Total ion yield after the exposure of CO to a coherent Gaussian-shaped pulse of carrier frequency of 287.4 eV (i.e
Figure 3. Total ion yield after the exposure of CO to a coherent Gaussian-shaped pulse of carrier frequency of 287.4 eV (i.e. the excitation of the C(1s−1π*, vr = 0) resonance) computed in  within different approximations (upper panel) and models (lower panel) discussed in the text (see also notations in figure 2). The pulse duration τ = 8 fs was chosen to be comparable to the lifetime of the C*O resonance of τaug = 1/Γaug ≈ 8.2 fs .
The dynamics of the resonant Auger (RA) decay of the core-excited CO*(1s−1π*) molecule in intense x-ray laser pulses is studied theoretically. The present approach includes the impact of the analogue of conical intersections of the complex potential energy surfaces of the ground and 'dressed' resonant states induced by intense x-ray pulses. It also takes into account the decay of the resonance and the direct photoionization of the ground state, both populating the same final ionic states coherently, as well as the direct photoionization of the resonance state itself. The individual impacts of these physical processes on the total ion yield, the CO+(A 2Π) electron spectrum and the ro-vibrational distributions of the neutral molecules remaining in the ground electronic state after the laser pulse has expired are analysed and compared to those reported previously for the C*O resonance. It is also demonstrated that the RA effect of molecules by strong laser pulses of resonant carrier frequency is an efficient process to produce two-site double-core-hole–one-particle states of CO*.