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Polaron dissociation in conducting polymers by high electric fields
Author(s): Esther M. Conwell; S. V. Rakhmanova
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Paper Abstract

Addition of an electron or hole to a conducting polymer chain has been shown to cause the chain to distort, creating a large polaron. We show, by numerical solution of the coupled equations for the electron wavefunctions and the lattice displacements on a polyacetylene chain with an extra electron, that the polaron does not form in electric fields >= V/cm an already formed polaron will be dissociated. Implications for the current-voltage characteristic will be discussed.

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Date Published: 5 October 1999
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 3799, Organic Photorefractives, Photoreceptors, Waveguides, and Fibers, (5 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.363892
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Esther M. Conwell, Univ. of Rochester (United States)
S. V. Rakhmanova, Univ. of Rochester (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3799:
Organic Photorefractives, Photoreceptors, Waveguides, and Fibers
David H. Dunlap; Stephen Ducharme; Robert A. Norwood; David H. Dunlap; Robert A. Norwood, Editor(s)

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