Collisionless Multiphoton Dissociation of SF6: A Statistical Thermodynamic Process

  • Eli Yablonovitch
Part of the Studies in the Natural Sciences book series (SNS, volume 13)


An experiment, which combines picosecond CO2 laser pulses with opto-acoustic techniques, proves that the collisionles s multiphoton dissociation SF6 is a statistical thermodynamic process. The RRKM theory of unimolecular reactions, familiar to most physical chemists, provides a quantitative explanation of the dissociation effect. The reaction rate is primarily limited by transitions in the quasi continuum rather than by the anharmonicity of the first few discrete levels.


Oscillator Strength Ultrashort Pulse Discrete Level Vibrational Temperature Good Quantitative Agreement 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eli Yablonovitch
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  1. 1.Division of Engineering and Applied PhysicsHarvard UniversityCambridgeUSA

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