Free-electron laser reveals the ultrafast dynamics of photoexcited molecules

CFEL-ATTO contributed to an international collaboration realized at the FLASH free electron laser in Hamburg. Using x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, the group of researchers succeeded to image charge flows in the modified nucleobase thiouracil (see image). In general, the class of thionucleobases promises a variety of medical applications. The work was led by Prof. Markus Gühr from the University of Potsdam and the results are published in Nature Communications.

Reference

1. Mayer, D. et al. Following excited-state chemical shifts in molecular ultrafast x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Nat Commun 13, 198 (2022)

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