Visualizing electronic excitation in NO
When an NO
2 molecule absorbs a photon, the energy is quickly dissipated through non-adiabatic processes. Using transient-grating high harmonic spectroscopy, we are able to see how the populations on two electronic surfaces changes in the first 200 femtoseconds.
H. J. Wörner, J. B. Bertrand, B. Fabre, J. Higuet, H. Ruf, A. Dubrouil, S. Patchkovskii, M. Spanner, Y. Mairesse, V. Blanchet, E. Mével, E. Constant, P. B. Corkum, D. M. Villeneuve,
Conical Intersection Dynamics in NO2 Probed by Homodyne High-Harmonic Spectroscopy,
Science 334, 208 (2011)