Initial transport of photogenerated charge carriers in π-conjugated polymers

G. Juška, K. Genevičius, R. Österbacka, K. Arlauskas, T. Kreouzis, D. D.C. Bradley, H. Stubb

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We have clarified the initial transport of photogenerated charge carriers in two (formula presented)-conjugated polymers, namely regiorandom poly(3-hexylthiophene) and copolymer poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene- (formula presented)-bis-(formula presented)- bis-(formula presented)-phenyl-1,4-phenylenediamine), using integral mode time of flight. We show how to deconvolute the factors that contribute to the fast initial (pretrapping) transport and eliminate the normally important role of the photogeneration efficiency. We can then determine the dependence of the initial transport distance on applied electric field and temperature, (formula presented) We analyze (formula presented) using a model where only the charge carriers which thermalize down to an energy not less than (formula presented) from the Coulomb potential maximum in a given electric field, immediately after photoexcitation, participate in the drift. We obtain excellent agreement between our experimental results and the model, showing that the initial fast carriers move a distance (formula presented) with high mobility before being trapped. The mobility-lifetime product (formula presented) of the fast carriers is of the order (formula presented) in these two (formula presented)-conjugated polymers despite significant differences in their detailed chemical structure. © 2003 The American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - Feb 6 2003
Externally publishedYes

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