Observing Femtosecond Fragmentation Using Ultrafast X-ray-Induced Auger Spectra
AbstractMolecules often fragment after photoionization in the gas phase. Usually, this process can only be investigated spectroscopically as long as there exists electron correlation between the photofragments. Important parameters, like their kinetic energy after separation, cannot be investigated. We are reporting on a femtosecond time-resolved Auger electron spectroscopy study concerning the photofragmentation dynamics of thymine. We observe the appearance of clearly distinguishable signatures from thymine′s neutral photofragment isocyanic acid. Furthermore, we observe a time-dependent shift of its spectrum, which we can attribute to the influence of the charged fragment on the Auger electron. This allows us to map our time-dependent dataset onto the fragmentation coordinate. The time dependence of the shift supports efficient transformation of the excess energy gained from photoionization into kinetic energy of the fragments. Our method is broadly applicable to the investigation of photofragmentation processes. View Full-Text
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Share & Cite This Article
Wolf, T.J.A.; Holzmeier, F.; Wagner, I.; Berrah, N.; Bostedt, C.; Bozek, J.; Bucksbaum, P.; Coffee, R.; Cryan, J.; Farrell, J.; Feifel, R.; Martinez, T.J.; McFarland, B.; Mucke, M.; Nandi, S.; Tarantelli, F.; Fischer, I.; Gühr, M. Observing Femtosecond Fragmentation Using Ultrafast X-ray-Induced Auger Spectra. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 681.
Wolf TJA, Holzmeier F, Wagner I, Berrah N, Bostedt C, Bozek J, Bucksbaum P, Coffee R, Cryan J, Farrell J, Feifel R, Martinez TJ, McFarland B, Mucke M, Nandi S, Tarantelli F, Fischer I, Gühr M. Observing Femtosecond Fragmentation Using Ultrafast X-ray-Induced Auger Spectra. Applied Sciences. 2017; 7(7):681.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wolf, Thomas J.A.; Holzmeier, Fabian; Wagner, Isabella; Berrah, Nora; Bostedt, Christoph; Bozek, John; Bucksbaum, Phil; Coffee, Ryan; Cryan, James; Farrell, Joe; Feifel, Raimund; Martinez, Todd J.; McFarland, Brian; Mucke, Melanie; Nandi, Saikat; Tarantelli, Francesco; Fischer, Ingo; Gühr, Markus. 2017. "Observing Femtosecond Fragmentation Using Ultrafast X-ray-Induced Auger Spectra." Appl. Sci. 7, no. 7: 681.
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.