Polyfluorenes are possibly the most attractive class of conjugated polymers for blue polymer light emitting devices. Derivatives with dendron side chains have been found to significantly improve the color stability of the devices. Using a quasi-cw photoinduced absorption technique we present a qualitative and quantitative analysis of lifetimes and deactivation mechanisms for the triplet excited states in a dendronically substituted derivative. The triplet lifetimes increase by one order of magnitude in the dendronic derivative compared to those in a standard poly(dialkylfluorene), which has been characterized for comparison. The temperature dependence of triplet lifetimes is interpreted in terms of migration assisted deactivation of triplet excitations. We conclude that the dendrons inhibit the Dexter-transfers of triplet excitations between the polymer chains and so strongly hinder triplet migration.

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