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Chemistry at the Uncertainty Limit

Zewail, Ahmed H. (2001) Chemistry at the Uncertainty Limit. Angewandte Chemie International Edition, 40 (23). pp. 4371-4375. ISSN 1433-7851. doi:10.1002/1521-3773(20011203)40:23<4371::AID-ANIE4371>3.0.CO;2-I.

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Spatial and temporal resolution with, until recently, an unimaginable precision—about 0.01 Å and 10 fs, respectively—are today possible thanks to femtochemistry. However, this atomic-scale resolution raises fundamental questions from quantum mechanics: the Uncertainty Paradox. How is it that this is not an obstacle, and what are the future directions? are the themes of this Essay.

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Additional Information:© 2001 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Weinheim, Fed. Rep. of Germany. Version of Record online: 28 Nov 2001. This contribution is an extended version of a recent commentary published in Nature, in the new section Concepts.[1] The invitation by the Editor of Angewandte Chemie made me steer the piece towards chemistry questions and provide the experimental–theoretical bridge relevant to molecular dynamics.
Subject Keywords:coherence; femtobiology; femtochemistry; spectroscopic methods; ultrafast electron diffraction
Issue or Number:23
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Official Citation:Zewail, A. H. (2001), Chemistry at the Uncertainty Limit . Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 40: 4371–4375. doi: 10.1002/1521-3773(20011203)40:23<4371::AID-ANIE4371>3.0.CO;2-I
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Deposited By: Ruth Sustaita
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