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Quantum control of chemical reactions


Coherent control provides a quantum-interference based method for controlling chemical reactions. This theory, and its applications to a variety of processes, including branching photodissociation reactions (of such systems as IBr, DOH and Na 2 ) and symmetry breaking (in such molecules as H 2 O) leading to the possibility of asymmetric synthesis of chiral products, are reviewed. Computations based on the control scenarios amply demonstrate that a wide range of yield control is possible under suitable laboratory conditions and a recent experiment on the control of the Na(3d)/Na(3p) product ratio in the Na 2 two-photon dissociation reviewed here proves this point. Theoretical suggestions for controlling bimolecular exchange reactions and other collisional events, via intervention during the collision event (laser catalysis), or before it (pre-reaction control), are discussed.

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J. Chem. Soc., Faraday Trans., 1997,93, 1263-1277
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Quantum control of chemical reactions

M. Shapiro and P. Brumer, J. Chem. Soc., Faraday Trans., 1997, 93, 1263
DOI: 10.1039/A605920A

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