The phosphorescence of xanthone and xanthone-18O1 in ethanol-ether-isopentane (EPA) and in 3-methylpentane (3-MP) has been studied between 12 and 125 K. The dual phosphorescence in this ketone is attributed to the existence of two different ground-state conformations, each of which has a characteristic triplet state. The longer-lived phosphorescence is assigned to a more planar conformation than the short-lived species. Because a progression based on the carbonyl stretch frequency appears in both short and long-lived components, we assign some n, π* character to both forms. Thermally populated fluorescence from the lowest1(n, π*) state of xanthone is also reported for the first time. f To whom correspondence should be directed.
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