The efficiency and time-dependence of luminescence from poly (p-phenylene vinylene) and derivatives

I. D W Samuel, B. Crystall, Gary Rumbles, P. L. Burn, A. B. Holmes, R. H. Friend

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We report measurements of the quantum efficiency and time decay of photoluminescence in the conjugated polymers poly (p-phenylenevinylene) (PPV) and poly (2-methoxy, 5- (2′ethyl-hexyloxy)-p-phenylenevinylene ) (MEH-PPV). MEH-PPV is soluble and we measure values for the quantum yield for luminescence of order 35% for dilute solutions in toluene and chloroform. By comparison of luminescence decay rates in solution and in solid films we estimate luminescence efficiencies in solid films, which can be as high as 50% in partially conjugated PPV. Decay time distribution analysis of the luminescence reveals a broad distribution of decay rates, and this is consistent with the distribution of conjugation lengths known to be present in these materials Exciton migration in better conjugated material results in narrower distributions of emitting chromophores.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)472-478
Number of pages7
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - Oct 15 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces

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