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Physics Colloquium, Markus Gühr, Potsdam University

When:Th 13-12-2018 16:00 - 17:00
Where:FSE-Building 5111.0080

Speaker: Markus Gühr
Affiliation: Potsdam University
Title: 'The ultrafast soft x-ray and electron diffraction perspective on photophysics in the gas phase'
Date: 13 December 2018
Start: 16:00 (Doors open and coffee available at 15:30)
Location: FSE-Building 5111.0080
Host: Thomas Schlatholter


The conversion of light energy into other energy forms in molecules is the result of a concerted and ultrafast motion of electrons and nuclei, often under breakdown of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. This talk is about ultrafast experiments aimed at resolving light induced ultrafast molecular dynamics with x-ray probe pulses using free electron lasers as well as relativistic electron pulses.

We present experiments on internal conversion of the nucleobase thymine, which we probe by femtosecond resonant x-ray spectroscopy at the oxygen K-edge. We deduce a less than 100 fs ππ* → nπ* transition, which plays a crucial role in the photoprotection of this nucleobase [1].

In addition, we present results from femtosecond electron diffraction experiments on electronically excited states of small molecules, that unravel wavepacket dynamics with Angstrom level spatial resolution and femtosecond domain temporal resolution [2,3].

[1] Probing ultrafast ππ*/nπ* internal conversion in organic chromophores via K-edge resonant absorption, T. J. A. Wolf, R. H. Myhre, J. P. Cryan, S. Coriani, R. J. Squibb, A. Battistoni, N. Berrah, C. Bostedt, P. Bucksbaum, G. Coslovich, R. Feifel, K. J. Gaffney, J. Grilj, T. J. Martinez, S. Miyabe, S. P. Moeller, M. Mucke, A. Natan, R. Obaid, T. Osipov, O. Plekan, S. Wang, H. Koch and M. Gühr, Nature Communications 8, 29 (2017)

[2] Diffractive Imaging of Coherent Nuclear Motion in Isolated Molecules
J. Yang, M. Guehr, X. Shen, R. Li, T. Vecchione, R. Coffee, J. Corbett, A. Fry, N. Hartmann, C. Hast, K. Hegazy, K. Jobe, I. Makasyuk, J. Robinson, M. S. Robinson, S. Vetter, S. Weathersby, C. Yoneda, X. Wang, M. Centurion, Phys. Rev. Lett. 115, 173002 (2016)

[3] Imaging CF3I conical intersection and photodissociation dynamics with ultrafast electron diffraction, J. Yang, X. Zhu, T.J.A. Wolf, Z. Li, J.P.F. Nunes, R. Coffee, J.P. Cryan, M. Gühr, K. Hegazy, T.F. Heinz, K. Jobe, R. Li, X. Shen, T. Veccione, S. Weathersby, K.J. Wilkin, C. Yoneda, Q. Zheng, T.J. Martinez, M. Centurion, X. Wang, Science 361, 64 (2018)