Projection of Si 1s photoexcited orbitals into resonant Auger electron spectra in KLL decays of Si(CH3)4 and SiF4

I. H. Suzuki, Y. Kono, A. Ikeda, T. Ouchi, K. Ueda, O. Takahashi, I. Higuchi, Y. Tamenori, S. Nagaoka

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Spectator resonant KL23L23 Auger electron spectra have been measured in the Si 1s photoexcitation region of Si(CH 3)4 using monochromatized undulator radiation combined with a hemispherical electron spectrometer. The broad peak with high intensity in a total ion yield spectrum, coming mainly from excitation of a 1s electron into the 6t2 vacant orbital, induces a spectator Auger decay in which the excited electron remains in its excited orbital. The component on the higher energy side of this peak through 1s excitation into a Rydberg orbital produces resonant Auger decays in which the excited Rydberg electron moves into a slightly higher Rydberg orbital, or is partly shaken up to a significantly higher Rydberg orbital. These findings of Si(CH3)4 indicate a clear contrast to those for SiF4, in which the 1s excitation into a Rydberg orbital induces a shake-down phenomenon as well as a shake-up one. The results of these molecules exhibit a clear splitting effect among excited orbitals which are smeared out by overlapping due to lifetime widths and due to densely populated levels in the 1s electron excitation spectrum. This is consistent with the calculation on photoexcitation within the framework of density functional theory.

Original languageEnglish
Article number084312
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb 28

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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