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Photobiological Techniques

Volume 216 of the series NATO ASI Series pp 45-57

Quantum Yield of a Photochemical Reaction

  • Roy H. PottierAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, The Royal Military College of Canada
  • , David A. RussellAffiliated withDepartment of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, The Royal Military College of Canada

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Abstract

It can be said that the foundation of photobiology is photochemistry. Photochemical reactions involve “bimolecular” interactions between a light quantum and a molecule, as well as the subsequent chemical and physical changes which result from this interaction. Light is always one of the initial reactants in a photochemical process. Photophysical processes are transitions which interconnect excited states with each other or excited states with the ground state, via radiative and/or radiationless processes. Photochemical processes, on the other hand, are transitions from an electronically excited state that yield structures of different configurations than the reactant ground state.