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Structural Femtochemistry: Experimental Methodology

Williamson, J. C. and Zewail, A. H. (1991) Structural Femtochemistry: Experimental Methodology. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 88 (11). pp. 5021-5025. ISSN 0027-8424. PMCID PMC51799.

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The experimental methodology for structural femtochemistry of reactions is considered. With the extension of femtosecond transition-state spectroscopy to the diffraction regime, it is possible to obtain in a general way the trajectories of chemical reactions (change of internuclear separations with time) on the femtosecond time scale. This method, considered here for simple alkali halide dissociation, promises many applications to more complex reactions and to conformational changes. Alignment on the time scale of the experiments is also discussed.

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Additional Information:Copyright © 1991 by National Academy of Sciences. Contributed by A. H. Zewail, March 12, 1991. This is contribution no. 8396 from the California Institute of Technology. This work was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation. We are grateful to Professor V. Schomaker for many helpful discussions. The publication costs of this article were defrayed in part by page charge payment. This article must therefore be hereby marked "advertisement" in accordance with 18 U.S.C. §1734 solely to indicate this fact.
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