Energy Transfer Processes in Gas and Surface Reactions

  • B. Kasemo


The transformation of chemical energy in a chemical reaction takes place via the elementary excitations of the reacting system. In a gas phase reaction these are the electronic, vibrational, rotational and translational degrees of freedom modes. When the reaction is exothermic the (chemical) reaction energy is channeled into one or several of these excitations, initially in a non-thermal manner. In an endothermic reaction some excitation is necessary to make the reaction go. During the reaction the excitation energy is then converted to chemical energy.


Activation Barrier Reaction Energy Energy Transfer Process Internal Excitation Auger Decay 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. Kasemo
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsChalmers University of TechnologyGöteborgSweden

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