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Published May 9, 1996 | public
Journal Article

Femtosecond Real-Time Probing of Reactions. 18. Experimental and Theoretical Mapping of Trajectories and Potentials in the NaI Dissociation Reaction


We describe a method of tracking wave packet trajectories by probing both the temporal and spatial evolution of a coherent state prepared by a femtosecond laser pulse in real time. Application to the NaI dissociation reaction illustrates this technique, in which the direction of wave packet propagation within the quasi-bound A 0^+ potential is observed and correlated to the physical processes of extension and contraction of the Na−I bond. From the combination of spatial and temporal information observed from experiments, self-consistent potential energy functions for the A 0^+ state and the higher-lying state accessed by the probe laser pulse are constructed. The dynamics and the validity of the potentials so derived are tested via semiclassical and quantum-dynamical simulations of the wave packet motion, and comparisons with potentials obtained from other methods are drawn.

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© 1996 American Chemical Society. Received: November 20, 1995; In Final Form: January 17, 1996. Publication Date (Web): May 9, 1996. This work was supported by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

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