Photochromic Dyes

  • Jun’etsu Seto
Part of the Topics in Applied Chemistry book series (TAPP)


Photochromism is the phenomenon whereby the absorption spectrum of a molecule or crystal changes reversibly when the sample is irradiated by light of certain wavelengths. A colorless compound A, for instance, changes its molecular structure to a quasi-stable colored structure B when irradiated by ultraviolet (UV) light; B can be returned to the colorless structure A by exposure to visible light or heating.


Colored Form Protic Solvent Transient Absorption Spectrum Merocyanine Form Spiro Compound 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jun’etsu Seto
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  1. 1.Research CenterSONY CorporationHodogaya-ku, Yokohama, KanagawaJapan

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