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Delayed Relaxation of Highly Excited Cationic States in Naphthalene

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Rapid energy transfer from electronic to nuclear degrees of freedom underlies many biological processes and astrophysical observations. The efficiency of this energy transfer depends strongly on the complex interplay between electronic and nuclear motions. In this study, we report two-color pump–probe experiments that probe the relaxation dynamics of highly excited cationic states of naphthalene, a prototypical polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon molecule, which are produced using wavelength-selected, ultrashort extreme ultraviolet pulses. Surprisingly, the relaxation lifetimes increase with the cationic excitation energy. We postulate that the observed effect is the result of a population trapping that leads to delayed relaxation.
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hal-02285862 , version 1 (13-09-2019)

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G. Reitsma, J. Hummert, J. Dura, Vincent Loriot, M. J. J. Vrakking, et al.. Delayed Relaxation of Highly Excited Cationic States in Naphthalene. Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 2019, 123 (14), pp.3068-3073. ⟨10.1021/acs.jpca.8b10444⟩. ⟨hal-02285862⟩
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