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dc.contributor.authorXu, H
dc.contributor.authorLi, Zhichao
dc.contributor.authorHe, Feng
dc.contributor.authorWang, X
dc.contributor.authorAtia-Tul-Noor, A
dc.contributor.authorKielpinski, D
dc.contributor.authorSang, RT
dc.contributor.authorLitvinyuk, IV
dc.date.accessioned2018-01-08T01:00:51Z
dc.date.available2018-01-08T01:00:51Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier.issn2041-1723
dc.identifier.doi10.1038/ncomms15849
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/346722
dc.description.abstractDissociation of diatomic molecules with odd number of electrons always causes the unpaired electron to localize on one of the two resulting atomic fragments. In the simplest diatomic molecule H2+ dissociation yields a hydrogen atom and a proton with the sole electron ending up on one of the two nuclei. That is equivalent to breaking of a chemical bond—the most fundamental chemical process. Here we observe such electron localization in real time by performing a pump–probe experiment. We demonstrate that in H2+ electron localization is complete in just 15 fs when the molecule’s internuclear distance reaches 8 atomic units. The measurement is supported by a theoretical simulation based on numerical solution of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. This observation advances our understanding of detailed dynamics of molecular dissociation.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherNature Publishing Group
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom15849-1
dc.relation.ispartofpageto15849-6
dc.relation.ispartofjournalNature Communications
dc.relation.ispartofvolume8
dc.subject.fieldofresearchAtomic and Molecular Physics
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode020201
dc.titleObserving electron localization in a dissociating H2+molecule in real time
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
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gro.facultyGriffith Sciences, School of Natural Sciences
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gro.griffith.authorSang, Robert T.
gro.griffith.authorKielpinski, David
gro.griffith.authorLitvinyuk, Igor
gro.griffith.authorXu, Han
gro.griffith.authorAtia-tul-noor, .
gro.griffith.authorWang, Xiaoshan


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