The elucidation of intermolecular potential energy surfaces is a problem of significant importance in chemical physics. A detailed knowledge of the topology of the potential surface for two (or more) interacting molecules provides an experimental basis for assessing the physical nature of the intermolecular interactions. Moreover, knowledge of tire potential surface allows modeling of the system's photodissociative behavior and is thus an invaluable aid in the study of intramolecular energy redistribution.

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