The solid state photodimerization reaction ofo-methoxy cinnamic acid is shown to be mediated by a lattice phonon. The phonon participation, in this case, is through a mode softening and not through strong exciton-phonon coupling as is generally observed. Raman phonon spectroscopy suggests that the reaction is heterogeneous. Infrared spectroscopy has been used to study the internal vibrations of the reactant and the product.
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