Barrier to recombination of oppositely charged large polarons

17 Dec 2017  ·  Emin David ·

Electronic charge carriers in ionic materials can self-trap to form large polarons. Interference between the ionic displacements associated with oppositely charged large polarons increases as they approach one another... Initially this interference produces an attractive potential that fosters their merger. However, for small enough separations this interference generates a repulsive interaction between oppositely charged large polarons. In suitable circumstances this repulsion can overwhelm their direct Coulomb attraction. Then the resulting net repulsion between oppositely charged large polarons constitutes a potential barrier which impedes their recombination. read more

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