Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2012
Volume 57, Number 1
Monday–Friday, February 27–March 2 2012; Boston, Massachusetts
Session T49: Focus Session: Organic Electronics and Photonics: Structure - Property Correlations
2:30 PM–5:30 PM,
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Sponsoring Units: DMP DPOLY
Chair: Dean DeLongchamp, NIST
Abstract ID: BAPS.2012.MAR.T49.4
Abstract: T49.00004 : Correlating Free-Carrier production in P3HT with Solid-State Microstructure using Time-Resolved Microwave Conductivity*
3:06 PM–3:42 PM
Preview Abstract Abstract
The nature of the primary photoexcitation in conjugated polymers has been a subject of interest for a number of years, and two models have emerged: neutral excitons and free charge carriers. While excitons are recognized as the dominant of the two species, there are a small fraction of carriers that appear directly upon photoexcitation that have been detected experimentally either spectroscopically or through conductivity measurements. The fraction of near-instantaneous free charge carriers produced depends both on the chemical structure of the polymer and on the time-scale on which the study is performed. For example, poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) thin films have been reported to have free carrier yields as high as 15\%, when measured on a fast time scale, but as low as 3\% when measured on a slow time scale. It is unclear why these numbers are so different, and from where these carriers originate. This presentation will report studies using flash photolysis, time-resolved microwave conductivity (fp-TRMC) to probe carriers produced in a number of thin films of P3HT of differing molecular weights. By correlating the free carrier yield with the solid-state microstructure of the polymer, and the corresponding electronic absorption spectra, we will propose a model that explains the origins of these carriers.
*Also Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Boulder.
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