Cambridge Monographs on Atomic, Molecular and Chemical Physics: Photodissociation Dynamics: Spectroscopy and Fragmentation of Small Polyatomic Molecules Series Number 1 (Paperback)
  • Cambridge Monographs on Atomic, Molecular and Chemical Physics: Photodissociation Dynamics: Spectroscopy and Fragmentation of Small Polyatomic Molecules Series Number 1 (Paperback)
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Cambridge Monographs on Atomic, Molecular and Chemical Physics: Photodissociation Dynamics: Spectroscopy and Fragmentation of Small Polyatomic Molecules Series Number 1 (Paperback)

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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 Schroedinger 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.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521484145
Number of pages: 436
Weight: 690 g
Dimensions: 240 x 175 x 23 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'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 fur Physikalische Chemie
"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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