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Theoretical studies of X-ray induced nuclear dynamics

by Minkov, Ivaylo

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The present thesis is a theoretical study of several x-ray spectroscopies { x-ray absorption, xray photoelectron, radiative and non-radiative resonant Raman scattering spectroscopy. The main focus point is investigating the role of the nuclear dynamics in molecules (naphthalene, biphenyl, the water dimer, HCl) on these spectra.The theoretical tools we use consist of the basic equations of the relevant x-ray spectroscopy. Wave packet methods are also used. The molecular parameters needed for our simulations are obtained through suitable quantum chemical calculations, mainly based on either wave function or density functional methods. Our simulations are compared with experimental data, where available.Simulations of x-ray absorption and x-ray photoionization spectra for naphthalene and biphenyl show that the spectral shapes are heavily inuenced by the joint e ect of two factors { chemical shifts and excitations of vibrational progression. In both of the studied molecules, similar vibrational modes are excited, giving rise to a signi cant vibrational broadening of the spectra. Comparison between the two molecules and also comparison to the reference case { benzene, provides useful insight into the molecular behavior under core excitation.In a further step, we consider the O1s x-ray photoelectron spectrum of the water dimer. A substantial broadening of the two bands originating from the donor and the acceptor oxygen is found. It is caused by excitations of soft intermolecular vibrational modes, associated with the hydrogen bond.Another strong inuence of the nuclear dynamics is clearly seen in the resonant x-ray Raman scattering of HCl. Vibrational collapse is observed experimentally and con rmed theoretically for two cases: resonant excitation of the K line and o -resonant excitation of the elastic peak. These two collapses can be strictly realized for excitations in the hard x-ray region. Our considerations show that using this technique, one can eliminate the broadenings caused by the lifetime of the core excited state and the vibrational broadening, and hence, considerably increase the spectral resolution.Finally, we predict an interference e ect in the resonant Auger scattering from xed-inspace molecules. By exciting a molecule to a dissociative state and measuring the angular distribution of the Auger electrons in coincidence with the molecular ion, one can observe this e ect. The interference pattern can be used after Fourier transformation for extracting structural data about the studied system.
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School:Kungliga Tekniska högskolan

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:NATURAL SCIENCES; Physics; Theoretical physics; Teoretisk fysik

ISBN:91-7178-028-9

Date of Publication:01/01/2005

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