.

    1991-01-01

    In molecular clouds of modest density and relatively high fractional ionization, the rotational excitation of CN is controlled by a competition among electron impact, neutral impact and the interaction with the cosmic background radiation. The degree of excitation can be measured through optical absorption lines and millimeter-wave emission lines. The available, accurate data on CN in diffuse and translucent molecular clouds are assembled and used to determine electron densities. The derived values, n(e) = roughly 0.02 - 0.5/cu cm, imply modest neutral densities, which generally agree well with determinations by other techniques. The absorption- and emission-line measurements of CN both exclude densities higher than n(H2) = roughly 10 exp 3.5/cu cm on scales varying from 0.001 to 60 arcsec in these clouds.

  14. Electron doping evolution of the magnetic excitations in NaFe1-xCoxAs

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    Carr, Scott V.; Zhang, Chenglin; Song, Yu; ...

    2016-06-13

    We use time-of-flight (TOF) inelastic neutron scattering (INS) spectroscopy to investigate the doping dependence of magnetic excitations across the phase diagram of NaFe1-xCoxAs with x = 0, 0.0175, 0.0215, 0.05, and 0.11. The effect of electron-doping by partially substituting Fe by Co is to form resonances that couple with superconductivity, broaden and suppress low energy (E 80 meV) spin excitations compared with spin waves in undoped NaFeAs. However, high energy (E > 80 meV) spin excitations are weakly Co-doping dependent. Integration of the local spin dynamic susceptibility "(!) of NaFe1-xCoxAs reveals a total fluctuating moment of 3.6 μ2 B/Fe andmore » a small but systematic reduction with electron doping. The presence of a large spin gap in the Cooverdoped nonsuperconducting NaFe0.89Co0.11As suggests that Fermi surface nesting is responsible for low-energy spin excitations. These results parallel Ni-doping evolution of spin excitations in BaFe2-xNixAs2, confirming the notion that low-energy spin excitations coupling with itinerant electrons are important for superconductivity, while weakly doping dependent high-energy spin excitations result from localized moments.« less

  15. Intense electron-beam excitation of organic dye vapors

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    Marowsky, G.; Tittel, F.K.; Wilson, W.L.

    1981-01-01

    Experimental studies of electron-beam excitation of organic dye vapors of p-phenylene-bis-(5-phenyl-2-oxazole) POPOP and p-quaterphenyl have demonstrated short-duration high-gain and super-radiant laser behavior accompanied by severe fluorescence quenching due to dye fragmentation. This has been analyzed quantitatively by evaluation of the nitrogen fluorescence, originating from the complete breakdown of the POPOP structure.

  16. Electron acceleration by parametrically excited Langmuir waves. [in ionospheric modification

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    Fejer, J. A.; Graham, K. N.

    1974-01-01

    Simple physical arguments are used to estimate the downward-going energetic electron flux due to parametrically excited Langmuir waves in ionospheric modification experiments. The acceleration mechanism is a single velocity reversal as seen in the frame of the Langmuir wave. The flux is sufficient to produce the observed ionospheric airglow if focusing-type instabilities are invoked to produce moderate local enhancements of the pump field.

  17. Multi-pair excitations in an electron liquid

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    Bachlechner, M. E.; Holas, A.; Böhm, H. M.; Schinner, A.

    1996-07-01

    Single (particle-hole)-pair excitations, as described in the well-known Lindhard function, are restricted to a strip in the ( q, ω) plane — the so-called particle-hole continuum. We present a perturbational analysis of the dynamic dielectric function allowing a generalization of this property for n-pair contributions. Consequences for the electron energy-loss function and related quantities are discussed.

  18. Measurement of electron-impact excitation in boronlike carbon

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    Lafyatis, G. P.; Kohl, J. L.

    1987-01-01

    The cross section for the electron-impact excitation of C(+) (2s2 2p 2P0)-(2s2p2 2D) is measured in a colliding-beams apparatus for several collision energies near the threshold for the process. A cross section of (1.1 + or - 0.3) x 10 to the -16th sq cm at threshold is found. Reasonable agreement is found with close-coupling calculations.

  19. Ultrafast Structural Dynamics of Tertiary Amines upon Electronic Excitation

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    Cheng, Xinxin; Minitti, Michael P.; Deb, Sanghamitra; Zhang, Yao; Budarz, James; Weber, Peter M.

    2011-06-01

    The structural response of several tertiary amines to electronic excitation has been investigated using Rydberg Fingerprint Spectroscopy. The 3p Rydberg states are reached by excitation with a 5.93 eV photon while 3s states are populated by electronic relaxation from 3p state. We observe binding energy shifts on ultrafast time scales in all peaks that reflect the structural change of the molecular ion cores. The shifts are in the range of 15 meV to 30 meV, within time scales of less than 500 fs, depending on the specific molecular systems and the nature of the electronic state. In cases where the p states are spectrally separate, the trends of the energy shifts are different for the p_z and p_x_y Rydberg states whereas the p_z and s states are similar. This suggests that the response of the Rydberg states to structural displacements depends on the symmetry. Very fast binding energy shifts, observed on sub-picosecond time scales, are attributed to the structural adjustment from a pyramidal to a planar structure upon Rydberg excitation. The quantitative values of the binding energy shifts can also be affected by laser chirp, which we model using simulations.

  20. Electron-Hole Excitations in Semiconductors and Insulators

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    Rohlfing, M.; Louie, S.G. |

    1998-09-01

    We present a new {ital abthinspthinspinitio} approach to calculate the interaction between electrons and holes in periodic crystals and to evaluate the resulting coupled electron-hole excitations. This involves a novel interpolation scheme in reciprocal space in solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation for the two-particle Green{close_quote}s function. We apply this approach to the calculation of the entire optical absorption spectrum, as well as of the energies and wave functions of bound exciton states in GaAs and LiF. Very good agreement with experiment is observed. {copyright} {ital 1998} {ital The American Physical Society}

  1. Excitation of whistler waves by reflected auroral electrons

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    Wu, C. S.; Dillenburg, D.; Ziebell, L. F.; Freund, H. P.

    1983-01-01

    Excitation of electron waves and whistlers by reflected auroral electrons which possess a loss-cone distribution is investigated. Based on a given magnetic field and density model, the instability problem is studied over a broad region along the auroral field lines. This region covers altitudes ranging from one quarter of an earth radius to five earth radii. It is found that the growth rate is significant only in the region of low altitude, say below the source region of the auroral kilometric radiation. In the high altitude region the instability is insignificant either because of low refractive indices or because of small loss cone angles.

  2. Photon bunching reveals single-electron cathodoluminescence excitation efficiency in InGaN quantum wells

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    Meuret, Sophie; Coenen, Toon; Zeijlemaker, Hans; Latzel, Michael; Christiansen, Silke; Conesa-Boj, Sonia; Polman, Albert

    2017-07-01

    Cathodoluminescence spectroscopy is a key analysis technique in nanophotonics research and technology, yet many aspects of its fundamental excitation mechanisms are not well understood on the single-electron and single-photon level. Here, we determine the cathodoluminescence emission statistics of InGaN quantum wells embedded in GaN under 6-30-keV electron excitation and find that the light emission rate varies strongly from electron to electron. Strong photon bunching is observed for the InGaN quantum well emission at 2.77 eV due to the generation of multiple quantum well excitations by a single primary electron. The bunching effect, measured by the g(2 )(t ) autocorrelation function, decreases with increasing beam current in the range 3-350 pA. Under pulsed excitation (p =2 -100 ns ; 0.13-6 electrons per pulse), the bunching effect strongly increases. A model based on Monte Carlo simulations is developed that assumes a fraction γ of the primary electrons generates electron-hole pairs that create multiple photons in the quantum wells. At a fixed primary electron energy (10 keV) the model explains all g(2 ) measurements for different beam currents and pulse durations using a single value for γ =0.5 . At lower energies, when electrons cause mostly near-surface excitations, γ is reduced (γ =0.01 at 6 keV), which is explained by the presence of a AlGaN barrier layer that inhibits carrier diffusion to the buried quantum wells. The combination of g(2 ) measurements in pulsed and continuous mode with spectral analysis provides a powerful tool to study optoelectronic properties and may find application in many other optically active systems and devices.

  3. Nuclear Excitation by Electronic Transition of U-235

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    Chodash, Perry

    2017-01-01

    Nuclear excitation by electronic transition (NEET) is a rare nuclear excitation that is theorized to exist in numerous isotopes. NEET is the inverse of bound internal conversion and occurs when an electronic transition couples to a nuclear transition causing the nucleus to enter an excited state. This process can only occur for isotopes with low-lying nuclear levels due to the requirement that the electronic and nuclear transitions have similar energies. One of the candidate isotopes for NEET, 235U, has been studied several times over the past 40 years and NEET of 235U has never been conclusively observed. These past experiments generated conflicting results with some experiments claiming to observe NEET of 235U and others setting limits for the NEET rate. If NEET of 235U were to occur, the uranium would be excited to its first excited nuclear state. The first excited nuclear state in 235U is only 76 eV, the second lowest known nuclear state. Additionally, the 76 eV state is a nuclear isomer that decays by internal conversion with a half-life of 26 minutes. In order to measure whether NEET occurs in 235U and at what rate, a uranium plasma was required. The plasma was generated using a Q-switched Nd:YAG laser outputting 789 mJ pulses of 1064 nm light. The laser light was focused onto uranium targets generating an intensity on target of order 1012 W/cm2. The resulting plasma was captured on a catcher plate and electrons emitted from the catcher plate were accelerated and focused onto a microchannel plate detector. Measurements performed using a variety of uranium targets spanning depleted uranium up to 99.4% enriched uranium did not observe a 26 minute decay. An upper limit for the NEET rate of 235U was determined. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory under Contract DE-AC52-07NA27344. The U.S. DHS, UC Berkeley, the NNIS fellowship and the NSSC further supported this work.

  4. Electron Impact Vibrational Excitation of H2O Molecules

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    Kato, Hidetoshi; Kajita, Rina; Tanaka, Takahiro; Makochekanwa, Casten; Kimura, Mineo; Cho, Hyuck; Kitajima, Masashi; Tanaka, Hiroshi

    2004-09-01

    Electron impact interaction studies with water have invited a lot experimental and theoretical attention for more than half century because it falls into the unique group of polar molecules whose dipole moments are above the critical dipole moments, thus enabling studies of dipole-related threshold peaks [1]. However, because of the experimental difficulties encountered in separating the three fundamental modes of vibration, for instance, there remained controversies about the existence of resonance effects in the vibrational excitation. In this report, the H2O vibrational exciation into modes (100) and (001) investigated at energy losses of 0.43, 0.46, 0.49 and 0.51 eV, where peaks for these two modes closely overlap, while sweeping the impact energies from 1.6 to 10 eV, at angles 60º and 90º, using a cross-beam method [2]. The continuum multiple scattering (CMS) [4] calculations have also been performed for the theoretical analysis of the experimental results. We have observed distinct resonance enhancement only in the symmetric stretching (100) mode, but not in the antisymmetric (001) and bending (010) modes. The theoretical interpretation is provided. [1] K. Rohr and F. Linder, J. Phys. B 9, 2521 (1976). [2] H. Tanaka, L. Boesten, D. Matsunaga and T. Kudo, J. Phys. B 21, 1255 (1988). [3] M. Kimura and H. Sato, Comments At. Mol. Phys. 26, 333 (1991).

  5. A simple correction for the Born approximation for electron impact excitation of hydrogenic ions

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    Jung, Young-Dae

    1992-01-01

    An analytic procedure is developed for obtaining the electron impact excitation cross sections for hydrogenic ions. A simple modification of the Born approximation, in order to include Coulomb focusing of the continuum wave functions, produces the correct energy dependence of the cross section near excitation threshold. This procedure is used to compute the 1s yields 2s and 1s yields 2p excitation cross sections for hydrogenic ions (Z approaches infinity), and compare these modified-Born cross sections with numerical Colomb-Born calculations. The modified-Born cross sections agree well with the Coulomb-Born cross sections and thus provide a reliable generalized analytic expression for electron impact excitation of hydrogenic ions. By treating effective charges, the results in this work can be extended to nonhydrogenic target systems.

  6. Nature of ground and electronic excited states of higher acenes

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    Yang, Yang; Yang, Weitao

    2016-01-01

    Higher acenes have drawn much attention as promising organic semiconductors with versatile electronic properties. However, the nature of their ground state and electronic excited states is still not fully clear. Their unusual chemical reactivity and instability are the main obstacles for experimental studies, and the potentially prominent diradical character, which might require a multireference description in such large systems, hinders theoretical investigations. Here, we provide a detailed answer with the particle–particle random-phase approximation calculation. The 1Ag ground states of acenes up to decacene are on the closed-shell side of the diradical continuum, whereas the ground state of undecacene and dodecacene tilts more to the open-shell side with a growing polyradical character. The ground state of all acenes has covalent nature with respect to both short and long axes. The lowest triplet state 3B2u is always above the singlet ground state even though the energy gap could be vanishingly small in the polyacene limit. The bright singlet excited state 1B2u is a zwitterionic state to the short axis. The excited 1Ag state gradually switches from a double-excitation state to another zwitterionic state to the short axis, but always keeps its covalent nature to the long axis. An energy crossing between the 1B2u and excited 1Ag states happens between hexacene and heptacene. Further energetic consideration suggests that higher acenes are likely to undergo singlet fission with a low photovoltaic efficiency; however, the efficiency might be improved if a singlet fission into multiple triplets could be achieved. PMID:27528690

  7. Nature of ground and electronic excited states of higher acenes.

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    Yang, Yang; Davidson, Ernest R; Yang, Weitao

    2016-08-30

    Higher acenes have drawn much attention as promising organic semiconductors with versatile electronic properties. However, the nature of their ground state and electronic excited states is still not fully clear. Their unusual chemical reactivity and instability are the main obstacles for experimental studies, and the potentially prominent diradical character, which might require a multireference description in such large systems, hinders theoretical investigations. Here, we provide a detailed answer with the particle-particle random-phase approximation calculation. The (1)Ag ground states of acenes up to decacene are on the closed-shell side of the diradical continuum, whereas the ground state of undecacene and dodecacene tilts more to the open-shell side with a growing polyradical character. The ground state of all acenes has covalent nature with respect to both short and long axes. The lowest triplet state (3)B2u is always above the singlet ground state even though the energy gap could be vanishingly small in the polyacene limit. The bright singlet excited state (1)B2u is a zwitterionic state to the short axis. The excited (1)Ag state gradually switches from a double-excitation state to another zwitterionic state to the short axis, but always keeps its covalent nature to the long axis. An energy crossing between the (1)B2u and excited (1)Ag states happens between hexacene and heptacene. Further energetic consideration suggests that higher acenes are likely to undergo singlet fission with a low photovoltaic efficiency; however, the efficiency might be improved if a singlet fission into multiple triplets could be achieved.

  8. Quantitative Measurements of Electronically Excited CH Concentration in Normal Gravity and Microgravity Coflow Laminar Diffusion Flames

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    Giassi, D.; Cao, S.; Stocker, D. P.; Takahashi, F.; Bennett, B. A. V.; Smooke, M. D.; Long, M. B.

    2015-01-01

    With the conclusion of the SLICE campaign aboard the ISS in 2012, a large amount of data was made available for the analysis of the effect of microgravity on laminar coflow diffusion flames. Previous work focused on the study of sooty flames in microgravity as well as the ability of numerical models to predict its formation in a simplified buoyancy-free environment. The current work shifts the investigation to soot-free flames, putting an emphasis on the chemiluminescence emission from electronically excited CH (CH*). This radical species is of significant interest in combustion studies: it has been shown that the electronically excited CH spatial distribution is indicative of the flame front position and, given the relatively simple diagnostic involved with its measurement, several works have been done trying to understand the ability of electronically excited CH chemiluminescence to predict the total and local flame heat release rate. In this work, a subset of the SLICE nitrogen-diluted methane flames has been considered, and the effect of fuel and coflow velocity on electronically excited CH concentration is discussed and compared with both normal gravity results and numerical simulations. Experimentally, the spectral characterization of the DSLR color camera used to acquire the flame images allowed the signal collected by the blue channel to be considered representative of the electronically excited CH emission centered around 431 nm. Due to the axisymmetric flame structure, an Abel deconvolution of the line-of-sight chemiluminescence was used to obtain the radial intensity profile and, thanks to an absolute light intensity calibration, a quantification of the electronically excited CH concentration was possible. Results show that, in microgravity, the maximum flame electronically excited CH concentration increases with the coflow velocity, but it is weakly dependent on the fuel velocity; normal gravity flames, if not lifted, tend to follow the same trend

  9. Complete solution of electronic excitation and ionization in electron-hydrogen molecule scattering

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    Zammit, Mark C.; Savage, Jeremy S.; Fursa, Dmitry V.; Bray, Igor

    2016-06-08

    The convergent close-coupling method has been used to solve the electron-hydrogen molecule scattering problem in the fixed-nuclei approximation. Excellent agreement with experiment is found for the grand total, elastic, electronic-excitation, and total ionization cross sections from the very low to the very high energies. This shows that for the electronic degrees of freedom the method provides a complete treatment of electron scattering on molecules as it does for atoms.

  10. Complete solution of electronic excitation and ionization in electron-hydrogen molecule scattering

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    Zammit, Mark C.; Savage, Jeremy S.; Fursa, Dmitry V.; ...

    2016-06-08

    The convergent close-coupling method has been used to solve the electron-hydrogen molecule scattering problem in the fixed-nuclei approximation. Excellent agreement with experiment is found for the grand total, elastic, electronic-excitation, and total ionization cross sections from the very low to the very high energies. This shows that for the electronic degrees of freedom the method provides a complete treatment of electron scattering on molecules as it does for atoms.

  11. Excitation and ionization of 4He clusters by electrons

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    Buchenau, H.; Toennies, J. P.; Northby, J. A.

    1991-12-01

    Clusters are produced by expanding high pressure (P0≤20 bar), low temperature (T0≥5 K) helium gas through a 5 μm nozzle into a vacuum. The neutral beam time-of-flight distribution has three peaks which we associate with distinct groups of large and small clusters, and atoms. The beam is ionized by electron impact and the resulting time resolved charged fragment mass distribution reveals in addition to previously observed anomalies (``magic numbers'') a new strong He+4 signal at high source pressures and low temperatures. The dependence of the various charged and neutral metastable fragment currents on the bombarding electron energy reveals that each has a unique appearance potential. A comparison with the calculated energy required for an electron to create various electronic excitations in the interior of a large cluster indicates that the production and dynamical evolution of metastable 3S1 atomic and a 3Σ+u molecular excitations plays a significant role in the formation of charged fragments from large clusters, but that the production of detectable metastable cluster fragments apparently proceeds via decay of high lying excitonic states. The strong He+4 signal does not appear until the incident electron has about enough energy to create two metastable 3S1 excitations in a cluster. Thus we propose that this ion signal results from the recombination of a pair of a 3Σ+u molecular excitons in or on a large cluster, or possibly from the dynamical evolution of a metastable spin quartet bound hole-exciton pair.

  12. Absolute cross sections for electronic excitation of pyrimidine by electron impact

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    Regeta, Khrystyna; Allan, Michael; Mašín, Zdeněk; Gorfinkiel, Jimena D.

    2016-01-14

    We measured differential cross sections for electron-impact electronic excitation of pyrimidine, both as a function of electron energy up to 18 eV, and of scattering angle up to 180°. The emphasis of the present work is on recording detailed excitation functions revealing resonances in the excitation process. The differential cross sections were summed to obtain integral cross sections. These are compared to results of R-matrix calculations, which successfully reproduce both the magnitude of the cross section and the major resonant features. Comparison of the experiment to the calculated contributions of different symmetries to the integral cross section permitted assignment of several features to specific core-excited resonances. Comparison of the resonant structure of pyrimidine with that of benzene revealed pronounced similarities and thus a dominant role of π–π{sup ∗} excited states and resonances. Electron energy loss spectra were measured as a preparation for the cross section measurements and vibrational structure was observed for some of the triplet states. A detailed analysis of the electronic excited states of pyrimidine is also presented.

  13. Absolute cross sections for electronic excitation of pyrimidine by electron impact

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    Regeta, Khrystyna; Allan, Michael; Mašín, Zdeněk; Gorfinkiel, Jimena D.

    2016-01-01

    We measured differential cross sections for electron-impact electronic excitation of pyrimidine, both as a function of electron energy up to 18 eV, and of scattering angle up to 180°. The emphasis of the present work is on recording detailed excitation functions revealing resonances in the excitation process. The differential cross sections were summed to obtain integral cross sections. These are compared to results of R-matrix calculations, which successfully reproduce both the magnitude of the cross section and the major resonant features. Comparison of the experiment to the calculated contributions of different symmetries to the integral cross section permitted assignment of several features to specific core-excited resonances. Comparison of the resonant structure of pyrimidine with that of benzene revealed pronounced similarities and thus a dominant role of π-π∗ excited states and resonances. Electron energy loss spectra were measured as a preparation for the cross section measurements and vibrational structure was observed for some of the triplet states. A detailed analysis of the electronic excited states of pyrimidine is also presented.

  14. Review of electron impact excitation cross sections for copper atom

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    Winter, N.W.; Hazi, A.U.

    1982-02-01

    Excitation of atomic copper by electron impact plays an important role in the copper vapor laser and accurate cross sections are needed for understanding and modeling laser performance. During the past seven years, there have been several attempts to normalize the relative elastic and inelastic cross sections measured by Trajmar and coworkers. However, each of these efforts have yielded different cross sections, and the uncertainty in the correct normalization of the data has been a source of confusion and concern for the kinetic modeling efforts. This difficulty has motivated us to review previous work on the electron impact excitation of copper atom and to perform new calculations of the inelastic cross sections using the impact parameter method. In this memorandum we review the previous attempts to normalize the experimental data and provide a critical assessment of the accuracy of the resulting cross sections. We also present new theoretical cross sections for the electron impact excitation of the /sup 2/S ..-->.. /sup 2/P/sup 0/ and /sup 2/S ..-->.. /sup 2/D transitions in copper. When the experimental cross sections are renormalized to the results of the impact parameter calculations, they are a factor of three smaller than those published in the latest paper of Trajmar et. al. At impact energies above 60 eV the excitation cross sections obtained with the impact parameter method agree well with the results of the very recent, unpublished, close-coupling calculations of Henry. This agreement suggests that the present normalization of the experimental cross sections is probably the most reliable one obtained to date.

  15. Resonance effects in near-threshold electron-impact excitation of the 143.4 nm line in the Pb++ ion

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    Gomonai, Anna N.; Hutych, Yuriy I.; Gomonai, Aleksandr I.

    2017-02-01

    Electron-impact excitation of the resonance transition 6 s 26 d 2 D 3/2 → 6 s 26 p 2 P o 1/2 (143.4 nm) in the Pb+ ion within the (6-100) eV energy range is studied spectroscopically using a crossed-beam technique. The observed distinct structure in the energy dependence of the effective excitation cross section (including the energy region above the ion ionization potential) is primarily due to the decay of atomic and ionic autoionizing states, produced mainly by excitation of an electron from the subvalence 5 d 10 shell, to the resonance levels (directly or via the cascade transitions). The absolute cross section value for the line under investigation was determined by normalizing the experimental curve at the electron beam energy of 100 eV to the theoretical data obtained by the Van-Regemorter formula and found to be (0.5 ± 0.3) × 10-16 cm2.

  16. Saturation Effect of Projectile Excitation in Ion-Atom Collisions

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    Mukoyama, Takeshi; Lin, Chii-Dong

    Calculations of projectile K-shell electron excitation cross sections for He-like ions during ion-atom collisions have been performed in the distortion approximation by the use of Herman-Skillman wave functions. The calculated results are compared with the experimental data for several targets. The excitation cross sections deviate from the first-Born approximation and show the saturation effect as a function of target atomic number. This effect can be explained as the distortion of the projectile electronic states by the target nucleus.

  17. Validation of local hybrid functionals for TDDFT calculations of electronic excitation energies

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    Maier, Toni M.; Bahmann, Hilke; Arbuznikov, Alexei V.; Kaupp, Martin

    2016-02-01

    The first systematic evaluation of local hybrid functionals for the calculation of electronic excitation energies within linear-response time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) is reported. Using our recent efficient semi-numerical TDDFT implementation [T. M. Maier et al., J. Chem. Theory Comput. 11, 4226 (2015)], four simple, thermochemically optimized one-parameter local hybrid functionals based on local spin-density exchange are evaluated against a database of singlet and triplet valence excitations of organic molecules, and against a mixed database including also Rydberg, intramolecular charge-transfer (CT) and core excitations. The four local hybrids exhibit comparable performance to standard global or range-separated hybrid functionals for common singlet valence excitations, but several local hybrids outperform all other functionals tested for the triplet excitations of the first test set, as well as for relative energies of excited states. Evaluation for the combined second test set shows that local hybrids can also provide excellent Rydberg and core excitations, in the latter case rivaling specialized functionals optimized specifically for such excitations. This good performance of local hybrids for different excitation types could be traced to relatively large exact-exchange (EXX) admixtures in a spatial region intermediate between valence and asymptotics, as well as close to the nucleus, and lower EXX admixtures in the valence region. In contrast, the tested local hybrids cannot compete with the best range-separated hybrids for intra- and intermolecular CT excitation energies. Possible directions for improvement in the latter category are discussed. As the used efficient TDDFT implementation requires essentially the same computational effort for global and local hybrids, applications of local hybrid functionals to excited-state problems appear promising in a wide range of fields. Influences of current-density dependence of local kinetic

  18. Electronically Excited C2 from Laser Photodissociated C60

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    Arepalli, Sivaram; Scott, Carl D.; Nikolaev, Pavel; Smalley, Richard E.

    1999-01-01

    Spectral and transient emission measurements are made of radiation from products of laser excitation of buckminsterfullerene (C60) vapor diluted in argon at 973 K. The principal radiation is from the Swan band system of C2 and, at early times, also from a black body continuum. The C2 radiation is observed only when C60 is excited by green (532 nm) and not with IR (1064 nm) laser radiation at energy densities of about 1.5 J/square cm. Transient measurements indicate that there are two characteristic periods of decay of radiation. The first period, lasting about 2 micro seconds, has a characteristic decay time of about 0.3 micro seconds. The second period, lasting at least 50 micro seconds, has a characteristic decay time of about 5 micro seconds. These characteristic times are thought to be associated with cooling of C60 molecules or nanosized carbon particles during the early period; and with electronically excited C2 that is a decomposition product of laser excited C60, C58, ... molecules during the later period.

  19. Magnetic excitations in ultrathin magnetic films: Temperature effects

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    Zakeri, Kh.; Prokop, J.; Zhang, Y.; Kirschner, J.

    2014-12-01

    The idea of investigating large wave-vector magnetic excitations in ultrathin films by spin-polarized electron spectroscopy is briefly reviewed. The historical background of the paper is based on the personal experience of the authors who collaborated and discussed with Douglas Mills regarding this subject. Douglas Mills' impact on the understanding of fundamental mechanisms involved in the excitation process and the development of the theory of magnetic excitations is outlined. In addition, the temperature effects on the large wave-vector magnetic excitations in ultrathin Fe films are addressed. The experimental results of magnon excitations in the pseudomorphic Fe monolayer on W(110) are presented. The temperature dependence of the magnon dispersion relation is discussed.

  20. Comparative study of depth and lateral distributions of electron excitation between scanning ion and scanning electron microscopes.

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    Ohya, Kaoru; Ishitani, Tohru

    2003-01-01

    In order to study the contrast difference between scanning ion microscopes (SIM) and scanning electron microscopes (SEM), the depth and lateral distributions of secondary electrons escaped from surfaces of 17 metals with atomic numbers, Z2, of 4-79 were calculated for bombardment with 30 keV Ga ions and for 10 keV electrons. For both projectiles, the excitation depth generally decreased with increasing Z2, while showing the same periodic change as the secondary-electron yield. However, an opposite trend in Z2 dependence between the Ga ion and electron bombardments was calculated with the lateral distribution of secondary electrons escaped from the surface. Except for low Z2 metals, the lateral distribution, which is much narrower for 30 keV Ga ions than for 10 keV electrons, indicates that the spatial resolution of the secondary-electron images is better for SIM than for SEM, if zero-sized probe beams are assumed. Furthermore, the present calculation reveals important effects of electron excitation by recoiled material atoms and reflected electrons on the lateral distribution, as well as the secondary-electron yield, for the Ga ion and electron bombardments, respectively.

  1. Excitation of plasmonic nanoantennas by nonresonant and resonant electron tunnelling

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    Uskov, Alexander V.; Khurgin, Jacob B.; Protsenko, Igor E.; Smetanin, Igor V.; Bouhelier, Alexandre

    2016-07-01

    A rigorous theory of photon emission generated by inelastic electron tunnelling inside the gap of plasmonic nanoantennas is developed. The disappointingly low efficiency of the electrical excitation of surface plasmon polaritons in these structures can be increased by orders of magnitude when a resonant tunnelling structure is incorporated inside the gap. A resonant tunnelling assisted surface plasmon emitter may become a key element in future electrically-driven plasmonic nanocircuits.A rigorous theory of photon emission generated by inelastic electron tunnelling inside the gap of plasmonic nanoantennas is developed. The disappointingly low efficiency of the electrical excitation of surface plasmon polaritons in these structures can be increased by orders of magnitude when a resonant tunnelling structure is incorporated inside the gap. A resonant tunnelling assisted surface plasmon emitter may become a key element in future electrically-driven plasmonic nanocircuits. Electronic supplementary information (ESI) available: Plasmonic mode in nanowires, the probability of stimulated emission in tunnelling through the Fermi's Golden Rule and electron wave functions in tunnelling structures with nonresonant and resonant tunnelling. See DOI: 10.1039/c6nr01931e

  2. Electric dipole excitation of 208Pb by polarized electron impact

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    Jakubassa-Amundsen, D. H.; Ponomarev, V. Yu.

    2016-03-01

    The cross sections and spin asymmetries for the excitation of 1- states in 208Pb by transversely polarized electrons with collision energy of 30-180MeV have been examined within the DWBA scattering formalism. As examples, we have considered a low-lying 1- state and also states belonging to the pygmy dipole and giant dipole resonances. The structure of these states and their corresponding transition charge and current densities have been taken from an RPA calculation within the quasiparticle phonon model. The complex-plane rotation method has been applied to achieve the convergence of the radial DWBA integrals for backward scattering. We have studied the behaviour of the cross sections and spin asymmetries as a function of electron energy and scattering angle. The role of the longitudinal and transversal contributions to the excitation has been thoroughly studied. We conclude that the spin asymmetry S, related to unpolarized outgoing electrons, is mostly well below 1% even at the backward scattering angles and its measurement provides a challenge for future experiments with polarized electrons.

  3. A quantitative study of the effect of solvent on the electronic absorption and fluorescence spectra of substituted phenothiazines: evaluation of their ground and excited singlet-state dipole moments

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    Párkányi, C.; Boniface, C.; Aaron, J. J.; Maafi, M.

    1993-11-01

    Electronic absorption and fluorescence excitation and emission spectra of five phenothiazines (phenothiazine, promethazine, thionine, methylene blue and Azure A) were determined at room temperature (293 K) in several solvents of various polarities (cyclohexane, dioxane, ethyl ether, chloroform, ethyl acetate, 1-butanol, 2-propanol, ethanol, methanol, acetonitrile, dimethylformamide and dimethyl sulfoxide). The effect of the solvents upon the spectral characteristics was studied. In combination with the ground state dipole moments of these phenothiazines, the spectral data were used to evaluate their first excited singlet-state dipole moments by means of the solvatochromic shift method (Bakhshiev's and Kawski—Chamma—Viallet correlations). The theoretical ground and excited singlet-state dipole moments for phenothiazines were calculated as a vector sum of the π component (obtained by the Pariser—Parr—Pople method) and the σ component (obtained from σ-bond moments). A reasonable agreement was found with the experimental values. For most phenothiazines under study, excited singlet-state dipole moments were found to be significantly higher than their ground-state counterparts. The application of the Kamlet—Abboud—Taft solvatochromic parameters to the solvent effect on spectral properties of phenothiazines is discussed.

  4. Electronic excited states of CO/sub 2/: An electron impact investigation

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    McDiarmid, R.; Doering, J.P.

    1984-01-15

    The electronic excited states of CO/sub 2/ were restudied by variable incident energy, variable angle electron impact spectroscopy. In this study, valence states of mixed configurations were distinguished from pure Rydberg states. Our results are incompatible with the theoretical description of CO/sub 2/, in which only two valence singlet states are located.

  5. Electron transfer by excited benzoquinone anions: slow rates for two-electron transitions.

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    Zamadar, Matibur; Cook, Andrew R; Lewandowska-Andralojc, Anna; Holroyd, Richard; Jiang, Yan; Bikalis, Jin; Miller, John R

    2013-09-05

    Electron transfer (ET) rate constants from the lowest excited state of the radical anion of benzoquinone, BQ(-•)*, were measured in THF solution. Rate constants for bimolecular electron transfer reactions typically reach the diffusion-controlled limit when the free-energy change, ΔG°, reaches -0.3 eV. The rate constants for ET from BQ(-•)* are one-to-two decades smaller at this energy and do not reach the diffusion-controlled limit until -ΔG° is 1.5-2.0 eV. The rates are so slow probably because a second electron must also undergo a transition to make use of the energy of the excited state. Similarly, ET, from solvated electrons to neutral BQ to form the lowest excited state, is slow, while fast ET is observed at a higher excited state, which can be populated in a transition involving only one electron. A simple picture based on perturbation theory can roughly account for the control of electron transfer by the need for transition of a second electron. The picture also explains how extra driving force (-ΔG°) can restore fast rates of electron transfer.

  6. Trapped electronic states in YAG crystal excited by femtosecond radiation

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    Zavedeev, E. V.; Kononenko, V. V.; Konov, V. I.

    2017-07-01

    The excitation of an electronic subsystem of an yttrium aluminum garnet by 800 nm femtosecond radiation was studied theoretically and experimentally. The spatio-temporal dynamics of the refractive index ( n) inside the beam waist was explored by means of the pump-probe interferometric technique with a submicron resolution. The observed increase in n indicated the formation of bound electronic states relaxed for {˜}150 ps. We showed that the experimental data agreed with the computational simulation based on the numerical solution of the nonlinear Schrödinger equation only if these transient states were considered to arise from a direct light-induced process but not from the decay of radiatively generated free-electron-hole pairs.

  7. Electronic excitations from a perturbative LDA+GdW approach

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    Rohlfing, Michael

    2010-11-01

    We discuss an efficient approach to excited electronic states within ab initio many-body perturbation theory (MBPT). Quasiparticle corrections to density-functional theory result from the difference between metallic and nonmetallic dielectric screening. They are evaluated as a small perturbation to the density-functional theory (within the local-density approximation) band structure rather than fully calculating the self-energy and evaluating its difference from the exchange-correlation potential. The dielectric screening is described by a model, which applies to bulk crystals, as well as, to systems of reduced dimension, like molecules, surfaces, interfaces, and more. The approach also describes electron-hole interaction. The resulting electronic and optical spectra are slightly less accurate but much faster to calculate than a full MBPT calculation. We discuss results for bulk silicon and argon, for the Si(111)-(2×1) surface, the SiH4 molecule, an argon-aluminum interface, and liquid argon.

  8. Electron excitations in two-dimensional buckled honeycomb lattices

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    Shih, Po-Hsin; Chiu, Yu-Huang; Lin, Min-Fa

    2015-03-01

    The two-dimensional buckled honeycomb lattices system exhibits the rich Coulomb excitation spectra, being dominated by the free carrier density, band structure, and transferred momentum (q). There are two kinds of plasmon peaks in the energy loss spectra, calculated from the random phase approximation. They are, respectively, revealed at low and middle frequencies. The former, which arises from the free carriers, belongs to acoustic mode. It's frequency depends on √{ q} at long wavelength limit. On the other hand, the latter is due to all the π-electronic collective excitations is an optical mode. Whether such plasmon can service is mainly determined by q. The frequencies and intensities of plasmon modes are very different among graphene, silicene, germanene, and Tin. Thanks the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan (ROC) for funding support.

  9. Effects of core turbulence on jet excitability

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    Mankbadi, Reda R.; Raman, Ganesh; Rice, Edward J.

    1989-01-01

    The effects of varying freestream core turbulence on the evolution of a circular jet with and without tonal excitation are examined. Measurements are made on an 8.8 cm diameter jet at a Mach number of 0.3. The jet is excitated by plane waves at Strouhal number 0.5. For the excited and unexcited cases the turbulence level is varied by screens and grids placed upstream of the nozzle exit. The experiment results are compared with a theoretical model which incorporates a variable core turbulence and considers the energy interactions between the mean flow, the turbulence and the forced component. Both data and theory indicate that increasing the freestream turbulence diminishes the excitability of the jet and reduces the effect of excitation on the spreading rate of the jet.

  10. Electronic Ground and Excited State Spectral Diffusion of a Photocatalyst

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    Kiefer, Laura M.; King, John T.; Kubarych, Kevin J.

    2014-06-01

    Re(bpy)(CO)_3Cl is a well studied CO_2 reduction catalyst, known for its ability as both a photosensitizer and a catalyst with a high quantum yield and product selectivity. The catalysis reaction is initiated by a 400 nm excitation, followed by an intersystem crossing (ISC) and re-equilibration in the lowest triplet state. We utilize the quasi-equilibrium nature of this long-lived triplet metal-to-ligand charge-transfer (3MLCT) state to completely characterize the solvent dynamics using the technique of transient two-dimensional infrared (t-2DIR) spectroscopy to extract observables such as the frequency-frequency correlation function (FFCF), an equilibrium function. The electronic ground state solvent dynamics are characterized using equilibrium two-dimensional infrared spectroscopy (2D IR). Our technique allows us to independently observe the solvent dynamics of different electronic states and compare them. In this study, three carbonyl stretching modes were utilized to probe both the intramolecular and solvent environments in each electronic state. In the electronic ground state, the totally symmetric mode exhibits pure homogeneous broadening and a lack of spectral dynamics, while the two other modes have similar FFCF decay times of ˜ 1.5 ps. In the 3MLCT, however, all three modes experience similar spectral dynamics and have a FFCF decay time of ˜ 4.5 ps, three times slower than in the electronic ground state. Our technique allows us to directly observe the differences in spectral dynamics of the ground and excited electronic states and allows us to attribute the differences to specific origins such as solvent-solute coupling and molecular flexibility.

  11. High-energy collective electronic excitations in free-standing single-layer graphene

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    Wachsmuth, P.; Hambach, R.; Kinyanjui, M. K.; Guzzo, M.; Benner, G.; Kaiser, U.

    2013-08-01

    In this joint experimental and theoretical work, we investigate collective electronic excitations (plasmons) in free-standing, single-layer graphene. The energy- and momentum-dependent electron energy-loss function was measured up to 50eV along two independent in-plane symmetry directions (ΓM and ΓK) over the first Brillouin zone by momentum-resolved electron energy-loss spectroscopy in a transmission electron microscope. We compare our experimental results with corresponding time-dependent density-functional theory calculations. For finite momentum transfers, good agreement with experiments is found if crystal local-field effects are taken into account. In the limit of small and vanishing momentum transfers, we discuss differences between calculations and the experimentally obtained electron energy-loss functions of graphene due to a finite momentum resolution and out-of-plane excitations.

  12. Electronically excited rubidium atom in a helium cluster or film

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    Leino, Markku; Viel, Alexandra; Zillich, Robert E.

    2008-11-01

    We present theoretical studies of helium droplets and films doped with one electronically excited rubidium atom Rb∗ (P2). Diffusion and path integral Monte Carlo approaches are used to investigate the energetics and the structure of clusters containing up to 14 helium atoms. The surface of large clusters is approximated by a helium film. The nonpair additive potential energy surface is modeled using a diatomic in molecule scheme. Calculations show that the stable structure of Rb∗Hen consists of a seven helium atom ring centered at the rubidium, surrounded by a tirelike second solvation shell. A very different structure is obtained when performing a "vertical Monte Carlo transition." In this approach, a path integral Monte Carlo equilibration starts from the stable configuration of a rubidium atom in the electronic ground state adsorbed to the helium surface after switching to the electronically excited surface. In this case, Rb∗Hen relaxes to a weakly bound metastable state in which Rb∗ sits in a shallow dimple. The interpretation of the results is consistent with the recent experimental observations [G. Auböck et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 035301 (2008)].

  13. Reactive scattering of electronically excited alkali atoms with molecules

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    Mestdagh, J.M.; Balko, B.A.; Covinsky, M.H.; Weiss, P.S.; Vernon, M.F.; Schmidt, H.; Lee, Y.T.

    1987-06-01

    Representative families of excited alkali atom reactions have been studied using a crossed beam apparatus. For those alkali-molecule systems in which reactions are also known for ground state alkali and involve an early electron transfer step, no large differences are observed in the reactivity as Na is excited. More interesting are the reactions with hydrogen halides (HCl): it was found that adding electronic energy into Na changes the reaction mechanism. Early electron transfer is responsible of Na(5S, 4D) reactions, but not of Na(3P) reactions. Moreover, the NaCl product scattering is dominated by the HCl/sup -/ repulsion in Na(5S, 4D) reactions, and by the NaCl-H repulsion in the case of Na(3P). The reaction of Na with O/sub 2/ is of particular interest since it was found to be state specific. Only Na(4D) reacts, and the reaction requires restrictive constraints on the impact parameter and the reactants' relative orientation. The reaction with NO/sub 2/ is even more complex since Na(4D) leads to the formation of NaO by two different pathways. It must be mentioned however, that the identification of NaO as product in these reactions has yet to be confirmed.

  14. Study of intermediates from transition metal excited-state electron- transfer reactions

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    Hoffman, M.Z.

    1993-03-31

    Progress on 6 projects is reported: excited state absorption spectrum of Ru(bpy)[sub 3][sup 2+], solvent cage model for electron transfer quenching, reductive quenching of [sup *]Cr(III) complexes, solution medium effects in oxidative quenching of [sup *]Ru(II) complexes, photosensitized oxidation of phenol in aqueous solution, and quenching of Ru(II) complexes by oxygen.

  15. Optically Induced Nuclear Spin Polarization in the Quantum Hall Regime: The Effect of Electron Spin Polarization through Exciton and Trion Excitations.

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    Akiba, K; Kanasugi, S; Yuge, T; Nagase, K; Hirayama, Y

    2015-07-10

    We study nuclear spin polarization in the quantum Hall regime through the optically pumped electron spin polarization in the lowest Landau level. The nuclear spin polarization is measured as a nuclear magnetic field B(N) by means of the sensitive resistive detection. We find the dependence of B(N) on the filling factor nonmonotonic. The comprehensive measurements of B(N) with the help of the circularly polarized photoluminescence measurements indicate the participation of the photoexcited complexes, i.e., the exciton and trion (charged exciton), in nuclear spin polarization. On the basis of a novel estimation method of the equilibrium electron spin polarization, we analyze the experimental data and conclude that the filling factor dependence of B(N) is understood by the effect of electron spin polarization through excitons and trions.

  16. R-matrix calculations for electron impact excitation

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    Liang, G. Y.; Badnell, N. R.; Storey, P. J.; Whiteford, A. D.; Del Zanna, G.

    2009-11-01

    The large number of high-resolution spectra routinely recorded in the astrophysical and fusion communities leads to the need for an extensive set of accurate baseline atomic data. The advantages of the intermediate-coupling frame transformation R-matrix method make it feasible to provide excitation data along iso-electronic sequences covering a substantial range of astrophysically important ions at the high level of accuracy afforded by the R-matrix method. This is one of the key goals of the UK Atomic Processes for Astrophysical Plasmas (APAP) network.

  17. Excitation of surface modes by electron beam in semi-bounded quantum plasma

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    Mohamed, B. F.; Elbasha, N. M.

    2015-10-15

    The excitation of the TM surface modes due to the interaction of electron beam with a semi-bounded quantum magnetized plasma is investigated. The generated current and the perturbed densities of the electron beam and plasma are obtained. The wave equation that describes the excited fields has been solved to obtain the dispersion relation for these modes. It is found that the quantum effects play important role for frequencies less and bigger than plasma frequency such that the phase velocity of modes increases with increasing the quantum effects compared to the classical case. It has also been displayed that in the absence of external magnetic field, the surface modes appear in the all regions of the wavelength while they have been only excited for high wavenumber in the presence of the magnetic field. Besides, it has been shown that the dispersion curves of the modes depend essentially on the density ratio of beam and plasma.

  18. Inner-shell excitation of acetylene by electron impact

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    Michelin, S.E.; Pessoa, O.; Oliveira, H.L.; Veiteinheimer, E.; Santos, A.M.S.; Fujimoto, M.M.; Iga, I.; Lee, M.-T.

    2005-08-15

    The distorted-wave approximation (DWA) is applied to study K-shell excitation in C{sub 2}H{sub 2} by electron impact. More specifically, calculated differential and integral cross sections for the X {sup 1}{sigma}{sub g}{sup +}{yields}{sup 1,3}{pi}{sub g}(1s{sigma}{sub g}{yields}1p{pi}{sub g}) and X {sup 1}{sigma}{sub g}{sup +}{yields}{sup 1,3}{pi}{sub u}(1s{sigma}{sub u}{yields}1p{pi}{sub g}) transitions in this target in the 300-800 eV incident energy range are reported. The triplet-to-singlet ratios of respective integral cross sections, namely, RI(3:1), calculated by dividing the integral cross sections for transitions leading to the triplet core-excited states by those leading to the corresponding singlet states, are also reported as a function of incident energies. In general, our calculated sums of the generalized oscillator strength for transitions leading to the {sup 1}{pi}{sub g} and {sup 1}{pi}{sub u} excited states are in good agreement with the available experimental data. On the other hand, the present calculated integral cross sections and the corresponding data for its isoelectronic species CO are significantly different. Possible physical origins for this difference are discussed.

  19. Effect of Bridge Alteration on Ground- and Excited-State Properties of Ruthenium(II) Complexes with Electron-Donor-Substituted Dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine Ligands.

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    Shillito, Georgina E; Larsen, Christopher B; McLay, James R W; Lucas, Nigel T; Gordon, Keith C

    2016-11-07

    A series of Ru(II) 2,2'-bipyridine (bpy) complexes with an electron-accepting dipyrido[3,2-a:2',3'-c]phenazine (dppz) ligand coupled to an electron-donating triarylamine (TAA) group have been investigated. Systematic alteration of a bridging unit between the dppz and TAA allowed exploration into how communication between the donor and acceptor is perturbed by distance, as well as by steric and electronic effects. The effect of the bridging group on the electronic properties of the systems was characterized using a variety of spectroscopic methods, including Fourier transform-Raman (FT-Raman) spectroscopy, resonance Raman spectroscopy, and transient resonance Raman (TR(2)) spectroscopy. These methods were used in conjunction with ground- and excited-state absorption spectroscopy, electrochemical studies, and DFT calculations. The ground-state electronic absorption spectra show distinct variation with the bridging group, with the wavelength observed for the lowest energy electronic transition ranging from 449 nm to 522 nm, accompanied by large changes in the molar absorptivity. The lowest-energy Franck-Condon state was determined to be intra-ligand charge transfer (ILCT) in nature for most compounds. The presence of higher-energy metal-to-ligand charge transfer (MLCT) Ru(II) → bpy and Ru(II) → dppz transitions was also confirmed via resonance Raman spectroscopy. The TR(2) spectra showed characteristic dppz(• -) and TAA(• +) vibrations, indicating that the THEXI state formed was also ILCT in nature. Excited-state lifetime measurements reveal that the rate of decay is in accordance with the energy gap law and is not otherwise affected by the nature of the bridging unit.

  20. Excited State Dynamics of Protonated Phenylalanine and Tyrosine: Photo-Induced Reactions Following Electronic Excitation.

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    Féraud, Géraldine; Broquier, Michel; Dedonder, Claude; Jouvet, Christophe; Grégoire, Gilles; Soorkia, Satchin

    2015-06-11

    The electronic spectroscopy and the electronic excited state properties of cold protonated phenylalanine and protonated tyrosine have been revisited on a large spectral domain and interpreted by comparison with ab initio calculations. The protonated species are stored in a cryogenically cooled Paul trap, maintained at ∼10 K, and the parent and all the photofragment ions are mass-analyzed in a time-of-flight mass spectrometer, which allows detecting the ionic species with an improved mass resolution compared to what is routinely achieved with a quadrupole mass spectrometer. These new results emphasize the competition around the band origin between two proton transfer reactions from the ammonium group toward either the aromatic chromophore or the carboxylic acid group. These reactions are initiated by the coupling of the locally excited ππ* state with higher charge transfer states, the positions and coupling of which depend on the conformation of the protonated molecules. Each of these reaction processes gives rise to specific fragmentation channels that supports the conformer selectivity observed in the photofragmentation spectra of protonated tyrosine and phenylalanine.

  1. Ultrafast Spectroscopy of Delocalized Excited States of the Hydrated Electron

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    Paul F. Barbara

    2005-09-28

    Research under support of this grant has been focused on the understanding of highly delocalized ''conduction-band-like'' excited states of solvated electrons in bulk water, in water trapped in the core of reverse micelles, and in alkane solvents. We have strived in this work to probe conduction-band-like states by a variety of ultrafast spectroscopy techniques. (Most of which were developed under DOE support in a previous funding cycle.) We have recorded the optical spectrum of the hydrated electron for the first time. This was accomplished by applying a photo-detrapping technique that we had developed in a previous funding cycle, but had not yet been applied to characterize the actual spectrum. In the cases of reverse micelles, we have been investigating the potential role of conduction bands in the electron attachment process and the photoinduced detrapping, and have published two papers on this topic. Finally, we have been exploring solvated electrons in isooctane from various perspectives. All of these results strongly support the conclusion that optically accessible, highly delocalized electronic states exist in these various media.

  2. State-specific transport properties of partially ionized flows of electronically excited atomic gases

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    Istomin, V. A.; Kustova, E. V.

    2017-03-01

    State-to-state approach for theoretical study of transport properties in atomic gases with excited electronic degrees of freedom of both neutral and ionized species is developed. The dependence of atomic radius on the electronic configuration of excited atoms is taken into account in the transport algorithm. Different cutoff criteria for increasing atomic radius are discussed and the limits of applicability for these criteria are evaluated. The validity of a Slater-like model for the calculation of state-resolved transport coefficients in neutral and ionized atomic gases is shown. For ionized flows, a method of evaluation for effective cross-sections of resonant charge-transfer collisions is suggested. Accurate kinetic theory algorithms for modelling the state-specific transport properties are applied for the prediction of transport coefficients in shock heated flows. Based on the numerical observations, different distributions over electronic states behind the shock front are considered. For the Boltzmann-like distributions at temperatures greater than 14,000 K, an important effect of electronic excitation on the partial thermal conductivity and viscosity coefficients is found for both neutral and ionized atomic gases: increasing radius of excited atoms causes a strong decrease in these transport coefficients. Similarly, the presence of electronically excited states with increased atomic radii leads to reduced diffusion coefficients. Nevertheless the overall impact of increasing effective cross-sections on the transport properties just behind the shock front under hypersonic reentry conditions is found to be minor since the populations of high-lying electronic energy levels behind the shock waves are low.

  3. Lowest ^{2}S Electronic Excitations of the Boron Atom.

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    Bubin, Sergiy; Adamowicz, Ludwik

    2017-01-27

    A theoretical ab initio approach for calculating bound states of small atoms is developed and implemented. The approach is based on finite-nuclear-mass [non-Born-Oppenheimer (non-BO)] nonrelativistic variational calculations performed with all-particle explicitly correlated Gaussian functions and includes the leading relativistic and quantum electrodynamics energy corrections determined using the non-BO wave functions. The approach is applied to determine the total and transition energies for the lowest four ^{2}S electronic excitations of the boron atom. The transition energies agree with the available experimental values within 0.2-0.3  cm^{-1}. Previously, such accuracy was achieved for three- and four-electron systems.

  4. Lowest 2S Electronic Excitations of the Boron Atom

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    Bubin, Sergiy; Adamowicz, Ludwik

    2017-01-01

    A theoretical ab initio approach for calculating bound states of small atoms is developed and implemented. The approach is based on finite-nuclear-mass [non-Born-Oppenheimer (non-BO)] nonrelativistic variational calculations performed with all-particle explicitly correlated Gaussian functions and includes the leading relativistic and quantum electrodynamics energy corrections determined using the non-BO wave functions. The approach is applied to determine the total and transition energies for the lowest four 2S electronic excitations of the boron atom. The transition energies agree with the available experimental values within 0.2 - 0.3 cm-1 . Previously, such accuracy was achieved for three- and four-electron systems.

  5. Electron-impact excitation of multicharged ions: Merged beams experiments

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    Bannister, M.E.; Chung, Y.; Djuric, N.; Dunn, G.H.; Woitke, O.; Smith, A.C.; Wallbank, B.

    1999-06-01

    Electron-impact excitation cross sections for several multicharged ions have been measured near threshold using the merged electron-ion beams energy loss (MEIBEL) technique. This technique allows the investigation of optically-allowed and forbidden transitions with sufficient energy resolution, typically about 0.2 eV, to resolve resonance structures in the cross sections. Results from the JILA/ORNL MEIBEL experiment on allowed transitions in several multicharged ions demonstrate the ability of various theoretical methods to predict cross sections in the absence of resonances. Comparisons of R-matrix calculations and measured cross sections for transitions in Mg-like Si{sup 2+} and Ar{sup 6+}, however, indicate that theory must continue to evolve in order to more accurately predict cross sections involving significant contributions from dielectronic resonances and interactions between neighboring resonances. {copyright} {ital 1999 American Institute of Physics.}

  6. Electron-impact ionization excitation of helium in the quasiphoton regime

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    Ngoko Djiokap, J. M.; Foumouo, E.; Urbain, X.; Piraux, B.; Kwato Njock, M. G.

    2010-04-15

    The triply differential cross section of ionization excitation of helium, leaving the residual ion in the n=2 excited states, is evaluated for the kinematics considered experimentally by Dupreet al. [J. Phys. B 25, 259 (1992)]. The interaction of the incident electron with the target is described at the first order, while the interaction of the ejected electron with the residual ion is treated very accurately within the formalism of the Jacobi matrix method. In the quasiphoton limit and for low ejected electron energies, the presence of series of doubly excited states, mainly below the n=3 single ionization threshold in helium, makes the triply differential cross sections extremely sensitive to both the energy and the emission angle of the ejected electron. We show that the convolution of our results with a Gaussian energy profile, in which the full width at half-maximum corresponds to the energy resolution in the experiment, has a significant effect. Our results suggest that it is also important to account for the finite resolution on the measurement of the scattering angle when the experimental data are compared to the theoretical predictions. Comparison of our theoretical results convoluted both in energy and in angle with the experimental data demonstrates the importance of an accurate description of the helium spectrum. A possible two-step mechanism involving single ionization of the target followed by excitation of the core electron is proposed to explain the remaining discrepancies.

  7. Direct and secondary nuclear excitation with x-ray free-electron lasers

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    Gunst, Jonas; Wu, Yuanbin Kumar, Naveen; Keitel, Christoph H.; Pálffy, Adriana

    2015-11-15

    The direct and secondary nuclear excitation produced by an x-ray free electron laser when interacting with a solid-state nuclear target is investigated theoretically. When driven at the resonance energy, the x-ray free electron laser can produce direct photoexcitation. However, the dominant process in that interaction is the photoelectric effect producing a cold and very dense plasma in which also secondary processes such as nuclear excitation by electron capture may occur. We develop a realistic theoretical model to quantify the temporal dynamics of the plasma and the magnitude of the secondary excitation therein. Numerical results show that depending on the nuclear transition energy and the temperature and charge states reached in the plasma, secondary nuclear excitation by electron capture may dominate the direct photoexcitation by several orders of magnitude, as it is the case for the 4.8 keV transition from the isomeric state of {sup 93}Mo, or it can be negligible, as it is the case for the 14.4 keV Mössbauer transition in {sup 57}Fe. These findings are most relevant for future nuclear quantum optics experiments at x-ray free electron laser facilities.

  8. Electron-impact ionization excitation of helium in the quasiphoton regime

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    Ngoko Djiokap, J. M.; Foumouo, E.; Kwato Njock, M. G.; Urbain, X.; Piraux, B.

    2010-04-01

    The triply differential cross section of ionization excitation of helium, leaving the residual ion in the n=2 excited states, is evaluated for the kinematics considered experimentally by Dupré [J. Phys. B 25, 259 (1992)]. The interaction of the incident electron with the target is described at the first order, while the interaction of the ejected electron with the residual ion is treated very accurately within the formalism of the Jacobi matrix method. In the quasiphoton limit and for low ejected electron energies, the presence of series of doubly excited states, mainly below the n=3 single ionization threshold in helium, makes the triply differential cross sections extremely sensitive to both the energy and the emission angle of the ejected electron. We show that the convolution of our results with a Gaussian energy profile, in which the full width at half-maximum corresponds to the energy resolution in the experiment, has a significant effect. Our results suggest that it is also important to account for the finite resolution on the measurement of the scattering angle when the experimental data are compared to the theoretical predictions. Comparison of our theoretical results convoluted both in energy and in angle with the experimental data demonstrates the importance of an accurate description of the helium spectrum. A possible two-step mechanism involving single ionization of the target followed by excitation of the core electron is proposed to explain the remaining discrepancies.

  9. Ultrafast electronic relaxation of excited state vitamin B 12 in the gas phase

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    Shafizadeh, Niloufar; Poisson, Lionel; Soep, Benoıˆt

    2008-06-01

    The time evolution of electronically excited vitamin B 12 (cyanocobalamin) has been observed for the first time in the gas phase. It reveals an ultrafast decay to a state corresponding to metal excitation. This decay is interpreted as resulting from a ring to metal electron transfer. This opens the observation of the excited state of other complex biomimetic systems in the gas phase, the key to the characterisation of their complex evolution through excited electronic states.

  10. Cold chemistry with electronically excited Ca{sup +} Coulomb crystals

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    Gingell, Alexander D.; Bell, Martin T.; Oldham, James M.; Softley, Timothy P.; Harvey, Jeremy N.

    2010-11-21

    Rate constants for chemical reactions of laser-cooled Ca{sup +} ions and neutral polar molecules (CH{sub 3}F, CH{sub 2}F{sub 2}, or CH{sub 3}Cl) have been measured at low collision energies (/k{sub B}=5-243 K). Low kinetic energy ensembles of {sup 40}Ca{sup +} ions are prepared through Doppler laser cooling to form ''Coulomb crystals'' in which the ions form a latticelike arrangement in the trapping potential. The trapped ions react with translationally cold beams of polar molecules produced by a quadrupole guide velocity selector or with room-temperature gas admitted into the vacuum chamber. Imaging of the Ca{sup +} ion fluorescence allows the progress of the reaction to be monitored. Product ions are sympathetically cooled into the crystal structure and are unambiguously identified through resonance-excitation mass spectrometry using just two trapped ions. Variations of the laser-cooling parameters are shown to result in different steady-state populations of the electronic states of {sup 40}Ca{sup +} involved in the laser-cooling cycle, and these are modeled by solving the optical Bloch equations for the eight-level system. Systematic variation of the steady-state populations over a series of reaction experiments allows the extraction of bimolecular rate constants for reactions of the ground state ({sup 2}S{sub 1/2}) and the combined excited states ({sup 2}D{sub 3/2} and {sup 2}P{sub 1/2}) of {sup 40}Ca{sup +}. These results are analyzed in the context of capture theories and ab initio electronic structure calculations of the reaction profiles. In each case, suppression of the ground state rate constant is explained by the presence of a submerged or real barrier on the ground state potential surface. Rate constants for the excited states are generally found to be in line with capture theories.

  11. Real-time observation of interference between atomic one-electron and two-electron excitations.

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    Geiseler, Henning; Rottke, Horst; Zhavoronkov, Nickolai; Sandner, Wolfgang

    2012-03-23

    We present results of real-time tracking of atomic two-electron dynamics in an autoionizing transient wave packet in krypton. A coherent superposition of two Fano resonances is excited with a femtosecond extreme-ultraviolet pulse. The evolution of the corresponding wave packet is subsequently probed with a delayed infrared pulse. In our specific case, we get access to the interference between one- and two-electron excitation channels in the launched wave packet, which is superimposed on its decay through autoionization. A simple model is able to account for the observed dynamical evolution of this wave packet.

  12. Threshold Vibrational Excitation of CO2 by Slow Electrons

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    Vanroose, Wim

    2004-05-01

    Threshold structures, similar to those seen in polar diatomic molecules like the halogen halides, have recently been observed in the cross sections for electron impact excitation of nonpolar polyatomic molecules. We discuss the different steps that lead to an ab-initio model for these threshold peaks. We show how the neutral and anion potential curves fit a polynomial in the crossing region. This polynomial, based on an approximation of the Jost function, allows us to get information about the resonant anion states by analytic continuation of the bound anion information. We also derive a non-local equation for the dynamics. The whole approach explains quantitatively the slow electron-CO2 scattering experiments by Michael Allan (see his presentation and [M. Allan, Phys. Rev. Lett. 87, 033201 (2001)]). Both the selectivity observed in the excitation of the Fermi dyad, as well as the pattern of threshold peaks and oscillations seen in the upper levels of the higher polyads are quantitatively reproduced. This work was performed under the auspices of the U.S. Department of Energy by the University of California Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and supported by the DOE Office of Basic Energy Science, Division of Chemical Sciences.

  13. Experimental investigation of the ionospheric hysteresis effect on the threshold excitation level of the Stimulated Electromagnetic Emission (SEE) during heating at the second electron gyro-harmonic frequency

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    Samimi, A.; Scales, W.; Cruz, M.; Isham, B.; Bernhardt, P. A.

    2012-12-01

    Recent experimental observations of the stimulated electromagnetic emission (SEE) spectrum during heating at the second electron gyro-harmonic show structures ordered by ion gyro-frequency. The proposed generation mechanism considers parametric decay of a pump upper hybrid/electron Bernstein (UH/EB) wave into another UH/EB and a group of neutralized ion Bernstein waves. The presumption of the proposed mechanism is that the pump electromagnetic wave is converted into the UH/EB wave. This conversion process generates field aligned irregularity which exhibits hysteresis effect. The predicted ionospheric hysteresis effect is studied during the PARS 2012 at HAARP. The preliminary results are presented for the first time. Also, experimental study of the effects of 1) the transmitter beam angle and 2) the transmitter frequency offset relative to the second electron gyro-harmonic frequency on the ion gyro-harmonic structures in the SEE spectrum are provided. The aforementioned observations are compared to the predictions of the analytical model. Possible connection of the SEE spectral features and artificially generated ionospheric descending layer is also discussed

  14. Theoretical resonant electron-impact vibrational excitation, dissociative recombination and dissociative excitation cross sections of ro-vibrationally excited BeH+ ion

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    Laporta, V.; Chakrabarti, K.; Celiberto, R.; Janev, R. K.; Mezei, J. Zs; Niyonzima, S.; Tennyson, J.; Schneider, I. F.

    2017-02-01

    A theoretical study of resonant vibrational excitation, dissociative recombination and dissociative excitation processes of the beryllium monohydride cation, BeH+, induced by electron impact, is reported. Full sets of ro-vibrationally-resolved cross sections and of the corresponding Maxwellian rate coefficients are presented for the three processes. Particular emphasis is given to the high-energy behaviour. Potential curves of {}2{{{Σ }}}+, {}2{{\\Pi }} and {}2{{Δ }} symmetries and the corresponding resonance widths, obtained from R-matrix calculations, provide the input for calculations which use a local complex-potential model for resonant collisions in each of the three symmetries. Rotational motion of nuclei and isotopic effects are also discussed. The relevant results are compared with those obtained using a multichannel quantum defect theory method. Full results are available from the Phys4Entry database.

  15. Excited-State Energies and Electronic Couplings of DNA Base Dimers

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    Kozak, Christopher R.; Kistler, Kurt A.; Lu, Zhen; Matsika, Spiridoula

    2010-02-04

    The singlet excited electronic states of two π-stacked thymine molecules and their splittings due to electronic coupling have been investigated with a variety of computational methods. Focus has been given on the effect of intermolecular distance on these energies and couplings. Single-reference methods, CIS, CIS(2), EOMCCSD, TDDFT, and the multireference method CASSCF, have been used, and their performance has been compared. It is found that the excited-state energies are very sensitive to the applied method but the couplings are not as sensitive. Inclusion of diffuse functions in the basis set also affects the excitation energies significantly but not the couplings. TDDFT is inadequate in describing the states and their coupling, while CIS(2) gives results very similar to EOM-CCSD. Excited states of cytosine and adenine π-stacked dimers were also obtained and compared with those of thymine dimers to gain a more general picture of excited states in π-stacked DNA base dimers. The coupling is very sensitive to the relative position and orientation of the bases, indicating great variation in the degree of delocalization of the excited states between stacked bases in natural DNA as it fluctuates.

  16. Excitation of surface plasmon polaritons by electron beam with graphene ribbon arrays

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    Liu, Yong-Qiang; Liu, Pu-Kun

    2017-03-01

    Graphene has emerged as an alternative material to support surface plasmon polaritons (SPPs) with its excellent properties such as the tight electromagnetic field localization, low dissipative loss, and versatile tunability. Thus, graphene surface plasmon polaritons (GSPs) provide an exciting platform to develop a series of novel devices and systems from the optical band to the terahertz (THz) band. In this paper, theoretical and simulated studies about the excitation of SPPs by an injected electron beam with periodic graphene ribbon arrays deposited on a dielectric medium are presented. The analytical dispersion expression of the GSP mode on the graphene ribbon arrays is obtained by using a modal expansion method along with periodic boundary conditions in the structure. With this result, the dispersion relation, propagation loss, and field pattern of the propagating GSPs for both periodic graphene microribbon arrays and the complete graphene sheet are investigated and analyzed in the THz band. It is shown that the electromagnetic field with a better concentration on the interface can be realized with graphene ribbon arrays compared with the graphene sheet for a given frequency. Besides, the excitation of GSPs by an injected electron beam with graphene ribbon arrays is modeled and implemented by the particle-in-cell simulation based on the finite difference time domain algorithm. GSPs can be excited effectively when the dispersion line of the electron beam and SPPs on the graphene ribbon arrays is matched with each other well. Besides, the dependences of output power on electron beam parameters such as the distance of the electron beam above the graphene ribbon surface and beam voltage are studied and analyzed. Finally, the tunability of graphene conductivity via biased voltage with a ground metal is considered and the tunable excitation of GSPs on the structure with biased drive voltage by the injected electron beam is also realized. The present work can find a

  17. Controlling multipolar surface plasmon excitation through the azimuthal phase structure of electron vortex beams

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    Ugarte, Daniel; Ducati, Caterina

    2016-05-01

    We have theoretically studied how the azimuthal phase structure of an electron vortex beam excites surface plasmons on metal particles of different geometries as observed in electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS). We have developed a semiclassical approximation combining a ring-shaped beam and the dielectric formalism. Our results indicate that for the case of total orbital angular momentum transfer, we can manipulate surface plasmon multipole excitation and even attain an enhancement factor of several orders of magnitude. Since electron vortex beams interact with particles mostly through effects due to azimuthal symmetry, i.e., in the plane perpendicular to the electron beam, anisotropy information (longitudinal and transversal) of the sample may be derived in EELS studies by comparing nonvortex and vortex beam measurements.

  18. Electron-impact excitation of diatomic hydride cations - I. HeH+, CH+, ArH+

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    Hamilton, James R.; Faure, Alexandre; Tennyson, Jonathan

    2016-01-01

    R-matrix calculations combined with the adiabatic nuclei approximation are used to compute electron-impact rotational excitation rates for three closed-shell diatomic cations, HeH+, CH+, ArH+. Comparisons with previous studies show that an improved treatment of threshold effects leads to significant changes in the low temperature rates; furthermore the new calculations suggest that excitation of CH+ is dominated by ΔJ = 1 transitions as is expected for cations with a large dipole moment. A model for ArH+ excitation in the Crab nebula is presented which gives results consistent with the observations for electron densities in the range 2-3 × 103 cm-3.

  19. Vertical and adiabatic excitations in anthracene from quantum Monte Carlo: Constrained energy minimization for structural and electronic excited-state properties in the JAGP ansatz

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    Dupuy, Nicolas; Bouaouli, Samira; Mauri, Francesco Casula, Michele; Sorella, Sandro

    2015-06-07

    We study the ionization energy, electron affinity, and the π → π{sup ∗} ({sup 1}L{sub a}) excitation energy of the anthracene molecule, by means of variational quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods based on a Jastrow correlated antisymmetrized geminal power (JAGP) wave function, developed on molecular orbitals (MOs). The MO-based JAGP ansatz allows one to rigorously treat electron transitions, such as the HOMO → LUMO one, which underlies the {sup 1}L{sub a} excited state. We present a QMC optimization scheme able to preserve the rank of the antisymmetrized geminal power matrix, thanks to a constrained minimization with projectors built upon symmetry selected MOs. We show that this approach leads to stable energy minimization and geometry relaxation of both ground and excited states, performed consistently within the correlated QMC framework. Geometry optimization of excited states is needed to make a reliable and direct comparison with experimental adiabatic excitation energies. This is particularly important in π-conjugated and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, where there is a strong interplay between low-lying energy excitations and structural modifications, playing a functional role in many photochemical processes. Anthracene is an ideal benchmark to test these effects. Its geometry relaxation energies upon electron excitation are of up to 0.3 eV in the neutral {sup 1}L{sub a} excited state, while they are of the order of 0.1 eV in electron addition and removal processes. Significant modifications of the ground state bond length alternation are revealed in the QMC excited state geometry optimizations. Our QMC study yields benchmark results for both geometries and energies, with values below chemical accuracy if compared to experiments, once zero point energy effects are taken into account.

  20. Vertical and adiabatic excitations in anthracene from quantum Monte Carlo: Constrained energy minimization for structural and electronic excited-state properties in the JAGP ansatz.

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    Dupuy, Nicolas; Bouaouli, Samira; Mauri, Francesco; Sorella, Sandro; Casula, Michele

    2015-06-07

    We study the ionization energy, electron affinity, and the π → π(∗) ((1)La) excitation energy of the anthracene molecule, by means of variational quantum Monte Carlo (QMC) methods based on a Jastrow correlated antisymmetrized geminal power (JAGP) wave function, developed on molecular orbitals (MOs). The MO-based JAGP ansatz allows one to rigorously treat electron transitions, such as the HOMO → LUMO one, which underlies the (1)La excited state. We present a QMC optimization scheme able to preserve the rank of the antisymmetrized geminal power matrix, thanks to a constrained minimization with projectors built upon symmetry selected MOs. We show that this approach leads to stable energy minimization and geometry relaxation of both ground and excited states, performed consistently within the correlated QMC framework. Geometry optimization of excited states is needed to make a reliable and direct comparison with experimental adiabatic excitation energies. This is particularly important in π-conjugated and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, where there is a strong interplay between low-lying energy excitations and structural modifications, playing a functional role in many photochemical processes. Anthracene is an ideal benchmark to test these effects. Its geometry relaxation energies upon electron excitation are of up to 0.3 eV in the neutral (1)La excited state, while they are of the order of 0.1 eV in electron addition and removal processes. Significant modifications of the ground state bond length alternation are revealed in the QMC excited state geometry optimizations. Our QMC study yields benchmark results for both geometries and energies, with values below chemical accuracy if compared to experiments, once zero point energy effects are taken into account.

  1. Excitation of Plasma Waves in Aurora by Electron Beams

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    daSilva, C. E.; Vinas, A. F.; deAssis, A. S.; deAzevedo, C. A.

    1996-01-01

    In this paper, we study numerically the excitation of plasma waves by electron beams, in the auroral region above 2000 km of altitude. We have solved the fully kinetic dispersion relation, using numerical method and found the real frequency and the growth rate of the plasma wave modes. We have examined the instability properties of low-frequency waves such as the Electromagnetic Ion Cyclotron (EMIC) wave as well as Lower-Hybrid (LH) wave in the range of high-frequency. In all cases, the source of free energy are electron beams propagating parallel to the geomagnetic field. We present some features of the growth rate modes, when the cold plasma parameters are changed, such as background electrons and ions species (H(+) and O(+)) temperature, density or the electron beam density and/or drift velocity. These results can be used in a test-particle simulation code, to investigate the ion acceleration and their implication in the auroral acceleration processes, by wave-particle interaction.

  2. Excitation of Plasma Waves in Aurora by Electron Beams

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    daSilva, C. E.; Vinas, A. F.; deAssis, A. S.; deAzevedo, C. A.

    1996-01-01

    In this paper, we study numerically the excitation of plasma waves by electron beams, in the auroral region above 2000 km of altitude. We have solved the fully kinetic dispersion relation, using numerical method and found the real frequency and the growth rate of the plasma wave modes. We have examined the instability properties of low-frequency waves such as the Electromagnetic Ion Cyclotron (EMIC) wave as well as Lower-Hybrid (LH) wave in the range of high-frequency. In all cases, the source of free energy are electron beams propagating parallel to the geomagnetic field. We present some features of the growth rate modes, when the cold plasma parameters are changed, such as background electrons and ions species (H(+) and O(+)) temperature, density or the electron beam density and/or drift velocity. These results can be used in a test-particle simulation code, to investigate the ion acceleration and their implication in the auroral acceleration processes, by wave-particle interaction.

  3. Benzonitrile: Electron affinity, excited states, and anion solvation.

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    Dixon, Andrew R; Khuseynov, Dmitry; Sanov, Andrei

    2015-10-07

    We report a negative-ion photoelectron imaging study of benzonitrile and several of its hydrated, oxygenated, and homo-molecularly solvated cluster anions. The photodetachment from the unsolvated benzonitrile anion to the X̃(1)A1 state of the neutral peaks at 58 ± 5 meV. This value is assigned as the vertical detachment energy (VDE) of the valence anion and the upper bound of adiabatic electron affinity (EA) of benzonitrile. The EA of the lowest excited electronic state of benzonitrile, ã(3)A1, is determined as 3.41 ± 0.01 eV, corresponding to a 3.35 eV lower bound for the singlet-triplet splitting. The next excited state, the open-shell singlet Ã(1)A1, is found about an electron-volt above the triplet, with a VDE of 4.45 ± 0.01 eV. These results are in good agreement with ab initio calculations for neutral benzonitrile and its valence anion but do not preclude the existence of a dipole-bound state of similar energy and geometry. The step-wise and cumulative solvation energies of benzonitrile anions by several types of species were determined, including homo-molecular solvation by benzonitrile, hydration by 1-3 waters, oxygenation by 1-3 oxygen molecules, and mixed solvation by various combinations of O2, H2O, and benzonitrile. The plausible structures of the dimer anion of benzonitrile were examined using density functional theory and compared to the experimental observations. It is predicted that the dimer anion favors a stacked geometry capitalizing on the π-π interactions between the two partially charged benzonitrile moieties.

  4. Integral cross sections for electron impact excitation of vibrational and electronic states in phenol

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    Neves, R. F. C.; Jones, D. B.; Lopes, M. C. A.; Blanco, F.; García, G.; Ratnavelu, K.; Brunger, M. J.

    2015-05-21

    We report on measurements of integral cross sections (ICSs) for electron impact excitation of a series of composite vibrational modes and electronic-states in phenol, where the energy range of those experiments was 15–250 eV. There are currently no other results against which we can directly compare those measured data. We also report results from our independent atom model with screened additivity rule correction computations, namely, for the inelastic ICS (all discrete electronic states and neutral dissociation) and the total ionisation ICS. In addition, for the relevant dipole-allowed excited electronic states, we also report f-scaled Born-level and energy-corrected and f-scaled Born-level (BEf-scaled) ICS. Where possible, our measured and calculated ICSs are compared against one another with the general level of accord between them being satisfactory to within the measurement uncertainties.

  5. Glycine in an electronically excited state: ab initio electronic structure and dynamical calculations.

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    Muchová, Eva; Slavícek, Petr; Sobolewski, Andrzej L; Hobza, Pavel

    2007-06-21

    The goal of this study is to explore the photochemical processes following optical excitation of the glycine molecule into its two low-lying excited states. We employed electronic structure methods at various levels to map the PES of the ground state and the two low-lying excited states of glycine. It follows from our calculations that the photochemistry of glycine can be regarded as a combination of photochemical behavior of amines and carboxylic acid. The first channel (connected to the presence of amino group) results in ultrafast decay, while the channels characteristic for the carboxylic group occur on a longer time scale. Dynamical calculations provided the branching ratio for these channels. We also addressed the question whether conformationally dependent photochemistry can be observed for glycine. While electronic structure calculations favor this possibility, the ab initio multiple spawning (AIMS) calculations showed only minor relevance of the reaction path resulting in conformationally dependent dynamics.

  6. The electron-stimulated desorption yield and penetration range of exciting electrons

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    Kuznetsov, Yu. A.; Lapushkin, M. N.

    2017-07-01

    We have studied the concentration dependences of the yield of electron-stimulated desorption (ESD) of Cs and Na atoms adsorbed on nonmetallic coatings grown on W substrates. It is established that ESD processes occur at the interface between the adlayer and underlying nonmetallic coating. The decay in the concentration dependence of the ESD yield of alkali-metal atoms observed after reaching their monolayer coverage is related to a decrease in the amount of exciting electrons attaining this interface.

  7. Electronic excitations in molecular solids: bridging theory and experiment.

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    Skelton, Jonathan M; da Silva, E Lora; Crespo-Otero, Rachel; Hatcher, Lauren E; Raithby, Paul R; Parker, Stephen C; Walsh, Aron

    2015-01-01

    As the spatial and temporal resolution accessible to experiment and theory converge, computational chemistry is an increasingly powerful tool for modelling and interpreting spectroscopic data. However, the study of molecular processes, in particular those related to electronic excitations (e.g. photochemistry), frequently pushes quantum-chemical techniques to their limit. The disparity in the level of theory accessible to periodic and molecular calculations presents a significant challenge when modelling molecular crystals, since accurate calculations require a high level of theory to describe the molecular species, but must also take into account the influence of the crystalline environment on their properties. In this article, we briefly review the different classes of quantum-chemical techniques, and present an overview of methods that account for environmental influences with varying levels of approximation. Using a combination of solid-state and molecular calculations, we quantitatively evaluate the performance of implicit-solvent models for the [Ni(Et4dien)(η2-O,ON)(η1-NO2)] linkage-isomer system as a test case. We focus particularly on the accurate reproduction of the energetics of the isomerisation, and on predicting spectroscopic properties to compare with experimental results. This work illustrates how the synergy between periodic and molecular calculations can be exploited for the study of molecular crystals, and forms a basis for the investigation of more challenging phenomena, such as excited-state dynamics, and for further methodological developments.

  8. Vibrational excitations in molecular layers probed by ballistic electron microscopy

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    Sivasayan Kajen, Rasanayagam; Chandrasekhar, Natarajan; Feng, Xinliang; Müllen, Klaus; Su, Haibin

    2011-10-01

    We demonstrate the information on molecular vibrational modes via the second derivative (d2IB/dV2) of the ballistic electron emission spectroscopy (BEES) current. The proposed method does not create huge fields as in the case of conventional derivative spectroscopy and maintains a zero bias across the device. BEES studies carried out on three different types of large polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecular layers show that the d2IB/dV2 spectra consist of uniformly spaced peaks corresponding to vibronic excitations. The peak spacing is found to be identical for molecules within the same PAH family though the BEES onset voltage varies for different molecules. In addition, injection into a particular orbital appears to correspond to a specific vibrational mode as the manifestation of the symmetry principle.

  9. Ultrafast modulation of electronic structure by coherent phonon excitations

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    Weisshaupt, J.; Rouzée, A.; Woerner, M.; Vrakking, M. J. J.; Elsaesser, T.; Shirley, E. L.; Borgschulte, A.

    2017-02-01

    Femtosecond x-ray absorption spectroscopy with a laser-driven high-harmonic source is used to map ultrafast changes of x-ray absorption by femtometer-scale coherent phonon displacements. In LiBH4, displacements along an Ag phonon mode at 10 THz are induced by impulsive Raman excitation and give rise to oscillatory changes of x-ray absorption at the Li K edge. Electron density maps from femtosecond x-ray diffraction data show that the electric field of the pump pulse induces a charge transfer from the BH4- to neighboring Li+ ions, resulting in a differential Coulomb force that drives lattice vibrations in this virtual transition state.

  10. Nuclear Excitation by Electronic Transition of U-235

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    Chodash, Perry Adam

    Nuclear excitation by electronic transition (NEET) is a rare nuclear excitation that is theorized to occur in numerous isotopes. One isotope in particular, U-235, has been studied several times over the past 40 years and NEET of U-235 has never been conclusively observed. These past experiments generated conflicting results with some experiments claiming to observe NEET of U-235 and others setting limits for the NEET rate. This dissertation discusses the latest attempt to measure NEET of U-235. If NEET of U-235 were to occur, U-235m would be created. U-235m decays by internal conversion with a decay energy of 76 eV and a half-life of 26 minutes. A pulsed Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm with a pulse energy of 789 mJ and a pulse width of 9 ns was used to generate a uranium plasma. The plasma was captured on a catcher plate and electrons emitted from the catcher plate were accelerated and focused onto a microchannel plate detector. A decay of 26 minutes would suggest the creation of U-235m and the possibility that NEET occurred. However, measurements performed using a variety of uranium targets spanning depleted uranium up to 99.4% enriched uranium did not observe a 26 minute decay. Numerous other decays were observed with half-lives ranging from minutes up to hundreds of minutes. While NEET of U-235 was not observed during this experiment, an upper limit for the NEET rate of U-235 was determined. In addition, explanations for the conflicting results from previous experiments are given. Based on the results of this experiment and the previous experiments looking for NEET of U-235, it is likely that NEET of U-235 has never been observed.

  11. Electronic excitation of ground state atoms by collision with heavy gas particles

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    Hansen, C. Frederick

    1993-01-01

    Most of the important chemical reactions which occur in the very high temperature air produced around space vehicles as they enter the atmosphere were investigated both experimentally and theoretically, to some extent at least. One remaining reaction about which little is known, and which could be quite important at the extremely high temperatures that will be produced by the class of space vehicles now contemplated - such as the AOTV - is the excitation of bound electron states due to collisions between heavy gas particles. Rates of electronic excitation due to free electron collisions are known to be very rapid, but because these collisions quickly equilibrate the free and bound electron energy, the approach to full equilibrium with the heavy particle kinetic energy will depend primarily on the much slower process of bound electron excitation in heavy particle collisions and the subsequent rapid transfer to free electron energy. This may be the dominant mechanism leading to full equilibrium in the gas once the dissociation process has depleted the molecular states so the transfer between molecular vibrational energy and free electron energy is no longer available as a channel for equilibration of free electron and heavy particle kinetic energies. Two mechanisms seem probable in electronic excitation by heavy particle impact. One of these is the collision excitation and deexcitation of higher electronic states which are Rydberg like. A report, entitled 'Semi-Classical Theory of Electronic Excitation Rates', was submitted previously. This presented analytic expressions for the transition probabilities, assuming that the interaction potential is an exponential repulsion with a perturbation ripple due to the dipole-induced dipole effect in the case of neutral-neutral collisions, and to the ion-dipole interaction in the case of ion-neutral collisions. However the above may be, there is little doubt that excitation of ground state species by collision occurs at the

  12. Electron-hole interaction and optical excitations in solids, surfaces, and polymers

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    Louie, S.G.

    2001-03-31

    The optical properties of a variety of materials have been calculated using a recently developed ab initio method based on solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation of the two-particle Green's functions. Relevant self-energy and electron-hole interaction effects are included from first-principles. Results on selected semiconductors, insulators, surfaces, and conjugated polymers are discussed. In many of these systems, excitonic effects are shown to dramatically alter the excitation energies and the optical spectra.

  13. Correlation between excitation temperature and electron temperature with two groups of electron energy distributions

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    Park, Hoyong; Choe, Wonho; You, S. J.

    2010-10-15

    The relationship between the electron excitation temperature (T{sub exc}) determined by optical emission spectroscopy and the electron temperature (T{sub e}) using a rf-compensated Langmuir probe was investigated in argon capacitively coupled plasmas. In the experiment performed at the gas pressure range of 30 mTorr to 1 Torr and the rf power range of 5-37 W, the electron energy probability function (EEPF) obtained from the probe current versus voltage characteristic curve showed two energy groups of electrons. The measured EEPF demonstrated that the electron energy distribution changed from Druyvesteyn to single Maxwellian as the discharge current was increased and from bi-Maxwellian to Druyvesteyn as the pressure was increased. As a result, T{sub exc} showed a tendency identical to that of T{sub e} of the high energy part of electrons as pressure and rf power were varied. This suggests that electron temperature can be determined from the measured T{sub exc} through a calibration experiment by which the ratio between electron and excitation temperatures is measured.

  14. Investigation of Multiconfigurational Short-Range Density Functional Theory for Electronic Excitations in Organic Molecules.

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    Hubert, Mickaël; Hedegård, Erik D; Jensen, Hans Jørgen Aa

    2016-05-10

    Computational methods that can accurately and effectively predict all types of electronic excitations for any molecular system are missing in the toolbox of the computational chemist. Although various Kohn-Sham density-functional methods (KS-DFT) fulfill this aim in some cases, they become inadequate when the molecule has near-degeneracies and/or low-lying double-excited states. To address these issues we have recently proposed multiconfiguration short-range density-functional theory-MC-srDFT-as a new tool in the toolbox. While initial applications for systems with multireference character and double excitations have been promising, it is nevertheless important that the accuracy of MC-srDFT is at least comparable to the best KS-DFT methods also for organic molecules that are typically of single-reference character. In this paper we therefore systematically investigate the performance of MC-srDFT for a selected benchmark set of electronic excitations of organic molecules, covering the most common types of organic chromophores. This investigation confirms the expectation that the MC-srDFT method is accurate for a broad range of excitations and comparable to accurate wave function methods such as CASPT2, NEVPT2, and the coupled cluster based CC2 and CC3.

  15. Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Hexachloroplatinate-Nucleobase Complexes: Nucleobase Excited State Decay Observed via Delayed Electron Emission

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    Sen, Ananya; Matthews, Edward M.; Hou, Gao-Lei; Wang, Xue B.; Dessent, Caroline

    2015-11-14

    We report low-temperature photoelectron spectra of isolated gas-phase complexes of the hexachloroplatinate dianion bound to the nucleobases uracil, thymine, cytosine and adenine. The spectra display well-resolved, distinct peaks that are consistent with complexes where the hexachloroplatinate dianion is largely intact. Adiabatic electron detachment energies for the hexachloroplatinate-nucleobase complexes are measured as 2.26-2.36 eV. The magnitudes of the repulsive Coulomb barriers (RCBs) of the complexes are all ~1.7 eV, values that are lower than the RCB of the uncomplexed PtCl6 2- dianion as a result of charge solvation by the nucleobases. In addition to the resolved spectral features, broad featureless bands indicative of delayed electron detachment are observed in the 193 nm photoelectron spectra of the four clusters. The 266 nm spectra of the PtCl6 2-∙thymine and PtCl6 2-∙adenine complexes also display very prominent delayed electron emission bands. These results mirror recent results on the related Pt(CN)4 2-∙nucleobase complexes [Sen et al, J. Phys. Chem. B, 119, 11626, 2015]. The observation of delayed electron emission bands in the PtCl6 2-∙nucleobase spectra obtained in this work, as for the previously studied Pt(CN)4 2-∙nucleobase complexes, is attributed to onephoton excitation of nucleobase-centred excited states that can effectively couple to the electron detachment continuum, producing strong electron detachment. Moreover, the selective, strong excitation of the delayed emission bands in the 266 nm spectra is linked to fundamental differences in the individual nucleobase photophysics at this excitation energy. This strongly supports our previous suggestion that the dianion within these clusters can be viewed as a “dynamic tag” which has the propensity to emit electrons when the attached nucleobase decays over a timescale long enough to allow autodetachment.

  16. Photoelectron spectroscopy of hexachloroplatinate-nucleobase complexes: Nucleobase excited state decay observed via delayed electron emission.

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    Sen, Ananya; Matthews, Edward M; Hou, Gao-Lei; Wang, Xue-Bin; Dessent, Caroline E H

    2015-11-14

    We report low-temperature photoelectron spectra of isolated gas-phase complexes of the hexachloroplatinate dianion bound to the nucleobases uracil, thymine, cytosine, and adenine. The spectra display well-resolved, distinct peaks that are consistent with complexes where the hexachloroplatinate dianion is largely intact. Adiabatic electron detachment energies for the hexachloroplatinate-nucleobase complexes are measured as 2.26-2.36 eV. The magnitudes of the repulsive Coulomb barriers (RCBs) of the complexes are all ∼1.7 eV, values that are lower than the RCB of the uncomplexed PtCl6 (2-) dianion as a result of charge solvation by the nucleobases. In addition to the resolved spectral features, broad featureless bands indicative of delayed electron detachment are observed in the 193 nm photoelectron spectra of the four clusters. The 266 nm spectra of the PtCl6 (2-) ⋅ thymine and PtCl6 (2-) ⋅ adenine complexes also display very prominent delayed electron emission bands. These results mirror recent results on the related Pt(CN)4 (2-) ⋅ nucleobase complexes [A. Sen et al., J. Phys. Chem. B 119, 11626 (2015)]. The observation of delayed electron emission bands in the PtCl6 (2-) ⋅ nucleobase spectra obtained in this work, as for the previously studied Pt(CN)4 (2-) ⋅ nucleobase complexes, is attributed to one-photon excitation of nucleobase-centred excited states that can effectively couple to the electron detachment continuum, producing strong electron detachment. Moreover, the selective, strong excitation of the delayed emission bands in the 266 nm spectra is linked to fundamental differences in the individual nucleobase photophysics at this excitation energy. This strongly supports our previous suggestion that the dianion within these clusters can be viewed as a "dynamic tag" which has the propensity to emit electrons when the attached nucleobase decays over a time scale long enough to allow autodetachment.

  17. Electron-impact excitation of the low-lying electronic states of HCN

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    Chutjian, A.; Tanaka, H.; Srivastava, S. K.; Wicke, B. G.

    1977-01-01

    The first study of the low-energy electron-impact excitation of low-lying electronic transitions in the HCN molecule is reported. Measurements were made at incident electron energies of 11.6 and 21.6 eV in the energy-loss range of 3-10 eV, and at scattering angles of 20-130 deg. Inelastic scattering spectra were placed on the absolute cross-section scale by determining first the ratio of inelastic-to-elastic scattering cross sections, and then separately measuring the absolute elastic scattering cross section. Several new electronic transitions are observed which are intrinsically overlapped in the molecule itself. Assignments of these electronic transitions are suggested. These assignments are based on present spectroscopic and cross-sections measurements, high-energy electron scattering spectra, optical absorption spectra, and ab initio molecular orbital calculations.

  18. Cumulative HOM Excitation and Transition Effects in LCLS-II

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    Vostrikov, A.; Sukhanov, A.; Yakovlev, V.; Solyak, N.

    LCLS-II is a proposed upgrade of the most powerful X-ray laser in the world built at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. When complete, multiple free electron laser (FEL) sections will be powered by a continuous wave superconducting radio frequency (SRF) electron linac. The vital parameters for FEL radiation quality are beam emittance and beam transverse position stability. Excitation of high order modes (HOM) in SRF niobium cavities leads to additional beam power dissipation through incoherent and coherent losses. Energy stored in HOM may cause cumulative effects - transverse and longitudinal position displacement of the center of bunches, which leads to transverse and longitudinal emittance dilution. Cumulative effects due to dipole HOM excitation in LCLS-II are analyzed. Transition HOM effects are caused by sudden changes (periodic or single case) in the beam bunch structure. Bunch center position disturbance due to transition HOM effects is estimated.

  19. High resolution fluorescent bio-imaging with electron beam excitation.

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    Kawata, Yoshimasa; Nawa, Yasunori; Inami, Wataru

    2014-11-01

    We have developed electron beam excitation assisted (EXA) optical microscope[1-3], and demonstrated its resolution higher than 50 nm. In the microscope, a light source in a few nanometers size is excited by focused electron beam in a luminescent film. The microscope makes it possible to observe dynamic behavior of living biological specimens in various surroundings, such as air or liquids. Scan speed of the nanometric light source is faster than that in conventional near-field scanning optical microscopes. The microscope enables to observe optical constants such as absorption, refractive index, polarization, and their dynamic behavior on a nanometric scale. The microscope opens new microscopy applications in nano-technology and nano-science.Figure 1(a) shows schematic diagram of the proposed EXA microscope. An electron beam is focused on a luminescent film. A specimen is put on the luminescent film directly. The inset in Fig. 1(a) shows magnified image of the luminescent film and the specimen. Nanometric light source is excited in the luminescent film by the focused electron beam. The nanometric light source illuminates the specimen, and the scattered or transmitted radiation is detected with a photomultiplier tube (PMT). The light source is scanned by scanning of the focused electron beam in order to construct on image. Figure 1(b) shows a luminescence image of the cells acquired with the EXA microscope, and Fig. 1(c) shows a phase contrast microscope image. Cells were observed in culture solution without any treatments, such as fixation and drying. The shape of each cell was clearly recognized and some bright spots were observed in cells. We believe that the bright spots indicated with arrows were auto-fluorescence of intracellular granules and light- grey regions were auto-fluorescence of cell membranes. It is clearly demonstrated that the EXA microscope is useful tool for observation of living biological cells in physiological conditions.jmicro;63/suppl_1/i

  20. Cross Sections for Electron Impact Excitation of Astrophysically Abundant Atoms and Ions

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    Tayal, S. S.

    2006-01-01

    Electron collisional excitation rates and transition probabilities are important for computing electron temperatures and densities, ionization equilibria, and for deriving elemental abundances from emission lines formed in the collisional and photoionized astrophysical plasmas. Accurate representation of target wave functions that properly account for the important correlation and relaxation effects and inclusion of coupling effects including coupling to the continuum are essential components of a reliable collision calculation. Non-orthogonal orbitals technique in multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock approach is used to calculate oscillator strengths and transition probabilities. The effect of coupling to the continuum spectrum is included through the use of pseudostates which are chosen to account for most of the dipole polarizabilities of target states. The B-spline basis is used in the R-matrix approach to calculate electron excitation collision strengths and rates. Results for oscillator strengths and electron excitation collision strengths for transitions in N I, O I, O II, O IV, S X and Fe XIV have been produced

  1. Measurement of electron impact collisional excitation cross sections of Ni to Ge-like gold

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    May, M. J.; Beiersdorfer, P.; Jordan, N.; Scofield, J. H.; Reed, K. J.; Brown, G. V.; Hansen, S. B.; Porter, F. S.; Kelley, R.; Kilbourne, C. A.; Boyce, K. R.

    2017-03-01

    We have measured the collisional excitation cross sections for the 3d→4f and 3d→5f excitations in Au ions near the Ni-like charge state by using beam plasmas created in the Livermore electron beam ion trap EBIT-I. The cross sections have been experimentally determined at approximately 1, 2 and 3 keV above the threshold energy, ET, for the 3d→4f excitations (ET ˜ 2.5 keV) and at approximately 0.1, 1 and 2 keV above the threshold energy for the 3d→5f excitations (ET ˜ 3.3 keV). The cross section measurements were made possible by using the GSFC x-ray microcalorimeter at the Livermore EBIT facility. The absolute cross sections are determined from the ratio of the intensity of the collisionally excited bound-bound transitions to the intensity of the radiative recombination lines produced in EBIT-I plasmas. The effects of polarization and Auger decay channels are accounted for in the cross section determination. Measured cross sections are compared with those from HULLAC, DWS and FAC calculations. The measurements demonstrate that some errors exist in the calculated excitation cross sections.

  2. Measurement of electron impact collisional excitation cross sections of Ni to Ge-like gold

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    May, M. J.; Beiersdorfer, P.; Jordan, N.; ...

    2017-03-01

    We have measured the collisional excitation cross sections for the 3d→4f and 3d→5f excitations in Au ions near the Ni-like charge state by using beam plasmas created in the Livermore electron beam ion trap EBIT-I. The cross sections have been experimentally determined at approximately 1, 2 and 3 keV above the threshold energy, ET, for the 3d→4f excitations (ET ~2.5 keV) and at approximately 0.1, 1 and 2 keV above the threshold energy for the 3d→5f excitations (ET ~3.3 keV). The cross section measurements were made possible by using the GSFC x-ray microcalorimeter at the Livermore EBIT facility. The absolutemore » cross sections are determined from the ratio of the intensity of the collisionally excited bound-bound transitions to the intensity of the radiative recombination lines produced in EBIT-I plasmas. The effects of polarization and Auger decay channels are accounted for in the cross section determination. Measured cross sections are compared with those from HULLAC, DWS and FAC calculations. Finally, the measurements demonstrate that some errors exist in the calculated excitation cross sections.« less

  3. TlII excitation cross-sections in collisions of slow electrons with thallium atoms

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    Smirnov, Yu M.

    2016-09-01

    Excitation of a singly-charged thallium ion in electron collisions with thallium atoms has been studied experimentally. Seventy excitation cross sections have been measured at an exciting electron energy of 30 eV. Ten optical excitation functions (OEFs) have been recorded in the incident electron energy range of 0-200 eV. For seven TlII spectral series, the dependence of excitation cross-sections on the principal quantum numbers of upper levels has been studied. A comparison of findings with data from preceding publications is presented.

  4. Ensemble density functional theory method correctly describes bond dissociation, excited state electron transfer, and double excitations

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    Filatov, Michael; Huix-Rotllant, Miquel; Burghardt, Irene

    2015-05-14

    State-averaged (SA) variants of the spin-restricted ensemble-referenced Kohn-Sham (REKS) method, SA-REKS and state-interaction (SI)-SA-REKS, implement ensemble density functional theory for variationally obtaining excitation energies of molecular systems. In this work, the currently existing version of the SA-REKS method, which included only one excited state into the ensemble averaging, is extended by adding more excited states to the averaged energy functional. A general strategy for extension of the REKS-type methods to larger ensembles of ground and excited states is outlined and implemented in extended versions of the SA-REKS and SI-SA-REKS methods. The newly developed methods are tested in the calculation of several excited states of ground-state multi-reference systems, such as dissociating hydrogen molecule, and excited states of donor–acceptor molecular systems. For hydrogen molecule, the new method correctly reproduces the distance dependence of the lowest excited state energies and describes an avoided crossing between the doubly excited and singly excited states. For bithiophene–perylenediimide stacked complex, the SI-SA-REKS method correctly describes crossing between the locally excited state and the charge transfer excited state and yields vertical excitation energies in good agreement with the ab initio wavefunction methods.

  5. Excitation of monochromatic and stable electron acoustic wave by two counter-propagating laser beams

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    Xiao, C. Z.; Liu, Z. J.; Zheng, C. Y.; He, X. T.

    2017-07-01

    The undamped electron acoustic wave is a newly-observed nonlinear electrostatic plasma wave and has potential applications in ion acceleration, laser amplification and diagnostics due to its unique frequency range. We propose to make the first attempt to excite a monochromatic and stable electron acoustic wave (EAW) by two counter-propagating laser beams. The matching conditions relevant to laser frequencies, plasma density, and electron thermal velocity are derived and the harmonic effects of the EAW are excluded. Single-beam instabilities, including stimulated Raman scattering and stimulated Brillouin scattering, on the excitation process are quantified by an interaction quantity, η =γ {τ }B, where γ is the growth rate of each instability and {τ }B is the characteristic time of the undamped EAW. The smaller the interaction quantity, the more successfully the monochromatic and stable EAW can be excited. Using one-dimensional Vlasov-Maxwell simulations, we excite EAW wave trains which are amplitude tunable, have a duration of thousands of laser periods, and are monochromatic and stable, by carefully controlling the parameters under the above conditions.

  6. Ge Quantum Dot Formation on Si (100)-2x1 with Surface Electronic Excitation

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    Oguzer, Ali

    2009-03-01

    The effect of laser-induced electronic excitations on the self-assembly of Ge quantum dots on Si (100)-2x1 grown by pulsed laser deposition is studied. The samples were first cleaned by using modified Shiraki method and then transferred into the deposition chamber. The vacuum system was then pumped down, baked for at least 12 hours, and the sample was then flashed to 1100 C in order for the 2x1 reconstruction to form. The experiment was conducted under a pressure ˜1x10-10 Torr. A Q-switched Nd:YAG laser (wavelength λ = 1064 nm, 10 Hz repetition rate) was used to ablate a Ge target. In-situ RHEED and STM and ex-situ AFM were used to study the morphology of the grown QD. The dependence of the QD morphology on substrate temperature and ablation and excitation laser energy density was studied. Electronic excitation is shown to affect the surface morphology. Laser irradiation of the Si substrate is shown to decrease the roughness of films grown at a substrate temperature of ˜450 ^oC. Electronic excitation also affected surface coverage ratio and cluster density and decreased the temperature required to form 3-dimensional quantum dots. Possible mechanisms involved will be discussed.

  7. Calculations for electron-impact excitation and ionization of beryllium

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    Zatsarinny, Oleg; Bartschat, Klaus; Fursa, Dmitry V.; Bray, Igor

    2016-12-01

    The B-spline R-matrix and the convergent close-coupling methods are used to study electron collisions with neutral beryllium over an energy range from threshold to 100 eV. Coupling to the target continuum significantly affects the results for transitions from the ground state, but to a lesser extent the strong transitions between excited states. Cross sections are presented for selected transitions between low-lying physical bound states of beryllium, as well as for elastic scattering, momentum transfer, and ionization. The present cross sections for transitions from the ground state from the two methods are in excellent agreement with each other, and also with other available results based on nonperturbative convergent pseudostate and time-dependent close-coupling models. The elastic cross section at low energies is dominated by a prominent shape resonance. The ionization from the {(2s2p)}3P and {(2s2p)}1P states strongly depends on the respective term. The current predictions represent an extensive set of electron scattering data for neutral beryllium, which should be sufficient for most modeling applications.

  8. Ultrafast electron injection into photo-excited organic molecules.

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    Cvetko, Dean; Fratesi, Guido; Kladnik, Gregor; Cossaro, Albano; Brivio, Gian Paolo; Venkataraman, Latha; Morgante, Alberto

    2016-08-10

    Charge transfer rates at metal/organic interfaces affect the efficiencies of devices for organic based electronics and photovoltaics. A quantitative study of electron transfer rates, which take place on the femtosecond timescale, is often difficult, especially since in most systems the molecular adsorption geometry is unknown. Here, we use X-ray resonant photoemission spectroscopy to measure ultrafast charge transfer rates across pyridine/Au(111) interfaces while also controlling the molecular orientation on the metal. We demonstrate that a bi-directional charge transfer across the molecule/metal interface is enabled upon creation of a core-exciton on the molecule with a rate that has a strong dependence on the molecular adsorption angle. Through density functional theory calculations, we show that the alignment of molecular levels relative to the metal Fermi level is dramatically altered when a core-hole is created on the molecule, allowing the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital to fall partially below the metal Fermi level. We also calculate charge transfer rates as a function of molecular adsorption geometry and find a trend that agrees with the experiment. These findings thus give insight into the charge transfer dynamics of a photo-excited molecule on a metal surface.

  9. Electron-impact excitation and ionization of boron

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    Wang, Kedong; Zatsarinny, Oleg; Bartschat, Klaus

    2016-09-01

    We present a comprehensive study of electron collisions with neutral boron atoms. The calculations were performed with the B-Spline R-matrix (close-coupling) method, by employing a parallelized version of the associated computer code. Elastic, momentum-transfer, excitation, and ionization cross sections were obtained for all transitions involving the lowest 11 states of boron, for incident electron energies ranging from threshold to 100 eV. A multi-configuration Hartree-Fock method with non-orthogonal term-dependent orbitals was used to generate accurate wavefunctions for the target states. Close-coupling expansions including 13, 51, and 999 physical and pseudo-states were set up to check the sensitivity of the predictions to variations in the theoretical model. The cross-section dataset generated in this work is expected to be the most accurate one available today and should be sufficiently comprehensive for most modeling applications involving neutral boron. Work supported by the China Scholarship Council and the United States National Science Foundation under grants PHY-1403245 and PHY-1520970, and by the XSEDE allocation PHY-090031.

  10. Similarity criteria in vibrationally and electronically excited gases

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    Kustova, E. V.; Mekhonoshina, M. A.

    2016-11-01

    Similarity criteria related to heat conduction and diffusion (Prandtl and Schmidt numbers) are studied in strongly non-equilibrium reacting flows on the basis of the Chapman-Enskog method. A one-temperature flow description is applied to study high-temperature gas mixtures with slow chemical reactions and excited rovibrational and electronic degrees of freedom of molecules and electronic states of atomic species. Essentially non-monotonic dependence of the Prandtl number on the mixture composition is emphasized; the Schmidt numbers vary weakly with temperature and decrease monotonically with increasing molecular molar fraction. For vibrationally non-equilibrium flows, we consider the detailed state-to-state model. In this case the Prandtl number is determined by translational and rotational energies; the Schmidt numbers are introduced for each vibrational state. The developed models are used to study Prandtl and Schmidt numbers in shock heated and supersonic expanding flows of N2/N and O2/O mixtures. Peculiar features of these similarity criteria in strongly non-equilibrium flows are discussed.

  11. Dissociative excitation of the N(+)(5S) state by electron impact on N2 - Excitation function and quenching

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    Erdman, P. W.; Zipf, E. C.

    1986-01-01

    Metastable N(+)(5S) ions were produced in the laboratory by dissociative excitation of N2 with energetic electrons. The resulting radiative decay of the N(+)(5S) state was observed with sufficient resolution to completely resolve the doublet from the nearby N2 molecular radiation. The excitation function was measured from threshold to 500 eV. The cross section peaks at a high electron energy and also exhibits a high threshold energy both of which are typical of dissociative excitation-ionization processes. This finding complicates the explanation of electron impact on N2 as the mechanism for the source of the 2145 A 'auroral mystery feature' by further increasing the required peak cross section. It is suggested that the apparent N(+)(5S) quenching in auroras may be an artifact due to the softening of the electron energy spectrum in the auroral E region.

  12. Electron impact excitation collision strengths for extreme ultraviolet lines of Fe VII

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    Tayal, S. S.; Zatsarinny, O. E-mail: oleg.zatsarinny@drake.edu

    2014-06-10

    Extensive calculations have been performed for electron impact excitation collision strengths and oscillator strengths for the Fe VII extreme ultraviolet lines of astrophysical importance. The collision strengths for fine-structure transitions are calculated in the B-spline Breit-Pauli R-matrix approach. The target wavefunctions have been calculated in the multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock method with term-dependent non-orthogonal orbitals. The close-coupling expansion includes 189 fine-structure levels of Fe VII belonging to terms of the ground 3p {sup 6}3d {sup 2} and excited 3p {sup 5}3d {sup 3}, 3p {sup 6}3d4l, 3p {sup 6}3d5s, and 3p {sup 6}3d5p configurations. The effective collision strengths are determined from the electron excitation collision strengths by integration over a Maxwellian distribution of electron velocities. The effective collision strengths are provided for 17766 fine-structure transitions at electron temperatures from 10{sup 4} to 10{sup 7} K. Our results normally agree with the previous R-matrix frame-transformation calculations by Witthoeft and Badnell. However, there are important differences for some transitions with the previous calculations. The corrections to the previous results are mainly due to more extensive expansions for the Fe VII target states.

  13. Electron Impact Excitation Collision Strengths for Extreme Ultraviolet Lines of Fe VII

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    Tayal, S. S.; Zatsarinny, O.

    2014-06-01

    Extensive calculations have been performed for electron impact excitation collision strengths and oscillator strengths for the Fe VII extreme ultraviolet lines of astrophysical importance. The collision strengths for fine-structure transitions are calculated in the B-spline Breit-Pauli R-matrix approach. The target wavefunctions have been calculated in the multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock method with term-dependent non-orthogonal orbitals. The close-coupling expansion includes 189 fine-structure levels of Fe VII belonging to terms of the ground 3p 63d 2 and excited 3p 53d 3, 3p 63d4l, 3p 63d5s, and 3p 63d5p configurations. The effective collision strengths are determined from the electron excitation collision strengths by integration over a Maxwellian distribution of electron velocities. The effective collision strengths are provided for 17766 fine-structure transitions at electron temperatures from 104 to 107 K. Our results normally agree with the previous R-matrix frame-transformation calculations by Witthoeft & Badnell. However, there are important differences for some transitions with the previous calculations. The corrections to the previous results are mainly due to more extensive expansions for the Fe VII target states.

  14. Energy shift of collective electron excitations in highly corrugated graphitic nanostructures: Experimental and theoretical investigation

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    Sedelnikova, O. V. Bulusheva, L. G.; Okotrub, A. V.; Asanov, I. P.; Yushina, I. V.

    2014-04-21

    Effect of corrugation of hexagonal carbon network on the collective electron excitations has been studied using optical absorption and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy in conjunction with density functional theory calculations. Onion-like carbon (OLC) was taken as a material, where graphitic mantle enveloping agglomerates of multi-shell fullerenes is strongly curved. Experiments showed that positions of π and π + σ plasmon modes as well as π → π* absorption peak are substantially redshifted for OLC as compared with those of highly ordered pyrolytic graphite and thermally exfoliated graphite consisted of planar sheets. This effect was reproduced in behavior of dielectric functions of rippled graphite models calculated within the random phase approximation. We conclude that the energy of electron excitations in graphitic materials could be precisely tuned by a simple bending of hexagonal network without change of topology. Moreover, our investigation suggests that in such materials optical exciton can transfer energy to plasmon non-radiatively.

  15. Energy shift of collective electron excitations in highly corrugated graphitic nanostructures: Experimental and theoretical investigation

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    Sedelnikova, O. V.; Bulusheva, L. G.; Asanov, I. P.; Yushina, I. V.; Okotrub, A. V.

    2014-04-01

    Effect of corrugation of hexagonal carbon network on the collective electron excitations has been studied using optical absorption and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy in conjunction with density functional theory calculations. Onion-like carbon (OLC) was taken as a material, where graphitic mantle enveloping agglomerates of multi-shell fullerenes is strongly curved. Experiments showed that positions of π and π + σ plasmon modes as well as π → π* absorption peak are substantially redshifted for OLC as compared with those of highly ordered pyrolytic graphite and thermally exfoliated graphite consisted of planar sheets. This effect was reproduced in behavior of dielectric functions of rippled graphite models calculated within the random phase approximation. We conclude that the energy of electron excitations in graphitic materials could be precisely tuned by a simple bending of hexagonal network without change of topology. Moreover, our investigation suggests that in such materials optical exciton can transfer energy to plasmon non-radiatively.

  16. Collision Strengths for Electron Collisional Excitation of S II

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    Tayal, S. S.

    1997-01-01

    Electron collisional excitation strengths for inelastic transitions in S II are calculated using the R-matrix method in a 19-state (3s(sup 2)3p(sup 3)(sup 4)S(sup o), (sup 2)D(sup o), (sup 2)p(sup o), 3s3p(sup 4)(sup 4)P, (sup 2)D, (sup 2)S, 3S(sup 2)3p(sup 2)3d(sup 2)P, (sup 4)F, (sup 4)D, (sup 2)F, (sup 4)P, 3s(sup 2)3p(sup 2)4s(sup 4)P, (sup 2)P, 3s(sup 2)3p(sup 2)4p(sup 2)S(s o), (sup 4)D(sup o), (sup 4)P(sup o), (sup 2)D(sup o), (sup 4)S(sup o), (sup 2)P(sup o)) close-coupling approximation. These target states are represented by extensive configuration-interaction wave functions that give excitation energies and oscillator strengths that are usually in good agreement with the experimental values and the available accurate calculations. The present results for collision strengths are in very good agreement with the recent merged beams energy loss measurement of Liao et al. and agree reasonably well with the 18-state R-matrix calculation of Ramsbottom, Bell, & Stafford, but show significant differences from the 12-state R-matrix calculation of Cai & Pradhan.

  17. Excitation of plasmons in Ag/Fe/W structure by spin-polarized electrons

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    Samarin, Sergey N.; Kostylev, Mikhail; Williams, J. F.; Artamonov, Oleg M.; Baraban, Alexander P.; Guagliardo, Paul

    2015-09-07

    Using Spin-polarized Electron-Energy Loss Spectroscopy (SPEELS), the plasmon excitations were probed in a few atomic layers thick Ag film deposited on an Fe layer or on a single crystal of W(110). The measurements were performed at two specular geometries with either a 25° or 72° angle of incidence. On a clean Fe layer (10 atomic layers thick), Stoner excitation asymmetry was observed, as expected. Deposition of a silver film on top of the Fe layer dramatically changed the asymmetry of the SPEELS spectra. The spin-effect depends on the kinematics of the scattering: angles of incidence and detection. The spin-dependence of the plasmon excitations in the silver film on the W(110) surface and on the ferromagnetic Fe film is suggested to arise from the spin-active Ag/W or Ag/Fe interfaces.

  18. Theoretical and experimental differential cross sections for electron impact excitation of the electronic bands of furfural

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    Jones, D. B.; Neves, R. F. C.; Lopes, M. C. A.; da Costa, R. F.; do N. Varella, M. T.; Bettega, M. H. F.; Lima, M. A. P.; García, G.; Limão-Vieira, P.; Brunger, M. J.

    2016-03-01

    We report results from a joint experimental and theoretical investigation into electron scattering from the important industrial species furfural (C5H4O2). Specifically, differential cross sections (DCSs) have been measured and calculated for the electron-impact excitation of the electronic states of C5H4O2. The measurements were carried out at energies in the range 20-40 eV, and for scattered-electron angles between 10° and 90°. The energy resolution of those experiments was typically ˜80 meV. Corresponding Schwinger multichannel method with pseudo-potential calculations, for energies between 6-50 eV and with and without Born-closure, were also performed for a sub-set of the excited electronic-states that were accessed in the measurements. Those calculations were undertaken at the static exchange plus polarisation-level using a minimum orbital basis for single configuration interaction (MOB-SCI) approach. Agreement between the measured and calculated DCSs was qualitatively quite good, although to obtain quantitative accord, the theory would need to incorporate even more channels into the MOB-SCI. The role of multichannel coupling on the computed electronic-state DCSs is also explored in some detail.

  19. Electronic excitation and quenching of atoms at insulator surfaces

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    Swaminathan, P. K.; Garrett, Bruce C.; Murthy, C. S.

    1988-01-01

    A trajectory-based semiclassical method is used to study electronically inelastic collisions of gas atoms with insulator surfaces. The method provides for quantum-mechanical treatment of the internal electronic dynamics of a localized region involving the gas/surface collision, and a classical treatment of all the nuclear degrees of freedom (self-consistently and in terms of stochastic trajectories), and includes accurate simulation of the bath-temperature effects. The method is easy to implement and has a generality that holds promise for many practical applications. The problem of electronically inelastic dynamics is solved by computing a set of stochastic trajectories that on thermal averaging directly provide electronic transition probabilities at a given temperature. The theory is illustrated by a simple model of a two-state gas/surface interaction.

  20. Electronic excitation and quenching of atoms at insulator surfaces

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    Swaminathan, P. K.; Garrett, Bruce C.; Murthy, C. S.

    1988-01-01

    A trajectory-based semiclassical method is used to study electronically inelastic collisions of gas atoms with insulator surfaces. The method provides for quantum-mechanical treatment of the internal electronic dynamics of a localized region involving the gas/surface collision, and a classical treatment of all the nuclear degrees of freedom (self-consistently and in terms of stochastic trajectories), and includes accurate simulation of the bath-temperature effects. The method is easy to implement and has a generality that holds promise for many practical applications. The problem of electronically inelastic dynamics is solved by computing a set of stochastic trajectories that on thermal averaging directly provide electronic transition probabilities at a given temperature. The theory is illustrated by a simple model of a two-state gas/surface interaction.

  1. Electronic Structure, Elementary Excitations, Optical and Transport Properties of Semiconductor Superlattices.

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    1987-12-01

    Spectroscopy due to Collective Charge Density Excitations * (e) Plasmon in Quasi Periodic Layered Electron Gas Systems (2) Impurity Levels, Excitons ...34, (with G. Giuliani and G. Qin) Surface Sci. 142, 433 (1984). "Surface and Bulk Plasmon - Polariton Bands in Periodic Metallic Heterostructures", (with G... Plasmon Polaritons in Truncated Superlattices", R. Szenics, R. F. Wallis, G. Giuliani and J. J. Quinn, Surface Science (1986). "Ma.netic Polaron Effects in

  2. Nuclear Excitation by Electronic Transition of U-235

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    Chodash, Perry Adam

    2015-07-14

    Nuclear excitation by electronic transition (NEET) is a rare nuclear excitation that is theorized to occur in numerous isotopes. One isotope in particular, 235U, has been studied several times over the past 40 years and NEET of 235U has never been conclusively observed. These past experiments generated con icting results with some experiments claiming to observe NEET of 235U and others setting limits for the NEET rate. This dissertation discusses the latest attempt to measure NEET of 235U. If NEET of 235U were to occur, 235mU would be created. 235mU decays by internal conversion with a decay energy of 76 eV and a half-life of 26 minutes. A pulsed Nd:YAG laser operating at 1064 nm with a pulse energy of 789 mJ and a pulse width of 9 ns was used to generate a uranium plasma. The plasma was captured on a catcher plate and electrons emitted from the catcher plate were accelerated and focused onto a microchannel plate detector. A decay of 26 minutes would suggest the creation of 235mU and the possibility that NEET occurred. However, measurements performed using a variety of uranium targets spanning depleted uranium up to 99.4% enriched uranium did not observe a 26 minute decay. Numerous other decays were observed with half-lives ranging from minutes up to hundreds of minutes. While NEET of 235U was not observed during this experiment, an upper limit for the NEET rate of 235U was determined. In addition, explanations for the con icting results from previous experiments are given. Based on the results of this experiment and the previous experiments looking for NEET of 235U, it is likely that NEET of 235U has never been observed.

  3. Coherence, Energy and Charge Transfers in De-Excitation Pathways of Electronic Excited State of Biomolecules in Photosynthesis

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    Bohr, Henrik G.; Malik, F. Bary

    2013-11-01

    The observed multiple de-excitation pathways of photo-absorbed electronic excited state in the peridinin-chlorophyll complex, involving both energy and charge transfers among its constituents, are analyzed using the bio-Auger (B-A) theory. It is also shown that the usually used Förster-Dexter theory, which does not allow for charge transfer, is a special case of B-A theory. The latter could, under appropriate circumstances, lead to excimers.

  4. A benchmark study of electronic excitation energies, transition moments, and excited-state energy gradients on the nicotine molecule

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    Egidi, Franco; Segado, Mireia; Koch, Henrik; Cappelli, Chiara; Barone, Vincenzo

    2014-12-01

    In this work, we report a comparative study of computed excitation energies, oscillator strengths, and excited-state energy gradients of (S)-nicotine, chosen as a test case, using multireference methods, coupled cluster singles and doubles, and methods based on time-dependent density functional theory. This system was chosen because its apparent simplicity hides a complex electronic structure, as several different types of valence excitations are possible, including n-π*, π-π*, and charge-transfer states, and in order to simulate its spectrum it is necessary to describe all of them consistently well by the chosen method.

  5. A benchmark study of electronic excitation energies, transition moments, and excited-state energy gradients on the nicotine molecule

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    Egidi, Franco Segado, Mireia; Barone, Vincenzo; Koch, Henrik; Cappelli, Chiara

    2014-12-14

    In this work, we report a comparative study of computed excitation energies, oscillator strengths, and excited-state energy gradients of (S)-nicotine, chosen as a test case, using multireference methods, coupled cluster singles and doubles, and methods based on time-dependent density functional theory. This system was chosen because its apparent simplicity hides a complex electronic structure, as several different types of valence excitations are possible, including n-π{sup *}, π-π{sup *}, and charge-transfer states, and in order to simulate its spectrum it is necessary to describe all of them consistently well by the chosen method.

  6. Projection of excited orbitals into kinetic energies of emitted electrons in resonant Si KLL Auger decays of SiF{sub 4}

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    Suzuki, I. H.; Kono, Y.; Ikeda, A.; Nagaoka, S.; Ouchi, T.; Ueda, K.; Takahashi, O.; Higuchi, I.; Tamenori, Y.

    2010-10-15

    Spectator resonant Auger-electron spectra have been measured in the Si 1s photoexcitation region of SiF{sub 4} using an electron spectroscopic technique combined with undulator radiation. A transition with the highest intensity in the total ion yield spectrum, which comes from excitation of a 1s electron into the 6t{sub 2} valence orbital, generates resonant Auger decays in which the excited electron remains predominantly in the valence orbital or is partly shaken up into a high-lying Rydberg orbital. The higher-lying peak generated through excitation into Rydberg orbitals induces resonant Auger decays in which the excited Rydberg electron is partly shaken up to a higher-lying Rydberg orbital or shaken down to a lower-lying valence molecular orbital. These findings exhibit a clear disentanglement effect among excited orbitals which are smeared out in the 1s electron excitation spectrum.

  7. Effect of frequency on microplasmas driven by microwave excitation

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    Levko, Dmitry; Raja, Laxminarayan L.

    2015-07-28

    The effect of excitation frequency on the breakdown voltage of a microwave (mw) microdischarge and its steady-state plasma parameters is studied by the self-consistent one-dimensional Particle-in-Cell Monte Carlo collisions model. It is found that for microdischarges in which the electron wall losses are significant, an increase in the mw frequency results in a decrease in the breakdown voltage. For conditions in which the electron wall losses become negligible, an increase in the frequency does not influence significantly the breakdown voltage. At the same time, for both regimes, the increase in the frequency results in an increase in the steady-state plasma density. The analysis of the steady-state plasma parameters have shown that the dominant electron heating mechanism is the Joule heating while the stochastic heating is negligible. Also, it is found that the electron energy distribution function consists of two electron groups, namely, slow and fast electrons. The presence of fast electrons in the plasma bulk indicates the non-local nature of microwave excited microdischarges.

  8. Nuclear excitation by electronic transition of 235U

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    Chodash, P. A.; Norman, E. B.; Burke, J. T.; Casperson, R. J.; Fisher, S. E.; Holliday, K. S.; Jeffries, J. R.; Wakeling, M. A.; Wilks, S. C.

    2016-03-11

    Here, nuclear excitation by electronic transition (NEET) is a rare nuclear excitation that can occur in isotopes containing a low-lying nuclear excited state. Over the past 40 yr, several experiments have attempted to measure NEET of 235U and those experiments have yielded conflicting results.

  9. Differential cross sections for electron impact excitation of the electronic bands of phenol

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    Neves, R. F. C.; Jones, D. B.; Lopes, M. C. A.; Nixon, K. L.; Silva, G. B. da; Duque, H. V.; Oliveira, E. M. de; Lima, M. A. P.; Costa, R. F. da; Varella, M. T. do N.; Bettega, M. H. F.; and others

    2015-03-14

    We report results from a joint theoretical and experimental investigation into electron scattering from the important organic species phenol (C{sub 6}H{sub 5}OH). Specifically, differential cross sections (DCSs) have been measured and calculated for the electron-impact excitation of the electronic states of C{sub 6}H{sub 5}OH. The measurements were carried out at energies in the range 15–40 eV, and for scattered-electron angles between 10{sup ∘} and 90{sup ∘}. The energy resolution of those experiments was typically ∼80 meV. Corresponding Schwinger multichannel method with pseudo-potentials calculations, with and without Born-closure, were also performed for a sub-set of the excited electronic-states that were accessed in the measurements. Those calculations were conducted at the static exchange plus polarisation (SEP)-level using a minimum orbital basis for single configuration interaction (MOBSCI) approach. Agreement between the measured and calculated DCSs was typically fair, although to obtain quantitative accord, the theory would need to incorporate even more channels into the MOBSCI.

  10. Multiple-electron excitation in X-ray absorption: a simple generic model.

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    Roy, M; Lindsay, J D; Louch, S; Gurman, S J

    2001-07-01

    The probability of multiple-electron excitation in X-ray absorption is calculated using a simple generic model. The model permits calculations to be made for all atoms with little input data or computing effort. The high-energy limit of this probability, which gives the usual EXAFS amplitude reduction factor, is calculated in the 'sudden approximation' using Slater orbitals. Good agreement with experiment is found. The energy dependence of this probability is also calculated using a simple model form of perturbing potential and found to agree well with experiment for rare gas atoms. The effect on the X-ray absorption coefficient of including multiple-electron excitations is also determined and is found to be small, again in agreement with observation.

  11. Electron impact excitation with the cascade population of the 4 p 5 5 s levels of the krypton atom

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    Mityureva, A. A.; Smirnov, V. V.

    2016-12-01

    Data are presented on the direct and effective, i.e., including the cascade population, electronic excitation cross sections of the 4 p 55 s levels of the krypton atom from its ground state by the electron impact. The data are made up of the results available in the literature on this process and the results of the measurements performed by the authors.

  12. Theory of electronic states and excitations in PPV

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    Brazovskii, S.; Kirova, N.; Bishop, A. R.

    1998-01-01

    We present a consistent theoretical picture for optical properties of phenyl based polymers, especially for the PPV family. The model is based upon an analytical solution for the band structure of PPV oligomers, while invoking the dominant Coulomb corrections for electron-hole interactions. The adjustable parameters are only the common shift for the bands centers of gravity and a dielectric susceptibility at small distances. Our picture gives a clear understanding for the origin of all possible transitions in linear and nonlinear optics. We describe both tightly bound localized excitons and excitons of intermediate range (i.e. of both the Frenkel and Wannier-Mott types). The quantitative description of excitons is obtained from the long range Coulomb interactions, We emphasize where the ring torsion plays a role in the overall energy minimization of the excited state. This article provides theory details for the joint article [S. Brazovskii, N. Kirova, A.R. Bishop, V. Klimov, D. McBranch, N.N. Barashkov, J.P. Ferraris, Opt. Mater. 9 (1998) 472], where a complete picture was outlined.

  13. Femtosecond laser electronic excitation tagging for aerodynamic and thermodynamic measurements

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    Calvert, Nathan David

    This thesis presents applications of Femtosecond Laser Electronic Excitation Tagging (FLEET) to a variety of aerodynamic and thermodynamic measurements. FLEET tagged line characteristics such as intensity, width and spectral features are investigated in various flow conditions (pressure, temperature, velocity, steadiness, etc.) and environments (gas composition) for both temporally and spatially instantaneous and averaged data. Special attention is drawn to the nature of first and second positive systems of molecular nitrogen and the ramifications on FLEET measurements. Existing laser-based diagnostic techniques are summarized and FLEET is directly compared with Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) in various low speed flows. Multidimensional velocity, acceleration, vorticity and other flow parameters are extracted in supersonic free jets and within an enclosed in-draft tunnel test section. Probability distribution functions of the mean and standard deviation of critical flow parameters are unveiled by utilizing a Bayesian statistical framework wherein likelihood functions are established from prior and posterior distributions. Advanced image processing techniques based on fuzzy logic are applied to single-shot FLEET images with low signal-to-noise ratio to improve image quality and reduce uncertainty in data processing algorithms. Lastly, FLEET second positive and first negative emission are considered at a wide range of pressures to correct for changes in select rovibrational peak magnitude and shape due to density from which bulk gas temperature may be extracted.

  14. Effects of solvent induced modulation of energy gaps on electronic relaxation of excited hydrogen bonded complexes of some aromatic carbonyl compounds

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    van der Burgt, M. J.; Jansen, L. M. G.; Huizer, A. H.; Varma, C. A. G. O.

    1995-12-01

    A detailed study of the influence of solvent polarity and temperature dependence ( T ≤ 300 K) on the radiationless transitions of hydrogen bonded complexes of 2-naphthaldehyde ( 1), 2-acetonaphthone ( 2), methyl 2-naphthoate ( 3) and 1,2-dihydro-3H-benz[ e]inden-3-one ( 4) is presented. The hydrogen bonded complexes are strongly fluorescent. The energy gaps between S 1 and S 0 and between S 1 and T 1 could be varied by using various 1,4-dioxane/water mixtures as the solvent. In the case of the complex of 1 intersystem crossing and internal conversion from S 1 have both been found to proceed through a direct process as well as by way of a proces involving thermal excitation to S 2. The conversion of S 1 to T 1 proceeds only through thermal excitation to S 2 in the case of 2 and 4, whereas in the case of 3 a contribution from a thermally activated process could not be detected. An inverse exponential energy gap law has been found for the temperature independent intersystem crossing from S 1 in the case of the complexes of 1 and 3. This is shown theoretically to be in accordance with a nuclear tunneling process. The tunneling appears to proceed along the C-O stretching mode. The internal conversion from the state S 1 of the complex of 3 satisfies the regular exponential energy gap law.

  15. Excited electronic states and spectroscopy of unsymmetrically substituted polyenes

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    Itoh, Takao

    2013-09-01

    α-Methyl-ω-phenylpolyenes, Me-(CH=CH)N-Ph, (MPPNs) with N = 2, 3, and 4 were synthesized. Fluorescence, absorption, and excitation spectra of MPPNs have been measured under different conditions along with those of β-methylstyrene. It is shown that there is a forbidden singlet (π, π*) excited state located at energies below the absorbing state for MPPNs with N = 3 and 4. Excitation energies of these polyenes are determined as a function of N. Quantitative analysis of the temperature dependence of the relative intensity of the fluorescence spectrum and its solvent shift behavior extract estimates of the various physical parameters that characterize excitation energies and excited-state dynamical behavior of MPPN with N = 3. The singlet excited states of the MPPNs were compared with those of the α,ω-diphenylpolyenes and α,ω-dimethylpolyenes.

  16. Excited electronic states and spectroscopy of unsymmetrically substituted polyenes.

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    Itoh, Takao

    2013-09-07

    α-Methyl-ω-phenylpolyenes, Me-(CH=CH)N-Ph, (MPPNs) with N = 2, 3, and 4 were synthesized. Fluorescence, absorption, and excitation spectra of MPPNs have been measured under different conditions along with those of β-methylstyrene. It is shown that there is a forbidden singlet (π, π∗) excited state located at energies below the absorbing state for MPPNs with N = 3 and 4. Excitation energies of these polyenes are determined as a function of N. Quantitative analysis of the temperature dependence of the relative intensity of the fluorescence spectrum and its solvent shift behavior extract estimates of the various physical parameters that characterize excitation energies and excited-state dynamical behavior of MPPN with N = 3. The singlet excited states of the MPPNs were compared with those of the α,ω-diphenylpolyenes and α,ω-dimethylpolyenes.

  17. Adsorbate-induced absorption redshift in an organic-inorganic cluster conjugate: Electronic effects of surfactants and organic adsorbates on the lowest excited states of a methanethiol-CdSe conjugate

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    Liu, Christopher; Chung, Sang-Yoon; Lee, Sungyul; Weiss, Shimon; Neuhauser, Daniel

    2009-11-01

    Bioconjugated CdSe quantum dots are promising reagents for bioimaging applications. Experimentally, the binding of a short peptide has been found to redshift the optical absorption of nanoclusters [J. Tsay et al., J. Phys. Chem. B 109, 1669 (2005)]. This study examines this issue by performing density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent-DFT calculations to study the ground state and low-lying excited states of (CdSe)6[SCH3]-, a transition metal complex built by binding methanethiolate to a CdSe molecular cluster. Natural bond orbital results show that the redshift is caused by ligand-inorganic cluster orbital interaction. The highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) of (CdSe)6 is dominated by selenium 4p orbitals; in contrast, the HOMO of (CdSe)6[SCH3]- is dominated by sulfur 3p orbitals. This difference shows that [SCH3]- binding effectively introduces filled sulfur orbitals above the selenium 4p orbitals of (CdSe)6. The resulting smaller HOMO-LUMO gap of (CdSe)6[SCH3]- indeed leads to redshifts in its excitation energies compared to (CdSe)6. In contrast, binding of multiple NH3 destabilizes cadmium 5p orbitals, which contribute significantly to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of (CdSe)6, while leaving the selenium 4p orbitals near the HOMO relatively unaffected. This has the effect of widening the HOMO-LUMO gap of (CdSe)6ṡ6NH3 compared to (CdSe)6. As expected, the excitation energies of the passivated (CdSe)6ṡ6NH3 are also blueshifted compared to (CdSe)6. As far as NH3 is a faithful representation of a surfactant, the results clearly illustrate the differences between the electronic effects of an alkylthiolate versus those of surfactant molecules. Surface passivation of (CdSe)6[SCH3]- is then simulated by coating it with multiple NH3 molecules. The results suggest that the [SCH3]- adsorption induces a redshift in the excitation energies in a surfactant environment.

  18. Adsorbate-induced absorption redshift in an organic-inorganic cluster conjugate: Electronic effects of surfactants and organic adsorbates on the lowest excited states of a methanethiol-CdSe conjugate.

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    Liu, Christopher; Chung, Sang-Yoon; Lee, Sungyul; Weiss, Shimon; Neuhauser, Daniel

    2009-11-07

    Bioconjugated CdSe quantum dots are promising reagents for bioimaging applications. Experimentally, the binding of a short peptide has been found to redshift the optical absorption of nanoclusters [J. Tsay et al., J. Phys. Chem. B 109, 1669 (2005)]. This study examines this issue by performing density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent-DFT calculations to study the ground state and low-lying excited states of (CdSe)(6)[SCH(3)](-), a transition metal complex built by binding methanethiolate to a CdSe molecular cluster. Natural bond orbital results show that the redshift is caused by ligand-inorganic cluster orbital interaction. The highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) of (CdSe)(6) is dominated by selenium 4p orbitals; in contrast, the HOMO of (CdSe)(6)[SCH(3)](-) is dominated by sulfur 3p orbitals. This difference shows that [SCH(3)](-) binding effectively introduces filled sulfur orbitals above the selenium 4p orbitals of (CdSe)(6). The resulting smaller HOMO-LUMO gap of (CdSe)(6)[SCH(3)](-) indeed leads to redshifts in its excitation energies compared to (CdSe)(6). In contrast, binding of multiple NH(3) destabilizes cadmium 5p orbitals, which contribute significantly to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of (CdSe)(6), while leaving the selenium 4p orbitals near the HOMO relatively unaffected. This has the effect of widening the HOMO-LUMO gap of (CdSe)(6)6NH(3) compared to (CdSe)(6). As expected, the excitation energies of the passivated (CdSe)(6)6NH(3) are also blueshifted compared to (CdSe)(6). As far as NH(3) is a faithful representation of a surfactant, the results clearly illustrate the differences between the electronic effects of an alkylthiolate versus those of surfactant molecules. Surface passivation of (CdSe)(6)[SCH(3)](-) is then simulated by coating it with multiple NH(3) molecules. The results suggest that the [SCH(3)](-) adsorption induces a redshift in the excitation energies in a surfactant environment.

  19. Persistent order due to transiently enhanced nesting in an electronically excited charge density wave

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    Rettig, L.; Cortés, R.; Chu, J. -H.; Fisher, I. R.; Schmitt, F.; Moore, R. G.; Shen, Z. -X.; Kirchmann, P. S.; Wolf, M.; Bovensiepen, U.

    2016-01-25

    Non-equilibrium conditions may lead to novel properties of materials with broken symmetry ground states not accessible in equilibrium as vividly demonstrated by non-linearly driven mid-infrared active phonon excitation. Potential energy surfaces of electronically excited states also allow to direct nuclear motion, but relaxation of the excess energy typically excites fluctuations leading to a reduced or even vanishing order parameter as characterized by an electronic energy gap. Here, using femtosecond time-and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we demonstrate a tendency towards transient stabilization of a charge density wave after near-infrared excitation, counteracting the suppression of order in the non-equilibrium state. Analysis of the dynamic electronic structure reveals a remaining energy gap in a highly excited transient state. In conclusion, our observation can be explained by a competition between fluctuations in the electronically excited state, which tend to reduce order, and transiently enhanced Fermi surface nesting stabilizing the order.

  20. Persistent order due to transiently enhanced nesting in an electronically excited charge density wave

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    Rettig, L.; Cortés, R.; Chu, J.-H.; Fisher, I. R.; Schmitt, F.; Moore, R. G.; Shen, Z.-X.; Kirchmann, P. S.; Wolf, M.; Bovensiepen, U.

    2016-01-01

    Non-equilibrium conditions may lead to novel properties of materials with broken symmetry ground states not accessible in equilibrium as vividly demonstrated by non-linearly driven mid-infrared active phonon excitation. Potential energy surfaces of electronically excited states also allow to direct nuclear motion, but relaxation of the excess energy typically excites fluctuations leading to a reduced or even vanishing order parameter as characterized by an electronic energy gap. Here, using femtosecond time- and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we demonstrate a tendency towards transient stabilization of a charge density wave after near-infrared excitation, counteracting the suppression of order in the non-equilibrium state. Analysis of the dynamic electronic structure reveals a remaining energy gap in a highly excited transient state. Our observation can be explained by a competition between fluctuations in the electronically excited state, which tend to reduce order, and transiently enhanced Fermi surface nesting stabilizing the order. PMID:26804717

  1. Dynamics of the Chemistry of Electronically Excited Atoms in Defined Quantum States.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1980-08-15

    excited atom concentration by atomic absorption spectroscopy in the vacuum ultraviolet (6). Relatively efficient electronic to vibrational energy transfer...by the use of atomic absorption spectroscopy , permitted observation of both ground and electronically excited state bromine atoms. The deactivation of

  2. Electrostatic ion cyclotron, beam-plasma, and lower hybrid waves excited by an electron beam

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    Singh, N.; Conrad, J. R.; Schunk, R. W.

    1985-01-01

    It is pointed out that electrostatic ion cyclotron (EIC) waves have been extensively investigated in connection with both space and laboratory plasmas. The present investigation has the objective to study the excitation of low-frequency waves in a multiion plasma by electron beams. The frequencies considered range from below the lowest gyrofrequency of the heaviest ion to about the lower hybrid frequency. It is shown that electron-beam instabilities can produce peaks in the growth rate below the cyclotron frequency of each ion species if nonzero perpendicular wave number effects are included in the ion dynamics. The dispersion relations for neutralized ion Bernstein (NIB) and pure ion Bernstein (PIB) waves are considered along with an instability analysis for a cold plasma and warm electron beam, the electron beam-plasma mode, banded ion cyclotron (EIC) waves with small perpendicular wavelengths, and the growth lengths of the waves.

  3. Electrostatic ion cyclotron, beam-plasma, and lower hybrid waves excited by an electron beam

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    Singh, N.; Conrad, J.R.; Schunk, R.W.

    1985-06-01

    It is pointed out that electrostatic ion cyclotron (EIC) waves have been extensively investigated in connection with both space and laboratory plasmas. The present investigation has the objective to study the excitation of low-frequency waves in a multiion plasma by electron beams. The frequencies considered range from below the lowest gyrofrequency of the heaviest ion to about the lower hybrid frequency. It is shown that electron-beam instabilities can produce peaks in the growth rate below the cyclotron frequency of each ion species if nonzero perpendicular wave number effects are included in the ion dynamics. The dispersion relations for neutralized ion Bernstein (NIB) and pure ion Bernstein (PIB) waves are considered along with an instability analysis for a cold plasma and warm electron beam, the electron beam-plasma mode, banded ion cyclotron (EIC) waves with small perpendicular wavelengths, and the growth lengths of the waves. 39 references.

  4. Electrostatic ion cyclotron, beam-plasma, and lower hybrid waves excited by an electron beam

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    Singh, N.; Conrad, J. R.; Schunk, R. W.

    1985-01-01

    It is pointed out that electrostatic ion cyclotron (EIC) waves have been extensively investigated in connection with both space and laboratory plasmas. The present investigation has the objective to study the excitation of low-frequency waves in a multiion plasma by electron beams. The frequencies considered range from below the lowest gyrofrequency of the heaviest ion to about the lower hybrid frequency. It is shown that electron-beam instabilities can produce peaks in the growth rate below the cyclotron frequency of each ion species if nonzero perpendicular wave number effects are included in the ion dynamics. The dispersion relations for neutralized ion Bernstein (NIB) and pure ion Bernstein (PIB) waves are considered along with an instability analysis for a cold plasma and warm electron beam, the electron beam-plasma mode, banded ion cyclotron (EIC) waves with small perpendicular wavelengths, and the growth lengths of the waves.

  5. Effects of Ultrasound Pulsing on Neural Excitability

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1988-06-30

    to alter the - excitability of myelinated fibers within the frog sciatic nerve. The magnitude and direction of these changes are critically dependent...on the timing of the burst relative to the electrical stimulus and are different for various fiber types and frog species. These effects cannot be...the ganglion-microelectrode approach in favor of using a compound nerve trunk (the frog sciatic nerve) which cold be stimulated and recorded from

  6. Linewidths of collective excitations of the inhomogeneous electron gas: Application to two-dimensional quantum strips

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    Ullrich, C. A.; Vignale, G.

    1998-09-01

    It is well known that high-frequency collective excitations in electronic systems are not Landau damped, i.e., they cannot decay effectively into single particle-hole pairs. The leading damping mechanism in this regime is instead provided by dynamical exchange and correlation effects, such as multipair production. These effects are not captured by the widely used adiabatic local-density approximation (ALDA), which accounts for Landau damping only. In the recently developed time-dependent current density-functional formalism [G. Vignale, C. A. Ullrich, and S. Conti, Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 4878 (1997)], exchange and correlation enter as viscoelastic stresses in the electron fluid, causing an additional damping that is not contained in the ALDA. We use this theory to derive an explicit formula for the linewidth of collective electronic excitations that are not Landau damped. The formula is then applied to calculate the linewidth of collective modes in two-dimensional (2D) quantum strips. In comparison with the corresponding modes in the homogeneous 2D electron gas, we find an order-of-magnitude enhancement of the linewidth due to the nonuniformity of the system.

  7. Influence of a polarizable surrounding on the electronically excited states of aggregated perylene materials.

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    Bellinger, Daniel; Settels, Volker; Liu, Wenlan; Fink, Reinhold F; Engels, Bernd

    2016-06-30

    To tune the efficiency of organic semiconductor devices it is important to understand limiting factors as trapping mechanisms for excitons or charges. An understanding of such mechanisms deserves an accurate description of the involved electronical states in the given environment. In this study, we investigate how a polarizable surrounding influences the relative positions of electronically excited states of dimers of different perylene dyes. Polarization effects are particularly interesting for these systems, because gas phase computations predict that the CT states lie slightly above the corresponding Frenkel states. A polarizable environment may change this energy order because CT states are thought to be more sensitive to a polarizable surrounding than Frenkel states. A first insight we got via a TD-HF approach in combination with a polarizable continuum model (PCM). These give limited insights because TD-HF overestimates excitation energies of CT states. However, SCS-CC2 approaches, which are sufficiently accurate, cannot easily be used in combination with continuum solvent models. Hence, we developed two approaches to combine gas phase SCS-CC2 results with solvent effects based on TD-HF computations. Their accuracies were finally checked via ADC(2)//COSMO computations. The results show that for perylene dyes a polarizable surrounding alone does not influence the energetic ordering of CT and Frenkel states. Variations in the energy order of the states only result from nuclear relaxation effects after the excitation process. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  8. New tools for the systematic analysis and visualization of electronic excitations. II. Applications

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    Plasser, Felix; Bäppler, Stefanie A.; Wormit, Michael; Dreuw, Andreas

    2014-07-01

    The excited states of a diverse set of molecules are examined using a collection of newly implemented analysis methods. These examples expose the particular power of three of these tools: (i) natural difference orbitals (the eigenvectors of the difference density matrix) for the description of orbital relaxation effects, (ii) analysis of the one-electron transition density matrix in terms of an electron-hole picture to identify charge resonance and excitonic correlation effects, and (iii) state-averaged natural transition orbitals for a compact simultaneous representation of several states. Furthermore, the utility of a wide array of additional analysis methods is highlighted. Five molecules with diverse excited state characteristics are chosen for these tasks: pyridine as a prototypical small heteroaromatic molecule, a model system of six neon atoms to study charge resonance effects, hexatriene in its neutral and radical cation forms to exemplify the cases of double excitations and spin-polarization, respectively, and a model iridium complex as a representative metal organic compound. Using these examples a number of phenomena, which are at first sight unexpected, are highlighted and their physical significance is discussed. Moreover, the generality of the conclusions of this paper is verified by a comparison of single- and multireference ab initio methods.

  9. New tools for the systematic analysis and visualization of electronic excitations. II. Applications

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    Plasser, Felix Bäppler, Stefanie A.; Wormit, Michael; Dreuw, Andreas

    2014-07-14

    The excited states of a diverse set of molecules are examined using a collection of newly implemented analysis methods. These examples expose the particular power of three of these tools: (i) natural difference orbitals (the eigenvectors of the difference density matrix) for the description of orbital relaxation effects, (ii) analysis of the one-electron transition density matrix in terms of an electron-hole picture to identify charge resonance and excitonic correlation effects, and (iii) state-averaged natural transition orbitals for a compact simultaneous representation of several states. Furthermore, the utility of a wide array of additional analysis methods is highlighted. Five molecules with diverse excited state characteristics are chosen for these tasks: pyridine as a prototypical small heteroaromatic molecule, a model system of six neon atoms to study charge resonance effects, hexatriene in its neutral and radical cation forms to exemplify the cases of double excitations and spin-polarization, respectively, and a model iridium complex as a representative metal organic compound. Using these examples a number of phenomena, which are at first sight unexpected, are highlighted and their physical significance is discussed. Moreover, the generality of the conclusions of this paper is verified by a comparison of single- and multireference ab initio methods.

  10. Intermediate energy cross sections for electron-impact vibrational-excitation of pyrimidine

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    Jones, D. B.; Ellis-Gibbings, L.; García, G.; Nixon, K. L.; Lopes, M. C. A.; Brunger, M. J.

    2015-09-07

    We report differential cross sections (DCSs) and integral cross sections (ICSs) for electron-impact vibrational-excitation of pyrimidine, at incident electron energies in the range 15–50 eV. The scattered electron angular range for the DCS measurements was 15°–90°. The measurements at the DCS-level are the first to be reported for vibrational-excitation in pyrimidine via electron impact, while for the ICS we extend the results from the only previous condensed-phase study [P. L. Levesque, M. Michaud, and L. Sanche, J. Chem. Phys. 122, 094701 (2005)], for electron energies ⩽12 eV, to higher energies. Interestingly, the trend in the magnitude of the lower energy condensed-phase ICSs is much smaller when compared to the corresponding gas phase results. As there is no evidence for the existence of any shape-resonances, in the available pyrimidine total cross sections [Baek et al., Phys. Rev. A 88, 032702 (2013); Fuss et al., ibid. 88, 042702 (2013)], between 10 and 20 eV, this mismatch in absolute magnitude between the condensed-phase and gas-phase ICSs might be indicative for collective-behaviour effects in the condensed-phase results.

  11. Excitation of hydrogen atoms in collisions with helium atoms: the role of electron–electron interaction

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    Frémont, F.; Belyaev, A. K.

    2017-02-01

    Cross sections for producing H(nl) excited state atoms in H(1s) + He(1s2) collisions are calculated using the CTMC method, at impact energies ranging from 20 eV to 100 keV. The role of the electron correlation is studied. In the first step, the interactions between each pair of the three electrons are neglected. This leads to disagreement of the calculated total cross section for producing H(2l) atoms with previous experimental and theoretical results. In a second step, the electron–electron interaction is taken into account in a rigorous way, that is, in the form of the pure Coulomb potential. To make sure that the He target is stable before the collision, phenomenological potentials for the electron–helium-nucleus interactions that simulate the Heisenberg principle are included in addition to the Coulomb potential. The excitation cross section calculated in the frame of this model is in remarkable agreement with previous data in the range between 200 eV and 5 keV. At other energies, discrepancies are revealed, but only by a factor of less than 2 at high energies. The present results show the decisive role of the electron–electron interaction during collisions. In addition, they demonstrate the ability of classical mechanics to take into account the effects of the electron correlation.

  12. Hyperfast time-resolved spectroscopy of electron correlation in excited states

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    Nicolaides, Cleanthes A.

    2007-06-01

    As a consequence of continuing developments in the science and technology of techniques that produce and control electromagnetic pulses with frequencies that are found in a broad part of the spectrum, from the ir to the soft X-rays, it is possible to have hyperfast pump-probe time delay spectroscopic techniques capable of time resolving the dynamics of various atomic and molecular systems involving excited states. In this context, it has been demonstrated via first principles solution of the time-dependent Schr"odinger equation (TDSE), that effects which are caused by strong electron correlations in excited states, including the process of autoionization and the formation of resonances, can be time-resolved on a time scale of attoseconds [1-3]. By extending the investigations to polyelectronic atoms, we have obtained new results for various time resolved processes associated with the photo-ejection of inner (2s) electrons and of two electrons (LM) from the thirteen electron atom of Aluminum and with the electron correlation beats in bound and autoionizind states of N^+3 and Al. The theory and computations account for the interference of direct double ionization, inner hole states and Auger decay [4]. [1] C. A. Nicolaides et al, J. Phys. B 35, L271 (2002). [2] Th. Mercouris et al, Phys. Rev. A 69, 032502 (2004). [3] Th. Mercouris, et al, Phys. Rev. A 75, 013407 (2007). [4] Th. Mercouris, Y. Komninos and C. A. Nicolaides, unpublished.

  13. Cross Sections for Electron Impact Excitation of Ions Relevant to Planetary Atmospheres Observation

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    Tayal, Swaraj S.

    1998-01-01

    The goal of this research grant was to calculate accurate oscillator strengths and electron collisional excitation strengths for inelastic transitions in atomic species of relevance to Planetary Atmospheres. Large scale configuration-interaction atomic structure calculations have been performed to obtain oscillator strengths and transition probabilities for transitions among the fine-structure levels and R-matrix method has been used in the calculations of electron-ion collision cross sections of C II, S I, S II, S III, and Ar II. A number of strong features due to ions of sulfur have been detected in the spectra of Jupiter satellite Io. The electron excitation cross sections for the C II and S II transitions are studied in collaboration with the experimental atomic physics group at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. There is excellent agreement between experiment and theory which provide an accurate and broad-base test of the ability of theoretical methods used in the calculation of atomic processes. Specifically, research problems have been investigated for: electron impact excitation cross sections of C II: electron impact excitation cross sections of S III; energy levels and oscillator strengths for transitions in S III; collision strengths for electron collisional excitation of S II; electron impact excitation of inelastic transitions in Ar II; oscillator strengths of fine-structure transitions in neutral sulfur; cross sections for inelastic scattering of electrons from atomic nitrogen; and excitation of atomic ions by electron impact.

  14. On the Performances of the M06 Family of Density Functionals for Electronic Excitation Energies.

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    Jacquemin, Denis; Perpète, Eric A; Ciofini, Ilaria; Adamo, Carlo; Valero, Rosendo; Zhao, Yan; Truhlar, Donald G

    2010-07-13

    We assessed the accuracy of the four members of the M06 family of functionals (M06-L, M06, M06-2X, and M06-HF) for the prediction of electronic excitation energies of main-group compounds by time-dependent density functional theory. This is accomplished by comparing the predictions both to high-level theoretical benchmark calculations and some experimental data for gas-phase excitation energies of small molecules and to experimental data for midsize and large chromogens in liquid-phase solutions. The latter comparisons are carried out using implicit solvation models to include the electrostatic effects of solvation. We find that M06-L is one of the most accurate local functionals for evaluating electronic excitation energies, that M06-2X outperforms BHHLYP, and that M06-HF outperforms HF, although in each case, the compared functionals have the same or a similar amount of Hartree-Fock exchange. For the majority of investigated excited states, M06 emerges as the most accurate functional among the four tested, and it provides an accuracy similar to the best of the other global hybrids such as B3LYP, B98, and PBE0. For 190 valence excited states, 20 Rydberg states, and 16 charge transfer states, we try to provide an overall assessment by comparing the quality of the predictions to those of time-dependent Hartree-Fock theory and nine other density functionals. For the valence excited states, M06 yields a mean absolute deviation (MAD) of 0.23 eV, whereas B3LYP, B98, and PBE0 have MADs in the range 0.19-0.22 eV. Of the functionals tested, M05-2X, M06-2X, and BMK are found to perform best for Rydberg states, and M06-HF performs best for charge transfer states, but no single functional performs satisfactorily for all three kinds of excitation. The performance of functionals with no Hartree-Fock exchange is of great practical interest because of their high computational efficiency, and we find that M06-L predicts more accurate excitation energies than other such functionals.

  15. Sub-excitation electron interactions in rare gases: I, Evidence for the time evolution of the sub-excitation spectrum

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    Cooper, R.; Sauer, M.C., Jr.

    1989-01-01

    The production of the '2p' electronic excited states of the rare gases neon, argon, krypton and xenon has been studied using picosecond pulse radiolysis techniques. At pressures below about 5 torr, the emission from these excited states shows a pressure dependent growth-decay pattern. Kinetic analysis of the growth-decay curves reveal formation rate constants which are all greater than 10/sup 12/M/sup /minus/1/sec/sup /minus/1/. These observations preclude atom-atom collisional processes and support an excitation mechanism involving collisional energy loss from electrons. It is thus concluded that the secondary electron spectrum in pure rare gases at pressures below a few torr takes a few nanoseconds to degrade to energies below that of the lowest excited state. This time scale therefore (by definition) corresponds to the time needed to form subexcitation electrons. In 1 atmosphere of rare gas the time taken would be of the order of 20--30 picoseconds. 5 refs., 4 figs., 1 tab.

  16. Peroxyacetyl radical: Electronic excitation energies, fundamental vibrational frequencies, and symmetry breaking in the first excited state

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    Copan, Andreas V.; Wiens, Avery E.; Nowara, Ewa M.; Schaefer, Henry F.; Agarwal, Jay

    2015-02-07

    Peroxyacetyl radical [CH{sub 3}C(O)O{sub 2}] is among the most abundant peroxy radicals in the atmosphere and is involved in OH-radical recycling along with peroxyacetyl nitrate formation. Herein, the ground (X{sup ~}) and first (A{sup ~}) excited state surfaces of cis and trans peroxyacetyl radical are characterized using high-level ab initio methods. Geometries, anharmonic vibrational frequencies, and adiabatic excitation energies extrapolated to the complete basis-set limit are reported from computations with coupled-cluster theory. Excitation of the trans conformer is found to induce a symmetry-breaking conformational change due to second-order Jahn-Teller interactions with higher-lying excited states. Additional benchmark computations are provided to aid future theoretical work on peroxy radicals.

  17. Enhanced charge excitations in electron-doped cuprates by resonant inelastic x-ray scattering

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    Tohyama, Takami; Tsutsui, Kenji; Mori, Michiyasu; Sota, Shigetoshi; Yunoki, Seiji

    2015-07-01

    Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) tuned for the Cu L edge is a possible tool to detect charge excitations in cuprate superconductors. We theoretically investigate the possibility for observing a collective charge excitation by the RIXS. The RIXS process via the intermediate state inevitably makes the spectral weight of charge excitation stronger in electron doping than in hole doping. Electron-hole asymmetry also appears in the dynamical charge structure factor, showing a new enhanced small-momentum low-energy mode in electron doping. These facts indicate a possibility of detecting the new charge mode by RIXS in electron-doped systems.

  18. Electronic excitation induced amorphization in titanate pyrochlores: an ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Xiao, H. Y.; Weber, W. J.; Zhang, Y.; Zu, X. T.; Li, S.

    2015-01-01

    The response of titanate pyrochlores (A2Ti2O7, A = Y, Gd and Sm) to electronic excitation is investigated utilizing an ab initio molecular dynamics method. All the titanate pyrochlores are found to undergo a crystalline-to-amorphous structural transition under a low concentration of electronic excitations. The transition temperature at which structural amorphization starts to occur depends on the concentration of electronic excitations. During the structural transition, O2-like molecules are formed, and this anion disorder further drives cation disorder that leads to an amorphous state. This study provides new insights into the mechanisms of amorphization in titanate pyrochlores under laser, electron and ion irradiations. PMID:25660219

  19. Electron impact excitation and dissociation of N2 via the b 1Pi(u) state

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    Ratliff, J. M.; James, G. K.; Trajmar, S.; Ajello, J. M.; Shemansky, D. E.

    1991-01-01

    Electron impact excitation of the b 1Pi(u) state in N2 plays a prominent role in the dissociation of the molecule and thus in the production of atomic nitrogen in planetary atmospheres. Electron impact excitation cross sections combined with electron-impact-induced fluorescence measurements can yield the corresponding dissociation cross sections. Serious discrepancies exist among excitation cross sections reported in the literature. To clarify the situation, these cross sections were measured at two impact energies using electron energy loss spectroscopy. The new results are in agreement with recent values deduced from optical measurements and fall midway between previous results which are too high or low by factors of 2.

  20. Decoherence dynamics of coherent electronic excited states in the photosynthetic purple bacterium Rhodobacter sphaeroides

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    Liang, Xian-Ting; Zhang, Wei-Min; Zhuo, Yi-Zhong

    2010-01-01

    In this paper, we present a theoretical description to the quantum coherence and decoherence phenomena of energy transfer in photosynthesis observed in a recent experiment [Science 316, 1462 (2007)]. As a successive two-color laser pulses with selected frequencies cast on a sample of the photosynthetic purple bacterium Rb. sphaeroides two resonant excitations of electrons in chromophores can be generated. However, this effective two-level subsystem will interact with its protein environment and decoherence is inevitable. We describe this subsystem coupled with its environment as a dynamical spin-boson model. The non-Markovian decoherence dynamics is described using a quasiadiabatic propagator path integral (QUAPI) approach. With the photon-induced effective time-dependent level splitting energy and level flip coupling coefficient between the two excited states and the environment-induced non-Markovian decoherence dynamics, our theoretical result is in good agreement with the experimental data.

  1. Vibronic structure and coupling of higher excited electronic states in carotenoids

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    Krawczyk, Stanisław; Luchowski, Rafał

    2013-03-01

    Absorption spectra of all-trans carotenoids (lycopene, violaxanthin, ζ-carotene) at low temperature exhibit peculiar features in the UV range. The transition to the 11Ag+ state ('cis-band') weakens on cooling, indicating that it is induced by thermal deformations of the conjugated chain. The higher energy band has unique vibrational structure indicating the vibronic coupling of nBu with another electronic state. The electroabsorption spectra point to the electric field-induced mixing of the nBu state with the vibrational continuum of a lower-lying excited state (Fano effect). These observations widen the basis for elucidation of the vibronic coupling effects in the lower excited states.

  2. Absolute cross sections for electronic excitations of cytosine by low energy electron impact

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    Bazin, M.; Michaud, M.; Sanche, L.

    2013-01-01

    The absolute cross sections (CS) for electronic excitations of cytosine by electron impact between 5 and 18 eV were measured by electron-energy loss (EEL) spectroscopy of the molecule deposited at low coverage on an inert Ar substrate. The lowest EEL features found at 3.55 and 4.02 eV are ascribed to transitions from the ground state to the two lowest triplet 1 3A′(π→π*) and 2 3A′(π→π*) valence states of the molecule. Their energy dependent CS exhibit essentially a common maximum at about 6 eV with a value of 1.84 × 10−17 cm2 for the former and 4.94 × 10−17 cm2 for the latter. In contrast, the CS for the next EEL feature at 4.65 eV, which is ascribed to the optically allowed transition to the 2 1A′(π→π*) valence state, shows only a steep rise to about 1.04 × 10−16 cm2 followed by a monotonous decrease with the incident electron energy. The higher EEL features at 5.39, 6.18, 6.83, and 7.55 eV are assigned to the excitations of the 3 3, 1A′(π→π*), 4 1A′(π→π*), 5 1A′(π→π*), and 6 1A′(π→π*) valence states, respectively. The CS for the 3 3, 1A′ and 4 1A′ states exhibit a common enhancement at about 10 eV superimposed on a more or less a steep rise, reaching respectively a maximum of 1.27 and 1.79 × 10−16 cm2, followed by a monotonous decrease. This latter enhancement and the maximum seen at about 6 eV in the lowest triplet states correspond to the core-excited electron resonances that have been found by dissociative electron attachment experiments with cytosine in the gas phase. The weak EEL feature found at 5.01 eV with a maximum CS of 3.8 × 10−18 cm2 near its excitation threshold is attributed to transitions from the ground state to the 1 3, 1A″(n→π*) states. The monotonous rise of the EEL signal above 8 eV is attributed to the ionization of the molecule. It is partitioned into four excitation energy regions at about 8.55, 9.21, 9.83, and 11.53 eV, which correspond closely to the ionization energies of

  3. Mitigation of electron attachment to oxygen in high pressure air plasmas by vibrational excitation

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    Frederickson, K.; Lee, W.; Palm, P.; Adamovich, I. V.; Rich, J. W.; Lempert, W. R.

    2007-05-01

    A series of time resolved microwave attenuation measurements are performed of the electron number density of an electron beam generated, CO laser excited nonequilibrium O2/N2 plasma. Resonant absorption of infrared radiation from the CO laser produces the nonequilibrium state, in which the heavy species vibrational modes are disproportionately excited, compared to the rotational and translational modes (Tvib≈2000-3000K vs TR /T≈300K). It is shown that this results in an increase in the plasma free electron lifetime by two orders of magnitude compared to the unexcited cold gas, an effect which is ascribed to complete mitigation of rapid three-body electron attachment to molecular oxygen. A series of heavy species filtered pure rotational Raman scattering measurements are also presented, which exhibit minimal temperature change (+50K), indicating that the observed lifetime increase cannot be due to heavy-species thermal effects. Finally, computational modeling results infer an increase in the rate of O2- detachment by four to five orders of magnitude, compared to the equilibrium value.

  4. Electron capture and excitation processes in collisions of H+ with H in finite-temperature quantum plasmas

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    Zhao, G. P.; Liu, L.; Wang, J. G.; Janev, R. K.

    2017-10-01

    Electron capture and excitation processes in H+-H collisions imbedded in warm dense quantum plasmas are studied by the two-center atomic orbital close-coupling (TC-AOCC) method in the energy range 1-200 keV. The screened potential which is used to describe the interaction between charged particles incorporates the quantum electron degeneracy, exchange-correlation and finite-temperature gradient correlation effects. The total and state-selective electron capture and excitation cross-sections for this collision system with this potential are calculated in a wide range of plasma densities and temperatures. It is demonstrated that the screening of Coulomb interactions affects the collision dynamics and the magnitude and energy behavior of the excitation and electron capture cross-sections. The results at very low and high temperatures are also compared with those obtained for zero-temperature quantum plasmas and Debye plasmas, respectively.

  5. R-matrix calculations of electron impact electronic excitation of BeH

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    Darby-Lewis, Daniel; Mašín, Zdeněk; Tennyson, Jonathan

    2017-09-01

    The R-matrix method is used to perform high-level calculations of electron collisions with beryllium mono-hydride at its equilibrium geometry with a particular emphasis on electron impact electronic excitation. Several target and scattering models are considered. The calculations were performed using (1) the UKRMol suite which relies on the use of Gaussian type orbitals (GTOs) to represent the continuum and (2) using the new UKRMol+ suite which allows the inclusion of B-spline type orbitals in the basis for the continuum. The final close-coupling scattering models used the UKRMol+ code and a frozen core, valence full configuration interaction, method based on a diffuse GTO atomic basis set. The calculated electronic properties of the molecule are in very good agreement with state-of-the-art electronic structure calculations. The use of the UKRMol+ suite proved critical since it allowed the use of a large R-matrix sphere (35 Bohr), necessary to contain the diffuse electronic states of the molecule. The corresponding calculations using UKRMol are not possible due to numerical problems associated with the combination of GTO-only continuum and a large R-matrix sphere. This work provides the first demonstration of the utility and numerical stability of the new UKRMol+ code. The inelastic cross sections obtained here present a significant improvement over the results of earlier studies on BeH.

  6. Dirac R-matrix calculation for electron-impact excitation of S xiii

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    Li, F.; Liang, G. Y.; Bari, M. A.; Zhao, G.

    2013-08-01

    Context. Sulfur emission lines in the soft X-ray and extreme-ultraviolet regions are observed in a variety of laboratory and astrophysical spectra. But accurate electron impact excitation data for S xiii for state-of-the-art NLTE spectral models are scarce. Aims: We calculated electron-impact excitation collision strengths and effective collision strengths of S xiii for transitions among the lowest-lying 98 fine-structure states 1s22lnl' corresponding to principal quantum numbers n = 2,3,4. The effective collision strengths for these transitions were computed over a wide temperature range (log 10Te (K) = 4.53-7.53) for various astrophysical plasma conditions. Methods: We used the fully-relativistic parallel Dirac R-matrix code to calculate collision strengths. To generate target wavefunctions and energy levels for scattering calculations, we employed the GRASP0 multi-configuration Dirac-Fock code for states up to n = 5. Results: The wavefunctions are generated from 27 configurations - 1s22lnl'(n = 2,3,4,5) - giving rise to 166 jj energy levels. The collision and effective collision strengths among the lowest 98 fine-structure levels are compared with the previous theoretical calculations. The collision strengths for most transitions agree well at higher incident electron energies. Conclusions: The resonant contributions to effective collision strengths are most dominant at lower temperatures.

  7. Electron impact excitation and assignment of the low-lying electronic states of CO2

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    Hall, R. I.; Trajmar, S.

    1973-01-01

    Electron scattering spectra of CO2 are reported in the 7 to 10 eV energy-loss range, at energies of 0.2, 0.35, 0.6, 0.7, and 7.0 eV above threshold, and at a scattering angle of 90 deg. Several new distinct overlapping continua with weak, diffuse bands superimposed are observed to lie in this energy-loss range. The experimental spectra are discussed in the light of recent ab initio configuration-interaction calculations of the vertical transition energies of CO2. The experimental spectra are shown to be consistent with the excitation states of CO2.

  8. The separation of vibrational coherence from ground- and excited-electronic states in P3HT film

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    Song, Yin; Hellmann, Christoph; Stingelin, Natalie; Scholes, Gregory D.

    2015-06-07

    Concurrence of the vibrational coherence and ultrafast electron transfer has been observed in polymer/fullerene blends. However, it is difficult to experimentally investigate the role that the excited-state vibrational coherence plays during the electron transfer process since vibrational coherence from the ground- and excited-electronic states is usually temporally and spectrally overlapped. Here, we performed 2-dimensional electronic spectroscopy (2D ES) measurements on poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) films. By Fourier transforming the whole 2D ES datasets (S(λ{sub 1},T{sup ~}{sub 2},λ{sub 3})) along the population time (T{sup ~}{sub 2}) axis, we develop and propose a protocol capable of separating vibrational coherence from the ground- and excited-electronic states in 3D rephasing and nonrephasing beating maps (S(λ{sub 1},ν{sup ~}{sub 2},λ{sub 3})). We found that the vibrational coherence from pure excited electronic states appears at positive frequency (+ν{sup ~}{sub 2}) in the rephasing beating map and at negative frequency (−ν{sup ~}{sub 2}) in the nonrephasing beating map. Furthermore, we also found that vibrational coherence from excited electronic state had a long dephasing time of 244 fs. The long-lived excited-state vibrational coherence indicates that coherence may be involved in the electron transfer process. Our findings not only shed light on the mechanism of ultrafast electron transfer in organic photovoltaics but also are beneficial for the study of the coherence effect on photoexcited dynamics in other systems.

  9. Nuclear fission fragment excitation of electronic transition laser media

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    Lorents, D. C.; Mccusker, M. V.; Rhodes, C. K.

    1976-01-01

    Specific characteristics of the media including density, excitation rates, wavelength, kinetics, fissile material, scale size, and medium uniformity are assessed. The use of epithermal neutrons, homogeneously mixed fissile material, and special high cross section nuclear isotopes to optimize coupling of the energy to the medium are shown to be important considerations maximizing the scale size, energy deposition, and medium uniformity. It is demonstrated that e-beam excitation can be used to simulate nuclear pumping conditions to facilitate the search for candidate media.

  10. Low-rank spectral expansions of two electron excitations for the acceleration of quantum chemistry calculations

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    Schwerdtfeger, Christine A.; Mazziotti, David A.

    2012-12-01

    Treatment of two-electron excitations is a fundamental but computationally expensive part of ab initio calculations of many-electron correlation. In this paper we develop a low-rank spectral expansion of two-electron excitations for accelerated electronic-structure calculations. The spectral expansion differs from previous approaches by relying upon both (i) a sum of three expansions to increase the rank reduction of the tensor and (ii) a factorization of the tensor into geminal (rank-two) tensors rather than orbital (rank-one) tensors. We combine three spectral expansions from the three distinct forms of the two-electron reduced density matrix (2-RDM), (i) the two-particle 2D, (ii) the two-hole 2Q, and the (iii) particle-hole 2G matrices, to produce a single spectral expansion with significantly accelerated convergence. While the resulting expansion is applicable to any quantum-chemistry calculation with two-particle excitation amplitudes, it is employed here in the parametric 2-RDM method [D. A. Mazziotti, Phys. Rev. Lett. 101, 253002 (2008)], 10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.253002. The low-rank parametric 2-RDM method scales quartically with the basis-set size, but like its full-rank version it can capture multi-reference correlation effects that are difficult to treat efficiently by traditional single-reference wavefunction methods. Applications are made to computing potential energy curves of HF and triplet OH+, equilibrium bond distances and frequencies, the HCN-HNC isomerization, and the energies of hydrocarbon chains. Computed 2-RDMs nearly satisfy necessary N-representability conditions. The low-rank spectral expansion has the potential to expand the applicability of the parametric 2-RDM method as well as other ab initio methods to large-scale molecular systems that are often only treatable by mean-field or density functional theories.

  11. Probing core-electron orbitals by scanning transmission electron microscopy and measuring the delocalization of core-level excitations

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    Jeong, Jong Seok; Odlyzko, Michael L.; Xu, Peng; Jalan, Bharat; Mkhoyan, K. Andre

    2016-04-01

    By recording low-noise energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy maps from crystalline specimens using aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy, it is possible to probe core-level electron orbitals in real space. Both the 1 s and 2 p orbitals of Sr and Ti atoms in SrTi O3 are probed, and their projected excitation potentials are determined. This paper also demonstrates experimental measurement of the electronic excitation impact parameter and the delocalization of an excitation due to Coulombic beam-orbital interaction.

  12. The influence of the molecular charge on potential energy curves for the proton transfer in electronic ground and excited states

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    Kowal, Marek; Roszak, Szczepan; Leszczynski, Jerzy

    2001-05-01

    The potential energy curves were studied for the proton transfer in the electronic ground and excited states for the model systems H3O2-, H4O2, and H5O2+. The complete active space self-consistent-field calculations were performed for the ground state optimized structures. The potential energy curves for the proton transfer in the excited states undergo a dramatic change due to the different electronic density distribution as an effect of electronic excitations. In all cases of the studied excited states, the electron population on the transferred proton is higher compared to that in the ground state. The total charge of the system greatly influences the potential curves. Energy separation between ground and excited states is decreased due to the negative charge of the system and is increased when the studied species are positively charged. The vertical excitations of the complex are similar to those in the monomers, but the proton relaxation leads to significant energetical (energy barriers) and structural (H+ position) changes.

  13. Photoelectron spectroscopy of hexachloroplatinate-nucleobase complexes: Nucleobase excited state decay observed via delayed electron emission

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    Sen, Ananya; Matthews, Edward M.; Dessent, Caroline E. H. E-mail: xuebin.wang@pnnl.gov; Hou, Gao-Lei; Wang, Xue-Bin E-mail: xuebin.wang@pnnl.gov

    2015-11-14

    We report low-temperature photoelectron spectra of isolated gas-phase complexes of the hexachloroplatinate dianion bound to the nucleobases uracil, thymine, cytosine, and adenine. The spectra display well-resolved, distinct peaks that are consistent with complexes where the hexachloroplatinate dianion is largely intact. Adiabatic electron detachment energies for the hexachloroplatinate-nucleobase complexes are measured as 2.26-2.36 eV. The magnitudes of the repulsive Coulomb barriers (RCBs) of the complexes are all ∼1.7 eV, values that are lower than the RCB of the uncomplexed PtCl{sub 6}{sup 2−} dianion as a result of charge solvation by the nucleobases. In addition to the resolved spectral features, broad featureless bands indicative of delayed electron detachment are observed in the 193 nm photoelectron spectra of the four clusters. The 266 nm spectra of the PtCl{sub 6}{sup 2−} ⋅ thymine and PtCl{sub 6}{sup 2−} ⋅ adenine complexes also display very prominent delayed electron emission bands. These results mirror recent results on the related Pt(CN){sub 4}{sup 2−} ⋅ nucleobase complexes [A. Sen et al., J. Phys. Chem. B 119, 11626 (2015)]. The observation of delayed electron emission bands in the PtCl{sub 6}{sup 2−} ⋅ nucleobase spectra obtained in this work, as for the previously studied Pt(CN){sub 4}{sup 2−} ⋅ nucleobase complexes, is attributed to one-photon excitation of nucleobase-centred excited states that can effectively couple to the electron detachment continuum, producing strong electron detachment. Moreover, the selective, strong excitation of the delayed emission bands in the 266 nm spectra is linked to fundamental differences in the individual nucleobase photophysics at this excitation energy. This strongly supports our previous suggestion that the dianion within these clusters can be viewed as a “dynamic tag” which has the propensity to emit electrons when the attached nucleobase decays over a time scale long enough to

  14. Resonance-enhanced electron-impact excitation of Cu-like gold

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    Xia, L.; Zhang, C. Y.; Si, R.; Guo, X. L.; Chen, Z. B.; Yan, J.; Li, S.; Chen, C. Y.; Wang, K.

    2017-09-01

    Employing the independent-process and isolated-resonance approximations using distorted-waves (IPIRDW), we have performed a series of calculations of the resonance-enhanced electron-impact excitations (EIE) among 27 singly excited levels from the n ≤ 6 configurations of Cu-like gold (Au, Z = 79). Resonance excitation (RE) contributions from both the n = 4 → 4 - 7 and n = 3 → 4 core excitations have been considered. Our results demonstrate that RE contributions are significant and enhance the effective collision strengths (ϒ) of certain excitations by up to an order of magnitude at low temperature (106.1 K), and are still important at relatively high temperature (107.5 K). Results from test calculations of the resonance-enhanced EIE processes among 16 levels from the n ≤ 5 configurations using both the Dirac R-matrix (DRM) and IPIRDW approaches agree very well with each other. This means that the close-coupling effects are not important for this ion, and thus warrants the reliability of present resonance-enhanced EIE data among the 27 levels. The results from the collisional-radiative model (CRM) show that, at 3000 eV, near where Cu-like Au is most abundant, RE contributions have important effects (up to 25%) on the density diagnostic line intensity ratios, which are sensitive near 1020 cm-3. The present work is the first EIE research including RE contributions for Cu-like Au. Our EIE data are more accurate than previous results due to our consideration of RE contributions, and the data should be helpful for modeling and diagnosing a variety of plasmas.

  15. Coherent excitation of Xe(3/2) sub 1 sup 0 6 s by 30-eV electrons

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    Corr, J.J.; Plessis, P.; McConkey, J.W. )

    1990-11-01

    Electron-impact excitation of the (3/2){sub 1}{sup 0} 6{ital s} state of xenon has been studied at 30 eV and over a range of scattering angles up to 50{degree}. Linear and circular polarization correlation measurements show very good agreement with distorted-wave Born-approximation calculations. For the experimental parameters under consideration, the excitation is demonstrated to be completely coherent. Hyperfine depolarization of the excited-state charge cloud is found to be an important effect.

  16. Retrapping and solvation dynamics after femtosecond UV excitation of the solvated electron in water

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    Assel, M.; Laenen, R.; Laubereau, A.

    1999-10-01

    We report on a novel investigation of the solvated electron with excitation into the continuum band. The subsequent localization process of quasifree electrons in neat water is studied by femtosecond probe spectroscopy in the spectral range between 580 nm and 990 nm. Excitation is achieved by a pump pulse at 310 nm promoting equilibrated solvated electrons to well-defined levels in the continuum band approximately 0.7 eV above the band edge. The subsequent retrapping and solvation of the electron occurs via two observed intermediates with time constants of τ2=300±50 fs and τs=1.0±0.2 ps. The absorption bands of the two intermediates are derived by the help of a 4-level energy scheme. Comparison with investigations of the solvated electron after excitation with 2 eV visible pulses gives strong evidence that the second intermediate in the UV-excitation experiment is identical to the modified ground state s″ occupied after excitation in the visible. The present study with excitation of the solvated electrons to continuum states sheds also new light on the generation process of localized electrons in neat water. Our data present strong evidence that the so-called "wet electron" is the solvated electron in a modified, hot ground state.

  17. Doppler effect in fragment autoionization following core-to-valence excitation in O{sub 2}

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    Guillemin, Renaud; Simon, Marc; Shigemasa, Eiji

    2010-11-15

    Atomic autoionization following O 1s resonant excitation in O{sub 2} is studied using high-resolution electron spectroscopy. The resonant Auger spectrum showing evidence of ultrafast dissociation as well as the autoionization of oxygen atoms is measured and discussed. Evidence of the electronic Doppler effect is observed in both electronic decay mechanisms.

  18. Probing electron transfer processes in YPO(4):Ce, Sm by combined synchrotron-laser excitation spectroscopy.

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    Poolton, N R J; Bos, A J J; Jones, G O; Dorenbos, P

    2010-05-12

    Yttrium phosphate co-doped with cerium and samarium acts as a charge storage phosphor, but in highly doped material (0.5% co-doping levels), the proximity of defects leads to the uncontrolled non-radiative loss of stored charge through tunnelling. In order to characterize these defects, their mutual interactions and intra-pair charge transfer routes, experiments have been undertaken in which a laser probe is deployed during luminescence excitation using a synchrotron. Two modes of operation are described; in each case, the laser (2.8 eV) probes only Sm(2+) ions, and the detection is set to monitor exclusively Ce(3+) 5d-4f emission. Mode 1: the sample is pumped with monochromatic synchrotron photons in the range 4.5-12 eV, and the resultant charge populations probed with the laser 30 s later; this has the effect of sampling electrons trapped at Sm(2+) that are in quasi-equilibrium. Here, a clear transition between a sub-bandgap Urbach tail region and excitations above the mobility edge is especially apparent, enabling an accurate value of the conduction band energy of YPO(4) to be determined, 9.20 eV. Furthermore, the Sm(2+) and Ce(3+) ground state energies can be positioned within the bandgap (6.8 eV and 3.85 eV above the top of the valence band, respectively). Mode 2: the sample is pumped with monochromatic synchrotron photons in the range 4.5-12 eV and, during this pumping process, the laser probe is activated. This more dynamic process probes direct electron transfer excitation processes between spatially correlated Sm-Ce defect pairs, via their excited states; the laser probe enhances the Ce(3+) emission if direct electron transfer from the Ce(3+) ground state to the excited states of Sm(2+) is being pumped, or quenches the luminescence if the Ce(3+) excited states are pumped. The experiments allow for a precise measure of the difference in energy between the Sm(2+) and Ce(3+) ground states (2.98 eV).

  19. Hydrogen bonding in electronically excited states: a comparison between formic acid dimer and its mono-substituted thioderivatives.

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    Cimas, Alvaro; Mó, Otilia; Yáñez, Manuel; Martín, Nazario; Corral, Inés

    2010-10-28

    A multi-state complete active space second order perturbation theory (MS-CASPT2) study on the valence singlet electronic excited states of formic acid dimer is presented. The electronic spectrum of this dihydrogen bonded system is dominated by nπ* and ππ* intramonomer and charge transfer excitations and consists of a very intense ππ* transition at 8.25 eV and three weaker nπ*(2×) and ππ*(1×) electronic excitations at 6.21 eV, 9.13 eV, and 9.93 eV, respectively. The characteristic nπ*-nπ*-ππ*-ππ*… pattern found in the formic acid dimer electronic spectrum is altered when a sulfur atom is introduced in the molecule. Furthermore, carbonyl-by-thiocarbonyl or hydroxyl-by-thiohydroxyl substitution is predicted to strongly affect the intensity of the above electronic transitions. The effect of oxygen-by-sulfur substitution on the geometry of the first excited state (S(1)) has been investigated at the CC2 and CASSCF levels of theory. Although the two methods qualitatively predict the same geometrical changes upon nπ* excitation, the geometries of the S(1) state are found to differ considerably between the two levels.

  20. Lowest optical excitations in molecular crystals: bound excitons versus free electron-hole pairs in anthracene.

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    Hummer, Kerstin; Puschnig, Peter; Ambrosch-Draxl, Claudia

    2004-04-09

    By solving the Bethe-Salpeter equation for the electron-hole Green function for crystalline anthracene we find the lowest absorption peak generated by strongly bound excitons or by a free electron-hole pair, depending on the polarization direction being parallel to the short or the long molecular axis, respectively. Both excitations are shifted to lower energies by pressure. The physical difference of these excitations is apparent from the electron-hole wave functions. Our findings are a major contribution to solve the long-standing puzzle about the nature of the lowest optical excitations in organic materials.

  1. Excitation-Dependence of Plasmon-Induced Hot Electrons in Gold Nanoparticles.

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    Minutella, Emanuele; Schulz, Florian; Lange, Holger

    2017-10-05

    The decay of a plasmon leads to a hot electron distribution in metallic nanoparticles. Depending on the processes involved in the excitation, different distributions are obtained, which thermalize differently. We experimentally investigate excitation-wavelength and size-dependences on the generation and thermalization of the hot-electrons. We can confirm the absence of size-dependences, and we clearly observe two regimes with significantly different relaxation dynamics depending on the photon energy. The hot electron generation is more efficient when exciting with light that enables interband transitions.

  2. Activity of upper electron-excited states in bioluminescence of coelenterates

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    Belogurova, N. V.; Alieva, R. R.; Kudryasheva, N. S.

    2009-04-01

    The involvement of upper electron-excited states as the primary excited states into bioluminescence of coelenterates was experimentally verified. A series of fluorescent molecules was used as foreign energy acceptors in this bioluminescent reaction. The fluorescent aromatic compounds - pyrene, 2-methoxy-naphtalene, naphthalene, and 1,4-diphenylbutadiene - were selected, with fluorescent state energies ranging from 26,700 to 32,500 cm -1. Excitation of these molecules by Forster singlet-singlet energy transfer from S of bioluminescence emitter and by light absorption were excluded. The weak sensitized fluorescence of three compounds was found in the course of bioluminescent reaction. Energy of the upper electron-excited states of the bioluminescent emitter was located around 31,000 cm -1. Localization of the primary excitation on a carbonyl group of coelenteramide molecule is discussed. Comparison of the primary excitation in bioluminescent processes of coelenterates and bacteria is provided.

  3. Properties of atoms in electronically excited molecules within the formalism of TDDFT.

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    Sánchez-Flores, Eric Iván; Chávez-Calvillo, Rodrigo; Keith, Todd A; Cuevas, Gabriel; Rocha-Rinza, Tomás; Cortés-Guzmán, Fernando

    2014-04-15

    The topological analysis of the electron density for electronic excited states under the formalism of the quantum theory of atoms in molecules using time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) is presented. Relaxed electron densities for electronic excited states are computed by solving a Z-vector equation which is obtained by means of the Sternheimer interchange method. This is in contrast to previous work in which the electron density for excited states is obtained using DFT instead of TDDFT, that is, through the imposition of molecular occupancies in accordance with the electron configuration of the excited state under consideration. Once the electron density of the excited state is computed, its topological characterization and the properties of the atoms in molecules are obtained in the same manner that for the ground state. The analysis of the low-lying π→π* singlet and triplet vertical excitations of CO and C6H6 are used as representative examples of the application of this methodology. Altogether, it is shown how this procedure provides insights on the changes of the electron density following photoexcitation and it is our hope that it will be useful in the study of different photophysical and photochemical processes.

  4. Ultrafast spectroscopy of electron transfer dynamics in liquids; excitation transfer studies of phase transitions

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    Goun, Alexei A.

    The transfer of an electron from a donor to an acceptor is the fundamental step in a wide range of chemical and biological processes. As a result, electron-transfer reactions have been the focus of numerous theoretical and experimental efforts aimed at understanding the kinetics and mechanism of the transfer event. Liquid solvents are an important medium for electron-transfer processes. The influences of the distance dependence, diffusion, the radial distribution function, and the hydrodynamic effect have been incorporated into the theory of electron transfer in solution, as well as into the theory of electron transfer between donors and acceptors in the head group regions of micelles. The development of new laser system with a pulse duration of tens of femtoseconds, with tunable wavelength allowed us to study these processes on a considerably shorter time scale than previous studies. This allowed us to observe not only the diffusion controlled but also the kinetics of electron transfer for donor/acceptor pairs that are in close proximity. In one set of experiments we have studied the kinetics of electron transfer in electron accepting molecule (rhodamine 3B) dissolved in electron donating solvent (N,N-dimethylaniline). The data for the forward electron transfer and geminate recombination are approximated by the statistical theory of the electron transfer. Optical anisotropy observed in the experiment demonstrates the orientation dependence of the electron transfer rate. In further experiments we investigated the electron transfer in non-hydrogen bonding liquids of increasing viscosity. The effective value of the donor/acceptor electronic coupling was found to decrease with viscosity. Electron transfer experiments were also carried out on the surface of micelles. The systems studied are the hole donor octadecyl-rhodamine B (ODRB) and the hole acceptor N,N-dimethyl-aniline (DMA) in micelles made of dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB) and

  5. Metallic bond effects on mean excitation energies for stopping powers

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    Wilson, J. W.; Xu, Y. J.

    1982-01-01

    Mean excitation energies for first row metals are evaluated by means of the local plasma approximation. Particle corrections based on Pines' (1953) procedure and the Wigner Seitz (1934) model of the metallic state are included. The agreement with experimental values is remarkably good. In contrast to previous work, the calculations given here estimate shifts in the plasma frequency according to the theory for plane wave states in an extended plasma as calculated by Pines. It is demonstrated that the effects of the metallic bond in lithium and beryllium are quite large and that they appear mainly as a result of collective oscillations in the 'free' electron gas formed from the valence electrons. The usefulness of the plasma frequency shift derived for a degenerate electron gas in predicting the plasma frequency shift within the ion core is considered surprising.

  6. Differential cross sections for electron-impact excitation of the electronic states of pyrimidine

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    Brunger, Michael; Jones, Darryl; Bellm, Susan

    2012-06-01

    Pyrimidine (C4N2H4) is an important molecule, as it forms the basis of larger biomolecules, such as the DNA bases thymine, cytosine and uracil. There is a pressing demand for low-energy electron scattering data from such biological analogs in order to model radiation induced damage [1]. We therefore present the first measurements for absolute differential cross section data for low-energy electron-impact excitation of the electronic states of pyrimidine. The present measurements were performed using a crossed-beam apparatus [2] for incident electron energies ranging between 15 to 50eV while covering a 10 to 90^o angular range. Here the absolute scale has been determined through a normalisation to the recently measured elastic scattering differential cross section data for pyrimidine [3]. [1] F. Ferreira da Silva, D. Almeida, G. Martins, A. R. Milosavljevic, B. P. Marinkovic, S. V. Hoffmann, N. J. Mason, Y. Nunes, G. Garcia and P. Limao-Vieira, Phys Chem Chem Phys 12, 6717 (2010). [2] M. J. Brunger and P. J. O. Teubner, Phys Rev A 41, 1413 (1990). [3] P. Palihawadana, J. Sullivan, M. Brunger, C. Winstead, V. McKoy, G. Garcia, F. Blanco and S. Buckman, Phys Rev A 84, 062702 (2011).

  7. Electron delocalization and aromaticity in low-lying excited states of archetypal organic compounds.

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    Feixas, Ferran; Vandenbussche, Jelle; Bultinck, Patrick; Matito, Eduard; Solà, Miquel

    2011-12-14

    Aromaticity is a property usually linked to the ground state of stable molecules. Although it is well-known that certain excited states are unquestionably aromatic, the aromaticity of excited states remains rather unexplored. To move one step forward in the comprehension of aromaticity in excited states, in this work we analyze the electron delocalization and aromaticity of a series of low-lying excited states of cyclobutadiene, benzene, and cyclooctatetraene with different multiplicities at the CASSCF level by means of electron delocalization measures. While our results are in agreement with Baird's rule for the aromaticity of the lowest-lying triplet excited state in annulenes having 4nπ-electrons, they do not support Soncini and Fowler's generalization of Baird's rule pointing out that the lowest-lying quintet state of benzene and septet state of cyclooctatetraene are not aromatic.

  8. Electron-impact vibrational excitation rates in the flow field of aeroassisted orbital transfer vehicles

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    Lee, J.-H.

    1985-01-01

    This paper examines the vibrational excitation rate processes expected in the flow field of aeroassisted orbital transfer vehicles (AOTVs). An analysis of the multiple-quantum vibrational excitation processes by electron impact is made to predict the vibrational excitation cross sections, rate coefficients, and relaxation times which control vibrational temperature. The expression for the rate of electron-vibration energy transfer is derived by solving the system of master equations which account for the multiple-level transitions. The vibrational excitation coefficients, which are the prerequisite physical quantities in solving the obtained vibrational equation, are calculated based on the theoretically predicted cross sections. These cross sections are obtained from quantum mechanical calculations, based on the concept that vibrational excitation of molecules by electron impact occurs through formation of an intermediate negative ion state. Finally, the modified Landau-Teller-type rate equation, which is suitable for the numerical calculations for the AOTV flow fields, is suggested.

  9. Electronic State Interferences in Resonant X-Ray Emission after K-Shell Excitation in HCl

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    Kavcic, M.; Zitnik, M.; Bucar, K.; Mihelic, A.; Carniato, S.; Journel, L.; Guillemin, R.; Simon, M.

    2010-09-10

    We have measured a series of high-resolution x-ray spectra emitted upon resonant photoexcitation of HCl. The photon energy was tuned across the dissociative 1s{yields}6{sigma}* resonance and the Rydberg states converging to the Cl 1s{sup -1} threshold, and inelastic photon scattering was observed in the region of KL emission lines. Excellent agreement is found between fully ab initio calculated and measured spectra if interferences between different excitation-emission paths are taken into account. The effect of electronic state interferences is enhanced due to dynamical broadening of the 6{sigma}* resonance in HCl.

  10. Electronic excitation of H{sub 2} by {ital e}{sup +} impact using adiabatic nuclear rotation model

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    Mukherjee, T.; Ghosh, A.S.

    1996-06-01

    The adiabatic nuclear rotation (ANR) model has been employed to obtain rotational excitation cross sections for electronically elastic and electronic excitation processes in {ital e}{sup +}-H{sub 2} scattering. The present results are compared with the more accurate laboratory-frame rotational close-coupling approximation (LFCCA) predictions. The electronically inelastic rotational excitation results using the ANR model differ from the corresponding LFCCA results near the electronic excitation threshold energies. {copyright} {ital 1996 The American Physical Society.}

  11. Electron impact excitation of Astrophysically Important C III Ion

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    Aggarwal, Kanti M.; KEENAN, FRANCIS P.

    2015-08-01

    Emission lines of many Be-like ions, including C~III, have been observed in the solar and stellar plasmas and are useful for density and temperature diagnostics. C~III is also important for studies of fusion plasmas. For modelling and diagnostics, atomic data for energy levels, radiative rates (A-values) and excitation rates (equivalently effective collision strengths) are required. Therefore, we have adopted the GRASP code to calculate energy levels, A-values (for E1, E2, M1 and M2 transitions) and lifetimes among 166 levels of the n <= 5 configurations. Energy levels are assessed to be accurate to better than 1% for most levels, and A-values to better than 20% for most transitions. For A-values and lifetimes there are no large discrepancies between theory and measurement. For collision strengths DARC is adopted, resonances are resolved in a fine energy mesh and are averaged over a Maxwellian velocity distribution to determine effective collision strengths up to a temperature of 800,000 K. Unfortunately, a comparison with the similar R-matrix calculations of Fernandez-Menchero et al [A&A 566 (2014) A104] shows differences up to over an order of magnitude for about 20% transitions (among the lowest 78 levels) over the complete temperature range of the results. In most cases their results are larger, up to a factor of 20, and the differences are similar and comparable to those already noted for other Be-like ions, namely Al~X, Cl~XIV, K~XVI, Ti~XIX and Ge~XXIX - see Aggarwal & Keenan [MNRAS 447 (2015) 3849]. Based on several comparisons and considering the wide range of partial waves included (up to 40.5) and the energy range adopted for collision strengths (up to 21 Ryd), our results are estimated to be accurate to better than 20% for a majority of transitions, allowed and forbidden. Detailed comparisons for all parameters for C~III and possible reasons for discrepancies will be presented during the conference and will also be soon available in MNRAS.

  12. Electron spectroscopy studies of argon K-shell excitation and vacancy cascades

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    Southworth, S.H.; MacDonald, M.A.; LeBrun, T.; Azuma, Y.; Cooper, J.W.

    1995-02-01

    Electron spectroscopy combined with tunable synchrotron radiation has been used for studies of Ar K-shell excitation and vacancy decay processes. In addition, electrons and fluorescent X-rays have been recorded in coincidence to select subsets of the ejected electron spectra. Examples are presented for Ar 1s photoelectrons and KLL and LMM Auger spectra.

  13. Electron-impact excitation of Fe-peak ions for astrophysical applications

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    Cassidy, C. M.; Ramsbottom, C. A.; Scott, M. P.; Burke, P. G.

    2009-11-01

    This paper discusses one of the major outstanding problems in atomic collision physics, namely the accurate theoretical treatment of electron scattering from open d-shell systems, and explores how this issue has been addressed over recent years with the development of the new parallel R-matrix suite of codes. It focuses on one code in particular - the new parallel R-matrix package PRMAT, which has recently been extended to account for relativistic fine-structure effects. This program facilitates the determination of accurate electron-impact excitation rates for complex open 3d-shell systems including the astrophysically important Fe-peak ions such as Ni II, Fe II and Fe III. Results are presented for collision strengths and Maxwellian averaged effective collision strengths for the optically forbidden fine-structure transitions of Ni II. To our knowledge this is the most extensive calculation completed to date for this ion.

  14. Experimental investigation of the vibrational density of states and electronic excitations in metallic nanocrystals

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    Bayle, M.; Benzo, P.; Combe, N.; Gatel, C.; Bonafos, C.; Benassayag, G.; Carles, R.

    2014-05-01

    An investigation of the vibrational density of states (VDOS) in silver nanocrystals is performed using Raman scattering. A specific sample architecture, setup configuration, and original elaboration process are used in order to take simultaneously advantage of spectrally and spatially localized surface plasmon resonance, optical amplification, and dark-field spectroscopy. Disentangling the contributions of atom vibrations and electron-hole excitations (i.e., the so-called "background" in surface-enhanced Raman scattering) is performed. The extracted VDOS is successfully compared with theoretical ones obtained by atomic scale simulations. The effects of size, strain, and disorder on the VDOS are analyzed; in particular, the strain effect is investigated experimentally using the geometrical phase analysis coupled with high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. This work offers an opportunity to examine thermodynamic properties, like specific heat, at the nanoscale.

  15. Reduced Heat Flux Through Preferential Surface Reactions Leading to Vibrationally and Electronically Excited Product States

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    2016-03-04

    computational chemistry approaches, capable of modeling nonadiabatic oxygen interactions (electronically excited interactions) with surface defects...were developed. Through such computational chemistry modeling we determined precisely how and why such excited-state molecules are produced, by...to interpret the experimental data. The third objective was to develop new computational chemistry approaches capable of modeling the challenging

  16. Challenges for first-principles methods in theoretical and computational physics: multiple excitations in many-electrons systems and the Aharonov-Bohm effect in carbon nanotubes

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    Sarkar, Daipayan

    The objective of this research is to understand the temperature variation in dielectric materials of different geometry. The work is divided into three major segments. The Thermal Wave model has been taken into consideration as the classical Fourier law of heat conduction breaks down when a dielectric material of sub-micron geometry is heated rapidly. The first part of the work discusses primarily about the temperature distribution in a semi-infinite dielectric material, followed by the temperature profile in a finite body (plate) and finally mathematical formulation is presented for a two-layered body. The thermal wave equation is used because in dielectric materials the lag time due to temperature (taut) is much less than the lag time due to heat flux (tauq), ( taut <effects of taut in the governing equation used for expressing the phenomena of Hyperbolic Heat Conduction in a material can be neglected. Boundary conditions of first and second kind are applied to the thermal wave equation for all three cases that are discussed later in the study. The classical Laplace Transform method has been used as a tool to analyze the mathematical models for all the illustrations presented in the study. Analytical solutions are obtained for semi-infinite and finite bodies for different boundary conditions and a mathematical formulation has been presented to calculate the heat flux at the interface for a two-layered dielectric body. Due to large complexity of the problem and intense use of algebra several Mathematica subroutines are developed to compute and examine the thermal behavior of dielectric materials during rapid heating.

  17. First generation TREN dendrimers functionalized with naphthyl and/or dansyl units. Ground and excited state electronic interactions and protonation effects.

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    Passaniti, Paolo; Maestri, Mauro; Ceroni, Paola; Bergamini, Giacomo; Vögtle, Fritz; Fakhrnabavi, Hassan; Lukin, Oleg

    2007-04-01

    We report the photophysical properties (absorption and emission spectra, quantum yield, and lifetime) of five dendrimers of first generation based on a TREN (tris(2-aminoethyl)amine) skeleton functionalized at the periphery with naphthyl and/or 5-dimethylamino-1-naphthalenesulfonamide (hereafter called dansyl) chromophores. Each dendrimer comprises one tertiary amine unit in the core and three branches carrying a sulfonimido unit at the periphery, each one substituted by two identical or different moieties. In particular, TD6 and TN6 contain dansyl (D) or naphthyl (N) units, respectively, while TD3B3, TN3B3 and TN3D3 contain dansyl, naphthyl or benzyl (B) units at the periphery. The spectroscopic behaviour of these dendrimers has been investigated in acetonitrile solution and compared with that of reference compounds. For all dendrimers the absorption bands are red shifted compared to those of monomeric naphthyl and dansyl reference compounds. Moreover, the intense naphthyl and dansyl fluorescence is greatly quenched because of strong interactions between the two aromatic moieties linked by a sulfonimido unit. Protonation of the amine units of the dendrimers by addition of CF(3)SO(3)H (triflic) acid causes a decrease in intensity of the luminescence and a change in the shape of the emission bands. The shapes of the titration curves depend on the dendrimer, but in any case the effect of acid can be fully reversed by successive addition of base (tributylamine). The obtained results reveal that among the intradendrimer interactions the most important one is that taking place (via mesomeric interaction) between the various chromophores and a pair of sulfonimido groups.

  18. Quantum chemical calculations of tryptophan → heme electron and excitation energy transfer rates in myoglobin.

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    Suess, Christian J; Hirst, Jonathan D; Besley, Nicholas A

    2017-04-01

    The development of optical multidimensional spectroscopic techniques has opened up new possibilities for the study of biological processes. Recently, ultrafast two-dimensional ultraviolet spectroscopy experiments have determined the rates of tryptophan → heme electron transfer and excitation energy transfer for the two tryptophan residues in myoglobin (Consani et al., Science, 2013, 339, 1586). Here, we show that accurate prediction of these rates can be achieved using Marcus theory in conjunction with time-dependent density functional theory. Key intermediate residues between the donor and acceptor are identified, and in particular the residues Val68 and Ile75 play a critical role in calculations of the electron coupling matrix elements. Our calculations demonstrate how small changes in structure can have a large effect on the rates, and show that the different rates of electron transfer are dictated by the distance between the heme and tryptophan residues, while for excitation energy transfer the orientation of the tryptophan residues relative to the heme is important. © 2017 The Authors Journal of Computational Chemistry Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Direct Electron Impact Excitation of Rydberg-Valence States of Molecular Nitrogen

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    Malone, C. P.; Johnson, P. V.; Liu, X.; Ajdari, B.; Muleady, S.; Kanik, I.; Khakoo, M. A.

    2012-12-01

    Collisions between electrons and neutral N2 molecules result in emissions that provide an important diagnostic probe for understanding the ionospheric energy balance and the effects of space weather in upper atmospheres. Also, transitions to singlet ungerade states cause N2 to be a strong absorber of solar radiation in the EUV spectral range where many ro-vibrational levels of these Rydberg-valence (RV) states are predissociative. Thus, their respective excitation and emission cross sections are important parameters for understanding the [N]/[N2] ratio in the thermosphere of nitrogen dominated atmospheres. The following work provides improved constraints on absolute and relative excitation cross sections of numerous RV states of N2, enabling more physically accurate atmospheric modeling. Here, we present recent integral cross sections (ICSs) for electron impact excitation of RV states of N2 [6], which were based on the differential cross sections (DCSs) derived from electron energy-loss (EEL) spectra of [5]. This work resulted in electronic excitation cross sections over the following measured vibrational levels: b 1Πu (v‧=0-14), c3 1Πu (v‧=0-3), o3 1Πu (v‧=0-3), b‧ 1Σu+ (v‧=0-10), c‧4 1Σu+ (v‧=0-3), G 3Πu (v‧=0-3), and F 3Πu (v‧=0-3). We further adjusted the cross sections of the RV states by extending the vibronic contributions to unmeasured v‧-levels via the relative excitation probabilities (REPs) as discussed in [6]. This resulted in REP-scaled ICSs over the following vibrational levels for the singlet ungerade states: b(0-19), c3(0-4), o3(0-4), b‧(0-16), and c‧4(0-8). Comparison of the ICSs of [6] with available EEL based measurements, theoretical calculations, and emission based work generally shows good agreement within error estimations, except with the recent reevaluation provided by [1]. Further, we have extended these results, using the recent EEL data of [3], to include the unfolding of better resolved features above ~13

  20. Spectroscopy, polarization and nonadiabatic dynamics of electronically excited Ba(Ar)n clusters: Theory and experiment

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    Krylov, A. I.; Gerber, R. B.; Gaveau, M. A.; Mestdagh, J. M.; Schilling, B.; Visticot, J. P.

    1996-03-01

    Molecular Dynamics simulations using a surface-hopping method for transitions between different electronic states are employed to study the dynamics following photoexcitation of the Ba(Ar)125 cluster. The results are used to interpret spectroscopic experiments on large, size-distributed Ba(Ar)n clusters. The dynamics of the coupled electronic-nuclear motions in the cluster involves transitions between three potential energy surfaces, corresponding to the nearly-degenerate p-states of the excited Ba atom. Ejection of excited Ba atoms, adsorbed on the surface of the cluster, can take place. The focus in comparing theory and experiment is on the emission spectrum from the excited clusters, on the polarization of this radiation, and on the polarization of light emitted by excited Ba atoms ejected from the cluster. Based on the good agreement found between theory and experiment, a comprehensive picture of the excited state dynamics is given. It is found that upon excitation, energy is rapidly redistributed in the cluster and no direct ejection of Ba occurs. Electronic relaxation to the lowest P-state occurs, and the latter dominates the cluster emission spectrum and polarization. The electronic state relaxation is mostly complete within t≲10 ps. Ejection of Ba atoms occurs as a rare and delayed event when a dynamical fluctuation creates a ``hot spot'' at the Ba site, with a non-adiabatic excitation to the highest electronic level. The results show the feasibility of near-quantitative understanding of non-adiabatic processes in large clusters.

  1. Feature-rich electronic excitations of silicene in external fields

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    Wu, Jhao-Ying; Chen, Szu-Chao; Gumbs, Godfrey; Lin, Ming-Fa

    2016-11-01

    We develop a generalized tight-binding model to investigate the Coulomb excitations in monolayer silicene. The atomic interactions, spin-orbit coupling, magnetic and electric fields, as well as the Coulomb interactions are simultaneously included in our calculations. The magnetic field induces interband plasmons with discrete frequency dispersions restricted to quantized energy states. An intraband plasmon, with a higher intensity and continuous dispersion relation, exists in the presence of free carriers. This mode is dramatically transformed into an interband plasma excitation when the magnetic field is increased, leading to abrupt changes in the value of the plasma frequency and its intensity. Specifically, an electric field may separate the spin and valley polarizations and create additional plasmon modes, a unique feature arising from the buckled structure and the existence of noteworthy spin-orbit coupling.

  2. Electron impact excitation of helium in Debye plasma

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    Diallo, S.; Gomis, L.; Faye, I. G.; Tall, M. S.; Diédhiou, I.; Diatta, C. S.; Zammit, M.

    2015-03-15

    The probability, differential, and integral scattering cross sections of the 1{sup 1}S→2{sup 1}S and 1{sup 1}S→2{sup 1}P transitions of helium have been calculated in the first Born approximation. The projectile-target interactions depending on the temperature and the density of plasma are described by the Debye-Hückel model. Wave functions of the target before and after collision were modeled by non orthogonal Hartree-Fock orbitals. The wave functions parameters are calculated with the Ritz variational method. We improve our unscreened first Born approximation integral cross sections by using the BE-scaled (B stands for binding energy and E excitation energy) method. The second Born approximation has also been used to calculate the excitation cross sections in Debye plasma. Our calculations are compared to other theoretical and experimental results where applicable.

  3. Benchmarking electronic-state excitation cross sections for electron-N{sub 2} collisions

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    Kato, Hidetoshi; Suzuki, Daisuke; Ohkawa, Mizuha; Hoshino, Masamitsu; Tanaka, Hiroshi; Campbell, Laurence; Brunger, Michael J.

    2010-04-15

    We report differential cross sections for electron impact excitation of the a {sup 1{Pi}}{sub g}, C {sup 3{Pi}}{sub u}, E {sup 3{Sigma}}{sub g}{sup +}, a{sup ''} {sup 1{Sigma}}{sub g}{sup +}, b {sup 1{Pi}}{sub u}, c{sub 3} {sup 1{Pi}}{sub u}, o{sub 3} {sup 1{Pi}}{sub u}, b{sup '} {sup 1{Sigma}}{sub u}{sup +}, c{sub 4}{sup '} {sup 1{Sigma}}{sub u}{sup +}, G {sup 3{Pi}}{sub u}, and F {sup 3{Pi}}{sub u} electronic states in N{sub 2}. The incident electron energies are 20, 30, and 40 eV, while the scattered electron angles are 10 deg. and 20 deg. These kinematic conditions were specifically targeted in order to try and shed new light on the worrying discrepancies that exist in the literature for the a {sup 1{Pi}}{sub g}, C {sup 3{Pi}}{sub u}, E {sup 3{Sigma}}{sub g}{sup +}, and a{sup ''} {sup 1{Sigma}}{sub g}{sup +} cross sections, and in general the present measurements confirm that those from the more recent results of the University of California, Fullerton, and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory [M. A. Khakoo, P. V. Johnson, I. Ozkay, P. Yan, S. Trajmar, and I. Kanik, Phys. Rev. A 71, 062703 (2005); C. P. Malone, P. V. Johnson, I. Kanik, B. Ajdari, and M. A. Khakoo, Phys. Rev. A 79, 032704 (2009)] are reliable. In addition, we provide a rigorous cross-check for the remaining seven electronic states, where the only recent comprehensive study is from Khakoo and colleagues [Phys. Rev. A 77, 012704 (2008)]. Here, however, some of those cross sections are confirmed and others are not, suggesting that further work is still needed.

  4. Ultrafast excited state relaxation dynamics of electron deficient porphyrins: Conformational and electronic factors

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    Okhrimenko, Albert N.

    Metallo-tetrapyrroles (MTP) are highly stable macrocyclic pi-systems that display interesting properties that make them potential candidates for various applications. Among these applications are optoelectronics, magnetic materials, photoconductive materials, non-linear optical materials and photo tumor therapeutic drugs. These applications are generally related to their high stability and efficient light absorption ability in the visible and near-infrared region of the optical spectrum. Metallo porphyrins are well known and widely studied representatives of metallotetrapyrroles. Electron deficient substituents in the meso positions are well known to greatly influence the interaction between the metal d-orbitals and the nitrogen orbitals of the tetrapyrrole macrocycle. In this work, a series of electron deficient porphyrins has been studied to gain some knowledge about the change in the excited state dynamics with structural and electronic modifications. Among these porphyrins is nickel and iron modified species bearing perfluoro-, perprotio-, p-nitrophenyl- and perfluorophenyl-meso substituents. Ultrafast transient absorption spectrometry has been used as the main research instrument along with other spectroscopic and electrochemical methods. A new technique has been employed to study the photophysical properties of zinc (II) tetraphenylporphine cation radical. It employs a combination of controlled potential coulometry and femtosecond absorption spectrometry. The fast transient lifetime of 17 ps of the pi-cation species originates in very efficient mixing of the a2u HOMO cation orbital that places electronic density mainly on pyrrolic nitrogens and metal d-orbitals. That explains the lack of any emission of the cationic species. This non-radiative decay process might elucidate the processes taking place in photosynthetic systems when electron is removed from porphyrinic moiety and the hole is produced. In this work zinc(II) meso-tetraphenylporphine radial cation

  5. Study of intermediates from transition metal excited-state electron- transfer reactions. Progress report, January 1, 1992--March 31, 1993

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    Hoffman, M.Z.

    1993-03-31

    Progress on 6 projects is reported: excited state absorption spectrum of Ru(bpy){sub 3}{sup 2+}, solvent cage model for electron transfer quenching, reductive quenching of {sup *}Cr(III) complexes, solution medium effects in oxidative quenching of {sup *}Ru(II) complexes, photosensitized oxidation of phenol in aqueous solution, and quenching of Ru(II) complexes by oxygen.

  6. Electron impact excitation and assignment of the low-lying electronic states of N2O

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    Hall, R. I.; Chutjian, A.; Trajmar, S.

    1973-01-01

    Electron scattering spectra of nitrous oxide are reported in the 5- to 10-eV energy-loss range at scattering angles of 20, 30, 90, and 130 deg at a residual energy of 7.0 eV; and at residual energies of 10.0, 2.0, 1.0, 0.6, and 0.2 eV at a scattering angle of 90 deg. Several new distinct and overlapping continua are observed to lie in this energy-loss range. The experimental spectra are discussed in the light of semiempirical INDO calculations of Chutjian and Segal (1972) of the vertical transition energies of N2O. An assignment of the symmetries of the observed excitations consistent with the experimental and theoretical data is suggested.

  7. Plasmon-resonant Raman spectroscopy in metallic nanoparticles: Surface-enhanced scattering by electronic excitations

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    Carles, R.; Bayle, M.; Benzo, P.; Benassayag, G.; Bonafos, C.; Cacciato, G.; Privitera, V.

    2015-11-01

    Since the discovery of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) 40 years ago, the origin of the "background" that is systematically observed in SERS spectra has remained questionable. To deeply analyze this phenomenon, plasmon-resonant Raman scattering was recorded under specific experimental conditions on a panel of composite multilayer samples containing noble metal (Ag and Au) nanoparticles. Stokes, anti-Stokes, and wide, including very low, frequency ranges have been explored. The effects of temperature, size (in the nm range), embedding medium (SiO2, Si3N4, or TiO2) or ligands have been successively analyzed. Both lattice (Lamb modes and bulk phonons) and electron (plasmon mode and electron-hole excitations) dynamics have been investigated. This work confirms that in Ag-based nanoplasmonics composite layers, only Raman scattering by single-particle electronic excitations accounts for the background. This latter appears as an intrinsic phenomenon independently of the presence of molecules on the metallic surface. Its spectral shape is well described by revisiting a model developed in the 1990s for analyzing electron scattering in dirty metals, and used later in superconductors. The gs factor, that determines the effective mean-free path of free carriers, is evaluated, gsexpt=0.33 ±0.04 , in good agreement with a recent evaluation based on time-dependent local density approximation gstheor=0.32 . Confinement and interface roughness effects at the nanometer range thus appear crucial to understand and control SERS enhancement and more generally plasmon-enhanced processes on metallic surfaces.

  8. Analytic energy gradient of excited electronic state within TDDFT/MMpol framework: Benchmark tests and parallel implementation

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    Zeng, Qiao; Liang, WanZhen

    2015-10-07

    The time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) has become the most popular method to calculate the electronic excitation energies, describe the excited-state properties, and perform the excited-state geometric optimization of medium and large-size molecules due to the implementation of analytic excited-state energy gradient and Hessian in many electronic structure software packages. To describe the molecules in condensed phase, one usually adopts the computationally efficient hybrid Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics (QM/MM) models. Here, we extend our previous work on the energy gradient of TDDFT/MM excited state to account for the mutual polarization effects between QM and MM regions, which is believed to hold a crucial position in the potential energy surface of molecular systems when the photoexcitation-induced charge rearrangement in the QM region is drastic. The implementation of a simple polarizable TDDFT/MM (TDDFT/MMpol) model in Q-Chem/CHARMM interface with both the linear response and the state-specific features has been realized. Several benchmark tests and preliminary applications are exhibited to confirm our implementation and assess the effects of different treatment of environmental polarization on the excited-state properties, and the efficiency of parallel implementation is demonstrated as well.

  9. Differential cross sections for electron-impact vibrational-excitation of tetrahydrofuran at intermediate impact energies

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    Do, T. P. T.; Lopes, M. C. A.; Konovalov, D. A.; White, R. D.; Brunger, M. J. E-mail: darryl.jones@flinders.edu.au; Jones, D. B. E-mail: darryl.jones@flinders.edu.au

    2015-03-28

    We report differential cross sections (DCSs) for electron-impact vibrational-excitation of tetrahydrofuran, at intermediate incident electron energies (15-50 eV) and over the 10°-90° scattered electron angular range. These measurements extend the available DCS data for vibrational excitation for this species, which have previously been obtained at lower incident electron energies (≤20 eV). Where possible, our data are compared to the earlier measurements in the overlapping energy ranges. Here, quite good agreement was generally observed where the measurements overlapped.

  10. Electron beam excitation of coherent sub-terahertz radiation in periodic structures manufactured by 3D printing

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    Phipps, A. R.; MacLachlan, A. J.; Robertson, C. W.; Zhang, L.; Konoplev, I. V.; Cross, A. W.; Phelps, A. D. R.

    2017-07-01

    For the creation of novel coherent sub-THz sources excited by electron beams there is a requirement to manufacture intricate periodic structures to produce and radiate electromagnetic fields. The specification and the measured performance is reported of a periodic structure constructed by additive manufacturing and used successfully in an electron beam driven sub-THz radiation source. Additive manufacturing, or ;3D printing;, is promising to be quick and cost-effective for prototyping these periodic structures.

  11. Femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy of coherent vibrational and electronic excitations in solids

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    Williams*, Leah Ruby; Nelson, Keith A.

    1986-08-01

    ``Impulsive'' stimulated scattering (ISS) of femtosecond laser pulses was used to coherently excite and probe a low-lying (61-cm-1) electronic excitation in the cooperative Jahn-Teller crystal, terbium vanadate. Coherent terahertz oscillations and their dephasing were observed in the time domain. ISS is a general aspect of ultrashort-pulse interactions with matter, through which coherent excitations are produced whenever a sufficiently short laser pulse enters a Raman-active medium. Its use for measurement of vibrational and electronic dephasing and lifetimes, and for time-resolved spectroscopy of vibrationally distorted crystals and molecules, is discussed.

  12. Spin Excitation Under Electron Delocalization of Side Radicals in Quasi-One-Dimensional Organic Ferromagnet

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    Jiang, Hong; Hu, Xue-Ning; Zhao, Yin-chang; Zhang, Chao

    2017-02-01

    Spin excitation in poly(1,4-bis(2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-4-oxy-piperidyl-1-oxyl)-butadiin) (poly-BIPO), a quasi-one-dimensional organic ferromagnet, was investigated based on the extended Su-Schriffer-Heeger model by considering electron hopping and the spin correlation between the main chain and side radicals. The lattice, charge density, and spin density configurations of the single spin as well as spin domain excited states of the organic ferromagnet poly-BIPO were systematically studied. The side radical spin excitation gives rise to lattice distortion, charge density localization, and a spin density defect on the main chain. A peak induced by spin excitation is predicted to appear in the density of states of the organic ferromagnet poly-BIPO based on calculations for different spin electron states. These results expand knowledge on elementary excitation in organic materials and have significant implications for the design of spintronic devices.

  13. Theoretical Study of Tautomerization Reactions for the Ground and First Excited Electronic States of Adenine

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    Salter, Latasha M.; Chaban, Galina M.; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Geometrical structures and energetic properties for different tautomers of adenine are calculated in this study, using multi-configurational wave functions. Both the ground and the lowest singlet excited state potential energy surfaces are studied. Four tautomeric forms are considered, and their energetic order is found to be different on the ground and the excited state potential energy surfaces. Minimum energy reaction paths are obtained for hydrogen atom transfer (tautomerization) reactions in the ground and the lowest excited electronic states. It is found that the barrier heights and the shapes of the reaction paths are different for the ground and the excited electronic states, suggesting that the probability of such tautomerization reaction is higher on the excited state potential energy surface. This tautomerization process should become possible in the presence of water or other polar solvent molecules and should play an important role in the photochemistry of adenine.

  14. Excitation of Electron Cyclotron Harmonic Waves in Earth's Magnetotail

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    Zhang, Xiaojia

    This dissertation investigates the generation mechanism, spatial distribution and characteristics of electrostatic electron cyclotron harmonic (ECH) waves under different plasma sheet conditions, and quantifies the role of these waves in producing the diffuse aurora. THEMIS observations from five magnetotail seasons, along with ray-tracing, and electron diffusion codes have been utilized towards that goal. By modeling the wave growth and quasi-linear pitch-angle diffusion of electrons with realistic parameters for the magnetic field, loss-cone distribution and wave intensity (obtained from observations as a function of magnetotail location), we estimate the loss-cone fill ratio and the contribution of auroral energy flux from wave-induced electron precipitation. We conclude that ECH waves are the dominant driver of electron precipitation in the middle to outer magnetotail.

  15. Theory of ultrafast heterogeneous electron transfer: Contributions of direct charge transfer excitations to the absorbance

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    Wang, Luxia; Willig, Frank; May, Volkhard

    2007-04-07

    Absorption spectra related to heterogeneous electron transfer are analyzed with the focus on direct charge transfer transition from the surface attached molecule into the semiconductor band states. The computations are based on a model of reduced dimensionality with a single intramolecular vibrational coordinate but a complete account for the continuum of conduction band states. The applicability of this model to perylene on TiO{sub 2} has been demonstrated in a series of earlier papers. Here, based on a time-dependent formulation, the absorbance is calculated with the inclusion of charge transfer excitations. A broad parameter set inspired by the perylene TiO{sub 2} systems is considered. In particular, the description generalizes the Fano effect to heterogeneous electron transfer reactions. Preliminary simulations of measured spectra are presented for perylene-catechol attached to TiO{sub 2}.

  16. Ultrafast-electron-diffraction studies of predamaged tungsten excited by femtosecond optical pulses

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    Mo, M.; Chen, Z.; Li, R.; Wang, Y.; Shen, X.; Dunning, M.; Weathersby, S.; Makasyuk, I.; Coffee, R.; Zhen, Q.; Kim, J.; Reid, A.; Jobe, K.; Hast, C.; Tsui, Y.; Wang, X.; Glenzer, S.

    2016-10-01

    Tungsten is considered as the main candidate material for use in the divertor of magnetic confinement fusion reactors. However, radiation damage is expected to occur because of its direct exposure to the high flux of hot plasma and energetic neutrons in fusion environment. Hence, understanding the material behaviors of W under these adverse conditions is central to the design of magnetic fusion reactors. To do that, we have recently developed an MeV ultrafast electron diffraction probe to resolve the structural evolution of optically excited tungsten. To simulate the radiation damage effect, the tungsten samples were bombarded with 500 keV Cu ions. The pre-damaged and pristine W's were excited by 130fs, 400nm laser pulses, and the subsequent heated system was probed with 3.2MeV electrons. The pump probe measurement shows that the ion bombardment to the W leads to larger decay in Bragg peak intensities as compared to pristine W, which may be due to a phonon softening effect. The measurement also shows that pre-damaged W transitions into complete liquid phase for conditions where pristine W stays solid. Our new capability is able to test the theories of structural dynamics of W under conditions relevant to fusion reactor environment. The research was funded by DOE Fusion Energy Science under FWP #100182.

  17. Concerted electron-proton transfer in the optical excitation of hydrogen-bonded dyes.

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    Westlake, Brittany C; Brennaman, M Kyle; Concepcion, Javier J; Paul, Jared J; Bettis, Stephanie E; Hampton, Shaun D; Miller, Stephen A; Lebedeva, Natalia V; Forbes, Malcolm D E; Moran, Andrew M; Meyer, Thomas J; Papanikolas, John M

    2011-05-24

    The simultaneous, concerted transfer of electrons and protons--electron-proton transfer (EPT)--is an important mechanism utilized in chemistry and biology to avoid high energy intermediates. There are many examples of thermally activated EPT in ground-state reactions and in excited states following photoexcitation and thermal relaxation. Here we report application of ultrafast excitation with absorption and Raman monitoring to detect a photochemically driven EPT process (photo-EPT). In this process, both electrons and protons are transferred during the absorption of a photon. Photo-EPT is induced by intramolecular charge-transfer (ICT) excitation of hydrogen-bonded-base adducts with either a coumarin dye or 4-nitro-4'-biphenylphenol. Femtosecond transient absorption spectral measurements following ICT excitation reveal the appearance of two spectroscopically distinct states having different dynamical signatures. One of these states corresponds to a conventional ICT excited state in which the transferring H(+) is initially associated with the proton donor. Proton transfer to the base (B) then occurs on the picosecond time scale. The other state is an ICT-EPT photoproduct. Upon excitation it forms initially in the nuclear configuration of the ground state by application of the Franck-Condon principle. However, due to the change in electronic configuration induced by the transition, excitation is accompanied by proton transfer with the protonated base formed with a highly elongated (+)H ─ B bond. Coherent Raman spectroscopy confirms the presence of a vibrational mode corresponding to the protonated base in the optically prepared state.

  18. Electronically excited states of membrane fluorescent probe 4-dimethylaminochalcone. Results of quantum chemical calculations.

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    Romanov, Alexey N; Gularyan, Samvel K; Polyak, Boris M; Sakovich, Ruslan A; Dobretsov, Gennady E; Sarkisov, Oleg M

    2011-05-28

    Quantum-chemical calculations of ground and excited states for membrane fluorescent probe 4-dimethylaminochalcone (DMAC) in vacuum were performed. Optimized geometries and dipole moments for lowest-lying singlet and triplet states were obtained. The nature of these electronic transitions and the relaxation path in the excited states were determined; changes in geometry and charge distribution were assessed. It was shown that in vacuum the lowest existed level is of (n, π*) nature, and the closest to it is the level of (π, π*) nature; the energy gap between them is narrow. This led to an effective (1)(π, π*) →(1)(n, π*) relaxation. After photoexcitation the molecule undergoes significant transformations, including changes in bond orders, pyramidalization angle of the dimethylamino group, and planarity of the molecule. Its dipole moment rises from 5.5 Debye in the ground state to 17.1 Debye in the (1)(π, π*) state, and then falls to 2 Debye in the (1)(n, π*) state. The excited (1)(n, π*) state is a short living state; it has a high probability of intersystem crossing into the (3)(π, π*) triplet state. This relaxation path explains the low quantum yield of DMAC fluorescence in non-polar media. It is possible that (3)(π, π*) is responsible for observed DMAC phosphorescence.

  19. Ab Initio Investigations of the Excited Electronic States of CaOCa

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    Fawzy, Wafaa M.; Heaven, Michael

    2016-06-01

    Chemical bonding in alkaline earth hypermetalic oxides is of fundamental interest. Previous Ab initio studies of CaOCa predicted a centrosymmetric linear geometry for both the 1Σg^+ ground state and the low lying triplet 3Σu^+ state. However, there have been no reports concerning the higher energy singlet and triplet states. The present work is focused on characterization of the potential energy surface (PES) of the excited 1Σu^+ state (assuming a centrosymmetric linear geometry) and obtaining predictions for the 1Σu^+←1Σg^+ vibronic transitions. We employed the multireference configuration interaction (MRCISD) method with state-averaged, full-valence complete active space self-consistent field (SA-FV-CASSCF) wavefunctions. In these calculations, the active space consisted of ten valence electrons in twelve orbitals, where all the valence electrons were correlated. Contributions of higher excitation and relativistic effects were taken into account using the Davidson correction and the Douglas-Kroll (DK) Hamiltonian, respectively. The correlation-consistent polarized weighed core-valence quadruple zeta basis set (cc-pwCVQZ-DK) was used for all three atoms. The full level of theory is abbreviated as SA-FV-CASSCF (10,12)-MRCISD-Q/cc-pwCVQZ-DK. The calculations were carried out using the MOLPRO2012 suite of programs. For the centrosymmetric linear geometry in all states, initial investigations of one-dimensional radial cuts provided equilibrium bond distances of 2.034 {Å}, 2.034 {Å}, and 1.999 {Å} for the 1Σg^+ , 3Σu^+ , and 1Σu^+ states, respectively. The vertical excitation frequency of the 1Σu^+←1Σg^+ optical transition was calculated to occur at 14801 wn. These predictions were followed by spectroscopic searches by Heaven et al. Indeed, rotationally resolved vibronic progressions were recorded in the vicinity of the predicted electronic band origin. Calculation of the three-dimensional PES showed that the potential minimum in the 1Σu^+ corresponds

  20. Back-action-induced excitation of electrons in a silicon quantum dot with a single-electron transistor charge sensor

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    Horibe, Kosuke; Oda, Shunri; Kodera, Tetsuo

    2015-02-02

    Back-action in the readout of quantum bits is an area that requires a great deal of attention in electron spin based-quantum bit architecture. We report here back-action measurements in a silicon device with quantum dots and a single-electron transistor (SET) charge sensor. We observe the back-action-induced excitation of electrons from the ground state to an excited state in a quantum dot. Our measurements and theoretical fitting to the data reveal conditions under which both suitable SET charge sensor sensitivity for qubit readout and low back-action-induced transition rates (less than 1 kHz) can be achieved.

  1. R-matrix study of electron impact excitation and dissociation of CH+ ions

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    Chakrabarti, K.; Dora, A.; Ghosh, R.; Choudhury, B. S.; Tennyson, Jonathan

    2017-09-01

    Electron impact excitation and electron impact dissociation of CH+ ions are studied in the framework of the R-matrix method using the diatomic version of the UK molecular R-matrix codes. A configuration interaction calculation is first performed to yield the potential energy curves of the lowest eight singlet and triplet states of CH+. Scattering calculations are then performed to yield vibrationally-resolved electronic excitations to the lowest three bound states, namely the a {}3{{\\Pi }}, A {}1{{\\Pi }} and the b {}3{{{Σ }}}-. Electron impact dissociation cross sections are obtained from the assumption that all electronic excitations above the dissociation threshold result in dissociation. Bound states of CH and resonance positions and widths of Feshbach resonances in the e-CH+ system are also calculated at the CH+ equilibrium bond length 2.137 a0.

  2. [Long-range electron transfer in globular proteins by polaron excitation].

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    Lakhno, V L; Chuev, G N

    1997-01-01

    Considering polaron model, we have calculated an electron state localized in the protein heme. Using these calculations: the electron density and electron energy, we estimated the self-exchange rate constant for cyt c (horse heart), its reorganization energy, matrix element, and dependence of this rate on the distance between hemes. The results are compared with the experimental data and other theoretical estimations. We discuss the role of polaron excitations in the long-range electron transfer in globular proteins.

  3. Electron impact excitation of SO2 - Differential, integral, and momentum transfer cross sections

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    Vuskovic, L.; Trajmar, S.

    1982-01-01

    Electron impact excitation of the electronic states of SO2 was investigated. Differential, integral, and inelastic momentum transfer cross sections were obtained by normalizing the relative measurements to the elastic cross sections. The cross sections are given for seven spectral ranges of the energy-loss spectra extending from the lowest electronic state to near the first ionization limit. Most of the regions represent the overlap of several electronic transitions. No measurements for these cross sections have been reported previously.

  4. An amorphous phase formation at palladium / silicon oxide (Pd/SiO{sub x}) interface through electron irradiation - electronic excitation process

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    Nagase, Takeshi; Yamashita, Ryo; Yabuuchi, Atsushi; Lee, Jung-Goo

    2015-11-15

    A Pd-Si amorphous phase was formed at a palladium/silicon oxide (Pd/SiO{sub x}) interface at room temperature by electron irradiation at acceleration voltages ranging between 25 kV and 200 kV. Solid-state amorphization was stimulated without the electron knock-on effects. The total dose required for the solid-state amorphization decreases with decreasing acceleration voltage. This is the first report on electron irradiation induced metallic amorphous formation caused by the electronic excitation at metal/silicon oxide interface.

  5. Experiments on electron-impact excitation and ionization of ions

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    Phaneuf, R.A.

    1985-01-01

    The present review covers some of the fundamental aspects of electron-impact ionization. Highlights are described of some of the important experimental results which have been produced since 1981. (MOW)

  6. Calculation of Ground State Rotational Populations for Kinetic Gas Homonuclear Diatomic Molecules including Electron-Impact Excitation and Wall Collisions

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    David R. Farley

    2010-08-19

    A model has been developed to calculate the ground-state rotational populations of homonuclear diatomic molecules in kinetic gases, including the effects of electron-impact excitation, wall collisions, and gas feed rate. The equations are exact within the accuracy of the cross sections used and of the assumed equilibrating effect of wall collisions. It is found that the inflow of feed gas and equilibrating wall collisions can significantly affect the rotational distribution in competition with non-equilibrating electron-impact effects. The resulting steady-state rotational distributions are generally Boltzmann for N≥3, with a rotational temperature between the wall and feed gas temperatures. The N=0,1,2 rotational level populations depend sensitively on the relative rates of electron-impact excitation versus wall collision and gas feed rates.

  7. Electronic Excitation Modeling in Chemically Reacting Hypersonic Flows

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    Istomin, V. A.; Kustova, E. V.

    Transport properties of gases with internal degrees of freedom are widely studied in the kinetic theory [1, 2, 3]. However, for a long time the contribution of electronic degrees of freedom to the transport coefficients for both weak and strong deviations from thermal equilibrium was out of consideration. Atomic species are commonly considered as structure-less particles, without internal energy, and for molecular species, the internal energy does not include the electronic mode.

  8. Helicon wave excitation to produce energetic electrons for manufacturing semiconductors

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    Molvik, A.W.; Ellingboe, A.R.

    1998-10-20

    A helicon plasma source is controlled by varying the axial magnetic field or rf power controlling the formation of the helicon wave. An energetic electron current is carried on the wave when the magnetic field is 90 G; but there is minimal energetic electron current when the magnetic field is 100 G in one particular plasma source. Similar performance can be expected from other helicon sources by properly adjusting the magnetic field and power to the particular geometry. This control for adjusting the production of energetic electrons can be used in the semiconductor and thin-film manufacture process. By applying energetic electrons to the insulator layer, such as silicon oxide, etching ions are attracted to the insulator layer and bombard the insulator layer at higher energy than areas that have not accumulated the energetic electrons. Thus, silicon and metal layers, which can neutralize the energetic electron currents will etch at a slower or non-existent rate. This procedure is especially advantageous in the multilayer semiconductor manufacturing because trenches can be formed that are in the range of 0.18--0.35 mm or less. 16 figs.

  9. Helicon wave excitation to produce energetic electrons for manufacturing semiconductors

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    Molvik, Arthur W.; Ellingboe, Albert R.

    1998-01-01

    A helicon plasma source is controlled by varying the axial magnetic field or rf power controlling the formation of the helicon wave. An energetic electron current is carried on the wave when the magnetic field is 90 G; but there is minimal energetic electron current when the magnetic field is 100 G in one particular plasma source. Similar performance can be expected from other helicon sources by properly adjusting the magnetic field and power to the particular geometry. This control for adjusting the production of energetic electrons can be used in the semiconductor and thin-film manufacture process. By applying energetic electrons to the insulator layer, such as silicon oxide, etching ions are attracted to the insulator layer and bombard the insulator layer at higher energy than areas that have not accumulated the energetic electrons. Thus, silicon and metal layers, which can neutralize the energetic electron currents will etch at a slower or non-existent rate. This procedure is especially advantageous in the multilayer semiconductor manufacturing because trenches can be formed that are in the range of 0.18-0.35 mm or less.

  10. Prevention of electron beam transmittance for biological cell imaging using electron beam excitation-assisted optical microscope

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    Fukuta, Masahiro; Nawa, Yasunori; Inami, Wataru; Kawata, Yoshimasa

    2016-12-01

    We demonstrated the high-spatial-resolution imaging of label-free biological cells using an electron beam excitation-assisted optical (EXA) microscope without irradiation damage by the electron beam. An EXA microscope can be used to observe a specimen with a nanometric light source excited in the Si3N4 membrane by an electron beam. The incident electron beam penetrates the Si3N4 membrane and damages the specimen. To suppress the irradiation damage of the specimen, we prevented the transmittance of the electron beam by coating the Si3N4 membrane with a gold thin film. To obtain an electron beam transmittance through the Si3N4 of 0%, a gold film of 15 nm thickness was required. By adding the gold layer, a label-free cellular structure was observed with 135-nm spatial resolution.

  11. Prevention of electron beam transmittance for biological cell imaging using electron beam excitation-assisted optical microscope

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    Fukuta, Masahiro; Nawa, Yasunori; Inami, Wataru; Kawata, Yoshimasa

    2017-04-01

    We demonstrated the high-spatial-resolution imaging of label-free biological cells using an electron beam excitation-assisted optical (EXA) microscope without irradiation damage by the electron beam. An EXA microscope can be used to observe a specimen with a nanometric light source excited in the Si3N4 membrane by an electron beam. The incident electron beam penetrates the Si3N4 membrane and damages the specimen. To suppress the irradiation damage of the specimen, we prevented the transmittance of the electron beam by coating the Si3N4 membrane with a gold thin film. To obtain an electron beam transmittance through the Si3N4 of 0%, a gold film of 15 nm thickness was required. By adding the gold layer, a label-free cellular structure was observed with 135-nm spatial resolution.

  12. The relativistic polarization propagator for the calculation of electronic excitations in heavy systems

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    Pernpointner, Markus

    2014-02-28

    In this work, we present a new four-component implementation of the polarization propagator for accurate calculations of excited states in heavy systems. Differences to existing nonrelativistic realizations are detailed and the energetically lowest final states of the ns{sup 2}np{sup 6} → ns{sup 2}np{sup 5}(n + 1)s{sup 1} and ns{sup 2}np{sup 6} → ns{sup 2}np{sup 5}(n + 1)p{sup 1} transitions in noble gases are calculated and compared with experimental data. Already for the light atoms Ne and Ar spin-orbit coupling leads to noticeable zero field splitting that gradually increases in the heavier homologues and eventually invalidates the LS-based description of singlet and triplet excited states. For all four noble gases Ne through Xe, we observe a very good agreement with experimental transition energies in the considered energetic range where the extended version of the propagator implementation in general yields better excitation energy differences than the strict variant. In the extended version, off-diagonal first-order contributions in the two-particle-two-hole block are included that are not present in the strict variant. In case of Kr and Xe, nonrelativistic approaches already exhibit unacceptable deviations in the reproduction of transition energies and the spectral structure. The obtained excited final states are analyzed in terms of atomic contributions to the donor and acceptor orbitals constituting the corresponding wave functions. The relativistic polarization propagator provides a consistent description of electron correlation and relativistic effects especially relevant for the heavier systems where these two contributions are no longer separable.

  13. Elastic scattering and rotational excitation of a polyatomic molecule by electron impact - Acetylene

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    Thirumalai, D.; Truhlar, D. G.; Onda, K.

    1981-01-01

    Differential, integral, momentum transfer, and partial cross sections have been calculated for elastic scattering and rotational excitation of C2H2 by 10-eV electrons. The effective potential includes static, exchange, and polarization interactions calculated by the INDOX/1s method and the semiclassical exchange approximation with adiabatic polarization at large electron-molecule distances. The scattering is treated by well converged rotational close coupling using the centrifugal dominant scheme to select the channels included and including up to 32 coupled channels for a given total angular momentum. The calculated integral cross sections for pure elastic scattering and rotation excitation are 54.5 and 41.4 a(0)squared, respectively. These are much larger than the values (34.4 and 18.6 a(0)squared) previously (Onda and Truhlar, 1979) calculated for the isoelectronic molecule N2, at this energy. This illustrates how the greater spatial extent of C2H2 greatly increases the cross sections for pure elastic and rotationally inelastic scattering.

  14. Transport properties of copper with excited electron subsystem

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    Petrov, Yu V.; Migdal, K. P.; Knyazev, D. V.; Inogamov, N. A.; Levashov, P. R.

    2016-11-01

    We have investigated transport properties of an electron subsystem of copper heated by a femtosecond laser pulse. These properties change greatly in comparison with the room temperature solid metal. The electron temperature and pressure profiles significantly depend on these properties in bulk laser targets according to the two-temperature (2T) model. These profiles at the 2T stage are responsible for shock and rarefaction waves' formation. We have developed the analytical model of electroconductivity and heat conductivity of copper which takes into account changes of density, electron and ion temperatures. The model is based on the solution of the Boltzmann equation in the relaxation time approximation for consideration of electron collisions. Also we have carried out the first-principles calculations using the Kubo-Greenwood theory, methods of pseudopotential and linear augmented plane waves which are necessary to evaluate electron wavefunctions. We have provided the check of convergence of all parameters of our first-principles calculations. The results of our analytical model for electro- and heat conductivities are in good agreement with the data obtained using the linearized augmented plane wave (LAPW) method.

  15. Exploring the vibrational fingerprint of the electronic excitation energy via molecular dynamics

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    Deyne, Andy Van Yperen-De; Pauwels, Ewald; Ghysels, An; Waroquier, Michel; Van Speybroeck, Veronique; Hemelsoet, Karen; De Meyer, Thierry; De Clerck, Karen

    2014-04-07

    A Fourier-based method is presented to relate changes of the molecular structure during a molecular dynamics simulation with fluctuations in the electronic excitation energy. The method implies sampling of the ground state potential energy surface. Subsequently, the power spectrum of the velocities is compared with the power spectrum of the excitation energy computed using time-dependent density functional theory. Peaks in both spectra are compared, and motions exhibiting a linear or quadratic behavior can be distinguished. The quadratically active motions are mainly responsible for the changes in the excitation energy and hence cause shifts between the dynamic and static values of the spectral property. Moreover, information about the potential energy surface of various excited states can be obtained. The procedure is illustrated with three case studies. The first electronic excitation is explored in detail and dominant vibrational motions responsible for changes in the excitation energy are identified for ethylene, biphenyl, and hexamethylbenzene. The proposed method is also extended to other low-energy excitations. Finally, the vibrational fingerprint of the excitation energy of a more complex molecule, in particular the azo dye ethyl orange in a water environment, is analyzed.

  16. Exploring the vibrational fingerprint of the electronic excitation energy via molecular dynamics.

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    Van Yperen-De Deyne, Andy; De Meyer, Thierry; Pauwels, Ewald; Ghysels, An; De Clerck, Karen; Waroquier, Michel; Van Speybroeck, Veronique; Hemelsoet, Karen

    2014-04-07

    A Fourier-based method is presented to relate changes of the molecular structure during a molecular dynamics simulation with fluctuations in the electronic excitation energy. The method implies sampling of the ground state potential energy surface. Subsequently, the power spectrum of the velocities is compared with the power spectrum of the excitation energy computed using time-dependent density functional theory. Peaks in both spectra are compared, and motions exhibiting a linear or quadratic behavior can be distinguished. The quadratically active motions are mainly responsible for the changes in the excitation energy and hence cause shifts between the dynamic and static values of the spectral property. Moreover, information about the potential energy surface of various excited states can be obtained. The procedure is illustrated with three case studies. The first electronic excitation is explored in detail and dominant vibrational motions responsible for changes in the excitation energy are identified for ethylene, biphenyl, and hexamethylbenzene. The proposed method is also extended to other low-energy excitations. Finally, the vibrational fingerprint of the excitation energy of a more complex molecule, in particular the azo dye ethyl orange in a water environment, is analyzed.

  17. Excited state X-ray absorption spectroscopy: Probing both electronic and structural dynamics.

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    Neville, Simon P; Averbukh, Vitali; Ruberti, Marco; Yun, Renjie; Patchkovskii, Serguei; Chergui, Majed; Stolow, Albert; Schuurman, Michael S

    2016-10-14

    We investigate the sensitivity of X-ray absorption spectra, simulated using a general method, to properties of molecular excited states. Recently, Averbukh and co-workers [M. Ruberti et al., J. Chem. Phys. 140, 184107 (2014)] introduced an efficient and accurate L(2) method for the calculation of excited state valence photoionization cross-sections based on the application of Stieltjes imaging to the Lanczos pseudo-spectrum of the algebraic diagrammatic construction (ADC) representation of the electronic Hamiltonian. In this paper, we report an extension of this method to the calculation of excited state core photoionization cross-sections. We demonstrate that, at the ADC(2)x level of theory, ground state X-ray absorption spectra may be accurately reproduced, validating the method. Significantly, the calculated X-ray absorption spectra of the excited states are found to be sensitive to both geometric distortions (structural dynamics) and the electronic character (electronic dynamics) of the initial state, suggesting that core excitation spectroscopies will be useful probes of excited state non-adiabatic dynamics. We anticipate that the method presented here can be combined with ab initio molecular dynamics calculations to simulate the time-resolved X-ray spectroscopy of excited state molecular wavepacket dynamics.

  18. Excited state X-ray absorption spectroscopy: Probing both electronic and structural dynamics

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    Neville, Simon P.; Averbukh, Vitali; Ruberti, Marco; Yun, Renjie; Patchkovskii, Serguei; Chergui, Majed; Stolow, Albert; Schuurman, Michael S.

    2016-10-01

    We investigate the sensitivity of X-ray absorption spectra, simulated using a general method, to properties of molecular excited states. Recently, Averbukh and co-workers [M. Ruberti et al., J. Chem. Phys. 140, 184107 (2014)] introduced an efficient and accurate L 2 method for the calculation of excited state valence photoionization cross-sections based on the application of Stieltjes imaging to the Lanczos pseudo-spectrum of the algebraic diagrammatic construction (ADC) representation of the electronic Hamiltonian. In this paper, we report an extension of this method to the calculation of excited state core photoionization cross-sections. We demonstrate that, at the ADC(2)x level of theory, ground state X-ray absorption spectra may be accurately reproduced, validating the method. Significantly, the calculated X-ray absorption spectra of the excited states are found to be sensitive to both geometric distortions (structural dynamics) and the electronic character (electronic dynamics) of the initial state, suggesting that core excitation spectroscopies will be useful probes of excited state non-adiabatic dynamics. We anticipate that the method presented here can be combined with ab initio molecular dynamics calculations to simulate the time-resolved X-ray spectroscopy of excited state molecular wavepacket dynamics.

  19. The electronic excited states of green fluorescent protein chromophore models

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    Olsen, Seth Carlton

    We explore the properties of quantum chemical approximations to the excited states of model chromophores of the green fluorescent protein of A. victoria. We calculate several low-lying states by several methods of quantum chemical calculation, including state-averaged complete active space SCF (CASSCF) methods, time dependent density functional theory (TDDFT), equation-of motion coupled cluster (EOM-CCSD) and multireference perturbation theory (MRPT). Amongst the low-lying states we identify the optically bright pipi* state of the molecules and examine its properties. We demonstrate that the state is dominated by a single configuration function. We calculate zero-time approximations to the resonance Raman spectrum of GFP chromophore models, and assign published spectra based upon these.

  20. Electron impact excitation for He-like ions with Z = 20-42

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    Si, R.; Li, S.; Wang, K.; Guo, X. L.; Chen, Z. B.; Yan, J.; Chen, C. Y.; Brage, T.; Zou, Y. M.

    2017-04-01

    Aims: Spectral lines of He-like ions are among the most prominent features in X-ray spectra from a large variety of astrophysical and high-temperature fusion plasmas. A reliable plasma modeling and interpretation of the spectra require a large amount of accurate atomic data related to various physical processes. In this paper, we focus on the electron-impact excitation (EIE) process. Methods: We adopted the independent process and isolated resonances approximation using distorted waves (IPIRDW). Resonant stabilizing transitions and decays to lower-lying autoionizing levels from the resonances are included as radiative damping. To verify the applicability of the IPIRDW approximation, an independent Dirac R-matrix calculation was also performed. The two sets of results show excellent agreement. Results: We report electron impact excitation collision strengths for transitions among the lowest 49 levels of the 1snl(n ≤ 5,l ≤ (n-1)) configurations in He-like ions with 20 ≤ Z ≤ 42. The line ratios R and G are calculated for Fe XXV and Kr XXXV. Conclusions: Compared to previous theoretical calculations, our IPIRDW calculation treats resonance excitation and radiative damping effects more comprehensively, and the resulting line emission cross sections show good agreement with the experimental observations. Our results should facilitate the modeling and diagnostics of various astrophysical and laboratory plasmas. Full Table 1 is only available at the CDS via anonymous ftp to http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (http://130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/600/A85

  1. Electronic spectra and excited-state dynamics of acridine and its hydrated clusters

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    Harthcock, Colin; Zhang, Jie; Kong, Wei; Mitsui, Masaaki; Ohshima, Yasuhiro

    2017-04-01

    We combine results from several different experiments to investigate the photophysics of acridine (Ac) and its hydrated clusters in the gas phase. Our findings are also compared with results from condensed phase studies. Similar to measurements of Ac dissolved in hydrocarbons, the lifetime of the first electronically excited state of isolated Ac in vacuum is too short for typical resonantly enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) and laser induced fluorescence (LIF) experiments, hence no signal from REMPI and LIF can be attributed to monomeric Ac. Instead, sensitized phosphorescence emission spectroscopy is more successful in revealing the electronic states of Ac. Upon clustering with water, on the other hand, the lifetimes of the excited states are substantially increased to the nanosecond scale, and with two water molecules attached to Ac, the lifetime of the hydrated cluster is essentially the same as that of Ac in aqueous solutions. Detailed REMPI and ultraviolet-ultraviolet hole-burning experiments are then performed to reveal the structural information of the hydrated clusters. Although the formation of hydrogen bonds results in energy level reversal and energy separation between the first two excited states of Ac, its effect on the internal geometry of Ac is minimal, and all clusters with 1-3 water molecules demonstrate consistent intramolecular vibrational modes. Theoretical calculations reveal just one stable structure for each cluster under supersonic molecular beam conditions. Furthermore, different from mono- and di-water clusters, tri-water clusters consist of a linear chain of three water molecules attached to Ac. Consequently, the fragmentation pattern in the REMPI spectrum of tri-water clusters seems to be dominated by water trimer elimination, since the REMPI spectrum of Ac+.W3 is largely reproduced in the Ac+ mass channel, but not in the Ac+.W1 or Ac+.W2 channel.

  2. Relaxation dynamics of the electronically excited vanadium Met-Car cluster

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    Leskiw, B. D.; Knappenberger, K. L.; Castleman, A. W., Jr.

    2002-11-01

    The relaxation dynamics of the vanadium Met-Car cluster, V8C12, excited electronically using femtosecond laser pulses of various wavelengths, is reported. Particular attention is focused on time-resolved measurements in the vicinity of 2 eV where experimental evidence of an electronic state is acquired.

  3. Positron-electron decay of 28Si at an excitation energy of 50 MeV

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    Buda, A.; Bacelar, J. C.; Balanda, A.; van der Ploeg, H.; Sujkowski, Z.; van der Woude, A.

    1993-03-01

    The electron-position pair decay of 28Si at 50 MeV excitation produced by the isospin T=0 (α + 24Mg) and the mixed isospin T=0,1 (3He + 25Mg) reactions has been studied using a special designed Positron-Electron pair spectrometer PEPSI.

  4. Measurements of Electron Impact Excitation Cross Sections at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

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    Gardner, L. D.; Kohl, J. L.

    2006-01-01

    The analysis of absolute spectral line intensities and intensity ratios with spectroscopic diagnostic techniques provides empirical determinations of chemical abundances, electron densities and temperatures in astrophysical objects. Since spectral line intensities and their ratios are controlled by the excitation rate coefficients for the electron temperature of the observed astrophysical structure, it is imperative that one have accurate values for the relevant rate coefficients. Here at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, we have been carrying out measurements of electron impact excitation (EIE) for more than 25 years.

  5. Study of intermediates from transition metal excited-state electron-transfer reactions

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    Hoffman, M.Z.

    1992-07-31

    Conventional and fast-kinetics techniques of photochemistry, photophysics, radiation chemistry, and electrochemistry were used to study the intermediates involved in transition metal excited-state electron-transfer reactions. These intermediates were excited state of Ru(II) and Cr(III) photosensitizers, their reduced forms, and species formed in reactions of redox quenchers and electron-transfer agents. Of particular concern was the back electron-transfer reaction between the geminate pair formed in the redox quenching of the photosensitizers, and the dependence of its rate on solution medium and temperature in competition with transformation and cage escape processes. (DLC)

  6. Dissociative excitation of vacuum ultraviolet emission features by electron impact on molecular gases. 3: CO2

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    Mumma, M. J.; Borst, W. L.; Zipf, E. C.

    1972-01-01

    Vacuum ultraviolet multiplets of C I, C II, and O I were produced by electron impact of CO2. Absolute emission cross sections for these multiplets were measured from threshold to 350 eV. The electrostatically focussed electron gun used in this series of experiments is described in detail. The atomic multiplets which were produced by dissociative excitation of CO2 and the cross sections at 100 eV are given. The dependence of the excitation functions on electron energy shows that these multiplets are produced by electric-dipole-allowed transitions in CO2.

  7. Dissociative excitation of vacuum ultraviolet emission features by electron impact on molecular gases. 3: CO2

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    Mumma, M. J.; Borst, W. L.; Zipf, E. C.

    1972-01-01

    Vacuum ultraviolet multiplets of C I, C II, and O I were produced by electron impact on CO2. Absolute emission cross sections for these multiplets were measured from threshold to 350 eV. The electrostatically focused electron gun used is described in detail. The atomic multiplets which were produced by dissociative excitation of CO2 and the cross sections at 100 eV are presented. The dependence of the excitation functions on electron energy shows that these multiplets are produced by electric-dipole-allowed transitions in CO2.

  8. Calculated low-energy electron-impact vibrational excitation cross sections for CO2 molecule

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    Laporta, V.; Tennyson, J.; Celiberto, R.

    2016-12-01

    Vibrational-excitation cross sections of ground electronic states of a carbon dioxide molecule by electron-impact through CO2-≤ft({{}2}{{\\Pi}u}\\right) shape resonance is considered in the separation of the normal modes approximation. Resonance curves and widths are computed for each vibrational mode. The calculations assume a decoupling between normal modes and employ the local complex potential model for the treatment of nuclear dynamics, usually adopted for electron-scattering involving diatomic molecules. Results are presented for excitation up to 10 vibrational levels in each mode and a comparison with data present in the literature is discussed.

  9. Electron energy-loss spectroscopy of excited states of the pyridine molecules

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    Linert, Ireneusz; Zubek, Mariusz

    2016-04-01

    Electron energy-loss spectra of the pyridine, C5H5N, molecules in the gas phase have been measured to investigate electronic excitation in the energy range 3.5-10 eV. The applied wide range of residual electron energy and the scattering angle range from 10° to 180° enabled to differentiate between optically-allowed and -forbidden transitions. These measurements have allowed vertical excitation energies of the triplet excited states of pyridine to be determined and tentative assignments of these states to be proposed. Some of these states have not been identified in the previous works. Contribution to the Topical Issue "Advances in Positron and Electron Scattering", edited by Paulo Limao-Vieira, Gustavo Garcia, E. Krishnakumar, James Sullivan, Hajime Tanuma and Zoran Petrovic.

  10. Electronic excitation induced amorphization in titanate pyrochlores: an ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Xiao, Haiyan Y.; Weber, William J.; Zhang, Yanwen; ...

    2015-02-09

    In this study, the response of titanate pyrochlores (A2Ti2O7, A = Y, Gd and Sm) to electronic excitation is investigated utilizing an ab initio molecular dynamics method. All the titanate pyrochlores are found to undergo a crystalline-to-amorphous structural transition under a low concentration of electronic excitations. The transition temperature at which structural amorphization starts to occur depends on the concentration of electronic excitations. During the structural transition, O2-like molecules are formed, and this anion disorder further drives cation disorder that leads to an amorphous state. This study provides new insights into the mechanisms of amorphization in titanate pyrochlores under laser,more » electron and ion irradiations.« less

  11. Ultrafast Electron Dynamics in Gold in the Presence of Laser Excited Surface Plasma Waves

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    Raynaud, M.

    2010-02-02

    Surface plasmon excitation with ultrashort intense laser pulses enhances efficiently laser absorption in metals and creates local high fields and non-equilibrium hot electrons population that have attractivity for numerous applications such as the development of intense sources of high-energy particles or photons and in the fast ignitor scheme in the framework of inertial fusion. In this context, the knowledge of the dynamics of relaxation of the collective electrons behavior is of importance. Using gold grating, we have investigated electrons relaxation in the presence of laser excited surface plasmon waves using a multiple-wavelengh femtosecond pump-probe technique. The results yield evidence of longer relaxation time in the presence of the collective excitation than that of individual electronic states.

  12. Low-energy electron elastic scattering cross sections for excited Au and Pt atoms

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    Felfli, Zineb; Eure, Amanda R.; Msezane, Alfred Z.; Sokolovski, Dmitri

    2010-05-01

    Electron elastic total cross sections (TCSs) and differential cross sections (DCSs) in both impact energy and scattering angle for the excited Au and Pt atoms are calculated in the electron impact energy range 0 ⩽ E ⩽ 4.0 eV. The cross sections are found to be characterized by very sharp long-lived resonances whose positions are identified with the binding energies of the excited anions formed during the collisions. The recent novel Regge-pole methodology wherein is embedded through the Mulholland formula the electron-electron correlations is used together with a Thomas-Fermi type potential incorporating the crucial core-polarization interaction for the calculations of the TCSs. The DCSs are evaluated using a partial wave expansion. The Ramsauer-Townsend minima, the shape resonances and the binding energies of the excited Au - and Pt - anions are extracted from the cross sections, while the critical minima are determined from the DCSs.

  13. Persistent order due to transiently enhanced nesting in an electronically excited charge density wave

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    Rettig, L.; Cortés, R.; Chu, J. -H.; ...

    2016-01-25

    Non-equilibrium conditions may lead to novel properties of materials with broken symmetry ground states not accessible in equilibrium as vividly demonstrated by non-linearly driven mid-infrared active phonon excitation. Potential energy surfaces of electronically excited states also allow to direct nuclear motion, but relaxation of the excess energy typically excites fluctuations leading to a reduced or even vanishing order parameter as characterized by an electronic energy gap. Here, using femtosecond time-and angle-resolved photoemission spectroscopy, we demonstrate a tendency towards transient stabilization of a charge density wave after near-infrared excitation, counteracting the suppression of order in the non-equilibrium state. Analysis of themore » dynamic electronic structure reveals a remaining energy gap in a highly excited transient state. In conclusion, our observation can be explained by a competition between fluctuations in the electronically excited state, which tend to reduce order, and transiently enhanced Fermi surface nesting stabilizing the order.« less

  14. Electronic Excitation in Air and Carbon Dioxide Gas

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    2009-09-01

    processes in nonequilibrium low-temperature plasma of chemical compositions (air and carbon dioxide mixtures) frequently occurring in different aerospace...presents the problem of data processing automation. This problem is considered on the example of prediction of oscillator strengths of atomic species...elementary processes including into RC models .................................... 8 3.1 Ionization at collision of atoms and molecules with electrons

  15. Electron Spectroscopy: Ultraviolet and X-Ray Excitation.

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    Baker, A. D.; And Others

    1980-01-01

    Reviews recent growth in electron spectroscopy (54 papers cited). Emphasizes advances in instrumentation and interpretation (52); photoionization, cross-sections and angular distributions (22); studies of atoms and small molecules (35); transition, lanthanide and actinide metal complexes (50); organometallic (12) and inorganic compounds (2);…

  16. Electron Spectroscopy: Ultraviolet and X-Ray Excitation.

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    Baker, A. D.; And Others

    1980-01-01

    Reviews recent growth in electron spectroscopy (54 papers cited). Emphasizes advances in instrumentation and interpretation (52); photoionization, cross-sections and angular distributions (22); studies of atoms and small molecules (35); transition, lanthanide and actinide metal complexes (50); organometallic (12) and inorganic compounds (2);…

  17. R-matrix electron-impact excitation data for the B-like iso-electronic sequence

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    Liang, G. Y.; Badnell, N. R.; Zhao, G.

    2012-11-01

    We have carried-out parallel intermediate-coupling frame transformation R-matrix calculations for electron-impact excitation amongst the 204 close-coupling levels of the 2sx2py (x + y = 3), 2s2{3,4}l, 2s2p{3,4}l, and 2p23l configurations for all boron-like ions from C+ to Kr31+. We have also included the configuration interaction due to the 2p24l, 2s3l3l' and 2p3s3l configurations. A detailed comparison has been made of the target structure and excitation data for four specific ions (viz., Ne5+, Ar13+, Fe21+ and Kr31+) that span the sequence, so as to assess the accuracy over the entire sequence. Effective collision strengths (Υs) are presented at temperatures ranging from 2 × 102(z + 1)2 K to 2 × 106(z + 1)2 K (where z is the residual charge of the ions, i.e. Z - 5). Detailed comparisons for the (effective) collision strengths (Υs) Ω are made with the results of previous calculations for the four representative ions. Furthermore, we examine the iso-electronic trends of the effective collision strengths as a function of temperature. These data are made available in the archives of APAP via http://www.apap-network.org, OPEN-ADAS via http://open.adas.ac.uk as well as at the CDS via anonymous ftp to cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr (130.79.128.5) or via http://cdsarc.u-strasbg.fr/viz-bin/qcat?J/A+A/547/A87

  18. Scalable Methods for Electronic Excitations and Optical Responses of Nanostructures: Mathematics to Algorithms to Observables

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    Carter, Emily A

    2013-02-02

    Kohn-Sham density functional theory (DFT) is a powerful, well-established tool for the study of condensed phase electronic structure. However, there are still a number of situations where its applicability is limited. The basic theme of our research is the development of first principles electronic structure approaches for condensed matter that goes beyond what can currently be done with standard implementations ofKohn-Sham DFT. Our efforts to this end have focused on two classes or' methods. The first addresses the well-lmown inability of DFT to handle strong, many-body electron correlation effects. Our approach is a DFT -based embedding theory, to treat localized features (e.g. impurity, adsorbate, vacancy, etc.) embedded in a periodic, metallic crystal. A description for the embedded region is provided by explicitly correlated, ab initio wave function methods. DFT, as a fo1n1ally ground state theory, does not give a good description of excited states; an additional feature of our approach is the ability to obtain excitations localized in this region. We apply our method to a first-principles study of the adsorption of a single magnetic Co ada tom on non-magnetic Cu( 111 ), a known Kondo system whose behavior is governed by strong electron correlation. The second class of methods that we are developing is an orbital-free density functional theory (OFDFT), which addresses the speed limitations ofKohn-Sham DFT. OFDFT is a powerful, O(N) scaling method for electronic structure calculations. Unlike Kohn-Sham DFT, OFDFT goes back to the original Hohenberg-Kohn idea of directly optimizing an energy functional which is an explicit functional of the density, without invoking an orbital description. This eliminates the need to manipulate orbitals, which leads to O(N{sup 3}) scaling in the Kahn-Sham approach. The speed of OFDFT allows direct electronic structure calculations on large systems on the order of thousands to tens of thousands of atoms, an expensive feat within

  19. Momentum and Doping Dependence of Spin Excitations in Electron-Doped Cuprate Superconductors

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    Jing, Pengfei; Zhao, Huaisong; Kuang, Lülin; Lan, Yu; Feng, Shiping

    2017-01-01

    Superconductivity in copper oxides emerges on doping holes or electrons into their Mott-insulating parent compounds. The spin excitations are thought to be the mediating glue for the pairing in superconductivity. Here the momentum and doping dependence of the dynamical spin response in the electron-doped cuprate superconductors is studied based on the kinetic-energy-driven superconducting mechanism. It is shown that the dispersion of the low-energy spin excitations changes strongly upon electron doping; however, the hour-glass-shaped dispersion of the low-energy spin excitations appeared in the hole-doped case is absent on the electron-doped side due to the electron-hole asymmetry. In particular, the commensurate resonance appears in the superconducting state with the resonance energy that correlates with the dome-shaped doping dependence of the superconducting gap. Moreover, the spectral weight and dispersion of the high-energy spin excitations in the superconducting state are comparable with those in the corresponding normal state, indicating that the high-energy spin excitations do not play an important part in the pair formation.

  20. Excitation and desorption of physisorbed H2 via theΣ2u electron scattering resonance

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    Andersson, Stig; Svensson, Krister

    2017-09-01

    Our high-resolution electron energy-loss measurements concern physisorbed H2 and comprise differential cross sections for the excitation of the internal H2 modes and the H2-surface bonding mode and their combinations and extend over the electron impact energy range of the classical low-energy H2 Σ2u resonance. Comparison with corresponding data for the excitation of the internal modes of gas phase H2 reveals that strong elastic electron reflectivity from the Cu(100) substrate profoundly distorts the inelastic scattering pattern for physisorbed H2. We find that this influence can be corrected for and that the resulting peak cross sections agree with the H2 gas phase data, in accordance with theoretical predictions for the excitation of the internal H2 vibration. We have used corrected cross sections for the rotational mode spectra of physisorbed H2, HD, and D2 in a model concerning electron induced desorption via rotation-translation energy conversion. These spectra include transitions from the ground state as well as excited levels of the physisorption potential well. H2 and HD can desorb from all levels while D2, for energetic reason, can only desorb from the excited levels. This model gives a satisfactory account of the observed desorption cross sections and predicts characteristic velocity distributions of the desorbing molecules. The cross section data for H2 and HD reveals that direct bound-free transitions also contribute to the electron induced desorption.

  1. Excitation and desorption of physisorbed H2 via theΣu2 electron scattering resonance.

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    Andersson, Stig; Svensson, Krister

    2017-09-21

    Our high-resolution electron energy-loss measurements concern physisorbed H2 and comprise differential cross sections for the excitation of the internal H2 modes and the H2-surface bonding mode and their combinations and extend over the electron impact energy range of the classical low-energy H2 Σu2 resonance. Comparison with corresponding data for the excitation of the internal modes of gas phase H2 reveals that strong elastic electron reflectivity from the Cu(100) substrate profoundly distorts the inelastic scattering pattern for physisorbed H2. We find that this influence can be corrected for and that the resulting peak cross sections agree with the H2 gas phase data, in accordance with theoretical predictions for the excitation of the internal H2 vibration. We have used corrected cross sections for the rotational mode spectra of physisorbed H2, HD, and D2 in a model concerning electron induced desorption via rotation-translation energy conversion. These spectra include transitions from the ground state as well as excited levels of the physisorption potential well. H2 and HD can desorb from all levels while D2, for energetic reason, can only desorb from the excited levels. This model gives a satisfactory account of the observed desorption cross sections and predicts characteristic velocity distributions of the desorbing molecules. The cross section data for H2 and HD reveals that direct bound-free transitions also contribute to the electron induced desorption.

  2. Determination of ground and excited state dipole moments via electronic Stark spectroscopy: 5-methoxyindole.

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    Wilke, Josefin; Wilke, Martin; Meerts, W Leo; Schmitt, Michael

    2016-01-28

    The dipole moments of the ground and lowest electronically excited singlet state of 5-methoxyindole have been determined by means of optical Stark spectroscopy in a molecular beam. The resulting spectra arise from a superposition of different field configurations, one with the static electric field almost parallel to the polarization of the exciting laser radiation, the other nearly perpendicular. Each field configuration leads to different intensities in the rovibronic spectrum. With an automated evolutionary algorithm approach, the spectra can be fit and the ratio of both field configurations can be determined. A simultaneous fit of two spectra with both field configurations improved the precision of the dipole moment determination by a factor of two. We find a reduction of the absolute dipole moment from 1.59(3) D to 1.14(6) D upon electronic excitation to the lowest electronically excited singlet state. At the same time, the dipole moment orientation rotates by 54(∘) showing the importance of the determination of the dipole moment components. The dipole moment in the electronic ground state can approximately be obtained from a vector addition of the indole and the methoxy group dipole moments. However, in the electronically excited state, vector addition completely fails to describe the observed dipole moment. Several reasons for this behavior are discussed.

  3. An accurate and efficient method to predict the electronic excitation energies of BODIPY fluorescent dyes.

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    Wang, Jia-Nan; Jin, Jun-Ling; Geng, Yun; Sun, Shi-Ling; Xu, Hong-Liang; Lu, Ying-Hua; Su, Zhong-Min

    2013-03-15

    Recently, the extreme learning machine neural network (ELMNN) as a valid computing method has been proposed to predict the nonlinear optical property successfully (Wang et al., J. Comput. Chem. 2012, 33, 231). In this work, first, we follow this line of work to predict the electronic excitation energies using the ELMNN method. Significantly, the root mean square deviation of the predicted electronic excitation energies of 90 4,4-difluoro-4-bora-3a,4a-diaza-s-indacene (BODIPY) derivatives between the predicted and experimental values has been reduced to 0.13 eV. Second, four groups of molecule descriptors are considered when building the computing models. The results show that the quantum chemical descriptions have the closest intrinsic relation with the electronic excitation energy values. Finally, a user-friendly web server (EEEBPre: Prediction of electronic excitation energies for BODIPY dyes), which is freely accessible to public at the web site: http://202.198.129.218, has been built for prediction. This web server can return the predicted electronic excitation energy values of BODIPY dyes that are high consistent with the experimental values. We hope that this web server would be helpful to theoretical and experimental chemists in related research.

  4. Determination of ground and excited state dipole moments via electronic Stark spectroscopy: 5-methoxyindole

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    Wilke, Josefin; Wilke, Martin; Schmitt, Michael; Meerts, W. Leo

    2016-01-28

    The dipole moments of the ground and lowest electronically excited singlet state of 5-methoxyindole have been determined by means of optical Stark spectroscopy in a molecular beam. The resulting spectra arise from a superposition of different field configurations, one with the static electric field almost parallel to the polarization of the exciting laser radiation, the other nearly perpendicular. Each field configuration leads to different intensities in the rovibronic spectrum. With an automated evolutionary algorithm approach, the spectra can be fit and the ratio of both field configurations can be determined. A simultaneous fit of two spectra with both field configurations improved the precision of the dipole moment determination by a factor of two. We find a reduction of the absolute dipole moment from 1.59(3) D to 1.14(6) D upon electronic excitation to the lowest electronically excited singlet state. At the same time, the dipole moment orientation rotates by 54{sup ∘} showing the importance of the determination of the dipole moment components. The dipole moment in the electronic ground state can approximately be obtained from a vector addition of the indole and the methoxy group dipole moments. However, in the electronically excited state, vector addition completely fails to describe the observed dipole moment. Several reasons for this behavior are discussed.

  5. Electronically Excited States in Poly(p-phenylenevinylene): Vertical Excitations and Torsional Potentials from High-Level Ab Initio Calculations

    PubMed Central

    2013-01-01

    Ab initio second-order algebraic diagrammatic construction (ADC(2)) calculations using the resolution of the identity (RI) method have been performed on poly-(p-phenylenevinylene) (PPV) oligomers with chain lengths up to eight phenyl rings. Vertical excitation energies for the four lowest π–π* excitations and geometry relaxation effects for the lowest excited state (S1) are reported. Extrapolation to infinite chain length shows good agreement with analogous data derived from experiment. Analysis of the bond length alternation (BLA) based on the optimized S1 geometry provides conclusive evidence for the localization of the defect in the center of the oligomer chain. Torsional potentials have been computed for the four excited states investigated and the transition densities divided into fragment contributions have been used to identify excitonic interactions. The present investigation provides benchmark results, which can be used (i) as reference for lower level methods and (ii) give the possibility to parametrize an effective Frenkel exciton Hamiltonian for quantum dynamical simulations of ultrafast exciton transfer dynamics in PPV type systems. PMID:23427902

  6. Absolute angle-differential vibrational excitation cross sections for electron collisions with diacetylene

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    Allan, M.; May, O.; Fedor, J.; Ibanescu, B. C.; Andric, L.

    2011-05-15

    Absolute vibrational excitation cross sections were measured for diacetylene (1,3-butadiyne). The selectivity of vibrational excitation reveals detailed information about the shape resonances. Excitation of the C{identical_to}C stretch and of double quanta of the C-H bend vibrations reveals a {sup 2}{Pi}{sub u} resonance at 1 eV (autodetachment width {approx}30 meV) and a {sup 2}{Pi}{sub g} resonance at 6.2 eV (autodetachment width 1-2 eV). There is a strong preference for excitation of even quanta of the bending vibration. Excitation of the C-H stretch vibration reveals {sigma}* resonances at 4.3, 6.8, and 9.8 eV, with autodetachment widths of {approx}2 eV. Detailed information about resonances permits conclusions about the mechanism of the dissociative electron attachment.

  7. Anisotropic softening of magnetic excitations in lightly electron-doped Sr2IrO4

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    Liu, X.; Dean, M. P. M.; Meng, Z. Y.; ...

    2016-06-10

    The magnetic excitations in electron doped (Sr1-xLax)2IrO4 with x = 0:03 were measured using resonant inelastic X-ray scattering at the Ir L3-edge. Although much broadened, well defined dispersive magnetic excitations were observed. Comparing with the magnetic dispersion from the undoped compound, the evolution of the magnetic excitations upon doping is highly anisotropic. Along the anti-nodal direction, the dispersion is almost intact. On the other hand, the magnetic excitations along the nodal direction show significant softening. These results establish the presence of strong magnetic correlations in electron doped (Sr1-xLax)2IrO4 with close analogies to the hole doped cuprates, further motivating the searchmore » for high temperature superconductivity in this system.« less

  8. Mode-selective phonon excitation in gallium nitride using mid-infrared free-electron laser

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    Kagaya, Muneyuki; Yoshida, Kyohei; Zen, Heishun; Hachiya, Kan; Sagawa, Takashi; Ohgaki, Hideaki

    2017-02-01

    The single-phonon mode was selectively excited in a solid-state sample. A mid-infrared free-electron laser, which was tuned to the target phonon mode, was irradiated onto a crystal cooled to a cryogenic temperature, where modes other than the intended excitation were suppressed. An A 1(LO) vibrational mode excitation on GaN(0001) face was demonstrated. Anti-Stokes Raman scattering was used to observe the excited vibrational mode, and the appearance and disappearance of the scattering band at the target wavenumber were confirmed to correspond to on and off switching of the pump free-electron laser and were fixed to the sample vibrational mode. The sum-frequency generation signals of the pump and probe lasers overlapped the Raman signals and followed the wavenumber shift of the pump laser.

  9. Anisotropic softening of magnetic excitations in lightly electron-doped Sr2IrO4

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    Liu, X.; Dean, M. P. M.; Meng, Z. Y.; Upton, M. H.; Qi, T.; Gog, T.; Cao, Y.; Lin, J. Q.; Meyers, D.; Ding, H.; Cao, G.; Hill, J. P.

    2016-06-10

    The magnetic excitations in electron doped (Sr1-xLax)2IrO4 with x = 0:03 were measured using resonant inelastic X-ray scattering at the Ir L3-edge. Although much broadened, well defined dispersive magnetic excitations were observed. Comparing with the magnetic dispersion from the undoped compound, the evolution of the magnetic excitations upon doping is highly anisotropic. Along the anti-nodal direction, the dispersion is almost intact. On the other hand, the magnetic excitations along the nodal direction show significant softening. These results establish the presence of strong magnetic correlations in electron doped (Sr1-xLax)2IrO4 with close analogies to the hole doped cuprates, further motivating the search for high temperature superconductivity in this system.

  10. Efficiency and Angular Distribution of Graphene-Plasmon Excitation by Electron Beam

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    Ochiai, Tetsuyuki

    2014-05-01

    We theoretically study the efficiency and angular distribution of a graphene-plasmon excitation by an electron beam. An electron beam incident on doped graphene induces the out-of-plane transition radiation and in-plane plasmon-polariton waves. At the same time the electron loses its kinetic energy by energy conservation. From the momentum-resolved energy-loss spectrum, we can determine how much kinetic energy of the electron is converted into the transition radiation and plasmon-polariton excitation. Numerical results are presented by changing the incident angle and electron velocity. We find that the graphene plasmon polariton of particular frequency can be excited by an electron beam of appropriate velocity. Moreover, a deeply tilted incidence of the electron beam very efficiently excites the graphene plasmon polariton with an angular distribution range from -30 to 30°. We also show that the transition radiation through graphene exhibits a peak at the threshold energy of the interband transition. These theoretical results are obtained under the local-response approximation of the optical conductivity as well as under the plasmon pole approximation. The results are also compared with those obtained in a thin metallic slab.

  11. Electron impact excitation of autoionising states of krypton

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    Srivastava, S. K.; Trajmar, S.

    1978-01-01

    Energy-loss spectra of krypton in the region between 21 and 29 eV have been obtained at electron impact energies of 30, 60 and 100 eV. For each energy, the angular distribution of intensities has been measured at 5, 10 and 15 deg scattering angles. Assignments of spectral features found in this region are suggested and a comparison is made with previous measurements.

  12. Spectroscopy of Argon Excited in an Electron Beam Ion Trap

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    Trabert, E

    2005-04-18

    Argon is one of the gases best investigated and most widely used in plasma discharge devices for a multitude of applications that range from wavelength reference standards to controlled fusion experiments. Reviewing atomic physics and spectroscopic problems in various ionization stages of Ar, the past use and future options of employing an electron beam ion trap (EBIT) for better and more complete Ar data in the x-ray, EUV and visible spectral ranges are discussed.

  13. CW Ultraviolet Laser Excited with an Electron Beam

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1989-10-01

    than the He-Ag ’ nfrared laser 2 Thne cotimum. average neon pressure was found to b7 ’Ce1 3 orr. W e note that with the octical cav4_ty ano- electr...Silfvast, "Neutral-Atcm Recombination Lasers in CO2 Laser-Vaporized Target Material," IEEE J. Quantum Electron., vol. QE-21, p. 1714, Oct. 1985. 4) W. T

  14. Quantum effects in the hot electron microbolometer

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    Tang, A.; Richards, P.L.

    1994-10-01

    The theory of the hot electron microbolometer proposed by Nahum et al. assumed that the photon energy is thermalized in the electrons in the Cu absorber before relaxing to the lattice. Since the photons initially excite individual electrons to K{omega}>>k{sub B}T, however, direct relaxation of these hot electrons to phonons must also be considered. Theoretical estimates suggest that this extra relaxation channel increases the effective thermal conductance for K{omega}>>k{sub B}T and influences bolometer noise. Calculations of these effects are presented which predict very useful performance both for ground-based and spacebased astronomical photometry at millimeter and submillimeter wavelengths.

  15. Final Technical Report [Scalable methods for electronic excitations and optical responses of nanostructures: mathematics to algorithms to observables

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    Saad, Yousef

    2014-03-19

    The master project under which this work is funded had as its main objective to develop computational methods for modeling electronic excited-state and optical properties of various nanostructures. The specific goals of the computer science group were primarily to develop effective numerical algorithms in Density Functional Theory (DFT) and Time Dependent Density Functional Theory (TDDFT). There were essentially four distinct stated objectives. The first objective was to study and develop effective numerical algorithms for solving large eigenvalue problems such as those that arise in Density Functional Theory (DFT) methods. The second objective was to explore so-called linear scaling methods or Methods that avoid diagonalization. The third was to develop effective approaches for Time-Dependent DFT (TDDFT). Our fourth and final objective was to examine effective solution strategies for other problems in electronic excitations, such as the GW/Bethe-Salpeter method, and quantum transport problems.

  16. Study of intermediates from transition metal excited-state electron-transfer reactions. Final report, August 4, 1986--August 31, 1997

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    Hoffman, M.Z.

    1997-12-31

    The techniques of continuous photolysis and pulsed laser flash photolysis, continuous and pulse radiolysis, fast-scan cyclic voltammetry, and time-resolved fluorimetry have been used to examine intramolecular electron transfer within the solvent quenching cage, photodynamics of quenching of the excited states of transition-metal photosensitizers, the properties of excites states and one-electron reduced forms, ground- and excited-state interactions with solutes, and photoinduced oxidations of organic solutes in aqueous solution. The following specific areas were examined: (1) the parameters that govern the yields of redox products from excited-state electron-transfer quenching reactions; (2) the mediation of the properties of excited states and one-electron reduced forms by the ligands and the solution medium; (3) the effect of the interactions between the ground state of the complex and the solution components on the behavior of the excited state; (4) the yields of singlet oxygen from excited-state energy-transfer quenching by O{sub 2}; and (5) the oxidations of solutes by singlet oxygen, excited-state electron-transfer quenching, and free radicals. This report contains the abstracts of 50 publications describing the studies.

  17. Strongly Enhanced Laser Absorption and Electron Acceleration via Resonant Excitation of Surface Plasma Waves

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    Raynaud, M.; Riconda, C.; Adam, J. C.; Heron, A.

    2010-02-01

    The possibility of creating enhanced fast electron bunches via the excitation of surface plasma waves (SPW) in laser overdense plasma interaction has been investigated by mean of relativistic one dimension motion of a test electron in the field of the surface plasma wave study and with two-dimensional (2D) Particle-In-Cell (PIC) numerical simulations. Strong electron acceleration together with a dramatic increase, up to 70%, of light absorption by the plasma is observed.

  18. Method and apparatus for secondary laser pumping by electron beam excitation

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    George, E. Victor; Krupke, William F.; Murray, John R.; Powell, Howard T.; Swingle, James C.; Turner, Jr., Charles E.; Rhodes, Charles K.

    1978-01-01

    An electron beam of energy typically 100 keV excites a fluorescer gas which emits ultraviolet radiation. This radiation excites and drives an adjacent laser gas by optical pumping or photolytic dissociation to produce high efficiency pulses. The invention described herein was made in the course of, or under, United States Energy Research and Development Administration Contract No. W-7405-Eng-48 with the University of California.

  19. Generation of THz Radiation by Excitation of InAs with a Free Electron Laser

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    Mashiko Tani; Shunsuke Kono; Ping Gu; Kiyomi Sakai; Mamoru Usami; Michelle D. Shinn; Joseph F. Gubeli; George Neil; Jingzhou Xu; Roland Kersting; X.-C. Zhang

    2001-01-01

    Terahertz (THz) radiation is generated by exciting an un-doped InAs wafer with a femtosecond free-electron laser (FEL) at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility. A microwatt level of THz radiation is detected from the unbiased InAs emitter when it is excited with the femtosecond FEL pulses operated at a wavelength of 1.06 {mu}-m and 10 W average power.

  20. Matrix photochemistry of small molecules: Influencing reaction dynamics on electronically excited hypersurfaces

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    Laursen, S.L.

    1990-01-01

    Investigations of chemical reactions on electronically excited reaction surfaces are presented. The role of excited-surface multiplicity is of particular interest, as are chemical reactivity and energy transfer in systems in which photochemistry is initiated through a metal atom sensitizer.'' Two approaches are employed: A heavy-atom matrix affords access to forbidden triplet reaction surfaces, eliminating the need for a potentially reactive sensitizer. Later, the role of the metal atom in the photosensitization process is examined directly.

  1. Excited-State Effective Masses in Lattice QCD

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    George Fleming, Saul Cohen, Huey-Wen Lin

    2009-10-01

    We apply black-box methods, i.e. where the performance of the method does not depend upon initial guesses, to extract excited-state energies from Euclidean-time hadron correlation functions. In particular, we extend the widely used effective-mass method to incorporate multiple correlation functions and produce effective mass estimates for multiple excited states. In general, these excited-state effective masses will be determined by finding the roots of some polynomial. We demonstrate the method using sample lattice data to determine excited-state energies of the nucleon and compare the results to other energy-level finding techniques.

  2. Excited-State Effective Masses in Lattice QCD

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    Fleming, George; Cohen, Saul; Lin, Huey-Wen

    2009-01-01

    We apply black-box methods, i.e. where the performance of the method does not depend upon initial guesses, to extract excited-state energies from Euclidean-time hadron correlation functions. In particular, we extend the widely used effective-mass method to incorporate multiple correlation functions and produce effective mass estimates for multiple excited states. In general, these excited-state effective masses will be determined by finding the roots of some polynomial. We demonstrate the method using sample lattice data to determine excited-state energies of the nucleon and compare the results to other energy-level finding techniques.

  3. Electron Impact Excitation of Xenon from the Ground State and the Metastable State to the 5p57p Levels

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    Chen, Zhan-Bin; Dong, Chen-Zhong; Xie, Lu-You; Jiang, Jun

    2014-03-01

    Electron impact excitation cross sections from the ground state and the lowest metastable state 5p56s J = 2 to the excited states of the 5p57p configuration of xenon are calculated systematically using the fully relativistic distorted wave method. Special attention is paid to the configuration interaction effects in the wave-function expansion of target states. The results are in good agreement with the recent experimental data by Jung et al. [Phys. Rev. A 80 (2009) 062708] over the measured energy range. These accurate theoretical results can be used in the modeling and diagnosis of plasmas containing xenon.

  4. Observation of axisymmetric dark plasma excitations in a two-dimensional electron system

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    Muravev, V. M.; Andreev, I. V.; Belyanin, V. N.; Gubarev, S. I.; Kukushkin, I. V.

    2017-07-01

    Resonant microwave absorption of two-dimensional electron systems in AlGaAs/GaAs heterostructures with a single Corbino disk geometry has been studied. Axisymmetric dark plasmon modes have been excited using a near-field excitation technique, and their magnetodispersion have been determined in the presence of a perpendicular magnetic field. Plasma excitations observed have been compared to bright plasmon modes in a single disk of identical geometry. Dark plasmon modes have been found to have considerably longer lifetimes compared to bright plasmon modes due to the inhibition of superradiant losses.

  5. Luminescence of crystals excited by a KrCl laser and a subnanosecond electron beam

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    Lipatov, E I; Tarasenko, Viktor F; Orlovskii, Viktor M; Alekseev, S B

    2005-08-31

    Luminescence of crystals of natural spodumene and natural diamond of the type IIa is studied upon excitation by a laser at a wavelength of 222 nm and by a subnanosecond avalanche electron beam (SAEB) formed in air at the atmospheric pressure. The photoluminescence spectra of spodumene and diamond are shown to exhibit additional bands, which are absent upon SAEB excitation. It is demonstrated that SAEB excitation allows one to analyse various crystals under normal conditions without using any vacuum equipment. (interaction of laser radiation with matter)

  6. TRANSITION PROBABILITIES AND COLLISION STRENGTHS FOR ELECTRON-IMPACT EXCITATION OF Cl III

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    Sossah, A. M.; Tayal, S. S.

    2012-10-15

    We report transition probabilities and effective collision strengths for electron-impact excitation of the astrophysically important Cl III ion. The collision strengths are calculated in the close-coupling approximation using the B-spline Breit-Pauli R-matrix method. The multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock method with term-dependent non-orthogonal orbitals is employed for an accurate description of the target wave functions. The 68 fine-structure levels belonging to the 32 LS states of 3s {sup 2}3p{sup 3}, 3s3p{sup 4}, 3s {sup 2}3p {sup 2}3d, 3s {sup 2}3p {sup 2}4s, and 3s {sup 2}3p {sup 2}4p configurations are included in the close-coupling expansion. The effective collision strengths are obtained by averaging the electron collision strengths over a Maxwellian distribution of velocities, and those are tabulated for all 2278 possible fine-structure transitions at electron temperatures in the range from 5000 to 1,000,000 K. Our results are compared with previous theoretical results and available experimental data. Overall, we reached a good agreement with the 23 state calculation of Ramsbottom et al., but some discrepancies are seen for some transitions.

  7. Melting curves of metals with excited electrons in the quasiharmonic approximation

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    Minakov, D. V.; Levashov, P. R.

    2015-12-01

    We present melting curves of aluminum, copper, and nickel calculated on the basis of a quasiharmonic approximation. The dependence of a phonon density of states on electron temperature is taken into account for both thermodynamic properties and a mean square displacement of atoms. Linear expansion coefficients are strongly dependent on an approximation of the exchange-correlation functional; the generalized gradient approximation gives better results at normal conditions. Using the Lindemann criterion we obtain good agreement with experimental pressure dependences of the melting temperature for Al and Cu. In the case of Ni we consider a spin polarization effect to reproduce a recent first-principle simulation and shock-wave data. However, our melting curve is located significantly higher than static experimental points. We also consider a thermal excitation of electrons in a crystal and investigate the dependence of the melting temperature on the electronic one at normal and elevated densities. Hardening of the crystal structure for all the metals is obtained in our simulation; this effect might be confirmed experimentally owing to a relatively long lifetime of the two-temperature state.

  8. High-energy electron-impact excitation process: The generalized oscillator strengths of helium

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    Han, Xiao-Ying; Li, Jia-Ming

    2006-12-01

    The high-energy electron impact excitation cross sections are directly proportional to the generalized oscillator strengths (GOSs) of the target (an atom or molecule). In the present work, the GOSs of helium from the ground state to nS1 , nP1 , nD1 (n→∞) and adjacent continuum excited states are calculated by a modified R -matrix code within the first Born approximation. In order to treat the bound-bound and bound-continuum transitions in a unified manner, the GOS density (GOSD) is defined based on the quantum defect theory. The GOSD surfaces of S1 , P1 , and D1 channels are calculated and tested stringently by the recent experiments. With the recommended GOSD surfaces with sufficient accuracy, the GOSDs (i.e., GOSs) from the ground state into all nS1 , nP1 , and nD1 excited states of helium can be obtained by interpolation. Thus, the high-energy electron impact excitation cross sections of all these excited states can be readily obtained. In addition to the high-energy electron impact excitation cross sections, a scheme to calculate the cross sections in the entire incident energy range is discussed.

  9. Seed electron production from O{sup -} ions under high-power microwave excitation

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    Edmiston, G. F.; Neuber, A. A.; Krompholz, H. G.; Krile, J. T.

    2008-03-15

    Surface and volume breakdown formation during pulsed high-power microwave (HPM) excitation can severely limit the power densities which can be transmitted into an atmospheric medium. Recent studies in this area have focused on developing models which accurately predict flashover formation at either dielectric/air interfaces or in the gas volume directly adjacent to these interfaces. These models are typically validated through comparison with experimentally gathered data. With respect to HPM surface flashover, experiments in the S-band at 5 MW power levels have reported on the contributing factors to flashover development including the effects of gas type, pressure, and relative humidity. A Monte Carlo-type electron motion simulation code, MC, has been developed to calculate the increasing electron density during flashover formation in this case. Results from the MC code have exhibited a quantitative agreement with experimental data over a wide range of atmospheric conditions. A critical parameter to flashover development is the stochastic process involving the appearance of initiatory or ''seed'' electrons, as seen by the reduction in flashover delay time by approximately 10-20% in the presence of external ultraviolet illumination. While the current version of the MC code seeds the flashover location with electron densities on the order of background ion densities produced by cosmic radiation, it fails to incorporate the field-assisted collisional detachment processes which are often assumed to be the primary origin of these electrons on the time scales of interest. Investigation of these processes and development of more accurate seeding in the MC code is a key step toward predicting HPM flashover over a wide range of parameters, particularly in the presence of highly electronegative gases such as SF{sub 6} or O{sub 2}, in which there is an absence of free electrons with zero applied field.

  10. Role of electronic friction during the scattering of vibrationally excited nitric oxide molecules from Au(111)

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    Monturet, Serge; Saalfrank, Peter

    2010-08-01

    Some time ago, it has been observed that vibrationally highly excited NO(v) molecules (with typical vibrational quantum numbers v≈15 ) lose substantial amounts of vibrational energy when scattering off a Au(111) surface [H. Huang, C. Rettner, D. Auerbach, and A. Wodtke, Science 290, 111 (2000)10.1126/science.290.5489.111]. This has been interpreted as a sign for the breakdown of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation due to vibration-electron coupling. It has been argued that this process cannot be understood on the basis of single-quantum transitions which are typical for “electronic friction” models based on a perturbative treatment of weak vibration-electron couplings. Rather, multiple-quanta transitions characteristic for strong nonadiabatic effects are needed according to recent classical surface hopping calculations involving multiple potential-energy surfaces and model Hamiltonians [N. Shenvi, S. Roy, and J. C. Tully, Science 326, 829 (2009)10.1126/science.1179240]. Here we address the importance and magnitude of electronic friction for NO@Au(111) by using fully quantum-mechanical, parameter-free first-principles theories in reduced dimensions. Periodic density-functional theory calculations are performed to obtain a ground-state potential-energy surface along the desorption and NO-vibration coordinates, and coordinate-resolved, finite NO vibrational lifetimes due to vibration-electron coupling. Using this input, the scattering event is modeled by open-system density-matrix theory in the frame of the coupled-channel-density-matrix method, which allows for the inclusion of energy relaxation of the scattering NO molecules. It is found that within this model at least, electronic friction accounts for the observed vibrational deactivation of NO scattering from gold.

  11. A QM/MM Approach Using the AMOEBA Polarizable Embedding: From Ground State Energies to Electronic Excitations.

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    Loco, Daniele; Polack, Étienne; Caprasecca, Stefano; Lagardère, Louis; Lipparini, Filippo; Piquemal, Jean-Philip; Mennucci, Benedetta

    2016-08-09

    A fully polarizable implementation of the hybrid quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics approach is presented, where the classical environment is described through the AMOEBA polarizable force field. A variational formalism, offering a self-consistent relaxation of both the MM induced dipoles and the QM electronic density, is used for ground state energies and extended to electronic excitations in the framework of time-dependent density functional theory combined with a state specific response of the classical part. An application to the calculation of the solvatochromism of the pyridinium N-phenolate betaine dye used to define the solvent ET(30) scale is presented. The results show that the QM/AMOEBA model not only properly describes specific and bulk effects in the ground state but it also correctly responds to the large change in the solute electronic charge distribution upon excitation.

  12. Theorectical Studies of Excitation in Low-Energy Electron-Polyatomic Molecule Collisions

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    Rescigno, T N; McCurdy, C W; Isaacs, W A; Orel, A E; Meyer, H D

    2001-08-13

    This paper focuses on the channeling of energy from electronic to nuclear degrees of freedom in electron-polyatomic molecule collisions. We examine the feasibility of attacking the full scattering problem, both the fixed-nuclei electronic problem and the post-collision nuclear dynamics, entirely from first principles. The electron-CO{sub 2} system is presented as an example. We study resonant vibrational excitation, showing how a6 initio, fixed-nuclei electronic cross sections can provide the necessary input for a multi-dimensional treatment of the nuclear vibrational dynamics.

  13. Recent experimental advances on excited-state intramolecular proton coupled electron transfer reaction.

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    Hsieh, Cheng-Chih; Jiang, Chang-Ming; Chou, Pi-Tai

    2010-10-19

    Proton-coupled electron transfer reactions form the basis of many important chemical processes including much of the energy conversion that occurs within living cells. However, much of the physical chemistry that underlies these reaction mechanisms remains poorly understood. In this Account, we report on recent progress in the understanding of excited-state intramolecular proton-coupled electron transfer (PCET) reactions. The strategic design and synthesis of various types of PCET molecules, along with steady-state and femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy, have uncovered the mechanisms of several excited-state PCET reactions in solution. These experimental advancements correlate well with current theoretical models, in which the proton has quantum motion with a high probability of tunneling. In addition, the rate of proton transfer is commonly incorporated within the rate of rearrangement of solvent molecules. As a result, the reaction activation free energy is essentially governed by the solvent reorganization because the charge redistribution is considered based on a solvent polarity-induced barrier instead of the height of the proton migration barrier. In accord with this theoretical basis, we can rationalize the observation that the proton transfer for many excited-state PCET systems occurs during the solvent relaxation time scale of 1-10 ps: the highly exergonic reaction takes place before the system reaches its equilibrium polarization. Also, we have used various derivatives of proton transfer molecules, especially those of 3-hydroxyflavone to clearly demonstrate how researchers can tune the dynamics of excited-state PCET through changes in the magnitude or direction of the dipole vector within the reaction. Subsequently, using 2-(2'-hydroxyphenyl)benzoxazole as the parent model, we then report on methods for the development of an ideal system for probing PCET reaction. Because future biomedical applications of such systems will likely occur in aqueous

  14. Hedgehog excitations in double-exchange magnetism: Energetics and electronic structure

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    Pekker, David; Goldbart, Paul; Salamon, Myron; Abanov, Alexander

    2004-03-01

    Topological hedgehog excitations of the magnetic state are believed to play an important role in the three-dimensional ferromagnet-to-paramagnet phase transition. This is true not only in Heisenberg magnets but also in double-exchange magnets, for which the transition is accompanied by a metal-insulator transition. The energetics and electronic structure of hedgehog excitations in double-exchange systems are investigated using a model in which the electrons move through a lattice of classical spins, to which they are coupled via Hund's Rule interactions. The core energy of hedgehog excitations is determined, as is the extent to which charge is expelled from the hedgehog cores. In settings involving pairs of hedgehogs, the manner in which the electronic energetics determines the magnetic structure is explored variationally, especially in the region between the hedgehogs.

  15. Modeling Electronic-Nuclear Interactions for Excitation Energy Transfer Processes in Light-Harvesting Complexes.

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    Lee, Mi Kyung; Coker, David F

    2016-08-18

    An accurate approach for computing intermolecular and intrachromophore contributions to spectral densities to describe the electronic-nuclear interactions relevant for modeling excitation energy transfer processes in light harvesting systems is presented. The approach is based on molecular dynamics (MD) calculations of classical correlation functions of long-range contributions to excitation energy fluctuations and a separate harmonic analysis and single-point gradient quantum calculations for electron-intrachromophore vibrational couplings. A simple model is also presented that enables detailed analysis of the shortcomings of standard MD-based excitation energy fluctuation correlation function approaches. The method introduced here avoids these problems, and its reliability is demonstrated in accurate predictions for bacteriochlorophyll molecules in the Fenna-Matthews-Olson pigment-protein complex, where excellent agreement with experimental spectral densities is found. This efficient approach can provide instantaneous spectral densities for treating the influence of fluctuations in environmental dissipation on fast electronic relaxation.

  16. Localized operator partitioning method for electronic excitation energies in the time-dependent density functional formalism.

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    Nagesh, Jayashree; Frisch, Michael J; Brumer, Paul; Izmaylov, Artur F

    2016-12-28

    We extend the localized operator partitioning method (LOPM) [J. Nagesh, A. F. Izmaylov, and P. Brumer, J. Chem. Phys. 142, 084114 (2015)] to the time-dependent density functional theory framework to partition molecular electronic energies of excited states in a rigorous manner. A molecular fragment is defined as a collection of atoms using Becke's atomic partitioning. A numerically efficient scheme for evaluating the fragment excitation energy is derived employing a resolution of the identity to preserve standard one- and two-electron integrals in the final expressions. The utility of this partitioning approach is demonstrated by examining several excited states of two bichromophoric compounds: 9-((1- naphthyl)- methyl)- anthracene and 4-((2- naphthyl)- methyl)- benzaldehyde. The LOPM is found to provide nontrivial insights into the nature of electronic energy localization that is not accessible using a simple density difference analysis.

  17. Localized operator partitioning method for electronic excitation energies in the time-dependent density functional formalism

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    Nagesh, Jayashree; Frisch, Michael J.; Brumer, Paul; Izmaylov, Artur F.

    2016-12-01

    We extend the localized operator partitioning method (LOPM) [J. Nagesh, A. F. Izmaylov, and P. Brumer, J. Chem. Phys. 142, 084114 (2015)] to the time-dependent density functional theory framework to partition molecular electronic energies of excited states in a rigorous manner. A molecular fragment is defined as a collection of atoms using Becke's atomic partitioning. A numerically efficient scheme for evaluating the fragment excitation energy is derived employing a resolution of the identity to preserve standard one- and two-electron integrals in the final expressions. The utility of this partitioning approach is demonstrated by examining several excited states of two bichromophoric compounds: 9-((1- naphthyl)- methyl)- anthracene and 4-((2- naphthyl)- methyl)- benzaldehyde. The LOPM is found to provide nontrivial insights into the nature of electronic energy localization that is not accessible using a simple density difference analysis.

  18. High-energy electronic excitations in a bulk Mo S2 single crystal

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    Yue, Binbin; Hong, Fang; Tsuei, Ku-Ding; Hiraoka, Nozomu; Wu, Yu-Han; Silkin, Vyacheslav M.; Chen, Bin; Mao, Ho-kwang

    2017-09-01

    The collective electronic excitations and their dispersion behavior across both the first and second Brillouin zones in a bulk Mo S2 single crystal have been investigated using nonresonant inelastic hard x-ray scattering and time-dependent density-functional theory. The experiment results revealed two main plasmons located around 8.6 and 23 eV. The ˜8.6 eV plasmon shows clear anisotropic behavior and was only observed in plane due to the two-dimensional geometry. In addition, theoretical calculation indicates that the dispersion behavior of this in-plane plasmon shows weak momentum dependence. The main plasmon near 23 eV demonstrates an isotropic three-dimensional collective electron excitation behavior, which suggests a weak correlation between the electron excitation and layered lattice structure. This behavior is completely different from the anisotropic dispersion behavior found in layered graphite. Our work provides clear experimental and theoretical data on the dynamic electronic behavior of excited high-energy electrons in Mo S2 , which not only provides guidance on device design but also furthers understanding of electronic behaviors in other similar systems.

  19. Relaxation and interaction of electronic excitations induced by intense ultra short light pulses in BaF2 scintillator

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    Kirm, M.; Nagirnyi, V.; Vielhauer, S.; Feldbach, E.

    2011-06-01

    Excitation density effects have a pronounced influence on relaxation processes in solids. They come into play in scintillating and dosimetric materials exposed to ionizing radiation or in laser materials operating in intense ultraviolet light fields. The scientific understanding of the underlying process is poor, mainly because most of the studies of light emitting materials under short wavelength excitation have been performed at weak and moderate excitation intensities due to limited availability of powerful light sources. Disembodied data on excitation density effects have been reported for wide-gap dielectrics studied by luminescence spectroscopy, by using such excitation sources as powerful ion beams,1,2pulsed electron beams,2,3 and wide-band hard X-ray synchrotron radiation.4 It is obvious that such non-selective excitation is a good tool for revealing density-related phenomena in these materials in general, but for investigating specific features of relaxation processes in insulators, light sources with well defined parameters are necessary. Since the shortwavelength free electron laser (FEL) technology has been devised by an international consortium at HASYLAB of DESY, resulting in the development of TESLA Test facility (TTF)5 and later in the construction of a dedicated FEL source FLASH in Hamburg,6 more advanced studies became possible. The range of interests towards this light source covers the fields from material science and various other branches of physics to structural biology. The pioneering luminescence study revealed excitation density effects in the decay of Ce3+ 5d-4f luminescence in Y3Al5O12 crystals and luminescence of BaF2 crystals in UV-visible range.7 These results motivated systematic investigations of excitation density effects in wide gap crystals using FEL8,9 and high-harmonic-generated VUV radiation,10 and, at lower energies, femtosecond laser pulses in the UV.11,12 The main goal of the present work is to analyze the same phenomenon

  20. Asymmetry of collective excitations in electron- and hole-doped cuprate superconductors

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    Lee, W. S.; Lee, J. J.; Nowadnick, E. A.; Gerber, S.; Tabis, W.; Huang, S. W.; Strocov, V. N.; Motoyama, E. M.; Yu, G.; Moritz, B.; Huang, H. Y.; Wang, R. P.; Huang, Y. B.; Wu, W. B.; Chen, C. T.; Huang, D. J.; Greven, M.; Schmitt, T.; Shen, Z. X.; Devereaux, T. P.

    2014-11-01

    High-temperature superconductivity emerges on doping holes or electrons into antiferromagnetic copper oxides. The large energy scale of magnetic excitations, for example, compared with phonon energies, is thought to drive superconductivity with high transition temperatures (Tc). Comparing high-energy magnetic excitations of hole- and electron-doped superconductors provides an opportunity to test this hypothesis. Here, we use resonant inelastic X-ray scattering at the Cu L3-edge to reveal collective excitations in the electron-doped cuprate Nd2-xCexCuO4. Surprisingly, magnetic excitations harden significantly across the antiferromagnetic high-temperature superconductivity phase boundary despite short-ranged antiferromagnetic correlations, in contrast to the hole-doped cuprates. Furthermore, we find an unexpected branch of collective modes in superconducting compounds, absent in hole-doped cuprates. These modes emanate from the zone centre and possess a higher temperature scale than Tc, signalling a distinct quantum phase. Despite their differences, the persistence of magnetic excitations and the existence of a distinct quantum phase are apparently universal in both hole- and electron-doped cuprates.