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Published July 1, 1996 | public
Journal Article

Proton-transfer reaction dynamics


In this article we discuss the progress made in understanding intermolecular and intermolecular reactions of proton (or hydrogen-atom) transfer. Femtosecond real-time probing, together with spectroscopic studies, in molecular beams are presented with selected examples of reactions. Reaction rates, tunneling dynamics and the nature of the reaction coordinate are examined and related to two-state multidimensional potential energy surfaces.

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© 1996 Elsevier B.V. Received 12 January 1996. This work was supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, the Universidad of Castilla-La Mancha (Spain) and by the project PB93-0126 (Spain). A.D. thanks Professor A.H. Zewail and the members of his group for their hospitalities during his stay at Caltech. We wish to thank Dr. Spencer Baskin for his help and for the careful reading of the manuscript.

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