Effects of (multi)branching of dipolar chromophores on photophysical properties and two-photon absorption

Claudine Katan, Francesca Terenziani, Olivier Mongin, Martinus H.V. Werts, Laurent Porrès, Thomas Pons, Jerome Mertz, Sergei Tretiak, Mireille Blanchard-Desce

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To investigate the effect of branching on linear and nonlinear optical properties, a specific series of chromophores, epitome of (multi)branched dipoles, has been thoroughly explored by a combined theoretical and experimental approach. Excited-state structure calculations based on quantum-chemical techniques (time-dependent density functional theory) as well as a Frenkel exciton model nicely complement experimental photoluminescence and one- and two-photon absorption findings and contribute to their interpretation. This allowed us to get a deep insight into the nature of fundamental excited-state dynamics and the nonlinear optical (NLO) response involved. Both experiment and theory reveal that a multidimensional intramolecular charge transfer takes place from the donating moiety to the periphery of the branched molecules upon excitation, while fluorescence stems from an excited state localized on one of the dipolar branches. Branching is also observed to lead to cooperative enhancement of two-photon absorption (TPA) while maintaining high fluorescence quantum yield, thanks to localization of the emitting state. The comparison between results obtained in the Frenkel exciton scheme and ab initio results suggests the coherent coupling between branches as one of the possible mechanisms for the observed enhancement. New strategies for the rational design of NLO molecular assemblies are thus inferred on the basis of the acquired insights.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3024-3037
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry A
Issue number13
Publication statusPublished - 7 Apr 2005
Externally publishedYes


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