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Hot electron production and diffuse excited states in C70, C82, and Sc3N@C80 characterized by angular-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)084309
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 28 Aug 2013


Angular-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy using wavelength-tuneable femtosecond laser pulses is presented for a series of fullerenes, namely, C70, C82, and Sc3N@C80. The photoelectron kinetic energy distributions for the three molecules show typical thermal electron spectra with a superimposed peak structure that is the result of one-photon ionization of diffuse low-angular momenta states with electron density close to the carbon cage and that are related to so-called super atom molecular orbitals. Photoelectron angular distributions confirm this assignment. The observed structure is less prominent compared to the thermal electron background than what was observed in C60. It can be concluded that hot electron emission is the main ionization channel for the larger and more complex molecules for these excitation conditions.

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