Imaging molecular structure through femtosecond photoelectron diffraction on aligned and oriented gas-phase molecules

Rebecca Boll, Arnaud Rouzée, Marcus Adolph, Denis Anielski, Andrew Aquila, Sadia Bari, Cédric Bomme, Christoph Bostedt, John D. Bozek, Henry N. Chapman, Lauge Christensen, Ryan Coffee, Niccola Coppola, Sankar De, Piero Decleva, Sascha W. Epp, Benjamin Erk, Frank Filsinger, Lutz Foucar, Tais GorkhoverLars Gumprecht, André Hömke, Lotte Holmegaard, Per Johnsson, Jens S. Kienitz, Thomas Kierspel, Faton Krasniqi, Kai Uwe Kühnel, Jochen Maurer, Marc Messerschmidt, Robert Moshammer, Nele L.M. Müller, Benedikt Rudek, Evgeny Savelyev, Ilme Schlichting, Carlo Schmidt, Frank Scholz, Sebastian Schorb, Joachim Schulz, Jörn Seltmann, Mauro Stener, Stephan Stern, Simone Techert, Jan Thøgersen, Sebastian Trippel, Jens Viefhaus, Marc Vrakking, Henrik Stapelfeldt, Jochen Küpper, Joachim Ullrich, Artem Rudenko, Daniel Rolles

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This paper gives an account of our progress towards performing femtosecond time-resolved photoelectron diffraction on gas-phase molecules in a pump-probe setup combining optical lasers and an X-ray free-electron laser. We present results of two experiments aimed at measuring photoelectron angular distributions of laser-aligned 1-ethynyl-4-fluorobenzene (C8H5F) and dissociating, laser-aligned 1,4-dibromobenzene (C6H4Br2) molecules and discuss them in the larger context of photoelectron diffraction on gas-phase molecules. We also show how the strong nanosecond laser pulse used for adiabatically laser-aligning the molecules influences the measured electron and ion spectra and angular distributions, and discuss how this may affect the outcome of future time-resolved photoelectron diffraction experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)57-80
Number of pages24
JournalFaraday Discussions
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

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