Ultrafast dynamics in helium nanodroplets probed by femtosecond time-resolved EUV photoelectron imaging

Oleg Kornilov, Chia C. Wang, Oliver Bünermann, Andrew T. Healy, Mathew Leonard, Chunte Peng, Stephen R. Leone, Daniel M. Neumark, Oliver Gessner

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Abstract

The dynamics of electronically excited helium nanodroplets are studied by femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron imaging. EUV excitation into a broad absorption band centered around 23.8 eV leads to an indirect photoemission process that generates ultraslow photoelectrons. A 1.58 eV probe pulse transiently depletes the indirect photoemission signal for pump-probe time delays <200 fs and enhances the signal beyond this delay. The depletion is due to suppression of the indirect ionization process by the probe photon, which generates a broad, isotropically emitted photoelectron band. Similar time scales in the decay of the high energy photoelectron signal and the enhancement of the indirect photoemission signal suggest an internal relaxation process that populates states in the range of a lower energy droplet absorption band located just below the droplet ionization potential (IP∼23.0 eV). A nearly 70% enhancement of the ultraslow photoelectron signal indicates that interband relaxation plays a more dominant role for the droplet de-excitation mechanism than photoemission.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1437-1445
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Volume114
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

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