We have measured the distribution of total energy in reaction products for the CO2 laser‐induced MPD: CF2CFCl→CF2+CFC1. From a separate study of MPD rates as a function of laser intensity and inert buffer gas pressure, reliable estimates of the radiative pumping rates are known for this reaction. These results, when analyzed together, allow us to extract a unimolecular A factor from the MPD data. The determined value A = 3×1016 sec−1 agrees well with estimates based on independent thermal data.
- unimolecular rate theory,