This book gives an overview of one of the most challenging subjects of the 90's. The physical and chemical properties of fullerenes and doped fullerenes one year after the discovery of the high Tc superconductivity in alkali-metal doped C60. The major topics covered by the book are synthesis and doping, higher fullerenes, optical and photoelectron spectroscopy, electric and magnetic properties, fullerenes in outer space and nonlinear optical properties superconductivity. Among the contibutors to the book are leading world scientists in the field.
The word of fullerenes: fullerenes; physics and astrophysics studies, H.W. Kroto et al; fullerene nanowires, R.Smalley et al; solved and unsolved problems in fullerenes systematics, P.W.Fowler; higher fullerenes - isolation, characterization and growth mechanism, Y.Achiba et al; analysis of the vibrational structure of emission and absorption spectra of C60, G.Orlandi et al; third order nonlineear optical properties of C60 thin films studied by dispersed third harmonic generation, F.Kajzar et al; doping the fullerenes - conductivity and superconductivity in alkali metal-doped C60, R.C.Haddon; neutron scattering studies of fullerenes and alkali-metal doped fullerides, K.Prassides et al; electronic structure studies of undoped and doped fullerenes, J.Fink et al; properties of doped fullerenes - Ab-Initio molecular dynamics studies, W.Andreoni et al; non-adiabatic superconductivity in the fullerene compounds, L.Pietronero et al;itinerant electrons on the icosahedral group - meeting the challenge of superconductivity of the fullerenes, M.Rasetti et al; evidences of Jahn-Teller; distortion and low energy electronic excitation from FT-Raman scattering of doped C60, G.Ruani et al; spectroscopic evidence of phase transition in fullerene, importance of librational (rotational) modes in the superconducting properties of M3C60, G.N.Zhizhin et al, and others.