Role of nuclear-electronic coupling in attosecond photoionization of H2

Date

2021

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Wang, Anna L
Serov, V V
Kamalov, Andrei
Bucksbaum, Philip H.
Kheifets, Anatoli
Cryan, James P

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American Physical Society

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The separation of electronic and nuclear dynamics due to differing timescales is a useful concept for understanding ground-state molecular systems. However, coupling between these degrees of freedom is critical to understanding the evolution of most excited-state systems. We measure two-photon ionization delays of H2 and compare to calculations of the same measurement in a frozen-nuclei approximation. We find discrepancies between the vibrationally resolved measurement and bond-length-dependent theory, suggesting that nuclear motion affects H2 photoionization on attosecond timescales. We ascribe our observation to nuclear-electronic channel coupling between continuum vibrational states. Our results demonstrate that nuclear-electronic coupling cannot be neglected in the sudden ionization of molecules containing light atoms.

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Physical Review A

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Journal article

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Open Access

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10.1103/PhysRevA.104.063119

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