The resonant Auger decay of water molecules is investigated. Here, the excitation process, the motion of the nuclei, and the decay of the resonantly excited state take place on the same (femtosecond) time scale. Therefore, a multistep picture is not suitable. Instead, the nuclear wave packet at each instant of time is a result of several competing and interfering contributions. The resonant Auger decay of water is simulated and its dynamics is studied in detail. An analysis of the final vibrational distribution is given. The multiconfiguration time-dependent Hartree method is used to study the intricate multidimensional dynamics. The potential energy surfaces have been calculated using a multireference configuration interaction method.
Nuclear dynamics during the resonant Auger decay of water molecules
Matthis Eroms, Oriol Vendrell, Martin Jungen, Hans-Dieter Meyer, Lorenz S. Cederbaum; Nuclear dynamics during the resonant Auger decay of water molecules. J. Chem. Phys. 21 April 2009; 130 (15): 154307. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.3117902
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