MPSD Seminar

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Markus Kowalewski - Coherent Signatures of Conical Intersections in Ultrafast X-Ray Spectroscopy

  • Date: Mar 1, 2017
  • Time: 11:00 - 12:00
  • Speaker: Markus Kowalewski
  • University of California, Irvine, USA
  • Location: CFEL (Bldg. 99)
  • Room: Seminar Room IV, O1.111
  • Host: Angel Rubio
The rates and outcomes of virtually all photochemical and photobiological processes are dominated by conical intersections (CIs), which provide a fast sub-100-femtosecond nonradiative pathway back to the ground state. At a CI, the electronic and nuclear degrees of freedom frequencies are comparable and strongly mix due to the breakdown of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation.

A major challenge for their direct detection is the rapidly varying gap between the electronic surfaces in their vicinity. Modern XUV/X-ray light sources provide spectral broad and temporal short pulses, which potentially allow for monitoring CIs directly. We present theoretical studies on novel spectroscopic methods, which make use of ultrashort X-Ray laser pulses.

The presented methods include Raman (TRUECARS), time resolved photo electron spectroscopy and possible signatures of electronic coherences in time resolved X-Ray diffraction.

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