Robert S. Knox

University of Rochester


Selected publications most cited, by field


Excitons – general


Robert S. Knox, Theory of Excitons, Academic Press, Inc., New York, 1963.  Published as Supplement 5 of Solid State Physics (F. Seitz and D. Turnbull, editors)

T. S. Rahman and R. S. Knox, Theory of singlet-triplet exciton fusion, Physica Status Solidi (b) 58, 715-720 (1973)

R. S. Knox and N. Inchauspé, Exciton states in ionic crystals, Phys. Rev 116, 1093-1099 (1959)


Chemical Physics – excitation transfer


V. M. Kenkre and R. S. Knox, Generalized-master-equation theory of excitation transfer, Phys. Rev. B9, 5279-5290 (1974)

V. M. Kenkre and R. S. Knox, Theory of fast and slow excitation transfer rates, Phys. Rev. Lett. 33, 803-806 (1974)

Robert S. Knox and Demet Gülen, Theory of polarized fluorescence from molecular pairs: Förster transfer at large electronic coupling, Photochem. Photobiol. 57, 40-43 (1993)

R. S. Knox, Theory of polarization quenching by excitation transfer, Physica 39, 361-386 (1968)

Robert S. Knox and Herbert van Amerongen, Refractive index dependence of the Förster resonance excitation transfer rate, J. Phys. Chem. B 106, 5289-5293 (2002)


Biological physics


Thomas H. Foster, Richard S. Murant, Robert G. Bryant, Robert S. Knox, Scott L. Gibson, and Russell Hilf, Oxygen consumption and diffusion effects in photodynamic therapy, Radiation Res. 126, 296-303 (1991)  Reprinted in the SPIE Milestone Series, volume 82, Selected papers on Photodynamic Therapy, David Kessel, editor, SPIE Optical Engineering Press, Bellingham, WA (1993), pp. 511-518.

Mamoru Mimuro, Tsuenori Nozawa, Naoto Tamai, Keizo Shimada, Iwao Yamazaki, Bruce P. Wittmershaus, Daniel C. Brune, Robert E. Blankenship, Su Lin, and Robert S. Knox, Excitation energy flow in chlorosome antennas of green photosynthetic bacteria, J. Phys. Chem. 93, 7403-7509 (1989)

R. S. Knox, On the theory of trapping of excitation in the photosynthetic unit, J. Theoret. Biology 21, 244-259 (1968)

Robert S. Knox, Thermodynamics and the primary processes of photosynthesis, Biophysical J. 9, 1351-1362 (1969)


General physics


Mark F. Bocko, David H. Douglass, and Robert S. Knox, Observation of frequency shifts of spectral lines due to source correlations, Phys. Rev. Lett. 58, 2649-2651 (1987)

J. E. Robinson, F. Bassani, R. S. Knox, and J. R. Schrieffer, Screening correction to the Slater exchange potential, Phys. Rev. Lett. 9, 215-217 (1962)


Atomic and molecular physics


Robert S. Knox, Excited-state wave functions, excitation energies, and oscillator strengths for argon (3p54s), Phys. Rev. 110, 375-381 (1958)

Albert Gold and Robert S. Knox, Excited-state wave functions, excitation energies, and oscillator strengths for Ne (2p53s), Phys. Rev. 113, 834-839 (1959)

John D. Dow and Robert S. Knox, Excited-state wave functions, excitation energies, and oscillator strengths for krypton and xenon, Phys. Rev. 152, 50-56 (1966)

Robert S. Knox and Bryan Q. Spring, Dipole strengths in the chlorophylls, Photochem. and Photobiol. 77, 497-501 (2003)


Condensed Matter Physics


F. Bassani, R. S. Knox, and W. B. Fowler, Band structure and electronic properties of AgCl and AgBr, Phys. Rev. 137, A1217-A1225 (1965)

Robert S. Knox, Configuration interaction in alkali halide phosphors, Phys. Rev. 115, 1095-1106 (1959).   Reprinted in Selected papers on Phosphors, LEDs, and Scintillators: Application of Photo-, Cathodo-, Electro-, and Radioluminescence, edited by Marvin J. Weber (SPIE Optical Engineering Press, Bellingham, WA, 1998)

R. S. Knox and F. Bassani, Band structure of solid argon, Phys. Rev. 124, 652-657 (1961)

Dwight C. Burnham, Frederick C. Brown, and Robert S. Knox, Electron mobility and scattering processes in AgBr at low temperatures, Phys. Rev. 119, 1560-1570 (1960)

S. D. Druger and R. S. Knox, Theory of trapped hole centers in rare gas solids, J. Chem. Phys. 50, 3143-3153 (1969)


Favorite papers – not cited enough!


R. S. Knox, Symmetry distribution of normal modes in macroscopic crystals, Solid State Comm. 4, 453-454 (1966)

R. S. Knox, S. Nikitine, and A. Mysyrowicz, Kinetics of biexciton formation in CuCl, Optics Communications 1, 19-21 (1969)

Robert S. Knox, Localized and delocalized tunneling states, In Tunneling in Biological Systems (Proceedings of a Colloquium of the Johnson Research Foundation), ed. by Britton Chance, Don Charles DeVault, Hans Frauenfelder, Rudolph A. Marcus, J. Robert Schrieffer, and Norman Sutin (Academic Press, Inc., New York, 1979), pp. 91-94

Robert S. Knox, Chlorophyll in polar solvents: spectral effects of exciton splitting in “statistical pairs,” J. Phys. Chem. 98, 7270-7273 (1994)

Robert S. Knox, Electronic excitation transfer in the photosynthetic unit:  reflections on work of William Arnold, Photosyn. Res., 48, 35-39 (1996)

Denise A. Sawicki and Robert S. Knox, Universal relationship between emission and absorption of complex systems:  an alternative approach, Phys. Rev. A 54, 4837-4841 (1996)

Robert S. Knox, Ultrafast processes and biology, J. Photochem. Photobiol. B: Biology 49, 81-88 (1999)