Electron transfer in a microscopically inhomogeneous medium

Ilya Rips*, Joshua Jortner

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We explore the implications of static disorder on electron transfer (ET) in a microscopically inhomogeneous polar medium, where the environment of each solute is characterized by a single dielectric relaxation time, τ, with the distribution function of τ being related to the complex dielectric susceptibility. For the interesting situation of solvent‐controlled ET, the decay of the population probability is nonexponential, which can be expressed in terms of a cumulant expansion. The microscopic decay function can be related to the macroscopic step‐response function of the dielectric medium.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-319
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Quantum Chemistry
Issue number21 S
StatePublished - 12 Mar 1987


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