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Title: High-resolution photoelectron imaging of cold C{sub 60}{sup −} anions and accurate determination of the electron affinity of C{sub 60}

High-resolution photoelectron imaging and spectroscopy of cold C{sub 60}{sup −} anions are reported using a newly built photoelectron imaging apparatus coupled with an electrospray ionization source and a temperature-controlled cryogenic ion trap. Vibrationally resolved photoelectron spectra are obtained for the detachment transition from the ground state of C{sub 60}{sup −} to that of C{sub 60} at various detachment wavelengths from 354.84 nm to 461.35 nm. The electron affinity of C{sub 60} is accurately measured to be 2.6835 ± 0.0006 eV. Numerous unexpected vibrational excitations are observed in the photoelectron spectra due to the Jahn-Teller effect in C{sub 60}{sup −} and Hertzberg-Teller vibronic coupling in both C{sub 60}{sup −} and C{sub 60}. Both the relative intensities of vibrational peaks and their photoelectron angular distributions provide evidence for the vibronic couplings. The observed p-wave-like behavior in the angular distribution of the 0{sub 0}{sup 0} transition suggests that the electron is detached from an s-type orbital.
Authors:
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  1. Department of Chemistry, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22420103
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 140; Journal Issue: 22; Other Information: (c) 2014 AIP Publishing LLC; Country of input: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 75 CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS, SUPERCONDUCTIVITY AND SUPERFLUIDITY; AFFINITY; ANGULAR DISTRIBUTION; ANIONS; COUPLINGS; FULLERENES; GROUND STATES; IONIZATION; JAHN-TELLER EFFECT; PEAKS; PHOTOELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY