Mode-Selective Control of Surface Reactions

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Science  19 May 2006:
Vol. 312, Issue 5776, pp. 1004-1005
DOI: 10.1126/science.1126341

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Researchers have achieved the goal of controlling chemical reactions by selectively exciting a single vibrational mode. A free-electron laser selectively desorbs Hfrom a silicon surface coated with hydrogen and deuterium.