ammonia molecules and fluorine atoms excited by light are reacting with one another

Probing the activated complex of the F + Nh3 reaction via dipole-bound state

Rui Zhang and colleagues study the reaction of ammonia molecules and fluorine atoms excited by light, and experimentally capture the quantum state of the activated NH3F- complex.


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