Predicting polarizabilities and lifetimes of excitons on conjugated polymer chains

J.-W. van der Horst*, P.A. Bobbert, P.H.L. de Jong, M.A.J. Michels, L.D.A. Siebbeles, J.M. Warman, G.H. Gelinck, G. Brocks

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The properties of excitons on three different conjugated polymers in solution are investigated both experimentally and theoretically. The theoretical description of the excitons is obtained by solving the electron-hole Bethe–Salpeter equation (BSE) for the polymers, starting from a calculation within density-functional theory. The calculated radiative lifetimes and polarizabilities of the excitons are compared with experimental results from time-resolved fluorescence decay and flash-photolysis microwave conductivity measurements. The quantitative agreement demonstrates the predictive power of the theoretical approach.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)303-308
Number of pages6
JournalChemical physics letters
Issue number4-6
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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