Time-Resolved X-Ray Diffraction: The Dynamics of the Chemical Bond

  • Klaus B. MøllerEmail author
  • Niels E. HenriksenEmail author
Part of the Structure and Bonding book series (STRUCTURE, volume 142)


We review the basic theoretical formulation for pulsed X-ray scattering on nonstationary molecular states. Relevant time scales are discussed for coherent as well as incoherent X-ray pulses. The general formalism is applied to a nonstationary diatomic molecule in order to highlight the relation between the signal and the time-dependent quantum distribution of internuclear positions. Finally, a few experimental results are briefly discussed.


Diatomic molecule Inversion Nonstationary states Pump probe X-ray scattering 



This work was supported by The Danish National Science Foundation. We thank Dr. Ulf Lorenz for performing all the numerical calculations of this work.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Building 207Technical University of DenmarkKgs.LyngbyDenmark

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