June 26-30, 2006


In 2006, it will be 75 years since J. Frenkel first formulated the concept of an exciton. Excitons have been shown over the years to have important implications for absorption and emission of light in condensed matter, transport of energy, localization of energy, lattice damage and structural transformation. Excitons play many fundamental roles in photo-sensitive life processes, solid-state laser and display devices, certain characteristics of nanoparticles, electronic structure features in nonmetals, and scintillators for medical imaging. The materials may be almost any non-metal in extended-crystal, polymeric, inorganic, organic, molecular aggregate, and nanocrystalline forms, for example. The topic is truly interdisciplinary and has diverse applications.

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