Polaron transport in organic crystals: Temperature tuning of disorder effects

Frank Ortmann, Stephan Roche

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Abstract

We explore polaronic quantum transport in three-dimensional models of disordered organic crystals with strong coupling between electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom. By studying the polaron dynamics in a static disorder environment, temperature-dependent mobilities are extracted and found to exhibit different fingerprints depending on the strength of the disorder potential. At low temperatures and for strong enough disorder, coherence effects induce weak localization of polarons. These effects are reduced with increasing temperature (thermal disorder), resulting in mobility increase. However, at a transition temperature, phonon-assisted contributions driven by polaron-phonon scattering prevail, provoking a downturn of the mobility. The results provide an alternative scenario to discuss controversial experimental features in molecular crystals. © 2011 American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number180302
JournalPhysical Review B - Condensed Matter and Materials Physics
Volume84
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Nov 2011

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