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Renger, Thomas; Dankl, Mathias; Klinger, Alexander; SchLücker, Thorben; Langhals, Heinz; Mueh, Frank (2018): Structure-Based Theory of Fluctuation-Induced Energy Transfer in a Molecular Dyad. In: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, Vol. 9, No. 20: pp. 5940-5947
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Abstract

We present a microscopic theory for the description of fluctuation induced excitation energy transfer in chromophore dimers to explain experimental data on a perylene biscarboximide dyad with orthogonal transition dipole moments. Our non Condon extension of Forster theory takes into account the fluctuations of excitonic couplings linear and quadratic in the normal coordinates, treated microscopically by quantum chemical/electrostatic calculations. The modulation of the optical transition energies of the chromophores is inferred from optical spectra of the isolated chromophores. The application of the theory to the considered dyad reveals a two to three order of magnitude increase in the rate constant by non-Condon effects. These effects are found to be dominated by fluctuations linear in the normal coordinates and provide a structure-based qualitative interpretation of the experimental time constant for energy transfer as well as its dependence on temperature.