Picosecond time-resolved spectroscopy of the excited state in a soluble derivative of poly(phenylene vinylene): Origin of the bimolecular decay

Arthur Dogariu, Dan Vacar, Alan J. Heeger

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Abstract

Picosecond time-resolved spectroscopy studies are performed on solutions and thin films of (Formula presented) (MEH-PPV) in order to examine the excited state. Interactions between excitations on different chains result in bimolecular decay dynamics. Since a contribution from bimolecular decay is observed at excitation densities above (Formula presented) excitations on different chains interact in the solid state within the picosecond time regime over distances of at least 10 nm. We analyze the time dependence of the interaction dynamics predicted by different models and conclude that Förster transfer makes a significant contribution to the bimolecular interaction. However, in order to explain both the magnitude of the bimolecular decay coefficient and the interaction range (at least 10 nm in the picosecond time regime), quantum delocalization well beyond a single chain must be assumed. We conclude that the wave function of the photoexcitations extends over about 5 nm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10218-10224
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume58
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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