Interference modulation in the vibrationally resolved photoionization of the 1σg and 1σu core levels of the N 2 molecule

S. K. Semenov, N. A. Cherepkov, M. Matsumoto, T. Hatamoto, X. J. Liu, G. Prümper, T. Tanaka, M. Hoashino, H. Tanaka, F. Gel'Mukhanov, K. Ueda

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The ratios of photoionization cross sections of the 1σg and 1σu shells of the N2 molecule for the vibrational transitions to the v′ ≤ 0 and v′ ≤ 1 core-ionized states in the photon energy region between 440 and 550 eV have been measured. The calculations in the random phase approximation well reproduce the experimental data. The variation of the ratio with photon energy is attributed to the interference modulation that is caused by coherent photoemission from the two atoms, as an analogue of the Young's double-slit experiment. The calculations extended up to 1.8 keV allow connecting the modulation with the onset of transitions to the states of increasing orbital angular momentum which occurs at increasing photon energies and demonstrate that the main contribution to these modulations comes from the σ continuum states.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberL02
Pages (from-to)L261-L267
JournalJournal of Physics B: Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jun 28

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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