Direct determination of the exciton binding energy of conjugated polymers using a scanning tunneling microscope

S. F. Alvarado, P. F. Seidler, D. G. Lidzey, D. D.C. Bradley

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Abstract

We report scanning tunneling spectroscopy measurements of the threshold energy for injecting electrons or holes into thin, conjugated polymer films deposited on Au(111) substrates. Combining these results with optical absorption measurements, we estimate an exciton binding energy of Eb=0.36 ± 0.10eV for poly[(2-methoxy-5-dodecyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene-co-1,4-phenylenevinylene] and Eb=0.30 ± 0.10 eV for poly(9,9′-dioctylfluorene). In addition, we determine the alignment of the electronic levels of the polymers relative to the substrate. © 1998 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Volume81
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998
Externally publishedYes

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