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Coupling of electronic and nuclear motion in a negative ion resonance: Experimental and theoretical study of benzene

Allan, Michael ; Čurík, Roman ; Čársky, Petr

In: The Journal of Chemical Physics, 2019, vol. 151, no. 6, p. 064119

We present calculated and measured elastic and vibrational excitation cross sections in benzene with the objective to assess the reliability of the theoretical method and to shed more light on how the electronic motion of the incoming electron is coupled with the nuclear motion of the vibrations. The calculation employed the discrete momentum representation method which involves solving the...

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Dissociative electron attachment and electronic excitation in Fe(CO)5

Allan, Michael ; Lacko, M. ; Papp, P. ; Matejčík, Š. ; Zlatar, Matija ; Fabrikant, Ilya I. ; Kočišek, J. ; Fedor, Juraj

In: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2018, vol. 20, no. 17, p. 11692–11701

In a combined experimental and theoretical study we characterize dissociative electron attachment (DEA) to, and electronically excited states of, Fe(CO)5. Both are relevant for electron-induced degradation of Fe(CO)5. The strongest DEA channel is cleavage of one metal–ligand bond that leads to production of Fe(CO)4−. High- resolution spectra of Fe(CO)4− reveal fine structures at the...

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Shape and core-excited resonances in thiophene

Loupas, Alexandra ; Regeta, Khrystyna ; Allan, Michael ; Gorfinkiel, Jimena D.

In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2018, vol. 122, no. 4, p. 1146–1155

We present a comprehensive study of resonance formation in electron collisions with thiophene. Detailed calculations have been performed using the ab initio R-matrix method. Absolute differential cross sections for electron impact excitation up to 18 eV and for two scattering angles, 90 and 135°, have been measured. Agreement between the calculated and measured experimental cross sections is...

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Recent research directions in Fribourg: nuclear dynamics in resonances revealed by 2-dimensional EEL spectra, electron collisions with ionic liquids and electronic excitation of pyrimidine

Allan, Michael ; Regeta, Khrystyna ; Gorfinkiel, Jimena D. ; Mašín, Zdeněk ; Grimme, Stefan ; Bannwarth, Christoph

In: The European Physical Journal D, 2016, vol. 70, no. 5, p. 1–7

The article briefly reviews three subjects recently investigated in Fribourg: (i) electron collisions with surfaces of ionic liquids, (ii) two-dimensional (2D) electron energy loss spectra and (iii) resonances in absolute cross sections for electronic excitation of unsaturated compounds. Electron energy loss spectra of four ionic liquids revealed a number of excited states, including triplet...

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Excited states of Pt(PF₃)₄ andb their role in focused electron beam nanofabrication

Zlatar, Matija ; Allan, Michael ; Fedor, Juraj

In: The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 2016, vol. 120, no. 19, p. 10667–10674

Electron induced chemistry of metal-containing precursor molecules is central in focused electron beam induced deposition (FEBID). While some elementary processes leading to precursor decomposition were quantitatively characterized, data for neutral dissociation is missing. We provide this data for the model precursor Pt(PF3)4 by using the available cross sections for electronic excitation...

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Resonance effects in elastic cross sections for electron scattering on pyrimidine: Experiment and theory

Regeta, Khrystyna ; Allan, Michael ; Winstead, Carl ; McKoy, Vincent ; Mašín, Zdeněk ; Gorfinkiel, Jimena D.

In: The Journal of Chemical Physics, 2016, vol. 144, no. 2, p. 024301

We measured differential cross sections for elastic (rotationally integrated) electron scattering on pyrimidine, both as a function of angle up to 180∘ at electron energies of 1, 5, 10, and 20 eV and as a function of electron energy in the range 0.1–14 eV. The experimental results are compared to the results of the fixed-nuclei Schwinger variational and R-matrix theoretical methods, which...

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Absolute cross sections for electronic excitation of pyrimidine by electron impact

Regeta, Khrystyna ; Allan, Michael ; Mašín, Zdeněk ; Gorfinkiel, Jimena D.

In: The Journal of Chemical Physics, 2016, vol. 144, no. 2, p. 024302

We measured differential cross sections for electron-impact electronic excitation of pyrimidine, both as a function of electron energy up to 18 eV, and of scattering angle up to 180°. The emphasis of the present work is on recording detailed excitation functions revealing resonances in the excitation process. The differential cross sections were summed to obtain integral cross sections. These...

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Importance of time scale and local environment in electron-driven proton transfer. The anion of acetoacetic acid

Keolopile, Zibo G. ; Gutowski, Maciej ; Buonaugurio, Angela ; Collins, Evan ; Zhang, Xinxing ; Erb, Jeremy ; Lectka, Thomas ; Bowen, Kit H. ; Allan, Michael

In: Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015, vol. 137, no. 45, p. 14329–14340

Anion photoelectron spectroscopy (PES) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) probe different regions of the anionic potential energy surface. These complementary techniques provided information about anionic states of acetoacetic acid (AA). Electronic structure calculations facilitated the identification of the most stable tautomers and conformers for both neutral and anionic AA and...

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Two-dimensional spectra of electron collisions with acrylonitrile and methacrylonitrile reveal nuclear dynamics

Regeta, Khrystyna ; Allan, Michael

In: The Journal of Chemical Physics, 2015, vol. 142, no. 18, p. 184307

Detailed experimental information on the motion of a nuclear packet on a complex (resonant) anion potential surface is obtained by measuring 2-dimensional (2D) electron energy loss spectra. The cross section is plotted as a function of incident electron energy, which determines which resonant anion state is populated, i.e., along which normal coordinate the wave packet is launched, and of the...

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Transient anions of cis- and trans-cyclooctene studied by electron-impact spectroscopy

Regeta, Khrystyna ; Nagarka, Amit ; Kilbinger, Andreas F. M. ; Allan, Michael

In: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 2015, vol. 17, no. 6, p. 4696–4700

The effect which deformation of the double bond in trans-cyclooctene (TCO), compared to cis-cyclooctene (CCO), has on its negative ion – and indirectly on the π* virtual orbital – was studied by electron-impact spectroscopy. Differential elastic and vibrational excitation cross sections were measured at a scattering angle of θ = 135°. The vertical attachment energy (VAE) derived from the...