Department of Chemistry

Department of Chemistry University of Oxford

Molecular dynamics on the femtosecond timescale: a closer look at photochemical reactions

Molecular dynamics on the femtosecond timescale: a closer look at photochemical reactions

The first steps in photochemical processes, such as photosynthesis or animal vision, involve changes in electronic and geometric structure over extremely short time scales. The very fast dynamics of a prototypical system, acetylacetone, have been revealed in unprecedented detail by a team of researchers including Professor John Eland and colleagues in Sweden, Croatia, France and Italy. Their approach, based on high-resolution valence photoelectron spectra supported by high-level calculations, paves the way for in-depth investigations of a range of photochemical processes. more........