Single-photon Coulomb explosion of methanol using broad bandwidth ultrafast EUV pulses

Itamar Luzon, Krishna Jagtap, Ester Livshits, Oleg Lioubashevski, Roi Baer, Daniel Strasser*

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Single-photon Coulomb explosion of methanol is instigated using the broad bandwidth pulse achieved through high-order harmonics generation. Using 3D coincidence fragment imaging of one molecule at a time, the kinetic energy release (KER) and angular distributions of the products are measured in different Coulomb explosion (CE) channels. Two-body CE channels breaking either the C-O or the C-H bonds are described as well as a proton migration channel forming H2O+, which is shown to exhibit higher KER. The results are compared to intense-field Coulomb explosion measurements in the literature. The interpretation of broad bandwidth single-photon CE data is discussed and supported by ab initio calculations of the predominant C-O bond breaking CE channel. We discuss the importance of these findings for achieving time resolved imaging of ultrafast dynamics.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)13488-13495
Number of pages8
JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
Issue number21
StatePublished - 2017

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