Laser-induced electron diffraction is a developing dynamical imaging technique that is already able to probe molecular dynamics at few-femtosecond temporal resolutions and has the potential to reach the sub-femtosecond level. Here we provide the recipe for the extension of the technique to polyatomic molecules and we demonstrate the method by extracting the structure of aligned and anti-aligned acetylene (C₂H₂). We show that multiple bond lengths can be simultaneously imaged at high accuracy including elusive hydrogen containing bonds. Our results open the door to the investigation of larger complex molecules and the realization of a true molecular movie.
M. G. Pullen and B. Wolter and A. Le and M. Baudisch and M. Hemmer and A. Senftleben and M. Sclafani and C. D. Schroeter and J. Ullrich and R. Moshammer and C. D. Lin and J. Biegert, "Polyatomic Molecular Structure Retrieval using Laser-Induced Electron Diffraction," Journal of Physics: Conference Series, vol. 635, no. 7, IOP Publishing Ltd, Sep 2015.
The definitive version is available at https://doi.org/10.1088/1742-6596/635/7/072051
29th International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions, ICPEAC 2015 (2015: Jul. 22-28, Toledo, Spain)
Keywords and Phrases
Electron Diffraction; Hydrogen Bonds; Imaging Techniques; Molecular Dynamics, Complex Molecules; Femtoseconds; High-Accuracy; Laser Induced; Multiple Bonds; Polyatomic Molecules; Polyatomics; Temporal Resolution, Molecules
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