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Femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy in polyatomic systems investigated by velocity-map imaging and high-order harmonic generation

David Staedter 1 
1 Femto (LCAR)
LCAR - Laboratoire Collisions Agrégats Réactivité
Abstract : Revealing the underlying ultrafast dynamics in molecular reaction spectroscopy demands state-of-the-art imaging techniques to follow a molecular process step by step. Femtosecond time-resolved velocity-map imaging is used to study the photodissociation dynamics of chlorine azide (ClN3). Here especially the co-fragments chlorine and N3 are studied on the femtosecond timescale in two excitation energy regions around 4.67 eV and 6.12 eV, leading to the formation of a linear N3 fragment and a cyclic N3 fragment, respectively. This work is the first femtosecond spectroscopy study revealing the formation of cyclic N3. Tetrathiafulvalene (TTF, C6H4S4) electronic relaxation is studied, while scanning the electronic excitation around 4 eV, by time resolved mass and photoelectron spectroscopy. As only few is known about the ion continuum about TTF the imaging photoelectron photoion coincidence (iPEPICO) technique is used in order to disentangle the complex ionic dissociation. The second part of the thesis is based on the generation and application of XUV light pulses by high-order harmonic generation with an intense femtosecond laser pulse in a molecular target. Two types of phase sensitive attosecond spectroscopy experiments were conducted to study the vibrational dynamics of SF6: one using strong field transient grating spectroscopy, where high-order harmonic generation takes place in a grating of excitation, and the second experiment using high-order harmonic interferometry using two intense XUV probe pulses. The temporal dependencies in phase and amplitude reveal the vibrational dynamics in SF6 and demonstrate that high-order harmonic generation is sensitive to the internal excitations. Last but not least, the use of high-order harmonics as a XUV photon source for the velocity-map imaging spectrometer is investigated. Using time-resolved photoelectron imaging, the relaxation dynamics initiated with 15.5 eV in argon and 9.3 eV in acetylene are revealed.
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David Staedter. Femtosecond time-resolved spectroscopy in polyatomic systems investigated by velocity-map imaging and high-order harmonic generation. Atomic and Molecular Clusters [physics.atm-clus]. Université Paul Sabatier - Toulouse III, 2013. English. ⟨tel-00922203⟩



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