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Laser Chemistry
Volume 12, Issue 1-2, Pages 25-31

New Directions in Multiphoton Dissociation

Instituto de Óptica “Daza de Valdés”, C.S.I.C., Serrano 121, Madrid 28006, Spain

Received 24 July 1991; Accepted 15 October 1991

Copyright © 1992 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Unimolecular multiphoton dissociation offers us a rather complete scheme where the transition from quantum mechanics to the classical regime can be experimentally followed. In the light of this idea, a new interpretation of the unimolecular multiphoton dissociation process is presented. The role that the intramolecular generation of instabilities and chaos may play in that process is discussed, both in single and double exposure experiments. Delayed double irradiation is also discussed and a criterion to define an effective single pulse notion in that kind of experiment is given.