Spectral diffusion induced by energy transfer in doped organic glasses: Delay-time dependence of spectral holes
Journal of Chemical Physics
A new effect in doped organic glasses, which we refer to as "energy transfer ͑ET͒-induced spectral diffusion ͑SD͒," ET→SD, has recently been reported by us. In this process "extra" SD, in addition to "normal" SD in glasses, is triggered by the energy balance released on "downhill" ET. Quantitative aspects of the ET→SD process have been investigated by means of time-resolved hole-burning experiments on free-base chlorin (H 2 Ch) in polystyrene ͑PS͒ presented here. The "effective" homogeneous
... ve" homogeneous linewidth ⌫ hom Ј was determined as a function of delay time t d (10 Ϫ5 Ϫ10 3 s), temperature ͑1.2 to 4.2 K͒ and concentration (cϭ1ϫ10 Ϫ5 to 6ϫ10 3 M), at various excitation wavelengths within the S 1 ←S 0 0-0 band. ⌫ hom Ј as a function of temperature was found to obey the relation ⌫ hom Ј ϭ⌫ 0 ЈϩaT 1.3 , characteristic for glasses, and we present an analysis of the residual linewidth ⌫ 0 Ј and the coupling constant a. In this analysis we determined ͑i͒ the separate contributions to ⌫ 0 Ј arising from the fluorescence lifetime, ET, and ET→SD, ͑ii͒ the separate contributions to a arising from "pure" dephasing, "normal" SD, and "extra" spectral diffusion caused by ET→SD. The contributions of ET→SD to ⌫ 0 Ј and a prove to be proportional to the concentration and to the logarithm of the delay time (ϰc log t d ).