Correlating Structural and Optical Properties in Aromatic Semiconductor Crystals and Heterostructures

Perylene microcrystals have been grown by continuous resublimation of a perylene layer originally grown by organic molecular beam deposition. Under the correct growth condition, virtually defect free single-crystalline platelets of both the Alpha-and Beta-phase with molecular smooth surfaces were...

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Main Author: Rinn, Andre
Contributors: Chatterjee, Sangam (Prof. Dr.) (Thesis advisor)
Format: Dissertation
Language:English
Published: Philipps-Universität Marburg 2017
Physik
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Summary:Perylene microcrystals have been grown by continuous resublimation of a perylene layer originally grown by organic molecular beam deposition. Under the correct growth condition, virtually defect free single-crystalline platelets of both the Alpha-and Beta-phase with molecular smooth surfaces were achievable. Both polymorphs are easily distinguishable by their characteristic rhombic and rectangular shape and their distinct emission spectra, appearing orange and green to the eye for the Alpha-and Beta-phase, respectively. Their diameter of up to 100 µm allows for high-resolution polarizationresolved optical spectroscopy, directly linking the crystalline axis to the anisotropic optical response of each crystalline phase. To this end, we addressed the in plane crystalline b and c-axis of both species in absorption spectroscopy at cryogenic temperature. We obtained information on the excitonic system with unprecedented accuracy. This enables a comprehensive comparison of the experimental spectra and state of the art ab initio calculations. Indications for a polaritonic stopband where found by analyzing the differences between both spectra. The calculated electronic bandstructure and excitonic wavefunction could be correlated to the measured emission lifetimes of both perylene polymorphs: Strong dispersion and spatial delocalization translate to shorter PL lifetimes. The more localized wavefunction of the a-phase could be linked to the strong intermolecular interaction of the perylene dimers that make up the crystal. PEN-PFP heterostructures with different molecular alignment at the heterointerface where grown exploiting templating effects mediated by the substrat and the previously deposited layer: one intermixed 1:1 molecular blend and two layered heterostructures with edge-on and face-on molecular alignment at the interface. Comparing the optical properties of those samples with the corresponding unitary films revealed the interface specific response of the system. We could show that the interface does not influence the emission spectra and dynamics of the constituent layers not directly at the interface. However, completely new interface related emission signal where observed at lower energies, displaying long lifetimes when compared to the free excitonic emission observed from the unitary materials. We assign those emission lines to CT-excitons. They form with great efficiency in the intermixed heterostructure, completely replacing any signal of the unitary molecules at low temperatures. In the heterostacks, a strong increase of CT-emission was observable for face-on stacking on the interface, which is linked to an increase in intermolecular interaction across the interafce due to p-p stacking between PEN and PFP molecules. Previous studies, especially on the frontier orbitals of the constituting molecules at the interface, reveals significant deviation from the commonly discussed discription of CT-excitons. To gain additional insight into the formation pathways of those CT-states, PLE spectra of the heterostructures where compared with their respective absorption spectra. The differences observed in both spectra reveal absorption channels which do not relax into the CT-subsystem. While all excitons excited in the PEN layer and directly into the CTstate contribute to CT-emission, any excitation into the PFP layer does not. This further raises questions about the exact nature of the CT state, as a simple relaxation scheme based on the frontier orbitals of all involved states does not hold up to the experiments.
Physical Description:116 Pages
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17192/z2017.0676