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 behaviour 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 thermo-luminescence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-64
Number of pages8
JournalProceedings of SPIE - the international society for optical engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventFullerenes and Photonics IV - San Diego, United States
Duration: 28 Jul 199729 Jul 1997
Conference number: 4


  • C
  • Fullerenes
  • Luminescence
  • Organic
  • Single crystal
  • Thin film

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