The All-Seeing Eye of Resonant Auger Electron Spectroscopy: A Study on Aqueous Solution Using Tender X-rays

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X-ray absorption and Auger electron spectroscopies are demonstrated to be powerful tools to unravel the electronic structure of solvated ions. In this work for the first time, we use a combination of these methods in the tender X-ray regime. This allowed us to address electronic transitions from deep core levels, to probe environmental effects, specifically in the bulk of the solution since the created energetic Auger electrons possess large mean free paths, and moreover, to obtain dynamical information about the ultrafast delocalization of the core-excited electron. In the considered exemplary aqueous KCl solution, the solvated isoelectronic K+ and Cl- ions exhibit notably different Auger electron spectra as a function of the photon energy. Differences appear due to dipole-forbidden transitions in aqueous K+ whose occurrence, according to the performed ab initio calculations, becomes possible only in the presence of solvent water molecules.


  • Tsveta Miteva
  • Nikolai V. Kryzhevoi
  • Nicolas Sisourat
  • Christophe Nicolas
  • Wandared Pokapanich
  • Thanit Saisopa
  • Prayoon Songsiriritthigul
  • Yuttakarn Rattanachai
  • Andreas Dreuw
  • Jan Wenzel
  • Jérôme Palaudoux
  • Gunnar Öhrwall
  • Ralph Püttner
  • Lorenz S. Cederbaum
  • Jean Pascal Rueff
  • Denis Céolin
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Sorbonne Paris Cité Université
  • Heidelberg University
  • Synchrotron SOLEIL
  • Suranaree University of Technology
  • Rajamangala University of Technology Isan
  • Free University of Berlin
  • Nakhon Phanom University

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Sidor (från-till)4457-4462
Antal sidor6
TidskriftJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Utgåva nummer15
StatusPublished - 2018 aug 2
Peer review utfördJa