Abstract

Clusters of atoms or molecules in the gas phase span the gap between isolated gas-phase species and those in condensed phases. Many important and interesting physical and chemical phenomena can be examined in clusters of controlled sizes, given a radiation source with the characteristics of a vacuum-ultraviolet free-electron laser, such as tunability throughout the vacuum ultraviolet, narrow bandwidth, nanosecond pulse widths, and extremely high photon flux. A survey is presented of experiments feasible with a free-electron laser that have a bearing on the dynamics of chemical reactions. They are reasonable and logical extensions of existing research programs.

© 1989 Optical Society of America

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