Super-atom molecular orbital excited states of fullerenes

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Abstract / Description of output

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.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20150322
JournalPhilosophical Transactions A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences
Early online date8 Aug 2016
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2016

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • fullerene
  • super-atom molecular orbitals
  • photoelectron angular distributions


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