Nature of optical transitions in conjugated oligomers. I. Theoretical characterization of neutral and doped oligo(phenylenevinylene)s

J. Cornil*, D. Beljonne, J. L. Brédas

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Abstract

The nature of the main optical transitions taking place in oligo(phenylenevinylene)s is analyzed in both the neutral and oxidized states. Geometry optimizations are first carried out with the Hartree-Fock semiempirical Austin Model 1(AM1) method; on the basis of the resulting geometries, the transition energies and their intensities are determined by means of the Hartree-Fock semiempirical intermediate neglect of differential overlap (INDO) method combined with a single configuration-interaction (SCI) technique. The major aspect of the results is to show that two subgap absorption peaks are induced by the generation of polarons (radical cations), while a single absorption feature is expected when bipolarons (dications) are formed, in agreement with the experimental absorption spectra of the oligomers; this situation is, however, in marked contrast with that in the polymer. The possible formation of diamagnetic π dimers is also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)834-841
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Volume103
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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