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Nonradiative damping of molecular electronic excited states by metal surfaces


In this review we discuss the interaction of a molecular excited state with a smooth substrate. Both theoretical and experimental work is treated. This discussion will concentrate on the classical treatment of the interaction because of its astounding success in comparison with experiment. We do however discuss the shortcomings of the classical treatment and some recent approaches to correcting these limitations. The experimental work is considered in detail but we focus on the region close to the substrate, less than 500 Å away because the longer distance regime has been well reviewed. At the end of this article we briefly point out areas where future work is needed. © 1985.

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