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Vibrationally Mediated Photodissociation

Vibrationally Mediated Photodissociation

Salman Rosenwaks


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Vibrationally Mediated Photodissociation (VMP) deals with the influence of vibrational excitation of the ground electronic state of a molecule on its dissociation following excitation of this state to a higher electronic state. Aimed at students and academics, this is the first book devoted to the effect of vibrational pre-excitation on molecular dynamics in the gas phase. In particular, it deals with the influence of this excitation on the dissociation of molecules (ie: on the branching ratio between the dissociation products and its dependence on the vibrational state being excited). The effect in the gas phase has been extensively studied, both theoretically and experimentally and encompasses diverse areas of chemical physics. This monograph presents the methodology of VMP, using state-of-the-art specific examples. Overviews of earlier works are included as well, to serve as a background for current research. Wherever appropriate, original works are quoted, including the original drawings. The contents include a brief review of theoretical and experimental methods relevant to VMP and specific examples. Also included are a bibliography, author and subject index. From the description of the motivation, the approach, the execution of the experiment and the analysis of the results of the specific examples, the reader will get a comprehensive understanding of the field. The book is aimed at senior undergraduate and graduate students of chemistry and physics. It serves as an introduction to VMP for beginners and as a literature guide to those acquainted with the subject but not necessarily working on VMP.
Professor Salman (Zamik) Rosenwaks is at the Department of Physics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel. He received his B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. After staying as a Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellow at Cambridge University and as a Research Associate at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he joined Ben-Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel. He has been a visiting Professor at Oxford, Columbia and British Columbia Universities. Professor Rosenwaks has contributed to over 200 publications, including more than 150 in peer reviewed journals and 60 in conference proceedings. He has given over 60 plenary and invited talks in conferences and has been the recipient of over 40 large scale Research Grants. The main research interests of Professor Rosenwaks are molecular dynamics, in particular vibrationally mediated photodissociation, and chemical lasers.