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Electron-phonon coupling and vibrational properties of size-selected linear carbon chains by resonance Raman scattering

The mixed use of the experimental UV-Vis absorption and resonance Raman spectra allowed us to analyze the vibrational effective construction of the α mode briefly polyynes. From the resonance Raman spectra recorded at completely different excitation wavelengths, we’ve got decided the vibrational ranges of the bottom state of the α mode as much as (5rangle _{g}), as proven in Fig. 3 for C8. The place of every vibrational stage is the power of the basic transition of the α mode and its overtones. For the excited state, the energies of the vibrational ranges can’t be obtained immediately from the UV-Vis absorption spectrum since it isn’t attainable to establish the contribution of the only real α transition within the broad peaks of the vibronic development, which in fact additionally implies the β mode, and probably different completely symmetric vibrations. Nevertheless, for the reason that Raman depth of the opposite modes (e.g., the β mode) is way smaller than the α mode, we undertake right here a one-mode approximation, which can also be a posteriori justified by the evaluation of the Franck–Condon integrals (Huang–Rhys components) reported within the Supplementary Dialogue. Thus, we will roughly estimate the energies of the vibrational ranges of the excited state of the α mode as much as (3rangle _{e}), as proven in Fig. 3 for C8. Related outcomes are obtained for C10 and C12 (see Supplementary Fig. 4).

Fig. 3: Vibrational power diagrams of floor and excited states of the α mode of C8.
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Vibrational diagram of the bottom and excited potential power surfaces extracted from experimental UVRR and UV-Vis absorption spectra of C8 and referred to the traditional coordinate (q) of the α mode. The power (in eV) of every vibrational stage (krangle _{j}) of the ({j}^{{th}}) state is reported within the left axis, whereas the power of the (0rangle _{g}) stage is fastened to 0 eV. The thickness of the vibronic strains represents the error of the match mannequin used to deconvolve the UVRR and UV-Vis absorption spectra. The spacing between neighboring vibrational ranges (({varOmega }_{okay,j})) is displayed on the fitting in eV and indicated by black arrows. The purple dashed curves and features signify the harmonic approximation of the potential power surfaces and vibrational ranges, respectively. The efficient displacement parameter ({delta }_{{eff}}) is reported in inexperienced.

The anharmonicity of the potential power floor of the α mode will be decided by evaluating the spacing between the vibrational ranges (see arrows in Fig. 3). Contemplating each the bottom and the excited states of C8, the power spacing extracted from experimental knowledge decreases by rising the vibrational stage. Nevertheless, this reducing is almost negligible in comparison with the harmonic spacing given by the (0rangle _{g}to 1rangle _{g}) power distinction, and reaches a most of two% and 1.4% within the case of the bottom and excited states, respectively. Therefore, within the following, we are going to assume the harmonic approximation for each the bottom and excited state potential power surfaces. Furthermore, the spacing between experimentally decided vibrational ranges is nearly equal within the floor and excited states, e.g., 0.269 eV and 0.253 eV, respectively, for C8 (see Fig. 3). Thus, it’s affordable to undertake the identical harmonic approximation of the potential power surfaces for the bottom and excited states. Therefore, by the evaluation of the clear vibronic development of polyynes, and by the remark of excessive order Raman options, made attainable by the excessive enhancement and determination of the SR-based UVRR setup at Elettra, we will exactly assess the vibronic ranges of polyynes regardless of the very low focus of the samples.

On this framework, an necessary parameter to judge the optoelectronic properties of conjugated methods is the energy of the electron-phonon coupling. We will examine it by calculating the Huang–Rhys (HR) issue, (S), of polyynes. Certainly, within the Franck–Condon mannequin, this nondimensional parameter expresses the typical variety of quanta concerned within the vibrational transition. By preserving the one-mode approximation launched earlier than, it’s attainable to quantitatively consider the HR issue from the UV-Vis spectrum39. Thus, assuming we neglect the impact of upper vibrational ranges as preliminary states within the transition (as mentioned above), we will apply the next relation39,40,41

$$frac{{I}_{0to nu }}{{I}_{0to 0}}=frac{{S}^{nu }}{nu !}$$


which exhibits that the (nu)-th energy of the HR issue (S) is proportional to the ratio of the depth of the (nu)-th vibronic transition in comparison with the basic transition. From Eq. (1), we acquire the HR components for the (nu) = 1 transition of all of the H-capped polyynes we’ve got found to this point, i.e., from C6 to C26, whose UV-Vis spectra are reported in Supplementary Fig. 5. The usual deviations reported in Fig. 4 are calculated from the match errors of the UV-Vis spectra of polyynes used to extract the depth of every vibronic peak.

Fig. 4: Huang–Rhys and efficient displacement parameters of hydrogen-capped polyynes.
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a Huang–Rhys components S and b efficient nondimensional displacement parameter ({delta }_{{eff}}) of H-capped polyynes with rising size extracted from UV-Vis absorption spectra (see Supplementary Fig. 5). c Efficient nondimensional displacement parameter ({delta }_{{eff}}) (blueish diamonds) calculated from HR components (see Eq. (1)) extracted from experimental UV-Vis absorption spectra of C8, C10, and C12. The displacement parameters for the α (({delta }_{1}), pink dots) and β (({delta }_{2}), purple dots) modes of C8, C10, and C12, calculated from UVRR and UV-Vis absorption spectra with the tactic defined in Supplementary Dialogue, are additionally reported for comparability. The errorbars of panels a and b represents the error of the match mannequin used to deconvolve the UV-Vis absorption spectra.

Inside this one-mode mannequin, we will estimate a dimensionless efficient displacement parameter (({delta }_{{eff}})), proportional to the gap between the equilibrium place of the bottom and excited states. Certainly, the displacement parameter determines each the intensities of the vibronic progressions in UV-Vis absorption spectra and the actions of the collective vibrational modes in Raman spectra of polyynes25,42. Furthermore, it’s associated to the thermal stability, optoelectronic and quantum chemical properties of molecules. It seems that the efficient displacement parameter is related to the HR issue of the (nu=1) transition (i.e., (S={delta }_{{eff}}^{2}/2)—see Supplementary Dialogue)43,44. On this manner, we will immediately consider the efficient displacement parameter (i.e., ({delta }_{{eff}}=sqrt{2S})), from the HR components of all H-capped polyynes, as reported in Fig. 4b. Specifically, we discovered ({delta }_{{eff}})= 1.166 ± 0.04 for C8 (see additionally Fig. 3), 1.183 ± 0.06 for C10 and 1.225 ± 0.04 for C12 (see additionally Supplementary Fig. 4). Each the HR components and the efficient displacement parameters ({delta }_{{eff}}) develop because the size of H-capped polyynes will increase, exhibiting a robust correlation between the electron-phonon coupling and π-conjugation in linear sp-carbon chains. The values of the HR issue of H-capped polyynes reported in Fig. 4a are bigger than these of the radial respiration mode of carbon nanotubes11,20, and are comparable with the HR components discovered for β-carotene21,22,41. Not too long ago, Martinati et al. calculated the HR issue of lengthy sp-carbon chains ((gg) 100 carbon atoms) confined in carbon nanotubes from wavelength-dependent resonance Raman measurements and located a mean worth of 1.82 as a attainable higher restrict for lengthy chains in direction of carbyne9. Our outcomes affirm the rising development of the HR issue with rising chain size and π-conjugation.

In discussing the Huang–Rhys issue, the evaluation of the UV-Vis spectra was restricted to a one-mode image. Nevertheless, polyynes characteristic different modes in addition to the α mode of their Raman spectra. Certainly, as will be seen in each Figs. 1 and 2 for C8, we will simply detect the β mode, its overtones, and mixtures with the α mode. The depth of the overtones and mixture modes observe an intriguing habits as a operate of the excitation power. By thrilling the (0rangle _{{{{{{rm{g}}}}}}}to 0rangle _{{{{{{rm{e}}}}}}}) transition of C8 at 226 nm, the depth of the α mode monotonically decreases by rising the order of the Raman mode. Nevertheless, such a development utterly modifications by thrilling C8 at 216 nm and 206 nm. That is testified by the relative intensities of the fourth- and fifth-order Raman peaks which are detectable by thrilling at 206 nm (see Fig. 2b), whereas they’re extraordinarily weak or undetected with the excitations at 226 nm and 216 nm. Such outstanding depth habits signifies the incidence of selective intensification of a number of quanta Raman transitions, exhibiting a cross part that in a number of circumstances exceeds that of the basic mode. This phenomenon is a peculiar characteristic of the resonance Raman impact, noticed right here in polyynes for the primary time, due to the provision of high-order transitions within the UVRR spectra. We observe related leads to the spectra of C10 and C12 (see Supplementary Figs. 2 and 3), the place we detected as much as the fourth-order Raman peaks of their α modes. We additionally discover that the β line weakens by rising the polyyne size, and, as a consequence, the overtone/mixture areas have a much less structured look than within the case of C8.

On this framework, a two-mode (α and β) mannequin is required to clarify the experimental outcomes, based mostly on Albrecht’s principle of resonance Raman45 (see Supplementary Dialogue) and labored out within the speculation of resonance with particular vibronic transitions. The expressions of Raman intensities so obtained require the analysis of the displacement parameters associated to the α and β modes, ({delta }_{1}) and ({delta }_{2}), respectively. On this manner, we will predict the depth sample of the α mode and its overtones within the UVRR spectra of polyynes. As illustrated within the Supplementary Dialogue, we’ve got decided ({delta }_{1}) and ({delta }_{2}) from experimental knowledge by combining the UV-Vis absorption and first-order resonance Raman spectra of every polyyne (see Supplementary Dialogue), which resulted within the values of 1.136 and 0.266 for C8, 1.178, and 0.137 for C10, and 1.228 and 0.047 for C12, respectively. Apparently, the values of ({delta }_{1}) (α mode) method these of ({delta }_{{eff}}), whereas ({delta }_{2}) (β mode) goes to zero because the chain size will increase, as proven in Fig. 4c. Certainly, the efficient displacement parameter is related to ({delta }_{1}) and ({delta }_{2}) in accordance with the connection (S=frac{{delta }_{{eff}}^{2}}{2}=frac{{delta }_{1}^{2}}{2}+frac{{delta }_{2}^{2}}{2}) (see Supplementary Dialogue43,44). This incidence makes the one-mode approximation more and more extra affordable because the size of the chain will increase and it’s per the anticipated lower within the Raman exercise of the β mode which is finally not current within the infinite chain1,3. Primarily based on this remark, we count on that the effective particulars within the resonance Raman tendencies are more durable to explain with the one-mode approximation in C8 than in C12 and longer chains, whose ({delta }_{2}) is predicted to method zero.

The experimental habits of the relative Raman intensities of the (m)-th overtones of the α mode (({I}_{0to m}/{I}_{0to 1})) in resonance with completely different vibronic transitions ((0rangle _{{{{{{rm{g}}}}}}}to krangle _{{{{{{rm{e}}}}}}})) is reported in Fig. 5. The depth of every (malpha) peak has been normalized to that of the basic ((m=1)) transition. By thrilling C8 at 226 nm ((0rangle _{{{{{{rm{g}}}}}}}to 0rangle _{{{{{{rm{e}}}}}}})), the depth ratio follows a lowering development vs. the (m) quantum variety of the overtone, as anticipated in non-resonance Raman scattering46. Nevertheless, by thrilling C8 at 216 nm ((0rangle _{{{{{{rm{g}}}}}}}to 1rangle _{{{{{{rm{e}}}}}}})), the depth of the second-order (2α) line exceeds that of the primary order. Remarkably, at 206 nm ((0rangle _{{{{{{rm{g}}}}}}}to 2rangle _{{{{{{rm{e}}}}}}})), the relative depth most is reached with the fourth overtone (4α). We additionally observe a robust modulation of the relative intensities of the (malpha) strains for C10 and C12, as reported in Fig. 5b, c, respectively. By making use of Albrecht formalism, we will compute the values of the ratio of the depth of the (m)-th overtone to the first-order mode by the next expression (see Supplementary Dialogue):

$${R}_{{km}}=frac{{I}_{0to m}}{{I}_{0to 1}}; approx ; {left[frac{1-mepsilon }{1-epsilon }right]}^{4}{left[frac{{,}_{e}mrightrangle _g}{{,}_{e}1rightrangle _g}right]}^{2}$$


the place (okay) identifies the precise vibronic resonance ((0rangle _{g}to krangle _{e})) and (m=2,3,ldots ) labels the primary, second, … Raman overtone. In Eq. (2) we set (epsilon={omega }_{alpha }/{omega }_{0}), the place (hslash {omega }_{alpha }) and (hslash {omega }_{0}) are the quantum energies of the α mode and the UV excitation, respectively (as an illustration, for C8 on the 226 nm excitation, it’s (epsilon=0.049)).

Fig. 5: Experimental and calculated relative intensities of the overtones of the α mode of C8, C10, and C12.
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Relative intensities of the overtones of the α mode of C8 (a), C10 (b), C12 (c) decided as peak intensities in comparison with that of the first-order α mode of the experimental resonance Raman spectra excited at completely different wavelengths, corresponding with the resonance situations listed in Supplementary Desk 1. The spectrum akin to the absorption most of C12 (273 nm, (0rangle _{g}to 0rangle _{e})) couldn’t be recorded resulting from limitations within the undulator hole aperture. The errorbars of panels ac represents the error of the match mannequin used to deconvolve the UVRR spectra. Panels from df show the prediction of the relative depth of the (m)-th overtone of the Raman α line of C8 (a), C10 (b), and C12 (c) as a operate of the resonance situation, as computed in accordance with Eq. (2).

In deriving Eq. (2) (see Supplementary Dialogue), we’ve got assumed the identical harmonic approximation of the potential power surfaces for the bottom and excited states; this selection is justified by the earlier evaluation of the vibrational construction of the 2 digital states. The displacement parameter (delta_1) guidelines the overlap integrals between the vibrational wavefunctions of the bottom and excited state (Franck–Condon components) which seem in Eq. (2), as illustrated in Supplementary Dialogue. The relative intensities of the overtones of the α line, obtained by Eq. (2), are reported in Fig. 5. By evaluating experimental and theoretical knowledge of Fig. 5, we observe that the mannequin can seize a lot of the noticed modulation of the relative intensities of the overtones for the completely different resonance situations, specifically for the (0rangle _{{{{{{rm{g}}}}}}}to 0rangle _{{{{{{rm{e}}}}}}}) (C8 and C10) and the (0rangle _{{{{{{rm{g}}}}}}}to 1rangle _{{{{{{rm{e}}}}}}}) (C8, C10, and C12) vibronic transitions. Nevertheless, within the case of the (0rangle _{{{{{{rm{g}}}}}}}to 2rangle _{{{{{{rm{e}}}}}}}) resonance situation, the mannequin doesn’t totally account for the noticed completely different behaviors of the three polyynes, and the anticipated tendencies are pretty related from C8 to C12. That is anticipated as a result of the adopted assumptions can lose their robustness for Raman transitions involving greater (okay). The evaluation of the phrases showing in Eq. (2), permits the rationalization of the noticed depth tendencies.

Since in Eq. (2) the prefactor containing (epsilon) decreases monotonically with (m), probably the most related time period that may account for the non-monotonic behaviors experimentally noticed (Fig. 5) is dependent upon the Franck–Condon integrals18. For methods with vibronic progressions dominated by the 0–0 and 0–1 transitions, which is typical of methods with a (delta) worth near 1, the overlap between the (okay)–th and the (m)–th vibrational wavefunction of the digital excited ((e)) and floor ((g)) state in (_{e}mrightrangle _g) is normally vital when (okay=m) and/or (okay=mpm 1). This explains the outstanding depth of high-order overtones noticed when the experiment is finished in resonance with vibronic states characterised by (okay) values bigger than zero.

Primarily based on these outcomes, polyynes show best options that permit investigating their vibrational and digital properties by resonance Raman. First, the Raman modes within the high-frequency area end in well-separated vibronic peaks within the absorption spectra. This enables exactly deciding on the transition by matching the excitation wavelength. Second, easy analytic expressions can be utilized to explain the resonance course of due to the presence of simply two related Raman lively modes. Normally, the fast vanishing of the β mode depth with rising polyyne size validates the usage of an excellent less complicated one-mode description. Such options emerge from the properties of an sp-carbon spine with the only attainable terminations, i.e., by one hydrogen atom at either side, which avoids further resonance-enhanced Raman modes and probably a extra complicated absorption profile induced by the presence of finish teams with π electrons (e.g., phenyl teams), usually exhibiting conjugation with the π orbitals of the sp chain. Third, the massive resonance Raman cross part of polyynes permits straightforward detection even at very low pattern concentrations. Remarkably, the mannequin and the technique adopted to justify the depth sample exhibited by the overtones within the resonance Raman of sp-carbon chains are legitimate for polyynes of any size. For longer chains, one expects that the α mode is dominant since ({delta }_{2}) turns into negligible already for C12. In such situations, it may be proven that the dispersion of the α mode as a operate of the chain size monotonically approaches the restrict of about 1900 cm−1 for an remoted chain of infinite size47. Moreover, we count on to watch related depth modulations at completely different resonance situations as these studied on this work. One other impact value investigating with resonance Raman spectroscopy is the habits of polyynes in several solvents and/or encapsulated in carbon nanotubes. We might count on an analogous qualitative habits as that mentioned right here for C8, C10, and C12, with a attainable modulation of the (delta) parameter due to the interplay results with the setting. As an example, such results have been highlighted by evaluating the Raman spectra of hydrogen-capped polyynes in resolution with these of the identical polyynes encapsulated in carbon nanotubes which exhibits a outstanding lower of the place of the α mode by a number of tens of wavenumbers48. Related experiments have been carried out on lengthy linear carbon chains or confined carbyne in carbon nanotubes exhibiting the consequences of the confinement on the Raman bands of sp-carbon chains49,50,51,52,53,54.

In abstract, by exploiting the effective wavelength tunability of the synchrotron radiation, we achieved the primary experimental detection of high-order (as much as the IV/V) overtones of the α mode of polyynes, together with the mixture bands with one other collective CC stretching mode (β mode). Primarily based on our outcomes, the detailed digital and vibrational construction of the bottom and first excited state in polyynes will be derived with a one-mode approximation dominated by the α mode. The values of the Huang–Rhys components decided in such linear carbon constructions characterised by π-conjugated electrons confined on the nano and molecular scale present a robust and size-dependent electron-phonon coupling, which is interesting for potential exploitation in optoelectronic functions.

We modeled the resonance impact within the framework of Albrecht’s principle of resonance Raman which allowed us to justify the relative intensities of the Raman transitions detected at excessive vibrational quanta. Polyynes show to be a perfect system for multi-wavelength resonance Raman spectroscopy, which permits the exact investigation of high-order vibrational transitions resulting from their well-resolved vibronic options and high-frequency Raman modes.



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