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Photodissociation Dynamics

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: May 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521484145

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  • Photodissociation induced by the absorption of single photons permits the detailed study of molecular dynamics such as the breaking of bonds, internal energy transfer and radiationless transitions. The availability of powerful lasers operating over a wide frequency range has stimulated rapid development of new experimental techniques which make it possible to analyse photodissociation processes in unprecedented detail. 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 book summarises the basic theoretical tools, namely the time-independent and the time-dependent quantum mechanical approaches as well as the classical picture of photodissociation. The discussions 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 also discussed. It will be of interest to graduate students and senior scientists working in molecular physics, spectroscopy, molecular collisions and molecular kinetics.

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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Schinke has amply fulfilled his declared aim of providing an overview of the field for graduate students.' Nature

    'This book is designed to become standard reading for graduate students about to embark on research careers in chemical dynamics.' Science

    'The material is well prepared, clearly and systematically presented, with numerous instructive figures.' Zeitschrift für Physikalische Chemie

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    • Date Published: May 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521484145
    • length: 436 pages
    • dimensions: 240 x 175 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.69kg
    • contains: 150 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • 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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