Internal conversion and vibronic relaxation from higher excited electronic state of porphyrins: Femtosecond fluorescence dynamics studies

Noboru Mataga, Yutaka Shibata, Haik Chosrowjan, Naoya Yoshida, Atsuhiro Osuka

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Abstract

To elucidate the dynamics and mechanisms of radiationless transitions from higher excited electronic states as well as the ultrafast intramolecular vibronic relaxation in porphyrin derivatives, we have studied the fluorescence dynamics of Zn-tetraphenylporphyrin (ZnTPP) and Zn-diphenylporphyrin derivatives (ZnDPP) in fs-ps time regimes by means of fluorescence up-conversion technique. Detailed measurements on ZnTPP in ethanol have demonstrated fluorescence dynamics over the whole spectral range from 430 to 620 nm when excited to the S2 state. The time constant (∼2.3 ps) of the single-exponential decay of S2 fluorescence around 430 nm agreed with that of the single-exponential rise of S1 fluorescence around 600 nm (wavelength of 0-0 transition in the stationary spectrum), indicating that the relaxation by the ultrafast vibronic redistribution immediately after S2 → S1 internal conversion mainly gives lower vibronic states near the bottom of the S1 state. However, we have observed the dynamics of weak hot fluorescence probably from the nonrelaxed vibronic state immediately after internal conversion and also higher vibronic states in S1 formed in competition with the main product of the vibronic redistribution, all over the wavelength region between S2 and S1. Preliminary results of our studies on ZnDPP were very similar to those of ZnTPP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4003-4004
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
Volume104
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2000 May 4
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Materials Chemistry

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