Contrary to recent literature reports high level multi-reference determinan
t configuration interaction techniques do not accurately reproduce the S-0-
S-1 transition energies in oligothiophenes. For a series of oligomers conta
ining between 2 and 11 rings, accurate energies (within 0.1 eV of experimen
t) can be obtained using ZINDO/S coupled with configuration interaction inv
olving only single excitations (SCI). Calculations are carried out on the b
asis of geometries optimised using MNDO, AM1 or PM3 semi-empirical methods.