2013, XVIII, 131 p. 48 illus., 44 illus. in color.
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Nominated by the Technical University of Denmark as an outstanding PhD thesis
Sheds light on the fastest of events in chemistry: transitions between electronically excited states
Clarifies the mechanims of deactivation of excited states after the interaction of light and matter
This thesis investigates the transitions from one electronically excited state to another. Such processes - the fastest of events in chemistry - can be studied with femtosecond resolution, and Thomas S. Kuhlman approaches the question both with experimental and theoretical methods. His approach contributes to explain processes of high importance to all scientific fields concerned with the interaction between light and matter: the deactivation of the electronically excited states after excitation. Thomas S. Kuhlman concludes in this thesis that the electronic transition proceeds before the entire set of available degrees of freedom are active - 'It is as simple as that' !
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Cycloketones, Cyclopentadienes and Dithiane - Deactivation of Electronically Excited States - Femto-second Time-resolved Photoionization - Gas-phase Femtochemistry of Organic Molecules - Multi-configuration time-dependent Hartree Calculations - Non-statistical Aspects of Molecular Dynamics - Quantum Dynamics Simulations - The Born-Oppenheimer Approximation - Time-resolved Spectrosopy of Gas-phase Molecules - Transition between Electronically Excited States