Monday, May 17, 2010

A primer of excited state dynamics of organic molecules

I just read through a section of Excited states and photochemistry of organic molecules by Martin Klessinger and Josef Michl. [You can buy your own copy for US$260! But value for money is extremely high].

The section I read gives a very nice succinct, clear, and concrete summary of the basic phenomenology of radiation-less deactivation of excited states and emission (fluorescence and phosphorescence).

I particularly like the way it discusses and shows real data.

Key concepts discussed include Kasha's rule, the mirror image rule, intersystem crossing, internal conversion, El Sayed's rules, the "energy gap" law, ...

These are basic concepts everyone interested in the photophysics of organic molecules should be familiar with.

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