Multiexciton Quintet State Populations in a Rigid Pyrene-Bridged Parallel Tetracene Dimer

Liang-Chun Lin, Tanner Smith, Qianxiang Ai, Brandon Rugg, Chad Risko, John Anthony, Niels Damrauer, Justin Johnson

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The multiexciton quintet state, 5TT, generated as a singlet fission intermediate in pairs of molecular chromophores, is a promising candidate as a qubit or qudit in future quantum information science schemes. In this work, we synthesize a pyrene-bridged parallel tetracene dimer, TPT, with an optimized interchromophore coupling strength to prevent the dissociation of 5TT to two decorrelated triplet (T1) states, which would contaminate the spin-state mixture. Long-lived and strongly spin-polarized pure 5TT state population is observed via transient absorption spectroscopy and transient/pulsed electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy, and its lifetime is estimated to be >35 us, with the dephasing time (T2) for the 5TT-based qubit measured to be 726 ns at 10 K. Direct relaxation from 1TT to the ground state does diminish the overall excited state population, but the exclusive 5TT population at large enough persistent density for pulsed echo determination of spin coherence time is consistent with recent theoretical models that predict such behavior for strict parallel chromophore alignment and large exchange coupling.
Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)11554-11565
Number of pages12
JournalChemical Science
Issue number41
StatePublished - 2023

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/JA-5900-86990


  • magnetic resonance
  • quintet
  • singlet fission
  • solar-photochemistry
  • spectroscopy


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