Chemiluminescence in Gases

  • Tucker Carrington


Chemiluminescence in the gas phase has been observed in systems spanning a wide range of complexity, and theoretical approaches to chemiluminescence are equally varied (Carrington & Garvin 1969, Carrington & Polanyi 1972). The simplest process is the radiative recombination of two atoms on a single potential curve. This can be treated with near-ultimate rigour, though these processes have not attracted wide interest. At the other extreme in the range of complexity, are processes involving polyatomic reactants. Here only qualitative treatments are possible at present, and it seems unlikely that anything quantitative will be possible, or even interesting, in the forseeable future.


Radiative Recombination Potential Curve Potential Curf Dissociation Limit Vibronic Interaction 
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  • Tucker Carrington
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  1. 1.York UniversityTorontoCanada

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