One- to two-exciton transitions in perylene bisimide dimer revealed by two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy

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The excited-state energy levels of molecular dimers and aggregates play a critical role in their photophysical behavior and an understanding of the photodynamics in such structures is important for developing applications such as photovoltaics and optoelectronic devices. Here, exciton transitions in two different covalently bound PBI dimers are studied by two-dimensional electronic spectroscopy (2DES), a powerful spectroscopic method, providing the most complete picture of vibronic transitions in molecular systems. The data are accurately reproduced using the equation of motion-phase matching approach. The unambiguous presence of one-exciton to two-exciton transitions are captured in our results and described in terms of a molecular exciton energy level scheme based on the Kasha model. Furthermore, the results are supported by comparative measurements with the PBI monomer and another dimer in which the interchromophore distance is increased.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1594–1601
Number of pages8
JournalThe Journal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number8
Early online date5 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2019

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