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Published May 17, 2004 | public
Journal Article

The Transition State of Thermal Organic Reactions: Direct Observation in Real Time


A classic in physical organic chemistry, the inversion of cyclooctatetraene (COT), was studied with femtosecond resolution by negative-ion-beam techniques. The transition state for the thermal inversion was accessed directly by detachment of the electron from the planar COT− ion.

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© 2004 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. Received: February 6, 2004. Version of Record online: 28 Apr 2004. Financial support from the National Science Foundation is acknowledged.

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