Rotationally resolved photoelectron angular distributions from a nonlinear polyatomic molecule

Paul Hockett, Michael Staniforth, Katharine L. Reid, Dave Townsend

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Abstract

We present, for the first time, rotationally resolved photoelectron images resulting from the ionization of a polyatomic molecule. Photoelectron angular distributions pertaining to the formation of individual rotational levels of NH3+ have been extracted from the images and analyzed to enable a complete determination of the radial dipole matrix elements and relative phases that describe the ionization dynamics. This determination leads to the deduction of significantly different dynamics from those extracted in previous studies which lacked either angular information or rotational resolution. © 2009 The American Physical Society.

Original languageEnglish
Article number253002
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume102
Issue number25
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jun 2009

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