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Magnetic control of a reaction path

Magnetic or electric fields have long been used to align or orient atomic or molecular species in a molecular beam. Now, experiments in a merged beam apparatus show that an external magnetic field can be used to favour one particular reaction path.

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Fig. 1: Schematic view of the competing reaction paths.


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Bergeat, A., Naulin, C. Magnetic control of a reaction path. Nature Chem 10, 1177–1179 (2018).

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