Ultrafast dissociation of ammonia: Auger Doppler effect and redistribution of the internal energy
We study vibrationally-resolved resonant Auger (RAS) spectra of ammonia recorded in coincidence with the NH2+ fragment, which is produced in the course of dissociation either in the core-excited 1s−14a11 intermediate state or the first spectator 3a−24a11 final state. Correlation of the NH2+ ion flight times with electron kinetic energies allows directly observing the Auger-Doppler dispersion for each vibrational state of the fragment. The median distribution of the kinetic energy release EKER, derived from the coincidence data, shows three distinct branches as a function of Auger electron kinetic energy Ee: Ee + 1.75EKER = const for the molecular band; EKER = const for the fragment band; and Ee + EKER = const for the region preceding the fragment band. The deviation of the molecular band dispersion from Ee + EKER = const is attributed to the redistribution of the available energy to the dissociation energy and excitation of the internal degrees of freedom in the molecular fragment. We found that for each vibrational line the dispersive behavior of EKERvs. Ee is very sensitive to the instrumental uncertainty in the determination of EKER causing the competition between the Raman (EKER + Ee = const) and Auger (Ee = const) dispersions: increase in the broadening of the finite kinetic energy release resolution leads to a change of the dispersion from the Raman to the Auger one.
- This article is part of the themed collections: 2022 PCCP HOT Articles and Festschrift Ivan Powis: Advances in Molecular Photoelectron Spectroscopy: Fundamentals & Application