Two-dimensional electronic excitations in self-assembled conjugated polymer nanocrystals

R. Österbacka, C. P. An, X. M. Jiang, Z. V. Vardeny*

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Several spectroscopic methods were applied to study the characteristic properties of the electronic excitations in thin films of regioregular and regiorandom polythiophene polymers. In the regioregular polymers, which form two-dimensional lamellar structures, increased interchain coupling strongly influences the traditional one-dimensional electronic properties of the polymer chains. The photogenerated charge excitations (polarons) show two- dimensional delocalization that results in a relatively small polaronic energy, multiple absorption bands in the gap where the lowest energy band becomes dominant, and associated infrared active vibrations with reverse absorption bands caused by electron-vibration interferences. The relatively weak absorption bands of the delocalized polaron in the visible and near- infrared spectral ranges may help to achieve laser action in nanocrystalline polymer devices using current injection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)839-842
Number of pages4
Issue number5454
Publication statusPublished - 4 Feb 2000
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


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