Phonon-Driven Ultrafast Exciton Dissociation at Donor-Acceptor Polymer Heterojunctions
Physical Review Letters
A quantum-dynamical analysis of phonon-driven exciton dissociation at polymer heterojunctions is presented, using a hierarchical electron-phonon model parameterized for three electronic states and 24 vibrational modes. Two interfering decay pathways are identified: a direct charge separation, and an indirect pathway via an intermediate bridge state. Both pathways depend critically on the dynamical interplay of high-frequency C=C stretch modes and low-frequency ring-torsional modes. The
... , highly non-equilibrium dynamics is consistent with time-resolved spectroscopic observations.