Interatomic Coulombic Decay Mediated by Ultrafast Superexchange Energy Transfer

Abstract : Inner-valence ionized states of atoms and molecules live shorter if these species are embedded in an environment due to the possibility for ultrafast de-excitation known as interatomic Coulombic decay (ICD). In this Letter we show that the lifetime of these ICD active states decreases further when a bridge atom is in proximity to the two interacting monomers. This novel mechanism, termed superexchange ICD, is an electronic correlation effect driven by the efficient energy transfer via virtual states of the bridge atom. The superexchange ICD is discussed in detail on the example of the NeHeNe trimer. We demonstrate that the decay width of the Ne + (2s −1) 2 Σ + g resonance increases 6 times in the presence of the He atom at a distance of 4 ˚ A between the two Ne atoms. Using a simple model, we provide a qualitative explanation of the superexchange ICD and we derive analytical expressions for the dependence of the decay width on the distance between the neon atoms.
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Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2017, 119 (8), pp.083403. 〈10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.083403〉
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Tsveta Miteva, Sévan Kazandjian, Přemysl Kolorenč, Petra Votavová, Nicolas Sisourat. Interatomic Coulombic Decay Mediated by Ultrafast Superexchange Energy Transfer. Physical Review Letters, American Physical Society, 2017, 119 (8), pp.083403. 〈10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.083403〉. 〈hal-01667744〉

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