Europhys. Lett.
Volume 71, Number 5, September 2005
Page(s) 716 - 722
Section General
Published online 03 August 2005
Europhys. Lett., 71 (5), pp. 716-722 (2005)
DOI: 10.1209/epl/i2005-10157-4

Hitchhiking transport in quasi-one-dimensional systems

A. V. Plyukhin

Department of Physics and Engineering Physics, University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, SK S7N 5E2, Canada

received 15 March 2005; accepted in final form 6 July 2005
published online 3 August 2005

In the conventional theory of hopping transport the positions of localized electronic states are assumed to be fixed, and thermal fluctuations of atoms enter the theory only through the notion of phonons. On the other hand, in 1D and 2D lattices, where fluctuations prevent formation of long-range order, the motion of atoms has the character of the large-scale diffusion. In this case, the picture of static localized sites may be inadequate. We argue that for a certain range of parameters, hopping of charge carriers among localization sites in a network of 1D chains is a much slower process than diffusion of the sites themselves. Then the carriers move through the network transported along the chains by mobile localization sites jumping occasionally between the chains. This mechanism may result in temperature-independent mobility and frequency dependence similar to that for conventional hopping.

05.40.-a - Fluctuation phenomena, random processes, noise, and Brownian motion.
73.63.-b - Electronic transport in nanoscale materials and structures.
72.80.Ng - Conductivity of specific materials: Disordered solids.

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