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Disentangling Auger decays in O2 by photoelectron-ion coincidences.
Sci Rep ; 7(1): 2898, 2017 06 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-28588192
ABSTRACT
In non-resonant Auger electron spectroscopies, multi core-ionized states lead to numerous energetically close-lying electronic transitions in Auger spectra, this hampering the assignment and interpretation of the experimental results. Here we reveal a new method to overcome this intrinsic limitation of non-resonant inner-shell spectroscopies. In a proof-of-principle experiment performed for the O2 molecule, most of the Auger final states are dissociative, and we measure in coincidence the kinetic energy of the photoelectron and the kinetic energy release of the (O+, O+) ion pairs produced after the Auger decay of the O 1s-1 core-ionized states. The Auger final states are assigned using energy conservation. We fully separate the contributions from the 4Σ- and 2Σ- intermediate ionic states and conclusively demonstrate that the Auger decay probability can dramatically depend on the different O2 1s -1 intermediate multiplet states. In addition, a metastable Auger final state also exists, with lifetime longer than 3.8 µs, and clear changes are observed in both branching ratio and spectral profile of the O 1s photoelectron spectrum when they are recorded in coincidence with either [Formula: see text] or with other ionic species. These changes are attributed to the population of the metastable [Formula: see text] Auger final state via different intermediate states.

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Texto completo: Disponível Coleções: Bases de dados internacionais Base de dados: MEDLINE Idioma: Inglês Revista: Sci Rep Ano de publicação: 2017 Tipo de documento: Artigo País de afiliação: China