Polarization and dichroism in atomic Auger spectroscopy following absorption of circularly polarized light
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Spin resolved Auger current is shown to be different for the absorption of left and right circularly polarized light. This current is produced in non-radiative spontaneous decay of photoexcited atoms or of excited atomic photoions. Circular dichroism in such polarized Auger electrons exists even in the absence of spin-orbit interaction. Physical and geometrical conditions, necessary for the occurrence of dichroic effects in atomic Auger spectroscopy, have been obtained. Calculations for Ba and Xe show that the effect is substantially large and can be readily observed.
Volume 97, 2023
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