Probing the exotic electronic structure and dynamics of hollow nanomaterials

Project Details


Photoelectron spectroscopy of molecular beams of fullerenes will be carried out using fs laser excitation and photoelectron detection using the velocity map imaging technique. Detailed comparison of the angular resolved spectral data and theoretical calculations will be carried out to determine whether there is evidence for the population of superatom molecular orbitals SAMOs and if so, to probe the properties of these excited states. Evidence will be sought for the occurrence of thermal electron emission under conditions of fs laser excitation.

Key findings

Comparison of experiment and theory provides evidence for population of SAMOs in fullerenes

Asymmetric electron distributions provide informatino on timescale for electron emission and provide strong evidence for the occurence of thermal electron emission
Effective start/end date1/05/1231/10/15


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