On the tiniest of scales, chemistry isn’t all about “billiard-ball” reactions
University of Missouri chemists reveal hidden behaviors of chemical reactions by studying roaming molecules in the quantum realm.
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Scientists are now one step closer to better understanding how to live in a “quantum” world — and not just from watching the character “Ant-Man” in the Marvel movie franchise.
Take, for instance, a microscopic view of the delicate, protective barrier of the Earth’s atmosphere that creates the ozone layer and protects life as we know it. Inside that layer of air, oxygen molecules are under near constant attack by solar ultraviolet (UV) rays that break up these molecules through a chemical process known as photodissociation. While this process is invisible to the naked eye, scientists can observe these micro-interactions on the smallest of scales — the quantum level.