Toward atomic resolution diffractive imaging of isolated molecules with X-ray free-electron lasers

S. Stern, L. Holmegaard, F. Filsinger, A. Rouzée, A. Rudenko, P. Johnsson, A. V. Martin, A. Barty, C. Bostedt, J. Bozek, R. Coffee, S. Epp, B. Erk, L. Foucar, R. Hartmann, N. Kimmel, K. U. Kühnel, J. Maurer, M. Messerschmidt, B. RudekD. Starodub, J. Thøgersen, G. Weidenspointner, T. A. White, H. Stapelfeldt, D. Rolles, H. N. Chapman, J. Küpper

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Abstract

We give a detailed account of the theoretical analysis and the experimental results of an X-ray-diffraction experiment on quantum-state selected and strongly laser-aligned gas-phase ensembles of the prototypical large asymmetric rotor molecule 2,5-diiodobenzonitrile, performed at the Linac Coherent Light Source [Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 083002 (2014)]. This experiment is the first step toward coherent diffractive imaging of structures and structural dynamics of isolated molecules at atomic resolution, i.e., picometers and femtoseconds, using X-ray free-electron lasers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-418
Number of pages26
JournalFaraday Discussions
Volume171
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

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  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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    Stern, S., Holmegaard, L., Filsinger, F., Rouzée, A., Rudenko, A., Johnsson, P., Martin, A. V., Barty, A., Bostedt, C., Bozek, J., Coffee, R., Epp, S., Erk, B., Foucar, L., Hartmann, R., Kimmel, N., Kühnel, K. U., Maurer, J., Messerschmidt, M., ... Küpper, J. (2014). Toward atomic resolution diffractive imaging of isolated molecules with X-ray free-electron lasers. Faraday Discussions, 171, 393-418. https://doi.org/10.1039/c4fd00028e