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Direct mapping of curve-crossing dynamics in IBr by attosecond transient absorption spectroscopy.

  • Author(s): Kobayashi, Yuki
  • Chang, Kristina F
  • Zeng, Tao
  • Neumark, Daniel M
  • Leone, Stephen R
  • et al.

The electronic character of photoexcited molecules can abruptly change at avoided crossings and conical intersections. Here, we report direct mapping of the coupled interplay between electrons and nuclei in a prototype molecule, iodine monobromide (IBr), by using attosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. A few-femtosecond visible pulse resonantly excites the [Formula: see text], Y(0+), and Z(0+) states of IBr, and the photodissociation dynamics are tracked with an attosecond extreme-ultraviolet pulse that simultaneously probes the I-4d and Br-3d core-level absorption edges. Direct comparison with quantum mechanical simulations unambiguously identifies the absorption features associated with adiabatic and diabatic channels at the B/Y avoided crossing and concurrent two-photon dissociation processes that involve the Y/Z avoided crossing. The results show clear evidence for rapid switching of valence-electronic character at the avoided crossing.

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