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Super-atom molecular orbitals (SAMOs) are orbitals that form diffuse hydrogenic excited electronic states of fullerenes with their electron density centred at the centre of the hollow carbon cage and a significant electron density inside the cage. This is a consequence of the high symmetry and hollow structure of the molecules and distinguishes them from typical low-lying molecular Rydberg states. This review summarises the current experimental and theoretical studies related to these exotic excited electronic states with emphasis on femtosecond photoelectron spectroscopy experiments on gas phase fullerenes.
|Journal||Philosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences|
|Early online date||8 Aug 2016|
|Publication status||Published - 8 Aug 2016|
- super-atom molecular orbitals
- photoelectron angular distributions