Surface photochemistry: When the substrate electrons get hot

Tamar Seideman*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The vast majority of studies have concentrated on the simplest of surface photoreactions, namely desorption. New quantum mechanical theory is developed that spans the weak-to-strong interaction range and circumvents several of the difficulties of the common approach to the photodesorption process. Closed-form expressions show the occurrence of multiple transitions in the nonperturbative domain and the power-law fluence dependence of the yield. The scheme is employed to address the problem of multidimensional desorption dynamics to predominate in the case of polyatomic adsorbates. Under general conditions, the photodynamics in the multidimensional is determined by the interplay between electronic and vibrational resonances.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTechnical Digest - European Quantum Electronics Conference
Editors Anon
Number of pages1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 International Quantum Electronics Conference - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: May 3 1998May 8 1998


OtherProceedings of the 1998 International Quantum Electronics Conference
CitySan Francisco, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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