Advanced Materials

The primary steps in photography: Excited J-aggregates on AgBr Microcrystals


  • B. T., K. S., and F. W. thank the DFG, German Science Foundation, SFB 337 for financial support.


The primary process in the photographic emulsion is interfacial electron transfer. The electron is transferred from the excited state of a dye species to empty electron acceptor states in silver bromide. There have been no detailed measurements of the rate constants of this commercially important process. The fluorescence decay curves of thiocarbocyanine dye (see figure) yield these rate constants.

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