Diagrammatic Exciton Basis Theory of the Photophysics of Pentacene Dimers

Souratosh Khan, Sumit Mazumdar

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Covalently linked acene dimers are of interest as candidates for intramolecular singlet fission. We report many-electron calculations of the energies and wave functions of the optical singlets, the lowest triplet exciton, and the triplet-triplet biexciton, as well as the final states of excited state absorptions from these states in a family of phenyl-linked pentacene dimers. While it is difficult to distinguish the triplet and the triplet-triplet from their transient absorptions in the 500-600 nm region, by comparing theoretical transient absorption spectra against earlier and very recent experimental transient absorptions in the near- and mid-infrared, we conclude that the end product of photoexcitation in these particular bipentacenes is the bound triplet-triplet and not free triplets. We predict additional transient absorptions at even longer wavelengths, beyond 1500 nm, to the equivalent of the classic 21Ag- in linear polyenes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4468-4478
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Issue number18
StatePublished - Sep 21 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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