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Publication details for Prof. Jan R.R. Verlet

Horke, D.A., Chatterley, A.S. & Verlet, J.R.R. (2012). Effect of Internal Energy on the Repulsive Coulomb Barrier of Polyanions. Physical Review Letters 108(8): 083003.

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The nature of the repulsive Coulomb barrier in isolated molecular polyanions is studied by means of the photodetachment dynamics of the S1 excited state of the fluorescein dianion which is bound solely by the repulsive Coulomb barrier. Photoelectron spectra reveal a feature at a constant electron kinetic energy, regardless of the excitation energy. This is explained by using an adiabatic tunneling picture for electron loss through successive repulsive Coulomb barriers correlating to vibrationally excited states. This physical picture is supported by time-resolved photoelectron spectra, showing that the tunneling lifetime is also invariant with excitation energy.