Spectroscopy and Photophysics. I. Radiative and Non-Radiative Decay Processes

  • David Phillips
Part of the NATO Advanced Study Institutes Series book series (NSSA, volume 25)


This lecture is concerned very briefly with the fundamentals of absorption and emission of electromagnetic radiation through electric dipole transitions, and where appropriate factors determining the rate of depopulation of excited electronic states through non-radiative decay paths. Discussion is concentrated upon radiative decay, since the study of luminescence of molecules in biological systems is of both fundamental and applied importance.


Transition Moment Electric Dipole Transition Exciting Light Electronic Wavefunctions Solvent Relaxation 
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  1. 1.
    These notes are based in part upon an article entitled “Fluorescence and Phosphorescence Spectroscopy” by D. Phillips and K. Salisbury in Spectroscopy Vol 3 pp 161–198, eds. B.P. Straughan and S. Walker, Chapman and Hall, London 1976.Google Scholar
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    S.J. Strickler and R.A. Berg., J. Chem. Phys., 1962, 37, 814.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    K.P. Ghiggino, D. Phillips and A.G. Lee “Time-resolved fluorescence properties of binding-site probes”, Photochem. Photobiol. (submitted).Google Scholar
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    T. Tao, Biopolymers, 1969, 8, 609.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Plenum Press, New York 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Phillips
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryThe UniversitySouthamptonUK

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