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Title: Perspective: Electrospray photoelectron spectroscopy: From multiply-charged anions to ultracold anions

Electrospray ionization (ESI) has become an essential tool in chemical physics and physical chemistry for the production of novel molecular ions from solution samples for a variety of spectroscopic experiments. ESI was used to produce free multiply-charged anions (MCAs) for photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) in the late 1990 s, allowing many interesting properties of this class of exotic species to be investigated. Free MCAs are characterized by strong intramolecular Coulomb repulsions, which create a repulsive Coulomb barrier (RCB) for electron emission. The RCB endows many fascinating properties to MCAs, giving rise to meta-stable anions with negative electron binding energies. Recent development in the PES of MCAs includes photoelectron imaging to examine the influence of the RCB on the electron emission dynamics, pump-probe experiments to examine electron tunneling through the RCB, and isomer-specific experiments by coupling PES with ion mobility for biological MCAs. The development of a cryogenically cooled Paul trap has led to much better resolved PE spectra for MCAs by creating vibrationally cold anions from the room temperature ESI source. Recent advances in coupling the cryogenic Paul trap with PE imaging have allowed high-resolution PE spectra to be obtained for singly charged anions produced by ESI. In particular, the observationmore » of dipole-bound excited states has made it possible to conduct vibrational autodetachment spectroscopy and resonant PES, which yield much richer vibrational spectroscopic information for dipolar free radicals than traditional PES.« less
Authors:
 [1]
  1. Department of Chemistry, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island 02912 (United States)
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
22493437
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Chemical Physics; Journal Volume: 143; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: (c) 2015 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; ANIONS; BINDING ENERGY; CHEMICAL PHYSICS; COULOMB FIELD; COUPLING; ELECTRON EMISSION; ELECTRONS; EXCITED STATES; IONIZATION; ISOMERS; MOBILITY; MOLECULAR IONS; MULTICHARGED IONS; PHOTOELECTRON SPECTROSCOPY; PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY; RADICALS; TEMPERATURE RANGE 0273-0400 K; TRAPS; TUNNEL EFFECT