Chiral Asymmetry in the Multiphoton Ionization of Methyloxirane Using Femtosecond Electron-Ion Coincidence Imaging

M.M. Rafiee Fanood, I. Powis, M.H.M. Janssen

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Abstract

Multiphoton photoelectron circular dichroism (MP-PECD) has been observed as an asymmetry in the angular distribution of photoelectrons emitted in the ionization of pure enantiomers of the small chiral molecule methyloxirane using a femtosecond laser operated at 420 nm. Energetically, this requires the uptake of four photons. By switching the laser between left- and right-circular polarization, and observing the differences in the full three-dimensional electron momentum distribution recorded in an electron-ion coincidence technique, the chiral (odd) terms in the angular distribution expression can be isolated. Electron events can additionally be filtered by coincident ion mass, providing mass-tagged electron distributions and quantitative measures of the MP-PECD asymmetry that help characterize the different ionization channels. For the production of ground state parent cation, the magnitude of the mean chiral asymmetry is measured to be 4.7%, with a peak magnitude exceeding 10%(Figure Presented).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11541-11546
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Volume118
Issue number49
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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