The one- and two-photon optical absorption spectra as well as the frequency dependent third-harmonic generation response of a side-chain polymer containing 4-dialkylamino-4′-nitro-stilbene (DANS) as its side group have been measured over a wide range of frequency. A three-state model, based on an intermediate neglect of differential overlap/multireference double-configuration interaction description of the excited states, provides a coherent picture of the dynamic response of DANS, but fails in reproducing the red shift observed when going from the linear to the nonlinear absorption spectra; including vibronic coupling within the Franck-Condon approximation improves the fit.
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- General Physics and Astronomy
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry