N 1s photoelectron angular distributions from fixed-in-space NO2 molecules: Stereodynamics and symmetry considerations

Masakazu Yamazaki, Jun Ichi Adachi, Yasuyuki Kimura, Mauro Stener, Piero Decleva, Akira Yagishita

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Angular distributions of N 1s photoelectrons from fixed-in-space NO 2 molecules have been measured over the energy region of shape resonance and above. A multiple-coincidence velocity-map imaging technique for observation of molecular frame photoelectron angular distributions (MF-PADs) has been extended to nonlinear molecular targets. Density functional theory calculations have also been conducted to elucidate the photoionization dynamics and shape resonance in the N 1s photoionization of NO2. Results show that the N 1s MF-PADs exhibit strong shape variation as a function of both photoelectron kinetic energy and symmetries of final states, whereas asymmetry parameters of laboratory frame PADs show a local minimum around the shape resonance region and increase monotonically as the photon energy increases. Over the shape resonance, the spatial shape of the photoelectron wave function with b2 -symmetry closely resembles that of 5 b2 unoccupied molecular orbital of NO2, although the MF-PAD pattern for b2 -symmetry does not correspond directly to the 5 b2 orbital shape. At higher kinetic energy of 90 eV, MF-PADs become less structured, but still show a significant dependence on the symmetry of final states.

Original languageEnglish
Article number164301
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Oct 28

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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