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Ultralong-range energy transfer by interatomic Coulombic decay in an extreme quantum system

Sisourat N.; Kryzhevoi N. V.; Kolorenč P.; Scheit S.; Jahnke T. and Cederbaum L. S.

When an atom is electronically excited, it relaxes by emitting a photon or an electron. These carry essential information on the electronic structure of their emitter. However, if an atom is embedded in a chemical environment, another ultrafast non-radiative decay process called interatomic Coulombic decay (ICD) can become operative(1). As ICD occurs only in the presence of neighbours, it is highly sensitive to that environment. Therefore, it has the potential to become a powerful spectroscopic method to probe the close environment of a system. ICD has been observed experimentally in van der Waals clusters(2-5) as well as in hydrogen-bonded systems(6-8). A key feature of ICD is that the excited atom can transfer its excess energy to its neighbours over large distances. The giant extremely weakly bound helium dimer is a perfect candidate to investigate how far two atoms can exchange energy. We report here that the two helium atoms within the dimer can exchange energy by ICD over distances of more than 45 times their atomic radius. Moreover, we demonstrate that ICD spectroscopy can be used for imaging vibrational wavefunctions of the ionized-excited helium dimer.
journal:Nature Physics
grants:Dynamics of non-radiative inter-atomic decay processes in clusters; 2009-2011; hlavní řešitel: Přemysl Kolorenč
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