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White light emission from C60 molecules confined in molecular cage materials

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  • Prof. Bruce Hamilton,

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    1. Department of Physics The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology Manchester M60 1QD (UK)
    • Department of Physics The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology Manchester M60 1QD (UK)
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  • Dr. J. S. Rimmer,

    1. Department of Physics The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology Manchester M60 1QD (UK)
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  • Dr. M. Anderson,

    1. Department of Chemistry The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology Manchester M60 1QD (UK)
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  • Dr. D. Leigh

    1. Department of Chemistry The University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology Manchester M60 1QD (UK)
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  • The authors wish to acknowledge useful conversations with J. Feldman and E.O. Göbel, concerning the luminescence mechanisms of C60.

Abstract

Confining C60 in the cages within a zeolite (see Figure) results in the modification of the optical properties of the fullerene. This possibly results from a weak interaction of the C60 with the wall of the zeolite which is, however, strong enough to perturb the electronic structure of the C60 resulting in otherwise forbidden transitions (e.g. white light emission) being observed.

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