Dispersive first-order reactions. I. Data analysis

H. Schäfer, U. Albrecht, R. Richert

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We present an algorithm which is capable of resolving the spectrum of rates for decay kinetics whose elementary processes follow a first-order law. The stability of the results are illustrated via Monte Carlo analysis of the statistics when trying to reconstruct complex multi-modal distributions of the rates. Additionally, we document the successful application to experimental data for a photochromic isomerization reaction in a polymeric matrix, which allows for acquiring severl thousands of points in time at a noise level of ≤0.1% for the normalized absorption signal. For the first time, different cis-trans conformations of the transient merocyanine species are shown to have distinct kinetic behaviours regarding the decolouration process without biasing the decay analysis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-59
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Physics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 15 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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