Femtosecond Electron Diffraction Study of the Cyclization Reaction in Crystalline Diarylethene
1 Departments of Chemistry and Physics, 80 St. George Street, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 3H6, Canada
2 School of Chemistry and EaStCHEM Research School, University of Edinburgh, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, UK, EH9 3JJ
3 Max Planck Department for Structural Dynamics, Department of Physics, University of Hamburg, Centre for Free Electron Laser Science, DESY, Notkestrasse 85, Hamburg 22607
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Femtosecond electron diffraction is used to directly resolve the atomic motions involved in the ring closing reaction induced in a photochromic single crystal. The measurements were performed using our newly developed setup capable of delivering sub-500 fs electron bunches containing 106 electrons per pulse. Theoretical calculations were also performed.
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