Photoexcitation of a volume plasmon in C60 ions

S. W J Scully, E. D. Emmons, M. F. Gharaibeh, R. A. Phaneuf, A. L D Kilcoyne, A. S. Schlachter, S. Schippers, A. Müller, H. S. Chakraborty, Mohamed Madjet, J. M. Rost

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Neutral C60 is well known to exhibit a giant resonance in its photon absorption spectrum near 20 eV. This is associated with a surface plasmon, where delocalized electrons oscillate as a whole relative to the ionic cage. Absolute photoionization cross-section measurements for C 60 +, C60 2+, and C60 3+ ions in the 17-75 eV energy range show an additional resonance near 40 eV. Time-dependent density functional calculations confirm the collective nature of this feature, which is characterized as a dipole-excited volume plasmon made possible by the special fullerene geometry.

Original languageEnglish
Article number065503
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2005
Externally publishedYes


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Scully, S. W. J., Emmons, E. D., Gharaibeh, M. F., Phaneuf, R. A., Kilcoyne, A. L. D., Schlachter, A. S., Schippers, S., Müller, A., Chakraborty, H. S., Madjet, M., & Rost, J. M. (2005). Photoexcitation of a volume plasmon in C60 ions. Physical Review Letters, 94(6), [065503].