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Issue 25, 2010
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Chemical dynamics, molecular energetics, and kinetics at the synchrotron

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Scientists at the Chemical Dynamics Beamline of the Advanced Light Source in Berkeley are continuously reinventing synchrotron investigations of physical chemistry and chemical physics with vacuum ultraviolet light. One of the unique aspects of a synchrotron for chemical physics research is the widely tunable vacuum ultraviolet light that permits threshold ionization of large molecules with minimal fragmentation. This provides novel opportunities to assess molecular energetics and reaction mechanisms, even beyond simple gas phase molecules. In this perspective, significant new directions utilizing the capabilities at the Chemical Dynamics Beamline are presented, along with an outlook for future synchrotron and free electron laser science in chemical dynamics. Among the established and emerging fields of investigations are cluster and biological molecule spectroscopy and structure, combustion flame chemistry mechanisms, radical kinetics and product isomer dynamics, aerosol heterogeneous chemistry, planetary and interstellar chemistry, and secondary neutral ion-beam desorption imaging of biological matter and materials chemistry.

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The article was received on 26 Jan 2010, accepted on 25 Mar 2010 and first published on 23 Apr 2010

Article type: Perspective
DOI: 10.1039/C001707H
Citation: Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010,12, 6564-6578
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    Chemical dynamics, molecular energetics, and kinetics at the synchrotron

    S. R. Leone, M. Ahmed and K. R. Wilson, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2010, 12, 6564
    DOI: 10.1039/C001707H

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