On the Possible Role of Phonon-Modulated Tunneling in Excimer Formation

  • Ten-Ming Wu
  • David W. Brown
  • Katja Lindenberg
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 243)


We present a model of excimer formation based only on the most generic features of dimerized lattices such as those found in the excimer-forming molecular crystal α-perylene. The modulation of resonance integrals by lattice vibrations is found to cause significant effects consistent with the known characteristics of excimers and the related Y states. A specific calculation of the thermally-activated transition rate from the Y state to the excimer state is in good agreement with experimental observations.


Transition Rate Quantum Tunneling Symmetric State Antisymmetric State Polaron Binding Energy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ten-Ming Wu
    • 1
  • David W. Brown
    • 2
  • Katja Lindenberg
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Physics, B-019University of California at San DiegoLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Nonlinear Science, R-002University of California at San DiegoLa JollaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Chemistry, B-040University of California at San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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