Chiral discrimination by Coulomb explosion and photoelectron diffraction

          Prof. Dr. Reinhard Dörner                                     Dr. Markus Schöffler

The two goals of this project are first to explore Coulomb explosion as a tool for chiral recognition and second to combine Coulomb explosion with high energy photoelectron diffraction for chiral recognition. We will follow two routes: firstly we drive the Coulomb explosion by femtosecond laser pulses and secondly we will use synchrotron radiation to charge up the molecule inner shell ionization followed by an Auger cascade. In this case, we will explore, if the combination of fragment detection and detection of a high energy photoelectron enhances the chiral discrimination.