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Monitoring Charge Separation Processes in Quasi-One-Dimensional Organic Crystalline Structures

Monitoring Charge Separation Processes in Quasi-One-Dimensional Organic Crystalline Structures
Terry McAfee, Robert A. Younts, Benjamin Hoffman, Adrian Popescu, Igor V. Bondarev, Harald W. Ade, Daniel B. Dougherty, Kenan Gundogdu
We perform the transient absorption spectroscopy experiments to investigate the dynamics of the low-energy collective electron–hole excitations in α-copper phthalocyanine thin films. The results are interpreted in terms of the third-order nonlinear polarization response function. It is found that, initially excited in the molecular plane, the intramolecular Frenkel exciton polarization reorients with time to align along the molecular chain direction to form coupled Frenkel–charge-transfer exciton states, the eigenstates of the one-dimensional periodic molecular lattice. The process pinpoints the direction of the charge separation in α-copper phthalocyanine and similar organic molecular structures. Being able to observe and monitor such processes is important both for understanding the physical principles of organic thin film solar energy conversion device operation and for the development of organic optoelectronics in general.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b02471

DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.7b02471

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