Electric current induced light emission from C60

T. T.M. Palstra*, R. C. Haddon, K. B. Lyons

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We report the luminescence of C60 crystals and films due to the passage of an electrical current. The current-voltage behavior is highly non-linear with light-emission beyond a threshold voltage. The emission spectrum is featureless and resembles black-body radiation with an effective temperature on the order of 1700 K. We report experiments aimed at distinguishing between electro-and thermoluminescence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1825-1831
Number of pages7
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1997
Externally publishedYes


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  • D. luminescence

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