Absorption Spectroscopy in the Ultraviolet and Visible Regions

Part of the Polymers book series (POLYMERS, volume 7)


Experimentally, the fUV (λ < 200 nm) is more demanding than the nUV/VIS-region to be discussed in the next sections, since the beam has to be conducted in vacuum and since the laboratory radiation sources are weak. Only very few solvents are transparent in the fUV. Polymers therefore have to be measured in the form of thin films and mostly show intense, structureless absorption bands (1–4) which become narrower and partly structured at low temperature. Qualitatively, these spectra resemble in the long-wavelength region of the fUV (about 100 to 200 nm) to absorption edges in insulators which are due to transitions from the energetically highest VB to the lowest CB. Unfortunately, the interpretation of the spectra is not always straightforward because of the pseudo-ID-band nature of polymers, i.e. their intermediate position with regard to electronic structure between true (3D) solids and molecules (see also Figs. 2.9., 2.10, and 2.12).


Absorption Edge Absorption Spectroscopy Transition Dipole Moment Energy Level Diagram Electronic Spectroscopy 
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  1. 1.Battelle-Institut e. V.Frankfurt/M. 90Germany

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