Tuning and Tracking of Coherent Shear Waves in Molecular Films

Henrik Till Lemke*, Dag Werner Breiby, Tine Ejdrup, Peter Hammershøj, Marco Cammarata, Dmitry Khakhulin, Nerijus Rusteika, Shin-Ichi Adachi, Shinya Koshihara, Thomas Scheby Kuhlman, Simon Oddsson Mariager, Thomas Nørskov Nielsen, Michael Wulff, Theis Ivan Sølling, Niels Harrit, Robert Feidenhans’l, Martin Meedom Nielsen

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We have determined the time-dependent displacement fields in molecular sub-micrometer thin films as response to femtosecond and picosecond laser pulse heating by time-resolved X-ray diffraction. This method allows a direct absolute determination of the molecular displacements induced by electron–phonon interactions, which are crucial for, for example, charge transport in organic electronic devices. We demonstrate that two different modes of coherent shear motion can be photoexcited in a thin film of organic molecules by careful tuning of the laser penetration depth relative to the thickness of the film. The measured response of the organic film to impulse heating is explained by a thermoelastic model and reveals the spatially resolved displacement in the film. Thereby, information about the profile of the energy deposition in the film as well as about the mechanical interaction with the substrate material is obtained.
Original languageEnglish
JournalACS Omega
Issue number8
Pages (from-to)9929-9933
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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