Thermally induced transient absorption of light by poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):Poly(styrene sulfonic acid) (PEDOT:PSS) films: A way to probe charge-carrier thermalization processes

S.C.J. Meskers, J.K.J. Duren, van, R.A.J. Janssen

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Abstract

IR-induced transient absorptions in the millisecond and sub-picosecond time domains have been used to study the dynamics of charge carriers of a conducting polymer, poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrene sulfonic acid) (PEDOT:PSS). On the millisecond timescale, the transient absorption is ascribed to a thermal effect induced by absorbed IR light. The decay of the transient absorption is limited by the transport of heat from the polymer film to the substrate and corresponds to the decay kinetics of IR-induced changes in the resistivity of the material. Near 1.5 eV, the IR-induced absorption can be modeled in terms of an interband transition. The assignment of the optical transients in terms of carrier heating opens the possibility to study charge carrier thermalization processes using short laser pulses. Pump-probe spectroscopy on a sub-picosecond timescale shows that the initial thermalization of the excited charge carriers occurs with a time const. of less than 500 fs, i.e., faster than for noble metals
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)805-810
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Volume13
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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