Molecular frame photoelectron emission in the presence of autoionizing resonances. Academic Article uri icon


  • We have measured the angular distribution of valence-shell photoelectrons excited by circularly polarized light from fixed-in-space N2O molecules, near to and on top of resonances due to Rydberg states embedded in the ionization continuum. The sign of the circular dichroism for ionization into the N2O+ (B2Pi, (1pi)-1) state is reversed on top of the lowest dominant resonances. Measured angular distributions are well predicted by state-of-the-art multichannel configuration interaction calculations. The change in sign of the circular dichroism at the peak of the resonance is the result of a rapid change in the phases of resonant dipole matrix elements by a factor of 2pi as the energy is scanned across the resonance.

published proceedings

  • Phys Rev Lett

author list (cited authors)

  • Lebech, M., Houver, J. C., Dowek, D., & Lucchese, R. R.

citation count

  • 31

complete list of authors

  • Lebech, M||Houver, JC||Dowek, D||Lucchese, RR

publication date

  • February 2006