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Temporal mapping of photochemical reactions and molecular excited states with carbon specificity

  • Wang, K. College of Physical Sciences and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
  • Murahari, P. School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London UK
  • Yokoyama, K. School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London UK - ISIS Muon Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot OX11 0QX, UK
  • Lord, J. S. ISIS Muon Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot OX11 0QX, UK
  • Pratt, F. L. ISIS Muon Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot OX11 0QX, UK
  • He, J. College of Physical Sciences and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
  • Schulz, Leander College of Physical Sciences and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
  • Willis, M. College of Physical Sciences and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
  • Anthony, J. E. Department of Chemistry, University of Kentucky, Lexington, USA
  • Morley, N. A. Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Nuccio, Laura University of Fribourg, Department of Physics and Fribourg Centre for Nanomaterials, Switzerland
  • Misquitta, A. School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London UK
  • Dunstan, D. J. School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London UK
  • Shimomura, K. Materials and Life Science Division, J-PARC Center, Tokai, Ibaraki, Japan
  • Watanabe, I. RIKEN-RAL, Nishina Centre, 2-1 Hirosawa,Wako, Saitama, Japan
  • Zhang, S. College of Physical Sciences and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China
  • Heathcote, P. School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London, UK
  • Drew, Alan J. College of Physical Sciences and Technology, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China - School of Physics and Astronomy, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End, London UK - ISIS Muon Facility, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Didcot OX11 0QX, UK
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    12.12.2016
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  • Nature Materials. - 2017, vol. 16, no. 4, p. 467–473
English Photochemical reactions are essential to a large number of important industrial and biological processes. A method for monitoring photochemical reaction kinetics and the dynamics of molecular excitations with spatial resolution within the active molecule would allow a rigorous exploration of the pathway and mechanism of photophysical and photochemical processes. Here we demonstrate that laser-excited muon pump–probe spin spectroscopy (photo-μSR) can temporally and spatially map these processes with a spatial resolution at the single-carbon level in a molecule with a pentacene backbone. The observed time-dependent light-induced changes of an avoided level crossing resonance demonstrate that the photochemical reactivity of a specific carbon atom is modified as a result of the presence of the excited state wavefunction. This demonstrates the sensitivity and potential of this technique in probing molecular excitations and photochemistry.
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