Time-Resolved X-Ray Diffraction: The Dynamics of the Chemical Bond

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We review the basic theoretical formulation for pulsed X-ray scattering on nonstationary molecular states. Relevant time scales are discussed for coherent as well as incpherent X-ray pulses. The general formalism is applied to a nonstationary diatomic molecule in order to highlight the relation between the signal and the time-dependent quamtum distribution of internuclear positions. Finally, a few experimental results are briefly discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMolecular Electronic Structures of Transition Metal Complexes I
EditorsDavid Michael P. Mingos, Peter Day, Jens Peder Dahl
Number of pages215
Publication date2012
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-27370-4
Publication statusPublished - 2012
SeriesStructure and Bonding


  • Inversion
  • Diatomic molecule
  • X-ray scattering
  • Nonstationary states
  • Pump probe


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