Unusual phosphorescence characteristics of Ir(ppy)3 in a solid matrix at low temperatures

Kenichi Goushi, Yuichiro Kawamura, Hiroyuki Sasabe, Chihaya Adachi

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We observed unusual radiative decay characteristics of a (fac-tris(2-phenylpyridine)iridium [Ir(ppy)3]) triplet-excited state doped into 4,4′-N, N′-dicarbazole-biphenyl (CBP) and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) host matrices. From a measurement of the temperature dependence on the phosphorescence intensity and the lifetime of Ir(ppy)3 in these hosts, we observed that phosphorescence intensities are independent of temperature, while the lifetimes significantly increase at temperatures below T ∼ 50 K. These results lead us to conclude that the non-radiative transition rate (knr) from the triplet excited state is very small compared with the radiative transition rate (kr) and that the phosphorescence quantum yield (øPH) is nearly 100% even at room temperature. Based on our experimental results, we propose a possible decay mechanism to rationalize the characteristic temperature dependence on the transient phosphorescence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)L937-L939
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 2: Letters
Issue number7 A
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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