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Ultrafast Phenomena in Molecular Sciences

Femtosecond Physics and Chemistry

  • Rebeca de Nalda
  • Luis Bañares
  • Includes a foreword of Nobel laureate Ahmed H. Zewail

  • Explains the potential of femtochemistry for the study of chemical processes

  • Presents methods to study ultrafast photo-induced molecular processes

  • Provides information about the application of ultrashort laser pulses to femtochemistry


Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 107)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Arnaud Rouzée, Ymkje Huismans, Freek Kelkensberg, Aneta Smolkowska, Julia H. Jungmann, Arjan Gijsbertsen et al.
    Pages 1-24
  3. Alicia Palacios, Paula Rivière, Alberto González-Castrillo, Fernando Martín
    Pages 25-48
  4. Rebeca de Nalda, Luis Rubio-Lago, Vincent Loriot, Luis Bañares
    Pages 61-97
  5. Roman Spesyvtsev, Jonathan G. Underwood, Helen H. Fielding
    Pages 99-117
  6. Leticia González, Philipp Marquetand, Martin Richter, Jesús González-Vázquez, Ignacio Sola
    Pages 145-170
  7. Tiago Buckup, Jan P. Kraack, Marie S. Marek, Marcus Motzkus
    Pages 205-230
  8. Mihai E. Vaida, Thorsten M. Bernhardt
    Pages 231-261
  9. Frederic Chaussard, Bruno Lavorel, Edouard Hertz, Olivier Faucher
    Pages 263-281
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 283-287

About this book


This book presents the latest developments in Femtosecond Chemistry and Physics for the study of ultrafast photo-induced molecular processes. Molecular systems, from the simplest H2 molecule to polymers or biological macromolecules, constitute central objects of interest for Physics, Chemistry and Biology, and despite the broad range of phenomena that they exhibit, they share some common behaviors. One of the most significant of those is that many of the processes involving chemical transformation (nuclear reorganization, bond breaking, bond making) take place in an extraordinarily short time, in or around the femtosecond temporal scale (1 fs = 10-15 s). A number of experimental approaches - very particularly the developments in the generation and manipulation of ultrashort laser pulses - coupled with theoretical progress, provide the ultrafast scientist with powerful tools to understand matter and its interaction with light, at this spatial and temporal scale. This book is an attempt to reunite some of the state-of-the-art research that is being carried out in the field of ultrafast molecular science, from theoretical developments, through new phenomena induced by intense laser fields, to the latest techniques applied to the study of molecular dynamics.


Attophysics Femtosecond Reaction Dynamics Molecular Sciences Surface-aligned Femtochemistry Time-resolved Photoelectron Spectroscopy Ultrafast Laser-induced Processes Ultrafast Phenomena Ultrafast Photo-induced Molecular Processes XUV Lasers for Ultrafast Electronic Control

Editors and affiliations

  • Rebeca de Nalda
    • 1
  • Luis Bañares
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Physical Chemistry RocasolanoSpanish National Research CouncilMadridSpain
  2. 2.Department of Physical Chemistry Faculty of ChemistryComplutense University of MadridMadridSpain

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