Ab initio calculation of the electronic and optical excitations in polythiophene: Effects of intra- and interchain screening

J.W. van der Horst, P.A. Bobbert, Peter A. Bobbert, M.A.J. Michels, G. Brocks, Paul J. Kelly

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

134 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

We present an ab initio calculation of the electronic and optical excitations of an isolated polythiophene chain as well as of bulk polythiophene. We use the GW approximation for the electronic self-energy and include excitonic effects by solving the electron-hole Bethe-Salpeter equation. The inclusion of interchain screening in the case of bulk polythiophene drastically reduces both the quasiparticle band gap and the exciton binding energies, but the optical gap is hardly affected. This finding is relevant for conjugated polymers in general.
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)4413-4416
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical review letters
Volume83
Issue number21
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Keywords

  • METIS-128729
  • IR-61221

Cite this