The photocycloreversion of anthracene photodimers and biplanemer in solution was investigated by nonresonant intense femtosecond laser pulses. Cycloreversion of biplanemer showed a pseudolinear response to laser intensity whereas the formation of anthracene from photodimer was proportional to the cubic of laser intensity. The unusual intensity dependence of biplanemer was explained in terms of the sum of three-photon intramolecular cycloreversion and the recovery of reactant by a two-photon intramolecular cyclodimerization. The coexistence of high- and low-order multiphoton processes within the same laser pulse originated in the spatial distribution of the laser intensity. We observed white light emerging from the sample solution; however, the effect of solvated electrons was not observed in the present system. The saturation of both the photoreaction and white light due to a volume effect was observed at high intensity.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry