Following excited-state chemical shifts in molecular ultrafast x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy


The conversion of photon energy into other energetic forms in molecules is accompanied by charge moving on ultrafast timescales. We directly observe the charge motion at a specific site in an electronically excited molecule using time-resolved x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (TR-XPS). We extend the concept of static chemical shift from conventional XPS by the excited-state chemical shift (ESCS), which is connected to the charge in the framework of a potential model. This allows us to invert TR-XPS spectra to the dynamic charge at a specific atom. We demonstrate the power of TR-XPS by using sulphur 2p-core-electron-emission probing to study the UV-excited dynamics of 2-thiouracil. The method allows us to discover that a major part of the population relaxes to the molecular ground state within 220–250 fs. In addition, a 250-fs oscillation, visible in the kinetic energy of the TR-XPS, reveals a coherent exchange of population among electronic states.


DOI: 10.1038/s41467-021-27908-y

Research Groups: Computational Carbon Chemistry

Publication type: Journal

Journal: Nature Communications

Citation: Nat Commun 13(1),198

Date Published: 1st Dec 2022

Registered Mode: by DOI

Authors: D. Mayer, F. Lever, D. Picconi, J. Metje, S. Alisauskas, F. Calegari, S. Düsterer, C. Ehlert, R. Feifel, M. Niebuhr, B. Manschwetus, M. Kuhlmann, T. Mazza, M. S. Robinson, R. J. Squibb, A. Trabattoni, M. Wallner, P. Saalfrank, T. J. A. Wolf, M. Gühr

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Mayer, D., Lever, F., Picconi, D., Metje, J., Alisauskas, S., Calegari, F., Düsterer, S., Ehlert, C., Feifel, R., Niebuhr, M., Manschwetus, B., Kuhlmann, M., Mazza, T., Robinson, M. S., Squibb, R. J., Trabattoni, A., Wallner, M., Saalfrank, P., Wolf, T. J. A., & Gühr, M. (2022). Following excited-state chemical shifts in molecular ultrafast x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. In Nature Communications (Vol. 13, Issue 1). Springer Science and Business Media LLC.

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