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Photosensitised Decomposition of Ozone by Chlorine

Nature volume 131, pages 544545 (15 April 1933) | Download Citation



The decomposition of ozone, photosensitised by chlorine, has been the subject of numerous investigations, and it would appear from recent work that the kinetics of this reaction are by no means so simple as at first supposed. In particular, the recent paper of Heidt, Kistiakowsky and Forbes1 describes a complex dark reaction which occurs simultaneously with the photosensitised decomposition. We have read this paper with great interest, since we have also been engaged in an investigation of this reaction, and whilst our results confirm those contained in this paper, we are unable to agree with the authors' interpretation of them.

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  1. Department of Physical Chemistry, Cambridge. Feb. 21.

    • R. G. W. NORRISH
    •  & G. H. J. NEVILLE


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