Femtosecond dynamics of retro Diels-Alder reactions: The concept of concertedness

Wei-Guang Diau*, Steven De Feyter, Ahmed H. Zewail

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Abstract

Using femtosecond-resolved mass spectrometry in a molecular beam, we report real-time studies of the retro Diels-Alder reactions of cyclohexene, norbornene and bicyclo[2,2,2]oct-2-ene. The experimental results and theoretical calculations elucidate the influence of conical intersections on ground-state reaction trajectories. We address the issue of concertedness on the actual time scale of the nuclear motion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-144
Number of pages11
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Volume304
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 30 Apr 1999

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