Coincidence measurements of photodouble ionization of benzene and thiophene

Phys Chem Chem Phys. 2024 Apr 3;26(14):10784-10795. doi: 10.1039/d3cp05908a.


Photodouble ionization (PDI) triple-differential cross sections (TDCSs) of benzene and thiophene have been measured in electron-electron coincidence experiments under 10-10 eV and 20-20 eV equal energy sharing conditions. A multi-Gaussian fit method has been employed to characterize the TDCSs. The trends and features observed for benzene and thiophene do highlight differences with helium most likely from molecular PDI contributions to the TDCS. A comparison with the well-known helium PDI TDCS for equal energy sharing conditions [Avaldi and Huetz J. Phys. B: At. Mol. Opt. Phys., 2005, 38, S861-S891] supported the validity of the multi-Gaussian fitting method and contextualized the benzene and thiophene fits. The molecular targets and energy sharing conditions were chosen to provide insight into the unexpected resonances observed in aromatic hydrocarbons but not aromatic heterocyclic molecules [Wehlitz et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 2012, 109, 193001]. Contrary to the work of [Wehlitz et al., Phys. Rev. Lett., 2012, 109, 193001], no significant differences between benzene and thiophene were found.