Understanding Molecular Dynamics Quantum-State by Quantum-State

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Science  22 Feb 1985:
Vol. 227, Issue 4689, pp. 895-901
DOI: 10.1126/science.227.4689.895


It is now possible to resolve completely the initial and final quantum states in chemical processes. Spectra of reactive intermediates, of highly vibrationally excited molecules, and even of molecules in the process of falling apart have been recorded. This information has led to greater understanding of the molecular structure and dynamics of small gas-phase molecules. Many of the concepts and spectroscopic techniques that have been developed will be valuable throughout chemistry.