Picosecond timescale tracking of pentacene triplet excitons with chemical sensitivity

R. Costantini, Rasmus Faber, A. Cossaro, L. Floreano, A. Verdini, C. Hättig, A. Morgante, Sonia Coriani*, M. Dell'Angela

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Singlet fission is a photophysical process in which an optically excited singlet exciton is converted into two triplet excitons. Singlet fission sensitized solar cells are expected to display a greatly enhanced power conversion efficiency compared to conventional singlejunction cells, but the efficient design of such devices relies on the selection of materials capable of harvesting triplets generated in the fission chromophore. To this aim, the possibility of measuring triplet exciton dynamics with chemical selectivity paves the way for the rational design of complex heterojunctions, with optimized triplet conversion. Here we exploit the chemical sensitivity of X-ray absorption spectroscopy to track triplet exciton dynamics at the picosecond timescale in multilayer films of pentacene, the archetypal singlet fission material. We experimentally identify the signature of the triplet exciton in the Carbon K-edge absorption spectrum and measure its lifetime of about 300 ps. Our results are supported by state-of-the-art ab initio calculations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number56
JournalCommunications Physics
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2019


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