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Title:
Probing Transient Valence Orbital Changes with Picosecond Valence-to-Core X-ray Emission Spectroscopy
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EuXFEL staff
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Instrument FXE
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Abstract:
We probe the dynamics of valence electrons in photoexcited [Fe(terpy)$_2$]$^{2+}$ in solution to gain deeper insight into the Fe−ligand bond changes. We use hard X-rayemission spectroscopy (XES), which combines element specificity and high penetration with sensitivity to orbital structure, making it a powerful technique for molecular studies in a wide variety of environments. A picosecond-time-resolved measurement of the complete 1s X-ray emission spectrum captures the transient photoinduced changes and includes the weak valence-to-core (vtc) emission lines that correspond to transitions from occupied valence orbitals to the nascent core-hole. Vtc-XES offers particular insight into the molecular orbitals directly involved in the light-driven dynamics; a change in the metal− ligand orbital overlap results in an intensity reduction and a blue energy shift in agreement with our theoretical calculations and more subtle features at the highest energies reflect changes in the frontier orbital populations.
Imprint:
2017
Journal Information:
Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 121 (5), 2620–2626 (2017)
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