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Title: Communication: The influence of vibrational parity in chiral photoionization dynamics

A pronounced vibrational state dependence of photoelectron angular distributions observed in chiral photoionization experiments is explored using a simple, yet realistic, theoretical model based upon the transiently chiral molecule H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. The adiabatic approximation is used to separate vibrational and electronic wavefunctions. The full ionization matrix elements are obtained as an average of the electronic dipole matrix elements over the vibrational coordinate, weighted by the product of neutral and ion state vibrational wavefunctions. It is found that the parity of the vibrational Hermite polynomials influences not just the amplitude, but also the phase of the transition matrix elements, and the latter is sufficient, even in the absence of resonant enhancements, to account for enhanced vibrational dependencies in the chiral photoionization dynamics.
Authors:
 [1]
  1. School of Chemistry, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22253407
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 140; Journal Issue: 11; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS; ADIABATIC APPROXIMATION; ANGULAR DISTRIBUTION; CHIRALITY; DIPOLES; ENANTIOMORPHS; HERMITE POLYNOMIALS; HYDROGEN PEROXIDE; MATRIX ELEMENTS; PARITY; PHOTOIONIZATION; VIBRATIONAL STATES; WAVE FUNCTIONS