1. Introduction
2. Basic concepts
2.1. Energy transfer processes in the metal substrate
2.2. Substrate-adsorbate coupling
3. Experimental implementation
4. Brief history of surface femtochemistry
5. Experimental observables and implications on reaction dynamics
5.1. Fluence dependence of reaction yield
5.2. Sequential excitation: Two-pulse correlation, variation of pulse width and chirp
5.3. Isotope effects
5.4. Wavelength dependent excitation
5.5. Energy partitioning into different degrees of freedom
5.5.1. Translational energy of desorbing particles
5.5.2. Vibrational and rotational energy distribution
5.5.3. Substrate degrees of freedom
5.6 Adsorbate interactions with chemical surrounding and local structure
5.7 Real-time studies
6. Recent developments and future prospects
6.1. Multidimensional dynamics
6.2. Surface femtochemistry and impact on related fields
6.3. The challenge: Control of surface reactions
7. Conclusions
8. Acknowledgements
9. References

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