A1 Journal article – refereed
X-ray Pump-Probe Investigation of Charge and Dissociation Dynamics in Methyl Iodine Molecule

List of Authors: Fang L, Xiong H, Kukk E, Berrah N
Publisher: MDPI AG
Publication year: 2017
Journal: Applied Sciences
Journal name in source: APPLIED SCIENCES-BASEL
Journal acronym: APPL SCI-BASEL
Volume number: 7
ISSN: 2076-3417

Molecular dynamics is of fundamental interest in natural science research. The capability of investigating molecular dynamics is one of the various motivations for ultrafast optics. We present our investigation of photoionization and nuclear dynamics in methyl iodine (CH3I) molecule with an X-ray pump X-ray probe scheme. The pump-probe experiment was realized with a two-mirror X-ray split and delay apparatus. Time-of-flight mass spectra at various pump-probe delay times were recorded to obtain the time profile for the creation of high charge states via sequential ionization and for molecular dissociation. We observed high charge states of atomic iodine up to 29+, and visualized the evolution of creating these high atomic ion charge states, including their population suppression and enhancement as the arrival time of the second X-ray pulse was varied. We also show the evolution of the kinetics of the high charge states upon the timing of their creation during the ionization-dissociation coupled dynamics. We demonstrate the implementation of X-ray pump-probe methodology for investigating X-ray induced molecular dynamics with femtosecond temporal resolution. The results indicate the footprints of ionization that lead to high charge states, probing the long-range potential curves of the high charge states.

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