Vibrational and electronic excitations of (C59N)2

J. M. Auerhammer, T. Kim, M. Knupfer, M. S. Golden, J. Fink, N. Tagmatarchis, K. Prassides

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High-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) has been used to investigate the vibrational and electronic excitations of the modified fullerene C59N in the form of a multilayer film deposited on single crystal graphite C(0001). The vibrational modes show a strong relation to those of C60, except for two new modes resulting from the dimerization: an intermolecular mode around 17 meV and a dipole-active mode at 104 meV. The electronic excitation spectrum is - regarding the interband transitions - also similar to that of C60, despite a broadening due to the lower symmetry in (C59N)2. However, the first excitonic excitations at 1.58 and 1.73 eV are dipole-allowed in the heterofullerene, in stark contrast to the situation in C60.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-701
Number of pages5
JournalSolid State Communications
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2001 Mar 12

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry


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