Photoconductivity in polyacetylene

S. Etemad, T. Mitani, M. Ozaki, T. C. Chung, A. J. Heeger, A. G. MacDiarmid

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The results of steady state photoconductivity experiments on cis- and trans-(CH)x are interpreted in terms of charged solitons, photogenerated either directly (threshold hv = 4Δ/π) or indirectly through coupling of the lattice to electron-hole pair excitations (hv ≥ 2Δ). The transient photocurrent, after laser pulse excitation, decays as a power law, I(t) ≅ t-0.6, suggesting dispersive transport of the photogenerated carriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)75-79
Number of pages5
JournalSolid State Communications
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1981


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry

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Etemad, S., Mitani, T., Ozaki, M., Chung, T. C., Heeger, A. J., & MacDiarmid, A. G. (1981). Photoconductivity in polyacetylene. Solid State Communications, 40(1), 75-79.