Vibrational Modes and the Dynamic Solvent Effect in Electron and Proton Transfer

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Science  15 May 1992:
Vol. 256, Issue 5059, pp. 975-981
DOI: 10.1126/science.256.5059.975


This article primarily reviews recent work on ultrafast experiments on excited state intramolecular electron and proton transfer, with an emphasis on experiments on chemical systems that have been analyzed theoretically. In particular, those systems that have been quantitatively characterized by static spectroscopy, which provides detailed information about the reaction potential energy surface and about other parameters that are necessary to make a direct comparison to theoretical predictions, are described.