Following a brief summary of the present theoretical picture for infrared multiple photon absorption, a number of recent examples of infrared laser-induced unimolecular reactions are discussed. The results for the laser-induced reactions of allene, ethyl vinyl ether and cyclopropane appear to indicate that the vibrational energy deposited by the laser is distributed non-statistically in these molecules.
J. A. Horsley,
"Applications Of Infrared Lasers To Chemistry", Proc. SPIE 0158, Laser Spectroscopy: Applications and Techniques, (9 November 1978); doi: 10.1117/12.956810; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.956810