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Chemphyschem ; 19(8): 921-933, 2018 04 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-29266631


Photoionization of the chiral monoterpene limonene has been investigated using polarized synchrotron radiation between the adiabatic ionization threshold, 8.505 and 23.5 eV. A rich vibrational structure is seen in the threshold photoelectron spectrum and is interpreted using a variety of computational methods. The corresponding photoelectron circular dichroism-measured in the photoelectron angular distribution as a forward-backward asymmetry with respect to the photon direction-was found to be strongly dependent on the vibronic structure appearing in the photoelectron spectra, with the observed asymmetry even switching direction in between the major vibrational peaks. This effect can be ultimately attributed to the sensitivity of this dichroism to small phase shifts between adjacent partial waves of the outgoing photoelectron. These observations have implications for potential applications of this chiroptical technique, where the enantioselective analysis of monoterpene components is of particular interest.

J Chem Phys ; 145(12): 124320, 2016 Sep 28.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-27782625


Enantiomers of the monoterpene limonene have been investigated by (2 + 1) resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization and photoelectron circular dichroism employing tuneable, circularly polarized femtosecond laser pulses. Electron imaging detection provides 3D momentum measurement while electron-ion coincidence detection can be used to mass-tag individual electrons. Additional filtering, by accepting only parent ion tagged electrons, can be then used to provide discrimination against higher energy dissociative ionization mechanisms where more than three photons are absorbed to better delineate the two photon resonant, one photon ionization pathway. The promotion of different vibrational levels and, tentatively, different electronic ion core configurations in the intermediate Rydberg states can be achieved with different laser excitation wavelengths (420 nm, 412 nm, and 392 nm), in turn producing different state distributions in the resulting cations. Strong chiral asymmetries in the lab frame photoelectron angular distributions are quantified, and a comparison made with a single photon (synchrotron radiation) measurement at an equivalent photon energy.

Cicloexenos/química , Elétrons , Lasers , Imagem Óptica , Fótons , Terpenos/química , Dicroísmo Circular , Limoneno , Modelos Moleculares , Conformação Molecular , Estereoisomerismo
Phys Chem Chem Phys ; 17(14): 8614-7, 2015 Apr 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25744283


Limonene is ionized by circularly polarized 420 nm femtosecond laser pulses. Ion mass and photoelectron energy spectra identify the dominant (2 + 1) multiphoton ionization mechanism, aided by TDDFT calculations of the Rydberg excitations. Photoelectron circular dichroism measurements on pure enantiomers reveal a chiral asymmetry of ±4 %.

Dicroísmo Circular , Cicloexenos/química , Lasers , Terpenos/química , Limoneno , Fótons , Espectrofotometria , Estereoisomerismo
J Phys Chem A ; 118(49): 11541-6, 2014 Dec 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-25402546


Multiphoton photoelectron circular dichroism (MP-PECD) has been observed as an asymmetry in the angular distribution of photoelectrons emitted in the ionization of pure enantiomers of the small chiral molecule methyloxirane using a femtosecond laser operated at 420 nm. Energetically, this requires the uptake of four photons. By switching the laser between left- and right-circular polarization, and observing the differences in the full three-dimensional electron momentum distribution recorded in an electron-ion coincidence technique, the chiral (odd) terms in the angular distribution expression can be isolated. Electron events can additionally be filtered by coincident ion mass, providing mass-tagged electron distributions and quantitative measures of the MP-PECD asymmetry that help characterize the different ionization channels. For the production of ground state parent cation, the magnitude of the mean chiral asymmetry is measured to be 4.7%, with a peak magnitude exceeding 10%