Electronic energy transport in substitutionally disordered molecular crystals

Klaus Godzik*, Joshua Jortner

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In this paper we present a theoretical study of incoherent electronic energy transfer (EET) in an impurity band of substitutionally disordered, mixed, molecular crystals. Dispersive diffusion of the electronic excitation was treated by an Average Dyson Equation Approximation (ADEA) to the master equation for EET. The ADEA rests on expressing the Green's function (GF) for the probability of site-excitations in a single fixed spatial configuration in terms of a Dyson equation with a normalized vertex function and subsequently performing the configurational average of the GF, invoking a decoupling approximation which omits many-site contributions. Explicit expressions were derived for the initial site occupation probability, P0(t), the mean square displacement, Σ2(t), and the time dependent diffusion coefficient D(t). We have explored the relation between the ADEA and the stochastic continuous time random walk (CTRW) model applied by us for EET. We have demonstrated that the ADEA and the CTRW results for Σ2(t) and for D(t) are identical, while P0(t) has a similar structure in both schemes. The ADEA/CTRW scheme was utilized to derive analytical results for P0(t), Σ2(t) and D(t) in an impurity band where the pair-probability of EET is determined by multipolar interactions. From the analysis of asymptotic expansions for D(t) in such cases we conclude that the short time diffusion coefficient has the time dependence D(t)∂t (5-n)/n while the long time diffusion coefficient is independent of t, corresponding to an average superlattice of impurities. Numerical calculations based on the ADEA/CTRW scheme were performed to elucidate the quantitative features of the crossover from dispersive transport to pure diffusive behavior and how it is affected by the impurity concentration and by the range of the multipolar interactions. For short range high order multipolar interactions the effects of dispersive energy transport are expected to prevail over a broad concentration and time domain, being more pronounced than in the conventional case of dipole-dipole coupling.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4471-4486
Number of pages16
JournalThe Journal of Chemical Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1979


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