Coherence of Auger and inter-Coulombic decay processes in the photoionization of Ar@C60 versus Kr@C60*
1 Department of Natural Sciences, D.L.
Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Northwest Missouri State
University, Maryville, Missouri
2 Department Physics and Astronomy, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia 30303, USA
3 Qatar Environment and Energy Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation, P.O. Box 5825, Doha, Qatar
Current address: Department of Physics, Kansas State University,
Manhattan, Kansas 66502, USA.
b e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Received in final form: 14 March 2016
Published online: 21 April 2016
For the asymmetric spherical dimer of an endohedrally confined atom and a host fullerene, an innershell vacancy of either system can decay through the continuum of an outer electron hybridized between the systems. Such decays, viewed as coherent superpositions of the single-center Auger and two-center inter-Coulombic (ICD) amplitudes, are found to govern leading decay mechanisms in noble-gas endofullerenes, and are likely omnipresent in this class of nanomolecules. A comparison between resulting autoionizing resonances calculated in the photoionization of Ar@C60 and Kr@C60 exhibits details of the underlying processes.
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