Conclusions and Further Work

  • Alan LewisEmail author
Part of the Springer Theses book series (Springer Theses)


There has been significant interest in radical pair reactions for a number of years [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], due to their relevance to a number of biological and technological systems [6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11]. In particular, the effect of magnetic fields on radical pair reactions has been widely studied [12, 13, 14, 15, 16], with even very weak magnetic interactions able to dramatically change the rate and yield of a reaction [17, 18]. In this thesis, we have developed both quantum mechanical and semiclassical methods of simulating radical pair reactions, and then applied those methods to three real systems in order to obtain some physical insight into their behaviour. Here we shall summarise our findings, before suggesting two areas for further work where the application of the semiclassical theory introduced in Sect.  3.1 has shown promising early results.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The James Franck InstituteUniversity of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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