photolysis | photodecomposition | photodissociation
SAINMHÍNIÚ the cleavage of one or more covalent bonds in a molecular entity resulting from absorption of light, or a photochemical process in which such cleavage is an essential part TAGAIRT UPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: http://goldbook.iupac.org (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8 http://goldbook.iupac.org/P04624.html [1.7.2010]
NÓTA For example: Cl<sub>2</sub> → 2Cl• <HR>The term is used incorrectly to describe irradiation of a sample, although in the combination flash photolysis this usage is accepted.