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Photodissociation of Molecular Nitrogen (N2)

Photodissociation of nitrogen.
Animation courtesy COMET.

This animation illustrates the process of photodissociation of nitrogen. When an extreme ultraviolet (EUV) photon strikes a nitrogen molecule, it photodissociates the molecule into two separate nitrogen atoms. The energy from the photon breaks the chemical bond that holds the molecule together. The result is two separate nitrogen atoms.

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