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Pulsed Infrared Laser-Induced Organic Chemical Reactions
Author(s): Wayne C. Danen
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Paper Abstract

This article is meant to serve as a brief introduction/review for non-laser chemists of the application of intense, pulsed infrared laser radiation to organic molecules. The topics discussed demonstrate that pulsed infrared laser radiation in many instances is a unique method of inducing or augmenting organic reactions and does not merely resemble conventional heating processes. Examples are presented of laser-specific molecular selectivity, laser-controlled chemical equilibria, inducement of the high energy reaction channel in bifunctional reactants, sensitized organic reactions, and reactions in solids and at gas-solid interfaces. It is obvious from the relatively few literature reports that the application of infrared laser photochemistry to organic chemical systems is in its infancy.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1980
PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 19(1) doi: 10.1117/12.7972465
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 19, Issue 1
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Wayne C. Danen, Kansas State University (United States)

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