Integrated three-pulse stimulated echo peak shift data are compared for N, N-bis-dimethylphenyl-2,4,6,8-perylenetetracarbonyl diamide and (Formula presented) (MEH-PPV) in toluene solvent. These two molecules represent a model probe of solvation dynamics and a prototypical soluble, electroluminescent conjugated polymer, respectively. The results indicate that it is inappropriate to describe the linear absorption spectrum of MEH-PPV as being primarily inhomogeneously broadened. Conformational disorder along the polymer backbone gives rise to an ensemble of polyene electronic oscillators that are strongly coupled to each other. As a consequence, fluctuations in the electronic energy gap on a time-scale of 50-fs derive primarily from bath-mediated exciton scattering. The data reported here provide an explanation for the broad, structureless electronic absorption of MEH-PPV. This interpretation provides a valuable insight into the nature of the initial photoexcited state, and the efficient population of the emissive state.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Physical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics|
|State||Published - Jan 1 2000|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics