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Photophysical and Photochemical Dynamics

  1. Ottó Horváth2,
  2. Kenneth L. Stevenson1

Published Online: 15 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/3527600434.eap385.pub3

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

Encyclopedia of Applied Physics

How to Cite

Horváth, O. and Stevenson, K. L. 2009. Photophysical and Photochemical Dynamics. Encyclopedia of Applied Physics. 717–745.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Purdue University Fort Wayne, Department of Chemistry, Fort Wayne, IN, USA

  2. 2

    University of Pannonia, Institute of Chemistry, Department of General and Inorganic Chemistry, Veszprém, Hungary

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 DEC 2009


This chapter presents a concise introduction to theoretical and experimental aspects of photochemistry and photophysics, with special emphasis on the reactivity of excited states and the dynamics of their photoinduced reactions. It gives a survey of photochemical laws and fundamental principles of photophysics and photochemistry. Descriptions of experimental techniques are given for both continuous irradiation and flash photolysis, including laser spectroscopy and femtochemistry. Detailed discussions of the important theories and representative reactions in the photochemistry of organic, inorganic, and coordination compounds are also presented.


  • continuous irradiation;
  • flash photolysis;
  • electronic transition;
  • femtochemistry;
  • laser spectroscopy