Picosecond kinetics of p ‐dimethylaminobenzonitrile Academic Article uri icon


  • The nanosecond and picosecond resolved dual fluorescences of p-dimethylaminobenzonitrile (DAB), in various solvents and glasses excited by 266 nm 20 ps FWHM laser pulses, have been investigated. Pulse-limited rise times are exhibited by the b*-state emission whose decay in turn feeds directly the risetime of a*-state emission at 440-600 nm in most solvents studied. The a*-state emission was monitored at 520-600 nm in order to eliminate contribution from the b*-state. Within the experimental resolution, the b*-state fluorescence decay times vary approximately linearly with solvent viscosity. The a*-state fluorescence decay times vary with both solvent and temperature, and may reflect either thermally assisted intersystem crossing from the solvated singlet a*-state (presumably of twisted internal charge transfer character) to a corresponding solvated triplet of slightly higher energy, or a thermally activated internal conversion of the 1TICT to the ground state. © 1981 American Institute of Physics.

author list (cited authors)

  • Huppert, D., Rand, S. D., Rentzepis, P. M., Barbara, P. F., Struve, W. S., & Grabowski, Z. R.

citation count

  • 97

publication date

  • December 1981