Correlated exciton relaxation in poly(3-hexylthiophene)

Nathan P. Wells, David A. Blank

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Two-color 3 pulse photon echo peak shift (2C-3PEPS) measurements on poly(3-hexylthiophene) (3PHT) demonstrate that spectral regions in the photoluminescence remain correlated with the excitation, despite large differences in energy (>0.5eV). The observations are explained in terms of exciton-phonon coupling that is dominated by only two motions: one high frequency bond stretch and a low frequency torsional motion. Numerical simulations of the 2C-3PEPS are shown to be consistent with the experimental observations. The results demonstrate that initial intramolecular exciton relaxation in P3HT is not primarily a stochastic process, but is driven by strong, selective exciton-phonon coupling to torsional motions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number086403
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number8
StatePublished - Feb 29 2008


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