Electroabsorption and electrophotoluminescence spectra were investigated for 2-(2′-hydroxyphenyl)benzimidazole in PMMA, and the results were compared with quantum chemical calculations. The electroabsorption spectrum of the enol form was ascribed to a change in the molecular polarizability following photoexcitation. On the other hand, the electrophotoluminescence spectrum of the keto form was interpreted as a difference in the electric dipole moment between the excited and ground states. The molecular polarizability of the keto form in the S 1 state, estimated to be smaller than that in the S 0 state, suggests that the geometry of HPBI is substantially twisted in the S 1 state.
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