Imaging Molecular Motion: Femtosecond X-Ray Scattering of an Electrocyclic Chemical Reaction.

@article{Minitti2015ImagingMM,
  title={Imaging Molecular Motion: Femtosecond X-Ray Scattering of an Electrocyclic Chemical Reaction.},
  author={Michael P. Minitti and James M Budarz and Adam Kirrander and Joseph S. Robinson and Daniel F. Ratner and Thomas Lane and Diling Zhu and James Michael Glownia and Michael E Kozina and Henrik T Lemke and Marcin Sikorski and Yiping Feng and Silke Nelson and Kenichiro Saita and Brian Stankus and Thomas C. Northey and J. B. Hastings and Peter M Weber},
  journal={Physical review letters},
  year={2015},
  volume={114 25},
  pages={255501}
}
Structural rearrangements within single molecules occur on ultrafast time scales. Many aspects of molecular dynamics, such as the energy flow through excited states, have been studied using spectroscopic techniques, yet the goal to watch molecules evolve their geometrical structure in real time remains challenging. By mapping nuclear motions using femtosecond x-ray pulses, we have created real-space representations of the evolving dynamics during a well-known chemical reaction and show a series… CONTINUE READING