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Stabilization of polarons in conjugated polymers due to finite conjugation lengths
Author(s): Howard A. Mizes; Esther M. Conwell
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Paper Abstract

Theory predicts that a charge added to a conjugated polymer chain forms a polaron Recent calculations of the three-dimensional band structure of trans-polyacetylene, t-PA, and poly(phenylene vinylene), PPV, have obtained values for the interchain coupling that are large enough to destabilize the polaron. Nevertheless, there is experimental evidence that polarons exist in these materials. We show that the existence of chain endings and other conjugation breaks can stabilize the polaron in actual samples.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 August 1993
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1910, Electroluminescent Materials, Devices, and Large-Screen Displays, (27 August 1993); doi: 10.1117/12.151142
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Howard A. Mizes, Xerox Webster Research Ctr. (United States)
Esther M. Conwell, Xerox Webster Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1910:
Electroluminescent Materials, Devices, and Large-Screen Displays
Esther M. Conwell; Milan Stolka; M. Robert Miller, Editor(s)

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