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  1. Stretching of hydrogen-bonded OH in the lowest singlet excited electronic state of water dimer.

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    Chipman, Daniel M

    2006-01-28

    The lowest singlet excited electronic state of water monomer in the gas phase is strictly dissociative along a OH stretch coordinate but changes its nature when the stretched OH moiety is hydrogen bonded to a neighboring water molecule. This work extends previous exploration of the water dimer excited singlet potential-energy surface, using computational methods that are reliable even at geometries well removed from the ground-state equilibrium. First, the hydrogen-bonded OH moiety is stretched far enough to establish the existence of a barrier that is sufficient to support a quasibound vibrational state of the OH oscillator near the Franck-Condon region. Second, the constraint of an icelike structure is relaxed, and it is found that a substantial fraction of liquidlike structures also supports a quasibound vibrational state. These potential-energy explorations on stretching of the hydrogen-bonded OH moiety in a water dimer are discussed as a model for understanding the initial dynamics upon excitation into the lowest excited singlet state of condensed water. The possibility is raised that the excited-state lifetime may be long enough to allow for exciton migration, which would provide a mechanism for energy transport in condensed water phases. PMID:16460160

  2. The Ground and Two Lowest-lying Singlet Excited Electronic States of Copper Hydroxide (CuOH)

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    Wang, Suyun; Paul, Ankan; DeYonker, Nathan John; Yamaguchi, Yukio; Schaefer, Henry F

    2005-07-12

    The research described in this product was performed in part in the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a national scientific user facility sponsored by the Department of Energy's Office of Biological and Environmental Research and located at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. Various ab initio methods, including self-consistent field (SCF), configuration interaction, coupled cluster (CC), and complete-active-space SCF (CASSCF), have been employed to study the electronic structure of copper hydroxide (CuOH). Geometries, total energies, dipole moments, harmonic vibrational frequencies, and zero-point vibrational energies are reported for the linear 1Σ+ and 1Π stationary points, and for the bent ground-state X˜ 1A', and excited-states 2 1A" and 1 1A". Six different basis sets have been used in the study, Wachters/DZP being the smallest and QZVPP being the largest. The ground- and excited-state bending modes present imaginary frequencies for the linear stationary points, indicating that bent structures are more favorable. The effects of relativity for CuOH are important and have been considered using the Douglas–Kroll approach with cc-pVTZ/cc-pVTZ_DK and cc-pVQZ/cc-pVQZ_DK basis sets. The bent ground and two lowest-lying singlet excited states of the CuOH molecule are indeed energetically more stable than the corresponding linear structures. The optimized geometrical parameters for the X˜ 1A' and 1 1A" states agree fairly well with available experimental values. However, the 2 1A' structure and rotational constants are in poor agreement with experiment, and we suggest that the latter are in error. The predicted adiabatic excitation energies are also inconsistent with the experimental values of 45.5 kcal mol-1 for the 2 1A' state and 52.6 kcal mol-1 for the 1 1A" state. The theoretical CC and CASSCF methods show lower

  3. Experimental and theoretical dipole moments of purines in their ground and lowest excited singlet states

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    Aaron, Jean-Jacques; Diabou Gaye, Mame; Párkányi, Cyril; Cho, Nam Sook; Von Szentpály, László

    1987-01-01

    The ground-state dipole moments of seven biologically important purines (purine, 6-chloropurine, 6-mercaptopurine, hypoxanthine, theobromine, theophylline and caffeine) were determined at 25°C in acetic acid (all the above compounds with the exception of purine) and in ethyl acetate (purine, theophylline and caffeine). Because of its low solubility, it was not possible to measure the dipole moment of uric acid. The first excited singlet-state dipole moments were obtained on the basis of the Bakhshiev and Chamma—Viallet equations using the variation of the Stokes shift with the solvent dielectric constant-refractive index term. The theoretical dipole moments for all the purines listed above and including uric acid were calculated by combining the use of the PPP (π-LCI-SCF-MO) method for the π-contribution to the overall dipole moment with the σ-contribution obtained as a vector sum of the σbond moments and group moments. The experimental and theoretical values were compared with the data available in the literature for some of the purines under study. For several purines, the calculations were carried out for different tautomeric forms. Excited singlet-state dipole moments are smaller than the ground-state values by 0.8 to 2.2 Debye units for all purines under study with the exception of 6-chloropurine. The effects of the structure upon the ground- and excited-state dipole moments of the purines are discussed.

  4. Mechanism of nonphotochemical quenching in green plants: energies of the lowest excited singlet states of violaxanthin and zeaxanthin.

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    Frank, H A; Bautista, J A; Josue, J S; Young, A J

    2000-03-21

    The xanthophyll cycle is an enzymatic, reversible process through which the carotenoids violaxanthin, antheraxanthin, and zeaxanthin are interconverted in response to the need to balance light absorption with the capacity to use the energy to drive the reactions of photosynthesis. The cycle is thought to be one of the main avenues for safely dissipating excitation energy absorbed by plants in excess of that needed for photosynthesis. One of the key factors needed to elucidate the molecular mechanism by which the potentially damaging excess energy is dissipated is the energy of the lowest excited singlet (S(1)) state of the xanthophyll pigments. Absorption from the ground state (S(0)) to S(1) is forbidden by symmetry, making a determination of the S(1) state energies of these molecules by absorption spectroscopy very difficult. Fluorescence spectroscopy is potentially the most direct method for obtaining the S(1) state energies. However, because of problems with sample purity, low emission quantum yields, and detection sensitivity, fluorescence spectra from these molecules, until now, have never been reported. In this work these technical obstacles have been overcome, and S(1) --> S(0) fluorescence spectra of violaxanthin and zeaxanthin are presented. The energies of the S(1) states deduced from the fluorescence spectra are 14 880 +/- 90 cm(-)(1) for violaxanthin and 14 550 +/- 90 cm(-)(1) for zeaxanthin. The results provide important insights into the mechanism of nonphotochemical dissipation of excess energy in plants. PMID:10715102

  5. Lowest excitation energy of 9Be.

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    Stanke, Monika; Kedziera, Dariusz; Bubin, Sergiy; Adamowicz, Ludwik

    2007-07-27

    Variational calculations employing explicitly correlated Gaussian functions and explicitly including the nuclear motion [i.e., without assuming the Born-Oppenheimer (BO) approximation] have been performed to determine the lowest singlet transition energy in the 9Be atom. The non-BO wave functions were used to calculate the alpha2 relativistic corrections (alpha=1/137.035,999,679). With those corrections and with the alpha3 and alpha4 QED corrections determined previously by others, we obtained 54,677.35 cm(-1) for the 3(1)S-->2(1)S transition energy. This result falls within the error bracket for the experimental transition of 54,677.26(10) cm(-1). This is the first time an electronic transition of Be has been calculated from first principles with the experimental accuracy. PMID:17678358

  6. Charge-transfer excitations steer the Davydov splitting and mediate singlet exciton fission in pentacene.

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    Beljonne, D; Yamagata, H; Brédas, J L; Spano, F C; Olivier, Y

    2013-05-31

    Quantum-chemical calculations are combined to a model Frenkel-Holstein Hamiltonian to assess the nature of the lowest electronic excitations in the pentacene crystal. We show that an admixture of charge-transfer excitations into the lowest singlet excited states form the origin of the Davydov splitting and mediate instantaneous singlet exciton fission by direct optical excitation of coherently coupled single and double exciton states, in agreement with recent experiments. PMID:23767738

  7. Charge-Transfer Excitations Steer the Davydov Splitting and Mediate Singlet Exciton Fission in Pentacene

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    Beljonne, D.; Yamagata, H.; Brédas, J. L.; Spano, F. C.; Olivier, Y.

    2013-05-01

    Quantum-chemical calculations are combined to a model Frenkel-Holstein Hamiltonian to assess the nature of the lowest electronic excitations in the pentacene crystal. We show that an admixture of charge-transfer excitations into the lowest singlet excited states form the origin of the Davydov splitting and mediate instantaneous singlet exciton fission by direct optical excitation of coherently coupled single and double exciton states, in agreement with recent experiments.

  8. Ab Initio Calculations of Singlet and Triplet Excited States of Chlorine Nitrate and Nitric Acid

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    Grana, Ana M.; Lee, Timothy J.; Head-Gordon, Martin; Langhoff, Stephen R. (Technical Monitor)

    1994-01-01

    Ab initio calculations of vertical excitations to singlet and triplet excited states of chlorine nitrate and nitric acid are reported. The nature of the electronic transitions are examined by decomposing the difference density into the sum of detachment and attachment densities. Counterparts for the three lowest singlet excited states of nitric acid survive relatively unperturbed in chlorine nitrate, while other low-lying singlet states of chlorine nitrate appear to be directly dissociative in the ClO chromophore. These results suggest an assignment of the two main peaks in the experimental chlorine nitrate absorption spectrum. In addition, triplet vertical excitations and the lowest optimized triplet geometries of both molecules are studied.

  9. Location of the lowest exciton in C 60 single crystal by two-photon excitation spectroscopy

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    Muccini, M.; Danieli, R.; Zamboni, R.; Taliani, C.; Mohn, H.; Müller, W.; ter Meer, H. U.

    1995-10-01

    Two-photon excitation of C 60 single crystal at 4 K shows a sharp band at 1.846 eV which is assigned to the lowest forbidden Frenkel singlet exciton of T 1g symmetry. This assignment is supported by the analysis of Herzberg-Teller induced photoluminescence.

  10. Testing quantum electrodynamics in the lowest singlet state of neutral beryllium-9

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    Williams, Will; Cao, Melody; Kaplan, Emily

    2016-05-01

    We present high precision spectroscopic results on the 2s2p J = 1 singlet state in neutral beryllium-9. Combined with theoretical predictions this measurement serves as a test of quantum electrodynamics and various theoretical methods for predicting the energy of this state. Our experimental setup consists of an oven at 1200C that produces a beam of beryllium atoms. The singlet state is probed transverse to the atomic beam with 235nm light from a frequency quadrupled titanium sapphire laser, where the frequency doubled light at 470nm is stabilized to an ultra low expansion cavity. We also present our progress on spectroscopy on the lowest triplet states and the ionization threshold.

  11. Direct optical excitation of singlet oxygen in organic solvents

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    Bagrov, I. V.; Kiselev, V. M.; Kislyakov, I. M.; Sosnov, E. N.

    2014-04-01

    Efficient excitation of singlet oxygen is demonstrated for several organic solvents (CS2, CCl4, and C6F14) that are irradiated using LED in the visible spectral range in the absorption bands of the O2-O2 collision complexes at the corresponding cooperative transitions. It is shown that the two-photon interaction of the pumping radiation in the Herzberg I band of molecular oxygen with its excitation to the 3Σ{/u +} state and the subsequent collisional relaxation to the 1Σ g and 1Δ g singlet states contributes to the excitation of singlet oxygen.

  12. Singlet and triplet excited states and intersystem crossing in free-base porphyrin: TDDFT and DFT/MRCI study.

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    Perun, Serhiy; Tatchen, Jörg; Marian, Christel M

    2008-02-01

    Extensive time-dependent DFT (TDDFT) and DFT/multireference configuration interaction (MRCI) calculations are performed on the singlet and triplet excited states of free-base porphyrin, with emphasis on intersystem crossing processes. The equilibrium geometries, as well as the vertical and adiabatic excitation energies of the lowest singlet and triplet excited states are determined. Single and double proton-transfer reactions in the first excited singlet state are explored. Harmonic vibrational frequencies are calculated at the equilibrium geometries of the ground state and of the lowest singlet and triplet excited states. Furthermore, spin-orbit coupling matrix elements of the lowest singlet and triplet states and their numerical derivatives with respect to nuclear displacements are computed. It is shown that opening of an unprotonated pyrrole ring as well as excited-state single and double proton transfer inside the porphyrin cavity lead to crossings of the potential energy curves of the lowest singlet and triplet excited states. It is also found that displacements along out-of-plane normal modes of the first excited singlet state cause a significant increase of the , , and spin-orbit coupling matrix elements. These phenomena lead to efficient radiationless deactivation of the lowest excited states of free-base porphyrin via intercombination conversion. In particular, the S1-->T1 population transfer is found to proceed at a rate of approximately 10(7) s(-1) in the isolated molecule. PMID:18189251

  13. Low-lying electronic excited states of pentacene oligomers: a comparative electronic structure study in the context of singlet fission.

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    Coto, Pedro B; Sharifzadeh, Sahar; Neaton, Jeffrey B; Thoss, Michael

    2015-01-13

    The lowest-lying electronic excited states of pentacene and its oligomers are investigated using accurate multireference wave function methods (CASPT2/CASSCF) and the many-body Greens's function approach (GW/BSE). The results obtained for dimers and trimers of different geometry reveal a complex electronic structure, which includes locally excited, charge transfer, and multiexciton states. For singlets of single-excitation character, both approaches yield excitation energies that are in good overall quantitative agreement. While the multiexciton states are located relatively high in energy in all systems investigated, charge transfer states exist in close proximity to the lowest-lying absorbing states. The implications of the results for the mechanisms of singlet fission in pentacene are discussed. PMID:26574213

  14. The Protolysis of Singlet Excited B-Naphtol.

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    van Stam, Jan; Lofroth, Jan-Erik

    1986-01-01

    Presents a two-day experiment to estimate the pK for the protolysis of beta-naphtol in its ground state and the first singlet excited state. Results are compared to results obtained from the integrated rate equations in which values of the rate constants were taken from a time-resolved study. (JN)

  15. Conical intersections and diabatic potential energy surfaces for the three lowest electronic singlet states of H_3^+

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    Mukherjee, Saikat; Mukhopadhyay, Debasis; Adhikari, Satrajit

    2014-11-01

    We calculate the adiabatic Potential Energy Surfaces (PESs) and the Non-Adiabatic Coupling Terms (NACTs) for the three lowest singlet states of H_3^+ in hyperspherical coordinates as functions of hyperangles (θ and ϕ) for a grid of fixed values of hyperradius (1.5 ⩽ ρ ⩽ 20 bohrs) using the MRCI level of methodology employing ab initio quantum chemistry package (MOLPRO). The NACT between the ground and the first excited state translates along the seams on the θ - ϕ space, i.e., there are six Conical Intersections (CIs) at each θ (60° ⩽ θ ⩽ 90°) within the domain, 0 ⩽ ϕ ⩽ 2π. While transforming the adiabatic PESs to the diabatic ones, such surfaces show up six crossings along those seams. Our beyond Born-Oppenheimer approach could incorporate the effect of NACTs accurately and construct single-valued, continuous, smooth, and symmetric diabatic PESs. Since the location of CIs and the spatial amplitudes of NACTs are most prominent around ρ = 10 bohrs, generally only those results are depicted.

  16. Conical intersections and diabatic potential energy surfaces for the three lowest electronic singlet states of H{sub 3}{sup +}

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    Mukherjee, Saikat; Adhikari, Satrajit; Mukhopadhyay, Debasis

    2014-11-28

    We calculate the adiabatic Potential Energy Surfaces (PESs) and the Non-Adiabatic Coupling Terms (NACTs) for the three lowest singlet states of H{sub 3}{sup +} in hyperspherical coordinates as functions of hyperangles (θ and ϕ) for a grid of fixed values of hyperradius (1.5 ⩽ ρ ⩽ 20 bohrs) using the MRCI level of methodology employing ab initio quantum chemistry package (MOLPRO). The NACT between the ground and the first excited state translates along the seams on the θ − ϕ space, i.e., there are six Conical Intersections (CIs) at each θ (60° ⩽ θ ⩽ 90°) within the domain, 0 ⩽ ϕ ⩽ 2π. While transforming the adiabatic PESs to the diabatic ones, such surfaces show up six crossings along those seams. Our beyond Born-Oppenheimer approach could incorporate the effect of NACTs accurately and construct single-valued, continuous, smooth, and symmetric diabatic PESs. Since the location of CIs and the spatial amplitudes of NACTs are most prominent around ρ = 10 bohrs, generally only those results are depicted.

  17. Electron delocalization and electron density of small polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in singlet excited states.

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    Estévez-Fregoso, Mar; Hernández-Trujillo, Jesús

    2016-04-28

    The four lowest singlet electronic states of benzene, the acenes from naphthalene to pentacene, phenanthrene and pyrene were studied by means of theoretical methods. Their vertical excitation energies from the ground electronic states were computed at the CASPT2 approximation. As an attempt to explain the trends observed in the excitation energies, several descriptors based on the electron density were used and the similarity of these molecules with their ground state counterparts was analyzed. It was found that the changes of the topological properties at the C-C bond critical points do not explain the decreasing trends for the excitation energies with the increase of the number of rings, in part because the small changes that take place in the electron density occur above and below the molecular plane. A similarity index based on electron delocalization between quantum topological atoms was defined to compare a molecule in two different electronic states. It was found that, mainly for the acenes, this index goes in line with the excitation energies to the first excited state. Implications of the changes in electron delocalization on the aromatic character of these molecules are also discussed. In general, local aromaticity decreases upon excitation. PMID:26795361

  18. Photo-excitation of carotenoids causes cytotoxicity via singlet oxygen production.

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    Yoshii, Hiroshi; Yoshii, Yukie; Asai, Tatsuya; Furukawa, Takako; Takaichi, Shinichi; Fujibayashi, Yasuhisa

    2012-01-01

    Carotenoids, natural pigments widely distributed in algae and plants, have a conjugated double bond system. Their excitation energies are correlated with conjugation length. We hypothesized that carotenoids whose energy states are above the singlet excited state of oxygen (singlet oxygen) would possess photosensitizing properties. Here, we demonstrated that human skin melanoma (A375) cells are damaged through the photo-excitation of several carotenoids (neoxanthin, fucoxanthin and siphonaxanthin). In contrast, photo-excitation of carotenoids that possess energy states below that of singlet oxygen, such as β-carotene, lutein, loroxanthin and violaxanthin, did not enhance cell death. Production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by photo-excited fucoxanthin or neoxanthin was confirmed using a reporter assay for ROS production with HeLa Hyper cells, which express a fluorescent indicator protein for intracellular ROS. Fucoxanthin and neoxanthin also showed high cellular penetration and retention. Electron spin resonance spectra using 2,2,6,6-tetramethil-4-piperidone as a singlet oxygen trapping agent demonstrated that singlet oxygen was produced via energy transfer from photo-excited fucoxanthin to oxygen molecules. These results suggest that carotenoids such as fucoxanthin, which are capable of singlet oxygen production through photo-excitation and show good penetration and retention in target cells, are useful as photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy for skin disease. PMID:22185691

  19. Photo-excitation of carotenoids causes cytotoxicity via singlet oxygen production

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    Yoshii, Hiroshi; Yoshii, Yukie; Asai, Tatsuya; Furukawa, Takako; Takaichi, Shinichi; Fujibayashi, Yasuhisa

    2012-01-06

    Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Some photo-excited carotenoids have photosensitizing ability. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer They are able to produce ROS. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Photo-excited fucoxanthin can produce singlet oxygen through energy transfer. -- Abstract: Carotenoids, natural pigments widely distributed in algae and plants, have a conjugated double bond system. Their excitation energies are correlated with conjugation length. We hypothesized that carotenoids whose energy states are above the singlet excited state of oxygen (singlet oxygen) would possess photosensitizing properties. Here, we demonstrated that human skin melanoma (A375) cells are damaged through the photo-excitation of several carotenoids (neoxanthin, fucoxanthin and siphonaxanthin). In contrast, photo-excitation of carotenoids that possess energy states below that of singlet oxygen, such as {beta}-carotene, lutein, loroxanthin and violaxanthin, did not enhance cell death. Production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) by photo-excited fucoxanthin or neoxanthin was confirmed using a reporter assay for ROS production with HeLa Hyper cells, which express a fluorescent indicator protein for intracellular ROS. Fucoxanthin and neoxanthin also showed high cellular penetration and retention. Electron spin resonance spectra using 2,2,6,6-tetramethil-4-piperidone as a singlet oxygen trapping agent demonstrated that singlet oxygen was produced via energy transfer from photo-excited fucoxanthin to oxygen molecules. These results suggest that carotenoids such as fucoxanthin, which are capable of singlet oxygen production through photo-excitation and show good penetration and retention in target cells, are useful as photosensitizers in photodynamic therapy for skin disease.

  20. Calculation of the lowest electronic excitations of the alkaline earth metals using the relativistic polarization propagator

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    Brandt, Sven; Pernpointner, Markus

    2015-07-01

    In this work we use the recently implemented four-component polarization propagator for accurate single excitation calculations of alkaline earth metals and compare our results to experimental data. Various approximations to the Dirac-Coulomb Hamiltonian are additionally tested. In Ca spin-orbit coupling already leads to noticeable zero field splitting, which gradually increases for the heavier homologs finally invalidating the singlet and triplet state characterizations. For all systems we observe a very good agreement with experimental transition energies in the considered energy range. For Sr, Ba and Ra non-relativistic approaches already exhibit unacceptable deviations in the reproduction of transition energies and spectral structure. The obtained excited final states are analyzed in terms of atomic donor and acceptor orbital contributions. Our results stress the necessity to use relativistic implementations of the polarization propagator for an accurate description of both electron correlation and relativistic effects contributing to excitation spectra of heavy systems.

  1. Time-resolved electron transfer from the excited singlet state of anchored perylene into Ag(1 1 0)

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    Gundlach, Lars; Willig, Frank

    2007-11-01

    Perylene chromophores were adsorbed on the Ag(1 1 0) surface via surface bond formation of the -CH 2-SH group that was covalently attached to the perylene moieties. The lowest excited singlet state of perylene was populated with a laser pulse of 440 nm wavelength. The decay of this donor state due to ultrafast electron transfer to the Ag electrode was probed with a second, delayed laser pulse centered at 280 nm that gave rise to a photoemission signal detected in ultra-high-vacuum by a spectrometer. The fit to the measured data revealed a time constant of 15 fs for the electron injection reaction.

  2. The influence of excitation radiation parameters on photosensitized generation of singlet oxygen in water

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    Il'ina, A. D.; Glazov, A. L.; Semenova, I. V.; Vasyutinskii, O. S.

    2016-06-01

    Photosensitized generation of singlet oxygen with the aid of Radahlorin® photosensitizer has been investigated. The dependences of the intensity of singlet oxygen phosphorescence and photosensitizer fluorescence on the excitation radiation wavelength in the range of 350-440 nm and on the irradiation dose have been obtained. The dependence of the ratio of the sensitizer fluorescence intensity at about 670 nm to the singlet oxygen phosphorescence intensity at a wavelength of 1270 nm on the excitation radiation wavelength is found to be nonmonotonic and have a minimum near the center of the absorption band on its red wing. The results obtained can be used to monitor the singlet oxygen concentration in solutions.

  3. Accurate ab initio potential energy curves and spectroscopic properties of the four lowest singlet states of C2

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    Boschen, Jeffery S.; Theis, Daniel; Ruedenberg, Klaus; Windus, Theresa L.

    2013-12-07

    The diatomic carbon molecule has a complex electronic structure with a large number of low-lying electronic excited states. In this work, the potential energy curves (PECs) of the four lowest lying singlet states (X-1 Sigma(+)(g), A(1)Pi(u), B-1 Delta(g), and B'(1)Sigma(+)(g)) were obtained by high-level ab initio calculations. Valence electron correlation was accounted for by the correlation energy extrapolation by intrinsic scaling (CEEIS) method. Additional corrections to the PECs included core-valence correlation and relativistic effects. Spin-orbit corrections were found to be insignificant. The impact of using dynamically weighted reference wave functions in conjunction with CEEIS was examined and found to give indistinguishable results from the even weighted method. The PECs showed multiple curve crossings due to the B-1 Delta(g) state as well as an avoided crossing between the two (1)Sigma(+)(g) states. Vibrational energy levels were computed for each of the four electronic states, as well as rotational constants and spectroscopic parameters. Comparison between the theoretical and experimental results showed excellent agreement overall. Equilibrium bond distances are reproduced to within 0.05 %. The dissociation energies of the states agree with experiment to within similar to 0.5 kcal/mol, achieving "chemical accuracy." Vibrational energy levels show average deviations of similar to 20 cm(-1) or less. The B-1 Delta(g) state shows the best agreement with a mean absolute deviation of 2.41 cm(-1). Calculated rotational constants exhibit very good agreement with experiment, as do the spectroscopic constants.

  4. Singlet-to-Triplet Excitations in the Unconventional Spin-Peierls System TiOBr

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    Clancy, James P; Gaulin, Bruce D.; Adams, Carl P; Granroth, Garrett E; Kolesnikov, Alexander I; Sherline, Todd E; Chou, F. C.

    2011-01-01

    We have performed time-of-flight neutron scattering measurements on powder samples of the unconventional spin-Peierls compound TiOBr using the fine-resolution Fermi chopper spectrometer (SEQUOIA) at the SNS. These measurements reveal two branches of magnetic excitations within the commensurate and incommensurate spin-Peierls phases, which we associate with n = 1 and n = 2 triplet excitations out of the singlet ground state. These measurements represent the first direct measure of the singlet-triplet energy gap in TiOBr, which is found to have a value of Eg 21 meV.

  5. Singlet-Triplet Excitations in the Unconventional Spin-Peierls TiOBr Compound

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    Clancy, J. P.; Gaulin, B. D.; Adams, C. P.; Granroth, G. E.; Kolesnikov, A. I.; Sherline, T. E.; Chou, F. C.

    2011-03-01

    We have performed time-of-flight neutron scattering measurements on powder samples of the unconventional spin-Peierls compound TiOBr using the fine-resolution Fermi chopper spectrometer (SEQUOIA) at the Spallation Neutron Source at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. These measurements reveal two branches of magnetic excitations within the commensurate and incommensurate spin-Peierls phases, which we associate with n=1 and n=2 triplet excitations out of the singlet ground state. These results represent the first direct measurement of the singlet-triplet energy gap in TiOBr, which has a value of Eg=21.2±1.0meV.

  6. Shape vibration and quasiparticle excitations in the lowest 0+ excited state in erbium isotopes

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    Chen, Fang-Qi; Egido, J. Luis

    2016-06-01

    The ground and first excited 0+ states of the -172Er156 isotopes are analyzed in the framework of the generator coordinate method. The shape parameter β is used to generate wave functions with different deformations which together with the two-quasiparticle states built on them provide a set of states. An angular momentum and particle number projection of the latter spawn the basis states of the generator coordinate method. With this ansatz and using the separable pairing plus quadrupole interaction we obtain a good agreement with the experimental spectra and E 2 transition rates up to moderate spin values. The structure of the wave functions suggests that the first excited 0+ states in the soft Er isotopes are dominated by shape fluctuations, while in the well deformed Er isotopes the two-quasiparticle states are more relevant. In between, both degrees of freedom are necessary.

  7. Zethrene biradicals: How pro-aromaticity is expressed in the ground electronic state and in the lowest energy singlet, triplet, and ionic states

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    Zafra, José Luis; González Cano, Rafael C.; Ruiz Delgado, M. Carmen; López Navarrete, Juan T.; Casado, Juan

    2014-02-07

    A analysis of the electronic and molecular structures of new molecular materials based on zethrene is presented with particular attention to those systems having a central benzo-quinoidal core able to generate Kekulé biradicals whose stability is provided by the aromaticity recovery in this central unit. These Kekulé biradicals display singlet ground electronic states thanks to double spin polarization and have low-energy lying triplet excited states also featured by the aromaticity gain. Pro-aromatization is also the driving force for the stabilization of the ionized species. Moreover, the low energy lying singlet excited states also display a profound biradical fingerprint allowing to singlet exciton fission. These properties are discussed in the context of the size of the zethrene core and of its substitution. The work encompasses all known long zethrenes and makes use of a variety of experimental techniques, such as Raman, UV-Vis-NIR absorption, transient absorption, in situ spectroelectrochemistry and quantum chemical calculations. This study reveals how the insertion of suitable molecular modules (i.e., quinoidal) opens the door to new intriguing molecular properties exploitable in organic electronics.

  8. Zethrene biradicals: How pro-aromaticity is expressed in the ground electronic state and in the lowest energy singlet, triplet, and ionic states

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    Zafra, José Luis; González Cano, Rafael C.; Ruiz Delgado, M. Carmen; Sun, Zhe; Li, Yuan; López Navarrete, Juan T.; Wu, Jishan; Casado, Juan

    2014-02-01

    A analysis of the electronic and molecular structures of new molecular materials based on zethrene is presented with particular attention to those systems having a central benzo-quinoidal core able to generate Kekulé biradicals whose stability is provided by the aromaticity recovery in this central unit. These Kekulé biradicals display singlet ground electronic states thanks to double spin polarization and have low-energy lying triplet excited states also featured by the aromaticity gain. Pro-aromatization is also the driving force for the stabilization of the ionized species. Moreover, the low energy lying singlet excited states also display a profound biradical fingerprint allowing to singlet exciton fission. These properties are discussed in the context of the size of the zethrene core and of its substitution. The work encompasses all known long zethrenes and makes use of a variety of experimental techniques, such as Raman, UV-Vis-NIR absorption, transient absorption, in situ spectroelectrochemistry and quantum chemical calculations. This study reveals how the insertion of suitable molecular modules (i.e., quinoidal) opens the door to new intriguing molecular properties exploitable in organic electronics.

  9. High resolution study of the six lowest doubly excited vibrational states of PH 2D

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    Leroy, C.; Ulenikov, O. N.; Bekhtereva, E. S.; Onopenko, G. A.; Chudinova, T. D.

    2005-12-01

    The five lowest doubly excited deformational vibrational bands ν4 + ν6, 2 ν6, ν3 + ν4, ν3 + ν6, and 2 ν3 of PH 2D have been recorded for the first time using a Bruker 120 HR interferometer with a resolution 0.0033 cm -1 and analysed. Some transitions belonging to a very weak band 2 ν4 have been also assigned. From the fit 24 and 86, respectively, diagonal and resonance interaction parameters were obtained which reproduce 1089 upper energy levels obtained from more than 4600 assigned transitions with the rms deviation of 0.00059 cm -1.

  10. Selective vibronic excitation of singlet oxygen--furan reactions in cryogenic matrices

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    Frei, H.; Pimentel, G.C.

    1983-10-01

    The reactions of 2,5-dimethylfuran (DMF), 2-methylfuran (MF), and furan with molecular oxygen to form endoperoxides have been induced in Ar and O/sub 2/ matrices at 12 K with selective vibronic excitation of O/sub 2/ using near infrared light. Reaction was induced through excitation of the /sup 1/..delta../sub g/(v' = 0, v' = 1) and /sup 1/..sigma../sub g//sup +/(v' = 0, v' = 1) O/sub 2/ states near 8000 and 13 100 cm/sup -1/, respectively, as well as by the (/sup 1/..delta../sub g/, /sup 1/..delta../sub g/) simultaneous transitions of (O/sub 2/)/sub 2/ at 15 900 and 17 300 cm/sup -1/. The /sup 1/..delta../sub g/ reverse arrow /sup 3/..sigma../sub g//sup -/ vibronic progression in solid O/sub 2/ was recorded by FTIR spectroscopy, whereas members of the /sup 1/..sigma../sub g//sup +/ reverse arrow /sup 3/..sigma../sub g//sup -/ and (/sup 1/..delta../sub g/, /sup 1/..delta../sub g/) reverse arrow (/sup 3/..sigma../sub g//sup -/, /sup 3/..sigma../sub g//sup -/) progressions in Ar matrices were located by ''reaction excitation'' spectroscopy. The DMF+O/sub 2/ reaction is a single photon process, apparently with unit quantum yield, for all vibronic levels excited. For MF+O/sub 2/(/sup 1/..delta../sub g/, v' = 0) and furan +O/sub 2/(/sup 1/..delta../sub g/, v' = 0), quantum yields were high, approx.0.6 and 0.4, respectively, but the reservoirs of reactive pairs were 10--20 times smaller than for DMF+O/sub 2/. The furan+O/sub 2/ reaction rate showed an /sup 18/O/sub 2/ isotope effect 0.78 +- 0.15, which can be interpreted in terms of quantum mechanical tunneling on the lowest singlet hypersurface.

  11. Failures of TDDFT in describing the lowest intramolecular charge-transfer excitation in para-nitroaniline

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    Eriksen, Janus J.; Sauer, Stephan P. A.; Mikkelsen, Kurt V.; Christiansen, Ove; Jensen, Hans Jørgen Aa.; Kongsted, Jacob

    2013-07-01

    We investigate the failure of time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) with the CAM-B3LYP exchange-correlation (xc) functional coupled to the polarisable embedding (PE) scheme (PE-CAM-B3LYP) in reproducing the solvatochromic shift of the lowest intense charge-transfer excitation in para-nitroaniline (pNA) in water by comparing with results obtained with the coupled cluster singles and doubles (CCSD) model also coupled to the polarisable embedding scheme (PE-CCSD). We determine the amount of charge separation in the ground and excited charge-transfer state with both methods by calculating the electric dipole moments in the gas phase and for 100 solvent configurations. We find that CAM-B3LYP overestimates the amount of charge separation inherent in the ground state and TDDFT/CAM-B3LYP drastically underestimates this amount in the excited charge-transfer state. As the errors in the solvatochromatic shift are found to be inverse proportional to the change in dipole moment upon excitation, we conclude that the flaws in the description of the solvatochromic shift of this excitation are related to TDDFT itself and how it responds to the solvent effects modelled by the PE scheme. We recommend therefore to benchmark results of TDDFT calculations with CAM-B3LYP for intramolecular charge-transfer excitations in molecular systems similar to pNA against higher level ab initio wave function methods, like, e.g. CCSD, prior to their use. Using the calculated change in dipole moment upon excitation as a measure for charge-transfer character, we furthermore confirm that the difference between excitation energies calculated with TDDFT and with the Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA) to TDDFT is indeed correlated with the charge-transfer character of a given electronic transition both in vacuo and in solution. This is supported by a corresponding correlation between the change in dipole moment and the size of the Λ index diagnostic for the investigated CT excitation.

  12. Low-energy singlet excitations in spin-1/2 Heisenberg antiferromagnet on square lattice

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    Aktersky, A. Yu.; Syromyatnikov, A. V.

    2016-05-01

    We present an approach based on a dimer expansion which describes low-energy singlet excitations (singlons) in spin-1/2 Heisenberg antiferromagnet on simple square lattice. An operator ("effective Hamiltonian") is constructed whose eigenvalues give the singlon spectrum. The "effective Hamiltonian" looks like a Hamiltonian of a spin-1/2 magnet in strong external magnetic field and it has a gapped spectrum. It is found that singlet states lie above triplet ones (magnons) in the whole Brillouin zone except in the vicinity of the point (π , 0), where their energies are slightly smaller. Based on this finding, we suggest that a magnon decay is possible near (π , 0) into another magnon and a singlon which may contribute to the dip of the magnon spectrum near (π , 0) and reduce the magnon lifetime. It is pointed out that the singlon-magnon continuum may contribute to the continuum of excitations observed recently near (π , 0).

  13. Benchmark calculations on the lowest-energy singlet, triplet, and quintet states of the four-electron harmonium atom

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    Cioslowski, Jerzy; Strasburger, Krzysztof; Matito, Eduard

    2014-07-28

    For a wide range of confinement strengths ω, explicitly-correlated calculations afford approximate energies E(ω) of the ground and low-lying excited states of the four-electron harmonium atom that are within few μhartree of the exact values, the errors in the respective energy components being only slightly higher. This level of accuracy constitutes an improvement of several orders of magnitude over the previously published data, establishing a set of benchmarks for stringent calibration and testing of approximate electronic structure methods. Its usefulness is further enhanced by the construction of differentiable approximants that allow for accurate computation of E(ω) and its components for arbitrary values of ω. The diversity of the electronic states in question, which involve both single- and multideterminantal first-order wavefunctions, and the availability of the relevant natural spinorbitals and their occupation numbers make the present results particularly useful in research on approximate density-matrix functionals. The four-electron harmonium atom is found to possess the {sup 3}P{sub +} triplet ground state at strong confinements and the {sup 5}S{sub −} quintet ground state at the weak ones, the energy crossing occurring at ω ≈ 0.0240919.

  14. Benchmark calculations on the lowest-energy singlet, triplet, and quintet states of the four-electron harmonium atom.

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    Cioslowski, Jerzy; Strasburger, Krzysztof; Matito, Eduard

    2014-07-28

    For a wide range of confinement strengths ω, explicitly-correlated calculations afford approximate energies E(ω) of the ground and low-lying excited states of the four-electron harmonium atom that are within few μhartree of the exact values, the errors in the respective energy components being only slightly higher. This level of accuracy constitutes an improvement of several orders of magnitude over the previously published data, establishing a set of benchmarks for stringent calibration and testing of approximate electronic structure methods. Its usefulness is further enhanced by the construction of differentiable approximants that allow for accurate computation of E(ω) and its components for arbitrary values of ω. The diversity of the electronic states in question, which involve both single- and multideterminantal first-order wavefunctions, and the availability of the relevant natural spinorbitals and their occupation numbers make the present results particularly useful in research on approximate density-matrix functionals. The four-electron harmonium atom is found to possess the (3)P+ triplet ground state at strong confinements and the (5)S- quintet ground state at the weak ones, the energy crossing occurring at ω ≈ 0.0240919. PMID:25084902

  15. Proton collisional excitation in the lowest lying 3P terms of ions in the Be and Mg isoelectronic sequences

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    Landman, D. A.; Brown, T.

    1979-01-01

    Proton collisional excitation cross sections and rate constants are presented for transitions between the 3P(J) fine-structure levels of the lowest-lying sp configurations in a number of astrophysically important ions belonging to the Be and Mg isoelectronic sequences. The calculations were made by direct integration of the Schroedinger equation resulting from semiclassical Coulomb excitation theory. The cross sections and rate constants for the 3P(J) transitions in the lowest-lying P(2) configurations are expected to be similar to those for the corresponding sp configuration transitions, and this is illustrated for C III. For the high-temperature ion Ca XVII alpha particle excitation is shown to be unimportant for situations involving ordinary values of the He/H abundance ratio. A simple, but apparently accurate method for determining certain radial integrals for low-lying excited configurations is proposed.

  16. Singlet-Triplet Excitations in the Unconventional Spin-Peierls System TiOBr

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    Clancy, J. P.; Gaulin, B. D.; Adams, C. P.; Granroth, G. E.; Kolesnikov, A. I.; Sherline, T. E.; Chou, F. C.

    2011-03-01

    TiOBr belongs to a select group of quasi-one-dimensional materials which undergo a spin-Peierls (SP) phase transition and develop a dimerized singlet ground state at low temperatures. However, unlike conventional SP systems, TiOBr exhibits not one, but two successive phase transitions upon cooling: a continuous transition into an incommensurate SP state at TC 2 ~ 48 K, followed by a discontinuous transition into a commensurate SP state at TC 1 ~ 27 K. We have performed time-of-flight neutron scattering measurements on powder samples of TiOBr using the fine-resolution Fermi chopper spectrometer (SEQUOIA) at the Spallation Neutron Source. These measurements reveal two branches of magnetic excitations within the commensurate and incommensurate SP phases, which we associate with n = 1 and n = 2 triplet excitations out of the singlet ground state. This study represents the first direct measure of the singlet-triplet energy gap in TiOBr, which we have determined to be Eg = 21.2 +/- 1.0 meV.

  17. Singlet and triplet excitation management in a bichromophoric near-infrared-phosphorescent BODIPY-benzoporphyrin platinum complex

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    Whited, M. T.; Djurovich, P. I.; Roberts, Sean T.; Durrell, A. C.; Schlenker, C. W.; Bradforth, Stephen E.; Thompson, Mark E.

    2011-01-12

    Multichromophoric arrays provide one strategy for assembling molecules with intense absorptions across the visible spectrum but are generally focused on systems that efficiently produce and manipulate singlet excitations and therefore are burdened by the restrictions of (a) unidirectional energy transfer and (b) limited tunability of the lowest molecular excited state. In contrast, we present here a multichromophoric array based on four boron dipyrrins (BODIPY) bound to a platinum benzoporphyrin scaffold that exhibits intense panchromatic absorption and efficiently generates triplets. The spectral complementarity of the BODIPY and porphryin units allows the direct observation of fast bidirectional singlet and triplet energy transfer processes (kST(1BDP→1Por) = 7.8 × 1011 s-1, kTT(3Por→3BDP) = 1.0 × 1010 s-1, kTT(3BDP→3Por) = 1.6 × 1010 s-1), leading to a long-lived equilibrated [3BDP][Por]⇌[BDP][3Por] state. This equilibrated state contains approximately isoenergetic porphyrin and BODIPY triplets and exhibits efficient near-infrared phosphorescence (λem = 772 nm, Φ = 0.26). Taken together, these studies show that appropriately designed triplet-utilizing arrays may overcome fundamental limitations typically associated with core-shell chromophores by tunable redistribution of energy from the core back onto the antennae.

  18. Twisting the Phenyls in Aryl Diphosphenes (Ar-P=P-Ar). Significant Impact upon Lowest Energy Excited States

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    Peng, Huo-Lei; Payton, John L.; Protasiewicz, John D.

    2009-01-01

    Aryl diphosphenes (Ar-P=P-Ar) possess features that may make them useful in photonic devices, including the possibility for photochemical E-Z isomerization. Development of good models guided by computations is hampered by poor correspondence between predicted and experimental UV/vis absorption spectra. An hypothesis that the phenyl twist angle (i.e. PPCC torsion) accounts for this discrepancy is explored, with positive findings. DFT and TDDFT (B3LYP) were applied to the phenyl-P=P-phenyl (Ph-P=P-Ph) model compound over a range of phenyl twist angles, and to the Ph-P=P-Ph cores of two crystallographically characterized diphosphenes: bis-(2,4,6-tBu3C6H2)-diphosphene (Mes*-P=P-Mes*) and bis-(2,6-Mes2C6H3)-diphosphene (Dmp-P=P-Dmp). A shallow PES is observed: the full range of phenyl twist angles is accessible for under 5 kcal/mol. The Kohn-Sham orbitals (KS-MOs) exhibit stabilization and mixing of the two highest energy frontier orbitals – the n+ and π localized primarily on the – P=P– unit. A simple, single-configuration model based upon this symmetry-breaking is shown to be consistent with the major features of the measured UV/vis spectra of several diphosphenes. Detailed evaluation of singlet excitations, transition energies and oscillator strengths with TDDFT showed that the lowest energy transition (S1 ← S0) does not always correspond to the LUMO ← HOMO configuration. Coupling between the phenyl rings and central –P=P– destabilizes the π-π* dominated state. Hence, the S1 is always n+-π* in nature, even with a π-type HOMO. This coupling of the ring and –P=P– π systems engenders complexity in the UV/vis absorption region, and may be the origin of the variety of photobehaviours observed in diphosphenes. PMID:19496568

  19. Towards elucidating the energy of the first excited singlet state of xanthophyll cycle pigments by X-ray absorption spectroscopy.

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    Gruszecki, W I; Stiel, H; Niedzwiedzki, D; Beck, M; Milanowska, J; Lokstein, H; Leupold, D

    2005-06-01

    The first excited singlet state (S(1)) of carotenoids (also termed 2A(g)(-)) plays a key role in photosynthetic excitation energy transfer due to its close proximity to the S(1) (Q(y)) level of chlorophylls. The determination of carotenoid 2A(g)(-) energies by optical techniques is difficult; transitions from the ground state (S(0), 1A(g)(-)) to the 2A(g)(-) state are forbidden ("optically dark") due to parity (g <-- //--> g) as well as pseudo-parity selection rules (- <-- //--> -). Of particular interest are S(1) energies of the so-called xanthophyll-cycle pigments (violaxanthin, antheraxanthin and zeaxanthin) due to their involvement in photoprotection in plants. Previous determinations of S(1) energies of violaxanthin and zeaxanthin by different spectroscopic techniques vary considerably. Here we present an alternative approach towards elucidation of the optically dark states of xanthophylls by near-edge X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy (NEXAFS). The indication of at least one pi* energy level (about 0.5 eV below the lowest 1B(u)(+) vibronic sublevel) has been found for zeaxanthin. Present limitations and future improvements of NEXAFS to study optically dark states of carotenoids are discussed. NEXAFS combined with simultaneous optical pumping will further aid the investigation of these otherwise hardly accessible states. PMID:15949988

  20. The holographic recording in photopolymer by excitation forbidden singlet-triplet transitions

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    Shelkovnikov, V. V.; Pen, E. F.; Russkich, V. V.; Vasiliev, E. V.; Kovalevsky, V. I.

    2006-05-01

    The possibility and features of the holographic recording by excitation of the forbidden singlet-triplet transitions are considered in the report. The experimental demonstration of the hologram recording on forbidden transition is carried out in thick photopolymer material sensitized by Erithrozine dye. The single hologram with diffraction efficiency DE=50% and 16 angle multiplexing hologram were recorded by irradiation of the low intensity He-Ne laser (632 nm) at high concentration of the sensitizing dye and at high optical density in allowed absorption band of dye. The growth of DE of transition hologram depending on the Kr+(647 nm) laser irradiation intensity of was studied. The observed linear dependence of the maximal rate of DE growth on the intensity of recording irradiation was explained by two steps-two photon excitation (T I<--S 0, T II<--T I) of the dye in the photopolymer samples.

  1. The electronic origin and vibrational levels of the first excited singlet state of isocyanic acid (HNCO)

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    Berghout, H. Laine; Crim, F. Fleming; Zyrianov, Mikhail; Reisler, Hanna

    2000-04-15

    The combination of vibrationally mediated photofragment yield spectroscopy, which excites molecules prepared in single vibrational states, and multiphoton fluorescence spectroscopy, which excites molecules cooled in a supersonic expansion, provides detailed information on the energetics and vibrational structure of the first excited singlet state (S{sub 1}) of isocyanic acid (HNCO). Dissociation of molecules prepared in individual vibrational states by stimulated Raman excitation probes vibrational levels near the origin of the electronically excited state. Detection of fluorescence from dissociation products formed by multiphoton excitation through S{sub 1} of molecules cooled in a supersonic expansion reveals the vibrational structure at higher energies. Both types of spectra show long, prominent progressions in the N-C-O bending vibration built on states with different amounts of N-C stretching excitation and H-N-C bending excitation. Analyzing the spectra locates the origin of the S{sub 1} state at 32 449{+-}20 cm{sup -1} and determines the harmonic vibrational frequencies of the N-C stretch ({omega}{sub 3}=1034{+-}20 cm{sup -1}), the H-N-C bend ({omega}{sub 4}=1192{+-}19 cm{sup -1}), and the N-C-O bend ({omega}{sub 5}=599{+-}7 cm{sup -1}), values that are consistent with several ab initio calculations. The assigned spectra strongly suggest that the N-C stretching vibration is a promoting mode for internal conversion from S{sub 1} to S{sub 0}. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics.

  2. Long-Lived Triplet Excited States of Bent-Shaped Pentacene Dimers by Intramolecular Singlet Fission.

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    Sakuma, Takao; Sakai, Hayato; Araki, Yasuyuki; Mori, Tadashi; Wada, Takehiko; Tkachenko, Nikolai V; Hasobe, Taku

    2016-03-24

    Intramolecular singlet fission (ISF) is a promising photophysical process to construct more efficient light energy conversion systems as one excited singlet state converts into two excited triplet states. Herein we synthesized and evaluated bent-shaped pentacene dimers as a prototype of ISF to reveal intrinsic characters of triplet states (e.g., lifetimes of triplet excited states). In this study, meta-phenylene-bridged TIPS-pentacene dimer (PcD-3Ph) and 2,2'-bipheynyl bridged TIPS-pentacene dimer (PcD-Biph) were newly synthesized as bent-shaped dimers. In the steady-state spectroscopy, absorption and emission bands of these dimers were fully characterized, suggesting the appropriate degree of electronic coupling between pentacene moieties in these dimers. In addition, the electrochemical measurements were also performed to check the electronic interaction between two pentacene moieties. Whereas the successive two oxidation peaks owing to the delocalization were observed in a directly linked-pentacene dimer (PcD) by a single bond, the cyclic voltammograms in PcD-Biph and PcD-3Ph implied the weaker interaction compared to that of p-phenylene-bridged TIPS-pentacene dimer (PcD-4Ph) and PcD. The femtosecond and nanosecond transient absorption spectra clearly revealed the slower ISF process in bent-shaped pentacene dimers (PcD-Biph and PcD-3Ph), more notably, the slower relaxation of the excited triplet states in PcD-Biph and PcD-3Ph. Namely, the quantum yields of triplet states (ΦT) by ISF approximately remain constant (ca. 180-200%) in all dimer systems, whereas the lifetimes of the triplet excited states became much longer (up to 360 ns) in PcD-Biph as compared to PcD-4Ph (15 ns). Additionally, the lifetimes of the corresponding triplet states in PcD-Biph and PcD-3Ph were sufficiently affected by solvent viscosity. In particular, the lifetimes of PcD-Biph triplet state in THF/paraffin (1.0 μs) increased up to approximately three times as compared to that in THF

  3. Vibrational dynamics of aniline (N2)1 clusters in their first excited singlet state

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    Hineman, M. F.; Kim, S. K.; Bernstein, E. R.; Kelley, D. F.

    1992-04-01

    The first excited singlet state S1 vibrational dynamics of aniline(N2)1 clusters are studied and compared to previous results on aniline(CH4)1 and aniline(Ar)1. Intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution (IVR) and vibrational predissociation (VP) rates fall between the two extremes of the CH4 (fast IVR, slow VP) and Ar (slow IVR, fast VP) cluster results as is predicted by a serial IVR/VP model using Fermi's golden rule to describe IVR processes and a restricted Rice-Ramsperger-Kassel-Marcus (RRKM) theory to describe unimolecular VP rates. The density of states is the most important factor determining the rates. Two product states, 00 and 10b1, of bare aniline and one intermediate state ˜(00) in the overall IVR/VP process are observed and time resolved measurements are obtained for the 000 and ˜(000) transitions. The results are modeled with the serial mechanism described above.

  4. Singlet and triplet excited state properties of natural chlorophylls and bacteriochlorophylls

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    Niedzwiedzki, Dariusz; Blankenship, R. E.

    2010-11-18

    Ten naturally occurring chlorophylls (a, b, c{sub 2}, d) and bacteriochlorophylls (a, b, c, d, e, g) were purified and studied using the optical spectroscopic techniques of both steady state and time-resolved absorption and fluorescence. The studies were carried out at room temperature in nucleophilic solvents in which the central Mg is hexacoordinated. The comprehensive studies of singlet excited state lifetimes show a clear dependency on the structural features of the macrocycle and terminal substituents. The wide-ranging studies of triplet state lifetime demonstrate the existence of an energy gap law for these molecules. The knowledge of the dynamics and the energies of the triplet state that were obtained in other studies allowed us to construct an energy gap law expression that can be used to estimate the triplet state energies of any (B)chlorophyll molecule from its triplet lifetime obtained in a liquid environment.

  5. Excited singlet molecular O2 (1Δg) is generated enzymatically from excited carbonyls in the dark

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    Mano, Camila M.; Prado, Fernanda M.; Massari, Júlio; Ronsein, Graziella E.; Martinez, Glaucia R.; Miyamoto, Sayuri; Cadet, Jean; Sies, Helmut; Medeiros, Marisa H. G.; Bechara, Etelvino J. H.; Di Mascio, Paolo

    2014-01-01

    In mammalian tissues, ultraweak chemiluminescence arising from biomolecule oxidation has been attributed to the radiative deactivation of singlet molecular oxygen [O2 (1Δg)] and electronically excited triplet carbonyl products involving dioxetane intermediates. Herein, we describe evidence of the generation of O2 (1Δg) in aqueous solution via energy transfer from excited triplet acetone. This involves thermolysis of 3,3,4,4-tetramethyl-1,2-dioxetane, a chemical source, and horseradish peroxidase-catalyzed oxidation of 2-methylpropanal, as an enzymatic source. Both sources of excited carbonyls showed characteristic light emission at 1,270 nm, directly indicative of the monomolecular decay of O2 (1Δg). Indirect analysis of O2 (1Δg) by electron paramagnetic resonance using the chemical trap 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine showed the formation of 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl. Using [18O]-labeled triplet, ground state molecular oxygen [18O2 (3Σg-)], chemical trapping of 18O2 (1Δg) with disodium salt of anthracene-9,10-diyldiethane-2,1-diyl disulfate yielding the corresponding double-[18O]-labeled 9,10-endoperoxide, was detected through mass spectrometry. This corroborates formation of O2 (1Δg). Altogether, photoemission and chemical trapping studies clearly demonstrate that chemically and enzymatically nascent excited carbonyl generates 18O2 (1Δg) by triplet-triplet energy transfer to ground state oxygen O2 (3Σg−), and supports the long formulated hypothesis of O2 (1Δg) involvement in physiological and pathophysiological events that might take place in tissues in the absence of light. PMID:25087485

  6. Paramagnetic excitations in singlet ground state PrNi{sub 2}Si{sub 2}

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    Blanco, J.A.; Nicklow, R.M.; Schmitt, D.

    1997-11-01

    The dispersion curves for magnetic excitations along the principal directions of the Brillouin zone of the singlet ground state compound PrNi{sub 2}Si{sub 2} have been measured at 30 K by inelastic neutron-scattering experiments in the paramagnetic phase. From these data we have extracted information about the main exchange interaction coupling parameters J{sub ij} that are responsible for the appearance of an amplitude modulated magnetic order in this compound below T{sub N}=20K. The results are consistent with the long-range character of Ruderman-Kittel-Kasuya-Yosida interactions because in order to describe the dispersion curves observed at 30 K it is necessary to consider the influence of the interaction to the eighth nearest-neighbor Pr{sup 3+} ion along the c direction. In addition, we have studied the thermal dependence of the excitations at several representative points in the Brillouin zone that show an important softening as the temperature is lowered to T{sub N}. {copyright} {ital 1997} {ital The American Physical Society}

  7. Aromaticity Reversal in the Lowest Excited Triplet State of Archetypical Möbius Heteroannulenic Systems.

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    Oh, Juwon; Sung, Young Mo; Kim, Woojae; Mori, Shigeki; Osuka, Atsuhiro; Kim, Dongho

    2016-05-23

    The aromaticity reversal in the lowest triplet state (T1 ) of a comparable set of Hückel/Möbius aromatic metalated expanded porphyrins was explored by optical spectroscopy and quantum calculations. In the absorption spectra, the T1 states of the Möbius aromatic species showed broad, weak, and ill-defined spectral features with small extinction coefficients, which is in line with typical antiaromatic expanded porphyrins. In combination with quantum calculations, these results indicate that the Möbius aromatic nature of the S0 state is reversed to Möbius antiaromaticity in the T1 state. This is the first experimental observation of aromaticity reversal in the T1 state of Möbius aromatic molecules. PMID:27079620

  8. High-Yield Excited Triplet States in Pentacene Self-Assembled Monolayers on Gold Nanoparticles through Singlet Exciton Fission.

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    Kato, Daiki; Sakai, Hayato; Tkachenko, Nikolai V; Hasobe, Taku

    2016-04-18

    One of the major drawbacks of organic-dye-modified self-assembled monolayers on metal nanoparticles when employed for efficient use of light energy is the fact that singlet excited states on dye molecules can be easily deactivated by means of energy transfer to the metal surface. In this study, a series of 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)pentacene-alkanethiolate monolayer protected gold nanoparticles with different particle sizes and alkane chain lengths were successfully synthesized and were employed for the efficient generation of excited triplet states of the pentacene derivatives by singlet fission. Time-resolved transient absorption measurements revealed the formation of excited triplet states in high yield (172±26 %) by suppressing energy transfer to the gold surface. PMID:26997657

  9. Theoretical description of electronically excited vinylidene up to 10 eV: first high level ab initio study of singlet valence and Rydberg states.

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    Boyé-Péronne, Séverine; Gauyacq, Dolores; Liévin, Jacques

    2014-11-01

    The first quantitative description of the Rydberg and valence singlet electronic states of vinylidene lying in the 0-10 eV region is performed by using large scale ab initio calculations. A deep analysis of Rydberg-valence interactions has been achieved thanks to the comprehensive information contained in the accurate Multi-Reference Configuration Interaction wavefunctions and an original population analysis highlighting the respective role played by orbital and state mixing in such interactions. The present theoretical approach is thus adequate for dealing with larger than diatomic Rydberg systems. The nine lowest singlet valence states have been optimized. Among them, some are involved in strong Rydberg-valence interactions in the region of the Rydberg state equilibrium geometry. The Rydberg states of vinylidene present a great similarity with the acetylene isomer, concerning their quantum defects and Rydberg molecular orbital character. As in acetylene, strong s-d mixing is revealed in the n = 3 s-d supercomplex. Nevertheless, unlike in acetylene, the close-energy of the two vinylidene ionic cores (2)A1 and (2)B1 results into two overlapped Rydberg series. These Rydberg series exhibit local perturbations when an accidental degeneracy occurs between them and results in avoided crossings. In addition, some Δl = 1 (s-p and p-d) mixings arise for some Rydberg states and are rationalized in term of electrostatic interaction from the electric dipole moment of the ionic core. The strongest dipole moment of the (2)B1 cationic state also stabilizes the lowest members of the n = 3 Rydberg series converging to this excited state, as compared to the adjacent series converging toward the (2)A1 ionic ground state. The overall energies of vinylidene Rydberg states lie above their acetylene counterpart. Finally, predictions for optical transitions in singlet vinylidene are suggested for further experimental spectroscopic characterization of vinylidene. PMID:25381524

  10. Theoretical description of electronically excited vinylidene up to 10 eV: First high level ab initio study of singlet valence and Rydberg states

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    Boyé-Péronne, Séverine; Gauyacq, Dolores; Liévin, Jacques

    2014-11-01

    The first quantitative description of the Rydberg and valence singlet electronic states of vinylidene lying in the 0-10 eV region is performed by using large scale ab initio calculations. A deep analysis of Rydberg-valence interactions has been achieved thanks to the comprehensive information contained in the accurate Multi-Reference Configuration Interaction wavefunctions and an original population analysis highlighting the respective role played by orbital and state mixing in such interactions. The present theoretical approach is thus adequate for dealing with larger than diatomic Rydberg systems. The nine lowest singlet valence states have been optimized. Among them, some are involved in strong Rydberg-valence interactions in the region of the Rydberg state equilibrium geometry. The Rydberg states of vinylidene present a great similarity with the acetylene isomer, concerning their quantum defects and Rydberg molecular orbital character. As in acetylene, strong s-d mixing is revealed in the n = 3 s-d supercomplex. Nevertheless, unlike in acetylene, the close-energy of the two vinylidene ionic cores 2A1 and 2B1 results into two overlapped Rydberg series. These Rydberg series exhibit local perturbations when an accidental degeneracy occurs between them and results in avoided crossings. In addition, some Δl = 1 (s-p and p-d) mixings arise for some Rydberg states and are rationalized in term of electrostatic interaction from the electric dipole moment of the ionic core. The strongest dipole moment of the 2B1 cationic state also stabilizes the lowest members of the n = 3 Rydberg series converging to this excited state, as compared to the adjacent series converging toward the 2A1 ionic ground state. The overall energies of vinylidene Rydberg states lie above their acetylene counterpart. Finally, predictions for optical transitions in singlet vinylidene are suggested for further experimental spectroscopic characterization of vinylidene.

  11. Theoretical description of electronically excited vinylidene up to 10 eV: First high level ab initio study of singlet valence and Rydberg states

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    Boyé-Péronne, Séverine; Gauyacq, Dolores; Liévin, Jacques

    2014-11-07

    The first quantitative description of the Rydberg and valence singlet electronic states of vinylidene lying in the 0–10 eV region is performed by using large scale ab initio calculations. A deep analysis of Rydberg-valence interactions has been achieved thanks to the comprehensive information contained in the accurate Multi-Reference Configuration Interaction wavefunctions and an original population analysis highlighting the respective role played by orbital and state mixing in such interactions. The present theoretical approach is thus adequate for dealing with larger than diatomic Rydberg systems. The nine lowest singlet valence states have been optimized. Among them, some are involved in strong Rydberg-valence interactions in the region of the Rydberg state equilibrium geometry. The Rydberg states of vinylidene present a great similarity with the acetylene isomer, concerning their quantum defects and Rydberg molecular orbital character. As in acetylene, strong s-d mixing is revealed in the n = 3 s-d supercomplex. Nevertheless, unlike in acetylene, the close-energy of the two vinylidene ionic cores {sup 2}A{sub 1} and {sup 2}B{sub 1} results into two overlapped Rydberg series. These Rydberg series exhibit local perturbations when an accidental degeneracy occurs between them and results in avoided crossings. In addition, some Δl = 1 (s-p and p-d) mixings arise for some Rydberg states and are rationalized in term of electrostatic interaction from the electric dipole moment of the ionic core. The strongest dipole moment of the {sup 2}B{sub 1} cationic state also stabilizes the lowest members of the n = 3 Rydberg series converging to this excited state, as compared to the adjacent series converging toward the {sup 2}A{sub 1} ionic ground state. The overall energies of vinylidene Rydberg states lie above their acetylene counterpart. Finally, predictions for optical transitions in singlet vinylidene are suggested for further experimental spectroscopic

  12. NpNn dependence of empirical formula for the lowest excitation energy of the 2+ states in even even nuclei

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    Jin, Guanghao; Yoon, Jin-Hee; Cha, Dongwoo

    2008-03-01

    We examine the effects of the additional term of the type {\\sim} e^{- \\lambda^{\\prime} N_pN_n} on the recently proposed empirical formula for the lowest excitation energy of the 2+ states in even-even nuclei. This study is motivated by the fact that this term carries the favorable dependence of the valence nucleon numbers dictated by the NpNn scheme. We show explicitly that there is not any improvement in reproducing Ex(2+1) by including the extra NpNn term. However, our study also reveals that the excitation energies Ex(2+1), when calculated by the NpNn term alone (with the mass number A dependent term), are quite comparable to those calculated by the original empirical formula.

  13. Does electron-transfer theory explain large rate differences in singlet and triplet excited state electron-transfer reactions?

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    Zusman, L.D.; Kurnikov, I.V.; Beratan, D.N.

    1995-12-31

    Gray and coworkers have shown that intramolecular electron-transfer rates from singlet and triplet excited states in iridium(spacer)pyridinium complexes can be vastly different (>5 orders of magnitude). We have analyzed the possible sources of these differences, including effects that may arise from reorganization energies, free energies, and tunneling matrix elements. When distance dependent reorganization energies and energy dependent tunneling matrix elements are included, a systematic framework emerges to describe these electron-transfer reactions.

  14. Generating Light from Upper Excited Triplet States: A Contribution to the Indirect Singlet Yield of a Polymer OLED, Helping to Exceed the 25% Singlet Exciton Limit

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    Jankus, Vygintas; Aydemir, Murat; Dias, Fernando B.

    2016-01-01

    The mechanisms by which light is generated in an organic light emitting diode have slowly been elucidated over the last ten years. The role of triplet annihilation has demonstrated how the “spin statistical limit” can be surpassed, but it cannot account for all light produced in the most efficient devices. Here, a further mechanism is demonstrated by which upper excited triplet states can also contribute to indirect singlet production and delayed fluorescence. Since in a device the population of these TN states is large, this indirect radiative decay channel can contribute a sizeable fraction of the total emission measured from a device. The role of intra‐ and interchain charge transfer states is critical in underpinning this mechanism. PMID:27610333

  15. Bright fission: singlet fission into a pair of emitting states.

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    Casanova, David

    2015-06-01

    This paper reintroduces and explores the generation of two bright states from a single photon via a singlet fission mechanism in organic materials. This particular photophysical process is labeled here as bright fission (BF). The central part of the study is devoted to set the theoretical foundations of BF by discussing possible electronic mechanisms, the role of different excited states with various physical nature, the presence of competing deactivation channels, and the possible requirements for the BF viability. In a second part, some of the properties related to BF are computationally explored in anthracene. The analysis of computed high-lying excited states identifies several optical transitions as good candidates to trigger BF in anthracene. The approximation of excitonic couplings of these high energy levels to other electronic states within the same energy range suggests possible paths to populate electronic configurations potentially able to split in two independent spin singlets, i.e. singlet-singlet states. The study also explores the electronic structure of the energetically lowest singlet-singlet states in anthracene dimers and discusses the presence of charge transfer configurations and their relation to the singlet-singlet manifold. The computational results suggest fast relaxation to the lowest singlet-singlet state, from which the excitonic fission may occur. All in all, the present work aims at motivating to pursue further efforts in the study of the BF process in organic materials. PMID:26575561

  16. Double excitations and state-to-state transition dipoles in π-π∗ excited singlet states of linear polyenes: Time-dependent density-functional theory versus multiconfigurational methods

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    Mikhailov, Ivan A.; Tafur, Sergio; Masunov, Artëm E.

    2008-01-01

    The effect of static and dynamic electron correlation on the nature of excited states and state-to-state transition dipole moments is studied with a multideterminant wave function approach on the example of all-trans linear polyenes ( C4H6 , C6H8 , and C8H10 ). Symmetry-forbidden singlet nAg states were found to separate into three groups: purely single, mostly single, and mostly double excitations. The excited-state absorption spectrum is dominated by two bright transitions: 1Bu-2Ag and 1Bu-mAg , where mAg is the state, corresponding to two-electron excitation from the highest occupied to lowest unoccupied molecular orbital. The richness of the excited-state absorption spectra and strong mixing of the doubly excited determinants into lower- nAg states, reported previously at the complete active space self-consistent field level of theory, were found to be an artifact of the smaller active space, limited to π orbitals. When dynamic σ-π correlation is taken into account, single- and double-excited states become relatively well separated at least at the equilibrium geometry of the ground state. This electronic structure is closely reproduced within time-dependent density-functional theory (TD DFT), where double excitations appear in a second-order coupled electronic oscillator formalism and do not mix with the single excitations obtained within the linear response. An extension of TD DFT is proposed, where the Tamm-Dancoff approximation (TDA) is invoked after the linear response equations are solved (a posteriori TDA). The numerical performance of this extension is validated against multideterminant-wave-function and quadratic-response TD DFT results. It is recommended for use with a sum-over-states approach to predict the nonlinear optical properties of conjugated molecules.

  17. Saturable absorption dynamics in the triplet system and triplet excitation induced singlet fluorescence of some organic molecules

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    Gratz, H.; Penzkofer, A.

    2001-01-01

    The triplet saturable absorption behaviour of the xanthene dyes eosin Y, erythrosin B, and rose bengal and of the fullerene molecule C 70 is studied. The molecules are excited to the S 1-state by intense picosecond pulses (wavelength λP=527 nm). They relax dominantly to the triplet system by intersystem crossing. The triplet-triplet saturable absorption is investigated with time-delayed intense picosecond pulses (wavelength λL=1054 nm) in the transparency region of the molecules in the singlet ground state. Higher excited-state triplet absorption cross-sections and higher excited-state triplet relaxation times are determined by numerical simulation of the experimental results. Time-resolved fluorescence measurements reveal higher excited-state triplet to singlet back-intersystem-crossing and multi-step triplet photoionization. Additionally the two-photon absorption cross-sections at λL=1054 nm are determined by measurement of the fundamental pulse two-photon induced fluorescence relative to the second-harmonic pulse single-photon induced fluorescence.

  18. Relativistic corrections to the non-Born-Oppenheimer energies of the lowest singlet Rydberg states of 3He and 4He.

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    Stanke, Monika; Kedziera, Dariusz; Bubin, Sergiy; Adamowicz, Ludwik

    2007-05-21

    In this work the authors present an approach to calculate the leading-order relativistic corrections for ground and excited states of helium isotopomers. In the calculations they used variational wave functions expanded in terms of explicitly correlated Gaussians obtained without assuming the Born-Oppenheimer approximation. PMID:17523809

  19. The effect of gold nanoparticles on exchange processes in collision complexes of triplet and singlet oxygen molecules with excited eosin molecules

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    Bryukhanov, V. V.; Minaev, B. M.; Tsibul'nikova, A. V.; Slezhkin, V. A.

    2015-07-01

    We have studied exchange processes in contact complexes of triplet eosin molecules with oxygen molecules in the triplet (3Σ{/g -}) and singlet (1Δ g ) states in thin polyvinylbutyral films in the presence of gold nanoparticles. Upon resonant excitation of surface plasmons in gold nanoparticles into the absorption band of eosin molecules-singlet oxygen sensitizers-we have obtained an increase in the intensity of the delayed fluorescence and an increase in the lifetime of the dye with simultaneous quenching of the luminescence of singlet oxygen. The kinetics of the delayed fluorescence of the dye as a result of singlet-triplet annihilation of triplet eosin molecules with singlet oxygen molecules has been investigated. To compare theoretical and experimental data, we have numerically simulated energy transfer processes. Rate constants of energy transfer and of singlet-triplet annihilation, as well as quenching constants of triplet states of the dye by molecular oxygen, have been calculated. Luminescence quantum yield 1Δ g of polyvinylbutyral has been estimated. We have analyzed quantum-chemically electronic mechanisms of singlet-triplet annihilation of oxygen and eosin.

  20. Analysis of the Lowest In-Plane Bend and First Excited Torsional State of CH_3CH_2CN

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    Brauer, Carolyn S.; Pearson, John C.; Drouin, Brian J.; Yu, Shanshan

    2009-06-01

    Propionitrile (CH_3CH_2CN) is observed with large column densities in a number of high-mass star-forming cores, where core temperatures exceed 200 K. It is a near-prolate (κ=0.96) asymmetric top with appreciable dipole moment components on both the a- and b-axes (μ_a = 3.84 D, μ_b = 1.23 D). This, combined with the presence of four fundamental modes as well as four overtones and combination bands all occurring below 600 cm^{-1}, results in a very rich spectrum. It is known to be a major contributor to spectral line confusion in ground-based observations and is expected to complicate observations by Herschel, SOFIA and ALMA, making it imperative to fully characterize the entire spectrum. The lowest in-plane bend, ν_{13}, is 206.9(0.5) cm^{-1}, and the first excited torsional state, ν_{21}, which is just 186 GHz above, have been detected in hot cores with antenna temperatures of a few Kelvin. The close proximity of ν_{13} and ν_{21}, as well as their low-lying nature, offers a unique opportunity to study the vibration-torsion-rotation coupling problem in the case of two nearly degenerate vibrational states. As expected from C_s symmetry and their A^' and A^'' nature, these states exhibit strong a- and b-symmetry Coriolis interactions, as well as interactions resulting from different sets of Eckhart-Sayvetz conditions being required in ν_{13} and ν_{21}. In the present work, the ν_{13} and ν_{21} states of propionitrile have been analyzed to high frequency and angular momentum quantum number. The spectrum, molecular constants,and insights into the vibration-torsion-rotation problem will be discussed. H. M. Heise, H. Lutz & H. Dreizler,Z.Nat.,29a,1345 (1974). H. M. Heise, F. Winther & H. Lutz,J. Mol. Spectrosc.,90,531 (1981). D. M. Mehringer, J. C. Pearson, J. Keene & T. G. Phillips,Ap.J.,608,306 (2004).

  1. Photophysics of Threaded sp-Carbon Chains: The Polyyne is a Sink for Singlet and Triplet Excitation

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    2014-01-01

    We have used single-crystal X-ray diffraction and time-resolved UV–NIR–IR absorption spectroscopy to gain insights into the structures and excited-state dynamics of a rotaxane consisting of a hexayne chain threaded through a phenanthroline macrocycle and a family of related compounds, including the rhenium(I) chlorocarbonyl complex of this rotaxane. The hexayne unit in the rhenium-rotaxane is severely nonlinear; it is bent into an arc with an angle of 155.6(1)° between the terminal C1 and C12 atoms and the centroid of the central C–C bond, with the most acute distortion at the point where the polyyne chain pushes against the Re(CO)3Cl unit. There are strong through-space excited-state interactions between the components of the rotaxanes. In the metal-free rotaxane, there is rapid singlet excitation energy transfer (EET) from the macrocycle to the hexayne (τ = 3.0 ps), whereas in the rhenium-rotaxane there is triplet EET, from the macrocycle complex 3MLCT state to the hexayne (τ = 1.5 ns). This study revealed detailed information on the short-lived higher excited state of the hexayne (lifetime ∼1 ps) and on structural reorganization and cooling of hot polyyne chains, following internal conversion (over ∼5 ps). Comparison of the observed IR bands of the excited states of the hexayne with results from time-dependent density functional calculations (TD DFT) shows that these excited states have high cumulenic character (low bond length alternation) around the central region of the chain. These findings shed light on the complex interactions between the components of this supramolecular rotaxane and are important for the development of materials for the emerging molecular and nanoscale electronics. PMID:25474628

  2. Photophysics of threaded sp-carbon chains: the polyyne is a sink for singlet and triplet excitation.

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    Movsisyan, Levon D; Peeks, Martin D; Greetham, Gregory M; Towrie, Michael; Thompson, Amber L; Parker, Anthony W; Anderson, Harry L

    2014-12-31

    We have used single-crystal X-ray diffraction and time-resolved UV-NIR-IR absorption spectroscopy to gain insights into the structures and excited-state dynamics of a rotaxane consisting of a hexayne chain threaded through a phenanthroline macrocycle and a family of related compounds, including the rhenium(I) chlorocarbonyl complex of this rotaxane. The hexayne unit in the rhenium-rotaxane is severely nonlinear; it is bent into an arc with an angle of 155.6(1)° between the terminal C1 and C12 atoms and the centroid of the central C-C bond, with the most acute distortion at the point where the polyyne chain pushes against the Re(CO)3Cl unit. There are strong through-space excited-state interactions between the components of the rotaxanes. In the metal-free rotaxane, there is rapid singlet excitation energy transfer (EET) from the macrocycle to the hexayne (τ = 3.0 ps), whereas in the rhenium-rotaxane there is triplet EET, from the macrocycle complex (3)MLCT state to the hexayne (τ = 1.5 ns). This study revealed detailed information on the short-lived higher excited state of the hexayne (lifetime ∼1 ps) and on structural reorganization and cooling of hot polyyne chains, following internal conversion (over ∼5 ps). Comparison of the observed IR bands of the excited states of the hexayne with results from time-dependent density functional calculations (TD DFT) shows that these excited states have high cumulenic character (low bond length alternation) around the central region of the chain. These findings shed light on the complex interactions between the components of this supramolecular rotaxane and are important for the development of materials for the emerging molecular and nanoscale electronics. PMID:25474628

  3. Photosensitization of singlet oxygen formation by pterins and flavins. Time-resolved studies of oxygen phosphorescence under laser excitation.

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    Egorov, S Y; Krasnovsky, A A; Bashtanov, M Y; Mironov, E A; Ludnikova, T A; Kritsky, M S

    1999-10-01

    To elucidate the biochemical roles of singlet molecular oxygen (1(O2)) in the light-dependent reactions photosensitized by biological blue-light photoreceptors, time-resolved measurements of photosensitized 1O2 phosphorescence (1270 nm) were performed in air-saturated aqueous ((D2)O) solutions of pterins (2-amino-4-hydroxy-6,7-dimethylpteridine (DMP) and 2-amino-4-hydroxy-6-tetrahydroxybutyl-(D-arabo)pteridine (TOP)) and flavins (riboflavin and flavin mononucleotide (FMN)) under excitation with nitrogen laser (337.1 nm) pulses. The 1(O2) quantum yields were found to be 0.16, 0.20, 0.50, and 0.50 for DMP, TOP, riboflavin, and FMN, respectively. The data indicate that pterins and flavins are rather efficient photosensitizers of 1(O2) production that might be important for their photobiological functions. PMID:10561557

  4. Thermally activated delayed fluorescence as a cycling process between excited singlet and triplet states: Application to the fullerenes

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    Baleizão, Carlos; Berberan-Santos, Mário N.

    2007-05-01

    In efficient thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) the excited chromophore alternates randomly between the singlet and triplet manifolds a large number of times before emission occurs. In this work, the average number of cycles n¯ is obtained and is shown to have a simple experimental meaning: n¯+1 is the intensification factor of the prompt fluorescence intensity, owing to the occurrence of TADF. A new method of data analysis for the determination of the quantum yield of triplet formation, combining steady-state and time-resolved data in a single plot, is also presented. Application of the theoretical results to the TADF of [70]fullerenes shows a general good agreement between different methods of fluorescence analysis and allows the determination of several photophysical parameters.

  5. Spin-Free CC2 Implementation of Induced Transitions between Singlet Ground and Triplet Excited States.

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    Helmich-Paris, Benjamin; Hättig, Christof; van Wüllen, Christoph

    2016-04-12

    In most organic molecules, phosphorescence has its origin in transitions from triplet exited states to the singlet ground state, which are spin-forbidden in nonrelativistic quantum mechanics. A sufficiently accurate description of phosphorescence lifetimes for molecules that contain only light elements can be achieved by treating the spin-orbit coupling (SOC) with perturbation theory (PT). We present an efficient implementation of this approach for the approximate coupled cluster singles and doubles model CC2 in combination with the resolution-of-the-identity approximation for the electron repulsion integrals. The induced oscillator strengths and phosphorescence lifetimes from SOC-PT are computed within the response theory framework. In contrast to previous work, we employ an explicitly spin-coupled basis for singlet and triplet operators. Thereby, a spin-orbital treatment can be entirely avoided for closed-shell molecules. For compounds containing only light elements, the phosphorescence lifetimes obtained with SOC-PT-CC2 are in good agreement with those of exact two-component (X2C) CC2, whereas the calculations are roughly 12 times faster than with X2C. Phosphorescence lifetimes computed for two thioketones with the SOC-PT-CC2 approach agree very well with reference results from experiment and are similar to those obtained with multireference spin-orbit configuration interaction and with X2C-CC2. An application to phosphorescent emitters for metal-free organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) with almost 60 atoms and more than 1800 basis functions demonstrates how the approach extends the applicability of coupled cluster methods for studying phosphorescence. The results indicate that other decay channels like vibrational relaxation may become important in such systems if lifetimes are large. PMID:26881830

  6. Difluorodiazirine (CF2N2): A comparative quantum mechanical study of the first triplet and first singlet excited states

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    Terrabuio, Luiz Alberto; Haiduke, Roberto Luiz Andrade; Matta, Chérif F.

    2016-07-01

    3,3‧-Difluorodiazirine is a precursor of difluorocarbene radical (:CF2) which is used in organic synthesis and photo affinity labelling. This molecule possesses no dipole moment in the ground electronic state (S0) but has a significant dipole moment (of magnitude ~0.97 D) in both its first (triplet, T1) and second (singlet S1) excited states. These equal dipole moments are shown to originate from widely differing atomic polarization and inter-atomic charge transfer terms (defined by the Quantum Theory of Atoms in Molecules (QTAIM)). The calculated vertical/adiabatic excitation energies for the T1 and S1 states are 2.81/2.63 and 3.99/3.78 eV, respectively. Geometries, vibrational frequencies, atomic charges and spin populations, and the localization-delocalization matrices (LDMs) (Matta, J. Comput. Chem. 35 (2014) 1165) of the excited states are compared with those of the ground state. All calculations have been conducted at the (U)QCISD/aug-cc-pVTZ level of theory.

  7. Surfactant-enhanced singlet energy transfer from the charge-transfer excited state of tris(2,2-bipyridine) ruthenium(II)

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    Mandal, Krishnagopal; Demas, J. N.

    1981-12-01

    Very efficient (45-75%) sodium lauryl sulfate (NaLS) enhanced singlet enengy transfer has been demonstrated from the spin-orbit charge-transfer excited state of [Ru(bpy) 3] 2+ (bpy = 2,2'-bipyridine) to the xxx violet, oxazine 1, and rhodamine 101 at concentrations of 10 -5 M, Energy transfer occurs in xxx.

  8. Vertical Singlet Excitations on Adenine Dimer: A Time Dependent Density Functional Study

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    Crespo-Hernández, Carlos E.; Marai, Christopher N. J.

    2007-12-01

    The condense phase, excited state dynamics of the adenylyl(3'→5')adenine (ApA) dinucleotide has been previously studied using transient absorption spectroscopy with femtosecond time resolution (Crespo-Hernández et al. Chem. Rev. 104, 1977-2019 (2004)). An ultrafast and a long-lived component were observed with time constants of <1 ps and 60±16 ps, respectively. Comparison of the time constants measured for the dinucleotide with that for the adenine nucleotide suggested that the fast component observed in ApA could be assigned to monomer dynamics. The long-lived component observed in ApA was assigned to an excimer state that originates from a fraction of base stacked conformations present at the time of excitation. In this contribution, supermolecule calculations using the time dependent implementation of density functional theory is used to provide more insights on the origin of the initial Franck-Condon excitations. Monomer-like, localized excitations are observed for conformations having negligible base stacking interactions, whereas delocalized excitations are predicted for conformations with significant vertical base-base overlap.

  9. Photosensitized Singlet Oxygen Production upon Two-Photon Excitation of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes and Their Functionalized Analogs

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    Gandra, Naveen; Chiu, Pui Lam; Li, Wenbing; Anderson, Yolanda R.; Mitra, Somenath; He, Huixin; Gao, Ruomei

    2009-01-01

    Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) functionalized with -COOH (along with some sulphonation and nitration), and/or modified with chitosan were prepared and tested for their singlet oxygen (1O2) production. The emission from 1O2 observed upon SWNT irradiation at 532 nm was due to a two-photon process, while 1O2 production via excitation at 355 nm occurred through a conventional one-photon pathway. The relative quantum yield of 1O2 production at excitation wavelength of 532 nm was found to be 0.00, 0.07-0.13 and 0.24-0.54 for highly-functionalized, partially-functionalized and non-functionalized SWNT samples respectively. The nanotube-mediated generation of 1O2 may find applications in both targeted destruction of tumor cells and selective degradation of drug molecules. Our research provides a practical approach to modulate the production of reactive oxygen species from SWNTs via surface functionalization/modification. PMID:20046942

  10. Polymer characterization using the time-resolved phosphorescence of singlet oxygen as a spectroscopic probe

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    Ogilby, P.R.; Kristiansen, M.; Dillon, M.P. . Dept. of Chemistry); Taylor, V.L.; Clough, R.L. )

    1990-01-01

    The lowest excited electronic state of molecular oxygen, singlet oxygen ({sup 1}{Delta}{sub g}0{sub 2}), can be produced in solid organic polymers by a variety of different methods. Once produced, singlet oxygen will return to the ground triplet state by two pathways, radiative (phosphorescence) and non-radiative decay. Although the quantum efficiency of phosphorescence is small ({minus}10{sup {minus}5}), singlet oxygen can be detected by its emission at 1270 mn in both steady-state and time-resolved experiments. The phosphorescence of singlet oxygen can be used to characterize many properties of a solid organic polymer. 2 refs., 5 figs.

  11. Effects of singlet and triplet excitation, oxidation and axial coordination on the bond orders in the macrocycle of bacteriochlorophyll a as revealed by resonance Raman spectroscopy

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    Koyama, Yasushi; Limantara, Leenawaty

    1998-08-01

    Application of resonance-Raman spectroscopy to bacteriochlorophyll a (BChl a) to detect the effects of excitation to the lowest triplet (T 1) and singlet (S 1) excited states, of one-electron oxidation to the cation radical (D 0) state, and of the state of axial co-ordination on the bond orders in the macrocycle is reviewed; reference is made also to the case of bacteriopheophytin a (BPhe a) to show the effect of the central magnesium. The Raman lines of BChl a and BPhe a in the S 0, T 1 and S 1 states have been assigned empirically based on the isotope shifts upon full 15N substitution. Shifts of the characterized Raman lines upon excitation to the T 1 and S 1 states are correlated to changes in the bond orders: In BChl a, systematic changes in the bond orders, i.e. decrease in the bond orders of the C a'-C m and C a-C b bonds and increase in the bond order of the C a-N bonds, are found in the order, the S 0, T 1 and then S 1 state. In BPhe a, the bond order of the C a'-C m bonds decreases almost equally upon triplet and singlet excitation. The penta- and hexa-coordinated states (with one and two axial ligands, respectively) have been identified in T 1 BChl a and D 0 BChl a+rad by two different regions of the ring-breathing (C a'-C m stretching) frequencies. The classification of solvents into the penta- and hexa-coordinating ones agree among three different electronic states, i.e. S 0 BChl a, T 1 BChl a and D 0 BChl a+rad (except for the case of 2-propanol in which transformation from the penta- to the hexa-coordinated state takes place upon oxidation). The ring-breathing frequency is always lower in the hexa-coordinated state than in the penta-coordinated state, suggesting a decrease in the bond order of the C a'-C m bonds in the former. The key feature of the hexa-coordinated state is the expansion of the macrocycle core to accommodate in its plane the magnesium atom to enable the equivalent axial ligation of two solvent molecules, whereas the key feature of

  12. Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of a dinuclear Pt(II) complex: Tunneling autodetachment from both singlet and triplet excited states of a molecular dianion.

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    Winghart, Marc-Oliver; Yang, Ji-Ping; Vonderach, Matthias; Unterreiner, Andreas-Neil; Huang, Dao-Ling; Wang, Lai-Sheng; Kruppa, Sebastian; Riehn, Christoph; Kappes, Manfred M

    2016-02-01

    Time-resolved pump-probe photoelectron spectroscopy has been used to study the relaxation dynamics of gaseous [Pt2(μ-P2O5H2)4 + 2H](2-) after population of its first singlet excited state by 388 nm femtosecond laser irradiation. In contrast to the fluorescence and phosphorescence observed in condensed phase, a significant fraction of the photoexcited isolated dianions decays by electron loss to form the corresponding monoanions. Our transient photoelectron data reveal an ultrafast decay of the initially excited singlet (1)A2u state and concomitant rise in population of the triplet (3)A2u state, via sub-picosecond intersystem crossing (ISC). We find that both of the electronically excited states are metastably bound behind a repulsive Coulomb barrier and can decay via delayed autodetachment to yield electrons with characteristic kinetic energies. While excited state tunneling detachment (ESETD) from the singlet (1)A2u state takes only a few picoseconds, ESETD from the triplet (3)A2u state is much slower and proceeds on a time scale of hundreds of nanoseconds. The ISC rate in the gas phase is significantly higher than in solution, which can be rationalized in terms of changes to the energy dissipation mechanism in the absence of solvent molecules. [Pt2(μ-P2O5H2)4 + 2H](2-) is the first example of a photoexcited multianion for which ESETD has been observed following ISC. PMID:26851919

  13. Time-resolved photoelectron spectroscopy of a dinuclear Pt(II) complex: Tunneling autodetachment from both singlet and triplet excited states of a molecular dianion

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    Winghart, Marc-Oliver; Yang, Ji-Ping; Vonderach, Matthias; Unterreiner, Andreas-Neil; Huang, Dao-Ling; Wang, Lai-Sheng; Kruppa, Sebastian; Riehn, Christoph; Kappes, Manfred M.

    2016-02-01

    Time-resolved pump-probe photoelectron spectroscopy has been used to study the relaxation dynamics of gaseous [Pt2(μ-P2O5H2)4 + 2H]2- after population of its first singlet excited state by 388 nm femtosecond laser irradiation. In contrast to the fluorescence and phosphorescence observed in condensed phase, a significant fraction of the photoexcited isolated dianions decays by electron loss to form the corresponding monoanions. Our transient photoelectron data reveal an ultrafast decay of the initially excited singlet 1A2u state and concomitant rise in population of the triplet 3A2u state, via sub-picosecond intersystem crossing (ISC). We find that both of the electronically excited states are metastably bound behind a repulsive Coulomb barrier and can decay via delayed autodetachment to yield electrons with characteristic kinetic energies. While excited state tunneling detachment (ESETD) from the singlet 1A2u state takes only a few picoseconds, ESETD from the triplet 3A2u state is much slower and proceeds on a time scale of hundreds of nanoseconds. The ISC rate in the gas phase is significantly higher than in solution, which can be rationalized in terms of changes to the energy dissipation mechanism in the absence of solvent molecules. [Pt2(μ-P2O5H2)4 + 2H]2- is the first example of a photoexcited multianion for which ESETD has been observed following ISC.

  14. Multiple Decay Mechanisms and 2D-UV Spectroscopic Fingerprints of Singlet Excited Solvated Adenine-Uracil Monophosphate.

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    Li, Quansong; Giussani, Angelo; Segarra-Martí, Javier; Nenov, Artur; Rivalta, Ivan; Voityuk, Alexander A; Mukamel, Shaul; Roca-Sanjuán, Daniel; Garavelli, Marco; Blancafort, Lluís

    2016-05-23

    The decay channels of singlet excited adenine uracil monophosphate (ApU) in water are studied with CASPT2//CASSCF:MM potential energy calculations and simulation of the 2D-UV spectroscopic fingerprints with the aim of elucidating the role of the different electronic states of the stacked conformer in the excited state dynamics. The adenine (1) La state can decay without a barrier to a conical intersection with the ground state. In contrast, the adenine (1) Lb and uracil S(U) states have minima that are separated from the intersections by sizeable barriers. Depending on the backbone conformation, the CT state can undergo inter-base hydrogen transfer and decay to the ground state through a conical intersection, or it can yield a long-lived minimum stabilized by a hydrogen bond between the two ribose rings. This suggests that the (1) Lb , S(U) and CT states of the stacked conformer may all contribute to the experimental lifetimes of 18 and 240 ps. We have also simulated the time evolution of the 2D-UV spectra and provide the specific fingerprint of each species in a recommended probe window between 25 000 and 38 000 cm(-1) in which decongested, clearly distinguishable spectra can be obtained. This is expected to allow the mechanistic scenarios to be discerned in the near future with the help of the corresponding experiments. Our results reveal the complexity of the photophysics of the relatively small ApU system, and the potential of 2D-UV spectroscopy to disentangle the photophysics of multichromophoric systems. PMID:27113273

  15. Delayed fluorescence of n-methylcarbazole in heptane and in toluene; energy transfer from upper excited singlet states of n-methylcarbazole to toluene

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    Nickel, Bernhard; Roden, Gabriele

    1980-11-01

    Triplet—triplet annihilation of N-methylcarbazole (NMC) leads to a primary population of upper excited singlet states S j(NMC), j > 1, which can be detected by measurement of the delayed fluorescence (DF) S j(NMC) → S 0(NMC). With NMC in toleuen (Tol), a DF S t(Tol) → S 0(Tol) is observed which is caused by energy transfer from S j(NMC) to toluene.

  16. Transient resonance Raman spectra of benzophenone and its four isotopic analogues in the lowest excited triplet state

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    Tahara, T.; Hamaguchi, H.; Tasumi, M.

    1987-11-05

    Transient resonance Raman spectra of T/sub 1/ benzophenone (T/sub 1/BP) and its four isotopic analogues in carbon tetrachloride solutions were measured. Vibrational assignments of eight T/sub 1/ bands have been made on the basis of the observed isotopic frequency shifts. The assignments clarified the following three points concerning the structure of T/sub 1/ BP in solution. (1) The CO bond order in T/sub 1/ BP is much lower than that in the ground-state benzophenone (S/sub 0/ BP). The CO stretching frequency in T/sub 1/ is found to be 1222 cm/sup -1/, whereas the corresponding value in S/sub 0/ is 1665 cm/sup -1/. The former frequency indicates a single-bond-like character of the CO bonding in the T/sub 1/ state. (2) Vibrational frequencies of several ring modes show marked downshifts in going from S/sub 0/ to T/sub 1/. This suggests the delocalization of the ..pi..* electron into the ring part. (3) The assignment (1302 cm/sup -1/) of the symmetric C-phenyl stretch mode in the T/sub 1/ withdraws S/sub 0/ absorption spectrum is questioned. According to the present assignment, the frequency of this mode (approx. 1100 cm/sup -1/) is slightly lower than that in the ground state (1150 cm/sup -1/). The simple quantum chemical picture of T/sub 1/ BP, which predicted the increase of the C-phenyl bond order with the ..pi..* withdraws n excitation, should therefore be reconsidered.

  17. Toward singlet fission for excitonic solar cells

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    Michl, Josef; Nozik, Arthur J.; Chen, Xudong; Johnson, Justin C.; Rana, Geeta; Akdag, Akin; Schwerin, Andrew F.

    2007-09-01

    Sensitizer dyes capable of producing two triplet excited states from a singlet excited state produced by the absorption of a single photon would allow an increase of the efficiency of photovoltaic cells by up to a factor of 1.5, provided that each triplet injects an electron into a semiconductor such as TiO II. Although singlet fission in certain crystals and polymers was reported long ago, little is known about its efficiency in dyes suitable for use as sensitizers of photoinduced charge separation on semiconductors surfaces. Biradicaloids and large alternant hydrocarbons are desirable parent structures likely to meet the requirement E(T II), E(S I) > 2E(T I) for the excitation energies of the lowest excited singlet (S I) and the two triplet (T I, T II) states. We report results for 1,3-diphenylisobenzofuran, a model compound of the biradicaloid type. Its energy levels satisfy the desired relation, and in solution it shows no triplet formation by intersystem crossing. In the neat solid state, it forms triplets efficiently, and indirect evidence suggests that this is due to singlet fission. This appears to be the first compound displaying SF by design. When two such chromophores were combined into dimers, triplet formation yields of up to 9% were observed in polar solvents, possibly due to singlet fission, but possibly due to intersystem crossing. The triplet formation occurs in two steps, via an intermediate assigned as an intramolecular charge-transfer state and responsible for most of the observed excitation loss.

  18. Secondary organic aerosol from aqueous reactions of green leaf volatiles with organic triplet excited states and singlet molecular oxygen.

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    Richards-Henderson, Nicole K; Pham, Andrew T; Kirk, Benjamin B; Anastasio, Cort

    2015-01-01

    Vegetation emits a class of oxygenated hydrocarbons--the green leaf volatiles (GLVs)--under stress or damage. Under foggy conditions GLVs might be a source of secondary organic aerosol (SOA) via aqueous reactions with hydroxyl radical (OH), singlet oxygen ((1)O2*), and excited triplet states ((3)C*). To examine this, we determined the aqueous kinetics and SOA mass yields for reactions of (3)C* and (1)O2* with five GLVs: methyl jasmonate (MeJa), methyl salicylate (MeSa), cis-3-hexenyl acetate (HxAc), cis-3-hexen-1-ol (HxO), and 2-methyl-3-butene-2-ol (MBO). Second-order rate constants with (3)C* and (1)O2* range from (0.13-22) × 10(8) M(-1) s(-1) and (8.2-60) × 10(5) M(-1) s(-1) at 298 K, respectively. Rate constants with (3)C* are independent of temperature, while values with (1)O2* show significant temperature dependence (Ea = 20-96 kJ mol(-1)). Aqueous SOA mass yields for oxidation by (3)C* are (84 ± 7)%, (80 ± 9)%, and (38 ± 18)%, for MeJa, MeSa, and HxAc, respectively; we did not measure yields for other conditions because of slow kinetics. The aqueous production of SOA from GLVs is dominated by (3)C* and OH reactions, which form low volatility products at a rate that is approximately half that from the parallel gas-phase reactions of GLVs. PMID:25426693

  19. Tuning of the stability and energy levels of singlet exciton fission relevant excited states of pentacenes by site-specific substitution.

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    Shen, Li; Chen, Yuhan; Li, Xiyou; Li, Chungang

    2016-05-01

    Pentacene crystals or oligomers undergo efficient singlet exciton fission (SF) after photo-excitation, which is expected to be useful in overcoming the Shockley-Queisser theoretical limit of solar cells. However, pentacenes are extremely unstable in air due to oxidation by oxygen. In this work, we designed a group of pentacene compounds with different substituents at different positions. The energy levels of HOMO and LUMO, which are believed to be closely related to the stability of pentacene, were calculated. The relationship between the molecular structure and the stability was discussed. The driving force for SF was estimated from the difference between the energy of first singlet excited state (E(S1)) and the energy of two triplet excited state (2×E(T1)) following equation E(S1)-2E(T1). Strong electron-withdrawing groups can stabilize pentacene compounds significantly, but induce a decrease on the driving force of SF slightly. Electron-donating groups destabilize the pentacene compounds dramatically and hence the introduction of electron donating groups to pentacene is not recommended. TIPS is an ideal group to improve the stability of pentacene compounds. TIPS does not change the driving force of SF significantly. Sulfur containing groups are also efficient on stabilizing pentacene compounds. These groups increase the driving force of SF at ɑ position, and recued the driving force of SF at other positions. The results of this work provide a theoretical ground for rational design of new SF molecules based on pentacenes. PMID:27131283

  20. Application of recent double-hybrid density functionals to low-lying singlet-singlet excitation energies of large organic compounds

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    Meo, F. Di; Trouillas, P.; Adamo, C.; Sancho-García, J. C.

    2013-10-01

    The present work assesses some recently developed double-hybrid density functionals (B2π-PLYP, PBE0-DH, and PBE0-2) using linear-response Tamm-Dancoff Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory. This assessment is achieved against experimentally derived low-lying excitation energies of large organic dyes of recent interest, including some excitations dominated by charge-transfer transitions. Comparisons are made with some of the best-performing methods established from the literature, such as PBE0 or B3LYP hybrid or the recently proposed B2-PLYP and B2GP-PLYP double-hybrid models, to ascertain their quality and robustness on equal footing. The accuracy of parameter-free or empirical forms of double-hybrid functionals is also briefly discussed. Generally speaking, it turns out that double-hybrid expressions always provide more accurate estimates than corresponding hybrid methods. Double-hybrid functionals actually reach averaged accuracies of 0.2 eV, that can be admittedly considered close to any intended accuracy limit within the present theoretical framework.

  1. Fine-Tuning of β-Substitution to Modulate the Lowest Triplet Excited States: A Bioinspired Approach to Design Phosphorescent Metalloporphyrinoids.

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    Ke, Xian-Sheng; Zhao, Hongmei; Zou, Xiaoran; Ning, Yingying; Cheng, Xin; Su, Hongmei; Zhang, Jun-Long

    2015-08-26

    Learning nature's approach to modulate photophysical properties of NIR porphyrinoids by fine-tuning β-substituents including the number and position, in a manner similar to naturally occurring chlorophylls, has the potential to circumvent the disadvantages of traditional "extended π-conjugation" strategy such as stability, molecular size, solubility, and undesirable π-π stacking. Here we show that such subtle structural changes in Pt(II) or Pd(II) cis/trans-porphodilactones (termed by cis/trans-Pt/Pd) influence photophysical properties of the lowest triplet excited states including phosphorescence, Stokes shifts, and even photosensitization ability in triplet-triplet annihilation reactions with rubrene. Prominently, the overall upconversion capability (η, η = ε·Φ(UC)) of Pd or Pt trans-complex is 10(4) times higher than that of cis-analogue. Nanosecond time-resolved infrared (TR-IR) spectroscopy experiments showed larger frequency shift of ν(C═O) bands (ca. 10 cm(-1)) of cis-complexes than those of trans-complexes in the triplet excited states. These spectral features, combining with TD-DFT calculations, suggest the strong electronic coupling between the lactone moieties and the main porphyrin chromophores and thus the importance of precisely positioning β-substituents by mimicking chlorophylls, as an alternative to "extended π-conjugation", in designing NIR active porphyrinoids. PMID:26247480

  2. Density functional theory calculations on rhodamine B and pinacyanol chloride. Optimized ground state, dipole moment, vertical ionization potential, adiabatic electron affinity and lowest excited triplet state.

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    Delgado, Juan C; Selsby, Ronald G

    2013-01-01

    The ground state configuration of the gas phase cationic dyes pinacyanol chloride and rhodamine B are optimized with HF/6-311 + G(2d,2p) method and basis set. B3PW91/6-311 + G(2df,2p) functional and basis set is used to calculate the Mulliken atom charge distribution, total molecular energy, the dipole moment, the vertical ionization potential, the adiabatic electron affinity and the lowest excited triplet state, the last three as an energy difference between separately calculated open shell and ground states. The triplet and extra electron states are optimized to find the relaxation energy. In the ground state optimization of both dyes the chloride anion migrates to a position near the center of the chromophore. For rhodamine B the benzoidal group turns perpendicular to the chromophore plane. For both dyes, the LUMO is mostly of π character associated with the aromatic part of the molecule containing the chromophore. The highest occupied MOs consist of three almost degenerate eigenvectors involving the chloride anion coordinated with σ electrons in the molecular framework. The fourth highest MO is of π character. For both molecules in the gas phase ionization process the chloride anion loses the significant fraction of electric charge. In electron capture, the excess charge goes mainly on the dye cation. PMID:22891949

  3. SINGLET OXYGEN IN NATURAL WATERS

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    Singlet oxygen is a reactive, electronically excited form of molecular oxygen that rapidly oxidizes a wide variety of organic substances, such as the polycyclic aromatics in petroleum hydrocarbon and the amino acids, histidine, tryptophan, and methionine. Studies of water samples...

  4. Analytical energy gradient of the symmetry-adapted-cluster configuration-interaction general-R method for singlet to septet ground and excited states.

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    Ishida, Mayumi; Toyota, Kazuo; Ehara, Masahiro; Frisch, Michael J; Nakatsuji, Hiroshi

    2004-02-01

    A method of calculating analytical energy gradients of the singlet and triplet excited states, ionized states, electron-attached states, and high-spin states from quartet to septet states by the symmetry-adapted-cluster configuration-interaction general-R method is developed and implemented. This method is a powerful tool in the studies of geometries, dynamics, and properties of the states of molecules in which not only one-electron processes but also two- and multielectron processes are involved. The performance of the present method was confirmed by calculating the geometries and the spectroscopic constants of the diatomic and polyatomic molecules in various electronic states involving the ground state and the one- to three-electron excited states. The accurate descriptions were obtained for the equilibrium geometries, vibrational frequencies, and adiabatic excitation energies, which show the potential usefulness of the present method. The particularly interesting applications were to the C' 1Ag state of acetylene, the A 2Deltau and B 2Sigmau+ states of CNC and the 4B1 and a 4Piu states of N3 radical. PMID:15268403

  5. Prediction of Excited-State Energies and Singlet-Triplet Gaps of Charge-Transfer States Using a Restricted Open-Shell Kohn-Sham Approach.

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    Hait, Diptarka; Zhu, Tianyu; McMahon, David P; Van Voorhis, Troy

    2016-07-12

    Organic molecules with charge-transfer (CT) excited states are widely used in industry and are especially attractive as candidates for fabrication of energy efficient OLEDs, as they can harvest energy from nonradiative triplets by means of thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF). It is therefore useful to have computational protocols for accurate estimation of their electronic spectra in order to screen candidate molecules for OLED applications. However, it is difficult to predict the photophysical properties of TADF molecules with LR-TDDFT, as semilocal LR-TDDFT is incapable of accurately modeling CT states. Herein, we study absorption energies, emission energies, zero-zero transition energies, and singlet-triplet gaps of TADF molecules using a restricted open-shell Kohn-Sham (ROKS) approach instead and discover that ROKS calculations with semilocal hybrid functionals are in good agreement with experiments-unlike TDDFT, which significantly underestimates energy gaps. We also propose a cheap computational protocol for studying excited states with large CT character that is found to give good agreement with experimental results without having to perform any excited-state geometry optimizations. PMID:27267803

  6. Electron-impact excitation of the singlet states of N2. I - The Birge-Hopfield system /b 1 pi u - X 1 Sigma g +/. [in auroral zones

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    Zipf, E. C.; Gorman, M. R.

    1980-01-01

    Results of a study of the electron-impact excitation of the b 1 pi u state of N2, one of the singlet states thought to be excited by precipitating electrons in the auroral zones, and of its predissociation and radiative relaxation through the emission of the Birge-Hopfield band system (b 1 pi u - X 1 Sigma g +) are presented. A collimated electron beam was passed through N2 gas producing a variety of atomic states through dissociative excitation, and the radiation resulting from relaxation of these states was observed by VUV and visible-IR monochromators. Absolute emission cross sections for 11 Birge-Hopfield bands are obtained for energies from threshold to 500 eV, and used to calculate the absolute transition probabilities for BH(1, v-prime) bands and the variation of the electric dipole moment with internuclear distance. With the exception of the v-prime equals 1, 5 and 6 vibrational levels, all b 1 pi u levels are found to predissociate with a specific predissociation branching ratio greater than 0.99, representing a major source of nitrogen atoms.

  7. LASERS IN MEDICINE: Quantum efficiency of the laser-excited singlet-oxygen-sensitised delayed fluorescence of the zinc complex of tetra(4-tert-butyl)phthalocyanine

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    Bashtanov, M. E.; Drozdova, N. N.; Krasnovskii, A. A.

    1999-12-01

    An investigation was made of the ratios of the intensity Idf of the singlet-oxygen(1O2)-sensitised delayed fluorescence of the zinc complex of tetra(4-tert-butyl)phthalocyanine (ZnTBPc), with the maximum at λ = 685 nm, to the intensity I1270 of the photosensitised phosphorescence of 1O2 with the maximum at λ = 1270 nm in deuterated benzene when excited with λ = 337 nm nitrogen-laser pulses. Depending on the energy density of the laser radiation (0.25 — 0.7 mJ cm-2) and on the concentration of ZnTBPc (0.06 — 3.4 μM), the ratio of the zero-time intensities of the delayed fluorescence of ZnTBPc and of the singlet-oxygen phosphorescence Idf0/I12700 varied from 0.01 to 0.2 in air-saturated solutions of ZnTBPc. The intensity Idf0 decreased fivefold as a result of saturation with oxygen of air-saturated solutions. The quantum efficiency of the delayed fluorescence was represented by the coefficient α =(Idf0/I12700)kr/(γf[1O2]0[ZnTBPc]), where [1O2]0 is the zero-time concentration of 1O2 after a laser shot; kr is the rate constant of radiative deactivation of 1O2 in the investigated solvent; γf is the quantum yield of the ZnTBPc fluorescence. It was established that in the case of air-saturated solutions of ZnTBPc this coefficient was approximately 200 times less than for metal-free tetra(4-tert-butyl)phthalocyanine and its absolute value was ~2 × 1011 M-2 s-1.

  8. Two-Photon Study on the Electronic Interactions between the First Excited Singlet States in Carotenoid-Tetrapyrrole Dyads

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    Liao, Pen-Nan; Pillai, Smitha; Gust, Devens; Moore, Thomas A.; Moore, Ana L.; Walla, Peter J.

    2011-03-22

    Electronic interactions between the first excited states (S1) of carotenoids (Car) of different conjugation lengths (8-11 double bonds) and phthalocyanines (Pc) in different Car-Pc dyad molecules were investigated by two-photon spectroscopy and compared with Car S1-chlorophyll (Chl) interactions in photosynthetic light harvesting complexes (LHCs). The observation of Chl/Pc fluorescence after selective two-photon excitation of the Car S1 state allowed sensitive monitoring of the flow of energy between Car S1 and Pc or Chl. It is found that two-photon excitation excites to about 80% to 100% exclusively the carotenoid state Car S1 and that only a small fraction of direct tetrapyrrole two-photon excitation occurs. Amide-linked Car-Pc dyads in tetrahydrofuran demonstrate a molecular gear shift mechanism in that effective Car S1 → Pc energy transfer is observed in a dyad with 9 double bonds in the carotenoid, whereas in similar dyads with 11 double bonds in the carotenoid, the Pc fluorescence is strongly quenched by Pc → Car S1 energy transfer. In phenylamino-linked Car-Pc dyads in toluene extremely large electronic interactions between the Car S1 state and Pc were observed, particularly in the case of a dyad in which the carotenoid contained 10 double bonds. This observation together with previous findings in the same system provides strong evidence for excitonic Car S1-Pc Qy interactions. Very similar results were observed with photosynthetic LHC II complexes in the past, supporting an important role of such interactions in photosynthetic down-regulation.

  9. Electronic Structure Study of Singlet Fission in Tetracene Derivatives.

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    Casanova, David

    2014-01-14

    A detailed theoretical study of the singlet fission process in tetracene and two of its derivatives, that is 5,12-diphenyltetracene (DPT) and rubrene, is presented. This work aims to unravel the intricacies and the differences of their singlet fission mechanism by means of electronic structure calculations using molecular and cluster models and a variety of computational tools. Although the electronic structure at the molecular level is very similar for the three compounds, their different crystal packing has important consequences in their ability to produce two triplet states from a single exciton. The results obtained indicate that the lowest singlet is found to delocalize at least over seven molecules. Computed relative energies rule out the presence of charge transfer (CT) states as intermediates in a two-step mechanism in all cases. On the other hand, CT states do play a role as mediators, specially in tetracene. They decisively participate in the coupling between single and multiexcitonic states through second-order contributions. Finally, the present study pinpoints that the transition from the optically allowed exciton to the dark multiexciton state might be facilitated by intramolecular motion toward the lowest excited singlet geometry. PMID:26579913

  10. Excitation Localization/Delocalization Isomerism in a Strongly Coupled Covalent Dimer of 1,3-Diphenylisobenzofuran.

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    Schrauben, Joel N; Akdag, Akin; Wen, Jin; Havlas, Zdenek; Ryerson, Joseph L; Smith, Millie B; Michl, Josef; Johnson, Justin C

    2016-05-26

    Two isomers of both the lowest excited singlet (S1) and triplet (T1) states of the directly para, para'-connected covalent dimer of the singlet-fission chromophore 1,3-diphenylisobenzofuran have been observed. In one isomer, excitation is delocalized over both halves of the dimer, and in the other, it is localized on one or the other half. For a covalent dimer in solution, such "excitation isomerism" is extremely rare. The vibrationally relaxed isomers do not interconvert, and their photophysical properties, including singlet fission, differ significantly. PMID:27158903

  11. Simultaneous Two-Photon Absorption to Gerade Excited Singlet States of Diphenylacetylene and Diphenylbutadiyne Using Optical-Probing Photoacoustic Spectroscopy.

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    Isozaki, Tasuku; Oba, Hikari; Ikoma, Tadaaki; Suzuki, Tadashi

    2016-08-11

    Simultaneous two-photon absorption to one-photon forbidden electronically excited states of diphenylacetylene (DPA) and diphenylbutadiyne (DPB) was investigated by means of highly sensitive optical-probing photoacoustic spectroscopy. The incident laser power dependencies on photoacoustic signal intensity indicate that the signals are dominated by the two-photon absorption regime. Two-photon absorption is responsible for transitions to gerade excited states based on the selection rule. The two-photon absorption bands observed in the heat action spectra were assigned with the aid of quantum chemical calculations. The relative magnitude of the two-photon absorption cross sections of DPA and DPB was estimated, and the larger two-photon absorption cross section of DPB was related to the resonance effect with the red-shifted one-photon allowed 1(1)B1u ← 1(1)Ag transition of DPB. PMID:27410388

  12. π-Conjugated Organometallic Isoindigo Oligomer and Polymer Chromophores: Singlet and Triplet Excited State Dynamics and Application in Polymer Solar Cells.

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    Goswami, Subhadip; Gish, Melissa K; Wang, Jiliang; Winkel, Russell W; Papanikolas, John M; Schanze, Kirk S

    2015-12-01

    An isoindigo based π-conjugated oligomer and polymer that contain cyclometalated platinum(II) "auxochrome" units were subjected to photophysical characterization, and application of the polymer in bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells with PCBM acceptor was examined. The objective of the study was to explore the effect of the heavy metal centers on the excited state properties, in particular, intersystem crossing to a triplet (exciton) state, and further how this would influence the performance of the organometallic polymer in solar cells. The materials were characterized by electrochemistry, ground state absorption, emission, and picosecond-nanosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. Electrochemical measurements indicate that the cyclometalated units have a significant impact on the HOMO energy level of the chromophores, but little effect on the LUMO, which is consistent with localization of the LUMO on the isoindigo acceptor unit. Picosecond-nanosecond transient absorption spectroscopy reveals a transient with ∼100 ns lifetime that is assigned to a triplet excited state that is produced by intersystem crossing from a singlet state on a time scale of ∼130 ps. This is the first time that a triplet state has been observed for isoindigo π-conjugated chromophores. The performance of the polymer in bulk heterojunction solar cells was explored with PC61BM as an acceptor. The performance of the cells was optimum at a relatively high PCBM loading (1:6, polymer:PCBM), but the overall efficiency was relatively low with power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 0.22%. Atomic force microscopy of blend films reveals that the length scale of the phase separation decreases with increasing PCBM content, suggesting a reason for the increase in PCE with acceptor loading. Energetic considerations show that the triplet state in the polymer is too low in energy to undergo charge separation with PCBM. Further, due to the relatively low LUMO energy of the polymer, charge transfer

  13. Singlet exciton fission in solution.

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    Walker, Brian J; Musser, Andrew J; Beljonne, David; Friend, Richard H

    2013-12-01

    Singlet exciton fission, the spin-conserving process that produces two triplet excited states from one photoexcited singlet state, is a means to circumvent the Shockley-Queisser limit in single-junction solar cells. Although the process through which singlet fission occurs is not well characterized, some local order is thought to be necessary for intermolecular coupling. Here, we report a triplet yield of 200% and triplet formation rates approaching the diffusion limit in solutions of bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl (TIPS)) pentacene. We observe a transient bound excimer intermediate, formed by the collision of one photoexcited and one ground-state TIPS-pentacene molecule. The intermediate breaks up when the two triplets separate to each TIPS-pentacene molecule. This efficient system is a model for future singlet-fission materials and for disordered device components that produce cascades of excited states from sunlight. PMID:24256865

  14. Singlet exciton fission in solution

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    Walker, Brian J.; Musser, Andrew J.; Beljonne, David; Friend, Richard H.

    2013-12-01

    Singlet exciton fission, the spin-conserving process that produces two triplet excited states from one photoexcited singlet state, is a means to circumvent the Shockley-Queisser limit in single-junction solar cells. Although the process through which singlet fission occurs is not well characterized, some local order is thought to be necessary for intermolecular coupling. Here, we report a triplet yield of 200% and triplet formation rates approaching the diffusion limit in solutions of bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl (TIPS)) pentacene. We observe a transient bound excimer intermediate, formed by the collision of one photoexcited and one ground-state TIPS-pentacene molecule. The intermediate breaks up when the two triplets separate to each TIPS-pentacene molecule. This efficient system is a model for future singlet-fission materials and for disordered device components that produce cascades of excited states from sunlight.

  15. Water-soluble naphthalene diimides as singlet oxygen sensitizers.

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    Doria, Filippo; Manet, Ilse; Grande, Vincenzo; Monti, Sandra; Freccero, Mauro

    2013-08-16

    Bromo- and/or alkylamino-substituted and hydrosoluble naphthalene diimides (NDIs) were synthesized to study their multimodal photophysical and photochemical properties. Bromine-containing NDIs (i.e., 11) behaved as both singlet oxygen ((1)O2) photosensitizers and fluorescent molecules upon irradiation at 532 nm. Among the NDIs not containing Br, only 12 exhibited photophysical properties similar to those of Br-NDIs, by irradiation above 610 nm, suggesting that for these NDIs both singlet and triplet excited-state properties are strongly affected by length, structure of the solubilizing moieties, and pH of the solution. Laser flash photolysis confirmed that the NDI lowest triplet excited state was efficiently populated, upon excitation at both 355 and 532 nm, and that free amine moieties quenched both the singlet and triplet excited states by intramolecular electron transfer, with generation of detectable radical anions. Time-resolved experiments, monitoring the 1270 nm (1)O2 phosphorescence decay generated upon laser irradiation at 532 nm, allowed a ranking of the NDIs as sensitizers, based on their (1)O2 quantum yields (ΦΔ). The tetrafunctionalized 12, exhibiting a long-lived triplet state (τ ~ 32 μs) and the most promising absorptivity for photodynamic therapy application, was tested as efficient photosensitizers in the photo-oxidations of 1,5-dihydroxynaphthalene and 9,10-anthracenedipropionic acid in acetonitrile and water. PMID:23869544

  16. Search for Singlet Fission Chromophores

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    Havlas, Z.; Akdag, A.; Smith, M. B.; Dron, P.; Johnson, J. C.; Nozik, A. J.; Michl, J.

    2012-01-01

    Singlet fission, in which a singlet excited chromophore shares its energy with a ground-state neighbor and both end up in their triplet states, is of potential interest for solar cells. Only a handful of compounds, mostly alternant hydrocarbons, are known to perform efficiently. In view of the large number of conditions that a successful candidate for a practical cell has to meet, it appears desirable to extend the present list of high performers to additional classes of compounds. We have (i) identified design rules for new singlet fission chromophores and for their coupling to covalent dimers, (ii) synthesized them, and (iii) evaluated their performance as neat solids or covalent dimers.

  17. Roles of singlet oxygen and triplet excited state of dissolved organic matter formed by different organic matters in bacteriophage MS2 inactivation.

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    Rosado-Lausell, Sahid L; Wang, Hanting; Gutiérrez, Leonardo; Romero-Maraccini, Ofelia C; Niu, Xi-Zhi; Gin, Karina Y H; Croué, Jean-Philippe; Nguyen, Thanh H

    2013-09-15

    Inactivation of bacteriophage MS2 by reactive oxygen species (ROS) and triplet excited state of dissolved organic matter ((3)DOM*) produced by irradiation of natural and synthetic sensitizers with simulated sunlight of wavelengths greater than 320 nm was investigated. Natural sensitizers included purified DOM isolates obtained from wastewater and river waters, and water samples collected from Singapore River, Stamford Canal, and Marina Bay Reservoir in Singapore. Linear correlations were found between MS2 inactivation rate constants (kobs) and the photo-induced reaction rate constants of 2,4,6-trimethylphenol (TMP), a probe compound shown to react mainly with (3)DOM*. Linear correlations between MS2 kobs and singlet oxygen ((1)O2) concentrations were also found for both purified DOM isolates and natural water samples. These correlations, along with data from quenching experiments and experiments with synthetic sensitizers, Rose Bengal (RB), 3'-methoxyacetophenone (3'-MAP), and nitrite [Formula: see text] , suggest that (1)O2, (3)DOM*, and hydroxyl radicals ((•)OH) could inactivate bacteriophage MS2. Linear correlations between MS2 kobs and Specific Ultraviolet Absorption determined at 254 nm (SUVA254) were also found for both purified DOM isolates and natural samples. These results suggest the potential use of TMP as a chemical probe and SUVA254 as an indicator for virus inactivation in natural and purified DOM water samples. PMID:23866126

  18. Degradation of organic pollutants in/on snow and ice by singlet molecular oxygen (¹O₂*) and an organic triplet excited state.

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    Bower, Jonathan P; Anastasio, Cort

    2014-04-01

    Singlet molecular oxygen (¹O₂*) can be a significant sink for a variety of electron-rich pollutants in surface waters and atmospheric drops. We recently found that ¹O₂* concentrations are enhanced by up to a factor of 10(4) on illuminated ice compared to in the equivalent liquid solution, suggesting that ¹O₂* could be an important oxidant for pollutants in snow. To examine this, here we study the degradation of three model organic pollutants: furfuryl alcohol (to represent furans), tryptophan (for aromatic amino acids), and bisphenol A (for phenols). Each compound was studied in illuminated aqueous solution and ice containing Rose Bengal (RB, a sensitizer for ¹O₂*) and sodium chloride (to adjust the concentration of total solutes). The RB-mediated loss of each organic compound is enhanced on illuminated ice compared to in solution, by factors of 6400 for furfuryl alcohol, 8300 for tryptophan, and 50 for bisphenol A for ice containing 0.065 mM total solutes. Rates of loss of furfuryl alcohol and tryptophan decrease at a higher total solute concentration, in qualitative agreement with predictions from freezing-point depression. In contrast, the loss of bisphenol A on ice is independent of total solute concentration. Relative to liquid tests, the enhanced loss of tryptophan on ice during control experiments made with deoxygenated solutions and solutions in D₂O show that the triplet excited state of Rose Bengal may also contribute to loss of pollutants on ice. PMID:24487942

  19. The effect of caffeine on the reactions of the excited singlet state of pyrene in micellar sodium lauryl sulfate

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    Hashimoto, Shuichi; Thomas, J. Kerry

    1984-08-01

    The effect of caffeine on a few photo-induced reactions of pyrene in micellar sodium lauryl sulfate (NaLS) has been studied. In these systems caffeine complexes with the pyrene (K asso = 85 ± 10 M -1 and also with the other reactants, e.g. Cu 2+ or TI +. The efficiencies of reactions which involve contact, i.e. pyrene excimer formation, and quenching by TI + ions to give the triplet state of pyrene, are significantly reduced in the presence of caffeine, due to geometric inhibitions formed by the complexation processes. The kinetics of photo-induced electron transfer, e.g. between excited pyrene and Cu 2+, are not affected. However, the subsequent reactions of the products are modified and the yield of ionic products is markedly increased.

  20. Lowest eigenvalues of random Hamiltonians

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    Shen, J. J.; Zhao, Y. M.; Arima, A.; Yoshinaga, N.

    2008-05-15

    In this article we study the lowest eigenvalues of random Hamiltonians for both fermion and boson systems. We show that an empirical formula of evaluating the lowest eigenvalues of random Hamiltonians in terms of energy centroids and widths of eigenvalues is applicable to many different systems. We improve the accuracy of the formula by considering the third central moment. We show that these formulas are applicable not only to the evaluation of the lowest energy but also to the evaluation of excited energies of systems under random two-body interactions.

  1. Singlet and triplet instability theorems

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    Yamada, Tomonori; Hirata, So

    2015-09-21

    A useful definition of orbital degeneracy—form-degeneracy—is introduced, which is distinct from the usual energy-degeneracy: Two canonical spatial orbitals are form-degenerate when the energy expectation value in the restricted Hartree–Fock (RHF) wave function is unaltered upon a two-electron excitation from one of these orbitals to the other. Form-degenerate orbitals tend to have isomorphic electron densities and occur in the highest-occupied and lowest-unoccupied molecular orbitals (HOMOs and LUMOs) of strongly correlated systems. Here, we present a mathematical proof of the existence of a triplet instability in a real or complex RHF wave function of a finite system in the space of real or complex unrestricted Hartree–Fock wave functions when HOMO and LUMO are energy- or form-degenerate. We also show that a singlet instability always exists in a real RHF wave function of a finite system in the space of complex RHF wave functions, when HOMO and LUMO are form-degenerate, but have nonidentical electron densities, or are energy-degenerate. These theorems provide Hartree–Fock-theory-based explanations of Hund’s rule, a singlet instability in Jahn–Teller systems, biradicaloid electronic structures, and a triplet instability during some covalent bond breaking. They also suggest (but not guarantee) the spontaneous formation of a spin density wave (SDW) in a metallic solid. The stability theory underlying these theorems extended to a continuous orbital-energy spectrum proves the existence of an oscillating (nonspiral) SDW instability in one- and three-dimensional homogeneous electron gases, but only at low densities or for strong interactions.

  2. Singlet and triplet instability theorems

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    Yamada, Tomonori; Hirata, So

    2015-09-01

    A useful definition of orbital degeneracy—form-degeneracy—is introduced, which is distinct from the usual energy-degeneracy: Two canonical spatial orbitals are form-degenerate when the energy expectation value in the restricted Hartree-Fock (RHF) wave function is unaltered upon a two-electron excitation from one of these orbitals to the other. Form-degenerate orbitals tend to have isomorphic electron densities and occur in the highest-occupied and lowest-unoccupied molecular orbitals (HOMOs and LUMOs) of strongly correlated systems. Here, we present a mathematical proof of the existence of a triplet instability in a real or complex RHF wave function of a finite system in the space of real or complex unrestricted Hartree-Fock wave functions when HOMO and LUMO are energy- or form-degenerate. We also show that a singlet instability always exists in a real RHF wave function of a finite system in the space of complex RHF wave functions, when HOMO and LUMO are form-degenerate, but have nonidentical electron densities, or are energy-degenerate. These theorems provide Hartree-Fock-theory-based explanations of Hund's rule, a singlet instability in Jahn-Teller systems, biradicaloid electronic structures, and a triplet instability during some covalent bond breaking. They also suggest (but not guarantee) the spontaneous formation of a spin density wave (SDW) in a metallic solid. The stability theory underlying these theorems extended to a continuous orbital-energy spectrum proves the existence of an oscillating (nonspiral) SDW instability in one- and three-dimensional homogeneous electron gases, but only at low densities or for strong interactions.

  3. Singlet and triplet instability theorems.

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    Yamada, Tomonori; Hirata, So

    2015-09-21

    A useful definition of orbital degeneracy—form-degeneracy—is introduced, which is distinct from the usual energy-degeneracy: Two canonical spatial orbitals are form-degenerate when the energy expectation value in the restricted Hartree-Fock (RHF) wave function is unaltered upon a two-electron excitation from one of these orbitals to the other. Form-degenerate orbitals tend to have isomorphic electron densities and occur in the highest-occupied and lowest-unoccupied molecular orbitals (HOMOs and LUMOs) of strongly correlated systems. Here, we present a mathematical proof of the existence of a triplet instability in a real or complex RHF wave function of a finite system in the space of real or complex unrestricted Hartree-Fock wave functions when HOMO and LUMO are energy- or form-degenerate. We also show that a singlet instability always exists in a real RHF wave function of a finite system in the space of complex RHF wave functions, when HOMO and LUMO are form-degenerate, but have nonidentical electron densities, or are energy-degenerate. These theorems provide Hartree-Fock-theory-based explanations of Hund's rule, a singlet instability in Jahn-Teller systems, biradicaloid electronic structures, and a triplet instability during some covalent bond breaking. They also suggest (but not guarantee) the spontaneous formation of a spin density wave (SDW) in a metallic solid. The stability theory underlying these theorems extended to a continuous orbital-energy spectrum proves the existence of an oscillating (nonspiral) SDW instability in one- and three-dimensional homogeneous electron gases, but only at low densities or for strong interactions. PMID:26395692

  4. Evidence for static localization in the lowest optically excited states of ruthenium(II) diimine complexes: a solvent- and time-dependent photoselection study at 77 K

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    Myrick, M.L.; Blakley, R.L.; DeArmond, M.K.; Arthur, M.L.

    1988-03-02

    The 77 K absorption, emission, steady-state excitation photoselection (SSExP), and time-resolved excitation photoselection (TRExP) results are reported for 11 (Ru(L)/sub 3/)(PF/sub 6/)/sub 2/ complexes with 2,2'-diimine ligands (L). The ligands are 2,2'-bipyridine (bpy), 1,10-phenanthroline (phen), 2,2'-bipyrazine (bpz), 2-(2-pyridyl)quinoline (pq), and 2,2'-biquinoline (biq). Complexes of the form (Ru(L)/sub 3/)/sup 2 +/ (L = bpy, phen, bpz, pq, and biq) were examined as well as mixed-ligand complexes of the form (Ru(bpy)/sub n/(L)/sub 3-n/)/sup 2 +/ (n = 1, 2) (L = phen, bpz, and pq). Data are also presented for the monomeric model complex, (Ru(bpy)(py)/sub 4/)/sup 2 +/ (py = pyridine). Data indicate that optical excitation leads to static localization of the optically excited electron. A model is developed that rationalizes the maximum value obtainable in the SSExP data. Solvent effects observed in the TRExP data are explained in terms of relative rates of spin-lattice relaxation associated with different solvents.

  5. Pigment-pigment interactions in thylakoids and LHCII of chlorophyll a/ c containing alga Pleurochloris meiringensis: analysis of fluorescence-excitation and triplet-minus-singlet spectra

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    Büchel, C.; Razi Naqvi, K.; Melø, T. B.

    1998-05-01

    Time-resolved triplet-minus-singlet (TmS) difference spectra, Δ A( λ; t), fluorescence excitation spectra, X( λ), and absorption spectra, A( λ), are used for probing pigment-pigment interactions in the thylakoids (Chl a/ c-Thyl) and isolated light-harvesting complexes associated with photosystem II (Chl a/ c-LHCII) of the alga Pleurochloris meiringensis, whose chromophores comprise chlorophyll a (Chl a), chlorophyll c (Chl c), and several carotenoids. The data provide information about interactions between Car*-and-Chl a0, Chl a†-and-Car 0, Car †-and-Chl a0 (where the abbreviation Car stands for carotenoid, an asterisk and a dagger denote singlet and triplet excitation, respectively, and the superscript 0 denotes a molecule in the ground state). In Chl a/c-Thyl, the efficiency of Car*→Chl a* transfer ( φLH), determined by comparing A( λ) and X( λ), is slightly less than unity (ca. 0.85), whereas the efficiency of Chl a†→Car † transfer of triplet energy ( φTT) must be much closer to unity, since no long-lived Chl a† could be detected; an interaction between Car † and Chl a0, already familiar from investigations concerning the TmS spectra of the trimers and aggregates of Chl a/ b-LHCII (the light-harvesting complex associated with the photosystem II of higher plants), which manifests itself through a depletion signal (in the Qy region of Chl a) decaying at the same rate as the Car TmS signal, is observed, and explained likewise. In Chl a/ c-LHCII, both efficiencies are found to be much lower; the drastic reduction in the two yields is attributed to the perturbation of the native molecular architecture of the complex by the detergent used in the isolation procedure. The overall TmS signal from Chl a/ c-LHCII can be decomposed into two contributions, Δ A( λ; t)=Δ 1A( λ; t)+Δ 2A( λ; t), where Δ 1A( λ; t) with a lifetime of about 8 μs; Δ 2A( λ; t), which persists for several hundred microseconds, is contributed by those Chl a

  6. Theoretical investigation on properties of the ground and lowest excited states of a red emitter with donor-π-acceptor structure

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    Liu, Xiaojun; Zhang, Xiao; Hou, Yanbing; Teng, Feng; Lou, Zhidong

    2011-03-01

    The ground and excited state properties of DCDPC, particularly designed as a red emitter for organic light emitting diodes applications have been studied by means of density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent (TD)DFT. The electronic and geometrical structures of DCDPC in acetone, tetrahydrofuran and benzene solvents are reported for the first time. The experimental absorption and fluorescence spectra are reproduced by calculations. By comparison with experimental data, insight on the performance of 10 exchange correlation functionals is also given. M06 in the frame of DFT and TDDFT with a polarizable continuum model and a medium sized basis set emerges as the most effective strategy. Beside the good agreement between the calculational and experimental spectra proving the accuracy of the strategy, the calculations allow further insights into the electronic structure for the family of isophorone-based light emitting materials with D-π-A structure, especially the electronic and geometrical structures for the excited states.

  7. Reliable Prediction with Tuned Range-Separated Functionals of the Singlet-Triplet Gap in Organic Emitters for Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence.

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    Sun, Haitao; Zhong, Cheng; Brédas, Jean-Luc

    2015-08-11

    The thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) mechanism has recently attracted significant interest in the field of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs). TADF relies on the presence of a very small energy gap between the lowest singlet and triplet excited states. Here, we demonstrate that time-dependent density functional theory in the Tamm-Dancoff approximation can be very successful in calculations of the lowest singlet and triplet excitation energies and the corresponding singlet-triplet gap when using nonempirically tuned range-separated functionals. Such functionals provide very good estimates in a series of 17 molecules used in TADF-based OLED devices with mean absolute deviations of 0.15 eV for the vertical singlet excitation energies and 0.09 eV [0.07 eV] for the adiabatic [vertical] singlet-triplet energy gaps as well as low relative errors and high correlation coefficients compared to the corresponding experimental values. They significantly outperform conventional functionals, a feature which is rationalized on the basis of the amount of exact-exchange included and the delocalization error. The present work provides a reliable theoretical tool for the prediction and development of novel TADF-based materials with low singlet-triplet energetic splittings. PMID:26574466

  8. A theoretical study of the ground state and lowest excited states of PuO0/+/+2 and PuO20/+/+2

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    Gibson, John K.; La Macchia, Giovanni; Infante, Ivan; Gagliardi, Laura; Raab, Juraj

    2008-12-08

    The ground and excited states of neutral and cationic PuO and PuO2 have been studied with multiconfigurational quantum chemical methods followed by second order perturbation theory, the CASSCF/CASPT2 method. Scalar relativistic effects and spin-orbit coupling have been included in the treatment. As literature values for the ionization energy of PuO2 are in the wide range of ~;;6.6 eV to ~;;10.1 eV, a central goal of the computations was to resolve these discrepancies; the theoretical results indicate that the ionization energy is near the lower end of this range. The calculated ionization energies for PuO, PuO+ and PuO2+ are in good agreement with the experimental values.

  9. Low-lying excited states in armchair polyacene within Pariser-Parr-Pople model: a density matrix renormalization group study.

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    Das, Mousumi

    2014-03-28

    We studied the nature of the ground state and low-lying excited states of armchair polyacene oligomers (Polyphenanthrene) within long-range Pariser-Parr-Pople model Hamiltonian with up to 14 monomers using symmetrized density matrix renormalization group technique. The ground state of all armchair polyacenes studied is found to be singlet. The results show that lowest singlet dipole allowed excited state has higher energy for armchair polyacenes as compared to linear fused polyacenes. Moreover, unlike linear fused polyacenes, the lowest singlet excited state of these oligomers is always found to lie below the lowest dipole forbidden two-photon state indicating that these armchair polyacene oligomers strongly fluoresce. The calculations of low-lying excitations on singly and triply electron doped armchair polyacene oligomers show a low energy band with strong transition dipole moment that coupled to charge conductivity. This implies armchair polyacene posses novel field-effect transistor properties. PMID:24697451

  10. Low-lying excited states in armchair polyacene within Pariser-Parr-Pople model: A density matrix renormalization group study

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    Das, Mousumi

    2014-03-28

    We studied the nature of the ground state and low-lying excited states of armchair polyacene oligomers (Polyphenanthrene) within long-range Pariser-Parr-Pople model Hamiltonian with up to 14 monomers using symmetrized density matrix renormalization group technique. The ground state of all armchair polyacenes studied is found to be singlet. The results show that lowest singlet dipole allowed excited state has higher energy for armchair polyacenes as compared to linear fused polyacenes. Moreover, unlike linear fused polyacenes, the lowest singlet excited state of these oligomers is always found to lie below the lowest dipole forbidden two-photon state indicating that these armchair polyacene oligomers strongly fluoresce. The calculations of low-lying excitations on singly and triply electron doped armchair polyacene oligomers show a low energy band with strong transition dipole moment that coupled to charge conductivity. This implies armchair polyacene posses novel field-effect transistor properties.

  11. Quantum Relaxation in Singlet Fission

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    Teichen, Paul; Eaves, Joel

    2013-03-01

    Singlet fission is a multielectron process in organic chromophores, where an initially excited singlet state decays into two independent triplets. First observed in organic semiconductors almost 40 years ago, the phenomenon may be a promising route for increasing yields in next-generation photovoltaics. Early theories that ignored quantum coherence between excited states were capable of explaining the fission process on nanosecond timescales, but recent observations of fission on sub picosecond timescales call several tenants of those theories into question. We present a theory of optical dephasing and decoherence in singlet fission, drawing on ideas from quantum information theory to establish conditions for decoherence and disentanglement between the relevant quantum states on the picosecond timescale.

  12. Singlet oxygen O2(a1Δg) formation via UV-excitation of isoprene-oxygen C5H8-O2 encounter complexes in gas phase

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    Pyryaeva, Alexandra P.; Goldort, Veniamin G.; Kochubei, Sergei A.; Baklanov, Alexey V.

    2014-08-01

    Photogeneration of singlet oxygen O2(a1Δg) resulted from photoexcitation at 248 and 266 nm of isoprene-oxygen mixtures at elevated oxygen pressure has been investigated. Pulse energy and oxygen pressure dependence of the singlet oxygen yield indicate one-quantum photoexcitation of the encounter complex isoprene-oxygen C5H8-O2 as a source of O2(a1Δg). Suggested mechanism of O2(a1Δg) photogeneration involves direct excitation of complex with simultaneous change of both partner spins like that observed in van der Waals complex C5H8-O2 [Vidma et al., J. Chem. Phys. 137 (2012) 054305]. Other supposed pathways involve collision-induced photogeneration of Herzberg III state O2(A'3Δg) or triplet isoprene as the intermediates.

  13. Singlet fission in reduced dimensions of crystals

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    Teichen, Paul; Eaves, Joel

    2014-03-01

    In some molecular systems the decay of an initially excited singlet into two independent triplets, a process called singlet fission, is highly efficient. Organic crystals are among the most promising candidates for increasing yields in next-generation photovoltaics. Although excitons are known to exist in reduced dimensions of crystals the role of dimensionality in the entanglement of two triplets born out of singlet fission remains unclear. We develop a quantum lattice model for singlet fission to examine the role of quantum entanglement and exciton delocalization.

  14. Singlet-Triplet Splittings in the Luminescent Excited States of Colloidal Cu(+):CdSe, Cu(+):InP, and CuInS2 Nanocrystals: Charge-Transfer Configurations and Self-Trapped Excitons.

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    Knowles, Kathryn E; Nelson, Heidi D; Kilburn, Troy B; Gamelin, Daniel R

    2015-10-14

    The electronic and magnetic properties of the luminescent excited states of colloidal Cu(+):CdSe, Cu(+):InP, and CuInS2 nanocrystals were investigated using variable-temperature photoluminescence (PL) and magnetic circularly polarized luminescence (MCPL) spectroscopies. The nanocrystal electronic structures were also investigated by absorption and magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) spectroscopies. By every spectroscopic measure, the luminescent excited states of all three materials are essentially indistinguishable. All three materials show very similar broad PL line widths and large Stokes shifts. All three materials also show similar temperature dependence of their PL lifetimes and MCPL polarization ratios. Analysis shows that this temperature dependence reflects Boltzmann population distributions between luminescent singlet and triplet excited states with average singlet-triplet splittings of ∼1 meV in each material. These similarities lead to the conclusion that the PL mechanism in CuInS2 NCs is fundamentally different from that of bulk CuInS2 and instead is the same as that in Cu(+)-doped NCs, which are known to luminesce via charge-transfer recombination of conduction-band electrons with copper-localized holes. The luminescence of CuInS2 nanocrystals is explained well by invoking exciton self-trapping, in which delocalized photogenerated holes contract in response to strong vibronic coupling at lattice copper sites to form a luminescent excited state that is essentially identical to that of the Cu(+)-doped semiconductor nanocrystals. PMID:26389577

  15. The Non-Adiabatic dynamics of Singlet Fission in Polyacenes

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    Bradforth, Stephen

    2015-03-01

    Singlet fission involves the splitting of a single excitation into two coupled triplet excitations and is manifested in an increasing range of aromatic crystals and amorphous thin films. If the energy of the lowest triplet state is one half (or less) of the first singlet excited state, as it is for tetracene or pentacene and their derivatives, singlet fission may occur between two adjacent chromophores. Since there is no change in the overall spin state of the system, singlet fission can be exceptionally fast, occuring on the fs - ps range. If the triplets can diffuse away from the fission site they are available for harvesting as a dissociated carriers with up to two charge carrier pairs per absorbed photon. The possibility of recovering excess energy above the material band gap (in this case determined by the triplet energy) when a higher energy photon is absorbed has led to great recent interest in exploiting this process for increased efficiency solar energy harvesting. The nature of the electronic couplings between the chromophores, intermediate electronic configurations, and the role of entropy in the spin-allowed primary fission event have all come under great scrutiny. Results from a series of femtosecond spectroscopy experiments on a variety of amorphous thin films, nanoparticles and isolated acene dimer compounds will be presented that shed light on the electronic intermediate states key to the efficiency and speed of this process. Work supported as part of the Center for Energy Nanoscience, an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DE-SC0001013).

  16. Charge transfer-mediated singlet fission.

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    Monahan, N; Zhu, X-Y

    2015-04-01

    Singlet fission, the splitting of a singlet exciton into two triplet excitons in molecular materials, is interesting not only as a model many-electron problem, but also as a process with potential applications in solar energy conversion. Here we discuss limitations of the conventional four-electron and molecular dimer model in describing singlet fission in crystalline organic semiconductors, such as pentacene and tetracene. We emphasize the need to consider electronic delocalization, which is responsible for the decisive role played by the Mott-Wannier exciton, also called the charge transfer (CT) exciton, in mediating singlet fission. At the strong electronic coupling limit, the initial excitation creates a quantum superposition of singlet, CT, and triplet-pair states, and we present experimental evidence for this interpretation. We also discuss the most recent attempts at translating this mechanistic understanding into design principles for CT state-mediated intramolecular singlet fission in oligomers and polymers. PMID:25648486

  17. Singlet Fission: From Coherences to Kinetics.

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    Piland, Geoffrey B; Burdett, Jonathan J; Dillon, Robert J; Bardeen, Christopher J

    2014-07-01

    Singlet fission, in which an initially excited singlet state spontaneously splits into a pair of triplet excitons, is a process that can potentially boost the efficiency of solar energy conversion. The separate electronic bands in organic semiconductors make them especially useful for dividing a high-energy singlet exciton into a pair of lower-energy triplet excitons. Recent experiments illustrate the role of spin coherence in fission, while kinetic models are used to describe how triplet and singlet states interact on longer time scales. Despite insights gained from recent experiments, the detailed structure and dynamics of the electronic states involved in the initial step of singlet fission remain active areas of investigation. On longer time scales, finding ways to efficiently harvest the triplet excitons will be an important challenge for making devices based on this phenomenon. A full understanding of singlet fission requires consideration of a sequence of photophysical events (decoherence, relaxation, and diffusion) occurring on different time scales. PMID:26279552

  18. Charge Transfer-Mediated Singlet Fission

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    Monahan, N.; Zhu, X.-Y.

    2015-04-01

    Singlet fission, the splitting of a singlet exciton into two triplet excitons in molecular materials, is interesting not only as a model many-electron problem, but also as a process with potential applications in solar energy conversion. Here we discuss limitations of the conventional four-electron and molecular dimer model in describing singlet fission in crystalline organic semiconductors, such as pentacene and tetracene. We emphasize the need to consider electronic delocalization, which is responsible for the decisive role played by the Mott-Wannier exciton, also called the charge transfer (CT) exciton, in mediating singlet fission. At the strong electronic coupling limit, the initial excitation creates a quantum superposition of singlet, CT, and triplet-pair states, and we present experimental evidence for this interpretation. We also discuss the most recent attempts at translating this mechanistic understanding into design principles for CT state-mediated intramolecular singlet fission in oligomers and polymers.

  19. 7-azaindole and its clusters with Ar, CH sub 4 , H sub 2 O, NH sub 3 , and alcohols: Molecular geometry, cluster geometry, and nature of the first excited singlet electronic state

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    Kim, S.K.; Bernstein, E.R. )

    1990-05-03

    Mass-resolved excitation vibronic spectra of jet-cooled 7-azaindole and its clusters with Ar, CH{sub 4}, NH{sub 3}, H{sub 2}O, D{sub 2}O, CH{sub 3}OH, and C{sub 2}H{sub 5}OH are reported and analyzed with regard to molecular and cluster geometry and the nature of the first excited singlet state. Large changes in the various spectra are observed upon clustering and upon deuteration of 7-azaindole. The observed vibronic spectra of both 7-azaindole and its clusters can be rationalized with two general assumptions: (1) the hydrogen attached to the pyrrole nitrogen of 7-azaindole is out of the molecular plane in the first excited singlet state; and (2) the observed spectra are characterized by strong n {pi}*-{pi}{pi}* mixing not completely removed by the clustering. MOPAC5 calculations of molecular geometry suggest that the S{sub 1} state is nonplanar.

  20. An Analysis of the Torsion-Rotation-Vibration Rotational Spectrum of the Lowest In-Plane Bend and First Excited Torsional State of the C(3V) Internal Rotor C2H5CN

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    Pearson, J. C.; Pickett, Herbert M.; Sastry, K. V. L. N.

    2000-01-01

    C2H5CN (Propionitrile or ethyl cyanide) is a well known interstellar species abundantly observed in hot cores during the onset of star formation. The onset of star formation generally results in elevated temperature, which thermally populates may low lying vibrational states such as the 206/cm in-plane bend and the 212/cm first excited torsional state in C2H5CN. Unfortunately, these two states are strongly coupled through a complex series of torsion-vibration-rotation interactions, which dominate the spectrum. In order to understand the details of these interactions and develop models capable of predicting unmeasured transitions for astronomical observations in C2H5CN and similar molecules, several thousand rotational transitions in the lowest excited in-plane bend and first excited torsional state have been recorded, assigned and analyzed. The analysis reveals very strong a- and b-type Coriolis interactions and a number of other smaller interactions and has a number of important implications for other C3V torsion-rotation-vibration systems. The relative importance and the physical origins of the coupling among the rotational, vibrational and torsional motions will be presented along with a full spectroscopic analysis and supporting astronomical observations.

  1. Triplet-singlet conversion in ultracold Cs{sub 2} and production of ground-state molecules

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    Bouloufa, Nadia; Aymar, Mireille; Dulieu, Olivier; Pichler, Marin

    2011-02-15

    We propose a process to convert ultracold metastable Cs{sub 2} molecules in their lowest triplet state into (singlet) ground-state molecules in their lowest vibrational levels. Molecules are first pumped into an excited triplet state, and the triplet-singlet conversion is facilitated by a two-step spontaneous decay through the coupled A {sup 1{Sigma}}{sub u}{sup +}-b {sup 3{Pi}}{sub u} states. Using spectroscopic data and accurate quantum chemistry calculations for Cs{sub 2} potential curves and transition dipole moments, we show that this process competes favorably with the single-photon decay back to the lowest triplet state. In addition, we demonstrate that this conversion process represents a loss channel for vibrational cooling of metastable triplet molecules, preventing an efficient optical pumping cycle down to low vibrational levels.

  2. The transition from the open minimum to the ring minimum on the ground state and on the lowest excited state of like symmetry in ozone: A configuration interaction study

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    Theis, Daniel; Ivanic, Joseph; Windus, Theresa L.; Ruedenberg, Klaus

    2016-03-01

    The metastable ring structure of the ozone 11A1 ground state, which theoretical calculations have shown to exist, has so far eluded experimental detection. An accurate prediction for the energy difference between this isomer and the lower open structure is therefore of interest, as is a prediction for the isomerization barrier between them, which results from interactions between the lowest two 1A1 states. In the present work, valence correlated energies of the 11A1 state and the 21A1 state were calculated at the 11A1 open minimum, the 11A1 ring minimum, the transition state between these two minima, the minimum of the 21A1 state, and the conical intersection between the two states. The geometries were determined at the full-valence multi-configuration self-consistent-field level. Configuration interaction (CI) expansions up to quadruple excitations were calculated with triple-zeta atomic basis sets. The CI expansions based on eight different reference configuration spaces were explored. To obtain some of the quadruple excitation energies, the method of Correlation Energy Extrapolation by Intrinsic Scaling was generalized to the simultaneous extrapolation for two states. This extrapolation method was shown to be very accurate. On the other hand, none of the CI expansions were found to have converged to millihartree (mh) accuracy at the quadruple excitation level. The data suggest that convergence to mh accuracy is probably attained at the sextuple excitation level. On the 11A1 state, the present calculations yield the estimates of (ring minimum—open minimum) ˜45-50 mh and (transition state—open minimum) ˜85-90 mh. For the (21A1-1A1) excitation energy, the estimate of ˜130-170 mh is found at the open minimum and 270-310 mh at the ring minimum. At the transition state, the difference (21A1-1A1) is found to be between 1 and 10 mh. The geometry of the transition state on the 11A1 surface and that of the minimum on the 21A1 surface nearly coincide. More accurate

  3. The transition from the open minimum to the ring minimum on the ground state and on the lowest excited state of like symmetry in ozone: A configuration interaction study.

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    Theis, Daniel; Ivanic, Joseph; Windus, Theresa L; Ruedenberg, Klaus

    2016-03-14

    The metastable ring structure of the ozone 1(1)A1 ground state, which theoretical calculations have shown to exist, has so far eluded experimental detection. An accurate prediction for the energy difference between this isomer and the lower open structure is therefore of interest, as is a prediction for the isomerization barrier between them, which results from interactions between the lowest two (1)A1 states. In the present work, valence correlated energies of the 1(1)A1 state and the 2(1)A1 state were calculated at the 1(1)A1 open minimum, the 1(1)A1 ring minimum, the transition state between these two minima, the minimum of the 2(1)A1 state, and the conical intersection between the two states. The geometries were determined at the full-valence multi-configuration self-consistent-field level. Configuration interaction (CI) expansions up to quadruple excitations were calculated with triple-zeta atomic basis sets. The CI expansions based on eight different reference configuration spaces were explored. To obtain some of the quadruple excitation energies, the method of Correlation Energy Extrapolation by Intrinsic Scaling was generalized to the simultaneous extrapolation for two states. This extrapolation method was shown to be very accurate. On the other hand, none of the CI expansions were found to have converged to millihartree (mh) accuracy at the quadruple excitation level. The data suggest that convergence to mh accuracy is probably attained at the sextuple excitation level. On the 1(1)A1 state, the present calculations yield the estimates of (ring minimum-open minimum) ∼45-50 mh and (transition state-open minimum) ∼85-90 mh. For the (2(1)A1-(1)A1) excitation energy, the estimate of ∼130-170 mh is found at the open minimum and 270-310 mh at the ring minimum. At the transition state, the difference (2(1)A1-(1)A1) is found to be between 1 and 10 mh. The geometry of the transition state on the 1(1)A1 surface and that of the minimum on the 2(1)A1 surface

  4. The transition from the open minimum to the ring minimum on the ground state and on the lowest excited state of like symmetry in ozone: A configuration interaction study

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    Theis, Daniel; Ivanic, Joseph; Windus, Theresa L.; Ruedenberg, Klaus

    2016-03-10

    The metastable ring structure of the ozone 11A1 ground state, which theoretical calculations have shown to exist, has so far eluded experimental detection. An accurate prediction for the energy difference between this isomer and the lower open structure is therefore of interest, as is a prediction for the isomerization barrier between them, which results from interactions between the lowest two 1A1 states. In the present work, valence correlated energies of the 11A1 state and the 21A1 state were calculated at the 11A1 open minimum, the 11A1 ring minimum, the transition state between these two minima, the minimum of the 21A1more » state, and the conical intersection between the two states. The geometries were determined at the full-valence multi-configuration self-consistent-field level. Configuration interaction (CI) expansions up to quadruple excitations were calculated with triple-zeta atomic basis sets. The CI expansions based on eight different reference configuration spaces were explored. To obtain some of the quadruple excitation energies, the method of CorrelationEnergy Extrapolation by Intrinsic Scaling was generalized to the simultaneous extrapolation for two states. This extrapolation method was shown to be very accurate. On the other hand, none of the CI expansions were found to have converged to millihartree (mh) accuracy at the quadruple excitation level. The data suggest that convergence to mh accuracy is probably attained at the sextuple excitation level. On the 11A1 state, the present calculations yield the estimates of (ring minimum—open minimum) ~45–50 mh and (transition state—open minimum) ~85–90 mh. For the (21A1–1A1) excitation energy, the estimate of ~130–170 mh is found at the open minimum and 270–310 mh at the ring minimum. At the transition state, the difference (21A1–1A1) is found to be between 1 and 10 mh. The geometry of the transition state on the 11A1 surface and that of the minimum on the 21A1 surface nearly coincide

  5. Recent Advances in Singlet Fission

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    Smith, Millicent B.; Michl, Josef

    2013-04-01

    A survey is provided of recent progress in the understanding of singlet fission, a spin-allowed process in which a singlet excited molecule shares its energy with a ground-state neighbor to produce two triplet excited molecules. It has been observed to occur in single-crystal, polycrystalline, and amorphous solids, on timescales from 80 fs to 25 ps, producing triplet yields as high as 200%. Photovoltaic devices using the effect have shown external quantum efficiencies in excess of 100%. Almost all the efficient materials are alternant hydrocarbons of the acene series or their simple derivatives, and it is argued that a wider structural variety would be desirable. The current state of the development of molecular structure design rules, based on first-principles theoretical considerations, is described along with initial examples of implementation.

  6. Singlet oxygen in photosensitization.

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    Moan, Johan; Juzenas, Petras

    2006-01-01

    Oxygen is a ubiquitous element and a vitally important substance for life on the Earth, and especially for human life. Living organisms need oxygen for most, if not all, of their cellular functions. On the other hand, oxygen can produce metabolites that are toxic and potentially lethal to the same cells. Being reactive and chemically unstable reactive oxygen species (ROS) are the most important metabolites that initiate reduction and oxidation (redox) reactions under physiological conditions. Oxygen in its excited singlet state (1O2) is probably the most important intermediate in such reactions. Since the discovery of oxygen by Joseph Priestley in 1775 it has been recognized that oxygen can be both beneficial and harmful to life. PMID:16566709

  7. Lowest Π-Π* electronic transitions in linear and two-dimensional polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: enhanced electron density edge effect

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    Yadav, Amarjeet; Mishra, P. C.

    2014-04-01

    Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) form an important class of molecules as they are ubiquitous, pollute air and cause severe health problems. Lowest vertical π-π* singlet-singlet or triplet-triplet excitation energies and corresponding oscillator strengths were studied for several linear and two-dimensional PAHs employing time-dependent density functional theory. Excited-state electron density, molecular electrostatic potential (MEP) and spin density distributions in the PAHs, along with ground-state chemical hardness, were also studied. It has been found that, generally, excitation energies and oscillator strengths decrease with increase in PAH size, and excitation energies and chemical hardness are strongly linearly correlated. Enhanced electron density edge effect, which was found to occur in the ground states of the molecules, continues to hold in their excited states also. A strong similarity between the ground and π-π* excited-state MEP maps suggests that σ electrons are the main contributors to the enhanced electron density at the edges. Due to their strong electronic absorption transitions in the visible and infrared regions, the PAHs can be used for harnessing solar energy efficiently.

  8. Adsorbate-induced absorption redshift in an organic-inorganic cluster conjugate: Electronic effects of surfactants and organic adsorbates on the lowest excited states of a methanethiol-CdSe conjugate

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    Liu, Christopher; Chung, Sang-Yoon; Lee, Sungyul; Weiss, Shimon; Neuhauser, Daniel

    2009-11-01

    Bioconjugated CdSe quantum dots are promising reagents for bioimaging applications. Experimentally, the binding of a short peptide has been found to redshift the optical absorption of nanoclusters [J. Tsay et al., J. Phys. Chem. B 109, 1669 (2005)]. This study examines this issue by performing density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent-DFT calculations to study the ground state and low-lying excited states of (CdSe)6[SCH3]-, a transition metal complex built by binding methanethiolate to a CdSe molecular cluster. Natural bond orbital results show that the redshift is caused by ligand-inorganic cluster orbital interaction. The highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) of (CdSe)6 is dominated by selenium 4p orbitals; in contrast, the HOMO of (CdSe)6[SCH3]- is dominated by sulfur 3p orbitals. This difference shows that [SCH3]- binding effectively introduces filled sulfur orbitals above the selenium 4p orbitals of (CdSe)6. The resulting smaller HOMO-LUMO gap of (CdSe)6[SCH3]- indeed leads to redshifts in its excitation energies compared to (CdSe)6. In contrast, binding of multiple NH3 destabilizes cadmium 5p orbitals, which contribute significantly to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) of (CdSe)6, while leaving the selenium 4p orbitals near the HOMO relatively unaffected. This has the effect of widening the HOMO-LUMO gap of (CdSe)6ṡ6NH3 compared to (CdSe)6. As expected, the excitation energies of the passivated (CdSe)6ṡ6NH3 are also blueshifted compared to (CdSe)6. As far as NH3 is a faithful representation of a surfactant, the results clearly illustrate the differences between the electronic effects of an alkylthiolate versus those of surfactant molecules. Surface passivation of (CdSe)6[SCH3]- is then simulated by coating it with multiple NH3 molecules. The results suggest that the [SCH3]- adsorption induces a redshift in the excitation energies in a surfactant environment.

  9. Microscopic theory of singlet exciton fission. I. General formulation

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    Berkelbach, Timothy C.; Hybertsen, Mark S.; Reichman, David R.

    2013-03-01

    Singlet fission, a spin-allowed energy transfer process generating two triplet excitons from one singlet exciton, has the potential to dramatically increase the efficiency of organic solar cells. However, the dynamical mechanism of this phenomenon is not fully understood and a complete, microscopic theory of singlet fission is lacking. In this work, we assemble the components of a comprehensive microscopic theory of singlet fission that connects excited state quantum chemistry calculations with finite-temperature quantum relaxation theory. We elaborate on the distinction between localized diabatic and delocalized exciton bases for the interpretation of singlet fission experiments in both the time and frequency domains. We discuss various approximations to the exact density matrix dynamics and propose Redfield theory as an ideal compromise between speed and accuracy for the detailed investigation of singlet fission in dimers, clusters, and crystals. Investigations of small model systems based on parameters typical of singlet fission demonstrate the numerical accuracy and practical utility of this approach.

  10. Lowest Vibrational States of Acrylonitrile

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    Kisiel, Zbigniew; Martin-Drumel, Marie-Aline; Pirali, Olivier

    2015-06-01

    Recent studies of the broadband rotational spectrum of acrylonitrile, H_2C=CHC≡N, revealed the presence of multiple resonances between rotational levels in different vibrational states. The resonances affect even the ground state transitions and their analysis allowed determination of vibrational term values for the first three excited states above the ground state and of vibrational energy differences in several polyads above these states. At that time there was no infrared data of sufficient resolution to assess the reliability of the resonance based vibrational energy determinations. We presently report results based on a 40-700 cm-1 high-resolution spectrum of acrylonitrile recorded at the AILES beamline of the SOLEIL synchrotron. This spectrum was reduced by using the AABS packagea, and allowed assignment of vibration-rotation transitions in four fundamentals, five hot bands, and one overtone band. The infrared data and previous measurements made with microwave techniques have been combined into a single global fit encompassing over 31000 measured transitions. Precise vibrational term values have been determined for the eight lowest excited vibrational states. The new results validate the previous estimates from rotational perturbations and are also compared with results of ab~initio anharmonic force field calculations. Z. Kisiel, et al., J. Mol. Spectrosc. 280 134 (2012). A. López, et al., Astron. & Astrophys. 572, A44 Z. Kisiel, et al., J. Mol. Spectrosc. 233 231 (2005).

  11. Phosphorescence study of chlorophyll d photophysics. Determination of the energy and lifetime of the photo-excited triplet state. Evidence of singlet oxygen photosensitization.

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    Neverov, Konstantin V; Santabarbara, Stefano; Krasnovsky, Alexander A

    2011-09-01

    Chlorophyll d (Chl d) is the major pigment in both photosystems (PSI and II) of the cyanobacterium Acaryochloris marina, whose pigment composition represents an interesting alternative in oxygenic photosynthesis. While abundant information is available relative to photophysical properties of Chl a , the understanding of Chl d photophysics is still incomplete. In this paper, we present for the first time a characterization of Chl d phosphorescence, which accompanies radiative deactivation of the photoexcited triplet state of this pigment. Reliable information was obtained on the energy and lifetime of the Chl d triplet state in frozen solutions at 77 K using diethyl ether and aqueous dispersions of Triton X100 as solvents. It is shown that triplet Chl d is effectively populated upon photoexcitation of pigment molecules and efficiently sensitizes singlet oxygen phosphorescence in aerobic solutions under ambient conditions. The data obtained are compared with the previous results of the phosphorescence studies of Chl a and Pheo a, and their possible biological implications are discussed. PMID:21573948

  12. Theoretical rationalization of the singlet-triplet gap in OLEDs materials: impact of charge-transfer character.

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    Moral, M; Muccioli, L; Son, W-J; Olivier, Y; Sancho-García, J C

    2015-01-13

    New materials for OLED applications with low singlet-triplet energy splitting have been recently synthesized in order to allow for the conversion of triplet into singlet excitons (emitting light) via a Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence (TADF) process, which involves excited-states with a non-negligible amount of Charge-Transfer (CT). The accurate modeling of these states with Time-Dependent Density Functional Theory (TD-DFT), the most used method so far because of the favorable trade-off between accuracy and computational cost, is however particularly challenging. We carefully address this issue here by considering materials with small (high) singlet-triplet gap acting as emitter (host) in OLEDs and by comparing the accuracy of TD-DFT and the corresponding Tamm-Dancoff Approximation (TDA), which is found to greatly reduce error bars with respect to experiments thanks to better estimates for the lowest singlet-triplet transition. Finally, we quantitatively correlate the singlet-triplet splitting values with the extent of CT, using for it a simple metric extracted from calculations with double-hybrid functionals, that might be applied in further molecular engineering studies. PMID:26574215

  13. Singlet oxygen production in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii under heat stress.

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    Prasad, Ankush; Ferretti, Ursula; Sedlářová, Michaela; Pospíšil, Pavel

    2016-01-01

    In the current study, singlet oxygen formation by lipid peroxidation induced by heat stress (40 °C) was studied in vivo in unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Primary and secondary oxidation products of lipid peroxidation, hydroperoxide and malondialdehyde, were generated under heat stress as detected using swallow-tailed perylene derivative fluorescence monitored by confocal laser scanning microscopy and high performance liquid chromatography, respectively. Lipid peroxidation was initiated by enzymatic reaction as inhibition of lipoxygenase by catechol and caffeic acid prevented hydroperoxide formation. Ultra-weak photon emission showed formation of electronically excited species such as triplet excited carbonyl, which, upon transfer of excitation energy, leads to the formation of either singlet excited chlorophyll or singlet oxygen. Alternatively, singlet oxygen is formed by direct decomposition of hydroperoxide via Russell mechanisms. Formation of singlet oxygen was evidenced by the nitroxyl radical 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl detected by electron paramagnetic resonance spin-trapping spectroscopy and the imaging of green fluorescence of singlet oxygen sensor green detected by confocal laser scanning microscopy. Suppression of singlet oxygen formation by lipoxygenase inhibitors indicates that singlet oxygen may be formed via enzymatic lipid peroxidation initiated by lipoxygenase. PMID:26831215

  14. Singlet oxygen production in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii under heat stress

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    Prasad, Ankush; Ferretti, Ursula; Sedlářová, Michaela; Pospíšil, Pavel

    2016-01-01

    In the current study, singlet oxygen formation by lipid peroxidation induced by heat stress (40 °C) was studied in vivo in unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Primary and secondary oxidation products of lipid peroxidation, hydroperoxide and malondialdehyde, were generated under heat stress as detected using swallow-tailed perylene derivative fluorescence monitored by confocal laser scanning microscopy and high performance liquid chromatography, respectively. Lipid peroxidation was initiated by enzymatic reaction as inhibition of lipoxygenase by catechol and caffeic acid prevented hydroperoxide formation. Ultra-weak photon emission showed formation of electronically excited species such as triplet excited carbonyl, which, upon transfer of excitation energy, leads to the formation of either singlet excited chlorophyll or singlet oxygen. Alternatively, singlet oxygen is formed by direct decomposition of hydroperoxide via Russell mechanisms. Formation of singlet oxygen was evidenced by the nitroxyl radical 2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine-1-oxyl detected by electron paramagnetic resonance spin-trapping spectroscopy and the imaging of green fluorescence of singlet oxygen sensor green detected by confocal laser scanning microscopy. Suppression of singlet oxygen formation by lipoxygenase inhibitors indicates that singlet oxygen may be formed via enzymatic lipid peroxidation initiated by lipoxygenase. PMID:26831215

  15. Singlet fission of hot excitons in π-conjugated polymers

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    Zhai, Yaxin; Sheng, Chuanxiang; Vardeny, Z. Valy

    2015-01-01

    We used steady-state photoinduced absorption (PA), excitation dependence (EXPA(ω)) spectrum of the triplet exciton PA band, and its magneto-PA (MPA(B)) response to investigate singlet fission (SF) of hot excitons into two separated triplet excitons, in two luminescent and non-luminescent π-conjugated polymers. From the high energy step in the triplet EXPA(ω) spectrum of the luminescent polymer poly(dioctyloxy)phenylenevinylene (DOO-PPV) films, we identified a hot-exciton SF (HE-SF) process having threshold energy at E≈2ET (=2.8 eV, where ET is the energy of the lowest lying triplet exciton), which is about 0.8 eV above the lowest singlet exciton energy. The HE-SF process was confirmed by the triplet MPA(B) response for excitation at E>2ET, which shows typical SF response. This process is missing in DOO-PPV solution, showing that it is predominantly interchain in nature. By contrast, the triplet EXPA(ω) spectrum in the non-luminescent polymer polydiacetylene (PDA) is flat with an onset at E=Eg (≈2.25 eV). From this, we infer that intrachain SF that involves a triplet–triplet pair state, also known as the ‘dark’ 2Ag exciton, dominates the triplet photogeneration in PDA polymer as Eg>2ET. The intrachain SF process was also identified from the MPA(B) response of the triplet PA band in PDA. Our work shows that the SF process in π-conjugated polymers is a much more general process than thought previously. PMID:25987576

  16. Singlet fission of hot excitons in π-conjugated polymers.

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    Zhai, Yaxin; Sheng, Chuanxiang; Vardeny, Z Valy

    2015-06-28

    We used steady-state photoinduced absorption (PA), excitation dependence (EXPA(ω)) spectrum of the triplet exciton PA band, and its magneto-PA (MPA(B)) response to investigate singlet fission (SF) of hot excitons into two separated triplet excitons, in two luminescent and non-luminescent π-conjugated polymers. From the high energy step in the triplet EXPA(ω) spectrum of the luminescent polymer poly(dioctyloxy)phenylenevinylene (DOO-PPV) films, we identified a hot-exciton SF (HE-SF) process having threshold energy at E≈2E(T) (=2.8 eV, where ET is the energy of the lowest lying triplet exciton), which is about 0.8 eV above the lowest singlet exciton energy. The HE-SF process was confirmed by the triplet MPA(B) response for excitation at E>2E(T), which shows typical SF response. This process is missing in DOO-PPV solution, showing that it is predominantly interchain in nature. By contrast, the triplet EXPA(ω) spectrum in the non-luminescent polymer polydiacetylene (PDA) is flat with an onset at E=E(g) (≈2.25 eV). From this, we infer that intrachain SF that involves a triplet-triplet pair state, also known as the 'dark' 2A(g) exciton, dominates the triplet photogeneration in PDA polymer as E(g)>2E(T). The intrachain SF process was also identified from the MPA(B) response of the triplet PA band in PDA. Our work shows that the SF process in π-conjugated polymers is a much more general process than thought previously. PMID:25987576

  17. On the Electronically Excited States of Uracil

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    Epifanovsky, Evgeny; Kowalski, Karol; Fan, Peng-Dong; Valiev, Marat; Matsika, Spiridoula; Krylov, Anna

    2008-10-09

    Vertical excitation energies in uracil in the gas phase and in water solution are investigated by the equation-of-motion coupled-cluster and multi-reference configuration interaction methods. Basis set effects are found to be important for converged results. The analysis of electronic wave functions reveals that the lowest singlet states are predominantly of a singly excited character and are therefore well described by single-reference equation-of-motion methods augmented by a perturbative triples correction to account for dynamical correlation. Our best estimates for the vertical excitation energies for the lowest singlet n and are 5.0±0.1 eV and 5.3±0.1 eV, respectively. The solvent effects for these states are estimated to be +0.5 eV and ±0.1 eV, respectively. We attribute the difference between the computed vertical excitations and the maximum of the experimental absorption to strong vibronic interaction between the lowest A00 and A0 states leading to intensity borrowing by the forbidden transition.

  18. 1,1-Dilithioethylene: Toward Spectroscopic Identification of the Definitive Singlet Ground Electronic State of a Peculiar Structure.

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    Liu, Yameng; Wang, Xiao; Liu, Yongdong; Zhong, Rugang; Xie, Yaoming; Schaefer, Henry F

    2016-06-01

    1,1-Dilithioethylene is a prototypical carbon-lithium compound that is not known experimentally. All low-lying singlet and triplet structures of interest were investigated by using high-level theoretical methods with correlation-consistent basis sets up to pentuple ζ. The coupled cluster methods adopted included up to full triple excitations and perturbative quadruples. In contrast to earlier studies that predicted the twisted C2v triplet to be the ground state, we found a peculiar planar Cs singlet ground state in the present research. The lowest excited electronic state of 1,1-dilithioethylene, the twisted Cs triplet, was found to lie 9.0 kcal mol(-1) above the ground state by using energy extrapolation to the complete basis set limit. For the planar Cs singlet and twisted Cs triplet states of 1,1-dilithioethylene, anharmonic vibrational frequencies were reported on the basis of second-order vibrational perturbation theory. The remarkably low (2050 cm(-1) ) C-H stretching fundamental (the C-H bond near the bridging lithium) of the singlet state was found to have very strong infrared intensity. These highly reliable theoretical findings may assist in the long-sought experimental identification of 1,1-dilithioethylene. Using natural bond orbital analysis, we found that lithium bridging structures were strongly influenced by electrostatic effects. All carbon-carbon linkages corresponded to conventional double bonds. PMID:27038425

  19. Multiphonon relaxation slows singlet fission in crystalline hexacene.

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    Busby, Erik; Berkelbach, Timothy C; Kumar, Bharat; Chernikov, Alexey; Zhong, Yu; Hlaing, Htay; Zhu, X-Y; Heinz, Tony F; Hybertsen, Mark S; Sfeir, Matthew Y; Reichman, David R; Nuckolls, Colin; Yaffe, Omer

    2014-07-30

    Singlet fission, the conversion of a singlet excitation into two triplet excitations, is a viable route to improved solar-cell efficiency. Despite active efforts to understand the singlet fission mechanism, which would aid in the rational design of new materials, a comprehensive understanding of mechanistic principles is still lacking. Here, we present the first study of singlet fission in crystalline hexacene which, together with tetracene and pentacene, enables the elucidation of mechanistic trends. We characterize the static and transient optical absorption and combine our findings with a theoretical analysis of the relevant electronic couplings and rates. We find a singlet fission time scale of 530 fs, which is orders of magnitude faster than tetracene (10-100 ps) but significantly slower than pentacene (80-110 fs). We interpret this increased time scale as a multiphonon relaxation effect originating from a large exothermicity and present a microscopic theory that quantitatively reproduces the rates in the acene family. PMID:24983697

  20. Is Nitrate Anion Photodissociation Mediated by Singlet-Triplet Absorption?

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    Svoboda, Ondřej; Slavíček, Petr

    2014-06-01

    Photolysis of the nitrate anion is involved in the oxidation processes in the hydrosphere, cryosphere, and stratosphere. While it is known that the nitrate photolysis in the long-wavelength region proceeds with a very low quantum yield, the mechanism of the photodissociation remains elusive. Here, we present the quantitative modeling of singlet-singlet and singlet-triplet absorption spectra in the atmospherically relevant region around 300 nm, and we argue that a spin-forbidden transition between the singlet ground state and the first triplet state contributes non-negligibly to the nitrate anion photolysis. We further propose that the nitrate anion excited into the first singlet excited state relaxes nonradiatively into its ground state. The full understanding of the nitrate anion photolysis can improve modeling of the asymmetric solvation in the atmospheric processes, e.g., photolysis on the surfaces of ice or snow. PMID:26273880

  1. Generation of singlet oxygen on the surface of metal oxides

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    Kiselev, V. M.; Kislyakov, I. M.; Burchinov, A. N.

    2016-04-01

    Generation of singlet oxygen on the surface of metal oxides is studied. It is shown that, under conditions of heterogeneous photo-catalysis, along with the conventional mechanism of singlet oxygen formation due to the formation of electron-hole pairs in the oxide structure, there is an additional and more efficient mechanism involving direct optical excitation of molecular oxygen adsorbed on the oxide surface. The excited adsorbate molecule then interacts with the surface or with other adsorbate molecules. It is shown that, with respect to singlet oxygen generation, yttrium oxide is more than an order of magnitude more efficient than other oxides, including titanium dioxide.

  2. Four-electron model for singlet and triplet excitation energy transfers with inclusion of coherence memory, inelastic tunneling and nuclear quantum effects

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    Suzuki, Yosuke; Ebina, Kuniyoshi; Tanaka, Shigenori

    2016-08-01

    A computational scheme to describe the coherent dynamics of excitation energy transfer (EET) in molecular systems is proposed on the basis of generalized master equations with memory kernels. This formalism takes into account those physical effects in electron-bath coupling system such as the spin symmetry of excitons, the inelastic electron tunneling and the quantum features of nuclear motions, thus providing a theoretical framework to perform an ab initio description of EET through molecular simulations for evaluating the spectral density and the temporal correlation function of electronic coupling. Some test calculations have then been carried out to investigate the dependence of exciton population dynamics on coherence memory, inelastic tunneling correlation time, magnitude of electronic coupling, quantum correction to temporal correlation function, reorganization energy and energy gap.

  3. Impact of ground- and excited-state aromaticity on cyclopentadiene and silole excitation energies and excited-state polarities.

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    Jorner, Kjell; Emanuelsson, Rikard; Dahlstrand, Christian; Tong, Hui; Denisova, Aleksandra V; Ottosson, Henrik

    2014-07-21

    A new qualitative model for estimating the properties of substituted cyclopentadienes and siloles in their lowest ππ* excited states is introduced and confirmed through quantum chemical calculations, and then applied to explain earlier reported experimental excitation energies. According to our model, which is based on excited-state aromaticity and antiaromaticity, siloles and cyclopentadienes are cross-hyperconjugated "aromatic chameleons" that adapt their electronic structures to conform to the various aromaticity rules in different electronic states (Hückel's rule in the π(2) electronic ground state (S0) and Baird's rule in the lowest ππ* excited singlet and triplet states (S1 and T1)). By using pen-and-paper arguments, one can explain polarity changes upon excitation of substituted cyclopentadienes and siloles, and one can tune their lowest excitation energies by combined considerations of ground- and excited-state aromaticity/antiaromaticity effects. Finally, the "aromatic chameleon" model can be extended to other monocyclic compound classes of potential use in organic electronics, thereby providing a unified view of the S0, T1, and S1 states of a range of different cyclic cross-π-conjugated and cross-hyperconjugated compound classes. PMID:25043523

  4. Time-resolved infrared spectroscopy of the lowest triplet state of thymine and thymidine

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    Hare, Patrick M.; Middleton, Chris T.; Mertel, Kristin I.; Herbert, John M.; Kohler, Bern

    2008-05-01

    Vibrational spectra of the lowest energy triplet states of thymine and its 2'-deoxyribonucleoside, thymidine, are reported for the first time. Time-resolved infrared (TRIR) difference spectra were recorded over seven decades of time from 300 fs to 3 μs using femtosecond and nanosecond pump-probe techniques. The carbonyl stretch bands in the triplet state are seen at 1603 and ˜1700 cm -1 in room-temperature acetonitrile- d3 solution. These bands and additional ones observed between 1300 and 1450 cm -1 are quenched by dissolved oxygen on a nanosecond time scale. Density-functional calculations accurately predict the difference spectrum between triplet and singlet IR absorption cross sections, confirming the peak assignments and elucidating the nature of the vibrational modes. In the triplet state, the C4 dbnd O carbonyl exhibits substantial single-bond character, explaining the large (˜70 cm -1) red shift in this vibration, relative to the singlet ground state. Femtosecond TRIR measurements unambiguously demonstrate that the triplet state is fully formed within the first 10 ps after excitation, ruling out a relaxed 1nπ ∗ state as the triplet precursor.

  5. LHC phenomenology of lowest massive Regge recurrences in the Randall-Sundrum orbifold

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    Anchordoqui, Luis A.; Huang Xing; Goldberg, Haim; Taylor, Tomasz R.

    2010-11-15

    We consider string realizations of the Randall-Sundrum effective theory for electroweak symmetry breaking and explore the search for the lowest massive Regge excitation of the gluon and of the extra (color singlet) gauge boson inherent in D-brane constructions. In these curved backgrounds, the higher-spin Regge recurrences of standard model fields localized near the IR brane are warped down to close to the TeV range and hence can be produced at collider experiments. Assuming that the theory is weakly coupled, we make use of four gauge boson amplitudes evaluated near the first Regge pole to determine the discovery potential of LHC. We study the inclusive dijet mass spectrum in the central rapidity region |y{sub jet}|<1.0 for dijet masses M{>=}2.5 TeV. We find that with an integrated luminosity of 100 fb{sup -1}, the 5{sigma} discovery reach can be as high as 4.7 TeV. Observations of resonant structures in pp{yields}direct{gamma}+jet can provide interesting corroboration for string physics up to 3.0 TeV. We also study the ratio of dijet mass spectra at small and large scattering angles. We show that with the first fb{sup -1} such a ratio can probe lowest-lying Regge states for masses {approx}2.5 TeV.

  6. Singlet exciton fission photovoltaics.

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    Lee, Jiye; Jadhav, Priya; Reusswig, Philip D; Yost, Shane R; Thompson, Nicholas J; Congreve, Daniel N; Hontz, Eric; Van Voorhis, Troy; Baldo, Marc A

    2013-06-18

    Singlet exciton fission, a process that generates two excitons from a single photon, is perhaps the most efficient of the various multiexciton-generation processes studied to date, offering the potential to increase the efficiency of solar devices. But its unique characteristic, splitting a photogenerated singlet exciton into two dark triplet states, means that the empty absorption region between the singlet and triplet excitons must be filled by adding another material that captures low-energy photons. This has required the development of specialized device architectures. In this Account, we review work to develop devices that harness the theoretical benefits of singlet exciton fission. First, we discuss singlet fission in the archetypal material, pentacene. Pentacene-based photovoltaic devices typically show high external and internal quantum efficiencies. They have enabled researchers to characterize fission, including yield and the impact of competing loss processes, within functional devices. We review in situ probes of singlet fission that modulate the photocurrent using a magnetic field. We also summarize studies of the dissociation of triplet excitons into charge at the pentacene-buckyball (C60) donor-acceptor interface. Multiple independent measurements confirm that pentacene triplet excitons can dissociate at the C60 interface despite their relatively low energy. Because triplet excitons produced by singlet fission each have no more than half the energy of the original photoexcitation, they limit the potential open circuit voltage within a solar cell. Thus, if singlet fission is to increase the overall efficiency of a solar cell and not just double the photocurrent at the cost of halving the voltage, it is necessary to also harvest photons in the absorption gap between the singlet and triplet energies of the singlet fission material. We review two device architectures that attempt this using long-wavelength materials: a three-layer structure that uses

  7. Singlets and triplets in hybrid nanodevices

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    Agranovich, V. M.; Dubovskii, O. A.; La Rocca, G. C.

    2014-05-01

    An organic material thin layer can be used to resonantly absorb light and nonradiatively transfer excitation to an adjacent inorganic quantum well the optical nonlinearities of which can in this way be turned on more efficiently than by direct optical pumping. We theoretically consider this process in a hybrid structure based on crystalline tetracene in which the singlet exciton energy is close to twice the one of a triplet exciton and thermally activated singlet exciton fission into two triplets can be efficient. We investigate how the temperature dependence of the singlet exciton diffusion length affects the functional properties of such hybrid organic-inorganic nanostructures based on tetracene. We show how temperature activated fission opens a new possibility to turn on and off the indirect pumping due to energy transfer from the organic into the inorganic subsystem.

  8. Biradical vs singlet oxygen photogeneration in suprofen-cholesterol systems.

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    Palumbo, Fabrizio; Bosca, Francisco; Morera, Isabel Maria; Andreu, Inmaculada; Miranda, Miguel A

    2016-01-01

    Cholesterol (Ch) is an important lipidic building block and a target for oxidative degradation, which can be induced via free radicals or singlet oxygen ((1)O2). Suprofen (SP) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that contains the 2-benzoylthiophene (BZT) chromophore and has a π,π* lowest triplet excited state. In the present work, dyads (S)- and (R)-SP-α-Ch (1 and 2), as well as (S)-SP-β-Ch (3) have been prepared from β- or α-Ch and SP to investigate the possible competition between photogeneration of biradicals and (1)O2, the key mechanistic steps in Ch photooxidation. Steady-state irradiation of 1 and 2 was performed in dichloromethane, under nitrogen, through Pyrex, using a 400 W medium pressure mercury lamp. The spectral analysis of the separated fractions revealed formation of two photoproducts 4 and 5, respectively. By contrast, under the same conditions, 3 did not give rise to any isolable Ch-derived product. These results point to an intramolecular hydrogen abstraction in 1 and 2 from the C7 position of Ch and subsequent C-C coupling of the generated biradicals. Interestingly, 2 was significantly more photoreactive than 1 indicating a clear stereodifferentiation in the photochemical behavior. Transient absorption spectra obtained for 1-3 were very similar and matched that described for the SP triplet excited state (typical bands with maxima at ca. 350 nm and 600 nm). Direct kinetic analysis of the decay traces at 620 nm led to determination of triplet lifetimes that were ca. 4.1 μs for 1 and 2 and 5.8 μs for 3. From these data, the intramolecular quenching rate constants in 1 and 2 were determined as 0.78 × 10(5) s(-1). The capability of dyads 1-3 to photosensitize the production of singlet oxygen was assessed by time-resolved near infrared emission studies in dichloromethane using perinaphthenone as standard. The quantum yields (ΦΔ) were 0.52 for 1 and 2 and 0.56 for 3. In conclusion, SP-α-Ch dyads are unique in the sense that they can be

  9. Biradical vs singlet oxygen photogeneration in suprofen–cholesterol systems

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    Palumbo, Fabrizio; Bosca, Francisco; Morera, Isabel Maria

    2016-01-01

    Summary Cholesterol (Ch) is an important lipidic building block and a target for oxidative degradation, which can be induced via free radicals or singlet oxygen (1O2). Suprofen (SP) is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug that contains the 2-benzoylthiophene (BZT) chromophore and has a π,π* lowest triplet excited state. In the present work, dyads (S)- and (R)-SP-α-Ch (1 and 2), as well as (S)-SP-β-Ch (3) have been prepared from β- or α-Ch and SP to investigate the possible competition between photogeneration of biradicals and 1O2, the key mechanistic steps in Ch photooxidation. Steady-state irradiation of 1 and 2 was performed in dichloromethane, under nitrogen, through Pyrex, using a 400 W medium pressure mercury lamp. The spectral analysis of the separated fractions revealed formation of two photoproducts 4 and 5, respectively. By contrast, under the same conditions, 3 did not give rise to any isolable Ch-derived product. These results point to an intramolecular hydrogen abstraction in 1 and 2 from the C7 position of Ch and subsequent C–C coupling of the generated biradicals. Interestingly, 2 was significantly more photoreactive than 1 indicating a clear stereodifferentiation in the photochemical behavior. Transient absorption spectra obtained for 1–3 were very similar and matched that described for the SP triplet excited state (typical bands with maxima at ca. 350 nm and 600 nm). Direct kinetic analysis of the decay traces at 620 nm led to determination of triplet lifetimes that were ca. 4.1 μs for 1 and 2 and 5.8 μs for 3. From these data, the intramolecular quenching rate constants in 1 and 2 were determined as 0.78 × 105 s−1. The capability of dyads 1–3 to photosensitize the production of singlet oxygen was assessed by time-resolved near infrared emission studies in dichloromethane using perinaphthenone as standard. The quantum yields (ΦΔ) were 0.52 for 1 and 2 and 0.56 for 3. In conclusion, SP-α-Ch dyads are unique in the sense that they

  10. Singlet excited state dipole moments of dual fluorescent N-phenylpyrroles and 4-(dimethylamino)benzonitrile from solvatochromic and thermochromic spectral shifts.

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    Yoshihara, Toshitada; Galievsky, Victor A; Druzhinin, Sergey I; Saha, Satyen; Zachariasse, Klaas A

    2003-03-01

    The excited state dipole moments mue(ICT) and mue(LE) of the dual fluorescent molecules N-phenylpyrrole (PP), N-(4-cyanophenyl)pyrrole (PP4C) and N-(3-cyanophenyl)pyrrole (PP3C) are determined from solvatochromic and thermochromic measurements. It is shown that the best results are obtained when the solvatochromic as well as the thermochromic analysis of the spectral shifts is made relative to 4-(dimethylamino)benzonitrile (DMABN) as the model compound. Direct thermochromic experiments with PP4C, PP3C and DMABN in diethyl ether lead to reasonable results, but unrealistically large dipole moments mue(ICT) are found for PP, PP4C, PP3C and DMABN in acetonitrile, ethyl cyanide and n-propyl cyanide. The mue(ICT) values obtained for the N-phenylpyrroles from the thermochromic analysis in these solvents relative to DMABN (17 D) do not depend on solvent polarity: 13 D for PP, 15 D for PP4C and PP3C. The spectral shifts for the LE emission of the N-phenylpyrroles and aminobenzonitriles are much smaller than those for the ICT fluorescence, resulting in relatively small values for mue(LE). With PP and N-(4-methylphenyl)pyrrole (PP4M) the problem arises that one of the two values calculated by solving the quadratic equation for mue(LE) in the solvatochromic and thermochromic analysis cannot be discarded on photophysical or molecular grounds, as is the case for the other molecules. The experimental data for mue(ICT) of PP and PP4C are compared with theoretical values calculated for coplanar (PICT) and perpendicular (TICT) conformations of the pyrrole and phenyl or cyanophenyl groups. The experimental ICT dipole moment of PP4C has a value in between the theoretical results for mue(PICT) and mue(TICT), whereas the data for PP tend to favour the TICT configuration. It appears that in the LE state of PP and PP4M a negative charge remains on the pyrrole moiety, whereas a charge reversal takes place for the LE state of PP3C and the ICT state of PP, PP4C and PP3C. PMID:12713236

  11. Correlated Pair States Formed by Singlet Fission and Exciton-Exciton Annihilation.

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    Scholes, Gregory D

    2015-12-24

    Singlet fission to form a pair of triplet excitations on two neighboring molecules and the reverse process, triplet-triplet annihilation to upconvert excitation, have been extensively studied. Comparatively little work has sought to examine the properties of the intermediate state in both of these processes-the bimolecular pair state. Here, the eigenstates constituting the manifold of 16 bimolecular pair excitations and their relative energies in the weak-coupling regime are reported. The lowest-energy states obtained from the branching diagram method are the triplet pairs with overall singlet spin |X1⟩ ≈ (1)[TT] and quintet spin |Q⟩ ≈ (5)[TT]. It is shown that triplet pair states can be separated by a triplet-triplet energy-transfer mechanism to give a separated, yet entangled triplet pair (1)[T···T]. Independent triplets are produced by decoherence of the separated triplet pair. Recombination of independent triplets by exciton-exciton annihilation to form the correlated triplet pair (i.e., nongeminate recombination) happens with 1/3 of the rate of either triplet migration or recombination of the separated correlated triplet pair (geminate recombination). PMID:26595530

  12. The nature of singlet excitons in oligoacene molecular crystals

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    Yamagata, H.; Norton, J.; Hontz, E.; Olivier, Y.; Beljonne, D.; Bredas, J. L.; Silbey, R. J.; Spano, F. C.

    2011-01-01

    A theory for polarized absorption in crystalline oligoacenes is presented, which includes Frenkel exciton coupling, the coupling between Frenkel and charge-transfer (CT) excitons, and the coupling of all neutral and ionic excited states to the dominant ring-breathing vibrational mode. For tetracene, spectra calculated using all Frenkel couplings among the five lowest energy molecular singlet states predict a Davydov splitting (DS) of the lowest energy (0–0) vibronic band of only -32 cm-1, far smaller than the measured value of 631 cm-1 and of the wrong sign--a negative sign indicating that the polarizations of the lower and upper Davydov components are reversed from experiment. Inclusion of Frenkel-CT coupling dramatically improves the agreement with experiment, yielding a 0–0 DS of 601 cm-1 and a nearly quantitative reproduction of the relative spectral intensities of the 0–n vibronic components. Our analysis also shows that CT mixing increases with the size of the oligoacenes. We discuss the implications of these results on exciton dissociation and transport.

  13. Optical and magnetic probes of hot singlet exciton fission in π-conjugated polymers for organic photovoltaic applications

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    Zhai, Yaxin; Olejnik, Ella; Vardeny, Z. Valy

    2015-09-01

    We used steady state and picosecond transient photoinduced absorption (PA), excitation dependence (EXPA(ω)) spectrum of the triplet exciton PA band, and its magneto-PA (MPA(B)) response to investigate singlet fission (SF) of hot-excitons into two separated triplet excitons in luminescent π-conjugated polymers. From the high energy step in the triplet EXPA(ω) spectrum of poly(dioctyloxy)-phenylenevinylene (DOO-PPV) films, we identified a hot-exciton SF (HE-SF) process having threshold energy at E≍2ET (=2.8 eV, where ET is the energy of the lowest lying triplet exciton), which is about 0.8 eV above the lowest singlet exciton energy. The picosecond transient PA with 3.1 eV pump excitation shows that in DOO-PPV film a triplet exciton is generated at time, t<500 ps. However the ultrafast triplet generation is missing in DOO-PPV solution, indicating that the HE-SF is predominantly interchain in nature. The HE-SF process was confirmed by the triplet MPA(B) response for excitation at E>2ET, which shows a typical SF response. Our work shows that the SF process in π-conjugated polymers is a much more general process than thought previously.

  14. Using a Spreadsheet to Solve the Schro¨dinger Equations for the Energies of the Ground Electronic State and the Two Lowest Excited States of H[subscript2

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    Ge, Yingbin; Rittenhouse, Robert C.; Buchanan, Jacob C.; Livingston, Benjamin

    2014-01-01

    We have designed an exercise suitable for a lab or project in an undergraduate physical chemistry course that creates a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to calculate the energy of the S[subscript 0] ground electronic state and the S[subscript 1] and T[subscript 1] excited states of H[subscript 2]. The spreadsheet calculations circumvent the…

  15. Microscopic theory of singlet exciton fission. III. Crystalline pentacene

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    Berkelbach, Timothy C.; Hybertsen, Mark S.; Reichman, David R.

    2014-08-01

    We extend our previous work on singlet exciton fission in isolated dimers to the case of crystalline materials, focusing on pentacene as a canonical and concrete example. We discuss the proper interpretation of the character of low-lying excited states of relevance to singlet fission. In particular, we consider a variety of metrics for measuring charge-transfer character, conclusively demonstrating significant charge-transfer character in the low-lying excited states. The impact of this electronic structure on the subsequent singlet fission dynamics is assessed by performing real-time master-equation calculations involving hundreds of quantum states. We make direct comparisons with experimental absorption spectra and singlet fission rates, finding good quantitative agreement in both cases, and we discuss the mechanistic distinctions that exist between small isolated aggregates and bulk systems.

  16. Microscopic theory of singlet exciton fission. III. Crystalline pentacene.

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    Berkelbach, Timothy C; Hybertsen, Mark S; Reichman, David R

    2014-08-21

    We extend our previous work on singlet exciton fission in isolated dimers to the case of crystalline materials, focusing on pentacene as a canonical and concrete example. We discuss the proper interpretation of the character of low-lying excited states of relevance to singlet fission. In particular, we consider a variety of metrics for measuring charge-transfer character, conclusively demonstrating significant charge-transfer character in the low-lying excited states. The impact of this electronic structure on the subsequent singlet fission dynamics is assessed by performing real-time master-equation calculations involving hundreds of quantum states. We make direct comparisons with experimental absorption spectra and singlet fission rates, finding good quantitative agreement in both cases, and we discuss the mechanistic distinctions that exist between small isolated aggregates and bulk systems. PMID:25149804

  17. Microscopic theory of singlet exciton fission. III. Crystalline pentacene

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    Berkelbach, Timothy C. Reichman, David R.; Hybertsen, Mark S.

    2014-08-21

    We extend our previous work on singlet exciton fission in isolated dimers to the case of crystalline materials, focusing on pentacene as a canonical and concrete example. We discuss the proper interpretation of the character of low-lying excited states of relevance to singlet fission. In particular, we consider a variety of metrics for measuring charge-transfer character, conclusively demonstrating significant charge-transfer character in the low-lying excited states. The impact of this electronic structure on the subsequent singlet fission dynamics is assessed by performing real-time master-equation calculations involving hundreds of quantum states. We make direct comparisons with experimental absorption spectra and singlet fission rates, finding good quantitative agreement in both cases, and we discuss the mechanistic distinctions that exist between small isolated aggregates and bulk systems.

  18. Singlet biradical{yields}singlet zwitterion optical transition in a twisted olefin

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    Piotrowiak, P.; Strati, G.; Smirnov, S.N.; Warman, J.M.; Schuddeboom, W.

    1996-09-18

    We report the first direct observation of the singlet biradical $YLD singlet zwitterion transition in a twisted olefin, biphenanthrenylidene. Biphenanthrenylidene (full name, bi-4H-cyclopenta[def]phenanthren-4-ylidene, abbreviated as BPH) is an analogue of tetraphenylethylene (TPE) and stilbene, both of which are the favorite models of photoisomerization reactions. The investigations have been focusing on the dynamics of the twisting motion of the double bond which leads to decoupling of the two halves of the olefin and results in the formation of the D{sub 2d} 90{degree}-twisted zwitterionic or biradical excited state. 13 refs., 2 figs., 1 tab.

  19. LiH potential energy curves for ground and excited states with the free complement local Schrödinger equation method

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    Bande, Annika; Nakashima, Hiroyuki; Nakatsuji, Hiroshi

    2010-08-01

    The two lowest singlet and triplet Σ + potential energy curves of LiH were calculated using the free complement (FC) local Schrödinger equation (LSE) method. The overall potential curves and the properties calculated therefrom, like equilibrium bond length, dissociation energy, adiabatic and vertical excitation energies, zero point energy, vibrational spacings, etc., demonstrated the high accuracy of the FC LSE method for both the ground and excited states in comparison to the reference calculations and experiments.

  20. Hybrid Coupled Cluster and Molecular Dynamics Approach: Application to the Excitation Spectrum of Cytosine in the Native DNA Environment

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    Valiev, Marat; Kowalski, Karol

    2006-12-07

    Evolution of the excited state energies of cytosine base in the native DNA environment was investigated using hybrid coupled cluster and classical molecular dynamics approach. The time averaged excitation energies obtained with the variant of the completely renormalized equation-of-motion with singles, doubles, and non-iterative triples approach that includes a bulk of the correlation effects for excited states, are compared with the analogous calculations in the gas phase. Significant blue shifts for the two lowest singlet excitation energies can be observed as a result of interaction of the quantum system with surrounding environment.

  1. Generation of singlet oxygen in fullerene-containing media: 1. Photodesorption of singlet oxygen from fullerene-containing surfaces

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    Belousova, I M; Belousov, V P; Danilov, O B; Ermakov, A V; Kiselev, V M; Kislyakov, I M; Sosnov, E N

    2008-03-31

    It is shown that upon irradiation of fullerene-containing surfaces by laser or flashlamp pulses, oxygen adsorbed by these surfaces efficiently escapes to the gas phase. The observation of luminescence pulses in the spectral region of 762 and 1268 nm confirms the presence of oxygen molecules in the excited singlet state in the desorbed oxygen. The conditions for optimisation of the efficiency of singlet-oxygen production are studied. It is shown that singlet oxygen at the concentration sufficient for obtaining operation of a fullerene-oxygen-iodine laser can be produced in this way. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  2. Theoretical Study of Tautomerization Reactions for the Ground and First Excited Electronic States of Adenine

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    Salter, Latasha M.; Chaban, Galina M.; Kwak, Dochan (Technical Monitor)

    2002-01-01

    Geometrical structures and energetic properties for different tautomers of adenine are calculated in this study, using multi-configurational wave functions. Both the ground and the lowest singlet excited state potential energy surfaces are studied. Four tautomeric forms are considered, and their energetic order is found to be different on the ground and the excited state potential energy surfaces. Minimum energy reaction paths are obtained for hydrogen atom transfer (tautomerization) reactions in the ground and the lowest excited electronic states. It is found that the barrier heights and the shapes of the reaction paths are different for the ground and the excited electronic states, suggesting that the probability of such tautomerization reaction is higher on the excited state potential energy surface. This tautomerization process should become possible in the presence of water or other polar solvent molecules and should play an important role in the photochemistry of adenine.

  3. Aroylnitrenes with singlet ground states: photochemistry of acetyl-substituted aroyl and aryloxycarbonyl azides

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    Sigman, M.E.; Autrey, T.; Schuster, G.B.

    1988-06-22

    The photochemistry of 4-acetylbenzoyl azide (ABA), 4-acetyl-4'-biphenoyl azide (ADA), and 4-acetylphenoxycarbonyl azide (APA) shows unusual wavelength and structural effects. Irradiation of ABA or ADA into their ..pi..-..pi..* bands with deep-UV light leads to formation of 4-acetylbenzoylnitrene (ABN) and 4-acetyl-4'-biphenoylnitrene (ADN), respectively, in competition with photo-Curtius rearrangement to form isocyanates. Irradiation of these azides into their n-..pi..* bands with near-UV light gives only the aroylnitrenes. The triplet excited states of the azides were detected chemically and by transient spectroscopic techniques. Nitrogen loss following near-UV irradiation occurs exclusively from the excited triplet azides. However, the chemical properties of ABN and ADN are consistent only with reactions originating from their singlet states. An ESR spectrum is observed at 8 K for ((4-acetylphenoxy)carbonyl) nitrene (APN) but not for 4-acetylbenzoylnitrene (ABN) or 4-acetyl-4'-biphenylcarbonylnitrene (ADN). The chemical properties of APN in tert-butyl alcohol show that its triplet is no more than 5 kcal/mol below its lowest single state. In contrast, the chemical properties of ABN and ADN indicate that these nitrenes have singlet ground states.

  4. Mechanism for singlet fission in pentacene and tetracene: from single exciton to two triplets.

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    Zimmerman, Paul M; Bell, Franziska; Casanova, David; Head-Gordon, Martin

    2011-12-14

    Singlet fission (SF) could dramatically increase the efficiency of organic solar cells by producing two triplet excitons from each absorbed photon. While this process has been known for decades, most descriptions have assumed the necessity of a charge-transfer intermediate. This ab initio study characterizes the low-lying excited states in acene molecular crystals in order to describe how SF occurs in a realistic crystal environment. Intermolecular interactions are shown to localize the initially delocalized bright state onto a pair of monomers. From this localized state, nonadiabatic coupling mediated by intermolecular motion between the optically allowed exciton and a dark multi-exciton state facilitates SF without the need for a nearby low-lying charge-transfer intermediate. An estimate of the crossing rate shows that this direct quantum mechanical process occurs in well under 1 ps in pentacene. In tetracene, the dark multi-exciton state is uphill from the lowest singlet excited state, resulting in a dynamic interplay between SF and triplet-triplet annihilation. PMID:22084927

  5. The effect of excitonic interactions on singlet fission dynamics in crystalline tetracene

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    Zhang, Chunfeng; Zhang, Bo; Wang, Rui; Xiao, Min

    2015-03-01

    Singlet fission in organic semiconductors is interesting for its potential application in boosting the efficiency of solar conversion. Singlet-singlet annihilation induced by excitonic interaction has been regarded as a process that competes against singlet fission in high-density regime. In this work, we conduct a systematic transient optical study to investigate the density-dependent singlet fission dynamics in crystalline tetracene. Surprisingly, the transient absorption data indicate the rate of singlet fission is actually increased with increasing the excitation density, which is further supported by probing the quantum beating between the manifold states of triplet pairs following Burdett's approach. Our result suggests it is necessary to re-examine the role of excitonic interactions to uncover the physical mechanism underlying singlet fission in crystalline tetracene. This work is supported by National Science Foundation of China and ``973'' project.

  6. Excited State Dynamics of 7-AZAINDOLE Homodimer in Frozen Nitrogen Matrix

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    Mukherjee, Moitrayee; Bandyopadhyay, Biman; Karmakar, Shreetama; Chakraborty, Tapas

    2011-06-01

    In a fluid medium (liquid or gas), the doubly hydrogen bonded dimer of 7-azaindole (7AI) undergoes tautomerization via simultaneous exchange of two H-atoms/protons between the two moieties upon UV excitation to lowest excited singlet state. The excited dimer emits exclusively visible fluorescence from tautomeric configuration, and no UV fluorescence is detected from the locally excited state. We show here for the first time that this generic excited state dynamics of 7AI dimer is totally altered if the species is synthesized and confined in frozen nitrogen at 8 K. The dimer has been found to emit only from the locally excited state, and the photophysical channel leading to excited state tautomerization is completely blocked. The formation of the centrosymmetric dimer in nitrogen matrix is ensured by recording the FTIR spectrum of the dimer before initiating the photophysical measurements. The details of our findings and interpretation of the measured data will be presented in the talk.

  7. Two-photon-induced singlet fission in rubrene single crystal

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    Ma, Lin; Galstyan, Gegham; Zhang, Keke; Kloc, Christian; Sun, Handong; Soci, Cesare; Michel-Beyerle, Maria E.; Gurzadyan, Gagik G.

    2013-05-01

    The two-photon-induced singlet fission was observed in rubrene single crystal and studied by use of femtosecond pump-probe spectroscopy. The location of two-photon excited states was obtained from the nondegenerate two-photon absorption (TPA) spectrum. Time evolution of the two-photon-induced transient absorption spectra reveals the direct singlet fission from the two-photon excited states. The TPA absorption coefficient of rubrene single crystal is 52 cm/GW at 740 nm, as obtained from Z-scan measurements. Quantum chemical calculations based on time-dependent density functional theory support our experimental data.

  8. UV-vis spectra of singlet state cationic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons: Time-dependent density functional theory study

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    Dominikowska, Justyna Domagala, Malgorzata; Palusiak, Marcin

    2014-01-28

    A theoretical study of singlet state cations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons is performed. Appropriate symmetry suitable for further calculations is chosen for each of the systems studied. The excitation states of such species are obtained by the time dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) method. The computations are performed using both Pople and electronic response properties basis sets. The results obtained with the use of different basis sets are compared. The electronic transitions are described and the relationships for the lowest-lying transitions states of different species are found. The properties of in-plane and out-of-plane transitions are also delineated. The TD-DFT results are compared with the experimental data available.

  9. Ultrafast singlet and triplet dynamics in microcrystalline pentacene films

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    Marciniak, Henning; Pugliesi, Igor; Nickel, Bert; Lochbrunner, Stefan

    2009-06-01

    The exciton dynamics of microcrystalline pentacene films is investigated by femtosecond pump-probe experiments. Measurements are performed with ultrashort laser pulses applied at normal incidence and at an angle of incidence of 65° to disentangle singlet and triplet contributions by exploiting the different orientations of the molecular transition dipoles. The results indicate that the initial 70 fs fast relaxation step transforms the optically excited excitons in a reasonable mobile species with strongly reduced radiative transition strength. Fission into triplet excitons takes place on the picosecond time scale as a secondary, thermally activated process and with a small total yield of approximately 2%. Evidence is provided that the dominant species are singlet excitons with excimer character. To the subsequent dynamics contribute diffusion driven exciton-exciton annihilation and trapping of singlet and triplet excitons. Values for diffusion constants and trap densities are extracted by modeling the measurements with rate equations which include singlet and triplet dynamics.

  10. Singlet Oxygen Generation by Laser Irradiation of Gold Nanoparticles

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    2016-01-01

    The formation of singlet oxygen by irradiation of gold nanoparticles in their plasmon resonance band with continuous or pulsed laser light has been investigated. Citrate-stabilized nanoparticles were found to facilitate the photogeneration of singlet oxygen, albeit with low quantum yield. The reaction caused by pulsed laser irradiation makes use of the equilibrated hot electrons that can reach temperatures of several thousand degrees during the laser pulse. Although less efficient, continuous irradiation, which acts via the short-lived directly excited primary “hot” electrons only, can produce enough singlet oxygen for photodynamic cancer therapy and has significant advantages for practical applications. However, careful design of the nanoparticles is needed, since even a moderately thick capping layer can completely inhibit singlet oxygen formation. Moreover, the efficiency of the process also depends on the nanoparticle size. PMID:27239247

  11. Large optical nonlinearity induced by singlet fission in pentacene films.

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    Liu, Yunlong; Zhang, Chunfeng; Wang, Rui; Zhang, Bo; Tan, Zhanao; Wang, Xiaoyong; Xiao, Min

    2015-05-18

    By creating two triplet excitons from one photo-excited singlet exciton, singlet fission in organic semiconductors has drawn tremendous attention for its potential applications in boosting the efficiency of solar conversion. Here, we show that this carrier-multiplication effect can also be used to dramatically improve the nonlinear optical response in organic materials. We have observed large optical nonlinearity with a magnitude of χ((3)) up to 10(-9) esu in pentacene films, which is further shown to be a result of singlet fission by monitoring the temporal dynamics. The potential application of such efficient nonlinear optical response has been demonstrated with a singlet-fission-induced polarization rotation. PMID:25845461

  12. Nature of ground and electronic excited states of higher acenes.

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    Yang, Yang; Davidson, Ernest R; Yang, Weitao

    2016-08-30

    Higher acenes have drawn much attention as promising organic semiconductors with versatile electronic properties. However, the nature of their ground state and electronic excited states is still not fully clear. Their unusual chemical reactivity and instability are the main obstacles for experimental studies, and the potentially prominent diradical character, which might require a multireference description in such large systems, hinders theoretical investigations. Here, we provide a detailed answer with the particle-particle random-phase approximation calculation. The (1)Ag ground states of acenes up to decacene are on the closed-shell side of the diradical continuum, whereas the ground state of undecacene and dodecacene tilts more to the open-shell side with a growing polyradical character. The ground state of all acenes has covalent nature with respect to both short and long axes. The lowest triplet state (3)B2u is always above the singlet ground state even though the energy gap could be vanishingly small in the polyacene limit. The bright singlet excited state (1)B2u is a zwitterionic state to the short axis. The excited (1)Ag state gradually switches from a double-excitation state to another zwitterionic state to the short axis, but always keeps its covalent nature to the long axis. An energy crossing between the (1)B2u and excited (1)Ag states happens between hexacene and heptacene. Further energetic consideration suggests that higher acenes are likely to undergo singlet fission with a low photovoltaic efficiency; however, the efficiency might be improved if a singlet fission into multiple triplets could be achieved. PMID:27528690

  13. Mechanism of singlet fission in thin films of 1,3-diphenylisobenzofuran.

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    Schrauben, Joel N; Ryerson, Joseph L; Michl, Josef; Johnson, Justin C

    2014-05-21

    In order to elucidate the mechanism of singlet fission in thin films of 1,3-diphenylisobenzofuran (1) we have performed ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy as a function of sample temperature and excitation fluence on polycrystalline thin films composed of two polymorphs. Our earlier investigations revealed that films enriched in a particular polymorph of 1 displayed near 200% efficiency for triplet formation at 77 K, while films composed primarily of a second polymorph had a very low triplet quantum yield. Present data confirm the triplet yield disparities in the two polymorphs and demonstrate the distinct fates of the initially prepared singlets in films of different structure. Singlet fission is inhibited in the more stable polymorph due to rapid excimer formation and trapping. The less stable polymorph undergoes highly efficient singlet fission with a dominant time constant of 10-30 ps and without strong thermal activation. Transient absorption measurements with varying excitation fluence indicate that singlet-singlet annihilation is a primary competitor of singlet fission at higher fluence and that fission from higher-lying states can also contribute to the triplet formation process. Measurements employing different excitation energies and sample temperatures reveal the role that trapping processes play in attenuating the triplet quantum yield to produce the complex temperature dependence of the singlet fission yield. The rate constants for singlet fission itself are essentially temperature independent. PMID:24735403

  14. Singlet oxygen kinetics in a double microwave discharge

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    Pitz, Greg A.; Lange, Matthew A.; Perram, Glen P.

    2004-09-01

    Chemical lasers offer the highest powers necessary for many weapons applications, but require significant logistical support in the delivery of specialized fuels to the battlefield. In the Chemical Oxygen-Iodine Laser (COIL), which is the weapon aboard the Airborne Laser (ABL), gaseous chlorine and liquid basic hydrogen peroxide are used to generate the singlet oxygen energy reservoir. The goal of the current multi-university research program is to demonstrate an oxygen-iodine laser with electrical discharge production of singlet oxygen. Typically, oxygen discharges are limited to about 15% yield for singlet oxygen. The electron excitation cross-sections as a function of E/N are well established. However, the kinetics for electron and singlet oxygen interactions is considerably more difficult to study. Optical diagnostics for O2(a, b), and O, have been applied to a double microwave discharge flow tube. By examining the difference in singlet oxygen kinetics between the two discharges in series, considerable information regarding the excited-state, excited-state interactions is obtained. Under certain discharge conditions, the O2(a) concentration significantly increases outside of the discharge, even after thermal effects are accounted.

  15. Singlet Fission and Multi-Exciton Generation in Organic Systems

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    Musgrave, Charles

    2012-02-01

    Multi-exciton generation (MEG) has been observed in a variety of materials and might be exploited in solar-cells to dramatically increase efficiency. In tetracene and pentacene MEG has been attributed to singlet fission (SF), however a fundamental mechanism for SF has not been previously described. Here, we use sophisticated ab initio calculations to show that MEG in pentacene proceeds by transition of the lowest optically allowed excited state S1 to a dark state (D) of multi-exciton character, which subsequently undergoes SF to generate two triplets (2xT0). D satisfies the energy requirement for SF (ED>2ET0) and lies just below S1 in pentacene, but above S1 in tetracene, consistent with the observed thermally activated SF process in tetracene, but no thermal activation in pentacene. While S1 exhibits single exciton character, D shows multi-exciton character comprising two separated electron-hole pairs. Dimer simulations predict S1 excimer formation and that fission of D into triplets proceeds through the excimer. The predicted energetics, wavefunctions and excimer interaction support the proposed mechanism, which accounts for the observed rapid, unactivated SF in pentacene. Results for SF in polyacenes, grapheme nanoribbons, rubrene and carbon nanotubes will be presented.

  16. Theoretical investigations of BBS (singlet)→BSB (triplet) transformation on a potential energy surface obtained from neural network fitting

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    Nguyen-Truong, Hieu T.; Thi, Cao Minh; Le, Hung M.

    2013-11-01

    B2S, the simplest BnSm cluster, has been shown to exhibit an interesting ground-state structure. B3LYP/6-311G (d,p) calculations suggest that its most stable configuration is singlet linear B-B-S. When promoted to the excited triplet state, B2S adopts the B-S-B configuration (C2v point group). To characterize its structural transformation, the lowest energy at each configuration is selected, and the neural network surface is developed with symmetry exchange incorporated. The triplet potential energy is found to be 0.48 eV above the ground state. Subsequently, the nudged-elastic-band method is employed to locate the BBS→BSB transition state. It is found that the barrier height is 1.35 eV above the equilibrium singlet BBS energy (0.88 eV for the reverse reaction). In addition, quasiclassical molecular dynamics with different vibrational excitations shows that the reaction is accelerated when the bending vibrational mode of BBS is excited, while the activation of BBS stretching modes causes a negative effect.

  17. Harvesting singlet fission for solar energy conversion: one versus two-electron transfer electron transfer from the quantum superposition state

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    Chan, Wai-Lun; Tritsch, John; Zhu, Xiaoyang

    2013-03-01

    Singlet fission (SF) is being explored to increase the efficiency of organic photovoltaics. A key question is how to effectively extract multiple electron-hole pairs from multiple excitons with the presence of other competing channels such as electron transfer from the singlet state. Recent experiments on the pentacene and tetracene show that a quantum superposition of the singlet (S1) and multiexciton (ME) state is formed during SF. However, little is known about the kinetics of electron transfer from this quantum superposition. Here, we apply time-resolved photoemission spectroscopy to the tetracene/C60 interface to probe one and two electron transfer from S1 and ME states, respectively. Because of the relatively slow (7 ps) SF in tetracene, both one- and two-electron transfer are allowed. We show evidence for the formation of two distinct charge transfer states due to electron transfer from photo-excited tetracene to the lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) and the LUMO+1 levels in C60. Kinetic analysis shows that 60% of the quantum superposition transfers one electron through the S1 state to C60 while 40% undergoes two-electron transfer through the ME state.

  18. Combined phosphorescence-holographic approach for singlet oxygen detection in biological media

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    Semenova, I. V.; Belashov, A. V.; Beltukova, D. M.; Petrov, N. V.; Vasyutinskii, O. S.

    2015-06-01

    The paper presents a novel combined approach aimed to detect and monitor singlet oxygen molecules in biological specimens by means of the simultaneous recording and monitoring of their deactivation dynamics in the two complementary channels: radiative and nonradiative. The approach involves both the direct registration of phosphorescence at the wavelength of about 1270 nm caused by radiative relaxation of excited singlet oxygen molecules and holographic recording of thermal disturbances in the medium produced by their nonradiative relaxation. The data provides a complete set of information on singlet oxygen location and dynamics in the medium. The approach was validated in the case study of photosensitized generation of singlet oxygen in onion cell structures.

  19. The role of chromophore coupling in singlet fission.

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    Johnson, Justin C; Nozik, Arthur J; Michl, Josef

    2013-06-18

    Certain organic materials can generate more than one electron-hole pair per absorbed photon, a property that could revolutionize the prospects for solar energy. This process, called singlet fission, is one possible "exciton multiplication" scheme that could be useful in a variety of photovoltaic device designs from dye-sensitized solar cells to solar cell bilayers to bulk heterojunctions. For such applications to be possible, however, singlet fission must occur with near perfect efficiency in compounds that also have other requisite properties such as strong visible light absorption and photostability. Many recent investigations of singlet fission have focused on crystalline polyacenes, which have been known for some time to undergo singlet fission. While these materials have promise, limitations in stability, cost, and performance may hinder practical application of polyacene solar cells, while their complex photophysics may limit our fundamental understanding of singlet fission in crystalline polyacenes. In this Account, we describe rationally designed singlet fission chromophores whose excited state dynamics should be fairly simple and whose coupling can be well controlled through the formation of covalent dimers, aggregates, or polycrystalline films. In principle, investigations of these chromophores should provide the clearest connection to theoretical concepts explaining how an excited state evolves from a singlet (S1) into two triplets (TT). Realizing the promise of efficient singlet fission rests with two tasks: (i) producing an ideal molecular energy level structure and (ii) inducing the correct type and strength of chromophore coupling. In this Account, we offer theoretical guidance for achieving (i) and consider more extensively recent results aimed at (ii). For (i), theoretical guidance suggests that, in addition to alternant hydrocarbons like tetracene and pentacene, biradicals (i.e., molecules with two independent radical centers) may also be used as

  20. Understanding Singlet and Triplet Excitons in Acene Crystals from First Principles

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    Rangel Gordillo, Tonatiuh; Sharifzadeh, Sahar; Kronik, Leeor; Neaton, Jeffrey

    2014-03-01

    Singlet fission, a process in which two triplet excitons are formed from a singlet exciton, has the potential to increase the solar cell efficiencies above 100%. Efficient singlet fission has been reported in larger acene crystals, such as tetracene and pentacene, in part attributable to their low-lying triplet energies. In this work, we use many-body perturbation theory within the GW approximation and the Bethe-Salpeter equation approach to compute quasiparticle gaps, low-lying singlet and and triplet excitations, and optical absorption spectra across the entire acene family of crystals, from benzene to hexacene. We closely examine the degree of localization and charge-transfer character of the low-lying singlets and triplets, and their sensitivity to crystal environment, and discuss implications for the efficiency of singlet fission in this systems. This work supported by DOE and computational resources provided by NERSC.

  1. Density Analysis of Intra- and Intermolecular Vibronic Couplings toward Bath Engineering for Singlet Fission.

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    Ito, Soichi; Nagami, Takanori; Nakano, Masayoshi

    2015-12-17

    Vibronic coupling plays a crucial role in singlet fission whereby a singlet exciton splits into two triplet excitons. In order to reveal the physicochemical origin of the vibronic coupling associated with singlet fission as well as to clarify its relationship with chemical structure, we evaluate relevant vibronic couplings from the viewpoint of their spatial contributions described by vibronic coupling density. From the analysis using a model tetracene dimer, a typical singlet fission system, the frequency dependence of vibronic couplings in each electronic state is found to be significantly different from that of another depending on the nature of the electronic structure (intra/intermolecular excitation) and the related vibrational motion. These findings contribute not only to the fundamental understanding of the singlet fission mechanism from the viewpoint of vibronic couplings but also to opening a new path to designing highly efficient singlet fission materials through phonon-bath engineering. PMID:26673196

  2. Gaugino mass without singlets

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    Giudice, Gian F.; Luty, Markus A.; Murayama, Hitoshi; Rattazzi, Riccardo

    1998-12-21

    In models with dynamical supersymmetry breaking in the hidden sector, the gaugino masses in the observable sector have been believed to be extremely suppressed (below 1 keV), unless there is a gauge singlet in the hidden sector with specific couplings to the observable sector gauge multiplets. We point out that there is a pure supergravity contribution to gaugino masses at the quantum level arising from the superconformal anomaly. Our results are valid to all orders in perturbation theory and are related to the ''exact'' beta functions for soft terms. There is also an anomaly contribution to the A terms proportional to the beta function of the corresponding Yukawa coupling. The gaugino masses are proportional to the corresponding gauge beta functions, and so do not satisfy the usual GUT relations.

  3. Photodissociation of ozone in the Hartley band: Potential energy surfaces, nonadiabatic couplings, and singlet/triplet branching ratio

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    Schinke, R.; McBane, G. C.

    2010-01-01

    The lowest five A1' states of ozone, involved in the photodissociation with UV light, are analyzed on the basis of multireference configuration interaction electronic structure calculations with emphasis on the various avoided crossings in different regions of coordinate space. Global diabatic potential energy surfaces are constructed for the lowest four states termed X, A, B, and R. In addition, the off-diagonal potentials that couple the initially excited state B with states R and A are constructed to reflect results from additional electronic structure calculations, including the calculation of nonadiabatic coupling matrix elements. The A/X and A/R couplings are also considered, although in a less ambitious manner. The photodissociation dynamics are studied by means of trajectory surface hopping (TSH) calculations with the branching ratio between the singlet, O(D1)+O2(Δ1g), and triplet, O(P3)+O2(Σ3g-), channels being the main focus. The semiclassical branching ratio agrees well with quantum mechanical results except for wavelengths close to the threshold of the singlet channel. The calculated O(D1) quantum yield is approximately 0.90-0.95 across the main part of the Hartley band, in good agreement with experimental data. TSH calculations including all four states show that transitions B→A are relatively unimportant and subsequent transitions A→X/R to the triplet channel are negligible.

  4. Observation of Two Triplet-Pair Intermediates in Singlet Exciton Fission.

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    Pensack, Ryan D; Ostroumov, Evgeny E; Tilley, Andrew J; Mazza, Samuel; Grieco, Christopher; Thorley, Karl J; Asbury, John B; Seferos, Dwight S; Anthony, John E; Scholes, Gregory D

    2016-07-01

    Singlet fission is an excitation multiplication process in molecular systems that can circumvent energy losses and significantly boost solar cell efficiencies; however, the nature of a critical intermediate that enables singlet fission and details of its evolution into multiple product excitations remain obscure. We resolve the initial sequence of events comprising the fission of a singlet exciton in solids of pentacene derivatives using femtosecond transient absorption spectroscopy. We propose a three-step model of singlet fission that includes two triplet-pair intermediates and show how transient spectroscopy can distinguish initially interacting triplet pairs from those that are spatially separated and noninteracting. We find that the interconversion of these two triplet-pair intermediates is limited by the rate of triplet transfer. These results clearly highlight the classical kinetic model of singlet fission and expose subtle details that promise to aid in resolving problems associated with triplet extraction. PMID:27281713

  5. Singlet-triplet annihilation in single LHCII complexes.

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    Gruber, J Michael; Chmeliov, Jevgenij; Krüger, Tjaart P J; Valkunas, Leonas; van Grondelle, Rienk

    2015-08-14

    In light harvesting complex II (LHCII) of higher plants and green algae, carotenoids (Cars) have an important function to quench chlorophyll (Chl) triplet states and therefore avoid the production of harmful singlet oxygen. The resulting Car triplet states lead to a non-linear self-quenching mechanism called singlet-triplet (S-T) annihilation that strongly depends on the excitation density. In this work we investigated the fluorescence decay kinetics of single immobilized LHCIIs at room temperature and found a two-exponential decay with a slow (3.5 ns) and a fast (35 ps) component. The relative amplitude fraction of the fast component increases with increasing excitation intensity, and the resulting decrease in the fluorescence quantum yield suggests annihilation effects. Modulation of the excitation pattern by means of an acousto-optic modulator (AOM) furthermore allowed us to resolve the time-dependent accumulation and decay rate (∼7 μs) of the quenching species. Inspired by singlet-singlet (S-S) annihilation studies, we developed a stochastic model and then successfully applied it to describe and explain all the experimentally observed steady-state and time-dependent kinetics. That allowed us to distinctively identify the quenching mechanism as S-T annihilation. Quantitative fitting resulted in a conclusive set of parameters validating our interpretation of the experimental results. The obtained stochastic model can be generalized to describe S-T annihilation in small molecular aggregates where the equilibration time of excitations is much faster than the annihilation-free singlet excited state lifetime. PMID:26156159

  6. Understanding the Control of Singlet-Triplet Splitting for Organic Exciton Manipulating: A Combined Theoretical and Experimental Approach

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    Chen, Ting; Zheng, Lei; Yuan, Jie; An, Zhongfu; Chen, Runfeng; Tao, Ye; Li, Huanhuan; Xie, Xiaoji; Huang, Wei

    2015-01-01

    Developing organic optoelectronic materials with desired photophysical properties has always been at the forefront of organic electronics. The variation of singlet-triplet splitting (ΔEST) can provide useful means in modulating organic excitons for diversified photophysical phenomena, but controlling ΔEST in a desired manner within a large tuning scope remains a daunting challenge. Here, we demonstrate a convenient and quantitative approach to relate ΔEST to the frontier orbital overlap and separation distance via a set of newly developed parameters using natural transition orbital analysis to consider whole pictures of electron transitions for both the lowest singlet (S1) and triplet (T1) excited states. These critical parameters revealed that both separated S1 and T1 states leads to ultralow ΔEST; separated S1 and overlapped T1 states results in small ΔEST; and both overlapped S1 and T1 states induces large ΔEST. Importantly, we realized a widely-tuned ΔEST in a range from ultralow (0.0003 eV) to extra-large (1.47 eV) via a subtle symmetric control of triazine molecules, based on time-dependent density functional theory calculations combined with experimental explorations. These findings provide keen insights into ΔEST control for feasible excited state tuning, offering valuable guidelines for the construction of molecules with desired optoelectronic properties. PMID:26161684

  7. Singlet molecular oxygen in photobiochemical systems: IR phosphorescence studies.

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    Krasnovsky, A A

    1998-01-01

    Singlet molecular oxygen (1O2) is one of the most active intermediates involved in photosensitized oxygenation reactions in chemical and biological systems. Deactivation of singlet oxygen is accompanied by infrared phosphorescence (1270 nm) which is widely employed for 1O2 detection and study. This review considers techniques for phosphorescence detection, phosphorescence spectra, quantum yields and kinetics under laser excitation, the radiative and real 1O2 lifetimes in organic solvents and water, 1O2 quenching by biomolecules, and estimation of singlet oxygen lifetimes, diffusion lengths and phosphorescence quantum yields in blood plasma, cell cytoplasm, erythrocyte ghosts, retinal rod outer segments and chloroplast thylakoids. The experiments devoted to 1O2 phosphorescence detection in photosensitizer-containing living cells are discussed in detail. Information reviewed is important for understanding the mechanisms of photodestruction in biological systems and various applied problems of photobiology and photomedicine. PMID:10379647

  8. Cell death induced by direct laser activation of singlet oxygen at 1270 nm

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    Anquez, F.; El Yazidi Belkoura, I.; Suret, P.; Randoux, S.; Courtade, E.

    2013-02-01

    Singlet oxygen plays a major role in many chemical and biological photo-oxidation processes. It has a high chemical reactivity, which is commonly harnessed for therapeutic issues. Indeed, singlet oxygen is recognized as the major cytotoxic agent in photodynamic therapy. In this treatment of cancer, singlet oxygen is created, among other reactive species, by an indirect transfer of energy from light to molecular oxygen via excitation of a photosensitizer. In this paper, we show that the conventional singlet oxygen production scheme can be simplified. Production of singlet oxygen is achieved in living cells from photosensitizer-free 1270 nm laser excitation of the electronic ground state of molecular oxygen. The quantity of singlet oxygen produced in this way is sufficient to induce an oxidative stress leading to cell death. Other effects such as thermal stress are discriminated, and we conclude that cell death is only due to singlet oxygen creation. This new simplified scheme of singlet oxygen activation can be seen as a breakthrough for phototherapies of malignant diseases and/or as a non-invasive possibility to generate reactive oxygen species in a tightly controlled manner.

  9. Singlet fission in pentacene through multi-exciton quantum states.

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    Zimmerman, Paul M; Zhang, Zhiyong; Musgrave, Charles B

    2010-08-01

    Multi-exciton generation-the creation of multiple charge carrier pairs from a single photon-has been reported for several materials and may dramatically increase solar cell efficiency. Singlet fission, its molecular analogue, may govern multi-exciton generation in a variety of materials, but a fundamental mechanism for singlet fission has yet to be described. Here, we use sophisticated ab initio calculations to show that singlet fission in pentacene proceeds through rapid internal conversion of the photoexcited state into a dark state of multi-exciton character that efficiently splits into two triplets. We show that singlet fission to produce a pair of triplet excitons must involve an intermediate state that (i) has a multi-exciton character, (ii) is energetically accessible from the optically allowed excited state, and (iii) efficiently dissociates into multiple electron-hole pairs. The rational design of photovoltaic materials that make use of singlet fission will require similar ab initio analysis of multi-exciton states such as the dark state studied here. PMID:20651727

  10. Molecular packing determines singlet exciton fission in organic semiconductors.

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    Kolata, Kolja; Breuer, Tobias; Witte, Gregor; Chatterjee, Sangam

    2014-07-22

    Carrier multiplication by singlet exciton fission enhances photovoltaic conversion efficiencies in organic solids. This decay of one singlet exciton into two triplet states allows the extraction of up to two electrons per harvested photon and, hence, promises to overcome the Shockley–Queisser limit. However, the microscopic mechanism of singlet exciton fission, especially the relation between molecular packing and electronic response, remains unclear, which therefore hampers the systematic improvement of organic photovoltaic devices. For the model system perfluoropentacene, we experimentally show that singlet exciton fission is greatly enhanced for a slip-stacked molecular arrangement by addressing different crystal axes featuring different packing schemes. This reveals that the fission process strongly depends on the intermolecular coupling: slip-stacking favors delocalization of excitations and allows for efficient exciton fission, while face-to-edge molecular orientations commonly found in the prevailing herringbone molecular stacking patterns even suppress it. Furthermore, we clarify the controversially debated role of excimer states as intermediary rather than competitive or precursory. Our detailed findings serve as a guideline for the design of next-generation molecular materials for application in future organic light-harvesting devices exploiting singlet exciton fission. PMID:24957197

  11. Theoretical Studies of Singlet and Triplet Formation in Polymer LEDs.

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    Mazumdar, Sumit

    2002-03-01

    Spin statistics for electron-hole recombination in polymer LEDs suggest that the singlet excited state is formed with a probability of only 0.25. Recent experiments by several groups, however, indicate, that the probability of formation of the singlet is considerably larger than this. We present a comprehensive theory of the formation cross-sections of the singlet and triplet excitons in conjugated polymers. Within our model, electron correlations influence the relative yields of the singlet and triplet excitons in a profound manner. We have carried out the dynamics of the electron-hole recombination in pair of simple conjugated organic molecules, both with noninteracting electrons and within the Pariser-Parr-Pople model with interacting electrons. The formation cross-section for the singlet exciton is considerably larger than the triplet for the correlated electron case. Numerical results as well as simple physical interpretations of theoretical and experimental results will be presented. This work was supported in part by NSF DMR-0101659 and CSIR, India.

  12. A correlated electron view of singlet fission.

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    Zimmerman, Paul M; Musgrave, Charles B; Head-Gordon, Martin

    2013-06-18

    Singlet fission occurs when a single exciton splits into multiple electron-hole pairs, and could dramatically increase the efficiency of organic solar cells by converting high energy photons into multiple charge carriers. Scientists might exploit singlet fission to its full potential by first understanding the underlying mechanism of this quantum mechanical process. The pursuit of this fundamental mechanism has recently benefited from the development and application of new correlated wave function methods. These methods-called restricted active space spin flip-can capture the most important electron interactions in molecular materials, such as acene crystals, at low computational cost. It is unrealistic to use previous wave function methods due to the excessive computational cost involved in simulating realistic molecular structures at a meaningful level of electron correlation. In this Account, we describe how we use these techniques to compute single exciton and multiple exciton excited states in tetracene and pentacene crystals in order to understand how a single exciton generated from photon absorption undergoes fission to generate two triplets. Our studies indicate that an adiabatic charge transfer intermediate is unlikely to contribute significantly to the fission process because it lies too high in energy. Instead, we propose a new mechanism that involves the direct coupling of an optically allowed single exciton to an optically dark multiexciton. This coupling is facilitated by intermolecular motion of two acene monomers that drives nonadiabatic population transfer between the two states. This transfer occurs in the limit of near degeneracies between adiabatic states where the Born-Oppenheimer approximation of fixed nuclei is no longer valid. Existing theories for singlet fission have not considered this type of coupling between states and, therefore, cannot describe this mechanism. The direct mechanism through intermolecular motion describes many

  13. The excited state antiaromatic benzene ring: a molecular Mr Hyde?

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    Papadakis, Raffaello; Ottosson, Henrik

    2015-09-21

    The antiaromatic character of benzene in its first ππ* excited triplet state (T1) was deduced more than four decades ago by Baird using perturbation molecular orbital (PMO) theory [J. Am. Chem. Soc. 1972, 94, 4941], and since then it has been confirmed through a range of high-level quantum chemical calculations. With focus on benzene we now first review theoretical and computational studies that examine and confirm Baird's rule on reversal in the electron count for aromaticity and antiaromaticity of annulenes in their lowest triplet states as compared to Hückel's rule for the ground state (S0). We also note that the rule according to quantum chemical calculations can be extended to the lowest singlet excited state (S1) of benzene. Importantly, Baird, as well as Aihara [Bull. Chem. Soc. Jpn. 1978, 51, 1788], early put forth that the destabilization and excited state antiaromaticity of the benzene ring should be reflected in its photochemical reactivity, yet, today these conclusions are often overlooked. Thus, in the second part of the article we review photochemical reactions of a series of benzene derivatives that to various extents should stem from the excited state antiaromatic character of the benzene ring. We argue that benzene can be viewed as a molecular "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" with its largely unknown excited state antiaromaticity representing its "Mr Hyde" character. The recognition of the "Jekyll and Hyde" split personality feature of the benzene ring can likely be useful in a range of different areas. PMID:25960203

  14. Low-Lying ππ* States of Heteroaromatic Molecules: A Challenge for Excited State Methods.

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    Prlj, Antonio; Sandoval-Salinas, María Eugenia; Casanova, David; Jacquemin, Denis; Corminboeuf, Clémence

    2016-06-14

    The description of low-lying ππ* states of linear acenes by standard electronic structure methods is known to be challenging. Here, we broaden the framework of this problem by considering a set of fused heteroaromatic rings and demonstrate that standard electronic structure methods do not provide a balanced description of the two (typically) lowest singlet state (La and Lb) excitations. While the Lb state is highly sensitive to correlation effects, La suffers from the same drawbacks as charge transfer excitations. We show that the comparison between CIS/CIS(D) can serve as a diagnostic for detecting the two problematic excited states. Standard TD-DFT and even its spin-flip variant lead to inaccurate excitation energies and interstate gaps, with only a double hybrid functional performing somewhat better. The complication inherent to a balanced description of these states is so important that even CC2 and ADC(2) do not necessarily match the ADC(3) reference. PMID:27144975

  15. Photoexcited singlet and triplet states of a UV absorber ethylhexyl methoxycrylene.

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    Kikuchi, Azusa; Hata, Yuki; Kumasaka, Ryo; Nanbu, Yuichi; Yagi, Mikio

    2013-01-01

    The excited states of UV absorber, ethylhexyl methoxycrylene (EHMCR) have been studied through measurements of UV absorption, fluorescence, phosphorescence and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra in ethanol. The energy levels of the lowest excited singlet (S1) and triplet (T1) states of EHMCR were determined. The energy levels of the S1 and T1 states of EHMCR are much lower than those of photolabile 4-tert-butyl-4'-methoxydibenzoylmethane. The energy levels of the S1 and T1 states of EHMCR are lower than those of octyl methoxycinnamate. The weak phosphorescence and EPR B(min) signals were observed and the lifetime was estimated to be 93 ms. These facts suggest that the significant proportion of the S1 molecules undergoes intersystem crossing to the T1 state, and the deactivation process from the T1 state is predominantly radiationless. The photostability of EHMCR arises from the (3)ππ* character in the T1 state. The zero-field splitting (ZFS) parameter in the T1 state is D** = 0.113 cm(-1). PMID:23136952

  16. Competition between polaron pair formation and singlet fission observed in amorphous rubrene films

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    Jankus, Vygintas; Snedden, Edward W.; Bright, Daniel W.; Arac, Erhan; Dai, DeChang; Monkman, Andrew P.

    2013-06-01

    In this paper, we investigate excited state dynamics in amorphous rubrene vacuum sublimed films. We report the direct observation of singlet fission in amorphous rubrene films. We have determined the fission rate to be >2.5×1012 s-1. Simultaneously, we observe strong polaron pair absorption and propose that polaron pair formation could be competing with singlet fission. Another possible conclusion from our experiments could be that two triplets from singlet fission might arise via polaron pairs. In either case, polaron pairs play an important role in singlet fission in an amorphous rubrene film. We also observe that triplets created by singlet fission fuse to regenerate a singlet, giving delayed fluorescence (DF) scaling linearly with initial laser energy (i.e., one singlet gives two triplets and two triplets give back one singlet). This is a strong evidence of S1n→2T1. We did not observe substantial temperature dependence of DF decay curve shape, indicating that triplet migration in amorphous rubrene films is not hopping limited and that triplets undergo fusion before their migration.

  17. Effect of substitution on the ultrafast deactivation of the excited state of benzo[b]thiophene-arylamines.

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    Pina, J; Queiroz, M-J R P; Seixas de Melo, J

    2016-08-01

    A complete and systematic study of the spectroscopic and photophysical properties of five novel diarylamines in the benzo[b]thiophene series (oligoanilines) was performed in solution at room (293 K) and low (77 K) temperature. The title compounds resulting from the link between one aniline unit with a benzo[b]thiophene unit (with two different methyl and methoxy substitution) were characterized using steady-state absorption, fluorescence and phosphorescence spectroscopy, as well as femto- to nano-second time resolved spectroscopies. The study involved the determination of the absorption, emission and triplet-triplet absorption together with all relevant quantum yields (fluorescence, phosphorescence, intersystem crossing, internal conversion and singlet oxygen yields), excited state lifetimes and the overall set of deactivation rate constants (kF, kIC and kISC). This study was further complemented with theoretical calculations, namely with the determination of the optimized ground-state molecular geometries for the diarylamines together with the prediction of the lowest vertical one-electron excitation energy and the relevant molecular orbital contours using DFT calculations. The DFT results were found to corroborate the observed charge-transfer character of the singlet excited state. The experimental results showed that the radiationless decay processes (internal conversion and intersystem-crossing) constitute the main excited state deactivation pathways and that substitution with methyl and methoxy groups induces significant changes in the spectroscopic and photophysical behaviour of these compounds. This was also corroborated by the femtosecond transient absorption study, where it was found that the ultrafast dynamics of the diarylamines was best described by a sequential model featuring fast solvent relaxation followed by conformational relaxation to a more planar excited state, from where singlet excited state deactivation occurs through internal conversion and

  18. Laser-induced luminescence of singlet molecular oxygen: generation by drugs and pigments of biological importance

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    Egorov, Sergei Y.; Krasnovsky, Alexander A., Jr.

    1991-05-01

    The photon counting technique and flashlaser excitation were applied to the timeresolved measurement of photosensitized singlet oxygen luminescence in organic and aqueous media. The quantum yields for singlet oxygen generation have been measured in solutions of photosynthetic pigments synthetic and natural porphyrins porphyrins conjugated with monoclonal antibodies furocoumarins flavins fluorescein tetracycline and endogenous photosensitizers of human lens. The data obtained indicate that the measurement of the singlet oxygen luminescence is a reliable tool to study the photosensitizing activity of drugs and to elucidate primary mechanisms of photodynamic destruction. 1.

  19. Controlling energy transfer in ytterbium complexes: oxygen dependent lanthanide luminescence and singlet oxygen formation.

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    Watkis, Andrew; Hueting, Rebekka; Sørensen, Thomas Just; Tropiano, Manuel; Faulkner, Stephen

    2015-11-01

    Pyrene-appended ytterbium complexes have been prepared using Ugi reactions to vary the chromophore-lanthanide separation. Formation of the ytterbium(iii) excited state is sensitised via both the singlet and triplet excited states of the chromophore. Energy transfer from the latter is relatively slow, and gives rise to oxygen-dependent luminescence. PMID:26346499

  20. Singlet harvesting with brightly emitting Cu(I) and metal-free organic compounds

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    Yersin, Hartmut; Czerwieniec, Rafal; Hupfer, Alexander

    2012-06-01

    In an electroluminescent excitation, singlet and triplet excitons are generated. In this contribution it is proposed to harvest all excitons in an efficiently emitting singlet state by use of molecules which exhibit distinct thermally activated delayed fluorescence at T = 300K. Highly attractive examples, comprising Cu(I) complexes and the metal-free acridine orange, are presented and discussed with respect to their photophysical properties.

  1. Singlet Fission via an Excimer-Like Intermediate in 3,6-Bis(thiophen-2-yl)diketopyrrolopyrrole Derivatives.

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    Mauck, Catherine M; Hartnett, Patrick E; Margulies, Eric A; Ma, Lin; Miller, Claire E; Schatz, George C; Marks, Tobin J; Wasielewski, Michael R

    2016-09-14

    Singlet fission (SF) in polycrystalline thin films of four 3,6-bis(thiophen-2-yl)diketopyrrolopyrrole (TDPP) chromophores with methyl (Me), n-hexyl (C6), triethylene glycol (TEG), and 2-ethylhexyl (EH) substituents at the 2,5-positions is found to involve an intermediate excimer-like state. The four different substituents yield four distinct intermolecular packing geometries, resulting in variable intermolecular charge transfer (CT) interactions in the solid. SF from the excimer state of Me, C6, TEG, and EH takes place in τSF = 22, 336, 195, and 1200 ps, respectively, to give triplet yields of 200%, 110%, 110%, and 70%, respectively. The transient spectra of the excimer-like state and its energetic proximity to the lowest excited singlet state in these derivatives suggests that this state may be the multiexciton (1)(T1T1) state that precedes formation of the uncorrelated triplet excitons. The excimer decay rates correlate well with the SF efficiencies and the degree of intermolecular donor-acceptor interactions resulting from π-stacking of the thiophene donor of one molecule with the DPP core acceptor in another molecule as observed in the crystal structures. Such interactions are found to also increase with the SF coupling energies, as calculated for each derivative. These structural and spectroscopic studies afford a better understanding of the electronic interactions that enhance SF in chromophores having strong intra- and intermolecular CT character. PMID:27547986

  2. New ab initio adiabatic potential energy surfaces and bound state calculations for the singlet ground X˜ 1A1 and excited C˜ 1B2(21A') states of SO2

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    Kłos, Jacek; Alexander, Millard H.; Kumar, Praveen; Poirier, Bill; Jiang, Bin; Guo, Hua

    2016-05-01

    We report new and more accurate adiabatic potential energy surfaces (PESs) for the ground X˜ 1A1 and electronically excited C˜ 1B2(21A') states of the SO2 molecule. Ab initio points are calculated using the explicitly correlated internally contracted multi-reference configuration interaction (icMRCI-F12) method. A second less accurate PES for the ground X ˜ state is also calculated using an explicitly correlated single-reference coupled-cluster method with single, double, and non-iterative triple excitations [CCSD(T)-F12]. With these new three-dimensional PESs, we determine energies of the vibrational bound states and compare these values to existing literature data and experiment.

  3. Nonadiabatic effects in the photodissociation of vibrationally excited HNCO: The branching between singlet (athinsp{sup 1}{Delta}) and triplet (Xthinsp{sup 3}{Sigma}{sup {minus}}) NH

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    Berghout, H.L.; Brown, S.S.; Delgado, R.; Fleming Crim, F.

    1998-08-01

    Initial vibrational excitation of a state containing three quanta of N{endash}H stretch (3{nu}{sub 1}) decreases the fractional photolysis yield of NH (athinsp{sup 1}{Delta}) relative to NH (Xthinsp{sup 3}{Sigma}{sup {minus}}) by a factor of approximately two compared to the isoenergetic photodissociation of a 300 K thermal sample of HNCO. At a total energy of 43thinsp480thinspcm{sup {minus}1}, NH (athinsp{sup 1}{Delta}) accounts for 24{percent} of the total NH yield in the direct photolysis but only 10{percent} in the photodissociation of 3{nu}{sub 1}. At 44thinsp440thinspcm{sup {minus}1}, the NH (athinsp{sup 1}{Delta}) yields are 65{percent} and 32{percent} in the single photon and two-step photodissociations, respectively. The variation in branching ratio may arise from dynamical behavior that is closely related to the preferential production of NCO in the photolysis of vibrationally excited HNCO. The initial vibrational excitation has no influence on the rotational and vibrational distributions of NH (Xthinsp{sup 3}{Sigma}{sup {minus}}), but it significantly increases the amount of energy in rotation of NH (athinsp{sup 1}{Delta}). These results, along with several recent experimental and theoretical studies, suggest the participation of at least three different potential energy surfaces in the photodissociation of isocyanic acid. {copyright} {ital 1998 American Institute of Physics.}

  4. The quantum coherent mechanism for singlet fission: experiment and theory.

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    Chan, Wai-Lun; Berkelbach, Timothy C; Provorse, Makenzie R; Monahan, Nicholas R; Tritsch, John R; Hybertsen, Mark S; Reichman, David R; Gao, Jiali; Zhu, X-Y

    2013-06-18

    The absorption of one photon by a semiconductor material usually creates one electron-hole pair. However, this general rule breaks down in a few organic semiconductors, such as pentacene and tetracene, where one photon absorption may result in two electron-hole pairs. This process, where a singlet exciton transforms to two triplet excitons, can have quantum yields as high as 200%. Singlet fission may be useful to solar cell technologies to increase the power conversion efficiency beyond the so-called Shockley-Queisser limit. Through time-resolved two-photon photoemission (TR-2PPE) spectroscopy in crystalline pentacene and tetracene, our lab has recently provided the first spectroscopic signatures in singlet fission of a critical intermediate known as the multiexciton state (also called a correlated triplet pair). More importantly, we found that population of the multiexciton state rises at the same time as the singlet state on the ultrafast time scale upon photoexcitation. This observation does not fit with the traditional view of singlet fission involving the incoherent conversion of a singlet to a triplet pair. However, it provides an experimental foundation for a quantum coherent mechanism in which the electronic coupling creates a quantum superposition of the singlet and the multiexciton state immediately after optical excitation. In this Account, we review key experimental findings from TR-2PPE experiments and present a theoretical analysis of the quantum coherent mechanism based on electronic structural and density matrix calculations for crystalline tetracene lattices. Using multistate density functional theory, we find that the direct electronic coupling between singlet and multiexciton states is too weak to explain the experimental observation. Instead, indirect coupling via charge transfer intermediate states is two orders of magnitude stronger, and dominates the dynamics for ultrafast multiexciton formation. Density matrix calculation for the crystalline

  5. Excitation Dependence of Photoinduced Absorption (PA) in Π-Conjugated Polymers

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    Zhai, Yaxin; Basel, Tek; Vardeny, Z. Valy

    2014-03-01

    In order to study the process of singlet fission (SF), where a singlet exciton decomposes into a pair of triplets S0 +S1 -->T1 +T1 , we have investigated the excitation dependence of the photoinduced absorption band of triplet exciton (EXPA) and photoluminescence (EXPL) in various luminescent and non-luminescent π-conjugated polymers. We found that the EXPA spectrum of luminescent polymers is composed of two steps, showing that two different channels are operative for triplet photogeneration. One process starts at the optical gap and has flat response similar to that of the EXPL spectrum. We therefore identify this process as due to intersystem crossing from the lowest lying singlet exciton. Whereas the second process with an onset at E ~ 2ET , where ET is the triplet energy is due to singlet fission of hot excitons. We also found that the EXPA spectrum of some non luminescent polymers is different from that of the luminescent polymers. Supported in part by the NSF-MRSEC program at the University of Utah.

  6. Large Optical Nonlinearity Induced by Singlet Fission in Pentacene Films

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    Liu, Yunlong; Zhang, Chunfeng; Xiao, Min

    2015-03-01

    By creating two triplet excitons from one photo-excited singlet exciton, singlet fission in organic semiconductors has drawn tremendous attention for its potential application in boosting the efficiency of solar conversion. Here, we show that this carrier-multiplication effect can be used to dramatically improve the nonlinear optical response in organic materials. With the technique of dual-wavelength optical Kerr effect (OKE), we have observed large optical nonlinearity with a magnitude of χ (3) up to 10-9 esu in pentacene films, which is further shown to be a result of singlet fission as demonstrated by the detailed temporal dynamics and wavelength dependence experiment. Through the use of optical heterodyne detected OKE experiment, we have determined both the sign and value of Reχ (3) of the pentacene film. Such efficient third order nonlinear optical response has been successfully applied to demonstrate the all-optical switching. The results observed in this work indicate that the singlet fission could be served as an effective strategy to promote the optical nonlinearity in organic molecule systems. This work is supported by the National Basic Research Program of China (2013CB932903 and 2012CB921801, MOST), the National Science Foundation of China (91233103, 61108001, 11227406 and 11321063).

  7. Collective aspects of singlet fission in molecular crystals

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    Teichen, Paul E.; Eaves, Joel D.

    2015-07-01

    We present a model to describe collective features of singlet fission in molecular crystals and analyze it using many-body theory. The model we develop allows excitonic states to delocalize over several chromophores which is consistent with the character of the excited states in many molecular crystals, such as the acenes, where singlet fission occurs. As singlet states become more delocalized and triplet states more localized, the rate of singlet fission increases. We also determine the conditions under which the two triplets resulting from fission are correlated. Using the Bethe Ansatz and an entanglement measure for indistinguishable bipartite systems, we calculate the triplet-triplet entanglement as a function of the biexciton interaction strength. The biexciton interaction can produce bound biexciton states and provides a source of entanglement between the two triplets even when the triplets are spatially well separated. Significant entanglement between the triplet pair occurs well below the threshold for bound pair formation. Our results paint a dynamical picture that helps to explain why fission has been observed to be more efficient in molecular crystals than in their covalent dimer analogues and have consequences for photovoltaic efficiency models that assume that the two triplets can be extracted independently.

  8. Collective aspects of singlet fission in molecular crystals.

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    Teichen, Paul E; Eaves, Joel D

    2015-07-28

    We present a model to describe collective features of singlet fission in molecular crystals and analyze it using many-body theory. The model we develop allows excitonic states to delocalize over several chromophores which is consistent with the character of the excited states in many molecular crystals, such as the acenes, where singlet fission occurs. As singlet states become more delocalized and triplet states more localized, the rate of singlet fission increases. We also determine the conditions under which the two triplets resulting from fission are correlated. Using the Bethe Ansatz and an entanglement measure for indistinguishable bipartite systems, we calculate the triplet-triplet entanglement as a function of the biexciton interaction strength. The biexciton interaction can produce bound biexciton states and provides a source of entanglement between the two triplets even when the triplets are spatially well separated. Significant entanglement between the triplet pair occurs well below the threshold for bound pair formation. Our results paint a dynamical picture that helps to explain why fission has been observed to be more efficient in molecular crystals than in their covalent dimer analogues and have consequences for photovoltaic efficiency models that assume that the two triplets can be extracted independently. PMID:26233118

  9. Collective aspects of singlet fission in molecular crystals

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    Teichen, Paul E.; Eaves, Joel D.

    2015-07-28

    We present a model to describe collective features of singlet fission in molecular crystals and analyze it using many-body theory. The model we develop allows excitonic states to delocalize over several chromophores which is consistent with the character of the excited states in many molecular crystals, such as the acenes, where singlet fission occurs. As singlet states become more delocalized and triplet states more localized, the rate of singlet fission increases. We also determine the conditions under which the two triplets resulting from fission are correlated. Using the Bethe Ansatz and an entanglement measure for indistinguishable bipartite systems, we calculate the triplet-triplet entanglement as a function of the biexciton interaction strength. The biexciton interaction can produce bound biexciton states and provides a source of entanglement between the two triplets even when the triplets are spatially well separated. Significant entanglement between the triplet pair occurs well below the threshold for bound pair formation. Our results paint a dynamical picture that helps to explain why fission has been observed to be more efficient in molecular crystals than in their covalent dimer analogues and have consequences for photovoltaic efficiency models that assume that the two triplets can be extracted independently.

  10. Interaction of triplet sensitizers with chlorophyll: Formation of singlet chlorophyll

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    Bohne, C.; Scaiano, J.C. )

    1989-03-29

    The interaction of several triplet sensitizers with chlorophyll a (Chla) has been examined using laser techniques. For the carbonyl sensitizers (with triplet energies > 53 kcal/mol) it was possible to measure the quenching rate constants; these were systematically {>=} 10{sup 10} M{sup {minus}1} s{sup {minus}1}. In the cases of acetone, benzophenone, and p-methoxyacetophenone the quenching process leads to the formation of the fluorescent singlet state of Chla. For benzophenone (k{sub q} = 2.4 {times} 10{sup 10} M{sup {minus}1} s{sup {minus}1}) approximately 3% of the quenching events lead to the formation of excited Chla. Several sensitizers (decafluorobenzophenone, benzil, and fluorenone) do not induce Chla fluorescence (or do it very inefficiently) in spite of having triplet energies above the S{sub 1} level of Chla. In light of their results the most probable mechanism involves energy transfer from the triplet sensitizer to an upper triple state of Chla ({sup 3}Chla**) which can undergo reverse intersystem crossing to the singlet manifold of Chla and thus induce fluorescence. The inefficient sensitizers are those where electron transfer between the excited singlet of Chla or {sup 3}Chla** and ground-state sensitizers is energetically favorable, leading to rapid in-cage quenching of the initially formed excited states of Chla. Formation of radical-ion pair between the triplet sensitizer and Chla followed by the generation of singlet Chla in the recombination of the radical ions could not be completely discarded.

  11. Ultrafast Singlet Fission in a Push-Pull Low-Bandgap Polymer Film.

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    Kasai, Yukitomo; Tamai, Yasunari; Ohkita, Hideo; Benten, Hiroaki; Ito, Shinzaburo

    2015-12-30

    Excited-state dynamics in poly[4,6-(dodecyl-thieno[3,4-b]thiophene-2-carboxylate)-alt-2,6-(4,8-dioctoxylbenzo[1,2-b:4,5-b]dithiophene)] (PTB1) was studied by transient absorption spectroscopy. Upon photoexcitation at 400 nm, an additional transient species is promptly generated along with singlet excitons and survives up to nanoseconds, while singlet excitons disappear completely. In order to assign the long-lived species, we measured transient absorption spectra over the wide spectral range from 900 to 2500 nm. As a result, we found that the long-lived species is ascribed not to polarons but to triplet excitons, which is formed through the ultrafast singlet fission (SF). We discuss the ultrafast SF mechanism in push-pull low-bandgap polymer PTB1 films on the basis of the excited-state dynamics under various excitation wavelengths and intensities. PMID:26654295

  12. Excited States and Photodebromination of Selected Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers: Computational and Quantitative Structure—Property Relationship Studies

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    Luo, Jin; Hu, Jiwei; Wei, Xionghui; Li, Lingyun; Huang, Xianfei

    2015-01-01

    This paper presents a density functional theory (DFT)/time-dependent DFT (TD-DFT) study on the lowest lying singlet and triplet excited states of 20 selected polybrominateddiphenyl ether (PBDE) congeners, with the solvation effect included in the calculations using the polarized continuum model (PCM). The results obtained showed that for most of the brominated diphenyl ether (BDE) congeners, the lowest singlet excited state was initiated by the electron transfer from HOMO to LUMO, involving a π–σ* excitation. In triplet excited states, structure of the BDE congeners differed notably from that of the BDE ground states with one of the specific C–Br bonds bending off the aromatic plane. In addition, the partial least squares regression (PLSR), principal component analysis-multiple linear regression analysis (PCA-MLR), and back propagation artificial neural network (BP-ANN) approaches were employed for a quantitative structure-property relationship (QSPR) study. Based on the previously reported kinetic data for the debromination by ultraviolet (UV) and sunlight, obtained QSPR models exhibited a reasonable evaluation of the photodebromination reactivity even when the BDE congeners had same degree of bromination, albeit different patterns of bromination. PMID:25569092

  13. Explorative computational study of the singlet fission process

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    Havenith, Remco W. A.; de Gier, Hilde D.; Broer, Ria

    2012-10-01

    Different ab initio methods, namely multi-reference and nonorthogonal configuration interaction techniques, are explored for their applicability in studying the singlet fission problem. It has been shown for 2-methyl-1,5-hexadiene that the 1TT state can be identified using multi-reference techniques. The geometrical and vibrational properties of the 1TT state are such that they can be approximated with those of the 5TT state. A proof of principle is given for the calculation of the singlet fission pathway driven by nuclear motion: efficient singlet fission can take place if the 1TT and S1 states are close in energy with a large non-adiabatic coupling matrix element at the S1 geometry, and the energy of the S0 state is well below that of the 1TT state at the 1TT geometry. The nonorthogonal configuration interaction method was used to treat a tetracene trimer. It has been shown that the first excited states can be interpreted as delocalised states; interaction with charge-transfer base states plays an important role. The 1TT states are localised on one pair of molecules. The electronic coupling between the diabatic S[n] and 1TT[m] states is in the meV range, confirming previous estimates. The charge-transfer base states enhance the coupling between the S[1]/S[2] and 1TT[2] excited states.

  14. The energy barrier in singlet fission can be overcome through coherent coupling and entropic gain

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    Chan, Wai-Lun; Ligges, Manuel; Zhu, X.-Y.

    2012-10-01

    One strategy to improve solar-cell efficiency is to generate two excited electrons from just one photon through singlet fission, which is the conversion of a singlet (S1) into two triplet (T1) excitons. For efficient singlet fission it is believed that the cumulative energy of the triplet states should be no more than that of S1. However, molecular analogues that satisfy this energetic requirement do not show appreciable singlet fission, whereas crystalline tetracene displays endothermic singlet fission with near-unity quantum yield. Here we probe singlet fission in tetracene by directly following the intermediate multiexciton (ME) state. The ME state is isoenergetic with 2 × T1, but fission is not activated thermally. Rather, an S1 ⇔ ME superposition formed through a quantum-coherent process allows access to the higher-energy ME. We attribute entropic gain in crystalline tetracene as the driving force for the subsequent decay of S1 ⇔ ME into 2 × T1, which leads to a high singlet-fission yield.

  15. External quantum efficiency above 100% in a singlet-exciton-fission-based organic photovoltaic cell.

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    Congreve, Daniel N; Lee, Jiye; Thompson, Nicholas J; Hontz, Eric; Yost, Shane R; Reusswig, Philip D; Bahlke, Matthias E; Reineke, Sebastian; Van Voorhis, Troy; Baldo, Marc A

    2013-04-19

    Singlet exciton fission transforms a molecular singlet excited state into two triplet states, each with half the energy of the original singlet. In solar cells, it could potentially double the photocurrent from high-energy photons. We demonstrate organic solar cells that exploit singlet exciton fission in pentacene to generate more than one electron per incident photon in a portion of the visible spectrum. Using a fullerene acceptor, a poly(3-hexylthiophene) exciton confinement layer, and a conventional optical trapping scheme, we show a peak external quantum efficiency of (109 ± 1)% at wavelength λ = 670 nanometers for a 15-nanometer-thick pentacene film. The corresponding internal quantum efficiency is (160 ± 10)%. Analysis of the magnetic field effect on photocurrent suggests that the triplet yield approaches 200% for pentacene films thicker than 5 nanometers. PMID:23599489

  16. Magnetic dipolar interaction between correlated triplets created by singlet fission in tetracene crystals

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    Wang, Rui; Zhang, Chunfeng; Zhang, Bo; Liu, Yunlong; Wang, Xiaoyong; Xiao, Min

    2015-10-01

    Singlet fission can potentially break the Shockley-Queisser efficiency limit in single-junction solar cells by splitting one photoexcited singlet exciton (S1) into two triplets (2T1) in organic semiconductors. A dark multiexciton state has been proposed as the intermediate connecting S1 to 2T1. However, the exact nature of this multiexciton state, especially how the doubly excited triplets interact, remains elusive. Here we report a quantitative study on the magnetic dipolar interaction between singlet-fission-induced correlated triplets in tetracene crystals by monitoring quantum beats relevant to the multiexciton sublevels at room temperature. The resonances of multiexciton sublevels approached by tuning an external magnetic field are observed to be avoided, which agrees well with the theoretical predictions considering a magnetic dipolar interaction of ~0.008 GHz. Our work quantifies the magnetic dipolar interaction in certain organic materials and marks an important step towards understanding the underlying physics of the multiexciton state in singlet fission.

  17. Spin-singlet quantum Hall states and Jack polynomials with a prescribed symmetry

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    Estienne, Benoit; Bernevig, B. Andrei

    2012-04-01

    We show that a large class of bosonic spin-singlet Fractional Quantum Hall model wavefunctions and their quasihole excitations can be written in terms of Jack polynomials with a prescribed symmetry. Our approach describes new spin-singlet quantum Hall states at filling fraction ν=2k/2r-1 and generalizes the (k,r) spin-polarized Jack polynomial states. The NASS and Halperin spin-singlet states emerge as specific cases of our construction. The polynomials express many-body states which contain configurations obtained from a root partition through a generalized squeezing procedure involving spin and orbital degrees of freedom. The corresponding generalized Pauli principle for root partitions is obtained, allowing for counting of the quasihole states. We also extract the central charge and quasihole scaling dimension, and propose a conjecture for the underlying CFT of the (k,r) spin-singlet Jack states.

  18. Orbital rotation in the lowest triplet state of benzophenone

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    Dinse, K.P.; Pratt, D.W.

    1982-04-07

    Optically detected magnetic resonance (ODMR) and electron-nuclear double resonance (ODENDOR) spectroscopy at both zero and high magnetic fields were used to examine single crystals of 4,4'-dibromodiphenyl ether (DOE) containing 0.1 mol % of an enriched perdeuterio (/sup 17/O) benzophenone (/sup 17/O-BP-d/sub 10/) guest. Representative spectra are presented and explanations are offered for the electron spin transitions. The summarized results indicate the currently used atomic orbital functions do not provide an accurate description of the lowest excited states of many aromatic carbonyls. (BLM)

  19. Solution-Phase Singlet Fission in a Structurally Well-Defined Norbornyl-Bridged Tetracene Dimer.

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    Cook, Jasper D; Carey, Thomas J; Damrauer, Niels H

    2016-07-01

    The photophysics of a norbornyl-bridged covalent tetracene (Tc) dimer BT1 and a monomer analogue Tc-e were studied in room-temperature nonpolar solvents. Notably in BT1, a Davydov-split band is observed in UV absorption, heralding interchromophore electronic interactions. Emission spectra indicate an acene-like vibronic progression mirroring the lowest-energy visible absorption. For BT1, this argues against excited-state excimer formation. Evidence of intramolecular singlet fission (SF) comes from a comparison of time-resolved emission decay signals collected for BT1 versus Tc-e in toluene. In BT1, the multiexcitonic (1)TT state is produced in 70 ns in 6% yield. A ratio of fission versus fusion rate constants provides an experimental measure of the SF reaction free energy at 52 meV in good agreement with previous calculations. The low SF yield corroborates our expectations that orbital symmetry effects on diabatic coupling for SF are important for dimers that cannot rely on more favorable thermodynamics. PMID:27291516

  20. SBI allocation between heavy and singlet missiles

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    Canavan, G.H.

    1991-04-01

    The optimal allocation of space-based interceptors (SBIs) between fixed, heavy missiles and mobile singlets can be derived from approximate expressions for the boost-phase penetration of each. Singlets can cluster before launch and have shorter burn times, which reduce their availability to SBIs by an order of magnitude. Singlet penetration decreased slowly with the number of SBIs allocated to them; heavy missile penetration falls rapidly. The allocation to the heavy missiles falls linearly with their number. The penetration of heavy and singlet missiles is proportional to their numbers and inversely proportional to their availability. 8 refs., 2 figs.

  1. Measurements Of Singlet Oxygen In Photodynamic Therapy

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    Profio, A. E.; Shu, Kuang-Hsien

    1989-06-01

    Photochemical reactions are used in photodynamic therapy of cancer and other disease. The cytotoxic agent in photochemotherapy is usually singlet oxygen. Thus measurements of singlet oxygen production or concentration may allow prediction of the biological response. The decrease in fluorescence of L-tryptophan because of reaction with singlet oxygen, the decrease in absorbance of a dye such as RNO subject to secondary oxidation by singlet oxygen, and the decrease in fluorescence of the most common photosensitizer, dihematoporphyrin ether/ester (DHE) because of photobleaching, have been investigated in solutions in vitro. The most promising method for dosimetry and prediction of biological response appears to be the photobleaching of DHE.

  2. Standard Model with a real singlet scalar and inflation

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    Enqvist, Kari; Nurmi, Sami; Tenkanen, Tommi; Tuominen, Kimmo E-mail: sami.nurmi@helsinki.fi E-mail: kimmo.i.tuominen@helsinki.fi

    2014-08-01

    We study the post-inflationary dynamics of the Standard Model Higgs and a real singlet scalar s, coupled together through a renormalizable coupling λ{sub sh}h{sup 2}s{sup 2}, in a Z{sub 2} symmetric model that may explain the observed dark matter abundance and/or the origin of baryon asymmetry. The initial values for the Higgs and s condensates are given by inflationary fluctuations, and we follow their dissipation and relaxation to the low energy vacua. We find that both the lowest order perturbative and the non-perturbative decays are blocked by thermal effects and large background fields and that the condensates decay by two-loop thermal effects. Assuming instant reheating at T=10{sup 16} GeV, the characteristic temperature for the Higgs condensate thermalization is found to be T{sub h} ∼ 10{sup 14} GeV, whereas s thermalizes typically around T{sub s} ∼ 10{sup 6} GeV. By that time, the amplitude of the singlet is driven very close to the vacuum value by the expansion of the universe, unless the portal coupling takes a value λ{sub sh}∼< 10{sup -7} and the singlet s never thermalizes. With these values of the coupling, it is possible to slowly produce a sizeable fraction of the observed dark matter abundance via singlet condensate fragmentation and thermal Higgs scattering. Physics also below the electroweak scale can therefore be affected by the non-vacuum initial conditions generated by inflation.

  3. Photosensitized generation of singlet oxygen in porous silicon studied by simultaneous measurements of luminescence of nanocrystals and oxygen molecules

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    Gongalsky, M. B.; Kharin, A. Yu.; Zagorodskikh, S. A.; Osminkina, L. A.; Timoshenko, V. Yu.

    2011-07-01

    Photosensitization of singlet oxygen generation in porous silicon (PSi) was investigated by simultaneous measurements of the photoluminescence (PL) of silicon nanocrystals (nc-Si) and the infrared emission of the {sup 1}{Delta}-state of oxygen molecules at 1270 nm (0.98 eV) at room temperature. Photodegradation of the nc-Si PL properties was found to correlate with the efficiency of singlet oxygen generation. The quantum efficiency of singlet oxygen generation in PSi was estimated to be about 1%, while the lifetime of singlet oxygen was about fifteen ms. The kinetics of nc-Si PL intensity under cw excitation undergoes a power law dependence with the exponent dependent on the photon energy of luminescence. The experimental results are explained with a model of photodegradation controlled by the diffusion of singlet oxygen molecules in a disordered structure of porous silicon.

  4. Sigma meson and lowest possible glueball candidate in an extended linear {sigma} model

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    Mukherjee, Tamal K.; Huang Mei; Yan Qishu

    2012-10-23

    We formulate an extended linear {sigma} model of a quarkonia nonet and a tetraquark nonet as well as a complex iso-singlet (glueball) field to study the low-lying scalar meson. Chiral symmetry and U{sub A}(1) symmetry and their breaking play important role to shape the scalar meson spectrum in our work. Based on our study we will comment on what may be the mass of the lowest possible scalar and pseudoscalar glueball states. We will also discuss on what may be the nature of the sigma or f{sub 0}(600) meson.

  5. Photo-assisted intersystem crossing: The predominant triplet formation mechanism in some isolated polycyclic aromatic molecules excited with pulsed lasers

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    Johnson, Philip M.; Sears, Trevor J.

    2015-07-28

    Naphthalene, anthracene, and phenanthrene are shown to have very long-lived triplet lifetimes when the isolated molecules are excited with nanosecond pulsed lasers resonant with the lowest singlet state. For naphthalene, triplet state populations are created only during the laser pulse, excluding the possibility of normal intersystem crossing at the one photon level, and all molecules have triplet lifetimes greater than hundreds of microseconds, similar to the behavior previously reported for phenylacetylene. Although containing 7–12 thousand cm{sup −1} of vibrational energy, the triplet molecules have ionization thresholds appropriate to vibrationless T{sub 1} states. The laser power dependences (slopes of log-log power plots) of the excited singlet and triplet populations are about 0.7 for naphthalene and about 0.5 for anthracene. Kinetic modeling of the power dependences successfully reproduces the experimental results and suggests that the triplet formation mechanism involves an enhanced spin orbit coupling caused by sigma character in states at the 2-photon level. Symmetry adapted cluster-configuration interaction calculations produced excited state absorption spectra to provide guidance for estimating kinetic rates and the sigma character present in higher electronic states. It is concluded that higher excited state populations are significant when larger molecules are excited with pulsed lasers and need to be taken into account whenever discussing the molecular photodynamics.

  6. Photo-assisted intersystem crossing: The predominant triplet formation mechanism in some isolated polycyclic aromatic molecules excited with pulsed lasers

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    Johnson, Philip M.; Sears, Trevor J.

    2015-07-28

    Naphthalene, anthracene, and phenanthrene are shown to have very long-lived triplet lifetimes when the isolated molecules are excited with nanosecond pulsed lasers resonant with the lowest singlet state. For naphthalene, triplet state populations are created only during the laser pulse, excluding the possibility of normal intersystem crossing at the one photon level, and all molecules have triplet lifetimes greater than hundreds of microseconds, similar to the behavior previously reported for phenylacetylene. Although containing 7–12 thousand cm⁻¹ of vibrational energy, the triplet molecules have ionization thresholds appropriate to vibrationless T₁ states. The laser power dependences (slopes of log-log power plots) ofmore » the excited singlet and triplet populations are about 0.7 for naphthalene and about 0.5 for anthracene. Kinetic modeling of the power dependences successfully reproduces the experimental results and suggests that the triplet formation mechanism involves an enhanced spin orbit coupling caused by sigma character in states at the 2-photon level. Symmetry Adapted Cluster-Configuration Interaction calculations produced excited state absorption spectra to provide guidance for estimating kinetic rates and the sigma character present in higher electronic states. It is concluded that higher excited state populations are significant when larger molecules are excited with pulsed lasers and need to be taken into account whenever discussing the molecular photodynamics.« less

  7. Photo-assisted intersystem crossing: The predominant triplet formation mechanism in some isolated polycyclic aromatic molecules excited with pulsed lasers.

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    Johnson, Philip M; Sears, Trevor J

    2015-07-28

    Naphthalene, anthracene, and phenanthrene are shown to have very long-lived triplet lifetimes when the isolated molecules are excited with nanosecond pulsed lasers resonant with the lowest singlet state. For naphthalene, triplet state populations are created only during the laser pulse, excluding the possibility of normal intersystem crossing at the one photon level, and all molecules have triplet lifetimes greater than hundreds of microseconds, similar to the behavior previously reported for phenylacetylene. Although containing 7-12 thousand cm(-1) of vibrational energy, the triplet molecules have ionization thresholds appropriate to vibrationless T1 states. The laser power dependences (slopes of log-log power plots) of the excited singlet and triplet populations are about 0.7 for naphthalene and about 0.5 for anthracene. Kinetic modeling of the power dependences successfully reproduces the experimental results and suggests that the triplet formation mechanism involves an enhanced spin orbit coupling caused by sigma character in states at the 2-photon level. Symmetry adapted cluster-configuration interaction calculations produced excited state absorption spectra to provide guidance for estimating kinetic rates and the sigma character present in higher electronic states. It is concluded that higher excited state populations are significant when larger molecules are excited with pulsed lasers and need to be taken into account whenever discussing the molecular photodynamics. PMID:26233127

  8. Photo-assisted intersystem crossing: The predominant triplet formation mechanism in some isolated polycyclic aromatic molecules excited with pulsed lasers

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    Johnson, Philip M.; Sears, Trevor J.

    2015-07-28

    Naphthalene, anthracene, and phenanthrene are shown to have very long-lived triplet lifetimes when the isolated molecules are excited with nanosecond pulsed lasers resonant with the lowest singlet state. For naphthalene, triplet state populations are created only during the laser pulse, excluding the possibility of normal intersystem crossing at the one photon level, and all molecules have triplet lifetimes greater than hundreds of microseconds, similar to the behavior previously reported for phenylacetylene. Although containing 7–12 thousand cm⁻¹ of vibrational energy, the triplet molecules have ionization thresholds appropriate to vibrationless T₁ states. The laser power dependences (slopes of log-log power plots) of the excited singlet and triplet populations are about 0.7 for naphthalene and about 0.5 for anthracene. Kinetic modeling of the power dependences successfully reproduces the experimental results and suggests that the triplet formation mechanism involves an enhanced spin orbit coupling caused by sigma character in states at the 2-photon level. Symmetry Adapted Cluster-Configuration Interaction calculations produced excited state absorption spectra to provide guidance for estimating kinetic rates and the sigma character present in higher electronic states. It is concluded that higher excited state populations are significant when larger molecules are excited with pulsed lasers and need to be taken into account whenever discussing the molecular photodynamics.

  9. Photo-assisted intersystem crossing: The predominant triplet formation mechanism in some isolated polycyclic aromatic molecules excited with pulsed lasers

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    Johnson, Philip M.; Sears, Trevor J.

    2015-07-01

    Naphthalene, anthracene, and phenanthrene are shown to have very long-lived triplet lifetimes when the isolated molecules are excited with nanosecond pulsed lasers resonant with the lowest singlet state. For naphthalene, triplet state populations are created only during the laser pulse, excluding the possibility of normal intersystem crossing at the one photon level, and all molecules have triplet lifetimes greater than hundreds of microseconds, similar to the behavior previously reported for phenylacetylene. Although containing 7-12 thousand cm-1 of vibrational energy, the triplet molecules have ionization thresholds appropriate to vibrationless T1 states. The laser power dependences (slopes of log-log power plots) of the excited singlet and triplet populations are about 0.7 for naphthalene and about 0.5 for anthracene. Kinetic modeling of the power dependences successfully reproduces the experimental results and suggests that the triplet formation mechanism involves an enhanced spin orbit coupling caused by sigma character in states at the 2-photon level. Symmetry adapted cluster-configuration interaction calculations produced excited state absorption spectra to provide guidance for estimating kinetic rates and the sigma character present in higher electronic states. It is concluded that higher excited state populations are significant when larger molecules are excited with pulsed lasers and need to be taken into account whenever discussing the molecular photodynamics.

  10. Singlet-paired coupled cluster theory for open shells.

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    Gomez, John A; Henderson, Thomas M; Scuseria, Gustavo E

    2016-06-28

    Restricted single-reference coupled cluster theory truncated to single and double excitations accurately describes weakly correlated systems, but often breaks down in the presence of static or strong correlation. Good coupled cluster energies in the presence of degeneracies can be obtained by using a symmetry-broken reference, such as unrestricted Hartree-Fock, but at the cost of good quantum numbers. A large body of work has shown that modifying the coupled cluster ansatz allows for the treatment of strong correlation within a single-reference, symmetry-adapted framework. The recently introduced singlet-paired coupled cluster doubles (CCD0) method is one such model, which recovers correct behavior for strong correlation without requiring symmetry breaking in the reference. Here, we extend singlet-paired coupled cluster for application to open shells via restricted open-shell singlet-paired coupled cluster singles and doubles (ROCCSD0). The ROCCSD0 approach retains the benefits of standard coupled cluster theory and recovers correct behavior for strongly correlated, open-shell systems using a spin-preserving ROHF reference. PMID:27369507

  11. Quantifying singlet fission in novel organic materials using nonlinear optics

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    Busby, Erik; Xia, Jianlong; Yaffe, Omer; Kumar, Bharat; Berkelbach, Timothy; Wu, Qin; Miller, John; Nuckolls, Colin; Zhu, Xiaoyang; Reichman, David; Campos, Luis; Sfeir, Matthew Y.

    2014-10-01

    Singlet fission is a form of multiple exciton generation in which two triplet excitons are produced from the decay of a photoexcited singlet exciton. In a small number of organic materials, most notably pentacene, this conversion process has been shown to occur with unity quantum yield on sub-ps timescales. However, a poorly understood mechanism for fission along with strict energy and geometry requirements have so far limited the observation of this process to a few classes of organic materials, with only a subset of these (most notably the polyacenes) showing both efficient fission and long-lived triplets. Here, we utilize novel organic materials to investigate how the efficiency of the fission process depends on the coupling and the energetic driving force between chromophores in both intra- and intermolecular singlet fission materials. We demonstrate how the triplet yield can be accurately quantified using a combination of traditional transient spectroscopies and recently developed excited state saturable absorption techniques. These results allow us to gain mechanistic insight into the fission process and suggest general strategies for generating new materials that can undergo efficient fission.

  12. Hydrodynamics on the lowest Landau level

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    Geracie, Michael; Son, Dam Thanh

    2015-06-01

    Using the recently developed approach to quantum Hall physics based on Newton-Cartan geometry, we consider the hydrodynamics of an interacting system on the lowest Landau level. We rephrase the non-relativistic fluid equations of motion in a manner that manifests the spacetime diffeomorphism invariance of the underlying theory. In the massless (or lowest Landau level) limit, the fluid obeys a force-free constraint which fixes the charge current. An entropy current analysis further constrains the energy response, determining four transverse response functions in terms of only two: an energy magnetization and a thermal Hall conductivity. Kubo formulas are presented for all transport coefficients and constraints from Weyl invariance derived. We also present a number of Středa-type formulas for the equilibrium response to external electric, magnetic and gravitational fields.

  13. Self-Consistent Optimization of Excited States within Density-Functional Tight-Binding.

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    Kowalczyk, Tim; Le, Khoa; Irle, Stephan

    2016-01-12

    We present an implementation of energies and gradients for the ΔDFTB method, an analogue of Δ-self-consistent-field density functional theory (ΔSCF) within density-functional tight-binding, for the lowest singlet excited state of closed-shell molecules. Benchmarks of ΔDFTB excitation energies, optimized geometries, Stokes shifts, and vibrational frequencies reveal that ΔDFTB provides a qualitatively correct description of changes in molecular geometries and vibrational frequencies due to excited-state relaxation. The accuracy of ΔDFTB Stokes shifts is comparable to that of ΔSCF-DFT, and ΔDFTB performs similarly to ΔSCF with the PBE functional for vertical excitation energies of larger chromophores where the need for efficient excited-state methods is most urgent. We provide some justification for the use of an excited-state reference density in the DFTB expansion of the electronic energy and demonstrate that ΔDFTB preserves many of the properties of its parent ΔSCF approach. This implementation fills an important gap in the extended framework of DFTB, where access to excited states has been limited to the time-dependent linear-response approach, and affords access to rapid exploration of a valuable class of excited-state potential energy surfaces. PMID:26587877

  14. First-Principles Quantum Dynamics of Singlet Fission: Coherent versus Thermally Activated Mechanisms Governed by Molecular π Stacking.

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    Tamura, Hiroyuki; Huix-Rotllant, Miquel; Burghardt, Irene; Olivier, Yoann; Beljonne, David

    2015-09-01

    Singlet excitons in π-stacked molecular crystals can split into two triplet excitons in a process called singlet fission that opens a route to carrier multiplication in photovoltaics. To resolve controversies about the mechanism of singlet fission, we have developed a first principles nonadiabatic quantum dynamical model that reveals the critical role of molecular stacking symmetry and provides a unified picture of coherent versus thermally activated singlet fission mechanisms in different acenes. The slip-stacked equilibrium packing structure of pentacene derivatives is found to enhance ultrafast singlet fission mediated by a coherent superexchange mechanism via higher-lying charge transfer states. By contrast, the electronic couplings for singlet fission strictly vanish at the C(2h) symmetric equilibrium π stacking of rubrene. In this case, singlet fission is driven by excitations of symmetry-breaking intermolecular vibrations, rationalizing the experimentally observed temperature dependence. Design rules for optimal singlet fission materials therefore need to account for the interplay of molecular π-stacking symmetry and phonon-induced coherent or thermally activated mechanisms. PMID:26382701

  15. First-Principles Quantum Dynamics of Singlet Fission: Coherent versus Thermally Activated Mechanisms Governed by Molecular π Stacking

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    Tamura, Hiroyuki; Huix-Rotllant, Miquel; Burghardt, Irene; Olivier, Yoann; Beljonne, David

    2015-09-01

    Singlet excitons in π -stacked molecular crystals can split into two triplet excitons in a process called singlet fission that opens a route to carrier multiplication in photovoltaics. To resolve controversies about the mechanism of singlet fission, we have developed a first principles nonadiabatic quantum dynamical model that reveals the critical role of molecular stacking symmetry and provides a unified picture of coherent versus thermally activated singlet fission mechanisms in different acenes. The slip-stacked equilibrium packing structure of pentacene derivatives is found to enhance ultrafast singlet fission mediated by a coherent superexchange mechanism via higher-lying charge transfer states. By contrast, the electronic couplings for singlet fission strictly vanish at the C2 h symmetric equilibrium π stacking of rubrene. In this case, singlet fission is driven by excitations of symmetry-breaking intermolecular vibrations, rationalizing the experimentally observed temperature dependence. Design rules for optimal singlet fission materials therefore need to account for the interplay of molecular π -stacking symmetry and phonon-induced coherent or thermally activated mechanisms.

  16. Exposure of vitamins to UVB and UVA radiation generates singlet oxygen.

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    Knak, Alena; Regensburger, Johannes; Maisch, Tim; Bäumler, Wolfgang

    2014-05-01

    Deleterious effects of UV radiation in tissue are usually attributed to different mechanisms. Absorption of UVB radiation in cell constituents like DNA causes photochemical reactions. Absorption of UVA radiation in endogenous photosensitizers like vitamins generates singlet oxygen via photosensitized reactions. We investigated two further mechanisms that might be involved in UV mediated cell tissue damage. Firstly, UVB radiation and vitamins also generate singlet oxygen. Secondly, UVB radiation may change the chemical structure of vitamins that may change the role of such endogenous photosensitizers in UVA mediated mechanisms. Vitamins were irradiated in solution using monochromatic UVB (308 nm) or UVA (330, 355, or 370 nm) radiation. Singlet oxygen was directly detected and quantified by its luminescence at 1270 nm. All investigated molecules generated singlet oxygen with a quantum yield ranging from 0.007 (vitamin D3) to 0.64 (nicotinamide) independent of the excitation wavelength. Moreover, pre-irradiation of vitamins with UVB changed their absorption in the UVB and UVA spectral range. Subsequently, molecules such as vitamin E and vitamin K1, which normally exhibit no singlet oxygen generation in the UVA, now produce singlet oxygen when exposed to UVA at 355 nm. This interplay of different UV sources is inevitable when applying serial or parallel irradiation with UVA and UVB in experiments in vitro. These results should be of particular importance for parallel irradiation with UVA and UVB in vivo, e.g. when exposing the skin to solar radiation. PMID:24691875

  17. Singlet Fission in a Covalently Linked Cofacial Alkynyltetracene Dimer.

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    Korovina, Nadezhda V; Das, Saptaparna; Nett, Zachary; Feng, Xintian; Joy, Jimmy; Haiges, Ralf; Krylov, Anna I; Bradforth, Stephen E; Thompson, Mark E

    2016-01-20

    Singlet fission is a process in which a singlet exciton converts into two triplet excitons. To investigate this phenomenon, we synthesized two covalently linked 5-ethynyl-tetracene (ET) dimers with differing degrees of intertetracene overlap: BET-X, with large, cofacial overlap of tetracene π-orbitals, and BET-B, with twisted arrangement between tetracenes exhibits less overlap between the tetracene π-orbitals. The two compounds were crystallographically characterized and studied by absorption and emission spectroscopy in solution, in PMMA and neat thin films. The results show that singlet fission occurs within 1 ps in an amorphous thin film of BET-B with high efficiency (triplet yield: 154%). In solution and the PMMA matrix the S1 of BET-B relaxes to a correlated triplet pair (1)(T1T1) on a time scale of 2 ps, which decays to the ground state without forming separated triplets, suggesting that triplet energy transfer from (1)(T1T1) to a nearby chromophore is essential for producing free triplets. In support of this hypothesis, selective excitation of BET-B doped into a thin film of diphenyltetracene (DPT) leads to formation of the (1)(T1T1) state of BET-B, followed by generation of both DPT and BET-B triplets. For the structurally cofacial BET-X, an intermediate forms in <180 fs and returns to the ground state more rapidly than BET-B. First-principles calculations predict a 2 orders of magnitude faster rate of singlet fission to the (1)(T1T1) state in BET-B relative to that of crystalline tetracene, attributing the rate increase to greater coupling between the S1 and (1)(T1T1) states and favorable energetics for formation of the separated triplets. PMID:26693957

  18. Towards building artificial light harvesting complexes: enhanced singlet-singlet energy transfer between donor and acceptor pairs bound to albumins.

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    Kumar, Challa V; Duff, Michael R

    2008-12-01

    Specific donor and acceptor pairs have been assembled in bovine serum albumin (BSA), at neutral pH and room temperature, and these dye-protein complexes indicated efficient donor to acceptor singlet-singlet energy transfer. For example, pyrene-1-butyric acid served as the donor and Coumarin 540A served as the acceptor. Both the donor and the acceptor bind to BSA with affinity constants in excess of 2x10(5) M(-1), as measured in absorption and circular dichroism (CD) spectral titrations. Simultaneous binding of both the donor and the acceptor chromophores was supported by CD spectra and one chromophore did not displace the other from the protein host, even when limited concentrations of the host were used. For example, a 1:1:1 complex between the donor, acceptor and the host can be readily formed, and spectral data clearly show that the binding sites are mutually exclusive. The ternary complexes (two different ligands bound to the same protein molecule) provided opportunities to examine singlet-singlet energy transfer between the protein-bound chromophores. Donor emission was quenched by the addition of the acceptor, in the presence of limited amounts of BSA, while no energy transfer was observed in the absence of the protein host, under the same conditions. The excitation spectra of the donor-acceptor-host complexes clearly show the sensitization of acceptor emission by the donor. Protein denaturation, as induced by the addition of urea or increasing the temperature to 360 K, inhibited energy transfer, which indicate that protein structure plays an important role. Sensitization also proceeded at low temperature (77 K) and diffusion of the donor or the acceptor is not required for energy transfer. Stern-Volmer quenching plots show that the quenching constant is (3.1+/-0.2)x10(4) M(-1), at low acceptor concentrations (<35 microM). Other albumins such as human and porcine proteins also served as good hosts for the above experiments. For the first time, non

  19. Singlet oxygen induced advanced glycation end-product photobleaching of in vivo human fingertip autofluorescence

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    Deng, Bin; Simental, Anabel; Lutz, Patrick; Shaheen, George; Chaiken, Joseph

    2012-01-01

    Nonenzymatic glycation and oxidation of ubiquitous proteins in vivo leads to irreversible formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Due to their relatively long half life and low clearance rate AGEs tend to accumulate within static tissues and the circulatory system. Spectra obtained using 830 nm near-infrared (NIR) excitation suggest that the so-called "autofluorescence" from all tissues has a finite number of sources but the fact that senior and diabetic subjects produce more than other members of the general population suggests that a significant portion of the total autofluorescence from all sources originates from AGEs. Using pentosidine generated in a reaction mixture as described by Monnier as representative, an in vitro study unveiled very similar fluorescence and photobleaching pattern as observed for autofluorescence in vivo. A series of oxygen, air and argon purging experiments on the pentosidine-generating reaction mixture suggests that pentosidine is a singlet oxygen sensitizer and secondary reactions between the pentosidine itself and/or other fluorophores and the photosensitized singlet oxygen explain the observed photobleaching. Ab initio Gaussian calculations on pentosidine reveal the existence of low-lying triplet excited states required for the sensitization of ground state oxygen. A commercially available product known as singlet oxygen sensor green (SOSG) that specifically serves as a singlet oxygen detection reagent confirms the generation of singlet oxygen from NIR irradiated pentosidine trimixture. This study provides one definite chemical mechanism for understanding in vivo human skin autofluorescence and photobleaching.

  20. Singlet-Doublet Dark Matter

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    Cohen, Timothy; Kearney, John; Pierce, Aaron; Tucker-Smith, David; /Williams Coll.

    2012-02-15

    In light of recent data from direct detection experiments and the Large Hadron Collider, we explore models of dark matter in which an SU(2){sub L} doublet is mixed with a Standard Model singlet. We impose a thermal history. If the new particles are fermions, this model is already constrained due to null results from XENON100. We comment on remaining regions of parameter space and assess prospects for future discovery. We do the same for the model where the new particles are scalars, which at present is less constrained. Much of the remaining parameter space for both models will be probed by the next generation of direct detection experiments. For the fermion model, DeepCore may also play an important role.

  1. Singlet fission in pentacene dimers.

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    Zirzlmeier, Johannes; Lehnherr, Dan; Coto, Pedro B; Chernick, Erin T; Casillas, Rubén; Basel, Bettina S; Thoss, Michael; Tykwinski, Rik R; Guldi, Dirk M

    2015-04-28

    Singlet fission (SF) has the potential to supersede the traditional solar energy conversion scheme by means of boosting the photon-to-current conversion efficiencies beyond the 30% Shockley-Queisser limit. Here, we show unambiguous and compelling evidence for unprecedented intramolecular SF within regioisomeric pentacene dimers in room-temperature solutions, with observed triplet quantum yields reaching as high as 156 ± 5%. Whereas previous studies have shown that the collision of a photoexcited chromophore with a ground-state chromophore can give rise to SF, here we demonstrate that the proximity and sufficient coupling through bond or space in pentacene dimers is enough to induce intramolecular SF where two triplets are generated on one molecule. PMID:25858954

  2. Singlet fission in pentacene dimers

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    Zirzlmeier, Johannes; Lehnherr, Dan; Coto, Pedro B.; Chernick, Erin T.; Casillas, Rubén; Basel, Bettina S.; Thoss, Michael; Tykwinski, Rik R.; Guldi, Dirk M.

    2015-01-01

    Singlet fission (SF) has the potential to supersede the traditional solar energy conversion scheme by means of boosting the photon-to-current conversion efficiencies beyond the 30% Shockley–Queisser limit. Here, we show unambiguous and compelling evidence for unprecedented intramolecular SF within regioisomeric pentacene dimers in room-temperature solutions, with observed triplet quantum yields reaching as high as 156 ± 5%. Whereas previous studies have shown that the collision of a photoexcited chromophore with a ground-state chromophore can give rise to SF, here we demonstrate that the proximity and sufficient coupling through bond or space in pentacene dimers is enough to induce intramolecular SF where two triplets are generated on one molecule. PMID:25858954

  3. The lowest ionization potentials of Al2

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    Bauschlicher, Charles W., Jr.; Barnes, Leslie A.; Taylor, Peter R.

    1988-01-01

    Potential curves for the lowest two electronic states (X 2 sigma g + and A 2 pi u) of Al2(+) were computed using complete active space SCF/multireference CI wave functions and large Gaussian basis sets. The lowest observable vertical ionization potential (to Al2(+) X 2 sigma g +) of the Al2 X 3 pi u ground state is calculated to occur around 6.1 eV, in excellent agreement with the experimental range of 6.0 to 6.42 eV obtained in recent cluster ionization studies by Cox and co-workers. The second vertical ionization potential (to Al2(+) A 2 pi u) occurs near 6.4 eV, also within the experimental range. The adiabatic IP of 5.90 eV is in good agreement with the value of 5.8 to 6.1 eV deduced by Hanley and co-workers from the difference in thresholds between collision induced dissociation processes of Al3(+). The computed IP values are somewhat larger than those deduced from branching ratios in cluster fragmentation experiments by Jarrold and co-workers. The observation of an ionization threshold below 6.42 eV is shown to be incompatible with an Al2 ground electronic state assignment of 3 sigma g -, but the separation between the two lowest states of Al2 is so small that it is likely that both are populated in the experiments, so that this does not provide unambiguous support for the recent theoretical assignment of the ground state as 3 pi u.

  4. Potential energy curves for the 48 lowest-lying molecular states of LiH +

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    Alikacem, A.; Aubert-Frécon, M.

    1985-05-01

    The electronic energies of the 20 lowest lying 2Σ + states, the 14 lowest lying 2Π states, and the 14 lowest lying 2Δ states of LiH + have been calculated in the range 2 ≤ R ≤ 20 a.u. from a model potential approach and using truncated diatomic orbitals (TDO) as basis set. Results in very good agreement with the more recent literature were obtained for the spectroscopic constants, Re and De, for the ground state X2Σ +.

  5. Application of equation-of-motion coupled-cluster methods to low-lying singlet and triplet electronic states of HBO and BOH

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    DeYonker, Nathan J.; Li, Se; Yamaguchi, Yukio; Schaefer, Henry F.; Crawford, T. Daniel; King, Rollin A.; Peterson, Kirk A.

    2005-06-01

    The equilibrium structures and physical properties of the X˜Σ+1 linear electronic states, linear excited singlet and triplet electronic states of hydroboron monoxide (HBO) (ÃΣ-1, B˜Δ1, ãΣ+3, and b˜Δ3) and boron hydroxide (BOH) (ÃΣ+1, B˜Π1, and b˜Π3), and their bent counterparts (HBO ãA'3, b˜A″3, ÃA″1, B˜A'1 and BOH X˜A'1, b˜A'3, c˜A″3, ÃA'1, B˜A'1, C˜A″1) are investigated using excited electronic state ab initio equation-of-motion coupled-cluster (EOM-CC) methods. A new implementation of open-shell EOM-CC including iterative partial triple excitations (EOM-CC3) was tested. Coupled-cluster wave functions with single and double excitations (CCSD), single, double, and iterative partial triple excitations (CC3), and single, double, and full triple excitations (CCSDT) are employed with the correlation-consistent quadruple and quintuple zeta basis sets. The linear HBO X˜Σ+1 state is predicted to lie 48.3kcalmol-1 (2.09eV) lower in energy than the BOH X˜Σ+1 linear stationary point at the CCSDT level of theory. The CCSDT BOH barrier to linearity is predicted to lie 3.7kcalmol-1 (0.16eV). With a harmonic zero-point vibrational energy correction, the HBO X˜Σ+1-BOHX˜A'1 energy difference is 45.2kcalmol-1 (1.96eV). The lowest triplet excited electronic state of HBO, ãA'3, has a predicted excitation energy (Te) of 115kcalmol-1 (4.97eV) from the HBO ground state minimum, while the lowest-bound BOH excited electronic state, b˜A'3, has a Te of 70.2kcalmol-1 (3.04eV) with respect to BOH X˜A'1. The Te values predicted for the lowest singlet excited states are ÃA″1←X˜Σ+1=139kcalmol-1 (6.01eV) for HBO and ÃA'1←X˜A'1=102kcalmol-1 (4.42eV) for BOH. Also for BOH, the triplet vertical transition energies are b˜A'3←X˜A'1=71.4kcalmol-1 (3.10eV) and c˜A″3←X˜A'1=87.2kcalmol-1 (3.78eV).

  6. Phonon coupling in optical transitions for singlet-triplet pairs of bound excitons in semiconductors

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    Pistol, M. E.; Monemar, B.

    1986-05-01

    A model is presented for the observed strong difference in selection rules for coupling of phonons in the one-phonon sideband of optical spectra related to bound excitons in semiconductors. The present treatment is specialized to the case of a closely spaced pair of singlet-triplet character as the lowest electronic states, as is common for bound excitons associated with neutral complexes in materials like GaP and Si. The optical transition for the singlet bound-exciton state is found to couple strongly only to symmetric A1 modes. The triplet state has a similar coupling strength to A1 modes, but in addition strong contributions are found for replicas corresponding to high-density-of-states phonons TAX, LAX, and TOX. This can be explained by a treatment of particle-phonon coupling beyond the ordinary adiabatic approximation. A weak mixing between the singlet and triplet states is mediated by the phonon coupling, as described in first-order perturbation theory. The model derived in this work, for such phonon-induced mixing of closely spaced electronic states, is shown to explain the observed phonon coupling for several bound-exciton systems of singlet-triplet character in GaP. In addition, the observed oscillator strength of the forbidden triplet state may be explained as partly derived from phonon-induced mixing with the singlet state, which has a much larger oscillator strength.

  7. Spin-singlet Bose-Einstein condensation of two-electron atoms.

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    Takasu, Yosuke; Maki, Kenichi; Komori, Kaduki; Takano, Tetsushi; Honda, Kazuhito; Kumakura, Mitsutaka; Yabuzaki, Tsutomu; Takahashi, Yoshiro

    2003-07-25

    We report the observation of a Bose-Einstein condensation of ytterbium atoms by evaporative cooling in a novel crossed optical trap. Unlike the previously observed condensates, a ytterbium condensate is a two-electron system in a singlet state and has distinct features such as the extremely narrow intercombination transitions which are ideal for future optical frequency standard and the insensitivity to external magnetic field which is important for precision coherent atom optics, and the existence of the novel metastable triplet states generated by optical excitation from the singlet state. PMID:12906649

  8. Photosensitized reactions initiated by 6-carboxypterin: singlet and triplet reactivity.

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    Tinel, L; Rossignol, S; Ciuraru, R; Dumas, S; George, C

    2016-06-22

    Pterins, derivatives of 2-aminopteridin-4(3H)-one, are natural photosensitizers, common to many biological systems. Indications that these photosensitizers are also present in the sea-surface microlayer motivated the study of the photophysical and photochemical properties of 6-carboxypterin (CPT), which was chosen as a model for this group of photoactive compounds. The kinetics of excited CPT in the singlet and triplet state in the presence of halides and organics were studied in aqueous solutions at neutral pH by means of steady-state fluorescence and laser-flash photolysis. The fluorescence of CPT was efficiently quenched by two halides (iodide and bromide) and by four carboxylic acids (lactic, malonic, propionic and citric acid) with reaction rates close to the diffusion-controlled limit. In the triplet state, the triplet absorption spectrum was measured and its pH dependence was studied. The triplet state of CPT showed relatively high reactivity towards iodide, but no reaction with bromide or chloride could be observed. No singlet or triplet state quenching in the presence of limonene could be measured. A reaction mechanism is proposed, initiated by electron transfer from the quencher to the excited photosensitizer. This type of photo-induced reaction in the sea-surface microlayer has the potential to trigger the production of many oxidized species, including halogen atoms, in the bulk and gaseous phases. PMID:27296228

  9. Vortex distribution in the lowest Landau level

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    Aftalion, Amandine; Blanc, Xavier; Nier, Francis

    2006-01-01

    We study the vortex distribution of the wave functions minimizing the Gross-Pitaevskii energy for a fast rotating condensate in the lowest Landau level (LLL): we prove that the minimizer cannot have a finite number of zeroes, thus the lattice is infinite, but not uniform. This uses the explicit expression of the projector onto the LLL. We also show that any slow varying envelope function can be approximated in the LLL by distorting the lattice. This is used in particular to approximate the inverted parabola and understand the role of “invisible” vortices: the distortion of the lattice is very small in the Thomas-Fermi region but quite large outside, where the “invisible” vortices lie.

  10. TDDFT study on the excited-state proton transfer of 8-hydroxyquinoline: Key role of the excited-state hydrogen-bond strengthening

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    Lan, Sheng-Cheng; Liu, Yu-Hui

    2015-03-01

    Density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent density functional theory (TDDFT) calculations have been employed to study the excited-state intramolecular proton transfer (ESIPT) reaction of 8-hydroxyquinoline (8HQ). Infrared spectra of 8HQ in both the ground and the lowest singlet excited states have been calculated, revealing a red-shift of the hydroxyl group (-OH) stretching band in the excited state. Hence, the intramolecular hydrogen bond (O-H···N) in 8HQ would be significantly strengthened upon photo-excitation to the S1 state. As the intramolecular proton-transfer reaction occurs through hydrogen bonding, the ESIPT reaction of 8HQ is effectively facilitated by strengthening of the electronic excited-state hydrogen bond (O-H···N). As a result, the intramolecular proton-transfer reaction would occur on an ultrafast timescale with a negligible barrier in the calculated potential energy curve for the ESIPT reaction. Therefore, although the intramolecular proton-transfer reaction is not favorable in the ground state, the ESIPT process is feasible in the excited state. Finally, we have identified that radiationless deactivation via internal conversion (IC) becomes the main dissipative channel for 8HQ by analyzing the energy gaps between the S1 and S0 states for the enol and keto forms.