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Three-dimensional tomographic imaging of molecular orbitals by photoelectron momentum microscopy

  • Martin Graus
  • Christian Metzger
  • Manuel Grimm
  • Pascal Nigge
  • Vitaliy Feyer
  • Achim SchöllEmail author
  • Friedrich Reinert
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Abstract

As one of the fundamental concepts of quantum mechanics, electrons in atoms and molecules are assigned to respective orbitals. The geometric distribution of these orbitals is immediately connected to many chemical and physical properties of the system. Consequently, measuring electron orbitals directly has been highly desired. In this study, we demonstrate how a combination of a photoemission electron microscope with a synchrotron UV-light source can be utilised to record a three-dimensional set of tomographic data and present a detailed procedure to reconstruct the orbitals under investigation in real space.

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Solid State and Materials 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Graus
    • 1
  • Christian Metzger
    • 1
  • Manuel Grimm
    • 1
  • Pascal Nigge
    • 2
  • Vitaliy Feyer
    • 3
    • 4
  • Achim Schöll
    • 1
    Email author
  • Friedrich Reinert
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Würzburg, Experimental Physics VIIWürzburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of Physics & AstronomyUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  3. 3.Peter Grünberg Institute (PGI-6) and Jara-FIT, Research Center JülichJülichGermany
  4. 4.Sincrotrone Trieste, NanoESCA BeamlineTriesteItaly

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