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Keywords:

  • electroluminescence;
  • fullerenes;
  • scanning tunneling microscopy;
  • single-molecule studies;
  • vibrational spectroscopy
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Glow-in-the-dark buckyballs: Reproduction of the fluorescence and phosphorescence spectra of single C60 molecules in a scanning tunneling microscope by simulations according to first principles (see picture) revealed the underlying mechanisms and enabled the correct assignment of the spectra.