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  1. Photoelectron photoion molecular beam spectroscopy

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    Trevor, D.J.

    1980-12-01

    The use of supersonic molecular beams in photoionization mass spectroscopy and photoelectron spectroscopy to assist in the understanding of photoexcitation in the vacuum ultraviolet is described. Rotational relaxation and condensation due to supersonic expansion were shown to offer new possibilities for molecular photoionization studies. Molecular beam photoionization mass spectroscopy has been extended above 21 eV photon energy by the use of Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) facilities. Design considerations are discussed that have advanced the state-of-the-art in high resolution vuv photoelectron spectroscopy. To extend gas-phase studies to 160 eV photon energy, a windowless vuv-xuv beam line design is proposed.

  2. Global nonresonant vibrational-photoelectron coupling in molecular photoionization

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    Poliakoff, Erwin; Das, Aloke; Hardy, David; Bozek, John; Aguilar, Alex; Lucchese, Robert

    2009-05-01

    Using photoelectron spectroscopy and Schwinger variational scattering theory, we have investigated the coupling between vibrational motion and the exiting photoelectron over extended ranges of photoelectron kinetic energy. Photoelectron spectroscopy is performed with vibrational resolution over uncommonly large ranges of energy (ca. 200 eV). We find clear and significant changes in vibrational branching ratios as a function of photon energy, in direct contradiction to predictions of the Franck-Condon principle. While it is well known that resonances lead to coupling between electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom, nonresonant mechanisms that result in such coupling are not expected or well-documented. Photoelectron spectra are presented for several electronic states of N2^+, CO^+, and NO^+, and we find that valence isoelectronic channels behave very differently, which is also surprising. Theoretical results indicate that Cooper minima are the underlying cause of these effects, and we are currently working to understand the reasons for the sensitivity of the Cooper minima on bond length.

  3. Photoionization-photoelectron research

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    Berkowitz, J.; Ruscic, B.

    1993-12-01

    The photoionization research program is aimed at understanding the basic processes of interaction of vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) light with atoms and molecules. This research provides valuable information on both thermochemistry and dynamics. Recent studies include atoms, clusters, hydrides, sulfides and an important fluoride.

  4. Photoionization-photoelectron research.

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    Ruscic, B.

    1998-03-06

    In the broad sense of a general definition, the fundamental goal of this research program is to explore, understand, and utilize the basic processes of interaction of vacuum UV light with atoms and molecules. In practical terms, this program uses photoionization mass spectrometry and other related techniques to study chemically relevant transient and metastable species that are intimately connected to energy-producing processes, such as combustion, or play-prominent roles in the associated environmental issues. Some recent examples of species that have been studied are: CH{sub 3}, CH{sub 2}, CH{sub 3}O, CH{sub 2}OH, CH{sub 3}S, CH{sub 2}SH, HCS, HNCO, NCO, HNCS, NCS, the isomers of C{sub 2}H{sub 5}O, HOBr, CF{sub 3} and CF{sub 3}OH. The ephemeral species of interest are produced in situ using various suitable techniques, such as sublimation, pyrolysis, microwave discharge, chemical abstraction reactions with H or F atoms, laser photodissociation, on-line synthesis, and others. The desired information is obtained by applying a variety of suitable photoionization methods, which use both conventional and coherent light sources in the vacuum W region. The spiritus movens of our studies is the need to provide the chemical community with essential information on the species of interest, such as accurate and reliable thermochemical, spectroscopic and structural data, and thus contribute to the global comprehension of the underlying chemical processes. The scientific motivation is also fueled by the necessity to unveil useful generalities, such as bonding patterns within a class of related compounds, or systematic behavior in the ubiquitous autoionization processes. In addition, the nature of the results obtained in this program is such that it generates a significant impetus for further theoretical work. The experimental work of this program is coordinated with other related experimental and theoretical efforts of the Chemical Dynamics Group to provide a broad perspective

  5. On the correlation between photoelectron energy and bending excitation in molecular photoionization

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    Miller, J. Scott; Poliakoff, E. D.

    2000-07-01

    We report on excitation of the bending vibration following 3σu-1 photoionization of CO2. Dispersed fluorescence is used to determine the v+=(0,1,0)/v+=(0,0,0) ratio over the range 18⩽hνexc⩽190 eV. The results demonstrate that the bending excitation varies over this wide range, and is influenced by the photoelectron.

  6. High-Resolution Photoelectron and Photoionization Spectroscopy

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    Merkt, F.

    2012-06-01

    Since its development in the late 1950s and early 1960s, photoelectron spectroscopy has established itself as an important method to study the electronic structure of molecules, their photoionization dynamics, and the structure and dynamics of molecular cations. In recent years, and particularly since the development of pulsed-field-ionization zero-kinetic-energy (PFI-ZEKE) photoelectron spectroscopy, considerable progress has been made in the resolution that can be achieved by photoelectron spectroscopy. This progress relies on the systematic exploitation of the unusual physical properties of high Rydberg states and enables one today to resolve the rotational structure in the photoelectron spectra of even large molecules and the hyperfine structure in the photoelectron spectra of small molecules. This talk will begin with a brief historical review of photoelectron spectroscopy. Then, the relationship between photoelectron spectroscopy, photoionization spectroscopy and the spectroscopy of high Rydberg states will be discussed. It will be explained how this relationship is currently exploited to improve the resolution achievable by PFI-ZEKE photoelectron spectroscopy. Then, the physical principles that are at the heart of the latest methods related to high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy will be described together with their fundamental limitations. Depending on the resolution and the spectral range needed to address a specific scientific problem, a choice can be made between several different methods with spectral resolutions ranging from 30 GHz to better than 1 MHz. The talk will summarize the current state of the art in gas-phase photoelectron spectroscopy and be illustrated by several examples, primarily taken from the research in my group, in which photoelectron spectroscopy has contributed to answer questions concerning the structure and dynamics of small-sized molecular cations. F. I. Vilesov, B. C. Kurbatov, and N. Terrenin, Soviet Phys. (Doklady) 6

  7. Ultrafast Molecular Photodissociation Dynamics Studied by Femtosecond Photoelectron-Photoion Coincidence Spectroscopy

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    Thaler, Bernhard; Heim, Pascal; Ernst, Wolfgang E.; Koch, Markus

    2017-06-01

    To completely characterize photodissociation mechanisms with time-resolved spectroscopy, it is essential to obtain unequivocal experimental information about the fragmentation dynamics induced by the laser pulse. We apply time-resolved photoelectron-photoion coincidence (PEPICO) detection in combination with different excitation schemes to obtain a mechanistic picture of the fragmentation process. For gas phase acetone molecules excited to high lying Rydberg states we are able to disentangle different ionization channels and investigate the fragmentation behavior of each channel separately. In particular, the high differentiability of PEPICO allows to distinguish channels where fragmentation proceeds after ionization from channels with fragmentation in the neutral. We show that excited Rydberg state population undergoes internal conversion due to coupling to valence states, which takes place within (150 ± 30) fs. The corresponding non-adiabatic, ultrafast relaxation dynamics to lower lying states causes conversion of electronic to vibrational energy and is found to play a crucial role in the fragmentation process (see figure 1). By studying the influence of photon energy, pulse duration, chirp and intensity of the laser pulses, we are able to determine the energy-threshold that is required for fragmentation, as well as corresponding fragmentation ratios. Surprisingly, for excitation with pulses possessing a strong negative chirp we observe significantly reduced fragmentation, indicating different internal conversion pathways and the associated intramolecular vibrational redistribution.

  8. Photoionization of molecular clusters

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    Andres, R. P.; Calo, J. M.

    1981-12-01

    An experimental apparatus consisting of a novel multiple expansion cluster source coupled with a molecular beam system and photoionization mass spectrometer has been designed and constructed. This apparatus has been thoroughly tested and preliminary measurements of the growth kinetics of water clusters and the photoionization cross section of the water dimer have been carried out.

  9. Molecular Isomer Identification of Titan's Tholins Organic Aerosols by Photoelectron/Photoion Coincidence Spectroscopy Coupled to VUV Synchrotron Radiation.

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    Cunha de Miranda, Barbara; Garcia, Gustavo A; Gaie-Levrel, François; Mahjoub, Ahmed; Gautier, Thomas; Fleury, Benjamin; Nahon, Laurent; Pernot, Pascal; Carrasco, Nathalie

    2016-08-25

    The chemical composition of Titan organic haze is poorly known. To address this issue, laboratory analogues named tholins are synthesized and analyzed by methods often requiring an extraction process in a carrier solvent. These methods exclude the analysis of the insoluble tholins' fraction and assume a hypothetical chemical equivalence between soluble and insoluble fractions. In this work, we present a powerful complementary analysis method recently developed on the DESIRS VUV synchrotron beamline at SOLEIL. It involves soft pyrolysis of tholins at ∼230 °C and electron/ion coincidence analysis of the emitted volatile compounds photoionized by tunable synchrotron radiation. By comparison with reference photoelectron spectra (PES), the spectral information collected on the detected molecules yields their isomeric structure. The method is more readily applied to light species (m/z ≤ 69), while for heavier ones, the number of possibilities and the lack of PES reference spectra in the literature limit its analysis. A notable pattern in the analyzed tholins is the presence of species containing adjacent doubly bonded N atoms, which might be a signature of heterogeneous incorporation of N2 in tholins.

  10. Effects of molecular rotation after ionization and prior to fragmentation on observed recoil-frame photoelectron angular distributions in the dissociative photoionization of nonlinear molecules

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    López-Domínguez, Jesús A.; Lucchese, Robert R.

    2016-03-01

    Experimental angle-resolved photoelectron-photoion coincidence experiments measure photoelectron angular distributions (PADs) in dissociative photoionization (DPI) in the reference frame provided by the momenta of the emitted heavy fragments. By extension of the nomenclature used with DPI of diatomic molecules, we refer to such a PAD as a recoil-frame PAD (RFPAD). When the dissociation is fast compared to molecular rotational and bending motions, the emission directions of the heavy fragments can be used to determine the orientation of the bonds that are broken in the DPI at the time of the ionization, which is known as the axial-recoil approximation (ARA). When the ARA is valid, the RFPADs correspond to molecular-frame photoelectron angular distributions (MFPADs) when the momenta of a sufficient number of the heavy fragments are determined. When only two fragments are formed, the experiment cannot measure the orientation of the fragments about the recoil axes so that the resulting measured PAD is an azimuthally averaged RFPAD (AA-RFPAD). In this study we consider how the breakdown of the ARA due to rotation will modify the observed RFPADs for DPI processes in nonlinear molecules for ionization by light of arbitrary polarization. This model is applied to the core C 1 s DPI of CH4, with the results compared to experimental measurements and previous theoretical calculations done within the ARA. The published results indicate that there is a breakdown in the ARA for two-fragment events where the heavy-fragment kinetic energy release was less than 9 eV. Including the breakdown of the ARA due to rotation in our calculations gives very good agreement with the experimental AA-RFPAD, leading to an estimate of upper bounds on the predissociative lifetimes as a function of the kinetic energy release of the intermediate ion states formed in the DPI process.

  11. An unambiguous signature in molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions of core hole localization in fluorine K-edge photoionization of CF4

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    McCurdy, C. W.; Rescigno, T. N.; Trevisan, C. S.; Lucchese, R. R.

    2016-05-01

    Molecular Frame Photoelectron Angular Distributions (MFPADs) are calculated using the Complex Kohn variational method for core-hole ionization of the carbon and fluorines in CF4 at photoelectron energies below 15 eV. The angular distributions for localized versus delocalized core-hole creation on the four equivalent fluorines are radically different. A strong propensity for the dissociation to take place via the mechanism hν +CF4 -->CF 4 + +e- -->CF 3 + +F(1s-1) -->CF 3 + +F+ + 2e- in which a core excited neutral fluorine atom ionizes during or after dissociation creates the conditions for experimental observation of core hole localization. Comparison with recent unpublished experiments at the Advanced Light Source that measured the Recoil Frame Photoelectron Angular Distributions (averaged over CF3 rotations around the recoil axis) for fluorine K-edge ionization gives unambiguous evidence that these experiments directly observed the creation of an almost completely localized core hole on the dissociating fluorine atom when the molecule was initially photoionized. Work supported by USDOE, OBES Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division.

  12. Rotational distributions of molecular photoions following resonant excitation

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    Poliakoff, E. D.; Chan, Jeffrey C. K.; White, M. G.

    1986-11-01

    We demonstrate that the photoelectron energy mediates the rotational energy distribution of N+2 ions created by photoionization, and conversely, that rotational energy determinations probe resonant excitation in molecular photoionization. Experimentally, this is accomplished by monitoring the dispersed fluorescence from N+2 (B 2Σ+u) photoions to determine their rotational energy distribution. These results demonstrate that while dipole selection rules constrain the total angular momentum of the electron-ion complex, the partitioning of angular momentum between the photoelectron and photoion depends on the photoejection dynamics. Implications for photoionization and electron impact ionizatin studies are discussed.

  13. Photoelectron wave function in photoionization: Plane wave or Coulomb wave? [Does photoionization of neutral targets produce Coulomb or plane waves?

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    Gozem, Samer; Gunina, Anastasia O.; Ichino, Takatoshi; ...

    2015-10-28

    The calculation of absolute total cross sections requires accurate wave functions of the photoelectron and of the initial and final states of the system. The essential information contained in the latter two can be condensed into a Dyson orbital. We employ correlated Dyson orbitals and test approximate treatments of the photoelectron wave function, that is, plane and Coulomb waves, by comparing computed and experimental photoionization and photodetachment spectra. We find that in anions, a plane wave treatment of the photoelectron provides a good description of photodetachment spectra. For photoionization of neutral atoms or molecules with one heavy atom, the photoelectronmore » wave function must be treated as a Coulomb wave to account for the interaction of the photoelectron with the +1 charge of the ionized core. For larger molecules, the best agreement with experiment is often achieved by using a Coulomb wave with a partial (effective) charge smaller than unity. This likely derives from the fact that the effective charge at the centroid of the Dyson orbital, which serves as the origin of the spherical wave expansion, is smaller than the total charge of a polyatomic cation. Finally, the results suggest that accurate molecular photoionization cross sections can be computed with a modified central potential model that accounts for the nonspherical charge distribution of the core by adjusting the charge in the center of the expansion.« less

  14. Photoionization of aligned molecular excited states

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    Appling, J. R.; White, M. G.; Kessler, W. J.; Fernandez, R.; Poliakoff, E. D.

    1988-02-01

    Photoelectron angular distributions of several excited states of NO have been measured in an effort to better elucidate the role of alignment in resonant multiphoton excitation processes of molecules. In contrast to previous molecular REMPI measurements on NO, (2+1) angular distributions taken for low rotational levels of the E 2Σ+ (4sσ) Rydberg state of NO exhibit complex angular behavior which is characteristic of strong spatial alignment of the optically prepared levels. Photoelectron angular distributions were also found to be strongly branch and J dependent with the lowest rotational levels of the R21+S11 branch exhibiting the full anisotropy expected for an overall three-photon process. Fluorescence anisotropies extracted from complementary two-photon fluorescence angular distribution measurements reveal small, but nonzero alignment in all rotational levels with J>1/2, in contrast to the photoelectron results. Additional photoelectron angular distributions taken for (1+1) REMPI via the A 2Σ+ (3sσ), v=0 state exhibit near ``cos2θ'' distributions characteristic of photoionization of unaligned target states. The observed photoelectron data are qualitatively interpreted on the basis of the angular momentum constraints of the excitation-induced alignment and photoionization dynamics which determine the observable moments in the angular distribution.

  15. Band strength in photoelectron spectra and photoionization cross sections of pyrrole and of conformation isomers of 1,1-dimethylhydrazine

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    Kiro, Z. A.; Dykhanov, S. M.; Zverev, V. V.

    1988-09-01

    The dependence of partial photoionization cross sections of the 1,1-dimethylhydrazine molecule on the spatial characteristics (bond lengths, valence and dihedral angles) has been studied. The presence of a gauche-conformation isomer in the gaseous phase has been established, as confirmed by a comparison of the photoionization cross section ratios for the corresponding molecular orbitals with the relative band strengths in photoelectron spectra.

  16. Dissociation Dynamics and Molecular Imaging of Methane following Photoionization at the Carbon K-Edge

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    Williams, J. B.; Trevisan, C.; Schoeffler, M. S.; Jahnke, T.; Bocharova, I.; Sturm, F.; McCurdy, C. W.; Belkacem, A.; Doerner, R.; Weber, Th; Landers, A. L.

    2014-04-01

    We have used Cold Target Recoil Ion Momentum Spectroscopy (COLTRIMS) to measure the momenta of the photoelectron and the molecular fragments arising from the dissociation of methane following core photoionization and subsequent Auger decay.

  17. Photoelectron spectroscopy of supersonic molecular beams

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    Pollard, J.E.

    1982-05-01

    A new technique for performing high resolution molecular photoelectron spectroscopy is described, beginning with its conceptual development, through the construction of a prototypal apparatus, to the initial applications on a particularly favorable molecular system. The distinguishing features of this technique are: (1) the introduction of the sample in the form of a collimated supersonic molecular beam; and (2) the use of an electrostatic deflection energy analyzer which is carefully optimized in terms of sensitivity and resolution. This combination makes it possible to obtain photoelectron spectra at a new level of detail for many small molecules. Three experiments are described which rely on the capability to perform rotationally-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy on the hydrogen molecule and its isotopes. The first is a measurement of the ionic vibrational and rotational spectroscopic constants and the vibrationally-selected photoionization cross sections. The second is a determination of the photoelectron asymmetry parameter, ..beta.., for selected rotational transitions. The third is an investigation of the rotational relaxation in a free jet expansion, using photoelectron spectroscopy as a probe of the rotational state population distributions. In the closing chapter an assessment is made of the successes and limitations of the technique, and an indication is given of areas for further improvement in future spectrometers.

  18. Photoionization quantum yield for liquid squalane and squalene estimated from photoelectron emission yield

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    Koizumi, Hitoshi

    1994-03-01

    An equation relating photoelectron emission yield to initial photoionization quantum yield in the condensed phase is derived. The equation is applied to the photoelectron emission yields from liquid squalane (C 30H 62, 2,6,10,15,19,23-hexamethyltetracosane) and squalene (C 30H 50, 2,6,10,15,19,23-hexamethyl-2,6,10,14,18,22-tetracosahexaene) previously reported by the authors. On the assumption that the thermalization distance of photoelectrons is of a similar value to that of electrons produced with X-rays the photoionization quantum yields of these liquids in the energy region between 7 and 10.8 eV are estimated. The photoionization quantum yields are evidently less than unity and increase with increasing photon energy. The quantum yield for squalane increases monotonically whereas the one for squalene shows a change in its slope around the photoionization threshold of the σ electrons.

  19. A photoelectron-photoion coincidence imaging apparatus for femtosecond time-resolved molecular dynamics with electron time-of-flight resolution of {sigma}=18 ps and energy resolution {delta}E/E=3.5%

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    Vredenborg, Arno; Roeterdink, Wim G.; Janssen, Maurice H. M.

    2008-06-15

    We report on the construction and performance of a novel photoelectron-photoion coincidence machine in our laboratory in Amsterdam to measure the full three-dimensional momentum distribution of correlated electrons and ions in femtosecond time-resolved molecular beam experiments. We implemented sets of open electron and ion lenses to time stretch and velocity map the charged particles. Time switched voltages are operated on the particle lenses to enable optimal electric field strengths for velocity map focusing conditions of electrons and ions separately. The position and time sensitive detectors employ microchannel plates (MCPs) in front of delay line detectors. A special effort was made to obtain the time-of-flight (TOF) of the electrons at high temporal resolution using small pore (5 {mu}m) MCPs and implementing fast timing electronics. We measured the TOF distribution of the electrons under our typical coincidence field strengths with a temporal resolution down to {sigma}=18 ps. We observed that our electron coincidence detector has a timing resolution better than {sigma}=16 ps, which is mainly determined by the residual transit time spread of the MCPs. The typical electron energy resolution appears to be nearly laser bandwidth limited with a relative resolution of {delta}E{sub FWHM}/E=3.5% for electrons with kinetic energy near 2 eV. The mass resolution of the ion detector for ions measured in coincidence with electrons is about {delta}m{sub FWHM}/m=1/4150. The velocity map focusing of our extended source volume of particles, due to the overlap of the molecular beam with the laser beams, results in a parent ion spot on our detector focused down to {sigma}=115 {mu}m.

  20. Energy Correlation among Three Photoelectrons Emitted in Core-Valence-Valence Triple Photoionization of Ne

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    Hikosaka, Y.; Soejima, K.; Lablanquie, P.; Penent, F.; Palaudoux, J.; Andric, L.; Shigemasa, E.; Suzuki, I. H.; Nakano, M.; Ito, K.

    2011-09-09

    The direct observation of triple photoionization involving one inner shell and two valence electrons is reported. The energy distribution of the three photoelectrons emitted from Ne is obtained using a very efficient multielectron coincidence method using the magnetic bottle electron spectroscopic technique. A predominance of the direct path to triple photoionization for the formation of Ne{sup 3+} in the 1s2s{sup 2}2p{sup 4} configuration is observed. It is demonstrated that the energy distribution evolves with photon energy and indicates a significant difference with triple photoionization involving only valence electrons.

  1. Molecular photoionization studies of nucleobases and correlated systems

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    Poliakoff, Erwin D.

    2015-03-11

    We proposed molecular photoionization studies in order to probe correlated events in fundamental scattering phenomena. In particular, we suggested that joint theoretical-experimental studies would provide a window into the microscopic aspects that are of central importance in AMO and chemical physics generally, and would generate useful data for wide array of important DOE topics, such as ultrafast dynamics, high harmonic generation, and probes of nonadiabatic processes. The unifying theme is that correlations between electron scattering dynamics and molecular geometry highlight inherently molecular aspects of the photoelectron behavior.

  2. Global Franck-Condon breakdown: nonresonant molecular photoionization processes

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    Das, Aloke; Hardy, David; Aguilar, Alejandro; Kilcoyne, A. L. D.; Bozek, John D.; Poliakoff, Erwin D.

    2007-06-01

    We report photoelectron spectroscopy results of nonresonant Franck-Condon breakdown in the photoionization of CO and ICN. Most importantly, the deviations occur over a surprisingly wide range of energies. For the case of CO^+(X^2σ^+), the v^ + = 1/v^ + = 0 vibrational branching ratio is found to vary significantly (>50%) over a 200 eV range. While it is well understood that resonances can lead to coupling between photoelectron and molecular vibration, there is little information on nonresonant sources of coupling. It appears that Cooper minima may be responsible for the observations. Moreover, for ICN, the vibrationally resolved deviations from Franck-Condon behavior are vibrationally mode-specific. Studies on alternative molecular targets are planned to see whether they exhibit photoelectron dynamics that are geometry-dependent.

  3. Pulsed-field ionization photoelectron and IR-UV resonant photoionization spectroscopy of Al-thymine.

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    Krasnokutski, Serge A; Lei, Yuxiu; Lee, Jung Sup; Yang, Dong-Sheng

    2008-09-28

    Al-thymine (Al-C(4)H(3)N(2)O(2)CH(3)) is produced by laser vaporization of a rod made of Al and thymine powders in a molecular beam and studied by single-photon pulsed-field ionization-zero electron kinetic energy (ZEKE) photoelectron and IR-UV resonant two-photon ionization spectroscopy and density functional theory calculations. The ZEKE experiment determines the adiabatic ionization energy of the neutral complex and 22 vibrational modes for the corresponding ion with frequencies below 2000 cm(-1). The IR-UV photoionization experiment measures two N-H and three C-H stretches for the neutral species. The theoretical calculations predict a number of low-energy isomers with Al binding to single oxygen or adjacent oxygen and nitrogen atoms of thymine. Among these isomers, the structure with Al binding to the O4 atom of the diketo tautomer is predicted to be the most stable one by the theory and is probed by both ZEKE and IR-UV measurements. This work presents the first application of the IR-UV resonant ionization to metal-organic molecule systems. Like ZEKE spectroscopy, the IR-UV photoionization technique is sensitive for identifying isomeric structures of metal association complexes.

  4. Evolution of photoelectron vibrational coupling with molecular complexity

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    Poliakoff, E. D.; Lucchese, R. R.

    2006-11-01

    We review how electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom become coupled in molecular photoionization, and describe effects that emerge as the molecular complexity increases. Molecular photoionization is frequently influenced by the temporary trapping of the continuum electron in the field of the target molecules, which is referred to as a shape resonance, as it depends on the shape of the potential experienced by the exiting photoelectron. Such resonances couple electronic and vibrational motion, and the nature of the coupling can vary widely for polyatomic molecules. We show how vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectra acquired as a function of energy can be used to elucidate such coupling. The experiments are analysed using physically realistic and computationally tractable Schwinger variational theory, and the systems studied to date can be well understood using an independent-particle, adiabatic nuclei framework. As a result, simple and intuitive pictures emerge, even when dealing with scattering phenomena involving complex molecular targets and potentials.

  5. Theory of attosecond delays in molecular photoionization

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    Baykusheva, Denitsa; Wörner, Hans Jakob

    2017-03-01

    We present a theoretical formalism for the calculation of attosecond delays in molecular photoionization. It is shown how delays relevant to one-photon-ionization, also known as Eisenbud-Wigner-Smith delays, can be obtained from the complex dipole matrix elements provided by molecular quantum scattering theory. These results are used to derive formulae for the delays measured by two-photon attosecond interferometry based on an attosecond pulse train and a dressing femtosecond infrared pulse. These effective delays are first expressed in the molecular frame where maximal information about the molecular photoionization dynamics is available. The effects of averaging over the emission direction of the electron and the molecular orientation are introduced analytically. We illustrate this general formalism for the case of two polyatomic molecules. N2O serves as an example of a polar linear molecule characterized by complex photoionization dynamics resulting from the presence of molecular shape resonances. H2O illustrates the case of a non-linear molecule with comparably simple photoionization dynamics resulting from a flat continuum. Our theory establishes the foundation for interpreting measurements of the photoionization dynamics of all molecules by attosecond metrology.

  6. Time-energy mapping of photoelectron angular distribution: application to photoionization stereodynamics of nitric oxide.

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    Suzuki, Yoshi-Ichi; Tang, Ying; Suzuki, Toshinori

    2012-05-28

    The time-energy mapping of the photoionization integral cross section and laboratory-frame photoelectron angular distribution is used to study photoionization stereodynamics of a diatomic molecule. The general theoretical formalism [Y. Suzuki and T. Suzuki, Mol. Phys., 2007, 105, 1675] is simplified for application to a diatomic molecule, and a high-resolution photoelectron imaging apparatus is used to determine the transition dipole moments and phase shifts of photoelectron partial waves in near-threshold and non-dissociative photoionization of NO from the A(2)Σ(+) state. The transition dipoles and phase shifts thus determined are in reasonable agreement with those by state-to-state photoionization experiment and Schwinger variational calculations. The difference of the phase shifts from those expected from the quantum defects of Rydberg states suggests occurrence of weak hybridization of different l-waves, in addition to the well-known s-d super complex. The circular dichroism in photoelectron angular distribution is also simulated from our results.

  7. In situ flame chemistry tracing by imaging photoelectron photoion coincidence spectroscopy

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    Oßwald, P.; Köhler, M.; Hemberger, P.; Bodi, A.; Gerber, T.; Bierkandt, T.; Akyildiz, E.; Kasper, T.

    2014-02-15

    Adaptation of a low-pressure flat flame burner with a flame-sampling interface to the imaging photoelectron photoion coincidence spectrometer (iPEPICO) of the VUV beamline at the Swiss Light Source is presented. The combination of molecular-beam mass spectrometry and iPEPICO provides a new powerful analytical tool for the detailed investigation of reaction networks in flames. First results demonstrate the applicability of the new instrument to comprehensive flame diagnostics and the potentially high impact for reaction mechanism development for conventional and alternative fuels. Isomer specific identification of stable and radical flame species is demonstrated with unrivaled precision. Radical detection and identification is achieved for the initial H-abstraction products of fuel molecules as well as for the reaction controlling H, O, and OH radicals. Furthermore, quantitative evaluation of changing species concentrations during the combustion process and the applicability of respective results for kinetic model validation are demonstrated. Utilization of mass-selected threshold photoelectron spectra is shown to ensure precise signal assignment and highly reliable spatial profiles.

  8. An imaging photoelectron-photoion coincidence investigation of homochiral 2R,3R-butanediol clusters

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    Daly, Steven; Powis, Ivan; Garcia, Gustavo A.; Tia, Maurice; Nahon, Laurent

    2017-07-01

    We report an experimental investigation of homochiral cluster formation in seeded molecular beam expansions of (2R,3R)-butanediol. Synchrotron radiation vacuum ultraviolet photoionization measurements have been performed using a double imaging electron-ion spectrometer in various configurations and modes of operation. These include measurements of the cluster ion mass spectra, wavelength scanned ion yields, and threshold electron spectra. Protonated cluster ions ranging up to n = 7 have been observed and size-selected photoelectron spectra and photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD) have been recorded by velocity map imaging, recorded in coincidence with ions, at a number of fixed photon energies. Translation temperatures of the cluster ions have been further examined by ion imaging measurements. As well as the sequence of protonated clusters with integral numbers of butanediol monomer units, a second series with half-integral monomer masses is observed and deduced to result from a facile cleavage of a butanediol monomer moiety within the nascent cluster. This second sequence of half-integral masses displays quite distinct behaviours. PECD measurements are used to show that the half-integral mass cluster ions do not share a common parentage with whole integer masses. Using an analogy developed with simple theoretical calculations of butanediol dimer structures, it is inferred that the dissociative branching into integral and half-integral ion mass sequences is controlled by the presence of different butanediol monomer conformations within the hydrogen bonded clusters.

  9. The ionisation energy of cyclopentadienone: a photoelectron-photoion coincidence study

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    Ormond, Thomas K.; Hemberger, Patrick; Troy, Tyler P.; Ahmed, Musahid; Stanton, John F.; Ellison, G. Barney

    2015-08-01

    Imaging photoelectron photoion coincidence (iPEPICO) spectra of cyclopentadienone (C5H4=O and C5D4=O) have been measured at the Swiss Light Source Synchrotron (Paul Scherrer Institute, Villigen, Switzerland) at the Vacuum Ultraviolet (VUV) Beamline. Complementary to the photoelectron spectra, photoionisation efficiency curves were measured with tunable VUV radiation at the Chemical Dynamics Beamline at the Advanced Light Source Synchrotron (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, USA). For both experiments, molecular beams diluted in argon and helium were generated from the vacuum flash pyrolysis of o-phenylene sulphite in a resistively heated microtubular SiC flow reactor. The Franck-Condon profiles and ionisation energies were calculated at the CCSD(T) level of theory, and are in excellent agreement with the observed iPEPICO spectra. The ionisation energies of both cyclopentadienone-d0, IE(C5H4=O), and cyclopentadienone-d4, IE(C5D4=O), were observed to be the same: 9.41 ± 0.01 eV. The mass-selected threshold photoelectron spectrum (ms-TPES) of cyclopentadienone reveals that the C=C stretch in the ground state of the cation is excited upon ionisation, supporting computational evidence that the ground state of the cation is ? 2A2, and is in agreement with previous studies. However, the previously reported ionisation potential has been improved considerably in this work. In addition, since o-benzoquinone (o-O=C6H4=O and o-O=C6D4=O) is also produced in this process, its ms-TPES has been recorded. From the iPEPICO and photoionisation efficiency spectra, we infer an adiabatic ionisation energy of IE(o-O=C6H4=O) = 9.3 ± 0.1 eV, but the rather structureless spectrum indicates a strong change in geometry upon ionisation making this value less reliable.

  10. Short-time Chebyshev wave packet method for molecular photoionization

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    Sun, Zhaopeng; Zheng, Yujun

    2016-08-01

    In this letter we present the extended usage of short-time Chebyshev wave packet method in the laser induced molecular photoionization dynamics. In our extension, the polynomial expansion of the exponential in the time evolution operator, the Hamiltonian operator can act on the wave packet directly which neatly avoids the matrix diagonalization. This propagation scheme is of obvious advantages when the dynamical system has large Hamiltonian matrix. Computational simulations are performed for the calculation of photoelectronic distributions from intense short pulse ionization of K2 and NaI which represent the Born-Oppenheimer (BO) model and Non-BO one, respectively.

  11. Photodissociation of Small Molecules and Photoionization of Free Radicals Using the VUV Velocity-Map Imaging Photoion and Photoelectron Method

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    Gao, Hong

    The tunable vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) laser generated through the two-photon resonance-enhanced four-wave mixing scheme is combined with the newly developed time-slice velocity map imaging photoion method to study the photodissociation of small molecules in the VUV region, and with the velocity map imaging photoelectron method to study the photoionization of free radicals. The photodissociation dynamics of NO in the energy region around 13.5 eV has been investigated. Branching ratios of the three lowest dissociation channels of 12C 16O that produce C(3P) + O(3P), C( 1D) + O(3P) and C(3P) + O(1D) are measured for the first time in the VUV region from 102,500 cm-1 to 110,500 cm-1, valuable information of the dissociation dynamics for this prototype system has been deduced. We demonstrated an experiment that has two independently tunable VUV lasers and a time-slice velocity map imaging setup, this provides us a global way to perform systematic state-selected photodissociation of small molecules via state-selected detection of the atomic products in the VUV region. The velocity map imaging photoelectron method was successfully used to obtain the photoelectron spectrum of the propargyl radical (C3H3) via a single VUV photoionization process. The propargyl radical is generated by the 193 nm laser photodissociation of the precursor C3H3Cl. This is the first time that the velocity map imaging photoelectron method is used to get the photoelectron spectra of free radicals, indicating that it is a powerful technique for studying the photoionization of free radicals which are always hard to be produced with high enough number densities for spectroscopic studies. This dissertation is mainly based on the following peer-reviewed journal articles: 1. Hong Gao, Yang Pan, Lei Yang, Jingang Zhou, C. Y. Ng and William M. Jackson. "Time-slice velocity-map ion imaging studies of the Photodissociation of NO in the vacuum ultraviolet region", the Journal of Chemical Physics, 136, 134302

  12. State-to-State Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Ions and Neutrals by Photoionization and Photoelectron Methods

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    Ng, Cheuk-Yiu

    2014-04-01

    Recent advances in high-resolution photoionization, photoelectron, and photodissociation studies based on single-photon vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and two-color infrared (IR)-VUV, visible (Vis)-ultraviolet (UV), and VUV-VUV laser excitations are illustrated with selected examples. VUV laser photoionization coupled with velocity-map-imaging threshold photoelectron (VMI-TPE) detection can achieve comparable energy resolution but has higher-detection sensitivities than those observed in VUV laser pulsed field ionization photoelectron (PFI-PE) measurements. For molecules with known intermediate states, IR-VUV and Vis-UV excitation schemes are highly sensitive for rovibronically selected and resolved PFI-PE studies. The successful applications of the VUV-PFI-PE, VUV-VMI-TPE, and Vis-UV-PFI-PE methods to state-resolved and state-to-state photoelectron studies of transient radicals and transitional metal-containing molecules are highlighted. The most recently established VUV-VUV pump-probe time-slice VMI photoion method is shown to be promising for state-to-state photodissociation studies of small molecules relevant to planetary atmospheres and for the fundamental understanding of photodissociation dynamics.

  13. State-To Spectroscopy and Dynamics of Ions and Neutrals by Photoionization and Photoelectron Methods

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    Ng, Cheuk-Yiu

    2014-06-01

    Recent advances in high-resolution photoionization, photoelectron, and photodissociation studies based on single-photon vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and two-color infrared (IR)-VUV, visible (VIS)-ultraviolet (UV), and VUV-VUV laser excitations are illustrated with selected examples. We show that VUV laser photoionization coupled with velocity-map-imaging (VMI)-threshold photoelectron (VMI-TPE) detection can achieve comparable energy resolutions, but higher detection sensitivities than those observed in VUV laser pulsed field ionization-photoelectron (PFI-PE) measurements. For molecules with known intermediate states, IR-VUV and VIS-UV excitation schemes are highly sensitive for rovibronically selected and resolved PFI-PE studies. The successful applications of the VUV-PFI-PE, VUV-VMI-TPE and VIS-UV-PFI-PE methods to state-resolved and state-to-state photoelectron studies of transient radicals and transitional metal-containing molecules are highlighted. The most recently established VUV-VUV pump-probe time-slice VMI-photoion method is shown to be promising for state-to-state photodissociation studies of small molecules relevant to planetary atmospheres and for the fundamental understanding of photodissociation dynamics.

  14. State-to-state spectroscopy and dynamics of ions and neutrals by photoionization and photoelectron methods.

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    Ng, Cheuk-Yiu

    2014-01-01

    Recent advances in high-resolution photoionization, photoelectron, and photodissociation studies based on single-photon vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) and two-color infrared (IR)-VUV, visible (Vis)-ultraviolet (UV), and VUV-VUV laser excitations are illustrated with selected examples. VUV laser photoionization coupled with velocity-map-imaging threshold photoelectron (VMI-TPE) detection can achieve comparable energy resolution but has higher-detection sensitivities than those observed in VUV laser pulsed field ionization photoelectron (PFI-PE) measurements. For molecules with known intermediate states, IR-VUV and Vis-UV excitation schemes are highly sensitive for rovibronically selected and resolved PFI-PE studies. The successful applications of the VUV-PFI-PE, VUV-VMI-TPE, and Vis-UV-PFI-PE methods to state-resolved and state-to-state photoelectron studies of transient radicals and transitional metal-containing molecules are highlighted. The most recently established VUV-VUV pump-probe time-slice VMI photoion method is shown to be promising for state-to-state photodissociation studies of small molecules relevant to planetary atmospheres and for the fundamental understanding of photodissociation dynamics.

  15. Velocity map photoelectron-photoion coincidence imaging on a single detector.

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    Lehmann, C Stefan; Ram, N Bhargava; Janssen, Maurice H M

    2012-09-01

    Here we report on a new simplified setup for velocity map photoelectron-photoion coincidence imaging using only a single particle detector. We show that both photoelectrons and photoions can be extracted toward the same micro-channel-plate delay line detector by fast switching of the high voltages on the ion optics. This single detector setup retains essentially all the features of a standard two-detector coincidence imaging setup, viz., the high spatial resolution for electron and ion imaging, while only slightly decreasing the ion time-of-flight mass resolution. The new setup paves the way to a significant cost reduction in building a coincidence imaging setup for experiments aiming to obtain the complete correlated three-dimensional momentum distribution of electrons and ions.

  16. Velocity map photoelectron-photoion coincidence imaging on a single detector

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    Lehmann, C. Stefan; Ram, N. Bhargava; Janssen, Maurice H. M.

    2012-09-15

    Here we report on a new simplified setup for velocity map photoelectron-photoion coincidence imaging using only a single particle detector. We show that both photoelectrons and photoions can be extracted toward the same micro-channel-plate delay line detector by fast switching of the high voltages on the ion optics. This single detector setup retains essentially all the features of a standard two-detector coincidence imaging setup, viz., the high spatial resolution for electron and ion imaging, while only slightly decreasing the ion time-of-flight mass resolution. The new setup paves the way to a significant cost reduction in building a coincidence imaging setup for experiments aiming to obtain the complete correlated three-dimensional momentum distribution of electrons and ions.

  17. Synchrotron threshold photoelectron photoion coincidence spectroscopy of radicals produced in a pyrolysis source: The methyl radical

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    Zhu, Yupeng; Wu, Xiangkun; Tang, Xiaofeng; Wen, Zuoying; Liu, Fuyi; Zhou, Xiaoguo; Zhang, Weijun

    2016-11-01

    We present here a flash pyrolysis source coupled with a threshold photoelectron photoion coincidence (TPEPICO) spectrometer and vacuum ultraviolet synchrotron radiation to investigate the spectroscopy and photochemistry of free radicals. The radicals are produced from pyrolysis in a heated silicon carbide tube, and the TPEPICO scheme provides a strategy to obtain pure spectra of the radicals without contamination from other byproducts. As a representative example, the methyl radical was studied, and its threshold photoelectron spectrum shows a series of umbrella vibrational transitions. The adiabatic ionization energy of the methyl radical was determined to be 9.84 ± 0.01 eV.

  18. High-Resolution Photoionization, Photoelectron and Photodissociation Studies. Determination of Accurate Energetic and Spectroscopic Database for Combustion Radicals and Molecules

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    Ng, Cheuk-Yiu

    2016-04-25

    The main goal of this research program was to obtain accurate thermochemical and spectroscopic data, such as ionization energies (IEs), 0 K bond dissociation energies, 0 K heats of formation, and spectroscopic constants for radicals and molecules and their ions of relevance to combustion chemistry. Two unique, generally applicable vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) laser photoion-photoelectron apparatuses have been developed in our group, which have used for high-resolution photoionization, photoelectron, and photodissociation studies for many small molecules of combustion relevance.

  19. Photoelectron spectroscopy of molecular clusters

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    Zhang, Xu; Pitts, Jonathan; Zheng, Chaowen; Knee, Joseph L.

    1995-09-01

    High resolution photoelectron spectroscopy is applied to the study of molecular clusters. The primary species studied are fluorene-Arn complexes. Spectroscopy of the neutral S1 state has been performed on clusters as large as n equals 30. In order to study the photoelectron spectra of the clusters size selectively mass analyzed threshold ionization (MATI) is used which is a mass resolved version of the ZEKE technique. MATI spectroscopy has been applied to clusters up to n equals 5. The spectral shifts in the S1 origin and ion threshold are used as a measure of the relative stability of the different clusters. Using previous experimental and theoretical work on related clusters the structures of the clusters are inferred from the observed spectral shifts. In some cases multiple conformations of a particular cluster size are identified.

  20. Site-specific recoil-induced effects on inner-shell photoionization of linear triatomic molecules: N 1 s photoelectron spectra of N2 O

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    Krivosenko, Yu. S.; Pavlychev, A. A.

    2016-11-01

    We investigate hard X-ray ionization of linear triatomic molecules accenting recoil-induced effects on the dynamics of molecular frame. This dynamics is studied within the two-springs and harmonic approximations. The mode-channel relationship connecting the excitations of vibrational, rotational and translational degrees of freedom with the Σ → Σ and Σ → Π photoionization channels is applied to compute the N 1s-1 photoelectron spectra of molecular N2 O for various photon energies. The distinct ionized-site- and molecular-orientation-specific changes in the vibration structure of the 1 s photoelectron lines of terminal and central nitrogen atoms are revealed and discussed.

  1. CRF-PEPICO: Double velocity map imaging photoelectron photoion coincidence spectroscopy for reaction kinetics studies

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    Sztáray, Bálint; Voronova, Krisztina; Torma, Krisztián G.; Covert, Kyle J.; Bodi, Andras; Hemberger, Patrick; Gerber, Thomas; Osborn, David L.

    2017-07-01

    Photoelectron photoion coincidence (PEPICO) spectroscopy could become a powerful tool for the time-resolved study of multi-channel gas phase chemical reactions. Toward this goal, we have designed and tested electron and ion optics that form the core of a new PEPICO spectrometer, utilizing simultaneous velocity map imaging for both cations and electrons, while also achieving good cation mass resolution through space focusing. These optics are combined with a side-sampled, slow-flow chemical reactor for photolytic initiation of gas-phase chemical reactions. Together with a recent advance that dramatically increases the dynamic range in PEPICO spectroscopy [D. L. Osborn et al., J. Chem. Phys. 145, 164202 (2016)], the design described here demonstrates a complete prototype spectrometer and reactor interface to carry out time-resolved experiments. Combining dual velocity map imaging with cation space focusing yields tightly focused photoion images for translationally cold neutrals, while offering good mass resolution for thermal samples as well. The flexible optics design incorporates linear electric fields in the ionization region, surrounded by dual curved electric fields for velocity map imaging of ions and electrons. Furthermore, the design allows for a long extraction stage, which makes this the first PEPICO experiment to combine ion imaging with the unimolecular dissociation rate constant measurements of cations to detect and account for kinetic shifts. Four examples are shown to illustrate some capabilities of this new design. We recorded the threshold photoelectron spectrum of the propargyl and the iodomethyl radicals. While the former agrees well with a literature threshold photoelectron spectrum, we have succeeded in resolving the previously unobserved vibrational structure in the latter. We have also measured the bimolecular rate constant of the CH2I + O2 reaction and observed its product, the smallest Criegee intermediate, CH2OO. Finally, the second

  2. Threshold Photoelectron Photoion Coincidence (TPEPICO) Studies. The Road to ± 0.1 kJ/mol Thermochemistry

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    Baer, Tomas

    2013-10-14

    The threshold photoelectron photoion coincidence (TPEPICO) technique is utilized to investigate the dissociation dynamics and thermochemistry of energy selected medium to large organic molecular ions. The reactions include parallel and consecutive steps that are modeled with the statistical theory in order to extract dissociation onsets for multiple dissociation paths. These studies are carried out with the aid of molecular orbital calculations of both ions and the transition states connecting the ion structure to their products. The results of these investigations yield accurate heats of formation of ions, free radicals, and stable molecules. In addition, they provide information about the potential energy surface that governs the dissociation process. Isomerization reactions prior to dissociation are readily inferred from the TPEPICO data.

  3. Scaling relationships in photoelectron-photoion coincidence studies: The aceton ion dissociation

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    Johnson, Kieth; Powis, I.; Danby, C. J.

    1981-12-01

    The distributions of internal energy released into translation in the fragmentation of energy-selected acetone ions (as determined by photoelectron-photoion coincidence studies) are shown to obey a scaling law, as do the calculated distributions derived from a statistical-dynamical phase space theory. A single function contains the dynamical history of the reaction system, at least at higher energies, in contrast to the predictions of the rigid rotor harmonic oscillator model. The scaling law provides an analysis of the bimodal form of the translational energy distributions which are found for the dissociation of the enol form of the acetone ion. This is shown to be consistent with the ergodic hypothesis.

  4. Universality of photoelectron circular dichroism in the photoionization of chiral molecules

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    Beaulieu, S.; Ferré, A.; Géneaux, R.; Canonge, R.; Descamps, D.; Fabre, B.; Fedorov, N.; Légaré, F.; Petit, S.; Ruchon, T.; Blanchet, V.; Mairesse, Y.; Pons, B.

    2016-10-01

    Photoionization of chiral molecules by circularly polarized radiation gives rise to a strong forward/backward asymmetry in the photoelectron angular distribution, referred to as photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD). Here we show that PECD is a universal effect that reveals the inherent chirality of the target in all ionization regimes: single photon, multiphoton, above-threshold and tunnel ionization. These different regimes provide complementary spectroscopic information at electronic and vibrational levels. The universality of the PECD can be understood in terms of a classical picture of the ionizing process, in which electron scattering on the chiral potential under the influence of a circularly polarized electric field results in a strong forward/backward asymmetry.

  5. Vibrationally mode-specific excitation in molecular photoionization

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    Poliakoff, Erwin

    2003-05-01

    Recent measurements on the photoionization of polyatomic molecules demonstrate that excitations of nominally forbidden vibrations are surprisingly intense, and that their energy dependences elucidate why they are occurring. The unifying theme underscored by these results is that the continuum photoelectron exerts tremendous influence on which vibrations are excited and the degree of excitation. These data are generated via high resolution photoelectron spectroscopy coupled with high brightness synchrotron radiation. Results are presented on the linear triatomic systems CO_2, CS_2, and N_2O. For these molecules, all vibrational modes are excited. Moreover, the energy dependences for the alternative vibrational modes exhibit dramatic differences, which are attributed to the degree and type of localization experienced by the continuum photoelectron in the molecular framework. And while the electronic structures of these molecules are very similar, they behave very differently from each other, even over a very broad energy range. Theoretical results by Prof. R.R. Lucchese will be discussed, and the comparison with experiment helps to illustrate the state of our understanding of these phenomena. In addition to the linear triatomics, preliminary results will be reported on BF_3, as well as a van der Waals dimer, Ar_2.

  6. Electron localization following attosecond molecular photoionization.

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    Sansone, G; Kelkensberg, F; Pérez-Torres, J F; Morales, F; Kling, M F; Siu, W; Ghafur, O; Johnsson, P; Swoboda, M; Benedetti, E; Ferrari, F; Lépine, F; Sanz-Vicario, J L; Zherebtsov, S; Znakovskaya, I; L'huillier, A; Ivanov, M Yu; Nisoli, M; Martín, F; Vrakking, M J J

    2010-06-10

    For the past several decades, we have been able to directly probe the motion of atoms that is associated with chemical transformations and which occurs on the femtosecond (10(-15)-s) timescale. However, studying the inner workings of atoms and molecules on the electronic timescale has become possible only with the recent development of isolated attosecond (10(-18)-s) laser pulses. Such pulses have been used to investigate atomic photoexcitation and photoionization and electron dynamics in solids, and in molecules could help explore the prompt charge redistribution and localization that accompany photoexcitation processes. In recent work, the dissociative ionization of H(2) and D(2) was monitored on femtosecond timescales and controlled using few-cycle near-infrared laser pulses. Here we report a molecular attosecond pump-probe experiment based on that work: H(2) and D(2) are dissociatively ionized by a sequence comprising an isolated attosecond ultraviolet pulse and an intense few-cycle infrared pulse, and a localization of the electronic charge distribution within the molecule is measured that depends-with attosecond time resolution-on the delay between the pump and probe pulses. The localization occurs by means of two mechanisms, where the infrared laser influences the photoionization or the dissociation of the molecular ion. In the first case, charge localization arises from quantum mechanical interference involving autoionizing states and the laser-altered wavefunction of the departing electron. In the second case, charge localization arises owing to laser-driven population transfer between different electronic states of the molecular ion. These results establish attosecond pump-probe strategies as a powerful tool for investigating the complex molecular dynamics that result from the coupling between electronic and nuclear motions beyond the usual Born-Oppenheimer approximation.

  7. A High-resolution Vacuum Ultraviolet Laser Photoionization and Photoelectron Study of the Co Atom

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    Huang, Huang; Wang, Hailing; Luo, Zhihong; Shi, Xiaoyu; Chang, Yih-Chung; Ng, C. Y.

    2016-12-01

    We have measured the vacuum ultraviolet-photoionization efficiency (VUV-PIE) spectrum of Co in the energy range of 63,500-67,000 cm-1, which covers the photoionization transitions of Co(3d74s2 4F9/2) \\to Co+(3d8 3F4), Co(3d74s2 4F7/2) \\to Co+(3d8 3F3), Co(3d74s2 4F9/2) \\to Co+(3d8 3F3), Co(3d74s2 4F9/2) \\to Co+(3d8 3F2), and Co(3d74s2 4F9/2) \\to Co+(3d74s1 5F5). We have also recorded the pulsed field ionization photoelectron spectrum of Co in the same energy range, allowing accurate determinations of ionization energies (IEs) for the photoionization transitions from the Co(3d74s2 4F9/2) ground neutral state to the Co+(3F J ) (J = 4 and 3) and Co+(5F5) ionic states, as well as from the Co(3d74s2 4F7/2) excited neural state to the Co+(3d8 3F3) ionic state. The high-resolution nature of the VUV laser used has allowed the observation of many well-resolved autoionizing resonances in the VUV-PIE spectrum, among which an autoionizing Rydberg series, 3d74s1(5F5)np (n = 19-38), converging to the Co+(3d74s1 5F5) ionic state from the Co(3d74s2 4F9/2) ground neutral state is identified. The fact that no discernible step-like structures are present at these ionization thresholds in the VUV-PIE spectrum indicates that direct photoionization of Co is minor compared to autoionization in this energy range. The IE values, the autoionizing Rydberg series, and the photoionization cross sections obtained in this experiment are valuable for understanding the VUV opacity and abundance measurement of the Co atom in stars and solar atmospheres, as well as for benchmarking the theoretical results calculated in the Opacity Project and the IRON Project, and thus are of relevance to astrophysics.

  8. Rovibronically selected and resolved two-color laser photoionization and photoelectron study of nickel carbide cation.

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    Chang, Yih Chung; Shi, Xiaoyu; Lau, Kai-Chung; Yin, Qing-Zhu; Liou, H T; Ng, C Y

    2010-08-07

    We have performed a two-color laser photoionization and photoelectron study of nickel carbide (NiC) and its cation (NiC(+)). By preparing NiC in a single rovibronic level of an intermediate vibronic state via visible laser excitation prior to ultraviolet laser photoionization, we have measured the photoionization efficiency spectrum of NiC near its ionization threshold, covering the formation of NiC(+)(X (2)Sigma(+);v(+)=0-3). We have also obtained well-resolved rotational transitions for the v(+)=0 and 1 vibrational bands of the NiC(+)(X (2)Sigma(+)) ground state. The assignment of rotational transitions observed between the neutral NiC intermediate state and the NiC(+) ion ground state has allowed the direct determination of a highly precise value for the ionization energy of NiC, IE(NiC)=67,525.1+/-0.5 cm(-1) (8.372 05+/-0.000 06 eV). This experiment also provides reliable values for the vibrational spacing [DeltaG(1/2)=859.5+/-0.5 cm(-1)], rotational constants (B(e)(+)=0.6395+/-0.0018 cm(-1) and alpha(e)(+)=0.0097+/-0.0009 cm(-1)), and equilibrium bond distance (r(e)(+)=1.628 A) for the NiC(+)(X (2)Sigma(+)) ground state. The experimental results presented here are valuable for benchmarking the development of more reliable ab initio quantum computation procedures for energetic and spectroscopic calculations of transition metal-containing molecules.

  9. Rovibronically selected and resolved two-color laser photoionization and photoelectron study of nickel carbide cation

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    Chang, Yih Chung; Shi, Xiaoyu; Lau, Kai-Chung; Yin, Qing-Zhu; Liou, H. T.; Ng, C. Y.

    2010-08-01

    We have performed a two-color laser photoionization and photoelectron study of nickel carbide (NiC) and its cation (NiC+). By preparing NiC in a single rovibronic level of an intermediate vibronic state via visible laser excitation prior to ultraviolet laser photoionization, we have measured the photoionization efficiency spectrum of NiC near its ionization threshold, covering the formation of NiC+(X Σ2+;v+=0-3). We have also obtained well-resolved rotational transitions for the v+=0 and 1 vibrational bands of the NiC+(X Σ2+) ground state. The assignment of rotational transitions observed between the neutral NiC intermediate state and the NiC+ ion ground state has allowed the direct determination of a highly precise value for the ionization energy of NiC, IE(NiC)=67 525.1±0.5 cm-1 (8.372 05±0.000 06 eV). This experiment also provides reliable values for the vibrational spacing [ΔG(1/2)=859.5±0.5 cm-1], rotational constants (Be+=0.6395±0.0018 cm-1 and αe+=0.0097±0.0009 cm-1), and equilibrium bond distance (re+=1.628 Å) for the NiC+(X Σ2+) ground state. The experimental results presented here are valuable for benchmarking the development of more reliable ab initio quantum computation procedures for energetic and spectroscopic calculations of transition metal-containing molecules.

  10. Near-threshold photoelectron angular distributions from two-photon resonant photoionization of He

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    O'Keeffe, P.; Mihelič, A.; Bolognesi, P.; Žitnik, M.; Moise, A.; Richter, R.; Avaldi, L.

    2013-01-01

    Two-photon resonant photoionization of helium is investigated both experimentally and theoretically. Ground state helium atoms are excited to the 1s4p, 1s5p and 1s6p 1P states by synchrotron radiation and ionized by a synchronized infrared pulsed picosecond laser. The photoelectron angular distributions of the emitted electrons are measured using a velocity map imaging (VMI) spectrometer. The measured asymmetry parameters of the angular distribution allow the phase differences and the ratios of the dipole matrix elements of the 1sɛs and 1sɛd channels to be determined. The experimental results agree with the calculated values obtained in a configuration-interaction calculation with a Coulomb-Sturmian basis set. The effects of the radiative decay of the intermediate state and the static electric field of the VMI spectrometer on the measurements are discussed.

  11. Photoelectron-photoion coincidence spectroscopy for multiplexed detection of intermediate species in a flame.

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    Krüger, Julia; Garcia, Gustavo A; Felsmann, Daniel; Moshammer, Kai; Lackner, Alexander; Brockhinke, Andreas; Nahon, Laurent; Kohse-Höinghaus, Katharina

    2014-11-07

    Complex reactive processes in the gas phase often proceed via numerous reaction steps and intermediate species that must be identified and quantified to develop an understanding of the reaction pathways and establish suitable reaction mechanisms. Here, photoelectron-photoion coincidence (PEPICO) spectroscopy has been applied to analyse combustion intermediates present in a premixed fuel-rich (ϕ = 1.7) ethene-oxygen flame diluted with 25% argon, burning at a reduced pressure of 40 mbar. For the first time, multiplexing fixed-photon-energy PEPICO measurements were demonstrated in a chemically complex reactive system such as a flame in comparison with the scanning "threshold" TPEPICO approach used in recent pioneering combustion investigations. The technique presented here is capable of detecting and identifying multiple species by their cations' vibronic fingerprints, including radicals and pairs or triplets of isomers, from a single time-efficient measurement at a selected fixed photon energy. Vibrational structures for these species have been obtained in very good agreement with scanning-mode threshold photoelectron spectra taken under the same conditions. From such spectra, the temperature in the ionisation volume was determined. Exemplary analysis of species profiles and mole fraction ratios for isomers shows favourable agreement with results obtained by more common electron ionisation and photoionisation mass spectrometry experiments. It is expected that the multiplexing fixed-photon-energy PEPICO technique can contribute effectively to the analysis of chemical reactivity and kinetics in and beyond combustion.

  12. Photoelectron and photoion spectroscopy of atoms, nanoparticles, and nanoplasmas irradiated with strong femtosecond laser fields

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    Hickstein, Daniel D.

    Modern femtosecond lasers can produce pulses of light that are shorter than the vibrational periods in molecules and have electric fields stronger than the Coulomb field that binds electrons in atoms. These short pulse lasers enable the observation of chemical reactions, the production of attosecond bursts of high-energy photons, and the precision-machining of solid materials with minimal heat transport to the material. In this thesis, I describe three experiments that provide new insight into strong-field (1014 Watts/cm2) femtosecond laser-matter interactions in three important regimes. First, I discuss the strong-field ionization of gas-phase atoms, identify a new structure in the photoelectron angular distribution of xenon gas, and explain this structure as a result of field-driven electrons colliding with the Coulomb potential of the ion. Second, I describe a new method to perform photoelectron and photoion spectroscopy on single, isolated nanoparticles and demonstrate this technique by observing the directional ion ejection that takes place in the laser ablation of nanostructures. Finally, I present the first experimental observations of shock wave propagation in nanoscale plasmas. These findings will guide future efforts to probe the structure of atoms and molecules on the femtosecond timescale, design nanomaterials that enhance light on the subwavelength scale, and produce high-energy ions from plasmas.

  13. Rovibronically Selected and Resolved Laser Photoionization and Photoelectron Studies of Transition Metal Carbides, Nitrides, and Oxides.

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    Luo, Zhihong; Chang, Yih-Chung; Huang, Huang; Ng, Cheuk-Yiu

    2014-06-01

    Transition metal (M) carbides, nitrides, and oxides (MX, X = C, N, and O) are important molecules in astrophysics, catalysis, and organometallic chemistry. The measurements of the ionization energies (IEs), bond energies, and spectroscopic constants for MX/MX+ in the gas phase by high-resolution photoelectron methods represent challenging but profitable approaches to gain fundamental understandings of the electronic structures and bonding properties of these compounds and their cations. We have developed a two-color laser excitation scheme for high-resolution pulse field ionization photoelectron (PFI-PE) measurements of MX species. By exciting the neutral MX species to a single rovibronic state using a visible laser prior to photoionization by a UV laser, we have obtained fully rotational resolved PFI-PE spectra for TiC+, TiO+, VCH+, VN+, CoC+, ZrO+, and NbC+. The unambiguous rotational assignments of these spectra have provided highly accurate IE values for TiC, TiO, VCH, VN, CoC, ZrO, and NbC, and spectroscopic constants for their cations.

  14. Interference in the molecular photoionization and Young's double-slit experiment

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    Baltenkov, A. S.; Becker, U.; Manson, S. T.; Msezane, A. Z.

    2012-02-01

    The photoabsorption by an electron bound by a two-centre potential has been investigated within the framework of the zero-range potential model. Expressions for total photoabsorption cross sections and for the photoelectron angular distributions have been derived for fixed-in-space and randomly oriented targets. The analytical formulae for gerade and ungerade molecular states have been used to analyse separately the molecular effects due to the two-centre ground state of quasi-molecule and diffraction effects that are connected with the spherical waves in the molecular continuum. It is shown that the interference of these waves significantly influences the magnitude of the cross sections near threshold but does not significantly distort the shape of the photoelectron angular distribution and it depends rather weakly on the character of the forces acting between the electron and molecular residue: Coulomb forces for neutral molecular photoionization or the short-range forces in the case of photodetachment of molecular negative ions. It is shown that despite the fact that the photoionization of diatomic molecules is reminiscent of Young's double-slit experiment, the similarity between these processes has been grossly exaggerated. This is confirmed by comparing the results of the classical interference of an electron scattered by two spatially separated centres with molecular photoelectron angular distributions.

  15. Rovibronically selected and resolved two-color laser photoionization and photoelectron study of cobalt carbide cation.

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    Huang, Huang; Chang, Yih Chung; Luo, Zhihong; Shi, Xiaoyu; Lam, Chow-Shing; Lau, Kai-Chung; Ng, C Y

    2013-03-07

    We have conducted a two-color visible-ultraviolet (VIS-UV) resonance-enhanced laser photoionization efficiency and pulsed field ionization-photoelectron (PFI-PE) study of gaseous cobalt carbide (CoC) near its ionization onset in the total energy range of 61,200-64,510 cm(-1). The cold gaseous CoC sample was prepared by a laser ablation supersonically cooled beam source. By exciting CoC molecules thus generated to single N' rotational levels of the intermediate CoC∗((2)Σ(+); v') state using a VIS dye laser prior to UV laser photoionization, we have obtained N(+) rotationally resolved PFI-PE spectra for the CoC(+)(X(1)Σ(+); v(+) = 0 and 1) ion vibrational bands free from interference by impurity species except Co atoms produced in the ablation source. The rotationally selected and resolved PFI-PE spectra have made possible unambiguous rotational assignments, yielding accurate values for the adiabatic ionization energy of CoC(X(2)Σ(+)), IE(CoC) = 62,384.3 ± 0.6 cm(-1) (7.73467 ± 0.00007 eV), the vibrational frequency ωe (+) = 985.6 ± 0.6 cm(-1), the anharmonicity constant ωe (+)χe (+) = 6.3 ± 0.6 cm(-1), the rotational constants (Be (+) = 0.7196 ± 0.0005 cm(-1), αe (+) = 0.0056 ± 0.0008 cm(-1)), and the equilibrium bond length re (+) = 1.534 Å for CoC(+)(X(1)Σ(+)). The observation of the N(+) = 0 level in the PFI-PE measurement indicates that the CoC(+) ground state is of (1)Σ(+) symmetry. Large ΔN(+) = N(+) - N' changes up to 6 are observed for the photoionization transitions CoC(+)(X(1)Σ(+); v(+) = 0-2; N(+)) ← CoC∗((2)Σ(+); v'; N' = 6, 7, 8, and 9). The highly precise energetic and spectroscopic data obtained in the present study have served as a benchmark for testing theoretical predictions based on state-of-the-art ab initio quantum calculations at the CCSDTQ∕CBS level of theory as presented in the companion article.

  16. Quasibound continuum states in SiF4 (D~ 2A1) photoionization: Photoelectron-vibrational coupling

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    Montuoro, Raffaele; Lucchese, Robert R.; Bozek, John D.; Das, Aloke; Poliakoff, E. D.

    2007-06-01

    The authors report a fully vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectroscopy investigation of a nonplanar molecule studied over a range of excitation energies. Experimental results for all four fundamental vibrational modes are presented. In each case significant non-Franck-Condon effects are seen. The vibrational branching ratio for the totally symmetric mode ν1+ is found to be strongly affected by resonant excitation in the SiF4+ (D˜A12) photoionization channel. This is shown to be the result of two distinct shape resonances, which for the first time have been both confirmed by theoretical calculations. Vibrationally resolved Schwinger photoionization calculations are used to understand the vibronic coupling for the photoelectrons, both using ab initio and harmonic vibrational wave functions.

  17. Photoelectron imaging of XUV photoionization of CO2 by 13-40 eV synchrotron radiation

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    Furch, Federico J.; Birkner, Sascha; Jungmann, Julia H.; Kelkensberg, Freek; Schulz, Claus Peter; Rouzée, Arnaud; Vrakking, Marc J. J.

    2013-09-01

    Valence band photoionization of CO2 has been studied by photoelectron spectroscopy using a velocity map imaging spectrometer and synchrotron radiation. The measured data allow retrieving electronic and vibrational branching ratios, vibrationally resolved asymmetry parameters, and the total electron yield which includes multiple strong resonances. Additionally, the spectrum of low kinetic energy electrons has been studied in the resonant region, and the evolution with photon energy of one of the forbidden transitions present in the slow photoelectrons spectrum has been carefully analyzed, indicating that in the presence of auto-ionizing resonances the vibrational populations of the ion are significantly redistributed.

  18. Excitation of the symmetry forbidden bending mode in molecular photoionization

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    Miller, J. Scott; Poliakoff, E. D.; Miller, Thomas F.; Natalense, Alexandra P. P.; Lucchese, Robert R.

    2001-03-01

    We present results on the energy dependence of the vibrational branching ratio for the bending mode in CO2 3σu-1 photoionization. Specifically, we determine the v+=(0,1,0)/v+=(0,0,0) intensity ratio by detecting dispersed fluorescence from the electronically excited photoions. The results exhibit large deviations over a very wide energy range, 18photoelectron spectroscopy, their appearance is normally ascribed to vibronic coupling in the ionic hole state. In this case, we find that such explanations fail to account for the energy dependence of the branching ratio. These deviations indicate that the continuum photoelectron participates in transferring oscillator strength to the nominally forbidden vibrational transition. A theoretical framework is developed for interpreting the experimental data, and Schwinger variational calculations are performed. These calculations demonstrate that the continuum electron is responsible for the observation of the excited bending mode as well as its energy dependence. This is an intrachannel effect that is best described as photoelectron-induced vibronic symmetry breaking. This appears to be a general phenomenon, and it may be useful in illuminating connections between bond angle and photoionization spectroscopies. The magnitude of these deviations display the utility of vibrationally resolved studies, and the extent over which these changes occur underscores the necessity of broad range studies to elucidate slowly varying characteristics in photoionization continua.

  19. Molecular Frame Photoemission: Probe of the Photoionization Dynamics for Molecules in the Gas Phase

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    Dowek, D.; Picard, Y. J.; Billaud, P.; Elkharrat, C.; Houver, J. C.

    2009-04-01

    Molecular frame photoemission is a very sensitive probe of the photoionization (PI) dynamics of molecules. This paper reports a comparative study of non-resonant and resonant photoionization of D2 induced by VUV circularly polarized synchrotron radiation at SOLEIL at the level of the molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions (MFPADs). We use the vector correlation method which combines imaging and time-of-flight resolved electron-ion coincidence techniques, and a generalized formalism for the expression of the I(χ, θe, varphie) MFPADs, where χ is the orientation of the molecular axis with respect to the light quantization axis and (θe, varphie) the electron emission direction in the molecular frame. Selected MFPADs for a molecule aligned parallel or perpendicular to linearly polarized light, or perpendicular to the propagation axis of circularly polarized light, are presented for dissociative photoionization (DPI) of D2 at two photon excitation energies, hν = 19 eV, where direct PI is the only channel opened, and hν = 32.5 eV, i.e. in the region involving resonant excitation of Q1 and Q2 doubly excited state series. We discuss in particular the properties of the circular dichroism characterizing photoemission in the molecular frame for direct and resonant PI. In the latter case, a remarkable behavior is observed which may be attributed to the interference occurring between undistinguishable autoionization decay channels.

  20. On the dissociation of the 2-pentanone ion studied by threshold photoelectron photoion coincidence spectroscopy

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    Kercher, James P.; Sztáray, Bálint; Baer, Tomas

    2006-03-01

    The photodissociation of 2-pentanone has been studied by threshold photoelectron photoion coincidence (TPEPICO) spectroscopy, in which ion time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectra are recorded as a function of the photon energy in the range of 9.6-12.2 eV. 2-Pentanone ions dissociate via four competitive channels: ethylene (C2H4) loss to produce the propen-2-ol ion, n-propyl (C3H7) loss to produce the acetyl ion, and two parallel methyl (CH3) loss channels, producing the butanoyl ion at low energies and the but-3-en-2-ol ion at higher energies. The latter dissociates further via ethylene (C2H4) loss providing a second pathway to the acetyl ion. This final dissociation channel is observed experimentally by the appearance of an asymmetric ion peak in the time-of-flight (TOF) distribution at photon energies greater than 11.5 eV. The ion TOF distributions and breakdown diagram have been modeled in terms of the statistical RRKM theory for unimolecular reactions, yielding the 0 K dissociation onsets of 10.239 +/- 0.015 eV for the butanoyl ion and 10.259 +/- 0.019 eV for the propen-2-ol (acetone enolate) ion. By relating the measured onsets with other well established heats of formation, the 298 K heat of formation of the butanoyl and propen-2-ol ions were determined to be 586.9 +/- 2.1 and 680.7 +/- 1.8 kJ/mol, respectively. The acetone enolate ion is thus 37 kJ/mol more stable than the acetone ion, a value supported by G3B3, and CBS-QB3 calculations. The but-3-en-2-ol ion was found to lose ethylene to produce the acetyl ion without an energy barrier.

  1. Retrieving transient conformational molecular structure information from inner-shell photoionization of laser-aligned molecules

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    Wang, Xu; Le, Anh -Thu; Yu, Chao; Lucchese, R. R.; Lin, C. D.

    2016-03-30

    We discuss a scheme to retrieve transient conformational molecular structure information using photoelectron angular distributions (PADs) that have averaged over partial alignments of isolated molecules. The photoelectron is pulled out from a localized inner-shell molecular orbital by an X-ray photon. We show that a transient change in the atomic positions from their equilibrium will lead to a sensitive change in the alignment-averaged PADs, which can be measured and used to retrieve the former. Exploiting the experimental convenience of changing the photon polarization direction, we show that it is advantageous to use PADs obtained from multiple photon polarization directions. Lastly, a simple single-scattering model is proposed and benchmarked to describe the photoionization process and to do the retrieval using a multiple-parameter fitting method.

  2. Retrieving transient conformational molecular structure information from inner-shell photoionization of laser-aligned molecules

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    Wang, Xu; Le, Anh -Thu; Yu, Chao; ...

    2016-03-30

    We discuss a scheme to retrieve transient conformational molecular structure information using photoelectron angular distributions (PADs) that have averaged over partial alignments of isolated molecules. The photoelectron is pulled out from a localized inner-shell molecular orbital by an X-ray photon. We show that a transient change in the atomic positions from their equilibrium will lead to a sensitive change in the alignment-averaged PADs, which can be measured and used to retrieve the former. Exploiting the experimental convenience of changing the photon polarization direction, we show that it is advantageous to use PADs obtained from multiple photon polarization directions. Lastly, amore » simple single-scattering model is proposed and benchmarked to describe the photoionization process and to do the retrieval using a multiple-parameter fitting method.« less

  3. Retrieving transient conformational molecular structure information from inner-shell photoionization of laser-aligned molecules

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    Wang, Xu; Le, Anh-Thu; Yu, Chao; Lucchese, R. R.; Lin, C. D.

    2016-01-01

    We discuss a scheme to retrieve transient conformational molecular structure information using photoelectron angular distributions (PADs) that have averaged over partial alignments of isolated molecules. The photoelectron is pulled out from a localized inner-shell molecular orbital by an X-ray photon. We show that a transient change in the atomic positions from their equilibrium will lead to a sensitive change in the alignment-averaged PADs, which can be measured and used to retrieve the former. Exploiting the experimental convenience of changing the photon polarization direction, we show that it is advantageous to use PADs obtained from multiple photon polarization directions. A simple single-scattering model is proposed and benchmarked to describe the photoionization process and to do the retrieval using a multiple-parameter fitting method. PMID:27025410

  4. Dissociative Ionization Mechanism and Appearance Energies in Adipic Acid Revealed by Imaging Photoelectron Photoion Coincidence, Selective Deuteration, and Calculations.

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    Heringa, Maarten F; Slowik, Jay G; Prévôt, André S H; Baltensperger, Urs; Hemberger, Patrick; Bodi, Andras

    2016-05-26

    Adipic acid, a model compound for oxygenated organic aerosol, has been studied at the VUV beamline of the Swiss Light Source. Internal energy selected cations were prepared by threshold photoionization using vacuum ultraviolet synchrotron radiation and imaging photoelectron photoion coincidence spectroscopy (iPEPICO). The threshold photoelectron spectrum yields a vertical ionization energy (IE) of 10.5 eV, significantly above the calculated adiabatic IE of 8.6 eV. The cationic minimum is accessible after vertical ionization by H-transfer from one of the γ-carbons to a carbonyl oxygen and is sufficiently energetic to decay by water loss at the ionization onset. The slope of the breakdown curves, quantum chemical calculations, and selective deuteration of the carboxylic hydrogens establish the dissociative photoionization mechanism. After ionization, one γ-methylene hydrogen and the two carboxylic hydrogens are randomized prior to H2O loss. On the basis of the deuteration degree in the H2O + CO-loss product at higher energies, a direct water-loss channel without complete randomization also exists. The breakdown diagram and center of gravity of the H2O + CO-loss peak were modeled to obtain 0 K appearance energies of 10.77, 10.32, and 11.53 eV for H2O + CO loss, CH2COOH loss, and H2O + CH2COOH loss from adipic acid. These agree well with the CBS-QB3 calculated values of 10.68, 10.45, and 11.57 eV, respectively, which shows that threshold photoionization can yield energetics data as long as the dissociation is statistical, even when the parent ion cannot be observed. The results can be used as a starting point for a deeper understanding of the ionization and low-energy fragmentation of organic aerosol components.

  5. Double Photoionization of Aligned Molecular Hydrogen

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    Vanroose, Wim; Horner, Daniel A.; Martin, Fernando; Rescigno,Thomas N.; McCurdy, C. William

    2006-07-21

    We present converged, completely ab initio calculations ofthe triple differential cross sections for double photoionization ofaligned H2 molecules for a photon energy of 75.0 eV. The method ofexterior complex scaling, implemented with both the discrete variablerepresentation and B-splines, is used to solve the Schroedinger equationfor a correlated continuum wave function corresponding to a single photonhaving been absorbed by a correlated initial state. Results for a fixedinternuclear distance are compared with recent experiments and show thatintegration over experimental angular and energy resolutions is necessaryto produce good qualitative agreement, but does not eliminate somediscrepancies. Limitations of current experimental resolution are shownto sometimes obscure interesting details of the crosssection.

  6. Communication: State-to-state photoionization and photoelectron study of vanadium methylidyne radical (VCH)

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    Luo, Zhihong; Zhang, Zheng; Huang, Huang; Chang, Yih-Chung; Ng, C. Y.

    2014-05-14

    By employing the infrared (IR)-ultraviolet (UV) laser excitation scheme, we have obtained rotationally selected and resolved pulsed field ionization-photoelectron (PFI-PE) spectra for vanadium methylidyne cation (VCH{sup +}). This study supports that the ground state electronic configuration for VCH{sup +} is …7σ{sup 2}8σ{sup 2}3π{sup 4}9σ{sup 1} (X{sup ~2}Σ{sup +}), and is different from that of …7σ{sup 2}8σ{sup 2}3π{sup 4}1δ{sup 1} (X{sup ~2}Δ) for the isoelectronic TiO{sup +} and VN{sup +} ions. This observation suggests that the addition of an H atom to vanadium carbide (VC) to form VCH has the effect of stabilizing the 9σ orbital relative to the 1δ orbital. The analysis of the state-to-state IR-UV-PFI-PE spectra has provided precise values for the ionization energy of VCH, IE(VCH) = 54 641.9 ± 0.8 cm{sup −1} (6.7747 ± 0.0001 eV), the rotational constant B{sup +} = 0.462 ± 0.002 cm{sup −1}, and the v{sub 2}{sup +} bending (626 ± 1 cm{sup −1}) and v{sub 3}{sup +} V–CH stretching (852 ± 1 cm{sup −1}) vibrational frequencies for VCH{sup +}(X{sup ~2}Σ{sup +}). The IE(VCH) determined here, along with the known IE(V) and IE(VC), allows a direct measure of the change in dissociation energy for the V–CH as well as the VC–H bond upon removal of the 1δ electron of VCH(X{sup ~3}Δ{sub 1}). The formation of VCH{sup +}(X{sup ~2}Σ{sup +}) from VCH(X{sup ~3}Δ{sub 1}) by photoionization is shown to strengthen the VC–H bond by 0.3559 eV, while the strength of the V–CH bond remains nearly unchanged. This measured change of bond dissociation energies reveals that the highest occupied 1δ orbital is nonbonding for the V–CH bond; but has anti-bonding or destabilizing character for the VC–H bond of VCH(X{sup ~3}Δ{sub 1})

  7. Synchrotron-based double imaging photoelectron/photoion coincidence spectroscopy of radicals produced in a flow tube: OH and OD

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    Garcia, Gustavo A.; Tang, Xiaofeng; Gil, Jean -Francois; ...

    2015-04-23

    In this study, we present a microwave discharge flow tube coupled with a double imaging electron/ion coincidence device and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) synchrotron radiation. The system has been applied to the study of the photoelectron spectroscopy of the well-known radicals OH and OD. The coincidence imaging scheme provides a high selectivity and yields the spectra of the pure radicals, removing the ever-present contributions from excess reactants, background, or secondary products, and therefore obviating the need for a prior knowledge of all possible byproducts. The photoelectron spectra encompassing the X3Σ– ground state of the OH+ and OD+ cations have been extractedmore » and the vibrational constants compared satisfactorily to existing literature values. Future advantages of this approach include measurement of high resolution VUV spectroscopy of radicals, their absolute photoionization cross section, and species/isomer identification in chemical reactions as a function of time.« less

  8. Synchrotron-based double imaging photoelectron/photoion coincidence spectroscopy of radicals produced in a flow tube: OH and OD

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    Garcia, Gustavo A.; Tang, Xiaofeng; Gil, Jean -Francois; Nahon, Laurent; Ward, Michael; Batut, Sebastien; Fittschen, Christa; Taatjes, Craig A.; Osborn, David L.; Loison, Jean -Christophe

    2015-04-23

    In this study, we present a microwave discharge flow tube coupled with a double imaging electron/ion coincidence device and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) synchrotron radiation. The system has been applied to the study of the photoelectron spectroscopy of the well-known radicals OH and OD. The coincidence imaging scheme provides a high selectivity and yields the spectra of the pure radicals, removing the ever-present contributions from excess reactants, background, or secondary products, and therefore obviating the need for a prior knowledge of all possible byproducts. The photoelectron spectra encompassing the X3Σ ground state of the OH+ and OD+ cations have been extracted and the vibrational constants compared satisfactorily to existing literature values. Future advantages of this approach include measurement of high resolution VUV spectroscopy of radicals, their absolute photoionization cross section, and species/isomer identification in chemical reactions as a function of time.

  9. Synchrotron-based double imaging photoelectron/photoion coincidence spectroscopy of radicals produced in a flow tube: OH and OD

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    Garcia, Gustavo A.; Tang, Xiaofeng; Gil, Jean-François; Nahon, Laurent; Ward, Michael; Batut, Sebastien; Fittschen, Christa; Taatjes, Craig A.; Osborn, David L.; Loison, Jean-Christophe

    2015-04-28

    We present a microwave discharge flow tube coupled with a double imaging electron/ion coincidence device and vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) synchrotron radiation. The system has been applied to the study of the photoelectron spectroscopy of the well-known radicals OH and OD. The coincidence imaging scheme provides a high selectivity and yields the spectra of the pure radicals, removing the ever-present contributions from excess reactants, background, or secondary products, and therefore obviating the need for a prior knowledge of all possible byproducts. The photoelectron spectra encompassing the X{sup 3}Σ{sup −} ground state of the OH{sup +} and OD{sup +} cations have been extracted and the vibrational constants compared satisfactorily to existing literature values. Future advantages of this approach include measurement of high resolution VUV spectroscopy of radicals, their absolute photoionization cross section, and species/isomer identification in chemical reactions as a function of time.

  10. K-shell photoionization of CO: I. Angular distributions of photoelectrons from fixed-in-space molecules

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    Motoki, S.; Adachi, J.; Hikosaka, Y.; Ito, K.; Sano, M.; Soejima, K.; Yagishita, A.; Raseev, G.; Cherepkov, N. A.

    2000-10-01

    Angular distributions of photoelectrons from both C and O K-shells of the fixed-in-space CO molecule have been measured using the angle-resolved photoelectron-photoion coincidence technique. The measurements have been performed at several photon energies from the ionization thresholds up to about 30 eV above them, where the σ* shape resonances occur. Experimental results are compared with the multiple-scattering calculations of Dill et al (1976 J. Chem. Phys. 65 3158) and with our new calculations in the relaxed-core Hartree-Fock approximation. Our calculations are in a better agreement with the experimental data though numerical discrepancies remain. The experimental angular distributions are fitted by the expansion in Legendre polynomials containing up to ten terms and the extracted parameters are compared with the corresponding theoretical values.

  11. Photoelectron spectroscopy of supersonic molecular beams

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    Pollard, J. E.; Trevor, D. J.; Lee, Y. T.; Shirley, D. A.

    1981-12-01

    A high-resolution photoelectron spectrometer which uses molecular beam sampling is described. Photons from a rare-gas resonance lamp or UV laser are crossed with the beam from a differentially pumped supersonic nozzle source. The resulting photoelectrons are collected by an electrostatic analyzer of a unique design consisting of a 90° spherical sector preanalyzer, a system of lenses, and a 180° hemispherical deflector. A multichannel detection system based on dual microchannel plates with a resistive anode position encoder provides an increase in counting efficiency by a factor of 12 over the equivalent single channel detector. The apparatus has demonstrated an instrumental resolution of better than 10 meV FWHM, limited largely by the photon source linewidth. A quadrupole mass spectrometer is used to characterize the composition of the molecular beam. Extensive differential pumping is provided to protect the critical surfaces of the analyzer and mass spectrometer from contamination. Because of the near elimination of Doppler and rotational broadenings, the practical resolution is the highest yet obtained in molecular PES.

  12. A hybridGaussian-discrete variable representation approach to molecular continuum processes II: application to photoionization of diatomic Li2+

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    Rescigno, Thomas N; Yip, Frank L.; McCurdy, C. William; Rescigno, Thomas N.

    2008-08-01

    We describe an approach for studying molecular photoionization with a hybrid basis that combines the functionality of analytic basis sets to represent electronic coordinates near the nuclei of a molecule with numerically-defined grid-based functions. We discuss the evaluation of the various classes of two-electron integrals that occur in a hybrid basis consisting of Gaussian type orbitals (GTOs) and discrete variable representation (DVR) functions. This combined basis is applied to calculate single photoionization cross sections for molecular Li_2+, which has a large equilibrium bond distance (R=5.86a_0). The highly non-spherical nature of Li_2+ molecules causes higher angular momentum components to contribute significantly to the cross section even at low photoelectron energies, resulting in angular distributions that appear to be f-wave dominated near the photoionization threshold. At higher energies, where the de Broglie wavelength of the photoelectron becomes comparable with the bond distance, interference effects appear in the photoionization cross section. These interference phenomena appear at much lower energies than would be expected for diatomic targets with shorter internuclear separations.

  13. Core-Hole Molecular Frame X-Ray Photoelectron Angular Distributions as Molecular Geometry Probes

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    Trevisan, Cynthia; Williams, Joshua; Menssen, Adrian; Weber, Thorsten; Rescigno, Thomas; McCurdy, Clyde; Landers, Allen

    2014-05-01

    We present experimental and theoretical results for the angular dependence of electrons ejected from the core orbitals of ethane (C2H6) and tetrafluoromethane (CF4) in an effort to understand the origin of the imaging effect by which the molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions (MFPADs) for removing an electron from a 1s orbital effectively image the geometry of a class of molecules. At low energies, our calculations predict the same imaging effect in X2H6 previously found in CH4, H2O and NH3. By contrast, in experiment and calculations CF4 displays an anti-imaging effect, whereby the electron ejected by core photoionization has the tendency to avoid molecular bonds, if averaged over directions of polarization of the incident X-ray beam. Our measurements employ the COLTRIMS method and the calculations were performed with the Complex Kohn Variational method.

  14. Theoretical description of circular dichroism in photoelectron angular distributions of randomly oriented chiral molecules after multi-photon photoionization

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    Goetz, R. E.; Isaev, T. A.; Nikoobakht, B.; Berger, R.; Koch, C. P.

    2017-01-01

    Photoelectron circular dichroism refers to the forward/backward asymmetry in the photoelectron angular distribution with respect to the propagation axis of circularly polarized light. It has recently been demonstrated in femtosecond multi-photon photoionization experiments with randomly oriented camphor and fenchone molecules [C. Lux et al., Angew. Chem., Int. Ed. 51, 4755 (2012) and C. S. Lehmann et al., J. Chem. Phys. 139, 234307 (2013)]. A theoretical framework describing this process as (2+1) resonantly enhanced multi-photon ionization is constructed, which consists of two-photon photoselection from randomly oriented molecules and successive one-photon ionization of the photoselected molecules. It combines perturbation theory for the light-matter interaction with ab initio calculations for the two-photon absorption and a single-center expansion of the photoelectron wavefunction in terms of hydrogenic continuum functions. It is verified that the model correctly reproduces the basic symmetry behavior expected under exchange of handedness and light helicity. When applied to fenchone and camphor, semi-quantitative agreement with the experimental data is found, for which a sufficient d wave character of the electronically excited intermediate state is crucial.

  15. Ionic dissociation dynamics and energetics of hexamethyldigermanium, (CH3)6Ge2, by threshold photoelectron-photoion coincidence spectroscopy

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    Dávalos, Juan Z.; Baer, Tomas; Blancas, Carlos

    2017-09-01

    Threshold Photoelectron-Photoion Coincidence Spectroscopy (TPEPICO) has been used to study the ionic dissociation dynamics and energetics of Me6Ge2 (Me = CH3). Ions are energy-selected and the 0 K dissociation onsets for methyl and Me3Ge loss are obtained from the breakdown diagram and mass spectra distributions, both of them analyzed and modeled with statistical SSACM theory and quantum chemical (DFT, MP2) calculations. An updated value for the enthalpy of formation, ΔfHm0 (g) of Me6Ge2, is used to derive Δf Hm0 (Me3Ge,g) = 70.8 ± 8.9 kJ·mol-1. The bond dissociation enthalpies, BDE (Gesbnd X), of Me3Gesbnd X (X = Me, GeMe3, Cl and Br) were also derived in this study.

  16. Probing molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions via high-order harmonic generation from aligned molecules

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    Lin, C. D.; Jin, Cheng; Le, Anh-Thu; Lucchese, R. R.

    2012-10-01

    We analyse the theory of single photoionization (PI) and high-order harmonic generation (HHG) by intense lasers from aligned molecules. We show that molecular-frame photoelectron angular distributions can be extracted from these measurements. We also show that, under favourable conditions, the phase of PI transition dipole matrix elements can be extracted from the HHG spectra. Furthermore, by varying the polarization axis of the HHG generating laser with respect to the polarization axis of the aligning laser, it is possible to extract angle-dependent tunnelling ionization rates for different subshells of the molecules.

  17. Turbulence in giant molecular clouds: the effect of photoionization feedback

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    Boneberg, D. M.; Dale, J. E.; Girichidis, P.; Ercolano, B.

    2015-02-01

    Giant molecular clouds (GMCs) are observed to be turbulent, but theory shows that without a driving mechanism turbulence should quickly decay. The question arises by which mechanisms turbulence is driven or sustained. It has been shown that photoionizing feedback from massive stars has an impact on the surrounding GMC and can for example create vast H II bubbles. We therefore address the question of whether turbulence is a consequence of this effect of feedback on the cloud. To investigate this, we analyse the velocity field of simulations of high-mass star-forming regions by studying velocity structure functions and power spectra. We find that clouds whose morphology is strongly affected by photoionizing feedback also show evidence of driving of turbulence by preserving or recovering a Kolmogorov-type velocity field. On the contrary, control run simulations without photoionizing feedback have a velocity distribution that bears the signature of gravitational collapse and of the dissipation of energy, where the initial Kolmogorov-type structure function is erased.

  18. Probing photoelectron multiple interferences via Fourier spectroscopy in energetic photoionization of Xe-C{sub 60}

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    Potter, Andrea; McCune, Matthew A.; De, Ruma; Chakraborty, Himadri S.; Madjet, Mohamed E.

    2010-09-15

    Considering the photoionization of the Xe-C{sub 60} endohedral compound, we study in detail the ionization cross sections of various levels of the system at energies higher than the plasmon resonance region. Five classes of single-electron levels are identified depending on their spectral character. Each class engenders distinct oscillations in the cross section, emerging from the interference between active ionization modes specific to that class. Analysis of the cross sections based on their Fourier transforms unravels oscillation frequencies that carry unique fingerprints of the emitting level.

  19. Dynamics of photoionization from molecular electronic wavepacket states in intense pulse laser fields: A nonadiabatic electron wavepacket study

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    Matsuoka, Takahide; Takatsuka, Kazuo

    2017-04-01

    A theory for dynamics of molecular photoionization from nonadiabatic electron wavepackets driven by intense pulse lasers is proposed. Time evolution of photoelectron distribution is evaluated in terms of out-going electron flux (current of the probability density of electrons) that has kinetic energy high enough to recede from the molecular system. The relevant electron flux is in turn evaluated with the complex-valued electronic wavefunctions that are time evolved in nonadiabatic electron wavepacket dynamics in laser fields. To uniquely rebuild such wavefunctions with its electronic population being lost by ionization, we adopt the complex-valued natural orbitals emerging from the electron density as building blocks of the total wavefunction. The method has been implemented into a quantum chemistry code, which is based on configuration state mixing for polyatomic molecules. Some of the practical aspects needed for its application will be presented. As a first illustrative example, we show the results of hydrogen molecule and its isotope substitutes (HD and DD), which are photoionized by a two-cycle pulse laser. Photon emission spectrum associated with above threshold ionization is also shown. Another example is taken from photoionization dynamics from an excited state of a water molecule. Qualitatively significant effects of nonadiabatic interaction on the photoelectron spectrum are demonstrated.

  20. Excited state dynamics in SO2. I. Bound state relaxation studied by time-resolved photoelectron-photoion coincidence spectroscopy

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    Wilkinson, Iain; Boguslavskiy, Andrey E.; Mikosch, Jochen; Bertrand, Julien B.; Wörner, Hans Jakob; Villeneuve, David M.; Spanner, Michael; Patchkovskii, Serguei; Stolow, Albert

    2014-05-01

    The excited state dynamics of isolated sulfur dioxide molecules have been investigated using the time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and time-resolved photoelectron-photoion coincidence techniques. Excited state wavepackets were prepared in the spectroscopically complex, electronically mixed ({tildeB})1B1/(Ã)1A2, Clements manifold following broadband excitation at a range of photon energies between 4.03 eV and 4.28 eV (308 nm and 290 nm, respectively). The resulting wavepacket dynamics were monitored using a multiphoton ionisation probe. The extensive literature associated with the Clements bands has been summarised and a detailed time domain description of the ultrafast relaxation pathways occurring from the optically bright ({tildeB})1B1 diabatic state is presented. Signatures of the oscillatory motion on the ({tildeB})1B1/(Ã)1A2 lower adiabatic surface responsible for the Clements band structure were observed. The recorded spectra also indicate that a component of the excited state wavepacket undergoes intersystem crossing from the Clements manifold to the underlying triplet states on a sub-picosecond time scale. Photoelectron signal growth time constants have been predominantly associated with intersystem crossing to the ({tildec})3B2 state and were measured to vary between 750 and 150 fs over the implemented pump photon energy range. Additionally, pump beam intensity studies were performed. These experiments highlighted parallel relaxation processes that occurred at the one- and two-pump-photon levels of excitation on similar time scales, obscuring the Clements band dynamics when high pump beam intensities were implemented. Hence, the Clements band dynamics may be difficult to disentangle from higher order processes when ultrashort laser pulses and less-differential probe techniques are implemented.

  1. Site-specific fragmentation caused by core-level photoionization in F(3)SiCH(2)CH(2)Si(CH(3))(3) vapor: comparison between Si:1s and 2p photoionizations by means of photoelectron-photoion-photoion triple-coincidence spectroscopy.

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    Nagaoka, Shin-ichi; Takemoto, Mai; Prümper, Georg; Fukuzawa, Hironobu; Tamenori, Yusuke; Suzuki, Isao H; Ueda, Kiyoshi

    2008-11-28

    Site-specific fragmentation caused by Si:1s and 2p core-level photoionizations in F(3)SiCH(2)CH(2)Si(CH(3))(3) vapor was studied by energy-selected-photoelectron photoion-photoion triple-coincidence spectroscopy. The difference between the chemical shifts of the two Si sites is larger for the 1s ionization than for the 2p (2s) ionization. The fragmentation caused by the Si:1s ionization is more violent than that caused by the Si:2p ionization. The ions and ion pairs showing high site specificity for the Si:1s ionization belong to small fragments compared to those in the Si:2p ionization. Criteria for high site-specificity in fragmentation are discussed in conjunction with the present results.

  2. Photoionization of triatomic molecular ions {{\\rm{H}}}_{3}^{2+} by intense bichromatic circularly polarized attosecond UV laser pulses

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    Yuan, Kai-Jun; Lu, Huizhong; Bandrauk, André D.

    2017-06-01

    Photoionization of triatomic molecular ions has been studied for triangular and linear geometries by bichromatic circularly polarized attosecond UV laser pulses at frequencies {ω }2=2{ω }1. Simulations are performed on the single electron molecule {{{H}}}32+ by numerically solving time-dependent Schrödinger equations. We measure molecular frame photoelectron momentum distributions (MFPMDs), which show spiral electron vortex patterns as functions of the helicity of the pulse and the molecular geometry. The ionization interference effects arise from multi-pathway ionization, which give rise to the modulation of multi-center photoelectron spectra. We describe these phenomena in MFPMDs based on an ultrafast delta-function ionization model and attosecond perturbation ionization theory. Interference patterns in MFPMDs reflect the helicity and symmetry of the electric fields in the attosecond ionizing pulses.

  3. Photoionization of He above the N =2 threshold. II. Angular distribution of photoelectrons and asymmetry parameter

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    Sanchez, I.; Martin, F. )

    1992-04-01

    We report theoretical calculations for the {beta}{sub 2{ital p}}-asymmetry parameter in the photoionization of He(1{ital s}{sup 2}) above the {ital N}=2 ionization threshold. We use an extension of a method recently proposed (I. Sanchez and F. Martin, Phys. Rev. A 44, 7318 (1991)) that makes use of a Feshbach partitioning of the final-state wave function and an {ital L}{sup 2} representation of the coupled continuum states. Partial differential cross sections at emission angles 0{degree} and 90{degree} are also provided. Our results are in good agreement with the experimental data, thus showing the accuracy of the present method to study electron angular-distribution properties.

  4. Dissociation of internal energy-selected methyl bromide ion revealed from threshold photoelectron-photoion coincidence velocity imaging.

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    Tang, Xiaofeng; Zhou, Xiaoguo; Sun, Zhongfa; Liu, Shilin; Liu, Fuyi; Sheng, Liusi; Yan, Bing

    2014-01-28

    Dissociative photoionization of methyl bromide (CH3Br) in an excitation energy range of 10.45-16.90 eV has been investigated by using threshold photoelectron-photoion coincidence (TPEPICO) velocity imaging. The coincident time-of-flight mass spectra indicate that the ground state X(2)E of CH3Br(+) is stable, and both A(2)A1 and B(2)E ionic excited states are fully dissociative to produce the unique fragment ion of CH3 (+). From TPEPICO 3D time-sliced velocity images of CH3 (+) dissociated from specific state-selected CH3Br(+) ion, kinetic energy release distribution (KERD) and angular distribution of CH3 (+) fragment ion are directly obtained. Both spin-orbit states of Br((2)P) atom can be clearly observed in fast dissociation of CH3Br(+)(A(2)A1) ion along C-Br rupture, while a KERD of Maxwell-Boltzmann profile is obtained in dissociation of CH3Br(+)(B(2)E) ion. With the aid of the re-calculated potential energy curves of CH3Br(+) including spin-orbit coupling, dissociation mechanisms of CH3Br(+) ion in A(2)A1 and B(2)E states along C-Br rupture are revealed. For CH3Br(+)(A(2)A1) ion, the CH3 (+) + Br((2)P1/2) channel is occurred via an adiabatic dissociation by vibration, while the Br((2)P3/2) formation is through vibronic coupling to the high vibrational level of X(2)E state followed by rapid dissociation. C-Br bond breaking of CH3Br(+)(B(2)E) ion can occur via slow internal conversion to the excited vibrational level of the lower electronic states and then dissociation.

  5. Photoionization Dynamics of Small Molecules

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    Dehmer, Joseph L.; Dill, Dan; Parr, Albert C.

    1985-01-01

    The last decade has witnessed remarkable progress in characterizing dynamical aspects of the molecular photoionization process. The general challenge is to gain physical insight into those processes occuring during photo excitation and eventual escape of the photoelectron through the anisotropic molecular field, in terms of various observables such as photoionization cross-sections and branching ratios, photoelectron angular distributions and even newer probes mentioned below. Much of the progress in this field has mirrored earlier work in atomic photoionization dynamics where many key ideas were developed (e.g., channel interaction, quantum defect analysis, potential barrier phenomena and experimental techniques). However, additional concepts and techniques were required to deal with the strictly molecular aspects of the problem, particularly the anisotropy of the multicenter molecular field and the interaction among rovibronic modes.

  6. Photoelectron Angular Distribution and Molecular Structure in Multiply Charged Anions

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    Xing, Xiaopeng; Wang, Xue B.; Wang, Lai S.

    2009-02-12

    Photoelectrons emitted from multiply charged anions (MCAs) carry information of the intramolecular Coulomb repulsion (ICR), which is dependent on molecular structures. Using photoelectron imaging, we observed the effects of ICR on photoelectron angular distributions (PAD) of the three isomers of benzene dicarboxylate dianions C6H4(CO2)22– (o-, m- and p-BDC2–). Photoelectrons were observed to peak along the laser polarization due to the ICR, but the anisotropy was the largest for p-BDC2–, followed by the m- and o-isomer. The observed anisotropy is related to the direction of the ICR or the detailed molecular structures, suggesting that photoelectron imaging may allow structural information to be obtained for complex multiply charged anions.

  7. Threshold-photoelectron-spectroscopy-coincidence study of the double photoionization of HBr.

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    Alagia, Michele; Brunetti, Brunetto G; Candori, Pietro; Falcinelli, Stefano; Teixidor, Marc Moix; Pirani, Fernando; Richter, Robert; Stranges, Stefano; Vecchiocattivi, Franco

    2004-04-15

    A threshold-photoelectron-coincidence spectrum of HBr has been recorded in the 32.2-35.8 eV photon energy range, with a resolution of approximately 0.01 eV, using a synchrotron radiation source. The X (3)Sigma(-) and a (1)Delta(2) states of the HBr(2+) dication are clearly observed in the spectrum, while there is no clear evidence for the formation of the b (1)Sigma(+) electronic state. For the first two states, the vibrational states v=0-3 have been resolved, while for the ground X (3)Sigma(-) state also spin-orbit splitting has been detected. The results appear in good agreement with previous experimental observations. A comparison with theoretical predictions indicates the role of "noncovalent" contributions to the interaction between the two atomic partners for the formation of metastable states.

  8. Dissociation of vibrational state-selected O2(+) Ions in the B(2)Σ(g)¯ state using threshold photoelectron-photoion coincidence velocity imaging.

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    Tang, Xiaofeng; Zhou, Xiaoguo; Niu, Mingli; Liu, Shilin; Sheng, Liusi

    2011-06-23

    Using the recently developed threshold photoelectron-photoion coincidence (TPEPICO) velocity imaging mass spectrometer (Tang et al. Rev. Sci. Instrum.2009, 80, 113101), dissociation of vibrational state-selected O(2)(+)(B(2)Σ(g)(¯), v(+) = 0-6) ions was investigated. Both the speed and angular distributions of the O(+) fragments dissociated from individually vibronic levels of the B(2)Σ(g)(¯) state were obtained directly from the three-dimensional time-sliced TPEPICO velocity images. Two dissociation channels, O(+)((4)S) + O((3)P) and O(+)((4)S) + O((1)D), were respectively observed, and their branching ratios were found to be heavily dependent on the vibrational states. A new intersection mechanism was suggested for the predissociation of O(2)(+)(B(2)Σ(g)(¯)) ions, especially for dissociation at the energy of the v(+) = 4 level. In addition, the anisotropic parameters for O(+) fragments from different dissociative pathways were determined to be close to zero, indicating that the v(+) = 0-6 levels of B(2)Σ(g)(¯) predissociate on a time scale that is much slower than that of molecular rotation.

  9. Tracking hole localization in K -shell and core-valence-excited acetylene photoionization via body-frame photoelectron angular distributions

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    Rescigno, T. N.; Trevisan, C. S.; McCurdy, C. W.

    2015-02-01

    Asymmetry in the molecular-frame photoelectron angular distributions from core-hole- or core-valence-excited polyatomic targets with symmetry-equivalent atoms can provide direct evidence for core-hole localization. Using acetylene as an example, we contrast the small asymmetry that can be seen in direct core-level ionization, due to the competition between two competing pathways to the continuum, with ionization from core-valence-excited HCCH, which offers the prospect of observing markedly greater asymmetry.

  10. Franck—Condon breakdown as a probe of continuum coupling in molecular photoionization

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    Kakar, Sandeep; Choi, Heung Cheun; Poliakoff, E. D.

    1992-03-01

    We have measured vibrational branching ratios for 4σ -1 photoionization of CO in order to characterize continuum channel coupling. The results indicate that the shape resonance in the 5σ→ɛσ channel influences vibrational branching ratios of the 4σ -1 channel via continuum coupling, and the data illustrate how continuum channel coupling affects molecular photoionization dynamics.

  11. Ultrafast molecular photoionization by two-color orthogonally polarized ultraviolet laser pulses: Effects of relative pulse phases

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    Yuan, Kai-Jun; Chelkowski, Szczepan; Bandrauk, André D.

    2017-09-01

    We present molecular photoionization by two-color 2ω1 =ω2 orthogonally polarized ultraviolet laser pulses. Simulations are performed on aligned H+ by numerically solving time-dependent Schrödinger equations. Two ionization processes with one ω2 photon interfering with two ω1 photon absorption are studied at different molecular alignments. Molecular frame photoelectron momentum and angular distributions exhibit asymmetries which are functions of the relative pulse phase. For resonant excitation processes by the ω1 pulse, symmetric distributions are obtained. An attosecond ionization model is adopted to describe the ultrafast ionization dynamics. The dependence of the ionization asymmetry on the molecular alignment allows to further monitor interference effects on orbital symmetry.

  12. High-resolution threshold photoelectron-photoion coincidence experiments performed on beamline 9.0.2.2: Kinetic energy release study of the process SF{sub 6} + hv {yields} SF{sub 5}{sup +} F + e{sup -}

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    Evans, M.; Ng, C.Y.; Hsu, C.W.; Heimann, P.

    1997-04-01

    Vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photoionization mass spectrometry has been used extensively to determine the energetics of neutral radicals and radical cations, as well as to study the dynamics of the dissociative photoionization process. Very often these measurements are concerned with determining the appearance energy (AE) for a dissociative ionization process, as well as determining the heats of formation of the species involved. One such photoionization mass spectrometric technique employed on End Station 2 of the Chemical Dynamics Beamline (9.0.2.2) at the Advanced Light Source is the threshold photoelectron-photoion coincidence (TPEPICO) method. TPEPICO involves measuring the time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrum of a given cation in coincidence with threshold photoelectrons at a known photoionization energy.

  13. Dissociation limit and dissociation dynamic of CF4(+): application of threshold photoelectron-photoion coincidence velocity imaging.

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    Tang, Xiaofeng; Zhou, Xiaoguo; Wu, Manman; Gao, Zhi; Liu, Shilin; Liu, Fuyi; Shan, Xiaobin; Sheng, Liusi

    2013-03-07

    Dissociation of internal energy selected CF4(+) ions in an excitation energy range of 15.40-19.60 eV has been investigated using threshold photoelectron-photoion coincidence (TPEPICO) velocity imaging. Only CF3(+) fragment ions are observed in coincident mass spectra, indicating all the X(2)T1, A(2)T2, and B(2)E ionic states of CF4(+) are fully dissociative. Both kinetic energy released distribution (KERD) and angular distribution in dissociation of CF4(+) ions have been derived from three-dimensional TPEPICO time-sliced images. A parallel distribution of CF3(+) fragments along the polarization vector of photon is observed for dissociation of CF4(+) ions in all the low-lying electronic states. With the aid of F-loss potential energy curves, dissociation mechanisms of CF4(+) ions in these electronic states have been proposed. CF4(+) ions in both X(2)T1 and A(2)T2 states directly dissociate to CF3(+) and F fragments along the repulsive C-F coordinate, while a two-step dissociation mechanism is suggested for B(2)E state: CF4(+)(B(2)E) ion first converts to the lower A(2)T2 state via internal conversion, then dissociates to CF3(+) and F fragments along the steep A(2)T2 potential energy surface. In addition, an adiabatic appearance potential of AP0(CF3(+)∕CF4) has also been established to be 14.71 ± 0.02 eV, which is very consistent with the recent calculated values.

  14. Ultrafast molecular orbital imaging based on attosecond photoelectron diffraction.

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    Li, Yang; Qin, Meiyan; Zhu, Xiaosong; Zhang, Qingbin; Lan, Pengfei; Lu, Peixiang

    2015-04-20

    We present ab initio numerical study of ultrafast ionization dynamics of H(2)(+) as well as CO(2) and N(2) exposed to linearly polarized attosecond extreme ultraviolet pulses. When the molecules are aligned perpendicular to laser polarization direction, photonionization of these molecules show clear and distinguishing diffraction patterns in molecular attosecond photoelectron momentum distributions. The internuclear distances of the molecules are related to the position of the associated diffraction patterns, which can be determined with high accuracy. Moreover, the relative heights of the diffraction fringes contain fruitful information of the molecular orbital structures. We show that the diffraction spectra can be well produced using the two-center interference model. By adopting a simple inversion algorithm which takes into account the symmetry of the initial molecular orbital, we can retrieve the molecular orbital from which the electron is ionized. Our results offer possibility for imaging of molecular structure and orbitals by performing molecular attosecond photoelectron diffraction.

  15. Selected ion flow tube cation-molecule reaction studies and threshold photoelectron photoion coincidence spectroscopy of cyclic-C5F8.

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    Parkes, Michael A; Ali, Sahangir; Tuckett, Richard P; Mikhailov, Victor A; Mayhew, Chris A

    2007-10-14

    The product ion branching ratios and rate coefficients have been measured using a selected ion flow tube (SIFT) at 298 K for the bimolecular reactions of cyclic-C5F8 with several atomic and molecular cations. The majority of reactions occur at the collisional rate calculated by the modified average dipole orientation theory, with the exception of H2O+ for which the reaction efficiency is only 55%. Apart from H2O+ and N+, the similarity of the product ion branching ratios determined from threshold photoelectron photoion coincidence (TPEPICO) and ion-molecule data suggests that long-range electron transfer is the dominant mechanism for reactions involving ions with recombination energies between 12 and 17 eV. For N+, the product ion branching ratios are very different to those produced by photoionisation; this result may be explained if some of the N-atom products are formed electronically excited. The onset of an ionisation signal of c-C5F8 measured by TPEPICO spectroscopy occurs at 12.25 +/- 0.05 eV. This is much higher than the value of the first adiabatic ionisation energy determined from electron ionisation (11.24 +/- 0.10 eV), He (I) photoionisation (11.30 +/- 0.05 eV), and an independent high resolution threshold photoelectron spectrum (11.237 +/- 0.002 eV). The ground electronic state of c-C5F8+ has very weak intensity under threshold electron conditions. The TPEPICO spectrum of c-C5F8 recorded from 12-23 eV shows detection of the parent ion and the daughter ions C4F6+ and C5F7+, with their appearance energies increasing in this order. Ion yield curves and branching ratios have been determined. Using Gaussian 03, the enthalpy of formation of c-C5F8 at 298 K has been determined to be -1495 kJ mol(-1).

  16. Molecular photoelectron holography with circularly polarized laser pulses.

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    Yang, Weifeng; Sheng, Zhihao; Feng, Xingpan; Wu, Miaoli; Chen, Zhangjin; Song, Xiaohong

    2014-02-10

    We investigate the photoelectron momentum distribution of molecular-ion H2+driven by ultrashort intense circularly polarized laser pulses. Both numerical solutions of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation (TDSE) and a quasiclassical model indicate that the photoelectron holography (PH) with circularly polarized pulses can occur in molecule. It is demonstrated that the interference between the direct electron wave and rescattered electron wave from one core to its neighboring core induces the PH. Moreover, the results of the TDSE predict that there is a tilt angle between the interference pattern of the PH and the direction perpendicular to the molecular axis. Furthermore, the tilt angle is sensitively dependent on the wavelength of the driven circularly polarized pulse, which is confirmed by the quasiclassical calculations. The PH induced by circularly polarized laser pulses provides a tool to resolve the electron dynamics and explore the spatial information of molecular structures.

  17. Fluorescence probes of spectroscopic and dynamical aspects of molecular photoionization

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    Poliakoff, Erwin D.

    1988-11-01

    Studies were made of vibrationally resolved aspects of shape resonant excitation in the photoionization of N(2)0. This experiment was performed by generating dispersed fluorescence spectra from electronically excited photoions. These results are the first vibrationally resolved results on a polyatomic shape resonance. In vibrationally resolved measurements, different internuclear configurations are probed by sampling alternative vibrational levels of the ion. As a result, the continuum electron behavior can be mapped out most clearly, and the qualitative aspects of the electron ejection can be understood clearly. A central motivation for studying polyatomic shape resonances is that alternative vibrational modes may be explored, revealing facets that are nonexistent for diatomic systems, which are the only systems that have been characterized previously.

  18. Rotationally resolved fluorescence as a probe of molecular photoionization dynamics

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    Kakar, Sandeep; Choi, Heung-Cheun; Poliakoff, E. D.

    1992-11-01

    We present rotationally resolved data for the v'=0 and v'=1 levels of N2+(B 2Σu+) produced via 2σu-1 photoionization of N2. The data are obtained over a broad photon energy range (19≤hνexc≤35 eV). This is made possible by using synchrotron radiation excitation in conjunction with dispersed fluorescence detection. The results exhibit both resonant and nonresonant effects.

  19. Triply Differential Studies of Atomic and Molecular Photoionization Using Synchrotron Radiation.

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    1981-07-06

    1980). 9. E. D. Poliakoff , P. M. Dehmer, J. L. Dehmer, and R. L. Stockbauer, "The Photoelectron Spectrum of Xe 3 by the Photoclectron-Photoion...4. E. D. Poliakoff , J. L. Dehmer, A. C. Parr, D. Dill, K. H. Jackson, an, R. N. Zare, "Polarized Fluorescence Excta:b,, Spectroscopy of N2 , " ibid...p. 11-25. 5. J. L. Dehmer, A. C. Parr, J. B. West, K. Codling, D. L. Ederer, B. E. Cole, E. D. Poliakoff , and R. Stockbauer, "Ef,, cts of Shape

  20. Molecular-orbital decomposition of the ionization continuum for a diatomic molecule by angle- and energy-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy. I. Formalism

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    Park, Hongkun; Zare, Richard N.

    1996-03-01

    A theoretical formalism is developed for the quantum-state-specific photoelectron angular distributions (PADs) from the direct photoionization of a diatomic molecule in which both the ionizing state and the state of the ion follow Hund's case (b) coupling. The formalism is based on the molecular-orbital decomposition of the ionization continuum and therefore fully incorporates the molecular nature of the photoelectron-ion scattering within the independent electron approximation. The resulting expression for the quantum-state-specific PADs is dependent on two distinct types of dynamical quantities, one that pertains only to the ionization continuum and the other that depends both on the ionizing state and the ionization continuum. Specifically, the electronic dipole-moment matrix element rlλ exp(iηlλ) for the ejection of a photoelectron with orbital angular momentum quantum number l making a projection λ on the internuclear axis is expressed as ΣαλŪlαλλ exp (iπτ¯αλλ) Mαλλ, where Ūλ is the electronic transformation matrix, τ¯αλλ is the scattering phase shift associated with the αλth continuum molecular orbital, and Mαλλ is the real electronic dipole-moment matrix element that connects the ionizing orbital to the αλth continuum molecular orbital. Because Ūλ and τ¯αλλ depend only on the dynamics in the ionization continuum, this formalism allows maximal exploitation of the commonality between photoionization processes from different ionizing states. It also makes possible the direct experimental investigation of scattering matrices for the photoelectron-ion scattering and thus the dynamics in the ionization continuum by studying the quantum-state-specific PADs, as illustrated in the companion article on the photoionization of NO.

  1. Triply Differential Studies of Atomic and Molecular Photoionization Using Synchrotron Radiation.

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    1985-10-17

    B. West, E. D. Poliakoff , and J. L. Dehmer, "Wavelength and Vibrational- State Dependence of Photoelectron Angular Distributions. Resonance Effects in...Dehmer, "Triply-Differential Photoelectron Studies of Molecular Autoionization Profiles," Phys. Rev. Letters 46, 22 (1981). 3. E. D. Poliakoff , J. L...Resonance in Xe," J. Phys. B 13, L693 (1980). 9. E. D. Poliakoff , P. M. Dehmer, J. L. Dehmer, and R. L. Stockbauer, "The Photoelectron Spectrum of Xe by the

  2. Photoelectron angular distributions in molecular above threshold ionization by two colour circularly polarized ultrashort UV laser pulses

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    Yuan, Kai-Jun; Bandrauk, André D.

    2013-10-01

    Photoionization of an aligned molecular ion H? has been investigated with two colour circularly polarized ultrashort UV laser pulses by numerically solving the corresponding time dependent Schrödinger equation. Photoelectron angular distributions (PADs) in molecular above threshold ionization (MATI) exhibit: (i) asymmetry resulting from interference of coherent electron wave packets from multiple pathway ionization, which depends critically on the relative carrier envelope phase (CEP) ? between the two colour laser pulses and photoelectron kinetic energies; (ii) rotation with respect to the molecular symmetry axes due to effects of the nonspherical two center Coulomb potential. Such features are described by multi-photon perturbative theoretical ionization models. The ionization probability is functions of both the CEP ? and the angle ? between the electron emission and the molecular axis. The influence of pulse intensity and ellipticity on PADs in MATI is also investigated. It is found that the asymmetry depends on the pulse intensity whereas the rotation angle is shown to be sensitive to the pulse ellipticity, both reflecting the orientation dependence of molecular ionization probabilities.

  3. Correlation of molecular valence- and K-shell photoionization resonances with bond lengths

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    Sheehy, J. A.; Gil, T. J.; Winstead, C. L.; Farren, R. E.; Langhoff, P. W.

    1989-01-01

    The relationship between the interatomic distance and the positions of valence-shell and K-shell sigma(asterisk) photoionization resonances is investigated theoretically for the molecules C2, F2, N2, O2, CO, NO, C2H2, C2H4, C2H6, HCN, H2CO, N20, CO2, and C2N2. The results of molecular-orbital computations are presented in three-dimensional diagrams, which are shown to be similar to the wave functions of a particle in a cylindrical well, confirming the validity of free-electron molecular-orbital (FEMO) approximations for modeling the potential along the symmetry axis. FEMO orbital energies and resonance positions are found to be in good agreement with previous theoretical and experimental results. Also included is a Feshbach-Fano analysis of the relevance of virtual-valence orbitals to the appearance of single-channel resonances in molecular photoionization cross sections.

  4. Rotationally resolved state-to-state photoionization and photoelectron study of titanium carbide and its cation (TiC/TiC+)

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    Luo, Zhihong; Huang, Huang; Chang, Yih-Chung; Zhang, Zheng; Yin, Qing-Zhu; Ng, C. Y.

    2014-10-01

    Titanium carbide and its cation (TiC/TiC+) have been investigated by the two-color visible (VIS)-ultraviolet (UV) resonance-enhanced photoionization and pulsed field ionization-photoelectron (PFI-PE) methods. Two visible excitation bands for neutral TiC are observed at 16 446 and 16 930 cm-1. Based on rotational analyses, these bands are assigned as the respective TiC(3Π1) ← TiC(X3Σ+) and TiC(3Σ+) ← TiC(X3Σ+) transition bands. This assignment supports that the electronic configuration and term symmetry for the neutral TiC ground state are …7σ28σ19σ13π4 (X3Σ+). The rotational constant and the corresponding bond distance of TiC(X3Σ+; v″ = 0) are determined to be B0″ = 0.6112(10) cm-1 and r0″ = 1.695(2) Å, respectively. The rotational analyses of the VIS-UV-PFI-PE spectra for the TiC+(X; v+ = 0 and 1) vibrational bands show that the electronic configuration and term symmetry for the ionic TiC+ ground state are …7σ28σ13π4 (X2Σ+) with the v+ = 0 → 1 vibrational spacing of 870.0(8) cm-1 and the rotational constants of Be+ = 0.6322(28) cm-1, and αe+ = 0.0085(28) cm-1. The latter rotational constants yield the equilibrium bond distance of re+ = 1.667(4) Å for TiC+(X2Σ+). The cleanly rotationally resolved VIS-UV-PFI-PE spectra have also provided a highly precise value of 53 200.2(8) cm-1 [6.5960(1) eV] for the adiabatic ionization energy (IE) of TiC. This IE(TiC) value along with the known IE(Ti) has made possible the determination of the difference between the 0 K bond dissociation energy (D0) of TiC+(X2Σ+) and that of TiC(X3Σ+) to be D0(Ti+-C) - D0(Ti-C) = 0.2322(2) eV. Similar to previous experimental observations, the present state-to-state PFI-PE study of the photoionization transitions, TiC+(X2Σ+; v+ = 0 and 1, N+) ← TiC(3Π1; v', J'), reveals a strong decreasing trend for the photoionization cross section as |ΔN+| = |N+ - J'| is increased. The maximum |ΔN+| change of 7 observed here is also consistent with the previous

  5. Rotationally resolved state-to-state photoionization and photoelectron study of titanium carbide and its cation (TiC/TiC⁺).

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    Luo, Zhihong; Huang, Huang; Chang, Yih-Chung; Zhang, Zheng; Yin, Qing-Zhu; Ng, C Y

    2014-10-14

    Titanium carbide and its cation (TiC/TiC(+)) have been investigated by the two-color visible (VIS)-ultraviolet (UV) resonance-enhanced photoionization and pulsed field ionization-photoelectron (PFI-PE) methods. Two visible excitation bands for neutral TiC are observed at 16,446 and 16,930 cm(-1). Based on rotational analyses, these bands are assigned as the respective TiC((3)Π1) ← TiC(X(3)Σ(+)) and TiC((3)Σ(+)) ← TiC(X(3)Σ(+)) transition bands. This assignment supports that the electronic configuration and term symmetry for the neutral TiC ground state are …7σ(2)8σ(1)9σ(1)3π(4) (X(3)Σ(+)). The rotational constant and the corresponding bond distance of TiC(X(3)Σ(+); v″ = 0) are determined to be B0″ = 0.6112(10) cm(-1) and r0″ = 1.695(2) Å, respectively. The rotational analyses of the VIS-UV-PFI-PE spectra for the TiC(+)(X; v(+) = 0 and 1) vibrational bands show that the electronic configuration and term symmetry for the ionic TiC(+) ground state are …7σ(2)8σ(1)3π(4) (X(2)Σ(+)) with the v(+) = 0 → 1 vibrational spacing of 870.0(8) cm(-1) and the rotational constants of B(e)(+) = 0.6322(28) cm(-1), and α(e)(+) = 0.0085(28) cm(-1). The latter rotational constants yield the equilibrium bond distance of r(e)(+) = 1.667(4) Å for TiC(+)(X(2)Σ(+)). The cleanly rotationally resolved VIS-UV-PFI-PE spectra have also provided a highly precise value of 53 200.2(8) cm(-1) [6.5960(1) eV] for the adiabatic ionization energy (IE) of TiC. This IE(TiC) value along with the known IE(Ti) has made possible the determination of the difference between the 0 K bond dissociation energy (D0) of TiC(+)(X(2)Σ(+)) and that of TiC(X(3)Σ(+)) to be D0(Ti(+)-C) - D0(Ti-C) = 0.2322(2) eV. Similar to previous experimental observations, the present state-to-state PFI-PE study of the photoionization transitions, TiC(+)(X(2)Σ(+); v(+) = 0 and 1, N(+)) ← TiC((3)Π1; v', J'), reveals a strong decreasing trend for the photoionization cross section as |ΔN(+)| = |N

  6. Using vibrational branching ratios to probe shape resonances in molecular photoionization

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    Lucchese, Robert; Das, Aloke; Poliakoff, Erwin; Bozek, John

    2009-05-01

    The measurement of vibrational branching ratios in molecular photoionization can be used as a probe of the nature of resonant states, since such states are often sensitive to the geometry of the molecule. Recent computed results for BF3 and C6F6 will be presented. In C6F6, we consider the excitation of the two symmetric stretching modes in the photoionization leading to the C ^3B2u state of the ion. Two prominent shape resonances at photon energies between 18 and 20 eV respond quite differently to the excitation of the symmetric ring-breathing mode and to the symmetric C-F stretching mode. In BF3, the excitation of both the symmetric stretching and the degenerate asymmetric stretching modes are considered in the photoionization leading to the E ^2A1' state of the ion. The symmetric stretching mode shows a relatively weak resonant enhancement in the branching ratio, whereas the asymmetric stretching mode has a much more prominent feature.

  7. Total molecular photoionization cross-sections by algebraic diagrammatic construction-Stieltjes-Lanczos method: Benchmark calculations

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    Ruberti, M.; Yun, R.; Gokhberg, K.; Kopelke, S.; Cederbaum, L. S.; Tarantelli, F.; Averbukh, V.

    2013-10-01

    In [K. Gokhberg, V. Vysotskiy, L. S. Cederbaum, L. Storchi, F. Tarantelli, and V. Averbukh, J. Chem. Phys. 130, 064104 (2009)] we introduced a new {L}2ab initio method for the calculation of total molecular photoionization cross-sections. The method is based on the ab initio description of discretized photoionized molecular states within the many-electron Green's function approach, known as algebraic diagrammatic construction (ADC), and on the application of Stieltjes-Chebyshev moment theory to Lanczos pseudospectra of the ADC electronic Hamiltonian. Here we establish the accuracy of the new technique by comparing the ADC-Lanczos-Stieltjes cross-sections in the valence ionization region to the experimental ones for a series of eight molecules of first row elements: HF, NH3, H2O, CO2, H2CO, CH4, C2H2, and C2H4. We find that the use of the second-order ADC technique [ADC(2)] that includes double electronic excitations leads to a substantial systematic improvement over the first-order method [ADC(1)] and to a good agreement with experiment for photon energies below 80 eV. The use of extended second-order ADC theory [ADC(2)x] leads to a smaller further improvement. Above 80 eV photon energy all three methods lead to significant deviations from the experimental values which we attribute to the use of Gaussian single-electron bases. Our calculations show that the ADC(2)-Lanczos-Stieltjes technique is a reliable and efficient ab initio tool for theoretical prediction of total molecular photo-ionization cross-sections in the valence region.

  8. Total molecular photoionization cross-sections by algebraic diagrammatic construction-Stieltjes-Lanczos method: benchmark calculations.

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    Ruberti, M; Yun, R; Gokhberg, K; Kopelke, S; Cederbaum, L S; Tarantelli, F; Averbukh, V

    2013-10-14

    In [K. Gokhberg, V. Vysotskiy, L. S. Cederbaum, L. Storchi, F. Tarantelli, and V. Averbukh, J. Chem. Phys. 130, 064104 (2009)] we introduced a new L(2) ab initio method for the calculation of total molecular photoionization cross-sections. The method is based on the ab initio description of discretized photoionized molecular states within the many-electron Green's function approach, known as algebraic diagrammatic construction (ADC), and on the application of Stieltjes-Chebyshev moment theory to Lanczos pseudospectra of the ADC electronic Hamiltonian. Here we establish the accuracy of the new technique by comparing the ADC-Lanczos-Stieltjes cross-sections in the valence ionization region to the experimental ones for a series of eight molecules of first row elements: HF, NH3, H2O, CO2, H2CO, CH4, C2H2, and C2H4. We find that the use of the second-order ADC technique [ADC(2)] that includes double electronic excitations leads to a substantial systematic improvement over the first-order method [ADC(1)] and to a good agreement with experiment for photon energies below 80 eV. The use of extended second-order ADC theory [ADC(2)x] leads to a smaller further improvement. Above 80 eV photon energy all three methods lead to significant deviations from the experimental values which we attribute to the use of Gaussian single-electron bases. Our calculations show that the ADC(2)-Lanczos-Stieltjes technique is a reliable and efficient ab initio tool for theoretical prediction of total molecular photo-ionization cross-sections in the valence region.

  9. Molecular Strong Field Ionization viewed with Photoelectron Velocity Map Imaging

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    Sandor, Peter

    In this thesis, work is presented on molecular strong-field ionization, during which an electron is removed from polyatomic molecules in the presence of strong laser fields. This is a process which is the basis of a number of experimental techniques to uncover electronic dynamics in atoms and molecules on the femtosecond and attosecond timescale. 'Strong' refers to an electric field strength which leads to a response from the system which can not be modeled perturbatively. These fields can be easily produced in the focus of femtosecond laser radiation, as is done in this work. With the use of velocity map imaging of the photoelectron in coincidence with the fragment ion, multiple ionization--dissociation pathways can be distinguished. It is shown that as opposed to early attempts to model the process, multiple low-lying states are populated in the ion, and also the signatures of multielectron dynamics are revealed. By changing the laser pulse duration from 30 fs to below 10 fs, control is demonstrated over which quantum states of the ion are populated. It is also shown that for pulses shorter than 10 fs (which is a timescale below the shortest vibrational period in molecules), ionization pathways that involve motion of the nuclei are almost completely shut off. Finally, the origin of electrons with <1 meV kinetic energy is discussed. A two-step model is proposed for creating the electrons: the first step is population transfer to high-lying excited states of the neutral molecule by the laser field; the second step is ionization. Different ionization mechanisms are examined and their viability is checked against available data.

  10. Attosecond time-resolved imaging of molecular structure by photoelectron holography.

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    Bian, Xue-Bin; Bandrauk, André D

    2012-06-29

    Dynamic imaging of the molecular structure of H(2)(+) is investigated by attosecond photoelectron holography. The interference between direct (reference) and backward rescattered (signal) photoelectrons in attosecond photoelectron holography reveals the birth time of both channels and the spatial information of molecular structure. This is confirmed by simulations with a semiclassical model and numerical solutions of the corresponding time-dependent Schrödinger equation, suggesting an attosecond time-resolved way of imaging molecular structure obtained from laser induced rescattering of ionized electrons. It is shown that both short and long rescattered electron trajectories can be imaged from the momentum distribution.

  11. Rotationally resolved state-to-state photoionization and photoelectron study of titanium carbide and its cation (TiC/TiC{sup +})

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    Luo, Zhihong; Huang, Huang; Chang, Yih-Chung; Zhang, Zheng; Ng, C. Y.; Yin, Qing-Zhu

    2014-10-14

    Titanium carbide and its cation (TiC/TiC{sup +}) have been investigated by the two-color visible (VIS)-ultraviolet (UV) resonance-enhanced photoionization and pulsed field ionization-photoelectron (PFI-PE) methods. Two visible excitation bands for neutral TiC are observed at 16 446 and 16 930 cm{sup −1}. Based on rotational analyses, these bands are assigned as the respective TiC({sup 3}Π{sub 1}) ← TiC(X{sup 3}Σ{sup +}) and TiC({sup 3}Σ{sup +}) ← TiC(X{sup 3}Σ{sup +}) transition bands. This assignment supports that the electronic configuration and term symmetry for the neutral TiC ground state are …7σ{sup 2}8σ{sup 1}9σ{sup 1}3π{sup 4} (X{sup 3}Σ{sup +}). The rotational constant and the corresponding bond distance of TiC(X{sup 3}Σ{sup +}; v″ = 0) are determined to be B{sub 0}″ = 0.6112(10) cm{sup −1} and r{sub 0}″ = 1.695(2) Å, respectively. The rotational analyses of the VIS-UV-PFI-PE spectra for the TiC{sup +}(X; v{sup +} = 0 and 1) vibrational bands show that the electronic configuration and term symmetry for the ionic TiC{sup +} ground state are …7σ{sup 2}8σ{sup 1}3π{sup 4} (X{sup 2}Σ{sup +}) with the v{sup +} = 0 → 1 vibrational spacing of 870.0(8) cm{sup −1} and the rotational constants of B{sub e}{sup +} = 0.6322(28) cm{sup −1}, and α{sub e}{sup +} = 0.0085(28) cm{sup −1}. The latter rotational constants yield the equilibrium bond distance of r{sub e}{sup +} = 1.667(4) Å for TiC{sup +}(X{sup 2}Σ{sup +}). The cleanly rotationally resolved VIS-UV-PFI-PE spectra have also provided a highly precise value of 53 200.2(8) cm{sup −1} [6.5960(1) eV] for the adiabatic ionization energy (IE) of TiC. This IE(TiC) value along with the known IE(Ti) has made possible the determination of the difference between the 0 K bond dissociation energy (D{sub 0}) of TiC{sup +}(X{sup 2}Σ{sup +}) and that of TiC(X{sup 3}Σ{sup +}) to be D{sub 0}(Ti{sup +}−C) − D{sub 0}(Ti−C) = 0.2322(2) eV. Similar to previous experimental

  12. Molecular Structure and Dynamics Probed by Photoionization Out of Rydberg States

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    Rudakov, Fedor

    2017-06-01

    Probing the structure of a molecule as a chemical reaction unfolds has been a long standing goal in chemical physics. Most spectroscopic and diffraction techniques work well when the molecules are cold and thus vibrational motion is minimized. Yet, the very ability of a molecule to undergo structural changes implies that a significant amount of energy resides within the molecule. In order to probe structures of even medium sized molecules on an ultrafast time scale a technique that is sensitive to the molecular structure, yet insensitive to the vibrational motion is required. In our research we demonstrated that Rydberg electrons are remarkably sensitive to the molecular structure. Photoionization of a molecule out of Rydberg states reveals a purely electronic spectrum which is largely insensitive to vibrational motion. The talk illustrates how Rydberg electrons can serve as a probe for ultrafast structural dynamics in polyatomic molecules. The talk also demonstrates that photoionization through Rydberg states can be utilized for non-intrusive detection of polyatomic combustion intermediates in flames.

  13. Photoelectron Spectra

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    Bock, Hans; Mollere, Phillip D.

    1974-01-01

    Presents an experimental approach to teaching molecular orbital models. Suggests utilizing photoelectron spectroscopy and molecular orbital theory as complementary approaches to teaching the qualitative concepts basic to molecular orbital theory. (SLH)

  14. Photoelectron Spectra

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    Bock, Hans; Mollere, Phillip D.

    1974-01-01

    Presents an experimental approach to teaching molecular orbital models. Suggests utilizing photoelectron spectroscopy and molecular orbital theory as complementary approaches to teaching the qualitative concepts basic to molecular orbital theory. (SLH)

  15. Nonadiabatic and Time-Resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy for Molecular Systems.

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    Flick, Johannes; Appel, Heiko; Rubio, Angel

    2014-04-08

    We quantify the nonadiabatic contributions to the vibronic sidebands of equilibrium and explicitly time-resolved nonequilibrium photoelectron spectra for a vibronic model system of trans-polyacetylene. Using exact diagonalization, we directly evaluate the sum-over-states expressions for the linear-response photocurrent. We show that spurious peaks appear in the Born-Oppenheimer approximation for the vibronic spectral function, which are not present in the exact spectral function of the system. The effect can be traced back to the factorized nature of the Born-Oppenheimer initial and final photoemission states and also persists when either only initial or final states are replaced by correlated vibronic states. Only when correlated initial and final vibronic states are taken into account are the spurious spectral weights of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation suppressed. In the nonequilibrium case, we illustrate for an initial Franck-Condon excitation and an explicit pump-pulse excitation how the vibronic wavepacket motion of the system can be traced in the time-resolved photoelectron spectra as a function of the pump-probe delay.

  16. VUV state-selected photoionization of thermally-desorbed biomolecules by coupling an aerosol source to an imaging photoelectron/photoion coincidence spectrometer: case of the amino acids tryptophan and phenylalanine.

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    Gaie-Levrel, François; Garcia, Gustavo A; Schwell, Martin; Nahon, Laurent

    2011-04-21

    Gas phase studies of biological molecules provide structural and dynamical information on isolated systems. The lack of inter- or intra-molecular interactions facilitates the interpretation of the experimental results through theoretical calculations, and constitutes an informative complement to the condensed phase. However advances in the field are partially hindered by the difficulty of vaporising these systems, most of which are thermally unstable. In this work we present a newly developed aerosol mass thermodesorption setup, which has been coupled to a Velocity Map Imaging (VMI) analyzer operated in coincidence with a Wiley-McLaren Time of Flight spectrometer, using synchrotron radiation as a single photon ionization source. Although it has been previously demonstrated that thermolabile molecules such as amino acids can be produced intact by the aerosol vaporisation technique, we show how its non-trivial coupling to a VMI analyzer plus the use of electron/ion coincidences greatly improves the concept in terms of the amount of spectroscopic and dynamic information that can be extracted. In this manner, we report on the valence shell ionization of two amino acids, tryptophan and phenylalanine, for which threshold photoelectron spectra have been recorded within the first 3 eV above the first ionization energy using synchrotron radiation emitted from the DESIRS beamline located at SOLEIL in France. Their adiabatic ionization energies (IEs) have been measured at 7.40 ± 0.05 and 8.65 ± 0.02 eV, respectively, and their spectra analyzed using existing theoretical data from the literature. The IE values agree well with previously published ones, but are given here with a considerably reduced uncertainty by up to a factor of 5. The photostability of both amino acids is also described in detail, through the measurement of the state-selected fragmentation pathways via the use of threshold electron/ion coincidences (TPEPICO), with appearance energies for the different

  17. Dissociative and double photoionization of CO2 from threshold to 90 A

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    Masuoka, T.; Samson, J. A. R.

    1979-01-01

    The molecular photoionization, dissociative photoionization and double photoionization cross sections for CO2 were measured from their onsets down to 90 A by using various combinations of mass spectrometers (a coincidence time-of-flight mass spectrometer and a magnetic mass spectrometer) and light sources (synchrotron radiation, and glow and spark discharge). It is concluded that the one broad peak and the three shoulders in the total adsorption cross section curve between 640 and 90 A are caused completely by dissociative ionization processes. Several peaks observed in the cross section curve for the total fragmentation CO(+)3, O(+) and C(+) are compared with those in the photoelectron spectrum reported for CO2.

  18. Electron-Vibration Coupling in Molecular Materials: Assignment of Vibronic Modes from Photoelectron Momentum Mapping.

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    Graus, M; Grimm, M; Metzger, C; Dauth, M; Tusche, C; Kirschner, J; Kümmel, S; Schöll, A; Reinert, F

    2016-04-08

    Electron-phonon coupling is one of the most fundamental effects in condensed matter physics. We here demonstrate that photoelectron momentum mapping can reveal and visualize the coupling between specific vibrational modes and electronic excitations. When imaging molecular orbitals with high energy resolution, the intensity patterns of photoelectrons of the vibronic sidebands of molecular states show characteristic changes due to the distortion of the molecular frame in the vibronically excited state. By comparison to simulations, an assignment of specific vibronic modes is possible, thus providing unique information on the coupling between electronic and vibronic excitation.

  19. Molecular Frame Photoelectron Angular Distributions for Core Ionization of CF4 and C2H2F2

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    Trevisan, C. S.; Williams, J. B.; Menssen, A. J.; Rescigno, T. N.; Dorner, R.; McCurdy, C. W.

    2015-05-01

    We present experimental and theoretical results for the angular dependence of electrons ejected from the core orbitals of tetrafluoromethane (CF4) which display a tendency to avoid molecular bonds if averaged over directions of polarization of the incident X-ray beam, in contrast to earlier cases (CH4, H2O and NH3) studied by the same methods. To investigate whether the imaging effect can be used to detect the creation of core holes by photoionization from one of two atoms of the same type in a molecule, we computed and measured MFPADs of difluoroethylene (C2H2F2). Good agreement with the experimentally measured angular distributions show that the MFPADs contain the clear signature of the core-hole origin of the photoelectron, and validate the use of computed MFPADs as promising tools for the interpretation of such experiments. Our measurements employ the COLTRIMS method and the calculations were performed with the Complex Kohn Variational method. Work supported in part by the USDOE, Office of Science, Office of WDTS under the Visiting Faculty Program.

  20. Molecular photoemission studies using synchrotron radiation

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    Truesdale, C.M.

    1983-04-01

    The angular distributions of photoelectrons and Auger electrons were measured by electron spectroscopy using synchrotron radiation. The experimental results are compared with theoretical calculations to interpret the electronic behavior of photoionization for molecular systems.

  1. Ionic photofragmentation and photoionization of dimethyl ether in the VUV and soft X-ray regions (8.5 80 eV) absolute oscillator strengths for molecular and dissociative photoionization

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    Feng, Renfei; Cooper, Glyn; Brion, C. E.

    2001-08-01

    The branching ratios for molecular and dissociative photoionization of dimethyl ether (CH 3OCH 3, DME) have been measured in the VUV and soft X-ray regions using dipole (e,e+ion) coincidence spectroscopy (˜1 eV FWHM) at equivalent photon energies from the first ionization threshold up to 80 eV. The absolute partial oscillator strengths (cross-sections) for molecular and dissociative photoionization have been determined from recently published absolute photoabsorption oscillator strength data [R. Feng, G. Cooper, C.E. Brion, Chem. Phys. 260 (2000) 391] together with the photoionization branching ratios and the (multi-dissociative-corrected) photoionization efficiency obtained from time-of-flight mass spectra reported in the present work. No stable multiply charged molecular ion(s) from DME have been found in the present work. However, the fact that the photoionization efficiency has been measured as greater than unity above ˜30 eV indicates the existence of multi-dissociative products from Coulomb explosion of multiply charged ions. Appearance potentials of all ion products from DME are also reported. The presently reported results are compared with the previously published data where possible.

  2. Cross sections for photoionization of fullerene molecular ions C n + with n = 40, 50, 70, 76, 78, and 84

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    Thomas, C. M.; Baral, K. K.; Aryal, N. B.; Habibi, M.; Esteves-Macaluso, D. A.; Kilcoyne, A. L. D.; Aguilar, A.; Schlachter, A. S.; Schippers, S.; Müller, A.; Phaneuf, R. A.

    2017-05-01

    Absolute cross-section measurements are reported for single photoionization of C n + fullerene molecular ions (n =40 , 50, 70, 76, 78, and 84) in the photon-energy range 18-70 eV. The experiments were performed by merging a mass and charge selected beam of C n + molecular ions with a beam of monochromatized synchrotron radiation and measuring the yield of C n 2 + product ions as a function of the photon energy. Oscillator strengths determined by integrating the measured cross sections over this energy range exhibit a linear dependence on n . The cross sections are parametrized by fits to three Lorentzian functions to represent plasmon excitations and a linear function for direct ionization. The highest-energy resonance in the data near 46 eV is similar to that previously observed in single photoionization of C60 and may be attributable to a harmonic of the dominant surface-plasmon resonance near 23 eV.

  3. Photoelectron momentum distributions of the hydrogen molecular ion driven by multicycle near-infrared laser pulses

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    Murakami, Mitsuko; Chu, Shih-I.

    2016-10-01

    The photoelectron momentum distributions (PMDs) of the hydrogen molecular ion H2+ driven by strong near-infrared laser pulses are studied based on the ab initio numerical solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation and the Volkov wave propagation. Both linear and circular polarization are considered, in accordance with the recent experiment by M. Odenweller et al. [Phys. Rev. A 89, 013424 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevA.89.013424]. We will discuss the difference between the molecular (diatomic) and the atomic PMDs and the effect of molecular potential to the photoelectron energy. In particular, we demonstrate that the above-threshold ionization spectra of H2+ could upshift their energy when driven by a linearly polarized laser field parallel to the molecular axis.

  4. CaH Rydberg series, oscillator strengths and photoionization cross sections from Molecular Quantum Defect and Dyson Orbital theories

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    Velasco, A. M.; Lavín, C.; Díaz-Tinoco, Manuel; Ortiz, J. V.

    2017-01-01

    In this work, electron-propagator methods are applied to the calculation of the ionization potential and vertical excitation energies for several Rydberg series of the CaH molecule. The present calculations cover more highly excited states than those previously reported. In particular, excitation energies for ns (n>5), np (n>5), nd (n>4) and nf Rydberg states are given. Oscillator strengths for electronic transitions involving Rydberg states of CaH, as well as photoionization cross sections for Rydberg channels, also have been determined by using the Molecular Quantum Defect Orbital approach. Good agreement has been found with the scarce comparative data that are available for oscillator strengths. To our knowledge, predictions of photoionization cross sections from the outermost orbital of CaH are made here for the first time. A Cooper minimum and mixed atomic orbital character in some of the Dyson orbitals are among the novel features of these present calculations.

  5. Photoelectron and electron momentum spectroscopy of tetrahydrofuran from a molecular dynamical perspective.

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    Shojaei, S H Reza; Morini, Filippo; Deleuze, Michael S

    2013-03-07

    The results of experimental studies of the valence electronic structure of tetrahydrofuran employing He I photoelectron spectroscopy as well as Electron Momentum Spectroscopy (EMS) have been reinterpreted on the basis of Molecular Dynamical simulations employing the classical MM3 force field and large-scale quantum mechanical simulations employing Born-Oppenheimer Molecular Dynamics in conjunction with the dispersion corrected ωB97XD exchange-correlation functional. Analysis of the produced atomic trajectories demonstrates the importance of thermal deviations from the lowest energy path for pseudorotation, in the form of considerable variations of the ring-puckering amplitude. These deviations are found to have a significant influence on several outer-valence electron momentum distributions, as well as on the He I photoelectron spectrum.

  6. Few-femtosecond sensitivity of ultrafast molecular dynamics with time-resolved photoelectron spectra

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    Champenois, Elio G.; Cryan, James P.; Larsen, Kirk; Shivaram, Niranjan H.; Belkacem, Ali

    2016-05-01

    We explore ultrafast dynamics involving non-adiabatic couplings following valence electronic excitation of small molecular systems. By measuring the time-resolved photoelectron spectra (TRPES) resulting from ionization with ultraviolet light, the excited wave packet can be tracked with state specificity. If the nuclear motion is dominated by a limited number of degrees of freedom, the TRPES also yields information about the molecular geometry. Even with limited temporal resolution, the onset times of the signal at different photoelectron energies can lead to few-femtosecond sensitivity. Applying this technique to ethylene (C2 H4) excited to the ππ* state, ultrafast motion along the twist coordinate is observed along with transient population to the π 3 s state through non-adiabatic coupling. This work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Divison under Contract No. DE-AC02-05CH11231.

  7. Vibrational branching ratios and shape resonant photoionization dynamics in N2O

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    Braunstein, M.; McKoy, V.

    1989-02-01

    Accurate photoelectron continuum orbitals are used to study vibrational branching ratios and photoelectron asymmetry parameters for alternative vibrational modes in the photoionization of N2O (7sigma exp -1). The strong non-Franck-Dondon vibrational ion distributions for the symmetric and antisymmetric stretching modes at low photoelectron energies observed in the dispersed ionic fluorescence measurements of Poliakoff et al. (1986) are confirmed. It is shown that these features arise from a sigma shape resonance which is associated with the molecular framework as a whole and not with either of its fragments, N-N or N-O.

  8. Molecular photoionization as a probe of vibrational-rotational-electronic correlations

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    Rao, R. M.; Poliakoff, E. D.; Wang, Kwanghsi; McKoy, V.

    1996-06-01

    We determine the rotationally state-resolved 2σu-1 photoionization of N2 into alternative vibrational channels as a function of energy over a 200 eV range. Experiment and theory reveal that Cooper minima highlight the coupling between electronic, vibrational, and rotational degrees of freedom over this very wide range.

  9. Quabantitative interpretation of molecular dynamics simulations for X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of aqueous solutions

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    Olivieri, Giorgia; Parry, Krista M.; Powell, Cedric J.; Tobias, Douglas J.; Brown, Matthew A.

    2016-01-01

    Over the past decade, energy-dependent ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (AP-XPS) has emerged as a powerful analytical probe of the ion spatial distributions at the vapor (vacuum)-aqueous electrolyte interface. These experiments are often paired with complementary molecular dynamics (MD) simulations in an attempt at to provide a complete description of the liquid interface. There is, however, no systematic protocol that permits a straightforward comparison of the two sets of results. XPS is an integrated technique that averages signals from multiple layers in a solution even at the lowest photoelectron kinetic energies routinely employed, whereas MD simulations provide a microscopic layer-by-layer description of the solution composition near the interface. Here we use the National Institute of Standards and Technology database for the Simulation of Electron Spectra for Surface Analysis (SESSA) to quantitatively interpret atom-density profiles from MD simulations for XPS signal intensities using sodium and potassium iodide solutions as examples. We show that electron inelastic mean free paths calculated from a semi-empirical formula depend strongly on solution composition, varying by up to 30 % between pure water and concentrated NaI. The XPS signal thus arises from different information depths in different solutions for a fixed photoelectron kinetic energy. XPS signal intensities are calculated using SESSA as a function of photoelectron kinetic energy (probe depth) and compared with a widely employed ad hoc method. SESSA simulations illustrate the importance of accounting for elastic scattering events at low photoelectron kinetic energies (< 300 eV) where the ad hoc method systematically underestimates the preferential enhancement of anions over cations. Finally, some technical aspects of applying SESSA to liquid interfaces are discussed. PMID:27389231

  10. Quantitative interpretation of molecular dynamics simulations for X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy of aqueous solutions

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    Olivieri, Giorgia; Parry, Krista M.; Powell, Cedric J.; Tobias, Douglas J.; Brown, Matthew A.

    2016-04-01

    Over the past decade, energy-dependent ambient pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) has emerged as a powerful analytical probe of the ion spatial distributions at the vapor (vacuum)-aqueous electrolyte interface. These experiments are often paired with complementary molecular dynamics (MD) simulations in an attempt to provide a complete description of the liquid interface. There is, however, no systematic protocol that permits a straightforward comparison of the two sets of results. XPS is an integrated technique that averages signals from multiple layers in a solution even at the lowest photoelectron kinetic energies routinely employed, whereas MD simulations provide a microscopic layer-by-layer description of the solution composition near the interface. Here, we use the National Institute of Standards and Technology database for the Simulation of Electron Spectra for Surface Analysis (SESSA) to quantitatively interpret atom-density profiles from MD simulations for XPS signal intensities using sodium and potassium iodide solutions as examples. We show that electron inelastic mean free paths calculated from a semi-empirical formula depend strongly on solution composition, varying by up to 30% between pure water and concentrated NaI. The XPS signal thus arises from different information depths in different solutions for a fixed photoelectron kinetic energy. XPS signal intensities are calculated using SESSA as a function of photoelectron kinetic energy (probe depth) and compared with a widely employed ad hoc method. SESSA simulations illustrate the importance of accounting for elastic-scattering events at low photoelectron kinetic energies (<300 eV) where the ad hoc method systematically underestimates the preferential enhancement of anions over cations. Finally, some technical aspects of applying SESSA to liquid interfaces are discussed.

  11. Laser-induced electron diffraction: inversion of photo-electron spectra for molecular orbital imaging

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    Puthumpally-Joseph, R.; Viau-Trudel, J.; Peters, M.; Nguyen-Dang, T. T.; Atabek, O.; Charron, E.

    2017-08-01

    In this paper, we discuss the possibility of imaging molecular orbitals from photoelectron spectra obtained via Laser Induced Electron Diffraction (LIED) in linear molecules. This is an extension of our work published recently in Physical Review A \\textbf{94}, 023421 (2016) to the case of the HOMO-1 orbital of the carbon dioxide molecule. We show that such an imaging technique has the potential to image molecular orbitals at different internuclear distances in a sub-femtosecond time scale and with a resolution of a fraction of an Angstr\\"om.

  12. Photoelectron spectroscopy of quinoline derivatives. Correlation of experimental ionization potentials with calculated molecular energies

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    Ahmed, A. A.; Julliard, M.; Chanon, F.; Chanon, M.; Gracian, F.; Pfister-Guillouzo, G.

    1997-03-01

    Experimental ionization potentials of quinoline 1 and substituted quinolines: 6-methylquinoline 2, 2,6-dimethylquinoline 3, 6-methoxyquinoline 4, 3-bromoquinoline 5, 2-chloro-4-methylquinoline 6, 4-hydroxyquinoline 7, 4-hydroxy-2-methylquinoline 8, 2-hydroxy-4-methylquinoline 9, 4-methoxyquinoline 10, 4- methoxy-2-methylquinoline 11, 2-methoxy-4-methylquinoline 12, were measured by photoelectron spectroscopy. Molecular orbital energies of the same derivatives were calculated by the Austin Method 1. The assignments of the bands of the photoelectron spectra were done with the aid of the theoretical calculations and on the basis of the substituent effects. For quinolines 1-6 a good agreement was found between the experimental ionization potentials and the calculated orbital energies.

  13. Relative Photoionization Cross Sections of Super-Atom Molecular Orbitals (SAMOs) in C60.

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    Bohl, Elvira; Sokół, Katarzyna P; Mignolet, Benoit; Thompson, James O F; Johansson, J Olof; Remacle, Francoise; Campbell, Eleanor E B

    2015-11-25

    The electronic structure and photoinduced dynamics of fullerenes, especially C60, is of great interest because these molecules are model systems for more complex molecules and nanomaterials. In this work we have used Rydberg Fingerprint Spectroscopy to determine the relative ionization intensities from excited SAMO (Rydberg-like) states in C60 as a function of laser wavelength. The relative ionization intensities are then compared to the ratio of the photoionization widths of the Rydberg-like states, computed in time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT). The agreement is remarkably good when the same photon order is required to energetically access the excited states. This illustrates the predictive potential of quantum chemistry for studying photoionization of large, complex molecules as well as confirming the assumption that is often made concerning the multiphoton excitation and rapid energy redistribution in the fullerenes.

  14. Using vibrational branching ratios to probe initial and final state effects in molecular photoionization

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    Lucchese, Robert R.; Bozek, John D.; Das, Aloke; Poliakoff, E. D.

    2009-11-01

    Recent computed and experimental results for ICN, BF3 and C6F6 will be presented. In ICN we consider the ionization leading to the X2 Π1/2,3/2 states of ICN+. We show how the geometry dependence of the initial state orbital can be studied using vibrational branching ratios. In C6F6, we consider the excitation of the effects of two prominent shape resonances on the symmetric stretching modes in the photoionization leading to the C 3B2u state of the ion. In BF3, the excitation of both the symmetric stretching and the degenerate asymmetric stretching modes are considered in the photoionization leading to the E2A1' state of the ion.

  15. Classical two-split interference effects in double photoionization of molecular hydrogen at high energies

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    Horner, Daniel A; Miyabe, S; Rescigno, T N; Mccurdy, C W; Morales, F; Martin, F

    2009-01-01

    The authors report a thorough theoretical study of one photon double ionization of H{sub 2}. They suggest that interference effects reported in one photon ionization will be reproducible in the case of double ionization when one of the photons carriers most of the available energy and the other electron is not observed. These calculations reproduce recent double photoionization experiments of H{sub 2}.

  16. Spin–orbit interaction mediated molecular dissociation

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    Kokkonen, E. Jänkälä, K.; Kettunen, J. A.; Heinäsmäki, S.; Karpenko, A.; Huttula, M.; Löytynoja, T.

    2014-05-14

    The effect of the spin–orbit interaction to photofragmentation is investigated in the mercury(II) bromide (HgBr{sub 2}) molecule. Changes in the fragmentation between the two spin–orbit components of Hg 5d photoionization, as well as within the molecular-field-splitted levels of these components are observed. Dissociation subsequent to photoionization is studied with synchrotron radiation and photoelectron-photoion coincidence spectroscopy. The experimental results are accompanied by relativistic ab initio analysis of the photoelectron spectrum.

  17. A multireference configuration interaction study of CuB and CuAl molecular constants and photoionization spectra.

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    Ferrão, Luiz F A; Spada, Rene F K; Roberto-Neto, Orlando; Machado, Francisco B C

    2013-09-28

    Accurate potential energy curves and molecular constants for the low-lying electronic states of CuX(y) (X = B, Al; y = 0, +1) were investigated using the complete active space self-consistent field/multireference configuration interaction (MRCI) methodology with aug-cc-pV5Z basis set. The photoionization spectra of CuX were computed, showing electron detachment in the region of far ultraviolet. The results complement the previous theoretical characterizations and the few experimental studies. A comparative analysis was carried out concerning the different choices of reference configuration state functions in the MRCI calculations with and without the contribution of scalar relativistic effects. The results obtained with a small reference set adequately constructed are competitive to those using a much larger number of configuration state functions, and also the scalar relativistic effects improve significantly the molecular constants in this kind of system containing a 3d metal atom.

  18. Simulations of light induced processes in water based on ab initio path integrals molecular dynamics. II. Photoionization.

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    Svoboda, Ondřej; Ončák, Milan; Slavíček, Petr

    2011-10-21

    We have applied ab initio based reflection principle to simulate photoelectron spectra of small water clusters, ranging from monomer to octamer. The role of quantum and thermal effects on the structure of the water photoelectron spectra is discussed within the ab initio path integral molecular dynamics (PIMD) framework. We have used the PIMD method with up to 40 beads to sample the ground state quantum distribution at temperature T = 180 K. We have thoroughly tested the performance of various density functionals (B3LYP, BHandHLYP, M06HF, BNL, LC-ωPBE, and CAM-B3LYP) for the ionization process description. The benchmarking based on a comparison of simulated photoelectron spectra to experimental data and high level equation-of-motion ionization potential coupled clusters with singles and doubles calculations has singled out the BHandHLYP and LC-ωPBE functionals as the most reliable ones for simulations of light induced processes in water. The good performance of the density functional theory functionals to model the water photoelectron spectra also reflects their ability to reliably describe open shell excited states. The width of the photoelectron spectrum converges quickly with the cluster size as it is controlled by specific interactions of local character. The peak position is, on the other hand, defined by long-range non-specific solvent effects; it therefore only slowly converges to the corresponding bulk value. We are able to reproduce the experimental valence photoelectron spectrum of liquid water within the combined model of the water octamer embedded in a polarizable dielectric continuum. We demonstrate that including the long-range polarization and the state-specific treatment of the solvent response are needed for a reliable liquid water ionization description. © 2011 American Institute of Physics

  19. Simulations of light induced processes in water based on ab initio path integrals molecular dynamics. II. Photoionization

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    Svoboda, Ondřej; Ončák, Milan; Slavíček, Petr

    2011-10-01

    We have applied ab initio based reflection principle to simulate photoelectron spectra of small water clusters, ranging from monomer to octamer. The role of quantum and thermal effects on the structure of the water photoelectron spectra is discussed within the ab initio path integral molecular dynamics (PIMD) framework. We have used the PIMD method with up to 40 beads to sample the ground state quantum distribution at temperature T = 180 K. We have thoroughly tested the performance of various density functionals (B3LYP, BHandHLYP, M06HF, BNL, LC-ωPBE, and CAM-B3LYP) for the ionization process description. The benchmarking based on a comparison of simulated photoelectron spectra to experimental data and high level equation-of-motion ionization potential coupled clusters with singles and doubles calculations has singled out the BHandHLYP and LC-ωPBE functionals as the most reliable ones for simulations of light induced processes in water. The good performance of the density functional theory functionals to model the water photoelectron spectra also reflects their ability to reliably describe open shell excited states. The width of the photoelectron spectrum converges quickly with the cluster size as it is controlled by specific interactions of local character. The peak position is, on the other hand, defined by long-range non-specific solvent effects; it therefore only slowly converges to the corresponding bulk value. We are able to reproduce the experimental valence photoelectron spectrum of liquid water within the combined model of the water octamer embedded in a polarizable dielectric continuum. We demonstrate that including the long-range polarization and the state-specific treatment of the solvent response are needed for a reliable liquid water ionization description.

  20. Spectral investigations of photoionized plasmas induced in atomic and molecular gases using nanosecond extreme ultraviolet (EUV) pulses

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    Bartnik, A.; Fiedorowicz, H.; Wachulak, P.

    2014-07-01

    In this paper, results of spectral investigations of low temperature photoionized plasmas, created by irradiation of gases with intense pulses of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation from a laser-produced plasma (LPP) source, are presented. The LPP source was based on a double-stream KrXe/He gas-puff target irradiated with 4 ns/0.8 J/10 Hz Nd:YAG laser pulses. The most intense emission from the source spanned a relatively narrow spectral region λ ≈ 10-12 nm; however, spectrally integrated intensity at longer wavelengths was also significant. The EUV beam was focused on a gas stream, injected into a vacuum chamber synchronously with the EUV pulses. Irradiation of gases resulted in formation of photoionized plasmas emitting radiation in the EUV range. Radiation spectra, measured for plasmas produced in various gases, are dominated by emission lines, originating from single charged ions. Significant differences in spectral intensities and distributions between plasmas created in neon and molecular gases were observed.

  1. Spectral investigations of photoionized plasmas induced in atomic and molecular gases using nanosecond extreme ultraviolet (EUV) pulses

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    Bartnik, A.; Fiedorowicz, H.; Wachulak, P.

    2014-07-15

    In this paper, results of spectral investigations of low temperature photoionized plasmas, created by irradiation of gases with intense pulses of extreme ultraviolet (EUV) radiation from a laser-produced plasma (LPP) source, are presented. The LPP source was based on a double-stream KrXe/He gas-puff target irradiated with 4 ns/0.8 J/10 Hz Nd:YAG laser pulses. The most intense emission from the source spanned a relatively narrow spectral region λ ≈ 10–12 nm; however, spectrally integrated intensity at longer wavelengths was also significant. The EUV beam was focused on a gas stream, injected into a vacuum chamber synchronously with the EUV pulses. Irradiation of gases resulted in formation of photoionized plasmas emitting radiation in the EUV range. Radiation spectra, measured for plasmas produced in various gases, are dominated by emission lines, originating from single charged ions. Significant differences in spectral intensities and distributions between plasmas created in neon and molecular gases were observed.

  2. Triply Differential Studies of Atomic and Molecular Photoionization Using Synchrotron Radiation.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1982-07-19

    following pages. -4- PAPERS 1. B. E. Cole, D. L. Ederer, R. Stockbauer, K. Codling, A. C. Parr, J. B. est, E. D. Poliakoff , and J. L. Dehmer... Poliakoff , P. M. Dehmer, J. L. Dehmer, and R. L. Stockbauer, "The Photoelectron Spectrum of Xe 3 by the Photoelectron-Photoon Coincidence Technique," J... Poliakoff , P. M. Dehmer, J. L. Dehmer, and R. Smok.b,,uer. "Photo- electron-Photolon Coincidence Spectroscopy of Gas-Phdse CluerL," 1. Gher. Phys. 76, 5214

  3. Non-adiabatic molecular dynamics investigation of photoionization state formation and lifetime in Mn²⁺-doped ZnO quantum dots.

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    Fischer, Sean A; Lingerfelt, David B; May, Joseph W; Li, Xiaosong

    2014-09-07

    The unique electronic structure of Mn(2+)-doped ZnO quantum dots gives rise to photoionization states that can be used to manipulate the magnetic state of the material and to generate zero-reabsorption luminescence. Fast formation and long non-radiative decay of this photoionization state is a necessary requirement for these important applications. In this work, surface hopping based non-adiabatic molecular dynamics are used to demonstrate the fast formation of a metal-to-ligand charge transfer state in a Mn(2+)-doped ZnO quantum dot. The formation occurs on an ultrafast timescale and is aided by the large density of states and significant mixing of the dopant Mn(2+) 3dt2 levels with the valence-band levels of the ZnO lattice. The non-radiative lifetime of the photoionization states is also investigated.

  4. Atomic and Molecular Photoelectron and Auger Electron SpectroscopyStudies Using Synchrotron Radiation

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    Southworth, Stephen H.

    1982-01-01

    Electron spectroscopy, combined with synchrotron radiation, was used to measure the angular distributions of photoelectrons and Auger electrons from atoms and molecules as functions of photon energy. The branching ratios and partial cross sections were a 130 measured in certain cases. By comparison with theoretical calculations, the experimental results are interpreted in terms of the characteristic electronic structure and ionization dynamics of the atomic or molecular sample. The time structure of the synchrotron radiation source was used to record time-of-flight (TOF) spectra o f the ejected electrons. The ''a double-angle-TOF'' method for the measurement of photoelectron angular distributions is discussed. This technique offers the advantages of increased electron collect ion efficiency and the elimination of certain systematic errors. Several results were obtained for Xe using photon energies in the range hv ≃ 60-190 eV, where excitation and ionization of the inner-subshell 4d electrons dominates. The 4d asymmetry parameter {beta} exhibits strong oscillations with energy, in agreement with several theoretical calculations. As predicted, the 5p asymmetry parameter was observed to deviate strongly from that calculated using the independent-electron model, due to intershell correlation with the 4d electrons.

  5. An improved experimental scheme for simultaneous measurement of high-resolution zero electron kinetic energy (ZEKE) photoelectron and threshold photoion (MATI) spectra

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    Michels, François; Mazzoni, Federico; Becucci, Maurizio; Müller-Dethlefs, Klaus

    2017-10-01

    An improved detection scheme is presented for threshold ionization spectroscopy with simultaneous recording of the Zero Electron Kinetic Energy (ZEKE) and Mass Analysed Threshold Ionisation (MATI) signals. The objective is to obtain accurate dissociation energies for larger molecular clusters by simultaneously detecting the fragment and parent ion MATI signals with identical transmission. The scheme preserves an optimal ZEKE spectral resolution together with excellent separation of the spontaneous ion and MATI signals in the time-of-flight mass spectrum. The resulting improvement in sensitivity will allow for the determination of dissociation energies in clusters with substantial mass difference between parent and daughter ions.

  6. State-resolved molecular photoionization dynamics of polyatomic systems: Effects of non-linear changes in molecular geometry

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    Miller, James Scott

    An important topic in the absorption of vacuum ultraviolet photons by molecules is the correlation between electronic and nuclear degrees of freedom during photoionization. However, no previous investigations have probed the correlation between bending excitation and photoejection dynamics over a wide spectral range. We present the first such studies by reporting the influence of bending excitation following CO2 3σu -1 and N2O 7σ-1 photoionization over the photon energy range (15 eV < hvexc < 200 eV). Using dispersed fluorescence spectroscopy in conjunction with synchrotron radiation, we determine the vibrational branching ratio v+ = (0,1,0)( 0,0,0) for the CO2+ (B 2Σu+) and N2O+ (A 2Σ+) electronic states. The relative rate of production of the υ2 = 1 upper vibrational state varies over a broad ionization energy range, and in ways that are largely unanticipated. These branching ratios exhibit a strong thermal dependence, and we are able to separate out effects due to hot-band excitation from those that are due to vibronic coupling. The data indicate that the continuum electron is responsible for the observed energy dependence in CO2 3σ u-1 photoionization. This is a previously unobserved result. Additional studies examine the influence of simultaneous excitation in the bending and symmetric stretching modes in N2O+ [A 2Σ+, v + = (1,1,0)] to determine the effect of changing the energy separation of vibronically coupled potential surfaces. Finally, the CF4 + [D 2A1, v+ = (1,0,0,0)/(0,0,0,0)] branching ratio is studied, which provides the first experimental observation of a predicted low-energy shape resonance in this photoionization pathway.

  7. Cluster model studies of anion and molecular specificities via electrospray ionization photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Wang, Xue -Bin

    2017-01-06

    Ion specificity, a widely observed macroscopic phenomenon in condensed phases and at interfaces, is essentially a fundamental chemical physical issue. We have been investigating such effects using cluster models in an “atom-by-atom” and “molecule-by-molecule” fashion not possible with condensed-phase methods. We use electrospray ionization (ESI) to generate molecular and ionic clusters to simulate key molecular entities involved in local binding regions, and characterize them employing negative ion photoelectron spectroscopy (NIPES). Inter- and intramolecular interactions and binding configurations are directly obtained as functions of cluster size and composition, providing insightful molecular-level description and characterization over the local active sites that playmore » crucial roles in determining solution chemistry and condensed phase phenomena. Finally, the topics covered in this article are relevant to a wide scope of research fields ranging from ion specific effects in electrolyte solutions, ion selectivity/recognition in normal functioning of life, to molecular specificity in aerosol particle formation, as well as in rational material design and synthesis.« less

  8. Photoelectron circular dichroism in different ionization regimes

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    Wollenhaupt, Matthias

    2016-12-01

    Photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD) describes an asymmetry in the photoelectron angular distribution (PAD) from photoionization of randomly oriented enantiomers with circularly polarized light. Beaulieu et al present a comprehensive set of measured PADs from multiphoton ionization of limonene and fenchone in different ionization regimes (multiphoton and tunneling) and analyze the resulting PECD (Beaulieu et al 2016 New J. Phys. 18 102002). From their observations the authors conclude that the PECD is universal in the sense that the molecular chirality is encoded in the PAD independent of the ionization regime. The analysis is supplemented by a classical model based on electron scattering in a chiral potential. The paper presents beautiful data and is an important step towards a more complete physical picture of PECD. The results and their interpretation stimulate the ongoing vivid debate on the role of resonances in multiphoton PECD.

  9. Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Doped Helium Nanodroplets

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    Loginov, Evgeniy; Rossi, Dominic; Drabbels, Marcel

    2005-10-14

    The photoionization dynamics of aniline doped helium droplets has been investigated by photoelectron spectroscopy. The photoelectron spectra resemble closely that of gas phase aniline, except for a droplet-size-dependent shift. This shift is caused by lowering of the ionization threshold upon solvation and can be readily estimated. The individual peaks in the photoelectron spectrum are broadened towards lower kinetic energy which is attributed to the relaxation of the photoelectrons as they pass through the helium droplet.

  10. High resolution photoelectron spectroscopy and femtosecond intramolecular dynamics using supersonic molecular beams

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    Niu, B.

    1992-09-01

    High resolution He I[alpha] photoelectron spectroscopy of formaldehyde and ketene and their deuterated compounds, are reported. The combination of a (H2CO) double-pass high-resolution electron-energy analyzer and effective rotational cooling of the sample by supersonic expansion enable the spectroscopy of these molecular cations. The vibrational autocorrelation functions are calculated from the high-resolution photoelectron spectra, shedding light on the ultrafast intramolecular dynamics of the molecular cations. This study reveals much more vibrational structural detail in the first electronic excited state of H2CO cations. The first electronic excited state of H2CO cations may have nonplanar equilibrium geometry. Strong isotope effects on vibronic (vibrational) coupling are observed in the second electronic excited state of H2CO. Vibrational autocorrelation functions are calculated for all four observed electronic states of H2CO. The correlation function of the first electronic excited state of H2CO shows a slow decay rate on the femtosecond time scale. The ultrafast decay of the H2CO cations in the third electronic excited state implies that dissociation and intramolecular processes are the main decay pathways. The present spectra of the ground states of ketene cations have more fine structure than before. The AIEs of the first and fifth excited states are determined unambiguously more accurately. The doublet-like fine structures present in the lint excited state of ketene implies the excitation of a soft'' mode not observed before. The vibrational autocorrelation functions are calculated for 4 of the 6 observed electronic states. The dynamics of the ground states of the cations are characterized by a wave packet oscillating with small amplitude around the minimum on the upper PES. The decay dynamics of the first and the fifth excited states of ketene are characterized by ultra-fast intramolecular processes like predissociation.

  11. High resolution photoelectron spectroscopy and femtosecond intramolecular dynamics using supersonic molecular beams

    SciTech Connect

    Niu, B.

    1992-09-01

    High resolution He I{alpha} photoelectron spectroscopy of formaldehyde and ketene and their deuterated compounds, are reported. The combination of a (H2CO) double-pass high-resolution electron-energy analyzer and effective rotational cooling of the sample by supersonic expansion enable the spectroscopy of these molecular cations. The vibrational autocorrelation functions are calculated from the high-resolution photoelectron spectra, shedding light on the ultrafast intramolecular dynamics of the molecular cations. This study reveals much more vibrational structural detail in the first electronic excited state of H2CO cations. The first electronic excited state of H2CO cations may have nonplanar equilibrium geometry. Strong isotope effects on vibronic (vibrational) coupling are observed in the second electronic excited state of H2CO. Vibrational autocorrelation functions are calculated for all four observed electronic states of H2CO. The correlation function of the first electronic excited state of H2CO shows a slow decay rate on the femtosecond time scale. The ultrafast decay of the H2CO cations in the third electronic excited state implies that dissociation and intramolecular processes are the main decay pathways. The present spectra of the ground states of ketene cations have more fine structure than before. The AIEs of the first and fifth excited states are determined unambiguously more accurately. The doublet-like fine structures present in the lint excited state of ketene implies the excitation of a ``soft`` mode not observed before. The vibrational autocorrelation functions are calculated for 4 of the 6 observed electronic states. The dynamics of the ground states of the cations are characterized by a wave packet oscillating with small amplitude around the minimum on the upper PES. The decay dynamics of the first and the fifth excited states of ketene are characterized by ultra-fast intramolecular processes like predissociation.

  12. Breakdown of ionic character of molecular alkali bromides in inner-valence photoionization

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    Karpenko, A. Iablonskyi, D.; Kettunen, J. A.; Cao, W.; Huttula, M.; Aksela, H.; Urpelainen, S.

    2014-05-28

    The inner-valence region of alkali bromide XBr (X=Li, Na, K, Rb) vapours has been studied experimentally by means of synchrotron radiation excited photoelectron spectroscopy. Experimental spectra were analyzed by comparing them with available theoretical results and previous experiments. Ionic character of alkali bromides is seen to change in the inner-valence region with increasing atomic number of the alkali atom. A mechanism involving mixing between Br 4s and Rb 4p orbitals has been suggested to account for the fine structure observed in inner-valence ionization region of RbBr.

  13. Photo-electron momentum distribution and electron localization studies from laser-induced atomic and molecular dissociations

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    Ray, Dipanwita

    The broad objective of ultrafast strong-field studies is to be able to measure and control atomic and molecular dynamics on a femtosecond timescale. This thesis work has two major themes: (1) Study of high-energy photoelectron distributions from atomic targets. (2) Electron localization control in atomic and molecular reactions using shaped laser pulses. The first section focuses on the study of photoelectron diffraction patterns of simple atomic targets to understand the target structure. We measure the full vector momentum spectra of high energy photoelectrons from atomic targets (Xe, Ar and Kr) generated by intense laser pulses. The target dependence of the angular distribution of the highest energy photoelectrons as predicted by Quantitative Rescattering Theory (QRS) is explored. More recent developments show target structure information can be retrieved from photoelectrons over a range of energies, from 4Up up to 10Up, independent of the peak intensity at which the photoelectron spectra have been measured. Controlling the fragmentation pathways by manipulating the pulse shape is another major theme of ultrafast science today. In the second section we study the asymmetry of electron (and ion) emission from atoms (and molecules) by interaction with asymmetric pulses formed by the superposition of two colors (800 & 400 nm). Xe electron momentum spectra obtained as a function of the two-color phase exhibit a pronounced asymmetry. Using QRS theory we can analyze this asymmetric yield of the high energy photoelectrons to determine accurately the laser peak intensity and the absolute phase of the two-color electric field. This can be used as a standard pulse calibration method for all two-color studies. Experiments showing strong left-right asymmetry in D+ ion yield from D2 molecules using two-color pulses is also investigated. The asymmetry effect is found to be very ion-energy dependent.

  14. Photodetachment and photoionization rainbows and glories

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    Cohen, S.; Kalaitzis, P.; Danakas, S.; Lépine, F.; Bordas, C.

    2017-03-01

    Quantum scattering has many similarities with the physics of the atmospheric rainbow. Diffraction effects, including rainbows and glories, have long been introduced in the physics of scattering, and particularly in nuclear, atomic and molecular physics. In this paper we describe the striking similarity between the optics of the primary rainbow and supernumerary bows and photodetachment microscopy, with the latter term referring to the photodetachment of a structureless anion in the presence of a static electric field. Further, we extend the aforementioned analogy to the more complex and fertile case of photoionization microscopy. Despite the fact that in the latter situation the analogy is only approximate, we demonstrate the emergence of additional features that are also found in classical optics, like higher-order bows and glories. Finally, based on the conclusions drawn from the above analyses, we discuss the significant contribution of glories in threshold photoelectron spectroscopy.

  15. Photoionization of atoms and molecules. [of hydrogen, helium, and xenon

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    Samson, J. A. R.

    1976-01-01

    A literature review on the present state of knowledge in photoionization is presented. Various experimental techniques that have been developed to study photoionization, such as fluorescence and photoelectron spectroscopy, mass spectroscopy, are examined. Various atoms and molecules were chosen to illustrate these techniques, specifically helium and xenon atoms and hydrogen molecules. Specialized photoionization such as in positive and negative ions, excited states, and free radicals is also treated. Absorption cross sections and ionization potentials are also discussed.

  16. Photoelectron angular distributions for states of any mixed character: an experiment-friendly model for atomic, molecular, and cluster anions.

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    Khuseynov, Dmitry; Blackstone, Christopher C; Culberson, Lori M; Sanov, Andrei

    2014-09-28

    We present a model for laboratory-frame photoelectron angular distributions in direct photodetachment from (in principle) any molecular orbital using linearly polarized light. A transparent mathematical approach is used to generalize the Cooper-Zare central-potential model to anionic states of any mixed character. In the limit of atomic-anion photodetachment, the model reproduces the Cooper-Zare formula. In the case of an initial orbital described as a superposition of s and p-type functions, the model yields the previously obtained s-p mixing formula. The formalism is further advanced using the Hanstorp approximation, whereas the relative scaling of the partial-wave cross-sections is assumed to follow the Wigner threshold law. The resulting model describes the energy dependence of photoelectron anisotropy for any atomic, molecular, or cluster anions, usually without requiring a direct calculation of the transition dipole matrix elements. As a benchmark case, we apply the p-d variant of the model to the experimental results for NO(-) photodetachment and show that the observed anisotropy trend is described well using physically meaningful values of the model parameters. Overall, the presented formalism delivers insight into the photodetachment process and affords a new quantitative strategy for analyzing the photoelectron angular distributions and characterizing mixed-character molecular orbitals using photoelectron imaging spectroscopy of negative ions.

  17. Photoelectron angular distributions for states of any mixed character: An experiment-friendly model for atomic, molecular, and cluster anions

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    Khuseynov, Dmitry; Blackstone, Christopher C.; Culberson, Lori M.; Sanov, Andrei

    2014-09-28

    We present a model for laboratory-frame photoelectron angular distributions in direct photodetachment from (in principle) any molecular orbital using linearly polarized light. A transparent mathematical approach is used to generalize the Cooper-Zare central-potential model to anionic states of any mixed character. In the limit of atomic-anion photodetachment, the model reproduces the Cooper-Zare formula. In the case of an initial orbital described as a superposition of s and p-type functions, the model yields the previously obtained s-p mixing formula. The formalism is further advanced using the Hanstorp approximation, whereas the relative scaling of the partial-wave cross-sections is assumed to follow the Wigner threshold law. The resulting model describes the energy dependence of photoelectron anisotropy for any atomic, molecular, or cluster anions, usually without requiring a direct calculation of the transition dipole matrix elements. As a benchmark case, we apply the p-d variant of the model to the experimental results for NO{sup −} photodetachment and show that the observed anisotropy trend is described well using physically meaningful values of the model parameters. Overall, the presented formalism delivers insight into the photodetachment process and affords a new quantitative strategy for analyzing the photoelectron angular distributions and characterizing mixed-character molecular orbitals using photoelectron imaging spectroscopy of negative ions.

  18. Gadolinium photoionization process

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    Paisner, Jeffrey A.; Comaskey, Brian J.; Haynam, Christopher A.; Eggert, Jon H.

    1993-01-01

    A method is provided for selective photoionization of the odd-numbered atomic mass gadolinium isotopes 155 and 157. The selective photoionization is accomplished by circular or linear parallel polarized laser beam energy effecting a three-step photoionization pathway.

  19. Gadolinium photoionization process

    DOEpatents

    Paisner, J.A.; Comaskey, B.J.; Haynam, C.A.; Eggert, J.H.

    1993-04-13

    A method is provided for selective photoionization of the odd-numbered atomic mass gadolinium isotopes 155 and 157. The selective photoionization is accomplished by circular or linear parallel polarized laser beam energy effecting a three-step photoionization pathway.

  20. Correlation between photoeletron and photoion in ultrafast multichannel photoionization of Ar

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    Itakura, R.; Fushitani, M.; Hishikawa, A.; Sako, T.

    2015-12-31

    We theoretically investigate coherent dynamics of ions created through ultrafast multichannel photoionization from a viewpoint of photoelectron-photoion correlation. The model calculation on single-photon ionization of Ar reveals that the coherent hole dynamics in Ar{sup +} associated with a superposition of the spin-orbit states {sup 2}PJ (J = 3/2 and 1/2) can be identified by monitoring only the photoion created by a Fourier-transform limited extreme ultraviolet (EUV) pulse with the fs pulse duration, while the coherence is lost by a chirped EUV pulse. It is demonstrated that by coincidence detection of the photoelectron and photoion the coherent hole dynamics can be extracted even in the case of ionization by a chirped EUV pulse with the sufficiently wide bandwidth.

  1. Molecular beam photoionization study of HgBr/sub 2/ and HgI/sub 2/

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    Linn, S.H.; Tzeng, W.; Brom, J.M. Jr.; Ng, C.Y.

    1983-01-01

    Photoionization efficiency (PIE) data for HgBr/sub 2//sup +/ and HgI/sub 2//sup +/ and their fragment ions have been obtained in the region 600--1350 A using an oven-type supersonic beam source. The ionization energies (IE) for the X /sup 2/Pi/sub 3/2g/ states of HgBr/sub 2//sup +/ and HgI/sub 2//sup +/ were determined to be 10.560 +- 0.003 and 9.5088 +- 0.0022 eV, respectively. The analyses of the Rydberg series converging to the /sup 2/Pi/sub 1/2g/ states of HgBr/sub 2//sup +/ and HgI/sub 2//sup +/ yield a value of 10.8846 +- 0.0012 eV for the IE of the /sup 2/Pi/sub 1/2g/ state of HgBr/sub 2//sup +/ and 10.1953 +- 0.0025 eV for that of HgI/sub 2//sup +/. The major fragment ions from HgBr/sub 2/ were identified to be HgBr/sup +/, Hg/sup +/, Br/sub 2//sup +/, and Br/sup +/ and those from HgI/sub 2/ were found to be HgI/sup +/, I/sub 2//sup +/, and I/sup +/. The measured appearance energies for HgBr/sup +/ and HgI/sup +/ allow the calculation of the bond dissociation energies for HgBr/sup +/ and HgI/sup +/ to be 55 +- 2 and 59 +- 1 kcal/mol, respectively. Similar to the observation in the PIE curves for HgCl/sub 2//sup +/ and its fragment ions, the PIE spectra for HgBr/sub 2//sup +/, HgI/sub 2//sup +/, and their fragment ions are dominated by autoionization structures exhibiting asymmetric Beutler--Fano line profiles. The comparison of the PIE curves of HgCl/sub 2//sup +/, HgBr/sub 2//sup +/, HgI/sub 2//sup +/, and Hg/sup +/ from Hg confirms the previous conclusion that these autoionizing Rydberg series can be assigned to transitions((5d)/sup 10/sigma/sub g//sup 2/sigma/sub u//sup 2/..pi../sub u//sup 4/..pi../sub g//sup 4/) ..-->.. ((5d)/sup 9/sigma/sub g//sup 2/sigma/sub u//sup 2/..pi../sub u//sup 4/..pi../sub g//sup 4/ /sup 2/D/sub plus-or-minus5/2/)np and ((5d)/sup 10/sigma/sub g//sup 2/sigma/sub u//sup 2/..pi../sub u//sup 4/..pi../sub g//sup 4/) ..-->.. ((5d)/sup 9/sigma/sub g//sup 2/sigma/sub u//sup 2/..pi../sub u//sup 4/..pi../sub g//sup 4/ /sup 2/D/sub plus

  2. Photoabsorption and photoionization cross sections for formaldehyde in the vacuum-ultraviolet energy range

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    Tanaka, H. K.; Prudente, F. V.; Medina, A.; Marinho, R. R. T.; Homem, M. G. P.; Machado, L. E.; Fujimoto, M. M.

    2017-03-01

    We report a theoretical-experimental investigation on the interaction of vacuum-ultraviolet radiation with formaldehyde (H2CO) in the gas phase. Experimentally, the absolute photoabsorption cross sections and the photoionization quantum yields were measured in the (11.0-21.5) eV range using the double-ion chamber technique. Also, the absolute photoionization and neutral-decay cross sections were derived from these data. In addition, in the same energy region, the dissociation pattern was obtained with a time-of-flight mass spectrometer using the photoelectron-photoion coincidence technique, and the absolute photoionization cross sections were derived for each ionic fragment observed. Moreover, theoretical photoionization cross sections were calculated for the ionization of the four outermost molecular valence orbitals (2b2, 1b1, 5a1, and 1b2) from the threshold to 35 eV. The calculations were performed using the iterative Schwinger variational method to solve the Lippmann-Schwinger equation in the exact static-exchange level of approximation. In general, there is a good agreement between our experimental and previous data reported in the literature. Our theoretical results show a fair qualitative agreement with the experimental data and with previous theoretical results. Above 20 eV, a better quantitative agreement with the experimental data is also observed.

  3. Imaging molecular structure through femtosecond photoelectron diffraction on aligned and oriented gas-phase molecules.

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    Boll, Rebecca; Rouzée, Arnaud; Adolph, Marcus; Anielski, Denis; Aquila, Andrew; Bari, Sadia; Bomme, Cédric; Bostedt, Christoph; Bozek, John D; Chapman, Henry N; Christensen, Lauge; Coffee, Ryan; Coppola, Niccola; De, Sankar; Decleva, Piero; Epp, Sascha W; Erk, Benjamin; Filsinger, Frank; Foucar, Lutz; Gorkhover, Tais; Gumprecht, Lars; Hömke, André; Holmegaard, Lotte; Johnsson, Per; Kienitz, Jens S; Kierspel, Thomas; Krasniqi, Faton; Kühnel, Kai-Uwe; Maurer, Jochen; Messerschmidt, Marc; Moshammer, Robert; Müller, Nele L M; Rudek, Benedikt; Savelyev, Evgeny; Schlichting, Ilme; Schmidt, Carlo; Scholz, Frank; Schorb, Sebastian; Schulz, Joachim; Seltmann, Jörn; Stener, Mauro; Stern, Stephan; Techert, Simone; Thøgersen, Jan; Trippel, Sebastian; Viefhaus, Jens; Vrakking, Marc; Stapelfeldt, Henrik; Küpper, Jochen; Ullrich, Joachim; Rudenko, Artem; Rolles, Daniel

    2014-01-01

    This paper gives an account of our progress towards performing femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron diffraction on gas-phase molecules in a pump-probe setup combining optical lasers and an X-ray free-electron laser. We present results of two experiments aimed at measuring photoelectron angular distributions of laser-aligned 1-ethynyl-4-fluorobenzene (C(8)H(5)F) and dissociating, laser-aligned 1,4-dibromobenzene (C(6)H(4)Br(2)) molecules and discuss them in the larger context of photoelectron diffraction on gas-phase molecules. We also show how the strong nanosecond laser pulse used for adiabatically laser-aligning the molecules influences the measured electron and ion spectra and angular distributions, and discuss how this may affect the outcome of future time-resolved photoelectron diffraction experiments.

  4. Revealing Deactivation Pathways Hidden in Time-Resolved Photoelectron Spectra

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    Ruckenbauer, Matthias; Mai, Sebastian; Marquetand, Philipp; González, Leticia

    2016-10-01

    Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy is commonly employed with the intention to monitor electronic excited-state dynamics occurring in a neutral molecule. With the help of theory, we show that when excited-state processes occur on similar time scales the different relaxation pathways are completely obscured in the total photoionization signal recorded in the experiment. Using non-adiabatic molecular dynamics and Dyson norms, we calculate the photoionization signal of cytosine and disentangle the transient contributions originating from the different deactivation pathways of its tautomers. In the simulations, the total signal from the relevant keto and enol tautomers can be decomposed into contributions either from the neutral electronic state populations or from the distinct mechanistic pathways across the multiple potential surfaces. The lifetimes corresponding to these contributions cannot be extracted from the experiment, thereby illustrating that new experimental setups are necessary to unravel the intricate non-adiabatic pathways occurring in polyatomic molecules after irradiation by light.

  5. Revealing Deactivation Pathways Hidden in Time-Resolved Photoelectron Spectra

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    Ruckenbauer, Matthias; Mai, Sebastian; Marquetand, Philipp; González, Leticia

    2016-01-01

    Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy is commonly employed with the intention to monitor electronic excited-state dynamics occurring in a neutral molecule. With the help of theory, we show that when excited-state processes occur on similar time scales the different relaxation pathways are completely obscured in the total photoionization signal recorded in the experiment. Using non-adiabatic molecular dynamics and Dyson norms, we calculate the photoionization signal of cytosine and disentangle the transient contributions originating from the different deactivation pathways of its tautomers. In the simulations, the total signal from the relevant keto and enol tautomers can be decomposed into contributions either from the neutral electronic state populations or from the distinct mechanistic pathways across the multiple potential surfaces. The lifetimes corresponding to these contributions cannot be extracted from the experiment, thereby illustrating that new experimental setups are necessary to unravel the intricate non-adiabatic pathways occurring in polyatomic molecules after irradiation by light. PMID:27762396

  6. Channel-specific photoelectron angular distribution in laboratory and molecular frames for dissociative ionization of methanol in intense ultraviolet laser fields

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    Fukahori, Shinichi; Nakano, Motoyoshi; Yamanouchi, Kaoru; Itakura, Ryuji

    2017-03-01

    We investigate dissociative ionization of CH3OH in an intense laser field (398 nm, 76 fs, 8.9 × 1012 W/cm2) by photoelectron-photoion coincidence momentum imaging. It is revealed from the analysis of the channel-specific photoelectron angular distributions that CH3OH is decomposed into CH2OH+ + H after the four-photon ionization to the vibrationally highly excited states of the electronic ground state of CH3OH+ and into CH3+ + OH after the five-photon ionization to the second electronically excited state of CH3OH+, and that these two channels are also opened after CH3OH+, prepared by the four-photon ionization, is photoexcited further into the electronically excited states.

  7. Fourier transform photoelectron diffraction and its application to molecular orbitals and surface structure

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    Zhou, Xin

    1998-11-30

    Photoemission intensities from the molecular orbitals of c(2x2)CO/Pt(111) over a wide photon energy range were measured and analyzed by the same methods developed for structural studies using core levels. The 4{sigma} orbital center of gravity is found to be concentrated between the C and O atoms, while that of the 5{sigma} orbital lies between the C atom and the Pt surface. The C 1s photoelectron diffraction was used to determine the adsorption geometry. The earlier ambiguity that multiple scattering is needed to correctly model a {chi} curve while single scattering is sufficient for understanding major peaks in the ARPEFS-FTS is clarified by studying the clean Ni(111) surface. In the normal emission case, several different combinations of scattering events have similar path length differences (PLDs), and can either cancel each other or enhance the corresponding FT peak. In the off-normal case the degeneracy is greatly reduced due to the lower degree of symmetry. In normal emission AR PEFS, up to third order multiple scattering is needed to describe fully both the {chi} curve and its FT spectrum. To improve the spectral resolution in the ARPEFS-FT analysis, several new spectral analysis methods are introduced. With both autocorrelation autoregression (ACAR) and autocorrelation eigenvector (ACE), we can produce a reliable power spectrum by following the order-closing procedure. The best spectra are usually obtained when the autocorrelation sequence is computed with lags up to half the data range. A simple way of determining surface adsorption sites is proposed as follows: First use a single scattering cluster for possible adsorption sites to construct the geometrical PLDs from the strong backscattering events; then compare these PLDs with those obtained from the ARPEFS-FT analysis of the experimental data. After the preferred adsorption site is determined, fine tune the interlayer distances according to the positional R-factor.

  8. Photoionization of rare gas clusters

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    Zhang, Huaizhen

    This thesis concentrates on the study of photoionization of van der Waals clusters with different cluster sizes. The goal of the experimental investigation is to understand the electronic structure of van der Waals clusters and the electronic dynamics. These studies are fundamental to understand the interaction between UV-X rays and clusters. The experiments were performed at the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The experimental method employs angle-resolved time-of-flight photoelectron spectrometry, one of the most powerful methods for probing the electronic structure of atoms, molecules, clusters and solids. The van der Waals cluster photoionization studies are focused on probing the evolution of the photoelectron angular distribution parameter as a function of photon energy and cluster size. The angular distribution has been known to be a sensitive probe of the electronic structure in atoms and molecules. However, it has not been used in the case of van der Waals clusters. We carried out outer-valence levels, inner-valence levels and core-levels cluster photoionization experiments. Specifically, this work reports on the first quantitative measurements of the angular distribution parameters of rare gas clusters as a function of average cluster sizes. Our findings for xenon clusters is that the overall photon-energy-dependent behavior of the photoelectrons from the clusters is very similar to that of the corresponding free atoms. However, distinct differences in the angular distribution point at cluster-size-dependent effects were found. For krypton clusters, in the photon energy range where atomic photoelectrons have a high angular anisotropy, our measurements show considerably more isotropic angular distributions for the cluster photoelectrons, especially right above the 3d and 4p thresholds. For the valence electrons, a surprising difference between the two spin-orbit components was found. For argon clusters, we found that the

  9. A case for chiral contributions to nondipole effects in photoionization using linearly polarized soft x-rays

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    Bowen, Kyle Patrick

    Modelling angular distributions of photoelectrons requires making accurate approximations of both the incoming light and the behavior of bound electrons. The experimental determination of photoelectron angular distributions is crucial to the development of accurate theoretical models governing the light-matter interaction. To date, many models have relied upon the dipole approximation, which assumes a constant electric field as the source of ionization. Despite knowing that the dipole approximation would break down as photon energy increased, the precise limit was unclear. Over the past two decades, a strong case has been made that corrections to the dipole approximation are necessary for accurately describing photoionization using soft x-rays (100 - 1000 eV). This energy region is widely studied, as it has become more readily accessible thanks to third-generation synchrotron radiation facilities. This work provides experimental evidence for first-order corrections to the dipole approximation, known as nondipole effects, for atoms and molecules, focusing on Xe 3d photoionization, which showcases the role of interchannel coupling in nondipole angular distributions, N 1s photoionization from molecular nitrogen in an attempt to settle a dispute over molecular nondipole effects, and C 1s photoionization from the chiral molecule camphor, which provides the first-ever experimental determination of a theoretically predicted chiral-specific nondipole effect. All of the experiments were performed using electron time-of-flight spectroscopy at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

  10. Probing and extracting the structure of vibrating SF6 molecules with inner-shell photoelectrons

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    Nguyen, Ngoc-Ty; Lucchese, R. R.; Lin, C. D.; Le, Anh-Thu

    2016-06-01

    We propose a scheme for probing the structure of vibrating molecules with photoelectrons generated from ultrashort soft-x-ray pulses. As an example we analyze below-100-eV photoelectrons liberated from the S (2 p ) orbital of vibrating SF6 molecules to image very small structural changes of molecular vibration. In particular, photoionization cross sections and photoelectron angular distributions (PAD) at nonequilibrium geometries can be retrieved accurately with photoelectrons near the shape resonance at 13 eV. This is achieved with a pump-probe scheme, in which the symmetric stretch mode is first Raman excited predominantly by a relatively short laser pulse and then later probed at different time delays by a few-femtosecond soft-x-ray pulse with photon energy near 200 eV.

  11. Progress toward time-resolved molecular imaging: A theoretical study of optimal parameters in static photoelectron holography

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    Sun, S. X.-L.; Kaduwela, A. P.; Gray, A. X.; Fadley, C. S.

    2014-05-01

    The availability of short-pulse free-electron lasers has led to the idea of using photoelectron holography as a method of directly imaging molecular dissociations or reactions in real time, as, e.g., in a recent theoretical study by Krasniqi et al., [F. Krasniqi, B. Najjari, L. Strüder, D. Rolles, A. Voitkiv, and J. Ullrich, Phys. Rev. A 81, 033411 (2010), 10.1103/PhysRevA.81.033411]. In this paper, we extend this earlier work and in particular look at two critical questions concerning the optimum type of data required for such holographic imaging: the choice of photoelectron kinetic energy (e.g., ˜300 eV versus ˜1700 eV as in the prior study), and the use of a single energy or multiple energies. After verifying that our calculations fully duplicate those in this prior paper, we show that using lower energies is preferable to using higher energies for image quality, a conclusion consistent with prior photoelectron holography studies at surfaces, and that multiple lower energies in which the hologram effectively spans a volume in kspace yields the best quality images that should be useful for such "molecular movies." Although the amount of data required for such multi-energy holography is roughly an order of magnitude higher than that for single energy, the reduction of artifacts and the improved quality of the images suggest this as the optimum ultimate future strategy for such dynamic imaging.

  12. Molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions for core ionization of ethane, carbon tetrafluoride and 1,1-difluoroethylene

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    Menssen, A.; Trevisan, C. S.; Schöffler, M. S.; ...

    2016-02-15

    Molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions (MFPADs) are measured in this paper in electron–ion momentum imaging experiments and compared with complex Kohn variational calculations for carbon K-shell ionization of carbon tetrafluoride (CF4), ethane (C2H6) and 1,1-difluoroethylene (C2H2F2). While in ethane the polarization averaged MFPADs show a tendency at low energies for the photoelectron to be emitted in the directions of the bonds, the opposite effect is seen in CF4. A combination of these behaviors is seen in difluoroethylene where ionization from the two carbons can be distinguished experimentally because of their different K-shell ionization potentials. Excellent agreement is found between experimentmore » and simple static-exchange or coupled two-channel theoretical calculations. Finally, however, simple electrostatics do not provide an adequate explanation of the suggestively simple angular distributions at low electron ejection energies.« less

  13. Intramolecular photoelectron diffraction in the gas phase

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    Ueda, K.; Miron, C.; Plésiat, E.; Argenti, L.; Patanen, M.; Kooser, K.; Ayuso, D.; Mondal, S.; Kimura, M.; Sakai, K.; Travnikova, O.; Palacios, A.; Decleva, P.; Kukk, E.; Martín, F.

    2013-09-01

    We report unambiguous experimental and theoretical evidence of intramolecular photoelectron diffraction in the collective vibrational excitation that accompanies high-energy photoionization of gas-phase CF4, BF3, and CH4 from the 1s orbital of the central atom. We show that the ratios between vibrationally resolved photoionization cross sections (v-ratios) exhibit pronounced oscillations as a function of photon energy, which is the fingerprint of electron diffraction by the surrounding atomic centers. This interpretation is supported by the excellent agreement between first-principles static-exchange and time-dependent density functional theory calculations and high resolution measurements, as well as by qualitative agreement at high energies with a model in which atomic displacements are treated to first order of perturbation theory. The latter model allows us to rationalize the results for all the v-ratios in terms of a generalized v-ratio, which contains information on the structure of the above three molecules and the corresponding molecular cations. A fit of the measured v-ratios to a simple formula based on this model suggests that the method could be used to obtain structural information of both neutral and ionic molecular species.

  14. Intramolecular photoelectron diffraction in the gas phase.

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    Ueda, K; Miron, C; Plésiat, E; Argenti, L; Patanen, M; Kooser, K; Ayuso, D; Mondal, S; Kimura, M; Sakai, K; Travnikova, O; Palacios, A; Decleva, P; Kukk, E; Martín, F

    2013-09-28

    We report unambiguous experimental and theoretical evidence of intramolecular photoelectron diffraction in the collective vibrational excitation that accompanies high-energy photoionization of gas-phase CF4, BF3, and CH4 from the 1s orbital of the central atom. We show that the ratios between vibrationally resolved photoionization cross sections (v-ratios) exhibit pronounced oscillations as a function of photon energy, which is the fingerprint of electron diffraction by the surrounding atomic centers. This interpretation is supported by the excellent agreement between first-principles static-exchange and time-dependent density functional theory calculations and high resolution measurements, as well as by qualitative agreement at high energies with a model in which atomic displacements are treated to first order of perturbation theory. The latter model allows us to rationalize the results for all the v-ratios in terms of a generalized v-ratio, which contains information on the structure of the above three molecules and the corresponding molecular cations. A fit of the measured v-ratios to a simple formula based on this model suggests that the method could be used to obtain structural information of both neutral and ionic molecular species.

  15. Merging quantum-chemistry with B-splines to describe molecular photoionization

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    Argenti, L.; Marante, C.; Klinker, M.; Corral, I.; Gonzalez, J.; Martin, F.

    2016-05-01

    Theoretical description of observables in attosecond pump-probe experiments requires a good representation of the system's ionization continuum. For polyelectronic atoms and molecules, however, this is still a challenge, due to the complicated short-range structure of correlated electronic wavefunctions. Whereas quantum chemistry packages (QCP) implementing sophisticated methods to compute bound electronic molecular states are well established, comparable tools for the continuum are not widely available yet. To tackle this problem, we have developed a new approach that, by means of a hybrid Gaussian-B-spline basis, interfaces existing QCPs with close-coupling scattering methods. To illustrate the viability of this approach, we report results for the multichannel ionization of the helium atom and of the hydrogen molecule that are in excellent agreement with existing accurate benchmarks. These findings, together with the flexibility of QCPs, make of this approach a good candidate for the theoretical study of the ionization of poly-electronic systems. FP7/ERC Grant XCHEM 290853.

  16. Femtosecond photoelectron diffraction: a new approach to image molecular structure during photochemical reactions

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    Rolles, Daniel; Boll, Rebecca; Tamrakar, Samyak R.; Anielski, Denis; Bomme, Cédric

    2014-09-01

    Continuing technical advances in the creation of (sub-) femtosecond VUV and X-ray pulses with Free-Electron Lasers and laser-based high-harmonic-generation sources have created new opportunities for studying ultrafast dynamics during chemical reactions. Here, we present an approach to image the geometric structure of gas-phase molecules with fewfemtosecond temporal and sub-Ångström spatial resolution using femtosecond photoelectron diffraction. This technique allows imaging the molecules "from within" by analyzing the diffraction of inner-shell photoelectrons that are created by femtosecond VUV and X-ray pulses. Using pump-probe schemes, ultrafast structural changes during photochemical reactions can thus be directly visualized with a temporal resolution that is only limited by the pulse durations of the pump and the probe pulse and the synchronization of the two light pulses. Here, we illustrate the principle of photoelectron diffraction using a simple, geometric scattering model and present results from photoelectron diffraction experiments on laser-aligned molecules using X-ray pulses from a Free-Electron Laser.

  17. Does feedback help or hinder star formation? The effect of photoionization on star formation in giant molecular clouds

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    Shima, Kazuhiro; Tasker, Elizabeth J.; Habe, Asao

    2017-05-01

    We investigated the effect of photoionizing feedback inside turbulent star-forming clouds, comparing the resultant star formation in both idealized profiles and more realistic cloud structures drawn from a global galaxy simulation. We performed a series of numerical simulations that compared the effect of star formation alone, photoionization and photoionization plus supernovae feedback. In the idealized cloud, photoionization suppresses gas fragmentation at early times, resulting in the formation of more massive stars and an increase in the star formation efficiency. At later times, the dispersal of the dense gas causes the radiative feedback effect to switch from positive to negative as the star formation efficiency drops. In the cloud extracted from the global simulation, the initial cloud is heavily fragmented prior to the stellar-feedback beginning and is largely structurally unaffected by the late injection of radiation energy. The result is a suppression of the star formation. We conclude that the efficiency of feedback is heavily dependent on the gas structure, with negative feedback dominating when the density is high.

  18. Mass-Selective Laser Photoionization.

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    Smalley, R. E.

    1982-01-01

    Discusses the nature and applications of mass-selective laser photoionization. The ionization can be done with a single intense laser pulse lasting a few billionths of a second with no molecular fragmentation. Applications focus on: (1) benzene clusters, excimers, and exciplexes; (2) metal clusters; and (3) triplet formation and decay. (Author/JN)

  19. Mass-Selective Laser Photoionization.

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    Smalley, R. E.

    1982-01-01

    Discusses the nature and applications of mass-selective laser photoionization. The ionization can be done with a single intense laser pulse lasting a few billionths of a second with no molecular fragmentation. Applications focus on: (1) benzene clusters, excimers, and exciplexes; (2) metal clusters; and (3) triplet formation and decay. (Author/JN)

  20. Electronic properties and dissociative photoionization of thiocyanates. Part II. Valence and shallow-core (sulfur and chlorine 2p) regions of chloromethyl thiocyanate, CH2ClSCN.

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    Rodríguez Pirani, Lucas S; Geronés, Mariana; Della Védova, Carlos O; Romano, Rosana M; Fantoni, Adolfo; Cavasso-Filho, Reinaldo; Ma, Chunping; Ge, Maofa; Erben, Mauricio F

    2012-01-12

    A combination of photoelectron spectroscopy and synchrotron based photoelectron photoion coincidence (PEPICO) spectra has been applied to investigate the electronic structure and the dissociative ionization of the CH(2)ClSCN molecule in the valence region. The PES is assigned with the electronic structure calculations at the outer-valence Green's function and symmetry adapted cluster/configuration interaction (SAC-CI) levels offer an explanation of our experimental results. Upon vacuum ultraviolet irradiation the low-lying radical cation, located at 10.39 eV is formed. The molecular ion is observed in the time-of-flight mass spectra, together with the CH(2)SCN(+) and CH(2)Cl(+) daughter ions. The total ion yield spectra have been measured in the S 2p and Cl 2p regions and several channels have been determined in dissociative photoionization events for the core-excited species. Thus, by using time-of-flight mass spectrometry and synchrotron radiation the relative abundances of the ionic fragments and their kinetic energy release values were obtained from both PEPICO and photoelectron photoion photoion coincidence spectra. Possible fragmentation processes are discussed and compared with that found for the related CH(3)SCN species.

  1. Dissociation of strong acid revisited: X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations of HNO3 in water

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    Lewis, Tanza; Winter, Berndt; Stern, Abraham C.; Baer, Marcel D.; Mundy, Christopher J.; Tobias, Douglas J.; Hemminger, J. C.

    2011-08-04

    Molecular-level insight into the dissociation of nitric acid in water is obtained from photoelectron X-ray spectroscopy and first-principles molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Our combined studies reveal surprisingly abrupt changes in solvation configurations of undissociated nitric acid at approximately 4 M concentration. Experimentally, this is inferred from N1s binding energy shifts of HNO3(aq) as a function of concentration, and is associated with variations in the local electronic structure of the nitrogen atom. It also shows up as a discontinuity in the degree of dissociation as a function of concentration, determined here from the N1s photoelectron signal intensity, which can be separately quantified for undissociated HNO3(aq) and dissociated NO3-(aq). Intermolecular interactions within the nitric acid solution are discussed on the basis of MD simulations, which reveal that molecular HNO3 interacts remarkably weakly with solvating water molecules at low concentration; around 4 M there is a turnover to a more structured solvation shell, accompanied by an increase in hydrogen bonding between HNO3 and water. We suggest that the driving force behind the more structured solvent configuration of HNO3 is the overlap of nitric acid solvent shells that sets in around 4 M concentration. This work was supported by the US Department of Energy Basic Energy Sciences' Chemical Sciences, Geosciences & Biosciences Division. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is operated by Battelle for the US Department of Energy.

  2. Dissociation of strong acid revisited: X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and molecular dynamics simulations of HNO3 in water.

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    Lewis, Tanza; Winter, Bernd; Stern, Abraham C; Baer, Marcel D; Mundy, Christopher J; Tobias, Douglas J; Hemminger, John C

    2011-08-04

    Molecular-level insight into the dissociation of nitric acid in water is obtained from X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and first-principles molecular dynamics (MD) simulations. Our combined studies reveal surprisingly abrupt changes in solvation configurations of undissociated nitric acid at approximately 4 M concentration. Experimentally, this is inferred from shifts of the N1s binding energy of HNO(3)(aq) as a function of concentration and is associated with variations in the local electronic structure of the nitrogen atom. It also shows up as a discontinuity in the degree of dissociation as a function of concentration, determined here from the N1s photoelectron signal intensity, which can be separately quantified for undissociated HNO(3)(aq) and dissociated NO(3)(-)(aq). Intermolecular interactions within the nitric acid solution are discussed on the basis of MD simulations, which reveal that molecular HNO(3) interacts remarkably weakly with solvating water molecules at low concentration; around 4 M there is a turnover to a more structured solvation shell, accompanied by an increase in hydrogen bonding between HNO(3) and water. We suggest that the driving force behind the more structured solvent configuration of HNO(3) is the overlap of nitric acid solvent shells that sets in around 4 M concentration.

  3. Following the molecular motion of near-resonant excited CO on Pt(111): A simulated x-ray photoelectron diffraction study based on molecular dynamics calculations

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    Greif, Michael; Nagy, Tibor; Soloviov, Maksym; Castiglioni, Luca; Hengsberger, Matthias; Meuwly, Markus; Osterwalder, Jürg

    2015-01-01

    A THz-pump and x-ray-probe experiment is simulated where x-ray photoelectron diffraction (XPD) patterns record the coherent vibrational motion of carbon monoxide molecules adsorbed on a Pt(111) surface. Using molecular dynamics simulations, the excitation of frustrated wagging-type motion of the CO molecules by a few-cycle pulse of 2 THz radiation is calculated. From the atomic coordinates, the time-resolved XPD patterns of the C 1s core level photoelectrons are generated. Due to the direct structural information in these data provided by the forward scattering maximum along the carbon-oxygen direction, the sequence of these patterns represents the equivalent of a molecular movie. PMID:26798798

  4. Monitoring non-adiabatic dynamics in CS2 with time- and energy-resolved photoelectron spectra of wavepackets

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    Wang, Kwanghsi; McKoy, Vincent; Hockett, Paul; Stolow, Albert; Schuurman, Michael S.

    2017-09-01

    We report results from a novel fully ab initio method for simulating the time-resolved photoelectron angular distributions around conical intersections in CS2. The technique employs wavepacket densities obtained with the multiple spawning method in conjunction with geometry- and energy-dependent photoionization matrix elements. The robust agreement of the calculated molecular-frame photoelectron angular distributions with measured values for CS2 demonstrates that this approach can successfully illuminate, and disentangle, the underlying coupled nuclear and electronic dynamics around conical intersections in polyatomic molecules.

  5. Single-order laser high harmonics in XUV for ultrafast photoelectron spectroscopy of molecular wavepacket dynamics

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    Fushitani, Mizuho; Hishikawa, Akiyoshi

    2016-01-01

    We present applications of extreme ultraviolet (XUV) single-order laser harmonics to gas-phase ultrafast photoelectron spectroscopy. Ultrashort XUV pulses at 80 nm are obtained as the 5th order harmonics of the fundamental laser at 400 nm by using Xe or Kr as the nonlinear medium and separated from other harmonic orders by using an indium foil. The single-order laser harmonics is applied for real-time probing of vibrational wavepacket dynamics of I2 molecules in the bound and dissociating low-lying electronic states and electronic-vibrational wavepacket dynamics of highly excited Rydberg N2 molecules. PMID:27795976

  6. Vibrationally resolved C 1s photoionization cross section of CF4

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    Patanen, M.; Kooser, K.; Argenti, L.; Ayuso, D.; Kimura, M.; Mondal, S.; Plésiat, E.; Palacios, A.; Sakai, K.; Travnikova, O.; Decleva, P.; Kukk, E.; Miron, C.; Ueda, K.; Martín, F.

    2014-06-01

    The differential photoionization cross section ratio (ν = 1)/(ν = 0) for the symmetric stretching mode in the C 1s photoionization of CF4 was studied both theoretically and experimentally. We observed this ratio to differ from the Franck-Condon ratio and to be strongly dependent on the photon energy, even far from the photoionization threshold. The density-functional theory computations show that the ratio is significantly modulated by the diffraction of the photoelectrons by the neighbouring atoms at high photon energies. At lower energies, the interpretation of the first very strong maximum observed about 60 eV above the photoionization threshold required detailed calculations of the absolute partial cross sections, which revealed that the absolute cross section has two maxima at lower energies, which turn into one maximum in the cross section ratio because the maxima appear at slightly different energies in ν = 1 and ν = 0 cross sections. These two strong, low-energy continuum resonances originate from the trapping of the continuum wavefunction in the molecular potential of the surrounding fluorine atoms and from the outgoing electron scattering by them.

  7. Excitation energies, photoionization cross sections, and asymmetry parameters of the methyl and silyl radicals

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    Velasco, A. M.; Lavín, C.; Dolgounitcheva, O.; Ortiz, J. V.

    2014-08-21

    Vertical excitation energies of the methyl and silyl radicals were inferred from ab initio electron propagator calculations on the electron affinities of CH{sub 3}{sup +} and SiH{sub 3}{sup +}. Photoionization cross sections and angular distribution of photoelectrons for the outermost orbitals of both CH{sub 3} and SiH{sub 3} radicals have been obtained with the Molecular Quantum Defect Orbital method. The individual ionization cross sections corresponding to the Rydberg channels to which the excitation of the ground state's outermost electron gives rise are reported. Despite the relevance of methyl radical in atmospheric chemistry and combustion processes, only data for the photon energy range of 10–11 eV seem to be available. Good agreement has been found with experiment for photoionization cross section of this radical. To our knowledge, predictions of the above mentioned photoionization parameters on silyl radical are made here for the first time, and we are not aware of any reported experimental measurements. An analysis of our results reveals the presence of a Cooper minimum in the photoionization of the silyl radical. The adequacy of the two theoretical procedures employed in the present work is discussed.

  8. Calculated photoionization cross sections using Quantemol-N

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    Brigg, Will J.; Harvey, Alex G.; Dzarasova, Anna; Mohr, Sebastian; Brambila, Danilo S.; Morales, Felipe; Smirnova, Olga; Tennyson, Jonathan

    2015-06-01

    Quantemol-N is an expert system designed to run the widely used UK Molecular R-matrix code (UKRMol). Originally designed to consider electron-molecule collision problems, here we present an extension to treat molecular photoionization. Sample results are given for the photoionization of molecular nitrogen and methane. Comparisons are made with experimental results showing good agreement.

  9. Forward-backward asymmetries of atomic photoelectrons.

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    Biheux, J. C.; Dunford, R. W.; Gemmell, D. S.; Hasegawa, S.; Kanter, E. P.; Krassig, B.; Southworth, S. H.; Young, L.

    1999-01-19

    When atomic photoionization is treated beyond the dipole approximation, photoelectron angular distributions are asymmetric forward and backward with respect to the direction of the photon beam. We have measured forward-backward asymmetries of Ar 1s and Kr 1s and 2s photoelectrons using 2-19 keV x-rays. The measured asymmetries compare well with calculations which include interference between electric-dipole and electric-quadrupole amplitudes within the nonrelativistic, independent-particle approximations.

  10. Near threshold studies of photoelectron satellites

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    Heimann, P.A.

    1986-11-01

    Photoelectron spectroscopy and synchrotron radiation have been used to study correlation effects in the rare gases: He, Ne, Ar, Kr, and Xe. Two kinds of time-of-flight electron analyzers were employed to examine photoionization very close to threshold and at higher kinetic energies. Partial cross sections and angular distributions have been measured for a number of photoelectron satellites. The shake-off probability has been determined at some inner-shell resonances. 121 refs., 28 figs., 13 tabs.

  11. Vacuum Ultraviolet Photoionization of Complex Chemical Systems.

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    Kostko, Oleg; Bandyopadhyay, Biswajit; Ahmed, Musahid

    2016-05-27

    Tunable vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation coupled to mass spectrometry is applied to the study of complex chemical systems. The identification of novel reactive intermediates and radicals is revealed in flame, pulsed photolysis, and pyrolysis reactors, leading to the elucidation of spectroscopy, reaction mechanisms, and kinetics. Mass-resolved threshold photoelectron photoion coincidence measurements provide unprecedented access to vibrationally resolved spectra of free radicals present in high-temperature reactors. Photoionization measurements in water clusters, nucleic acid base dimers, and their complexes with water provide signatures of proton transfer in hydrogen-bonded and π-stacked systems. Experimental and theoretical methods to track ion-molecule reactions and fragmentation pathways in intermolecular and intramolecular hydrogen-bonded systems in sugars and alcohols are described. Photoionization of laser-ablated molecules, clusters, and their reaction products inform thermodynamics and spectroscopy that are relevant to astrochemistry and catalysis. New directions in coupling VUV radiation to interrogate complex chemical systems are discussed.

  12. Vacuum Ultraviolet Photoionization of Complex Chemical Systems

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    Kostko, Oleg; Bandyopadhyay, Biswajit; Ahmed, Musahid

    2016-05-01

    Tunable vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation coupled to mass spectrometry is applied to the study of complex chemical systems. The identification of novel reactive intermediates and radicals is revealed in flame, pulsed photolysis, and pyrolysis reactors, leading to the elucidation of spectroscopy, reaction mechanisms, and kinetics. Mass-resolved threshold photoelectron photoion coincidence measurements provide unprecedented access to vibrationally resolved spectra of free radicals present in high-temperature reactors. Photoionization measurements in water clusters, nucleic acid base dimers, and their complexes with water provide signatures of proton transfer in hydrogen-bonded and π-stacked systems. Experimental and theoretical methods to track ion-molecule reactions and fragmentation pathways in intermolecular and intramolecular hydrogen-bonded systems in sugars and alcohols are described. Photoionization of laser-ablated molecules, clusters, and their reaction products inform thermodynamics and spectroscopy that are relevant to astrochemistry and catalysis. New directions in coupling VUV radiation to interrogate complex chemical systems are discussed.

  13. Photoionization and photofragmentation of the C60+ molecular ion

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    Baral, K. K.; Aryal, N. B.; Esteves-Macaluso, D. A.; Thomas, C. M.; Hellhund, J.; Lomsadze, R.; Kilcoyne, A. L. D.; Müller, A.; Schippers, S.; Phaneuf, R. A.

    2016-03-01

    Cross-section measurements are reported for single and double photoionization of C$+\\atop{60}$ ions in the photon energy range 18-150 eV accompanied by the loss of zero to seven pairs of carbon atoms, as well as for fragmentation without ionization resulting in loss of two to eight pairs of C atoms in the photon energy range 18-65 eV. Absolute measurements were performed by merging a beam of C$+\\atop{60}$ molecular ions with a beam of monochromatized synchrotron radiation. Product channels involving dissociation yielding smaller fullerene fragment ions account for nearly half of the total measured oscillator strength in this energy range. The sum of cross sections for the measured product channels is compared to a published calculation of the total photoabsorption cross section of neutral C60 based on time-dependent density-functional theory. Lastly, this comparison and an accounting of oscillator strengths indicate that with the exception of C$+\\atop{58}$, the most important product channels resulting from photoabsorption were accounted for in the experiment. Threshold energies for the successive removal of carbon atom pairs accompanying photoionization are also determined from the measurements.

  14. Time-dependent photoelectron angular distributions

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    Wang, Xiangyang

    1999-09-01

    I show that the angular distribution of electrons photoionized from gas phase targets by short light pulses is time-dependent, when the orbital momentum composition of the photocurrent changes with excitation energy so evolves with the time of detection. A theory of time- dependent photoionization is outlined and general formulas of time-dependent photoelectron flux and angular distribution are given. Two general propagator methods suitable to describe the time-dependent photoionization and scattering processes are developed. The photoionization process is viewed as a local excitation followed by a half scattering. The local excitation process is solved theoretically in a small region around the target core. This approach has been generalized to describe the evolution of a wavepacket in an unbound system. An asymptotic propagator theorem is discovered and used to derive analytic expressions for asymptotic propagators. The origin of the time dependence is explored by parameterizing the time delay and orbital momentum coupling in a two channel model. K-shell photoionization of N2 and CO are calculated with this time- dependent photoionization theory, implemented using a multiple scattering model. Numerical results demonstrate that the time dependence of photoelectron angular distributions is a realistic effect.

  15. Relaxation Dynamics in Photoexcited Chiral Molecules Studied by Time-Resolved Photoelectron Circular Dichroism: Toward Chiral Femtochemistry

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    2016-01-01

    Unravelling the main initial dynamics responsible for chiral recognition is a key step in the understanding of many biological processes. However, this challenging task requires a sensitive enantiospecific probe to investigate molecular dynamics on their natural femtosecond time scale. Here we show that, in the gas phase, the ultrafast relaxation dynamics of photoexcited chiral molecules can be tracked by recording time-resolved photoelectron circular dichroism (TR-PECD) resulting from the photoionization by a circularly polarized probe pulse. A large forward–backward asymmetry along the probe propagation axis is observed in the photoelectron angular distribution. Its evolution with pump–probe delay reveals ultrafast dynamics that are inaccessible in the angle-integrated photoelectron spectrum or via the usual electron emission anisotropy parameter (β). PECD, which originates from the electron scattering in the chiral molecular potential, appears as a new sensitive observable for ultrafast molecular dynamics in chiral systems. PMID:27786493

  16. Probing electronic properties of molecular engineered zinc oxide nanowires with photoelectron spectroscopy.

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    Aguilar, Carlos A; Haight, Richard; Mavrokefalos, Anastassios; Korgel, Brian A; Chen, Shaochen

    2009-10-27

    ZnO nanowires (NWs) are emerging as key elements for new lasing, photovoltaic and sensing applications but elucidation of their fundamental electronic properties has been hampered by a dearth of characterization tools capable of probing single nanowires. Herein, ZnO NWs were synthesized in solution and integrated into a low energy photoelectron spectroscopy system, where quantitative optical measurements of the NW work function and Fermi level location within the band gap were collected. Next, the NWs were decorated with several dipolar self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) and control over the electronic properties is demonstrated, yielding a completely tunable hybrid electronic material. Using this new metrology approach, a host of other extraordinary interfacial phenomena could be explored on nanowires such as spatial dopant profiling or heterostructures.

  17. Photoionization of epichlorohydrin enantiomers and clusters studied with circularly polarized vacuum ultraviolet radiation

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    Daly, Steven; Powis, Ivan; Garcia, Gustavo A.; Soldi-Lose, Héloïse; Nahon, Laurent

    2011-02-01

    The photoionization of enantiomerically pure epichlorohydrin (C3H5OCl) has been studied using linearly and circularly polarized vacuum ultraviolet synchrotron radiation. The threshold photoelectron spectrum was recorded and the first three bands assigned using molecular orbital calculations for the expected conformers, although uncertain experimental conformer populations and an anticipated breakdown in Koopmans' theorem leave some ambiguity. Measurements of the photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD) were obtained across a range of photon energies for each of these bands, using electron velocity map imaging to record the angular distributions, during which a record PECD chiral asymmetry factor of 32% was observed. A comparison with calculated PECD curves clarifies the assignment achieved using ionization energies alone and further suggests a likely relative population of the conformers. Threshold photoelectron-photoion coincidence methods were used to study the ionic fragmentation of epichlorohydrin. Fragment ion appearance energies show nonstatistical behavior with clear indications that the cationic epoxide ring is unstable and lower energy decay channels proceeding via ring breaking are generally open. Extensive neutral homochiral clusters of epichlorohydrin may be formed in supersonic molecular beam expansions seeded in Ar. Electron angular distribution measurements made in coincidence with dimer and trimer ions are used to effect an examination of the PECD associated with ionization of size-selected neutral cluster species, and these results differ clearly from PECD of the neutral monomer. The shifted ionization thresholds of the n-mers (n = 2, …, 7) are shown to follow a simple linear relationship, but under intense beam expansion conditions the monomer deviates from this relationship, and the monomer electron spectra tail to below the expected monomer adiabatic ionization potential (IP). PECD measurements made in coincidence with monomer ions obtained

  18. Photoionization of epichlorohydrin enantiomers and clusters studied with circularly polarized vacuum ultraviolet radiation.

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    Daly, Steven; Powis, Ivan; Garcia, Gustavo A; Soldi-Lose, Héloïse; Nahon, Laurent

    2011-02-14

    The photoionization of enantiomerically pure epichlorohydrin (C(3)H(5)OCl) has been studied using linearly and circularly polarized vacuum ultraviolet synchrotron radiation. The threshold photoelectron spectrum was recorded and the first three bands assigned using molecular orbital calculations for the expected conformers, although uncertain experimental conformer populations and an anticipated breakdown in Koopmans' theorem leave some ambiguity. Measurements of the photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD) were obtained across a range of photon energies for each of these bands, using electron velocity map imaging to record the angular distributions, during which a record PECD chiral asymmetry factor of 32% was observed. A comparison with calculated PECD curves clarifies the assignment achieved using ionization energies alone and further suggests a likely relative population of the conformers. Threshold photoelectron-photoion coincidence methods were used to study the ionic fragmentation of epichlorohydrin. Fragment ion appearance energies show nonstatistical behavior with clear indications that the cationic epoxide ring is unstable and lower energy decay channels proceeding via ring breaking are generally open. Extensive neutral homochiral clusters of epichlorohydrin may be formed in supersonic molecular beam expansions seeded in Ar. Electron angular distribution measurements made in coincidence with dimer and trimer ions are used to effect an examination of the PECD associated with ionization of size-selected neutral cluster species, and these results differ clearly from PECD of the neutral monomer. The shifted ionization thresholds of the n-mers (n = 2, ..., 7) are shown to follow a simple linear relationship, but under intense beam expansion conditions the monomer deviates from this relationship, and the monomer electron spectra tail to below the expected monomer adiabatic ionization potential (IP). PECD measurements made in coincidence with monomer ions obtained

  19. Molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions for core ionization of ethane, carbon tetrafluoride and 1,1-difluoroethylene

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    Menssen, A.; Trevisan, C. S.; Schöffler, M. S.; Jahnke, T.; Bocharova, I.; Sturm, F.; Gehrken, N.; Gaire, B.; Gassert, H.; Zeller, S.; Voigtsberger, J.; Kuhlins, A.; Trinter, F.; Gatton, A.; Sartor, J.; Reedy, D.; Nook, C.; Berry, B.; Zohrabi, M.; Kalinin, A.; Ben-Itzhak, I.; Belkacem, A.; Dörner, R.; Weber, T.; Landers, A. L.; Rescigno, T. N.; McCurdy, C. W.; Williams, J. B.

    2016-02-15

    Molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions (MFPADs) are measured in this paper in electron–ion momentum imaging experiments and compared with complex Kohn variational calculations for carbon K-shell ionization of carbon tetrafluoride (CF4), ethane (C2H6) and 1,1-difluoroethylene (C2H2F2). While in ethane the polarization averaged MFPADs show a tendency at low energies for the photoelectron to be emitted in the directions of the bonds, the opposite effect is seen in CF4. A combination of these behaviors is seen in difluoroethylene where ionization from the two carbons can be distinguished experimentally because of their different K-shell ionization potentials. Excellent agreement is found between experiment and simple static-exchange or coupled two-channel theoretical calculations. Finally, however, simple electrostatics do not provide an adequate explanation of the suggestively simple angular distributions at low electron ejection energies.

  20. Complete characterization of double photoionization processes

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    Ivanov, I. A.; Kheifets, A. S.

    2011-06-01

    We analyze correlated photoelectron spectra of single-photon two-electron ionization [double photoionization (DPI)] of helium to reconstruct the phase of the spectral amplitude of this process. The phase can be reconstructed reliably in a wide range of photoelectron momenta, thus allowing one to retrieve information about the wave function of the DPI process and its temporal evolution. Our simulation indicates that the proposed phase reconstruction technique can be applied in experiment to trace dynamics of the DPI process with attosecond precision.

  1. Complete characterization of double photoionization processes

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    Ivanov, I. A.; Kheifets, A. S.

    2011-06-15

    We analyze correlated photoelectron spectra of single-photon two-electron ionization [double photoionization (DPI)] of helium to reconstruct the phase of the spectral amplitude of this process. The phase can be reconstructed reliably in a wide range of photoelectron momenta, thus allowing one to retrieve information about the wave function of the DPI process and its temporal evolution. Our simulation indicates that the proposed phase reconstruction technique can be applied in experiment to trace dynamics of the DPI process with attosecond precision.

  2. Global energy dependence of N2O+ >(A 2Σ+) photoion alignment

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    Das, Romith; Wu, Chuanyong; Poliakoff, E. D.

    1997-12-01

    We present experimental results for the alignment of N2O+(A 2Σ+) photoions over an extended energy range (16.4⩽hνexc⩽240 eV). The polarization of the N2O+(A 2Σ+→X 2Π) fluorescence is used to interpret the oscillator strength distributions for normally unresolved degenerate ionization channels. The results clearly show the influence of a near-threshold 7σ→kσ shape resonance, and help to clarify the results of previous fluorescence and photoelectron studies. At high photon energies, the photoelectrons are not favored to exit via a particular channel, in contrast to recent results on N2 and CO, where photoelectrons are ejected preferentially via the kσ channel and the photoions retain significant alignment even at the highest measurable energies. These results demonstrate that even well above threshold the spectral dependence of the alignment (i.e., polarization) is very sensitive to the molecular environment for photoejection.

  3. Emitter-site-selective photoelectron circular dichroism of trifluoromethyloxirane

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    Ilchen, M.; Hartmann, G.; Rupprecht, P.; Artemyev, A. N.; Coffee, R. N.; Li, Z.; Ohldag, H.; Ogasawara, H.; Osipov, T.; Ray, D.; Schmidt, Ph.; Wolf, T. J. A.; Ehresmann, A.; Moeller, S.; Knie, A.; Demekhin, Ph. V.

    2017-05-01

    The angle-resolved inner-shell photoionization of R-trifluoromethyloxirane, C3H3F3O , is studied experimentally and theoretically. Thereby, we investigate the photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD) for nearly symmetric O 1 s and F 1 s electronic orbitals, which are localized on different molecular sites. The respective dichroic β1 and angular distribution β2 parameters are measured at the photoelectron kinetic energies from 1 to 16 eV by using variably polarized synchrotron radiation and velocity map imaging spectroscopy. The present experimental results are in good agreement with the outcome of ab initio electronic structure calculations. We report a sizable chiral asymmetry β1 of up to about 9% for the K -shell photoionization of oxygen atom. For the individual fluorine atoms, the present calculations predict asymmetries of similar size. However, being averaged over all fluorine atoms, it drops down to about 2%, as also observed in the present experiment. Our study demonstrates a strong emitter and site sensitivity of PECD in the one-photon inner-shell ionization of this chiral molecule.

  4. Emitter-site-selective photoelectron circular dichroism of trifluoromethyloxirane

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    Ilchen, M.; Hartmann, G.; Rupprecht, P.; ...

    2017-05-30

    The angle-resolved inner-shell photoionization of R-trifluoromethyloxirane, C3H3F3O, is studied experimentally and theoretically. Thereby, we investigate the photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD) for nearly symmetric O 1s and F 1s electronic orbitals, which are localized on different molecular sites. The respective dichroic β1 and angular distribution β2 parameters are measured at the photoelectron kinetic energies from 1 to 16 eV by using variably polarized synchrotron radiation and velocity map imaging spectroscopy. The present experimental results are in good agreement with the outcome of ab initio electronic structure calculations. We report a sizable chiral asymmetry β1 of up to about 9% for themore » K -shell photoionization of oxygen atom. For the individual fluorine atoms, the present calculations predict asymmetries of similar size. However, being averaged over all fluorine atoms, it drops down to about 2%, as also observed in the present experiment. Our study demonstrates a strong emitter and site sensitivity of PECD in the one-photon inner-shell ionization of this chiral molecule.« less

  5. Simulation of XenArm Cluster Formation in a Molecular Beam: Comparison with Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Amar, Francois G.; Preston, Thomas J.

    2006-03-01

    We perform direct MD simulations of the formation of mixed XenArm clusters (500photoelectron spectra of these clusters and compare them to the experimental spectra of Tchaplyguine et al[1]. The predicted spectra are calculated as the sum of final state energy shifts of the ionized atoms (within the cluster) relative to the isolated gas phase ion using a self-consistent polarization formalism. We use the results of our earlier calculations on pure argon and xenon clusters [2] to determine the appropriate inelastic mean free path value for the signal electrons leaving the mixed clusters. These results allow us to gain a refined understanding of the size, stoichiometry, and core/shell structure of these mixed clusters. [1] M. Tchaplyguine, et al, Phys. Rev A 69, 031201 (2004); [2] F. Amar, et al, JCP 122, 244717 (2005).

  6. Nonadiabatic molecular alignment of linear molecules probed by strong-field ionization yields of photoelectrons

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    Kaya, G.; Kaya, N.; Strohaber, J.; Hart, N. A.; Kolomenskii, A. A.; Schuessler, H. A.

    2016-12-01

    The dynamics of rotational wave packets of laser-aligned linear molecules were studied with femtosecond laser-driven strong-field ionization (SFI). The dynamics were observed as a function of the delay between a femtosecond probe pulse and a linearly polarized aligning pump pulse. The induced nonadiabatic molecular alignment was directly monitored by the total SFI yield. The measured revival signatures were compared to the calculated degree of molecular alignment taking into account the effects of electronic structure and symmetry of the molecules. By fitting the calculated alignment parameter to the measured experimental data, we also determined the molecular rotational constants of N2, CO, O2, and C2H2 gas molecules.

  7. Simulation of time resolved photoelectron spectra with Stieltjes imaging illustrated on ultrafast internal conversion in pyrazine.

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    Werner, Ute; Mitrić, Roland; Bonacić-Koutecký, Vlasta

    2010-05-07

    We present an approach for the simulation of time resolved photoelectron spectra based on the combination of the ab initio nonadiabatic molecular dynamics "on the fly" with the Stieltjes imaging method utilizing discrete neutral states above the ionization limit for the approximate description of the ionization continuum. Our approach has been implemented in the framework of the time-dependent density functional theory and has been applied to interrogate the ultrafast internal conversion between the S(2) and S(1) states in pyrazine. The simulations reveal that, parallel to the S(2)-->S(1) internal conversion, a change in the dominant ionization process (S(2)-->D(1) versus S(1)-->D(0)) occurs on the time scale of 20 fs such that no significant change in the photoelectron kinetic energy distribution is observed. The presented results are in full agreement with the experimental results presented in the accompanying paper [Suzuki et al., J. Chem. Phys. 132, 174302 (2010)] and provide an insight into the interplay between the nonradiative relaxation and the photoionization process in pyrazine as reflected in the time resolved photoelectron spectrum. Our approach represents a general tool for the investigation of ultrafast photoionization processes in complex systems and thus can be used to investigate the ultrafast femtochemistry of complex molecular systems including all degrees of freedom.

  8. Simulation of time resolved photoelectron spectra with Stieltjes imaging illustrated on ultrafast internal conversion in pyrazine

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    Werner, Ute; Mitrić, Roland; Bonačić-Koutecký, Vlasta

    2010-05-01

    We present an approach for the simulation of time resolved photoelectron spectra based on the combination of the ab initio nonadiabatic molecular dynamics "on the fly" with the Stieltjes imaging method utilizing discrete neutral states above the ionization limit for the approximate description of the ionization continuum. Our approach has been implemented in the framework of the time-dependent density functional theory and has been applied to interrogate the ultrafast internal conversion between the S2 and S1 states in pyrazine. The simulations reveal that, parallel to the S2→S1 internal conversion, a change in the dominant ionization process (S2→D1 versus S1→D0) occurs on the time scale of 20 fs such that no significant change in the photoelectron kinetic energy distribution is observed. The presented results are in full agreement with the experimental results presented in the accompanying paper [Suzuki et al., J. Chem. Phys. 132, 174302 (2010)] and provide an insight into the interplay between the nonradiative relaxation and the photoionization process in pyrazine as reflected in the time resolved photoelectron spectrum. Our approach represents a general tool for the investigation of ultrafast photoionization processes in complex systems and thus can be used to investigate the ultrafast femtochemistry of complex molecular systems including all degrees of freedom.

  9. Atomic photoelectron-spectroscopy studies using synchrotron radiation

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    Kobrin, P.H.

    1983-02-01

    Photoelectron spectroscopy combined with tunable synchrotron radiation has been used to study the photoionization process in several atomic systems. The time structure of the synchrotron radiation source at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL) was used to record time-of-flight (TOF) photoelectron spectra of gaseous Cd, Hg, Ne, Ar, Ba, and Mn. The use of two TOF analyzers made possible the measurement of photoelectron angular distributions as well as branching ratios and partial cross sections.

  10. Photoionization studies of oxygen and hydrogen

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    Padmanabhan, Arathi

    A toroidal spectrometer designed to perform (gamma, 2e) studies, was for the first time employed for Threshold Photoelectron Photoion Coincidence (TPEPICO) study. The angular distributions of O+(4S) ions produced from dissociative photoionization (DPI) of O2 + c4Sigma-u(nu =0,1) using the TPEPICO technique, i.e. by measuring the coincidence yield between threshold photoelectrons and photoions have been investigated. The results for lifetimes, taunu, corresponding to the vibrational levels nu = 0,1, along with the value obtained for inherent anisotropic photoion angular distribution betaO+, are presented. Recently, Fernandez and Martin (New J Phys 11 34 (2009)), have performed an extensive ab initio study of DPI in H2, in which large oscillatory behaviour in the electron angular distribution, as a function of electron energy, has been predicted. The result of their ab anitio calculations reveal that the electron angular, theta, distributions oscillate between a cos2theta pattern and isotropic with less than a 1 eV.change in electron energy. Due to the very low cross section and the requirement for high energy resolution in the electron detection system, these measurements require sensitive instrumentation that is now available at the Canadian Light Source. For this particular H 2 study, the electron angular distributions as a function of electron energy are the signature of quantum mechanical interference between, essentially, two specific doubly excited states (namely, 1Q11Sigma u+ and 1Q21piu) decaying at different internuclear distances. While interference between 'direct' photoionization and autoionization is well-known, the first unambiguous observation of interference between two autoionization processes, occurring on the femtosecond timescale is presented. A simple semi-classical model captures the essence of both our experimental observations and the results of full ab initio calculations. It does this through explicitly linking the electron angular

  11. Nondipole effects in helium photoionization

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    Argenti, Luca; Moccia, Roberto

    2010-12-01

    An accurate calculation of the nondipole anisotropy parameter γ in the photoionization of helium below the N = 2 threshold is presented. The calculated results are in fairly good agreement with the experimental results of Krässig et al (2002 Phys. Rev. Lett. 88 203002), but not as good as the accuracy of the calculation should have warranted. A careful examination of the possible causes for the observed discrepancies between theory and experiment seems to rule out any role either of the multipolar terms higher than the electric quadrupole, or of the singlet-triplet spin-orbit mixing. It is argued that such discrepancies might have an instrumental origin, due to the difficulty of measuring vanishingly small total cross sections σtot with the required accuracy. In such eventuality, it might be more appropriate to use a parameter other than γ, such as for instance the drag current, to measure the nondipole anisotropy of the photoelectron angular distribution.

  12. Photoionization and photofragmentation of SF6 in helium nanodroplets.

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    Peterka, Darcy S; Kim, Jeong Hyun; Wang, Chia C; Neumark, Daniel M

    2006-10-12

    The photoionization of He droplets doped with SF6 was investigated using tunable vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) synchrotron radiation from the Advanced Light Source (ALS). The resulting ionization and photofragmentation dynamics were characterized using time-of-flight mass spectrometry combined with photofragment and photoelectron imaging. Results are compared to those of gas-phase SF6 molecules. We find dissociative photoionization to SF5+ to be the dominant channel, in agreement with previous results. Key new findings are that (a) the photoelectron spectrum of the SF6 in the droplet is similar but not identical to that of the gas-phase species, (b) the SF5+ photofragment velocity distribution is considerably slower upon droplet photoionization, and (c) fragmentation to SF4+ and SF3+ is much less than in the photoionization of bare SF6. From these measurements we obtain new insights into the mechanism of SF6 photoionization within the droplet and the cooling of the hot photofragment ions produced by dissociative photoionization.

  13. Photoinduced Reconfiguration Cycle in a Molecular Adsorbate Layer Studied by Femtosecond Inner-Shell Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Dachraoui, H.; Michelswirth, M.; Bartz, P.; Pfeiffer, W.; Heinzmann, U.; Siffalovic, P.; Schaefer, C.; Schnatwinkel, B.; Mattay, J.; Drescher, M.

    2011-03-11

    A time-resolved study of core-level chemical shifts in a monolayer of aromatic molecules reveals complex photoinduced reaction dynamics. The combination of electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis and ultrashort pulse excitation in the extreme ultraviolet allows performing time-correlated 4d-core-level spectroscopy of iodine atoms that probe the local chemical environment in the adsorbate molecule. The selectivity of the method unveils metastable molecular configurations that appear about 50 ps after the excitation and are efficiently quenched back to the ground state.

  14. Photoionization of oxidized metal clusters

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    Dao, P.D.; Peterson, K.I.; Castleman, A.W. Jr.

    1984-01-01

    Oxidized metal clusters (Na/sub x/O and K/sub x/O for 2< or =x< or =4) were formed in a gas phase reaction between metal clusters and an oxidizing gas using a double expansion technique. Their appearance potentials were measured using a molecular beam-photoionization mass spectrometer system. These first photoionization data for oxidized clusters provide information on trends of ionization potentials as a function of the degree of aggregation. The ionization potentials do not differ greatly from the analogous metallic species, but in the case of the sodium tetramer the value does fall below that of the bare metal cluster. This finding is in accord with what has been observed as an influence of impurities on the work function of the bulk sodium. The results are also of interest concerning questions of octet rule violations and hypervalency.

  15. Site-Specific Electron-Relaxation Caused by Si:2p Core-Level Photoionization: Comparison between F3SiCH2CH2Si(CH3)3 and Cl3SiCH2CH2Si(CH3)3 Vapors by Means of Photoelectron Auger Electron Coincidence Spectroscopy.

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    Nagaoka, Shin-Ichi; Kakiuchi, Takuhiro; Ohshita, Joji; Takahashi, Osamu; Hikosaka, Yasumasa

    2016-12-22

    Site-specific electron relaxations caused by Si:2p core-level photoionizations in F3SiCH2CH2Si(CH3)3 and Cl3SiCH2CH2Si(CH3)3 vapors have been studied by means of the photoelectron Auger electron coincidence spectroscopy. F3SiCH2CH2Si(CH3)3 shows almost 100% site-specificity in fragmentation caused by the Si:2p ionization. However, substitution of Cl for F of F3SiCH2CH2Si(CH3)3 considerably reduces the site-specificity at the Si atom bonded to three halogen atoms, with the site-specificity at the Si site bonded to three methyl groups remaining largely unchanged. The site-specificity reduction in Cl3SiCH2CH2Si(CH3)3 is considered to take place during the transient period between Si:L23VV Auger electron emission and the subsequent fragmentation. The reason for the reduction can be explained in terms of some differences between these two molecules in the L23VV Auger decay at the Si site bonded to the three halogen atoms.

  16. Molecular orientation in thin films of bis(1,2,5-thiadiazolo)-p-quinobis(1,3-dithiole) on graphite studied by angle-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Hasegawa, Shinji; Tanaka, Shoji; Yamashita, Yoshiro; Inokuchi, Hiroo; Fujimoto, Hitoshi; Kamiya, Koji; Seki, Kazuhiko; Ueno, Nobuo

    1993-07-01

    Angle-resolved ultraviolet photoelectron spectra using synchrotron radiation were measured for oriented thin films of bis(1,2,5-thiadiazolo)-p-quinobis(1,3-dithiole) on a cleaved highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) surface. The observed takeoff angle dependence of the photoelectron intensity was analyzed by using the independent-atomic-center approximation and modified neglect of diatomic overlap molecular-orbital calculations. The calculated results agree well with the experimental ones. From the comparison between these results, the molecules in the thin film are estimated to lie flat with the inclination angle β<=10° to the HOPG surface. This analysis method is useful as a first step to a quantitative analysis for angular distribution of photoelectrons from thin films of large and complex organic molecules.

  17. A study of the photoelectron spectra of α-tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol over the outer valence energy region (9-25 eV)

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    Dampc, Marcin; Mielewska, Brygida; Siggel-King, Michele R. F.; King, George C.; Zubek, Mariusz

    2017-07-01

    Photoelectron spectra of α-tetrahydrofurfuryl alcohol (THFA) molecules, the threshold spectrum and spectra for constant photoelectron energies, have been measured over the photon energy range 9-25 eV. Analysis of the photoelectron spectra has allowed overlapping photoionization bands to be separated, tentatively assigned and their vertical photoionization energies to be determined. These energies are compared with existing theoretical calculations. The photoelectron spectra indicate the predominance of one conformer in the population of gas-phase THFA.

  18. Attosecond photoelectron microscopy of H2+

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    Hu, S. X.; Collins, L. A.; Schneider, B. I.

    2009-08-01

    We present a numerical study of the ultrafast ionization dynamics of H2+ exposed to attosecond extreme ultraviolet (xuv) pulses that goes beyond the Born-Openheimer approximation. The four-dimensional, time-dependent Schrödinger equation was solved using a generalization of the finite-element discrete-variable-representation/real-space-product technique used in our previous calculations to include the dynamical motion of the nuclei. This has enabled us to expose the target to any polarized light at arbitrary angles with respect to the molecular axis. Calculations have been performed at different angles and photon energies ( ℏω=50eV up to 630 eV) to investigate the energy and orientation dependence of the photoionization probability. A strong orientation dependence of the photoionization probability of H2+ was found at a photon energy of ℏω=50eV . At this energy, we found that the ionization probability is three times larger in the perpendicular polarization than in the parallel case. These observations are explained by the different geometric “cross sections” seen by the photoejected electron as it leaves the molecule. This ionization anisotropy vanishes at the higher-photon energy of ℏω≥170eV . When these higher-energy xuv pulses are polarized perpendicular to the internuclear axis, a “double-slit-like” interference pattern is observed. However, we find that the diffraction angle only approaches the classical formula ϕn=sin-1(nλe/R0) , where n is the diffraction order, λe is the released electron wavelength, and R0 is the internuclear distance, when nλe becomes less than 65% of R0 . These results illustrate the possibility of employing attosecond pulses to perform photoelectron microscopy of molecules.

  19. High efficiency photoionization detector

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    Anderson, D.F.

    1984-01-31

    A high efficiency photoionization detector is described using tetraaminoethylenes in a gaseous state having a low ionization potential and a relative photoionization cross section which closely matches the emission spectrum of xenon gas. Imaging proportional counters are also disclosed using the novel photoionization detector of the invention. The compound of greatest interest is TMAE which comprises tetrakis(dimethylamino)ethylene which has a measured ionization potential of 5.36 [+-] 0.02 eV, and a vapor pressure of 0.35 torr at 20 C. 6 figs.

  20. High efficiency photoionization detector

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    Anderson, David F.

    1984-01-01

    A high efficiency photoionization detector using tetraaminoethylenes in a gaseous state having a low ionization potential and a relative photoionization cross section which closely matches the emission spectrum of xenon gas. Imaging proportional counters are also disclosed using the novel photoionization detector of the invention. The compound of greatest interest is TMAE which comprises tetrakis(dimethylamino)ethylene which has a measured ionization potential of 5.36.+-.0.02 eV, and a vapor pressure of 0.35 torr at 20.degree. C.

  1. Mode specific photoionization dynamics in polyatomic molecules

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    Rathbone, Gerald Jeffery

    2002-11-01

    The work presented in this dissertation presents new work on polyatomic photoionization. In these investigations, the broad range behavior of both allowed and forbidden vibrational modes in linear triatomic systems were studied to understand mode specific aspects of photoionization. The current study is made possible by the experimental strategy of exploiting high resolution photoelectron spectroscopy and the high brightness of third generation synchrotron radiation sources. The data is taken typically tens of eV's past the ionization potential. The strategy that I employ is to probe alternative vibrational modes which are frequently affected differently following resonant ionization. Such vibrationally resolved data can be used to understand how the correlation between vibration and electron energy reveals microscopic insights into the photoelectron scattering process. Moreover, the mode specific behavior contains a wealth of information not only regarding allowed transitions, but also contains information on how forbidden transitions gain surprising amounts of intensity. A previously overlooked mechanism for the appearance of forbidden nontotally symmetric vibrations was discovered---resonantly amplified vibronic symmetry breaking. The photoelectron the culprit for the symmetry breaking which induces the excitation of nominally forbidden vibrational excitations. In a more general sense, these results will demonstrate that some fundamental spectroscopic approximations are not always valid, and can lead to surprising consequences.

  2. Exploring ultrafast dynamics of pyrazine by time-resolved photoelectron imaging.

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    Tomasello, Gaia; Humeniuk, Alexander; Mitrić, Roland

    2014-09-18

    We present the simulation of time-resolved photoelectron imaging spectra of pyrazine in the gas phase. The approach we have adopted is based on the combination of the ab initio nonadiabatic molecular dynamics "on the fly" with an approximate treatment of the photoionization process using Dyson orbitals and Coulomb functions to describe the bound and ionized states of the photoelectron. The method has been implemented (Humeniuk, A.; et al. J. Chem. Phys 2013, 139, 134104) in the framework of the time-dependent density functional theory and has been applied here to interrogate the ultrafast internal conversion between the S2 and S1 states in pyrazine. Conventional time-resolved photoelectron spectra without angular resolution fail to locate the S2 → S1 internal conversion, because the ionization potentials relevant for the photoionization channels S2 → D1 (π(-1)) and S1 → D0 (n(-1)) are almost identical. Introducing the angular resolution in the photoelectron spectra reveals evidence of such ultrafast internal conversion and provides a more detailed picture of the overall dynamics. The simulated time- and energy-dependent anisotropy map obtained within the Dyson/time-dependent density functional theory approach is in good agreement with its experimental counterpart provided by Horio et al. (Horio, T.; et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 10932). Our theoretical approach represents a general tool for mapping the time- and angle-resolved photoelectron spectra in complex systems and thus can be used to investigate the ultrafast relaxation processes occurring in isolated molecules.

  3. Photoionization of Ar VIII

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    Liang, Liang; Jiang, Wen-xian; Zhou, Chao

    2017-01-01

    The photoionization cross section, energy levels and widths of 22 Rydberg series (in the autoionization region) for Na-like Ar VIII were investigated by using of R-matrix method. The relativistic distorted-wave method is used to calculate the radial functions, and QB method of Quigly-Berrington [Quigley et al. 1998] is employed to calculate the resonance levels and widths. We have identified the formant in the figure of the photoionization cross section.

  4. Spin effects in double photoionization of lithium

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    Kheifets, A. S.; Fursa, D. V.; Hines, C. W.; Bray, I.; Colgan, J.; Pindzola, M. S.

    2010-02-01

    We apply the nonperturbative convergent close-coupling (CCC) and time-dependent close coupling (TDCC) formalisms to calculate fully differential energy and angular resolved cross sections of double photoionization (DPI) of lithium. The equal energy sharing case is considered in which dynamics of the DPI process can be adequately described by two symmetrized singlet and triplet amplitudes. The angular width of these amplitudes serves as a measure of the strength of the angular correlation between the two ejected electrons. This width is interpreted in terms of the spin of the photoelectron pair.

  5. Spin effects in double photoionization of lithium

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    Kheifets, A. S.; Fursa, D. V.; Hines, C. W.; Bray, I.; Colgan, J.; Pindzola, M. S.

    2010-02-15

    We apply the nonperturbative convergent close-coupling (CCC) and time-dependent close coupling (TDCC) formalisms to calculate fully differential energy and angular resolved cross sections of double photoionization (DPI) of lithium. The equal energy sharing case is considered in which dynamics of the DPI process can be adequately described by two symmetrized singlet and triplet amplitudes. The angular width of these amplitudes serves as a measure of the strength of the angular correlation between the two ejected electrons. This width is interpreted in terms of the spin of the photoelectron pair.

  6. Hyphenation of a carbon analyzer to photo-ionization mass spectrometry to unravel the organic composition of particulate matter on a molecular level.

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    Grabowsky, Jana; Streibel, Thorsten; Sklorz, Martin; Chow, Judith C; Watson, John G; Mamakos, Athanasios; Zimmermann, Ralf

    2011-12-01

    The carbonaceous fraction of airborne particulate matter (PM) is of increasing interest due to the adverse health effects they are linked to. Its analytical ascertainment on a molecular level is still challenging. Hence, analysis of carbonaceous fractions is often carried out by determining bulk parameters such as the overall content of organic compounds (OC) and elemental carbon (EC) as well as the total carbon content, TC (sum of OC and EC), however, no information about the individual substances or substance classes, of which the single fractions consist can be obtained. In this work, a carbon analyzer and a photo-ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometer (PI-TOF-MS) were hyphenated to investigate individual compounds especially from the OC fractions. The carbon analyzer enables the stepwise heating of particle samples and provides the bulk parameters. With the PI-TOF-MS, it is possible to detect the organic compounds released during the single-temperature steps due to soft ionization and fast detection of the molecular ions. The hyphenation was designed, built up, characterized by standard substances, and applied to several kinds of samples, such as ambient aerosol, gasoline, and diesel emission as well as wood combustion emission samples. The ambient filter sample showed a strong impact of wood combustion markers. This was revealed by comparison to the product pattern of the similar analysis of pure cellulose and lignin and the wood combustion PM. At higher temperatures (450 °C), a shift to smaller molecules occurred due to the thermal decomposition of larger structures of oligomeric or polymeric nature comparable to lignocelluloses and similar oxygenated humic-like substances. Finally, particulate matter from gasoline and diesel containing 10% biodiesel vehicle exhaust has been analyzed. Gasoline-derived PM exhibited large polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, whereas diesel PM showed a much higher total organic content. The detected pattern revealed a strong

  7. Effect of electron correlation and shape resonance on photoionization from the S1 and S2 states of pyrazine.

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    Suzuki, Yoshi-Ichi; Suzuki, Toshinori

    2012-11-21

    In a previous study [T. Horio, T. Fuji, Y.-I. Suzuki, and T. Suzuki, J. Am. Chem. Soc. 131, 10392 (2009)], we demonstrated that the time-energy map of photoelectron angular anisotropy enables unambiguous identification of ultrafast S(2)(ππ*)-S(1)(nπ*) internal conversion in pyrazine. A notable characteristic of this map is that the forbidden ionization process of D(0)(n(-1)) ← S(2)(ππ*) gives a negative photoelectron anisotropy parameter. In the present study, we elucidate the mechanism of this process by calculating the photoionization transition dipole moments and photoelectron angular distribution using the first-order configuration interaction method and the continuum multiple scattering Xα approximation; these calculations at the S(0) equilibrium geometry reproduce the observed anisotropy parameters for D(0) ← S(2) and D(0) ← S(1) ionizations, respectively. On the other hand, they do not reproduce the small difference in the photoelectron anisotropy parameters for the D(1)(π(-1)) ← S(2) and D(0) ← S(1) ionizations, both of which correspond to removal of an electron from the same π* orbital in the excited states. We show that these ionizations are affected by the ka(g) shape resonance and that the difference between their photoelectron anisotropy parameters originates from the difference in the molecular geometry in D(1) ← S(2) and D(0) ← S(1).

  8. Rotations of molecular photoelectron angular distributions in above threshold ionization of H2+ by intense circularly polarized attosecond UV laser pulses

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    Yuan, Kai-Jun; Chelkowski, Szczepan; Bandrauk, André D.

    2014-10-01

    We present molecular photoelectron angular distributions (MPADs) in multi-photon ionization processes by circularly polarized attosecond UV laser pulses. Simulations are performed on the single electron aligned molecular ion H_2^+ by solving corresponding 3D time-dependent Schrödinger equations. Numerical results of molecular above threshold ionization (MATI) show that rotations of MPADs with respect to the molecular and polarization axes depend on pulse intensities and photoelectron kinetic energies. We attribute the rotation to Γ, the difference between parallel and perpendicular ionization probabilities. It is found that in a resonant ionization process, the rotation angle is also a function of the symmetry of intermediate electronic states. The coherent population transfer between the initial and the resonant electronic states is controlled by pulse intensities. Such dependence of rotations on the pulse intensity is absent in Rydberg resonant ionizations as well as in MATI at large energy photons ℏω > Ip, where ω is angular frequency of photons and Ip is the molecular ionization potential. We describe these processes by a multi-photon perturbation theory model. Effects of molecular alignment and pulse ellipticities on rotations are investigated, confirming the essence of the ionization parameter Γ in rotations of MPADs.

  9. Two-electron photoionization of ground-state lithium

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    Kheifets, A. S.; Fursa, D. V.; Bray, I.

    2009-12-15

    We apply the convergent close-coupling (CCC) formalism to single-photon two-electron ionization of the lithium atom in its ground state. We treat this reaction as single-electron photon absorption followed by inelastic scattering of the photoelectron on a heliumlike Li{sup +} ion. The latter scattering process can be described accurately within the CCC formalism. We obtain integrated cross sections of single photoionization leading to the ground and various excited states of the Li{sup +} ion as well as double photoionization extending continuously from the threshold to the asymptotic limit of infinite photon energy. Comparison with available experimental and theoretical data validates the CCC model.

  10. Calculation of photoionization differential cross sections using complex Gauss-type orbitals.

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    Matsuzaki, Rei; Yabushita, Satoshi

    2017-09-05

    Accurate theoretical calculation of photoelectron angular distributions for general molecules is becoming an important tool to image various chemical reactions in real time. We show in this article that not only photoionization total cross sections but also photoelectron angular distributions can be accurately calculated using complex Gauss-type orbital (cGTO) basis functions. Our method can be easily combined with existing quantum chemistry techniques including electron correlation effects, and applied to various molecules. The so-called two-potential formula is applied to represent the transition dipole moment from an initial bound state to a final continuum state in the molecular coordinate frame. The two required continuum functions, the zeroth-order final continuum state and the first-order wave function induced by the photon field, have been variationally obtained using the complex basis function method with a mixture of appropriate cGTOs and conventional real Gauss-type orbitals (GTOs) to represent the continuum orbitals as well as the remaining bound orbitals. The complex orbital exponents of the cGTOs are optimized by fitting to the outgoing Coulomb functions. The efficiency of the current method is demonstrated through the calculations of the asymmetry parameters and molecular-frame photoelectron angular distributions of H2+ and H2 . In the calculations of H2 , the static exchange and random phase approximations are employed, and the dependence of the results on the basis functions is discussed. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  11. Photoionization and Recombination

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    Nahar, Sultana N.

    2000-01-01

    Theoretically self-consistent calculations for photoionization and (e + ion) recombination are described. The same eigenfunction expansion for the ion is employed in coupled channel calculations for both processes, thus ensuring consistency between cross sections and rates. The theoretical treatment of (e + ion) recombination subsumes both the non-resonant recombination ("radiative recombination"), and the resonant recombination ("di-electronic recombination") processes in a unified scheme. In addition to the total, unified recombination rates, level-specific recombination rates and photoionization cross sections are obtained for a large number of atomic levels. Both relativistic Breit-Pauli, and non-relativistic LS coupling, calculations are carried out in the close coupling approximation using the R-matrix method. Although the calculations are computationally intensive, they yield nearly all photoionization and recombination parameters needed for astrophysical photoionization models with higher precision than hitherto possible, estimated at about 10-20% from comparison with experimentally available data (including experimentally derived DR rates). Results are electronically available for over 40 atoms and ions. Photoionization and recombination of He-, and Li-like C and Fe are described for X-ray modeling. The unified method yields total and complete (e+ion) recombination rate coefficients, that can not otherwise be obtained theoretically or experimentally.

  12. Photoelectron diffraction

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    Fadley, Charles S.

    1987-01-01

    The use of core-level photoelectron diffraction for structural studies of surfaces and epitaxial overlayers is discussed. Photoelectron diffraction is found to provide several direct and rather unique types of structural information, including the sites and positions of adsorbed atoms; the orientations of small molecules or fragments bound to surfaces; the orientations, layer thicknesses, vertical lattice constants, and degrees of short-range order of epitaxial or partially-epitaxial overlayers; and the presence of short-range spin order in magnetic materials. Specific systems considered are the reaction of oxygen with Ni(001), the growth of epitaxial Cu on Ni(001), the well-defined test case S on Ni(001), and short-range spin order in the antiferromagnet KMnF3. A rather straightforward single scattering cluster (SSC) model also proves capable of quantitatively describing such data, particularly for near-surface species and with corrections for spherical-wave scattering effects and correlated vibrational motion. Promising new directions in such studies also include measurements with high angular resolution and the expanded use of synchrotron radiation.

  13. An R-matrix approach to electron-photon-molecule collisions: photoelectron angular distributions from aligned molecules

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    Harvey, Alex G.; Brambila, Danilo S.; Morales, Felipe; Smirnova, Olga

    2014-11-01

    We present a new extension of the UKRmol electron-molecule scattering code suite, which allows one to compute ab initio photoionization and photorecombination amplitudes for complex molecules, resolved both on the molecular alignment (orientation) and the emission angle and energy of the photoelectron. We illustrate our approach using CO2 as an example, and analyze the importance of multi-channel effects by performing our calculations at different, increasing levels of complexity. We benchmark our method by comparing the results of our calculations with experimental data and with theoretical calculations available in the literature.

  14. Flash-photoionized nebulae

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    Katz, J. I.

    1989-01-01

    Under conditions of high radiation intensity and low gas density, recombination may be neglected in determining the ionization state of a photoionized gas. Calculations of the ionization structure of nebulae in this 'flash-photoionized' regime are reported. Very hard spectra of ionizing ultraviolet radiation may be produced by filtration of the ionizing flux through a neutral hydrogen layer which preferentially absorbs photons just above the hydrogen photoionization threshold. Fluxes with these hard spectra produce gas layer in which helium is largely doubly ionized while hydrogen is largely neutral. Such a layer leads to anomalously high ratios of He II to H I recombination line strengths. These results are applied to the problem of the spectrum of the arc in the cluster of galaxies A370. It is found that the spectrum may possibly be reconciled with the light echo model.

  15. Flash-photoionized nebulae

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    Katz, J.I.

    1989-05-01

    Under conditions of high radiation intensity and low gas density, recombination may be neglected in determining the ionization state of a photoionized gas. Calculations of the ionization structure of nebulae in this 'flash-photoionized' regime are reported. Very hard spectra of ionizing ultraviolet radiation may be produced by filtration of the ionizing flux through a neutral hydrogen layer which preferentially absorbs photons just above the hydrogen photoionization threshold. Fluxes with these hard spectra produce gas layer in which helium is largely doubly ionized while hydrogen is largely neutral. Such a layer leads to anomalously high ratios of He II to H I recombination line strengths. These results are applied to the problem of the spectrum of the arc in the cluster of galaxies A370. It is found that the spectrum may possibly be reconciled with the light echo model. 25 refs.

  16. Double Photoionization Near Threshold

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    Wehlitz, Ralf

    2007-01-01

    The threshold region of the double-photoionization cross section is of particular interest because both ejected electrons move slowly in the Coulomb field of the residual ion. Near threshold both electrons have time to interact with each other and with the residual ion. Also, different theoretical models compete to describe the double-photoionization cross section in the threshold region. We have investigated that cross section for lithium and beryllium and have analyzed our data with respect to the latest results in the Coulomb-dipole theory. We find that our data support the idea of a Coulomb-dipole interaction.

  17. Mass spectrometry and photoelectron spectroscopy of o-, m-, and p-terphenyl cluster anions: the effect of molecular shape on molecular assembly and ion core character.

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    Mitsui, Masaaki; Ando, Naoto; Nakajima, Atsushi

    2008-06-26

    Mass spectrometry and photoelectron spectroscopy of o-, m-, and p-terphenyl cluster anions, (o-TP)n(-) (n = 2-100), (m-TP)n(-) (n = 2-100), and (p-TP)n(-) (n = 1-100), respectively, are conducted to investigate the effect of molecular shape on the molecular aggregation form and the resultant ion core character of the clusters. For (o-TP)n(-) and (m-TP)n(-), neither magic numbers nor discernible isomers are observed throughout the size range. Furthermore, their vertical detachment energies (VDEs) increase up to large n and depend linearly on n(-1/3), implying that they possess a three-dimensional (3D), highly reorganized structure encompassing a monomeric anion core. For (p-TP)n(-), in contrast, prominent magic numbers of n = 5, 7, 10, 12, and 14 are observed, and the VDEs show pronounced irregular shifts below n = 10, while they remain constant above n = 14 (isomer A). These results can be rationalized with two-dimensional (2D) orderings of p-TP molecules and different types of 2D shell closure at n = 7 and 14, the monomeric and multimeric anion core, respectively. Above n = 16, the new feature (isomer B) starts to appear at the higher binding side of isomer A, and it becomes dominant with n, while isomer A gradually disappears for larger sizes. In contrast to isomer A, the VDEs of isomer B continuously increase with the cluster size. This characteristic size evolution suggests that the transition to modified 2D aggregation forms from 2D ones occurs at around n = 20.

  18. Intramolecular SN2 reaction caused by photoionization of benzene chloride-NH3 complex: direct ab initio molecular dynamics study.

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    Tachikawa, Hiroto

    2006-01-12

    Ionization processes of chlorobenzene-ammonia 1:1 complex (PhCl-NH3) have been investigated by means of full dimensional direct ab initio molecular dynamics (MD) method, static ab initio calculations, and density functional theory (DFT) calculations. The static ab initio and DFT calculations of neutral PhCl-NH3 complex showed that one of the hydrogen atoms of NH3 orients toward a carbon atom in the para-position of PhCl. The dynamics calculation for ionization of PhCl-NH3 indicated that two reaction channels are competitive with each other as product channels: one is an intramolecular SN2 reaction expressed by a reaction scheme [PhCl-NH3]+-->SN2 intermediate complex-->PhNH3++Cl, and the other is ortho-NH3 addition complex (ortho complex) in which NH3 attacks the ortho-carbon of PhCl+ and the trajectory leads to a bound complex expressed by (PhCl-NH3)+. The mechanism of the ionization of PhCl-NH3 is discussed on the basis of the theoretical results.

  19. Adiabatic electron affinity of pentacene and perfluoropentacene molecules studied by anion photoelectron spectroscopy: Molecular insights into electronic properties.

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    Masubuchi, Tsugunosuke; Sugawara, Yoshito; Nakajima, Atsushi

    2016-12-28

    Pentacene (C22H14, PEN) and perfluoropentacene (C22F14, PFP) are considered promising building blocks of organic semiconductors. Using gas-phase anion photoelectron spectroscopy, the adiabatic electron affinity of PEN and PFP molecules is determined to be 1.43 ± 0.03 and 2.74 ± 0.03 eV, respectively, and the S0-T1 transition energies of PEN and PFP are evaluated to be 0.96 ± 0.06 and 0.72 ± 0.05 eV, respectively. Photoelectron spectra indicate that the vibronic coupling in PFP is stronger than that in PEN. Quantum chemistry calculations demonstrate that the strong vibronic coupling originates from significant structural displacement upon electron injection to PFP.

  20. Quantum control of molecular tunneling ionization in the spatiotemporal domain

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    Ohmura, Hideki; Saito, Naoaki; Morishita, Toru

    2011-06-15

    We report on a method that can control molecular photoionization in both space and time domains. The directionally asymmetric molecular tunneling ionization induced by intense (5.0 x 10{sup 13} W/cm{sup 2}) phase-controlled two-color laser pulses consisting of fundamental and second-harmonic light achieves the selective ionization of asymmetric molecules in the space domain, and manipulates the birth time and direction of photoelectron emission on an attosecond time scale. This method provides a powerful tool for tracking the quantum dynamics of photoelectrons by using phase-dependent oriented molecules as a phase reference in simultaneous ion-electron detection.

  1. Quantum optimal control of photoelectron spectra and angular distributions

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    Goetz, R. Esteban; Karamatskou, Antonia; Santra, Robin; Koch, Christiane P.

    2016-01-01

    Photoelectron spectra and photoelectron angular distributions obtained in photoionization reveal important information on, e.g., charge transfer or hole coherence in the parent ion. Here we show that optimal control of the underlying quantum dynamics can be used to enhance desired features in the photoelectron spectra and angular distributions. To this end, we combine Krotov's method for optimal control theory with the time-dependent configuration interaction singles formalism and a splitting approach to calculate photoelectron spectra and angular distributions. The optimization target can account for specific desired properties in the photoelectron angular distribution alone, in the photoelectron spectrum, or in both. We demonstrate the method for hydrogen and then apply it to argon under strong XUV radiation, maximizing the difference of emission into the upper and lower hemispheres, in order to realize directed electron emission in the XUV regime.

  2. Determining the partial photoionization cross-sections of ethyl radicals.

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    FitzPatrick, B L; Maienschein-Cline, M; Butler, L J; Lee, S-H; Lin, J J

    2007-12-13

    Using a crossed laser-molecular beam scattering apparatus, these experiments photodissociate ethyl chloride at 193 nm and detect the Cl and ethyl products, resolved by their center-of-mass recoil velocities, with vacuum ultraviolet photoionization. The data determine the relative partial cross-sections for the photoionization of ethyl radicals to form C2H5+, C2H4+, and C2H3+ at 12.1 and 13.8 eV. The data also determine the internal energy distribution of the ethyl radical prior to photoionization, so we can assess the internal energy dependence of the photoionization cross-sections. The results show that the C2H4++H and C2H3++H2 dissociative photoionization cross-sections strongly depend on the photoionization energy. Calibrating the ethyl radical partial photoionization cross-sections relative to the bandwidth-averaged photoionization cross-section of Cl atoms near 13.8 eV allows us to use these data in conjunction with literature estimates of the Cl atom photoionization cross-sections to put the present bandwidth-averaged cross-sections on an absolute scale. The resulting bandwidth-averaged cross-section for the photoionization of ethyl radicals to C2H5+ near 13.8 eV is 8+/-2 Mb. Comparison of our 12.1 eV data with high-resolution ethyl radical photoionization spectra allows us to roughly put the high-resolution spectrum on the same absolute scale. Thus, one obtains the photoionization cross-section of ethyl radicals to C2H5+ from threshold to 12.1 eV. The data show that the onset of the C2H4++H dissociative photoionization channel is above 12.1 eV; this result offers a simple way to determine whether the signal observed in photoionization experiments on complex mixtures is due to ethyl radicals. We discuss an application of the results for resolving the product branching in the O+allyl bimolecular reaction.

  3. Quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics modeling of photoelectron spectra: the carbon 1s core-electron binding energies of ethanol-water solutions.

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    Löytynoja, T; Niskanen, J; Jänkälä, K; Vahtras, O; Rinkevicius, Z; Ågren, H

    2014-11-20

    Using ethanol-water solutions as illustration, we demonstrate the capability of the hybrid quantum mechanics/molecular mechanics (QM/MM) paradigm to simulate core photoelectron spectroscopy: the binding energies and the chemical shifts. An integrated approach with QM/MM binding energy calculations coupled to preceding molecular dynamics sampling is adopted to generate binding energies averaged over the solute-solvent configurations available at a particular temperature and pressure and thus allowing for a statistical assessment with confidence levels for the final binding energies. The results are analyzed in terms of the contributions in the molecular mechanics model-electrostatic, polarization, and van der Waals-with atom or bond granulation of the corresponding MM charge and polarizability force-fields. The role of extramolecular charge transfer screening of the core-hole and explicit hydrogen bonding is studied by extending the QM core to cover the first solvation shell. The results are compared to those obtained from pure electrostatic and polarizable continuum models. Particularly, the dependence of the carbon 1s binding energies with respect to the ethanol concentration is studied. Our results indicate that QM/MM can be used as an all-encompassing model to study photoelectron binding energies and chemical shifts in solvent environments.

  4. Photoionization and ion cyclotron resonance studies of the ion chemistry of ethylene oxide

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    Corderman, R. R.; Williamson, A. D.; Lebreton, P. R.; Buttrill, S. E., Jr.; Beauchamp, J. L.

    1976-01-01

    The formation of the ethylene oxide molecular ion and its subsequent ion-molecule reactions leading to the products C2H5O(+) and C3H5O(+) have been studied using time-resolved photoionization mass spectroscopy, ion cyclotron resonance spectroscopy, and photoelectron spectroscopy. An examination of the effects of internal energy on reactivity shows that the ratio of C3H5O(+) to C2H5O(+) increases by an order of magnitude with a single quantum of vibrational energy. The formation of (C2H4O/+/)-asterisk in a collision-induced isomerization is found which yields a ring-opened structure by C-C bond cleavage. The relaxed ring-opened C2H4O(+) ion reacts with neutral ethylene oxide by CH2(+) transfer to yield an intermediate product ion C3H6O(+) which gives C3H5O(+) by loss of H.

  5. Post-collision-interaction distortion of low-energy photoelectron spectra associated with double Auger decay

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    Gerchikov, L.; Sheinerman, S.

    2011-08-15

    Atomic inner-shell photoionization followed by double Auger decay is investigated. The focus of our study is the effect of post-collision interaction (PCI) on the photoelectron energy distribution. A semi-classical approach is employed to describe the PCI distortion of the photoelectron line shapes associated with both direct and cascade double Auger decays. This approach is shown to be valid at low photoelectron energies, whereas for large incident photon energies it reduces to the eikonal approximation. The theory is applied to the case of Ar 2p photoionization spectra and good agreement with available experimental data is achieved.

  6. Angular correlation between photoelectrons and auger electrons from K-shell ionization of neon.

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    Landers, A L; Robicheaux, F; Jahnke, T; Schöffler, M; Osipov, T; Titze, J; Lee, S Y; Adaniya, H; Hertlein, M; Ranitovic, P; Bocharova, I; Akoury, D; Bhandary, A; Weber, Th; Prior, M H; Cocke, C L; Dörner, R; Belkacem, A

    2009-06-05

    We have used cold target recoil ion momentum spectroscopy to study the continuum correlation between the photoelectron of core-photoionized neon and the subsequent Auger electron. We observe a strong angular correlation between the two electrons. Classical trajectory Monte Carlo calculations agree quite well with the photoelectron energy distribution that is shifted due to the potential change associated with Auger decay. However, a striking discrepancy results in the distribution of the relative angle between Auger and photoelectron. The classical model predicts a shift in photoelectron flux away from the Auger emission direction, and the data strikingly reveal that the flux is lost rather than diverted, indicating that the two-step interpretation of photoionization followed by Auger emission is insufficient to fully describe the core-photoionization process.

  7. Angular Correlation between Photoelectrons and Auger Electrons from K-Shell Ionization of Neon

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    Landers, A. L.; Robicheaux, F.; Bhandary, A.; Jahnke, T.; Schoeffler, M.; Titze, J.; Akoury, D.; Doerner, R.; Osipov, T.; Lee, S. Y.; Adaniya, H.; Hertlein, M.; Weber, Th.; Prior, M. H.; Belkacem, A.; Ranitovic, P.; Bocharova, I.; Cocke, C. L.

    2009-06-05

    We have used cold target recoil ion momentum spectroscopy to study the continuum correlation between the photoelectron of core-photoionized neon and the subsequent Auger electron. We observe a strong angular correlation between the two electrons. Classical trajectory Monte Carlo calculations agree quite well with the photoelectron energy distribution that is shifted due to the potential change associated with Auger decay. However, a striking discrepancy results in the distribution of the relative angle between Auger and photoelectron. The classical model predicts a shift in photoelectron flux away from the Auger emission direction, and the data strikingly reveal that the flux is lost rather than diverted, indicating that the two-step interpretation of photoionization followed by Auger emission is insufficient to fully describe the core-photoionization process.

  8. Angular Correlation between Photoelectrons and Auger Electrons from K-Shell Ionization of Neon

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    Landers, A. L.; Robicheaux, F.; Jahnke, T.; Schöffler, M.; Osipov, T.; Titze, J.; Lee, S. Y.; Adaniya, H.; Hertlein, M.; Ranitovic, P.; Bocharova, I.; Akoury, D.; Bhandary, A.; Weber, Th.; Prior, M. H.; Cocke, C. L.; Dörner, R.; Belkacem, A.

    2009-06-01

    We have used cold target recoil ion momentum spectroscopy to study the continuum correlation between the photoelectron of core-photoionized neon and the subsequent Auger electron. We observe a strong angular correlation between the two electrons. Classical trajectory Monte Carlo calculations agree quite well with the photoelectron energy distribution that is shifted due to the potential change associated with Auger decay. However, a striking discrepancy results in the distribution of the relative angle between Auger and photoelectron. The classical model predicts a shift in photoelectron flux away from the Auger emission direction, and the data strikingly reveal that the flux is lost rather than diverted, indicating that the two-step interpretation of photoionization followed by Auger emission is insufficient to fully describe the core-photoionization process.

  9. Photoelectron Microscopy

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    King, Paul Lawrence

    1992-01-01

    This thesis describes the theory and first operations of a novel synchrotron-based imaging system allowing photoemission spectroscopy (XPS or ESCA) to be performed at lateral resolutions better than 10 microns. Originally developed in David Turner's group at Oxford, the MicroESCA^ {rm TM} relies on the diverging magnetic field from a 7 Tesla superconducting solenoid to project photoemitted electrons from a sample to an imaging detector located 1.5 meters away. The diverging magnetic field converts off-axis momentum to forward momentum and electrons form a magnified image at the detector while moving nearly parallel to one another. Because of this "parallelization", a planar gridded retarding field analyzer achieves excellent energy resolution with only minor impact on image quality. The thesis begins with an overview of the various techniques by which high lateral resolution photoelectron spectroscopy can be achieved. This is followed by a theoretical treatment of magnetic projection leading to predictions of lateral and energy resolution. Chapter 3 documents resolution tests and known deviations from ideality. Image forming capabilities and energy resolution of the retarding field analyzer are demonstrated at near-theoretical limits. Practical limitations of the microscope are recognized in the form of poor signal to noise ratios of core level images which originate from a combination of the narrow dynamic range of the imaging detector and the large backgrounds inherent in retarding field spectroscopy of solids. Chapter 4 describes an interactive image processing and interpretation scheme that relies on scatter plots and principal component analysis to reduce the dimensionality of retarding field image sets and improve image signal to noise. This procedure is generally applicable to all imaging spectroscopies and an example from SEM-based energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS) is included. In a final results section, variations in the surface Fermi levels on cleaved

  10. Energetic photoelectrons and the polar rain

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    Decker, Dwight T.; Jasperse, J. R.; Winningham, J. D.

    1990-01-01

    In the daytime midlatitudes, the Low Altitude Plasma Instrument (LAPI) on board the Dynamics Explorer 2 satellite has observed photoelectrons with energies as high as 850 eV. These energetic photoelectrons are an extension of the 'classical' photoelectrons (less than 60 eV) and result from photoionization of neutrals by soft solar X-rays. Since these photoelectrons are produced wherever the solar flux is incident on the earth's atmosphere, they should be present in sunlit polar cap. But in the polar cap, over these same energies, there is a well-known electron population: the polar rain, a low intensity electron flux of magnetospheric origin. Thus, in the sunlit polar cap, an energetic population of electrons should consist of both an ionospheric (photoelectron) and a magnetospheric (polar rain) component. Using numerical solutions of an electron transport equation with appropriate boundary conditions and sunlit polar cap LAPI data, it is shown that the two populations (photoelectron and polar rain) are indeed present and are both needed to explain polar cap observations.

  11. Unambiguous observation of F-atom core-hole localization in CF4 through body-frame photoelectron angular distributions

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    McCurdy, C. W.; Rescigno, T. N.; Trevisan, C. S.; Lucchese, R. R.; Gaire, B.; Menssen, A.; Schöffler, M. S.; Gatton, A.; Neff, J.; Stammer, P. M.; Rist, J.; Eckart, S.; Berry, B.; Severt, T.; Sartor, J.; Moradmand, A.; Jahnke, T.; Landers, A. L.; Williams, J. B.; Ben-Itzhak, I.; Dörner, R.; Belkacem, A.; Weber, Th.

    2017-01-01

    A dramatic symmetry breaking in K -shell photoionization of the CF4 molecule in which a core-hole vacancy is created in one of four equivalent fluorine atoms is displayed in the molecular frame angular distribution of the photoelectrons. Observing the photoejected electron in coincidence with an F+ atomic ion after Auger decay is shown to select the dissociation path where the core hole was localized almost exclusively on that atom. A combination of measurements and ab initio calculations of the photoelectron angular distribution in the frame of the recoiling CF3+ and F+ atoms elucidates the underlying physics that derives from the Ne-like valence structure of the F(1 s-1 ) core-excited atom.

  12. Unambiguous observation of F-atom core-hole localization in CF4 through body-frame photoelectron angular distributions

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    McCurdy, C. W.; Rescigno, T. N.; Trevisan, C. S.; ...

    2017-01-17

    A dramatic symmetry breaking in K-shell photoionization of the CF4 molecule in which a core-hole vacancy is created in one of four equivalent fluorine atoms is displayed in the molecular frame angular distribution of the photoelectrons. In observing the photoejected electron in coincidence with an F+ atomic ion after Auger decay we see how selecting the dissociation path where the core hole was localized was almost exclusively on that atom. A combination of measurements and ab initio calculations of the photoelectron angular distribution in the frame of the recoiling CF3+ and F+ atoms elucidates the underlying physics that derives frommore » the Ne-like valence structure of the F(1s-1) core-excited atom.« less

  13. Angular-momentum transfer due to postcollision interaction in atomic inner n s2 -shell photoionization

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    Gerchikov, L.; Guillemin, R.; Simon, M.; Sheinerman, S.

    2017-06-01

    A concrete mechanism of angular-momentum transfer in photoionization process is proposed for electron photoemission from deep inner atomic shells. It is demonstrated that the leading contribution to angular-momentum transfer is provided by postcollision interaction of the photoelectrons and Auger electrons. The standard theoretical approach to postcollision interaction has been considerably improved by taking into account angular-momentum transfer. The theory developed is applied to the photoionization of 1 s2 shell in Ar. Calculations show the noticeable influence of angular-momentum transfer on the photoelectron angular distribution.

  14. Photoionization and Dissociative Photoionization Study of Cholesterol by IR Laser Desorption/Tunable Synchrotron VUV Photoionization Mass Spectrometry

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    Pan, Yang; Zhang, Li-dong; Guo, Hui-jun; Yin, Hao; Qi, Fei

    2009-04-01

    Elementary cholesterol was analyzed with IR laser desorption/tunable synchrotron vacuum ultraviolet photoionization mass spectrometry. An exclusive molecular ion of cholesterol is observed by near threshold single-photon ionization with high efficiency. Fragments are yielded with the increase of photon energy. The structures of various fragments are determined with commercial electron ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry. Dominant fragmentation pathways are discussed in detail with the aid of ab initio calculations.

  15. Indirect double photoionization of water

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    Resccigno, T. N.; Sann, H.; Orel, A. E.; Dörner, R.

    2011-05-01

    The vertical double ionization thresholds of small molecules generally lie above the dissociation limits corresponding to formation of two singly charged fragments. This gives the possibility of populating singly charged molecular ions by photoionization in the Franck-Condon region at energies below the lowest dication state, but above the dissociation limit into two singly charged fragment ions. This process can produce a superexcited neutral fragment that autoionizes at large internuclear separation. We study this process in water, where absorption of a photon produces an inner-shell excited state of H2O+ that fragments to H++OH*. The angular distribution of secondary electrons produced by OH* when it autoionizes produces a characteristic asymmetric pattern that reveals the distance, and therefore the time, at which the decay takes place. LBNL, Berkeley, CA, J. W. Goethe Universität, Frankfurt, Germany. Work performed under auspices of US DOE and supported by OBES, Div. of Chemical Sciences.

  16. Molecular photoelectron angular distribution rotations in multi-photon resonant ionization of H{sub 2}{sup +} by circularly polarized ultraviolet laser pulses

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    Yuan, Kai-Jun Chelkowski, Szczepan; Bandrauk, André D.

    2015-04-14

    We study effects of pulse durations on molecular photoelectron angular distributions (MPADs) in ultrafast circular polarization ultraviolet resonant ionization processes. Simulations performed on aligned H{sub 2}{sup +} by numerically solving time dependent Schrödinger equations show rotations of MPADs with respect to the molecular symmetry axes. It is found that in multi-photon resonant ionization processes, rotation angles are sensitive to pulse durations, which we attribute to the coherent resonant excitation between the ground state and the intermediate excited electronic state induced by Rabi oscillations. Multi-photon nonresonant and single photon ionization processes are simulated and compared which exhibit a constant rotation angle. An asymmetry parameter is introduced to describe the pulse duration sensitivity by perturbation theory models. Influence of pulse frequency detunings on MPADs is also investigated where oscillations of rotations are absent at long pulse durations due to nonresonance excitation.

  17. Photoelectron imaging following 2 + 1 multiphoton excitation of HBr.

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    Romanescu, Constantin; Loock, Hans-Peter

    2006-07-07

    The photodissociation and photoionization dynamics of HBr via low-n Rydberg and ion-pair states was studied by using 2 + 1 REMPI spectroscopy and velocity map imaging of photoelectrons. Two-photon excitation at about 9.4-10 eV was used to prepare rotationally selected excited states. Following absorption of the third photon the unperturbed F (1)Delta(2) and i (3)Delta(2) states ionize directly into the ground vibrational state of the molecular ion according to the Franck-Condon principle and upon preservation of the ion core. In case of the V (1)Sigma(+)(0(+)) ion-pair state and the perturbed E (1)Sigma(+)(0(+)), g (3)Sigma(-)(0(+)), and H (1)Sigma(+)(0(+)) Rydberg states the absorption of the third photon additionally results in a long vibrational progression of HBr(+) in the X (2)Pi state as well as formation of electronically excited atomic photofragments. The vibrational excitation of the molecular ion is explained by autoionization of repulsive superexcited states into the ground state of the molecular ion. In contrast to HCl, the perturbed Rydberg states of HBr show strong participation of the direct ionization process, with ionic core preservation.

  18. X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study of GaAs (001) and InP (001) Cleaning Procedures Prior to Molecular Beam Epitaxy

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    Contour, J. P.; Massies, J.; Saletes, A.

    1985-07-01

    The effect of chemical etching by H2S04/H202/H20 (5/1/1) mixtures and of mechanopolishing by bromine-methanol diluted solution on GaAs (001) and InP (001) substrates for molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) has been studied using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The final rinse in running deionized water does not produce any passivating oxide layer on the substrate surface. Oxidation observed on GaAs and InP after these cleaning procedures occurs during substrate handling in air. The H2S04/H202/H20 mixture produces arsenic rich surface layers having an atomic ratio As/Ga of 1.15, whereas the bromine-methanol mechanopolishing leads to an arsenic or phosphorus depleted surface with atomic ratios As/Ga=0.7 and P/In=0.65.

  19. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic study of the oxide removal mechanism of GaAs /100/ molecular beam epitaxial substrates in in situ heating

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    Vasquez, R. P.; Lewis, B. F.; Grunthaner, F. J.

    1983-01-01

    A standard cleaning procedure for GaAs (100) molecular beam epitaxial (MBE) substrates is a chemical treatment with a solution of H2SO4/H2O2/H2O, followed by in situ heating prior to MBE growth. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) studies of the surface following the chemical treatment show that the oxidized As is primarily As(+ 5). Upon heating to low temperatures (less than (350 C) the As(+ 5) oxidizes the substrate to form Ga2O3 and elemental As, and the As(+ 5) is reduced to As(+ 3) in the process. At higher temperatures (500 C), the As(+ 3) and elemental As desorb, while the Ga(+ 3) begins desorbing at about 600 C.

  20. Comparative Study of the Oxidation of NiAl(100) by Molecular Oxygen and Water Vapor Using Ambient-Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

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    Liu, Qianqian; Qin, Hailang; Boscoboinik, Jorge Anibal; Zhou, Guangwen

    2016-11-08

    The oxidation behavior of NiAl(100) by molecular oxygen and water vapor under a near-ambient pressure of 0.2 Torr is monitored using ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. O2 exposure leads to the selective oxidation of Al at temperatures ranging from 40 to 500 °C. By contrast, H2O exposure results in the selective oxidation of Al at 40 and 200 °C, and increasing the oxidation temperature above 300 °C leads to simultaneous formation of both Al and Ni oxides. These results demonstrate that the O2 oxidation forms a nearly stoichiometric Al2O3 structure that provides improved protection to the metallic substrate by barring the outward diffusion of metals. By contrast, the H2O oxidation results in the formation of a defective oxide layer that allows outward diffusion of Ni at elevated temperatures for simultaneous NiO formation.

  1. Photoionization of the Buckminsterfullerene Cation.

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    Douix, Suzie; Duflot, Denis; Cubaynes, Denis; Bizau, Jean-Marc; Giuliani, Alexandre

    2017-01-05

    Photoionization of a buckminsterfullerene ion is investigated using an ion trap and a merged beam setup coupled to synchrotron radiation beamlines and compared to theoretical calculations. Absolute measurements derived from the ion trap experiment allow discrepancies concerning the photoionization cross section of C60(+) to be solved.

  2. Photoionization of FE3+ Ions

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    Ovchinnikov, O.; Schlachter, F.

    2003-01-01

    Photoionization of Fe3+ ions was studied for the first time using synchrotron radiation from the Advanced Light Source (ALS) and the merged-beams technique. Fe3+ ions were successfully produced using ferrocene in an electron cyclotron resonance ion source (ECR). The measured yield of Fe4+ photoions as a function of photon energy revealed the presence of resonances that correspond to excitation of autoionizing states. These resonances are superimposed upon the photoion yield produced by direct photoionization, which is a smooth, slowly decreasing function of energy. The spectra for the photoionization of Fe3+ will be analyzed and compared with theory. The data collected will also serve to test models for the propagation of light through ionized matter.

  3. Vibrational branching ratios in the photoelectron spectra of N2 and CO: interference and diffraction effects.

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    Plésiat, Etienne; Decleva, Piero; Martín, Fernando

    2012-08-21

    We present a detailed account of existing theoretical methods specially designed to provide vibrationally resolved photoionization cross sections of simple molecules within the Born-Oppenheimer approximation, with emphasis on newly developed methods based on density functional theory. The performance of these methods is shown for the case of N(2) and CO photoionization. Particular attention is paid to the region of high photon energies, where the electron wavelength is comparable to the bond length and, therefore, two-center interferences and diffraction are expected to occur. As shown in a recent work [Canton et al., Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A., 2011, 108, 7302-7306], the main experimental difficulty, which is to extract the relatively small diffraction features from the rapidly decreasing cross section, can be easily overcome by determining ratios of vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectra and existing theoretical calculations. From these ratios, one can thus get direct information about the molecular geometry. In this work, results obtained in a wide range of photon energies and for many different molecular orbitals of N(2) and CO are discussed and compared with the available experimental measurements. From this comparison, limitations and further possible improvements of the existing theoretical methods are discussed. The new results presented in the manuscript confirm that the conclusions reported in the above reference are of general validity.

  4. Production of C2H4Cl+ by dissociative photoionization of weak molecular complexes in C2H4 + HCl mixtures

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    Walters, E. A.; Grover, J. R.; Arneberg, D. L.; Santandrea, C. J.; White, M. G.

    1990-12-01

    The photoionization efficiency (PIE) spectrum from 600 to 1200 Å for the production of the ion C2H4Cl+ by dissociative photoionization of the products of room-temperature jet expansions of a 1:4 mixture of C2H4 and HCl was measured at several nozzle pressures. The results were resolved into the PIE yield curve for the heterodimer process C2H4·HCl+ hv→C2H4Cl++H+ e. This reaction is necessarily characterized by a large change in geometry between neutral complex and ionic product. The observed spectrum exhibits an unusual and conspicuous peak at 15.2 eV that is characterized by a sharp cutoff to the high energy side. This feature points to the onset of strongly nonstatistical channels for the production of C2H4Cl+ at this energy such that product formation proceeds through very few states. The observed onset of C2H4Cl+ at 11.92±0.24 eV is 17±6 kcal mol-1 above the true threshold. An important conclusion is that at all energies above the onset the yield of dissociative ionization of the heterodimer to the cation C2H4Cl+ is determined by dynamical factors.

  5. Study of selected benzyl azides by UV photoelectron spectroscopy and mass spectrometry

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    Pinto, R. M.; Olariu, R. I.; Lameiras, J.; Martins, F. T.; Dias, A. A.; Langley, G. J.; Rodrigues, P.; Maycock, C. D.; Santos, J. P.; Duarte, M. F.; Fernandez, M. T.; Costa, M. L.

    2010-09-01

    Benzyl azide and the three methylbenzyl azides were synthesized and characterized by mass spectrometry (MS) and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UVPES). The electron ionization fragmentation mechanisms for benzyl azide and their methyl derivatives were studied by accurate mass measurements and linked scans at constant B/ E. For benzyl azide, in order to clarify the fragmentation mechanism, labelling experiments were performed. From the mass analysis of methylbenzyl azides isomers it was possible to differentiate the isomers ortho, meta and para. The abundance and nature of the ions resulting from the molecular ion fragmentation, for the three distinct isomers of substituted benzyl azides, were rationalized in terms of the electronic properties of the substituent. Concerning the para-isomer, IRC calculations were performed at UHF/6-31G(d) level. The photoionization study of benzyl azide, with He(I) radiation, revealed five bands in the 8-21 eV ionization energies region. From every photoelectron spectrum of methylbenzyl azides isomers it has been identified seven bands, on the same range as the benzyl azide. Interpretation of the photoelectron spectra was accomplished applying Koopmans' theorem to the SCF orbital energies obtained at HF/6-311++G(d, p) level.

  6. 2008 Photoions, Photoionization & Photodetachment Gordon Research Conference January 27-February 1, 2008

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    Klaus Muller-Dethefs Nancy Ryan GRay

    2009-03-31

    This conference brings together scientists interested in a range of basic phenomena linked to the ejection and scattering of electrons from atoms, molecules, clusters, liquids and solids by absorption of light. Photoionization, a highly sensitive probe of both structure and dynamics, can range from perturbative single-photon processes to strong-field highly non-perturbative interactions. It is responsible for the formation and destruction of molecules in astrophysical and plasma environments and successfully used in advanced analytical techniques. Positive ions, which can be produced and studied most effectively using photoionization, are the major components of all plasmas, vital constituents of flames and important intermediates in many chemical reactions. Negative ions are significant as transient species and, when photodetached, the corresponding neutral species often undergoes remarkable, otherwise non-observable, dynamics. The scope of the meeting spans from novel observations in atomic and molecular physics, such as Coulomb Crystals, highly excited states and cold Rydberg plasmas, to novel energy resolved or ultrafast time-resolved experiments, photoionization in strong laser fields, theoretical method development for electron scattering, photoionization and photodetachment and more complex phenomena such as charge transfer and DNA and protein conductivity, important for biological and analytical applications.

  7. Photoionization of hydrogen-like ions in dense quantum plasmas

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    Qi, Y. Y.; Wang, J. G.; Janev, R. K.

    2017-06-01

    The photoionization of hydrogen-like ions in n ≤ 3 bound states, embedded in cold, dense quantum plasmas, is investigated in detail. The electron energies and wave functions for the bound and continuum states are determined by numerically solving the scaled Schrödinger equation by the fourth-order symplectic integration scheme. The monotonic behavior of the photoionization cross section for a pure Coulomb potential is dramatically changed due to the plasma screening effects described by the cosine-Debye-Hückel potential. In the region of low photoelectron energies, the photoionization cross section, besides the usual Wigner-law threshold behavior, exhibits a rich structure of shape and virtual-state resonances when the plasma screening parameter takes values around the critical screening parameter for which a bound state enters the continuum. It is observed that a shape resonance is followed by a Cooper minimum in the photoionization cross section when the principal quantum number of continuum quasi-bound state is equal to the one of the initial bound states.

  8. Imaging molecules from within: Ultrafast angstroem-scale structure determination of molecules via photoelectron holography using free-electron lasers

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    Krasniqi, F.; Rolles, D.; Najjari, B.; Voitkiv, A.; Strueder, L.; Ullrich, J.

    2010-03-15

    A scheme based on (i) upcoming brilliant x-ray free-electron laser (FEL) sources, (ii) innovative energy and angular-dispersive large-area electron imagers, and (iii) the well-known photoelectron holography is elaborated that provides time-dependent three-dimensional structure determination of small to medium-sized molecules with Angstroem spatial and femtosecond time resolution. Inducing molecular dynamics, wave-packet motion, dissociation, passage through conical intersections, or isomerization by a pump pulse this motion is visualized by the x-ray FEL probe pulse launching keV photoelectrons within a few femtoseconds from specific and well-defined sites, deep core levels of individual atoms, inside the molecule. On their way out, the photoelectrons are diffracted generating a hologram on the detector that encodes the molecular structure at the instant of photoionization, thus providing 'femtosecond snapshot images of the molecule from within'. Detailed calculations in various approximations of increasing sophistication are presented and three-dimensional retrieval of the spatial structure of the molecule with Angstroem spatial resolution is demonstrated. Due to the large photoabsorption cross sections the method extends x-ray-diffraction-based time-dependent structure investigations envisioned at FEL's to new classes of samples that are not accessible by any other method. Among them are dilute samples in the gas phase such as aligned, oriented, or conformer-selected molecules, ultracold ensembles and/or molecular or cluster objects containing mainly light atoms that do not scatter x rays efficiently.

  9. Photoelectron momentum distributions of molecules in bichromatic circularly polarized attosecond UV laser fields

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    Yuan, Kai-Jun; Chelkowski, Szczepan; Bandrauk, André D.

    2016-05-01

    We theoretically investigate molecular photoelectron momentum distributions (MPMDs) by bichromatic [frequencies (ω1,ω2)] circularly polarized attosecond UV laser pulses. Simulations performed on aligned single-electron H2+ by numerically solving the corresponding three-dimensional time-dependent Schrödinger equation within a static nucleus frame show that MPMDs exhibit a spiral structure for both co-rotating and counter-rotating schemes. Results are analyzed by attosecond perturbation ionization models. Coherent electron wave packets created, respectively, by the two color pulses in the continuum interfere with each other. Photoionization distributions are functions of the photoelectron momentum p and the ejection angle θ , thus leading to spiral MPMDs. The dependence of spiral MPMDs on the time delay between the bicircular pulses and their relative phases is also presented. The spiral interference patterns are determined by the helicities and frequencies (ω1,ω2 ) of the bicircular fields. It is also found that the spiral patterns are sensitive to the molecular alignment and suppressed by two-center ionization interference, thus offering new tools for imaging molecular geometry.

  10. State-To Dynamics of Photoionization and Charge Transfer Reactions Involving Hydrogen Bromide.

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    Xie, Jinchun

    The selection rules for electric-dipole-allowed photoionization of diatomic molecule are derived. From a single rotational level of neutral molecules, the final rotational levels of the ions can be accessed only when their angular momentum, parity, spin, and other quantum numbers satisfy certain relations concerning photoelectron partial waves. Furthermore, under irreducible tensor treatment photoionization probability is simply expressed by three factors: the geometrical coefficient C^ {k}_{p} the rotational linestrength S^{k}_{p } and the square of the tensor moment < {bf T}^{k} _{p}>. This method makes photoionization and electron impact induced transitions as easy to interpret as the well known multiphoton transition. The photoionization HBr^*(nu,J) + hnu to HBr ^+(^2Pi_{i},nu ^+,J^+) + e^- has been studied experimentally. The HBr^*(nu,J) is prepared in three 5ppi Rydberg states: f ^3Delta_2, g ^3Sigma^-_0 ^+ and F ^1Delta _2 via 2-photon excitation, and the product HBr^+(^2Pi_{i} ,nu^+,J^+ ) is probed in a quantum state specific manner using laser induced fluorescence (LIF). Distributions of the HBr^+ product show very strong parity propensities for the type of transition (+/- )-(mp), and also rotational propensities: Delta J = +/-1.5, +/-0.5 for the type of transition (+/-)-( mp) and Delta J = +/-2.5, +/-1.5, +/-0.5 for (+/-)-( +/-). These results are able to be described by using selection rules and irreducible moment presentation. The charge-transfer reaction DBr^+( ^2Pi_{i},nu^+,J ^+) + HBr to HBr ^+(^2Pi_{i^{ '}},nu^{'+ },J^{'+}) + DBr is studied under thermal conditions in a flowing gas mixture of HBr and DBr. The DBr^+(^2Pi _{i},nu^+,J^+) reagent is prepared by using (2 + 1) resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization and the HBr^+(^2 Pi_{i^{'+} },nu^{'+},J^ {'+}) product is detected using LIF. From the measurements of the molecular density and the populations of both HBr^+ and DBr^+, the absolute rate constants k(i,nu^+to i^', nu^{'+}) are determined for

  11. High-efficiency photoionization detector

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    Anderson, D.F.

    1981-05-12

    A high efficiency photoionization detector using tetraaminoethylenes in a gaseous state having a low ionization potential and a relative photoionization cross section which closely matches the emission spectrum of xenon gas. Imaging proportional counters are also disclosed using the novel photoionization detector of the invention. The compound of greatest interest is TMAE which comprises tetrakis(dimethylamino)ethylene which has a measured ionization potential of 5.36 +- 0.02 eV, and a vapor pressure of 0.35 torr at 20/sup 0/C.

  12. Effects of anisotropic electron-ion interactions in atomic photoelectron angular distributions

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    Dill, D.; Starace, A. F.; Manson, S. T.

    1975-01-01

    A summary of the angular momentum transfer formulation of the differential photoionization cross section is presented and photoionization amplitudes in LS coupling are considered. The application of the theoretical concepts and relations developed is illustrated with the aid of an example involving the calculation of the angular distribution of photoelectrons ionized from atomic sulfur according to a certain reaction. The investigation shows that anisotropic electron-ion interactions in atomic sulfur lead to measurable differences between photoelectron angular distribution asymmetry parameters corresponding to alternative ionic term levels.

  13. Photoionization of Endohedral Atoms: Collective, Reflective and Collateral Emissions

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    Chakraborty, Himadri S.; McCune, Matthew A.; Madjet, Mohamed E.; Hopper, Dale E.; Manson, Steven T.

    2009-12-01

    The photoionization properties of a fullerene-confined atom differ dramatically from that of an isolated atom. In the low energy region, where the fullerene plasmons are active, the electrons of the confined atom emerge through a collective channel carrying a significant chunk of plasmon with it. The photoelectron angular distribution of the confined atom however shows far lesser impact of the effect. At higher energies, the interference between two single-electron ionization channels, one directly from the atom and another reflected off the fullerene cage, producuces oscillatory cross sections. But for the outermost atomic level, which transfers some electrons to the cage, oscillations are further modulated by the collateral emission from the part of the atomic charge density transferred to the cage. These various modes of emissions are studied for the photoionization of Ar endohedrally confined in C60.

  14. Double Photoionization into Double Core-Hole States in Xe

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    Hikosaka, Y.; Kaneyasu, T.; Shigemasa, E.; Lablanquie, P.; Penent, F.; Eland, J. H. D.; Aoto, T.; Ito, K.

    2007-05-04

    Double photoionization (DPI) leading to double core-hole states of Xe{sup 2+} 4d{sup -2} has been studied using a magnetic bottle time-of-flight spectrometer. The assignments of the Xe{sup 2+} 4d{sup -2} states are confirmed by the Auger lines extracted from fourfold coincidences including two photoelectrons and two Auger electrons. It is estimated that the core-core DPI into Xe{sup 2+} 4d{sup -2} at a photon energy of 301.6 eV has a favored cross section of about 0.3 MB. The intense core-core DPI is due to mixing of the 4d{sup -2} continuum with the 4p single photoionization, which is manifested in the relative intensities of the Xe{sup 2+} 4d{sup -2} components.

  15. Communication: The influence of vibrational parity in chiral photoionization dynamics

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    Powis, Ivan

    2014-03-21

    A pronounced vibrational state dependence of photoelectron angular distributions observed in chiral photoionization experiments is explored using a simple, yet realistic, theoretical model based upon the transiently chiral molecule H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. The adiabatic approximation is used to separate vibrational and electronic wavefunctions. The full ionization matrix elements are obtained as an average of the electronic dipole matrix elements over the vibrational coordinate, weighted by the product of neutral and ion state vibrational wavefunctions. It is found that the parity of the vibrational Hermite polynomials influences not just the amplitude, but also the phase of the transition matrix elements, and the latter is sufficient, even in the absence of resonant enhancements, to account for enhanced vibrational dependencies in the chiral photoionization dynamics.

  16. Photoionization of Endohedral Atoms: Collective, Reflective and Collateral Emissions

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    Chakraborty, Himadri S.; McCune, Matthew A.; Hopper, Dale E.; Madjet, Mohamed E.; Manson, Steven T.

    2009-12-03

    The photoionization properties of a fullerene-confined atom differ dramatically from that of an isolated atom. In the low energy region, where the fullerene plasmons are active, the electrons of the confined atom emerge through a collective channel carrying a significant chunk of plasmon with it. The photoelectron angular distribution of the confined atom however shows far lesser impact of the effect. At higher energies, the interference between two single-electron ionization channels, one directly from the atom and another reflected off the fullerene cage, producuces oscillatory cross sections. But for the outermost atomic level, which transfers some electrons to the cage, oscillations are further modulated by the collateral emission from the part of the atomic charge density transferred to the cage. These various modes of emissions are studied for the photoionization of Ar endohedrally confined in C{sub 60}.

  17. Photoelectron resonance capture ionization-aerosol mass spectrometry of the ozonolysis products of oleic acid particles: Direct measure of higher molecular weight oxygenates

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    Zahardis, James; Lafranchi, Brian W.; Petrucci, Giuseppe A.

    2005-04-01

    The heterogeneous reaction of particle-phase 9-octadecenoic acid (oleic acid) and gas-phase ozone in a flow reactor was studied by photoelectron resonance capture ionization (PERCI) mass spectrometry. This soft ionization technique facilitated one of the first simultaneous, direct observations of all four of the major products predicted for this reaction: nonanal, nonanoic acid, 9-oxononanoic acid, and azelaic acid. In addition, a series of higher molecular weight oxygenated compounds were observed directly for the first time. The proposed structures are all cyclic oxygenates and contain the oxygen-oxygen moiety, including secondary ozonides and cyclic geminal diperoxides. Mechanisms for the formation of these products are proposed. The mechanisms are generally 1,3-dipolar cycloadditions that lead to five- and six-member oxygen-containing rings. The mechanisms are shown to involve short-lived Criegee intermediates reacting with aldehydes and other Criegee intermediates. Atmospheric implications of these higher molecular weight compounds are suggested and include enhancing the fatty acid medium's capacity to act as a source of radicals due to the prominence of the peroxide moiety. The low volatility coupled with the high polarity of these compounds may alter particle phase hygroscopicity that can enhance the cloud condensation nuclei properties of these particles.

  18. Photoionization of sodium clusters

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    Peterson, K.I.; Dao, P.D.; Farley, R.W.; Castleman, A.W. Jr.

    1984-03-01

    Sodium clusters, Na/sub x/ (2< or =x< or =8), were produced in a supersonic jet by coexpansion with argon and subjected to analysis via photoionization coupled with mass spectrometry. The present measurements, made at somewhat higher resolution than earlier literature studies, yield ionization potentials in excellent agreement for x = 1 to 4 and x = 7, and reveal heretofore unreported structure in the post-threshold spectra. The present measurements enable a more definitive assignment of the ionization potentials, giving a lower value for x = 6 and pointing to lower ones for x = 5 and 8. The frequently discussed odd--even alternation in ionization potentials is no longer evident beyond the pentamer. Values for the binding energies of Na to Na/sup +//sub x/ (3< or =x< or =8) are deduced.

  19. High-resolution threshold photoelectron spectroscopy by electron attachment

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    Ajello, J. M.; Chutjian, A.

    1976-01-01

    A new technique for measuring high-resolution threshold photoelectron spectra of atoms, molecules, and radicals is described. It involves photoionization of a gaseous species, attachment of the threshold, or nearly zero electron to some trapping molecule (here SF6 or CFCl3), and mass detection of the attachment product (SF6/-/ or Cl/-/ respectively). This technique of threshold photoelectron spectroscopy by electron attachment was used to measure the spectra of argon and xenon at 11 meV (FWHM) resolution, and was also applied to CFCl3.

  20. Spectra of resonance surface photoionization

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    Antsiferov, V.V.; Smirnov, G.I.; Telegin, G.G.

    1995-09-01

    The theory of nonactivated electron transfer between atoms interacting reasonantly with coherent radiation and a metal surface is developed. The spectral resonances in photoabsorption and surface photoionization are found to be related to nonlinear interference effects in the interaction between discrete atomic levels and the continuum formed by the quasi-continuous electron spectrum of a normal metal. The asymmetry in the resonance surface photoionization spectrum is shown to have a shape typical of the Fano autoionization resonances. 18 refs.

  1. VUV photoionization and dissociative photoionization spectroscopy of the interstellar molecule aminoacetonitrile: Theory and experiment

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    Bellili, A.; Schwell, M.; Bénilan, Y.; Fray, N.; Gazeau, M.-C.; Mogren Al-Mogren, M.; Guillemin, J.-C.; Poisson, L.; Hochlaf, M.

    2015-09-01

    Aminoacetonitrile (AAN) is a key compound in astrochemistry and astrobiology. We present a combined theoretical and experimental investigation concerning the single photoionization of gas-phase AAN and the fragmentation pathways of the resulting cation. At present, we measured photoelectron photoion coincidence (PEPICO) spectra in the 9.8-13.6 eV energy regime using synchrotron radiation as exciting light source. In order to interpret the VUV experimental data obtained, we explored the ground potential energy surface (PES) of AAN and of its cation using standard and explicitly correlated quantum chemical methodologies. This allowed us to deduce accurate thermochemical data for this molecule. We also determined, for the first time, the adiabatic ionization energy of AAN to lie at AIE = (10.085 ± 0.03) eV. The unimolecular decomposition pathways of the resulting AAN+ parent cation are also investigated. The appearance energies of five fragments are determined for the first time, with 30 meV accuracy. Interestingly, our work shows the possibility of the formation of both HCN and HNC isomeric forms. The implications for the evolution of prebiotic molecules under VUV irradiation are briefly discussed.

  2. Photoionization spectroscopy of nucleobases and analogues in the gas phase using synchrotron radiation as excitation light source.

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    Schwell, Martin; Hochlaf, Majdi

    2015-01-01

    We review here the photoionization and photoelectron spectroscopy of the gas phase nucleic acid bases adenine, thymine, uracil, cytosine, and guanine, as well as the three base analogues 2-hydroxyisoquinoline, 2-pyridone, and δ-valerolactam in the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) spectral regime. The chapter focuses on experimental work performed with VUV synchrotron radiation and related ab initio quantum chemical calculations of higher excited states beyond the ionization energy. After a general part, where experimental and theoretical techniques are described in detail, key results are presented by order of growing complexity in the spectra of the molecules. Here we concentrate on (1) the accurate determination of ionization energies of isolated gas phase NABs and investigation of the vibrational structure of involved ionic states, including their mutual vibronic couplings, (2) the treatment of tautomerism after photoionization, in competition with other intramolecular processes, (3) the study of fragmentation of these molecular systems at low and high internal energies, and (4) the study of the evolution of the covalent character of hydrogen bonding upon substitution, i.e., examination of electronic effects (acceptor, donor, etc.).

  3. Comparative study of the oxidation of NiAl(100) by molecular oxygen and water vapor using ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Liu, Qianqian; Qin, Hailang; Boscoboinik, Jorge Anibal; Zhou, Guangwen

    2016-10-11

    The oxidation behavior of NiAl(100) by molecular oxygen and water vapor under a near-ambient pressure of 0.2 Torr is monitored using ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. O2 exposure leads to the selective oxidation of Al at temperatures ranging from 40 to 500 °C. By contrast, H2O exposure results in the selective oxidation of Al at 40 and 200 °C, and increasing the oxidation temperature above 300 °C leads to simultaneous formation of both Al and Ni oxides. Furthermore, these results demonstrate that the O2 oxidation forms a nearly stoichiometric Al2O3 structure that provides improved protection to the metallic substrate by barring the outward diffusion of metals. By contrast, the H2O oxidation results in the formation of a defective oxide layer that allows outward diffusion of Ni at elevated temperatures for simultaneous NiO formation.

  4. Comparative study of the oxidation of NiAl(100) by molecular oxygen and water vapor using ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Liu, Qianqian; Qin, Hailang; Boscoboinik, Jorge Anibal; ...

    2016-10-11

    The oxidation behavior of NiAl(100) by molecular oxygen and water vapor under a near-ambient pressure of 0.2 Torr is monitored using ambient-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. O2 exposure leads to the selective oxidation of Al at temperatures ranging from 40 to 500 °C. By contrast, H2O exposure results in the selective oxidation of Al at 40 and 200 °C, and increasing the oxidation temperature above 300 °C leads to simultaneous formation of both Al and Ni oxides. Furthermore, these results demonstrate that the O2 oxidation forms a nearly stoichiometric Al2O3 structure that provides improved protection to the metallic substrate by barringmore » the outward diffusion of metals. By contrast, the H2O oxidation results in the formation of a defective oxide layer that allows outward diffusion of Ni at elevated temperatures for simultaneous NiO formation.« less

  5. In situ synchrotron radiation photoelectron spectroscopy study of the oxidation of the Ge(100)-2 × 1 surface by supersonic molecular oxygen beams

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    Yoshigoe, Akitaka; Teraoka, Yuden; Okada, Ryuta; Yamada, Yoichi; Sasaki, Masahiro

    2014-11-07

    In situ synchrotron radiation photoelectron spectroscopy was performed during the oxidation of the Ge(100)-2 × 1 surface induced by a molecular oxygen beam with various incident energies up to 2.2 eV from the initial to saturation coverage of surface oxides. The saturation coverage of oxygen on the clean Ge(100) surface was much lower than one monolayer and the oxidation state of Ge was +2 at most. This indicates that the Ge(100) surface is so inert toward oxidation that complete oxidation cannot be achieved with only pure oxygen (O{sub 2}) gas, which is in strong contrast to Si surfaces. Two types of dissociative adsorption, trapping-mediated and direct dissociation, were confirmed by oxygen uptake measurements depending on the incident energy of O{sub 2}. The direct adsorption process can be activated by increasing the translational energy, resulting in an increased population of Ge{sup 2+} and a higher final oxygen coverage. We demonstrated that hyperthermal O{sub 2} beams remarkably promote the room-temperature oxidation with novel atomic configurations of oxides at the Ge(100) surface. Our findings will contribute to the fundamental understanding of oxygen adsorption processes at 300 K from the initial stages to saturated oxidation.

  6. Relaxation effects in inner-shell photoionization of Mg, Ca, and Sr

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    Kutzner, M.; Maycock, V.; Thorarinson, J.; Pannwitz, E.; Robertson, J. A.

    2002-10-01

    Total and partial photoionization cross sections have been calculated for all inner subshells of atomic magnesium, calcium, and strontium in the relativistic random-phase approximation, the relativistic random-phase approximation modified to include relaxation effects, and the relativistic random-phase approximation modified to include relaxation and Auger decay. Results of the three models are compared with Dirac-Hartree-Fock calculations and with semiempirical results so that the import of various many-body effects can be assessed. Branching ratios and photoelectron angular-distribution asymmetry parameters are also presented for np subshells. Substantial relaxation effects are noted for photoionization of 1s and 2s subshells.

  7. Energy dependence of photoion rotational distributions of N2 and CO

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    Choi, Heung Cheun; Rao, R. M.; Mihill, A. G.; Kakar, Sandeep; Poliakoff, E. D.; Wang, Kwanghsi; McKoy, V.

    1994-01-01

    We present the first measurements of rotational distributions for photoionization over extended energy ranges [0<=Ek<=200 eV for N2 (2σ-1u) and of 3<=Ek<=125 eV for CO (4σ-1)]. The N2 and CO results show a strikingly unusual and different energy dependence. Although differences are expected due to the absence of a center of symmetry in CO, detailed calculations reveal that this behavior arises from the presence of Cooper minima in the photoelectron continuum (kσg) in the case of N2 and from an f-wave shape resonance for 4σ-1 photoionization in CO.

  8. The role of photoionization in negative corona discharge: The influences of temperature, humidity, and air pressure on a corona

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    Sun, H. Y.; Lu, B. X.; Wang, M.; Guo, Q. F.; Feng, Q. K.

    2017-10-01

    The swarm parameters of the negative corona discharge are improved to calculate the discharge model under different environmental conditions. The effects of temperature, humidity, and air pressure are studied using a conventional needle-to-plane configuration in air. The electron density, electric field, electron generation rate, and photoelectron generation rate are discussed in this paper. The role of photoionization under these conditions is also studied by numerical simulation. The photoelectrons generated in weak ionization region are proved to be dominant.

  9. Vibrationally Resolved B 1s Photoionization Cross Section of BF3.

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    Ayuso, D; Kimura, M; Kooser, K; Patanen, M; Plésiat, E; Argenti, L; Mondal, S; Travnikova, O; Sakai, K; Palacios, A; Kukk, E; Decleva, P; Ueda, K; Martín, F; Miron, C

    2015-06-11

    Photoelectron diffraction is a well-established technique for structural characterization of solids, based on the interference of the native photoelectron wave with those scattered from the neighboring atoms. For isolated systems in the gas phase similar studies suffer from orders of magnitude lower signals due to the very small sample density. Here we present a detailed study of the vibrationally resolved B 1s photoionization cross section of BF3 molecule. A combination of high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy measurements and of state-of-the-art static-exchange and time-dependent DFT calculations shows the evolution of the photon energy dependence of the cross section from a complete trapping of the photoelectron wave (low energies) to oscillations due to photoelectron diffraction phenomena. The diffraction pattern allows one to access structural information both for the ground neutral state of the molecule and for the core-ionized cation. Due to a significant change in geometry between the ground and the B 1s(-1) core-ionized state in the BF3 molecule, several vibrational final states of the cation are populated, allowing investigation of eight different relative vibrationally resolved photoionization cross sections. Effects due to recoil induced by the photoelectron emission are also discussed.

  10. Decoherence in Attosecond Photoionization

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    Pabst, Stefan; Santra, Robin; Greenman, Loren; Mazziotti, David A.; Ho, Phay J.

    2011-02-04

    The creation of superpositions of hole states via single-photon ionization using attosecond extreme-ultraviolet pulses is studied with the time-dependent configuration-interaction singles (TDCIS) method. Specifically, the degree of coherence between hole states in atomic xenon is investigated. We find that interchannel coupling not only affects the hole populations, but it also enhances the entanglement between the photoelectron and the remaining ion, thereby reducing the coherence within the ion. As a consequence, even if the spectral bandwidth of the ionizing pulse exceeds the energy splittings among the hole states involved, perfectly coherent hole wave packets cannot be formed. For sufficiently large spectral bandwidth, the coherence can only be increased by increasing the mean photon energy.

  11. Decoherence in attosecond photoionization.

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    Pabst, Stefan; Greenman, Loren; Ho, Phay J; Mazziotti, David A; Santra, Robin

    2011-02-04

    The creation of superpositions of hole states via single-photon ionization using attosecond extreme-ultraviolet pulses is studied with the time-dependent configuration-interaction singles (TDCIS) method. Specifically, the degree of coherence between hole states in atomic xenon is investigated. We find that interchannel coupling not only affects the hole populations, but it also enhances the entanglement between the photoelectron and the remaining ion, thereby reducing the coherence within the ion. As a consequence, even if the spectral bandwidth of the ionizing pulse exceeds the energy splittings among the hole states involved, perfectly coherent hole wave packets cannot be formed. For sufficiently large spectral bandwidth, the coherence can only be increased by increasing the mean photon energy.

  12. Quantum beat oscillations in the two-color-photoionization continuum of neon and their dependence on the intensity of the ionizing laser pulse

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    Geiseler, Henning; Rottke, Horst; Steinmeyer, Guenter; Sandner, Wolfgang

    2011-09-15

    We investigate quantum beat oscillations in the photoionization continuum of Ne atoms that are photoionized by absorption of two photons via a group of excited bound states using ultrashort extreme ultraviolet and infrared laser pulses. The extreme ultraviolet pulse starts an excited-state wave packet that is photoionized by a high-intensity infrared pulse after a variable time delay. We analyze the continuum quantum beats from this two-step photoionization process and their dependence on the photoelectron kinetic energy. We find a pronounced dependence of the quantum beat amplitudes on the photoelectron kinetic energy. The dependence changes significantly with the applied infrared laser-pulse intensity. The experimental results are in good qualitative agreement with a model calculation that is adapted to the experimental situation. It accounts for the intensity dependence of the quantum beat structure through the coupling of the excited-state wave packet to other bound Ne states induced by the high-intensity infrared laser pulse.

  13. Multi-reference approach to the calculation of photoelectron spectra including spin-orbit coupling

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    Grell, Gilbert; Bokarev, Sergey I. Kühn, Oliver; Winter, Bernd; Seidel, Robert; Aziz, Emad F.; Aziz, Saadullah G.

    2015-08-21

    X-ray photoelectron spectra provide a wealth of information on the electronic structure. The extraction of molecular details requires adequate theoretical methods, which in case of transition metal complexes has to account for effects due to the multi-configurational and spin-mixed nature of the many-electron wave function. Here, the restricted active space self-consistent field method including spin-orbit coupling is used to cope with this challenge and to calculate valence- and core-level photoelectron spectra. The intensities are estimated within the frameworks of the Dyson orbital formalism and the sudden approximation. Thereby, we utilize an efficient computational algorithm that is based on a biorthonormal basis transformation. The approach is applied to the valence photoionization of the gas phase water molecule and to the core ionization spectrum of the [Fe(H{sub 2}O){sub 6}]{sup 2+} complex. The results show good agreement with the experimental data obtained in this work, whereas the sudden approximation demonstrates distinct deviations from experiments.

  14. Threshold photoelectron study of naphthalene, anthracene, pyrene, 1,2-dihydronaphthalene, and 9,10-dihydroanthracene

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    Mayer, Paul M.; Blanchet, Valerie; Joblin, Christine

    2011-06-01

    Threshold photoelectron spectra (TPESs) were obtained for naphthalene, anthracene, pyrene, 1,2-dihydronaphthalene, and 9,10-dihydroanthracene using imaging photoelectron photoion coincidence spectroscopy, from threshold to a photon energy of ˜20 eV. Outer valence Green's function calculations at the OVGF/cc-pVTZ level of theory were used to assign molecular orbitals to the observed TPES features. There is generally good agreement between the predicted and observed bands. Threshold regions for each molecule exhibit vibrational structure which is readily assigned based on previous PES studies. While the measured adiabatic ionization energies (IEa) for naphthalene, anthracene, and pyrene are in good agreement with previous works, new values are reported for the two dihydro species (1,2-dihydronaphthalene, 8.010 ± 0.010 eV and 9,10-dihydroanthracene, 8.335 ± 0.010 eV). A comparison is also made with the G3//B3LYP composite method, which consistently overestimates the IE values by 0.06-0.09 eV. The double ionization energies for anthracene and pyrene have been measured to be 19.3 ± 0.2 and 19.8 ± 0.2 eV, respectively.

  15. A dissociative photoionization study of the c4Σu- state in O+2 using the TPEPICO technique

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    Padmanabhan, A.; MacDonald, M. A.; Ryan, C. H.; Zuin, L.; Reddish, T. J.

    2012-11-01

    In the dissociative photoionization (DPI) process, hν + O2 → O + O+ + e-, ionisation and dissociation both occur (either as a direct or indirect process) following photoabsorption. The Threshold Photoelectron Photoion Coincidence (TPEPICO) technique, i.e. measuring the coincidence yield between threshold photoelec-trons and photoions is a powerful way of studying the dynamics involved. The c4Σu- state in O+2 at ~ 24.56 eV has a shallow minimum in its potential that supports two distinct quasi-bound vibrational levels (v = 0, 1). We have investigated the angular distributions of 2 eV O+(4S) ions produced from DPI of O +2 c4Σu- (v = 0, 1) using the TPEPICO technique.

  16. Multiphoton Ionization Mass and Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

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    1984-07-01

    narro , band. tunable. frequency doubled dye laser Their relative importance depend% on the sample being studied ha- led to an cnormou, improcment in...block number) Mult iphoton Ionization Photoelectron Spectroscopy Laser Induced Ionization Ultraviolet Laser Radiation ft ArITAcr (camthIe i rvee ehl N...molecular ions generated by laser ionization have been monitored. Using a time of flight photoelectron spectrometer, the kinetic energy distribution of the

  17. The Study of State-Selected Ion-Molecule Reactions using the Vacuum Ultraviolet Pulsed Field Ionization-Photoion Technique

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    2006-01-01

    reactant ion preparation is the photoelectron-photoion coin- spheric, industrial, and aerospace plasmas .17-21 It is known cidence technique, which...Phys. 34, 43 (1999). 55 K. Norwood and C. Y. Ng. Chem. Phys. Lett. 156, 145 (1989). 16R. A. Dressier and A. A. Viggiano , in The Encyclopedia of Mass

  18. Photoionization of atoms. Final report, April 1, 1976-March 30, 1981

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    Samson, J.A.R.; Starace, A.F.

    1981-11-01

    There were two main goals in the experimental study of photoionization. One was to provide accurate data on the results of photon-atom collisions, studying the absolute probability for ejecting electrons from specific orbitals and determining their angular distributions. Also of interest was the probability for one photon to eject two or more electrons. Another goal was to make measurements of specific interactions that would provide sensitive tests for the various theoretical approximations used in calculating photoionization cross sections. To achieve these two goals, care was taken in the selection of the various experiments and in the use of the most appropriate and sophisticated equipment. For example, the techniques of Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Photoionization - Mass Spectrometry, and Synchrotron radiation were used in many of the experiments.

  19. Relativistic effects in the photoionization of hydrogen-like ions with screened Coulomb interaction

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    Xie, L. Y.; Wang, J. G.; Janev, R. K.

    2014-06-15

    The relativistic effects in the photoionization of hydrogen-like ion with screened Coulomb interaction of Yukawa type are studied for a broad range of screening lengths and photoelectron energies. The bound and continuum wave functions have been determined by solving the Dirac equation. The study is focused on the relativistic effects manifested in the characteristic features of photoionization cross section for electric dipole nl→ε,l±1 transitions: shape resonances, Cooper minima and cross section enhancements due to near-zero-energy states. It is shown that the main source of relativistic effects in these cross section features is the fine-structure splitting of bound state energy levels. The relativistic effects are studied in the photoionization of Fe{sup 25+} ion, as an example.

  20. Photoionization and electron-ion recombination of P II

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    Nahar, Sultana N.

    2017-08-01

    A study of the inverse processes of photoionization and electron-ion recombination of P ii is reported. Phosphorus, a little studied cosmic element, requires atomic parameters such as those presented here for spectral analysis. The unified method of Nahar and Pradhan, which incorporates two methods of recombination - radiative recombination (RR) and dielectronic recombination (DR) - and the interference between them, is used to obtain the total electron-ion recombination. This method implements the framework of the {R}-matrix close-coupling approximation. The present results include the partial photoionization cross-sections σPI(Jπ) leaving the residual ion in the ground level and level-specific recombination rate coefficients, αRC(Jπ), of 475 fine-structure levels of P ii with n ≤10. In photoionization of the ground and many excited levels, a sharp resonance is found to form at the ionization threshold from couplings of relativistic fine-structure channels. These, with other resonances in the near-threshold energy region, yield a slight curvature, in contrast to typical smooth decay, at a very low temperature of about 330 K in the total recombination rate coefficient αRC. The presence of other Rydberg and Seaton resonances in the photoionization cross-section introduces features in the level-specific recombination rate coefficients and a DR bump at high temperature at 105 K for the total recombination rate coefficient. Considerable interference between RR and DR is noted around 6700 K. The recombination spectrum with respect to photoelectron energy αRC(E) is also presented. The results are expected to provide accurate models for astrophysical plasmas up to ∼1 MK.

  1. Observation of the Symmetry-Forbidden 5σu→kσu CS2 Transition: A Vibrationally Driven Photoionization Resonance

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    Rathbone, G. J.; Poliakoff, E. D.; Bozek, John D.; Lucchese, R. R.

    2004-04-01

    Vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectroscopy and Schwinger calculations are used to characterize a new resonance phenomenon in the 5σu→kσu photoionization of CS2. This resonant channel is symmetry forbidden, yet is observable because it is activated by the antisymmetric stretching vibration. In addition, we show that a Franck-Condon breakdown occurs even though the energy dependence of the cross section is insensitive to geometry changes, which is unprecedented in photoionization.

  2. PHOTOIONIZATION IN THE SOLAR WIND

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    Landi, E.; Lepri, S. T.

    2015-10-20

    In this work we investigate the effects of photoionization on the charge state composition of the solar wind. Using measured solar EUV and X-ray irradiance, the Michigan Ionization Code and a model for the fast and slow solar wind, we calculate the evolution of the charge state distribution of He, C, N, O, Ne, Mg, Si, S, and Fe with and without including photoionization for both types of wind. We find that the solar radiation has significant effects on the charge state distribution of C, N, and O, causing the ionization levels of these elements to be higher than without photoionization; differences are largest for oxygen. The ions commonly observed for elements heavier than O are much less affected, except in ICMEs where Fe ions more ionized than 16+ can also be affected by the solar radiation. We also show that the commonly used O{sup 7+}/O{sup 6+} density ratio is the most sensitive to photoionization; this sensitivity also causes the value of this ratio to depend on the phase of the solar cycle. We show that the O{sup 7+}/O{sup 6+} ratio needs to be used with caution for solar wind classification and coronal temperature estimates, and recommend the C{sup 6+}/C{sup 4+} ratio for these purposes.

  3. Gas-Phase Photoionization Of A Protein

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    Milosavljevic, A. R.; Giuliani, A.; Nicolas, C.; Gil, J.-F.; Lemaire, J.; Refregiers, M.; Nahon, L.

    2010-07-01

    We present preliminary results on gas phase photoionization of electrosprayproduced multiply protonated cytochrome c protein (104 amino acids; ˜12.4 kDa), which has been achieved with a newly developed experimental system for spectroscopy of electrosprayed ions in a linear quadrupole ion trap using a monochromatized vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) synchrotron radiation and tandem mass spectrometry method. The investigation of proteins in the gas phase, where they are free of the influence of counterions and solvent molecules, offer a possibility to understand their intrinsic molecular properties. However, due to limited both ion densities and available number of photons, the use of synchrotron radiation for the trapped ions spectroscopy is a rather challenging task. The feasibility of coupling a Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance ion trap with soft x-ray synchrotron beamline and the first successful use of synchrotron radiation for spectroscopy of electrosprayed negative ions stored in a three-dimensional quadrupole ion trap have been demonstrated only recently (R. Thissen et al., 2008, Phys. Rev. Lett., 100, 223001; A. Giulliani et al., Proc. 57th ASMS Conf., Philadelphia, 2009). The present results are the first reported on photoionization of kDa species in the gas phase and are valuable regarding both a fundamental interest of accessing physical properties of large biological ions isolated in vacuo and potential development of a new technique for proteomics.

  4. On the ionization and dissociative photoionization of iodomethane: a definitive experimental enthalpy of formation of CH3I.

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    Bodi, Andras; Shuman, Nicholas S; Baer, Tomas

    2009-12-14

    The dissociative photoionization onset energy of the CH(3)I --> CH(3)(+) + I reaction was studied at the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) beamline of the Swiss Light Source (SLS) using a new imaging photoelectron photoion coincidence (iPEPICO) apparatus operating with a photon resolution of 2 meV and a threshold electron kinetic energy resolution of about 1 meV. Three previous attempts at establishing this value accurately, namely a pulsed field ionization (PFI)-PEPICO measurement, ab initio calculations and a mass-analyzed threshold ionization (MATI) experiment, in which the onset energy was bracketed by state-selected excitation to vibrationally excited (2)A(1) A states of the parent ion, have yielded contradictory results. It is shown that dimers and adducts formed in the supersonic molecular beam affected the PFI-PEPICO onset energy. The room temperature iPEPICO experiment yields an accurate 0 K onset of 12.248 +/- 0.003 eV, from which we derive a Delta(f)H(o)(298 K)(CH(3)I) = 15.23 +/- 0.3 kJ mol(-1), and the C-I bond energy in CH(3)I is 232.4 +/- 0.4 kJ mol(-1). The room temperature breakdown diagram shows a fine structure that corresponds to the threshold photoelectron spectrum (TPES) of the A state. Low internal energy neutrals seem to be preferentially ionized in the A state when compared with the X state, and A state peaks in the TPES are Stark-shifted as a function of the DC field, whereas the dissociative photoionization of X state ions is not affected. This suggests that there are different competing mechanisms at play to produce ions in the A state vs. ions in the X state. The competition between field ionization and autoionization in CH(3)I is compared with that in Ar, N(2) and in the H-atom loss energy region in CH(4)(+). The binding energies of the neutral and ionic Ar-CH(3)I clusters were found to be 26 and 66 meV, respectively.

  5. Hartree-Fock calculation of the differential photoionization cross sections of small Li clusters

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    Galitskiy, S. A.; Artemyev, A. N.; Jänkälä, K.; Lagutin, B. M.; Demekhin, Ph. V.

    2015-01-21

    Cross sections and angular distribution parameters for the single-photon ionization of all electron orbitals of Li{sub 2−8} are systematically computed in a broad interval of the photoelectron kinetic energies for the energetically most stable geometry of each cluster. Calculations of the partial photoelectron continuum waves in clusters are carried out by the single center method within the Hartree-Fock approximation. We study photoionization cross sections per one electron and analyze in some details general trends in the photoionization of inner and outer shells with respect to the size and geometry of a cluster. The present differential cross sections computed for Li{sub 2} are in a good agreement with the available theoretical data, whereas those computed for Li{sub 3−8} clusters can be considered as theoretical predictions.

  6. Hartree-Fock calculation of the differential photoionization cross sections of small Li clusters.

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    Galitskiy, S A; Artemyev, A N; Jänkälä, K; Lagutin, B M; Demekhin, Ph V

    2015-01-21

    Cross sections and angular distribution parameters for the single-photon ionization of all electron orbitals of Li2-8 are systematically computed in a broad interval of the photoelectron kinetic energies for the energetically most stable geometry of each cluster. Calculations of the partial photoelectron continuum waves in clusters are carried out by the single center method within the Hartree-Fock approximation. We study photoionization cross sections per one electron and analyze in some details general trends in the photoionization of inner and outer shells with respect to the size and geometry of a cluster. The present differential cross sections computed for Li2 are in a good agreement with the available theoretical data, whereas those computed for Li3-8 clusters can be considered as theoretical predictions.

  7. Ultrafast Dynamics in Postcollision Interaction after Multiple Auger Decays in Argon 1s Photoionization

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    Guillemin, R.; Sheinerman, S.; Bomme, C.; Journel, L.; Marin, T.; Marchenko, T.; Kushawaha, R. K.; Trcera, N.; Piancastelli, M. N.; Simon, M.

    2012-07-01

    Argon 1s photoionization followed by multiple Auger decays is investigated both experimentally, by means of photoelectron-ion coincidences, and theoretically. A strong influence of the different Auger decays on the photoelectron spectra is observed through postcollision interaction which shifts the maximum of the energy distribution and distorts the spectral shape. A good agreement between the calculated and measured spectra for selected Arn+ ions (n=1-5) allows one to estimate the widths (lifetimes) of the intermediate states for each specific decay pathway.

  8. 4f photoionization and subsequent Auger decay in atomic Pb: Relativistic effects

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    Patanen, M.; Kantia, T.; Heinaesmaeki, S.; Aksela, S.; Aksela, H.; Urpelainen, S.

    2011-05-15

    High-resolution 4f photoelectron and subsequent Auger-electron spectra have been measured from free Pb atoms using synchrotron radiation. The fine structure of the spectra has been investigated theoretically by calculating the energies and intensities for 4f photoionization and Auger decay processes using the multiconfigurational Dirac-Fock approach. The role of the relativistic effects in the ground and singly and doubly ionized states has been studied on the basis of computed results and their comparison with experiment.

  9. FAST TRACK COMMUNICATION: Confinement resonances in the photoionization of endohedral atoms: myth or reality?

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    Korol, A. V.; Solov'yov, A. V.

    2010-10-01

    We demonstrate that the structure of confinement resonances in the photoionization cross section of an endohedral atom is very sensitive to the mean displacement langarang of the atom from the cage centre. The resonances are strongly suppressed if 2langarang exceeds the photoelectron half-wavelength. We explain the results of recent experiments which contradict the earlier theoretical predictions on the existence of confinement resonances in particular endohedral systems.

  10. Photoionization cross sections for atomic chlorine using an open-shell random phase approximation

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    Starace, A. F.; Armstrong, L., Jr.

    1975-01-01

    The use of the Random Phase Approximation with Exchange (RPAE) for calculating partial and total photoionization cross sections and photoelectron angular distributions for open shell atoms is examined for atomic chlorine. Whereas the RPAE corrections in argon (Z=18) are large, it is found that those in chlorine (Z=17) are much smaller due to geometric factors. Hartree-Fock calculations with and without core relaxation are also presented. Sizable deviations from the close coupling results of Conneely are also found.

  11. Valence photoionization and resonant Auger decay of Sb{sub 4} clusters at resonances below the 4d ionization threshold

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    Urpelainen, S.; Niskanen, J.; Kettunen, J. A.; Huttula, M.; Aksela, H.

    2011-01-15

    The valence photoionization and resonant Auger decay at 4d resonances below the 4d ionization threshold in Sb{sub 4} clusters have been studied experimentally by means of photoelectron spectroscopy. The 4d absorption spectrum in the photon energy region from 30 to 36 eV has been recorded using the constant ionic state (CIS) partial electron yield (PEY), and the CIS spectra for various ionic states are presented. The photoelectron spectra at various resonant positions are recorded, and the results and their interpretation are presented. The findings provide experimental proof of the previous assignment of the various structures of the inner valence photoelectron spectrum.

  12. VUV photoionization of gas phase adenine and cytosine: A comparison between oven and aerosol vaporization

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    Touboul, D.; Gaie-Levrel, F.; Garcia, G. A.; Nahon, L.; Poisson, L.; Schwell, M.; Hochlaf, M.

    2013-03-01

    We studied the single photon ionization of gas phase adenine and cytosine by means of vacuum ultraviolet synchrotron radiation coupled to a velocity map imaging electron/ion coincidence spectrometer. Both in-vacuum temperature-controlled oven and aerosol thermodesorption were successfully applied to promote the intact neutral biological species into the gas phase. The photoion yields are consistent with previous measurements. In addition, we deduced the threshold photoelectron spectra and the slow photoelectron spectra for both species, where the close to zero kinetic energy photoelectrons and the corresponding photoions are measured in coincidence. The photoionization close and above the ionization energies are found to occur mainly via direct processes. Both vaporization techniques lead to similar electronic spectra for the two molecules, which consist of broadbands due to the complex electronic structure of the cationic species and to the possible contribution of several neutral tautomers for cytosine prior to ionization. Accurate ionization energies are measured for adenine and cytosine at, respectively, 8.267 ± 0.005 eV and 8.66 ± 0.01 eV, and we deduce precise thermochemical data for the adenine radical cation. Finally, we performed an evaluation and a comparison of the two vaporization techniques addressing the following criteria: measurement precision, thermal fragmentation, sensitivity, and sample consumption. The aerosol thermodesorption technique appears as a promising alternative to vaporize large thermolabile biological compounds, where extended thermal decomposition or low sensitivity could be encountered when using a simple oven vaporization technique.

  13. Identification of photoelectron energy peaks in Saturn's inner neutral torus

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    Schippers, P.; André, N.; Johnson, R. E.; Blanc, M.; Dandouras, I.; Coates, A. J.; Krimigis, S. M.; Young, D. T.

    2009-12-01

    We present observations from the Cassini Plasma Electron Spectrometer (CAPS/ELS) of characteristic peaks in the electron energy spectrum that are identified in the innermost regions of the Saturnian magnetosphere during low-latitude orbits of the Cassini spacecraft around Saturn. We show how a narrow electron energy peak at about 20 eV and a possible peak at about 42 eV can be extracted from the background in CAPS observations after the contamination from high-energy particles has been removed from the measurements. We estimate the density of the newly discovered electron population to be a small fraction (10%) of the electron density measured in the CAPS/ELS energy range, and a much smaller fraction (about 1%) of the total electron density measured by Radio and Plasma Wave Science since our measurements are affected by spacecraft negative potential. We suggest that this population corresponds to photoelectrons generated by the solar EUV photoionization of the extended cloud of neutral gas observed in these regions. We use pitch angle information to assess the near-equatorial source of these photoelectrons and a simple model of chemistry in order to further support our interpretation. Therefore, photoionization seems to be an additional process for plasma production in the innermost Saturnian magnetosphere. Finally, we mention that the comparison of the modeled and the observed photoelectron peak energies could be used to estimate the spacecraft potential in this region which is measured independently by the Langmuir Probe.

  14. Double momentum spectrometer for ion-electron vector correlations in dissociative photoionization

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    Bomme, C.; Guillemin, R.; Marin, T.; Journel, L.; Marchenko, T.; Pilette, B.; Avila, A.; Ringuenet, H.; Kushawaha, R. K.; Simon, M.; Dowek, D.; Trcera, N.

    2013-10-15

    We have developed a new momentum spectrometer dedicated to momentum vector correlations in the context of deep core photoionization of atomic and molecular species in the gas phase. In this article, we describe the design and operation of the experimental setup. The capabilities of the apparatus are illustrated with a set of measurements done on the sulphur core 1s photoionization of gas-phase CS{sub 2}.

  15. Double momentum spectrometer for ion-electron vector correlations in dissociative photoionization

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    Bomme, C.; Guillemin, R.; Marin, T.; Journel, L.; Marchenko, T.; Dowek, D.; Trcera, N.; Pilette, B.; Avila, A.; Ringuenet, H.; Kushawaha, R. K.; Simon, M.

    2013-10-01

    We have developed a new momentum spectrometer dedicated to momentum vector correlations in the context of deep core photoionization of atomic and molecular species in the gas phase. In this article, we describe the design and operation of the experimental setup. The capabilities of the apparatus are illustrated with a set of measurements done on the sulphur core 1s photoionization of gas-phase CS2.

  16. Photoion rotational distributions from near-threshold to deep in the continuum

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    Poliakoff, E. D.; Choi, Heung Cheun; Rao, R. M.; Mihill, A. G.; Kakar, Sandeep; Wang, Kwanghsi; McKoy, V.

    1995-08-01

    We present the first measurements of ion rotational distributions for photoionization over an extended range [0≤EK≤200 eV for N2 (2σ-1u) and 3≤EK≤125 eV for CO (4σ-1)]. The N2 ion rotational distributions are seen to change dramatically over this energy range, indicating that characteristically molecular behavior of the photoelectron persists far from ionization threshold. In addition, the N2 and CO results show a strikingly different dependence on energy. Although differences are expected due to the absence of a center of symmetry in CO, detailed calculations reveal that this behavior arises from the presence of Cooper minima in the 2σu→kσg continuum in the case of N2 and from an f-wave shape resonance in the 4σ→kσ channel in CO. Agreement between measured and calculated ion rotational distributions is excellent. The N2 results are also compared with electron bombardment ionization data. This comparison demonstrates that previous interpretations of electron bombardment data are prone to errors.

  17. Double photoionization of tropone and cyclooctatetraene

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    Hartman, Tim; Wehlitz, Ralf

    2017-05-01

    We have studied the double-photoionization process of tropone (C7H6O) and cyclooctatetraene (C8H8) as a function of photon energy using monochromatized synchrotron radiation between 18 and 270 eV. We compare our results with previously published data for partially deuterated benzene (C6H3D3), which exhibits three distinct features in the ratio of doubly to singly charged parent ions, whereas pyrrole (C4H4N) exhibits only two of these features. The question that we address in this paper is how molecules with different molecular structures (pentagonal, hexagonal, heptagonal, and octagonal carbon rings) affect the photon-energy dependence of this ratio.

  18. Photoionization in Collision Complexes

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    1991-12-01

    neutrals were determined, kinetic energy distributions of fragment ions were measured, and the first reported analysis of clusters in a ternary...number densities of the neutrals can be determined. (7) Analysis of clusters in a ternary molecular beam has been carried out for the first time. (8...32 17 Energy Diagram for Neutral and Ionic Species in the CF3Br System 34 x LIST OF FIGURES (CONTINUED) Figure Title Page 18 Detailed Mass Spectra of 1

  19. Graphene Membranes for Atmospheric Pressure Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

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    Weatherup, Robert S; Eren, Baran; Hao, Yibo; Bluhm, Hendrik; Salmeron, Miquel B

    2016-05-05

    Atmospheric pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is demonstrated using single-layer graphene membranes as photoelectron-transparent barriers that sustain pressure differences in excess of 6 orders of magnitude. The graphene serves as a support for catalyst nanoparticles under atmospheric pressure reaction conditions (up to 1.5 bar), where XPS allows the oxidation state of Cu nanoparticles and gas phase species to be simultaneously probed. We thereby observe that the Cu(2+) oxidation state is stable in O2 (1 bar) but is spontaneously reduced under vacuum. We further demonstrate the detection of various gas-phase species (Ar, CO, CO2, N2, O2) in the pressure range 10-1500 mbar including species with low photoionization cross sections (He, H2). Pressure-dependent changes in the apparent binding energies of gas-phase species are observed, attributable to changes in work function of the metal-coated grids supporting the graphene. We expect atmospheric pressure XPS based on this graphene membrane approach to be a valuable tool for studying nanoparticle catalysis.

  20. Synchrotron-based valence shell photoionization of CH radical.

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    Gans, B; Holzmeier, F; Krüger, J; Falvo, C; Röder, A; Lopes, A; Garcia, G A; Fittschen, C; Loison, J-C; Alcaraz, C

    2016-05-28

    We report the first experimental observations of X(+) (1)Σ(+)←X (2)Π and a(+) (3)Π←X (2)Π single-photon ionization transitions of the CH radical performed on the DESIRS beamline at the SOLEIL synchrotron facility. The radical was produced by successive hydrogen-atom abstractions on methane by fluorine atoms in a continuous microwave discharge flow tube. Mass-selected ion yields and photoelectron spectra were recorded as a function of photon energy using a double imaging photoelectron/photoion coincidence spectrometer. The ion yield appears to be strongly affected by vibrational and electronic autoionizations, which allow the observation of high Rydberg states of the neutral species. The photoelectron spectra enable the first direct determinations of the adiabatic ionization potential and the energy of the first triplet state of the cation with respect to its singlet ground state. This work also brings valuable information on the complex electronic structure of the CH radical and its cation and adds new observations to complement our understanding of Rydberg states and autoionization processes.

  1. Synchrotron-based valence shell photoionization of CH radical

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    Gans, B.; Holzmeier, F.; Krüger, J.; Falvo, C.; Röder, A.; Lopes, A.; Garcia, G. A.; Fittschen, C.; Loison, J.-C.; Alcaraz, C.

    2016-05-01

    We report the first experimental observations of X+ 1Σ+←X 2Π and a+ 3Π←X 2Π single-photon ionization transitions of the CH radical performed on the DESIRS beamline at the SOLEIL synchrotron facility. The radical was produced by successive hydrogen-atom abstractions on methane by fluorine atoms in a continuous microwave discharge flow tube. Mass-selected ion yields and photoelectron spectra were recorded as a function of photon energy using a double imaging photoelectron/photoion coincidence spectrometer. The ion yield appears to be strongly affected by vibrational and electronic autoionizations, which allow the observation of high Rydberg states of the neutral species. The photoelectron spectra enable the first direct determinations of the adiabatic ionization potential and the energy of the first triplet state of the cation with respect to its singlet ground state. This work also brings valuable information on the complex electronic structure of the CH radical and its cation and adds new observations to complement our understanding of Rydberg states and autoionization processes.

  2. Comparing Laser Desorption Ionization and Atmospheric Pressure Photoionization Coupled to Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry To Characterize Shale Oils at the Molecular Level

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    Cho, Yunjo; Jin, Jang Mi; Witt, Matthias; Birdwell, Justin E.; Na, Jeong-Geol; Roh, Nam-Sun; Kim, Sunghwan

    2013-01-01

    Laser desorption ionization (LDI) coupled to Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR MS) was used to analyze shale oils. Previous work showed that LDI is a sensitive ionization technique for assessing aromatic nitrogen compounds, and oils generated from Green River Formation oil shales are well-documented as being rich in nitrogen. The data presented here demonstrate that LDI is effective in ionizing high-double-bond-equivalent (DBE) compounds and, therefore, is a suitable method for characterizing compounds with condensed structures. Additionally, LDI generates radical cations and protonated ions concurrently, the distribution of which depends upon the molecular structures and elemental compositions, and the basicity of compounds is closely related to the generation of protonated ions. This study demonstrates that LDI FT-ICR MS is an effective ionization technique for use in the study of shale oils at the molecular level. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that LDI FT-ICR MS has been applied to shale oils.

  3. A discharge flow-photoionization mass spectrometric study of the FO(X 2 Pi i) radical. Photoionization efficiency spectrum and ionization energy

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    Zhang, Zhengyu; Kuo, Szu-Cherng; Klemm, R. Bruce; Monks, Paul S.; Stief, Louis J.

    1994-01-01

    Photoionization efficiency spectra of FO were measured over the wavelength range 80.0-100.0 nm and in the ionization threshold region, 94.0-100.0 nm, using a discharge flow-photoionization mass spectrometer apparatus coupled to a synchrotron radiation source. FO was generated by the reaction of F2P atoms with NO3 and via a F2O2 discharge. A value of 12.78 +/- 0.03 eV was obtained for the adiabatic ionization energy of FO from photoion thresholds which corresponds to FO(+)(X 3 Sigma -) from FO(X 2 Pi i). These results, which are the first to be obtained by direct Photo-ionization mass spectrometry (PIMS) measurements, corroborate those of a photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) study; however, the ionization energy determined here is free from interferences due to other species which complicated the PES measurement. A value of 109.5 +/- 8.0 kJ/mol for Delta f H 0 298(FO) is computed from the present value of IE(FO) and a previous appearance energy measurement, and a value for the proton affinity of FO is calculated to be 511.5 +/- 10.0 kJ/mol.

  4. A discharge flow-photoionization mass spectrometric study of the FO(X 2 Pi i) radical. Photoionization efficiency spectrum and ionization energy

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    Zhang, Zhengyu; Kuo, Szu-Cherng; Klemm, R. Bruce; Monks, Paul S.; Stief, Louis J.

    1994-01-01

    Photoionization efficiency spectra of FO were measured over the wavelength range 80.0-100.0 nm and in the ionization threshold region, 94.0-100.0 nm, using a discharge flow-photoionization mass spectrometer apparatus coupled to a synchrotron radiation source. FO was generated by the reaction of F2P atoms with NO3 and via a F2O2 discharge. A value of 12.78 +/- 0.03 eV was obtained for the adiabatic ionization energy of FO from photoion thresholds which corresponds to FO(+)(X 3 Sigma -) from FO(X 2 Pi i). These results, which are the first to be obtained by direct Photo-ionization mass spectrometry (PIMS) measurements, corroborate those of a photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) study; however, the ionization energy determined here is free from interferences due to other species which complicated the PES measurement. A value of 109.5 +/- 8.0 kJ/mol for Delta f H 0 298(FO) is computed from the present value of IE(FO) and a previous appearance energy measurement, and a value for the proton affinity of FO is calculated to be 511.5 +/- 10.0 kJ/mol.

  5. Photoionization of the cerium isonuclear sequence and cerium endohedral fullerene

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    Habibi, Mustapha

    This dissertation presents an experimental photoionization study of the cerium isonuclear sequence ions in the energy range of the 4d inner-shell giant resonance. In addition, single and double photoionization and photofragmentation cross sections of the cerium endohedral ion Ce C+82 were also measured and studied in the 4d excitation-ionization energy range of cerium. Relative and absolute cross-section measurements were performed at undulator beamline 10.0.1 of the Advanced Light Source (ALS) for nine parent cerium ions: Ce+ - Ce9+. Double-to-single ionization cross-section ratios were measured for photoionization of the endohedral Ce C+82 and empty fullerene C C+82 molecular ions. The merged ion and photon beams technique was used to conduct the experiments. Multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock calculations were performed as an aid to interpret the experimental data. Four Rydberg series for 4d → nf (n ≥ 4) and 4d → np (n ≥ 6) autoionizing excitations were assigned using the quantum defect theory for the Ce3+ photoionization cross section. The experimental data show the collapse of the nf wavefunctions (n ≥ 4) with increasing ionization stage as outer-shell electrons are stripped from the parent ion. The nf orbital collapse occurs partially for Ce2+ and Ce3+ ion and completely for Ce4+, where these wavefunctions penetrate the core region of the ion. A strong contribution to the total oscillator strength was observed in the double and triple photoionization channels for low charge states (Ce +, Ce2+, and Ce3+), whereas most of the 4d excitations of the higher charge states decay by ejection of one electron.

  6. High-resolution pulsed-field ionization photoelectron spectroscopy using multi-bunch synchrotron radiation

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    Hsu, C.W.; Evans, M.; Ng, C.Y.; Heimann, P.

    1997-04-01

    BL9.0.2.2 is the newly constructed experimental End Station 2 at the Chemical Dynamics Beamline 9.0.2 of the Advanced Light Source (ALS). It is dedicated to the high resolution photoionization study of molecules of interest to atmospheric and combustion chemistry. This End Station is equipped with a high resolution scanning monochromator, which has been demonstrated to have a world record resolution of E/{delta}E=70,000. Taking the advantage of the high resolution ALS light, the authors have improved the energy resolution in threshold photoelectron spectroscopy (TPES) to 0.8 meV. The TPES is a popular technique for photoionization experiments at all synchrotron radiation facilities due to its high energy resolution as compared to that of traditional photoelectron spectroscopy (PES). TPES achieves higher energy resolution by preferentially detecting near zero kinetic energy photoelectrons resulting from threshold photoionization. However, the spectra obtained from the TPES technique generally are complicated by the simultaneous detection of electrons with nonzero kinetic energy, which are not fully discriminated against. On the other hand, the spectra obtained from pulsed field ionization photoelectron spectroscopy (PFI-PES) are completely free of the contamination from kinetic electrons. The PFI-PE technique basically involves the detection of the photoelectrons from field ionization of the very high-n Rydberg states, a few cm{sup {minus}1} below the ionization energy (IE), by applying a delayed pulsed electric field. Within a delay of a few microseconds, all the prompt electrons formed from direct ionization will escape from the photoionization region and will not be collected. The authors have recently overcome problems with energy resolution of an electron time-of-flight technique, and incorporated the PFI-PE technique with multi-bunch VUV synchrotron radiation.

  7. Valence and inner-valence shell dissociative photoionization of CO in the 26-33 eV range. I. Ion-electron kinetic energy correlation and laboratory frame photoemission

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    Lebech, M.; Houver, J. C.; Dowek, D.

    2009-05-01

    The (VA +, Ve, ê) vector correlation method, combining imaging and time-of-flight resolved electron-ion coincidence techniques, is used to probe dissociative photoionization (DPI) of CO induced by vacuum ultra violet linearly or circularly polarized synchrotron radiation in the 26-33 eV photon excitation energy range. It provides original information about both the photoionization dynamics of the CO molecule and the dissociation dynamics of the CO+ molecular ions. The explored region corresponds to valence and inner-valence CO+ ionic states, which involve doubly or multiply excited electronic configurations. In this paper I we identify up to 17 DPI reaction pathways by the position of the intermediate CO+ molecular states in the Franck-Condon region and the (C++O) or (O++C) dissociation limits to which they correlate. For these processes we report the laboratory frame βC+/O+ and βe asymmetry parameters as well as the relative branching ratios in selected binding energy bands. The I(χ,θe,φe) molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions for selected PI processes will be reported in a companion paper II and compared with multichannel Schwinger configuration interaction ab initio calculations of these observables.

  8. Compact, Integrated Photoelectron Linacs

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    Yu, David

    2000-12-01

    The innovative compact high energy iniector which has been developed by DULY Research Inc., will have wide scientific industrial and medical applications. The new photoelectron injector integrates the photocathode directly into a multicell linear accelerator with no drift space between the injector and the linac. By focusing the beam with solenoid or permanent magnets, and producing high current with low emittance, extremely high brightness is achieved. In addition to providing a small footprint and improved beam quality in an integrated structure, the compact system considerably simplifies external subsystems required to operate the photoelectron linac, including rf power transport, beam focusing, vacuum and cooling. The photoelectron linac employs an innovative Plane-Wave-Transformer (PWT) design, which provides strong cell-to-cell coupling, relaxes manufacturing tolerance and facilitates the attachment of external ports to the compact structure with minimal field interference. DULY Research Inc. under the support of the DOE Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, has developed, constructed and installed a 20-MeV, S-band compact electron source at UCLA. DULY Research is also presently engaged in the development of an X-band photoelectron linear accelerator in another SBIR project. The higher frequency structure when completed will be approximately three times smaller, and capable of a beam brightness ten times higher than the S-band structure.

  9. Tabletop Femtosecond VUV Photoionization and PEPICO Detection of Microreactor Pyrolysis Products

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    Couch, David E.; Buckingham, Grant T.; Baraban, Joshua H.; ...

    2017-06-29

    Here, we report the combination of tabletop vacuum ultraviolet photoionization with photoion--photoelectron coincidence spectroscopy for sensitive, isomer-specific detection of nascent products from a pyrolysis microreactor. Results on several molecules demonstrate two essential capabilities that are very straightforward to implement: the ability to differentiate isomers, and to distinguish thermal products from dissociative ionization. We derive vacuum ultraviolet light is from a commercial tabletop femtosecond laser system, allowing data to be collected at 10 kHz; this high repetition rate is critical for coincidence techniques. The photoion—photoelectron coincidence spectrometer uses the momentum of the ion to identify dissociative ionization events, and coincidence techniquesmore » to provide a photoelectron spectrum specific to each mass, which is used to distinguish different isomers. We also have used this spectrometer to detect the pyrolysis products that result from the thermal cracking of acetaldehyde, cyclohexene, and 2-butanol. The photoion—photoelectron spectrometer can detect and identify organic radicals and reactive intermediates that result from pyrolysis. Direct comparison of laboratory and synchrotron data illustrate the advantages and potential of this approach.« less

  10. VUV photodynamics and chiral asymmetry in the photoionization of gas phase alanine enantiomers.

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    Tia, Maurice; Cunha de Miranda, Barbara; Daly, Steven; Gaie-Levrel, François; Garcia, Gustavo A; Nahon, Laurent; Powis, Ivan

    2014-04-17

    The valence shell photoionization of the simplest proteinaceous chiral amino acid, alanine, is investigated over the vacuum ultraviolet region from its ionization threshold up to 18 eV. Tunable and variable polarization synchrotron radiation was coupled to a double imaging photoelectron/photoion coincidence (i(2)PEPICO) spectrometer to produce mass-selected threshold photoelectron spectra and derive the state-selected fragmentation channels. The photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD), an orbital-sensitive, conformer-dependent chiroptical effect, was also recorded at various photon energies and compared to continuum multiple scattering calculations. Two complementary vaporization methods-aerosol thermodesorption and a resistively heated sample oven coupled to an adiabatic expansion-were applied to promote pure enantiomers of alanine into the gas phase, yielding neutral alanine with different internal energy distributions. A comparison of the photoelectron spectroscopy, fragmentation, and dichroism measured for each of the vaporization methods was rationalized in terms of internal energy and conformer populations and supported by theoretical calculations. The analytical potential of the so-called PECD-PICO detection technique-where the electron spectroscopy and circular dichroism can be obtained as a function of mass and ion translational energy-is underlined and applied to characterize the origin of the various species found in the experimental mass spectra. Finally, the PECD findings are discussed within an astrochemical context, and possible implications regarding the origin of biomolecular asymmetry are identified.

  11. Ionospheric photoelectrons: Comparing Venus, Earth, Mars and Titan

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    Coates, A. J.; Tsang, S. M. E.; Wellbrock, A.; Frahm, R. A.; Winningham, J. D.; Barabash, S.; Lundin, R.; Young, D. T.; Crary, F. J.

    2011-08-01

    The sunlit portion of planetary ionospheres is sustained by photoionization. This was first confirmed using measurements and modelling at Earth, but recently the Mars Express, Venus Express and Cassini-Huygens missions have revealed the importance of this process at Mars, Venus and Titan, respectively. The primary neutral atmospheric constituents involved (O and CO 2 in the case of Venus and Mars, O and N 2 in the case of Earth and N 2 in the case of Titan) are ionized at each object by EUV solar photons. This process produces photoelectrons with particular spectral characteristics. The electron spectrometers on Venus Express and Mars Express (part of ASPERA-3 and 4, respectively) were designed with excellent energy resolution (Δ E/ E=8%) specifically in order to examine the photoelectron spectrum. In addition, the Cassini CAPS electron spectrometer at Saturn also has adequate resolution (Δ E/ E=16.7%) to study this population at Titan. At Earth, photoelectrons are well established by in situ measurements, and are even seen in the magnetosphere at up to 7 RE. At Mars, photoelectrons are seen in situ in the ionosphere, but also in the tail at distances out to the Mars Express apoapsis (˜3 RM). At both Venus and Titan, photoelectrons are seen in situ in the ionosphere and in the tail (at up to 1.45 RV and 6.8 RT, respectively). Here, we compare photoelectron measurements at Earth, Venus, Mars and Titan, and in particular show examples of their observation at remote locations from their production point in the dayside ionosphere. This process is found to be common between magnetized and unmagnetized objects. We discuss the role of photoelectrons as tracers of the magnetic connection to the dayside ionosphere, and their possible role in enhancing ion escape.

  12. Circular dichroism in valence photoelectron spectroscopy of free unoriented chiral molecules: Camphor and bromocamphor

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    Lischke, T.; Boewering, N.; Schmidtke, B.; Mueller, N.; Khalil, T.; Heinzmann, U.

    2004-08-01

    The circular dichroism in the photoelectron angular distribution was investigated for valence photoionization of randomly oriented pure enantiomers of camphor and bromocamphor molecules using circularly polarized light in the vacuum ultraviolet. The forward-backward electron emission spectra were recorded simultaneously with two spectrometers at several opposite angles relative to the propagation direction of the photon beam and compared for each of the two substances. Measurements were also carried out for reversed light helicity and opposite molecular handedness. For the left- and right-handed enantiomers of both molecules we observed asymmetries of comparable magnitude up to several percent. The measured asymmetry parameters vary strongly for different orbital binding energies and also for the selected photon energies in the valence region. The results for both molecules are compared. They suggest a strong influence of the final states on the asymmetry, depending on the chiral geometry of the molecular electronic structure, as well as a significant dependence on the initial states involved. They also confirm theoretical predictions describing the effect in pure electric-dipole approximation.

  13. Tunable wavelength soft photoionization of ionic liquid vapors

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    Strasser, Daniel; Goulay, Fabien; Belau, Leonid; Kostko, Oleg; Koh, Christine; Chambreau, Steven D.; Vaghjiani, Ghanshyam L.; Ahmed, Musahid; Leone, Stephen R.

    2009-11-11

    Combined data of photoelectron spectra and photoionization efficiency curves in the near threshold ionization region of isolated ion-pairs from [emim][Tf2N], [emim][Pf2N]and [dmpim][Tf2N]ionic liquid vapors reveal small shifts in the ionization energies of ion-pair systems due to cation and anion substitutions. Shifts towards higher binding energy following anion substitution are attributed to increased electronegativity of the anion itself, while shifts towards lower binding energies following cation substitution are attributed to an increase in the cation-anion distance that causes a lower Coulombic binding potential. The predominant ionization mechanism in the near threshold photon energy region is identified as dissociative ionization, involving dissociation of the ion-pair and the production of intact cations as the positively charged products.

  14. Photoionization and photoelectric loading of barium ion traps

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    Steele, A. V.; Churchill, L. R.; Griffin, P. F.; Chapman, M. S.

    2007-05-15

    Simple and effective techniques for loading barium ions into linear Paul traps are demonstrated. Two-step photoionization of neutral barium is achieved using a weak intercombination line (6s{sup 2} {sup 1}S{sub 0}{r_reversible}6s6p {sup 3}P{sub 1}, {lambda}=791 nm) followed by excitation above the ionization threshold using a nitrogen gas laser ({lambda}=337 nm). Isotopic selectivity is achieved by using a near Doppler-free geometry for excitation of the triplet 6s6p {sup 3}P{sub 1} state. Additionally, we report a particularly simple and efficient trap loading technique that employs an inexpensive uv epoxy curing lamp to generate photoelectrons.

  15. Photoionization dynamics of pure helium droplets: exciton formation vs autoionization

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    Kornilov, Oleg; Gessner, Oliver; Buennermann, Oliver; Wang, Chia; Leone, Steve; Neumark, Daniel

    2010-03-01

    ^4He droplets possess unique properties. In addition to fundamental quantum effects of superfluidity the droplets show ability to efficiently pick-up foreign atoms, molecules and complexes, which is used in a number of matrix isolation spectroscopies in energy domain. Complementary to these studies, novel time-domain experiments will be presented emphasizing dynamics of photoionization of pure helium droplets. The experiments follow up on a recent observation of ultraslow (E<1 meV) photoelectrons emitted from droplets upon ionization by synchrotron radiation. The dynamics of photoionization is studied by exciting droplets with a pulsed VUV radiation generated using the high-order harmonic generation technique. The droplets subsequently interact with an IR pulse, which probes transient electronic states before droplet autoionization. Femtosecond and picosecond relaxation dynamics and competition between droplet ionization and formation of a long-lived excited state are observed. Probe pulse leads to droplet ``re-excitation'' and production of even more ultraslow electrons. The results will be extended to doped droplets anticipating indirect dopant ionization dynamics.

  16. What can we Learn on Gas Phase Chiral Compounds by Photoelectron Circular Dichroism ?

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    Nahon, Laurent

    2017-06-01

    Since 15 years, a new type of chiroptical effect has been the subject of a large array of both theoretical and experimental studies: Photoelectron Circular Dichroism (PECD) in the angular distribution of photoelectrons produced by CPL-ionization of pure enantiomers in the gas phase observed as a very intense (up to 35 %) forward/backward asymmetry with respect to the photon axis and which reveals the chirality of the molecule (configuration). PECD happens to be an orbital-specific, photon energy dependent effect and is a very subtle probe of the molecular potential being very sensitive to static molecular structures such as conformers, chemical substitution, clusters, as well as to vibrational motion, much more so than other observables in photoionization such as the cross section or the β asymmetry parameter (for a recent review see L. Nahon, G. A. Garcia, and I. Powis, J. Elec. Spec. Rel. Phen. 204, 322 (2015)). Therefore PECD studies have both a fundamental interest as well and analytical interest, especially since chiral species are ubiquitous in the biosphere, food and medical industry. This last aspect is probably the driving force for the recent extension of PECD studies by the laser community using UV REMPI schemes. After a large introduction to the PECD process itself, and a description of our double imaging electron/ion coincidence set-up, several recent results on one-photon VUV PECD will be presented, including: - Sensitivity to chemical substitutions, isomerism and conformation - Case of floppy biomolecules such as amino acids alanine and proline with a conformer analysis and possible consequences for the origin of life's homochirality - Analytical capabilities in terms of enantiomeric excess determination on a pure molecule as well as on a mixture of compounds. Future trends for PECD studies will be given regarding the case of more complex/structured chiral systems as well as opportunities for time-resolved PECD opened by the recent first performance

  17. IONIS: Approximate atomic photoionization intensities

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    Heinäsmäki, Sami

    2012-02-01

    A program to compute relative atomic photoionization cross sections is presented. The code applies the output of the multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock method for atoms in the single active electron scheme, by computing the overlap of the bound electron states in the initial and final states. The contribution from the single-particle ionization matrix elements is assumed to be the same for each final state. This method gives rather accurate relative ionization probabilities provided the single-electron ionization matrix elements do not depend strongly on energy in the region considered. The method is especially suited for open shell atoms where electronic correlation in the ionic states is large. Program summaryProgram title: IONIS Catalogue identifier: AEKK_v1_0 Program summary URL:http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/summaries/AEKK_v1_0.html Program obtainable from: CPC Program Library, Queen's University, Belfast, N. Ireland Licensing provisions: Standard CPC licence, http://cpc.cs.qub.ac.uk/licence/licence.html No. of lines in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 1149 No. of bytes in distributed program, including test data, etc.: 12 877 Distribution format: tar.gz Programming language: Fortran 95 Computer: Workstations Operating system: GNU/Linux, Unix Classification: 2.2, 2.5 Nature of problem: Photoionization intensities for atoms. Solution method: The code applies the output of the multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock codes Grasp92 [1] or Grasp2K [2], to compute approximate photoionization intensities. The intensity is computed within the one-electron transition approximation and by assuming that the sum of the single-particle ionization probabilities is the same for all final ionic states. Restrictions: The program gives nonzero intensities for those transitions where only one electron is removed from the initial configuration(s). Shake-type many-electron transitions are not computed. The ionized shell must be closed in the initial state. Running time: Few seconds for a

  18. Biomedical applications of laser photoionization

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    Xiong, Xiaoxiong; Moore, Larry J.; Fassett, John R.; O'Haver, Thomas C.

    1991-07-01

    Trace elements are important for many essential metabolic functions. Zinc is a structural/functional component in more than 200 enzymes active in the biochemistry of cell division and tissue growth, neurology and endocrine control. Calcium is involved in intracellular control mechanisms and in skeletal bone building and resorption processes related to osteoporosis. Sensitive and selective laser photoionization is being developed to understand mechanisms in smaller samples and biological units approaching the cellular domain. Zinc has an ionization potential of 9.4 eV, or 75766.8 cm-1. Several processes are being explored, including two-photon resonant, three- photon ionization utilizing sequential UV transitions, e.g., 4s2 1S0 yields 4s4p 3P1 and 4s4p 3P1 yields 4s5d 3D1. Preliminary zinc stable isotope ratio data obtained by thermal atomization and laser photoionization agree with accepted values within 2 to 5%, except for anomalous 67Zn. Photoionization of calcium is being studied for isotope enrichment and ratio measurement using narrow and medium bandwidth lasers. Several ionization pathways, e.g., 4s2 1S0 - 2hv1 yields 4s10s - hv2 yields Ca+ (4s2S), are being investigated for isotopically selective ionization. Auto-ionization pathways are explored for greater efficiency in isotopic analysis. All studies have utilized a Nd:YAG- pumped laser system with one or two frequency-doubled tunable dye lasers coupled either to a magnetic sector or time-of-flight mass spectrometer.

  19. Photoionization of methanol and formaldehyde

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    Warneck, P.

    1971-01-01

    Photoions produced in methanol and formaldehyde by radiation in the spectral region 450-1150 A were analyzed mass spectrometrically, and their relative yields were determined as a function of wavelength. First ionization potentials were determined, and the ion yield curves were interpreted in terms of ionization processes in conjunction with other data. Fragment ions were detected on mass numbers of 31, 30, 29, 15, and 14 for methanol, and 29, 2, and 1 for formaldehyde. The associated appearance potentials were determined and were used to calculate heats of formation of the ions CH2OH(+) and HCO(+), and the radicals CH3, CH2, and HCO.

  20. Photoionization Efficiencies of Five Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons.

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    Johansson, K Olof; Campbell, Matthew F; Elvati, Paolo; Schrader, Paul E; Zádor, Judit; Richards-Henderson, Nicole K; Wilson, Kevin R; Violi, Angela; Michelsen, Hope A

    2017-06-15

    We have measured photoionization-efficiency curves for pyrene, fluoranthene, chrysene, perylene, and coronene in the photon energy range of 7.5-10.2 eV and derived their photoionization cross-section curves in this energy range. All measurements were performed using tunable vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation generated at the Advanced Light Source synchrotron at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The VUV radiation was used for photoionization, and detection was performed using a time-of-flight mass spectrometer. We measured the photoionization efficiency of 2,5-dimethylfuran simultaneously with those of pyrene, fluoranthene, chrysene, perylene, and coronene to obtain references of the photon flux during each measurement from the known photoionization cross-section curve of 2,5-dimethylfuran.

  1. Photoionization Efficiencies of Five Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons

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    Johansson, K. Olof; Campbell, Matthew F.; Elvati, Paolo; ...

    2017-05-18

    We have measured photoionization-efficiency curves for pyrene, fluoranthene, chrysene, perylene, and coronene in the photon energy range of 7.5-10.2 eV and derived their photoionization cross-section curves in this energy range. All measurements were performed using tunable vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) radiation generated at the Advanced Light Source synchrotron at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The VUV radiation was used for photoionization, and detection was performed using a time-of-flight mass spectrometer. We measured the photoionization efficiency of 2,5-dimethylfuran simultaneously with those of pyrene, fluoranthene, chrysene, perylene, and coronene to obtain references of the photon flux during each measurement from the known photoionization cross-sectionmore » curve of 2,5- dimethylfuran.« less

  2. A novel aerosol mass spectrometric approach - Analysis of the organic molecular signature of PM by coupling of thermal EC/OC-carbon analysis to photo-ionization mass spectrometry

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    Zimmermann, R.; Grabowski, J.; Streibel, T.; Sklorz, M.; Chow, J.

    2012-12-01

    Carbonaceous material in airborne particulate matter (PM) is of increasing interest e.g. due to its adverse health effects and its potential influence on the climate. Its analytical assessment on a molecular level is still very challenging. Hence, analysis of carbonaceous fractions for many studies is often solely carried out by determining sum parameters such as the overall content of organic carbon (OC) and elemental carbon (EC) as well as the total carbon content, TC (sum of OC and EC). The used thermal procedure, however, allows getting additional interesting information: By defining different thermal OC fractions (i.e. temperature steps) also information on the refractory properties of the carbonaceous material is obtained. In this context it is particularly interesting to investigate the release and formation behaviors of the molecular species responsible for the different OC and EC fractions. Thus after initial promising results of pre-studies [1,2] in the current work an EC/OC carbon analyzer (Model DRI 2000) and a homebuilt photo-ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometer (PI-TOFMS) were hyphenated and applied to investigate individual organic compounds especially from the different OC fractions. The carbon analyzer enables the stepwise heating of PM loaded filter samples and provides the sum values of the "carbon" release ("Improve protocol" [2]: OC1 - 120 °C, OC2 - 250°C, OC3 - 450°C OC4 - 550°C). With the on-line coupled PI-TOFMS evolved organic compounds, as released during the thermal program, are detectable in real time. This is possible by MS with soft photo ionization methods (SPI - single photon ionization and REMPI - resonance-enhanced multi photon ionization). Soft ionization suppresses fragmentation upon the ionization step and generates molecular signatures in the MS. The EC/OC-analyzer-PI-TOFMS instrument was applied to several types of PM samples, such as ambient aerosol, emission samples (gasoline/diesel car, wood combustion) or

  3. Photoelectronic Radiology Department

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    Capp, M. P.; Nudelman, Sol; Fisher, Donald; Ovitt, Theron W.; Pond, Gerald D.; Frost, Meryl M.; Roehrig, Hans; Seeger, Joachim; Oimette, Donald

    1981-11-01

    The University of Arizona Department of Radiology first considered establishing a photoelectronic radiology department in 1973. It seemed clear that the technology had progressed far enough for us to investigate the possibility of total film replacement.' Data from the space program in particular indicated at that time that sophisticated television images over 1000 x 1000 lines were approaching the detail seen on the traditional x-ray film. This technology has been known over many years of research and development as "photoelectronic imaging devices (PEID) ."14 However, at that time film replacement was out of the question. What was not out of the question was the consideration of using a subtraction technique, "digital video subtraction angiography." To this end, we, and independently the University of Wisconsin,314 proceeded to develop this technology.5'6 Our intravenous video subtraction images in patients started in our research laboratory in 1977 and in March of 1980 we opened a biplane special procedures room dedicated only to photoelectronic imaging (no film).7'8 Digital video subtraction angiography has been successful and is described in much greater detail in these Proceedings by other authors. Current efforts are under way toward total replacement of film. This is an immense problem, one that will require a much greater sophistication of computers, storage devices, system analysis, and cooperation from both the radiologist and the clinician.9'10 In a theoretical study we converted our 65,000 procedures-per-year department to complete photoelectronic imaging (no film) and estimated that we would save approximately five million dollars over ten years.15 Extrapolating this to the entire United States would result in a conservative estimate of saving one billion dollars per year. Not included in these mathematics are cost-effective savings of the physicians' time and effort.

  4. Dynamics of ultrafast internal conversion processes studied by femtosecond time-delayed photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Cyr, D.R.; Hayden, C.C.

    1995-08-01

    The authors have studied the dynamics of ultrafast internal conversion processes using femtosecond time-resolved photoionization and photoelectron spectroscopy. In hexatriene, following femtosecond pulse excitation at 250 nm, they use time-delayed photoionization to observe the formation and decay of an intermediate species on the subpicosecond time scale. With time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy, the rapid evolution of vibrational excitation in this intermediate is observed, as electronic energy is converted to vibrational energy in the molecule. The photodynamics of cis and trans isomers of hexatriene are compared and found to be surprisingly different on the 2-3 psec time scale. These results are important for understanding the fundamental photochemical processes in linear polyenes, which have served as models for the active chromophores of many biological photosystems.

  5. DISSOCIATIVE PHOTOIONIZATION OF POLYCYCLIC AROMATIC HYDROCARBON MOLECULES CARRYING AN ETHYNYL GROUP

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    Rouillé, G.; Krasnokutski, S. A.; Fulvio, D.; Jäger, C.; Henning, Th.; Garcia, G. A.; Tang, X.-F.; Nahon, L.

    2015-09-10

    The life cycle of the population of interstellar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules depends partly on the photostability of the individual species. We have studied the dissociative photoionization of two ethynyl-substituted PAH species, namely, 9-ethynylphenanthrene and 1-ethynylpyrene. Their adiabatic ionization energy and the appearance energy of fragment ions have been measured with the photoelectron photoion coincidence spectroscopy technique. The adiabatic ionization energy has been found at 7.84 ± 0.02 eV for 9-ethynylphenanthrene and at 7.41 ± 0.02 eV for 1-ethynylpyrene. These values are similar to those determined for the corresponding non-substituted PAH molecules phenanthrene and pyrene. The appearance energy of the fragment ion indicative of the loss of a H atom following photoionization is also similar for either ethynyl-substituted PAH molecule and its non-substituted counterpart. The measurements are used to estimate the critical energy for the loss of a H atom by the PAH cations and the stability of ethynyl-substituted PAH molecules upon photoionization. We conclude that these PAH derivatives are as photostable as the non-substituted species in H i regions. If present in the interstellar medium, they may play an important role in the growth of interstellar PAH molecules.

  6. Dissociative Photoionization of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Molecules Carrying an Ethynyl Group

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    Rouillé, G.; Krasnokutski, S. A.; Fulvio, D.; Jäger, C.; Henning, Th.; Garcia, G. A.; Tang, X.-F.; Nahon, L.

    2015-09-01

    The life cycle of the population of interstellar polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) molecules depends partly on the photostability of the individual species. We have studied the dissociative photoionization of two ethynyl-substituted PAH species, namely, 9-ethynylphenanthrene and 1-ethynylpyrene. Their adiabatic ionization energy and the appearance energy of fragment ions have been measured with the photoelectron photoion coincidence spectroscopy technique. The adiabatic ionization energy has been found at 7.84 ± 0.02 eV for 9-ethynylphenanthrene and at 7.41 ± 0.02 eV for 1-ethynylpyrene. These values are similar to those determined for the corresponding non-substituted PAH molecules phenanthrene and pyrene. The appearance energy of the fragment ion indicative of the loss of a H atom following photoionization is also similar for either ethynyl-substituted PAH molecule and its non-substituted counterpart. The measurements are used to estimate the critical energy for the loss of a H atom by the PAH cations and the stability of ethynyl-substituted PAH molecules upon photoionization. We conclude that these PAH derivatives are as photostable as the non-substituted species in H i regions. If present in the interstellar medium, they may play an important role in the growth of interstellar PAH molecules.

  7. Long-Range Coulomb Effect in Intense Laser-Driven Photoelectron Dynamics

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    Quan, Wei; Hao, XiaoLei; Chen, YongJu; Yu, ShaoGang; Xu, SongPo; Wang, YanLan; Sun, RenPing; Lai, XuanYang; Wu, ChengYin; Gong, QiHuang; He, XianTu; Liu, XiaoJun; Chen, Jing

    2016-01-01

    In strong field atomic physics community, long-range Coulomb interaction has for a long time been overlooked and its significant role in intense laser-driven photoelectron dynamics eluded experimental observations. Here we report an experimental investigation of the effect of long-range Coulomb potential on the dynamics of near-zero-momentum photoelectrons produced in photo-ionization process of noble gas atoms in intense midinfrared laser pulses. By exploring the dependence of photoelectron distributions near zero momentum on laser intensity and wavelength, we unambiguously demonstrate that the long-range tail of the Coulomb potential (i.e., up to several hundreds atomic units) plays an important role in determining the photoelectron dynamics after the pulse ends. PMID:27256904

  8. Long-Range Coulomb Effect in Intense Laser-Driven Photoelectron Dynamics

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    Quan, Wei; Hao, Xiaolei; Chen, Yongju; Yu, Shaogang; Xu, Songpo; Wang, Yanlan; Sun, Renping; Lai, Xuanyang; Wu, Chengyin; Gong, Qihuang; He, Xiantu; Liu, Xiaojun; Chen, Jing

    2016-06-01

    In strong field atomic physics community, long-range Coulomb interaction has for a long time been overlooked and its significant role in intense laser-driven photoelectron dynamics eluded experimental observations. Here we report an experimental investigation of the effect of long-range Coulomb potential on the dynamics of near-zero-momentum photoelectrons produced in photo-ionization process of noble gas atoms in intense midinfrared laser pulses. By exploring the dependence of photoelectron distributions near zero momentum on laser intensity and wavelength, we unambiguously demonstrate that the long-range tail of the Coulomb potential (i.e., up to several hundreds atomic units) plays an important role in determining the photoelectron dynamics after the pulse ends.

  9. Ultrafast Molecular Dynamics probed by Vacuum Ultraviolet Pulses

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    Cryan, James; Champenois, Elio; Shivaram, Niranjan; Wright, Travis; Yang, Chan-Shan; Falcone, Roger; Belkacem, Ali

    2014-05-01

    We present time-resolved measurements of the relaxation dynamics in small molecular systems (CO2 and C2H4) following ultraviolet (UV) photo-excitation. We probe these excitations through photoionization and velocity map imaging (VMI) spectroscopy. Vacuum and extreme ultraviolet (VUV/XUV) pump and probe pulses are created by exploiting strong-field high harmonic generation (HHG) from our state-of-the-art 30 mJ, 1 kHz laser system. Three dimensional photoelectron and photoion momentum images recorded with our VMI spectrometer reveal non-Born Oppenheimer dynamics in the vicinity of a conical intersection, and allow us track the state of the system as a function of time. We also present initial experiments with the goal of controlling the dynamics near a conical intersection using a strong-field IR pulse. Finally, we will show progress towards measurements of time-resolved molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions (TRMFPADs) by applying our VUV/XUV pulse sequence to an aligned molecular ensemble. Supported by Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences division of BES/DOE.

  10. Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of a dinuclear Pt(II) complex: Tunneling autodetachment from both singlet and triplet excited states of a molecular dianion

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    Winghart, Marc-Oliver Unterreiner, Andreas-Neil; Yang, Ji-Ping; Vonderach, Matthias; Huang, Dao-Ling; Wang, Lai-Sheng; Kruppa, Sebastian; Riehn, Christoph; Kappes, Manfred M.

    2016-02-07

    Time-resolved pump-probe photoelectron spectroscopy has been used to study the relaxation dynamics of gaseous [Pt{sub 2}(μ-P{sub 2}O{sub 5}H{sub 2}){sub 4} + 2H]{sup 2−} after population of its first singlet excited state by 388 nm femtosecond laser irradiation. In contrast to the fluorescence and phosphorescence observed in condensed phase, a significant fraction of the photoexcited isolated dianions decays by electron loss to form the corresponding monoanions. Our transient photoelectron data reveal an ultrafast decay of the initially excited singlet {sup 1}A{sub 2u} state and concomitant rise in population of the triplet {sup 3}A{sub 2u} state, via sub-picosecond intersystem crossing (ISC). We find that both of the electronically excited states are metastably bound behind a repulsive Coulomb barrier and can decay via delayed autodetachment to yield electrons with characteristic kinetic energies. While excited state tunneling detachment (ESETD) from the singlet {sup 1}A{sub 2u} state takes only a few picoseconds, ESETD from the triplet {sup 3}A{sub 2u} state is much slower and proceeds on a time scale of hundreds of nanoseconds. The ISC rate in the gas phase is significantly higher than in solution, which can be rationalized in terms of changes to the energy dissipation mechanism in the absence of solvent molecules. [Pt{sub 2}(μ-P{sub 2}O{sub 5}H{sub 2}){sub 4} + 2H]{sup 2−} is the first example of a photoexcited multianion for which ESETD has been observed following ISC.

  11. High-energy non-Franck-Condon vibrational excitation of CH4 by intramolecular photoelectron diffraction

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    Argenti, L.; Plésiat, E.; Kukk, E.; Ueda, K.; Decleva, P.; Martín, F.

    2012-11-01

    Distinct oscillations in vibrationally resolved cross section ratios for the photoionization of CH4 from the C 1s orbital at photon energies as high as 1keV are predicted. The oscillations are attributed to the different relative vibrational excitation due to the scattering of the photoelectron by the peripheral hydrogen atoms. The latter effect is also responsible for the well known EXAFS oscillations in the integrated photoelectron spectrum. The calculations are performed with an ab-initio DFT method [1], as well as with a single-particle semi-analytical model, which incorporate both the effect of the nuclear recoil and of the Coulomb corrections.

  12. Photoionization of cold gas phase coronene and its clusters: Autoionization resonances in monomer, dimer, and trimer and electronic structure of monomer cation

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    Bréchignac, Philippe Falvo, Cyril; Parneix, Pascal; Pino, Thomas; Pirali, Olivier; Garcia, Gustavo A.; Nahon, Laurent; Joblin, Christine; Kokkin, Damian; Bonnamy, Anthony; Mulas, Giacomo

    2014-10-28

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are key species encountered in a large variety of environments such as the Interstellar Medium (ISM) and in combustion media. Their UV spectroscopy and photodynamics in neutral and cationic forms are important to investigate in order to learn about their structure, formation mechanisms, and reactivity. Here, we report an experimental photoelectron-photoion coincidence study of a prototypical PAH molecule, coronene, and its small clusters, in a molecular beam using the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photons provided by the SOLEIL synchrotron facility. Mass-selected high resolution threshold photoelectron (TPES) and total ion yield spectra were obtained and analyzed in detail. Intense series of autoionizing resonances have been characterized as originating from the monomer, dimer, and trimer neutral species, which may be used as spectral fingerprints for their detection in the ISM by VUV absorption spectroscopy. Finally, a full description of the electronic structure of the monomer cation was made and discussed in detail in relation to previous spectroscopic optical absorption data. Tentative vibrational assignments in the near-threshold TPES spectrum of the monomer have been made with the support of a theoretical approach based on density functional theory.

  13. Ionospheric photoelectrons: comparing Venus, Earth, Mars and Titan

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    Coates, Andrew; Tsang, Sharon; Wellbrock, Anne; Frahm, Rudy; Winningham, David; Barabash, Stas; Lundin, Rickard; Young, David; Crary, Frank

    2010-05-01

    The sunlit portion of planetary ionospheres is sustained by photoionization. This was first confirmed using measurements and modelling at Earth, but recently the Mars Express, Venus Express and Cassini-Huygens missions have revealed the importance of this process at Mars, Venus and Titan respectively. The primary neutral atmospheric constituents (CO2 in the case of Venus and Mars, and N2 in the case of Earth and Titan) are ionized at each object by EUV solar photons. This process produces photoelectrons with particular spectral characteristics. The electron spectrometers on Venus Express and Mars Express (part of ASPERA-3 and 4 respectively) were designed with excellent energy resolution (ΔE/E=8%) specifically in order to examine the photoelectron spectrum. In addition, the CAPS electron spectrometer at Saturn also has adequate resolution (ΔE/E=16.7%) to study this population at Titan. At Earth, photoelectrons are well established by in-situ measurements, and are even seen in the magnetosphere at up to 7 RE. At Mars, photoelectrons are seen in situ in the ionosphere but also in the tail at distances out to the Mars Express apoapsis (~3RM). At both Venus and Titan, photoelectrons are seen in situ in the ionosphere and in the tail (at up to 1.45 RV and 6.8 RT respectively). Here, we compare photoelectron measurements at Earth, Venus, Mars and Titan. We discuss their role as a tracer of the magnetic connection to the dayside ionosphere, and their possible role in enhancing ion escape.

  14. Vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photoionization of small water clusters.

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    Belau, Leonid; Wilson, Kevin R; Leone, Stephen R; Ahmed, Musahid

    2007-10-11

    Tunable vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photoionization studies of water clusters are performed using 10-14 eV synchrotron radiation and analyzed by reflectron time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry. Photoionization efficiency (PIE) curves for protonated water clusters (H2O)(n)H+ are measured with 50 meV energy resolution. The appearance energies of a series of protonated water clusters are determined from the photoionization threshold for clusters composed of up to 79 molecules. These appearance energies represent an upper limit of the adiabatic ionization energy of the corresponding parent neutral water cluster in the supersonic molecular beam. The experimental results show a sharp drop in the appearance energy for the small neutral water clusters (from 12.62 +/- 0.05 to 10.94 +/- 0.06 eV, for H2O and (H2O)4, respectively), followed by a gradual decrease for clusters up to (H2O)23 converging to a value of 10.6 eV (+/-0.2 eV). The dissociation energy to remove a water molecule from the corresponding neutral water cluster is derived through thermodynamic cycles utilizing the dissociation energies of protonated water clusters reported previously in the literature. The experimental results show a gradual decrease of the dissociation energy for removal of one water molecule for small neutral water clusters (3

  15. Mode-specific photoelectron scattering effects on CO2+(C 2Σg+) vibrations

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    Rathbone, G. J.; Poliakoff, E. D.; Bozek, John D.; Lucchese, R. R.; Lin, P.

    2004-01-01

    Using high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy, we have determined the energy dependent vibrational branching ratios for the symmetric stretch [v+=(100)], bend [v+=(010)], and antisymmetric stretch [v+=(001)], as well as several overtones and combination bands in the 4σg-1 photoionization of CO2. Data were acquired over the range from 20-110 eV, and this wide spectral coverage highlighted that alternative vibrational modes exhibit contrasting behavior, even over a range usually considered to be dominated by atomic effects. Alternative vibrational modes exhibit qualitatively distinct energy dependences, and this contrasting mode-specific behavior underscores the point that vibrationally resolved measurements reflect the sensitivity of the electron scattering dynamics to well-defined changes in molecular geometry. In particular, such energy-dependent studies help to elucidate the mechanism(s) responsible for populating the symmetry forbidden vibrational levels [i.e., v+=(010), (001), (030), and (110)]. This is the first study in which vibrationally resolved data have been acquired as a function of energy for all of the vibrational modes of a polyatomic system. Theoretical Schwinger variational calculations are used to interpret the experimental data, and they indicate that a 4σg→kσu shape resonance is responsible for most of the excursions observed for the vibrational branching ratios. Generally, the energy dependent trends are reproduced well by theory, but a notable exception is the symmetric stretch vibrational branching ratio. The calculated results display a strong peak in the vibrational branching ratio while the experimental data show a pronounced minimum. This suggests an interference mechanism that is not accounted for in the single-channel adiabatic-nuclei calculations. Electronic branching ratios were also measured and compared to the vibrational branching ratios to assess the relative contributions of interchannel (i.e., Herzberg-Teller) versus

  16. Shape resonances in the photoionization of CF4

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    Stephens, J. A.; Dill, Dan; Dehmer, Joseph L.

    1986-01-01

    Calculations of photoionization cross sections and photoelectron angular distributions have been performed for all occupied orbitals of CF4 using the multiple-scattering model. Results are compared with very recent experiments which employ synchrotron radiation to measure these quantities, namely the measurements of Truesdale e t a l. for the carbonK shell, and measurements of Carlson e t a l. and Novak e t a l. for the five outermost valence levels. The calculations predict intense shape resonances below 3 eV in continua of a1 and t2 final state symmetry. Qualitative agreement is attained on comparing much of the theory with experiment, notably the five outer valence levels, which serves to establish a one-electron picture of the photoionization dynamics of CF4.

  17. Femtosecond time-resolved EUV photoion imaging studies of pure helium nanodroplets

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    Buenermann, Oliver; Kornilov, Oleg; Gessner, Oliver; Leone, Stephen R.; Neumark, Daniel M.

    2010-03-01

    Helium nanodroplets provide a cryogenic, weakly interacting matrix for the isolation and spectroscopy of molecules and clusters. The relaxation dynamics of electronically excited helium nanodroplets are investigated by femtosecond time resolved photoion imaging studies. The droplets are excited into a broad absorption band centered at 23.8 eV. The electronic and nuclear dynamics following this excitation are monitored by photoionization with a 785nm probe pulse. A Wiley-McLaren time of flight spectrometer equipped with a time- and position sensitive delay line detector facilitates the measurement of mass selective ion kinetic energy distributions. First measurements reveal differences in the kinetic energy release of the Helium monomer, dimer and trimer ions. Furthermore, the pump-probe time-delay dependent ion spectra exhibit several features evolving on various timescales. The combination of these results with previously recorded photoelectron imaging measurements allows for a new level of insight into the electronic and nuclear dynamics of electronically excited helium nanodroplets.

  18. Double photoionization of halogenated benzene

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    AlKhaldi, Mashaal Q.; Wehlitz, Ralf

    2016-01-28

    We have experimentally investigated the double-photoionization process in C{sub 6}BrF{sub 5} using monochromatized synchrotron radiation. We compare our results with previously published data for partially deuterated benzene (C{sub 6}H{sub 3}D{sub 3}) over a wide range of photon energies from threshold to 270 eV. A broad resonance in the ratio of doubly to singly charged parent ions at about 65 eV appears shifted in energy compared to benzene data. This shift is due to the difference in the bond lengths in two molecules. A simple model can explain the shape of this resonance. At higher photon energies, we observe another broad resonance that can be explained as a second harmonic of the first resonance.

  19. Photoionization of ClII

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    Nahar, Sultana; Hernández, E.; Antillón, A.; Morales, A.; González, O.; Macaluso, D.; Hanstorp, D.; Aguilar, A.; Juárez, A.; Hinojosa, G.

    2014-05-01

    The cross section and spectrum for the process of single photoionization of the chlorine cation was measured in the energy range of 19.5 to 28.0 eV with a photon energy resolution of 20 meV. Over a non resonant cross section, resonant structures originated from initinal Cl+ 3P(J=0,1,2) manifold converging mainly to 2P(J=3/2) and 2D(J=5/2) are identified. A theoretical calculation based on the close coupling R-matrix is under progress. CONACYT CB-2011 167631. US National Science Fundation, DGAPA IN106813, The ALS is supported by the Director, Office of Science, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, of the U.S. DOE Cntrct. DE-AC02-05CH11231. Montana Space Grant Consortium, Swedish Research Council.

  20. 2006 Photoions, Photoionization & Photodetachment held on January 29-February 3, 2006

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    Robert Continetti Nancy Ryan Gray

    2006-09-06

    The 4th Gordon Conference on Photoions, Photoionization and Photodetachment will be held January 29-February 3, 2006 at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton, California. This meeting will continue to cover fundamentals and applications of photoionization and photodetachment, including valence and core-level phenomena and applications to reaction dynamics, ultrashort laser pulses and the study of exotic molecules and anions. Further information will be available soon at the Gordon Conference Website, and will be announced.

  1. Photoelectronic characterization of heterointerfaces.

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    Brumbach, Michael Todd

    2012-02-01

    In many devices such as solar cells, light emitting diodes, transistors, etc., the performance relies on the electronic structure at interfaces between materials within the device. The objective of this work was to perform robust characterization of hybrid (organic/inorganic) interfaces by tailoring the interfacial region for photoelectron spectroscopy. Self-assembled monolayers (SAM) were utilized to induce dipoles of various magnitudes at the interface. Additionally, SAMs of molecules with varying dipolar characteristics were mixed into spatially organized structures to systematically vary the apparent work function. Polymer thin films were characterized by depositing films of varying thicknesses on numerous substrates with and without interfacial modifications. Hard X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (HAXPES) was performed to evaluate a buried interface between indium tin oxide (ITO), treated under various conditions, and poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT). Conducting polymer films were found to be sufficiently conducting such that no significant charge redistribution in the polymer films was observed. Consequently, a further departure from uniform substrates was taken whereby electrically disconnected regions of the substrate presented ideally insulating interfacial contacts. In order to accomplish this novel strategy, interdigitated electrodes were used as the substrate. Conducting fingers of one half of the electrodes were electrically grounded while the other set of electrodes were electronically floating. This allowed for the evaluation of substrate charging on photoelectron spectra (SCOPES) in the presence of overlying semiconducting thin films. Such an experiment has never before been reported. This concept was developed out of the previous experiments on interfacial modification and thin film depositions and presents new opportunities for understanding chemical and electronic changes in a multitude of materials and interfaces.

  2. On the electron wavepacket dynamics of photoionizing states

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    Takatsuka, Kazuo

    2014-06-01

    To study electron wavepacket dynamics of photoionizing states in polyatomic molecules, we discuss two crucial issues to be overcome in the theory of molecular electronic wavepacket dynamics in an intense laser field (Takatsuka and Yonehara 2011 Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 13 4987). One is about the description of the ionization process from electronically excited states composed of many multiply excited configuration-state functions. The other is how to reconstruct the electronic states remaining in the molecular site while electrons are flowing out of the molecular bounds. These are both critical to extend the realm of the theories of electron dynamics based on the so-called expansion (algebraic) method in terms of basis functions. To calculate the photoionization amplitude and thereby to estimate the time-dependent amount of electron loss from a molecule, we extract the electron flux (probability current density) from the electron wavepackets without use of scattering theory. This is justified by the success of the recent works by Bandrauk’s group for attosecond photoionization dynamics from the hydrogen molecule ion, who performed numerical integration of the relevant Schrödinger equation (Yuan et al 2013 J. Chem. Phys. 138 134316). A key feature in the present study, on the other hand, is to calculate the electron flux in terms of complex-valued NOs, which arise from the complex electronic wavepackets. Through the change of these NOs, we reconstruct the involved electronic configurations during the flow of electrons out of molecular regions. These repopulated electronic wavefunctions are (non-adiabatically) evolved in time under laser fields.

  3. Vector potential photoelectron microscopy.

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    Browning, R

    2011-10-01

    A new class of electron microscope has been developed for the chemical microanalysis of a wide range of real world samples using photoelectron spectroscopy. Highly structured, three-dimensional samples, such as fiber mats and fracture surfaces can be imaged, as well as insulators and magnetic materials. The new microscope uses the vector potential field from a solenoid magnet as a spatial reference for imaging. A prototype instrument has demonstrated imaging of uncoated silk, magnetic steel wool, and micron-sized single strand tungsten wires.

  4. Off-resonance photoemission dynamics studied by recoil frame F1s and C1s photoelectron angular distributions of CH{sub 3}F

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    Stener, M. Decleva, P.; Mizuno, T.; Yagishita, A.; Yoshida, H.

    2014-01-28

    F1s and C1s photoelectron angular distributions are considered for CH{sub 3}F, a molecule which does not support any shape resonance. In spite of the absence of features in the photoionization cross section profile, the recoil frame photoelectron angular distributions (RFPADs) exhibits dramatic changes depending on both the photoelectron energy and polarization geometry. Time-dependent density functional theory calculations are also given to rationalize the photoionization dynamics. The RFPADs have been compared with the theoretical calculations, in order to assess the accuracy of the theoretical method and rationalize the experimental findings. The effect of finite acceptance angles for both ionic fragments and photoelectrons has been included in the calculations, as well as the effect of rotational averaging around the fragmentation axis. Excellent agreement between theory and experiment is obtained, confirming the good quality of the calculated dynamical quantities (dipole moments and phase shifts)

  5. Computational study on the molecular structures and photoelectron spectra of bimetallic oxide clusters MWO9-/0 (M = V, Nb, Ta)

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    Chen, Wen-Jie; Zhang, Chang-Fu; Zhang, Xian-Hui; Zhang, Yong-Fan; Huang, Xin

    2013-05-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) and coupled cluster theory (CCSD(T)) calculations are carried out to investigate the electronic and structural properties of a series of bimetallic oxide clusters MWO9-/0 (M = V, Nb, Ta). Generalized Koopmans' theorem is applied to predict the vertical detachment energies (VDEs) and simulate the photoelectron spectra (PES). Theoretical calculations at the B3LYP level yield singlet and doublet ground states for the bimetallic anionic and neutral clusters, respectively. All the clusters present the six-membered ring structures with different symmetries, except that the TaWO9- cluster shows a chained style with a penta-coordinated tantalum atom. Spin density analyses reveal oxygen radical species in all neutral clusters, consistent with their structural characteristics. Moreover, additional calculations are performed to study the oxidation reaction of CO molecule with the WO9+ cation and the isoelectronic VW2O9 cluster, and results indicate that the introduction of vanadium at tungsten site can efficiently improve the oxidation reactivity.

  6. Computational study on the molecular structures and photoelectron spectra of bimetallic oxide clusters MW2O9(-/0) (M=V, Nb, Ta).

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    Chen, Wen-Jie; Zhang, Chang-Fu; Zhang, Xian-Hui; Zhang, Yong-Fan; Huang, Xin

    2013-05-15

    Density functional theory (DFT) and coupled cluster theory (CCSD(T)) calculations are carried out to investigate the electronic and structural properties of a series of bimetallic oxide clusters MW2O9(-/0) (M=V, Nb, Ta). Generalized Koopmans' theorem is applied to predict the vertical detachment energies (VDEs) and simulate the photoelectron spectra (PES). Theoretical calculations at the B3LYP level yield singlet and doublet ground states for the bimetallic anionic and neutral clusters, respectively. All the clusters present the six-membered ring structures with different symmetries, except that the TaW2O9(-) cluster shows a chained style with a penta-coordinated tantalum atom. Spin density analyses reveal oxygen radical species in all neutral clusters, consistent with their structural characteristics. Moreover, additional calculations are performed to study the oxidation reaction of CO molecule with the W3O9(+) cation and the isoelectronic VW2O9 cluster, and results indicate that the introduction of vanadium at tungsten site can efficiently improve the oxidation reactivity. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Near-threshold absolute photoionization cross-sections of some reaction intermediates in combustion

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    Wang, Juan; Yang, Bin; Cool, Terrill A.; Hansen, Nils; Kasper, Tina

    2008-02-01

    The use of photoionization mass spectrometry for the development of quantitative kinetic models for the complex combustion chemistry of both conventional hydrocarbon fuels and oxygenated biofuels requires near-threshold measurements of absolute photoionization cross-sections for numerous reaction intermediates. Near-threshold absolute cross-sections for molecular and dissociative photoionization for 20 stable reaction intermediates (methane, ethane, propane, n-butane, cyclopropane, methylcyclopentane, 1-butene, cis-2-butene, isobutene, 1-pentene, cyclohexene, 3,3-dimethyl-1-butene, 1,3-hexadiene, 1,3-cyclohexadiene, methyl acetate, ethyl acetate, tetrahydrofuran, propanal, 1-butyne, 2-butyne) are presented. Previously measured total photoionization cross-sections for 9 of these molecules are in good agreement with the present results. The measurements are performed with photoionization mass spectrometry (PIMS) using a monochromated VUV synchrotron light source with an energy resolution of 40 meV (fwhm) comparable to that used for flame-sampling molecular beam PIMS studies of flame chemistry and reaction kinetics.

  8. An experimental Method to Determine Photoelectron Partial Wave Probabilities and the Implications for Quantum Mechanically Complete Experiments

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    Yenen, Orhan

    2003-05-01

    Recent trends in AMO physics is to move from being a passive observer to an active controller of the outcome of quantum phenomena. Full controls of quantum processes require complete information about the quantum system; experiments which measure all the information allowed by quantum mechanics are called "Quantum Mechanically Complete Experiments". For example, when an isolated atom is photoionized, conservation laws limit the allowed partial waves of the photoelectron to a maximum of three. A quantum mechanically complete photoionization experiment then will have to determine all three partial wave probabilities and the two independent phases between the partial waves as a function of ionizing photon energy. From these five parameters all the quantities quantum mechanics allows one to measure can be determined for the "Residual Ion + Photoelectron" system. We have developed experimental methods [1, 2] to determine all three partial wave probabilities of photoelectrons when the residual ion is left in an excited state. Experimentally, Ar atoms are photoionized by circularly polarized synchrotron radiation produced by a unique VUV (vacuum ultraviolet) phase retarder we have installed at the Advanced Light Source (ALS) in Berkeley, CA. We measure the linear and circular polarization of the fine-structure-resolved fluorescent photons from the excited residual ions at specific directions. From the measurements one obtains the relativistic partial wave probabilities of the photoelectron. Our measurements highlight the significance of multielectron processes in photoionization dynamics and provide stringent tests of theory. The results indicate significant spin-dependent relativistic interactions during photoionization. [1] O. Yenen et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 86, 979 (2001). [2] K. W. McLaughlin et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 88, 123003 (2002).

  9. Effects of molecular potential and geometry on atomic core-level photoemission over an extended energy range: The case study of the CO molecule

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    Kukk, E.; Ayuso, D.; Thomas, T. D.; Decleva, P.; Patanen, M.; Argenti, L.; Plésiat, E.; Palacios, A.; Kooser, K.; Travnikova, O.; Mondal, S.; Kimura, M.; Sakai, K.; Miron, C.; Martín, F.; Ueda, K.

    2013-09-01

    We report an experimental and theoretical study of single-molecule inner-shell photoemission measured over an extended range of photon energies. The vibrational intensity ratios I(ν=1)/I(ν=0) from the C 1s photoelectron spectra of carbon monoxide, although mostly determined by the bond length change upon ionization, are shown to be affected also by photoelectron recoil and by scattering from the neighboring oxygen atom. Static-exchange density functional theory (DFT) is used to encompass all these effects in a unified theoretical treatment. The ab initio calculations show that the vibrational ratio as a function of the photoelectron momentum is sensitive to both the ground-state internuclear distance and its contraction upon photoionization. We present a proof-of-principle application of DFT calculations as a quantitative structural analysis tool for extracting the dynamic and static molecular geometry parameters simultaneously.

  10. Alignment of photoions far from threshold

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    Das, Romith; Wu, Chuanyong; Mihill, A. G.; Poliakoff, E. D.; Wang, Kwanghsi; McKoy, V.

    1994-09-01

    We present results of measurements and calculations of the alignment for CO+(B 2Σ+) photoions over an extended energy range (0≤Ek≤210 eV). The polarization of CO+(B 2Σ+→X 2Σ+) fluorescence indicates that the photoions retain significant alignment even at high energies. Agreement between the measured and calculated polarization of the fluorescence is excellent.

  11. Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Substituted Phenylnitrenes

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    Wijeratne, Neloni R.; Fonte, Maria Da; Wenthold, Paul G.

    2009-06-01

    Nitrenes are unusual molecular structures with unfilled electronic valences that are isoelectronic with carbenes. Although, both can be generated by either thermal or photochemical decomposition of appropriate precursors they usually exhibit different reactivities. In this work, we carry out spectroscopic studies of substituted phenylnitrene to determine how the introduction of substituents will affect the reactivity and its thermochemical properties. All studies were carried out by using the newly constructed time-of-flight negative ion photoelectron spectrometer (NIPES) at Purdue University. The 355 nm photoelectron spectra of the o-, m-, and p-chlorophenyl nitrene anions are fairly similar to that measured for phenylnitrene anion. All spectra show low energy triplet state and a high energy singlet state. The singlet state for the meta isomer is well-resolved, with a well defined origin and observable vibrational structure. Whereas the singlet states for the ortho and para isomers have lower energy onsets and no resolved structure. The isomeric dependence suggests that the geometry differences result from the resonance interaction between the nitrogen and the substituent. Quinoidal resonance structures are possible for the open-shell singlet states of the o- and p-chlorinated phenyl nitrenes. The advantages of this type of electronic structures for the open-shell singlet states is that the unpaired electrons can be more localized on separate atoms in the molecules, minimizing the repulsion between. Because the meta position is not in resonance with the nitrenes, substitution at that position should not affect the structure of the open-shell singlet state. The measured electron affinities (EA) of the triplet phenylnitrenes are in excellent agreement with the values predicted by electronic structure calculations. The largest EA, 1.82 eV is found for the meta isomer, with para being the smallest, 1.70 eV.

  12. Rovibrationally selected ion-molecule collision study using the molecular beam vacuum ultraviolet laser pulsed field ionization-photoion method: charge transfer reaction of N2(+)(X 2Σg+; v+ = 0-2; N+ = 0-9) + Ar.

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    Chang, Yih Chung; Xu, Yuntao; Lu, Zhou; Xu, Hong; Ng, C Y

    2012-09-14

    We have developed an ion-molecule reaction apparatus for state-selected absolute total cross section measurements by implementing a high-resolution molecular beam vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) laser pulsed field ionization-photoion (PFI-PI) ion source to a double-quadrupole double-octopole ion-guide mass spectrometer. Using the total cross section measurement of the state-selected N(2)(+)(v(+), N(+)) + Ar charge transfer (CT) reaction as an example, we describe in detail the design of the VUV laser PFI-PI ion source used, which has made possible the preparation of reactant N(2)(+)(X (2)Σ(g)(+), v(+) = 0-2, N(+) = 0-9) PFI-PIs with high quantum state purity, high intensity, and high kinetic energy resolution. The PFI-PIs and prompt ions produced in the ion source are shown to have different kinetic energies, allowing the clean rejection of prompt ions from the PFI-PI beam by applying a retarding potential barrier upstream of the PFI-PI source. By optimizing the width and amplitude of the pulsed electric fields employed to the VUV-PFI-PI source, we show that the reactant N(2)(+) PFI-PI beam can be formed with a laboratory kinetic energy resolution of ΔE(lab) = ± 50 meV. As a result, the total cross section measurement can be conducted at center-of-mass kinetic energies (E(cm)'s) down to thermal energies. Absolute total rovibrationally selected cross sections σ(v(+) = 0-2, N(+) = 0-9) for the N(2)(+)(X (2)Σ(g)(+); v(+) = 0-2, N(+) = 0-9) + Ar CT reaction have been measured in the E(cm) range of 0.04-10.0 eV, revealing strong vibrational enhancements and E(cm)-dependencies of σ(v(+) = 0-2, N(+) = 0-9). The thermochemical threshold at E(cm) = 0.179 eV for the formation of Ar(+) from N(2)(+)(X; v(+) = 0, N(+)) + Ar was observed by the measured σ(v(+) = 0), confirming the narrow ΔE(cm) spread achieved in the present study. The σ(v(+) = 0-2; N(+)) values obtained here are compared with previous experimental and theoretical results. The theoretical predictions

  13. Experimental observation of guanine tautomers with VUV photoionization

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    Zhou, Jia; Kostko, Oleg; Nicolas, Christophe; Tang, Xiaonan; Belau, Leonid; de Vries, Mattanjah S.; Ahmed, Musahid

    2008-12-01

    Two methods of preparing guanine in the gas phase, thermal vaporization and laser desorption, have been investigated. The guanine generated by each method is entrained in a molecular beam, single photon ionized with tunable VUV synchrotron radiation, and analyzed using reflectron mass spectrometry. The recorded photoionization efficiency (PIE) curves show a dramatic difference for experiments performed via thermal vaporization compared to laser desorption. The calculated vertical and adiabatic ionization energies for the eight lowest lying tautomers of guanine suggest the experimental observations arise from different tautomers being populated in the two different experimental methods.

  14. Photoelectron pumped phosphors

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    1989-07-01

    The investigation of cathodophosphors was undertaken in connection with the development of optical devices for the detection of long wavelength photons in which the initial photon-to-electron detection is performed by an optical diode. Then the photoelectrons being accelerated by the electric field penetrate into a phosphor screen and the screen produces multiple photons which are detected by a (close coupled) photomultiplier. The results are presented of a comprehensive analysis and systematization of the data relevant to the fast and very fast commercially available phosphors and developmental works on improved materials and processes in the field of phosphors, especially cathodophosphors. The investigation included analysis of II-VI phosphors, alkaline-earth chalcogenides, silicates, garnets, halides, and some ternary compounds with diamond-like crystal structure. The investigation included, also, analysis of data regarding the activators and coactivators as well as mixtures of phosphors with optically transparent conductive powders for the low energy electron cathodoluminescence.

  15. Confinement Resonances in Photoionization of Xe-C{sub 60}{sup +}

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    Kilcoyne, A. L. D.; Aguilar, A.; Mueller, A.; Schippers, S.; Cisneros, C.; Alna'Washi, G.; Aryal, N. B.; Baral, K. K.; Esteves, D. A.; Thomas, C. M.; Phaneuf, R. A.

    2010-11-19

    Experimental evidence is presented for confinement resonances associated with photoabsorption by a Xe atom in a C{sub 60} cage. The giant 4d resonance in photoionization of Xe is predicted to be redistributed into four components due to multipath interference of photoelectron waves reflected by the cage. The measurements were made in the photon energy range 60-150 eV by merging a beam of synchrotron radiation with a mass/charge selected Xe-C{sub 60}{sup +} ion beam. The phenomenon was observed in the Xe-C{sub 583}{sup +} product ion channel.

  16. Analysis of 3d photoionization and subsequent Auger decay of atomic germanium

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    Jaenkaelae, K.; Anin, D.; Huttula, S.-M.; Heinaesmaeki, S.; Huttula, M.; Urpelainen, S.

    2011-11-15

    Experimental and theoretical study of the 3d photoionization and subsequent Auger decay of initially neutral atomic germanium is presented. The features of the high-resolution photoelectron and Auger electron spectra are interpreted with the aid of multiconfiguration calculations. The binding energies and relative cross sections of the 3d ionized fine-structure states of Ge are given. The complete M{sub 4,5}NN Auger electron spectrum to doubly ionized final states of the Ge ion is interpreted and discussed.

  17. Control of resonance enhanced multi-photon ionization photoelectron spectroscopy by phase-shaped femtosecond laser pulse

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    Zhang Shian; Lu Chenhui; Jia Tianqing; Sun Zhenrong; Qiu Jianrong

    2012-11-07

    In this paper, we theoretically demonstrate that the (2+1+1) resonance enhanced multi-photon ionization photoelectron spectroscopy in sodium atom can be effectively controlled by shaping femtosecond laser pulse with a {pi} phase step modulation in weak laser field, involving its total photoelectron energy, maximal photoelectron intensity, and spectroscopic bandwidth. Our results show that the total photoelectron energy can be suppressed but not enhanced, the maximal photoelectron intensity can be enhanced and also suppressed, and the photoelectron spectroscopy can be tremendously narrowed. These theoretical results can provide a feasible scheme to achieve the high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy and study the excited state structure in atomic and molecular systems.

  18. Potential energy curves of diatomic molecular ions from high-resolution photoelectron spectroscopy. III. The low-lying ungerade states of Kr2+

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    Wüest, A.; Merkt, F.

    2005-05-01

    Spectra of the v+ = 55 - 74 vibrational levels of the I(1/2u) ground electronic state and the v+ = 0 - 9 levels of the II(1/2u) excited electronic state of and 84Kr-86Kr+ have been measured by pulsed-field-ionization zero-kinetic-energy photoelectron spectroscopy. The spectra were recorded following (2+1' ) resonance-enhanced multiphoton excitation via several vibrational levels of the TMPH1285math002 Rydberg state of Kr2 located below the Kr(1S0) + Kr*(4p55p[1/2](J = 0)) dissociation limit. A combination of these results with earlier measurements of the vibrational level structure of the I(1/2u), I(3/2u) and II(1/2u) states of TMPH1285math003 was used to determine two sets of analytical potential energy curves for the first three electronic states of ungerade (u) symmetry of TMPH1285math004. The first set of curves was obtained without explicit consideration of the spin-orbit interaction by adjusting the potential parameters of three independent curves to fit the experimental data. The second set of curves was determined using a global potential model with explicit treatment of the spin-orbit interaction by adjusting the potential parameters of the TMPH1285math005 electronic states and assuming an R-independent spin-orbit coupling constant. Both sets of curves reproduce the experimental observations to within 8 cm-1. Although better agreement between calculated and observed vibronic energy levels was obtained with the former set of curves, this set requires a larger number of adjustable potential parameters (up to 12) and only accounts implicitly for the spin-orbit coupling. The latter set of curves offers the advantages of a global treatment of the u states, a much reduced number of adjustable parameters (only six), an explicit treatment of the spin-orbit interaction, and is in better agreement with ab initio quantum chemical predictions in the repulsive part of the potentials.

  19. A theoretical CMS-X α treatment of CH 3I photoionization dynamics: outer valence shell and iodine 4d levels

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    Powis, Ivan

    1995-12-01

    Continuum multiple scattering (CMS-X α) calculations are used to investigate methyl iodide photoionization dynamics. The validity of atomic versus molecular models of behaviour for the localised iodine 4d and 5p (lone pair) electrons, where conflicting experimental interpretations have been offered, is examined. A good account of all the available experimental data is obtained. While the calculations provide some limited support for an atomic-like description of the iodine 4d -1 phenomenological cross-section, the atomic picture has little validity for the 5p -1 ionization. Variations in both cross-section and β parameter which were previously ascribed to the Cooper minimum are identified to be more likely a core-valence shell interaction, opening above the 4d -1 threshold. The other valence shell channels are similarly affected. Significant l-wave mixing, induced by the molecular anisotropy, is found to result in the creation of mixed parity final states, contrary to the atomic model. In these circumstances odd and even harmonic components can interfere to create orientation (odd harmonic terms) in the photoelectron angular distribution (PAD). Molecule frame PADs are calculated and compared to experimental data for the ionization of oriented molecules, confirming an intuitive expectation of asymmetric electron emission from an asymmetric molecule. The CH 3 group therefore acts as a non-negligible perturbation, even on quite localised iodine 5p electrons, and the molecular environment is a paramount factor.

  20. 2001 Gordon Research Conference on Photoions, Photoionization and Photodetachment. Final progress report [agenda and attendees list

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    Johnson, Mark

    2001-07-13

    The Gordon Research Conference on Photoions, Photoionization and Photodetachment was held at Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, July 8-13, 2001. The 72 conference attendees represented the spectrum of endeavor in this field, coming from academia, industry, and government laboratories, and including US and foreign scientists, senior researchers, young investigators, and students. Emphasis was placed on current unpublished research and discussion of the future target areas in this field. There was a conscious effort to stimulate discussion about the key issues in the field today. Time for formal presentations was limited. Sessions included the following topics: Vibrational structure, Time resolved studies: nuclear wavepackets, Valence photoionization, Clusters and networks, Resonance structures and decay mechanisms, Ultrafast photoionization, Threshold photoionization, Molecule fixed properties, and Collisional phenomena.

  1. Satellite structure in the Argon 1s photoelectron spectrum

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    Azuma, Y.; LeBrun, T.; MacDonald, M.; Southworth, S.H.

    1995-08-01

    Atomic inner-shell photoelectron spectra typically display several relatively weak {open_quotes}satellite peaks{close_quotes} at higher ionization energy than the primary peak. Such satellite peaks are associated with final-state configurations corresponding to ionization of an inner-shell electron and excitation or ionization of one or more valence electrons. The observation of satellite peaks demonstrates that the independent-electron picture is inadequate to describe atomic structure and the photoionization process. The measured energies and intensities of photoelectron satellites provide sensitive tests of many-electron theoretical models. We recorded the Ar 1s photoelectron spectrum on beam line X-24A at an X-ray energy of 3628 eV. The primary peak at 3206 eV ionization energy was recorded at an observed resolution of 1.8 eV (FWHM). The satellite structure shows remarkable similarity to that recorded in the suprathreshold region of the Ar K photoabsorption cross section, demonstrating the manner in which these techniques complement each other. Surprisingly, while the region just above the K threshold in Ar was the subject of several theoretical studies using multi-configuration calculations, we find good agreement between our results and those of Dyall and collaborators using a shake model.

  2. Double Photoionization of Atomic Beryllium

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    Yip, Frank L.; McCurdy, C. William; Rescigno, Thomas N.

    2010-03-01

    One-photon double ionization (DPI) of beryllium represents the next step in the evolution of DPI investigations that began with helium in order to sensitively probe electron correlation. Beryllium is the simplest atomic species of the alkaline earth elements which, in general, possess two electrons outside of a fully occupied inner shell that spherically screens the nucleus. This provides a natural basis for comparison to 1s^2 helium DPI. However, the valence state of beryllium has n=2, thus making the valence excited target 2s2p more accessible relative to the 2s^2 ground state as compared to ground-state and metastable helium. Also, the symmetry of photoionizing from either the ^1S or ^1P initial state will have consequences for the angular distributions for double ionization. Triply differential cross sections (TDCS) are presented for DPI from both ground state 2s^2 and excited state 2s2p beryllium calculated using exterior complex scaling (ECS) for the valence electrons.

  3. The Multiplexed Chemical Kinetic Photoionization Mass Spectrometer: A New Approach To Isomer-resolved Chemical Kinetics

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    Osborne, David L.; Zou, Peng; Johnsen, Howard; Hayden, Carl C.; Taatjes, Craig A.; Knyazev, Vadim D.; North, Simon W.; Peterka, Darcy S.; Ahmed, Musahid; Leone, Stephen R.

    2008-08-28

    We have developed a multiplexed time- and photon-energy?resolved photoionizationmass spectrometer for the study of the kinetics and isomeric product branching of gasphase, neutral chemical reactions. The instrument utilizes a side-sampled flow tubereactor, continuously tunable synchrotron radiation for photoionization, a multi-massdouble-focusing mass spectrometer with 100percent duty cycle, and a time- and positionsensitive detector for single ion counting. This approach enables multiplexed, universal detection of molecules with high sensitivity and selectivity. In addition to measurement of rate coefficients as a function of temperature and pressure, different structural isomers can be distinguished based on their photoionization efficiency curves, providing a more detailed probe of reaction mechanisms. The multiplexed 3-dimensional data structure (intensity as a function of molecular mass, reaction time, and photoionization energy) provides insights that might not be available in serial acquisition, as well as additional constraints on data interpretation.

  4. Measurement of photoionization cross sections of the excited states of titanium, cobalt, and nickel

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    Cong Ran; Cheng Yi; Yang Jiajun; Fan Jianmei; Yao Guanxin; Ji Xuehan; Zheng Xianfeng; Cui Zhifeng

    2009-07-01

    Resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) of Ti, Co, and Ni atoms has been investigated in the 285-320 nm region. We couple a laser-ablated metal target into a molecular beam to produce atoms. Ions produced from photoionization of the neutral atoms are monitored by a home-built time-of-flight mass spectrometer. Photoionization cross sections of the excited states of Ti, Co, and Ni were deduced from the dependence of the ion signal intensity on the laser intensity for photon energies close to the ionization threshold. The values obtained range from 0.2 to 6.0 Mb. No significant isotope dependence was found from measurements of the photoionization cross sections of {sup 46}Ti, {sup 47}Ti, {sup 48}Ti, {sup 58}Ni, and {sup 60}Ni.

  5. Rotational Doppler effect in x-ray photoionization

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    Sun Yuping; Wang Chuankui; Gel'mukhanov, Faris

    2010-11-15

    The energy of the photoelectron experiences a red or blue Doppler shift when the molecule recedes from the detector or approaches him. This results in a broadening of the photoelectron line due to the translational thermal motion. However, the molecules also have rotational degrees of freedom and we show that the translational Doppler effect has its rotational counterpart. This rotational Doppler effect leads to an additional broadening of the spectral line of the same magnitude as the Doppler broadening caused by translational thermal motion. The rotational Doppler broadening as well as the rotational recoil broadening is sensitive to the molecular orbital from which the photoelectron is ejected. This broadening should be taken into account in analysis of x-ray photoemission spectra of super-high resolution and it can be directly observed using x-ray pump-probe spectroscopy.

  6. EUV optics in photoionization experiments

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    Bartnik, Andrzej; Wachulak, Przemysław; Fiedorowicz, Henryk; Fok, Tomasz; Jarocki, Roman; Kostecki, Jerzy; Szczurek, Anna; Szczurek, Mirosław; Pina, Ladislav; Sveda, Libor

    2013-05-01

    In this work photoionized plasmas were created by irradiation of He, Ne and Ar gases with a focused EUV beam from one of two laser-plasma sources employing Nd:YAG laser systems of different parameters. First of them was a 10-Hz laser-plasma EUV source, based on a double-stream gas-puff target, irradiated with the 3-ns/0.8J laser pulse. EUV radiation in this case was focused using a gold-plated grazing incidence ellipsoidal collector in the wavelength range λ = 9÷70 nm. The most intense emission was in the relatively narrow spectral region centred at λ = 11 +/- 1 nm. The second source was based on a 10 ns/10 J/10 Hz laser system. In this case EUV radiation was focused using a gold-plated grazing incidence multifoil collector or a Mo-coated ellipsoidal collector. The most intense emission in this case was in the 5 ÷ 15 nm spectral region. Radiation fluence ranged from 60 mJ/cm2 to 400 mJ/cm2. Different gases were injected into the interaction region, perpendicularly to an optical axis of the irradiation system, using an auxiliary gas puff valve. Irradiation of the gases resulted in ionization and excitation of atoms and ions. Spectra in EUV range were measured using a grazing incidence, flat-field spectrometer (McPherson Model 251), equipped with a 450 lines/mm toroidal grating. In all cases the most intense emission lines were assigned to singly charged ions. The other emission lines belong to atoms or doubly charged ions. The spectra were excited in low density gases of the order of 1 ÷ 10% atmospheric density.

  7. Atomic Auger Doppler effects upon emission of fast photoelectrons.

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    Simon, Marc; Püttner, Ralph; Marchenko, Tatiana; Guillemin, Renaud; Kushawaha, Rajesh K; Journel, Loïc; Goldsztejn, Gildas; Piancastelli, Maria Novella; Ablett, James M; Rueff, Jean-Pascal; Céolin, Denis

    2014-06-06

    Studies of photoemission processes induced by hard X-rays including production of energetic electrons have become feasible due to recent substantial improvement of instrumentation. Novel dynamical phenomena have become possible to investigate in this new regime. Here we show a significant change in Auger emission following 1s photoionization of neon, which we attribute to the recoil of the Ne ion induced by the emission of a fast photoelectron. Because of the preferential motion of the ionized Ne atoms along two opposite directions, an Auger Doppler shift is revealed, which manifests itself as a gradual broadening and doubling of the Auger spectral features. This Auger Doppler effect should be a general phenomenon in high-energy photoemission of both isolated atoms and molecules, which will have to be taken into account in studies of other recoil effects such as vibrational or rotational recoil in molecules, and may also have consequences in measurements in solids.

  8. Grafting of Ring-Opened Cyclopropylamine Thin Films on Silicon (100) Hydride via UV Photoionization.

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    Tung, J; Ching, J Y; Ng, Y M; Tew, L S; Khung, Y L

    2017-08-31

    The grafting of cyclopropylamine onto a silicon (100) hydride (Si-H) surface via a ring-opening mechanism using UV photoionization is described here. In brief, radicals generated from the Si-H surface upon UV irradiation were found to behave in classical hydrogen abstraction theory manner by which the distal amine group was first hydrogen abstracted and the radical propagated down to the cyclopropane moiety. This subsequently liberated the strained bonds of the cyclopropane group and initiated the surface grafting process, producing a thin film approximately 10-15 nm in height. Contact angle measurements also showed that such photoionization irradiation had yielded an extremely hydrophilic surface (∼21.3°) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy also confirmed the coupling was through the Si-C linkage. However, when the surface underwent high-temperature hydrosilylation (>160 °C), the reaction proceeded predominantly through the nucleophilic NH2 group to form a Si-N linkage to the surface. This rendered the surface hydrophobic and hence suggested that the Si-H homolysis model may not be the main process. To the best of our knowledge, this was the first attempt reported in the literature to use photoionization to directly graft cyclopropylamine onto a silicon surface and in due course generate a highly rich NH-terminated surface that was found to be highly bioactive in promoting cell viability on the basis of 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide studies.

  9. Photo-ionization rate coefficients for the rare gases

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    Pang, Xuexia

    2005-01-01

    By introducing the converting method from electron-impact ionization cross sections to rate coefficients through using a semi-experiential formula, we try to probe a semi-experiential formula for converting the photo-ionization cross sections into photo-ionization rate coefficient. It"s found that photo-ionization rate coefficient is direct proportion to photo-ionization cross sections, the rate S is related with light resource.

  10. Photoelectron angular distributions from two-photon ionizations of atoms

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    Haber, Louis Hamilton

    Photoelectron angular distributions provide detailed information about interferences between different quantum pathways of photoionization. Measurements of photoelectron energies and angular distributions from two-color two-photon ionizations of atoms using ultrashort pulses of extreme ultraviolet and optical light are performed using a novel, homebuilt experimental instrument. The setup is composed of an amplified femtosecond laser system, a high-order harmonic generation source, and an interaction region with photoelectron velocity map imaging The experimental temporal resolution is determined to be approximately 100 fs. Two different types of two-photon ionizations are investigated. Photoelectron angular distributions from resonant two-photon ionizations of helium are measured using the 15th high-order harmonic to excite from the ground state to either the 1s3p 1P1 state at 23.1 eV or to the 1s4p 1 P1 state at 23.7 eV and either 800, 400, or 267 nm to ionize. The anisotropy parameters allow for the determination of the energy-dependent ratios of radial dipole matrix elements and the phase shift differences between the S and D partial waves. Using available total cross section measurements, the absolute partial cross sections of the 1s3p1P 1 state are obtained, providing the complete information on photoionization. The experimental results are in excellent agreement with theoretical predictions using the one-electron model. Additional experiments are aimed at studying atomic free-free transitions. Two-color two-photon above threshold ionizations of helium and argon are investigated using selected high-order harmonics and perturbative infrared dressing fields. The measured anisotropy parameters and cross section ratios of the positive and negative above threshold ionization sidebands are compared to theoretical predictions using second-order perturbation theory and the soft-photon approximation. In general, deviations between the experimental results and the

  11. Photoionization studies of (BH3)n (n=1,2)

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    Ruščić, B.; Mayhew, C. A.; Berkowitz, J.

    1988-05-01

    The results of photoionization mass spectrometric studies on B2H6, and BH3 (produced by pyrolysis of B2H6) are presented. The photoion yield curves of B2H+n (n=2-6) and BH+n (n=2-3) from B2H6, as well as BH+n (n=1-3) from BH3 have been obtained. It is shown that the combination of appearance potential measurements for BH+3 (B2H6) and BH+3 (BH3) yields a poor upper limit for -ΔHdimerization, 0 K (BH3) of 52.7 kcal/mol, while the combination of BH+2 (B2H6) and BH+2 (BH3) provides a better upper limit (46.6±0.6 kcal/mol) for this quantity. However, the threshold for BH+ (BH3), combined with auxiliary data, provides the best current experimental value, (34.3-39.1)±2 kcal/mol. This experimental value is in good agreement with a recent ab initio calculation, and is arrived at by using the best current estimate of ΔHf(B2H6), rather than a radically different value proposed in that paper. The ionization potential of BH3, ΔHf (BH+2), and the atomization energy of BH3 obtained experimentally are in excellent agreement with other ab initio calculations. The upper limits on heats of formation for the ionic species B2H+n (n=2-6) are obtained, and plausible structures are discussed for these species, based on the current energetics and various ab initio calculations. Finally, the fragmentation behavior of photoions from diborane is shown to have a more facile explanation by quasiequilibrium theory than by a molecular orbital picture, with the probable exception of BH+3 (B2H6).

  12. Effects of anisotropic electron-ion interactions in atomic photoelectron angular distributions

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    Dill, D.; Starace, A. F.; Manson, S. T.

    1974-01-01

    The photoelectron asymmetry parameter beta in LS-coupling is obtained as an expansion into contributions from alternative angular momentum transfers j sub t. The physical significance of this expansion of beta is shown to be that: (1) the electric dipole interaction transfers to the atom a charcteristic single angular momentum j sub t = sub o, where sub o is the photoelectron's initial orbital momentum; and (2) angular momentum transfers indicate the presence of anisotropic interaction of the outgoing photoelectron with the residual ion. For open shell atoms the photoelectron-ion interaction is generally anisotropic; photoelectron phase shifts and electric dipole matrix elements depend on both the multiplet term of the residual ion and the total orbital momentum of the ion-photoelectron final state channel. Consequently beta depends on the term levels of the residual ion and contains contributions from all allowed values of j sub t. Numerical calculations of the asymmetry parameters and partial cross sections for photoionization of atomic sulfur are presented.

  13. Double photoionization of hydrocarbons and aromatic molecules

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    Wehlitz, R.

    2016-11-01

    This article reviews the recent progress in the field of double photoionization of hydrocarbons and aromatic molecules using synchrotron radiation. First I will describe the importance of carbon-based molecules, which are all around us and are literally part of our life. They exhibit intriguing properties some of which can be probed via double photoionization, i.e., the simultaneous emission of two electrons. Furthermore, I will discuss the different mechanisms that can lead to a doubly charged organic molecule and will highlight those findings by comparing them with the results for atoms and other (simple) molecules. Finally, I will give an outlook on future directions on this subject.

  14. Photodissociation and photoionization of organosulfur radicals

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    Hsu, Chia-Wei

    1994-05-27

    The dynamics of S(3P2,1,0, 1D2) production from the 193 nm photodissociation of CH3SCH3, H2S and CH3SH have been studied using 2 + 1 resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) techniques. The 193 nm photodissociation cross sections for the formation of S from CH3S and HS initially prepared in the photodissociation of CH3SCH3 and H2S are estimated to be 1 x 10-18 and 1.1 x 10-18 cm2, respectively. The dominant product from CH3S is S(1D), while that from SH is S(3P). Possible potential energy surfaces involved in the 193 nm photodissociation of CH3S($\\tilde{X}$) and SH(X) have been also examined. Threshold photoelectron (PE) spectra for SH and CH3S formed in the ultraviolet photodissociation of H2S and CH3SH, respectively, have been measured using the nonresonant two-photon pulsed field ionization (N2P-PFI) technique. The rotationally resolved N2P-PFI-PE spectrum obtained for SH indicates that photoionization dynamics favors the rotational angular momentum change ΔN < 0 with the ΔN value up to -3, an observation similar to that found in the PFI-PE spectra of OH (OD) and NO. The ionization energies for SH(X2Π3,2) and CH3S($\\tilde{X}$2E3/2) are determined to be 84,057.5 ± 3 cm-1 and 74,726 ± 8 cm-1 respectively. The spin-orbit splittings for SH(X2Π3/2, 1/2) and CH3S($\\tilde{X}$2E3/2, 1/2) are found to be 377 ± 2 and 257 ± 5 cm-1, respectively, in agreement with previous measurements. The C-S stretching frequency for CH3S+($\\tilde{X}$3A2) is 733 ± 5 cm-1. This study illustrates that the PFI-PE detection method can be a

  15. Spectroscopy of the simplest Criegee intermediate CH2OO: simulation of the first bands in its electronic and photoelectron spectra.

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    Lee, Edmond P F; Mok, Daniel K W; Shallcross, Dudley E; Percival, Carl J; Osborn, David L; Taatjes, Craig A; Dyke, John M

    2012-09-24

    CH(2)OO, the simplest Criegee intermediate, and ozone are isoelectronic. They both play very important roles in atmospheric chemistry. Whilst extensive experimental studies have been made on ozone, there were no direct gas-phase studies on CH(2)OO until very recently when its photoionization spectrum was recorded and kinetics studies were made of some reactions of CH(2)OO with a number of molecules of atmospheric importance, using photoionization mass spectrometry to monitor CH(2)OO. In order to encourage more direct studies on CH(2)OO and other Criegee intermediates, the electronic and photoelectron spectra of CH(2)OO have been simulated using high level electronic structure calculations and Franck-Condon factor calculations, and the results are presented here. Adiabatic and vertical excitation energies of CH(2)OO were calculated with TDDFT, EOM-CCSD, and CASSCF methods. Also, DFT, QCISD and CASSCF calculations were performed on neutral and low-lying ionic states, with single energy calculations being carried out at higher levels to obtain more reliable ionization energies. The results show that the most intense band in the electronic spectrum of CH(2) OO corresponds to the B(1)A' ← X(1)A' absorption. It is a broad band in the region 250-450 nm showing extensive structure in vibrational modes involving O-O stretching and C-O-O bending. Evidence is presented to show that the electronic absorption spectrum of CH(2)OO has probably been recorded in earlier work, albeit at low resolution. We suggest that CH(2)OO was prepared in this earlier work from the reaction of CH(2)I with O(2) and that the assignment of the observed spectrum solely to CH(2)IOO is incorrect. The low ionization energy region of the photoelectron spectrum of CH(2)OO consists of two overlapping vibrationally structured bands corresponding to one-electron ionizations from the highest two occupied molecular orbitals of the neutral molecule. In each case, the adiabatic component is the most intense

  16. Angular and energy distribution of fragment ions in dissociative double photoionization of acetylene molecules at 39 eV

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    Alagia, M.; Callegari, C.; Richter, R.; Candori, P.; Falcinelli, S.; Vecchiocattivi, F.; Pirani, F.; Stranges, S.

    2012-05-28

    The two-body dissociation reactions of the dication, C{sub 2}H{sub 2}{sup 2+}, produced by 39.0 eV double photoionization of acetylene molecules, have been studied by coupling photoelectron-photoion-photoion coincidence and ion imaging techniques. The results provide the kinetic energy and angular distributions of product ions. The analysis of the results indicates that the dissociation leading to C{sub 2}H{sup +}+H{sup +} products occurs through a metastable dication with a lifetime of 108 {+-} 22 ns, and a kinetic energy release (KER) distribution exhibiting a maximum at {approx}4.3 eV with a full width at half maximum (FWHM) of about 60%. The reaction leading to CH{sub 2}{sup +}+C{sup +} occurs in a time shorter than the typical rotational period of the acetylene molecules (of the order of 10{sup -12} s). The KER distribution of product ions for this reaction, exhibits a maximum at {approx}4.5 eV with a FWHM of about 28%. The symmetric dissociation, leading to CH{sup +} + CH{sup +}, exhibits a KER distribution with a maximum at {approx}5.2 eV with a FWHM of 44%. For the first two reactions the angular distributions of ion products also indicate that the double photoionization of acetylene occurs when the neutral molecule is mainly oriented perpendicularly to the light polarization vector.

  17. Direct identification of propargyl radical in combustion flames by vacuum ultraviolet photoionization mass spectrometry.

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    Zhang, T; Tang, X N; Lau, K-C; Ng, C Y; Nicolas, C; Peterka, D S; Ahmed, M; Morton, Melita L; Ruscic, Branko; Yang, R; Wei, L X; Huang, C Q; Yang, B; Wang, J; Sheng, L S; Zhang, Y W; Qi, F

    2006-02-21

    We have developed an effusive laser photodissociation radical source, aiming for the production of vibrationally relaxed radicals. Employing this radical source, we have measured the vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photoionization efficiency (PIE) spectrum of the propargyl radical (C(3)H(3)) formed by the 193 nm excimer laser photodissociation of propargyl chloride in the energy range of 8.5-9.9 eV using high-resolution (energy bandwidth = 1 meV) multibunch synchrotron radiation. The VUV-PIE spectrum of C(3)H(3) thus obtained is found to exhibit pronounced autoionization features, which are tentatively assigned as members of two vibrational progressions of C(3)H(3) in excited autoionizing Rydberg states. The ionization energy (IE = 8.674 +/- 0.001 eV) of C(3)H(3) determined by a small steplike feature resolved at the photoionization onset of the VUV-PIE spectrum is in excellent agreement with the IE value reported in a previous pulsed field ionization-photoelectron study. We have also calculated the Franck-Condon factors (FCFs) for the photoionization transitions C(3)H(3) (+)(X;nu(i),i = 1-12)<--C(3)H(3)(X). The comparison between the pattern of FCFs and the autoionization peaks resolved in the VUV-PIE spectrum of C(3)H(3) points to the conclusion that the resonance-enhanced autoionization mechanism is most likely responsible for the observation of pronounced autoionization features. We also present here the VUV-PIE spectra for the mass 39 ions observed in the VUV synchrotron-based photoionization mass spectrometric sampling of several premixed flames. The excellent agreement of the IE value and the pattern of autoionizing features of the VUV-PIE spectra observed in the photodissociation and flames studies has provided an unambiguous identification of the propargyl radical as an important intermediate in the premixed combustion flames. The discrepancy found between the PIE spectra obtained in flames and photodissociation at energies above the IE(C(3)H(3)) suggests that

  18. Effect of strongly coupled plasma on photoionization cross section

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    Das, Madhusmita

    2014-01-15

    The effect of strongly coupled plasma on the ground state photoionization cross section is studied. In the non relativistic dipole approximation, cross section is evaluated from bound-free transition matrix element. The bound and free state wave functions are obtained by solving the radial Schrodinger equation with appropriate plasma potential. We have used ion sphere potential (ISP) to incorporate the plasma effects in atomic structure calculation. This potential includes the effect of static plasma screening on nuclear charge as well as the effect of confinement due to the neighbouring ions. With ISP, the radial equation is solved using Shooting method approach for hydrogen like ions (Li{sup +2}, C{sup +5}, Al{sup +12}) and lithium like ions (C{sup +3}, O{sup +5}). The effect of strong screening and confinement is manifested as confinement resonances near the ionization threshold for both kinds of ions. The confinement resonances are very much dependent on the edge of the confining potential and die out as the plasma density is increased. Plasma effect also results in appearance of Cooper minimum in lithium like ions, which was not present in case of free lithium like ions. With increasing density the position of Cooper minimum shifts towards higher photoelectron energy. The same behaviour is also true for weakly coupled plasma where plasma effect is modelled by Debye-Huckel potential.

  19. Absolute partial photoionization cross sections of ozone.

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    Berkowitz, J.; Chemistry

    2008-04-01

    Despite the current concerns about ozone, absolute partial photoionization cross sections for this molecule in the vacuum ultraviolet (valence) region have been unavailable. By eclectic re-evaluation of old/new data and plausible assumptions, such cross sections have been assembled to fill this void.

  20. Rotationally resolved photoelectron spectra in resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization of HCl via the F 1Δ2 Rydberg state

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    Wang, Kwanghsi; McKoy, V.

    1991-12-01

    Results of studies of rotational ion distributions in the X 2Π3/2 and X 2Π1/2 spin-orbit states of HCl+ resulting from (2+1') resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) via the S(0) branch of the F 1Δ2 Rydberg state are reported and compared with measured threshold-field-ionization zero-kinetic-energy spectra reported recently [K. S. Haber, Y. Jiang, G. Bryant, H. Lefebvre-Brion, and E. R. Grant, Phys. Rev. A (in press)]. These results show comparable intensities for J+=3/2 of the X 2Π3/2 ion and J+=1/2 of the X 2Π1/2 ion. Both transitions require an angular momentum change of ΔN=-1 upon photoionization. To provide further insight into the near-threshold dynamics of this process, we also show rotationally resolved photoelectron angular distributions, alignment of the ion rotational levels, and rotational distributions for the parity components of the ion rotational levels. About 18% population is predicted to occur in the (+) parity component, which would arise from odd partial-wave contributions to the photoelectron matrix element. This behavior is similar to that in (2+1) REMPI via the S(2) branch of the F 1Δ2 state of HBr and was shown to arise from significant l mixing in the electronic continuum due to the nonspherical molecular ion potential. Rotational ion distributions resulting from (2+1) REMPI via the S(10) branch of the F 1Δ2 state are also shown.

  1. A fresh look at the photoelectron spectrum of bromobenzene: A third-order non-Dyson electron propagator study.

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    Schneider, M; Soshnikov, D Yu; Holland, D M P; Powis, I; Antonsson, E; Patanen, M; Nicolas, C; Miron, C; Wormit, M; Dreuw, A; Trofimov, A B

    2015-10-14

    The valence-shell ionization spectrum of bromobenzene, as a representative halogen substituted aromatic, was studied using the non-Dyson third-order algebraic-diagrammatic construction [nD-ADC(3)] approximation for the electron propagator. This method, also referred to as IP-ADC(3), was implemented as a part of the Q-Chem program and enables large-scale calculations of the ionization spectra, where the computational effort scales as n(5) with respect to the number of molecular orbitals n. The IP-ADC(3) scheme is ideally suited for investigating low-lying ionization transitions, so fresh insight could be gained into the cationic state manifold of bromobenzene. In particular, the present IP-ADC(3) calculations with the cc-pVTZ basis reveal a whole class of low-lying low-intensity two-hole-one-particle (2h-1p) doublet and quartet states, which are relevant to various photoionization processes. The good qualitative agreement between the theoretical spectral profile for the valence-shell ionization transitions generated with the smaller cc-pVDZ basis set and the experimental photoelectron spectrum measured at a photon energy of 80 eV on the PLÉIADES beamline at the Soleil synchrotron radiation source allowed all the main features to be assigned. Some theoretical aspects of the ionization energy calculations concerning the use of various approximation schemes and basis sets are discussed.

  2. A fresh look at the photoelectron spectrum of bromobenzene: A third-order non-Dyson electron propagator study

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    Schneider, M.; Wormit, M.; Dreuw, A.; Soshnikov, D. Yu.; Trofimov, A. B.; Holland, D. M. P.; Powis, I.; Antonsson, E.; Patanen, M.; Nicolas, C.; Miron, C.

    2015-10-14

    The valence-shell ionization spectrum of bromobenzene, as a representative halogen substituted aromatic, was studied using the non-Dyson third-order algebraic-diagrammatic construction [nD-ADC(3)] approximation for the electron propagator. This method, also referred to as IP-ADC(3), was implemented as a part of the Q-Chem program and enables large-scale calculations of the ionization spectra, where the computational effort scales as n{sup 5} with respect to the number of molecular orbitals n. The IP-ADC(3) scheme is ideally suited for investigating low-lying ionization transitions, so fresh insight could be gained into the cationic state manifold of bromobenzene. In particular, the present IP-ADC(3) calculations with the cc-pVTZ basis reveal a whole class of low-lying low-intensity two-hole-one-particle (2h-1p) doublet and quartet states, which are relevant to various photoionization processes. The good qualitative agreement between the theoretical spectral profile for the valence-shell ionization transitions generated with the smaller cc-pVDZ basis set and the experimental photoelectron spectrum measured at a photon energy of 80 eV on the PLÉIADES beamline at the Soleil synchrotron radiation source allowed all the main features to be assigned. Some theoretical aspects of the ionization energy calculations concerning the use of various approximation schemes and basis sets are discussed.

  3. Vibrational branching ratios and asymmetry parameters in the photoionization of CO2 in the region between 650 Å and 840 Å

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    SRD 119 Vibrational branching ratios and asymmetry parameters in the photoionization of CO2 in the region between 650 Å and 840 Å (Web, free access)   CO2 is studied using dispersed synchrotron radiation in the 650 Å to 850 Å spectral region. The vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectra are analyzed to generate relative vibrational transition amplitudes and the angular asymmetry parameters describing the various transitions observed.

  4. Photoelectron spectroscopy of a series of acetate and propionate esters

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    Śmiałek, Małgorzata A.; Guthmuller, Julien; MacDonald, Michael A.; Zuin, Lucia; Delwiche, Jacques; Hubin-Franskin, Marie-Jeanne; Lesniewski, Tadeusz; Mason, Nigel J.; Limão-Vieira, Paulo

    2017-10-01

    The electronic state and photoionization spectroscopy of a series of acetate esters: methyl acetate, isopropyl acetate, butyl acetate and pentyl acetate as well as two propionates: methyl propionate and ethyl propionate, have been determined using vacuum-ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy. These experimental investigations are complemented by ab initio calculations. The measured first adiabatic and vertical ionization energies were determined as: 10.21 and 10.45 eV for methyl acetate, 9.99 and 10.22 eV for isopropyl acetate, 10.07 and 10.26 eV for butyl acetate, 10.01 and 10.22 eV for pentyl acetate, 10.16 and 10.36 eV for methyl propionate and 9.99 and 10.18 eV for ethyl propionate. For the four smaller esters vibrational transitions were calculated and compared with those identified in the photoelectron spectrum, revealing the most distinctive ones to be a Csbnd O stretch combined with a Cdbnd O stretch. The ionization energies of methyl and ethyl esters as well as for a series of formates and acetates were compared showing a clear dependence of the value of the ionization energy on the size of the molecule with very little influence of its conformation.

  5. Electronically forbidden (5σu-->kσu) photoionization of CS2: Mode-specific electronic-vibrational coupling

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    Rathbone, G. J.; Poliakoff, E. D.; Bozek, John D.; Lucchese, R. R.

    2005-02-01

    Vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of the CS2+(BΣu +2) state is used to show how nontotally symmetric vibrations "activate" a forbidden electronic transition in the photoionization continuum, specifically, a 5σu→kσu shape resonance, that would be inaccessible in the absence of a symmetry breaking vibration. This electronic channel is forbidden owing to inversion symmetry selection rules, but it can be accessed when a nonsymmetric vibration is excited, such as bending or antisymmetric stretching. Photoelectron spectra are acquired for photon energies 17⩽hν⩽72eV, and it is observed that the forbidden vibrational transitions are selectively enhanced in the region of a symmetry-forbidden continuum shape resonance centered at hν ≈42eV. Schwinger variational calculations are performed to analyze the data, and the theoretical analysis demonstrates that the observed forbidden transitions are due to photoelectron-mediated vibronic coupling, rather than interchannel Herzberg-Teller mixing. We observe and explain the counterintuitive result that some vibrational branching ratios vary strongly with energy in the region of the resonance, even though the resonance position and width are not appreciably influenced by geometry changes that correspond to the affected vibrations. In addition, we find that another resonant channel, 5σu→kπg, influences the symmetric stretch branching ratio. All of the observed effects can be understood within the framework of the Chase adiabatic approximation, i.e., the Born-Oppenheimer approximation applied to photoionization.

  6. Photoionization of endohedral fullerenes using soft x-ray coincidence spectroscopy

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    Obaid, Razib; Xiong, Hui; Ablikim, Utuq; Augustin, Sven; Schnorr, Kirsten; Battistoni, Andrea; Wolf, Thomas; Carroll, Ann Marie; Bilodeau, Rene; Osipov, Timur; Rolles, Daniel; Berrah, Nora

    2016-05-01

    Endohedral fullerenes are a model system to understand the reorganization dynamics of highly charged molecular systems with delocalized electronic clouds in the multiphoton excitation regime. Previous experiments at the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) using free-electron laser (FEL) and ultrafast IR laser pulses studied this feature in Ho3N@C80. The question remains whether these dynamics can be studied in the site-specific single photo-ionization regime. Ho3N@C80 is particularly interesting since the inner molecule, Ho3N, is unstable in its natural form. The presence of the encapsulating cage, with the charge exchange characteristics of Holmium, stabilizes the whole molecule. In this study, we will present the charge fragmentation dynamics of this species in the single photoionization process of inner shell electrons (4d) of Holmium using the Advanced Light Source (ALS) at LBNL. Photoion-photoion correlation data, alongside with qualitative electron data will be presented. Funded by the DoE-BES, Grant No. DE-SC0012376.

  7. Photoelectron detection from transient species in organic semiconducting thin films by dual laser pulse irradiation

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    Hosokai, Takuya; Matsuzaki, Hiroyuki; Furube, Akihiro; Nakamura, Ken

    2017-02-01

    An Nd3+:YAG pulsed laser was employed as a light source for two-photon photoemission from organic semiconducting thin films in low vacuum and air. Photoionization by the two-photon process was confirmed in both the environments by measuring photoemission current. By constructing a pump-probe system, photoemissions from transient species formed by the pump light irradiation were detected by probe light irradiation as a result of a linear increase in the photocurrent with the pump power via a one-photon process. Thus, we propose a novel method called two-photon photoelectron yield spectroscopy to determine the excited-state energy levels in ambient environments.

  8. Investigation of low-Z Coster-Kronig transitions by means of Auger and photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Yin, L. I.; Tsang, T.; Adler, I.

    1972-01-01

    Experimental intensity ratios of Auger transitions for Co, Ni, Cu, and Zn as well as the relative L sub 2 and L sub 3 level widths of Cu and Zn, derived from their photoelectron spectra, are presented. Evidence is presented that a great deal of vacancy reorganization took place following photoionization and prior to Auger emission. These reorganizations are assumed to be due to Coster-Kronig transitions f sub 23. These results are compared with theoretical calculations and agree with predicted discontinuity at Z = 30 where f sub 23 transitions become energetically impossible.

  9. Photoelectron circular dichroism of isopropanolamine

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    Catone, D.; Turchini, S.; Contini, G.; Prosperi, T.; Stener, M.; Decleva, P.; Zema, N.

    2017-01-01

    Spectroscopies based on circular polarized light are sensitive to the electronic and structural properties of chiral molecules. Photoelectron circular dichroism (PECD) is a powerful technique that combines the chiral sensitivity of the circular polarized light and the electronic information obtained by photoelectron spectroscopy. An experimental and theoretical PECD study of the outer valence and C 1s core states of 1-amino-2-propanol in the gas phase is presented. The experimental dichroic dispersions in the photoelectron kinetic energy are compared with theoretical calculations employing a multicentric basis set of B-spline functions and a Kohn-Sham Hamiltonian. In order to understand analogies and differences in the dichroism of structural isomers bearing the same functional groups, a comparison with previous PECD study of valence band of 2-amino-1-propanol is carried out.

  10. Versatile cluster based photoelectron spectrometer

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    Knappenberger, K. L. Jr.; Jones, C. E. Jr.; Sobhy, M. A.; Castleman, A. W. Jr.

    2006-12-15

    A recently constructed cluster based photoelectron spectrometer is described. This instrumentation is unique in that it enables the kinetic energy analysis of electrons ejected from both anions and neutral clusters. This capability permits the investigation of discrete electronic levels in all charge states (anionic, neutral, and cationic). A laser vaporization plasma reactor cluster source affixed with a sublimation cell is employed to produce a variety of metal clusters, and the resulting cluster distributions are analyzed with time-of-flight mass spectrometry. The corresponding electronic structure is analyzed with a 'magnetic bottle' photoelectron spectrometer. Examples of instrument performance operating in both anion photodetachment and neutral multiphoton ionization (MPI) modes are provided. In the case of neutral MPI, the corresponding product distribution is collected with a Wiley-McLaren [Rev. Sci. Instrum. 26, 1150 (1955)] mass spectrometer mounted perpendicular to the magnetic bottle photoelectron spectrometer.

  11. Solvated Electrons in Clusters: Magic Numbers for the Photoelectron Anisotropy.

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    West, Adam H C; Yoder, Bruce L; Luckhaus, David; Signorell, Ruth

    2015-12-17

    This paper reports on a curiosity concerning magic numbers in neutral molecular clusters, namely on magic numbers related to the photoelectron anisotropy in angle-resolved photoelectron spectra. With a combination of density functional calculations and experiment, we search for magic numbers in Na(H2O)n, Na(NH3)n, Na(CH3OH)n, and Na(CH3OCH3)n clusters. In clusters of high symmetry, the highest occupied molecular orbital can be delocalized over an extended region, forming a symmetric charge distribution of high s character, which results in a pronounced anisotropy in the photoelectron angular distribution. We find magic numbers at n = 6 and 4 for sodium-doped dimethyl ether and ammonia clusters, respectively, but not for sodium-doped water and methanol clusters, which is likely a consequence of the degree of hydrogen bonding and the number of structural isomers.

  12. The design of double electrostatic-lens optics for resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization and photoelectron imaging experiments

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    Qu, Zehua; Li, Chunsheng; Qin, Zhengbo E-mail: xfzheng@mail.ahnu.edu.cn; Zheng, Xianfeng E-mail: xfzheng@mail.ahnu.edu.cn; Yao, Guanxin; Zhang, Xianyi; Cui, Zhifeng

    2015-06-15

    Compared to single ion/electron-optics for velocity-map imaging, a double-focusing lens assembly designed not only allows for mapping velocity imaging of photoelectrons but also allows for investigating the vibrational structure of the intermediate states of neutral species in resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) spectra. In this presentation, in order to record REMPI and photoelectron spectra separately, we have constructed a compact photoelectron velocity-map imaging (VMI) apparatus combined with an opposite linear Wiley-Mclaren time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOFMS). A mass resolution (m/Δm) of ∼1300 for TOFMS and electron energy resolution (ΔE/E) of 2.4% for VMI have been achieved upon three-photon ionization of Xe atom at 258.00 nm laser wavelength. As a benchmark, in combination of one-color (1 + 1) REMPI and photoelectron imaging of benzene via 6{sup 1} and 6{sup 1}1{sup 1} vibronic levels in the S{sub 1} state, the vibrational structures of the cation and photoelectron angular anisotropy are unraveled. In addition, two-color (1 + 1′) REMPI and photoelectron imaging of aniline was used to complete the accurate measurement of ionization potential (62 271 ± 3 cm{sup −1}). The results suggest that the apparatus is a powerful tool for studying photoionization dynamics in the photoelectron imaging using vibrational-state selected excitation to the intermediate states of neutrals based on REMPI technique.

  13. The design of double electrostatic-lens optics for resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization and photoelectron imaging experiments

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    Qu, Zehua; Li, Chunsheng; Qin, Zhengbo; Zheng, Xianfeng; Yao, Guanxin; Zhang, Xianyi; Cui, Zhifeng

    2015-06-01

    Compared to single ion/electron-optics for velocity-map imaging, a double-focusing lens assembly designed not only allows for mapping velocity imaging of photoelectrons but also allows for investigating the vibrational structure of the intermediate states of neutral species in resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) spectra. In this presentation, in order to record REMPI and photoelectron spectra separately, we have constructed a compact photoelectron velocity-map imaging (VMI) apparatus combined with an opposite linear Wiley-Mclaren time-of-flight mass spectrometer (TOFMS). A mass resolution (m/Δm) of ˜1300 for TOFMS and electron energy resolution (ΔE/E) of 2.4% for VMI have been achieved upon three-photon ionization of Xe atom at 258.00 nm laser wavelength. As a benchmark, in combination of one-color (1 + 1) REMPI and photoelectron imaging of benzene via 61 and 6111 vibronic levels in the S1 state, the vibrational structures of the cation and photoelectron angular anisotropy are unraveled. In addition, two-color (1 + 1') REMPI and photoelectron imaging of aniline was used to complete the accurate measurement of ionization potential (62 271 ± 3 cm-1). The results suggest that the apparatus is a powerful tool for studying photoionization dynamics in the photoelectron imaging using vibrational-state selected excitation to the intermediate states of neutrals based on REMPI technique.

  14. Photoelectron backscattering in vacuum phototubes

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    Lubsandorzhiev, B. K.; Vasiliev, R. V.; Vyatchin, Y. E.; Shaibonov, B. A. J.

    2006-11-01

    In this article we describe results of studies of a photoelectron backscattering effect in vacuum phototubes: classical photomultipliers (PMT) and hybrid phototubes (PH). Late pulses occurring in PMTs are attributed to the photoelectron backscattering and distinguished from pulses due to an anode glow effect. The late pulses are measured in a number of PMTs and HPs with various photocathode sizes covering 1 50 cm range and different types of the first dynode materials and construction designs. It is shown that the late pulses are a generic feature of all vacuum photodetectors—PMTs and PHs—and they do not deteriorate dramatically amplitude and timing responses of vacuum phototubes.

  15. Sturmian approach to the study of photoionization of atoms and molecules

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    Granados Castro, Carlos Mario; Ancarani, Lorenzo Ugo; Gasaneo, Gustavo; Mitnik, Dario M.

    2013-09-01

    In this presentation we study the photoionization of atoms and molecules using ultrashort laser pulses, solving the time-independent Schrödinger equation (TISE) in a first order perturbation theory. The interaction laser-matter is described with the dipolar operator in the velocity gauge. Generalized Sturmian functions are used to solve the driven equation for a scattering wave function which includes all the information about the ionization problem. For the atomic case, we study the photoionization of He atom using the Hermann-Skillman potential together with the one-active electron approximation. For molecular systems (CH4 in this work), we use first a spherically symmetric potential Ui(r), and then a more realistic potential that includes all the nuclei and other electrons interaction, as in. For each molecular orbital we use Moccia's wave functions, solve the TISE with an initial molecular orbital i of the ground state and extract the corresponding photoionization cross sections. For both atomic and molecular systems we compare our results with previous calculations and available experimental data.

  16. Outermost and inner-shell electronic properties of ClC(O)SCH2CH3 studied using HeI photoelectron spectroscopy and synchrotron radiation.

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    Pirani, Lucas S Rodríguez; Erben, Mauricio F; Geronés, Mariana; Ma, Chunping; Ge, Maofa; Romano, Rosana M; Filho, Reinaldo L Cavasso; Della Védova, Carlos O

    2011-06-02

    A study of valence electronic properties of S-ethyl chlorothioformate (S-ethyl chloromethanethioate), ClC(O)SCH(2)CH(3), using HeI photoelectron spectra (PES) and synchrotron radiation is presented. Moreover, the photon impact excitation and dissociation dynamics of ClC(O)SCH(2)CH(3) excited at the S 2p and Cl 2p levels are elucidated by analyzing the total ion yield (TIY) spectra and time-of-flight mass spectra acquired in multicoincidence mode [photoelectron-photoion coincidence (PEPICO) and photoelectron-photoion-photoion coincidence (PEPIPICO)]. The HeI photoelectron spectrum is dominated by features associated with lone-pair electrons from the ClC(O)S- group, the HOMO at 9.84 eV being assigned to the n(π)(S) sulfur lone-pair orbital. Whereas the formation of C(2)H(5)(+) ion dominates the fragmentation in the valence energy region, the most abundant ion formed in both the S and Cl 2p energy ranges is C(2)H(3)(+). Comparison with related XC(O)SR (X = H, F, Cl and R = -CH(3), -C(2)H(5)) species reveals the impact of the alkyl chain on the photodissociation behavior of S-alkyl (halo)thioformates. © 2011 American Chemical Society

  17. Valence photoelectron spectra of alkali bromides calculated within the propagator theory.

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    Karpenko, Alexander; Iablonskyi, Denys; Aksela, Helena

    2013-04-28

    The valence ionization spectra covering the binding energy range 0-45 eV of alkali bromide XBr (X = Li, Na, K, Rb) vapors are studied within the framework of the propagator theory. Relativistic Algebraic Diagrammatic Construction calculations have been carried out in order to investigate photoionization processes and to describe molecular electronic structure. Theoretical results are compared with available experimental data.

  18. Time-dependent Cooling in Photoionized Plasma

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    Gnat, Orly

    2017-02-01

    I explore the thermal evolution and ionization states in gas cooling from an initially hot state in the presence of external photoionizing radiation. I compute the equilibrium and nonequilibrium cooling efficiencies, heating rates, and ion fractions for low-density gas cooling while exposed to the ionizing metagalactic background radiation at various redshifts (z = 0 ‑ 3), for a range of temperatures (108–104 K), densities (10‑7–103 cm‑3), and metallicities (10‑3–2 times solar). The results indicate the existence of a threshold ionization parameter, above which the cooling efficiencies are very close to those in photoionization equilibrium (so that departures from equilibrium may be neglected), and below which the cooling efficiencies resemble those in collisional time-dependent gas cooling with no external radiation (and are thus independent of density).

  19. Photoionization of P+: Experiment and theory

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    Nahar, S. N.; Hernández, E. M.; Hernández, L.; Antillón, A.; Morales-Mori, A.; González, O.; Covington, A. M.; Chartkunchand, K. C.; Hanstorp, D.; Juárez, A. M.; Hinojosa, G.

    2017-01-01

    An experimental and theoretical study of the single photoionization cross section of the P+ cation of phosphorus is presented. Photoionization (PI) cross sections are instrumental for the determination of abundances in the interstellar medium. The experiment was performed by merging an ion beam with a photon beam. The photon beam was nearly monochromatic and had an energy resolution of 24 meV. Calculations were carried out using the Breit-Pauli R-matrix method. The combined study was developed in the photon energy interval from 18 eV (68.9 nm) to 50 eV (24.8 nm). Comparison between the measured and the calculated cross section shows good agreement in general and identifies features of the process and existence of states in the experimental beam. The present results should provide for more accurate modeling of P+.

  20. Photoionization of atomic hydrogen in electric field

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    Gorlov, Timofey V; Danilov, Viatcheslav V

    2010-01-01

    Laser assisted ionization of high energy hydrogen beams in magnetic fields opens wide application possibilities in accelerator physics and other fields. The key theoretical problem of the method is the calculation of the ionization probability of a hydrogen atom affected by laser and static electric fields in the particle rest frame. A method of solving this problem with the temporal Schr dinger equation including a continuum spectrum is presented in this paper in accurate form for the first time. This method allows finding the temporal evolution of the wave function of the hydrogen atom as a function of laser and static electric fields. Solving the problem of photoionization reveals quantum effects that cannot be described by the cross sectional approach. The effects play a key role in the problems of photoionization of H0 beams with the large angular or energy spread.

  1. Neon photoionized plasma experiment at Z

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    Mayes, D. C.; Mancini, R. C.; Bailey, J. E.; Loisel, G. P.; Rochau, G. A.

    2016-10-01

    We discuss an experimental effort to study the atomic kinetics in neon photoionized plasmas via K-shell line absorption spectroscopy. The experiment employs the intense x-ray flux emitted at the collapse of a Z-pinch to heat and backlight a photoionized plasma contained within a cm-scale gas cell placed at various distances from the Z-pinch and filled with neon gas pressures in the range from 3.5 to 30 torr. The experimental platform affords an order of magnitude range in the ionization parameter characterizing the photoionized plasma from about 3 to 80 erg*cm/s. An x-ray crystal spectrometer capable of collecting both time-integrated and time-gated spectra is used to collect absorption spectra. A suite of IDL programs has been developed to process the experimental data to produce transmission spectra. The spectra show line absorption by several ionization stages of neon, including Be-, Li-, He-, and H-like ions. Analysis of these spectra yields ion areal-densities and charge state distributions, which can be compared with results from atomic kinetics codes. In addition, the electron temperature is extracted from level population ratios of nearby energy levels in Li- and Be-like ions, which can be used to test heating models of photoionized plasmas. This work was sponsored in part by the DOE National Nuclear Security Administration Grant DE-FG52-09NA29551, DOE Office of Science Grant DE-SC0014451, and the Z Facility Fundamental Science Program of SNL.

  2. Laser Photoelectron Spectroscopy of Organometallic Anions.

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    Cheng, Chun-Lin

    This thesis presents the first gas phase spectroscopic study of the FeC, FeC_2, FeC _2H, and FeC_2H _2 molecules and the corresponding anions. This series of molecules, as well as the related species CoC, were studied by negative ion laser photoelectron spectroscopy at an instrumental resolution of 4 meV. The apparatus employed in these studies is described, and its intracavity argon ion laser system is discussed in detail. The negative ion photoelectron spectra of FeC and CoC yield ground state vibrational frequencies of 860 and 930 cm^{-1} for the neutral molecules, respectively, and 860 and 890 cm ^{-1} for the corresponding anions. These high vibrational frequencies indicate that the metal d orbitals are strongly involved in the bonding. Both photoelectron spectra show that the neutral molecule ground states are formed by detachment of an electron from a fairly nonbonding orbital. It is suggested that this orbital is primarily a metal 4s orbital which is polarized away from the carbon center. Molecular orbital diagrams for FeC and CoC are proposed, and their ground states are assigned as ^3Delta and ^3Sigma states, respectively. The electron affinities of FeC (1.381 +/- 0.008 eV) and CoC (1.498 +/- 0.007 eV) are also measured. In addition, more accurate values for the fine structure splittings in the atomic Fe^- and Co ^- anions are reported. The negative ion photoelectron spectra of FeC _2, FeC_2H and FeC_2H_2 yield electron affinities of 1.977, 1.456 and 1.342 ( +/-0.007) eV, respectively. Neutral molecule vibrational frequencies of 550, 460 and 480 cm ^{-1} are observed for the three systems, respectively, and assigned to the Fe-C stretching modes. Based upon these and other considerations, it is suggested that the three species observed here have a linear FeCC, a linear FeCCH and a C_{rm 2v} Fe(HCCH) structure. Molecular orbital diagrams and ground state assignments are proposed for the neutral molecules and the corresponding anions. Finally, the iterative

  3. Photoionization of atoms and small molecules using synchrotron radiation. [SF/sub 6/, SiF/sub 4/

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    Ferrett, T.A.

    1986-11-01

    The combination of synchrotron radiation and time-of-flight electron spectroscopy has been used to study the photoionization dynamics of atoms (Li) and small molecules (SF/sub 6/, SiF/sub 4/, and SO/sub 2/). Partial cross sections and angular distribution asymmetry parameters have been measured for Auger electrons and photoelectrons as functions of photon energy. Emphasis is on the basic understanding of electron correlation and resonant effects as manifested in the photoemission spectra for these systems. 254 refs., 46 figs., 10 tabs.

  4. Photoelectrons and solar ionizing radiation at Mars: Predictions versus MAVEN observations

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    Peterson, W. K.; Thiemann, E. M. B.; Eparvier, Francis G.; Andersson, Laila; Fowler, C. M.; Larson, Davin; Mitchell, Dave; Mazelle, Christian; Fontenla, Juan; Evans, J. Scott; Xu, Shaosui; Liemohn, Mike; Bougher, Stephen; Sakai, Shotaro; Cravens, T. E.; Elrod, M. K.; Benna, M.; Mahaffy, P.; Jakosky, Bruce

    2016-09-01

    Understanding the evolution of the Martian atmosphere requires knowledge of processes transforming solar irradiance into thermal energy well enough to model them accurately. Here we compare Martian photoelectron energy spectra measured at periapsis by Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution MissioN (MAVEN) with calculations made using three photoelectron production codes and three solar irradiance models as well as modeled and measured CO2 densities. We restricted our comparisons to regions where the contribution from solar wind electrons and ions were negligible. The two intervals examined on 19 October 2014 have different observed incident solar irradiance spectra. In spite of the differences in photoionization cross sections and irradiance spectra used, we find the agreement between models to be within the combined uncertainties associated with the observations from the MAVEN neutral density, electron flux, and solar irradiance instruments.

  5. Atomic ionization by intense laser pulses of short duration: Photoelectron energy and angular distributions

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    Dondera, M.

    2010-11-15

    We introduce an adequate integral representation of the wave function in the asymptotic region, valid for the stage postinteraction between a one-electron atom and a laser pulse of short duration, as a superposition of divergent radial spherical waves. Starting with this representation, we derive analytic expressions for the energy and angular distributions of the photoelectrons and we show their connection with expressions used before in the literature. Using our results, we propose a method to extract the photoelectron distributions from the time dependence of the wave function at large distances. Numerical results illustrating the method are presented for the photoionization of hydrogenlike atoms from the ground state and several excited states by extreme ultraviolet pulses with a central wavelength of 13.3 nm and several intensities around the value I{sub 0}{approx_equal}3.51x10{sup 16} W/cm{sup 2}.

  6. Measurements of isotope effects in the photoionization of N2 and implications for Titan's atmosphere

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    Croteau, Philip; Randazzo, John B.; Kostko, Oleg; Ahmed, Musahid; Liang, Mao-Chang; Yung, Yuk L.; Boering, Kristie A.

    2010-12-30

    Isotope effects in the non-dissociative photoionization of molecular nitrogen (N2 + h nu -> N2+ + e-) may play a role in determining the relative abundances of isotopic species containing nitrogen in interstellar clouds and planetary atmospheres but have not been previously measured. Measurements of the photoionization efficiency spectra of 14N2, 15N14N, and 15N2 from 15.5 to 18.9 eV (65.6-80.0 nm) using the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory show large differences in peak energies and intensities, with the ratio of the energy-dependent photoionization cross-sections, sigma(14N2)/sigma(15N14N), ranging from 0.4 to 3.5. Convolving the cross-sections with the solar flux and integrating over the energies measured, the ratios of photoionization rate coefficients are J(15N14N)/J(14N2)=1.00+-0.02 and J(15N2)/J(14N2)=1.00+-0.02, suggesting that isotopic fractionation between N2 and N2+ should be small under such conditions. In contrast, in a one-dimensional model of Titan's atmosphere, isotopic self-shielding of 14N2 leads to values of J(15N14N)/J(14N2) as large as ~;;1.17, larger than under optically thin conditions but still much smaller than values as high as ~;;29 predicted for N2 photodissociation. Since modeled photodissociation isotope effects overpredict the HC15N/HC14N ratio in Titan's atmosphere, and since both N atoms and N2+ ions may ultimately lead to the formation of HCN, estimates of the potential of including N2 photoionization to contribute to a more quantitative explanation of 15N/14N for HCN in Titan's atmosphere are explored.

  7. Physical mechanism of terahertz generation in two-color photoionization

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    You, Yong Sing

    Two-color photoionization has been widely used as a versatile tool for intense, broadband terahertz (THz) radiation generation. In this scheme, an ultrashort laser's fundamental and its second harmonic pulses are co-focused into a gas of atoms or molecules, transforming them into plasma by photoionization. This process produces an intense THz pulse emitted in the forward direction. The main focus of this dissertation is to provide a physical understanding of such THz generation and investigate its generation mechanism at both microscopic and macroscopic levels. First, we examine the generation process by measuring the relative phase between two-color (fundamental and second harmonic) laser fields and the resulting THz field simultaneously. We discover that a relative phase of pi/2 yields maximal THz outputs, consistent with a semi-classical plasma current model. We find that this optimal relative phase is independent of laser intensities, gas species, and two-color laser amplitude ratios. We also measure concurrent near-field photocurrents. All these measurements verify laser-produced plasma currents as a microscopic source for THz generation. We also investigate THz radiation from an ensemble of aligned air molecules in two-color laser fields. Our experiments show that THz radiation is strongly affected by molecular (nitrogen and oxygen) alignment. We explain this phenomenon in the context of the plasma current model combined with alignment-dependent ionization. Phase-matching is essential to achieve high-efficiency nonlinear frequency conversion. We discover THz generation by two-color photoionization in elongated air plasmas (filamentation) is naturally phase-matched in the off-axis direction, resulting in donut-shaped radiation profiles in the far field. Because of this off-axis phase-matching, THz yields increase almost linearly with the filament length, scalable for further THz energy enhancement. Lastly, we study the polarization of emitted THz radiation. In

  8. Dissociative photoionization of 1,2-dichloroethane in intense near-infrared femtosecond laser field

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    Zhang, Jian; Yang, Yan; Li, Zhipeng; Zhang, Shian; Sun, Zhenrong

    2017-01-01

    We experimentally demonstrate the dissociative photoionization of 1,2-C2H4Cl2 molecules in femtosecond laser field by time-of-flight mass spectrum and dc-slice imaging technology. Our results show the low kinetic energy components are from the dissociative ionization process of singly charged molecular ions, and the positive charge assignment are greatly influenced by the appearance energy of the fragment ions. The high kinetic energy components result from Coulomb explosion of multi-charged molecular ions, and the different angular distribution of these fragments along Csbnd C and Csbnd Cl bond dissociation can be explained by the potential energy surfaces of the molecular ions.

  9. Rotamers and Migration: Investigating the Dissociative Photoionization of Ethylenediamine.

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    Muller, Giel; Voronova, Krisztina; Sztáray, Bálint; Meloni, Giovanni

    2016-06-09

    The unimolecular dissociation of energy-selected ethylenediamine cations was studied by threshold photoelectron photoion coincidence spectroscopy (TPEPICO) in the photon energy range of 8.60-12.50 eV. Modeling the breakdown diagram and time-of-flight distributions with rigid activated complex RRKM theory yielded 0 K appearance energies for eight dissociation channels, leading to NH2CHCH2(+)(•) at 9.120 ± 0.010 eV, CH3C(NH2)2(+) at 9.200 ± 0.012 eV, NH2CHCH3(+) at 9.34 ± 0.08 eV, CH2NH2(+) at 9.449 ± 0.025 eV, CH2NH3(+) at 9.8 ± 0.1 eV, c-C2H4NH2(+) at 10.1 ± 0.1 eV, CH3NHCHCH2(+) at 10.2 ± 0.1 eV, and the reappearance of CH2NH2(+) at 10.2 ± 0.1 eV. The CBS-QB3-calculated pathways highlighted the influence of intramolecular hydrogen attractions on the dissociation processes, presenting novel isomers and low-energy van der Waals intermediates that led to fragments in good agreement with experimental results. While most of the dissociation channels take place through reverse barriers, the 0 K heat of formation of (•)CH2NH2 was determined to be 147.6 ± 3.7 kJ mol(-1), in excellent agreement with literature, and the 0 K heat of formation of CH2NH3(+) at 844 ± 10 kJ mol(-1) is the first experimentally measured value available and is in good agreement with theory.

  10. Desorption and ionization mechanisms in desorption atmospheric pressure photoionization.

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    Luosujärvi, Laura; Arvola, Ville; Haapala, Markus; Pól, Jaroslav; Saarela, Ville; Franssila, Sami; Kotiaho, Tapio; Kostiainen, Risto; Kauppila, Tiina J

    2008-10-01

    The factors influencing desorption and ionization in newly developed desorption atmospheric pressure photoionization-mass spectrometry (DAPPI-MS) were studied. Redirecting the DAPPI spray was observed to further improve the versatility of the technique: for dilute samples, parallel spray with increased analyte signal was found to be the best suited, while for more concentrated samples, the orthogonal spray with less risk for contamination is recommended. The suitability of various spray solvents and sampling surface materials was tested for a variety of analytes with different polarities and molecular weights. As in atmospheric pressure photoionization, the analytes formed [M + H](+), [M - H](-), M(+*), M(-*), [M - H + O](-), or [M - 2H + 2O](-) ions depending on the analyte, spray solvent, and ionization mode. In positive ion mode, anisole and toluene as spray solvents promoted the formation of M(+*) ions and were therefore best suited for the analysis of nonpolar compounds (anthracene, benzo[a]pyrene, and tetracyclone). Acetone and hexane were optimal spray solvents for polar compounds (MDMA, testosterone, and verapamil) since they produced intensive [M + H](+) ion peaks of the analytes. In negative ion mode, the type of spray solvent affected the signal intensity, but not the ion composition. M(-*) ions were formed from 1,4-dinitrobenzene, and [M - H + O](-) and [M - 2H + 2O](-) ions from 1,4-naphthoquinone, whereas acidic compounds (naphthoic acid and paracetamol) formed [M - H](-) ions. The tested sampling surfaces included various materials with different thermal conductivities. The materials with low thermal conductivity, i.e., polymers like poly(methyl methacrylate) and poly(tetrafluoroethylene) (Teflon) were found to be the best, since they enable localized heating of the sampling surface, which was found to be essential for efficient analyte desorption. Nevertheless, the sampling surface material did not affect the ionization mechanisms.

  11. Valence Electronic Structure of Aqueous Solutions: Insights from Photoelectron Spectroscopy

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    Seidel, Robert; Winter, Bernd; Bradforth, Stephen E.

    2016-05-01

    The valence orbital electron binding energies of water and of embedded solutes are crucial quantities for understanding chemical reactions taking place in aqueous solution, including oxidation/reduction, transition-metal coordination, and radiation chemistry. Their experimental determination based on liquid-photoelectron spectroscopy using soft X-rays is described, and we provide an overview of valence photoelectron spectroscopy studies reported to date. We discuss principal experimental aspects and several theoretical approaches to compute the measured binding energies of the least tightly bound molecular orbitals. Solutes studied are presented chronologically, from simple electrolytes, via transition-metal ion solutions and several organic and inorganic molecules, to biologically relevant molecules, including aqueous nucleotides and their components. In addition to the lowest vertical ionization energies, the measured valence photoelectron spectra also provide information on adiabatic ionization energies and reorganization energies for the oxidation (ionization) half-reaction. For solutes with low solubility, resonantly enhanced ionization provides a promising alternative pathway.

  12. Valence Electronic Structure of Aqueous Solutions: Insights from Photoelectron Spectroscopy.

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    Seidel, Robert; Winter, Bernd; Bradforth, Stephen E

    2016-05-27

    The valence orbital electron binding energies of water and of embedded solutes are crucial quantities for understanding chemical reactions taking place in aqueous solution, including oxidation/reduction, transition-metal coordination, and radiation chemistry. Their experimental determination based on liquid-photoelectron spectroscopy using soft X-rays is described, and we provide an overview of valence photoelectron spectroscopy studies reported to date. We discuss principal experimental aspects and several theoretical approaches to compute the measured binding energies of the least tightly bound molecular orbitals. Solutes studied are presented chronologically, from simple electrolytes, via transition-metal ion solutions and several organic and inorganic molecules, to biologically relevant molecules, including aqueous nucleotides and their components. In addition to the lowest vertical ionization energies, the measured valence photoelectron spectra also provide information on adiabatic ionization energies and reorganization energies for the oxidation (ionization) half-reaction. For solutes with low solubility, resonantly enhanced ionization provides a promising alternative pathway.

  13. Observation of Interference between Two Distinct Autoionizing States in Dissociative Photoionization of H2

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    Reddish, T. J.; Padmanabhan, A.; MacDonald, M. A.; Zuin, L.; Fernández, J.; Palacios, A.; Martín, F.

    2012-01-01

    Dissociative photoionization (DPI) of randomly oriented H2 molecules has been studied using linearly polarized synchrotron radiation at selected photon energies of 31, 33, and 35 eV. Large amplitude oscillations in the photoelectron asymmetry parameter β, as a function of electron energy, have been observed. The phase of these β oscillations are in excellent agreement with the results of recent close coupling calculations [Fernández and Martín, New J. Phys. 11, 043020 (2009)NJOPFM1367-263010.1088/1367-2630/11/4/043020]. We show that the oscillations are the signature of interferences between the 1Q1Σu+1 and 1Q2Πu1 doubly excited states decaying at different internuclear distances. The oscillations thus provide information about the classical paths followed by the nuclei. The presence of such oscillations is predicted to be a general phenomenon in DPI.

  14. Partial and total cross sections and multiplet structure in the photoionization of atomic manganese

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    Jimenez-Mier, J.; Krause, M.O.; Gerard, P. ); Hermsmeier, B.; Fadley, C.S.

    1989-10-01

    We determined the absolute partial photoionization cross section {sigma} and the angular distribution parameter {beta} of the 3{ital d}, 3{ital p}, and 3{ital s} photoelectrons in atomic manganese for 65{le}{ital h}{nu}{le}250 eV. The total photoionization cross section is in satisfactory accord with the single-particle Hartree-Slater calculation and in very good agreement with a relativistic time-dependent local-density-approximation calculation. Binding energies and intensity ratios of the 3{ital s}{sup {minus}1} and 3{ital p}{sup {minus}1} multiplet lines were obtained. Five lines were identified within the 3{ital p}{sup {minus}1} multiplet, and the measured spacings are close to those found in solid MnF{sub 2}. Similarly, the spacings in the 3{ital s}{sup {minus}1} multiplet are equal to the ones measured in solid MnF{sub 2}. There is good accord between our results for the angular-distribution parameter of the 3{ital p}{sup {minus}1} ({sup 7}P) line and those of Malutzki {ital et} {ital al}. (J. Phys. B 18, 1735 (1985)). The intensity ratios of {sup 5}P(1) to {sup 7}P and {sup 5}S(1) to {sup 7}S were seen to increase slowly somewhat above their thresholds. More rapid variations of all multiplet ratios were found within about 30 eV of threshold.

  15. Angular resolved photoionization of C60 by femtosecond laser pulses

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    Li, Hui; Wang, Zhenhua; Suessmann, Frederik; Zherebtsov, Sergey; Skruszewicz, Slawomir; Tiggesbaeumker, Josef; Fennel, Thomas; Meiwes-Broer, Karl-Heinz; Cocke, C.; Kling, Matthias; JRM laboratory, Kansas State University Team; University of Rostock Collaboration; Max-Planck InstitutQuantumoptik Collaboration

    2013-03-01

    Neutral C60 molecules are ionized by intense femtosecond laser pulses around the wavelength of 800 nm with pulse durations 4 fs and 30 fs. We measure photoelectrons utilizing velocity-map imaging (VMI) and analyze the photoelectron angular distributions. For particular photoelectron energies, these distributions might reflect the excitation and ionization of superatomic molecular orbitals (SAMOs) which have been theoretically predicted and only recently experimentally observed. SAMOs arise from the hollow core spherical structures of the C60 molecules and differ from Rydberg states of C60 by their potential to exhibit electron density within the C60 cage. We have recorded the carrier envelope phase (CEP) dependence of the electron emission for 4 fs pulses using single shot CEP-tagging. The CEP-dependent asymmetry in the electron emission is observed to strongly depend on the laser polarization. Furthermore, the amplitudes and phases of the CEP-dependent electron emission are analyzed and show that thermal electron emission can be avoided enabling a more direct comparison to theory.

  16. Long Duration Directional Drives for Star Formation and Photoionization

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    Kane, J. O.; Martinez, D. A.; Pound, M. W.; Heeter, R. F.; Villette, B.; Casner, A.; Mancini, R. C.

    2015-06-18

    This research will; confirm the possibility of studying the structure and evolution of star-forming regions of molecular clouds in the laboratory; test the cometary model for the formation of the pillar structures in molecular clouds; assess the effect of magnetic fields on the evolution of structures in molecular clouds; and develop and demonstrate a new, long-duration (60-100 ns), directional source of x-ray radiation that can be used for the study of deeply nonlinear hydrodynamics, hydrodynamic instabilities that occur in the presence of directional radiation, shock-driven and radiatively-driven collapse of dense cores, and photoionization. Due to the iconic status of the pillars of the Eagle Nebula, this research will bring popular attention to plasma physics, HED laboratory physics, and fundamental science at NIF and other experimental facilities. The result will be to both to bring new perspectives to the studies of hydrodynamics in inertial confinement fusion and HED scenarios in general, and to promote interest in the STEM disciplines.

  17. Recent development of the photoionization / PDR code Cloudy

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    van Hoof, P. A. M.; Porter, R. L.; Ferland, G. J.

    2011-05-01

    Cloudy is a widely used open-source modeling tool for photoionized and PDR/XDR environments. It was the first code that could produce a unified and fully self-consistent model of both the ionized region and the PDR surrounding a central source. Such an environment can e.g. be found in massive star forming regions, in planetary nebulae or around AGN. The code is also capable of producing "classical" PDR models that do not include an ionized region. The emphasis of the code is on detailed and state-of-the-art treatment of micro-physical processes. Cloudy is continually being updated to improve this treatment and to add more and newer atomic and molecular data. On this poster we will discuss some of these developments, including the addition of the LAMDA, CDMS and JPL molecular line databases. These will allow us to make NLTE predictions for the molecular line emission, but the accuracy of those predictions will be limited by the quality (or even absence) of collision strength data. We will discuss the impact this has on the accuracy of the predicted spectra in typical ISM conditions.

  18. Photoelectron spectra of 2-thiouracil, 4-thiouracil, and 2,4-dithiouracil

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    Ruckenbauer, Matthias; Mai, Sebastian; Marquetand, Philipp; González, Leticia

    2016-02-01

    Ground- and excited-state UV photoelectron spectra of thiouracils (2-thiouracil, 4-thiouracil, and 2,4-dithiouracil) have been simulated using multireference configuration interaction calculations and Dyson norms as a measure for the photoionization intensity. Except for a constant shift, the calculated spectrum of 2-thiouracil agrees very well with experiment, while no experimental spectra are available for the two other compounds. For all three molecules, the photoelectron spectra show distinct bands due to ionization of the sulphur and oxygen lone pairs and the pyrimidine π system. The excited-state photoelectron spectra of 2-thiouracil show bands at much lower energies than in the ground state spectrum, allowing to monitor the excited-state population in time-resolved UV photoelectron spectroscopy experiments. However, the results also reveal that single-photon ionization probe schemes alone will not allow monitoring all photodynamic processes existing in 2-thiouracil. Especially, due to overlapping bands of singlet and triplet states the clear observation of intersystem crossing will be hampered.

  19. Photoionization cross sections, electron-impact inverse mean free paths, and stopping powers for each subshell of silvera)

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    Lin, D. L.; Strickland, D. J.

    1980-03-01

    Using the Herman-Skillman potentials and bound wave functions for each subshell of silver, we have computed the continuum wave functions, and subshell-by-subshell photoionization cross sections with photoelectron energies up to 10 keV. Applying a relationship between photoionization and electron impact ionization, we have obtained inverse mean free paths and stopping powers, again by subshell, for electrons penetrating through silver. The maximum electron energy considered is 100 keV. For the total photoionization cross section, comparison of our work with experiment shows excellent agreement for photon energies down to 100 eV, below which solid-state effects should be included. Theoretical total inverse mean free paths, being strongly dominated by contributions from 4d electrons, are in good agreement with data around 1 keV, but about a factor of 2 larger at energies below 100eV. Our stopping power is in good agreement with other theoretical work above 400 eV and approaches the relativistic Bethe formula above 10 keV. Range is also computed and is in good agreement with other theoretical work.

  20. K-shell photoionization cross-sections.

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    Daltabuit, E.; Cox, D. P.

    1972-01-01

    Approximate values for the threshold energies, threshold cross sections, and energy dependence of the cross sections for K-shell photoionization are tabulated for H, He, C, N, O, Ne, Mg, Si, and S in all stages of ionization. The approximation of these data is based on the assumptions that the threshold energy is a simple function of the nuclear charge and the number of electrons present in the atom, and that the threshold values and energy dependence of the cross sections are determined only by the threshold energy.

  1. Photoionization of zinc by TDLDA calculations

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    Stener, M.; Decleva, P.

    1997-10-01

    Absolute photoionization cross section profiles of Zn have been calculated at TDLDA and LDA level, employing a very accurate B-spline basis set and the modified Sternheimer approach. The van Leeuwen - Baerends exchange correlation potential has been used, since its correct asymptotic behaviour is able to support virtual states and describe core-excited resonances. A comparison with available theoretical and experimental data has been performed when possible. The present method has been proven to be robust to analyse wide photon energy regions (from threshold up to 200 eV) and discuss the various shapes of one-electron resonances.

  2. Atomic photoionization experiment by harmonic-generation spectroscopy

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    Frolov, M. V.; Sarantseva, T. S.; Manakov, N. L.; Fulfer, K. D.; Wilson, B. P.; Troß, J.; Ren, X.; Poliakoff, E. D.; Silaev, A. A.; Vvedenskii, N. V.; Starace, Anthony F.; Trallero-Herrero, C. A.

    2016-03-01

    Measurements of the high-order-harmonic generation yield of the argon (Ar) atom driven by a strong elliptically polarized laser field are shown to completely determine the field-free differential photoionization cross section of Ar, i.e., the energy dependence of both the angle-integrated photoionization cross section and the angular distribution asymmetry parameter.

  3. Photoionization cross section measurements of the excited states of cobalt in the near-threshold region

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    Zheng, Xianfeng Zhou, Xiaoyu; Cheng, Zaiqi; Jia, Dandan; Qu, Zehua; Yao, Guanxin; Zhang, Xianyi; Cui, Zhifeng

    2014-10-15

    We present measurements of photoionization cross-sections of the excited states of cobalt using a two-color, two-step resonance ionization technique in conjunction with a molecular beam time of flight (TOF) mass spectrometer. The atoms were produced by the laser vaporization of a cobalt rod, coupled with a supersonic gas jet. The absolute photoionization cross-sections at threshold and near-threshold regions (0-1.2 eV) were measured, and the measured values ranged from 4.2±0.7 Mb to 10.5±1.8 Mb. The lifetimes of four odd parity energy levels are reported for the first time.

  4. Identification and Chemistry of Phenylnitrene in Premixed Pyridine/Oxygen/Argon Flame with Tunable Synchrotron Photoionization

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    Tian, Zhen-yu; Yuan, Tao; Wang, Jing; Li, Yu-yang; Zhang, Tai-chang; Zhu, Ai-guo; Qi, Fei

    2007-08-01

    The triplet state phenylnitrene (PhN) species generated from the low-pressure (4.0 kPa) premixed laminar pyridine/oxygen/argon flame was detected and identified using tunable synchrotron vacuum ultraviolet photoionization and molecular-beam mass spectrometry techniques. The ionization energies of PhN were determined experimentally by photoionization efficiency spectra and theoretically by calculations. The results indicate that PhN has a 3A2 ground state and its first and second adiabatic ionization energies are 8.04 and 9.15±0.05 eV, respectively. Furthermore, the formation and consumption pathways of PhN are proposed according to the species detected in the present work. PhN is the first nitrogen-containing diradical detected in combustion chemistry, and so it should be added to the kinetic model of pyridine flames.

  5. Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of the CH{sub 3}I B{sup I}E 6s [2] state.

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    Thire, N.; Cireasa, R.; Blanchet, V.; Pratt, S. T.

    2010-01-01

    The predissociation dynamics of the vibrationless level of the 6s (B {sup 2}E) Rydberg state of CH{sub 3}I was studied by femtosecond-resolved velocity map imaging of photoelectrons. By monitoring the decay of the CH{sub 3}I{sup +} produced by photoionizing the B state, the predissociation lifetime was measured to be 1310 {+-} 70 fs. Photoelectron spectra were recorded as a function of the excitation scheme (one or two photons to the B state), and as a function of the ionizing wavelength. All of these photoelectron spectra show a simple time dependence that is consistent with the decay time of the CH{sub 3}I{sup +} ion signal. The photoelectron angular distributions for the ionization of the B state depend on the excitation scheme and the ionizing wavelength, and show a strong dependence on the vibrational modes excited in the resulting CH{sub 3}I{sup +}. At long delays, the photoelectron spectra are characterized by photoionization of the I({sup 2}P{sub 1/2}) fragment formed by predissociation of the B state.

  6. Studies of x-ray emission properties of photoionized plasmas

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    Wang, Feilu; Han, Bo; Jin, Rui; Salzmann, David; Liang, Guiyun; Wei, Huigang; Zhong, Jiayong; Zhao, Gang; Li, Jia-ming

    2016-03-01

    In this paper three aspects of photoionized plasmas are discussed in both laboratory and astrophysical contexts. First, the importance of accurate atomic/ionic data for the analysis of photoionized plasmas is shown. Second, an overview of present computer codes for the analysis of photoionized plasmas is given. We introduce our computer model, radiative-collisional code based on the flexible atomic code (RCF), for calculations of the properties of such plasmas. RCF uses database generated by the flexible atomic code. Using RCF it is shown that incorporating the satellite lines from doubly excited Li-like ions into the He{}α triplet lines is necessary for reliable analysis of observational spectra from astrophysical objects. Finally, we introduce a proposal to generate photoionized plasmas by x-ray free electron laser, which may facilitate the simulation in lab of astrophysical plasmas in photoionization equilibrium.

  7. Double photoionization of helium with synchrotron x-rays: Proceedings

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    Not Available

    1994-01-01

    This report contains papers on the following topics: Overview and comparison of photoionization with charged particle impact; The ratio of double to single ionization of helium: the relationship of photon and bare charged particle impact ionization; Double photoionization of helium at high energies; Compton scattering of photons from electrons bound in light elements; Electron ionization and the Compton effect in double ionization of helium; Elimination of two atomic electrons by a single energy photon; Double photoionization of helium at intermediate energies; Double Photoionization: Gauge Dependence, Coulomb Explosion; Single and Double Ionization by high energy photon impact; The effect of Compton Scattering on the double to single ionization ratio in helium; and Double ionization of He by photoionization and Compton scattering. These papers have been cataloged separately for the database.

  8. Electronic properties of FC(O)SCH2CH3. a combined helium(I) photoelectron spectroscopy and synchrotron radiation study.

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    Rodríguez Pirani, Lucas S; Erben, Mauricio F; Geronés, Mariana; Romano, Rosana M; Cavasso Filho, Reinaldo L; Ma, Chunping; Ge, Maofa; Della Védova, Carlos O

    2014-08-07

    The valence electronic properties of S-ethyl flouromethanethioate (S-ethyl fluoromethsanethioate), FC(O)SCH2CH3, were investigated by means of He(I) photoelectron spectroscopy in conjunction with the analysis of the photofragmentation products determined by PEPICO (phtoelectron-photoion-coincidence) by using synchrotron radiation in the 11.1-21.6 eV photon energy range. The first band observed at 10.28 eV in the HeI photoelectron spectrum can be assigned with confidence to the ionization process from the HOMO [nπ(S) orbital], which is described as a lone pair formally localized on the sulfur atom, in agreement with quantum chemical calculations using the outer valence Green function method [OVGF/6-311++G (d,p)]. One of the most important fragmentation channels also observed in the valence region corresponds to the decarbonylation process yielding the [M-CO](·+) ion, which is clearly observed at m/z = 80. Moreover, S 2p and S 2s absorption edges have been examined by measuring the total ion yield spectra in the 160-240 eV region using variable synchrotron radiation. The dynamic of ionic fragmentation following the Auger electronic decay has been evaluated with the help of the PEPIPICO (photoion-photoion-photoelectron-coincidence spectra) technique.

  9. Photoionization of hydroxymethyl (CD[sub 2]OH and CD[sub 2]OD) and methoxy (CD[sub 3]O) radicals. Photoion efficiency spectra, ionization energies, and thermochemistry

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    Kuo, S.C.; Zhang, Z.; Klemm, R.B. ); Liebman, J.F. ); Stief, L.J. ); Nesbitt, F.L. Coppin State College, Baltimore, MD )

    1994-04-14

    Photoion efficiency (PIE) spectra were obtained for CD[sub 2]OH, CD[sub 2]OD, and CD[sub 3]O radicals using the discharge flow-photoionization mass spectrometry technique. The radicals were generated in a flow tube via reaction of F atoms with the appropriate methanol isotopomers (CD[sub 3]OH [yields] CD[sub 2]OH, CD[sub 3]OD [yields] CD[sub 2]OD, and CD[sub 3]OH [yields] CD[sub 3]O), which were in large excess. Deuterated methoxy radicals, CD[sub 3]O, were also generated via the reaction of CD[sub 3] with NO[sub 2]. Photoionization of the radicals was achieved using high intensity, dispersed synchrotron radiation, and ionization energies (IE) of these radicals were derived from the thresholds of the PIE spectra: IE(CD[sub 2]OH) = 7.54 [+-] 0.02 eV, IE(CD[sub 2]OD) = 7.53 [+-] 0.02 eV, and IE(CD[sub 3]O) = 10.74 [+-] 0.02 eV. The PIE spectra for CD[sub 2]OH and CD[sub 3]O are compared to those of a previous photoionization study, and differences are discussed. Integration of previously published photoelectron spectroscopy data for CD[sub 2]OH yields a curve quite similar to our PIE spectrum. Empirical estimates of IE(CH[sub 2]OH) and IE(CH[sub 3]O) are given to corroborate our assignments. The measured ionization energies and the derived thermodynamic quantities are compared with previously reported results. 67 refs., 7 figs., 2 tabs.

  10. Double photoionization of doubly-excited lithium

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    Armstrong, G.; Pindzola, M. S.; Kheifets, A.; Schuricke, M.; Veeravalli, G.; Dornes, Ch.; Zhu, G.; Joachimsmeyer, K.; Treusch, R.; Dorn, A.; Colgan, J.

    2012-06-01

    We present triple differential cross sections and recoil ion momentum distributions for double photoionization of the 1s2s2p state of lithium. Double ionization of lithium may be treated as a two-active-electron process, where the ``active'' 2s and 2p electrons move in the field of the ``frozen-core'' Li^2+ 1s state.The time-dependent close-coupling (TDCC) method is used to solve the two-electron time-dependent Schr"odinger equation in full dimensionality. This work is motivated by recent FLASH experiments, which have obtained recoil-ion momentum distributions at a photon energy of 59 eV, where the 1s2s2p state is first reached via a 1s-2p photoexcitation from the initial ground state, and may then be doubly-ionized after the absorption of a second photon. The TDCC calculations in this work treat the subsequent photoionization of this doubly-excited state. The results are compared to those obtained by the convergent close-coupling method and to measurement, and provide a first comparison between theory and experiment in this fundamental few-photon few-body problem.

  11. Preparation and photoelectron spectrum of the glycine molecular anion: Assignment to a dipole-bound electron species with a high-dipole moment, non-zwitterionic form of the neutral core

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    Diken, Eric G.; Hammer, Nathan I.; Johnson, Mark A.

    2004-06-01

    We report the gas-phase preparation of negatively charged glycine as well as the Glyṡ(H2O)1,2- complexes by entrainment of the neutral precursor into an ionized supersonic expansion tuned to optimize the (H2O)n-ṡArm clusters. The photoelectron spectrum of Gly- displays the signature of a dipole-bound species, with sufficient vibrational fine structure to characterize the core neutral as a higher energy, non-zwitterionic isomer of the amino acid.

  12. Electron correlation in beryllium: Effects in the ground state, short-pulse photoionization, and time-delay studies

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    Omiste, Juan J.; Li, Wenliang; Madsen, Lars Bojer

    2017-05-01

    We apply a three-dimensional implementation of the time-dependent restricted-active-space self-consistent-field (TD-RASSCF) method to investigate effects of electron correlation in the ground state of Be as well as in its photoionization dynamics by short XUV pulses, including time delay in photoionization. First, we obtain the ground state by propagation in imaginary time. We show that the flexibility of the TD-RASSCF on the choice of the active orbital space makes it possible to consider only relevant active space orbitals, facilitating the convergence to the ground state compared to the multiconfigurational time-dependent Hartree-Fock method, used as a benchmark to show the accuracy and efficiency of TD-RASSCF. Second, we solve the equations of motion to compute photoelectron spectra of Be after interacting with a short linearly polarized XUV laser pulse. We compare the spectra for different RAS schemes, and in this way we identify the orbital spaces that are relevant for an accurate description of the photoelectron spectra. Finally, we investigate the effects of electron correlation on the magnitude of the relative Eisenbud-Wigner-Smith (EWS) time delay in the photoionization process into two different ionic channels. One channel, the ground-state channel in the ion, is accessible without electron correlation. The other channel is only accessible when including electron correlation. For theory beyond the mean-field time-dependent Hartree-Fock, the EWS time delay for the photon energy analyzed is quite insensitive to the considered active orbital spaces.

  13. Assignment of benzodiazepine UV absorption spectra by the use of photoelectron spectroscopy

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    Khvostenko, O. G.; Tzeplin, E. E.; Lomakin, G. S.

    2002-04-01

    Correlations between singlet transition energies and energy gaps of corresponding pairs of occupied and unoccupied molecular orbitals were revealed in a series of benzodiazepines. The occupied orbital energies were taken from the photoelectron spectra of the compound investigated, the unoccupied ones were obtained from MNDO/d calculations, and the singlet energies were taken from the UV absorption spectra. The correspondence of the singlet transitions to certain molecular orbitals was established using MNDO/d calculations and comparing between UV and photoelectron spectra. It has been concluded that photoelectron spectroscopy can be applied for interpretation of UV absorption spectra of various compounds on the basis of similar correlations.

  14. Electronic dynamics by ultrafast pump photoelectron detachment probed by ionization: a dynamical simulation of negative-neutral-positive in LiH(-).

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    Mignolet, B; Levine, R D; Remacle, F

    2014-08-21

    The control of electronic dynamics in the neutral electronic states of LiH before the onset of significant nuclei motion is investigated using a negative-neutral-positive (NeNePo) ultrafast IR pump-attoescond pulse train (APT) probe scheme. Starting from the ground state of the anion (LiH(-)), multiphoton ultrafast electron detachment and subsequent excitation of the neutral by a few femtosecond intense IR pulse produces a non-equilibrium electronic density in neutral LiH. The coherent electronic wave packet is then probed by angularly resolved photoionization to the cation by an APT generated from a replica of the pump IR pulse at several time delays. Realistic parameters for the pump and the APT are used. Several NeNePo schemes are simulated using different IR carrier frequencies, showing that the delay between the successive attosecond pulses in the train can be used as a filter to probe the different pairs of states present in the coherent electronic wave packet produced by the pump pulse. The dynamical simulations include the pump and the probe pulses to all orders by solving the time-dependent Schrödinger equation using a coupled equation scheme for the manifolds of the anion, neutral, and cation subspaces. We show that an incomplete molecular orientation of the molecule in the laboratory frame does not prevent probing the electronic density localization by angularly resolved photoelectron maps.

  15. Inner-shell ionization of rotating linear molecules in the presence of spin-dependent interactions: Entanglement between a photoelectron and an auger electron

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    Ghosh, R.; Chandra, N.; Parida, S.

    2009-03-01

    This paper reports results of a theoretical study of angle- and spin-resolved photo-Auger electron coincident spectroscopy in the form of entanglement between these two particles emitted from a linear molecule. First, we develop an expression for a density matrix needed for studying spin-entanglement between a photoelectron and an Auger electron. In order to properly represent the molecular symmetries, nuclear rotation, and the spin-dependent interactions (SDIs), we have used symmetry adapted wavefunctions in Hund’s coupling scheme (a) for all the species participating in this two-step process. This expression shows that spin-entanglement in a photo-Auger electron pair in the presence of SDIs very strongly depends upon, among other things, polarization of the ionizing radia- tion, directions of motion and of spin polarization of two ejected electrons, and the dynamics of photoionization and of Auger decay. We have applied this expression, as an example, to a generic linear molecule in its J0, M0 = 0 state. This model calculation clearly brings out the salient features of the spin-entanglement of a photo-Auger electron pair in the presence of the SDIs.

  16. Photoionization research on atomic beams. 2: The photoionization cross section of atomic oxygen

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    Comes, F. J.; Speier, F.; Elzer, A.

    1982-01-01

    An experiment to determine the absolute value of the photo-ionization cross section of atomic oxygen is described. The atoms are produced in an electrical discharge in oxygen gas with 1% hydrogen added. In order to prevent recombination a crossed beam technique is employed. The ions formed are detected by a time-of-flight mass spectrometer. The concentration of oxygen atoms in the beam is 57%. The measured photoionization cross section of atomic oxygen is compared with theoretical data. The results show the participation of autoionization processes in ionization. The cross section at the autoionizing levels detected is considerably higher than the absorption due to the unperturbed continuum. Except for wavelengths where autoionization occurs, the measured ionization cross section is in fair agreement with theory. This holds up to 550 A whereas for shorter wavelengths the theoretical values are much higher.

  17. Inner-shell photoionization and core-hole decay of Xe and XeF2.

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    Southworth, Stephen H; Wehlitz, Ralf; Picón, Antonio; Lehmann, C Stefan; Cheng, Lan; Stanton, John F

    2015-06-14

    Photoionization cross sections and partial ion yields of Xe and XeF2 from Xe 3d(5/2), Xe 3d(3/2), and F 1s subshells in the 660-740 eV range are compared to explore effects of the F ligands. The Xe 3d-ϵf continuum shape resonances dominate the photoionization cross sections of both the atom and molecule, but prominent resonances appear in the XeF2 cross section due to nominal excitation of Xe 3d and F 1s electrons to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO), a delocalized anti-bonding MO. Comparisons of the ion products from the atom and molecule following Xe 3d photoionization show that the charge-state distribution of Xe ions is shifted to lower charge states in the molecule along with production of energetic F(+) and F(2+) ions. This suggests that, in decay of a Xe 3d core hole, charge is redistributed to the F ligands and the system dissociates due to Coulomb repulsion. The ion products from excitation of the F 1s-LUMO resonance are different and show strong increases in the yields of Xe(+) and F(+) ions. The subshell ionization thresholds, the LUMO resonance energies, and their oscillator strengths are calculated by relativistic coupled-cluster methods and agree well with measurements.

  18. Vacuum-Ultraviolet (VUV) Photoionization of Small Methanol and Methanol-Water Clusters

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    Kostko, Oleg; Belau, Leonid; Wilson, Kevin R.; Ahmed, Musahid

    2008-04-24

    In this work, we report on the vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) photoionization of small methanol and methanol-water clusters. Clusters of methanol with water are generated via co-expansion of the gas phase constituents in a continuous supersonic jet expansion of methanol and water seeded in Ar. The resulting clusters are investigated by single photon ionization with tunable vacuum-ultraviolet synchrotron radiation and mass analyzed using reflectron mass spectrometry. Protonated methanol clusters of the form (CH3OH)nH+(n = 1-12) dominate the mass spectrum below the ionization energy of the methanol monomer. With an increase in water concentration, small amounts of mixed clusters of the form (CH3OH n(H2O)H+ (n = 2-11) are detected. The only unprotonated species observed in this work are the methanol monomer and dimer. Appearance energies are obtained from the photoionization efficiency (PIE) curves for CH3OH+, (CH3OH)2+, (CH3OH)nH+ (n = 1-9), and (CH3OH)n(H2O)H+ (n = 2-9) as a function of photon energy. With an increasein the water content in the molecular beam, there is an enhancement of photoionization intensity for the methanol dimer and protonated methanol monomer at threshold. These results are compared and contrasted to previous experimental observations.

  19. Vacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) photoionization of small methanol and methanol-water clusters

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    Ahmed, Musahid; Ahmed, Musahid; Wilson, Kevin R.; Belau, Leonid; Kostko, Oleg

    2008-05-12

    In this work we report on thevacuum-ultraviolet (VUV) photoionization of small methanol and methanol-water clusters. Clusters of methanol with water are generated via co-expansion of the gas phase constituents in a continuous supersonic jet expansion of methanol and water seeded in Ar. The resulting clusters are investigated by single photon ionization with tunable vacuumultraviolet synchrotron radiation and mass analyzed using reflectron mass spectrometry. Protonated methanol clusters of the form (CH3OH)nH + (n=1-12) dominate the mass spectrum below the ionization energy of the methanol monomer. With an increase in water concentration, small amounts of mixed clusters of the form (CH3OH)n(H2O)H + (n=2-11) are detected. The only unprotonated species observed in this work are the methanol monomer and dimer. Appearance energies are obtained from the photoionization efficiency (PIE) curves for CH3OH +, (CH 3OH)2 +, (CH3OH)nH + (n=1-9), and (CH 3OH)n(H2O)H + (n=2-9 ) as a function of photon energy. With an increase in the water content in the molecular beam, there is an enhancement of photoionization intensity for methanol dimer and protonated methanol monomer at threshold. These results are compared and contrasted to previous experimental observations.

  20. Interference effect in the dipole and nondipole anisotropy parameters of the Kr 4p photoelectrons in the vicinity of the Kr (3d){sup -1{yields}}np resonant excitations

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    Ricz, S.; Ricsoka, T.; Holste, K.; Borovik, A. Jr.; Bernhardt, D.; Schippers, S.; Mueller, A.; Koever, A.; Varga, D.

    2010-04-15

    The angular distribution of the Kr 4p photoelectrons was investigated in the photon energy range of the (3d){sup -1{yields}}np resonant excitations. The experimental dipole ({beta}) and nondipole ({gamma} and {delta}) anisotropy parameters were determined for the spin-orbit components of the Kr 4p shell. A simple theoretical model was developed for the description of the photoionization and excitation processes. An interference effect was observed between the direct photoionization and the resonant excitation participator Auger decay processes in the photon energy dependence of the experimental anisotropy parameters.

  1. Internal energy selection in vacuum ultraviolet photoionization of ethanol and ethanol dimers.

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    Bodi, Andras

    2013-10-14

    Internal energy selected ethanol monomer and ethanol dimer ions were prepared by threshold photoionization of a supersonic molecular beam seeded with ethanol. The dissociative photoionization processes of the monomer, the lowest-energy CH3-loss channel of the dimer, and the fragmentation of larger clusters were found to be disjunct from the ionization onset to about 12 eV, which made it possible to determine the 0 K appearance energy of C-C bond breaking in the H-donor unit of the ethanol dimer cation as 9.719 ± 0.004 eV. This reaction energy is used together with ab initio calculations in a thermochemical cycle to determine the binding energy change from the neutral ethanol dimer to a protonated ethanol-formaldehyde adduct. The cycle also shows general agreement between experiment, theory, and previously published enthalpies of formation. The role of the initial ionization site, or rather the initial photoion state, is also discussed based on the dimer breakdown diagram and excited state calculations. There is no evidence for isolated state behavior, and the ethanol dimer dissociative photoionization processes appear to be governed by statistical theory and the ground electronic state of the ion. In the monomer breakdown diagram, the smoothly changing branching ratio between H and CH3 loss is at odds with rate theory predictions, and shows that none of the currently employed few-parameter rate models, appropriate for experimental rate curve fitting, yields a correct description for this process in the experimental energy range.

  2. Dynamics of electron emission in double photoionization processes near the krypton 3d threshold

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    Penent, F.; Sheinerman, S.; Andric, L.; Lablanquie, P.; Palaudoux, J.; Becker, U.; Braune, M.; Viefhaus, J.; Eland, J. H. D.

    2008-02-01

    Two-electron emission following photoabsorption near the Kr 3d threshold is investigated both experimentally and theoretically. On the experimental side, electron/electron coincidences using a magnetic bottle time-of-flight spectrometer allow us to observe the complete double photo ionization (DPI) continua of selected Kr2+ final states, and to see how these continua are affected by resonant processes in the vicinity of the Kr 3d threshold. The analysis is based on a quantum mechanical approach that takes into account the contribution of three different processes: (A) Auger decay of the inner 3d vacancy with the associated post-collision interaction (PCI) effects, (B) capture of slow photoelectrons into discrete states followed by valence multiplet decay (VMD) of the excited ionic states and (C) valence shell DPI. The dominant process for each Kr2+(4p-2) final state is the photoionization of the inner shell followed by Auger decay of the 3d vacancies. Moreover, for the 4p-2(3P) and 4p-2(1D) final ionic states an important contribution comes from the processes of slow photoelectron capture followed by VMD as well as from double ionization of the outer shell involving also VMD.

  3. Absorption spectroscopy of a laboratory photoionized plasma experiment at Z

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    Hall, I. M.; Durmaz, T.; Mancini, R. C.; Bailey, J. E.; Rochau, G. A.; Golovkin, I. E.; MacFarlane, J. J.

    2014-03-15

    The Z facility at the Sandia National Laboratories is the most energetic terrestrial source of X-rays and provides an opportunity to produce photoionized plasmas in a relatively well characterised radiation environment. We use detailed atomic-kinetic and spectral simulations to analyze the absorption spectra of a photoionized neon plasma driven by the x-ray flux from a z-pinch. The broadband x-ray flux both photoionizes and backlights the plasma. In particular, we focus on extracting the charge state distribution of the plasma and the characteristics of the radiation field driving the plasma in order to estimate the ionisation parameter.

  4. Electronic structure and spectroscopy of nucleic acid bases: Ionization energies, ionization-induced structural changes, and photoelectron spectra

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    Bravaya, Ksenia B.; Kostko, Oleg; Dolgikh, Stanislav; Landau, Arie; Ahmed, Musahid; Krylov, Anna I.

    2010-08-02

    We report high-level ab initio calculations and single-photon ionization mass spectrometry study of ionization of adenine (A), thymine (T), cytosine (C) and guanine (G). For thymine and adenine, only the lowest-energy tautomers were considered, whereas for cytosine and guanine we characterized five lowest-energy tautomeric forms. The first adiabatic and several vertical ionization energies were computed using equation-of-motion coupled-cluster method for ionization potentials with single and double substitutions. Equilibrium structures of the cationic ground states were characterized by DFT with the {omega}B97X-D functional. The ionization-induced geometry changes of the bases are consistent with the shapes of the corresponding molecular orbitals. For the lowest-energy tautomers, the magnitude of the structural relaxation decreases in the following series G > C > A > T, the respective relaxation energies being 0.41, 0.32, 0.25 and 0.20 eV. The computed adiabatic ionization energies (8.13, 8.89, 8.51-8.67 and 7.75-7.87 eV for A,T,C and G, respectively) agree well with the onsets of the photoionization efficiency (PIE) curves (8.20 {+-} 0.05, 8.95 {+-} 0.05, 8.60 {+-} 0.05 and 7.75 {+-} 0.05 eV). Vibrational progressions for the S{sub 0}-D{sub 0} vibronic bands computed within double-harmonic approximation with Duschinsky rotations are compared with previously reported experimental photoelectron spectra.

  5. Nondipole Effects in Double Photoionization of He

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    Istomin, A. Y.; Starace, A. F.; Manakov, N. L.; Meremianin, A. V.

    2006-01-09

    Lowest-order nondipole effects are studied in double photoionization (DPI) of the He atom. Ab initio parametrizations of the quadrupole transition amplitude for DPI from the 1S0-state are presented in terms of the exact two-electron reduced matrix elements. Parametrizations for the dipole-quadrupole triply differential cross section (TDCS) and doubly differential cross section (DDCS) are presented in terms of polarization-independent amplitudes for the case of an elliptically polarized photon. Expressions for the DDCS in terms of the reduced two-electron matrix elements are also given. A general analysis of retardation-induced asymmetries of the TDCS including the circular dichroism effect at equal energy sharing is presented. Our numerical results exhibit a nondipole forward-backward asymmetry in the TDCS for DPI of He at an excess energy of 450 eV that is in qualitative agreement with existing experimental data.

  6. Vacuum-Ultraviolet Photoionization and Mass Spectrometric Characterization of Lignin Monomers Coniferyl and Sinapyl Alcohols

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    Takahashi, Lynelle K.; Zhou, Jia; Kostko, Oleg; Golan, Amir; Leone, Stephen R.; Ahmed, Musahid

    2011-02-09

    The fragmentation mechanisms of monolignols under various energetic processes are studied with jet-cooled thermal desorption molecular beam (TDMB) mass spectrometry (MS), 25 keV Bi3+ secondary ion MS (SIMS), synchrotron vacuum-ultraviolet secondary neutral MS (VUV-SNMS) and theoretical methods. Experimental and calculated appearance energies of fragments observed in TDMB MS indicate that the coniferyl alcohol photoionization mass spectra contain the molecular parent and several dissociative photoionization products. Similar results obtained for sinapyl alcohol are also discussed briefly. Ionization energies of 7.60 eV ? 0.05 eV for coniferyl alcohol and<7.4 eV for both sinapyl and dihydrosinapyl alcohols are determined. The positive ion SIMS spectrum of coniferyl alcohol shares few characteristic peaks (m/z = 137 and 151) with the TDMB mass spectra, shows extensive fragmentation, and does not exhibit clear molecular parent signals. VUV-SNMS spectra, on the other hand, are dominated by the parent ion and main fragments also present in the TDMB spectra. Molecular fragmentation in VUV-SNMS spectra can be reduced by increasing the extraction delay time. Some features resembling the SIMS spectra are also observed in the desorbed neutral products. The monolignol VUV-SNMS peaks shared with the TDMB mass spectra suggest that dissociative photoionization of ion-sputtered neutral molecules predominate in the VUV-SNMS mass spectra, despite the extra internal energy imparted in the initial ion impact. The potential applications of these results to imaging mass spectrometry of bio-molecules are discussed.

  7. Photoelectron spectroscopic studies of 5-halouracil anions

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    Radisic, Dunja; Ko, Yeon Jae; Nilles, John M.; Stokes, Sarah T.; Bowen, Kit H.; Sevilla, Michael D.; Rak, Janusz

    2011-01-07

    The parent negative ions of 5-chlorouracil, UCl{sup -} and 5-fluorouracil, UF{sup -} have been studied using anion photoelectron spectroscopy in order to investigate the electrophilic properties of their corresponding neutral halouracils. The vertical detachment energies (VDE) of these anions and the adiabatic electron affinities (EA) of their neutral molecular counterparts are reported. These results are in good agreement with the results of previously published theoretical calculations. The VDE values for both UCl{sup -} and UF{sup -} and the EA values for their neutral molecular counterparts are much greater than the corresponding values for both anionic and neutral forms of canonical uracil and thymine. These results are consistent with the observation that DNA is more sensitive to radiation damage when thymine is replaced by halouracil. While we also attempted to prepare the parent anion of 5-bromouracil, UBr{sup -}, we did not observe it, the mass spectrum exhibiting only Br{sup -} fragments, i.e., 5-bromouracil apparently underwent dissociative electron attachment. This observation is consistent with a previous assessment, suggesting that 5-bromouracil is the best radio-sensitizer among these three halo-nucleobases.

  8. Photoelectron spectroscopic studies of 5-halouracil anions

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    Radisic, Dunja; Ko, Yeon Jae; Nilles, John M.; Stokes, Sarah T.; Sevilla, Michael D.; Rak, Janusz; Bowen, Kit H.

    2011-01-01

    The parent negative ions of 5-chlorouracil, UCl- and 5-fluorouracil, UF- have been studied using anion photoelectron spectroscopy in order to investigate the electrophilic properties of their corresponding neutral halouracils. The vertical detachment energies (VDE) of these anions and the adiabatic electron affinities (EA) of their neutral molecular counterparts are reported. These results are in good agreement with the results of previously published theoretical calculations. The VDE values for both UCl- and UF- and the EA values for their neutral molecular counterparts are much greater than the corresponding values for both anionic and neutral forms of canonical uracil and thymine. These results are consistent with the observation that DNA is more sensitive to radiation damage when thymine is replaced by halouracil. While we also attempted to prepare the parent anion of 5-bromouracil, UBr-, we did not observe it, the mass spectrum exhibiting only Br- fragments, i.e., 5-bromouracil apparently underwent dissociative electron attachment. This observation is consistent with a previous assessment, suggesting that 5-bromouracil is the best radio-sensitizer among these three halo-nucleobases.

  9. Photoelectron holography of platinum (111)

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    Petersen, B.L.; Terminello, L.J.; Barton, J.J.; Shirley, D.A.

    1993-04-01

    Platinum atoms near a (111) single-crystal face have been imaged using photoelectron holography. Electron angular intensity patterns were collected at equally spaced wavenumbers from 6 to 12{Angstrom}{sup {minus}1}. Images of atoms near expected atomic positions are obtained from single-wavenumber analyses over the range of the data set. Positions are detected further from the emitter than we have seen previously, and symmetry assumptions are not required. We have also adopted a three dimensional means of representing the data in order to help understand the results. Twin image suppression and artifact reduction in the holographically reconstructed data are set are obtained when images at different wavenumbers are correctly phase-summed. We are assessing the capability of the technique for rendering true three-dimensional structural information for unknown systems.

  10. Femtosecond photoelectron point projection microscope

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    Quinonez, Erik; Handali, Jonathan; Barwick, Brett

    2013-10-15

    By utilizing a nanometer ultrafast electron source in a point projection microscope we demonstrate that images of nanoparticles with spatial resolutions of the order of 100 nanometers can be obtained. The duration of the emission process of the photoemitted electrons used to make images is shown to be of the order of 100 fs using an autocorrelation technique. The compact geometry of this photoelectron point projection microscope does not preclude its use as a simple ultrafast electron microscope, and we use simple analytic models to estimate temporal resolutions that can be expected when using it as a pump-probe ultrafast electron microscope. These models show a significant increase in temporal resolution when comparing to ultrafast electron microscopes based on conventional designs. We also model the microscopes spectroscopic abilities to capture ultrafast phenomena such as the photon induced near field effect.

  11. High-frequency conductivity of photoionized plasma

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    Anakhov, M. V.; Uryupin, S. A.

    2016-08-15

    The tensor of the high-frequency conductivity of a plasma created via tunnel ionization of atoms in the field of linearly or circularly polarized radiation is derived. It is shown that the real part of the conductivity tensor is highly anisotropic. In the case of a toroidal velocity distribution of photoelectrons, the possibility of amplification of a weak high-frequency field polarized at a sufficiently large angle to the anisotropy axis of the initial nonequilibrium distribution is revealed.

  12. Increased photoelectron transmission in High-pressure photoelectron spectrometers using "swift acceleration"

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    Edwards, Mårten O. M.; Karlsson, Patrik G.; Eriksson, Susanna K.; Hahlin, Maria; Siegbahn, Hans; Rensmo, Håkan; Kahk, Juhan M.; Villar-Garcia, Ignacio J.; Payne, David J.; Åhlund, John

    2015-06-01

    A new operation mode of a HPXPS (high-pressure X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) analyzer is evaluated on a HPXPS system fitted with an Al Kα X-ray source. A variety of metal foil samples (gold, silver and copper) were measured in different sample gas environments (N2 and H2O), and a front aperture diameter of 0.8 mm. The new design concept is based upon "swiftly" accelerating the photoelectrons to kinetic energies of several keV after they pass the analyzer front aperture. Compared to the standard mode, in which the front section between the two first apertures is field-free, this gives a wider angular collection and a lower tendency for electron losses in collisions with gas molecules within the analyzer. With the swift-acceleration mode we attain, depending on the experimental conditions, up to about 3 times higher peak intensities in vacuum and about 10 to 20 times higher peak intensities in the 6-9 mbar regime, depending on kinetic energy. These experimental findings agree well with simulated transmission functions for the analyzer. The new mode of operation enables faster data acquisition than the standard mode of operation, particularly valuable in a home laboratory environment. Further demonstrations of performance are highlighted by measurements of the valence band structure in dye-sensitized solar cell photoelectrodes under a 2 mbar H2O atmosphere, a molecularly modified surface of interest in photoelectrochemical devices.

  13. Radiation-magnetohydrodynamic simulations of the photoionization of magnetized globules

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    Henney, William J.; Arthur, S. Jane; de Colle, Fabio; Mellema, Garrelt

    2009-09-01

    We present the first three-dimensional radiation-magnetohydrodynamic simulations of the photoionization of a dense, magnetized molecular globule by an external source of ultraviolet radiation. We find that, for the case of a strong ionizing field, significant deviations from the non-magnetic evolution are seen when the initial magnetic field threading the globule has an associated magnetic pressure that is greater than 100 times the gas pressure. In such a strong-field case, the photoevaporating globule will adopt a flattened or `curled up' shape, depending on the initial field orientation, and magnetic confinement of the ionized photoevaporation flow can lead to recombination and subsequent fragmentation during advanced stages of the globule evolution. We find suggestive evidence that such magnetic effects may be important in the formation of bright, bar-like emission features in HII regions. We include simple but realistic fits to heating and cooling rates in the neutral and molecular gas in the vicinity of a high-mass star cluster, and show that the frequently used isothermal approximation can lead to an overestimate of the importance of gravitational instability in the radiatively imploded globule. For globules within 2 pc of a high-mass star cluster, we find that heating by stellar X-rays prevents the molecular gas from cooling below 50 K. Based in part on numerical simulations carried out using the Kan Balam supercomputer, operated by the Departamento de Supercómputo, Dirección General de Servicios de Cómputo Académico, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. E-mail: w.henney@astrosmo.unam.mx

  14. Photoionization of psoralen derivatives in micelles: Imperatorin and alloimperatorin

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    El-Gogary, Sameh R.

    2010-11-01

    The fluorescence properties of psoralen derivatives, 8-methoxypsoralen (8-MOP), imperatorin (IMP) and alloimperatorin (ALLOI), were investigated in various solvent and micellar solutions. The variation in intensity and maxima of the fluorescence in micellar solutions suggest that psoralens are located in the micelle-water interface region. Radical cations and hydrated electrons were generated by photoionization in micellar solution upon excitation at 266 nm. A nonlinear relationship between transient yield and photon fluency was obtained for each compound, indicating that a two-photon mechanism is predominant in the photoionization of the sensitizers. The photoionization efficiencies are significantly higher in anionic sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) than in cationic cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) micelles, reflecting the influence of micelle charge on the efficiency of the separation of the photoproduced charge carriers. The photoionization efficiencies of IMP and ALLOI are similar.

  15. High-intensity photoionization of H sub 2

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    Allendorf, S.W.; Szoeke, A.

    1991-05-01

    A tunable, high-intensity picosecond dye laser system has been employed with electron energy analysis to investigate the dynamics of (3+1) resonance-enhanced multiphoton ionization of H{sub 2} via different vibrational levels of its B{sub 1}{Sigma}{sub u}{sup +} and C{sup 1}{Pi}{sub u} electronic states. We observe production of molecular ions in various vibrational levels, with a shift to increased population of lower vibrational states of H{sub 2}{sup +} consistent with the a.c. Stark shift of the correspondingly lower vibrational levels of the C state into resonance with the three- photon energy of the laser. Clear evidence of direct dissociation of H{sub 2} followed by single-photon ionization of the excited H atom is observed as well. Above threshold ionization of these two processes occurs readily. We also find that dissociative ionization is an increasingly important ionization pathway as the wavelength is increased. Finally, we see evidence of a new ionization pathway, which we assign to photoionization into a transient bound state created by the avoided crossing of the first repulsive electronic state of H{sub 2}{sup +}, {vert bar}2p{sigma}{sub u}, n{r angle}, with the single-photon-dressed ground state of H{sub 2}{sup +}, {vert bar}1s{sigma}{sub g},n + 1{r angle}. 6 refs., 2 figs.

  16. Photoionization studies of intramolecular dynamics: A closer look

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    Wu, Chuanyong

    Using synchrotron radiation as an excitation source, dispersed fluorescence measurements of two different molecular systems are presented in this dissertation with the intention to study the two fundamental aspects of shape resonances-complexity and completeness. C6F6 is a relative large and complex molecule in the sense that nonradiative transitions can take place unimolecularly in the free species. The elucidation of the ionization dynamics of this molecule helps to bridge the gap from simple molecules to matter in condensed phases. In the 2a2u-1 photoionization study of C6F6, the non-Franck-Condon behavior of the vibrational distributions at around 20 eV indicates the existence of shape resonances in this energy range. This is the first time a shape resonance of such a complex molecule is characterized with vibrational resolution detail over such a broad energy range. While the study of C6F6 is to disentangle the complexity aspect of shape resonance, the investigation of CO is an attempt to carry the shape resonant study to its completeness. The original goal of the 4σ- 1 photoionization study of CO was to investigate the vibrational-rotational-electronic (V-R-E) coupling. To be specific, we intended to study the shape resonant effects on the rotational population distributions for alternative vibrational levels. While the 4/sigma/to k/sigma shape resonance influences do not seem to be very significant, the results brought to attention another issue-continuum-continuum channel coupling. The study shows that the R-dependent aspects of shape- resonance-induced continuum coupling affects rotational population distributions for alternative vibrational states differently. In modern scientific researches, the development of instruments plays a critical role. The trend today is for computers to serve as the engine for instrumentation- virtual instruments. By walking through the development processes of a real-time instrument control and data acquisition system, the

  17. Photoelectron emission as an alternative electron impact ionization source for ion trap mass spectrometry.

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    Gamez, Gerardo; Zhu, Liang; Schmitz, Thomas A; Zenobi, Renato

    2008-09-01

    Electron impact ionization has several known advantages; however, heated filament electron sources have pressure limitations and their power consumption can be significant for certain applications, such as in field-portable instruments. Herein, we evaluate a VUV krypton lamp as an alternative source for ionization inside the ion trap of a mass spectrometer. The observed fragmentation patterns are more characteristic of electron impact ionization than photoionization. In addition, mass spectra of analytes with ionization potentials higher than the lamp's photon energy (10.6 eV) can be easily obtained. A photoelectron impact ionization mechanism is suggested by the observed data allowed by the work function of the ion trap electrodes (4.5 eV), which is well within the lamp's photon energy. In this case, the photoelectrons emitted at the surface of the ion trap end-cap electrode are accelerated by the applied rf field to the ring electrode. This allows the photoelectrons to gain sufficient energy to ionize compounds with high ionization potentials to yield mass spectra characteristic of electron impact. In this manner, electron impact ionization can be used in ion trap mass spectrometers at low powers and without the limitations imposed by elevated pressures on heated filaments.

  18. Photoionization of noble-gas atoms by ultrashort electromagnetic pulses

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    Astapenko, V. A. Svita, S. Yu.

    2014-11-15

    The photoionization of atoms of noble gases (Ar, Kr, and Xe) by ultrashort electromagnetic pulses of a corrected Gaussian shape is studied theoretically. Computations are performed in the context of perturbation theory using a simple expression for the total probability of photoionization of an atom by electromagnetic pulses. The features of this process are revealed and analyzed for various ranges of the parameters of the problem.

  19. An Atomic Photoionization Experiment by Harmonic Generation Spectroscopy

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    Trallero, Carlos; Frolov, Mikhail; Sarantseva, Tatiana S.; Manakov, Nikolay; Fulfer, Kristen D.; Wilson, Benjamin; Troß, Jan; Ren, Xiaoming; Poliakoff, Erwin; Silaev, Alexander A.; Vvedenskii, Nikolay; Starace, Anthony

    2016-05-01

    Measurements of the high-order harmonic generation yield of the argon (Ar) atom driven by a strong elliptically polarized laser field are shown to completely determine the field-free differential photoionization cross section of Ar, i.e., the energy dependence of both the angle-integrated photoionization cross section and the angular distribution asymmetry parameter. NSF EPSCoR Track II Nebraska-Kansas Awards No. 1430519 and No. 1430493.

  20. Unified ab initio treatment of attosecond photoionization and Compton scattering

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    Yudin, G. L.; Bondar, D. I.; Patchkovskii, S.; Corkum, P. B.; Bandrauk, A. D.

    2009-10-01

    We present a new theoretical approach to attosecond laser-assisted photo- and Compton ionization. Attosecond x-ray absorption and scattering are described by \\hat{\\mathscr{S}}^{(1,2)} -matrices, which are coherent superpositions of 'monochromatic' \\skew{3}\\hat{S}^{(1,2)} -matrices in a laser-modified Furry representation. Besides refining the existing theory of the soft x-ray photoelectron attosecond streak camera and spectral phase interferometry (ASC and ASPI), we formulate a theory of hard x-ray photoelectron and Compton ASC and ASPI. The resulting scheme has a simple structure and leads to closed-form expressions for ionization amplitudes. We investigate Compton electron interference in the separable Coulomb-Volkov continuum with both Coulomb and laser fields treated non-perturbatively. We find that at laser-field intensities below 1013 Wcm-2 normalized Compton lines almost coincide with the lines obtained in the laser-free regime. At higher intensities, attosecond interferences survive integration over electron momenta, and feature prominently in the Compton lines themselves. We define a regime where the electron ground-state density can be measured with controllable accuracy in an attosecond time interval. The new theory provides a firm basis for extracting photo- and Compton electron phases and atomic and molecular wavefunctions from experimental data.

  1. Double photoionization of He and H{sub 2} at unequal energy sharing

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    Kheifets, A.S.; Bray, Igor

    2005-08-15

    A recently developed single-center model of double photoionization (DPI) of the H{sub 2} molecule [Kheifets, Phys. Rev. A 71, 022704 (2005)] has been extended to represent the DPI process at unequal energy sharing. The model is applied to describe the shape of the fully-differential cross-section (FDCS) of a randomly oriented hydrogen molecule in the isotopic form of D{sub 2} at the kinematics of recent experiments. Comparison with analogous FDCS for the He atom helps to elucidate the molecular effects.

  2. Evaluation of a hydrogen laser vacuum ultraviolet source for photoionization mass spectrometry of pharmaceuticals.

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    Finch, Jeffrey W; Toerne, Kevin A; Schram, Karl H; Denton, M Bonner

    2005-01-01

    A photoionization hydrogen laser time-of-flight mass spectrometer system (H2-TOFMS) has been evaluated for the rapid analysis of drugs of abuse and pharmaceutical agents extracted from prescription tablets and spiked urine samples. The spectra obtained using the H2-TOFMS showed primarily intact molecular ions (M+*) after introduction by a heated probe and irradiation with vacuum ultraviolet (VUV) photons from the laser. Samples analyzed by this technique required only a simple solid-phase extraction step; no chromatographic separation or derivatization was necessary to identify the drugs of abuse or pharmaceutical agents.

  3. Time-resolved photoelectron imaging using a femtosecond UV laser and a VUV free-electron laser

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    Liu, S. Y.; Nishizawa, K.; Ogi, Y.; Fuji, T.; Mizuno, T.; Horio, T.; Kohguchi, H.; Nagasono, M.; Tono, K.; Yabashi, M.; Ishikawa, T.; Togashi, T.; Ohashi, H.; Kimura, H.; Senba, Y.; Suzuki, T.

    2010-03-15

    A time-resolved photoelectron imaging using a femtosecond ultraviolet (UV) laser and a vacuum UV free-electron laser is presented. Ultrafast internal conversion and intersystem crossing in pyrazine in a supersonic molecular beam were clearly observed in the time profiles of photoioinzation intensity and time-dependent photoelectron images.

  4. Theoretical treatment of double photoionization of helium using a B-spline implementation of exterior complex scaling

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    McCurdy, C. William; Horner, Daniel A.; Rescigno, Thomas N.; Martin, Fernando

    2004-02-19

    Calculations of absolute triple differential and single differential cross sections for helium double photoionization are performed using an implementation of exterior complex scaling in B-splines. Results for cross sections, well-converged in partial waves, are presented and compared with both experiment and earlier theoretical calculations. These calculations establish the practicality and effectiveness of the complex B-spline approach to calculations of double ionization of atomic and molecular systems.

  5. Vacuum ultraviolet photoionization of carbohydrates and nucleotides

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    Shin, Joong-Won; Bernstein, Elliot R.

    2014-01-28

    Carbohydrates (2-deoxyribose, ribose, and xylose) and nucleotides (adenosine-, cytidine-, guanosine-, and uridine-5{sup ′}-monophosphate) are generated in the gas phase, and ionized with vacuum ultraviolet photons (VUV, 118.2 nm). The observed time of flight mass spectra of the carbohydrate fragmentation are similar to those observed [J.-W. Shin, F. Dong, M. Grisham, J. J. Rocca, and E. R. Bernstein, Chem. Phys. Lett. 506, 161 (2011)] for 46.9 nm photon ionization, but with more intensity in higher mass fragment ions. The tendency of carbohydrate ions to fragment extensively following ionization seemingly suggests that nucleic acids might undergo radiation damage as a result of carbohydrate, rather than nucleobase fragmentation. VUV photoionization of nucleotides (monophosphate-carbohydrate-nucleobase), however, shows that the carbohydrate-nucleobase bond is the primary fragmentation site for these species. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations indicate that the removed carbohydrate electrons by the 118.2 nm photons are associated with endocyclic C–C and C–O ring centered orbitals: loss of electron density in the ring bonds of the nascent ion can thus account for the observed fragmentation patterns following carbohydrate ionization. DFT calculations also indicate that electrons removed from nucleotides under these same conditions are associated with orbitals involved with the nucleobase-saccharide linkage electron density. The calculations give a general mechanism and explanation of the experimental results.

  6. Extreme ultraviolet-induced photoionized plasmas

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    Bartnik, Andrzej; Wachulak, Przemyslaw; Fiedorowicz, Henryk; Fok, Tomasz; Jarocki, Roman; Szczurek, Miroslaw

    2014-05-01

    In this work photoionized plasmas were created by irradiation of He or Ne gases with a focused extreme ultraviolet (EUV) beam from one of two laser-plasma sources employing Nd:YAG laser systems. The first of them was a 10 Hz laser-plasma EUV source, based on a double-stream gas-puff target, irradiated with a 3 ns per 0.8 J laser pulse. EUV radiation in this case was focused using a gold-plated grazing incidence ellipsoidal collector. The second source was based on a 10 ns per 10 J per 10 Hz laser system. In this case EUV radiation was focused using a gold-plated grazing incidence multifoil collector. Gases were injected into the interaction region, perpendicularly to an optical axis of the irradiation system, using an auxiliary gas puff valve. Spectral measurements in the EUV range were performed. In all cases the most intense emission lines were assigned to singly charged ions. The other emission lines belong to atoms or doubly charged ions.

  7. Cooling and Heating Functions of Photoionized Gas

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    Gnedin, Nickolay Y.; Hollon, Nicholas

    2012-10-01

    Cooling and heating functions of cosmic gas are crucial ingredients for any study of gas dynamics and thermodynamics in the interstellar and intergalactic media. As such, they have been studied extensively in the past under the assumption of collisional ionization equilibrium. However, for a wide range of applications, the local radiation field introduces a non-negligible, often dominant, modification to the cooling and heating functions. In the most general case, these modifications cannot be described in simple terms and would require a detailed calculation with a large set of chemical species using a radiative transfer code (the well-known code Cloudy, for example). We show, however, that for a sufficiently general variation in the spectral shape and intensity of the incident radiation field, the cooling and heating functions can be approximated as depending only on several photoionization rates, which can be thought of as representative samples of the overall radiation field. This dependence is easy to tabulate and implement in cosmological or galactic-scale simulations, thus economically accounting for an important but rarely included factor in the evolution of cosmic gas. We also show a few examples where the radiation environment has a large effect, the most spectacular of which is a quasar that suppresses gas cooling in its host halo without any mechanical or non-radiative thermal feedback.

  8. Intergalactic magnetogenesis at Cosmic Dawn by photoionization

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    Durrive, J.-B.; Langer, M.

    2015-10-01

    We present a detailed analysis of an astrophysical mechanism that generates cosmological magnetic fields during the Epoch of Reionization. It is based on the photoionization of the intergalactic medium by the first sources formed in the Universe. First the induction equation is derived, then the characteristic length and time-scales of the mechanism are identified, and finally numerical applications are carried out for first stars, primordial galaxies and distant powerful quasars. In these simple examples, the strength of the generated magnetic fields varies between the order of 10-23 G on hundreds of kiloparsecs and 10-19 G on hundreds of parsecs in the neutral intergalactic medium between the Strömgren spheres of the sources. Thus, this mechanism contributes to the premagnetization of the whole Universe before large-scale structures are in place. It operates with any ionizing source, at any time during the Epoch of Reionization. Finally, the generated fields possess a characteristic spatial configuration which may help discriminate these seeds from those produced by different mechanisms.

  9. Vacuum ultraviolet photoionization of carbohydrates and nucleotides

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    Shin, Joong-Won; Bernstein, Elliot R.

    2014-01-01

    Carbohydrates (2-deoxyribose, ribose, and xylose) and nucleotides (adenosine-, cytidine-, guanosine-, and uridine-5'-monophosphate) are generated in the gas phase, and ionized with vacuum ultraviolet photons (VUV, 118.2 nm). The observed time of flight mass spectra of the carbohydrate fragmentation are similar to those observed [J.-W. Shin, F. Dong, M. Grisham, J. J. Rocca, and E. R. Bernstein, Chem. Phys. Lett. 506, 161 (2011)] for 46.9 nm photon ionization, but with more intensity in higher mass fragment ions. The tendency of carbohydrate ions to fragment extensively following ionization seemingly suggests that nucleic acids might undergo radiation damage as a result of carbohydrate, rather than nucleobase fragmentation. VUV photoionization of nucleotides (monophosphate-carbohydrate-nucleobase), however, shows that the carbohydrate-nucleobase bond is the primary fragmentation site for these species. Density functional theory (DFT) calculations indicate that the removed carbohydrate electrons by the 118.2 nm photons are associated with endocyclic C-C and C-O ring centered orbitals: loss of electron density in the ring bonds of the nascent ion can thus account for the observed fragmentation patterns following carbohydrate ionization. DFT calculations also indicate that electrons removed from nucleotides under these same conditions are associated with orbitals involved with the nucleobase-saccharide linkage electron density. The calculations give a general mechanism and explanation of the experimental results.

  10. Imaging photoelectron circular dichroism of chiral molecules by femtosecond multiphoton coincidence detection.

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    Lehmann, C Stefan; Ram, N Bhargava; Powis, Ivan; Janssen, Maurice H M

    2013-12-21

    Here, we provide a detailed account of novel experiments employing electron-ion coincidence imaging to discriminate chiral molecules. The full three-dimensional angular scattering distribution of electrons is measured after photoexcitation with either left or right circular polarized light. The experiment is performed using a simplified photoelectron-photoion coincidence imaging setup employing only a single particle imaging detector. Results are reported applying this technique to enantiomers of the chiral molecule camphor after three-photon ionization by circularly polarized femtosecond laser pulses at 400 nm and 380 nm. The electron-ion coincidence imaging provides the photoelectron spectrum of mass-selected ions that are observed in the time-of-flight mass spectra. The coincident photoelectron spectra of the parent camphor ion and the various fragment ions are the same, so it can be concluded that fragmentation of camphor happens after ionization. We discuss the forward-backward asymmetry in the photoelectron angular distribution which is expressed in Legendre polynomials with moments up to order six. Furthermore, we present a method, similar to one-photon electron circular dichroism, to quantify the strength of the chiral electron asymmetry in a single parameter. The circular dichroism in the photoelectron angular distribution of camphor is measured to be 8% at 400 nm. The electron circular dichroism using femtosecond multiphoton excitation is of opposite sign and about 60% larger than the electron dichroism observed before in near-threshold one-photon ionization with synchrotron excitation. We interpret our multiphoton ionization as being resonant at the two-photon level with the 3s and 3p Rydberg states of camphor. Theoretical calculations are presented that model the photoelectron angular distribution from a prealigned camphor molecule using density functional theory and continuum multiple scattering X alpha photoelectron scattering calculations

  11. Zero kinetic energy photoelectron spectroscopy of triphenylene

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    Harthcock, Colin; Zhang, Jie; Kong, Wei

    2014-06-28

    We report vibrational information of both the first electronically excited state and the ground cationic state of jet-cooled triphenylene via the techniques of resonantly enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) and zero kinetic energy (ZEKE) photoelectron spectroscopy. The first excited electronic state S{sub 1} of the neutral molecule is of A{sub 1}′ symmetry and is therefore electric dipole forbidden in the D{sub 3h} group. Consequently, there are no observable Franck-Condon allowed totally symmetric a{sub 1}′ vibrational bands in the REMPI spectrum. All observed vibrational transitions are due to Herzberg-Teller vibronic coupling to the E′ third electronically excited state S{sub 3}. The assignment of all vibrational bands as e′ symmetry is based on comparisons with calculations using the time dependent density functional theory and spectroscopic simulations. When an electron is eliminated, the molecular frame undergoes Jahn-Teller distortion, lowering the point group to C{sub 2v} and resulting in two nearly degenerate electronic states of A{sub 2} and B{sub 1} symmetry. Here we follow a crude treatment by assuming that all e′ vibrational modes resolve into b{sub 2} and a{sub 1} modes in the C{sub 2v} molecular frame. Some observed ZEKE transitions are tentatively assigned, and the adiabatic ionization threshold is determined to be 63 365 ± 7 cm{sup −1}. The observed ZEKE spectra contain a consistent pattern, with a cluster of transitions centered near the same vibrational level of the cation as that of the intermediate state, roughly consistent with the propensity rule. However, complete assignment of the detailed vibrational structure due to Jahn-Teller coupling requires much more extensive calculations, which will be performed in the future.

  12. Zero kinetic energy photoelectron spectroscopy of triphenylene

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    Harthcock, Colin; Zhang, Jie; Kong, Wei

    2014-06-01

    We report vibrational information of both the first electronically excited state and the ground cationic state of jet-cooled triphenylene via the techniques of resonantly enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) and zero kinetic energy (ZEKE) photoelectron spectroscopy. The first excited electronic state S1 of the neutral molecule is of A1' symmetry and is therefore electric dipole forbidden in the D3h group. Consequently, there are no observable Franck-Condon allowed totally symmetric a1' vibrational bands in the REMPI spectrum. All observed vibrational transitions are due to Herzberg-Teller vibronic coupling to the E' third electronically excited state S3. The assignment of all vibrational bands as e' symmetry is based on comparisons with calculations using the time dependent density functional theory and spectroscopic simulations. When an electron is eliminated, the molecular frame undergoes Jahn-Teller distortion, lowering the point group to C2v and resulting in two nearly degenerate electronic states of A2 and B1 symmetry. Here we follow a crude treatment by assuming that all e' vibrational modes resolve into b2 and a1 modes in the C2v molecular frame. Some observed ZEKE transitions are tentatively assigned, and the adiabatic ionization threshold is determined to be 63 365 ± 7 cm-1. The observed ZEKE spectra contain a consistent pattern, with a cluster of transitions centered near the same vibrational level of the cation as that of the intermediate state, roughly consistent with the propensity rule. However, complete assignment of the detailed vibrational structure due to Jahn-Teller coupling requires much more extensive calculations, which will be performed in the future.

  13. Zero kinetic energy photoelectron spectroscopy of triphenylene.

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    Harthcock, Colin; Zhang, Jie; Kong, Wei

    2014-06-28

    We report vibrational information of both the first electronically excited state and the ground cationic state of jet-cooled triphenylene via the techniques of resonantly enhanced multiphoton ionization (REMPI) and zero kinetic energy (ZEKE) photoelectron spectroscopy. The first excited electronic state S1 of the neutral molecule is of A1' symmetry and is therefore electric dipole forbidden in the D3h group. Consequently, there are no observable Franck-Condon allowed totally symmetric a1' vibrational bands in the REMPI spectrum. All observed vibrational transitions are due to Herzberg-Teller vibronic coupling to the E' third electronically excited state S3. The assignment of all vibrational bands as e' symmetry is based on comparisons with calculations using the time dependent density functional theory and spectroscopic simulations. When an electron is eliminated, the molecular frame undergoes Jahn-Teller distortion, lowering the point group to C2v and resulting in two nearly degenerate electronic states of A2 and B1 symmetry. Here we follow a crude treatment by assuming that all e' vibrational modes resolve into b2 and a1 modes in the C2v molecular frame. Some observed ZEKE transitions are tentatively assigned, and the adiabatic ionization threshold is determined to be 63 365 ± 7 cm(-1). The observed ZEKE spectra contain a consistent pattern, with a cluster of transitions centered near the same vibrational level of the cation as that of the intermediate state, roughly consistent with the propensity rule. However, complete assignment of the detailed vibrational structure due to Jahn-Teller coupling requires much more extensive calculations, which will be performed in the future.

  14. Experimental Investigations of the Lunar Photoelectron Sheath

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    Dove, A.; Sternovsky, Z.; Wang, X.; Robertson, S. H.; Lapanse, C.; Horanyi, M.; Collette, A.

    2010-12-01

    Solar ultraviolet radiation incident upon the dayside lunar surface produces a photoelectron gas that dominates the near-surface plasma environment, with a typical density of 60 cm-3 and a characteristic scale-length of ~1 m. It has traditionally been difficult to produce a photoelectron gas with sufficient density in a laboratory settings to study its properties. In our initial experiments, the characterization of the photoelectron density above a Zr surface (work function W=4.4 eV) illuminated by Xe excimer lamps (peak emission at a wavelength of 172 nm) indicated that a sheath with a Debye length on the order of 10 cm formed. We characterize the photoelectron population above the surface by utilizing an emissive probe to map the electric potential distribution above the surface, and a Langmuir probe to determine the number density and temperature of the photoelectrons. A grid is placed 7.5 cm above the Zr surface to repel photoelectrons emitted from the chamber walls. Emissive probe measurements show a potential dip of about 2 V extending ~1 cm above the zirconium surface. The size of this potential well is dependent on the number of lamps illuminating the surface, as the density of photoelectrons above the surface increases with greater illumination. The electrons in the sheath have a Maxwellian distribution with an electron temperature around 1 eV (maximum energies are expected to be approximately 2.8 eV). We will use this experimental apparatus to characterize the photoelectron sheath above other surfaces; powders, such as CeO2 have similar work functions, but different photoelectric yields. Lunar soil simulants are expected to have approximately an order of magnitude smaller yield than metallic surfaces, which will act to increase the characteristic length of the photoelectron sheath above the surface. The experiments and accompanying computer simulations are used to guide the development of new instrument concepts for future in situ plasma measurements on

  15. Experimental and ab initio characterization of HC3N(+) vibronic structure. I. Synchrotron-based threshold photo-electron spectroscopy.

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    Desrier, Antoine; Romanzin, Claire; Lamarre, Nicolas; Alcaraz, Christian; Gans, Bérenger; Gauyacq, Dolores; Liévin, Jacques; Boyé-Péronne, Séverine

    2016-12-21

    Threshold-photoionization spectroscopy of cyanoacetylene (HC3N) and its (15)N isotopologue has been investigated in the vacuum-ultraviolet range with a synchrotron-based experiment allowing to record threshold-photoelectron spectrum and photoion yield over a large energy range (from 88 500 to 177 500 cm(-1), i.e., from 11 to 22 eV). Adiabatic ionization energies towards the three lowest electronic states X(+)(2)Π, A(+) Σ+2, and B(+) Π2 are derived from the threshold-photoelectron spectrum. A detailed description of the vibrational structure of these states is proposed leading to the determination of the vibrational frequencies for most modes. The vibrational assignments and the discussion about the electronic structure are supported by multireference ab initio calculations (CASPT2, MRCI). Unprecedented structures are resolved and tentatively assigned in the region of the B(+)← X transition. Exploratory calculations highlight the complexity of the electronic landscape of the cation up to approximately 10 eV above its ground state.

  16. Prominent conjugate processes in the PCI recapture of photoelectrons revealed by high resolution Auger electron measurements of Xe

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    Azuma, Yoshiro; Kosugi, Satoshi; Suzuki, Norihiro; Shigemasa, Eiji; Iwayama, Hiroshi; Koike, Fumihiro

    2016-05-01

    The Xe (N5O2 , 3O2 , 3) Auger electron spectrum originating from 4d5/ 2 - 1 photoionization was measured with the photon energy tuned very close above the ionization threshold. As the photon energy approached the 4d5/ 2 - 1 photoionization threshold, Rydberg series structures including several angular momentum components were formed within the Auger profile by the recapture of the photoelectrons into high-lying final ion orbitals. Our spectrum with resolution much narrower than the lifetime width of the corresponding core excited state allowed us to resolve detailed structures due to the orbital angular momenta very clearly. Unexpectedly, conjugate peaks originating from the exchange of angular momentum between the photoelectron and the Auger electron through Post-Collision-Interaction were found to dominate the spectrum. The new assignments were in accord with the quantum defect values obtained for the high Rydberg series for singly charged ionic Xe + 5 p(1S0) ml. This work was supported by Japan Society for the Promotion of Science through Grants-in-Aid for Scientific Research No. 23600009.

  17. Experimental and ab initio characterization of HC3N+ vibronic structure. I. Synchrotron-based threshold photo-electron spectroscopy

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    Desrier, Antoine; Romanzin, Claire; Lamarre, Nicolas; Alcaraz, Christian; Gans, Bérenger; Gauyacq, Dolores; Liévin, Jacques; Boyé-Péronne, Séverine

    2016-12-01

    Threshold-photoionization spectroscopy of cyanoacetylene (HC3N) and its 15N isotopologue has been investigated in the vacuum-ultraviolet range with a synchrotron-based experiment allowing to record threshold-photoelectron spectrum and photoion yield over a large energy range (from 88 500 to 177 500 cm-1, i.e., from 11 to 22 eV). Adiabatic ionization energies towards the three lowest electronic states X+ 2Π, A+ +2Σ, and B+ 2Π are derived from the threshold-photoelectron spectrum. A detailed description of the vibrational structure of these states is proposed leading to the determination of the vibrational frequencies for most modes. The vibrational assignments and the discussion about the electronic structure are supported by multireference ab initio calculations (CASPT2, MRCI). Unprecedented structures are resolved and tentatively assigned in the region of the B+← X transition. Exploratory calculations highlight the complexity of the electronic landscape of the cation up to approximately 10 eV above its ground state.

  18. Photo-Ionization and Photo-Dissociation of Trapped PAH Cations

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    Joblin, Christine; Zhen, Junfeng; Rodriguez Castillo, Sarah; Mulas, Giacomo; Sabbah, Hassan; Simon, Aude; Giuliani, Alexandre; Nahon, Laurent; Martin, Serge; Champeaux, Jean-Philippe; Mayer, Paul M.

    2016-06-01

    In astrophysical environments, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) are submitted to VUV photons of energy up to ˜20 eV. In the laboratory, photoelectron-photoion spectroscopy is usually performed using VUV synchrotron radiation, in which the same photon (15-25 eV), is used to ionize and dissociate PAHs. These experiments explore specific conditions and complementary studies in ion traps are required for a wider investigation of interstellar conditions. We have used the LTQ linear ion trap available on the DESIRS VUV beamline at SOLEIL to study the interaction of PAH cations with photons in the 7-20 eV range. We recorded by action spectroscopy the relative intensities of photo-fragmentation and photo-ionization of eight PAH cations ranging in size from 14 to 24 carbon atoms and with different structures. We found that, at photon energies below ˜13.6 eV, fragmentation dominates for the smaller species, while for larger species ionization is competitive immediately above the second ionization potential. At higher photon energies, all species behave similarly, the ionization yield gradually increases, levelling off between 0.8 and 0.9 at ˜18 eV. We have also recorded the competition between the different dissociation channels as a function of the VUV photon energy, such as the C_2H_2 versus H/H_2 loss. We will discuss how these data can be compared to results of photoelectron spectroscopy performed on neutral PAHs at the VUV beamline at the Swiss Light Source. H.W. Jochims et al., Astron. & Astrophys. 420 (1994), 307-317; P. M. Mayer et al., J. Chem. Phys. 134 (2011), 244312-244312-8 J. Zhen et al., Astron. & Astrophys. (2016), in press B. West et al., J. Phys. Chem. A 118 (2014), 7824-7831; B. West et al., J. Phys. Chem. A 118 (2014), 9870-9878 Acknowledgments: European Research Council grant ERC-2013-SyG, Grant Agreement n. 610256 NANOCOSMOS.

  19. Photoionization of Highly Charged Argon Ions and Their Diagnostic Lines

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    Nahar, Sultana N.

    2012-06-01

    %TEXT OF YOUR ABSTRACT Lines of highly charged He-like and Li-like ions in the ultraviolet and X-ray regions provide useful diagnostics for the physical and chemical conditions of the astrophysical as well as fusion plasmas. For example, Ar XVII lines in a Syfert galaxy have been measured by the X-ray space observatory Chandra. Results on photoionization of Ar XVI and Ar XVII obtained from relativistic Breit-Pauli R-matrix method and close-coupling approximation will be presented. Important features for level-specific photoionization for the diagnostic w, x, y, z lines of He-like Ar XVII in the ultraviolet region will be illustrated. Although monotonous decay dominates the low energy photoionization for these ions, strong resonances appear in the high energy region indicating higher recombination, inverse process of photoionization, at high temperature. The spectra of the well known 22 diagnostics dielectronic satellite lines of Li-like Ar XVI will be shown produced from the the KLL resonances in photoionization. Acknowledgement: Partially supported by DOE, NSF; Computational work was carried out at the Ohio Supercomputer Center

  20. Galaxy formation with local photoionization feedback - I. Methods

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    Kannan, R.; Stinson, G. S.; Macciò, A. V.; Hennawi, J. F.; Woods, R.; Wadsley, J.; Shen, S.; Robitaille, T.; Cantalupo, S.; Quinn, T. R.; Christensen, C.

    2014-01-01

    We present a first study of the effect of local photoionizing radiation on gas cooling in smoothed particle hydrodynamics simulations of galaxy formation. We explore the combined effect of ionizing radiation from young and old stellar populations. The method computes the effect of multiple radiative sources using the same tree algorithm as used for gravity, so it is computationally efficient and well resolved. The method foregoes calculating absorption and scattering in favour of a constant escape fraction for young stars to keep the calculation efficient enough to simulate the entire evolution of a galaxy in a cosmological context to the present day. This allows us to quantify the effect of the local photoionization feedback through the whole history of a galaxy's formation. The simulation of a Milky Way-like galaxy using the local photoionization model forms ˜40 per cent less stars than a simulation that only includes a standard uniform background UV field. The local photoionization model decreases star formation by increasing the cooling time of the gas in the halo and increasing the equilibrium temperature of dense gas in the disc. Coupling the local radiation field to gas cooling from the halo provides a preventive feedback mechanism which keeps the central disc light and produces slowly rising rotation curves without resorting to extreme feedback mechanisms. These preliminary results indicate that the effect of local photoionizing sources is significant and should not be ignored in models of galaxy formation.