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Chiral Asymmetry in the Multiphoton Ionization of Methyloxirane Using Femtosecond Electron–Ion Coincidence Imaging

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posted on 11.12.2014, 00:00 by Mohammad M. Rafiee Fanood, Ivan Powis, Maurice H. M. Janssen
Multiphoton photoelectron circular dichroism (MP-PECD) has been observed as an asymmetry in the angular distribution of photoelectrons emitted in the ionization of pure enantiomers of the small chiral molecule methyloxirane using a femtosecond laser operated at 420 nm. Energetically, this requires the uptake of four photons. By switching the laser between left- and right-circular polarization, and observing the differences in the full three-dimensional electron momentum distribution recorded in an electron–ion coincidence technique, the chiral (odd) terms in the angular distribution expression can be isolated. Electron events can additionally be filtered by coincident ion mass, providing mass-tagged electron distributions and quantitative measures of the MP-PECD asymmetry that help characterize the different ionization channels. For the production of ground state parent cation, the magnitude of the mean chiral asymmetry is measured to be 4.7%, with a peak magnitude exceeding 10%