TITLE

Spatial distribution of space charge in conjugated polymers

AUTHOR(S)
Feller, F.; Geschke, D.; Monkman, A. P.
PUB. DATE
August 2001
SOURCE
Applied Physics Letters;8/6/2001, Vol. 79 Issue 6
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
We demonstrate the pyroelectric effect in a conjugated polymer, poly(2,5-pyridinediyl) (PPY), and we use the laser intensity modulation method (LIMM) to resolve the spatial distribution of electric field and space charges inside a 5 μm Au/PPY/Au sandwich device. The pyroelectric signal shows hysteresis behavior with respect to the applied bias indicating permanent storage of injected charges. From the analysis of the LIMM spectra we conclude that application of a bias leads to the accumulation of space charges near the electrodes, while a zone of opposite space charge may establish in a distance of about 1 μm from it. The charged state retains after removing the bias and can lead to an internal electric field that is opposite to the external poling field in the bulk of the polymer film. © 2001 American Institute of Physics.
ACCESSION #
4936918

 

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