Electron transfer and intramolecular radiationless transitions

Joshua Jortner*, M. Bixon

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We outline the conceptual framework for the description of long-range photoinduced electron transfer in isolated solvent-free supermolecules and explore the dependence of the intramolecular electron transfer rates from photoselected states on the molecular parameters, i.e. energy gaps and mode-specific intramolecular reorganization energies. An energy gap law for the microscopic electron transfer rate was derived which, for relaxation from the electronic origins, exhibits a poissonian energy gap dependence, with an exponential energy gap law for large gaps. The exponential energy gap law manifests the dominant role of nuclear tunnelling in the weak electron-nuclear coupling limit, being quantitatively distinct from the thermal gaussian energy gap dependence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-10
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - 23 Aug 1994


FundersFunder number
Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft, Forschung und Technologie317-4003-0328955A


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