Probing orbital symmetry in solution: Polarization-dependent resonant inelastic soft x-ray scattering on liquid micro-jet

Brian Dierker, Edllira Suljoti, Kaan Atak, K. M. Lange, Joanne N Engel, Ronny Golnak, Marcus Dantz, Kai F. Hodeck, M. Khan, Nobuhiro Kosugi, E. F. Aziz

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Polarization-dependent resonant inelastic x-ray scattering is demonstrated here for liquid acetonitrile, acetone and dimethyl sulfoxide, using the liquid micro-jet technique. Selective excitation to an unoccupied orbital with a specific symmetry at the K-edge x-ray absorption of liquid samples determines the polarization-dependent emission of the occupied states. Considering the well-defined unoccupied molecular orbital configuration and utilizing the results of ab initio molecular orbital calculations, the polarization-dependent anisotropy in resonant inelastic soft x-ray scattering is discussed in a membrane-free configuration.

Original languageEnglish
Article number093025
JournalNew Journal of Physics
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013
Externally publishedYes

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