Transient Current Spectroscopy in Polymeric Films

  • E. Muller-Horsche
  • D. Haarer
  • H. Scher


We briefly review dispersive transport and treat in more detail the multiple-trapping mechanism. We consider the problem of transient current spectroscopy: Given the experimental current I(t) how does one extract a distribution of rates? Extensive new measurements were made in a well studied polymeric material.

Photocurrents in polyvinylcarbarzole were studied over 10 decades in time. An analytical approach is proposed for extracting rate distributions from the measured photocurrents. We find that the trapping-rate distribution is not exponential but “flat” and that it shows a cutoff at low rates. This distribution gives rise to the novel feature of a gradual transition from dispersive to nondispersive charge transport during a single transit. The temperature and field dependence of the cutoff rate rc was studied in the framework of a Poole-Frenkel model.


Field Dependence Rate Distribution Effective Mobility Dispersive Transport Band Mobility 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Muller-Horsche
    • 1
  • D. Haarer
    • 1
  • H. Scher
    • 2
  1. 1.Physikalisches Institut and Bayreuther Institut fur ForschungUniversitat BayreuthBayreuthGermany
  2. 2.Standard OilResearch and DevelopmentUSA

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