The geometric structure and optical response of gaseous endohedral magnesium-fullerenes Academic Article uri icon


  • Using density functional theory, a jellium model for the C60 molecule and a pseudopotential for the magnesium ion, we determined the energetics of the magnesium endohedral complex as a function of the magnesium ion's displacement from the fullerene's centre. The resulting Kohn-Sham equation is solved in cylindrical coordinates. Our calculation shows that the magnesium ion will reside in a very shallow energy minimium about 1 off centre. By computing the photoabsorption cross-section, or the imaginary part of the dynamic polarizability, we can correlate the displacement of the magnesium ion with a peak shift in the photoabsorption cross-section. This suggests that the location of the magnesium ion inside C60 can be determined experimentally by observing the optical response of the endohedral complex.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Aichinger, M., Chin, S. A., Krotscheck, E., & Schuessler, H. A.

citation count

  • 1

complete list of authors

  • Aichinger, M||Chin, SA||Krotscheck, E||Schuessler, HA

publication date

  • January 2003