Interatomic Coulombic Decay Mediated by Ultrafast Superexchange Energy Transfer.


Inner-valence ionized states of atoms and molecules live shorter if these species are embedded in an environment due to the possibility for ultrafast deexcitation known as interatomic Coulombic decay (ICD). In this Letter we show that the lifetime of these ICD active states decreases further when a bridge atom is in proximity to the two interacting monomers. This novel mechanism, termed superexchange ICD, is an electronic correlation effect driven by the efficient energy transfer via virtual states of the bridge atom. The superexchange ICD is discussed in detail on the example of the NeHeNe trimer. We demonstrate that the decay width of the Ne^{+}(2s^{-1})  ^{2}Σ_{g}^{+} resonance increases 6 times in the presence of the He atom at a distance of 4 Å between the two Ne atoms. Using a simple model, we provide a qualitative explanation of the superexchange ICD and we derive analytical expressions for the dependence of the decay width on the distance between the neon atoms.

DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.119.083403

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@article{Miteva2017InteratomicCD, title={Interatomic Coulombic Decay Mediated by Ultrafast Superexchange Energy Transfer.}, author={Tsveta Miteva and S{\'e}van Kazandjian and Přemysl Koloren{\vc} and Petra Votavov{\'a} and Nicolas Sisourat}, journal={Physical review letters}, year={2017}, volume={119 8}, pages={083403} }