Recoil effects in molecular photoemission

Edwin Kukk, T. Darrah Thomas, Kiyoshi Ueda

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A departing photoelectron leaves the molecular ion with a recoil momentum that is distributed between translational motion and the excitation of vibrational and rotational energy levels. In this review, recent measurements of recoil induced effects in core- and valence level photoelectron spectra of free molecules are summarized. The experimental examples are preceded by the outline of a semiclassical model to treat the recoil effects in free molecules.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-58
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Electron Spectroscopy and Related Phenomena
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan


  • Molecular
  • Photoemission
  • Recoil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Radiation
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Spectroscopy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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