We present a procedure, based on established principles, to accurately determine the ionisation energies of medium-sized to large polyatomic molecules in supersonic beams. The method combines single-photon excitation from the electronic ground state using tunable vacuum-ultraviolet laser radiation, the delayed pulsed-field ionisation of high Rydberg states with sequences of pulsed electric fields, and the modelling of the lineshapes from calculations of the field-ionisation dynamics of high Rydberg states and of the rotational contours of the photoelectron bands. The method is illustrated by a measurement of the adiabatic ionisation energy of p-diaminobenzene (p-DB), for which we obtain the value of 54,617.47(15) cm , which represents a more than 20-fold accuracy improvement over previous determinations.

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