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Charge and Energy Transfer Dynamics in Molecular Systems, 2nd, Revised and Enlarged Edition

ISBN: 978-3-527-61747-0
490 pages
November 2008
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This second edition is based on the successful concept of the first edition in presenting a unified perspective on molecular charge and energy transfer processes. The authors bridge the regimes of coherent and dissipative dynamics, thus establishing the connection between classic rate theories and modern treatments of ultrafast phenomena. The book serves as an introduction for graduate students and researchers.

Among the new topics of this second edition are
- semiclassical and quantum-classical hybrid formulations of molecular dynamics
- the basics of femtosecond nonlinear spectroscopy
- electron transfer through molecular bridges and proteins
- multidimensional tunneling in proton transfer reactions
- two-exciton states and exciton annihilation in biological and nonbiological chromophore complexes

More illustrating examples as well as an enlarged reference list are added. A new chapter gives an introduction into the theory of laser pulse control of molecular transfer processes.
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Table of Contents

Foreword by Klaus Schulten
1 Introduction
2 Electronic and Vibrational States
3 Dynamics of Isolated and Open Quantum Systems
4 Vibrational Energy Redistribution and Relaxation
5 Intramolecular Electronic Transitions
6 Electron Transfer
7 Proton Transfer
8 Exciton Transfer
9 Laser Control of Charge and Energy Transfer Dynamics
10 Suggested Reading
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"A few months after the first edition of May and Kuehn's book was released, I met a Danish colleague at a conference in Montreux (on Lake Geneva). He had spent the weekend reading the book in his hotel room, despite the beautiful weather and nice sightseeing! This anecdote illustrates the sucess met by the first edition, and if you liked it, then you will like the second edition even more! ... the book provides a didactic and pedagogic presentation of molecular processes."

Prof. Majed Chergui, Laboratory of Ultrafast Spectroscopy, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, ChemPhysChem, 4/2005

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