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Photodissociation Dynamics
Spectroscopy and Fragmentation of Small Polyatomic Molecules

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  • Author: Reinhard Schinke, Max-Planck-Institut für Strömungsforschung, Göttingen, Germany
  • Date Published: April 2011
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  • format: Adobe eBook Reader
  • isbn: 9780511877001

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  • This text elucidates the achievements in calculating photodissociation cross sections and fragment state distributions from first principles, starting from multi-dimensional potential energy surfaces and the Schrödinger equation of nuclear motion. Following an extended introduction in which the various types of observables are outlined, the next four chapters summarize the basic theoretical tools, namely the time-independent and time-dependent quantum mechanical approaches as well as the classical picture of photodissociation. The discussion of absorption spectra, diffuse vibrational structures, the vibrational and rotational state distributions of the photofragments form the core of the book. More specific topics such as the dissociation of vibrationally excited molecules, emission during dissociation, or nonadiabatic effects are discussed in the last third of the book.

    • First book in now established series
    • Hardback edition sold very quickly
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "One of the strengths of the book is that it can be read at more than one level. A newcomer to the field could skip the mathematical details without losing the thread of the essentially physical description; bullet-points concisely summarize the most important features....Schinke has amply fulfilled his declared aim of providing an overview of the field for graduate students in molecular physics and for experimentalists who are not familiar with the quantum theory of photochemistry." Richard N. Dixon, Nature

    "...destined to become standard reading for graduate students about to embark on research careers in chemical dynamics as well as reflective reading for more mature scientists who thought they understood their subject." Jim Baggott, Science

    "Schinke's book provides a suitable introduction--to be read now by those who wish to avoid future shock or by those who wish to start participating. First-year graduate students among the latter should not find the level of difficulty of the theory beyond their reach." Physics Today

    "...very valuable as a textbook....Schinke has written an excellent book covering all the major topics of the modern study of photodissociation dynamics in a lucid and well-balanced manner. It should become an important companion both to graduate students and to senior researchers in the field and can also serve as a textbook for a graduate course in chemical dynamics." Hanna Reisler and Marsha I. Lester, Journal of the American Chemical Society

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    • Date Published: April 2011
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9780511877001
    • contains: 150 b/w illus.
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Light absorption and photodissociation
    3. Time-independent methods
    4. Time-dependent methods
    5. Classical description of photodissociation
    6. Direct photodissociation: the reflection principle
    7. Indirect photodissociation: resonances and recurrences
    8. Diffuse structures and unstable periodic orbits
    9. Vibrational excitation
    10. Rotational excitation I
    11. Rotational excitation II
    12. Dissociation of van der Waals molecules
    13. Photodissociation of vibrationally excited states
    14. Emission spectroscopy of dissociating molecules
    15. Nonadiabatic transitions in dissociating molecules
    16. Real-time dynamics of photodissociation

  • Author

    Reinhard Schinke, Max-Planck-Institut für Strömungsforschung, Göttingen, Germany

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