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Keywords:

  • conducting polymers;
  • conjugated polymers;
  • dielectric properties;
  • flexible electronics;
  • modeling;
  • optics;
  • organic electronics;
  • photophysics;
  • polyaromatics;
  • refractive index;
  • solar cells

Abstract

We describe a comprehensive model for the optical properties of pristine films of poly-(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT). The presented model is anisotropic with the optical axis normal to the substrate plane, which is consistent with previous x-ray diffraction studies that show preferential edge-on packing of the polymer chains on the substrate. Peak locations and spacings are defined using a Huang-Rhys vibronic progression consistent with known phonon energies. We demonstrate that the model fits variable-angle spectroscopic ellipsometry and normal-incidence transmission data well, and accurately predicts angle- and polarization-dependent transmission and reflection data. The spectral features of the optical constants used in the model are in excellent agreement with published spectroscopic data on P3HT. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part B: Polym Phys, 2010