Chapter 2. A Crash Course in Photophysics and a Classification of Primary Photoreactions

  1. Petr Klán1 and
  2. Jakob Wirz2

Published Online: 17 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444300017.ch2

Photochemistry of Organic Compounds: From Concepts to Practice

Photochemistry of Organic Compounds: From Concepts to Practice

How to Cite

Klán, P. and Wirz, J. (2009) A Crash Course in Photophysics and a Classification of Primary Photoreactions, in Photochemistry of Organic Compounds: From Concepts to Practice, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444300017.ch2

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Masaryk University, Czech Republic

  2. 2

    Department of Chemistry, University of Basel, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 17 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 FEB 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190886

Online ISBN: 9781444300017

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Keywords:

  • photophysics and primary photoreaction classification;
  • Heisenberg uncertainty principle;
  • Beer–Lambert law for mixture of absorbing compounds;
  • energy gap law for internal conversion;
  • Franck–Condon Principle;
  • fluorescent whitening agents (FWAs) - important optical brightners;
  • energy transfer, quenching and sensitization;
  • triplet energy transfer - important method in preparative photochemistry;
  • photochemical reaction pathways and potential energy surfaces (PES)

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Photophysical processes

  • Energy transfer, quenching and sensitization

  • A classification of photochemical reaction pathways

  • Problems