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Title: Correlated proton-electron hole dynamics in protonated water clusters upon extreme ultraviolet photoionization

The ultrafast nuclear and electronic dynamics of protonated water clusters H+(H2O)n after extreme ultraviolet photoionization is investigated. In particular, we focus on cluster cations with n = 3, 6, and 21. Upon ionization, two positive charges are present in the cluster related to the excess proton and the missing electron, respectively. A correlation is found between the cluster's geometrical conformation and initial electronic energy with the size of the final fragments produced. As a result, for situations in which the electron hole and proton are initially spatially close, the two entities become correlated and separate in a time-scale of 20 to 40 fs driven by strong non-adiabatic effects.
 [1] ;  [2]
  1. Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany); SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
  2. Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY), Hamburg (Germany); The Hamburg Centre for Ultrafast Imaging, Hamburg (Germany)
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Journal Name:
Structural Dynamics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 3; Journal Issue: 4; Journal ID: ISSN 2329-7778
American Crystallographic Association/AIP
Research Org:
SLAC National Accelerator Lab., Menlo Park, CA (United States)
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Country of Publication:
United States
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; protons; photoionization; cluster dynamics; polymers; charged clusters