Excited-state properties of C60

Thomas W. Ebbesen, Katsumi Tanigaki, Sadanori Kuroshima

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The excited singlet-state and triplet-state properties of C60 in toluene have been measured by picosecond and nanosecond laser-flash photolysis. S1 has absorption maxima at 513, 759 and 885 nm with differential molar extinction coefficients (Δε{lunate}S) of 4500, 3700 and 6300 M-1 cm-1, respectively. T1 has absorption maxima at 457, 509 and 747 nm with ΦTΔε{lunate}T=3400, 3000 and 15000 M-1 cm-1, respectively. The lifetime of S1 is 1.2 × 10-9 s and that of T1 is ≥ 2.8 × 10-4s. T1 also undergoes triplet-triplet annihilation with a rate constant ≥ 4.8 × 109 M-1s-1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-504
Number of pages4
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1991 Jul 12
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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