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The interchain origin of the green emission band in oxidized poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene) (PFO)
Author(s): Marc Sims; Marilu Ariu; Aristidis Asimakis; Mattijs Koeberg; Mathias Stouff; Mark Fox; Donal D. C. Bradley
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Paper Abstract

We report systematic measurements of the evolution of the emission characteristics of PFO whilst undergoing photo-oxidation. Pure PFO and highly diluted PFO/polystyrene blended films were prepared for the studies by spin-coating. Each film was oxidized by exposure to the 351 nm line of a cw Ar+ laser. Both the kinetics of the various spectral components and the photoluminescence intensity for each film was monitored as a function of oxidation time and their respective behaviors were compared. Our results demonstrate that there is a strong tendency for singlet intrachain excitons initially created on pristine PFO segments to migrate to the fluorenone moieties produced by photo-oxidation. However, we conclusively show that emission from states localized at these defect sites cannot account for the appearance of the broad green emission band (g-band) that is well-known to occur in degraded polyfluorenes. Instead, it is shown that the g-band must emanate from interchain states that are formed after energy has been transferred to the fluorenone moieties (either via energy transfer form non-defective PFO segments or by direct excitation).

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 February 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5214, Organic Light-Emitting Materials and Devices VII, (16 February 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.506340
Show Author Affiliations
Marc Sims, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
Marilu Ariu, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
Aristidis Asimakis, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
Mattijs Koeberg, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
Mathias Stouff, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)
Mark Fox, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Donal D. C. Bradley, Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5214:
Organic Light-Emitting Materials and Devices VII
Zakya H. Kafafi; Paul A. Lane, Editor(s)

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