Table of Contents
Laser Chemistry
Volume 2, Issue 5-6, Pages 219-227

Molecular Beam Studies of Primary Photochemical Processes

Materials and Molecular Research Division, Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of California, Berkeley 94720, California, USA

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Application of the method of molecular beam photofragmentation translational spectroscopy to the investigation of primary photochemical processes of polyatomic molecules is described.

Examples will be given to illustrate how information concerning the energetics, dynamics and mechanism of dissociation processes can be obtained from the precise measurements of angular and velocity distributions of products in an experiment in which a well defined beam of molecules is crossed with a laser.