Rydberg-Resolved Resonant Inelastic Soft X-Ray Scattering: Dynamics at Core Ionization Thresholds

J. -E. Rubensson, J. Söderström, C. Binggeli, J. Gråsjö, J. Andersson, Conny Såthe, Franz Hennies, V. Bisogni, Y. Huang, P. Olalde, T. Schmitt, V. N. Strocov, A. Föhlisch, B. Kennedy, A. Pietzsch

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Resonant inelastic x-ray scattering spectra excited in the immediate vicinity of the core-level ionization thresholds of N-2 have been recorded. Final states of well-resolved symmetry-selected Rydberg series converging to valence-level ionization thresholds with vibrational excitations are observed. The results are well described by a quasi-two-step model which assumes that the excited electron is unaffected by the radiative decay. This threshold dynamics simplifies the interpretation of resonant inelastic x-ray scattering spectra considerably and facilitates characterization of low-energy excited final states in molecular systems.
Original languageEnglish
Article number133001
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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