1990 – Dudley R. Herschbach

Single Collision Chemistry

Modern molecular beam and spectroscopic methods allow the observation of reaction products immediately after the single-collision events in which the new molecules are formed. This work has provided a detailed picture of the transfer of energy and angular momentum during the formation and decomposition of chemical bonds and the interconversion of energy among different kinds of molecular motion. The talk will illustrate the methods and prototype results in a largely nontechnical way and also will emphasize the interpretation of reaction dynamics in terms of electronic structure.