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Published December 23, 1988 | public
Journal Article

Laser Femtochemistry


Femtochemistry is concerned with the very act of the molecular motion that brings about chemistry, chemical bond breaking, or bond formation on the femtosecond (10^(-15) second) time scale. With lasers it is now possible to record snapshots of chemical reactions with sub-angstrom resolution. This strobing of the transition-state region between reagents and products provides real time observations that are fundamental to understanding the dynamics of the chemical bond.

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© 1988 American Association for the Advancement of Science. Supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research and by the National Science Foundation. I thank the members of my group, past and present, whose talents, dedication and excitement have made this undertaking possible and enjoyable. The collaborations with my colleagues R. Marcus (on unimolecular reactions), R. Bernstein (on bimolecular reactions), and R. Bersohn (on half-collision processes) have enriched the excitement about this research and added important contributions. I thank M. Dantus, M. Rosker, T. Rose, C. Sipes, and H. Levy for their help in the preparation of the manuscript, and the Guggenheim Foundation for making it possible to finalize it while in France. Prior to publication, the manuscript was read by many colleagues and I am grateful for their efforts and advice. Contribution No. 7836 of the Arthur Amos Noyes Laboratory.

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