Irradiation of matter with x rays causes inner-shell ionization of atoms and molecules, followed by subsequent electronic relaxation leading to production of low-energy electrons. In this study we investigate the process of low-energy-electron production in Ar clusters by electron-ion multiple coincidence measurements. In addition to photoelectrons, low-energy electrons are observed after 2p ionization of argon clusters. We find that low-energy-electron production increases when the energy of photoelectrons exceeds the ionization potential of Ar. We experimentally identify the low-energy electrons produced by interatomic electronic decay processes and inelastic scattering of the photoelectrons and Auger electrons with the surrounding Ar atoms.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics