UConn Physics Colloquium

Picosecond Laser-Pump X-Ray Absorption Probe Measurements of Solvated Transition Metal Complexes

Christoph Rose-Petruck

Brown University

Ultrafast high-intensity laser pulses incident upon condensed matter targets can generate high-density plasmas that emit x-ray pulses with sub-picosecond temporal structure, significant spatial coherence, and high brightness. Such a laser-driven plasma x-ray source operating at kilohertz repetition rates has been developed in our laboratory. Details of the experimental apparatus, including the x-ray optics are presented. Essential performance features related to ultrafast time-resolved x-ray absorption fine structure (XAFS) spectroscopy are discussed.

Structural parameters of solvated Fe(CO)5 were measured by XAFS spectroscopy using our ultrafast laser driven x-ray source. The spectra are compared to XAFS spectra measured with a micro-focus as well as a synchrotron x-ray source. Furthermore, the data are compared to theoretical XAFS spectra based on Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations of the solvated complex. All experimental and theoretical structure data were found to be in close agreement.

Laser-pump XAFS-probe measurements of Fe(CO)64- in water are currently being performed at various pump-probe delay times before and after UV-photoexcitation of the complex. The status of these experiments is discussed and measured picosecond time-resolved XAFS spectra are presented.

Friday, November 12, 2004
4:00 PM
Gant Science Complex
Physics Department
Room P38

(We will meet for refreshments prior to the talk at 3:30 p.m., in the Gant Science Complex, Physics Library, Room P-103.)


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