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Quantum chemistry

A lightning-fast change

A single photon can alter the shape of a molecule. It is now shown that quantum effects can play an important role in this change leading to conformation relaxation rates hundreds of times faster than previously expected.

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Mukamel, S. A lightning-fast change. Nature Phys 8, 179–180 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/nphys2226

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