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  • 1.
    C. Couto, Rafael
    et al.
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Vaz da Cruz, Vinícius
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Ertan, Emelie
    Eckert, Sebastian
    Fondell, Mattis
    Dantz, Marcus
    Kennedy, Brian
    Schmitt, Thorsten
    Pietzsch, Annette
    F. Guimarães, Freddy
    Ågren, Hans
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Gel’mukhanov, Faris
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Odelius, Michael
    Kimberg, Victor
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Föhlisch, Alexander
    Selective gating to vibrational modes through resonant X-ray scattering2017In: Nature Communications, ISSN 2041-1723, E-ISSN 2041-1723, Vol. 8, p. 14165-1-14165-7Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The dynamics of fragmentation and vibration of molecular systems with a large number of coupled degrees of freedom are key aspects for understanding chemical reactivity and properties. Here we present a resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) study to show how it is possible to break down such a complex multidimensional problem into elementary components. Local multimode nuclear wave packets created by X-ray excitation to different core-excited potential energy surfaces (PESs) will act as spatial gates to selectively probe the particular ground-state vibrational modes and, hence, the PES along these modes. We demonstrate this principle by combining ultra-high resolution RIXS measurements for gas-phase water with state-of-the-art simulations.

  • 2.
    Carvalho Couto, Rafael
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Coupled electron-nuclear dynamics in inelastic X-ray scattering2016Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    This Thesis is devoted to theoretical and experimental studies of resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) of carbon monoxide and water molecules. Using state-of-the-art ab initio electronic structure calculations and a time-dependent wave packet formalism, we make a complete analysis of the experimental RIXS spectra of the two molecular systems. In the CO RIXS analysis, we are able to reproduce the RIXS experiment with an excellent accuracy. Interference between different RIXS channels corresponding to the scattering via orthogonal molecular orbitals in the core-excited state of CO is described. We show the complete breakdown of the Born-Oppenheimer approximation in the region where forbidden final Rydberg states are mixed with a valence allowed final state. Here we explain the formation of a spectral feature which was attributed to a single state in previous studies. Moreover, through an experimental-theoretical combination, we improve the minimum of the valence E’Π excited state potential, along with the coupling constant between two Rydberg states. We developed a new theoretical approach to describe triatomic molecules through the wave packet propagation formalism to study the water system, which reproduces with high accuracy the vibrational structure of the high-resolution experimental quasi-elastic RIXS spectra. We demonstrate that due to the vibrational mode coupling and anharmonicity of the ground and core-excited potential energy surfaces, different core-excited states in RIXS can be used as gates to probe different vibrational dynamics and to map the ground state potential. Isotopic substitution is investigated by theoretical simulations and important dynamical features are discussed, especially for the dissociative core-excited state, where a so-called “atomic” peak is formed. We show the strong potential of high-resolution RIXS experiments combined with high-level theoretical simulations for advanced studies of highly excited molecular states.

  • 3.
    Couto, Rafael C.
    et al.
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Universidade Federal Goiás, Brasilia.
    Guarise, Marco
    Nicolaou, Alessandro
    Jaouen, Nicolas
    Chiuzbaian, Gheorghe S.
    Luening, Jan
    Ekholm, Victor
    Rubensson, Jan-Erik
    Sathe, Conny
    Hennies, Franz
    Guimaraes, Freddy F.
    Ågren, Hans
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Gel'mukhanov, Faris
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Journel, Loic
    Simon, Marc
    Kimberg, Victor
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Coupled electron-nuclear dynamics in resonant 1 sigma -> 2 pi x-ray Raman scattering of CO molecules2016In: Physical Review A, ISSN 2469-9926, Vol. 93, no 3, article id 032510Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We present a detailed experimental-theoretical analysis of O K-edge resonant 1 sigma-2 pi inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) from carbon monoxide with unprecedented energy resolution. We employ high-level ab initio calculations to compute the potential energy curves of the states involved in the RIXS process and simulate the measured RIXS spectra using the wave-packet-propagation formalism, including Coulomb coupling in the final-state manifold. The theoretical analysis allows us to explain all the key features of the experimental spectra, including some that were not seen before. First, we clearly show the interference effect between different RIXS channels corresponding to the transition via orthogonal (1)Pi(x) and (1)Pi(y) core-excited states of CO. Second, the RIXS region of 13 eV energy loss presents a triple structure, revealed only by the high-resolution measurement. In previous studies, this region was attributed solely to a valence state. Here we show a strong Coulomb mixing of the Rydberg and valence final states, which opens the forbidden RIXS channels to the "dark" final Rydberg states and drastically changes the RIXS profile. Third, using a combination of high-resolution experiment and high-level theory, we improve the vertical bar 4 sigma(-1)2 pi(1)> final-state potential-energy curve by fitting its bottom part with the experiment. Also, the coupling constants between Rydberg and valence states were refined via comparison with the experiment. Our results illustrate the large potential of the RIXS technique for advanced studies of highly excited states of neutral molecules.

  • 4.
    Couto, Rafael C.
    et al.
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Univ Fed Goias, Brazil.
    Guarise, Marco
    Nicolaou, Alessandro
    Jaouen, Nicolas
    Chiuzbaian, Gheorghe S.
    Luening, Jan
    Ekholm, Victor
    Rubensson, Jan-Erik
    Sathe, Conny
    Hennies, Franz
    Kimberg, Victor
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Guimaraes, Freddy F.
    Ågren, Hans
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Gel'mukhanov, Faris
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Journel, Loic
    Simon, Marc
    Anomalously strong two-electron one-photon X-ray decay transitions in CO caused by avoided crossing2016In: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 6, article id 20947Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The unique opportunity to study and control electron-nuclear quantum dynamics in coupled potentials offered by the resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) technique is utilized to unravel an anomalously strong two-electron one-photon transition from core-excited to Rydberg final states in the CO molecule. High-resolution RIXS measurements of CO in the energy region of 12-14 eV are presented and analyzed by means of quantum simulations using the wave packet propagation formalism and ab initio calculations of potential energy curves and transition dipole moments. The very good overall agreement between the experimental results and the theoretical predictions allows an in-depth interpretation of the salient spectral features in terms of Coulomb mixing of "dark" with "bright" final states leading to an effective two-electron one-photon transition. The present work illustrates that the improved spectral resolution of RIXS spectra achievable today may call for more advanced theories than what has been used in the past.

  • 5.
    da Cruz, Vinicius Vaz
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Royal Inst Technol, Theoret Chem & Biol, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Ertan, Emelie
    Stockholm Univ, AlbaNova Univ Ctr, Dept Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Ignatova, Nina
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Siberian Fed Univ, Inst Nanotechnol Spect & Quantum Chem, Krasnoyarsk 660041, Russia..
    Couto, Rafael C.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Polyutov, Sergey
    Siberian Fed Univ, Inst Nanotechnol Spect & Quantum Chem, Krasnoyarsk 660041, Russia..
    Odelius, Michael
    Stockholm Univ, AlbaNova Univ Ctr, Dept Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Kimberg, Victor
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Siberian Fed Univ, Inst Nanotechnol Spect & Quantum Chem, Krasnoyarsk 660041, Russia..
    Gel'mukhanov, Faris
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Royal Inst Technol, Theoret Chem & Biol, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Anomalous polarization dependence in vibrationally resolved resonant inelastic x-ray scattering of H2O2018In: Physical Review A: covering atomic, molecular, and optical physics and quantum information, ISSN 2469-9926, E-ISSN 2469-9934, Vol. 98, no 1, article id 012507Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    It is well established that different electronic channels, in resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS), display different polarization dependences due to different orientations of their corresponding transition dipole moments in the molecular frame. However, this effect does not influence the vibrational progression in the Franck-Condon approximation. We have found that the transition dipole moments of core excitation and deexcitation experience ultrafast rotation during dissociation in the intermediate core-excited state. This rotation makes the vibrational progression in RIXS sensitive to the polarization of the x-ray photons. We study the water molecule, in which the effect is expressed in RIXS through the dissociative core-excited state where the vibrational scattering anisotropy is accompanied also by violation of parity selection rules for the vibrations.

  • 6.
    da Cruz, Vinicius Vaz
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Gel'mukhanov, Faris
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Siberian Fed Univ, Lab Nonlinear Opt & Spect, Krasnoyarsk 660041, Russia.
    Eckert, Sebastian
    Univ Potsdam, Inst Phys & Astron, Karl Liebknecht Str 24-25, D-14476 Potsdam, Germany..
    Iannuzzi, Marcella
    Univ Zurich, Phys Chem Inst, CH-8057 Zurich, Switzerland..
    Ertan, Emelie
    Stockholm Univ, Dept Phys, AlbaNova Univ Ctr, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Pietzsch, Annette
    Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin Mat & Energie, Inst Methods & Instrumentat Synchrotron Radiat Re, Albert Einstein Str 15, D-12489 Berlin, Germany..
    Couto, Rafael C.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Niskanen, Johannes
    Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin Mat & Energie, Inst Methods & Instrumentat Synchrotron Radiat Re, Albert Einstein Str 15, D-12489 Berlin, Germany.;Univ Turku, Dept Phys & Astron, FI-20014 Turunyliopisto, Finland..
    Fondell, Mattis
    Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin Mat & Energie, Inst Methods & Instrumentat Synchrotron Radiat Re, Albert Einstein Str 15, D-12489 Berlin, Germany..
    Dantz, Marcus
    Paul Scherrer Inst, Photon Sci Div, CH-5232 Villigen, Switzerland..
    Schmitt, Thorsten
    Paul Scherrer Inst, Photon Sci Div, CH-5232 Villigen, Switzerland..
    Lu, Xingye
    Paul Scherrer Inst, Photon Sci Div, CH-5232 Villigen, Switzerland..
    McNally, Daniel
    Paul Scherrer Inst, Photon Sci Div, CH-5232 Villigen, Switzerland..
    Jay, Raphael M.
    Univ Potsdam, Inst Phys & Astron, Karl Liebknecht Str 24-25, D-14476 Potsdam, Germany..
    Kimberg, Victor
    Foehlisch, Alexander
    Univ Potsdam, Inst Phys & Astron, Karl Liebknecht Str 24-25, D-14476 Potsdam, Germany.;Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin Mat & Energie, Inst Methods & Instrumentat Synchrotron Radiat Re, Albert Einstein Str 15, D-12489 Berlin, Germany..
    Odelius, Michael
    Stockholm Univ, Dept Phys, AlbaNova Univ Ctr, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Probing hydrogen bond strength in liquid water by resonant inelastic X-ray scattering2019In: Nature Communications, ISSN 2041-1723, E-ISSN 2041-1723, Vol. 10, article id 1013Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Local probes of the electronic ground state are essential for understanding hydrogen bonding in aqueous environments. When tuned to the dissociative core-excited state at the O1s pre-edge of water, resonant inelastic X-ray scattering back to the electronic ground state exhibits a long vibrational progression due to ultrafast nuclear dynamics. We show how the coherent evolution of the OH bonds around the core-excited oxygen provides access to high vibrational levels in liquid water. The OH bonds stretch into the long-range part of the potential energy curve, which makes the X-ray probe more sensitive than infra-red spectroscopy to the local environment. We exploit this property to effectively probe hydrogen bond strength via the distribution of intramolecular OH potentials derived from measurements. In contrast, the dynamical splitting in the spectral feature of the lowest valence-excited state arises from the short-range part of the OH potential curve and is rather insensitive to hydrogen bonding.

  • 7.
    da Cruz, Vinicius Vaz
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Univ Potsdam, Inst Phys & Astron, Karl Liebknecht Str 24-25, D-14476 Potsdam, Germany..
    Ignatova, Nina
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Siberian Fed Univ, Krasnoyarsk 660041, Russia.;Fed Res Ctr KSC SB RAS, Kirensky Inst Phys, Krasnoyarsk 660036, Russia..
    Couto, Rafael C.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Fedotov, Daniil A.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Siberian Fed Univ, Krasnoyarsk 660041, Russia..
    Rehn, Dirk R.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Savchenko, Viktoriia
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Siberian Fed Univ, Krasnoyarsk 660041, Russia.;Fed Res Ctr KSC SB RAS, Kirensky Inst Phys, Krasnoyarsk 660036, Russia..
    Norman, Patrick
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Ågren, Hans
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Uppsala Univ, Dept Phys & Astron, Box 516, SE-75120 Uppsala, Sweden..
    Polyutov, Sergey
    Siberian Fed Univ, Krasnoyarsk 660041, Russia.;Fed Res Ctr KSC SB RAS, Kirensky Inst Phys, Krasnoyarsk 660036, Russia..
    Niskanen, Johannes
    Univ Turku, Dept Phys & Astron, FI-20014 Turun, Finland.;Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin Mat & Energie, Inst Methods & Instrumentat Synchrotron Radiat Re, Albert Einstein Str 15, D-12489 Berlin, Germany..
    Eckert, Sebastian
    Univ Potsdam, Inst Phys & Astron, Karl Liebknecht Str 24-25, D-14476 Potsdam, Germany..
    Jay, Raphael M.
    Univ Potsdam, Inst Phys & Astron, Karl Liebknecht Str 24-25, D-14476 Potsdam, Germany..
    Fondell, Mattis
    Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin Mat & Energie, Inst Methods & Instrumentat Synchrotron Radiat Re, Albert Einstein Str 15, D-12489 Berlin, Germany..
    Schmitt, Thorsten
    Paul Scherrer Inst, Photon Sci Div, CH-5232 Villigen, Switzerland..
    Pietzsch, Annette
    Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin Mat & Energie, Inst Methods & Instrumentat Synchrotron Radiat Re, Albert Einstein Str 15, D-12489 Berlin, Germany..
    Foehlisch, Alexander
    Univ Potsdam, Inst Phys & Astron, Karl Liebknecht Str 24-25, D-14476 Potsdam, Germany.;Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin Mat & Energie, Inst Methods & Instrumentat Synchrotron Radiat Re, Albert Einstein Str 15, D-12489 Berlin, Germany..
    Gel'mukhanov, Faris
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Siberian Fed Univ, Krasnoyarsk 660041, Russia.;Fed Res Ctr KSC SB RAS, Kirensky Inst Phys, Krasnoyarsk 660036, Russia..
    Odelius, Michael
    Stockholm Univ, AlbaNova Univ Ctr, Dept Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Kimberg, Victor
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Siberian Fed Univ, Krasnoyarsk 660041, Russia.;Fed Res Ctr KSC SB RAS, Kirensky Inst Phys, Krasnoyarsk 660036, Russia..
    Nuclear dynamics in resonant inelastic X-ray scattering and X-ray absorption of methanol2019In: Journal of Chemical Physics, ISSN 0021-9606, E-ISSN 1089-7690, Vol. 150, no 23, article id 234301Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We report on a combined theoretical and experimental study of core-excitation spectra of gas and liquid phase methanol as obtained with the use of X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS). The electronic transitions are studied with computational methods that include strict and extended second-order algebraic diagrammatic construction [ADC(2) and ADC(2)-x], restricted active space second-order perturbation theory, and time-dependent density functional theory-providing a complete assignment of the near oxygen K-edge XAS. We show that multimode nuclear dynamics is of crucial importance for explaining the available experimental XAS and RIXS spectra. The multimode nuclear motion was considered in a recently developed "mixed representation" where dissociative states and highly excited vibrational modes are accurately treated with a time-dependent wave packet technique, while the remaining active vibrational modes are described using Franck-Condon amplitudes. Particular attention is paid to the polarization dependence of RIXS and the effects of the isotopic substitution on the RIXS profile in the case of dissociative core-excited states. Our approach predicts the splitting of the 2a RIXS peak to be due to an interplay between molecular and pseudo-atomic features arising in the course of transitions between dissociative core- and valence-excited states. The dynamical nature of the splitting of the 2a peak in RIXS of liquid methanol near pre-edge core excitation is shown. The theoretical results are in good agreement with our liquid phase measurements and gas phase experimental data available from the literature.

  • 8.
    Eckert, Sebastian
    et al.
    Univ Potsdam, Inst Phys & Astron, Karl Liebknecht Str 24-25, D-14476 Potsdam, Germany.;Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin Mat & Energie, Inst Methods & Instrumentat Synchrotron Radiat Re, Albert Einstein Str 15, D-12489 Berlin, Germany..
    da Cruz, Vinicius Vaz
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Gel'mukhanov, Faris
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Siberian Fed Univ, Inst Nanotechnol Spect & Quantum Chem, Krasnoyarsk 660041, Russia.
    Ertan, Emelie
    Stockholm Univ, AlbaNova Univ Ctr, Dept Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden.
    Ignatova, Nina
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Polyutov, Sergey
    Siberian Fed Univ, Inst Nanotechnol Spect & Quantum Chem, Krasnoyarsk 660041, Russia..
    Couto, Rafael C.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Fondell, Mattis
    Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin Mat & Energie, Inst Methods & Instrumentat Synchrotron Radiat Re, Albert Einstein Str 15, D-12489 Berlin, Germany..
    Dantz, Marcus
    PSI, Res Dept Synchrotron Radiat & Nanotechnol, CH-5232 Villigen, Switzerland..
    Kennedy, Brian
    Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin Mat & Energie, Inst Methods & Instrumentat Synchrotron Radiat Re, Albert Einstein Str 15, D-12489 Berlin, Germany..
    Schmitt, Thorsten
    PSI, Res Dept Synchrotron Radiat & Nanotechnol, CH-5232 Villigen, Switzerland..
    Pietzsch, Annette
    Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin Mat & Energie, Inst Methods & Instrumentat Synchrotron Radiat Re, Albert Einstein Str 15, D-12489 Berlin, Germany..
    Odelius, Michael
    Stockholm Univ, AlbaNova Univ Ctr, Dept Phys, S-10691 Stockholm, Sweden..
    Foehlisch, Alexander
    Univ Potsdam, Inst Phys & Astron, Karl Liebknecht Str 24-25, D-14476 Potsdam, Germany.;Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin Mat & Energie, Inst Methods & Instrumentat Synchrotron Radiat Re, Albert Einstein Str 15, D-12489 Berlin, Germany..
    One-dimensional cuts through multidimensional potential-energy surfaces by tunable x rays2018In: Physical Review A: covering atomic, molecular, and optical physics and quantum information, ISSN 2469-9926, E-ISSN 2469-9934, Vol. 97, no 5, article id 053410Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    The concept of the potential-energy surface (PES) and directional reaction coordinates is the backbone of our description of chemical reaction mechanisms. Although the eigenenergies of the nuclear Hamiltonian uniquely link a PES to its spectrum, this information is in general experimentally inaccessible in large polyatomic systems. This is due to (near) degenerate rovibrational levels across the parameter space of all degrees of freedom, which effectively forms a pseudospectrum given by the centers of gravity of groups of close-lying vibrational levels. We show here that resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) constitutes an ideal probe for revealing one-dimensional cuts through the ground-state PES of molecular systems, even far away from the equilibrium geometry, where the independent-mode picture is broken. We strictly link the center of gravity of close-lying vibrational peaks in RIXS to a pseudospectrum which is shown to coincide with the eigenvalues of an effective one-dimensional Hamiltonian along the propagation coordinate of the core-excited wave packet. This concept, combined with directional and site selectivity of the core-excited states, allows us to experimentally extract cuts through the ground-state PES along three complementary directions for the showcase H2O molecule.

  • 9. Eckert, Sebastian
    et al.
    Vaz da Cruz, Vinicius
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Gel'mukhanov, Faris
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Ertan, Emelie
    Ignatova, Nina
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Polyutov, Sergey
    Carvalho Couto, Rafael
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Fondell, Mattis
    Dantz, Marcus
    Kennedy, Brian
    Schmitt, Thorsten
    Pietzsch, Annette
    Odelius, Michael
    Föhlisch, Alexander
    One-dimensional cuts through multidimensional potential energy surfaces by tunable X-rays2018Manuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The concept of the potential-energy surface (PES) and directional reaction coordinates is the backbone of ourdescription of chemical reaction mechanisms. Although the eigenenergies of the nuclear Hamiltonian uniquely link a PES to its spectrum, this information is in general experimentally inaccessible in large polyatomic systems. This is due to (near) degenerate rovibrational levels across the parameter space of all degrees of freedom, which effectively forms a pseudospectrum given by the centers of gravity of groups of close-lying vibrational levels. We show here that resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) constitutes an ideal probe for revealing one-dimensional cuts through the ground-state PES of molecular systems, even far away from the equilibrium geometry, where the independent-mode picture is broken. We strictly link the center of gravity of close-lying vibrational peaks in RIXS to a pseudospectrum which is shown to coincide with the eigenvalues of an effective one-dimensional Hamiltonian along the propagation coordinate of the core-excited wave packet. This concept, combined with directional and site selectivity of the core-excited states, allows us to experimentally extract cuts through the ground-state PES along three complementary directions for the showcase H2O molecule.

  • 10.
    Ertan, Emelie
    et al.
    Stockholm university.
    Savchenko, Viktoriia
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Siberian Federal University.
    Ignatova, Nina
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Siberian Federal University.
    da Cruz, Vinicius Vaz
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Couto, Rafael C.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Eckert, Sebastian
    Institut für Physik und Astronomie, Universität Potsdam.
    Fondell, Mattis
    Dantz, Marcus
    Research Department Synchrotron Radiation and Nanotechnology, Paul Scherrer Institut.
    Kennedy, Brian
    Institute for Methods and Instrumentation in Synchrotron Radiation Research G- ISRR, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie.
    Schmitt, Thorsten
    Research Department Synchrotron Radiation and Nanotechnology, Paul Scherrer Institut.
    Pietzsch, Annette
    Institute for Methods and Instrumentation in Synchrotron Radiation Research G- ISRR, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie.
    Föhlisch, Alexander
    Institut für Physik und Astronomie, Universität Potsdam.
    Gel'mukhanov, Faris
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Odelius, Michael
    Stockholm university.
    Kimberg, Victor
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Ultrafast dissociation features in RIXS spectra of the water molecule2018In: Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP, ISSN 1463-9076, E-ISSN 1463-9084Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this combined theoretical and experimental study we report on an analysis of the resonant inelastic X-ray scattering spectra (RIXS) of gas phase water via the lowest dissociative core-excited state |1sO-14a11〉. We focus on the spectral feature near the dissociation limit of the electronic ground state. We show that the narrow atomic-like peak consists of the overlapping contribution from the RIXS channels back to the ground state and to the first valence excited state |1b1-14a11〉 of the molecule. The spectral feature has signatures of ultrafast dissociation (UFD) in the core-excited state, as we show by means of ab initio calculations and time-dependent nuclear wave packet simulations. We show that the electronically elastic RIXS channel gives substantial contribution to the atomic-like resonance due to the strong bond length dependence of the magnitude and orientation of the transition dipole moment. By studying the RIXS for an excitation energy scan over the core-excited state resonance, we can understand and single out the molecular and atomic-like contributions in the decay to the lowest valence-excited state. Our study is complemented by a theoretical discussion of RIXS in the case of the isotope substituted water (HDO and D2O) where the nuclear dynamics is significantly affected by the heavier fragments' mass.

  • 11.
    Ignatova, Nina
    et al.
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Siberian Federal University.
    da Cruz, Vinícius V.
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Couto, Rafael C.
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Ertan, Emelie
    Stockholm university.
    Odelius, Michael
    Stockholm university.
    Ågren, Hans
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Guimarães, Freddy F.
    Zimin, Andrei
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Siberian Federal University.
    Polyutov, Sergey
    Siberian Federal University.
    Gel’mukhanov, Faris
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Kimberg, Victor
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Infrared-pump–x-ray-probe spectroscopy of vibrationally excited molecules2017In: Physical Review A, ISSN 2469-9926, Vol. 95, no 4, article id 042502Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    We develop a theory of infrared (IR)-pump–x-ray-probe spectroscopy for molecular studies. We illustrate advantages of the proposed scheme by means of numerical simulations employing a vibrational wave packet technique applied to x-ray absorption and resonant inelastic x-ray scattering (RIXS) spectra of the water molecule vibrationally excited by a preceding IR field. The promotion of the vibrationally excited molecule to the dissociative 1a−114a1 and bound 1a−112b2 core-excited states with qualitatively different shapes of the potential energy surfaces creates nuclear wave packets localized along and between the OH bonds, respectively. The projection of these wave packets on the final vibrational states, governed by selection and propensity rules, results in spatial selectivity of RIXS sensitive to the initial vibrationally excited state, which makes it possible to probe selectively the ground state properties along different modes. In addition, we propose to use RIXS as a tool to study x-ray absorption from a selected vibrational level of the ground state when the spectral resolution is sufficiently high to resolve vibrational overtones. The proposed technique has potential applications for advanced mapping of multidimensional potential energy surfaces of ground and core-excited molecular states, for symmetry-resolved spectroscopy, and for steering chemical reactions.

  • 12.
    Ignatova, Nina
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. Siberian Federal University.
    V. Cruz, Vinícius
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Couto, Rafael C.
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Ertan, Emelie
    Zimin, Andrey
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    F. Guimarães, Freddy
    Polyutov, Sergey
    Ågren, Hans
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Kimberg, Victor
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Odelius, Michael
    Gel’mukhanov, Faris
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Gradual collapse of nuclear wave functions regulated by frequency tuned X-ray scattering2017In: Scientific Reports, ISSN 2045-2322, E-ISSN 2045-2322, Vol. 7, no 43891Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    As is well established, the symmetry breaking by isotope substitution in the water molecule results in localisation of the vibrations along one of the two bonds in the ground state. In this study we find that this localisation may be broken in excited electronic states. Contrary to the ground state, the stretching vibrations of HDO are delocalised in the bound core-excited state in spite of the mass difference between hydrogen and deuterium. The reason for this effect can be traced to the narrow “canyon-like” shape of the potential of the state along the symmetric stretching mode, which dominates over the localisation mass-difference effect. In contrast, the localisation of nuclear motion to one of the HDO bonds is preserved in the dissociative core-excited state . The dynamics of the delocalisation of nuclear motion in these core-excited states is studied using resonant inelastic X-ray scattering of the vibrationally excited HDO molecule. The results shed light on the process of a wave function collapse. After core-excitation into the state of HDO the initial wave packet collapses gradually, rather than instantaneously, to a single vibrational eigenstate.

  • 13.
    Vaz da Cruz, Vinicius
    et al.
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Ertan, Emelie
    C. Couto, Rafael
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Eckert, Sebastian
    Fondell, Mattis
    Dantz, Marcus
    O'Cinneide, Brian
    Schmitt, Thorsten
    Pietzsch, Annette
    F. Guimarães, Freddy
    Ågren, Hans
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Gelmukhanov, Faris
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Odelius, Michael
    Föhlisch, Alexander
    Kimberg, Victor
    KTH, School of Biotechnology (BIO), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    A study of the water molecule using frequency control over nuclear dynamics in resonant X-ray scattering2017In: Physical Chemistry, Chemical Physics - PCCP, ISSN 1463-9076, E-ISSN 1463-9084, Vol. 19, no 30, p. 19573-19589Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    In this combined theoretical and experimental study we report a full analysis of the resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS) spectra of H2O, D2O and HDO. We demonstrate that electronically-elastic RIXS has an inherent capability to map the potential energy surface and to perform vibrational analysis of the electronic ground state in multimode systems. We show that the control and selection of vibrational excitation can be performed by tuning the X-ray frequency across core-excited molecular bands and that this is clearly reflected in the RIXS spectra. Using high level ab initio electronic structure and quantum nuclear wave packet calculations together with high resolution RIXS measurements, we discuss in detail the mode coupling, mode localization and anharmonicity in the studied systems.

  • 14.
    Vaz da Cruz, Vinicius
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. KTH.
    Ertan, Emelie
    Ignatova, Nina
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Carvalho Couto, Rafael
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Polyutov, Sergey
    Odelius, Michael
    Kimberg, Victor
    Gel'mukhanov, Faris
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Anomalous polarization dependence in vibrationally resolved RIXS of H2OManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    It is well established that different electronic channels, in resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS), display different polarization dependences due to different orientations of their corresponding transition dipole moments in the molecular frame. However, this effect does not influence the vibrational progression in the Franck-Condon approximation. We have found that the transition dipole moments of core-excitation and de-excitation experience ultrafast rotation during the dissociation in intermediate core-excited state. This rotations makes the vibrational progression in RIXS spectra sensitive to the polarisation of the X-ray photons. The studied effect is exemplified for the RIXS of the water molecule through the dissociative core-excited state where the vibrational scattering anisotropy is accompanied also by violation of parity selection rules for vibrations.

  • 15.
    Vaz da Cruz, Vinicius
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. KTH.
    Gel'mukhanov, Faris
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Eckert, Sebastian
    Pietzsch, Annette
    Iannuzzi, Marcella
    Carvalho Couto, Rafael
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Niskanen, Johannes
    Fondell, Mattis
    Dantz, Marcus
    Kennedy, Brian
    Schmitt, Thorsten
    Lu, Xingye
    McNally, Daniel
    Jay, Raphael
    Kimberg, Victor
    Föhlisch, Alexander
    Odelius, Michael
    Probing hydrogen bond strength in liquid water by resonant inelastic X-ray scatteringManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    The potential energy surface is widely used powerful concept in chemical physics. However, direct experimental access to the local potential energy surface in liquid especially in systems  with strong hydrogen bonds is lacking. We develop general technique demonstrated  for liquid water how to reconstruct from state-of-the-art  sub-natural linewidth resonant inelastic X-ray scattering (RIXS)  the local distribution of OH potential energy curves,  separately for OH bonds with weak and strong hydrogen bond. By this we are able to look on the local structure by characterising  selectively the strength of the hydrogen bond. We present a detailed analysis of the formation of the vibrationally resolved RIXS of liquids using a classical/quantum formalism  based on a combination of {\it ab initio} molecular dynamics, density functional theory calculations and quantum nuclear wave packet propagation. Theory nicely explains shortening of the vibrational progression in liquid phase in comparison with RIXS of free water molecules seen in the experiment by fluctuation of the hydrogen bond  network and coherent excitation of both OH bonds.

  • 16.
    Vaz da Cruz, Vinicius
    et al.
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology. KTH.
    Ignatova, Nina
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Carvalho Couto, Rafael
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Fedotov, Daniil
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Robert Rehn, Dirk
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Savchenko, Viktoriia
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Norman, Patrick
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Ågren, Hans
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Polyutov, Sergey
    Niskanen, Johannes
    Fondell, Mattis
    Eckert, Sebastian
    Jay, Raphael
    Schmitt, Thorsten
    Pietzsch, Annette
    Föhlisch, Alexander
    Gel'mukhanov, Faris
    KTH, School of Engineering Sciences in Chemistry, Biotechnology and Health (CBH), Theoretical Chemistry and Biology.
    Odelius, Michael
    Kimberg, Victor
    Resonant inelastic X-ray scattering and X-ray absorption of methanol at the near oxygen K-edgeManuscript (preprint) (Other academic)
    Abstract [en]

    We report on a theoretical analysis of core-excitation spectra of gas and liquid phase methanol asobtained with use of X-ray absorption spectroscopy (XAS) and resonant inelastic X-ray scattering(RIXS). The electronic transitions are studied with complementary computational methods includ-ing strict and extended second-order algebraic diagrammatic construction (ADC(2) and ADC(2)-x),restricted active space second-order perturbation theory (RASPT2), and time-dependent densityfunctional theory (TDDFT)—providing a complete assignment of the near oxygen K-edge XAS.We show that multimode nuclear dynamics is of crucial importance for explaining the availableexperimental XAS and RIXS spectra. Multimode nuclear motions was considered in a developedmixed representation where dissociative states and highly excited vibrational modes are accuratelytreated with a time-dependent wave packet technique while the remaining active vibrational modesare described using Franck–Condon amplitudes. Particular attention is paid to the polarizationdependence of RIXS and the effects of the isotope substitution on the RIXS profile in the case ofdissociative core-excited states. Our approach predicts the splitting of the 2a RIXS peak to bedue to an interplay between molecular and atomic-like features arising in the course of transitionsbetween dissociative core- and valence-excited states. The dynamical nature of the splitting of the2a peak in RIXS of liquid methanol near pre-edge core excitation is shown. The theoretical resultsare in good agreement with available experimental data.

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