Ion induced dissociation dynamics of acetylene: Signature of vibrational flopping

Sankar De, I.V. Litvinyuk
James R. Macdonald Laboratory, Department of Physics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, USA

Jyoti Rajput, A. Roy, C.P. Safvan, P.N. Ghosh
Dept of Physics, Univ of Calcutta, Kolkata 700009, India

We report the results of dissociation dynamics of multiple charged acetylene molecules formed in collision with 1.2 MeV Ar8+ projectiles. Using the coincidence map, we found the evidence for molecular deformation due to a vibrationally active transition state of multiply charged C2H2 under the impact of low energy projectiles. `Butterfly-like' structures are observed in the coincidence spectra [1] between hydrogen and carbon ionic fragments. Such structures can be generated by numerical simulations and are found to originate from the bending motion of the dissociating molecule. From the measured slopes of the coincidence islands for carbon atomic fragments and theoretical values determined from the charge and momentum distribution of the correlated particles, we observe a diatom-like behaviour of the C--C charged complex during dissociation of multiply charged acetylene [2]. This is a signature of sequentiality in the breakup dynamics of this multiply charged molecular species. The results will be compared with those obtained in pump-probe experiments using intense few cycle laser pulses.

[1] S. De et al. JCP, 127, 051101 (2007)
[2] S. De et. al. PRA (accepted)

This work was supported by the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences Division, Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy, and by the National Science Foundation.

Presented at DAMOP, May 2008, in State College, PA.


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