Links that offer access to information on this subject include
In addition, Professor Peter Wolynes at the University of Illinois is an expert on this subject.
Two of the most activeworkers who use lasers to probe molecular structure and dynamics are:
Professor Dick Zare, Stanford University
Professor Ahmed Zewail, Cal Tech
He was a Swedish scientist who discovered the ln(k) = A -Ea /RT temperature dependence of reaction rate coefficients. This man's doctoral thesis was nearly rejected by his committee because it also contained the suggestion (new and thus controversial at that time) that salts exist in solution as positive and negative ions that float around as separately solvated species. He later won the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Prof. J. O. Hirschfelder
He was the Director of TCI for many years and was a leader of
theoretical chemistry throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
American theoretical chemist who contributed much to our understanding of the nature of the chemical bond, to structures of inorganic salts, and to the shapes of biological molecules including DNA. He won a Nobel prize in chemistry as well as a Nobel Peace Prize.
American theoretical chemist who developed the early version of
transition state theory (TST) in which a reaction rate coefficient is
related totally to molecule-level quantities. Eyring applied this
theory to an amazing range of chemical reactions and physical
processes. He was the primary moving force behind the University of
Utah's graduate-level programs in science, engineering, and
America's early leading figure in statistical mechanics. The
Scientific Papers of J. Willard Gibbs, Dover, New York (1961).
He is the person who came up with the phrase "molecular orbital"
and the concepts behind it.
He was one of the most influential physical chemists of his day. He invented the Lewis dot structure device that we learn in introductory chemistry classes for keeping track of the valence electons in compounds containing most main group atoms
one of the early pioneers of statistical mechanics.
was one of the most distinguished theoretical physicists of his age.
He built on earlier developments of N. H. F. Beebe and J.
Linderberg, Int. J. Quantum Chem. 12, 683 (1977) and M.
Feyereisen, G. Fitzgerald, and A. Komornicki, Chem. Phys. Lett.
208, 359 (1993) to develop the pseduspectral methods that he
and others now widely use.
Heller is the Director of the Institute for Theoretical Atomic and Molecular Physics
and has pioneered the use of wavepacket functions in chemical
dynamics and in modelling and interpreting various kinds of molecular
The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Richard P. Feynman, Robert B.
Leighton, and Matthew Sands, Volume III, Addison-Wesley (1965). He
was one of the most colorful and influential scientists of his era. A
nice book for reading about his life is Surely You're Joking, Mr.
Feynman, Richard P. Feynman, W. W. Norton and Co., New York, N. Y.
Physical Chemistry, R. Stephen Berry, Stuart A. Rice, and John
Ross, John Wiley and Sons, 1980.
University Chemistry, Second Edition, B. H. Mahan, Addison-Wesley
The Elements of Physical Chemistry, P. W. Atkins, W. H. Freeman and company.
Physical Chemistry: A Molecular Approach, D. A. McQuarrie and J. D. Simon, University Science Books
Molecular Quantum Mechanics, Third Edition, P. W. Atkins and R. S.
Friedman, Oxford University Press (1997).
Quantum Chemistry, Fourth Edition, Ira N. Levine, Prentice-Hall
Modern Quantum Chemistry, First Edition, Revised, Attlia. Szabo
and Neil. S. Ostlund, McGraw-Hill, New York (1989).
Energetic Principles of Chemical Reactions, Jack Simons, Jones and
Statistical Mechanics, Donald A. McQuarrie, Harper and Row
Introduction to Modern Statistical Mechanics, David Chandler,
Oxford University Press (1987).
Angular Momentum, Richard. N. Zare, John Wiley and Sons
Spectra of Atoms and Molecules, Peter F. Bernath, Oxford
University Press (1995).
Molecules and Radiation, J. I. Steinfeld, MIT Press (1981).