C.A. de Lange
- Resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization photoelectron spectroscopy on nano- and picosecond timescales of Rydberg states of methyl iodide
- Journal of Chemical Physics
- Volume | Issue number
- 99 | 2
- Pages (from-to)
- Document type
- Faculty of Science (FNWI)
- Van 't Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS)
Rydberg states of methyl iodide have been investigated using resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization in combination with photoelectron spectroscopy with nanosecond and picosecond laser pulses. The study of the ns (6n10) Rydberg states in two-, three-, and four-photon excitations has resulted in an unambiguous identification of state  in the 7s and 8s Rydberg states. As a consequence, it is concluded that the transition to 6s in two- and three-photon excitations is anomalously weak. The application of photoelectron spectroscopy to identify the electronic and vibrational nature of a resonance has led to a major reinterpretation of the excitation spectrum of the 6p Rydberg state in two-photon excitation. In many of the recorded photoelectron spectra anomalous electrons are observed, which derive from a one-photon ionization process. This process is suggested to find its origin in the mixing of 6p and 7s character into higher-lying Rydberg states. The major difference between resonance enhanced multiphoton ionization photoelectron spectroscopy with nanosecond and picosecond lasers is found in a less effective dissociation of the molecule in the picosecond experiments. The Journal of Chemical Physics is copyrighted by The American Institute of Physics.
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