The Transition State of Thermal Organic Reactions: Direct Observation in Real Time

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  • D. Hern Paik,

    1. Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, Arthur Amos Noyes Laboratory of Chemical Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA, Fax: (+1) 626-792-8456
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  • Ding-Shyue Yang,

    1. Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, Arthur Amos Noyes Laboratory of Chemical Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA, Fax: (+1) 626-792-8456
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  • I-Ren Lee,

    1. Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, Arthur Amos Noyes Laboratory of Chemical Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA, Fax: (+1) 626-792-8456
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  • Ahmed H. Zewail Prof. Dr.

    1. Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, Arthur Amos Noyes Laboratory of Chemical Physics, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA, Fax: (+1) 626-792-8456
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  • Financial support from the National Science Foundation is acknowledged.

Abstract

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A classic in physical organic chemistry, the inversion of cyclooctatetraene (COT), was studied with femtosecond resolution by negative-ion-beam techniques. The transition state for the thermal inversion was accessed directly by detachment of the electron from the planar COT ion.

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