Time-of-flight mass spectroscopy was used to study the relaxation dynamics of HCl following photoexcitation in the vicinity of the Cl K edge (~2.8 keV) using monochromatic synchrotron radiation. At the lowest resonant excitation to the 6ơ* antibonding orbital, almost half of the excited molecules decay by emission of a neutral H atom, mostly in coincidence with a highly charged Cln1 ion. The present work demonstrates that neutral-atom emission can be a significant decay channel for excited states with very short lifetimes (1 fs). [S1050-2947(98)03604-X]
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Hansen, D. L.,
Fisher, G. R.,
Leung, K. T.,
Perera, R. C.,
Sellin, I. A.,
Whitfield, S. B.,
Lindle, D. W.
Neutral Dissociation of Hydrogen Following Photoexcitation of HCl at the Chlorine K Edge.
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