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The Jahn-Teller Effect

Fundamentals and Implications for Physics and Chemistry

  • Horst Köppel
  • David R.  Yarkony
  • Heinz Barentzen
  • Written by leading international experts, extensive and tutorial reviews complement available textbooks in the field

  • Includes supplementary material:


Part of the Springer Series in Chemical Physics book series (CHEMICAL, volume 97)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXI
  2. Jahn-Teller Effect and Vibronic Interactions: General Theory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Leonid V. Poluyanov, Wolfgang Domcke
      Pages 77-97
    3. Tohru Sato, Ken Tokunaga, Naoya Iwahara, Katsuyuki Shizu, Kazuyoshi Tanaka
      Pages 99-129
    4. Matija Zlatar, Carl-Wilhelm Schläpfer, Claude Daul
      Pages 131-165
  3. Conical Intersections and Nonadiabatic Dynamics in Molecular Processes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 168-168
    2. Lluís Blancafort, Benjamin Lasorne, Michael J. Bearpark, Graham A. Worth, Michael A. Robb
      Pages 169-200
    3. Foudhil Bouakline, Bruno Lepetit, Stuart C. Althorpe, Aron Kuppermann
      Pages 201-237
    4. Shirin Faraji, Etienne Gindensperger, Horst Köppel
      Pages 239-276
    5. Russell G. McKinlay, Martin J. Paterson
      Pages 311-344
  4. Impurities; Spectroscopy of Transition Metal Complexes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 346-346
    2. Philip L. W. Tregenna-Piggott, Mark J. Riley
      Pages 371-413
    3. P. Garcı́a-Fernández, A. Trueba, J. M. Garcı́a-Lastra, M. T. Barriuso, M. Moreno, J. A. Aramburu
      Pages 415-449
  5. Fullerenes and Fullerides

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 488-488

About this book


The Jahn-Teller effect continues to be a paradigm for structural instabilities and dynamical processes in molecules and in the condensed phase. Among the many important newer developments in the field one should mention cooperative phenomena in crystals, the general importance of pseudo-Jahn-Teller couplings for symmetry-lowering phenomena in molecular systems, non-adiabatic processes at conical intersections of potential energy surfaces and extensions of the basic theory in relation to the discovery of fullerenes and other icosahedral systems.

Written by leading international experts the aim of the present volume is to provide a survey of the state-of-the art in Jahn-Teller interactions at the interface of quantum chemistry and condensed matter physics, addressing both the non-expert scientist as well as those experts interested in expanding their knowledge into neighboring areas. 

Cast in form of a set of extensive and tutorial reviews – and thus suitable as a complement to available textbooks in the field – the following topics are dealt with in this book:

- Jahn-Teller effect and vibronic interactions: General theory

- Conical intersections and nonadiabatic dynamics in molecular processes

- Impurities; Spectroscopy of transition metal complexes

- Fullerenes and fullerides

- Jahn-Teller effect and molecular magnetism

- The cooperative Jahn-Teller effect and orbital ordering

- Jahn-Teller effect and high-Tc Superconductivity


Jahn-Teller Effect Jahn-Teller effect explained Jahn–Teller theorem Transition Metal Complexes Transition metal chemistry condensed matter conical intersections cooperative phenomena in crystals molecular spectroscopy molecule pseudo-Jahn-Teller couplings review of Jahn-Teller effect spectroscopy vibronic couplings

Editors and affiliations

  • Horst Köppel
    • 1
  • David R.  Yarkony
    • 2
  • Heinz Barentzen
    • 3
  1. 1.LS für Theoretische ChemieUniversität HeidelbergHeidelbergGermany
  2. 2.Dept. ChemistryJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreU.S.A.
  3. 3.MPI für FestkörperforschungStuttgartGermany

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