Time-resolved imaging of correlation-driven charge migration in light-induced molecular magnets by X-ray scattering
In this contribution, we investigate the effect of correlation-induced charge migration on the stability of light-induced ring currents, with potential application as molecular magnets. Laser-driven electron dynamics is simulated using density-matrix based time-dependent configuration interaction. The time-dependent many-electron wave packet is used to reconstruct the transient electronic current flux density after excitation of different target states. These reveal ultrafast correlation-driven fluctuations of the charge migration over the molecular scaffold, sometimes leading to large variations of the induced magnetic field. The effect of electron correlation and non-local pure dephasing on the charge migration pattern is further investigated by means of time-resolved X-ray scattering, providing a connection between theoretical predictions of the charge migration mechanism and experimental observables.
- This article is part of the themed collection: Time resolved imaging of photo-induced dynamics