Factor analysis has been applied to the analysis of the x-ray-induced decomposition of sodium perchlorate, which yields chlorate and chloride as products. The analysis indicates that the chlorate ion cannot be an intermediate in the perchlorate-to-chloride reduction, as has been reported. A new mechanism consistent with the analysis and rate data for the decomposition are discussed.
R. A. Gilbert, J. A. Llewellyn, and W. E. Swartz, "Application of Factor Analysis to the Analysis of the Kinetics and Mechanism of the X-Ray-Induced Decomposition of Potassium Perchlorate," Appl. Spectrosc. 39, 316-320 (1985)