Acetone Non-adiabatic Rydberg State Dynamics Studied by Femtosecond Photoelectron-photoion Coincidence Spectroscopy

Markus Koch, Stefan Cesnik, Pascal Heim, Sascha Ranftl, Bernhard Thaler, Wolfgang E. Ernst

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For the investigation of photochemical processes with time-resolved photo-ionization spectroscopy, it is essential to
obtain unequivocal experimental information about the fragmentation dynamics. Photoexcitation of acetone molecules to
high-lying Rydberg states triggers complex relaxation dynamics which are governed by Rydberg-valence couplings. We
apply time-resolved photoelectron-photoion coincidence (PEPICO) detection to disentangle parallel ionization channels
and to follow the fragmentation and relaxation behavior of each channel separately [1]. Photoexcited population
undergoes internal conversion to lower Rydberg states for which a sequential decay model reveals state-dependent decay
time constants ranging from 100 to 300 fs, following clear trends [3]. The corresponding non-adiabatic dynamics cause
the conversion of electronic to vibrational energy, leading to fragmentation after ionization to the cationic ground state,
for which the activation threshold can be accurately determined to be (0.79±0.04) EV [2]. Additionally, we observe a
channel facilitating fragmentation of the neutral molecule (before ionization) via a Norrish-Type-I reaction [1]. These
results demonstrate that in the complex situation of multiple, parallel relaxation pathways, less-differential probe
techniques might not allow the unambiguous interpretation of transient signals.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2018
EventBIT's 6th Annual Conference of AnalytiX-2018: Faster, More Accurate, More Sensitive - Miami Marriott Dadeland, Miami, United States
Duration: 26 Mar 201828 Mar 2018
Conference number: 6


ConferenceBIT's 6th Annual Conference of AnalytiX-2018
Abbreviated titleAnalytiX-2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • Advanced Materials Science

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