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High-Resolution Spectroscopy of Transient Molecules


Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 40)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Eizi Hirota
    Pages 1-4
  3. Eizi Hirota
    Pages 74-118
  4. Eizi Hirota
    Pages 119-200
  5. Eizi Hirota
    Pages 201-212
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 213-236

About this book


It is a great challenge in chemistry to clarify every detail of reaction processes. In older days chemists mixed starting materials in a flask and took the resul­ tants out of it after a while, leaving all the intermediate steps uncleared as a sort of black box. One had to be content with only changing temperature and pressure to accelerate or decelerate chemical reactions, and there was almost no hope of initiating new reactions. However, a number of new techniques and new methods have been introduced and have provided us with a clue to the examination of the black box of chemical reaction. Flash photolysis, which was invented in the 1950s, is such an example; this method has been combined with high-resolution electronic spectroscopy with photographic recording of the spectra to provide a large amount of precise and detailed data on transient molecules which occur as intermediates during the course of chemical reac­ tions. In 1960 a fundamentally new light source was devised, i. e. , the laser. When the present author and coworkers started high-resolution spectroscopic stud­ ies of transient molecules at a new research institute, the Institute for Molecu­ lar Science in Okazaki in 1975, the time was right to exploit this new light source and its microwave precursor in order to shed light on the black box.


Atom Molecules Zeeman effect chemical reaction diatomic molecule fluorescence fluorescence spectroscopy metastable molecule spectra spectroscopy structure

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.The Institute for Molecular ScienceOkazaki 444Japan

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