Evidence for excimer photoexcitations in an ordered π-conjugated polymer film

K. Aryanpour, C. X. Sheng, E. Olejnik, B. Pandit, D. Psiachos, S. Mazumdar, Z. V. Vardeny

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We report pressure-dependent transient picosecond and continuous-wave photomodulation studies of disordered and ordered films of 2-methoxy-5-(2- ethylhexyloxy) poly(para-phenylenevinylene). Photoinduced absorption (PA) bands in the disordered film exhibit very weak pressure dependence and are assigned to intrachain excitons and polarons. In contrast, the ordered film exhibits two additional transient PA bands in the midinfrared that blueshift dramatically with pressure. Based on high-order configuration interaction calculations, we ascribe the PA bands in the ordered film to excimers. Our work brings insight to the exciton binding energy in ordered films versus disordered films and solutions. The reduced exciton binding energy in ordered films is due to energy states appearing below the continuum band threshold of the single strand.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number155124
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number15
StatePublished - Apr 28 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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