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Thermal and light-induced spin crossover in iron(II) complexes

Published inCoordination chemistry reviews, vol. 97, no. 1-2, p. 1-22
Publication date1990

Recently, we have discovered a fascinating photophysical effect in spin crossover complexes of iron(II) : Light-Induced Excited Spin State Trapping (LIESST). At sufficiently low temperatures, the low spin state (1A1) can be converted quantitatively to the high spin state (5T2) by irradiating the sample into the 1A1 → 1T1 d-d absorption band (—540 nm). The resulting metastable HS state has a very long lifetime at low temperatures, in some cases it does not decay noticeably over a period of several days at 10 K. Only at temperature above some critical temperature does thermal relaxation back to the LS state set in. The sample can also be reconverted to the LS state by irradiating into the 5T2 → 5E absorption band (∞50 nm). The system thus behaves like an optical switch. The relative positioning - horizontally and vertically - of the potential wells of the two spin states is crucial for the lifetime of the metastable HS state.

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GÜTLICH, Philipp, HAUSER, Andreas. Thermal and light-induced spin crossover in iron(II) complexes. In: Coordination chemistry reviews, 1990, vol. 97, n° 1-2, p. 1–22. doi: 10.1016/0010-8545(90)80076-6
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