Electronic relaxation of acridine as studied by picosecond spectroscopy Academic Article uri icon


  • Internal conversion (IC) and intersystem crossing (ISC) rates of the lowest excited singlet state (S1) of acridine have been measured in n-hexane at room temperature by picosecond spectroscopy. The rates deduced from the buildup of triplet-triplet absorption and the quantum yield of intersystem crossing were found to be 3 × 1010sec-1for the internal conversion and 3 × 1010sec-1for the intersystem crossing. Corresponding rates for perdeuterated acridine are found to be similar. These rates, when combined with the upper limit of the unobserved fluorescence, lead to the nπ* assignment of the lowest excited singlet state. The kinetics of repopulation of the ground state following a pulsed excitation of the sample give strong indication of the occurrence of S1→S0internal conversion. Copyright © 1977 American Institute of Physics.

author list (cited authors)

  • Sundstrom, V., Rentzepis, P. M., & Lim, E. C.

citation count

  • 44

publication date

  • May 1977