Electronic angular momentum effects in the photophysical behavior of fullerenes

S. M. Argentine*, A. H. Francis

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The intensity of the electronic origin in the emission spectrum of C70 exhibits a strong solvent sensitivity. The intensity of this peak increases relative to the vibronic features as the dielectric constant of the solvent increases. This solvent dependence is explained by an extension of Platt's Perimeter Free Electron Orbital model. The fullerenes, in particular C60 and C70, possess a nearly spherical symmetry that gives rise to the presence of significant electronic orbital angular momentum. The unexpected spectral sensitivity is shown to arise from quenching of the electronic angular momentum by the solvent environment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)221-227
Number of pages7
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials


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