Auger decay calculations with core-hole excited-state molecular-dynamics simulations of water
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Pettersson, Lars G. M.
We report a new theoretical procedure for calculating Auger decay transition rates including effects of core-hole excited-state dynamics. Our procedure was applied to the normal and first resonant Auger processes of gas-phase water and compared to high-resolution experiments. In the normal Auger decay, calculated Auger spectra were found to be insensitive to the dynamics, while the repulsive character of the first resonant core-excited state makes the first resonantly excited Auger decay spectra depend strongly on the dynamics. The ultrafast dissociation of water upon O(1s)→4a1 excitation was analyzed and found to be very sensitive to initial vibrational distortions in the ground state which furthermore affect the excitation energy. Our calculated spectra reproduce the experimental Auger spectra except for the Franck-Condon vibrational structure which is not included in the procedure. We found that the Auger decay of OH and O fragments contributes to the total intensity, and that the contribution from these fragments increases with increasing excitation energy.
Journal of Chemical Physics
American Institute of Physics
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