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The primary electron attachment process in electron driven chemistry represents one of the most fundamental chemical transformations with wide-ranging importance in science and technology. However, the mechanistic detail of the seemingly simple reaction of an electron and a neutral to form an anion remains poorly understood, particularly at very low electron energies. Here, time-resolved photoelectron imaging was used to probe the electron attachment process to a non-polar molecule using time-resolved methods. An initially populated diffuse non-valence state of the anion that is bound by correlation forces evolves coherently in ~30 fs into a valence state of the anion. The extreme efficiency with which the correlation-bound state serves as a doorway state for low-energy electron attachment explains a number of electron driven processes such as anion formation in the interstellar medium and electron attachment to fullerenes.
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Creator: Anstoter, Cate 1
Contact person: Verlet, Jan 1
1 Durham University, UK
European Research Council
- Research methods
Experimental photoelectron spectroscopy utilising velocity-map imaging.
Calculations performed by DFT and TDDFT
- Other description
- correlation-bound state
non-valence electron binding
ultrafast molecular dynamics
Durham, England, United Kingdom
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- Nature Chemistry
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