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Singlet exciton fission via an intermolecular charge transfer state in coevaporated pentacene-perfluoropentacene thin films

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Broch,  Katharina
Physical Chemistry, Fritz Haber Institute, Max Planck Society;

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Kim, V. O., Broch, K., Belova, V., Chen, Y. S., Gerlach, A., Schreiber, F., et al. (2019). Singlet exciton fission via an intermolecular charge transfer state in coevaporated pentacene-perfluoropentacene thin films. The Journal of Chemical Physics, 151(16): 164706. doi:10.1063/1.5130400.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0005-7485-2
Abstract
Singlet exciton fission is a spin-allowed process in organic semiconductors by which one absorbed photon generates two triplet excitons. Theory predicts that singlet fission is mediated by intermolecular charge-transfer states in solid-state materials with appropriate singlet-triplet energy spacing, but direct evidence for the involvement of such states in the process has not been provided yet. Here, we report on the observation of subpicosecond singlet fission in mixed films of pentacene and perfluoropentacene. By combining transient spectroscopy measurements to nonadiabatic quantum-dynamics simulations, we show that direct excitation in the charge-transfer absorption band of the mixed films leads to the formation of triplet excitons, unambiguously proving that they act as intermediate states in the fission process.