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Title: Molecular physics: Breaking up is hard to do [Molecular physics: Asymmetric separation]

Abstract

Molecular dissociation is one of the most fundamental chemical reactions, but its physics is by no means simple. In many cases it defies a classical explanation and can only be accurately described using quantum mechanics. This need not be detrimental, as quantum effects can also induce modified dynamics that may even be exploited for finer control over chemical reactions. Now, writing in Nature Physics, E. Krishnakumar and co-workers have found an asymmetry in dissociative electron attachment to hydrogen molecules, which amounts to symmetry breaking due to quantum interference.

Authors:
 [1];  [1]
  1. Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. (LBNL), Berkeley, CA (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Basic Energy Sciences (BES) (SC-22)
OSTI Identifier:
1479382
Grant/Contract Number:  
AC02-05CH11231
Resource Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Physics
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 14; Journal Issue: 2; Journal ID: ISSN 1745-2473
Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group (NPG)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
74 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS

Citation Formats

Slaughter, Daniel S., and Rescigno, Thomas N. Molecular physics: Breaking up is hard to do [Molecular physics: Asymmetric separation]. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1038/nphys4308.
Slaughter, Daniel S., & Rescigno, Thomas N. Molecular physics: Breaking up is hard to do [Molecular physics: Asymmetric separation]. United States. doi:10.1038/nphys4308.
Slaughter, Daniel S., and Rescigno, Thomas N. Mon . "Molecular physics: Breaking up is hard to do [Molecular physics: Asymmetric separation]". United States. doi:10.1038/nphys4308. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1479382.
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abstractNote = {Molecular dissociation is one of the most fundamental chemical reactions, but its physics is by no means simple. In many cases it defies a classical explanation and can only be accurately described using quantum mechanics. This need not be detrimental, as quantum effects can also induce modified dynamics that may even be exploited for finer control over chemical reactions. Now, writing in Nature Physics, E. Krishnakumar and co-workers have found an asymmetry in dissociative electron attachment to hydrogen molecules, which amounts to symmetry breaking due to quantum interference.},
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place = {United States},
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