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Publication details for Prof. Jan R.R. Verlet

West, C. W., Bull, J. N., Antonkov, E. & Verlet, J. R. R. (2014). Anion Resonances of para-Benzoquinone Probed by Frequency-Resolved Photoelectron Imaging. The Journal of Physical Chemistry A 118(48): 11346-11354.

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The resonant attachment of a free electron to a closed shell neutral molecule and the interplay between the following electron detachment and electronic relaxation channels represents a fundamental but common process throughout chemical and biochemical systems. The new methodology of anion frequency-resolved photoelectron imaging is detailed and used to map out molecular excited state dynamics of gas-phase para-benzoquinone, which is the electron accepting moiety in many biological electron-transfer chains. Three-dimensional spectra of excitation energy, electron kinetic energy, and electron ejection anisotropy reveal clear fingerprints of excited and intermediate state dynamics. The results show that many of the excited states are strongly coupled, providing a route to forming the ground state radical anion, despite the fact that the electron is formally unbound in the excited states. The relation of our method to electron impact attachment studies and the key advantages, including the extension to time-resolved dynamics and to larger molecular systems, are discussed.