Volume 88, Number 6, December 2009
Article Number 67006
Number of page(s) 5
Section Condensed Matter: Electronic Structure, Electrical, Magnetic and Optical Properties
Published online 01 December 2009
EPL, 88 (2009) 67006
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/88/67006

Charge carrier untrapping by temperature effects in conjugated polymers

P. H. de Oliveira Neto, W. F. da Cunha and G. M. e Silva

Institute of Physics, University of Brasilia - 70.917-970, Brazil

received 15 September 2009; accepted in final form 23 November 2009; published December 2009
published online 23 December 2009

The temperature influence on charge carrier dynamics is fundamental for the description of the performance of organic diodes and transistors. In this work we treat the temperature on charge transport of both intrachain and interchain process, considering situations where the charge carriers are initially bound in some aspect. We obtain in both cases that the temperature increase can raise the carriers mobility by the same mechanism. The reasons for mobility increase are charge carrier delocalization as well as energy gain for charged polarons. The mechanisms are studied in the scope of the SSH model modified to include temperature effects, impurities and interchain interactions.

71.23.An - Theories and models; localized states.
72.80.Le - Polymers; organic compounds (including organic semiconductors).
71.38.-k - Polarons and electron-phonon interactions.

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