Accelerated energy transfer between molecules near a solid particle

Joel I. Gersten*, Abraham Nitzan

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The Forster-Dexter theory of energy transfer between molecules is generalized to include the effects of a nearby solid state particle. It is found that the energy transfer rate between a donor and acceptor molecule may be enhanced by many orders of magnitude when the molecular transition frequencies lie in the vicinity of the resonance frequency of the particle and when the particle possesses sharp features. Due to increased damping near the particle, however, this may or may not lead to increased acceptor molecule radiation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-37
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number1
StatePublished - 27 Jan 1984


FundersFunder number
Research Foundation of The City University of New York


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