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Dynamics of conformational relaxation in photoexcited oligofluorenes and polyfluorene

Hintschich, SI; Dias, FB; Monkman, AP


SI Hintschich


In order to disentangle the relaxation effects of exciton migration and conformational rearrangement, a comparative study of a polyfluorene derivative and short oligofluorenes is carried out. We probe their long-time time-dependent relaxation in dilute solution using picosecond single photon counting and streak camera techniques. Conformational relaxation is found in oligo- and polyfluorenes. Oligofluorene relaxation is purely conformational: time scales vary between 10 and 300 ps becoming faster with decreasing chain length and solvent viscosity or increasing temperature. While a rigid ladder-type polymer in solution does not show any picosecond relaxation, polyfluorene in solution exhibits fluorescence dynamics indicating both, conformational relaxation and exciton migration.


Hintschich, S., Dias, F., & Monkman, A. (2006). Dynamics of conformational relaxation in photoexcited oligofluorenes and polyfluorene. Physical review B, 74(4),

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2006
Deposit Date Nov 3, 2010
Journal Physical Review B
Print ISSN 1098-0121
Electronic ISSN 1550-235X
Publisher American Physical Society
Volume 74
Issue 4