Zuerch Lab
ULTRAFAST OPTICAL & X-RAY SPECTROSCOPY | ULTRAFAST PHENOMENA | ATTOSCIENCE
Zuerch Lab
ULTRAFAST OPTICAL & X-RAY SPECTROSCOPY | ULTRAFAST PHENOMENA | ATTOSCIENCE

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Pre-print: Ångström-resolved Interfacial Structure in Organic-Inorganic Junctions
May 6 2020

Charge transport processes at interfaces which are governed by complex interfacial electronic structure play a crucial role in catalytic reactions, energy storage, photovoltaics, and many biological processes. Here, the first soft X-ray second harmonic generation (SXR-SHG)interfacial spectrum of a buried interface (boron/Parylene-N)is reported. SXR-SHG shows distinct spectral features that are not observed in X-ray absorption spectra, demonstrating its extraordinary interfacial sensitivity. Comparison to electronic structure calculations indicates a boron-organic separation distance of 1.9±0.1 Å, wherein changes as small as 0.1 Å result in easily detectable SXR-SHG spectral shifts (ca. 100s of meV). As SXR-SHG is inherently ultrafast and sensitive to individual atomic layers, it creates the possibility to study a variety of interfacial processes, e.g. catalysis, with ultrafast time resolution and bond specificity.
Original link to the pre-print:
https://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/2005/2005.01905.pdf

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