Auger decay of molecular double core-hole and its satellite states: Comparison of experiment and calculation

Motomichi Tashiro, Motoyoshi Nakano, Masahiro Ehara, Francis Penent, Lidija Andric, Jérôme Palaudoux, Kenji Ito, Yasumasa Hikosaka, Noriyuki Kouchi, Pascal Lablanquie

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Auger decay of the C2H2 double core-hole (DCH) states, including the single-site DCH (C1s-2), two-site DCH (C1s -1C1s-1), and satellite (C1s-2π -1π*+1) states, has been investigated experimentally using synchrotron radiation combined with multi-electron coincidence method, and theoretically with the assumption of the two-step sequential model for Auger decay of the DCH states. The theoretical calculations can reproduce the experimental two-dimensional Auger spectra of the C 2H2 single-site DCH and satellite decays, and allow to assign the peaks appearing in the spectra in terms of sequential two-electron vacancy creations in the occupied valence orbitals. In case of the one-dimensional Auger spectrum of the C2H2 two-site DCH decay, the experimental and calculated results agree well, but assignment of peaks is difficult because the first and second Auger components overlap each other. The theoretical calculations on the Auger decay of the N2 single-site DCH state, approximately considering the effect of nuclear motion, suggest that the nuclear motion, together with the highly repulsive potential energy curves of the final states, makes an important effect on the energy distribution of the Auger electrons emitted in the second Auger decay.

Original languageEnglish
Article number224306
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 14

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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