Intrashell electron-interaction-mediated photoformation of Hollow atoms near threshold

S. Huotari, K. Hämäläinen, R. Diamant, R. Sharon, C. C. Kao, M. Deutsch

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Double photoionization (DPI) of an atom by a single photon is a direct consequence of electron-electron interactions within the atom. We have measured the evolution of the K-shell DPI from threshold up in transition metals by high-resolution x-ray emission spectroscopy of the Khα hypersatellites, photoexcited by monochromatized synchrotron radiation. The measured evolution of the single-to-double photoionization cross-section ratio with excitation energy was found to be universal. Theoretical fits suggest that near threshold DPI is predominantly a semiclassical knockout effect, rather than the purely quantum-mechanical shake-off observed at the infinite photon energy limit.

Original languageEnglish
Article number043001
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - 21 Jul 2008


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